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Megan Schuster

Student, Campus Successes Focus of 2009 Commencement Remarks

Megan C. Schuster, an Omaha native, presented the student commencement address Dec. 18, 2009, at the Civic Auditorium. Read the full text of her remarks. . .

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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.



Flag Lowering

The UNO flag will be lowered to half-staff today, Jan. 7, in honor of UNO retiree Leah Cross. She passed away Dec. 29 at age 63.

Cross, a systems analyst in Administrative Information Services, retired from the university in 2008. She had been with UNO for more than 15 years.

Funeral services were held Jan. 2 at Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Funeral Home in Council Bluffs.

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Employee Handbook Changes Announced

To improve accessibility to UNO's Employee Handbook, Human Resources updated the format, dividing the information into sections with links to the relevant policies, procedures and services.  They are:

- Your Employment;

- Your Pay Check;

- Your Benefits;

- Educational Opportunities;

- Absences from Work;

- University Cultural and Recreational Opportunities; and

- Other University Services. 

Employee can view the handbook on the Employment Web site at the following address:  Soon to be added will be a spreadsheet illustrating updates to the handbook with the date of the change.

For questions, call Human Resources at 554.2321.

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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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Intramural Sports Registration Begins Jan. 11

Mav-Rec Intramural "Session 3" registration begins on Monday, Jan. 11. Team sign-up for the Session 3 season will include the following sports:

- 5x5 basketball;

- 6x6 volleyball;

- 6x6 dodge ball; and

- Racquetball doubles.

The deadline for registration is Friday, Jan. 22, at noon. To sign up a team, fill out a registration form, which can be found on the Intramural Sports Web site or stop by 205 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. Registration will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis, as sports fill up fast. Individuals who don't have a team can fill out a Free Agent Form (also located on the Intramural Sports Web site and in 205 HPER) and will be placed on a team, if available.

For more information, call the Intramural Sports Department at 554.2634 or visit

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UNMC Ice Rink Offers Family Promotion

Families of any size can skate for $10 on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Sunday, Feb. 28, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Ice Rink. The $10 charge also includes the cost of skate rental. For more information on the hours of operation and admission fees, visit

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Relay for Life Kick-Off Meeting is Jan. 20

UNO students, faculty and staff are invited to attend a kick-off meeting for the American Cancer Society's annual fundraiser, Relay for Life.

The informational meeting is planned from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20 in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. Attendees will learn more about the American Cancer Society, the annual Relay for Life event and how to volunteer their time. Read more.

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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 currently use 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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SPUNO Formalwear Drive for Needy High School Students

The School Psychology at UNO (SPUNO) student organization is asking for faculty, staff and students help in collecting formalwear and accessories for high school students who are in need.

Donations will go to students in local high schools for prom. Wanted items:

For the ladies: Dresses, shoes and jewelry.

For the gentlemen: Ties, dress shirts, tuxedos and shoes.

Drop off donations in the Psychology Department, 347 Arts and Sciences Hall, by Friday, Feb. 1, and ask for Marie Lee.

Please dry-clean the garments prior to drop off; however, drive organizers will turn nothing away.

For more information, contact Julie Soukup at

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Campus Recreation Offers New Year's Special

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

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Call for Proposals for UNO Celebration of Student Research and Creative Activity

UNO students are engaged in a rich variety of high quality research and creative activities as part of their education. To recognize that work, in collaboration with the Honors Program's Annual Spring Symposium, the second UNO Celebration of Student Research and Creative Activity will take place on the evenings of Tuesday and Wednesday, April 6 and 7.

Similar student research and creative activity fairs are conducted at other universities. Guidelines and the student application form can be found at

Honors students should work through the Honors Program to arrange their presentations. Both graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to apply. Multiple student authors are permitted on an entry. Monetary awards for best paper, presentation and performance will be presented during the Honors Convocation ceremony on Thursday, April 8. The public will also be invited to attend.

All undergraduate and graduate students who are engaged in such activity are strongly encouraged to submit their work. Students and faculty can contact Harmon Maher ( or Kristen Hendershot ( with questions. The deadline for applications is Monday, Feb. 22.

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research and the Graduate Program have provided support for this event. Both are also looking for additional sponsors. Any amount can help -- do not hesitate to contact either office with questions.

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