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A New Year's Gift

UNO graduate and former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel announced on campus last fall that he would be donating his senate papers to UNO's Criss Library. The papers began arriving before the Christmas holiday inside 2000 cartons. A second delivery of wooden cases contained photographs and other Hagel memorabilia. One custom case contained an antique 'barbar' chair from Hagel's senate office. Bob Nash of UNO's Criss Library said it would be a "considerable time" before the Hagel materials would be available to the public.

the Big Picture

Winter Scene

A Blast from the Past

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



Blackboard Drop In Assistance Available This Week

Information Technology Services (ITS) will hold two days of Blackboard Drop In ASK? classes this week. ITS will have someone on hand in 104 Eppley Administration Building on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 8-9, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. to answer questions about Blackboard and help faculty prepare for spring classes. No sign up is required for these sessions.

If unable to stop by this week, ITS staff offers several alternative ways to get assistance:

- Documentation – There are numerous help documents under the Instructor Help Tab within myUNO (Blackboard);

- FAQs – Review the "Frequently Asked Questions" section at;

- Call – 554.HELP (4357); and

- E-mail – ITS Customer Services at

2009 Holiday Schedule Announced

The university will observe the following holiday schedule for 2009:

Thursday, Jan. 1 - New Year's Day

Friday, Jan. 2 - Holiday Closedown

Monday, Jan. 19 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday, May 25 - Memorial Day

Friday, July 3 - Independence Day

Monday, Sep. 7 - Labor Day

Thursday, Nov. 26 - Thanksgiving

Friday, Nov. 27 - Friday after Thanksgiving

Thursday, Dec. 24 - Holiday Closedown

Friday, Dec. 25 - Holiday Closedown

Monday, Dec. 28 - Holiday Closedown

Tuesday, Dec. 29 - Holiday Closedown

*Wednesday, Dec. 30 - Holiday Closedown

*Thursday, Dec. 31 - Holiday Closedown

The holiday closedown for 2009 will begin Thursday, Dec. 24, and conclude Friday, Jan. 1. Wednesday, Dec. 30, and Thursday, Dec. 31, will need to be taken as vacation leave or leave without pay. Staff will return to work Monday, Jan. 4.

* Vacation Leave/Leave Without Pay – By proclamation of the Governor or the President, university employees other than temporary are compensated for 12 holidays annually. To facilitate the "closedown" periods, extra days may appear in the schedule and will need to be reported as annual leave or leave without pay.

The holiday schedule is also available online at For more information, contact Human Resources at 554.2321.

Auditions this Month for Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra Openings

The Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra (HPO) will hold auditions for string players on Saturday, Jan. 10. UNO's largest concert orchestra, HPO is comprised of students, faculty, staff and community members. Students from all majors who wish to continue their orchestra experience can audition.

HPO programs have been featured on local classical radio stations, and the orchestra recently performed at Nebraska Music Education National Conference for the first time. HPO has performed at the Holland Performing Arts Center and annually performs several special concerts, including the popular Halloween "Hauntcert." Several guest artists from the Omaha Symphony and UNO music faculty have performed as soloists with HPO. In addition, HPO collaborates with the UNO choral program each year to perform major literature and further the students exposure to these important works.

Audition information and materials can be found at  For more information on HPO, visit

Center for Faculty Development to Host Problem-Based Learning Workshop

The Center for Faculty Development will present a workshop on "Problem-Based Learning" on Friday, Jan. 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

Problem-based learning (PBL) is an instructional method that challenges students to "learn to learn," working cooperatively in groups to seek solutions to real world problems. These problems are used to engage students' curiosity and initiate learning the subject matter. PBL prepares students to think critically and analytically, and to find and use appropriate learning resources.

Presenters will include Richard Donham, a senior scientist with the University of Delaware's Mathematics & Science Education Resource Center, and Mark A. Serva, an assistant professor of MIS at the University of Delaware.

The workshop is made possible by support from a National Science Foundation grant as well as the College of Information Science and Technology, UNO Math-Science Learning Center, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Center for Faculty Development.

To register, contact the Center for Faculty Development at 554.2427 or To request more information about the event, contact Mark Pauley at Refreshments will be provided.

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 Friday, 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

NBDC to Host National Institutes of Health Conference in 2009

Save the date. In 2009, the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) will host a two-day National Institutes of Health's (NIH) national conference on Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR). The event will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, June 30-July 1, at the Qwest Center Omaha.

The Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) program is an economic development and innovative research program for small businesses and entrepreneurs to fund innovative research efforts for commercialization potential.  Eleven of the federal government's largest agencies set-aside a percentage of their research and development dollars to fund small business innovation research.  NIH is the second largest funder of research and development to small businesses, behind the Department of Defense at just over $650 million annually.  

"If you or someone you know has an interest in improving health through biomedical and behavioral research and innovation, you won't want to miss attending this event," Lisa Tedesco, SBIR/STTR consultant for NBDC. "This is the one chance each year for all 27 NIH Institutes and Centers to come together in one place for you to network with and learn about the latest innovation the NIH is funding."

Each year, the NIH holds it annual conference to create awareness of the SBIR Program and give access to their Institute and Center staff for small businesses, researchers and entrepreneurs who have innovative ideas for commercial potential to learn about the program and ways to tap into funding.

Check back at periodically for more details.  Or contact Tedesco at

Adults Needed for Problem Gambling Study

The University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Psychiatry needs research volunteers, age 19 and older, to evaluate an investigational treatment for pathological gambling. Study evaluation and medication are provided at no cost to those who meet eligibility requirements. Nationally, statistics show that more than two million adults suffer from pathological gambling.

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