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Bonacci and Huddleston

Sworn in and Ready to Serve

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Neal Bonacci, left, and Kevin Huddleston will serve as UNO president/regent and student body vice president, respectively, for 2009. The two were sworn into office Jan. 13 in a ceremony in the Milo Bail Student Center.

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Race to Collect Diapers

Students Race to Collect Diapers

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The Dec. 5 Maverick Hockey game featured a unique form of entertainment: the Lydia House Diaper Drive. UNO's Greek community ran from one side of the ice to the other and collected diapers. The students who participated in the Diaper Dash included Trevor Gappa, Kaylie Caldwell, Alysia Radicia, Cliff Cisar, Andy Samson and Ben Hawk. Diapers were then donated to the Lydia House in Omaha, which provides emergency services for women and families.

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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.



Budget Forum Set for Jan. 22

UNO Chancellor John Christensen will host and lead a campus forum focused on the university budget Thursday, Jan. 22, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.  All members of the campus community are welcome to attend.

The event is scheduled a week after Gov. David Heineman's annual state budget message.  The forum will provide an update of fiscal issues, a timeline regarding the economic forecasting report for Nebraska and activities of the campus Budget Advisory Task Force.  Senior Vice Chancellor Terry Hynes and Vice Chancellor Bill Conley lead the task force, and both will take part in the forum.

"Our faculty and staff continue to explore ways to economize and conserve, and I appreciate that work," Dr. Christensen said.  "This first forum continues the conversation about our budget.  We plan to have more sessions later this semester as more information becomes known."

For more information on the forum, call 554.3502.

"Writing in the Majors" Workshop Planned for Feb. 2

John Bean, professor of English at Seattle University, will speak Monday, Feb. 2, at an interactive workshop that encourages thinking like a disciplinary professional - thinking like a psychologist, historian, economist, chemist or engineer.  The event - "Writing in the Majors: Designing the Curriculum Backwards to Accelerate Students' Growth as Disciplinary Thinkers and Writers" - will take place from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

The workshop will suggest ways that instructional strategies early in the major can deepen students' engagement with disciplinary concepts and accelerate their growth as disciplinary thinkers and writers.  By using principles of "backward design," departments can create courses early in the major that teach ways of questioning, thinking, exploring and arguing to help students produce expert insider prose as seniors.

Dr. Bean earned his doctorate in 1972 from Stanford University and is a faculty member at Seattle University, where he holds the title of "Consulting Professor of Writing and Assessment."  He has been active in the writing-across-the-curriculum movement since 1976.  Dr. Bean wrote Engaging Ideas: The Professor's Guide to Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom and co-authored four textbooks on writing, argumentation and rhetorical reading. 

His current research focuses on problems of "transfer of learning" as students move through and across a curriculum, and on the development of institutional assessment strategies that promote productive faculty conversations about teaching and learning.

The Writing Across the Curriculum Initiative and Center for Faculty Development (CFD) are sponsoring the event. Refreshments will be provided.

To register for the workshop, contact the CFD at 554.2427 or send an e-mail to For more information, contact Nora Bacon at

Volunteers Needed for Feb. 21 "Trek Up the Tower" Challenge

The Wellness Council of the Midlands is looking for volunteers to help staff its annual "Trek Up the Tower" vertical challenge race on Saturday, Feb. 21. This fundraising for the Wellness Council takes place at the First National Tower in downtown Omaha.  

Interested individuals are invited to sign up for the UNO team.  Volunteers can be younger than age 18, but race participants must be 18.

Volunteers will help set up the event the evening before the race, check in racers and staff the post-event celebration.  Volunteers receive a free t-shirt and discount to participate in the event.  Several volunteer categories are available to help ensure the more than 1,000 climbers enjoy the race.

For more information, including a list of volunteer categories and an online volunteer registration form, visit

Concept Papers Sought for Energy Savings Potential Program

UNO, in collaboration with the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD), continues to solicit concept papers pertaining to the Energy Savings Potential (ESP) Program. There is no set deadline for submissions, and papers will be reviewed as they are received.

The mission of the ESP Program is to support and deliver collaborative research efforts to develop mutually beneficial results and projects dealing with energy efficiency and effective use of energy in residential and small commercial sectors, with a focus on roadblocks to the implementation of energy efficiency measures. 

While grants will generally tend to range from between $25,000 and $75,000, larger proposals will also be considered depending upon their scope and likely impact.  Private and non-profit partners may participate in proposals; however, the principal investigators must be members of the UNO faculty or staff and must include significant participation by UNO faculty, staff and/or students.  Preference will be given to proposals that are interdisciplinary, include students, demonstrate an ability to leverage additional external resources and have the potential for immediate application. 

For additional information regarding concept paper submissions, visit or contact Gary Anderson at 554.2765 or

Viewing Sites for Today's Obama Inauguration

Today, Jan. 20, several buildings on campus will have televisions tuned to the broadcast of the inauguration ceremony of President-Elect Barack Obama.

Obama takes the oath of office at 11 a.m.; however, most of the rooms will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The campus community is invited to watch news coverage at any of the following locations.

- College of Public Affairs and Community Service, Collaborating Commons
- Eppley Administration Building, Auditorium
- Milo Bail Student Center, Nebraska Room
- The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute, Room 158G
- Maverick Village, Commons Building
- Scott Village, Commons Building
- University Village, Commons Building

For more information, call 554.2762.

2008 W-2 Forms to Be Distributed This Week

The 2008 W-2 forms will be distributed this week.  Employee Self Service (ESS) began displaying the 2008 W-2 forms on Jan. 16.

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

For more information on employee W-2 forms, call 554.2325 or stop by 205 Eppley Administration Building.

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 hours for the test period run Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  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.

SAC Takes Lead on Employee of the Month Program, Seeks Nominations

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) is now responsible for the selection of all Employee of the Month honorees at UNO.  SAC encourages the campus community to submit nominations for deserving office/service personnel.  Award recipients will receive $100.

The new criteria for the award: 

- Performed job above and beyond expectations;

- Interpersonal skill/communication;

- Knowledge of job; and 

- Adaptability.

The nomination guidelines for the new Staff Advisory Council Employee of the Month Recognition Program:
- 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.

Change Firefly Password for a Chance to Win

Start the new year right with a gift courtesy of Firefly. All University of Nebraska staff and faculty with Firefly accounts are eligible.

To enter a drawing for the prize, visit Firefly ( and change the employee Firefly password by Friday, Jan. 23. Only one entry per person is allowed. Click here to view instructions on changing passwords.

For Firefly ID assistance, contact the Computing Services Network Helpdesk in Lincoln at 877.472.7694. The winner will be notified by Friday, Jan. 30.

Spring Women's Studies Colloquium Series Kicks Off Jan. 23

Andrea Zardetto-Smith, women's studies, will present "Why Women Need to Talk to Their Pharmacists: Gender Differences and Prescription Drugs" Friday, Jan. 23, at the first Women's Studies Colloquium of the semester. Her talk is set for noon to 1 p.m. in Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Dodge Room.

The event, sponsored by the Women's Studies Colloquium Series, is free and open to the UNO community and the public. All colloquia will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Complimentary boxed lunches are available for the first 20 attendees.

The spring schedule:

- Tuesday, Feb. 17

"‘The Map Proves It': Map Use by the American Woman Suffrage Movement"
Presented by Christina Dando, assistant professor of geography/geology

MBSC Council Room

- Tuesday, March 31

"Figuring the Danse Macabre in Nancy Huston's Dolce Agonia"

Presented by Patrice Proulx, professor of foreign languages

MBSC Council Room

- Thursday, April 9

"Technology and Women-focused Nonprofits (tentative)"

Presented by Kelsey Kalal, UNO student

MBSC Gallery Room

For more information, call 554.3834.

Next NBDC Workshop on Project Management Jan. 26-27

The next Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) workshop on project management will take place Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 26-27, 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 limited seating. To register, call 595.2900 or send an e-mail to

Workshop dates:
- Tuesdays, Feb. 17 and 24

"Leading Project Teams"

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

- Monday and Tuesday, April 6-7
"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 visit


The Moving Company Receives Local Arts Award
The Moving Company received an Omaha Entertainment and Arts Award in the category of Best Local Dance Production on Jan. 8 at the Holland Performing Arts Center.  The award honored "Spared from the Storm," a concert The Moving Company organized in collaboration with the Joslyn Art Museum's exhibition of the same name from the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Housed in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, The Moving Company first presented a dance concert at the Joslyn Memorial on April 21, 1941.  The group was then known as Orchesis under the direction of its founder, Ruth Diamond.  It became The Moving Company in 1972 and is now directed by Josie Metal-Corbin.

Theta Chi Receives Kudos at Conference, Starts Recruitment
The Theta Chi fraternity at UNO was recognized recently at the annual B. Nelson Deranian Presidents Conference in Indianapolis. The Delta Zeta chapter was honored for its achievements during the fall semester, which ranged from recruitment; attempts to restructure grades policies; winning the Heart of Homecoming award; taking third place in the Spirit Cup competition during Homecoming Week; winning the Alpha Xi Delta Skit Night competition; and chapter President Raydell Cordell III being named Homecoming Prince.

The chapter is seeking new members to fill its spring recruitment class. Theta Chi participates in numerous activities, including charity work, volunteer community service, intramural sports and other on- and off-campus events.

To learn more, contact the following members of Theta Chi: David Perilo (415.1217), Thomas Guttermann (650.4346) or Raydell Cordell III (452.1811). Interested students can also send an e-mail to for more information.

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