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Step Up and Strategic Planning Awards

Fifteen UNO departments and individuals were honored Nov. 17 with the annual Step Up and Strategic Planning Awards at a reception held at the Milo Bail Student Center. Chancellor John Christensen presented the awards that recognize units, both academic and non-academic, and cross disciplinary initiatives that exemplify a commitment to furthering UNO's strategic goals.

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Collegebound Nebraska Unveiled

On Nov. 23, University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken, South High School Principal Cara Riggs, UNO student Daisy Campos and Gov. Dave Heineman spoke at an all-school assembly at South High, announcing Collegebound Nebraska and encouraging students to attend college. The newly expanded financial aid program at NU will make a college education more affordable for thousands of Nebraska students.

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Black Studies Focus of NET Radio Feature

The history of UNO's Department of Black Studies was the focus of a recent feature that aired on NET Radio, quoting both students and faculty.

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Fall 2008 Pearl Blizek Lecture Dec. 4

Ted Bohr, Jesuit priest, associate chair, art gallery director and community liaison at Creighton University, will give the Fall 2008 Pearl Blizek Lecture in Art and Religion on Thursday, Dec. 4.  "The Happy Mistakes and the Noos-Sphere" will begin at 7 p.m. in the UNO Art Gallery, followed by a reception.

The Pearl Blizek Lecture Series in Art and Religion is a collaboration between the Department of Philosophy and Religion and the Department of Art and Art History.

For more information, call 554.2392.

SOLP to Host Kwanzaa Celebration Dec. 5

The Office of Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) will host a luncheon celebrating Kwanzaa on Friday, Dec. 5. The celebration, which will include an explanation of the holiday's principles, will start at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

The program is intended for UNO students, staff and faculty, and there are no admission costs.    

The Impact Movement, Pan African Student Organization, Circle of Brotherhood, National Council for Negro Women and the African American Organization will take part in the Kwanzaa principles presentation.

Space is limited, so those attending need to arrive on time. The event is also an opportunity to bring a canned or other nonperishable items for SOLP's Food Drive.

For more information, call 554.2711.

UNMC Researcher Speaks on VA Research Opportunities

Debra Romberger, a professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and associate Chief of Staff/Research at the Omaha VA Medical Center, will present "Research Opportunities in the VA System" in 206 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) on Friday, Dec. 5. The 1 p.m. event is free and open to the public. As a part of her topic, she will include a perspective on women entering a scientific career.

After getting her bachelor's degree in Life Sciences at Kansas State University, Dr. Romberger earned her medical degree from the School of Medicine at the University of Kansas in Kansas City and completed her residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She subsequently completed a fellowship in Pulmonary Research at UNMC and joined the faculty there in 1990.

In addition to practicing pulmonary and critical care medicine, Dr. Romberger has a research laboratory currently focused on understanding how dusts from agricultural settings cause lung disease. Her studies are funded by the Centers for Disease Control/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and by the Veterans Administration.

The Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility, which has sponsored the presentation, invites the campus community to attend. For more information, contact Lisa Holst at 554.3075 or

NBDC to Host National Institutes of Health Conference in 2009

Save the date. In 2009, the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) will host a two-day National Institutes of Health's (NIH) national conference on Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR). It will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, June 30-July 1, at the Qwest Center Omaha.

The Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) program is an economic development and innovative research program for small businesses and entrepreneurs to fund innovative research efforts for commercialization potential.  Eleven of the federal government's largest agencies set-aside a percentage of their research and development dollars to fund small business innovation research.  NIH is the second largest funder of research and development to small businesses, behind the Department of Defense at just over $650 million annually.   

"If you or someone you know has an interest in improving health through biomedical and behavioral research and innovation, you won't want to miss attending this event," Lisa Tedesco, SBIR/STTR consultant for NBDC. "This is the one chance each year for all 27 NIH Institutes and Centers to come together in one place for you to network with and learn about the latest innovation the NIH is funding."

Each year, the National Institutes of Health holds it annual conference to create awareness of the SBIR Program and give access to their Institute and Center staff for small businesses, researchers and entrepreneurs who have innovative ideas for commercial potential to learn about the program and ways to tap into funding.

Check back at periodically for more details.  Or contact Tedesco at

Free Toner Cartridges Available

Limited quantities of toner cartridges are available from Mail Services for departmental use only.

They are:

- HP 49 tri-color;

- HP 516 41A tri-color;

- HP 17 tri-color;

- Epson S020089 color;

- Epson S020187 black;

- HP 516 25 A tri-color;

- HP 516 45 A black;

- HP 51606R magenta;

- HP 51606Y yellow;

- HP 51606B blue; and

- HP 51606B cyan.

For details, contact Kathy Bartle at 554.2337.

Holiday Card Program Deadline Dec. 5

The Faculty Senate and Staff Advisory Council (SAC) have teamed up once again to sponsor the annual Holiday Card Program.

All interested faculty and staff are encouraged to donate the money they would normally spend on greeting cards for colleagues to one of two scholarship funds at UNO - the William Gerbracht Memorial Scholarship Fund (recipients are children of faculty and staff) or the General Scholarship Fund. Additional donations are also welcome. In return, a seasonal greeting that acknowledges contributors will be distributed to all UNO departments on Monday, Dec. 15.

Those who wish to donate should send a check (payable to UNO) to Cashiering/Student Accounts, EAB 109, by this Friday, Dec. 5. Donors should designate one of the two scholarship funds listed above and indicate the name or names they wish to appear on the seasonal greetings card.

To access a donation form, click on the following link:

Holiday Card Form

For more information, contact Laura Lamblin at 554.2322.

Faculty Senate to Host "Budget 102a" Talk Dec. 5

The Faculty Senate will sponsor a talk by Julie Totten, associate vice chancellor for business and finance, titled "Budget 102a" this Friday, Dec. 5. It will take place at 10 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

Totten will discuss how the university's revenue allocation model impacts UNO's annual operating budget. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, contact Sue Bishop at 554.3598.

Fall Self-defense Class Schedule

UNO student Eliss Hall will lead two self-defense classes at UNO this week for the campus community and public.  A variety of safety knowledge topics and techniques will be highlighted.

The schedule:

- Friday, Dec. 5
1 to 3 p.m.

- Saturday, Dec. 6
9 to 11 a.m.

Classes will take place in 110 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. They are free to UNO students and Campus Recreation activity cardholders, and $10 for non-activity cardholders and the public.

Class sponsors include Campus Security, Human Resources, The Women's Resource Center and Fitness and Wellness.

To register, stop by 100 HPER or call 554.2539.  For more information, call Dave Daniels at 554.2008.

UNO PR Students Want 1,000 Donations for Toys for Tots

The UNO chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) has launched a drive to gather 1,000 new toys for the Marines Toys for Tots campaign.

Toys are especially needed this season for families hard hit by the current economic crisis.  "We are not immune to the downturn in the economy and one of the first things to go is the luxuries, including charity.  We must make an effort to give what we can," said Richard Carter, senior economic adviser to Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb.

PRSSA students want to expand ten-fold its annual goal of 100 toys to reflect this need by inviting the campus, the public and local businesses to join the drive. Those who wish to donate can bring new, unwrapped toys to collection centers located on campus: 140 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH); Weber Fine Arts Building third floor offices; and the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) in front of the information desk.

PRSSA will also collect toys and cash at a closing event on Friday, Dec. 19, in the MBSC. Envelopes for cash donations can be picked up in 140 ASH. Donations can also be mailed to UNO PRSSA, Arts and Sciences Hall 140-E, 6001 Dodge St., Omaha, NE 68182.

The Toys for Tots program has given more than 370 million toys away to needy children since it began in 1948.  UNO PRSSA has been a proud partner of the program since 2004.

"Our chapter has placed a priority on serving children through its projects for Toys for Tots and the Omaha Food Bank," said Karen Weber, UNO PRSSA faculty adviser. "Children are the most vulnerable in these tough times."

For more information or to arrange a toy pick up, contact Heather Nasif at or 301.7320.

December 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 December schedule:

- Dec. 9, 19 and 23
8 a.m. to noon

- Dec. 12 and 17
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

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