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December Commencement

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

Almost 950 students graduated Friday (Dec. 18) during UNO's winter commencement ceremony at Omaha's Civic Auditorium. Megan Schuster, an Omaha native, presented the student commencement address. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in business administration. UNO's associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and dean for Graduate Studies, Deborah Smith-Howell, received the Chancellor's Medal. Lori Hogan, co-founder of Home Instead Senior Care, was honored with the Alumnus Achievement Award.


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



Telephone System Upgrade Announced

The weekend of Jan. 9 and 10, new components will be integrated into UNO's telecommunications environment. These components will permit UNO to support upcoming physical expansions, enhance system survivability, provide more robust features and facilitate cost control.

The integration will generally be transparent to the UNO community. There are, however, several changes that will affect telephone and voice mail users.

- Local and Long Distance Access
The dialed star (*) in front of the "9" is no longer required. Off-campus access will only require dialing a "9" plus the local or long distance number.
- University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Access
Calls to UNMC will require dialing their full local number, i.e., "9.559.XXXX".

Voice Mail
- Activate
UNO will receive a new voice mail system. Consequently, each UNO voice mail user will be required to activate a new voice mail box. This five-minute process prompts the voice mailbox owner to enter a new password, system identification and personalize any greetings. The new voice mail system is currently available for those that would like to pre-program their voice mail box. 

- Access
The new UNO voice mail system also has a new access telephone number: 402.554.MAIL (6245).  [On-campus = 4.MAIL (6245) / Locally = 554.MAIL (6245) / Long Distance/Internationally = 402.554.MAIL (6245)].

Calls will not be routed to the new voice mail system until Sunday, Jan. 10.  Until then, calls will continue to be routed to and retrieved on the existing 9.5970 system. Messages will remain stored there until Monday, Feb. 8, at which time they will be deleted and will not be recoverable. 

Any questions/issues/troubles can be directed to 554.3036

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Blackboard Down Time Date Changed to Jan. 5

To accommodate faculty who may be submitting grades on Monday, Jan. 4, the myBlackboard down time has been changed to Tuesday, Jan. 5. Blackboard will be unavailable on Tuesday from 6 a.m. to noon to apply system patches and minor updates. After Blackboard is brought back on-line, Information Technology Services (ITS) will continue to test and adjust the system, so users may notice intermittent Blackboard availability until noon.

For more information, contact ITS Customer Service at 554.HELP (554.4537) or

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Payroll Pay Advices Only Available Online

UNO Payroll reminds employees that pay advices (stubs) for all benefit-eligible employees stopped as of Jan. 1. 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 Service at 554.HELP (554.4357).

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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

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

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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Criss Library Hours through Jan. 11

Criss Library hours for today, Jan. 4, through Sunday, Jan. 10, are as follows:

Today 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 Hours This Week

Click on, to access Campus Recreation's Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building hours prior to the start of the spring semester.

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Mileage Reimbursement Rate Reminder

Effective with travel occurring on or after Jan. 1, 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

Contact Teresa Carlson at 554.4937 with questions.

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Deadline Tomorrow for UNO Centennial Time Capsule Submissions

Only one day remains to submit items for inclusion in UNO's centennial time capsule. Members of the extended community - in addition to faculty, staff and students - can submit items through Tuesday, Jan. 5, according to certain criteria. Read more.

For guidelines on submissions and the time capsule contest, click on the following links:

Time Capsule Submissions

Written Time Capsule Submissions

Time Capsule Contest Submissions

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Deadline Wednesday for 2010 Malcolm X Festival Papers, Presentations

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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mavlink to Replace E-BRUNO Starting February 2010

mavlink Graphic

Both E-BRUNO for Faculty and E-BRUNO for Students will be replaced by mavlink next semester. mavlink is the new web portal being implemented as part of the NeSIS student information system project. Starting Monday, Feb. 8, E-BRUNO will only be accessible through mavlink providing access to the current SIS Plus system through the summer semester. mavlink will be the only platform for self-service functions of the new PeopleSoft student information system moving forward.

As part of the change, the UNO "PIN" number is being replaced by the "TrueYou" password. This universal password will travel with students if they transfer between campuses. The combination of NU ID and password will be required to login to mavlink.

Faculty and staff already utilize NU ID and password to access Firefly for NUFlex enrollment and reviewing pay advises (mavlink login will be exactly the same).

Current students will receive an e-mail before Feb. 8 with instructions on how to establish their password. In addition, current students will be prompted to establish their password each time they log into E-BRUNO until they complete the process. New students will create this password as part of the enrollment process.

Look to future eNotes articles for additional information. Visit the UNO NeSIS Web site,, for project information, a schedule of upcoming town hall informational meetings and tutorials.

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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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Maverick Watch

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

To catch up on the latest UNO Maverick news or to keep tabs on favorite teams, players and coaches this season, visit, Twitter at or Facebook at

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