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photos by Tim Fitzgerald

University Relations will celebrate UNO photographer Tim Fitzgerald's 42 years of outstanding service to the campus community with a retirement reception Thursday, Aug. 30.

The event will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. All of UNO is invited to attend.

During the summer of 1970, Fitzgerald began working in UNO's Office of Information where his duties included producing weekly public affairs programs about UNO for both radio and television. He also began a long association with the UNO Athletic Department by filming and producing a Maverick sports program for UNO Television. At the same time, he began photographing the UNO campus and Maverick sporting events for use in a variety of publications.

During his public relations career at UNO, Fitzgerald has worked with local and national news media, the UNO Alumni Association and internal communication at UNO. For the last 15 years, he has been manager of photography for UNO University Relations.

Join us in remembering the years through the eyes of 'Tim Fitzgerald' one last time.



Tim Fitzgerald Retirement Reception Is Today

At the end of this week, Tim Fitzgerald will retire as manager of Photography Services after 42 years of service to the university. To honor his decades of service, a campus-wide retirement reception is set for today, Aug. 30, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. Brief remarks will start at 4 p.m.

For those who miss today's reception, the UNO Women's Club (formerly the UNO Faculty Women's Club) in partnership with the Office of University Relations also invites faculty, staff and students to participate in Tim Fitzgerald's "Retirement Card Shower." Cards will be accepted throughout the month of September.

"A very special person to all of us will retire and be able photograph at his leisure," said Becky Means, UNOWC courtesy chair. "Many may not be able to attend -- so lets shower him with cards and best wishes in his retirement."

To commemorate his retirement, cards "c/o Tim Fitzgerald Card Shower" may be sent to:

Campus Mail
University Relations
EAB 211

Off Campus Mail
6001 Dodge St., University Relations, EAB 211
Omaha, NE 68182

"We're showering him with cards, as he has showered us with his friendship and photographs over the years," Means said.

Questions? Contact Means at (402.556.0903/ or Becky Bohan Brown at (402.554.2243/

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Grant Informational Meeting Today for Nebraska Rural Initiative

The University of Nebraska Rural Futures Institute (RFI) is soliciting proposals for research and teaching grants aimed at engaging rural people and communities in addressing critical challenges and opportunities. In an effort to encourage faculty and staff members at UNO to consider developing grant proposals, Randy Cantrell, community development specialist for the Nebraska Rural Initiative, will present an informational meeting today, Aug. 30, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

Questions regarding RFI grant proposals should be directed to the Office of Sponsored Programs & Research, 402.554.2286 or

Take a Campus Tour from Your Computer

UNO's Virtual Campus Tour is now live! You can view it by clicking on our Virtual Tour tab, located directly at the top right of, which will redirect you to the website.

You can also view the tour directly, by visiting

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Background Checks for New Hires Policy Announced

On Saturday, Sept. 1, UNO's new policy on requiring background checks for all new hires will go into effect. This means that all positions posted after that date will require that the selected applicant must agree to a criminal background check which will be provided by a national known firm, OneSource.

Human Resources will manage the collection of information and the hiring authority and HR will determine if the results will negatively impact the offer of employment. The details of the policy can be found at

The policy also provides for an annual check of employees against the Sex Offender Registry and against the Department of Motor Vehicles records. The results of these checks will be shared with the hiring authorities. In addition, the policy includes a Duty to Notify for all employees. This policy requires employees to notify their supervisor if they are convicted of a crime that prevents the employee from carrying out an essential function of the job.

Any questions, about this policy should be directed to Human Resources Director, Mollie Anderson at sessions for hiring managers on the new policy will be offered Tuesday, Sept. 4, 10:30 a.m. to noon and another one at 1 to 2:30 p.m., in 132D College of Public Affairs and Community Service. Details will follow on the training in future eNotes.

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Criss Library Schedule Changes for Labor Day Holiday

Criss Library hours for this Sunday, Sept. 2, will be noon to 9 p.m. The library will be closed Monday, Sept. 3, in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

Regular library hours resume Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 7 a.m.

For a complete schedule of library hours, visit

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Constitution Day Public Lecture & Discussion

Criss Library will host a Public Lecture & Discussion by Samuel Walker on Monday, Sept. 17. The event will be held at 7 pm on the main floor of the Criss Library.

Walker, UNO Emeritus Professor of Criminal Justice, will address "Presidents and Civil Liberties:  Obama and Romney in Historical Perspective" in light of the research that informed his latest book, published by Cambridge University Press.  His study of the Presidents extending from Woodrow Wilson through Barack Obama is the first comprehensive treatment of their actions most pertinent to civil liberties.

Free and open to the public.

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Aviation Institute In News for Loening Trophy Win

The Loening Trophy, awarded to the top aviation program in the country, was officially put on display Thursday, Aug. 23, after UNO was voted best in the nation at this year's SAFECON competition. The public event was covered by WOWT, KPTM, KFAB and Omaha World-Herald. Read more here.Up to Top

PowerPoint:  Not Just for Presentations Offered

Learn the power of PowerPoint by joining the Academic Partnership for Instruction (API), a division of Information Services (IS), as they help you create interactive PowerPoints. The training session will take place on Friday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in 543 Kayser Hall.

During this session participants will learn how to: use PowerPoint to create non-linear interactive course materials--which can be used for test preparation, in class activities, games, supplemental resources and to help accommodate students with various learning styles. Participants will first create a sample presentation flow chart and a storyboard to be used in their development of a short non-linear presentation.  Previous experience with basic PowerPoint is recommended.

To register for this session, visit  Questions?  Contact IS Customer Services at 402.554.4357 or

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NBDC Offering PHR/SPHR Exam Prep Course for HR Professionals

The Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) will offer an intense, 11-week online course to help Human Resources (HR) professionals study to take the PHR or SPHR exam.

NBDC staff report using the SHRM Learning System, the NBDC pass rate is 100 percent. Prepare to Pass with the No. 1 PHR/SPHR Certification Preparation Tool, which begins with an optional kick-off meeting on Thursday, Sept. 13. For more details and to register by Aug. 31, visit this link.

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