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January Employee of the Month: Jamie Ruggiero

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Jamie Ruggiero, staff assistant with the Division of Continuing Studies, is a familiar face among Offutt Air Force Base students pursuing a UNO degree. Colleagues say she is a valuable resource to all she comes in contact with.

"She is an adept multi-tasker and is able to prioritize competing demands while remaining responsive and completing all projects on time, often even ahead of schedule," a co-worker wrote. "Even during busy times, she remains friendly and helpful to everyone needing her assistance."

Ruggiero began her service to UNO almost two years ago as a CLEP/DANTES test administrator at Offutt. Currently, she assists military students with the variety of tasks higher education requires, including navigating the admissions process and arranging classes and academic advisors. She also promotes UNO and the bachelor of general studies program at events and education fairs.

"My favorite part of working at UNO is the constant variety that I get to experience by working out at Offutt Air Force Base, as well as on the UNO campus," she said. "I feel extremely privileged to be a representative of UNO at Offutt."

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HPER Construction Update

HPER Construction Update

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

A new utility tunnel for heating and cooling lines takes shape Wednesday (February 4) at the HPER construction site. On the opposite side of the building, footings are being set in place for the building's southern expansion.

Building for the Future

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Images from Historic Journey to Washington Continue

Click through more photos from the recent trip to Washington for the inauguration ceremony of President Barack Obama. The Black Studies Department organized the trip, which included members of the UNO and Omaha communities.

photos by Katrina Adams



SAC to Host Today's "UNO Budget" Talk

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) will sponsor a talk by Julie Totten, associate vice chancellor for business and finance, titled "UNO Budget" today, Feb. 10. Her presentation starts at 9 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

Totten will give an overview of UNO's budget. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, contact Sybil Sanders at 554.3470.

"UNO History Through Artifacts" Presentation Today

The campus community can come learn about the UNO archives collection through a show-and-tell presentation by archivist Les Valentine today, Feb. 10. Valentine will present "UNO History Through Artifacts" from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

The Honors Program Student Advisory Board will provide popcorn and punch.

For more information, contact Christine McIvor at 554.2696.

Isolation No Longer an Option, According to Tonight's E.N. Thompson Lecturer

In the face of growing globalization, isolation is no longer an option for the United States, according to F.W. de Klerk, former president of South Africa, who will speak today, Feb. 10, at the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln as part of the 2008-09 E.N. Thompson Lectures on World Issues.

The lecture will be simulcast at 7 p.m. in Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom, in addition to remote sites in Scottsbluff, North Platte, Kearney, Columbus and Wayne, with financial support from the Cooper Foundation. Read more.

UNO Chamber Orchestra to Present "Romance and Roses" Feb. 14

The UNO Chamber Orchestra will present "Romance and Roses," a romantic evening of Viennese waltzes and light classical works, on Saturday, Feb. 14. The event starts at 7 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Tickets are $15 for individuals and $25 for couples. There is a special discounted rate for students with UNO IDs: $10 for students and $15 for student couples. The proceeds will benefit the Friends of Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra Scholarship Fund.

"This will be a very romantic affair to celebrate Valentine's Day," said Barry Ford, director of Orchestras at UNO. "If you're looking for the perfect romantic event, then look no further than the UNO Chamber Orchestra's Romance and Roses concert.  We are aiming to set the standard for class and sophistication in terms of Valentine's Day entertainment. What could be more classy and sophisticated than an orchestra?"

Ford, an internationally recognized conductor/composer, will conduct the program. Wendy Eaton is the featured vocal soloist. Eaton has enjoyed working with many professional area organizations including the Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Opera Omaha, Omaha Chamber Music Society and The Omaha Theatre Company for Young People, known as The Rose. 

Audience members will have the chance to dance Viennese waltzes, American standards, and other Light Classical works with a live orchestra, or audience members can just listen as well.  Champagne and an assortment of desserts and beverages are included in the ticket price.

For more information, call 554.3015.

Classes for Certificate in Fundraising Management Begin this Month

UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) has set its spring 2009 schedule of courses for the Certificate in Fundraising Management. This certificate program provides in-depth training in vital areas of fundraising.

The program is offered by CPACS and co-sponsored by the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands, Omaha Community Foundation and the United Way of the Midlands.

Registration deadline for each class is one week prior to the start of that class. They are:

- Fundraising Concepts and Practices, Feb. 19-20;

- Prospect Research & Donor Relationship, March 26-27;

- Strategic Planning, April 8-9;

- Capital Campaigns, April 16-17;

- Grant Writing, April 23-24;

- Public Relations and Marketing, May 6-7; and

- Board Development, May 13-14.

Classes are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and held at the Omaha Home for Boys, 4343 N. 52nd St. (52nd and Ames St.). The cost is $249 per course and includes all class materials, refreshments, lunch and parking.

For more information or to register for a course, contact Melanie Kiper at 554.2133 or or visit the Web site at

Spring TIAA-CREF Schedule Announced through May

TIAA-CREF announces its campus visits schedule through May. A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus for individual appointments on the following Tuesdays this semester:

- March 17

- April 14

- April 28

- May 12

- May 26

Appointments for one-on-one counseling sessions can be made by calling Paula Turner at 548.3600 or on the Web at

Student Openings Available for Maverick Productions

Maverick Productions is currently accepting program area board member applications for the 2009-2010 school year. Maverick Productions is a student-run and student funded organization providing exciting and educational programs for the UNO campus and community.   

Board positions focus on a variety of areas, including music, comedy, public relations and serving as a committee coordinator. Applications are available online at,, as well as in hard copy in the Student Organizations and Leadership Programs Office, located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center.

"We are dedicated to providing quality programs that reflect the excellence of UNO," said Erin Cron, SOLP advisor. "If you want to learn about event planning and marketing, budgeting -- and develop your leadership skills -- Maverick Productions has something for you"

Applications will be accepted through Friday, Feb. 27, with interviews the following week.  For more information, contact Cron at or 554.2711.

Speech Center to Offer Spring Lunch & Learn Series for Students

The UNO Speech Center will offer free workshops this semester on presentation skills. All students are invited to attend. Free pizza and pop will be provided. 

The workshop schedule:

"Let Your Body Speak: Delivering an Effective Presentation"
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 11
Time: 11 a.m. to noon
Location: Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room

"Researching & Citing Sources: Preventing Plagiarism"
Date: Tuesday, March 31
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: MBSC Gallery Room

"Introductions, Conclusions & Audience Centeredness"
Date: Tuesday, April 21
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: MBSC Gallery Room

To register for one or more sessions, or for more information, contact the Speech Consulting Center at 554.3201 or Space is limited, so participants must register in advance.

SOLP Guest Speaker to Present "The State of Black Leadership"

Student Organizations and Leadership Programs will present T. Leon Williams on Wednesday, Feb. 11, at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

Williams will present "The State of Black Leadership" with a focus on black male students in higher education. Williams is currently director of the Multicultural Center at Elon University in Elon, N.C., and was previously director of Intercultural Programs at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa.

He is an accomplished presenter, with appearances at more than 50 colleges and universities. Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact Erin Cron or Sharif Liwaru at 554.2711.

Student Art on Display at Criss Library

UNO Independent Study and BFA student paintings and drawings will remain on display on the main floor of the Criss Library through Tuesday, Feb. 17.  The art, located near the library cafe, can be viewed during the library's regular business hours.

For more information, contact Barb Simcoe at 554.2392.

Chair Massage Service Available in HPER This Spring

Wellness Stampede

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

Looking for a way to reduce stress?

UNO faculty, staff and students can purchase chair massages on campus this semester. A station will be set up in 213 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building from noon to 2 p.m.

The Friday dates are:
- Feb. 20;
- March 20;
- April 17; and
- May 15.

Kimberly Jackson, a certified massage therapist, will administer the massages. The cost is $10 for a 15-minute session.

To make a reservation, stop by 100 HPER Building. Payment is due at the time of registration. Walk-ins will be accepted if time permits.

For more information, call 554.2539.

The mission of the Wellness Stampede, UNO's health promotion program, is to create a culture of health and wellness among all faculty, staff and students. Health goals are encouraged through programming and initiatives that celebrate healthier lifestyle practices within the UNO community. For more information, contact David Daniels at 554.2008, or

Webinar Set for Feb. 17 on Binge Drinking Intervention Program

A webinar on a binge drinking intervention program that Frostburg State University implemented will take place Tuesday, Feb. 17, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Dodge Room A.

Presenters from Frostburg State University will include President Jonathan Gibralter and Director of Student Development Jesse Ketterman. They will recount their experiences, share their insights and review the tactics they used in their award-winning program. Frostburg State is located in Frostburg, Md.

Student Health Services has sponsored the webinar. R.S.V.P. to Marcia Adler at 554.2374.

Pathways to Harmony Program Offered on Feb. 24

A new and updated Pathways to Harmony program will take place Tuesday, Feb. 24. The event will run from 8:30 a.m. until noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. This professional development program brings together students, faculty and staff to explore diversity.

"We are excited about presenting updated material that keeps the campus focused on issues of diversity," said Sharon Ulmar, associate director and director of Equal Employment Opportunity, Human Resources. "It will help to enhance respectful relationships and create an open and constructive dialogue about diversity on the UNO campus."

All faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend. To register, call Kate Clark at 554.2896 or send an e-mail to Seating is limited.

New Amendments-American with Disabilities Act Announced

As of January, the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) was amended to include a broader scope for individuals with disabilities. This new ADA amendment requires employers to conduct professional development to faculty, staff, students as well as individuals in a supervisory capacity. UNO has scheduled an ADA program for Thursday, Feb. 26, from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U mon hon Room.

Sharon Ulmar, director of Equal Opportunity Office at UNO, will present. The session will cover:

- New amendments to ADA;

- Who qualifies as a disabled individual;

- What is reasonable accommodation;

- What are the responsibilities of a supervisor of faculty, staff, students - including graduate or student workers; and

- What process should the supervisor follow when an individual's disability is known.

To register, contact Human Resources at 554.2321.

First Annual Research/Creative Activity Fair Set for March

As a student-focused university, UNO provides a variety of quality research and creative activity opportunities for students. This centennial year, in conjunction with the annual UNO Honor's Program Symposium, research and creative activity staff invite students, faculty and the Omaha community to participate in the first annual Research and Creative Activity Fair.

All UNO students (undergraduate and graduate) and engineering students from the Pacific location are encouraged to apply. There will be cash prizes for top posters and presentations. The fair will take place on Tuesday through Thursday, March 24-26, in the Milo Bail Student Center from 5 to 9 p.m. Final judging and awards for best presentations will be given on Thursday, March 26, at 7 p.m. Application materials are available at

For more information, contact Harmon Maher at 554.2286 or


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