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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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Study Lab Available for Student-Athletes

UNO broadcasting student Munira Amini produced this segment for the Omaha News. It highlights the campus study lab available through UNO Athletics for student-athletes.

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Basketball vs. Northwest Missouri

The UNO women defeated Northwest Missouri State 71-64 Friday night at the UNO Fieldhouse. The two teams combined for 48 fouls and 40 turnovers in the physical battle. The No. 12 Maverick men went down to defeat to the No. 13 ranked Bearcats 84-64. UNO hit for only 36% of field goal tries for the night.

C-SPAN Bus on Campus Today

Experience how C-SPAN produces its on-the-road political programming when the C-SPAN Campaign 2008 Bus visits UNO today, 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

For more information, visit or call 554.2762.

Commencement Shuttle Bus Available

More than 960 students will graduate Friday, Dec. 21, during UNO's commencement. The event will begin 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.

Mileage Reimbursement Rate Notice

Effective with travel occurring on or after Jan. 1, 2008, all mileage reimbursements for approved travel by personal automobile will be at the rate of fifty and one-half cents ($.505) per mile.

This rate should also be used when reimbursing visiting personnel or students for their travel.  For more information, contact UNO Accounting Services at 554.2320 or visit the Web at

MBSC Holiday Closedown Reminder

The Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC), including the 24-hour study lounge, will close at 10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, and reopen at 7 a.m. on Wenesday, Jan. 2, 2008.

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) all this week.

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

Donations Sought for Crisis Leave Sharing Program

Is anyone in a" use or lose" situation? If so, think of donating those hours.

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.

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.

Nominations Sought for Women of Wisdom Awards

Organizations and individuals in the Omaha metropolitan area are being asked to nominate senior women for the 2008 UNO Women of Wisdom awards. Awards will be given this spring to three women over the age of 50 who exemplify the spirit of community contribution while providing a meaningful example of successful aging.

Nomination forms are available online at or by calling 554.4897 or 554.2292. Submissions are due Jan. 4. Read more.

Patrons' Feedback Sought for Criss Library Web Survey

The Criss Library is currently in the process of redesigning its online presence. The UNO community can 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 Steve Shorb, dean of the library. "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

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.