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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.

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2009.11.20

UNO/United Way Message from Chancellor John Christensen

the namePlease accept my sincere appreciation for your part in making this year's United Way campaign at UNO a success. I am proud of the results we achieved, not only meeting our goal of $70,000 but exceeding it by raising $72,768 total.  In a time when many UW campaigns are, unfortunately, falling short of their goal, all of us can take great satisfaction in demonstrating our continuing commitment to helping those in need in our community.

As you know, in tough economic times, the need for the services provided by United Way agencies increases. This campaign, and your generous gifts are examples of UNO's community engagement commitment in action.

Please know that your willingness to help is deeply appreciated as is your representation of UNO to the broader community.

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UNO to Test Online Emergency Alert This Morning

UNO will test its online emergency alert system today, Nov. 20, at 9 a.m.  The test will place a 'notice' box at the top of all enabled university web pages. The text of that 'notice' will link to further information on UNO's emergency site – emergency.unomha.edu.  It will be clearly marked as a test message.

"Testing the system periodically is helpful," said Tim Kaldahl, director of University Relations.  "UNO has a variety of ways to get in touch with the campus community and public in an emergency, and Web communication keeps growing in importance.

In addition to the Web, UNO uses overhead public address systems, PC alert messaging, text messaging, e-mail and broadcast news outlets to relay emergency announcements.  Only the Web-based notification system will be tested today.

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NUFlex Flexible Spending Accounts Reminder

Employees save money and lower taxes with Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA). These reimbursement accounts are available for healthcare expenses and daycare expenses. Participants can save up to $28 for every $100 they put into an FSA account.

Contributions to the flexible spending accounts - both for healthcare and daycare - are not taxed. The maximum contribution for 2010 is $5,000 for healthcare and $5,000 for daycare. Employees need not be enrolled in the university benefits plan to contribute to the reimbursement accounts. For the healthcare account, participants can claim expenses incurred in 2010 for themselves and eligible dependents for out-of-pocket medical, dental, vision and prescription expenses and for over-the-counter items that relate to pain, allergy, antacids, colds or contact lens solutions. Claims are reimbursed on the employee's paycheck.

Participants must make a positive election each year - if they had an FSA plan in 2009, it does not automatically roll over to 2010. Be sure to put in the annual contribution pledge for 2010 when completing the annual enrollment on Firefly Employee Self-Service. Remember also that these are use-it-or-lose-it accounts, so employees need to be careful in calculating the annual pledge. For more information, visit http://www.nebraska.edu/benefits.

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Kanza Bowl Tickets On Sale Through UNO Box Office

Tickets to see the UNO football team play in the inaugural Kanza Bowl are on sale now through the University of Nebraska at Omaha athletic department.  The Mavericks will play West Texas A&M on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 1 p.m. at Hummer Sports Park in Topeka, Kan.

Advance purchase tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for youth 12 and under. All seats are general admission. The price for fans purchasing adult tickets through the UNO box office is a $2 savings off the regular ticket price. Tickets must be purchased in person with either cash or a check. Read more.

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Nominations Sought for Senior Vice Chancellor's Leadership Award

The annual Senior Vice Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Leadership recognizes an undergraduate student who has demonstrated exemplary leadership through influential participation in campus organizations and community volunteer work in addition to scholarly achievement.

Nominations/Applications will be accepted from Tuesday, Dec. 1, until Friday, Jan. 15.  Application packets can be picked up in the Student Organizations and Leadership Programs Office or downloaded at http://studentorgs.unomaha.edu/.

The following items from the application packet are necessary for the application/nomination to be processed:

- Nominator's recommendation, which needs to be completed and returned with nomination form to Student Organizations office by Friday, Jan. 15;

- Nominee application; and

- Nominee's essay form.

 A nominator may be from faculty or staff, but must be from the UNO campus. The application must be presented to the nominee by the nominator.

All nominees must be undergraduates enrolled at UNO with a 2.5 GPA, and who will be graduating in December 2009 or May or August 2010. For questions regarding this award or receiving a nomination packet, contact Student Organizations and Leadership Programs office, located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center, or call 554.2711. This award will be presented at the SOLP Student Leader Reception and at the Spring Honors Convocation.

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UFO Study Group to Meet Saturday

The UNO UFO Study Group meets every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 285 Durham Science Center during the fall semester. The Saturday, Nov. 21, meeting is open to the public. Anyone interested in unidentified flying objects and related phenomena is welcome to attend.

For more information, call John Powers at 319.2721.

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AKD to Host Racial-Ethnic Discrimination Discussion Dec. 2

Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD), a sociology honors society at UNO, will host a discussion on "Racial-Ethnic Discrimination: Perenial Problem, Structural Solutions to an Enduring America Dilemma" by Olu Oyinlade of the Department of Sociology on Wednesday, Dec. 2, from noon until 2 p.m. in the 100 Eppley Administration Building Auditorium.

The event is free and open to interested UNO students, staff and faculty. Oyinlade, an industrial/organizational sociologist and race-ethnic relations scholar, will hold a question and answer session after the talk.

For more information, send an e-mail to ltewksbury@unomaha.edu.

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National SLG Reps on Campus Dec. 2

The UNO Multicultural Greek Council is currently considering plans for an additional sorority, Sigma Lambda Gamma (SLG), on campus. National representatives from Sigma Lambda Gamma Inc. will conduct a formal presentation at UNO on Wednesday, Dec. 2, covering general information and plans for establishing a chapter.

This presentation is open to all UNO faculty, staff and students. It will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

"We would greatly appreciate your interest and attendance at this event," said Kelli Vomacka, assistant director for Greek Life and Leadership. "This is an exciting opportunity that will greatly enhance the educational experience for students here at UNO."

For more information, contact Vomacka at kvomacka@mail.unomaha.edu.

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Parking Fee to Be Charged in Limited Lots for Nov. 21 Wrestling Tourney

During the UNO Kaufman/Brand wrestling tournament this Saturday, Nov. 21, there will be a $5 charge to park in certain campus lots from 7 a.m. to noon However, anyone with a valid UNO parking permit will be allowed to park anywhere on campus free of charge. 

The lots affected are Lots Q, R, M, T, U and V.  There will be no charge to park in any other lots on campus. The Kaufman/Brand wrestling tournament is the largest single day collegiate meet in the country, attracting more than 600 competitors every year. 

Click on http://www.unomaha.edu/security/maps/dodgelocation.php for a parking map. For more information, call Ethan Anderson at 554.2695.

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EC UNO to Host Sustainable Transportation Speaker

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The Environmental Club of UNO (EC UNO) will host a talk by John Bartle, professor of public administration, on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 11:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. Faculty, staff and students can listen to Bartle speak about "Sustainable Transportation: Global Challenges and Local Solutions."

For more information, contact Gillian Cromwell at gcromwell@unomaha.edu.

The Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Task Force on Sustainability supports this event. For more information, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/green/.

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Campus Holiday Open House Dec. 9 in MBSC

Chancellor John Christensen, Senior Vice Chancellor Terry Hynes and Vice Chancellor Bill Conley invite faculty and staff to attend UNO's annual campus holiday open house. The event takes place Wednesday, Dec. 9, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Click on http://www.unomaha.edu/enotes/2009/img/holidayopenhouse09.pdf to view a special invitation from Chancellor Christensen and the vice chancellors.

Those planning to attend should R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, Dec. 2, to Bob Cairns, at 554.2311 or rcairns@unomaha.edu.

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UNO Bookstore Reminds Faculty to Submit Spring Book Orders

The UNO Bookstore staff would like to remind faculty that book orders for courses offered in the spring semester are due.

Faculty may submit information to the Bookstore, through campus mail, via fax (554.3220) or through the Bookstore Web site at http://www.unobookstore.com/textbook_adoptions.asp.

For more information, contact Scott Dickey at 554.2541.

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Academic Regalia Notice for Dec. 18 Commencement

Commencement for December graduates will take place at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 18, at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave.  Faculty members are asked to assemble no later than 1:30 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall.

Faculty planning to attend commencement are asked to order their academic regalia from the Bookstore, at 554.2336, by Tuesday, Dec. 1.

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Call for 2009-10 UCAT Instructional Materials Grant Proposals from Teaching Circles

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of Instructional Materials Grants designed to support the goals of Teaching Circles. Members of Teaching Circles may apply for the purchase of instructional materials relevant to the purpose of the circle and which address one or more UCAT themes. Visit http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat for a link to UCAT themes.

The committee is accepting proposals on a monthly basis now through April or until funds are expended. The committee will fund grants up to $500 for each award. Proposals are due by the 21st of each month. Application forms are available on the UCAT Web site http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat. Applicants should submit one hard copy and an electronic submission of the application. Electronic submissions should be in rtf or MS Word document formats and should be sent as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll (awoll@unomaha.edu). Hard copy submissions should be sent to the Center for Faculty Development in ASH 202.

For more information, contact 2009-10 UCAT Chair Kath Henebry at 554.3153 or khenebry@unomaha.edu.

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Call for On-Campus Pedagogical Support Activities

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of Pedagogical Activity Grants for university-wide pedagogical activities to enhance teaching/learning at UNO. 

Examples of possible activities, but not limited to these, are: guest speakers, workshops and book discussions.  All applications should connect to one or more UCAT themes. Visit http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat for a link to UCAT themes.

The committee is accepting proposals on a monthly basis now through April or until funds are expended. The committee will fund grants up to $500 for each award. Proposals are due by the 21st of each month. Application forms are available on the UCAT Web site (http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat/). Applicants should submit one hard copy and an electronic submission of the application.  Electronic submissions should be in rtf or MS Word document formats and should be sent as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll (awoll@unomaha.edu).  Hard copy submissions should be sent to the Center for Faculty Development in ASH 202. 

For more information, contact 2009-10 UCAT Chair Kath Henebry at 554.3153 or khenebry@unomaha.edu.

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Call for Curriculum Development Grant Proposals for 2010

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of Curriculum Development Grants to increase capacity building in teaching and learning. The applications should reflect UCAT's mission for enhancement of teaching and student learning processes at UNO and focus on one or more of the following designated themes:

- Curriculum development and assessment;

- Diversity;

- Instructional technology and e-Portfolios;

- Interdisciplinary integration;

- Promoting critical thinking; and

- Undergraduate and graduate mentoring, advising and research.

Full-time adjunct faculty are permitted to apply. Proposals may be individual or teams of faculty (each person receives up to $500 and provides a separate report).

The committee is accepting proposals during the month of January. The committee will fund grants up to $500 for each award. The Committee may choose to partially fund proposals in amounts less than the maximum $500 amount. Proposals are due by the 21st of January. Application forms are available on the UCAT Web site (http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat/). Applicants should submit one hard copy and an electronic submission of the application.  Electronic submissions should be in rtf or MS Word document formats and should be sent as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll (awoll@unomaha.edu).  Hard copy submissions should be sent to the Center for Faculty Development in ASH 202. 

For more information, contact 2009-10 UCAT Chair Kath Henebry at 554.3153 or khenebry@unomaha.edu.

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In the News

In the News

- The Nov. 17 issue of the Omaha World-Herald previewed the jazz artist-in-residence program through the Department of Music, quoting Pete Madsen.

- Patti Meglich, College of Business Administration, was quoted in the Nov. 13 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about investing. The article was part of coverage of the college's Money Smart Nebraska Week events.

- Student John Powers, UNO UFO Study Group, was quoted in the Nov. 14 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the recent return of science-fiction TV shows.

- Student Philip Smith was featured in the Nov. 17 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about his life as a troubled teen and the help he and his family found using the Boys Town National Hotline.

- Abbie Syrek, School of Communication and director of forensics, was quoted in the Oct. 21 issue of The Reader. The article profiled the forensics team's recent fundraising efforts. Students Cameron S. Logsdon and Niveditha Rajagopalan were also quoted in the article.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2762.

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In Print

- Eric Bremers, adjunct accounting instructor, recently published "Buy - Sell Agreements" in the October 2009 edition of The Nebraska Lawyer magazine.

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

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On Stage

The Miracle Worker Continues on Stage This Weekend
The Department of Theatre will present William Gibson's The Miracle Worker, directed by Cindy Melby Phaneuf. 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.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number.

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On Exhibit

UNO Art Gallery Welcomes BFA Thesis Exhibition
The work of two UNO BFA thesis candidates remains on display in the UNO Art Gallery through Friday, Dec. 11.

This fall's thesis exhibition features two artists focusing on illustrating realities, whether based in this world or another. Exhibiting artists are Jaime Heit and Emily Truax. Read more.

Criss Library Hosts Smithsonian Traveling "Earth From Space" Exhibit
A Smithsonian "Earth from Space" exhibit remains on display through Thursday, Dec. 17, at the Criss Library Gallery.

"Earth from Space" presents dozens of detailed satellite images on vivid free-standing banners and reveals the awesome beauty of the planet's surface through the "eyes" of a space satellite. The exhibit explains how remote sensing is used to expand scientists understanding of life on Earth and introduces the technologies scientists use to gather this astonishing imagery. 

This Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition presentation was developed in collaboration with the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

The gallery is located on the main floor of the library. For more information about the display, call 554.2640.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

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