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A Winter Wonderland

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Campus grew quiet this week as a new dusting of snow blanketed drifts that collected during the last storm. Bone-chilling winds kept many faculty and staff indoors.


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. . .



Telephone System Upgrade This Weekend

New components will be integrated into UNO's telecommunications environment this weekend Jan. 9 and 10. 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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HPER Women's Locker Room Opens Today

The newly renovated Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) women's locker room is scheduled to open today, Jan. 8. It will be open for renewals Friday through Sunday, Jan. 8-10. New rentals will begin on Monday, Jan. 11. All personal belongings must be removed from the old women's locker room no later than Friday, Jan. 15.

The locker rental fees:

- Faculty/Staff

- Students/General Public

Payroll deduction is available for UNO faculty/staff by contacting Amber Rath at 554.3291 or stopping by 100 HPER Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For questions, stop by 100 HPER or call the front office at 554.2539.

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Nebraska Certified Public ManagerĀ® (CPM) Program Graduates Second Class

Nebraska Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy presided over the graduation of the second class of the Nebraska Certified Public ManagerĀ® (CPM) Program on Dec. 4.

With this graduation, the School of Public Administration continues its tradition of providing management training for public and non-profit professionals across Nebraska. Read more.

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UNO Ambassadors Available for Campus Activities

The UNO Ambassadors are available to represent the university during the spring semester at events. Twelve student Ambassadors have been selected based on their academic achievement, leadership and communication skills. This select group of students serves as hosts for university-related functions at the request of deans, directors, department chairs and other UNO faculty or staff.

Ambassadors try to honor as many requests as possible. Requests should be placed at least two weeks before the scheduled activity.

For more information, contact coordinator, Chris Liewer at or 554.3520.

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Spring Faculty Recruitment Workshop Schedule

The UNO Office of Academic and Student Affairs and the UNO Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity will host six Spring Faculty Recruitment Workshops through April. The first one takes place next week.

Before anyone can serve on a UNO Faculty Search Committee they must have attended one of these recruitment workshops within the past two years.

All workshops will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC). The workshop dates and times are listed below.

- Wednesday, Jan. 14, 9 to 10:30 a.m. MBSC Council Room;

- Thursday, Jan. 28, 1:30 to 3 p.m. MBSC Chancellor's Room;

- Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2:30 to 4 p.m. MBSC U Mon Hon (Omaha) Room;

- Friday, March 5, 1 to 2:30 p.m. MBSC Council Room;

- Monday, March 25, 2 to 3:30 p.m. MBSC Council Room; and

- Tuesday, April 20, 8:30 to10 a.m. MBSC  Council Room.

To R.S.V.P., contact Jerri Maxwell at or 554.3892.  For more information about the workshop, contact Deborah Smith-Howell at 554.4849 or, James McCarty at 554.2262 or, Steve Bullock at 554.4822 or or Sharon Ulmar at 554.2872 or

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Spring Certificate in Fundraising Management Dates

UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) announces its spring 2010 schedule of courses for the Certificate in Fundraising Management. This certificate program provides in-depth training in vital areas of fundraising.

CPACS offers the program, which is co-sponsored by the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands, Omaha Community Foundation and the United Way of the Midlands.

Registration deadline for each class is one week prior to the start of that class. They are:

- Prospect Research and Donor Relationships, Jan. 20-21;

- Fundraising Concepts and Practices, Feb. 4-5;

- Capital Campaigns, Feb. 25-26;

- Board Development, March 18-19;

- Grant Writing, April 29-30; and

- Public Relations and Marketing, May 11-12.

Classes are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and held at the Omaha Home for Boys, 4343 N. 52nd St. (52nd and Ames St.). The cost is $249 per course and includes all class materials, refreshments, lunch and parking.

For more information or to register for a course, contact Melanie Kiper at 554.2133 or or visit the Web site at

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Annual Alumni Night on the Ice Jan. 23

Maverick hockey fans are invited to join the UNO Alumni Association for their Seventh Annual Alumni Night on the Ice Saturday, Jan. 23, at Qwest Center Omaha.

The cost includes game ticket and pre-game buffet. The cost is $20 per adult and $15 per child ages 2 to 10 (children under two are free). Children's cost of $15 includes hockey ticket and plated children's meal. The 5:30 p.m. buffet reception will be held at the Qwest Convention Center, followed by the 7:05 p.m. UNO vs. Northern Michigan hockey game.

For registration information, visit

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Lynn Conner Retirement Reception Monday

Lynn Conner from UNO Athletes will retire in January after more than 24 years of service. 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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In the News

- A Dec. 17 Reuters article about healthcare reform in Nebraska quoted Loree Bykerk, Department of Political Science. Bykerk was also quoted in the Jan. 3 issue of the Omaha World-Herald on the historical significance of President Barack Obama's election to The White House.

- David Drozd, Center for Public Affairs Research, was quoted in the Dec. 24 issue of the North Platte Telegraph and on Dec. 23 by the Associated Press on population changes in Nebraska. Drozd was also quoted in the Jan. 4 issue of the Nebraska City News Press about the future of the city's Memorial Building and plans for renovation.

- Angela Eikenberry, School of Public Administration, was quoted in the Dec. 30 issue of the Dayton Daily News about her research on giving circles.

- Robert Shuster, Geography/Geology, was interviewed Dec. 17 by KPTM (Fox 42) about the December earthquake that occurred near Auburn, Neb.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2762.

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In Print

- Roni Reiter-Palmon and Jeffrey French, both from the Department of Psychology, were co-authors on a paper with senior author Mary Minton of South Dakota State University, titled "The First Anniversary: Stress, Well-being, and Optimism in Older Widows." The paper appeared in the Western Journal of Nursing Research, and the abstract can be found at:

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

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On Stage

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number.

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On Exhibit

David Helm Exhibit at Fred Simon Gallery
David Helm, a UNO professor of art and art history, artwork is on display at the Fred Simon Gallery through Friday, Jan. 29. An opening reception for the show will take place at the gallery, 1004 Farnam St., tonight, Jan. 8, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The title of the show is "From the Queens Lab."  It explores Helm's interest in the authority of history and his fascination with nostalgia, flight, alchemy, energy, design and experimentation. Many of the pieces look like functional antique objects. Some appear to be absurd and archaic, but all of the works are meant to nudge the imagination, Helm said.

For gallery hours, visit

Political Posters, Prints Part of Criss Library Exhibition
Political posters and historical prints from the personal collection of Sam Walker, professor emeritus with the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, will be on display at the university's Criss Library January 11 through March 11.

An opening reception is planned for Sunday, Jan. 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Criss Library art gallery, located on the main floor. The featured works hail from World War I and World War II, along with the civil rights movement, American presidents and more. Read more.

New UNO Exhibit to Feature Video Installation Artists
The UNO Art Gallery will welcome "Interact," works by internationally renowned video installation artists Lynn Lukkas and Cynthia Pachikara.

The exhibition runs Jan. 15 through Feb. 19. A lecture by both artists is planned for 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14. The opening reception will be held 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15. Read more.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

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