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PR Group Named Outstanding Chapter

PR Group Named Outstanding Chapter

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Members of UNO's PRSSA were recognized as the nation's outstanding chapter at the annual conference earlier this month in San Diego. The award is the highest honor given to any college chapter. Pictured in the photo are: (front row) Jill Sauser, Shannon Stawniak, Yan He, Faculty adviser Karen Weber, President Cassie Prestia, Kristen Martin and Andrea Ciurej; (back row) Jessica Legg, Janna Brock, Alicia Kettleson, Heather Nasif, Mikaela Knipe, Bre Gehrken and Sarah Waller.

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Sign Language Workshop

Sign Language Workshop

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Ricky Smith gave UNO theatre students a brief look at sign language Nov. 13 in conjunction with UNO's production of The Miracle Worker. Friday's workshop was headed by Julie Delkamiller, a community member and educator. The purpose of the workshop was to educate students while fostering a stronger relationship between those with disabilities and the arts. Previews of The Miracle Worker will run Nov. 18-19 with performances on Nov. 20-21 and Dec. 2-5 in the UNO Theatre, Weber Fine Arts Building.



NUFlex Enrollment Reminder about Employee Life Insurance

One big change this year for the university community has to do with employee life insurance. The university's group life insurance program will change effective January 1, 2010, to include an employer-provided life insurance benefit equal to one times the employee's annual budgeted salary up to a maximum of $120,000, rounded up to the nearest $100. Voluntary (supplemental) amounts are also available, ranging from $25,000 to $500,000. Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) insurance will no longer be included in the voluntary life insurance options. Faculty and staff should review options to see if participating employees will need to add AD&D coverage.

Employees will also need to redesignate their tobacco/nicotine status. If participants do not redisignate their tobacco/nicotine status online through ESS, the life insurance premium will be based on the tobacco/nicotine premium. The tobacco/nicotine designation does not, however, need to be completed if one does not elect voluntary life insurance coverage.

Given the increased employer-provided life insurance, participants may also wish to review their beneficiary designation. 

The NUFlex informational meeting originally scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 19, has been moved. The first NUFlex meeting is set for today, Nov. 18, from 10 to 11 a.m. The final meeting will take place on Monday, Nov. 23, from 2 to 3 p.m. Both meetings will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room.

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UNO Service Learning-Academy Earns Governor's Points of Light Award

Gov. Dave Heineman will present a Nebraska Governor's Points of Light Award to volunteers from the UNO Service Learning-Academy today, Nov. 18.

More than 40 volunteers and staff from and connected to the academy plan to attend the 10:30 a.m. ceremony in the Warner Chamber at the State Capitol in Lincoln. The awards are presented in recognition of volunteers who give their time, talent and energy to help Nebraskans build stronger communities.

"Receiving this kind of recognition from the governor is an honor," said Paul Sather, director of the Service-Learning Academy.  "Our volunteers – both from on and off campus – have made community engagement part of the fabric of UNO."

UNO's award is in the group category.  The other two categories to be awarded include youth and adult.  The awards are given out on a quarterly basis.

The UNO Service-Learning Academy was established in the spring of 1999 with a grant from the Nebraska Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education; the SLA is currently supported by the Office of Academic Affairs. Since its establishment, service-learning offerings at UNO have grown massively. In the 1998-99 academic year, 133 students taking 7 courses participated in service learning. By the 2008-09 academic year, this had grown to over 1,600 students in more than 100 classes in disciplines and interdisciplinary programs across the university.  UNO has ongoing relationships with more than 200 community partners.

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UNO Students Honored at OWH Distinguished Scholarship Banquet

Five UNO students were recognized Nov. 17 at the annual Omaha World-Herald Distinguished Scholarship Banquet, which took place at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. The scholarship recipients are among the many high school seniors from Nebraska and Iowa who took part in the UNO Distinguished Scholarship competition last spring. Read more.

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Transgender Days of Remembrance at UNO

Faculty, staff and students can join UNO's student agency of Gender and Sexual Orientation (GSO) for a Transgender Victims of Violence Memorial Service today, Nov. 18. Rabbi Aryeh Azriel from Temple Israel and Pastor Tom Emmett from Metropolitan Community Church will officiate the service, which will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Pep Bowl.

"The memorial service is in remembrance of transgender people who were killed for their gender expression," said Timothy Wincell, event organizer and GSO member.

Also to commemorate the occasion, a Coyote Grace folk concert will take place Thursday, Nov. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

"If you want a lesson in organic chemistry, take notes and watch the sparks fly between the acoustic downhome duo known as Coyote Grace," Wincehell said. "Coyote Grace band members include Joe Stevens, a transman singer/songwriter, backed up by Ingrid Elizabeth on vocals and upright bass, sharing the stage with bluegrass, old-time, folk rock, jazz and cabarets alike."

For more information, e-mail Winchell

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Native American Heritage Month Festivities Continue Today, Tomorrow

Native American Heritage Month activities will continue today, Nov. 18, with a Native American Cultural Fair taking place in the Milo Bail Student Center Aksarben Room from noon until 12:30 p.m.  

The fair will feature live performances from local Omaha Native American artists, as well as performances from others outside of Omaha. There also will be poster presentations from students on the Native American Heritage Month Committee. A few areas include: A How-to Demonstration of a Dreamcatcher, Dine Traditions and Mascots. Free food will also be provided at the event.

Festivities also continue on Thursday, Nov.19, with a Social Dance and Instructional Workshop. The workshop will feature local singer Elizabeth Brown from noon to 1 p.m. on the Henningson Memorial Plaza, Milo Bail Student Center. The rain location is the Health, Physical Education and Recreation building.

This event will give the participants a chance to learn how to do social dances that are performed during various Native American ceremonies.

For a full listing of remaining events, visit

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International Education Week Nickels for Nails and Recyclable Electronics Drives

UNO International Students and the Pan African Student Organization both are conducting drives during UNO's International Education Week this week.

UNO international students will attempt to collect enough nickels, dimes and quarters to buy the nails for an entire house built by Habitat for Humanity (about 5,520 nails). Contact Julie Soper ( for donation sites/times. The "Nickels for Nails" drive ends Friday, Nov. 20.

The Pan African Student Organization, in collaboration with Recycle4Refugees, is currently hosting a drive to collect recyclable electronics. All proceeds from the drive will be donated to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Every item donated will go towards the $100 that is required to buy a tent for a refugee family of five. The drive will last through Saturday, Nov. 21.

Collection boxes will be located in buildings and residence halls at both the Dodge and Pacific locations. Click on this link for collection sites.

Items include:

- Cell phones;

- PDAs;

- Ink Cartridges;

- iPods;

- Laptops;

- Video games and consoles; and

- Digital cameras.

For more information, contact Sola Ajala at 591.0609 or

Both drives coincide with UNO's International Education Week.

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NUFlex Informational Meeting Today

The NUFlex informational meeting originally scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 19, has been moved. The first NUFlex meeting is set for today, Nov. 18, from 10 to 11 a.m. The final meeting will take place on Monday, Nov. 23, from 2 to 3 p.m. Both meetings will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room.

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Preview of The Miracle Worker Tonight at UNO Theatre

The Department of Theatre will present William Gibson's The Miracle Worker, directed by Cindy Melby Phaneuf. Previews performances are tonight, Nov. 18, and Thursday, Nov. 19. Regular performances run Nov. 20-21 and Dec. 2-5 in the UNO Theatre, Weber Fine Arts Building.

The house opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for all performances. There will be a talkback session held in the theatre after the Dec. 4 production. UNO will provide a sign language-interpreted performance on Dec. 5. Read more.

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Budget Forum Tomorrow in MBSC

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UNO Chancellor John Christensen will host a campus forum focused on the university budget Thursday, Nov. 19, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Dodge Rooms on the third floor of the Milo Bail Student Center. All members of the campus community - faculty, staff and students - are welcome to attend.

This event will be an informational session on possible changes to the 2009-2010 University of Nebraska budget coming out the special session of the Nebraska Legislature.Senior Vice Chancellor Terry Hynes and Vice Chancellor Bill Conley, who have led the campus Budget Advisory Task Force, will also help lead the presentation and discussion.

"We want to share with everyone what we know," Christensen said. "There will be questions that we won't be able to answer, but beginning this conversation again is extremely important.

Seating will be available for about 140. Arriving early is encouraged. For more information, call 554.3502.

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Webinar on Reaching and Retaining Students Today

The Office of Academic and Student Affairs will host a webinar on "Reaching and Retaining Students: Advising Undecided/Undeclared Students for Success" today, Nov. 18, at 1 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Commons. The National Academic Advising Association presents the webinar. Anyone interested is encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact Rita Henry at

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UFO Study Group to Meet Today

The UNO UFO Study Group meets every Wednesday from noon to 12:50 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room during the fall semester. Those interested in unidentified flying objects and related phenomena are welcome to attend today's, Nov. 18, meeting.

For more information, call John Powers at 319.2721.

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UNO to Host Discussion Focused on Discovery Channel Documentary

John Blizek, editor and director, will discuss the production of the Discovery Channel documentary "The Hunt for The Lost Symbol" on Thursday, Nov. 19. The documentary will be shown after Blizek's presentation.

The special evening – which is free and open to the campus community and public -- will begin at 6:30 p.m. in 306 Arts and Sciences Hall. "The Hunt for The Lost Symbol" explores how much of Dan Brown's new novel, The Lost Symbol, is truth and how much is fiction. Read more.

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Campus Security Offers Holiday Safety Tips

The Campus Security staff would like to remind the campus community of some common sense safety tips to practice during the holiday season.

- When a person leaves his or her room or office, lock it up, even if it's only for a few minutes.

- Avoid leaving valuables or packages in plain view in a vehicle. Place them in the trunk or between the seats. When possible, do so before parking.

- During the holiday break, take valuables home from campus offices and residence halls.

- Anyone who is going to be working on campus late in the evening or when few people are around should consider advising Campus Security so that an officer can pay special attention to the area.

- Anyone entering a locked residence hall or campus building should make sure the door closes completely. Strangers should not follow anyone into a secure building.

- Students who live on campus and are leaving town for the holidays should make sure they have someone keeping an eye on their residence and leave emergency contact information.

For more information, call Campus Security at 554.2648.

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UNO Campus Recreation Changes Hours During Thanksgiving Break

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building (HPER) building will observe the following hours during Thanksgiving Break:

- Nov. 25
6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

- Nov. 26

- Nov. 27
10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

- Nov. 28
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

- Nov. 29
10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For questions, call 554.2539.

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UNO's Goodrich Student Organization to Host Annual Bowling Fundraiser Dec. 5

UNO's Goodrich Student Organization will host its 13th annual Bowling Fundraiser Saturday, Dec. 5, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Maplewood Lane, 3030 N. 101st St. The campus community and public can join students for a day of bowling while raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The cost is $10 and includes two games and bowling shoes. Group and individual prizes will be awarded. A raffle for prizes will take place throughout the event.

Those who sign up early can earn free tickets. To register, contact Cathy Young at 554.2274.

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Family Holiday Party at the Zoo Planned for Dec. 11

Join the UNO Young Alumni for its second annual family holiday party Friday, Dec. 11, at the Henry Doorly Zoo. A zoo membership is not required to attend, but tickets must be purchased in advance.

The 6 p.m. event will feature a dinner catered by Valentino's in the Treetop Restaurant overlooking the Lied Jungle; crafts and goodies for children; and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $5 for children age three to 10, and are free for children age two and under.

To register, download the form at this link. Tickets will be mailed upon receipt of payment. For more information, contact Elizabeth Kraemer at 554.4802 or

To learn about more upcoming UNO Young Alumni events, visit

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Green Tip of the Week

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Self-cleaning Ovens
Self-cleaning ovens are a great convenience, but they accomplish their tasks by heating to very high temperatures to burn off spilled or accumulated food. The best advice is to use them only when the oven really needs the cleaning, once a month or so, use the self-clean cycle right after use so it's preheated.

(Courtesy of the Deptartment of Energy at

The Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Task Force on Sustainability provides these tips. For more information, visit

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