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Confidential HRA Wellness Assessment at Your Fingertips

Confidential HRA Wellness Assessment at Your Fingertips

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BJ Reed, College of Public Affairs and Community Service dean, fills out his Health Risk Assessment (HRA), which is a valuable educational tool designed to help faculty and staff learn important information about your current health status and how to improve it. Survey questions will include health-related information such as blood pressure and cholesterol/ blood sugar. Dean Reed and other Mav-Rec Wellness Advisory Committee members encourage you to 'know your numbers' and have them available while you complete the survey. Those who participate will receive a Personal Health Report and enhanced wellness and preventive benefits from Blue Cross Blue Shield. The HRA is confidential and only aggregate results will be reported to the university for developing programs and activities aimed at improving the overall health status of UNO employees. The survey takes approximately 15-20 minutes and runs through Friday, Dec. 3.

HRA | President Milliken's HRA Message

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What's New About HPER

video by Charley Reed

The following video is a short video overview that looks over the renovated HPER Building.

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Sexuality: Biology as a Destiny

video by Charley Reed

Dr. Ron Holt talks to staff, students and alumni about the biological factors involved in sexuality identity, sexual preference, and gender identity.



Flag Lowering

The UNO flag will be lowered to half-staff today, Nov. 30, in honor of UNO retiree Duane Aschenbrenner. He passed away Nov. 22 at age 80.

Aschenbrenner, an associate professor with the Department of Communication, retired in 2000 after more than 37 years of service to the university. After retirement, he served as an associate professor emeritus of communication.

Funeral services were held Nov. 27 at First Covenant Church in Omaha.

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Still Time to Participate in Health Risk Assessment

Wellness Graphic

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

All benefit-eligible employees have until 5 p.m. this Friday Dec. 3, to complete the online enrollment in the NUFlex benefits program and the Health Risk Assessment.

The health risk assessment and the annual NUFlex enrollment can be accessed through Firefly Employee Self Service - The log on for the HRA is "uno" and eight-digit NU ID number (located on all UNO employee ID cards).

The initial password is "wellness," after the initial log on participants will be prompted to change the password to something that is unique to the user. 

If you have problems logging onto Firefly or need to have your Firefly password reset, call the Help Desk at (402) 554.4357.

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 (402) 554.2008, or to Top

Criss Library Holiday Scholastic Children's Book Fair Today, Tomorrow

The campus community and the public can do holiday shopping and support the Criss Library at the same time during the Scholastic Children's Book Fair. Criss Library will sponsor the event today and Wednesday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Books for children of all ages, holiday titles, instructional materials, games, videos and toys will be for sale. Donations also will be accepted for Girls Inc. All proceeds will benefit the library's juvenile book collection.

For more information, contact Melissa Cast-Brede at

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UNO to Celebrate Kwanzaa 2010 This Friday

UNO will host a Kwanzaa Banquet that is open to all faculty, staff and students this Friday, Dec. 3. Banquet organizers ask that members of the UNO community R.V.S.P. for the banquet no later than Thursday, Dec. 2, because space is limited. To R.S.V.P., contact Student Organization Leadership Programs Office at (402) 554.2711 or e-mail Melissa Berry at

UNO's Kwanzaa Celebration 2010 is being brought to everyone by:

Student Organizations and Leadership Programming, Student Organizations Leadership Programs, American Multicultural Students, African American Organization, National Council of Negro Women, Incorporated, IMPACT, Circle of Brotherhood, Association of Latino/Latin American Students, Asian Student Association, UNO National Pan-Hallenic Council, Indian Student Association and Pan-African Student Organization.

Friday, Dec. 3
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom
Free Food

For more information, call Valerie Thompson at (402) 554.2711.

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UNO's Goodrich Student Organization to Host Annual Bowling Fundraiser Saturday

UNO's Goodrich Student Organization will host its 14th annual Bowling Fundraiser Saturday, Dec. 4, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Mockingbird Lanes (off of 96th between L & Q streets). The campus community and public can join students for a day of bowling while raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The cost is $10 and includes two games and bowling shoes. Group and individual prizes will be awarded. A raffle for prizes will take place throughout the event.

Those who sign up early can earn free tickets. To register, contact Cathy Young at (402) 554.2274.

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Holiday Card Program to Benefit Scholarship Funds

The Faculty Senate and Staff Advisory Council (SAC) have teamed up once again to sponsor the annual Holiday Card Program.

All interested faculty and staff are encouraged to donate the money they would normally spend on greeting cards for colleagues to one of two scholarship funds at UNO - the William Gerbracht Memorial Scholarship Fund (recipients are children of faculty and staff) or the General Scholarship Fund. Additional donations are also welcome. In return, a seasonal greeting that acknowledges contributors will be distributed to all UNO departments the week of Dec. 15.

Those who wish to donate should send a check (payable to UNO) to Cashiering/Student Accounts, EAB 109, by Friday, Dec. 10. Donors should designate one of the two scholarship funds listed above and indicate the name or names they wish to appear on the seasonal greetings card.

Click on to access a donation form.

For more information, contact Susan McCollum at (402) 554.3636.

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HR Announces 2010 Holiday Closedown Schedule

Human Resources staff announces the holiday closedown for 2010, which will begin Friday, Dec. 24, and conclude Friday, Dec. 31. Staff will return to work Monday, Jan. 3, 2011.

Regular biweekly employees normally would report this period as follows:
Dec. 24, Holiday (HOL)
Dec. 27, Floating Holiday (FLH)
Dec. 28, Floating Holiday (FLH)
Dec. 29, Floating Holiday (FLH)
Dec. 30, Floating Holiday (FLH)
Dec. 31, Holiday (HOL)
Essential non-exempt (hourly) employees required to work a holiday will be paid for the holiday plus the hours worked. An employee, with departmental approval, may also elect to save a floating holiday for later use and be paid only for the hours worked.

Regular salaried monthly employees normally would report this period as follows:
Dec. 24, DO NOT POST
Dec. 27, Floating Holiday (FLH)
Dec. 28, Floating Holiday (FLH)
Dec. 29, Floating Holiday (FLH)
Dec. 30, Floating Holiday (FLH)
Dec. 31, DO NOT POST
Individuals that do not have a Floating Holiday balance (FLH), may use Vacation (VAC), Day Off (DOFF), unpaid leave (UNPL), Comp Time Used (CMU), in lieu of Floating Holiday.

The December Monthly payday will be Dec. 31.

The Biweekly payday will be Dec. 30. Since this will be the third biweekly payday in the month of December, no standard deductions will be taken or NU CREDITS added to this check.

Contact Payroll at (402) 554.2739 with questions.

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UNO Employee Discount Program Available

With holiday shopping here, just a reminder that members from the UNO community can still take advantage of the UNO/Perkspot online savings program.

UNO is the first campus in the University of Nebraska system to use the PerkSpot service. UNO continues to partner with PerkSpot to offer an Employee Discount Program for all UNO faculty, staff, retirees and students.

For easy reference, a website 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.

For instruction on how to sign up, visit

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.

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NCNW Conducts Winter Drive for Metro Seniors through Dec. 17

In an effort to help out seniors in the metropolitan area, the UNO Collegiate Section of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) will conduct a "basics" drive during the cold winter months. NCNW are asking that members of the UNO community donate toiletries, small snack foods, blankets, slippers and/ or footie socks.

All donations are directly provided to the seniors in Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly program. Items will be put together in NCNW's winter care packages and delivered to Omaha elderly friends before Christmas. The deadline for donations is Friday, Dec. 17.

All items can be brought to Mona Lisa King-Ward in Multicultural Affairs, located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center.  To view needed items, visit

For donation questions or to request items be picked up, call (402) 554.2248..

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UNO Students and Faculty Present at Annual GSA Meeting
UNO was well represented when fifteen undergraduate students and five faculty members attended the recent annual convention of the Geological Society of America. More than 6,500 attended the Oct. 31-Nov. 3 meeting in Denver, Colo.

From UNO, five undergraduates were authors on four posters that presented their research on topics that ranged from mass wasting in the western Himalayas, how microbes contributed to the formation of unique iron-rich sediments, a new technique for visualizing map variations in the degree of fracture organization and how sediment was injected into vertical planar dikes that cut sedimentary rocks in the Badlands of South Dakota. Two UNO faculty talks were also given, including one on discoveries from a new, Early Jurassic fossil site of vertebrate trackways at Dinosaur National Monument in Utah and the other on landslide hazards in Afghanistan. For details, visit

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