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Toys for Tots Drive Continues

The UNO Chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) continues to collect toys and funds for Toys for Tots through Dec. 18. Watch this video for the latest information.

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the Big Picture

Chris Russell

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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OLLAS Report Examines Voter Outreach Work

A new report from a UNO political science professor outlines the impact of voter outreach and mobilization work leading up to the 2008 General Election among new Latino registered voters in a section of Omaha.  Face-to-face, door-to-door canvassing and the dissemination of linguistically and culturally appropriate information resulted in community support.

The report, "Project Animate: Promoting Student Civic Participation through Latino Voter Mobilization," was written by Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado and issued by the UNO Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS). Read more.

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SPUNO to Conduct Formalwear Drive for Needy High School Students

It's time to clean out the closet over the holiday break. The School Psychology at UNO (SPUNO) student organization is asking faculty, staff and students help in collecting formalwear and accessories for high school students who are in need. 

Donations will go to students in local high schools for prom. Wanted items:

For the ladies: Dresses, shoes and jewelry.

For the gentlemen: Ties, dress shirts, tuxedos and shoes.

Drop off donations in the Psychology Department, 347 Arts and Sciences Hall, by Friday, Feb. 1, and ask for Marie Lee.

Please dry-clean the garments prior to drop off; however, drive organizers will turn nothing away.

For more information, contact Julie Soukup at

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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. 15-17
7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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

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Payroll Pay Advices to Cease Jan. 1

UNO Payroll announces that pay advices (stubs) for all benefit-eligible employees will stop, effective Jan. 1, 2010.  Employees will need to use Firefly Employee Self Service (ESS) to view/print their advices. A PDF version of employee pay stubs will be available for downloading or printing:

- Visit;

- Log in using TrueYou ID (eight-digit number on MAVCard) and password;

- Choose the "Employee Self Service" tab at the top;

- Click the "Payment" link; and

- Click "Paycheck Inquiry."

For more information, call 554.2739. For assistance logging in, contact Information Technology Services Customer Services at 554.HELP (4357).

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FEAP Office Hours Reminder

UNO's Faculty Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) now offers standard office hours on campus.

"Are you experiencing a personal problem that may or may not be impacting the workplace?" said Marlene Schneider, FEAP counselor. "If so, you are not alone. The chance that any person can navigate things through life without a serious matter is doubtful."

FEAP staff can help faculty and staff deal with difficult times. FEAP is a confidential counseling service designed to assist faculty, employees and their families in addressing personal and work-related problems. The FEAP office is in 207 Eppley Administration Building

Office hours:

Tuesdays – 8 a.m. to noon

Thursdays – 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

(Other times are available by appointment)

Schneider is a Certified Employee Assistance professional and licensed alcohol and drug counselor.

To schedule an appointment, contact Schneider at 554.3120 (UNO campus) or 559.5175 (UNMC campus), or by e-mail at

For more FEAP information, visit

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Chair Massage Service Available in HPER this Friday

Wellness Stampede

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

Looking for a way to reduce stress this season? UNO faculty, staff and students can purchase a chair massage.

A station will be set up in 213 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building from 1 to 3 p.m. this Friday, Dec. 18. Angie Maji, a certified massage therapist, will administer the massages. The cost is $15 for a 15-minute session.

To make a reservation, stop by 100 HPER. Payment is due at the time of registration. Walk-ins will be accepted if there are openings.

For more information, call 554.2539.

The mission of the 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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Classical 90.7 KVNO Broadcasts Holiday Favorites

Classical 90.7 KVNO is celebrating the holiday season with concerts and specials throughout December.

Highlights include complete performances of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" ballet, a variety of songs sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Handel's "Messiah" with the Omaha Symphony and UNO Concert Choir and an eight-part special on "The Art of the Cantor."

Click on for a complete listing of KVNO's holiday programming.

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December Biweekly Payday Notice

There are three biweekly paydays this month (Dec. 3, 17 and 31). Therefore, no standard deductions will be taken from the Dec. 31 biweekly payroll.  Regular biweekly paid employees will not have NUCREDITS included or standard deductions (insurance, parking, etc.) withheld.  Federal and state taxes, Social Security and Medicare taxes, retirement and credit union deductions will be taken.

For more information, contact Payroll at 554.2325.

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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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Thompson Alumni Center Available for Events

The William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center (Thompson Center) is available at no cost to UNO colleges, departments and student groups for meetings, conferences, seminars, luncheons and other university-related events (excludes revenue-generating functions).

The beautiful Thompson Center is among Omaha's most versatile event facilities with multiple-use spaces that can accommodate groups large and small. Its hi-tech offerings include ceiling-mounted projectors, an audio and video distribution system, free Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet access. UNO groups also can utilize an affordably priced catering menu.

UNO faculty and staff also receive a 10-percent discount on room rental for personal events such as wedding receptions, graduation parties or professional/community group functions.

Revenues help the UNO Alumni Association's mission of supporting UNO.

Visit to see room descriptions, pictures, catering menus and prices. For more information, contact Greg Trimm at 554.3368 or

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myBlackboard Courses to Be Archived

Tired of seeing old courses dating back as far as spring 2004 in myBlackboard? 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 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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Green Tip of the Week

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Programmable Thermostat 101
In winter, set home programmable thermostats to "sweater temperature" -- 65 to 68 degrees -- when at home; "blanket temperature" -- 55 to 58 degrees -- when sleeping, and even lower when gone or out of town.

Courtesy of Low Carbon Diet: A 30 Day Program to Lose 5000 Pounds by David Gershon)

The GreenUNO Task Force provides these tips. For more information, visit

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