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Busy Holiday Break

Most of the UNO campus may have slowed down over the recent holiday break, but not construction activity on the western portion of the campus. Work on the nine buildings of Maverick Village and the new parking garage is progressing steadily as weather cooperates with the contractor.

Building for the Future

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Winter Commencement

A total of 960 students received degrees at the Friday, December 21 Winter Commencement ceremonies held at the Omaha Civic Auditorium. Receiving an honorary degree at the event was Sam Fried, Omaha entrepreneur and Holocaust survivor; Richard Holland who was presented with UNO's Alumus Achievement Award; and UNO's Merry Ellen Turner who received the Chancellor's Medal. Elizabeth Freshman was the student commencement speaker.

2008 Summer Hours Change Announced

This summer, UNO will maintain the regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  However, according to existing university policy, employees may request alternative work schedules from their supervisors.

The Human Resources staff reminds department supervisors when evaluating the request for alternative work schedules to base their decisions on work loads, staffing patterns and the need to be available to the public. 

To access the most current information on work schedules, visit page 11 of the UNO Employee Handbook or click on this link.

For more information, contact Human Resources at 554.2321.

UNO Child Care Earns NAEYC Accreditation

The UNO Child Care Center has earned accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Read more.

Fire Alarm Tests Set for Jan. 8

Fire alarm equipment will be tested in all university buildings on Tuesday, Jan. 8. The test will include sounding fire alarms briefly. Anyone with questions or who would like their building tested at a particular time on Tuesday should contact Stan Schleifer, Support Services, at 554.3596.

Spring Faculty Recruitment Workshop Schedule

The UNO Office of Academic and Student Affairs and the UNO Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity will host four Spring Faculty Recruitment Workshops through March.

The workshops are designed for departments or schools anticipating a faculty search within two years. Participants might include deans, directors, chairs, faculty and administrative assistants. The workshops will assist departments/schools in search processes that reflect UNO's commitment to faculty, staff and student diversity.

Prior to all faculty searches, faculty involved in the search must either attend one of the workshops or have a meeting of the search committee with Deborah Smith-Howell, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of graduate studies; Sharon Ulmar, director of the office of diversity and equal opportunity; or Kristine Bell, assistant to the vice chancellor for academic and student affairs. Faculty participating in searches must also attend a workshop once every two years.

All of the Spring Recruitment Workshops will provide information on recruitment strategies, the UNO People Admin System and EEO guidelines and requirements. All workshops will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC). The workshop dates and times are listed below.

- Wednesday, Jan. 16
10 to 11:30 a.m.
MBSC Nebraska Room

- Tuesday, Feb. 5
2 to 3:30 p.m.
MBSC Council Room

- Friday, Feb. 22
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
MBSC Chancellor's Room

- Wednesday, March 12
2 to 3:30 p.m.
MBSC Council Room

For more information about the workshops, contact Dr. Smith-Howell (554.4849 or, Bell (554.2262 or or Ulmar (554.2872 or

Library Friends to Host Wine Tasting Fundraiser

The UNO Library Friends group will sponsor a wine tasting on Friday, Jan. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the William and Dorothy H. Thompson Alumni Center.

Enjoy wine provided by Nebraska Wine and Spirits, as well as hors d'oevres. Non-alcoholic selection of beverages will be available. Cost is $40 per person. Deadline for sign-up is Friday, Jan. 11.

"It's not too late to give this as a New Year's gift to a friend of yours," said Marty Magee, library friends associate.

To access a registration form, click on this link.

For more information, contact Linda Riviera, Criss Library, at 554.2640.

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 Thompson Alumni Center Bootstrapper Hall. The event, which runs from 5 to 7 p.m., is free and open to the public. Read more.

Nominations Sought for Lamanna Award for Excellence

The UNO community can 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 the 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

- 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

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…

Thursday, Jan. 10
- Women's basketball vs. Augustana
Sapp Fieldhouse, Dodge location
6 p.m.

- Men's basketball vs. Augustana
Sapp Fieldhouse, Dodge location
8 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 11
- Hockey vs. Miami (Ohio)
Qwest Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St.
7:05 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 12
- Swimming & Diving
vs. South Dakota
vs. Truman State
2 p.m.

- Men's Basketball vs. York
Sapp Fieldhouse, Dodge location
7 p.m.

- Hockey vs. Miami (Ohio)
Qwest Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St
7:05 p.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at