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Happy Holidays from UNO Young Alumni

photo by Becky Bohan Brown

Mr. and Mrs. Claus took time out of their busy holiday schedules for storytime at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo on Dec. 11. Children and grandchildren of alumni, faculty, staff and students listened to a holiday tale narrated by Santa Claus. Festivities also included holiday crafts and a tour of the Lied Jungle. The UNO Young Alumni hosted the second annual fundraising event.

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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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UNO Commencement Today at the Civic

More than 945 students will graduate today, Dec. 18, during UNO's winter commencement ceremony. The event begins at 2 p.m. at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave. Honorees will include Deborah Smith-Howell (Chancellor's Medal), Lori Hogan (Alumnus Achievement Award) and Megan C. Schuster (Student Commencement Speaker). Read more.

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Administrative Leave Declared by President Obama

President Obama declared Dec. 24 as a half day of Administrative Leave (ADM) for federal employees. The Nebraska Attorney General released an opinion that the State of Nebraska will treat the day before Christmas (Dec. 24, 2009) as Administrative Leave for a half day in conjunction with the president's federal government closing order. The University of Nebraska will comply with State Law regarding this leave schedule.

For questions, contact Payroll at 554.2325 or 554.2739.

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SHS Opens H1N1 Clinics to UNO 17 and Older

Beginning Monday, Dec. 21, UNO Student Health Services (SHS) will offer H1N1 shots and nasal spray vaccine to students, faculty and staff members aged 17 and older.

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 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 Noon
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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"Consider This" Investigates the Proposed Healthcare Reform

On the next edition of "Consider This," healthcare reform ‘Take 2' as host Cathy Wyatt and guests rewind the tapes to earlier this year when President Obama addressed the nation. What has happened since? What is happening now? And what does the future look like for Nebraskans if the new team takes hold?

Wyatt's guests will include Dave Filipi, a physician and president of the Nebraska Medical Association, and Jane Kleeb from Nebraska Alliance for Healthcare Reform.

The program airs today, Dec. 18, at 12:30 p.m. on NET2.

Additional air dates and times are:

- Sunday, Dec. 20
11:30 a.m.

- Tuesday, Dec. 22
12:30 p.m.

"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 Up to Top

Criss Library Announces Schedule Changes

Criss Library hours for Sunday, Dec. 20, through Sunday, Jan. 10, are as follows:

Sunday, Dec. 20
Noon to 9 p.m.

Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 21-23
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 24 through Sunday, Jan. 3

Monday through Friday, Jan. 4-8
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 9
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (regular hours)

Sunday, Jan. 10
Noon to 9 p.m.

Regular library hours will resume at 7 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 11.

For a complete schedule of library hours, visit

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HPER Winter Break Hours Announced

Click on, to access Campus Recreation's Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building winter break hours.

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UFO Study Group Winter Break Reminder

The UNO UFO Study Group will not meet Wednesdays or Saturdays during the winter break.

2010 spring schedule:

- Wednesdays, starting Jan. 13
Noon to 1 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room 

- Saturdays, starting Jan. 16
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
285 Durham Science Center

Anyone interested in unidentified flying objects and related phenomena is welcome to attend. For more information, call John Powers at 319.2721.

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Holiday Student Anthropological Society Reminder

The Student Anthropological Society (SAS) will not meet over the holidays. Starting Jan. 13 the SAS will meet every Wednesday from noon to 12:50 p.m. in 344 Arts and Sciences Hall. Anyone interested in anthropology can attend.

For more information, call John Powers at 319.2721.

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Lynn Conner Retirement Reception Set for Jan. 11

Lynn Conner from UNO Athletes will retire in January after more than 24 years of service. 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.

For more information, contact Geri Backora at 554.2506 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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In the News

In the News

- The Dec. 9 issue of the Omaha World-Herald published a column by Edgar Moore, community service associate with the William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies. Health care reform was the topic of Moore's column.

- The Dec. 17 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured a front-page story about recent glacier research by Jack Shroder and Michael Bishop, Department of Geography/Geology.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2762.

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In Print

- Jeremy Lipschultz, School of Communication, published his annual "New Communication Technologies" chapter in the 2010 edition of Communication and the Law (W. Wat Hopkins, ed.).  The textbook is in use by 87 universities, including Purdue, Iowa, Missouri, North Carolina, Oregon, Maryland, Ohio State and Syracuse.

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

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On Stage

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number.

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On Exhibit

David Helm Exhibit Opens Monday at Fred Simon Gallery
David Helm, a UNO professor of art and art history, will have his art work on display at the Fred Simon Gallery starting Monday, Dec. 21.

The title of the show is "From the Queens Lab."  It explores Helm's interest in the authority of history and his fascination with nostalgia, flight, alchemy, energy, design and experimentation.  Many of the pieces look like functional antique objects.  Some appear to be absurd and archaic, but all of the works are meant to nudge the imagination, Helm said.

An opening reception for the show will take place at the gallery, 1004 Farnam St., on Friday, Jan. 8, from 5 to 7 p.m.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

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