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Erin Cron

December Employee of the Month: Erin Cron

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Erin Cron, assistant director of Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP), radiates a contagious enthusiasm for UNO. Her boundless energy and devotion to the university and its student body led to her being named the December Employee of the Month. Visit this link for details.

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Snow Bike

Ready to Ride by July

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

A snow-covered bicycle stands buried on the east side of the Milo Bail Student Center. Warmer weather will hopefully melt away the snow so it will be rideable by summer.



Sponsored Programs and Research Report

The Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) Report details the results of UNO's work to obtain external funding in support of its teaching, research, service and outreach efforts. The report is designed to keep the university community informed about externally funded projects on campus and bring recognition to faculty and staff who have worked to generate these resources.

Click on ;oml-pdf">this link to view those receiving grant awards totaling $151,079 for the period of Dec. 1-31.

For assistance with research activities, call SPR at 554.2286 or visit

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International Expert on Christian-Muslim Relations to Speak in Omaha Feb. 23

John Esposito, professor and founding director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, will speak in Omaha Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine St. Read more.

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Berg to Discuss Core Exercise

Kris Berg, professor of physical education, will lead two hands-on demonstrations on effective core exercise today, Jan. 27, in 103 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building. Sessions begin at noon and 5 p.m.

The UNO Fitness Center is sponsoring the free sessions, which are open to all faculty, staff and students. Those planning to attend should come dressed for activity. Call 554.3221 for more information.

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Human Resources Announces New Employee Orientation Program

Human Resources has designed a new employee orientation program with an emphasis on actively engaging the supervisor of the new employee in the orientation process. The program, which begins Monday, Feb. 1, will last several months with a goal of helping new employees retain necessary information.

The goals for the new orientation program include:
- Allowing supervisors to provide ongoing, clear, concise and consistent information;
- Opening up communication channels;
- Enhancing retention; and
- Increasing efficiency.

Surveys suggest that providing new employees with easy access to forms and employment information prior to their first day of work benefits both the employee and the university. With that in mind, Human Resources will prepare a welcome packet that will be mailed to new employees prior to their start date. The packet contains contact information on benefits and payroll information that new employees can review before their start date.

Online PowerPoint presentations for policies have been prepared for employees to review within three or four weeks from their start date. For supervisors, Human Resources provides a checklist of material to cover with each new employee that will help maintain consistency.

Approximately three months after an employee's start date, Human Resources will conduct a second phase of the orientation program and bring together all employees hired within the past three months. The program will focus on the "bigger picture" of UNO.

Three informative sessions have been scheduled to introduce supervisors to this concept. All will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room. Session dates are:

- Today, Jan. 27
3 to 4 p.m.

- Thursday, Jan. 28
9 to 10 a.m.

- Wednesday, Feb. 3
9 to 10 a.m.

To register, call Stella Watts at 554.2321. For more information, contact Sharon Ulmar at or 554.2321.

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Aquafit Under Way at HPER Pool

Wellness Stampede

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

Want to get a good workout and have a little fun in the water? Take part in Aquafit, presented by Mav-Rec Wellness this semester in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building pool. Sessions run through Thursday, April 29.

The spring schedule:

- Mondays
4:15 to 5:15 p.m.

- Wednesdays
5:30 to 6:15 p.m.

- Thursdays
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Aquafit is free for UNO students and HPER activity cardholders, and costs $65 for the public.

For more information, contact Campus Recreation at 554.2539.

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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UNO UFO Study Group Radio Program Fridays on MAVRADIO

The UNO UFO Study Group hits the airwaves this semester. Listeners can join John Powers, the group's president, and Dave Pares, faculty adviser, every Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. on the MAVRADIO online stream ( for a lighthearted, but informative, show on UFOs and the science behind them.

Listeners can send questions to, and the hosts will try to answer questions on the air.

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Student Employee of the Year Nominations Sought

Student Employment is seeking nominations for UNO's Student Employee of the Year. The winner will be announced in a ceremony on Monday, April 12, kicking off National Student Employment Week. Supervisors may nominate an outstanding student employee who they believe deserves to be honored.

Eligible Students
All students employed at UNO in a Student Worker or Work Study position are eligible. Resident Advisors, Graduate Assistants and Teaching Assistants are not eligible.

The student must have been employed for a minimum of six months between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010 (anticipated) and meet the following criteria:

Selection Criteria
1. Reliability;
2. Quality of work;
3. Initiative;
4. Professionalism; and
5. Uniqueness of contribution (In case of a tie, uniqueness of contribution will be the deciding factor.).

The student chosen as UNO Student Employee of the Year will receive a $100 check from the UNO Alumni Center. To receive a nomination form, contact Tim Rochford at 554.2465 or Forms are due Monday, Feb. 15.

The selection criteria must be included in the nomination letter, which may be on a separate attachment to the form. Only one letter is allowed per nominee, so if more than one person in the department wishes to provide information about the nominee, their comments need to be included together in the one nomination letter.

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SPUNO Formalwear Drive for Needy High School Students

The UNO School Psychology (SPUNO) student organization needs assistance from faculty, staff and students to help collect formalwear and accessories for high school students 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.

Donations should be dropped off to Marie Lee in the Department of Psychology, 347 Arts and Sciences Hall, by Friday, Feb. 1.

It is desired that donated garments be dry-cleaned prior to being dropped off; however, drive organizers will turn nothing away.

For more information, contact Julie Soukup at

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SOLP to Host Organization Academy

Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) will host the "Organization Academy" on Wednesday, Feb. 3, and Saturday, March 6. The academy is open to all club and organization members.

All sessions are free to students and their organization. Students can attend one or all sessions. UNO faculty and staff, as well as other club and organization advisers, will teach each session.

Wednesday, Feb. 3, Sessions
(All sessions take place in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) U mon hon (Omaha) Room):
5 p.m. - "Roles of President/Executive Board" - How to motivate members of an organization;
6 p.m. - "How to Lead a Meeting" - Covers topics like agendas, minute taking, Robert rules and proper mannerisms during meetings;
7 p.m. - "Programming and How to Plan Your Calendar of Events and Publicity" - Tips for programming effectively;
8 p.m. - "Proper Communication-Social Networking" - How to write a professional e-mail to faculty, staff and others; and
9 p.m. - "Mission/Purpose/Goal Setting."

Saturday, March 6, Sessions
(All sessions take place in the MBSC Dodge Room):
10 a.m. - "Fund-Raising/Budgeting";
11 a.m. - "Working with Your Organization Advisor" - A "how to" panel session;
Noon - "Conflict Resolution";
1 p.m. - "SOLP Forms" - Reports, Recruiting Information; and
2 p.m. - "Officer Transition."

An R.S.V.P. is required. To sign up, stop by the SOLP Office on the first floor of the MBSC, or call 554.2711.

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UNO Staff Members Sought for Work-Life Study

Every person "bounds," or puts limits on, how much overlap they have between their work, family and personal interests. Researchers need participants for a study that investigates how UNO staff members and their spouses/partners manage these different boundaries on a daily basis and how these boundaries affect health and well-being (IRB# 237-09-EP).

Study participants must work at least 35 hours per week, must have lived together for at least two years, and must not have switched jobs or employers within the past year.

Participants will be asked to complete a one-hour and 30-minute interview, as well as a brief, 10-minute survey. Each member of the couple will be interviewed and surveyed separately. Study participants will be compensated for their time.

For more information, contact Samantha K. Ammons at 554.3358 or

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Green Tip of the Week

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Furnace Filter Maintenance
Check furnace filters monthly and change as necessary (at least every three months).

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

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