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Hockey vs. Lake Superior State

UNO Senior forward Bryan Marshall scored two goals, including the game-tying goal late in the third period, to help the Mavericks salvage a 3-3 tie against Lake Superior State Saturday night at the Qwest Center Omaha.

UNO Bookstore "Book Buy Back" Begins Today

The "book buy back" event at the UNO Bookstore begins today, Dec. 12, and continues through Friday, Dec. 21. Individuals must have a current university ID to participate.

Bookstore hours during the "book buy back" are as follows:

- Monday through Thursday
7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

- Friday
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Saturday, Dec. 15
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Due to the holiday shutdown, the last day to sell books is Friday, Dec. 21. For more information, contact Jacinda Brooks at 554.2360.

Today's Faculty Senate Meeting to Address Twelve-Month Calendar Concept

The UNO Faculty Senate will hold its regular monthly meeting today, Dec. 12, in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Rooms.

At 2 p.m., Faculty Senate President Scott Tarry will discuss the Twelve Month Concept Committee. The meeting will begin immediately following the presentation. All interested parties are invited to attend.

For more information, contact Dr. Tarry at 554.3190, or Sue Bishop, Faculty Senate coordinator, at 554.3598.

Town Halls to Discuss New SIS Rescheduled for Dec. 13

UNO has rescheduled two town hall meetings for Thursday, Dec. 13, focused on the work involved with selecting a new university-wide student information system. (The snow and ice storm earlier this week caused the cancellations of the original sessions).

The Nebraska University Student Information System (NUSIS) Project will affect many UNO services, including registration, financial aid, admissions, recruiting and other critical university functions.  All four of the university system's campuses will be involved, and faculty, staff and student input is critical to the planning process.

Both of the rescheduled campus town halls will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.  The session audiences and times:

- Administrative staff session
9 to 10 a.m.

- Faculty and students session
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The hour-long sessions will provide an overview of the NUSIS Project and highlight the planning taking place during the next several months.  Time will be available for audience questions, as well.

"The entire NUSIS Project will take about three years to complete," said John Fiene, UNO associate vice chancellor for technology.  "Right now, efforts are focused on several aspects of project planning, which will continue through April."

A dedicated project Web site has been established to keep the university community informed at  The Web site contains important information about the project and outlines what, how, who and for how long.

For more information, call 554.3670.

Patrons Feedback Sought for Criss Library Web Survey

The Criss Library is currently in the process of redesigning its online presence. The UNO community is invited to participate in a survey to help the library determine what features and services are most desirable through the Web. The survey is available at

"We'd like everyone possible to take this survey. Participation in the survey is strictly anonymous, is greatly appreciated and should only take about 10 minutes to complete," said Dean Steve Shorb. "This will give us a better idea on how our patrons interact with the Library Web site, how we can make improvements and better serve our public."

Questions may be directed to Nicholas Hansen, Criss Library Webmaster, at 554.3122 or

MBSC "Brown Bag Jazz Concerts" Dec. 13 and 14

Do you like jazz? Join the UNO Vocal Jazz Ensembles for two free "Brown Bag Jazz Concerts" at noon Thursday, Dec. 13, and Friday, Dec. 14, in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

Concertgoers are invited to bring their lunch and enjoy an hour of live jazz.

For more information, contact Peter Madsen, coordinator of jazz studies, at 554.2297.

Nominations Sought for 2008 Vice Chancellor's Award

Nominations/applications are being accepted for the 2008 Vice Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Leadership. This annual award recognizes an undergraduate student who has demonstrated exemplary leadership through influential participation in campus organizations and community volunteer work, in addition to scholarly achievement.

All nominees must be undergraduates enrolled at UNO with a 2.5 G.P.A. and who will graduate in December 2007 or May/August 2008.

The following items are necessary for the application/nomination to be processed. The application must be presented to the nominee by the nominator, and all documents must be returned to the Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) office, located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC).

Nomination Packets
Nomination packets are available on the SOLP Web site at

Nominator's Recommendation
The nominator's recommendation letter must be completed and returned with the nomination form by Friday, Feb. 8.

Nominee's Application
Must be returned by Friday, Feb. 15.

Nominee's Essay
Must be returned by Friday, Feb. 15.

For additional information regarding the award or nomination packet, contact SOLP at 554.2711 or stop by the SOLP office. The award will be presented at the 2008 SOLP Student Leader Reception on Thursday, April 10, and again at Spring Honors Convocation on Friday, April 11.

ITS Announces Winter Break Lab Hours

Information Technology Services (ITS) announces all ITS labs and partner labs hours for Friday, Dec. 21, through Sunday, Jan. 13. Regular spring semester hours will commence Monday, Jan. 14, and will be posted no later than Monday, Jan. 7. 

To access the full winter break schedule click on this link.

For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (4357).

OLLAS to Offer Study Abroad Course in Peru This Summer

Undergraduate and graduate students at UNO will travel to Lima, Peru, during the first summer session next year, thanks to a course offered by OLLAS (the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies), with the cooperation of the Department of Sociology, the Service Learning Academy and the UNO Distance Education program. The Peru course constitutes the first offering under the newly created Latin America Study Abroad topics course. Read More.

HR Seminar Series to Highlight Personal Finances

A representative from Credit Advisors Foundation will answer questions on personal financial management and credit basics at two installments of the UNO Human Resources Informative Seminar Series next week.

The first presentation will take place from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room on Thursday, Dec. 13. The session will be repeated Friday, Dec. 14, from 9 to 10 a.m. All interested faculty and staff are invited to attend.

"Join us for an informative discussion about managing your household finances and learn some practical tips that you can put into practice," said Esther Scarpello, fringe benefits manager at UNO.

The UNO seminars are scheduled monthly from September through April. Topics will include personal financial management, social security and retirement planning.

For more information, contact Scarpello at 554.3660.

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. Read more.

Safety Reminder for Holiday Decorations

In an effort to help minimize health, fire and life safety issues related to holiday decorating, UNO Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) staff reminds departments to abide by these procedures:

- Materials used for decorations should be artificial and fire retardant;

- Open flames (candles, incense, etc.) are not permitted without permission from EHS;

- Avoid covering exit signs, fire extinguishers or fire pull stations with decorations;

- Hanging materials from fire detection or sprinkler systems is prohibited;

- Use heavy extension cords and don't cover them; and

- Departments are expected to turn off all decorative lights when leaving for the day.

For more information, contact Stan Schleifer, EHS manager, at 554.3596.

Participants Sought for HPER Research Study

Adults 45 years or older are invited to participate in a research study at the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building Exercise Physiology Lab.

The free study is being conducted as a part of a master's thesis by UNO student Vidya Sagar Hanumanthu and will be supervised by HPER faculty member Kris Berg.

Study participants will be informed of their serum cholesterol levels, aerobic capacity and static and dynamic balance measures. They will also be asked to answer questions about depression and quality of life.

For more information, call 554.3221 or send an e-mail to