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A Frosty Campus

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Last weekend's frost left some beautiful images on campus.

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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.



Budget Forum Today in MBSC

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UNO Chancellor John Christensen will host a campus forum focused on the university budget today, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. All members of the campus community - faculty, staff and students - are welcome to attend.

This event will be an informational session on possible changes to the 2010-2011 University of Nebraska budget. Senior Vice Chancellor Terry Hynes and Vice Chancellor Bill Conley, who have led the campus Budget Advisory Task Force, will also help lead the presentation and discussion.

Arriving early is encouraged. For more information, call 554.3502.

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Fourth Finalist for Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs to Visit UNO Feb. 1-2

The last of four finalists for the position of associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs will visit UNO for interviews beginning Monday, Feb. 1. The associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs is the chief student affairs administrator for the university.

The candidate is Blake Fry, special assistant to the Chancellor, University of Wisconsin-River Falls. His visit will last through Tuesday, Feb. 2. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend a campus forum with Fry on Monday, Feb. 1, at 2:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U monhon (Omaha) Room.

The other candidates to visit campus:

- Randy Hyman, associate professor for Higher Education and former vice chancellor for Academic Support and Student Life at the University of Minnesota, Duluth;

- Thomas Wallace, assistant to the Provost and associate professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Mississippi; and

- Sherry Haehl, dean of Students at Bluffton University;

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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Registration This Week for "You Look MAVelous! Challenge"

Wellness Stampede

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

UNO's fitness and weight loss challenge is back! The Wellness Stampede, Human Resources and Student Health Services have teamed up to host the second "You Look MAVelous! Challenge" this spring on campus. Mav-Rec Wellness is currently signing up teams of 10.

"‘You Look MAVelous! Challenge' encourages faculty and staff to work together to come up with a healthier workforce," said Dave Daniels, assistant director for fitness/wellness and instructional programs. "After the success with the summer program we've brought it back and new this semester students are also invited to join the campus-wide challenge."

There is no cost to join. The deadline for signing up is this Friday Jan. 29, at noon. The program will run Monday, Feb. 1, through Monday, May 3.

Faculty, staff and students interested in signing up a team or for more details should contact Angie Helseth at 554.3185 or

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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Academic Affairs and Facilities Management and Planning Launches New Online Space Request Form

Academics Affairs and Facilities Management and Planning have implemented a new online building space request form. The tool can be used by UNO departments to request additional building space. To view the form and the approval process, visit

The form is still a Beta version; contact Cameron Tysor at 554.2334, for questions, suggestions or edits.

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TIAA-CREF to Sponsor "5 Habits of Highly Successful Investors"

TIAA-CREF will sponsor a Retirement Planning Seminar on campus Friday, Feb. 5, from 10 to 11 a.m. The seminar -- "5 Habits of Highly Successful Investors" -- will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room (third floor).

The seminar will provide participants with some fundamentals of investing that will help them begin to set their retirement goals.

Topics discussed will include:
- Setting financial goals;
- Realizing tax advantages;
- Reducing risk with diversification;
- Understanding cost of expenses; and
- Current market trends.

Contact Tim Rochford at 554.2465 or Esther Scarpello at 554.3660 for more information.

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'Round Up for Haiti' Now Underway in MBSC

UNO Student Government and the Milo Bail Student Center staff have partnered to raise money for earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. 'Round Up for Haiti' started this week in the Milo Bail Student Center Food Court.

Those making a purchase can tell their cashier to 'round up.' The cost of the food court purchase will be rounded up to the nearest dollar with all proceeds going to the American Red Cross to benefit the people of Haiti.

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Graduate School Panel Discussion This Evening

Want to know more about graduate school? Join current UNO graduate students for "Next Step," a panel discussion tonight, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. in 347Y Arts and Sciences Hall.

The panel of graduate students will discuss:
- Questions about the application process;
- Interviewing; and
- Graduate life.

Don't forget to bring questions for this informative session.

Contact the Department of Psychology at 554.2581 for more information.

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Criss Library Now Accepting MavCard Payments

Everyone's waited a long time, and it's finally here. No more reaching in pockets for cash, or searching for checkbooks. Criss Library announces the option of making payments with the MavCard.

"Students have frequently asked at our circulation desk if they can use their MavCard, and we are very pleased to now be able to say, ‘Yes we can,'" said Audrey DeFrank, acting dean of Criss Library.

For questions, contact the Criss Library Circulation Desk at 554.3206.

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Deadline Tomorrow for Faculty Service-Learning Award

Each year, the Service-Learning Academy recognizes one UNO faculty member who exemplifies excellence in the practice of service-learning in his or her work. This year, the recognition will come with an honorarium of $500.

To be nominated, a faculty member must:
- Have demonstrated the ability to develop and teach an effective service-learning course that identifies at least one course objective to be understood and met through service-learning, utilizing all the appropriate steps of the service-learning pedagogy: development of a reciprocal partnership with a community partner, orienting the students to the agency, issues and project expectations, providing a meaningful service to the community partner, evaluating outcomes of students and community partners, and requiring reflection/critical thinking about the experience in a structured way;

- Have been supportive of service-learning at UNO (i.e. through attendance at faculty/student presentations, Teaching Circles, and mentoring faculty/students, etc.);

- Have demonstrated a thorough understanding and appreciation of community agency issues (i.e. professionalism and cultural competency) and the capability of developing reciprocal, collaborative relations with community partners;

- Have participated in scholarly dissemination about the pedagogy of service learning through presentation at peer-reviewed conferences and / or publication in scholarly journals, on-line journals or books; and

- Hold a full- or part-time teaching appointment with UNO.

The award will be presented at the Faculty Honors Convocation, Thursday, April 8, at 7 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Nominations must be in to the Service-Learning Academy no later than Friday, Jan. 29. Please refer to the nomination form for a listing of specific items to be included in the nomination packet newly required this year. Click on this link for a nomination form. For more information, contact Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz at 554.2712 or

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Deadline Tomorrow for Student Service-Learning Award

Each year, the Service-Learning Academy recognizes one or a team of UNO student(s) who has excelled in the understanding / integration of course objectives through the collaboration, planning and implementation of a community service-learning course project. This year, the recognition will come with an honorarium of $250.

To be nominated, a student must have demonstrated and upheld in an outstanding way, the key principles of effective academic service-learning:
- Mastering and integrating the course's academic objective(s), as demonstrated in the service learning course project activities and outcomes;

- Establishing and maintaining a collaborative relationship with community agency partner(s) and student team members; and

- Leading in identifying, creating and implementing strategies in the process of project implementation.

The award will be presented at the Student Honors Convocation, Thursday, April 8, at 4 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center.

Nominations must be in to the Service-Learning Academy no later than Friday, Jan. 29. Please refer to the nomination form for a listing of specific items to be included in the nomination packet – newly required this year. Click on this link for a nomination form. For more information, contact Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz at 554.2712 or

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H1N1 Vaccine Available at Student Health Services

H1N1 vaccine is now available at UNO Student Health Services to all members of the UNO community including friends and family (ages 16 and older).

The H1N1 vaccine is available in both the nasal mist and injection forms.

Cost: $10

Location: Student Health Services, first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center

Clinic Hours: (for H1N1 Vaccinations)
Monday through Friday
- 8 to 11:30 a.m.
- 1:30 to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 554.2374.

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Campus Recreation to Offer Golf Lessons

Wellness Stampede

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

This spring, Campus Recreation and Mav-Rec Wellness will offer youth and adult golf lessons in its newly renovated Golf/Archery/Batting Cage Room. The UNO women's golf team and Head Coach Tim Nelson will provide the instruction.

To commemorate the new space, UNO golf league members from last year are eligible for a $5 discount on adult lessons.

All lessons will take place Saturdays, Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27, in 230 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building. Space is limited.


- Youth Beginner
11 a.m.

- Adult Beginner

- Adult Advanced
1 p.m.

The cost for lessons:

- UNO Students
$20 each, $18 each extra child

- UNO Faculty, Staff and Activity Cardholders
$24 each, $22 each extra child

- Others
$26 each, $24 each extra child

For more information, call Dave Daniels at 554.2008.

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 Web Template Training Offered by Information Technology Services

Interested in redesigning a college or departmental Web site? Stuart Wheat, UNO Webmaster, has developed a series of Web templates that are available for use by the UNO campus community. Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer a three-part hands-on training on the UNO Web Templates this spring.

The training will take place Wednesdays -- Feb. 10.17, and 24 -- in 007B Roskens Hall. To learn more about Web Templates, contact Erin King at 554.3140 or

The sessions are described below:

Web Templates I: Planning and Organization
Feb. 10
9 to 10:30 a.m.
This session will focus on the organizational structure of the UNO Web template and how it can be used in conjunction with existing Web site structure or to create a new structure. ITS staff will show how to use a free concept mapping tool to diagram the site layout and keep track of site navigation, as well as devise the naming structure. Staff will also discuss the different organizational elements of the template, review campus examples and discuss how the template can best be used for individual sites. This is an essential session to attend before starting work with the Web templates.

Web Templates II: Setup and Page Development
Feb. 17
9 to 11 a.m.
This hands-on session will focus on working with the Web template files in Dreamweaver and creating a model page to be used as the basis for all other pages on individual sites. ITS staff will briefly review the Dreamweaver set-up and preferences. The primary focus of this session will be creating a model page, establishing a color scheme for the site and setting the page titles. (Prerequisite: Web Templates I recommended.)

Web Templates III: Content and Graphics
Feb. 24
9 to 11 a.m.
This third and final hands-on session will focus on completing the UNO model Web page with the main content, as well as the primary navigation. ITS staff will work with the tabs, includes and the footer. Additional topics include adding graphics and using fonts. Once this model is completed, everyone attending should be on their way to having a fully functional Web site. (Prerequisite: Web Templates II required.)

To register for training:

- 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. 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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SAC Seeks Employee of the Month Nominations

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) continues to seek nominations for the Employee of the Month Award for office/service and managerial/professional personnel. Nominations can be submitted by staff, faculty and managers or administrators, and must meet the criteria listed below.

The criteria for the award:

- Performed job above and beyond expectations;

- Interpersonal skill/communication;

- Knowledge of job; and

- Adaptability.

Nomination guidelines:

- Nominees must be employed at UNO for one year or longer;

- An Employee of the Month qualifies to be selected as Employee of the Year; and

- Nominations will be kept on file for 90 days and will be considered with all nominations for Employee of the Month.

Recipients will receive a $100 award. To nominate an employee, print and complete the nomination form at and send it through campus mail to P.O. Box 130.

For more information, call Susan McCollum at 554.3636.

Editor's note: This month's Employee of the Month recipient is Paul Clark, coordinator and Webmaster for the College of Education. Watch eNotes for more information on the December Employee of the Month.

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Extension of Submission Date for "UNO of the Future" Time Capsule

The deadline to submit artifacts, writings and ideas for the UNO of the Future Centennial Time Capsule has been extended through January.

Unlike most time capsules that are designed to capture--and preserve--significant aspects of the present time and culture, this effort is intended to encourage participants and supporters to speak directly to members of the university and the Omaha community in 2110.

It will be a way for individuals, units, departments and student organizations to leave a legacy of thought as they look ahead to the future. All funds for this project come from private donations. This is an effort of campus individuals intended as a way to look forward to the hopes and dreams of our future generations.

Contributions of fun, inexpensive and original items that people in 2110 may not otherwise see are encouraged. To view a few of the items already submitted, visit the Criss Library near the information desk.

There is also a ‘contest' where individuals can simply submit an idea (no need to purchase the item) for an item that is inexpensive (less than $20) now, but may have a high monetary value in 2110.

Guidelines for submissions are on the Faculty Senate blog at or Facebook at For more information, contact Suzanne Sollars at

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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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The Thompson Alumni Center

The William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center (Thompson Center) is available at no cost to UNO colleges, departments and student groups for meetings, conferences, seminars, luncheons and other university-related events (excluding revenue-generating functions).

The beautiful Thompson Center is among Omaha's most versatile event facilities with multiple-use spaces that can accommodate groups large and small. Its hi-tech offerings include ceiling-mounted projectors, an audio and video distribution system, free Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet access. UNO groups also can utilize an affordably priced catering menu.

UNO faculty and staff also receive a 10-percent discount on room rental for personal events such as wedding receptions, graduation parties or professional/community group functions.

Revenues help the UNO Alumni Association's mission of supporting UNO.

Visit to see room descriptions, pictures, catering menus and prices. For more information, contact Greg Trimm at 554.3368 or

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UNO Employee Discount Program Available

UNO is partnering with PerkSpot to offer a new Employee Discount Program for all UNO faculty, staff, retirees and students.

PerkSpot is an innovative online resource that offers discounts and rebates on goods and services from some of the top brand names in the U.S. UNO has become first campus in the University of Nebraska system to use the PerkSpot service.

"We have partnered with PerkSpot to help save you and your family money with discounts on a wide range of products and services from some of the best nationally known companies," said Mollie Anderson, director of Human Resources. "You will find valuable offers from your favorite merchants through PerkSpot including: Target, Barnes & Noble, AMC Theatres, Sprint, Dell and many other merchants."

For easy reference, a Web site with a listing of participating local stores and online vendors, is available for faculty, staff, retirees and students to view. To take advantage of the UNO Employee Discount Program, eligible participants need to first register for an account with PerkSpot.

To register:

- Visit;

- At the right of the screen, click the "Sign up" button;

- Type the required information at sign up screen;

- Enter "group code" -- UNO;

- Register a work or personal e-mail address;

- Add first and last name;

- Type a work and personal zip code;

- Create a password; and

- A confirmation e-mail containing "how to login" instructions will be sent. Individuals must respond to this e-mail to be signed up for the service.

PerkSpot staff will add new deals and offers daily.

"An easy way to find out what offers are new is to watch for the Widgets on the site," Anderson said. "You can also sign up to get e-mail alerts sent directly to your in box."

PerkSpot will host the clearing-house of offers for UNO participants. Individuals can recommend other merchants be added to UNO's listing. To do so or for site questions, contact PerkSpot customer service at

To view more information on UNO/PerkSpot program go online at

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