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Munira Amini produced this segment about end of semester stress for the Omaha News.

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UNO Commencement Dec. 19 at the Civic

More than 920 students will graduate Friday, Dec. 19, during the UNO winter commencement ceremony.  The event begins at 2 p.m. at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave.

Janey Strobel, an Omaha native, will present the student commencement address.  She graduates summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in English.  Next fall, she plans to attend graduate school to pursue a master of fine arts degree in poetry.

John Jeter will receive the Alumnus Achievement Award.  He became a partner at Arthur Andersen and Co. in 1967 and served in a variety of capacities in the Omaha, Dallas and Denver offices before retiring in 1991.  In 1994, Jeter was elected to the Tucson Electric Power Company's board of directors and served on the board of UniSource Energy Corporation from 1998 until his retirement in 2001.  Instrumental to the 2006 expansion and renovation of the UNO Alumni Association's William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center, Jeter spearheaded funding for a new event space, the Arthur Andersen Hospitality Room.

For more information about commencement, call 554.2358 or 554.2762.

SAC Takes Lead on Employee of the Month Program

Starting this January, the Staff Advisory Council (SAC) will be responsible for selection of all Employee of the Month honorees at UNO. 

The new criteria for the award:
- Performed job above and beyond expectations;
- Interpersonal skill/communication;
- Knowledge of job; and
- Adaptability.

Nominations are sought for the new Staff Advisory Council Employee of the Month Recognition Program for office/service personnel. Recipients will receive a $100 award.

The nomination guidelines:

- Nominees must be employed at UNO for one year or longer;

- An Employee of the Month qualifies to be selected as Employee of the Year; and

- Nominations will be kept on file for 90 days and will be considered with all nominations for Employee of the Month.

To nominate an employee, print and complete the nomination form at and send it through campus mail to P.O. Box 130.

For more information, call Monica Bayles at 554.2977.

Next NBDC Workshop on Government Contracts Today

The next Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) workshop on government contracting takes place today, Dec. 16, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Healing Gallery, 4225 Cuming St.

The workshop will give an overview on how companies can become registered with government agencies.

Additional workshops in the series are planned for the following dates. Individuals can sign up for any individual workshop. Each are free but require pre-registration at, as seating is limited.

The workshop dates and titles:

- Tuesday, Jan. 13
Finding Bidding Opportunities: How to Locate Bidding Opportunities from Government Agencies.

- Tuesday, Feb. 10
The Successful Proposal: How to Prepare the Successful Proposal, Including Capability Statements, RFQ, IFB and RFPs.

- Tuesday, March 10
Winning the Contract: Strategies for Winning the Contract.

- Wednesday, April 14
Government Markets: An Overview of Government Markets.

The series is sponsored by Andy Alexander, NBDC procurement technical assistance manager/counselor. For more information, call 614.7597.

HR Offers Informational Sessions on Holiday Time Sheets

Human Resources will host two informational sessions to clarify procedures for correctly filling out holiday time sheets for the upcoming period that includes holiday, floating holiday and vacation pay options.

"The best cure is prevention," said Bob Harris, manager of Payroll. "You can avoid any pay errors during the holiday break by making sure your time sheet is completed correctly."

Payroll staff will be available to answer questions. Information will be repeated at both sessions. The times and place:

- Wednesday, Dec. 17
Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room
8:15 a.m.
1:15 p.m.

For more information, contact HR Payroll at 554.2325.

ITS to Pilot New Web Technology for Customer Services

Information Technology Services (ITS) Customer Services will conduct a three-month pilot of Adobe Connect beginning this January. Adobe Connect is Web conferencing technology that allows online collaboration and remote desktop sharing. 

"If you call Customer Services with a computer-related issue, you may be asked to share your desktop using Adobe Connect. During the process, you control access to your computer and can turn off sharing at any time," said Dean Hayes, manager of Customer Services. "We are hoping that this product will allow us to answer campus IT questions quicker and with more accuracy."

Direct any questions or concerns about this pilot to ITS at 554.4357 or

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.

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.

UNO Co-sponsors Ed Zlotkowski Visit

Join the Metro Coalition for a day with Ed Zlotkowski on Friday, Jan. 16. Zlotkowski is a senior associate for Service Learning for the American Association of Higher Education. He also serves as a faculty fellow for National Campus Compact.

Faculty, staff and students can come for all or part of the day.  All sessions will take place College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons according to the following schedule:

8:45 to 11 a.m.  
Session I: Best Practices in Service Learning Course Development

11 to 11:15 a.m.

11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Session II: Broadening our View: Service Learning and Civic Engagement

12:45 to 1:30 p.m.
Lunch: Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room (those wanting to attend lunch must R.S.V.P)

1:45 to 3 p.m.
Session III: Students as Colleagues

Co-sponsors include UNO, Metropolitan Community College, Clarkson College, College of St. Mary, Creighton University, Iowa Western Community College, Methodist College and University of Nebraska Medical Center.

To register or for more information, e-mail or call 554.3196.

Call for Proposals for March 2009 No Limits! Conference

The UNO Women's Studies Program seeks proposals for the 2009 No Limits! Conference, which will take place March 6-7 at UNO.

Undergraduate students, graduate students and recent graduates can submit a 250- to 500-word abstract outlining their proposed paper presentation, workshop, creative reading, film or project via e-mail - along with any audio-visual equipment needs - by Jan. 30 to Proposal topics can include any discipline related to women's lives, history, cultures, sexuality, feminism and women's and gender studies. Academic papers featuring creative writing, visual arts, film, music and performance also are welcome. Proposals need not pertain to the conference theme - "Feminisms, Environments & New Media."

In addition to student presentations, three keynote events are planned:

- "Collaging the Gendered Self: Using Media to Give Voice to Lived Experience" begins with a talk by women's studies major Rachel Dick during the Friday, March 6, luncheon. Following the talk, those attending are invited to create collages that will be collected into a mosaic for reproduction in multiple media.

- Kauilani Lee will perform the one-woman play "A Sense of Wonder" on Friday evening, March 6. The play conveys the life work of Rachel Carson, who wrote Silent Spring. Carson's biographer has said of this performance: "This is the Rachel I knew...a perfect introduction to one of the most influential women of our time."

- The UNO Women's Centennial Luncheon will take place Saturday, March 7. Tableaux Vivants will entertain diners as they assemble for lunch. Professors Josie Metal-Corbin and Susan Maher will share highlights from their respective projects that focus on the centrality of women to UNO's history.

For more information and updates, visit the conference Web site at


- James Saker, director of university bands, was a member of the production team that presented "A Salute to John Gottshalk" at the La Vista Convention Center last month. In a retirement tribute to the former World-Herald publisher, an indoor parade was presented to an audience or more than 600. Dr. Saker was responsible for coordinating the parade music that included the U.S. Air Force Heartland of America Band, the Sidney Nebraska High School Band, an Omaha Symphony Strolling Band, a vocal ensemble from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the UNO Maverick Marching Band. He also conducted the grand finale that included all of the musical groups in a patriotic medley followed by "God Bless America" that was sung by the current Miss America, Kirsten Haglund.

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