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A Blast from the Past

Circa 1970, a coed strolls past Arts and Sciences Hall to make for a picture-perfect wintery scene.



Maverick Ice Action on NET Television

Mike Kemp's UNO Mavericks play host when Coach Walt Kyle and his Northern Michigan Wildcats come calling on Omaha's Qwest Center ice on Friday, Jan. 9.  The hockey match will be broadcast live on "Maverick Hockey" at 7 p.m. CT on NET2.  Read more.

Next NBDC Workshop on Government Contracts Jan. 13

The next Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) workshop on government contracting takes place Tuesday, Jan. 13, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Healing Gallery, 4225 Cuming St.

The event - titled "Finding Bidding Opportunities" - is free but requires pre-registration at due to the limited seating.

The workshop will give an overview on how to locate bidding opportunites from government agencies. Additional workshops in the series are planned for the following dates. Individuals can sign up for any individual workshop.

Workshop dates:

- 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"

- Tuesday, April 14
"Government Markets"

The series is sponsored by Andy Alexander, NBDC procurement technical assistance manager/counselor. For more information, call 554.6252.

Mileage Reimbursement Rate Reminder

Effective with travel occurring after Jan. 1, 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.

Household Items and Winter Clothing Sought

Beginning this month, 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."

Items needed include:

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.

Donations can be dropped off at 241 Arts and Sciences Hall. For more information, call 554.2293, or e-mail Logan Dumaine (, Lesa Perry ( or Thalia Alberts (

Fidelity Representative Schedule Announced through May

Fidelity representative Jason Cronick will be in Omaha for individual counseling sessions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. according to the following schedule:

- Thursday, Jan. 8;

- Thursday, Feb. 26;

- Friday, March 20;

- Friday, April 17; and

- Friday, May 15

Employees can call Fidelity at 1.800.642.7131 to schedule an appointment with Cronick.

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.

Registration Under Way for "The Global Quilt: Cultural Contexts"

Faculty, staff and students can now register for the International Quilt Study Center and Museum's fourth biennial symposium, "The Global Quilt: Cultural Contexts," planned for April 2-4 in Lincoln.

The event will feature a keynote, panel and individual paper presentations, in addition to pre- and post-symposium guided and behind-the-scenes tour opportunities. Discussions will highlight the full breadth of contexts in which a quiltmaker's art is expressed and transmitted among and across cultures.

For additional details and to download a pdf of the symposium registration brochure, visit For more information, call 402.472.2423 or send an e-mail to


- A. Olu Oyinlade, sociology, recently served as a program external review consultant for the sociology program at a South Dakota university.

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