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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



Scheduled Blackboard Down Time Today

To accommodate faculty who may be submitting grades on Jan. 4, the myBlackboard down time has been changed to today, Jan. 5. Blackboard will be unavailable today 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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Deadline Tomorrow 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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Telephone System Upgrade This Weekend

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 activate a new voice mailbox. 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 mailbox. 

- 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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Pictures Still Sought for You Look MAVelous! Photo Sharing Project

Wellness Stampede

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

As a follow-up to last summer's You Look MAVelous! campaign, the program's sponsors - Mav-Rec Wellness, Human Resources and Student Health Services - are asking UNO faculty, staff and students to submit photos of themselves, friends and family engaging in healthy pursuits. Participants will be eligible to win prizes.

All photos will be submitted through Flickr, a worldwide online photo management and sharing application program. Prizes will be awarded for the photos that receive the most votes.

"Submissions can include photos of a garden, a healthy home-cooked meal, vacation photos showing people in action or other healthy examples," said Dave Daniels, assistant director for fitness/wellness and instructional programs. "For those who already have a Yahoo account, the sign-up is faster. After signing up individuals can, create a separate name for their Flickr account or use the name they created, or already had, for Yahoo."

To add photos to the group, participants must first register by clicking on the "Sign Up" link on Flickr at and follow the directions.

"You can create your own profile, as well, if you wish," Daniels said. "To load photos to Flickr, follow the directions on the Web page."

To join the You Look MAVelous! group, visit and click the "Join This Group" link. Users can also find the group by clicking on the "Groups" link and searching for You Look MAVelous!

"Once you have joined the group, you can post your photos to the You Look MAVelous! group," Daniels said. "You can name the photo and tag it by content (e.g., exercise, UNO, running)."

The deadline for submissions is Sunday, Jan. 31. Watch eNotes for the announcement of the winning entries and for details on the spring “You Look MAVelous Challenge.” Kick off is the week of Jan. 25.

For more information, contact Daniels at 554.2008 or Angie Helseth at 554.3185 or

The mission of Mav-Rec Wellness, 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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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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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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Nominations Deadline Jan. 15 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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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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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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- Bruce Johansen, School of Communication and Native American Studies, was recently inducted into the University of Washington's Communication Alumni 2009 Hall of Fame. Johansen was recognized for his work in Seattle as a journalist, his contributions as an author and his teaching efforts at UNO.

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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