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UNO Course Profiles: Cuba at the Crossroads

video by Charley Reed

Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado teaches a class that looks at where Cuba could be going in the future now that it is 50 years after the revolution.


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Walking Wednesdays Cancelled for Today

Wellness Stampede

Mav-Rec Wellness announces that due to the heat today, Aug. 1, Walking Wednesdays stroll to the Juice Stop has been cancelled. Faculty and staff are encouraged to walk inside their respective buildings. Maps are located at this link.

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College of Business Administration and Sensiple to Host Social Media Summit

The College of Business Administration will host a Social Media Summit for business professionals on Friday, Aug. 24. The free event will run from 8 a.m. until noon at Mammel Hall.

"Less than 40 percent of companies have seriously thought about social media," said Jonna Holland, an associate professor of marketing and one of the summit's organizers. "We all know about Facebook, Twitter and the other platforms, but business professionals still are working through how best to use them."

Holland plans on giving a presentation titled "An Overview of Social Media Integration into Business Strategy" at the start of the day. Other presenters will address topics like social media customer service, social measurement case studies and how organizations can become social enterprises.

The Social Media Summit is sponsored by Sensiple Software, a Global IT solution provider offering technology solutions and managed services. The company is headquartered in New Jersey and has offices in Omaha and Singapore.

Please go online to to register. Online registration ends Aug. 10.

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2012-13 UNO Faculty/Staff HPER Membership Information

Wellness Stampede

Join UNO Campus Recreation or renew your annual faculty/staff Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building membership. Payroll deductions are now being accepted for the upcoming academic year. The membership allows you access to the facility and programs from August to August.

All UNO faculty/staff (regular full-time and regular part-time, .50 FTE or greater for more than six months) are eligible to pay via payroll deduction.

Faculty/staff needing a payroll deduction form can stop by the Campus Recreation office in 104 HPER. It is necessary to complete the form and return it to Campus Recreation no later than Friday, Aug. 10, so that the necessary paperwork can be processed with the Payroll Department for automatic deductions.

Below you will find the price list for HPER Campus Recreation activity cards and lockers for the 2012-13 academic year.

Activity Card Fees                Academic Year                                     Payroll Deduction


Annual Faculty/Staff Rate:                                $450                                                                      $37.50         $18.75

Annual Faculty/Staff Rate +1:                           $800                                                                      $66.66         $33.33

Locker Rental Fees

Locker Rental:                                                    $50                                                                        $4.16          $2.08

Locker Deposit:                                                  $10

* Refundable with return of lock

* Must pay at time of purchase if new locker

Please contact Angelica Jensen at 402.554.3291 or if you have any special requests or suggestions as to how we may better serve your recreational needs.

All of our membership and program information can be found online at and

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Aviation's O'Neil Featured on KIOS

Pat O'Neil, assistant professor of aviation and public administration, was featured on KIOS, Omaha's NPR affiliate, on Monday. O'Neil was interviewed about the recent wildfires in northwestern Nebraska and the state's emergency preparedness policies. Read more here.

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Book the Thompson Center for Your Holiday Party

Having a holiday party? It might still be summer, but now is the time to start planning your company's celebration. And here's an early gift — host your UNO-related party at the Thompson Center and get free audio-visual rental in addition to the already waived room rental.

The beautiful Thompson Center spaces accommodate groups of all sizes. It also offers the delicious fare of exclusive caterer Brandeis Catering, which just was named Omaha's best caterer for a seventh consecutive year by B2B Omaha Magazine.

Contact the Thompson Center today to make sure your holiday party is one to remember! See or contact Christine Morrice at 402.554.3368 or

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Former Mav Saka at Olympic Games


Former UNO sprint standout Pinar Saka will be one of 49 athletes from Turkey competing for her country in the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London.

Saka will compete in the 400 meters, an event she excelled at while running for UNO.  She is currently ranked 56th in the world with a time of 51.60 and will be the first Turkish woman to ever compete in the event in the Olympics.  Read more.

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TIAA CREF Rep Openings Available This Summer

Openings still remain for TIAA-CREF representative campus visits set for this summer. The dates: Aug. 14 and 21.

Jana Steigelman-Simon, a TIAA CREF consultant for Individual Client Services, will be on campus throughout the summer for individual appointments with employees.

Appointments can be made by calling the Omaha TIAA-CREF office at 402.548.3614.

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