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Centennial Moments

The history of UNO's 100 years is brought to life through 'Centennial Moments,' minute-long stories airing daily at noon on Classical 90.7 KVNO. Check back each week for new features as UNO celebrates its Centennial beginning October 8.

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First Lady Discusses Education of Afghan Women in Nebraska

Laura Bush mentioned UNO while talking about the issues facing Afghan women last month in New York. This brief audio file captures part of the first lady's remarks when she addressed the Council on Foreign Relations.

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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.



First Finalist for Dean of College of Education on Campus Today, Tomorrow

Nancy Edick, acting associate dean in the College of Education, will visit UNO and be interviewed for the position of dean of the UNO College of Education today through Tuesday, Jan. 12-13. Dr. Edick is one of four finalists.

Faculty, staff, students and the public can attend the open session during Dr. Edick's campus visit today, Jan. 12, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

The other finalists are:

- Deborah Rodgers, associate dean for Student Services at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Okla. Her campus visit is set for Jan. 14-15;

- Lawrence Rossow, director of the Center for Special Education Due Process at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Okla. His campus visit is set for Jan. 22-23; and

- Bradford Strand, department head and professor in the Department of Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences at North Dakota State University, Fargo, N. D. His campus visit is set for Jan. 26-27.

Gail Baker, dean of the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media, has chaired the search committee.

For more information call 554.3502.

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Safety Notice for On-campus Incidents

With the start of the spring semester this week, Campus Security would like to remind the campus community about emergency procedures at UNO. The following information from Campus Security outlines the university's safety and emergency procedures, along with other services provided by Campus Security.

Incident Reporting
Incidents requiring immediate action include fire, environmental spills, medical conditions, property damage, disruptive behavior and crimes in progress. Persons involved with or observing these types of incidents should call Campus Security at 554.2911. Campus Security will dispatch officers to the scene and, if required, contact 911.

Faculty and staff can call 911 directly, but also should notify Campus Security to help coordinate the response and expedite travel to the emergency scene. Emergency information provided by the caller should include the building, floor, room number, call back number and nature of the emergency.

Faculty and staff should assist with room and building evacuations, and be aware of those needing special assistance. All employees should become familiar with the designated rally points for their buildings, which are listed in the back of the telephone directory under "Emergency Procedures."

Personal Threats and Harassment
Disruptive behavior on campus will not be tolerated. Threats or acts of violence should be reported to Campus Security and to employee supervisors. If the act appears to represent an immediate threat or harm to the individual, it should be reported at once to Campus Security or 911.

Personal Escorts
The escort service is available 24-7 for individuals on campus. Contact Campus Security to arrange for an escort.

Personal Safety Checks
Individuals who may be working alone outside normal working hours are encouraged to contact Campus Security. Security officers will periodically check on individuals' safety while they are here.

Personal Property
The university is not responsible for personal property. Individuals are responsible for safeguarding their own property. Loss of personal property should be reported to Campus Security.

Alert System
An on-campus system to help facilitate emergency communications has been installed on the Dodge, Pacific and Center locations. Announcements are distributed from Campus Security to building public address systems or speakers located in building corridors. When announcements are made, strobe lights will flash to notify the hearing impaired to seek assistance.

The system is particularly helpful during tornado warnings. The announcement will alert building occupants to seek shelter and, again later, when the warning has ended. The alert system also can be used to announce university closings, confirm evacuations for fire or chemical release, or other emergency conditions.

Text Messaging System
An off-site text-messaging system provided by e2Campus is also available. The system sends instant alerts directly to registered subscribers' e-mail accounts and mobile phones via SMS text messages. Wireless personal digital assistants and BlackBerry devices can also be used.

The notification system is used to communicate any potential emergency, such as a snow delay or closing, other weather warnings, homeland security advisories, gas leak notifications and fire or crime watches.

This is a voluntary, 'opt-in' capability that requires individual action to subscribe. For more information or to subscribe visit

PC Desktop Alert System
The university's new on-campus PC Desktop Alert System is now available. The system allows on-campus users to install software to enable windows computers to receive desktop alerts from UNO for emergency events, school closings and other critical announcements. For installation information, visit or contact Information Technology Services Customer Services at 554.4357.

More information on campus emergency procedures can be found online at or in the UNO Employee Telephone Directory beginning on page 116. For more information about Campus Security procedures related to campus emergencies, contact Stan Schleifer at 554.3596 or Paul Kosel at 554.2648.

Faculty Senate to Meet Jan. 14

The UNO Faculty Senate will meet Wednesday, Jan. 14, in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Rooms.

Mollie Anderson, director of Human Resources at UNO, will give a short presentation on "UNO 100-Day Report" beginning at 2 p.m. with the meeting immediately following. All are invited to attend.

For more information, contact Sue Bishop at 554.3598.

No Limits! Student Women's Studies Conference Seeks Supplies

This year's No Limits! conference, to be held Friday through Saturday, March 6-7, at UNO, will include a workshop titled "Collaging the Gendered Self," at which conferees will be invited to create collages. These will be collected together later for transformation into a mosaic via photography.

UNO student Rachel Tomlinson Dick will lead the workshop, and asks for donations of the following items:
-Paint brushes;
-Mod podge;
-Construction paper;
-Patterned paper;
-Wall paper;
-Thread and/or string;
-Unwanted books (text of whole pages could be used in collaging);
-Magazines; and

Supplies for donation may be dropped off in 307 Arts and Sciences Hall. For more information call Karen Falconer Al-Hindi at 554.3834.

Chinese Language Classes Offered at PKI

The Confucius Institute at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will offer non-credit Chinese language classes this spring. Taught by an experienced instructor who is a native Chinese speaker, classes will take place Saturdays and Wednesdays at The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI).

To view the full class schedule click on this link.

For more information, call 402.472.2175 or (toll free) 866.700.4747, or send an e-mail to

Student Government Swearing-in Ceremony Jan. 13

The new leaders of Student Government will take the oath of office Tuesday, Jan. 13, at 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. Neil Bonacci was elected student body president/regent, and Kevin Huddleston was elected student body vice president in elections held last fall.

Donal Burns, corporation secretary for the University of Nebraska, will conduct the ceremony. An informal reception will follow, and the campus community is invited to attend.

Bonacci is a criminal justice major. He is a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity and serves as president of the Student Orientation Leaders Organization. He plans to graduate next December.

Huddleston is working on a master's degree in architectural engineering and also plans to graduate in December. At UNO, he has served as an orientation leader and Student Government senator, as well as vice president, recruitment director and president of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He also was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and the Order of Omega Greek Honor Society.

For more information, call 554.2779.

Faculty Recruitment Workshop Jan. 13

The next Faculty Recruitment Workshop takes place Tuesday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center State Room.

Before anyone can serve on a UNO Faculty Search Committee they must have attended one of these recruitment workshops. If it has been two years or more since attending a workshop, please plan to attend.

R.S.V.P. with Jerri Maxwell at or 554.3892.

Retirement Reception for Barb Ericson Jan. 13

The university community is invited to attend a retirement reception for Barb Ericson Tuesday, Jan. 13, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

Ericson has worked at UNO for more than 23 years. She has been with Student Health Services since 1997.

For more information, contact Julie Kalasek at 554.2374.

SAC Takes Lead on Employee of the Month Program

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

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.

Nominations Deadline Jan. 16 for Faculty Service-Learning Award

Each year, the Service-Learning Academy recognizes one UNO faculty member who exemplifies the effective practice of service-learning in his or her work. This year, the recognition will come with an honorarium of $500.

To be nominated, a faculty member must:
- Have demonstrated the ability to develop and teach an effective service-learning course;
- Have been supportive of service-learning at UNO (i.e. through attendance at faculty/student presentations, Teaching Circles and mentoring faculty/students, etc.);
- Have demonstrated the capability of developing reciprocal, collaborative relations with community partners and have a thorough understanding and appreciation of community agency issues (i.e. professionalism and cultural competency); and
- Hold a full- or part-time teaching appointment with UNO.

The award will be presented at the Faculty Honors Convocation, Thursday, March 26, at 7 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

The Service-Learning Academy needs to receive nominations no later than Friday, Jan. 16. Nomination forms are available for download on the Service-Learning Academy Web site at For more information, contact Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz at 554.2712 or

Nominations Deadline Jan. 16 for Student Service-Learning Award

Each year, the Service-Learning Academy recognizes one UNO student who has gone above and beyond the required community engagement in the context of a service-learning class. This year, the recognition will come with an honorarium of $250. To be nominated, a student must have demonstrated and upheld in an outstanding way, the key principles of effective academic service-learning:
- Establishing and maintaining a reciprocal relationship with a community partner;
- Providing a useful and meaningful community service; and
- Mastering the course's academic objective(s), as related to the service performed.

The award will be presented at the Student Honors Convocation, Friday, March 27, at 3 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center.

The Service-Learning Academy needs to receive nominations no later than Friday, Jan. 16. Nomination forms are available for download on the Service-Learning Academy Web site at For more information, contact Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz at 554.2712 or

2008 W-2 Forms to be Distributed Week of Jan. 19

The 2008 W-2 forms are scheduled for distribution the week of Jan. 19 and Employee Self Service (ESS) will display the 2008 W-2 form beginning Friday, Jan. 16.

As in the past, active employees will have their W-2 form delivered to their campus work address. Separated employees will have their W-2 form delivered through the U.S. Postal Service to their permanent home address.

For questions regarding employee W-2 forms, call 554.2325 or stop by 205 Eppley Administration Building.

School of Social Work to Offer Informational Meeting

The School of Social Work will offer an informational meeting on Saturday, Jan. 17, at 10 a.m. in 109A College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building.

Information will be given on the application process, course work, content of the course work and practicum. To R.S.V.P, call 554.2792 or e-mail


Maverick Watch

Support the Mavericks by attending their home events. Faculty, staff and students are admitted free to all home athletic games with proper ID (excluding hockey and playoff games). The spouses and children of students, faculty and staff can also attend for free.

To view upcoming athletic events, click on this link. For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at