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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."

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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.

Service Learning Academy Earns Carter Grants for Campus-Community Collaboration

The UNO Service Learning Academy has been selected to present two grants from the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Foundation in 2008. Read more.

Stress Management Podcasts Available

Feeling stressed?

Health, Physical Education and Recreations Professors Josie Metal-Corbin and David Metal-Corbin have free stress management podcasts available.

"Professor Metal-Corbin and I have six stress management podcasts available online so students can take stress management breaks as they prepare for finals," said Dr. David Metal-Corbin.

Visit the podcast Web site at http://www.unomaha.edu/healthed/stressmgmt.html.

Book Buy Back and Holiday Sale 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.

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

PRSSA Toy Drive Under Way 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.

UNO Holiday Closedown Reminder

The 2007 holiday closedown will begin Monday, Dec. 24, and conclude Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008. Staff will return to work Wednesday, Jan. 2. For more information, contact Human Resources at 554.2321 or visit the Web at http://www.nebraska.edu/hr/hr_holidays.shtml.

Criss Library Announces Holiday Break Hours

The Criss Library staff announces the following changes in the library's operating hours during the holiday break:

2007
- Monday through Friday, Dec. 17-21
regular hours

- Saturday through Monday, Dec. 22-31
University closed (holiday break)

2008
- Tuesday, Jan. 1
Closed (New Year's Day holiday)

For more information, contact the library's Circulation Desk at 544.3206.

ITS Announces Winter Break Lab Hours

The Information Technology Services staff (ITS) have set all ITS labs and partner labs hours for Friday, Dec. 21, through Sunday, Jan. 13. Regular spring semester hours will start 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).

Nominations Sought for Lamanna Award for Excellence

Individuals in the UNO community can now nominate students, faculty or staff for the Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's Studies. The award recognizes extraordinary service to the UNO program in Women's Studies. This noteworthy work may involve teaching, research/creative activity and service, or a combination of the three.

"We're really excited about receiving nominations from the university community for this award," said Karen Falconer Al-Hindi, director of Women's Studies Program. "The award is named for Dr. Mary Ann Lamanna, whose work on behalf of the program was exemplary. It is a real pleasure to everyone involved with the program to recognize such outstanding efforts."

The deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 8. To nominate individuals for the Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's Studies, submit the following to Jody Neathery-Castro, associate professor of political science, in 275 Arts and Sciences Hall or e-mail jneathery@mail.unomaha.edu:

- A one-to-two page nomination letter outlining the particular accomplishments and their relevancy to the UNO Women's Studies program. The nominator must also be connected to the Women's Studies program (student major/minor, faculty or staff).

- The nominator must solicit at least two supporting letters by colleagues or peers connected to the Women's Studies program (student major/minor, faculty or staff) who also know the accomplishments of the nominated person(s).

- The nominator must obtain the nominee's/nominees' résumé or curriculum vitae (CV).

- The nominator must submit a representative sample of the nominee's/nominees' work that is relevant to the award.

The person(s) being honored will receive the award at the annual Women's Studies luncheon, which will take place Friday, May 2. Previous winners include Susan Maher (English and Women's Studies) and Robbin Ogle (criminal justice and Women's Studies).

For more information, contact Dr. Al-Hindi at 554.3834 or kfacolneralhindi@mail.unomaha.edu.

Participants Sought for UNMC Teen Depression Study

Teens experiencing depression are being recruited by the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Department of Psychiatry to participate in a research study that uses marketed antidepressant medications.

Adolescent depression symptoms may include:
- often being sad, unhappy or in a bad mood;
- trouble sleeping or staying asleep;
- change in appetite;
- loss of interest or motivation, decreased energy; and
- feelings of emptiness or worthlessness.

Study evaluation and medication are provided at no cost to those that meet eligibility requirements. To participate, adolescents must be 12 to 17 years of age. To learn more about this UNMC clinical research study, call 552.6240 or 552.6241.

Maverick Watch

Mavericks

Support the Mavericks by attending their home events. Faculty, staff and students are admitted free to all home athletic games with proper ID (excluding hockey and playoff games). The spouses and children of students, faculty and staff can also attend for free.

At home…

Sunday, Dec. 16
- Men's basketball vs. Midland Lutheran
Sapp Fieldhouse, Dodge location
1 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 17
- Women's basketball vs. Colorado State-Pueblo
Sapp Fieldhouse, Dodge location
6 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 18
- Hockey vs. Minnesota State, Mankato
Qwest Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St.
7:05 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 19
- Women's basketball vs. Newman
Sapp Fieldhouse, Dodge location
6 p.m.

Men's Basketball vs. Sioux Falls
- Sapp Fieldhouse, Dodge location
8 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 28
- Hockey vs. Yale
Qwest Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St.
7:05 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 30
- Hockey vs. Princeton
Qwest Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St.
7:05 p.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at http://gomavs.unomaha.edu/.