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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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Flag Lowering

The UNO flag will be lowered to half-staff today, Dec. 17, in honor of UNO retiree Dale Gaeddert. He passed away Dec. 7 at age 71.

Gaeddert, a professor with the UNO Department of History, retired in 2000 after more than 32 years of service to the university. After retirement, he served as an professor emeritus of history.

Funeral services were held Dec. 10 at Dundee Presbyterian Church in Omaha.

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SHS Opens H1N1 Clinics to UNO 17 to 64 year olds

Beginning Monday, Dec. 21, UNO Student Health Services (SHS) will offer H1N1 shots to students, faculty and staff members aged 17 to 64 years old.

There is no longer a requirement for a pre-existing chronic health condition for those over 25.

Three clinics will be held on campus prior to the holiday break.

The cost for the vaccine is $10, and is payable by check or cash only.

Monday, Dec. 21
- 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Criss Library
Main floor

- 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
College of Public Affairs and Community Service
132 Collaborating Commons

Tuesday, Dec. 22
- 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Peter Kiewit Institute
100 A (Dean's conference room)

H1N1 shots will also be available in the Student Health Services office, located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center, while supplies last. For more information, call SHS at 554.2374.

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Native American Studies Fall Honoring Ceremony This Evening

The Native American Studies faculty and Native American Studies Alumni Association (NASAA) will host their Fall Honoring Ceremony tonight, 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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Campus Recreation Offers Holiday Special

Make a New Year's resolution with Campus Recreation for 2010. Faculty, staff and spouses who renew or purchase a new membership will receive five free guest passes (a $26 value) that can be used at any time during the spring semester. Bring a friend to yoga class or just to go for a walk with on the treadmill. More information can be found at

The free two-week trial membership is still available for all UNO faculty, staff and spouses. A faculty or staff member does not need to be a member for the spouse be a member. Stop by the Campus Recreation Offices, located in 100 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. To sign up for a free membership now, visit the Membership page for more information at

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Owl City to Perform Jan. 19 at Omaha Music Hall

Musical artist Owl City will perform live in concert Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the Omaha Music Hall (1804 Captiol Ave.), featuring Hot Chelle Rae. Doors open at 7 p.m.; the show begins at 8 p.m.

Owl City's first official album, Ocean Eyes, was released earlier this year. It debuted at No. 27 on the Billboard Top 200, No. 2 on Billboard's Electronic Albums chart and No. 3 on the Digital Albums chart. Read more.

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Call for Proposals for UNO Celebration of Student Research and Creative Activity

UNO students are engaged in a rich variety of high quality research and creative activities as part of their education. To recognize that work, in collaboration with the Honors Program's Annual Spring Symposium, the second UNO Celebration of Student Research and Creative Activity will take place on the evenings of Tuesday and Wednesday, April 6 and 7.

Similar student research and creative activity fairs are conducted at other universities. Guidelines and the student application form can be found at

Honors students should work through the Honors Program to arrange their presentations. Both graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to apply. Multiple student authors are permitted on an entry. Monetary awards for best paper, presentation and performance will be presented during the Honors Convocation ceremony on Thursday, April 8. The public will also be invited to attend.

All undergraduate and graduate students who are engaged in such activity are strongly encouraged to submit their work. Students and faculty can contact Harmon Maher ( or Kristen Hendershot ( with questions. The deadline for applications is Monday, Feb. 22.

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research and the Graduate Program have provided support for this event. Both are also looking for additional sponsors. Any amount can help -- do not hesitate to contact either office with questions.

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Holiday Sale through Friday at UNO Bookstore

The annual holiday sale in the UNO Bookstore is going on now through Friday, Dec. 18.

Those who purchase one apparel item at regular price will receive their second item for half price. In addition, the UNO Bookstore also is offering 20 percent off the regular price of its selection of bestselling hardbound, paperback, children's and holiday books.

For more information, contact Jacinda Brooks at 554.2360.

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"Miracle Mile Walk" Tomorrow in MBSC

Wellness Stampede

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

Student Health Services nurse Julie Kalasek and the Miracle Milers invite the campus community to participate in the final "Miracle Mile Walk" of the semester. The free inside walking will take place Friday, Dec. 18, from 3:30 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mon Hon Room.

No experience is necessary, and participants will have the opportunity to walk inside to a 15-minute DVD.

"The Miracle Mile Walk is equivalent to a one-mile outdoor walk. It is designed for people of all ages and fitness levels," Kalasek said. "Wear comfortable shoes, or you can walk barefoot, too."

Click on this link for the complete schedule.

For more information, contact Kalasek at 554.2374 or Becky Bohan Brown at 554.2243.

Sponsored by the Wellness Stampede, Human Resources and Student Health Services, You Look MAVelous! is UNO's fitness and summer weight loss challenge.

The mission of the Wellness Stampede, 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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UNO Bookstore "Book Buy Back" Ends Tomorrow

The book buy back event in 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 period are:

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

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

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New Environmental Course Available for Spring 2010 Semester

Sustainability Graphic

Want to learn how to leave a smaller carbon footprint? UNO will offer ENVN 2010 - Environmental Problems and Solutions - a new, one credit hour course - during the Spring 2010 semester. Participants will 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 (

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

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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 planned for Monday through Wednesday, April 19-21, 2010, at UNO.

The 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. Read more.

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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 202 Arts and Sciences Hall.

For more information, contact 2009-10 UCAT Chair Kath Henebry at 554.3153 or

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