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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



Recycling Program Continues on Campus

Student, faculty and staff efforts to recycle on campus continue to work. As of October, UNO has recycled more than 198 tons (396,000 pounds) of materials since the program kicked off last year.

Blue containers are located across campus and in offices to collect a wide variety of materials:
- All types of paper products (office paper, envelopes, copy paper, colored paper, newspaper, magazines, catalogs and phone books);
- All types of cardboards;
- Water bottles and pop cans with plastic lids;
- All types of plastic; and
- Metal containers.

Trash should be discarded in the black containers on campus. Trash includes all food, liquids, Styrofoam, tissues, paper towels, construction materials, plastic bags and glass.

Visit to learn more about recycling at UNO.

To obtain additional recycling containers, contact Paula Slavin at or 554.2385.

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National Panhellenic Council of Fraternities and Sororities Fundraiser Dec. 1-2

The National Panhellenic Council of Fraternities and Sororities will host a holiday jewelry and accessory fundraiser Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 1-2, at UNO. The event will take place each day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Fireplace Lounge.

All items cost $6, and proceeds will support UNO students in fraternities and sororities.

For more information, call Kelli Vomacka at 554.2711.

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Santa Paws Fundraiser for Animal Rescue Dec. 6

The UNO Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) will hold the fourth annual Santa Paws fundraiser Sunday, Dec. 6, at The Bookworm in Countryside Village, 87th and Pacific streets. Read more.

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UNO Counseling Center Offers "Finals Week Preparation" Seminar Dec. 2

Students can learn how to finish strong during finals week with the help of "Finals Week Preparation," a seminar presented by the UNO Counseling Center. The session will take place Wednesday, Dec. 2, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

Topics include test anxiety, stress management and test-taking strategies. Food will be provided.

For more information, call Kathy Keiser at 554.2409.

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Women of Wisdom Nomination Deadline Jan. 15

The UNO Lifelong Learning Initiative is planning its annual community-wide luncheon to honor three local Women of Wisdom and elevate awareness about aging well. Nominations for honorees are being accepted through Friday, Jan. 15. Read more.

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Green Tip of the Week

Sustainability Graphic

Defrosting a Turkey
Defrosting frozen foods in the refrigerator will reduce cooking time, but it is important to allow enough time for the defrosting to take place. It can take several days for a frozen turkey to defrost in a refrigerator.

(Courtesy of the Tennessee Valley Authority Energy Right Program

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

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SOLP to Raise Funds for Salvation Army Dec. 1-4

UNO Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) will sponsor a Salvation Army bell ringing/donation station Tuesday through Friday, Dec. 1-4, on the Milo Bail Student Center Plaza. UNO students will ring bells each day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to collect donations for the Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army uses donations to help families year-round and during the holiday season.

For more information, call 554.2711.

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New Environmental Course Available for Spring 2010 Semester

UNO will offer ENVN 2010 - Environmental Problems and Solutions - a new, one credit hour course - during the Spring 2010 semester. Participants will have an opportunity to meet with students and faculty interested in the environment and discuss current issues, problems and possible solutions.

The course has no prerequisites, and anyone interested in the topic can register. For more information, contact John McCarty ( or L. LaReesa Wolfenbarger (

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MBSC Thanksgiving Hours Announced

The following hours will be observed at the Milo Bail Student Center in conjunction with the Thanksgiving holiday.

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 will observe the following hours during the Thanksgiving break:

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

- Thursday, Nov. 26

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

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

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

For more information, 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:

- Today, 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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Writing Across the Curriculum Faculty Seminar Applications Due Nov. 30

UNO faculty can participate in a two-day seminar on Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC). The seminar will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 5-6, 2010, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Applications are due Monday, Nov. 30. Late applications will be considered if space is available. A brief application form is posted on the UNO Writing Center Web site, on the Faculty Resources page, at

Faculty who participate will have an opportunity to consider WAC's twin objectives - using writing tasks to promote students' understanding of course material in any discipline (writing to learn) and integrating writing tasks across the curriculum in order to support students' development as writers (learning to write). Participants will be well prepared to teach discipline-based writing and writing-intensive courses.

On Jan. 5, interactive sessions will address the challenges students face when they undertake academic writing tasks, from comprehending reading assignments to evaluating, integrating and citing information from print and electronic sources. The Jan. 6 session will focus on best practices for responding to and evaluating students' papers. Participants will bring papers written by their own students, compare their assessments to those of their colleagues and consider similarities and differences across disciplines.

The seminar is supported by the Center for Faculty Development. Participants will receive $250 directed to their departments for travel and other professional expenses.

For more information, contact WAC Coordinator Nora Bacon ( or 554.3318) or Writing Center Director Dori Richards ( or 554.3311).

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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-ethnic relations scholar, will host a question-and-answer session after his lecture.

For more information, send an e-mail to

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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. 25, meeting.

For more information, call John Powers at 319.2721.

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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.

The 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

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Goodrich Student Organization to Host Annual Bowling Fundraiser Dec. 5

The UNO 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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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

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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, 109 EAB, 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 554.2977.

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