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November Employee of the Month: Dave Daniels

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Anyone who has participated in a Group Ex class, taken dance lessons through Campus Recreation or visited the UNO Fitness Center has experienced the efforts of David Daniels, assistant director for health and wellness. For the past decade, he has been the guiding force behind many programs designed to impact the wellness of the campus community. Visit this link for details.


Molecular Modeling Lab

New Molecular Modeling Lab Key to Chemistry Research Work

by Tim Kaldahl

A new computer-based molecular modeling lab on the third floor of UNO's Durham Science Center has helped a pair of undergraduates win an American Chemical Society (ACS) Midwest region best poster competition this semester. The students – Teddy Woolman and Joshua Stopak ...continue

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Smile for the Camera

Smile for the Camera

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

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.

The Reader



Former Ambassador to Speak at UNO Tonight

Martin Indyk, a former U.S. ambassador to Israel, will lecture on "The New Administration - Making Peace in the Middle East" tonight, Nov. 24, at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. The event, part of the Ruth and Phil Sokolof Lecture series, begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Read more.

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Arts and Sciences Speaker Series Continues Dec. 3 with English Lecture

The UNO College of Arts and Sciences Centennial Speaker Series continues Thursday, Dec. 3, with a lecture by Marc Manganaro, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Gonzaga University since 2007. His presentation is titled "The Road from Omaha: Reflections on a Life in the Not-So-Ivory Tower" and will begin at 7 p.m. in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. Read more.

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Papers, Presentations Sought for 2010 Malcolm X Festival

The Department of Black Studies has issued a call for papers and presentations for the ninth annual Malcolm X Festival and Conference planned for Monday through Wednesday, April 19-21, 2010, at UNO.

The theme, "Black Masculinity: Theory, Performativity and Commodification," will provide avenues for the exploration of European paradigm domination to include papers and/or presentations that seek to deconstruct White racist, patriarchal and heterosexist domains. Read more.

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Sponsored Programs and Research Report

The Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) Report details the results of UNO's efforts to obtain external funding in support of its teaching, research, service and outreach efforts. The report is designed to keep the university community informed as to externally funded projects on campus and bring recognition to those faculty and staff who have worked to generate these resources.

For October, those receiving grant awards totaling $4,163,659 are:

Marcia Adler
Academic Affairs/Student Health Services
Title: A Partnership for Responsible Server Training
Sponsor: University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL)

Prithviraj Dasgupta
College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T)/Computer Science
Title: COMRADES (Cooperative Multi-Robot Autonomous Detection System) for Humanitarian Demining
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Defense/ONR

Arthur Diamond
College of Business Administration (CBA)/Economics
Title: Economics of Entrepreneurship
Sponsor: Charles G. Koch Foundation

Jeff French
College of Arts and Sciences/Psychology
Title: Michigan State University (MSU) NSF Subcontract: Hyena Hormones
Sponsor: MSU

Thomas Gouttierre
International Studies and Programs
Title: Afghan National Literacy Program
Sponsor: OT Training Solutions

Neal Grandgenett
College of Education (COE)/Teacher Education
Title: UNO Education Subcontract for SPIRIT2 NSF Discovery Research K12 Project
Sponsor: UNL

Neal Grandgenett
COE/Teacher Education
Title: Project SHINE (Education Subcontract for CCC/NSF ATE Project)
Sponsor: Central Community College

Donald Greer
COE/Health, Physical Education and Recreation
Title: Omaha-Council Bluffs Trails and Property Value Study
Sponsor: National Park Service

Nancy Kelley-Gillespie
College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS)/Social Work
Title: Nebraska Geriatric Education Center
Sponsor: University of Nebraska Medical Center

T. Hank Robinson
CPACS/Criminal Justice
Title: Project Safe Neighborhoods
Sponsor: Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

Nicholas Stergiou
COE/Health, Physical Education and Recreation
Title: The Effect of Aging and Vascular Occlusion on Variability in Gait Patterns
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health

William Wakefield
CPACS/Criminal Justice
Title: U.S. Probation Evaluation of MRT Program
Sponsor: U.S. Probation Office

Peter Wolcott
College of IS&T/Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis
Title: IT Workshops
Sponsor: UNL/Midwest Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education

Richard Yoder
CBA/Nebraska Business Development Center
Title: Pollution Prevention Regional Information Center (P2RIC) and Web 2.0
Sponsor: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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EC UNO to Host Film Screening Dec. 2

Sustainability Graphic

The Environmental Club of UNO (EC UNO) will host a film screening of "The Age of Stupid" on Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

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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Student Spanish Essays, Poems Sought for UNO Contest

Nebraska students in grades 5 through 12 are invited to submit poems, essays and short narratives in Spanish for "Through Our Words: Hands, Minds and Hearts at Work," a writing contest sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages, the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies and Cumbre 2010 partners.

Submissions will be accepted Tuesday, Dec. 15, through Monday, Feb. 22, 2010. Read more.

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Several H1N1 Web Sites Available

A number of local, regional and national Web sites have been launched to inform the public about the H1N1 virus, its symptoms and prevention.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Douglas County Health Department

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

For more information on H1N1, visit or call Student Health Services at 554.2374. The Nebraska Medical Center has also activated a public hotline with information on H1N1. For more information, call 559.9996.

Information on H1N1 is published in eNotes every Tuesday.

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NUFlex Annual Enrollment and Life Insurance

With the increase in university-provided life insurance (one times an employee's annual salary beginning January 1, 2010), it is important to review any supplemental coverage previously held. Employees may find that they no longer require extra coverage or that they can lower it and save money on premiums.

Voluntary (employee-paid) coverage is available in amounts from $25,000 to $500,000. The $35,000 and $125,000 amounts are no longer available, and individuals who had them before will be moved up to $50,000 and $150,000, respectively, without proof of insurability.

During the annual enrollment, employees wanting to increase voluntary coverage will have to provide proof of insurability. Anyone continuing with his or her previous supplemental coverage needs to do nothing.

The Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) insurance previously included in the core life insurance benefit has been discontinued due to the increased core benefit. As a result, it is also important to review AD&D needs. AD&D coverage is available for individual or family coverage.

Premiums for all voluntary coverage will be withheld on an after-tax basis. Employer-provided coverage amounts that exceed $50,000 will be subject to imputed income on the employee's W-2.

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UNO Staff Members Sought for Work-Life Study

Every person "bounds," or puts limits on, how much overlap they have between their work, family and personal interests. Researchers need participants for a study that investigates how UNO staff members and their spouses/partners manage these different boundaries on a daily basis and how these boundaries affect health and well-being (IRB# 237-09-EP).

Study participants must work at least 35 hours per week, must have lived together for at least two years, and must not have switched jobs or employers within the past year.

Participants will be asked to complete a one-hour and 30-minute interview, as well as a brief, 10-minute survey. Each member of the couple will be interviewed and surveyed separately. Study participants will be compensated for their time.

For more information, contact Samantha K. Ammons at 554.3358 or

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Mav-Rec Kettlebell Training Offered Today

Wellness Stampede

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

Mav-Rec Wellness will offer a strength and conditioning mini-workshop on kettlebells today, Nov. 24. A kettlebell is a type of weight that looks like a cannonball with a handle welded to the top.

Attendees will learn from kettlebell 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 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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Criss Library Sponsoring Holiday Scholastic Children's Book Fair

The campus community and the public can do holiday shopping and support the Criss Library at the same time next week during the Scholastic Children's Book Fair. Criss Library will sponsor the event Monday, Nov. 30, from 5 to 9 p.m., and Tuesday and 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 also 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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Vigil, Health Fair Part of Dec. 1 World AIDS Day Events

Local students and members of various community agencies will hold a candlelight vigil Tuesday, Dec. 1, to commemorate those who have died from AIDS and to recognize World AIDS Day.

The vigil will start at 5 p.m. on the south side of Dodge Street near UNO and cap a series of events being sponsored that day by UNO, Omaha Public Schools and community organizations to recognize World AIDS Day. Read more.

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AKD to Host Racial-Ethnic Discrimination Public Lecture Dec. 2

Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD), the sociology honor society at UNO, will host a public lecture Wednesday, Dec. 2, on "Racial-Ethnic Discrimination: Perennial Problem, Structural Solutions to an Enduring America Dilemma" by Olu Oyinlade from the Department of Sociology/Anthropology. The event will take place from noon to 2 p.m. in 100 Eppley Administration Building (Auditorium).

The event is free and open to interested UNO students, staff, faculty and the Omaha community. Oyinlade, an industrial/organizational sociologist and race-ethic relations scholar, will host a question-and-answer session after his lecture.

For more information, send an e-mail to

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

What makes service learning "academic?" How can academic rigor be assured? Learn answers to these types of questions Friday, Dec. 4, at "Service-Learning 201: Advancing the Practice" from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in 202 Arts and Sciences Hall (Conference Room).

The session will focus on research done with students in service-learning courses at eight institutions in the United States: 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 are scheduled presentations, attendees will have time throughout the session to share effective practices.

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

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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, 2010. Application packets can be picked up in the Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) Office or downloaded at

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 the nomination form to the SOLP Office by Friday, Jan. 15;
- Nominee application; and
- Nominee's essay form.

A nominator may be a faculty or staff member, 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 G.P.A. and who will be graduating in December 2009 or May or August 2010.

For more information or to receive a nomination packet, visit the SOLP Office on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center, or call 554.2711. The award will be presented at the SOLP Student Leader Reception and at the Spring Honors Convocation.

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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 are due for courses offered during the spring semester.

Faculty may submit information to the bookstore through campus mail, via fax (554.3220) or through the bookstore Web site at

For more information, contact Scott Dickey at 554.2541.

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UNO Student Wins Business Case Award
UNO business student Amy Lussetto received the Outstanding Student-Authored Case Award in October for her business case at the North American Case Research Association's (NACRA) Annual Meeting. Lussetto, who graduated with a master's degree in business administration in May 2009, presented "Abbot Laboratories: Hero or Villain in the Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic." Read more.

UNO Theatre, Artists Nominated for OEA Awards
A number of UNO theatre productions, students, graduates and faculty members have been nominated for the 2010 Omaha Entertainment and Arts (OEA) Awards. The OEA Awards is an annual contest that celebrates the creativity and performances of local musicians, artists, directors, actors and other metro-area performers. Read more.

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