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Firefly Dedication

Dedication ceremonies were held Friday for the Peter Kiewit Institute's new supercomputer. The Holland Computing Center's "Firefly" computer will be among the top 20 in the world. On hand for the dedication and tour of the facility were Richard Holland, Walter Scott, Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson and University of Nebraska President J.B. Milliken.

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Got Jazz?

The UNO Jazz Ensembles will play a "Brown Bag" Jazz Concert in the Milo Bail Student Center at noon on Dec. 14. The piece played in this short recording is called "Tuning Up."

Dr. Noren Everts Accepts Vice President Position at Illinois State

Illinois State University has named Sheri Noren Everts, UNO interim senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, its next vice president for Academic Affairs and provost. Dr. Noren Everts will start her new appointment on July 1 in Normal, Ill.

Dr. Noren Everts began her tenure at UNO in 1994 as a faculty member in the Department of Teacher Education. She became a full professor in 2004. In 2000, she was named assistant to the vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. Her promotion to assistant vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs came in 2003 and to associate vice chancellor in 2004.

In 2006, Dr. Noren Everts was appointed acting vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs before being named interim senior vice chancellor in June 2007.

Dr. Noren Everts received her bachelor's degree in English and secondary education, master's degree in literacy education and English and doctorate in administration, curriculum and instruction from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

"Dr. Noren Everts rose to the top of a highly competitive and selective search process that included broad participation from the campus (Illinois State) community," said Illinois State University President Al Bowman.

"Leaving UNO will be very difficult for me," said Dr. Noren Everts. "The faculty, staff and students have made my 13 years on campus extremely enjoyable and professionally satisfying. This has been a wonderful time and experience in my life."

NU Input Sought for I-80 Corridor Survey

The Nebraska Innovation Zone Commission (NIZC) has requested input from interested faculty and staff of the University of Nebraska into the development of the I-80 corridor between Omaha and Lincoln.

The NIZC is built upon the declaration that the area adjacent to the Interstate 80 corridor, running through the entire length of Nebraska, affords an excellent opportunity for business expansion, economic development, job creation, and education-business partnerships. This opportunity for growth is best realized through regional cooperation among the communities, businesses, and educational entities within the corridor work together to pursue common goals along this opportunity zone.

The following link provides an opportunity to take the short survey, which is sponsored by both the NIZC and the Nebraska Department of Economic Development.  To access the survey, click on this link.

The NIZC was established August 2005 per LB 546. The 19 appointed Commissioners represent three Natural Resources Districts, the University of Nebraska, Nebraska Community Colleges, Class I and Class II cities, as well as Omaha, Lincoln and six Nebraska counties: Douglas, Sarpy, Cass, Saunders, Washington and Lancaster.

For more information, visit http://www.nizc.org.

NU Flex Confirmation Statements Released

Confirmation statements for the NU Flex annual enrollment will be released to employees through campus mail today, Dec. 14. Employees should carefully review their confirmation statements for the 2008 benefit selections.

Changes can be made directly on the confirmation statement. Send any corrected confirmation statements to:

Human Resources
Attn: Esther Scarpello
EAB 205

Changes for 2008 cannot be made after Jan. 1.

For confirmation statement questions, contact Esther Scarpello, fringe benefits manager, at 554.3660.

PRSSA Holding Toy Drive in Arts and Sciences Hall

To help make sure needy children get a new toy this holiday season, the UNO chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSSA) is holding its annual Toys for Tots drive in Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH).

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to 140 ASH by Friday, Dec. 21. Last year, PRSSA collected 100 new toys for the drive.

For more information, contact Karen Weber, PRSSA faculty adviser, at 554.2246 or kweber@mail.unomaha.edu.

Group Ex Classes End Today

The fall schedule for Campus Recreation's Group Ex classes ends today, Dec. 14. No classes will be held during finals week (Dec. 17-21).

Campus Recreation will also offer several yoga and pilates classes during the winter break. All classes will take place from noon to 12:50 p.m. in 230 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

The schedule:

- Monday, Dec. 17
Yoga
Instructor: Vaunghda

- Tuesday, Dec. 18
Pilates Fusion
Instructor: Jeannie

- Monday, Jan. 7
Yoga
Instructor: Vaunghda

- Tuesday, Jan. 8
Pilates Fusion
Instructor: Jeannie

- Thursday, Jan. 10
Pilates
Instructor: Vaunghda

"Be a Change Maker" Campaign Concludes Dec. 31

Only days remain for faculty and staff to submit a tax-deductible donation to the 2007 UNO Annual Fund and qualify for a free UNO license plate frame.

All donors of $50 or more will receive a license plate frame through the "Be a Change Maker" campaign promoting the many ways the UNO Alumni Association positively impacts campus. Contributions can be made online at http://www.unoalumni.org/give.

Gifts also can be submitted via payroll deduction forms available from the Alumni Association by calling 554.2446. Donations received by Monday, Dec. 31, qualify for a 2007 tax deduction.

Book Buy Back and Holiday Sale Under Way at UNO Bookstore

The "book buy back" event and annual holiday sale at the UNO Bookstore continues through Friday, Dec. 21.

Individuals must have a current university ID to participate in the book buy back. Due to the holiday shutdown, the last day to sell books is Friday, Dec. 21.

At the holiday sale, purchase one apparel item at regular price and receive a second item for half price. In addition, receive 20 percent off the regular price of bestselling hardbound, paperback children's and holiday books.

Bookstore hours are:

- 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.

For more information, contact Jacinda Brooks, bookstore operations manager, at 554.2360.

Author Rafe Esquith to Offer Inspirational Teaching Tips Jan. 8 at UNO

Rafe Esquith, author and one of America's most celebrated educators, will visit campus to demonstrate his unique teaching style Tuesday, Jan. 8, in the William H. and Dorothy Alumni Center Bootstrapper Hall. The event, which runs from 5 to 7 p.m., is free and open to the public. Read more.

In the News

In the News

- KFAB (1110 AM) interviewed Elizabeth Dahl, assistant professor of political science, for its weekly public affairs program on Dec. 9. Dahl spoke about how events such as the Westroads Mall shootings impact a community.

- Jerry Deichert of the Center for Public Affairs Research was quoted in the Dec. 2 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about job growth in Nebraska.

- KPTM (Fox 42) profiled the CAPOW program Dec. 10 on its regular "Heartland Proud" feature. Roger Hoburg and Dan Sullivan of the chemistry department were interviewed for the segment.

- Political science Professor James Johnson was quoted in the Dec. 4 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the Papillion City Council.

- The Omaha World-Herald profiled James Reed, a former UNO creative writing professor, in its Dec. 5 issue. Reed earned a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

- KMTV (CBS 3) and WOWT (NBC 6) interviewed Marti Rosen-Atherton of the UNO Counseling Center Dec. 5. She discussed the counseling services available to the metro area following the Westroads Mall shootings.

- Criminal justice Emeritus Professor Sam Walker was quoted in the Nov. 27 issue of The Tribune (Portland, Ore.). Walker was asked to review police auditor documents in Portland.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

In Print

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Stage

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.

Handel's Messiah Performed at UNO Dec. 16
The UNO Department of Music will present two performances of Handel's Messiah Sunday, Dec. 16. The concerts will begin at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall on the UNO campus. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. Read more

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number.

On Exhibit

Barbara Simcoe's Works on Display
In Norfolk, Neb., Barbara Simcoe, associate professor of art and art history, currently has a one-person exhibition at the Norfolk Arts Center, 305 N. 5th St. It runs through Saturday, Dec. 29. Works include paintings, drawings and digital photographs. Many of the pieces come out of her 2004 Fulbright Lithuania experience; 2005 Acco, Israel exhibition; and 2007 Krakow, Poland exhibition. For more information, visit http://www.norfolkartscenter.org/exhibits.htm.

On campus, the University Committee on Research and Creative Activity (UCRCA) is also featuring the digital photographic artistry of Simcoe. Her works are on exhibit through Monday, Dec. 17, in the display case on the second floor of the Eppley Administration Building.

UNO Art Gallery to Open "Bret Reif: In Digestion"
"Brett Reif: In Digestion" will be on display through Friday, Jan. 18, at the UNO Art Gallery.

The solo exhibition features work by A. Brett Reif, an assistant professor in the School of the Foundation Year at the Kansas City Art Institute.  Non-traditional media, sculpture and installation are major areas of interest for Reif.  He typically works in automobile grease, Post-It notes, test tubes and plastic wrap.  Read more.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.