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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



Flag Lowering

The UNO flag will be lowered to half-staff today, Jan. 6, in honor of UNO retiree Thomas Kidd. He passed away Dec. 25 at age 80.

Kidd, a School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation professor, retired from the university in 1992. He had been with UNO for more than 17 years.

Funeral services were held Dec. 31 at Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln.

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Caremark's Mail Order Service Reminder

Employees who completed the Health Risk Assessment (HRA) during the annual enrollment are eligible to receive $0 co-pay for generic drugs. What follows is an explanation of how to order from Caremark's Mail Service Program.

How to use the Mail Service for brand or generic prescriptions:
The Mail Service Program provides a convenient and cost-effective way for faculty/staff to order up to a 90-day supply of maintenance or long-term medication for direct delivery to the home, office or location of choosing. By using the Mail Service Program, employees minimize trips to the pharmacy while saving costs on prescriptions. Up to a 90-day supply is dispensed by the Mail Service Pharmacy for the cost of the appropriate co-payment (the co-payment is $0 for generic drugs if employees completed the Health Risk Assessment during the annual enrollment).

So that employees can make full use of the Mail Service Program, doctors can be asked to write one prescription for up to a 30-day supply for immediate needs for individual short-term medication to be filled at a local retail pharmacy and a second prescription for the Mail Service Pharmacy Program with up to a 90-day supply of medication along with the appropriate number of refills (normally three refills – which is a year's worth).

To get the mail order form, go to and then click on "Benefits Forms" and employees will find the Caremark Mail Order Request Envelope. Complete the form, attach the new 90-day supply prescription and mail it to Caremark along with the appropriate co-payment.  Employees should make a photocopy of the form for record purposes.

Faculty/staff need to allow seven days for refills and 10 days for new prescriptions from the time an order is placed.

When ordering refills via, individuals will not need to fill out an order form for each refill order. Once Caremark has the account and billing information, employees can place refill orders by simply logging in to with a username/login ID and password, clicking on the "Prescriptions & Coverage" tab, selecting "Refill Prescriptions"

Participants also will receive a computer-generated Participant Profile/Order Form and pre-addressed envelope with each prescription mailed to employees. The form will be filled in with preprinted information, so participants will not need to complete the form every time they submit a mail service prescription. If participant address, doctor or health condition information changes, participants should note them on the Participant Profile/Order Form and be sure to make the same changes to their account on

Temperature Sensitive Medications:
To ensure safe delivery, the Mail Service Pharmacy will now require a signature upon delivery of temperature-sensitive medications.

Temperature-sensitive medications shipped from the Mail Service Pharmacies to places with extreme temperature conditions (under 32 degrees or over 85 degrees) will be shipped using a service that requires a signature when delivered.

While spikes in temperature for short periods of time will not affect most medications, that allowable time varies by drug. Caremark's goal is to maintain a controlled environment all the way through the delivery process, to make sure that the manufacturer's recommendations are followed and to eliminate any question on the safety and effectiveness of the delivered medication.

The Mail Service Pharmacy will ship medications that must be refrigerated with a cold gel pack. Although medications may have been shipped with a cold gel pack in the past, they may not require constant refrigeration. Participants do not be concerned if their order no longer includes a cold gel pack.

Also, before Caremark ships extreme temperature-sensitive medications, the company will check the forecast temperature of the city where the medication will be delivered. With that in mind:

- If it's going to be under 32 degrees Fahrenheit or more than 85 degrees Fahrenheit, Caremark will ship using a method that requires signature upon delivery. Once the order is shipped, the plan participant will receive a phone call from Caremark to let them know it is on the way.

- If the temperature is between 32 degrees Fahrenheit and 85 degrees Fahrenheit, Caremark will ship using regular delivery.

- If no one is there to sign for the medication, the carrier will leave a note with instructions, telling the plan participant to either schedule another delivery day or pick it up directly from the carrier.

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UNO Web Template Training Offered by ITS

Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer a Basics of Dreamweaver course on Wednesday, Jan. 20, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in 007B Roskens Hall. 

Basics of Dreamweaver is a 90-minute hands-on course designed to orient users to some of the Dreamweaver tools used in conjunction with the UNO Web Templates. 

Covered topics include setting up a site through the "Site Manager," transferring files through the "Get" and "Put" commands, using the "Find and Replace" function and why it is best to develop in a test environment.

Participants do not need to have a test site or be using the Web Templates to attend.  This course is intended to be taken prior to UNO Web Template training.

For questions, contact Erin King at 554.3140 or

To register for this course:

- Go to;

- Select the appropriate month and click "Go";

- Click the "Register" link next to the event;

- Enter an SAP personnel number (this is the six-digit number on all UNO

employee check stubs and picture IDs);

- Click "Sign Up"; and

- Click "OK" to confirm the SAP personnel number.

An e-mail will be sent confirming this registration.  For problems registering, contact ITS Cusomer Services at 554.4357.

A minimum sign-up of five people is required by 2 p.m. the day prior to class. An e-mail notification will be sent if the class is cancelled.

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UNO Excellence in Teaching Nominations Now Being Accepted

The campus-wide Excellence in Teaching (EIT) award committee is now accepting nominations for 2010. This award "was established in 1969 to recognize superior efforts, dedication and exemplary conduct in the performance of the university's first task -- the education of its students."  The deadline for nominations is Monday, Jan. 25. 

Refer to the following page - - for nomination information, requirements, forms and procedures.  For questions, contact members of the committee or Office of Academic and Student Affairs.

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UNO Child Care Center Openings

The UNO Child Care Center, educating the university's youngest students, has immediate openings for 18-24-month-old children. For more information, visit or contact director Dawn Hove at 554.4936 or

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Women of Wisdom Nomination Deadline Jan. 15

The UNO Lifelong Learning Initiative is planning its annual community-wide luncheon to honor three local Women of Wisdom and elevate awareness about aging well. Nominations for honorees are being accepted through Friday, Jan. 15. Read more.

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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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Student Anthropological Society Reminder

The Student Anthropological Society (SAS) will not meet this week. 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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Green Tip of the Week

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Insulate Hot Water Pipes
Un-insulated hot water pipes are like a coffee cup with hot coffee in the morning and that same coffee would be cold in just an hour. If individuals have coffee in an insulated thermos, the coffee will stay warm longer. Anyone can purchase pipe insulation at a hardware store and ask about how to properly install.

The GreenUNO Task Force provides these tips. For more information, visit Up to Top