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Mavericks vs. Mavericks

The UNO Mavericks claimed a non-conference win Tuesday night with a 6-3 victory over Minnesota State-Mankato. UNO scored a record five power-play goals in the game.

Oliver B. Pollak

Pacific Street Memories

by Oliver B. Pollak

Paris has the Champs Elysees; New York, Broadway and Madison Avenue; Chicago boasts Michigan Avenue; and Los Angeles has the Sunset Strip. Streets in Lincoln and Council Bluffs are featured in two recent books, A Street Named 'O' by Mary Jane Nielsen and Council Bluffs: Broadway by Richard Warner and Ryan Roenfeld. Omaha has Dodge Street with its expressway, but my flight path is Pacific Street. ...continue

Graduates Conferred Degrees at Winter Commencement

More than 960 students received degrees Dec. 21 during UNO's winter commencement ceremony. Elizabeth Freshman, an Omaha native, presented the student commencement address. Merry Ellen Turner, director of international programs, received the Chancellor's Medal. The complete list of graduates is also available online by clicking on this link.

MLK Jr. Legacy Recognized with Jan. 21 Day of Service

The life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. has been celebrated at UNO for many years. Again this year, UNO Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) will host a Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 21, in honor of Dr. King's birthday.

"This year, SOLP is being joined by the Service Learning Academy here at UNO in coordinating the activities that the volunteers will participate in on January 21, said Sharif Liwaru, cultural awareness programs adviser at UNO. "Members of the UNO community will assist with two ‘Live the Dream' celebrations for Omaha families, one at Hope Center for Kids in the north part of the city and one at Boys and Girls Club – in the south part of the city."

In 1994, Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, designating the King holiday as a national day of volunteer service. Instead of a day off from work or school, Congress asked Americans of all backgrounds and ages to celebrate Dr. King's legacy by turning community concerns into citizen action.

"The King Day of Service brings together people who might not ordinarily meet, breaks down barriers that have divided us in the past, leads to better understanding and ongoing relationships, and is an opportunity to recruit new volunteers for your ongoing work," Liwaru said.

Everyone is invited to volunteer. The event will begin at 10 a.m. at both locations: Hope Center for Kids, 2200 N. 20th St., and South Boys and Girls Club, 5051 S. 22nd St. Lunch and an "MLK Day of Service" shirt will be provided for those who sign up.

For more information, contact Liwaru at 554.2711 or visit Those interested in doing something to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. are invited to sign up by clicking on this link.

Criss Library Intersession Hours Begin

Intersession hours officially begin today, Jan. 2, at the Criss Library according to the following schedule:

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

- Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 5-6

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

- Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 12-13

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.

2008 Holiday Schedule Announced

The university will observe the following holiday schedule for 2008:

Tuesday, Jan. 1 - New Year's Day (observed)
Monday, Jan. 21 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Monday, May 26 - Memorial Day
Friday, July 4 - Independence Day
Monday, Sept. 1 - Labor Day
Thursday, Nov. 27 - Thanksgiving
Friday, Nov. 28 - Friday after Thanksgiving
Wednesday, Dec. 24 - Holiday Closedown
Thursday, Dec. 25 - Holiday Closedown
Friday, Dec. 26 - Holiday Closedown
Monday, Dec. 29 - Holiday Closedown
Tuesday, Dec. 30 - Holiday Closedown
* Wednesday, Dec. 31 - Holiday Closedown taken as vacation leave or leave without pay.

The Holiday Closedown for 2008 will begin Wednesday, Dec. 24, and conclude Friday, Jan. 2, 2009. Staff will return to work Monday, Jan. 5, 2009.

* Vacation Leave/Leave Without Pay – By proclamation of the Governor or the President, university employees other than temporary are compensated for 12 holidays annually. To facilitate the "closedown" periods, extra days may appear in the schedule and will need to be reported as annual leave or leave without pay.

For more information, contact Human Resources at 554.2321.

Author Rafe Esquith to Offer Inspirational Teaching Tips Jan. 8

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.

Mileage Reimbursement Rate Reminder

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

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.

Maverick Watch


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 this week…

Friday, Jan. 4
Men's basketball vs. Doane
Sapp Fieldhouse, Dodge location
7 p.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at