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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.



President Milliken to Address Faculty Senate Dec. 10

The UNO Faculty Senate will hold its last regular monthly meeting of the fall semester Wednesday, Dec. 10, in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Chancellor's Room.

University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken is scheduled to speak at 2 p.m. The meeting will begin immediately following the presentation. All interested parties are invited to attend.

For more information, contact Suzanne Sollars at 554.3981 or the Sue Bishop at 554.3598.

ASH Central Elevator Notice

The central elevator in Arts and Sciences Hall will be temporarily out of service today, Dec. 8, from 1 to 5 p.m.

The southwest elevator will continue to provide service between floors one and three. There will be no elevator service to the fourth floor during this period.

Facilities Management and Planning staff apologize for the inconvenience; however, the work is necessary to install a sprinkler near the elevator.

Questions and concerns can be directed to Walt Burr at 554.2582.

Religion in Public Schools the Focus of Dec. 11 Workshops

A leading First Amendment scholar will speak twice at UNO on Thursday, Dec. 11. Both programs are hosted by UNO and Project Interfaith.

"Religious Liberty in the Public Schools," featuring Dr. Charles Haynes will first be presented at a lunch-hour event at the Thompson Alumni Center, while the 7 p.m. presentation happens at the Scott Conference Center.

The first workshop, "Creating Policies, Procedures and Practices for Religious Liberty and Inclusive Schools," is designed for school administrators, school board members, curriculum facilitators and educators. The workshop begins at 11:30 a.m. and costs $30 per person. The Thompson Alumni Center is at 6705 Dodge St. Registration is required for this luncheon workshop. Read more.

Dodge Street Location Road Closing Scheduled

Storm sewer site work for the new Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) addition and renovation project will result in temporary closing of University Drive South between Elmwood Park and the intersection of Maverick Plaza.

Weather permitting, the work should take place according to the following schedule:

University Drive South, from the intersection at Maverick Plaza to the intersection at University Drive East in Elmwood Park, will be closed Monday, through Wednesday, Dec. 15-24. However, Maverick Plaza will not be closed and vehicular access to Lots Q and R will be maintained. Vehicular access will remain for traffic approaching from the west end of campus on University Drive South to Maverick Plaza.

The Maverick Village and HPER shuttle stops will also be closed during this time. Maverick Village riders should walk to the Durham Science stop to board the shuttle and HPER riders should go to Milo Bail Student Center for boarding.

Facilities staff asks that pedestrians use extreme caution when walking in the areas surrounding HPER and avoid them if at all possible. Hawkins Construction Company will continue to maintain safe access to the north entry of HPER.

For pedestrian safety and that of the construction workers, do not walk along University Drive South between Elmwood Park and the Sculpture Lab. Pedestrians are encouraged to walk on the sidewalk along the east side of Caniglia Field, or on the running track along the west side of the football field to access campus.

For more information, contact Audrey Buckley at 554.4104.

Holiday Card Program Deadline Extended

The deadline to donate to the Faculty Senate and Staff Advisory Council (SAC) annual Holiday Card Program has been extended to Tuesday, Dec. 9.

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 Tuesday, Dec. 9. 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.

Deadline Dec. 10 for "An Inaugural Ride to Freedom"

In conjunction with the upcoming Presidential Inauguration, the UNO College of Arts and Sciences will sponsor a bus trip to Washington, D.C., Jan. 18-22. Participants will have a chance to attend a variety of inauguration activities.

The trip costs $390 per person, and a $75 deposit is due on or before Wednesday, Dec. 10. Payment can be made by cash or check to the Department of Black Studies. Refunds are not possible after Monday, Dec. 22.

For more details, visit or contact Felicia Dailey at 554.2412 or

HR Seminar to Highlight Social Security/Medicare

Human Resources' yearlong series of informative seminars will continue Friday, Dec. 12, with a presentation on Social Security and Medicare.

The seminar and discussion will run from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. Benjamin Ficken, from Social Security administration, and Len Pacer, from Volunteers Assisting Seniors, will answer questions from participants.

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 at 554.3660.

ITS Announces Upcoming Technology Training

Information Technology Services (ITS) announces several technology training opportunities this month. Visit for more information. All faculty and staff are welcome.

For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.4357 or

Honors Program/Liberty Elementary Clothing Drive Under Way

The UNO Honors Program continues to collect winter wear items for Liberty Elementary School on campus through Friday, Dec. 12.

Collection boxes are located in the following locations:
- Honors Program Office, 105 Arts and Sciences Hall;
- Outside 314E Kayser Hall;
- Milo Bail Student Center Information Desk; and
- 401 Roskens Hall Information Desk.

"Please help us by donating your new or lightly used clothing items: scarves, mittens, hats, coats, etc., to the boxes located across campus," said Christine McIvor, assistant to the director for the Honors Program.

For more information, contact McIvor at 554.2696.

Psychology Major Informational Session

Interested in applying for a degree in School Psychology? If so, plan to attend an informational session regarding the application process in 347Y Arts and Sciences (Psychology Department) on Friday, Dec. 12, from 1 to 2 p.m. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

For more information, contact Jen Pollock at

Family Holiday Party at the Zoo Planned for Dec. 12

Join the UNO Young Alumni for a family holiday party Friday, Dec. 12, at the Henry Doorly Zoo. A zoo membership is not required to attend, but tickets must be purchased in advance.

The event will feature a barbecue dinner catered by McKenna's Blues, Booze & Barbecue in the Treetop Restaurant overlooking the Lied Jungle; crafts and goodies for children; photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus; and a Holiday Wildlights '08 debut. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $5 for children age three to 10, and are free for children age two and under.

To register, download the form at and return it to the UNO Alumni Association, 6705 Dodge St., Omaha, NE 68182.

Tickets will be mailed upon receipt of payment. For more information, contact Sheila King at 554.4802 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.

To view upcoming athletic events, click on this link. For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at