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Heydays of the Hayden House

On Oct. 8, 2010, UNO's new Welcome Center was unveiled with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Around $1 million had been invested in restoring what had most recently been the home of the Goodrich Program. With the renovation of the former-Engineering building to make-way for the new College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) building, Goodrich had new home and something needed to be done with a building that, frankly, had too much history to get rid of. continue. . .



Wednesday Words Reading Series Continues This Afternoon

Spend the lunch hour today, Aug. 8, with Wednesday Words: The Braided River reading series at its new location, KANEKO's KANEKO-UNO Library, 1111 Jones St., in Omaha's Old Market District.

Beginning in June, the reading series, which is free and open to the public, started holding events at KANEKO-UNO Library, with an inaugural reading by William Trowbridge, Missouri's Poet Laureate.

This month's featured writer is Rex Walton. He will read from his works today from noon to 1 p.m. Walton has been a writer and poet for more than four decades. During that time, he has written hundreds of books of poetry and prose. Recently in Midwest magazines, among them the Rocky Mountain Review, Plainsong, and Plains Song Review, as well as the Middlewesterner, an online collection of views. Walton has worked with numerous writers in Nebraska with workshop presentations, most recently -- "Writers Write!" -- through the Nebraska Literary Heritage Association. He also runs the Reading Series weekly at Crescent Moon Coffee in Lincoln.

Wednesday Words originated in the fall of 2009 as a special reading series featuring award-winning writers from the Nebraska Arts Council's (NAC) Individual Artist Fellowship (IAF) in Literature program. It has developed into an ongoing reading series recognizing award-winning writers from Nebraska, including NAC's IAF honorees. The reading series is sponsored by the Nebraska Arts Council, The Backwaters Press, KANEKO-UNO Library and J.D. Hutton.

Questions? Contact Lindsey Bailie at 402.932.3486 or

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23rd Annual Data Users Conference Aug. 15 at UNO

Learn about how Nebraska's population is changing, key sources of economic data, library resources, grant writing, information for communities and neighborhoods, and the latest census data including a special focus on educational attainment at the Nebraska State Data Center's 23rd annual conference. The event is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday Aug. 15, in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Commons Area and is available by webcast. Discounts for early registration ends today, Aug 8. See the details here:

Space is filling up available seats are shown on the conference registration page. The webcast also allows people to participate more easily from their own office or home computer. There's something for everyone to learn and benefit from by attending this conference -- so register today.

Contact David Drozd on any questions: 402.554.2132 or

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Changes to UNO's Wireless Network Announced

In an effort to improve wireless security on the UNO campus, a new wireless network, UNOSecure, will be activated on Monday, Aug. 13. The UNOSecure network will be available to faculty, staff and students and require a login to connect (only once for each device using your Net ID username and password - aka Blackboard/Office 365).

For guest to the UNO campus, the UNOGuest network will be implemented and limited to a basic Internet connection. The existing UNOWireless network will remain available for guest access but will be discontinued during the holiday break in December.

For more information on UNO's wireless network go to or for up-to-date information on this project, go to

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Jutting Named New Hockey Assistant Coach


UNO head hockey coach Dean Blais announced today that Troy Jutting has been named the team's new assistant coach. Jutting takes over for Brian Renfrew who left Omaha after one year to take a position with the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League.

Jutting is well known to fans of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), having served as the head coach of Minnesota State for the last 12 years. Read more.

Have you done something noteworthy in your profession? E-mail "People" items to

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Bob Miles's Buffett Class Featured in World-Herald

Adjunct Instructor Bob Miles, business administration, and his class "The Genius of Warren Buffett" was mentioned in a story in the Omaha World-Herald about the Buffetts and their history. Read more here.

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Blackboard Facelift Scheduled for Aug. 13

Blackboard will be unavailable on Monday, Aug. 13, from 6 a.m. to approximately noon to install Service Pack 9 (SP9). Please be aware that, prior to noon, there may be intermittent connectivity due to system testing as Blackboard is brought back online.

This virtual facelift will not affect the functionality of Blackboard. The tools and features students and faculty have grown accustomed to will remain the same; however, the upgrade includes a few additional options for faculty in areas such as the grade center and a new text editor. The most significant impact of the upgrade, and the one you will notice immediately, will be the look and feel of Blackboard. The user interface has been updated to a more modern theme in order to enhance usability.  Additional enhancements include course-to-course navigation, automatic regrading in tests/quizzes, and applying negative points to questions within tests. 

To get a closer look at these improvements and more:

- Attend an Information Services (IS) webinar Aug. 14 at noon. Simply go to and click on Enter as a Guest.  No registration is required.

- Review the updated Blackboard Help section on the API Website (  This information can also be accessed by clicking the Help icon within Blackboard.

- Go to Upgrade Central (

- Review this brief Blackboard video highlighting the new themes and interface.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact IS Technical Support at 402.554.4357 (HELP) or email

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UNO Participants Sought for Aug. 25 Methodist Hospital/UNO Women's Triathlon


If you've ever wanted to participate in a triathlon, the Methodist Hospital/UNO Women's Triathlon is the perfect place to start. Join other area women on Saturday, Aug. 25, for the 8 a.m. triathlon at Wehrspann Lake and Chalco Hills Recreation Area, 8901 S. 154th St.

"This is a fun, noncompetitive introduction to the sport—no rigorous training required. We won't be recording your times or giving awards, so the pressure's off," said Todd Samland, UNO head women's swimming & diving coach and event organizer. "It's all about participating in a fun fitness event for women of all ages—so bring your mom, your daughter, or your best friend and try the sport!"

The entry fee is $20 and includes a T-shirt. All proceeds from the event go towards UNO's swimming and diving team.

For details and an entry form, click on this link.

"Even if you're a triathlon veteran, this event is the perfect way to challenge yourself—and challenge a friend to compete with you," Samland said.

Questions? Contact Coach Samland at 402.554.2346 or

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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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Presentation of the Loening Trophy to the UNO Aviation Institute

Mark your calendar. The Loening Trophy will be presented to the UNO Aviation Institute Thursday, Aug. 23, at the Thompson Alumni Center. Chancellor John Christensen will also present the Flight Team with a special recognition. The trophy will be awarded at 3 p.m., followed by a reception. 

The Loening Trophy was first awarded in 1929 as a perpetual trophy to be presented annually to the outstanding all- around collegiate aviation program.  You can learn more about the history of the Loening Trophy, and R.S.V.P. online at

For questions or additional information you may also call the Aviation Institute at 402.554.3424.

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