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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.

Three UNO Students Earn ROTC Scholarships

Three UNO students--Jonathan Martikainen, Matt Mines and Edel-Mark Valdez--recently earned four-year, full-ride U.S. Army ROTC scholarships. Read more.

Use of Purchasing Card to Procure Services Reminder

University purchasing cardholders may begin using the card to procure services from U.S. vendors. Some examples of services include rental of equipment, maintenance and repair services.

The following services are still restricted from use:
- Services from vendors outside the U.S.;
- Travel related expenses (hotels, meals, etc.) except for conference registration fees; and
- Honorarium and consulting/contractual service fee payments to non-Nebraska residents for services performed in Nebraska.

For a complete listing of restrictions refer to the UNO Purchasing Card Financial Policy at this link.

General ledger (GL) accounts that were previously blocked for these postings will be available. Reconcilers should use the appropriate GL account for the transaction.

Special coding and processing will be required for transactions containing both goods and services on one transaction. For example, an invoice for file cabinet repair lists parts and labor separately. For assistance with reconciliation of these transactions, contact Teresa Carlson, account payable supervisor, at 554.4937

For other questions, contact UNO Accounting Services at 554.2320.

Sponsored Programs and Research Report

The Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) Report details the results of UNO's work to obtain external funding in support of its teaching, research, service and outreach efforts. The report is designed to keep the university community informed as to externally funded projects on campus and bring recognition to those faculty and staff who have worked to generate these resources.

From the period of Nov. 6 through Dec. 13, those receiving grant awards totaling $735,789 are:

Name: Blaine Burnham
Unit: College of Information Science and Technology, Nebraska University Consortium on Information Assurance
Title: Secure and Assured Information Sharing
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Defense

Name: Neal Grandgenett
Unit: College of Education, Teacher Education
Title: UNO Education Subcontract for SPIRIT2 NSF Discovery Research K12 Project
Sponsor: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Name: Michael Hilt
Unit: College of Communications, Fine Arts and Media, KVNO Radio
Title: Whitmore Charitable Trust
Sponsor: Whitmore Charitable Trust

Name: Harmon Maher
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences, Geography/Geology
Title: GIS Map Compilation for the Billefjorden Trough of Spitsbergen, Norway
Sponsor: UNIFOB

Name: Erin Porterfield
Unit: College of Public Affairs and Community Services
Title: MACCH Year 2
Sponsor: Omaha Community Foundation

Name: Steven Shultz
Unit: College of Business Administration, Economics
Title: How Water Resources Limit and/or Promote Residential Housing Developments in Douglas County
Sponsor: Douglas County

Name: Victor Winter
Unit: College of Information Science and Technology, Computer Science
Title: Score Processor Work
Sponsor: Sandia National Labs

For assistance with research activities, call SPR at 554.2286, or visit http://www.unomaha.edu/spr/.

Dec. 21 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.

Campus Security Offers Holiday Safety Tips

The Campus Security staff would like to remind the campus community of some common sense safety tips to practice during the holiday season.

- When a person leaves his or her room or office, lock it up, even if it's only for a few minutes.

- Avoid leaving valuables or packages in plain view in a vehicle. Place them in the trunk or between the seats. When possible, do so before parking.

- During the holiday break, take valuables home from campus offices and residence halls.

- Anyone who is going to be working on campus late in the evening or when few people are around should consider advising Campus Security so that an officer can pay special attention to the area.

- Anyone entering a locked residence hall, apartment building or campus building should make sure the door closes completely. Strangers should not follow anyone into a secure building.

- Students who live on campus and are leaving town for the holidays should make sure they have someone keeping an eye on their residence and leave emergency contact information.

For more information, call Campus Security at 554.2648.

New Criss Library Hours Announced

The Criss Library staff announces the following for the holiday break schedule and change in hours of operation for intersession:

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

Intersession Hours
- Wednesday, Jan. 2, through Friday, Jan. 4
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 5-6
Closed

- Monday, Jan. 7, through Friday, Jan. 11
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 12-13
Closed

Spring Semester Regular Hours
Begin Monday, Jan. 14

- Monday through Thursday
7 a.m. to midnight

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

- Saturday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Sunday
Noon to midnight

Additionally, the Criss Library will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.

For more information, contact the Circulation Desk at 554.3206.

UNO Promotes Dialogue on Race and Religion

The UNO Difficult Dialogues Initiative has funded seven projects on campus to create opportunities for inquiry into race and religion.

Black on Black: African Born and American Born (Matthew Smith, Phi Beta Sigma)
On Nov. 29, more than 70 people gathered in Milo Bail Chancellor's Room to discuss tensions between African-born and American-born Blacks. The open-mic dialogue was sponsored by African-American Organization, Pan-African Student Organization, Circle of Brotherhood and Phi Beta Sigma. Dr. Cynthia Robinson-Moore of the Difficult Dialogues Initiative and Matthew Smith of Phi Beta Sigma opened the event; the moderator was Professor Pam Smith.

Women in Islam (Shafiqul Islam, Muslim Student Association)
On Dec. 7, the Muslim Student Association (MSA) organized an event that gave the campus community an opportunity to learn about women in Islam. A panel of Muslim women shared their experiences and answered questions from an audience of more than 60 people. Panelists included Muslim speakers: Sister Khadija, Sister Aisha, Humaira Qasimyar (MSA officer), Fairooz Bo Ali, Safyah Alshakhs, Sister Maisha and Sister Zahra Cheema; Non-Muslim speakers were Jenn Piatt, Erika Coates, Sherri Hoier, Megan Burnet and Autumn Sky Howard.

Sharif Liwaru, an advisor in Student Organizations and Leadership Programs, served as the Difficult Dialogues consultant for both events.

Dialogues scheduled for the early spring semester include:

Anti-Racism Public Dialogue (Peggy Jones, Black Studies)
Saturday, Jan. 19, Milo Bail Student Center

Participants will prepare by reading The Heart of Whiteness by Robert Jensen and the Omaha World-Herald series "Omaha in Black and White."

Telling It Like It Is: High School Minority Students Talk to Future Educators (Carol Lloyd, Teacher Education)

Date TBA

What Omaha Do You Live In? Views from UNO's International Community (Lori Arias, International Programs)

Thursday, Feb. 7, Milo Bail Student Center

Developing Cross-Cultural Professor-Student Relationships (Monica Green and James Freeman, Multicultural Affairs)

Tuesday, Feb. 12, Milo Bail Student Center

Women of Faith: Muslim,Christian, and Jew (Lori Young and Fred Richart, United Christian Ministries in Higher Education)

Wednesday, Feb. 20, Wednesday, Feb. 27, and Wednesday, March 5, Milo Bail Student Center

Participants will discuss The Faith Club.

The Difficult Dialogues Initiative is supported by the Ford Foundation, which awarded $100,000 to UNO for a two-year project co-directed by Nora Bacon of the English Department and Shereen Bingham and Cynthia Robinson-Moore of the School of Communication. In 2006-07, the project began with a workshop for 30 staff and faculty who developed into the project's "core group" and culminated in a public dialogue on race, "What Omaha Do You Live In?" This year, funds are being directed to mini-grants to staff, faculty, and student organizations.

"The number of proposals – and especially the number of people who attended the first two dialogues – has been very gratifying," said Dr. Bingham. "We're seeing how eager the UNO community is to deepen our understanding of human difference."

The Difficult Dialogues Initiative can support dialogues on race, religion and sexual orientation. Mini-grant applications are available at the School of Communication Web site: http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwcomm/forms/DDsupportapplication.doc. For further information, contact Nora Bacon (nbacon@mail.unomaha.edu), Dr. Bingham (sbingham@mail.unomaha.edu) or Cynthia Robinson-Moore (crobinsonmoore@mail.unomaha.edu).

Fidelity Campus Visit Set for Jan. 14

Fidelity representative Chad Anderson will be in Omaha for individual counseling sessions on Monday, Jan. 14.

Employees can call 1.800.642.7131 to make an appointment with Anderson.