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Happy Holidays from UNO Young Alumni

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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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John Price

Man Killed by Pheasant

by John Price

The selection that follows is the introduction to the title story from Dr. John Price's memoir Man Killed by Pheasant and Other Kinships, which was published last year. The book won Orion Magazine's '2009 Readers' Choice Award.' Dr. Price is a UNO professor of English and teaches nonfiction writing.

"So I'm driving east of Highway 30, from our new home in Belle Plains to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It's a four-lane, and because I'm an eldest child, I'm driving the speed limit, around fifty-five, sixty miles per hour. I'm listening to Jimi Hendrix cry 'Mary' – imagining, as usual, that I am Jimi Hendrix – when in the far distance I see some brown blobs hovering across the highway: one, then two. By the way they move, low and slow, I suspect they're young pheasants. As I near the place of their crossing . . ." read the entire essay

www.johntprice.com

monday

2009.12.21

SHS Opens H1N1 Clinics to UNO 17 and Older

Beginning today, 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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ITS Announces Holiday Technology Availability

Information Technology Services (ITS) announces its holiday technology availability:

Hi-Tech Classroom Maintenance
To provide improved security and update software, all computers in ITS Hi-Tech classrooms will be unavailable for use through Monday, Jan. 4. This process will remove any software which was installed over the fall semester. All workstations in these rooms will be shutdown over holiday break for energy savings. Workstations will be brought back on-line Monday, Jan. 4. At this time faculty may install software in Hi-Tech rooms which will be utilized for the spring semester. For a complete list of Hi-Tech classrooms go to http://its.unomaha.edu/hitech.php.

Lab Hours
All Information Technology Services (ITS) computer labs closed for maintenance on Dec. 18. The labs in the Milo Bail Student Center Elmwood Room and Roskens Hall Room 007 will reopen for business on Monday, Jan. 4. The lab in 104 Durham Science Center, will reopen Monday, Jan. 11. For an update listing of all campus lab hours visit http://its.unomaha.edu/labs.php.

Blackboard Down Time
On Monday, Jan. 4, myBlackbaord will be unavailable from 6 a.m. to noon to apply system patches and minor updates. After Blackboard is brought back on-line, ITS will continue to test and adjust the system, so users may notice intermittent Blackboard availability until noon.

Go Green! Turn Off Your Computer Over Holiday Break
Information Technology Services (ITS) wants to remind all faculty and staff to turn off their computers over the holiday break. Microsoft's lead editor, Monte Enbysk, notes that shutting off your computer each night when a person leaves work could save as much as $90 per year. So clicking the "Shut Down" button on a computer at the end of the workday, not only saves energy and therefore money, but also reduces wear on the machine and is added protection against viruses.

Clicker Software Upgrade
During the holiday break the CPS software used for Clickers will be upgraded in all Hi-Tech classrooms and ITS labs. The 5.62 version of the software will improve overall performance and enhance stability. These software enhancements will have little effect on how faculty and students currently use clickers.

Documentation on how to use the new software is available on the ITS, Academic Partnership for Instruction Web site located at: http://api.unomaha.edu/instructionaltech/clickers.php. The new version of the CPS for Powerpoint plugin can be found and downloaded from http://install.unomha.edu. Contact ITS Customer Services to arrange for a one-on-one training session or in-class assistance. ITS also recommends that faculty check the performance of the CPS software in the classroom where they will teach prior to the first class.

For questions or concerns about any of these items, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (554.4357) or unohelpdesk@unomaha.edu.

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Mileage Reimbursement Rate

Effective with travel occurring on or after Jan. 1, 2010, all mileage reimbursements for approved travel by personal automobile will be at the rate of fifty cents ($.50) per mile as established by the IRS. The 2009 rate was fifty-five cents ($.55) per mile.

This rate should also be used when reimbursing visiting personnel or students for their travel. UNO's mileage reimbursement policy can be found at http://www.unomaha.edu/acctserv/Mileage.php.

Contact Teresa Carlson at 554.4937 with questions.

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Campus Recreation Offers Holiday Special

Wellness Stampede

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

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 http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/holidayspecial.php

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 http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/membership.php

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, daviddaniels@unomaha.edu or http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/health/stampede.php.

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Criss Library Announces Schedule Changes

Criss Library hours for today, Dec. 21, through Sunday, Jan. 10, are as follows:

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

Thursday, Dec. 24 through Sunday, Jan. 3
Closed

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 http://library.unomaha.edu/information/hours.htm.

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Administrative Leave Declared by President Obama

President Barack Obama declared Thursday, 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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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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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 https://firefly.nebraska.edu;

- 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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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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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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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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Maverick Watch

Mavericks

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 http://www.omavs.com/calendar.aspx?.

To catch up on the latest UNO Maverick news or to keep tabs on favorite teams, players and coaches this season, visit http://www.omavs.com, Twitter at http://twitter.com/omavs or Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/omavs.

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