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A Winter Wonderland

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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 Reminder

New components were integrated into UNO's telecommunications environment over the weekend. 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 are apparent today which 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 now requires dialing a "9" plus the local or long distance number.
- University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Access
Calls to UNMC now need to be dialed with their full local number, i.e., "9.559.XXXX".

Voice Mail
- Activate
UNO now has 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.

- 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 started being routed to the new voice mail system on Jan. 10. Old messages in the 9.5970 system 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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Graduates Conferred Degrees at Winter Commencement

More than 945 students students received degrees Dec. 18 during UNO's winter commencement ceremony. Visit for the complete list of graduates.

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mavlink to Replace E-BRUNO Starting This February

mavlink Graphic

Both E-BRUNO for Faculty and E-BRUNO for Students will be replaced by mavlink this 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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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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Intramural Sports Registration Begins Today

Wellness Stampede

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

Mav-Rec Intramural "Session 3" registration begins today, 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

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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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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Lynn Conner Retirement Reception Today

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 today, 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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UNO Selected for New National Writing Project Site

UNO has received a $30,000 grant from the National Writing Project to establish the Oxbow Writing Project, a program for local teachers to help improve student writing.

Twenty Omaha-area teachers will be selected as participants in summer and school year programs focused on improving student writing and learning. Each teacher will receive a stipend that will help defray graduate tuition costs. Read more.

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HPER Women's Locker Room Opens

The newly renovated Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) women's locker room is officially open. Renewals and new rentals will begin today, 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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Campus Recreation Offers New Year's 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 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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NBDC Offers Workshops on Government Contracts Tomorrow

The Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) will hold a workshop on government contracting this week.

The Tuesday, Jan. 12, workshop is free but requires pre-registration at due to limited seating. The session, Winning Government Contracts for Your Business (Government Markets), runs from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Healing Gallery, 4225 Cuming St.

For more information, call 554.6252.

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UNO UFO Study Group Meetings This Week

The UNO UFO Study Group will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 13, in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Jenkins Room from noon to 1 p.m. and on Saturday, Jan. 16, in 285 Durham Science Center (DSC) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anyone with an interest in the UFO phenomenon is encouraged to attend.

For more information, call John Powers at 319.2721.

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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 this 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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Nominations Deadline This Friday for Senior 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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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. Deadline for registration is Friday, Jan. 15.

For registration information, visit

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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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