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Double Overtime Excitement

The No.12 ranked UNO Mavericks started their North Central Conference competition Thursday night, January 10 with a 98-97 double overtime win against Augustana. Three times the Maverick's Andrew Bridger got the key free throws to tie and win the game. He ended the night with 30 points to give UNO its sixth straight win. The Mavericks will host York on Saturday, January 12 at 7 p.m. at the Sapp Fieldhouse.

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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

NU Board of Regents to Meet Jan. 18

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet on Friday, Jan. 18, at Varner Hall, 3835 Holdrege St., Lincoln. Committee meetings begin at 9 a.m. and the board meeting begins at 1 p.m.

The board will hear updates on need-based financial aid, Nebraska Innovation Campus, and a consolidated budget deficit request from the University of Nebraska and the Nebraska State College System to purchase a new Student Information System (SIS) – used to manage all student records – for both institutions in a cost-effective manner. Read more.

UNO Student Government Swearing-in Ceremony Today

The new leaders of UNO student government will take the oath of office today, Jan. 15.

Lucas Seiler was elected student body president/regent, and Buey Ruet was elected student body vice president in elections held last fall. The swearing-in ceremony will take place at 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. Read more.

ITS Announces Change to UNO E-mail Addresses

Due to Information Technology Services' (ITS) completion of a year-long project to consolidate UNO e-mail addresses, users no longer need to include the "@mail" portion of their UNO email address.

All UNO e-mail users can now distribute their UNO e-mail address in the form of username@unomaha.edu; however, both forms are still acceptable.

"E-mail you send will continue to show the university default of username@mail.unomaha.edu in the return address field," said Dean Hayes, supervisor of ITS Customer Service. "E-mail that is sent to you with or without the ‘@mail' will continue to be delivered properly."

The change to using one "official" address of username@mail.unomaha.edu for all faculty and staff has also resulted in enhanced e-mail security, improved control of SPAM and reduced fake e-mails.

For questions or concerns about this change, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.4357, or send e-mail to http://unohelpdesk@mail.unomaha.edu.

UNO Ambassadors Available for Campus Activities

During the spring semester, 12 UNO Ambassadors are ready, willing and available to assist at campus functions hosted by the chancellor, other UNO dignitaries and university organizations.

Members of this select group wear UNO blazers or polo shirts and act as official hosts and hostesses at a variety of events, interacting with guests to enhance a positive image of the university. All ambassadors maintain full-time student status, but the group strives to honor as many requests as possible.

For more information or to obtain a request form, contact Ambassador Advisors Mary Dobrauc (554.2220 or mdobrauc@mail.unomaha.edu) or Chris Liewer (554.3520 or cliewer@mail.unomaha.edu). Requests should be made a minimum of two weeks prior to an event.

Faculty Senate to Meet Jan. 16

The UNO Faculty Senate will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 16. Presentations begin at 2 p.m. and the meeting will begin immediately after. 

Speakers will be Ivory Bobb, Jr., Staff Advisory Council president; and Linda Mannering, director of UNO Institutional Research.  The meeting will be in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

For more information, contact Senate President Scott Tarry at 554.3190 or Senate Coordinator Sue Bishop at 554.3598.

Discount Tickets Available to "All the Kings Men"

UNO faculty, staff and students can purchase discounted tickets to the production of Opera Omaha's "All the King's Men," which runs Thursday through Sunday, Jan. 24-27, at the Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St.

"All The King's Men," based upon the story that inspired the popular Humpty-Dumpty rhyme about a weapon of mass destruction created during the English Civil War, is a children's opera written by the renowned film composer Sir Richard Rodney Bennett.

For this production, Opera Omaha brings several performing arts and educational organizations together for a project that features young performers. In addition to the opera, The Rose, Omaha Area Youth Orchestras, the Camerata Choir of the Nebraska Choral Arts Society and Skinner Magnet Elementary School are involved.

The $7.50 discount deadline is Friday, Jan. 18. All tickets are general admission. For a discounted ticket order, click on this link.

Showtimes are:

- Thursday, Jan. 24
7 p.m.

- Friday, Jan. 25
7 p.m.

- Saturday, Jan. 26
2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

- Sunday, Jan. 27
2 p.m.

For more information, contact Maggie Wood, Opera Omaha, at 346.4398, ext. 102, or mwood@operaomaha.org.

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) and the UNO Service Learning Academy (SLA) will co-sponsor a Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 21, in honor of Dr. King's birthday.

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 individuals in the past, leads to better understanding and ongoing relationships. 

All members of the UNO community are invited to volunteer. SOLP and SLA are planning to have at least four projects to participate in. To learn more about these service opportunities and to register, see specific details for each service at this link to the MLK Day of Service Web site. Lunch and an "MLK Day of Service" shirt will be provided for those who register and serve.

For more information, contact Sharif Liwaru, SOLP, at 554.2711 or Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz, SLA, at 554.2712.  Those interested in doing something to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. are invited to sign up by clicking on this link.

2008 Holiday Schedule Announced

The university will observe the following remaining holiday schedule for 2008:

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.

Classical 90.7 KVNO Helps Listeners Celebrate Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is February 14th and Classical 90.7 KVNO wants to help make it a memorable day for KVNO listeners and their sweethearts.

For a minimum donation of $100, the first 30 donors can send an on-air message to that special someone and get two red roses, beautifully arranged by BLOOMS.

Bouquets will be available for pick-up at KVNO from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, or on Thursday, Feb. 14, until noon.

This Valentine's Day gift opportunity will end Friday, Feb. 1, so call 559.5866 or visit http://www.kvno.org.

Adult Particapants Sought for Research Study

A UNO student needs people who are 19 and older for a research study. Participants can be faculty, staff, students or from the community, and will be compensated for their time.

The student, Anne Herman, is a doctoral candidate in the Industrial Organizational Psychology program. In addition to the age requirement, participants need to be able to read and write English.

The study consists of two parts, an online session with questionnaires and an in-person follow-up that involves problem solving. The sessions will be scheduled at UNO and will match to the schedules of those who are interested--before work, early morning, lunchtime, afternoon, after work or weekends. The online portion takes 30 to 45 minutes to complete. The in-person portion of the study will take 30 to 60 minutes to finish.

Anyone interested in participating can begin the online session at http://www.surveymonkey.com/UNOHermanDissertation.

Contact Herman at aherman@mail.unomaha.edu for more information.

People

Have you done something noteworthy in your profession? E-mail "People" items to bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu. "People" appears in the Tuesday edition of eNotes.