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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.

UNO Vice Chancellor Search Web Pages Launched

The UNO community and the public can now visit two new Web pages with information about the ongoing searches for the senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs and vice chancellor for Business and Finance.

When finalists for the positions are named, the pages will have campus visit schedules, curricula vitae and other information.

The Web addresses:

Senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs
http://www.unomaha.edu/aandsaffairs/vc-search/

Vice chancellor for Business and Finance
http://www.unomaha.edu/business/vc-search/

Regular updates to the pages will be made. Finalists for both positions should be named in January.

Winter Commencement Dec. 21 at the Civic; Shuttle Available

More than 960 students will graduate Friday, Dec. 21, during the winter UNO commencement ceremony. The event will be held at 2 p.m. at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave.

Faculty members who plan to attend commencement should assemble no later than 1:30 p.m. in the Civic Auditorium Exhibition Hall.

A shuttle bus for faculty/staff and individuals participating in the platform party will depart from UNO in front of the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) at 1 p.m. Following the ceremony, the shuttle will provide transportation back to the MBSC. Read more.

C-SPAN Bus Comes to UNO Dec. 19

Experience how C-SPAN produces its on-the-road political programming when the C-SPAN Campaign 2008 Bus visits UNO Wednesday, Dec. 19. The bus will be parked near the bell tower from 2 to 5 p.m., and C-SPAN staffers will host tours of the vehicle.

At 45 feet in length, the bus - valued at $1 million - is a mobile production studio that travels across the United States to promote and enhance C-SPAN's coverage of the 2008 presidential race. In addition to stopping at UNO and other schools around the country, the bus will visit major political events and state capitals in 2008.

Much of the footage recorded by the bus is featured on C-SPAN's signature political program, "The Road to the White House," which airs on C-SPAN Sundays at 8:30 p.m. Programming is also archived at http://www.c-span.org.

For more information, visit http://www.c-span.org/schoolbus/index.asp or call 554.2762.

NSSLHA Holding Gift Drive in Kayser Hall

The UNO chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) will sponsor a gift drive through Wednesday, Dec. 19, in 115 Kayser Hall to support the children of the Hope Center.

For more information, contact Mitzi Ritzman, NSSLHA faculty advisor, at 554.2203 or mritzman@mail.unomaha.edu.

Final 2007 Chair Massage Session Dec. 21

Looking for a way to reduce stress?

The final chair massage session this year for UNO faculty, staff and students is Friday, Dec. 21. A station will be set up in 213 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Andrea Porter, a certified massage therapist, will administer the massages. The cost is $10 for a 15-minute session or $20 for a 30-minute session.

To make a reservation, stop by 100 HPER. Payment is due at the time of registration. Walk-ins will be accepted if time permits.

For more information, call 554.2539.

NU Flex Confirmation Statements Released

Confirmation statements for the NU Flex annual enrollment went out to employees through campus mail Dec. 14. Employees should carefully review their confirmation statements for the 2008 benefit selections.

Changes can be made directly on the confirmation statement and sent to:

Human Resources
Attn: Esther Scarpello
EAB 205

Changes for 2008 cannot be made after Jan. 1.

For more information, contact Esther Scarpello, fringe benefits manager, at 554.3660.

Nominations Sought for 2008 Vice Chancellor's Award

The annual Vice Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Leadership recognizes an undergraduate student who has demonstrated exemplary leadership through influential participation in campus organizations and community volunteer work, in addition to scholarly achievement, each spring semester. Nominations and applications are now being sought and accepted.

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 http://studentorgs.unomaha.edu.

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 Thursday, April 10, at the 2008 SOLP Student Leader Reception and Friday, April 11, at the Spring Honors Convocation.

Call for 2007-08 UCAT Conference Travel Grant Proposals

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of travel grants designed to increase capacity building in teaching and learning. Applications are encouraged for interdisciplinary conferences focusing on teaching and learning, as well as for disciplinary conferences with tracks or sessions focusing on several themes. Visit http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat/ for a list of links to designated conferences.

Travel grant applications should reflect UCAT's mission for enhancement of teaching and student learning processes at UNO and focus on one or more of the following designated themes:

- Active learning;

- Assessment and e-Portfolios;

- Graduate instruction/mentoring;

- Interdisciplinary integration; and

- Promoting critical thinking.

The committee will accept proposals on a monthly basis through April or until funds are expended, and will fund grants up to $800 for each award. Proposals are due by the 21st of each month. Application forms are available on the Center for Faculty Development (CFD) Web site, http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat/.

Applicants should submit one hard copy and an electronic submission of the application, in "rtf" or "MS Word" document formats, as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll at awoll@mail.unomaha.edu. Hard copy submissions should be sent to the CFD in 220 Arts and Sciences Hall. Two examples of successful applications are available on the CFD/UCAT Web site at http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat/.

For more information, contact Wayne Harrison, professor of psychology and the 2007-08 UCAT chair, at 554.2452 or wharrison@mail.unomaha.edu.

People

- Thomas Gouttierre, dean of international studies and programs and director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies, was the guest speaker Dec. 7 at the annual William Beaney International Symposium at the University of Denver. Gouttierre spoke about "Afghanistan: Then and Now."

Have you done something noteworthy in your profession? E-mail "People" items to bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu. "People" appears in the Tuesday edition of eNotes.