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Waiting for the Golfers

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The bare trees of Elmwood Park also look forward to spring and the return of leaves and golfers.

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Study Abroad Basics

Emily Hardt, UNO international exchange advisor, discusses the basics of studying abroad. The Study Abroad Fair takes place Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Fireplace Lounge.

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Second Finalist for Assoc. Vice Chancellor for Research and Creative Activity to Interview Feb. 4-5

The second of four finalists for the position of UNO Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Creative Activity (AVCRCA) will be on campus for interviews Thursday and Friday, Feb. 4-5. The person selected for the AVCRA position will have leadership and administrative responsibility for promoting and growing research and creative activity, helping to attract external funds, and serving as liaison for these activities with all UNO colleges/divisions and other research-partner institutions.

The second candidate is Scott Snyder, program director, Division of Environmental Biology National Science Foundation in Arlington, Va., and professor, Department of Biology at UNO. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to an open forum with Snyder on Friday, Feb. 5, at 1:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

The two remaining candidates and campus visit dates:

- Nicholas Stergiou, professor, School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at UNO, and professor, Department of Environmental Health Sciences University of Nebraska Medical Center. He will visit campus on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 8-9; and

- Lloyd Richardson, director, Office of Research and External Funding, College of Education, acting director of Research, College of Nursing and Curator's Teaching Professor in Education and Mathematic, University of Missouri-St. Louis. He will visit campus on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 11-12.

- Scott Tarry, director, Aviation Institute and distinguished professor at UNO, and director, NASA Nebraska Space Grant and EPSCoR, was the first candidate to interview in late January.

Specific AVCRCA responsibilities include oversight of the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research, facilitation of connections with extramural sponsors, oversight of an internal seed-grant program, representation on University system and statewide research bodies, oversight and development of campus compliance and research and creative activity related policies, and stewardship of University intellectual property. Faculty, staff, and students are strongly encouraged to participate in the multiple forums provided and provide feedback.

Additional information on each candidate as well as the complete interview schedules will be available at This schedule includes forums with groups such as the Faculty Senate and chairs and directors. The search committee needs and desires feedback from all campus constituencies. Harmon Maher, interim associate vice chancellor for Research and Creative Activity is chair of the search committee. He can be contacted at or 554.2250.

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Concerts, Clinics Part of Today's UNO's Low Brass Day

Dozens of area high school students will participate in the 10th annual Low Brass Day at UNO today, Feb. 2.

The daylong event is designed to give students in grades 9 through 12 the opportunity to meet accomplished musicians, focus on the skills necessary to perform in an ensemble and develop students' abilities on their chosen instruments, which include a variety of brass – from skinny trombones to heavy tubas. Read more.

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Nissan's Susan Brennan to Talk at Tonight's MBA Speaker Series

Union Pacific CEO Jim Young and Nissan Vice President Susan Brennan will be featured during the 2010 MBA Leadership Speaker Series at UNO.

Nissan's Brennan will speak tonight, Feb. 2; Union Pacific's Young will speak Wednesday, March 3.

Hosted by UNO's College of Business Administration, the series brings noted UNO graduates back to campus every semester to share their knowledge and experience with UNO students and faculty. Read more.

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UNO's "Sell Out Ohio State" Enters Final Week

UNO has already sold 13,500 tickets and this week is making its final push to achieve its goal to "Sell Out Ohio State," presented by Cox Communications, on Friday, Feb. 5. Only 2,500 tickets remain for the UNO hockey team's game with Ohio State on that date. Game time is 7:35 p.m. Read more.

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HR and BCBS Offers Tips on Health Care Identity Theft and Fraud

Human Resources (HR) has teamed up with Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) to provide tips for stopping and avoiding health care identity theft and fraud.

HR staff report that whether faculty, staff or students have Blue Cross Blue Shield or Medicare, they need to be aware of the serious and growing problem of identity theft and insurance fraud. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska helps protect members and providers from fraudulent billings and misuse of ID cards through its Special Investigations Unit.

To help this unit prevent fraud let them know when:

- Explanation of Benefits (EOB) shows payment for services not received;

- The names and dates on the EOB do not match the cardholders records; and

- The medications listed on BCBS participants' quarterly drug EOB are not prescriptions purchased or are not from a pharmacy they use.

To report suspected health, fill out the online form at

If faculty or staff suspects health care fraud against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska, let them know. All reports are confidential and can remain anonymous.

More information about Medicare prescription drug and health plans is available at or by calling 1.800.633.4227 (1.800.MEDICARE)/(TTY 1.877.486.2048).  Visit for Blue Cross Blue Shield resources.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska provided the following Fact Sheet:

Tips for Preventing Medical Insurance Fraud and Identity Theft

Guarding Against Identity Theft
Identity theft is a serious crime that happens when personal information is used without consent to commit fraud or other crimes. Personal information includes a person's name, Social Security number or credit card number. Individual Medicare/Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) ID numbers can also be used to commit fraud and identity theft.

Putting a Stop to Billing Fraud
Most doctors, pharmacists, suppliers, insurance providers, and other health care providers who work with Medicare/BCBS are honest. Unfortunately, there may be some who are dishonest. Medicare/BCBS fraud happens when Medicare/BCBS is billed for services or supplies that beneficiaries never receive. Medicare fraud costs taxpayers millions of dollars each year.

Tips for Consumers  
- Protect your Insurance ID Number, which is located on your Medicare or BCBS card. Treat your Insurance card like it is a credit card. Do not ever give it out except to your doctor or other insurance provider. Never give your Medicare, Medicaid or Blue Cross Blue Shield number in exchange for free medical equipment or any other free offer. Dishonest providers could use your number to get payment for services they never delivered.

- If someone comes to your door claiming to be from Medicare, Medicaid or BCBS, remember that Medicare, Medicaid and BCBS do not send representatives to your home.

- Ask questions! You have a right to know everything about your medical care, including the costs billed to Medicare/BCBS.

- Educate yourself about Medicare/BCBS. Know your rights and know what a provider can and cannot bill to Medicare/BCBS.

- Use a calendar to record all of your doctor's appointments and what tests or X-rays you get. Then check your Medicare/BCBS statements carefully to make sure you got each service listed and that all the details are correct.

- Be cautious of any provider or plan representative who says he has been approved by the Federal government.

- Be wary of providers who tell you that the item or service is not usually covered, but they "know how to bill Medicare (or Blue Cross Blue Shield)" so that they will pay.

- Make sure you understand how a plan works before you join.

- Always check your pills before you leave the pharmacy to be sure you got the full amount. If you do not get your full prescription, report the problem to the pharmacist.

- Review your Medicare/BCBS payment notice for errors. The payment notice shows what services or supplies were billed to Medicare/BCBS, what Medicare/BCBS paid, and what you owe. Make sure Medicare/BCBS was not billed for health care services or medical supplies and equipment you did not receive. If you spend time in a hospital, make sure the admission date, discharge date, and diagnosis on your bill are correct.

- Report suspected instances of fraud by calling 1-800-633-4227 (1-800-MEDICARE). If a beneficiary believes they are a victim of fraud or identity theft they should contact 1-800-HHS-TIPS (1-800-447-8477)/(TTY #: 1-800-377-4950) to report the incident. More information is available at

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EC UNO to Host Feb. 8 Sustainable Transportation Movie and Speaker

Sustainability Graphic

The Environmental Club of UNO (EC UNO) will host a screening of "Who Killed the Electric Car" and a talk by Bill Moore, editor of online magazine EV World, on Monday, Feb. 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

Faculty, staff and students can listen to Moore speak about the world of sustainable transportation after the screening. For magazine details, visit

For more information, contact Gillian Cromwell at

The GreenUNO Task Force supports this event. For more information, visit

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Philosophy Lecture to Explore "Communication Rationality and Methodological Atheism"

Rajka Rush, an adjunct lecturer with the Department of Philosophy, will speak on "Communication Rationality and Methodological Atheism: J├╝rgen Habermas' Salvage of Western Philosophical Principles" Thursday, Feb. 18.

The 4 p.m. lecture will be held in 306 Arts and Sciences Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Rush will provide a comprehensive analysis of Habermas's pragmatic turn philosophy.

Rush is also a full time faculty member in the Communications and Humanities Department at Metropolitan Community College.

For more information, contact Kathy Cox Schwartz at 554.2628 or

The Philosophy Colloquia Series is sponsored by the Philosophy Program and College of Arts and Sciences. Information on this and other events sponsored by the UNO Department of Philosophy and Religion may be found on the Web at

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Mav-Rec Wellness Spring Programs

Wellness Stampede

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

Mav-Rec Wellness has announced its special programming schedule for the spring.

The Group Exercise schedule features several new classes for all students and activity cardholders to enjoy free of charge. Indoor cycling, yoga, pilates, Zumba, tai chi and turbo kick are just a few of the fun and exciting classes offered. Most classes are taught in the morning, over the lunch hour and after 5 p.m. and take place in the brand new east multipurpose rooms overlooking Caniglia Field. Join Mav-Rec Wellness for some fitness fun. The full schedule can be found online at

Other special classes that will be offered this spring are:

- Swing;

- Latin;

- Ballroom;

- Aquafit;

- Adult and Youth Golf Lessons; and

- Chair Massages.

The schedules and full descriptions of these events can be found online: For question, call Campus Recreation at 554.2539.

The mission of the 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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Nominations for Student Employee of the Year Due By Feb. 15

Student Employment is seeking nominations for student employees on campus as 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 the honor.

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).

Selection Criteria:

1. Reliability

2. Quality of work

3. Initiative

4. Professionalism

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 the nomination form, contact Tim Rochford at 554.2465 ( The form is due Monday, Feb. 15.

Please cite the criteria listed above in the nomination letter, which may be a separate attachment to the form.  Only one letter is allowed per nominee, so if more than one person in the department wishes to write about the nominee, their comments will have to be included in the one nomination letter.

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"Life Under Israeli Occupation" Lecture Feb. 16

The UNO Muslim Student Association will sponsor a lecture on "Life Under Israeli Occupation: Realities on the Ground" Tuesday, Feb. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. This event is free and open to the public.

Naser Alsharif will present the lecture followed by a Q&A session. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact Nadia Al-Absy at 706.0253.

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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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Call for On-Campus Pedagogical Support Activities

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of Pedagogical Activity Grants for university-wide pedagogical activities to enhance teaching/learning at UNO.

Examples of possible activities, but not limited to these, are: guest speakers, workshops and book discussions. All applications should connect to one or more UCAT themes. Visit for a link to UCAT themes.

The committee is accepting proposals on a monthly basis now through April or until funds are expended. The committee will fund grants up to $500 for each award. Proposals are due by the 21st of each month. 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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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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Former Mav Coach Kemp To Join Omaha Hockey Hall of Fame
Mike Kemp, who guided the UNO hockey program from its beginning in 1996 until stepping down last spring, will be inducted into the Omaha Hockey Hall of Fame on Friday, Feb. 5.

Kemp will be inducted at the UNO Blue Line Club luncheon at Anthony's, 72nd and F Streets, on Feb. 5.  The 11:30 a.m. event is open to the public. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $20 for the buffet lunch and program.

Kemp is currently an associate athletic director at UNO.

UNO launched its NCAA Division I hockey program on May 1, 1996 and within a little over two weeks sold 6,400 season tickets.  Kemp, who also coached the school's club hockey program in the mid-1970s, was hired as the first coach of the program in June 1996. He began recruiting and laying the foundation for the program immediately. The team played its first game on October 17, 1997.

The Duluth, Minn., native coached the Mavericks to a 177-204-53 record in 12 seasons. He guided UNO to the CCHA championship game in the school's first season in the league and to the NCAA tournament in 2006.  Five players earned All-American honors and 12 were named to the all-CCHA team. Kemp stepped down from his coaching post in May, 2009 to become UNO's associate athletic director, overseeing several sports. 

A 1975 graduate of Gustavus Adolphus in St. Peter, Minn., Kemp's first head coaching experience was as the club hockey coach at UNO in 1975-76.  That squad played its home games at the old Ak-Sar-Ben Coliseum, the birthplace of hockey in Omaha. When it was decided to abandon efforts to move the club team into a varsity program, Kemp returned to Minnesota and spent five years as an assistant coach at his alma mater.  He moved on to Wisconsin for one season as an assistant, then another year as an aide at Illinois-Chicago before rejoining the Badgers as an assistant from 1983-96.

Kemp becomes the 23rd member of the Omaha Hockey Hall of Fame and the first from the UNO program.  The Omaha Hockey Hall of Fame was begun in 1961, then revived after a long interval in 2001.

For more information, contact Gary Anderson of the Omaha Hockey Hall of Fame at 289.3865 or 290.8678.

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