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Basketball vs. Metro State

All 12 University of Nebraska-Omaha players scored to give the Mavericks a 69-56 victory over Metro State in the final game of the Downtown DoubleTree Classic Saturday night at Sapp Fieldhouse.

Counseling Available on Campus Following Mall Tragedy

Counseling services are available for UNO students, faculty and staff following Wednesday's tragic events at Westroads Mall. Those needing assistance should contact the UNO Counseling Center at 554.2409 or 115 Eppley Administration Building. Faculty and staff may also call the Faculty/Employee Assistance Program at 554.3120.

Campus Holiday Open House This Afternoon

UNO's holiday open house, hosted by Chancellor John Christensen and Interim Vice Chancellors Julie Totten and Sheri Noren Everts, along with Faculty Senate President Scott Tarry and Staff Advisory Council (SAC) President Ivory Bob Jr., is today, Dec. 6. The annual event will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Kwanzaa Celebration Dec. 7 at UNO

UNO's 12th annual Kwanzaa program will take place Friday, Dec. 7, in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom at noon. Everyone in the campus community - faculty, students and staff - is invited to attend this free celebratory event.

In addition to the luncheon, UNO graduate Lizabet Arellano from the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation will give a presentation focusing on the principles of cooperative economics and collective work and responsibility.

"We strive to educate our students about the traditions and cultures of others to see that our differences give us grounds for knowing more about each other rather than distancing from one another," said Sharif Liwaru, UNO cultural awareness programs adviser. "Celebrations like this make it possible to celebrate family, community and culture."

Kwanzaa, a holiday that celebrates African traditions and American customs, was created in 1966. The name Kwanzaa comes from a Swahili phrase meaning "first fruits." In ancient Africa, the time to harvest fruits and grains was a time of celebration. The annual UNO Kwanzaa program is designed to share the basic concepts of and answer questions about this cultural tradition, which is celebrated Dec. 26 through Jan. 1.

For more information, call 554.2711.

Nu Flex Enrollment Ends Friday

The annual NU Flex enrollment period concludes this Friday, Dec. 7. Faculty and staff need to return the smoker designation form and submit any changes by this date.

"If no changes to life insurance, health care, or flex pay accounts, all faculty and staff still need to return the smoker designation form," said Esther Scarpello, fringe benefits manager at UNO. "If not turned in, the default is the smoker rate, and your premiums could be affected."

For packet-related questions, contact Scarpello at 554.3660.

Stacey Grafel Named Student Employee of the Month

Stacey Grafel

UNO student Stacey Grafel, who works for the UNO Department of Biology, has impressed people in her office with her leadership, professionalism, support and communication qualities. She has been selected as the student employee for the month of December.

According to her supervisor, "Stacey's professionalism is demonstrated in her communication practices. She is always polite, and communicates effectively both with students and with faculty."

Human Resources features student employees from a new department each month during the fall and spring semesters.

Nomination forms are available by clicking on this link.

Human Resources also features students on the department's Student Employment blog and podcast.

For more information about the program, contact Andrés Traslaviña, manager of student employment, at

Picture above: Stacey Grafel, center, with supervisors, Jennifer Mullin (right) and Lynda Williams (left).

UNO Bands to Perform Prevailing Winds Concert Dec. 14

The December winds may be blowing cold and gusty outside, but they will be warmer in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall when the university bands present the annual Prevailing Winds concert Friday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. Read more.

"Women in Islam" Dialogue Set for Dec. 7

The UNO Muslim Student Association will sponsor a discussion on "Women in Islam" Friday, Dec. 7, in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. The event will begin at 3 p.m. and focus on the misconceptions of Muslim women.

Discussion topics for the event include:
- Looking beyond the veil and what it means to be a woman in Islam;
- Roles Muslim women have today in society;
- Rights and freedoms of Muslim women; and
- Equal treatment of Muslim women.

For more information, send an e-mail to or, or call 554.2711.

ITS to Offer Training for New Office 2007

Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer two hands-on training sessions this December to help transition users to the new Office 2007.

"These sessions are designed to help you make a smooth change from Office 2003 to Office 2007 and to acquaint you with the new features now available," said Erin King, instructional design specialist for ITS. "Please be aware that ITS added Office 2007 to all of our open computer labs and hi-tech classrooms prior to the start of the fall semester. This means that all of those computers have both Office 2003 and Office 2007 installed."

Sessions are:

- Friday, Dec. 7
1 to 2:30 p.m.
104 Durham Science Center

- Thursday, Dec. 13
10 to 11:30 a.m.
007B Roskens Hall

"These sessions will not teach users the base program, but rather the differences between the two versions," King said. "You will need to have a good working knowledge of each application before attending the sessions."

To sign up for these sessions:
- Go to;
- Select "December" from the drop-down menu on the right, and click "Go";
- Enter an SAP personnel number (this is the five-digit number on all UNO employee check stubs and picture IDs);
- Click "Sign Up"; and
- Click "Ok" to confirm the SAP personnel number.

An e-mail will be sent to confirm registration. A minimum sign-up of five people is required by 2 p.m. the day prior to class. An e-mail notification will be sent if the class is cancelled.

For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (554.4357).

Classical 90.7 KVNO Broadcasts Holiday Favorites

Classical 90.7 KVNO is celebrating the holiday season with concerts and specials throughout December.

Highlights include complete performances of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" ballet, "A Taste of Chanukah" with actor and singer Theodore Bikel and Handel's "Messiah" with the Omaha Symphony on Christmas night.

"From all of us here at Classical 90.7 KVNO, have a safe, happy and joyous holiday season," said Mike Hilt, KVNO interim general manager.

A complete listing of KVNO's holiday programming is available by clicking the red and green "KVNO Holiday Programming" link at

Inclement Weather Announcement Reminder

When inclement weather arises locally, the university community has several options in getting the information about snow delay or closing.

Access the UNO Weather Announcements Web site at for the latest university closing information. Web site visitors need to hit the reload or refresh button on the Web browser first.

e2campus subscribers will also receive alerts announcing delays or closings. The new system, provided by e2Campus, sends instant alerts directly to registered subscribers' e-mail accounts and mobile phones via SMS text messages. Wireless personal digital assistants and BlackBerry devices can also be used. Students, faculty and staff can learn more about the system and sign up at

The university community also can dial 554.CALL (554.2255) for the latest weather announcements. KVNO Radio (90.7 FM) will broadcast UNO closing information, as well.

Donations Sought for Crisis Leave Sharing Program

Several years ago, a crisis leave sharing program was created in an effort to help university employees who have used all their vacation or sick leave and need additional paid leave to attend to a crisis. Since then, many employees have donated their accrued but unused vacation leave to the UNO crisis pool. Recently, several employees have needed crisis leave, and the pool balance is low.

Staff members can assist colleagues in need by contributing to the crisis leave pool. A donation form is available in the Human Resources office or online in Sapphire at this link.

For more information, call 554.2321.

Participants Sought for UNMC Depression Study

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Department of Psychiatry invites people experiencing depression and who have had episodes of depression in the past to participate in a research study.

The study will use investigational antidepressant medications, and all participants must be 19 to 70 years of age and in good general medical health. All study procedures and medications will be provided.

For more information, call 552.6005, e-mail, or visit