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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. . .



First Final Candidate for Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs to Visit UNO Jan. 14-15

Four finalists for the position of associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs will visit UNO for interviews in January and early February.  The associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs is the chief student affairs administrator for the university.

The first candidate is Randy Hyman, associate professor for Higher Education and former vice chancellor for Academic Support and Student Life at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He will visit UNO on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 14-15. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend a campus forum with Hyman on Thursday, Jan. 14, at 2:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

The other candidates and campus visit dates:

- Thomas Wallace, assistant to the Provost and associate professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Mississippi.  He will visit Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 19-20;

- Sherry Haehl, dean of Students at Bluffton University.  She will visit Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 25-26; and

- Blake Fry, special assistant to the Chancellor, University of Wisconsin-River Falls.  His visit will take place Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 1 and 2. 

UNO's associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs has leadership responsibility to develop, administer and continuously improve a comprehensive mix of student-support programs and services, including but not limited to, Recruitment Services, Orientation, Admissions, Registration and Records, Financial Aid, Student Leadership Programs, Counseling, Housing, Health Services, Judicial Affairs, Campus Recreation and Career Services.  Currently, David Cicotello serves as interim associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs.   Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to participate in all the interviews and provide feedback.

Additional information on each candidate as well as the complete interview schedules is available at

Deborah Smith-Howell, associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and dean for Graduate Studies, has served as chair of the search committee. Anyone with questions, can contact her at or 554.4849.

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Safety Notice for On-campus Incidents

With the start of the spring semester this week Campus Security staff would like to remind the campus community about emergency procedures at UNO. The following information from Campus Security outlines the university's safety and emergency procedures, along with other Campus Security services.

Incident Reporting
Incidents requiring immediate action include fire, environmental spills, medical conditions, property damage, disruptive behavior and crimes in progress. Persons involved with or observing these types of incidents should call Campus Security at 554.2911. Campus Security will dispatch officers to the scene and, if required, contact 911.

Faculty and staff can call 911 directly, but also should notify Campus Security to help coordinate the response and expedite travel to the emergency scene. Emergency information provided by the caller should include the building, floor, room number, call back number and nature of the emergency.

Faculty and staff should assist with room and building evacuations, and be aware of those needing special assistance. All employees should become familiar with the designated rally points for their buildings, which are listed in the back of the telephone directory under "Emergency Procedures."

Personal Threats and Harassment
Disruptive behavior on campus will not be tolerated. Threats or acts of violence should be reported to Campus Security and to employee supervisors. If the act appears to represent an immediate threat or harm to the individual, it should be reported at once to Campus Security or 911.

Personal Escorts
The escort service is available 24/7 for individuals on campus. Contact Campus Security to arrange an escort.

Personal Safety Checks
Individuals who may be working alone outside normal working hours are encouraged to contact Campus Security. Security officers will periodically check on individuals' safety while they are on campus.

Personal Property
The university is not responsible for personal property. Individuals are responsible for safeguarding their own property. Loss of personal property should be reported to Campus Security.

Alert System
An on-campus system to help facilitate emergency communications has been installed on the Dodge, Pacific and Center locations. Announcements are distributed from Campus Security to building public address systems or speakers located in building corridors. When announcements are made, strobe lights will flash to notify the hearing impaired to seek assistance.

The system is particularly helpful during tornado warnings. The announcement will alert building occupants to seek shelter and, again later, when the warning has ended. The alert system also can be used to announce university closings, confirm evacuations for fire or chemical release, or other emergency conditions.

Text Messaging System
An off-site text-messaging system provided by e2Campus is also available. The system sends instant alerts directly to registered subscribers' e-mail accounts and mobile phones via text messages. Wireless personal digital assistants and BlackBerry devices can also be used.

The notification system is used to communicate any potential emergency, such as a snow delay or closing, other weather warnings, homeland security advisories, gas leak notifications and fire or crime watches.

This is a voluntary, 'opt-in' capability that requires individual action to subscribe. For more information or to subscribe visit

More information on campus emergency procedures can be found online at or in the UNO Employee Telephone Directory beginning on page 104. For more information about Campus Security procedures related to campus emergencies, contact Stan Schleifer at 554.3596 or Paul Kosel at 554.2648.

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Student Regent Swearing-In Ceremony Today

The new leaders of UNO student government will take the oath of office today, Jan. 12. Faculty, staff and students can watch the new Student Regent, Michael Crabb, be sworn into office during the swearing-in ceremony at 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Gina Halbom will reside as vice president. Both were elected student body president/regent and vice president in elections held last fall. For other student government news, visit

For swearing-in details, contact Megan Schmitz at 554.2285.

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Mavericks and Lancers to Hold News Conference Today

The UNO Athletic Department and the Omaha Lancers will hold a joint news conference today, Jan. 12, at 3 p.m. in the lobby of the Omaha Civic Auditorium. UNO and the Lancers will be announcing an upcoming community event involving both hockey teams. Members of the news media are invited to attend.

For more information, contact Dave Ahlers at

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mavlink Campus-Wide Town Halls Offered This Month and Next

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To familiarize faculty, staff and students with mavlink – UNO's new web portal being implemented as part of the Nebraska Student Information System (NeSIS) project – UNO's Change Management Team will host four campus-wide town hall meetings this month and next.

At UNO, mavlink will integrate all services offered by E-BRUNO and the current student information system.

"Each session will offer a broad overview of information surrounding E-BRUNO's replacement; especially, how mavlink will affect faculty, staff and student users," said Jason Blohm, chair of the Change Management Team. "Additionally, a limited demo of the upcoming look and feel of mavlink will take place."

All interested faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend one of the hour-long sessions. The same information will be repeated at each town hall, which will take place in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons:

 - Thursday, Jan. 21
9 a.m. and noon

- Tuesday, Jan. 26
3 p.m.

- Thursday, Feb. 4
9 a.m.

In 2008, the Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise Campus Solutions application was selected as the new NeSIS platform. Participating schools include all of the University of Nebraska campuses and Chadron, Peru, and Wayne state colleges.

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.

For more information, contact Blohm at 554.2415 or

Watch eNotes or visit for further information regarding the mavlink implementation at UNO.

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MLK Jr. Legacy Recognized with Jan. 18 Day of Service

The life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. has been celebrated at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) for several years. Again this year, the UNO Service-Learning Academy will sponsor a day of service on Monday, Jan. 18, in honor of King's birthday.

UNO students, faculty and staff will volunteer with youth at two locations in Omaha. Read more.

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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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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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UNO UFO Study Group to Host "Cosmos Carl Sagan" Screening

The UNO UFO Study Group will host a free screening of two episodes of the award-winning television program "Cosmos" on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m. in the Eppley Administration Building Auditorium. Astronomer Carl Sagan co-wrote and hosted the series.

The "Encyclopedia Galactica" and "Who Speaks for Earth" episodes will be viewed. Carl Sagan takes on the issues of how life evolved to earth, the probability that life could arise on other worlds and the danger that intelligence brings to such life.

For more information, contact John Powers at

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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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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 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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Call for Curriculum Development Grant Proposals for 2010

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of Curriculum Development Grants to increase capacity building in teaching and learning. The applications should reflect UCAT's mission for enhancement of teaching and student learning processes at UNO and focus on one or more of the following designated themes:

-Curriculum development and assessment;


-Instructional technology and e-Portfolios;

-Interdisciplinary integration;

-Promoting critical thinking; and

-Undergraduate and graduate mentoring, advising and research.

Full-time adjunct faculty are permitted to apply. Proposals may be individual or teams of faculty (each person receives up to $500 and provides a separate report).

The committee is accepting proposals during the month of January. The committee will fund grants up to $500 for each award. The Committee may choose to partially fund proposals in amounts less than the maximum $500 amount. Proposals are due by Jan. 21. Application forms are available on the UCAT Web site ( Applicants should submit one hard copy and an electronic submission of the application. Electronic submissions should be in rtf or MS Word document formats and should be sent as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll ( Hard copy submissions should be sent to the Center for Faculty Development in ASH 202.

For more information, contact 2009-10 UCAT Chair Kath Henebry at 554.3153 or

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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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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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UNO Student Earns $10,000 Aviation Scholarship
The International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT) Foundation has recognized the work of a UNO Aviation Institute student with a $10,000 scholarship.

Sabina Shrestha is a senior majoring in air transport administration. Shrestha, who will graduate in May 2011, is an international student from Kathmandu, Nepal. Read more.

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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