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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.




UNO Commencement Dec. 18 at the Civic

More than 945 students will graduate Friday, Dec. 18, during the UNO winter commencement ceremony. The event begins at 2 p.m. at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave.

Megan C. Schuster, an Omaha native, will present the student commencement address. She graduates summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in business administration. During the spring semester of her junior year, Schuster studied abroad in Innsbruck, Austria. In January, she will begin working as a staff auditor for KPMG, LLP.

Deborah Smith-Howell will receive the Chancellor's Medal. She has served as associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and dean for Graduate Studies at UNO since 2007. Smith-Howell is responsible for the Center for Faculty Development, UNO curriculum and program planning and evaluation, the Service-Learning Academy/American Humanics, University Honors Program, AFROTC and the Thompson Learning Community. As dean for Graduate Studies, her office provides services and support for students and faculty in UNO's 45 master's programs, six doctoral programs and 18 graduate certificates.

Lori Hogan will receive the Alumnus Achievement Award. She co-founded Home Instead Senior Care in 1994 with her husband, Paul. Home Instead, the largest senior care company in the world, has nearly 820 franchises in the United States and 16 other markets. In January 2008, the Hogans announced funding for the Home Instead Center for Successful Aging, a $10.2 million facility on the University of Nebraska Medical Center campus.

For more information about commencement, call 554.2358 or 554.2762.

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Feeback Sought for NU Travelers and Travel Arrangers Survey

Feedback is sought from all University of Nebraska travelers and travel arrangers. To better assess opportunities for improvement in the university's travel management program, the NU Travel Committee has engaged the services of Survey Monkey to make an electronic travel survey available to its users.

This survey is intended to measure both traveler and travel arranger needs. It will help the committee continue to refine the University of Nebraska's travel program to meet individual travel requirements. Everyone's feedback is critical in guiding this effort.

The survey for all NU campuses is posted online at (just click on the link). The survey will be posted through Tuesday, Dec. 22, at which time it will be closed and the results tabulated. Summarized results will be published online at in January.

For questions or concerns, contact UNO's travel committee member Ken Hultman at 554.3514.

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School of Social Work Seeks Nominations for the 13th Annual Gandhi Award

The UNO School of Social Work has begun seeking nominations for the 13th Annual Gandhi Award, which will be presented in April.

The School encourages nominations of individuals or organizations that exemplify selfless service to society sustained over a period of time, social change through nonviolent measures, creative social action, and advocacy on behalf of populations at risk—best characterized by Mahatma Gandhi's wisdom: "Be the change you want to create." Individuals or organizations do not need to be social workers or social work-based.

Nomination materials must be received by the School of Social Work by Monday, Feb. 1. For more information about nominating someone, click on

The 2010 Gandhi Award will be presented during the Annual Symposium of the UNO School of Social Work slated for Friday, April 16. This event will be held at the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building (CB) Collaborating Commons. The symposium will feature Dennis Culhane, professor of Social Welfare Policy and professor of psychology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania.

Culhane's primary areas of research are homelessness, housing policy and policy analysis research methods. His current work includes studies of the dynamics of homelessness among families and adults, and the impact of homelessness on the utilization of health, education and social services. He was recently named the director of research for the Veteran's Administration's National Center for Homelessness Among Veterans. He also works with several states and cities to develop alternative approaches to family homelessness, including prevention, "rapid exit" and other housing stabilization programs.

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NACADA Advising Webinar Today in CB

Academic and Student Affairs will host a webinar sponsored by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) today, Dec. 15, in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons. The free webinar, "Using the CAS Standards, NACADA Core Values and the NACADA Concept of Academic Advising to Assess Your Advising Program," will take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

For more information, visit or contact Rita Henry at

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Retirement Reception Today for Deborah Irvin

The university community is invited to attend a retirement reception for Deborah Irvin today, 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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Book Club Discussion Tonight 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 today, 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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A Safe Distance Can Mean Better Health

The regular washing of hands can help reduce the chances of contracting the H1N1 virus or other strains of the flu this season. But another method, known as social distancing, can also help keep people healthy.

What is social distancing and how can it help?

Social distancing is an effective way to help protect from illness. Individuals should keep a 4- to 5-foot distance when speaking with someone or when standing in a line. The distance helps to prevent sputum (spit) droplets that naturally occur with normal speaking to be spread to others.

Visit for more information on H1N1, 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.

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Warm Winter Drive to Support Omaha's Lydia House Ends Thursday

About 2,000 people in Omaha are homeless each night, according to the Open Door Mission. To assist local homeless women and their families, Lambda Pi Eta - a UNO School of Communication-sponsored honor society - will accept winter clothing donations through Thursday, Dec. 17, during the Warm Winter Drive. All donations will be given to the Lydia House, 2706 N. 21st St., which provides emergency services for women and families in need of immediate assistance. Read more.

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Criss Library's Extended Hours Continues for Finals Week

The Criss Library continues its pilot extended hours for finals week. Today is the last day.

"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. tonight, Dec. 15, to allow UNO students additional research and study hours.

Remaining finals week library hours:
- Today, Dec. 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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KANEKO-UNO Library Exam Week Hours

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

Finals week (Dec. 15-19): Today, 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.

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Cancer and Smoking Disease Research Grants Available

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has announced that applications for Cancer and Smoking Disease Research will be accepted through Monday, Feb. 8, for the funding period of July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011.

The department will consider applications proposing one-year projects only with a budget of up to $40,000. Scientific biomedical and behavioral research proposals relating directly to the prevention of cancer and smoking-related diseases, or to the prevention or cessation of smoking in racial/ethnic minorities, will be given the highest priority.

Details are available at: or by contacting Sponsored Programs & Research at 554.2286.

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Catering Options Available from MBSC

Planning a holiday gathering? The Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) has a full menu of catering packages to choose from. Click on for details.

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Lynn Conner Retirement Reception Set for Jan. 11

Lynn Conner from UNO Athletics will retire after more than 24 years of service in January. The campus community is invited to join Conner for refreshments and to share memories on Monday, Jan. 11, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

Those interested in contributing to Conner's retirement gift can download and send it to the address listed by Wednesday, Jan. 6.

For more information, contact Geri Backora at 554.2506 or

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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 through Friday, Jan. 15. Application packets can be picked up in the Student Organizations and Leadership Programs 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 nomination form to Student Organizations office by Friday, Jan. 15;

- Nominee application; and

- Nominee's essay form.

A nominator may be from faculty or staff, 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 GPA, and who will be graduating in December 2009 or May or August 2010. For questions regarding this award or receiving a nomination packet, contact Student Organizations and Leadership Programs office, located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center, or call 554.2711. This award will be presented at the SOLP Student Leader Reception and at the Spring Honors Convocation.

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Pictures Still Sought for You Look MAVelous! Photo Sharing Project

Wellness Stampede

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

As a follow-up to last summer's You Look MAVelous! campaign, the program's sponsors - Mav-Rec Wellness, Human Resources and Student Health Services - are asking UNO faculty, staff and students to submit photos of themselves, friends and family engaging in healthy pursuits. Participants will be eligible to win prizes.

All photos will be submitted through Flickr, a worldwide online photo management and sharing application program. Prizes will be awarded for the photos that receive the most votes.

"Submissions can include photos of a garden, a healthy home-cooked meal, vacation photos showing people in action or other healthy examples," said Dave Daniels, assistant director for fitness/wellness and instructional programs. "For those who already have a Yahoo account, the sign-up is faster. After signing up individuals can, create a separate name for their Flickr account or use the name they created, or already had, for Yahoo."

To add photos to the group, participants must first register by clicking on the "Sign Up" link on Flickr at and follow the directions.

"You can create your own profile, as well, if you wish," Daniels said. "To load photos to Flickr, follow the directions on the Web page."

To join the You Look MAVelous! group, visit and click the "Join This Group" link. Users can also find the group by clicking on the "Groups" link and searching for You Look MAVelous!

"Once you have joined the group, you can post your photos to the You Look MAVelous! group," Daniels said. "You can name the photo and tag it by content (e.g., exercise, UNO, running)."

The deadline for submissions is Sunday, Jan. 31. Watch eNotes for the announcement of the winning entries and for details on the spring “You Look MAVelous Challenge.” Kick off is the week of Jan. 25.

For more information, contact Daniels at 554.2008 or Angie Helseth at 554.3185 or

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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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, April 19-21 at UNO.

This year's 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. The submission deadline for papers and presentations is Wednesday, Jan. 6. Read more.

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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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- Paul Rodriguez, a graduate student in the UNO Department of Biology, won the Suzanne L. and Joseph T. Collins Award for Excellence in Kansas Herpetology at the Annual Meeting of the Herpetological Society. For his image of a copperhead pit viper, Rodriguez received a cash prize and a commemorative certificate. The Collins Award is the largest biological award given annually in the state of Kansas and the largest annual presentation made nationally to further photography of amphibians and reptiles.

Have you done something noteworthy in your profession? E-mail "People" items to "People" appears in the Tuesday edition of eNotes.

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