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Maverick Basketball Women and Men Defeat Bearcats

Maverick senior LaToya Wright led four UNO players in double figures with a season-high 17 points Saturday afternoon (December 13) as the Maverick women's basketball team cruised to a 87-63 victory over Northwest Missouri State in the Sapp Fieldhouse. Wright, who scored 15 points in the first half, was joined in double figures by Ellen Majewski (16), Amanda Brodsack (14) and Alyssa Green (11). Junior Jill Wolf had a career-high 12 rebounds while adding six points and a pair of assists. UNO improved to 3-4 on the season and 1-2 in the MIAA. The Maverick men followed with a 73-64 victory with sophomore guard Mitch Albers scoring a season-high 25 points. Albers made six three-pointers to lead the UNO men's team. The Mavericks are 7-1 overall and 2-1 in the MIAA.


  • Commencement
  • Rock Poster


Food Fight 2008 Results

Food Fight 2008 is officially over. The university community helped stock the shelves of The Salvation Army's food pantry by collecting monetary donations and non-perishable food items on campus through Dec. 3. Donations were also sought at Maverick sporting events and student sponsored-drives.

During the four-week period, the UNO community collected 14,188 items and $2,197.50 in cash and checks. The food drive tallies have been totaled between all three participating area universities -- UNO, College of Saint Mary and Creighton University. The results -- UNO and College of Saint Mary tied with 14,188 items donated items.

"This is astounding, this is the largest total we have ever collected at UNO," said John Jensen, UNO food fight campus coordinator. "A big round of applause goes out to all who contributed and this year's building coordinators."

On campus winners:

College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building
Coordinator: Cathy Young
4,120 items

Student Division
Maverick Village
Coordinator: William Lee Pickett
913 items

Individuals across campus called "building coordinators" also volunteered their time to collect items and keep track of donations in participating buildings.

For more information on the Food Fight, contact Jensen at 554.3382.

"Consider This" Investigates Nebraska's Homeless Population

More than 21,000 homeless people live in the state of Nebraska. Coming up on the next edition of "Consider This," host Cathy Wyatt and guests will discuss the reasons behind this growing problem, provide information about the help that is available to the individuals and families impacted and listen to a man who knows, what it's like not to have a place to call home.

Wyatt's guests include Betty Medinger, an administrator for Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services; Mike Saklar, executive director for Siena/Francis House; Bill Keck, director of Miracles Treatment Center; and Woodrow Irving, a guest of the Siena/Francis House.

The program airs tonight, Dec. 18, at 11 p.m. on NET1.

Other air dates and times are:

- Sunday, Dec. 21
11:30 a.m.

- Friday, Dec. 19
12:30 p.m.

- Tuesday, Dec. 23
12:30 p.m.

"Consider This" is a production of UNO Television. It also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For a list of days and times, visit

Mileage Reimbursement Rate Announcement

Effective with travel occurring on or after Jan. 1, 2009, all mileage reimbursements for approved travel by personal automobile will be at the rate of fifty-five cents ($.55) per mile as established by the IRS. The previous rate was fifty-eight and one-half cents ($.585).

The new rate should also be used when reimbursing visiting personnel or students for their travel. 

Also, the UNO mileage reimbursement policy has been updated and revised. Details can be found at

"The revisions encourage the use of various conferencing technologies in lieu of traveling, to reduce costs, save time and improve productivity," said Teresa Carlson, supervisor for accounting services. "In addition, the new policy requires that your normal commute distance from your residence to UNO be deducted from mileage claims when you travel directly from your home to a temporary work location, such as a trip to Varner Hall or UNL."

For more information, contact Carlson at 554.4937.

ITS Announces Holiday Technology Availability

Information Technology Services (ITS) staff have set service availability over the next two weeks:

Lab Hours
All ITS computer labs, with the exception of the 24-hour lab (Milo Bail Student Center Dundee Room), will close on Friday, Dec. 19, at 5 p.m. for maintenance. The labs in the Milo Bail Student Center Elmwood Room and 007 Roskens Hall will reopen on Monday, Jan. 5. The lab in 104 Durham Science Center will reopen Monday, Jan. 12. For an update listing of all lab hours, visit

Hi-Tech Classroom Maintenance
To provide improved security and update software, all computers in ITS Hi-Tech classrooms will remain unavailable for use from Friday, Dec. 19, at 5 p.m. through Sunday, Jan. 4. This process will remove any software which was installed over the fall semester. All workstations in these rooms will also be shutdown over holiday break for energy savings. Workstations will be brought back on-line Monday, Jan. 5. On that date or later, faculty may install software in Hi-Tech rooms which will be utilized for the spring semester. For a complete list of Hi-Tech classrooms go to

Test Scanning
Christmas Break test scanning will be processed in ITS Customer Services (104 Eppley Administration Building) during the day up until the end of business on the Tuesday, Dec. 23. Test scanning will also be processed on the following dates: Monday through Tuesday, Dec. 29-30, and Friday through Saturday, Jan. 2-3.

Due to space constraints, ITS staff ask that faculty and staff not use the drop box for large quantities of course evaluations over the holiday break, Wednesday through Sunday, Dec. 24-Jan. 4. Course evaluations will be accepted for scanning through the end of business on Dec. 23 but will not be accepted during the break. Normal test and evaluation scanning will resume Monday, Jan. 5.

System Down Time
On Monday, Dec. 29, the following systems will be unavailable from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.: Blackboard, Lotus Notes, WebFocus Reporting and campus printing via PHAROS.

For questions or concerns, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (554.4357) or

Book Buy Back and Holiday Sale Under Way at UNO Bookstore

The "book buy back" event and annual holiday sale at the UNO Bookstore continues through Friday, Dec. 19.

Individuals must have a current university ID to participate in the book buy back. The last day to sell books is Friday, Dec. 19.

At the holiday sale customers who purchase one apparel item at regular price can receive a second item for half price.

Bookstore hours are:

- Monday through Thursday
7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

- Friday
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Jacinda Brooks at 554.2360.

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 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.

Campus Security Offers Holiday Safety Tips

The Campus Security staff would like to remind the campus community of some common sense safety tips to practice during the holiday season.

- When a person leaves his or her room or office, lock it up, even if it's only for a few minutes.

- Avoid leaving valuables or packages in plain view in a vehicle. Place them in the trunk or between the seats. When possible, do so before parking.

- During the holiday break, take valuables home from campus offices and residence halls.

- Anyone who is going to be working on campus late in the evening or when few people are around should consider advising Campus Security so that an officer can pay special attention to the area.

- Anyone entering a locked residence hall, apartment building or campus building should make sure the door closes completely. Strangers should not follow anyone into a secure building.

- Students who live on campus and are leaving town for the holidays should make sure they have someone keeping an eye on their residence and leave emergency contact information.

For more information, call Campus Security at 554.2648.

Mail Services to Offer Limited Holiday Break Services

During the holiday break, the Mail Services window will be open from 9 to 10 a.m. on Dec. 24, 29, 30 and 31 for mail pick up only. For more information, contact Sandra Walling at 554.2337.

Nominations Sought for Women of Wisdom Awards

Organizations and individuals in the Omaha area are being asked to nominate senior women for the 2009 Women of Wisdom Awards, sponsored by UNO's Lifelong Learning Initiative. Awards will be given this spring to three women over the age of 50 who exemplify the spirit of community contribution while providing a meaningful example of successful aging.

Nominations are due Monday, Jan. 12. Forms are available at or by calling 554.4897 or 554.2292. Read more.

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.