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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.



Human Resources Tests Expanded Office Hours

Human Resources (HR) has started testing expanded office hours to see whether offering additional hours of operation at the beginning and end of the day would benefit UNO employees who work shift and nonstandard hours in meeting their personnel service needs. 

New HR hours for the test period run from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.  HR is located in 205 Eppley Administration Building.  Before 8 a.m. and after 5 p.m., visitors may need to ring the HR doorbell for assistance because the office will not be fully staffed during the expanded hours.

University Policy Library Available Online

UNO Business and Finance announces the availability of a new online policy library at While this is not an inclusive list of all university policies, it is an excellent resource for departments and employees.

Student Government Swearing-in Ceremony Today

The new leaders of Student Government will take the oath of office today, 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.

MLK Jr. Legacy Recognized with Jan. 19 Day of Service

UNO students, faculty and staff will again celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., by volunteering their time.

The Day of Service takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, in honor of King's birthday. Students, faculty and staff will volunteer with youth at three locations in Omaha. Read more.

"FIRST LIGHT" Event Jan. 17 at the Strategic Air and Space Museum

The NASA Nebraska Space Grant Consortium is organizing and co-sponsoring a special astronomy education event titled "FIRST LIGHT" at the Strategic Air and Space Museum on Saturday, Jan. 17. The event will kick off an entire year of astronomy-based activities planned for the State of Nebraska during the "International Year of Astronomy" in 2009.

FIRST LIGHT will feature special guest speaker Jim Manning, executive director of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. Manning will present a program on "How Galileo Democratized the Sky."

Afterwards, Cassie Etmund, vice president of the Prairie Astronomy Club-Lincoln, will present a short "What's Up?" (currently in the night sky) program, followed by a trip outside to observe the universe through dozens of powerful telescopes staffed by knowledgeable astronomers.

Between activities, heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served within a gallery of astronomy-themed displays and demonstrations.

The primary program begins at 4 p.m., but it is recommended to arrive early, so visitors can enjoy all that the Strategic Air and Space Museum has to offer. General museum admission applies: $8.50 for adults; $7 for senior citizens; $6 for military and $4 for children.

FIRST LIGHT is co-sponsored by NASA Nebraska Space Grant Offices at UNO, the Strategic Air and Space Museum, the Omaha Astronomical Society and the Prairie Astronomy Club.

For more information regarding International Year of Astronomy events in Nebraska, visit

For more information, contact Michael Sibbernsen at 554.2042.

Maverick Productions Offers Guitar Lessons

Maverick Productions will offer guitar lessons on campus this month.

Lessons will take place Saturdays -- Jan. 17, 24 and 31 -- from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Tower Room.  The lessons will be taught by Bob Woody, professor of psychology, and are open to all skill levels. No musical background is needed. 

The lessons are free for students, faculty and staff.  Participants need to supply their own guitar, tuner and music stand.  There are also two lesson books, which cost under $15.  The lessons are limited to 10 people. 

For more information or to sign up, contact Erin Cron at or 554.2711.

Group Ex Classes Kick Off

Campus Recreation and the Fitness and Wellness programs have teamed up to host a variety of group exercise classes this spring. Classes will run through Friday, May 1.

Classes will be held in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. All students and current Campus Recreation activity cardholders can take Group Ex classes for free.

To access the full Fall Group Ex weekly schedule, click on this link.

Classes will not be held Monday, Jan. 19, and Monday through Friday, March 16-20.

For more information, contact Dave Daniels at 554.2008.

Next NBDC Workshop on Project Management Jan. 26-27

The next Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) workshop on project management takes place Monday, Jan. 26, and Tuesday, Jan 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Educational Service Unit #3, 6949 S 110th St., La Vista. The event - titled "Successful Project Management" - is the first class in the Project Management Certificate and is discounted for UNO employees.

The workshop will give an overview on how to use project management processes successfully and includes a hands-on simulation. Additional workshops in the series will take place later this semester. Individuals can sign up for any individual workshop.

Pre-registration is required due to the limited seating. Call 595.2900 or e-mail

Workshop dates:

- Tuesdays, Feb. 17 and 24
"Leading Project Teams"

- Thursday, March 5, and Friday, March 6
"MS Project 2003 Levels I-II"

- Monday, April 6, and Tuesday, April 7
"Requirements Elicitation and Methods"

- Monday, April 20
"Communicating Projects Visually"

The series is sponsored by NBDC Business and Technology Solutions. For course information, call Julie Burrell Lillig at 595.1828 or

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.

Female Runners Sought for HPER Research Study

Researchers at the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at UNO currently need healthy, normal menstruating female runners aged 19-40 to participate in a research study investigating the production of inflammation and delayed onset muscle soreness during different phases of the menstrual cycle.

Participants will gain information on their aerobic capacity and body fat percentage. The study will require three visits to the Exercise Physiology Lab: One for a maximal running test (VO2 max) and two appointments for 75-minute high intensity running sessions. Subjects will be compensated for their time.

Female runners interested in being a participant should contact Morgan Chaffin at 554.3221 or

Inclement Weather Announcement Reminder

When inclement weather arises locally, the university community has several options in getting the information about snow delay or closing.

Access the UNO Weather Announcements Web site at for the latest university closing information. Web site visitors need to hit the reload or refresh button on the Web browser first.

e2campus subscribers will also receive alerts announcing delays or closings. The system, provided by e2Campus, 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. Students, faculty and staff can learn more about the system and sign up at

The new PC Desktop Alert 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.

The university community also can dial 554.CALL (554.2255) for the latest weather announcements. Classical 90.7 KVNO Radio will broadcast UNO closing information, as well.

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.

Nominations Sought for Senior Vice Chancellor's Leadership Award

The Senior Vice Chancellor's Leadership Award annually recognizes outstanding student contributions in campus involvement and community engagement. Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) is now accepting nominations for the honor.

Staff and faculty may nominate students by writing a letter of recommendation and completing a nominee information page. Nominators should give their nominees the award application and time to complete the required leadership essay. 

All award materials are due to Milo Bail Student Center first floor SOLP office by Friday, Jan. 30, at 5 p.m.  Nomination packets are available at and in hard copy in SOLP. 

For more information, contact Erin Cron at 554.2711.

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.


Weber, PR Students Honored
Karen Weber, School of Communication, received the 2008 Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Nebraska Service Award at the Dec. 11 PRSA Gala and Paper Anvil Awards. Weber was honored for her work with public relation students.

UNO Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) also won two Awards of Merit for Campaigns in the Classroom for the 2008 Safe Kids Buckle Up teams.

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