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Smile for the Camera

Smile for the Camera

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Chancellor John Christensen and a group of more than 40 students had their photo taken Nov. 18 in front of Arts and Sciences Hall. The Reader will use the picture for its 'Reader's Choice/Best of the Big O' edition cover next week.

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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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NUFlex and the Health Risk Assessment

During the NUFlex enrollment period (Nov. 16 to Dec. 4), all active, benefits-eligible employees have the opportunity to complete a Health Risk Assessment (HRA). This survey is completely confidential and voluntary. The Web site is a secure site and the HIPAA Privacy Act protects all information. Aggregate data from each campus will be used to create programming to set goals for improving the health and well-being of employees.

Faculty and staff should have received an e-mail on Nov. 16 from UNCA Benefits about the Wellstream site where the HRA is available. Employees can also access the HRA site from their Firefly homepage.

Completing the HRA will allow employees and their dependents, if enrolled in the university medical plan, to enjoy enhanced benefits such as:
- An increased annual adult preventive care allowance from $240 to $300;
- An increased dependent child (under age 2) preventive care allowance from $500 to $600;
- 100 percent coverage for routine preventive colonoscopy once every 10 years beginning at age 50; and
- $0 co-pay for generic prescription drugs.

Again, all personal health information will remain confidential, as the university will only have access to aggregate information obtained from the survey.

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NUFlex Informational Meeting Today

Human Resources will host a NuFlex informational meeting for benefit eligible employees today, Nov. 23, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room. Enrollment continues through Friday, Dec. 4.

For more information, contact Tim Rochford at 554.2465.

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UNO Social Media Efforts Grow to Include YouTube Video Channel

UNO now has its own YouTube video channel with more than 20 uploads that cover a range of campus - from athletics (lots of hockey) to H1N1 information to a not very good knock-knock joke.

"This is part of UNO further embracing social media," said Tim Kaldahl, director of University Relations. "Many different areas of campus are using a variety of different communication tools and this is another step for us."

The web address for the new channel is Student Scott Stewart, a former editor of The Gateway, has shot and edited much of the video.

University Relations at UNO also feeds information to sites on Facebook ( and to Twitter ( The Facebook page has nearly 1,500 fans; the Twitter site nearly 900.

"How we get the word out to our campus and beyond campus has changed and is changing," said Wendy Townley, assistant director for media relations in University Relations. "Social media grows in its importance each day. Twitter, YouTube and Facebook are taking the university's information to people who want it."

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Native American Heritage Month Festivities Conclude Today with Documentary

Native American Heritage Month-long festivities will conclude today, Nov. 23, with a 7 p.m. screening of "Power Paths." A discussion will follow the screening lead by Georgiana George Lee, assistant director of Native American Public Television Inc.

The documentary is an exploration of energy through the eyes of Native Americans as they reveal their quest to tap wind, solar, biomass and other power sources for their communities across the country. Funding for the screening is provided by Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Native American Public Television.

For more information, call 554.2711.

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Holiday Card Program to Benefit Scholarship Funds

The Faculty Senate and Staff Advisory Council (SAC) have teamed up once again to sponsor the annual Holiday Card Program.

All interested faculty and staff are encouraged to donate the money they would normally spend on greeting cards for colleagues to one of two scholarship funds at UNO - the William Gerbracht Memorial Scholarship Fund (recipients are children of faculty and staff) or the General Scholarship Fund. Additional donations are also welcome. In return, a seasonal greeting that acknowledges contributors will be distributed to all UNO departments the week of Dec. 14.

Those who wish to donate should send a check (payable to UNO) to Cashiering/Student Accounts, EAB 109, by Friday, Dec. 4. Donors should designate one of the two scholarship funds listed above and indicate the name or names they wish to appear on the seasonal greetings card.

Click on to access a donation form.

For more information, contact Monica Bayles at 444.2977.

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Criss Library Sponsors Holiday Scholastic Children's Book Fair

The campus community and public can do holiday shopping and support the Criss Library all at the same time. The Criss Library will sponsor an Scholastic Children's Book Fair Monday, Nov. 30, from 5 to 9 p.m., and Tuesday through Wednesday, Dec. 1-2, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Books for children of all ages, holiday titles, instructional materials, games, videos and toys all will be for sale. Donations will be accepted for the One World Community Health Center "Reach Out and Read" program.

All proceeds will benefit the library's juvenile book collection. For more information, contact Melissa Cast at

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Secular Student Alliance to Host Screening of 'Monty Python's Life of Brian'

The UNO Secular Student Alliance will host a free screening of "Monty Python's Life of Brian" Monday, Nov. 30, from 6 to 10 p.m. in the Eppley Administration Building Auditorium.

"The newly formed, Secular Student Alliance, is a student organization that provides people with a non-theistic bent," said John Powers, student vice president of SSA. "A place to come and talk about life in a religious world."

"Monty Python's Life of Brian" tells the story of Brian Cohen, a young Jewish man who is born in the same era and location as Jesus Christ, and is subsequently mistaken for the Messiah. The Monty Python comedy team wrote, directed and starred in the 1979 film.

A brief panel discussion will follow the screening.

For more information, contact Powers at

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"Service Learning 201: Advancing the Practice" Dec. 4

Critical Reflection: Harvesting the learning from service-learning and what makes service learning "academic?" Learn answers to this kind of question at Service-Learning 201: Advancing the Practice on Friday, Dec. 4, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. 202 Arts and Sciences Hall (Conference Room).

Reflection is one of the cornerstones of linking the service experience of students to the theoretical course content. There are a myriad ways of creating and guiding reflective thinking.

This session will focus on research done with students in service-learning courses at eight institutions in the U.S. (Vanderbilt, University of Tennessee, Bentley College, University of San Diego, University of Colorado, East Tennessee State University, Clark-Atlanta University and University of Washington).

Attendees will:

- Review reflective learning theory;

- Understand what the research shows about student learning through reflection; and

- Learn methods of reflective practice and how to weave these experiences throughout a service-learning course for maximum learning to occur.

Although there will be some upfront presentation, time for attendees to share effective practices will be woven throughout the session.

To register, call Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz in the Service-Learning Academy at 554.2712 or send an e-mail to

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EC UNO to Host Sustainable Transportation Speaker Tomorrow

Sustainability Graphic

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

The Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Task Force on Sustainability supports this event. For more information, visit

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Mav-Rec Kettlebells Training Offered

Wellness Stampede

This event has been designated a UNO Mav-Rec Wellness event.

Mav-Rec Wellness will offer a strength and conditioning mini-workshop with kettlebells on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

A kettlebell is a type of weight that looks like a cannonball with a handle welded to the top. Learn from kettlebells certified experts -- Mark Snow and Nikki Snow -- about the proper technique and training. The kettlebells workshop will take place in 230 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building from 2 to 4 p.m.

The cost is $20 for students, $30 for activity cardholders and $40 for non-activity cardholders.

For more information, call 554.2539.

The mission of the Mav-Rec Wellness, 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

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Former Ambassador to Speak at UNO Tomorrow Night

Martin Indyk, a former United States ambassador to Israel, will give a lecture, "The New Administration – Making Peace in the Middle East," at the University of Nebraska at Omaha's (UNO) Thompson Alumni Center on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and is part of the Ruth and Phil Sokolof Lecture series. 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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MBSC Thanksgiving Hours Announced

The following hours will be observed in conjunction with the Thanksgiving holiday at the Health, Physical Education Recreation (HPER) Building.

Building hours:

- Thursday, Nov. 26

- Friday, Nov. 27
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Saturday, Nov. 28
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Sunday, Nov. 29
Noon to 9 p.m.

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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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Criss Library Schedule Changes for Thanksgiving Holiday

In conjunction with the Thanksgiving holiday, Criss Library staff announces the following changes in hours of operation:

- Wednesday, Nov. 25
7 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

- Thursday and Friday, Nov. 26-27

- Saturday, Nov. 28   
Regular hours will resume at 9 a.m.

For a complete schedule of library hours, visit

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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 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 Up to Top

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

For questions, contact Scott Dickey at 554.2541.

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Comedian, Musician Bo Burnham Dec. 9 at Omaha Music Hall

Comedian and musician Bo Burnham will appear live in Omaha Wednesday, Dec. 9 at the Omaha Music Hall (1804 Capitol Ave.) to perform his "Fake ID" tour. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 7 p.m.

Burnham is a 19-year-old comedian, singer-songwriter, musician and Internet celebrity. Writing comedic and satirical songs with a politically incorrect slant, his YouTube videos have received more than 52.2 million views as of October 2009. Read more.

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Fourth Cumbre of the Great Plains Set for May 13-15

Submissions are currently being accepted for individual papers and presenters for The Fourth Cumbre of the Great Plains. The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at UNO will host the conference Thursday through Saturday, May 13-15, at Embassy Suites in Omaha. The event's theme is "Human Mobility, the Promise of Development and Political Engagement." Read more.

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Maverick Watch


Fall sports are under way at UNO. Support the Mavericks by attending their home events. To view this week's Omaha's Team schedule, visit

To catch up on the latest UNO Maverick news or to keep tabs on favorite teams, players and coaches this season, visit, Twitter at or Facebook at

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