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Classical 90.7 KVNO Announces 2009 Classical Kids

Classical Kids is a program that started by Classical 90.7 KVNO in 1999 to reward students ages 7 to 13 who are involved in classically-oriented music.

Classical Kids is an award-winning program that recognizes excellence in young musicians, whether through school or an extra-curricular activity. The 12 Classical Kids for 2009 who have been chosen are:

January—Maya Matthews, Brownell-Talbot School;
February—J. J. Toy, Westside Middle School;
March—Yasmeen Bora, Millard North Middle School;
April— Edward Berry, St. Stephen the Martyr School;
May—Frank Deng, Reeder Elementary School;
June—Mallory Burton, Hitchcock Elementary School;
July—Noah Holmes, II, St. Bernadette School;
August—Ruth Hailu, Brownell-Talbot School;
September—Sheng-Jie Lim, Grace Abbott Elementary School;
October—Donny Pistillo, St. Wenceslaus School;
November—Varun Noronha, Hitchcock Elementary School; and
December—Grace Yohannes, Brownell-Talbot School.

Each Classical Kid was nominated by a music teacher, completed an application and submitted an audition cassette or CD.  Musical professionals judged and determined the "cream of the crop."  The winners will receive an award presentation at their school and an interview that will air on Classical 90.7 KVNO. 

Classical Kids is made possible through the generosity of The Soener Foundation, in honor of Mary Belle Soener. More information about the Classical Kids program is available at or by calling 559.5866.

UNO 100 Ties and Scarves Available for Purchase

The UNO Concert Choir is selling a limited number of UNO 100 ties and scarves for a fundraiser. Designed by the choir, both incorporate the special UNO 100 anniversary logo.

All proceeds will go toward the Concert Choir's trip to Mexico. While visiting Veracruz, Mexico this May the choir will perform at various churches, schools and attend sister city functions.

The ties and scarves can be viewed and purchased at

For more information, contact Shellie Harden at 554.2177.

December Biweekly Payday Notice

There are three biweekly paydays this month (Dec. 4, 18 and 31). Therefore, no standard deductions will be taken from the Dec. 31 biweekly payroll.  Regular biweekly paid employees will not have NUCREDITS included or standard deductions (insurance, parking, etc.) 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.

Nominations Sought for Excellence in Teaching Award

The UNO Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes superior effort, dedication and exemplary conduct in the education of students. Nominations for the 2009 Excellence in Teaching Award (EIT) are due Friday, Jan. 30. The nomination form and criteria are available on the EIT Web site at

Nomination forms should be sent to Charlotte Swank, EAB 201, or For questions, contact Swank at 554.2967.

Important EIT dates:

- Friday, Jan. 30
Nomination deadline.

- Friday, Feb. 13
Nominee documentation due in Chancellor's Office by 4 p.m.

- Friday, Feb. 13-20
Review of documentation by EIT Committee.

- Friday, Feb. 20
EIT committee submits names to the Chancellor.

Household Items and Winter Clothing Sought

Beginning in January, International Studies and Programs (IS&P) will host 20 students from Egypt, Lebanon and the West Bank for eight weeks.

"We need your help to make their stay on campus more comfortable," said Lesa Perry, coordinator with IS&P. "These students need clean household items and winter clothing."

Bring the following donations to 241 Arts and Science Hall:

Bed and bath – new or lightly used single sheets, pillows, blankets and towels;

Kitchen and dining – pots, pans, plates, glasses and tableware; and

Winter clothes – gently worn coats, gloves/mittens, hats for both men and women.

For more information, call 554.2293, or e-mail Logan Dumaine (, Lesa Perry ( or Thalia Alberts (

Flu Shots Still Available

Flu shots are still available at UNO Student Health Services (SHS), located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center. The cost is $15 for students with ID and $20 for faculty, staff and others in the UNO community.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. SHS will accept cash, check or credit for payment at time of service. SHS will also submit insurance claims for possible reimbursement for UNO Blue Cross Blue Shield policyholders. Those interested in receiving a shot should wear appropriate clothing for an inoculation in the arm and, if applicable, bring their insurance card.

For more information, contact SHS at 554.2374.

Mail Services to Offer Limited Holiday Break Services

The Mail Service window will be open from 9 to 10 a.m. on Dec. 24, 29, 30 and 31 for mail pick up only. Any person with questions or concerns can contact Sandra Walling at 554.2337.

Participants Sought for UNMC Depression Study

The University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Psychiatry is seeking individuals ages 19 to 65, who are experiencing depression, to participate in a research study of an investigational medication for depression. All study procedures and medications are provided.

For more information, call 552.6005 or send an e-mail to or visit


Fraternity Honors UNO Students
The Sigma Phi Epsilon annual scholarship banquet, held in November, recognized three "Balanced Men" who are either freshmen or sophomore students. A "Balanced Man" is a male UNO student who is not only strong physically, but also strong academically.

Students Colton Aman, Danny Layher and Troy Becker were honored. Aman received a $500 scholarship; Layher and Becker each received $250 scholarships.

The "Balanced Men" event honors not just members of the fraternity, but any male UNO student who meets the academic requirments. The evening also allows parents to learn more abou the community and philanthropic events of Sigma Phi Epsilon.

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