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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.

Maverick Hockey on NET Television Tonight

Tonight, Jan. 11, Mike Kemp's UNO Mavericks play host when Head Coach Enrico Blasi and his Miami (Ohio) Redhawks come calling at Omaha's Qwest Center ice. The hockey match will be broadcast live on NET2 and in high-definition on NET-HD beginning at 7 p.m.  

Calling the contest will be Dave Ahlers, with Joe Clark offering color commentary.

The game will also be webcast live on NET's Web site at All that is needed is access to the Internet and a free Windows Media Player program. Webcasting of the competition is a free service of NET.

"Maverick Hockey" is a co-production of NET Sports, Nebraska's Home for Sports, and College Sports TV. NET2 and NET-HD are part of NET Television, a service of NET. For a complete program schedule, visit NET's Web site at

HR Seminar Series Continues

Human Resources' yearlong series of informative seminars will continue today, Jan. 11, with a presentation titled "Meeting Financial Challenges at Mid-Career."

Today's seminar and discussion will run from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. The importance of organizing personal financial information, setting personal financial goals and devising tolerable investing strategies to help meet those goals will be the focus.

The seminars are scheduled monthly from September through April. Topics will include personal financial management, social security and retirement planning. All seminars are open to all interested faculty and staff.

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

Group Ex Classes Kick Off Next Week

Campus Recreation and the Wellness Stampede have teamed up to host a variety of group exercise classes this spring. Classes officially kick off Monday, Jan. 14.

All Mav-Rec classes will be held in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. Group Ex classes are free to all current Campus Recreation activity cardholders and students.

To access the full spring Group Ex weekly schedule, click on this link. Classes will not be held Monday, Jan. 21, or during spring break, March 17-21.

To have a schedule faxed or mailed to your office, call University Relations at 554.2358. For more information, contact Dave Daniels, assistant director for fitness/wellness and instructional programs, at 554.2008.

Biweekly Payroll Notice

January has three biweekly paydays (Jan. 3, 17 and 31). As a result, no standard deductions will be taken from the Jan. 31 biweekly payroll.

Regular biweekly paid employees will not have NUCREDITS included or standard deductions, such as insurance or parking, withheld. Federal and state taxes, Social Security and Medicare taxes, retirement and credit union deductions will be taken.

For more information, contact Payroll at 554.2325.

January FEAP Schedule Announced

The Faculty/Staff Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) provides short-term counseling, assessment and referral services for faculty, staff, their spouses or significant others, and family members. FEAP offices are located in 206 Eppley Administration Building.

The January schedule is as follows:

- Jan. 11, 17, 22 and 28
8 a.m. to noon

- Jan. 14, 25 and 30
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Appointments are free and available by calling 554.3120 (UNO) or 559.5175 (UNMC).

In the News

In the News

- KPTM (Fox 42) and WOWT (NBC 6) interviewed Associate Professor Randy Adkins, political science, during its newscasts Jan. 3 and 4, respectively. Adkins discussed the Iowa caucuses earlier this month.

- Insider Higher Ed interviewed School of Communication Professor Karen Dwyer on Jan. 9 about speech centers on college campuses.

- Lourdes Gouveia, director of the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS), was interviewed for an article in the Dec. 13 issue of Hispanos Unidos about two grants OLLAS received to further its work on immigrant integration and civic engagement across borders.

- The Lincoln Journal Star interviewed Lourdes Gouveia, OLLAS director, for its Dec 13 issue on immigration in Nebraska.

- Accounting Assistant Professor Burch Kealey was featured in the "My Omaha" series, published in the Dec. 23 issue of the Omaha World-Herald.

- School of Communication Director Jeremy Lipschultz was interviewed by the San Antonio News-Express Jan. 9 about the use of blogs during political campaigns.

- El Perico, one of Omaha's Spanish-language publications, quoted social work Assistant Professor Karen Rolf in its Dec. 13 issue about the after-school program at Marrs Middle School.

- Omaha World-Herald columnist Michael Kelly mentioned recent graduates Steve and Julie Alvarez in his Dec. 22 column. The married couple both received master's degrees during winter commencement on Dec. 21. Kelly's column also mentioned Holocaust survivor Sam Fried, who received an honorary degree from UNO at winter commencement.

- Graduate student Kayte Tranel was interviewed for a Jan. 8 feature story on about exercising outdoors during the winter months. The article also appeared on other TV news Web sites owned by KETV's parent company, Hearst-Argyle, across the country.

- The Omaha World-Herald, WOWT (NBC 6) and KKAR (1290 AM) interviewed Sam Walker, emeritus professor of criminal justice, about the Jan.11 retirement of Omaha Police Chief Thomas Warren. He also authored a guest column in the Jan. 4 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the Omaha Police Department.

- Former Chancellor Del Weber was quoted in the Dec. 30 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about Connie Spellman's selection as the newspaper's Midlander of the Year.

- The Dec. 22 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured a guest column by recent graduate Kaori Yomotose of Kasugai City, Japan. Yomotose wrote of her experience studying intensive English at UNO.

- UNO student athletes were profiled in the November 2007 issue of New Horizons, the monthly publication by the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging. The students participated in a community service project where they provided free lawn service for Omaha's elderly.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

In Print

- School of Communication Director and Reilly Professor Jeremy Lipschultz, has a new book for 2008: Broadcast and Internet Indecency:  Defining Free Speech.  The book is part of the LEA Communication Series and was published in London by Routledge. The book explores the latest developments in Federal Communications Commission (FCC) policy and interpretation by the courts.

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Stage

CFAM Jam on Stage Jan. 23 at Strauss
KVNO Classical 90.7 FM and UNO's College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media (CFAM) will present CFAM Jam on stage at the Strauss Performing Arts Center this month.

Everyone can join the fun on Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. as 12 presenters from all six departments in the college offer up five minutes of their time to show audience members what they've been working on recently.

The range of presentations runs from a chorus of flutes and Indian drumming to a theatrical premiere and a trip to Madagascar. And, for those in a hurry, don't worry - each presentation is just five minutes long, then the gong will sound and on to the next offering.

For more details on this free event, call 559.5866.

River City Mixed Chorus Presents "Great Men of Song"
The River City Mixed Chorus will present its winter 2008 concert, "Great Men of Song," at the Strauss Performing Arts Center Saturday, Jan. 12, at 7:05 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 13, at 4:05 p.m. 

Both concerts will be ASL-interpreted. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for students or seniors, $10 for children or $18 on the day of the show.

To purchase tickets, visit or call 341.7464. For more information, call Darryl C. Burgdorf, staff secretary II with the UNO Department of Accounting in the College of Business Administration, at 554.3650. The River City Mixed Chorus is a member of the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA Choruses).

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number.

On Exhibit

"Bret Reif: In Digestion" On Display
Time is running out to view "Brett Reif: In Digestion" at the UNO Art Gallery. It is on display through Friday, Jan. 18.

The solo exhibition features work by A. Brett Reif, an assistant professor in the School of the Foundation Year at the Kansas City Art Institute.  Non-traditional media, sculpture and installation are major areas of interest for Reif.  He typically works in automobile grease, Post-It notes, test tubes and plastic wrap.  Read more.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.