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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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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



UNO Partners with Career Athletes

The UNO Athletic Department has partnered with Career Athletes, a service that provides internships and job opportunities to current student-athletes to aid them in their job search following graduation. Current and former UNO student-athletes can sign up online and connect with businesses looking for employees and individuals who serve as mentors for the job-seeking athletes. Read more.

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H1N1 Clinic Today for UNO 17 and Older at PKI

UNO Student Health Services (SHS) will offer its final H1N1 shots and nasal spray vaccine clinic of the year today, Dec. 22, to students, faculty and staff members aged 17 and older.

Today's SHS H1N1 Clinic will take place from 10 a.m. to noon 100A Peter Kiewit Institute (Dean's conference room).

There is no longer a requirement for a pre-existing chronic health condition for those over 25. The cost for the vaccine is $10, and is payable by check or cash only.

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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HPER Track Closed

The indoor jogging track in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building is now closed for renovation. It will be closed until construction is complete. For details or updates, visit or watch eNotes.

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Nominations Sought for 2010 CCSW Awards

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) seeks nominations for its Outstanding Achievement Award, Community Service Award and Scholarship Award. These awards recognize individuals and organizations at UNO and in the metropolitan community who have brought attention to women's issues, advanced women's issues and/or gender equity issues.

This year's recipients will be honored Wednesday, March 31, at the CCSW Awards Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. Tickets will go on sale at the MBSC Business Office (554.3923) closer to the date.

The criteria for each award and its past recipients are available online at All nominations must be returned by Wednesday, Feb. 17, to:

To have any of the forms faxed or mailed, contact CCSW co-chairs Wendi Chiarbos Jensen at 554.2286 or or Jody Neathery-Castro at 554.3611 or

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Sponsored Programs and Research Report

The Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) Report details the results of UNO's work to obtain external funding in support of its teaching, research, service and outreach efforts. The report is designed to keep the university community informed as to externally funded projects on campus and bring recognition to those faculty and staff who have worked to generate these resources.

From the period of Nov. 11-30, those receiving grant awards totaling $350,739 are:

David Boocker
College of Arts and Sciences
Title: Distance Education of Essential Medical Personnel for the U.S. Military
Sponsor: University of Nebraska Medical Center  

Robert Briggs
Academic Affairs/Institute for Collaboration Science
Title: BattleSpace ActionCenters, Phase 2
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Defense/Air Force

Robert Franklin
College of Communication, Fine Arts, and Media/KVNO
Title: CPB: CSG (Restricted/Unrestricted 9/30/2011)
Sponsor: Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Neal Grandgenett
College of Education/Teacher Education
Title: UNO Evaluation of the 4H Curriculum for Robotics
Sponsor: University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL)

Karl Kosloski
College of Public Affairs & Community Service/Gerontology
Title: Assessing a Protocol to Strategically Support Family Caregivers
Sponsor: University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Guoqing Lu
College of Arts & Sciences/Biology
Title: Efficient and Sensitive Mining System for G-Protein Coupled Receptors
Sponsor: UNL

Yong Shi
College of Information Science, and Technology/Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis
Title: Creating Knowledge for Business Intelligence: Strengthening the Long-Term Partnership with Nebraska Furniture Mart
Sponsor: EPSCoR/NSF

For support and help with research activities, call SPR at 554.2286 or visit the Web at

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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 today, 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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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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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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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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myBlackboard Courses to Be Archived

Tired of seeing old courses dating back as far as spring 2004 in myBlackboard? In order 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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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.

For more information, contact Geri Backora at 554.2506 or

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Human Resources Announces New Hires
The UNO Office of Human Resources would like to welcome the following new hires (from the period of Sept. 29 through Dec. 8):

- Tracy Abler, staff assistant, College of Business Administration;

- Susan Bless, project assistant, College of Education;

- Nicholas Brogren, custodian, Milo Bail Student Center;

- Sandra Byers, clerical assistant II, Academic and Student Affairs;

- Sarah Casey, clerical assistant II, Health Services;

- Brooke Clements, advisor, Criminal Justice;

- Erin Dinneen, counselor, Financial Aid;

- Marc Elder, facilities operator II, Maintenance and Operations;

- Emily Hardt, study abroad advisor, International Studies and Programs;

- Jessica Hohman, enrollment specialist II, International Studies and Programs;

- Bill Johnson, custodian, Custodial Services;

- Solomon Kleinsmith, Neighborhood Accountability Board Program coordinator, College of Public Affairs and Community Service;

- Claudia Koziol, director of Development and Communications - Project Interfaith, College of Public Affairs and Community Service;

- Angel Martin, media assistant-news reporter, KVNO Radio;

- Wayne Miller, electrician III-supervisor, Maintenance and Operations;

- Elizabeth "Liz" Moldenhauer, program assistant, College of Public Affairs and Community Service;

- Brian Muellner, Campus Security officer, Security and Traffic;

- Jason Newman, Campus Security officer, Security and Traffic;

- Michael Niebur, custodian, Custodial Services;

- Brenda Painter, clerical assistant III, College of Engineering;

- Korrie Price, enrollment specialist II, Financial Aid;

- Walter Ryan, Info. tech specialist, Facilities Management and Planning;

- Susan Wyler, office assistant-Thompson Learning Community, Academic and Student Affairs; and

- Jawed Yusufi, Archtics (ticketing) administrator, Marketing/Athletics;

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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