Flashpoints July 2016

In this July 2016 issue:

Campus Surplus

The basement of West Center will no longer be used for campus surplus.  Please do not place any surplus items in this area.  The area needs to remain clear as it is designated for as a severe weather shelter for the building.

Please continue to place work orders for any items from your area designated as surplus, needing to be removed.  Beginning soon, UNK Surplus will have regularly scheduled “open hours” for the UNK community to visit the surplus inventory storage area and view items available.  If you have any questions regarding the surplus inventory, please contact Don at 308-440-2573, or wellensiekdr@unk.edu.

REMINDER: 2016-17 Parking Permits On Sale

Permits may be purchased on-line through “MyBlue”, by campus mail, or in person at the Police and Parking Services Office in the General Services Building. These permits may be purchased on line either by payroll deduction, credit or debit card, by campus mail with check or payroll deduction, in person with check, cash or payroll deduction. Permits will be mailed to the purchaser by campus mail. Please plan early as we are exceptionally busy after August 12th.

  • “MyBlue” purchases: Log into “MyBlue” (you can find the link at www.unk.edu home page), enter your NUID and password, on the next screen on the left click on “Tools” or “Campus Tools”, then click “Police and Parking”, “Order A Permit” (right hand column in Permit box), payment can now be made using payroll deduction or by card. (If you have not used “MyBlue” before, you can still access it by using your NUID and your Firefly password, the first time this process may take a while to load).
  •  For in person or by campus mail purchases you will need to fill out the vehicle registration/payroll deduction form.
  • Faculty/Staff vehicle registration/payroll deduction form go to: http://www.unk.edu/offices/police/parkingservices/Fac_Staff_Vehicle_Registration.pdf
    • If paying by cash or check do not fill out the bottom payroll deduction part of the form.
    • If paying by payroll deduction, the bottom portion of the vehicle/payroll deduction form will need to be filled in.
    • Bi-weekly deduction will start on September 1, 2016.
    • Monthly deductions will start on September 30, 2016.
  • Completed form and check (or completed payroll deduction) can be mailed or taken to Parking Services, General Services Building or Police and Parking Services, 2507 19th Avenue, Kearney, NE 68849.
  • VEHICLE INFORMATION WILL BE REQUIRED:  License Plate, Make Model Style (2dr, 4dr, SUV, etc), and color.
  • We will return your permit via campus mail.

If you have any problems please feel free to contact us at parking@unk.edu or 308-865-8923.

2016-2017 Employee Permit cost: 

  • Administrative $225.00
  • Faculty/Professional $140.00
  • Staff $110.00

Tips for Preventing Heat-Related Illness

The best defense is prevention. Here are some prevention tips:

  • Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask your doctor how much you should drink while the weather is hot.
  • Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar–these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.
  • Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library–even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat. Call your local health department to see if there are any heat-relief shelters in your area.
  • Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.
  • Although any one at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on:
    • Infants and young children
    • People aged 65 or older
    • People who have a mental illness
    • Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure
  • Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children, of course, need much more frequent watching.

If you must be out in the heat:

  • Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
  • Cut down on exercise. If you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour.  A sports beverage can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat. Warning: If you are on a low-salt diet, talk with your doctor before drinking a sports beverage. Remember the warning in the first “tip” (above), too.
  • Try to rest often in shady areas.
  • Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat (also keeps you cooler) and sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher (the most effective products say “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection” on their labels).

Employee Achievement/Recognition of Excellence Award Nomination Forms

The Employee Achievement and Recognition of Excellence award nomination forms have been updated and are now available as electronic forms, using the following links.  These forms are also available as links on the UNK Staff Senate webpage. 

As we gear up for another exciting academic year, please consider nominating a staff member or group who has demonstrated excellence.  It’s time to show our colleagues how much we appreciate what they do and why we’re so very proud to be Lopers!!



For further information, please go to:

Business & Finance – Policies & Procedures

Orientation for New Employees to B & F Procedures

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