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Great Speaker, Nice Camera

Chris Russell, director of Google's Council Bluffs Data Center, spoke at the kickoff event for Computer Science Education Week on Dec. 7. During his presentation, he gave away a Flip video camera. Computer Science Week concludes Friday with the High School Challenge Computer Science Bowl.

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Through the Lens

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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.




Campus Holiday Open House Today

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. This rescheduled event will take place Monday, Dec. 14, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

The open house had been schedule for Dec. 9, but last week's snowstorm closed UNO and cancelled the event.

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Criss Library's Extended Hours Continues for Finals Week

The Criss Library continues its pilot extended hours for finals week.

"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. today through Tuesday of finals week (Dec. 14-15) to allow UNO students additional research and study hours.

Remaining finals week library hours:

- Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 14-15
7 a.m. to 2 a.m.

- Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 16-17
7 a.m. to midnight

- Friday, Dec. 18
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Book Buy Back and Holiday Sale Under Way at UNO Bookstore

The "book buy back" event and annual holiday sale at the UNO Bookstore continues through Friday, Dec. 18. Individuals must have a current picture ID to sell books.

Estimated buy back prices can be viewed at by clicking on the "cash for books" link. Bookstore hours during the book buy back and sale:

- Today through Thursday, Dec. 14-17
7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

- Friday, Dec. 18
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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H1N1 Shots and Mist Available at Student Health Services

Student Health Services (SHS) has H1N1 shots and nasal mist 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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UNO PR Students Extend Toys for Tots Donations Deadline

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. Due to the large snow storm cancelling school Dec. 8-9, PRSSA will extend its campaign through Friday, Dec. 18.

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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Book Club Discussion Tomorrow Night at Criss Library

All are invited to join the discussion of the 2009 One Book, One Nebraska selection, A Lantern In Her Hand by Bess Streeter Aldrich. It will take place Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 6:30 p.m. in 119 Criss Library. This event is sponsored by the UNO Library Friends.

For additional information or a copy of the discussion questions, contact Linda Riviera at or 554.2640.

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NBDC Offers Workshops on Government Contracts Dec. 15

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

The Winning Government Contracts for Your Business workshops are free but requires pre-registration at due to limited seating.

Tuesday, Dec. 15
- Government Markets
8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Western Douglas County Chamber of Commerce, 20801 Elkhorn Dr.

Wednesday, Dec. 16
- Government Markets
9 to 11 a.m.
New Community Development Corp., 1701 N. 24th St., Suite 102

Roger Johnson, NBDC procurement technical assistance counselor, sponsors the series. For more information, call 554.6252.

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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 finals week.

Finals week (Dec. 14-19): Today-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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EC UNO to Host Tomorrow's Screening of NET Television's "Prairie Wind"

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The Environmental Club of UNO (EC UNO) will host a free screening and panel discussion of NET Television's "Prairie Wind: Nebraska's Energy Harvest" Tuesday, Dec. 15, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons.

In "Prairie Wind: Nebraska's Energy Harvest," NET Television producer Perry Stoner explores legislative, technical and cost issues, as well as how local communities could benefit from Nebraska harnessing the power of the wind. The program also examines how farmers and ranchers could use wind energy in their operations, and how landowners could reap economic benefits from a wind structure that takes less than an acre out of production. For documentary details, click on

Panelists will include:
- Perry Stoner, documentary producer;
- Sen. Ken Haar, Nebraska State Senator for Legislative District 21;
- Robert Byrnes, president of the Nebraska Renewable Energy Association; and
- Paul Vonderfecht, Omaha small business owner, Energy Smart Company.

For event information, contact Scott Williams at

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

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Native American Studies Fall Honoring Ceremony Dec. 17

The Native American Studies faculty and Native American Studies Alumni Association (NASAA) will host their Fall Honoring Ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Seven undergraduate and graduate students will be honored for completing minors in Native American Studies. A Native Drum will perform and refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Beth Ritter at or 554.3376.

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Retirement Reception for Deborah Irvin Dec. 15

The university community is invited to attend a retirement reception for Deborah Irvin Tuesday, Dec. 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. in 336 Kayser Hall.

Irvin, an associate professor of special education and communication disorders, has worked at UNO for more than 22 years.

For more information, contact 554.3355.

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Deadline Extended for Fourth Cumbre of the Great Plains Papers

The deadline for submissions has been extended until Friday, Jan. 1, 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, 2010, at Embassy Suites in Omaha. The event's theme is "Human Mobility, the Promise of Development and Political Engagement." The conference will bring together scholars, policy-makers, and non-governmental and community representatives interested in exchanging views about the failures and successes of economic development and its impact on immigration. Read more.

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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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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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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 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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