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Women's Basketball Wins Saturday

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

The Maverick women came from behind Saturday (Nov. 28) to defeat Chadron State 70-62 in the UNO Thanksgiving Tournament. Senior Ashley Nelson shot a career high 27 points in the win. UNO hosts Fort Hays State University on Saturday, December 5 at 4 p.m.

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World AIDS Day Vigil at UNO

More than 150 local students and members of various community agencies took part in a candlelight vigil at UNO on Dec. 1 to commemorate and recognize World AIDS Day. UNO student Scott Stewart put together this short video.



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



Flag Lowering in Honor of Pearl Harbor Day

Gov. Dave Heineman has ordered flags at state buildings and facilities to be lowered to half-staff today, Dec. 7, in accordance with a proclamation issued by President Obama in observance of national Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. The order honors the memory of those who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor.

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mavlink to Replace E-BRUNO Starting February 2010

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Both E-BRUNO for Faculty and E-BRUNO for Students will be replaced by mavlink next semester. mavlink is the new web portal being implemented as part of the NeSIS student information system project. Starting Monday, Feb. 8, E-BRUNO will only be accessible through mavlink providing access to the current SIS Plus system through the summer semester. mavlink will be the only platform for self-service functions of the new PeopleSoft student information system moving forward.

As part of the change, the UNO "PIN" number is being replaced by the "TrueYou" password. This universal password will travel with students if they transfer between campuses. The combination of NU ID and password will be required to login to mavlink.

Faculty and staff already utilize NU ID and password to access Firefly for NUFlex enrollment and reviewing pay advises (mavlink login will be exactly the same).

Current students will receive an e-mail before Feb. 8 with instructions on how to establish their password. In addition, current students will be prompted to establish their password each time they log into E-BRUNO until they complete the process. New students will create this password as part of the enrollment process.

Look to future eNotes articles for additional information. Visit the UNO NeSIS Web site,, for project information, a schedule of upcoming town hall informational meetings and tutorials.

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UNO Celebrates National Computer Science Education Week

The UNO Department of Computer Science has organized several events for "National Computer Science Education Week," which begins today, Dec. 7.

Events at UNO kick off with an opening ceremony today at 10:30 a.m. that will feature Chris Russell, director of Google's Council Bluffs Data Center. The week will also include a poster exhibit, a roundtable discussion and the High School Challenge Computer Science Bowl. The Science Bowl takes place Friday, Dec. 11. Read more.

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KANEKO-UNO Library Prep and Exam Week Hours

The KANEKO-UNO Library, located in the Old Market, will have extended hours during prep and finals week.

Prep week (Dec. 7-12): Monday-Thursday, 1 to 7 p.m.; Friday, 1 to 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Finals week (Dec. 16-19): Monday-Tuesday, 1 to 7 p.m.; Wednesday-Friday, 1 to 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The KANEKO-UNO Library is located at 12th and Jones St. Call 932.3486 with any questions.

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Criss Library Extends Hours for Prep and Finals Week

Criss Library will pilot extended hours for prep and finals week this month.

"We are pleased to offer students this additional time," said Audrey DeFrank, acting dean of libraries. "We will track and evaluate student usage during this time to determine the feasibility of extended hours in subsequent semesters."

The library will stay open two extra hours until 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday during prep week (Dec. 6-10), and Sunday through Tuesday of finals week (Dec. 13-15) to allow UNO students additional research and study hours.

Prep and Finals Week library hours:
Dec. 7-10: 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Dec. 11: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dec. 12: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dec. 13: Noon to 2 a.m.
Dec. 14-15: 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Dec. 16-17: 7 a.m. to midnight
Dec. 18: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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H1N1 Shots Available at Student Health Services

Student Health Services (SHS) has H1N1 shots available again for those who meet certain criteria. The Douglas County Health Department says college health care professionals can now expand its H1N1 vaccination into all five target groups, although UNO's target groups still need to be UNO students, faculty or staff.

H1N1 shots costs $10 and are available in SHS, located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center. Individuals must be in one of the following UNO target groups to receive an H1N1 vaccine from SHS.

The five target groups:
1. Pregnant women (SHS staff advise women to speak with their physician to gain agreement on getting the vaccine);
2. Persons who live with or provide care for infants younger than six months (i.e. parents);
3. Health care and emergency medical services personnel;
4. Persons ages 17-24 years; and
5. Persons ages 25-64 years who have chronic medical conditions causing them to be at a higher risk for influenza-related complications (i.e. asthma; heart problems, excluding hypertension; kidney or liver conditions; diabetes mellitus; or immunosuppression).

For more information, call SHS at 554.2374.

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"Consider This" Investigates Theology Predictions for 2012 and Beyond

On the next edition of "Consider This" interesting insight from a professor of theology at Creighton University and a professor from the Department of English at UNO will provide their insight on the future and religious topics.

Host Cathy Wyatt's guest will include Rev. Dennis Hamm from Creighton University and David Peterson from UNO.

The program will air Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 12:30 p.m. on NET2.

"Consider This" is a production of UNO Television. It also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For a list of days and times, visit or call 554.2516.

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New Fidelity Rep on Campus Dates Announced

Fidelity representative, Jason Cronick, will be on campus for individual counseling sessions starting in January.

Dates are:

- Jan 12 and 27
- Feb 3 and 22
- Mar 3 and 24

Employees can call Fidelity at 800.642.7131 to schedule an appointment with Cronick.

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NBDC Offers Workshops on Government Contracts Dec. 8

The Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) will hold a workshop on government contracting this week.

The Tuesday, Dec. 8, workshop is free but requires pre-registration at due to limited seating. The session, Winning Government Contracts for Your Business (Government Markets), runs from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Healing Gallery, 4225 Cuming St.

For more information, call 554.6252.

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NiC to Host Dec. 8 Fireplace Read-in

UNO students can take a break from studying Tuesday, Dec. 8, to relax at a read-in event sponsored by NiC, the faculty group for Newspapers in Curricula.

From 2 to 4 p.m., individuals can bring a newspaper to the Milo Bail Student Center Fireplace Lounge and enjoy quiet reading time. Hot chocolate and popcorn will be available.

For more information, call Maria Knudtson at 554.3320.

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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 were asked to R.S.V.P. by Dec. 2, to Bob Cairns at 554.2311 or

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UNO PR Students Want 400 Donations for Toys for Tots

The UNO chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) has launched a drive to gather 400 new toys for the Marines Toys for Tots campaign.

Many families are facing hard times due to the recession. As a result, more children than ever need toys through the Toys for Tots program. Read more.

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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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ITS to Offer "Web Templates: Widgets!" Course

Information Technology Services (ITS) staff will host a "Web Templates: Widgets!" course on Thursday, Dec. 10, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in 007B Roskens Hall.

Widgets are modules of code that can be used with UNO Web templates to increase the design of college and departmental Web pages with audio, video and other special features.

This hands-on class will teach attendees how to use the Calendar, I Want to:, Now Hear This-Multi, UNO Tube-Single, RSS and Mavr Widgets, which will be used with the WTA_01 Web template.


- Must have attended the basic Web template class;

- Must have a test site setup; and

- Must have access to the Dreamweaver software.

To register for this training:

- Go to;

- Select the correct month, and click "Go";

- Click "Register" next to the event;

- Enter a personal SAP personnel number (this is the six-digit number on all UNO employee check stubs and UNO photo IDs);

- Click "Sign Up"; and

- Click "OK" to confirm the SAP personnel number.

For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (4357) or

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The Moving Company to Perform Dec. 11 in HPER

The Moving Company at UNO will perform "New Works and Works in Progress" Friday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. in the Dance Lab, 231 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. Donations will be accepted at the door.

The Moving Company is UNO's modern dance performing group and part of the School of HPER. Auditions are open to all UNO students and members of the Omaha community. It is an intergenerational company with a mission to create new works and to restage historical pieces.

For more information, visit or call 554.3239.

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Holiday Card Program Deadline This Friday

The Faculty Senate and Staff Advisory Council (SAC) have teamed up once again to sponsor the annual Holiday Card Program. The deadline to contribute has been extended to Friday, Dec. 11.

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 Dec. 11. 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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Campus Recreation to Host "Parent's Day Out" Dec. 12

UNO Campus Recreation will host "Parents' Day Out," a day of recreation and games, on Saturday, Dec. 12, for youth ages 5 through 12 years. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building and includes arts and crafts, swimming, movies and other recreational activities.

The cost of $20 for Campus Recreation activity cardholders and $25 for the public includes lunch. Participants must register by Wednesday, Dec. 9.

For more information, visit or call 554.4941.

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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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myBlackboard Courses to Be Archived

Tired of seeing old courses dating back as far as spring 2004 in myBlackboard? In order to continue to have enough available space on the server for future semesters, Information Technology Services (ITS) has started to archive and purge Blackboard courses that are more than six semesters old. This means that by the end of the fall 2009 semester, the oldest courses will be fall 2007. Older courses will be archived and stored on backup media.

Users needing continued access to materials in courses prior to the fall 2007 semester, can request a development course through E-BRUNO and copy materials from the older course into the developmental course. Because developmental courses are intended for creating new course materials and preserving old materials, developmental courses will not be archived and purged from Blackboard.

Contact ITS Customer Services at 554.4357 or with questions.

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Printed Test Scanning Results to be Discontinued

On Monday, Jan. 4, Information Technology Services (ITS) will discontinue printing individual student results from scanned tests. UNO faculty will continue to retrieve these results through E-BRUNO for faculty and, if needed, print them in their department or office.

For more information about test scanning go to: or contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (4357) or

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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 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 ( 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 ( 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

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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;


-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 Jan. 21. Application forms are available on the UCAT Web site ( 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 ( 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

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Maverick Watch


Winter 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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