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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.



NUFlex Enrollment, HRA Participation Ends Today

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

All benefit-eligible employees have until 5 p.m. today, Dec. 3, to complete the online enrollment in the NUFlex benefits program and the Health Risk Assessment. Employees who complete the HRA and who print out the confirmation sheet (Personal Health Summary) will receive enhanced benefits:

- Annual preventive care allowance of $300 (for insureds age 2 and over);

- Dependent child (under age 2) preventive care allowance of $600;

- 100 percent coverage, up to a $2,500 maximum, for routine preventive colonoscopy once every 10 years beginning at age 50 (services must be provided by a Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO Provider); and

- $0 co-pay for generic prescription drugs through CVS Caremark's mail service.

When the NUFlex enrollment period ends at 5 p.m. today no benefits may be added or changed. This includes enrollment in the healthcare and daycare reimbursement accounts.

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.

All benefits-eligible employees will have received e-mails through the campus e-mail system with information on how to access the Health Risk Assessment. All benefit-eligible employees have until 5 p.m. to complete the online enrollment in the NUFlex benefits program and the Health Risk Assessment.

If you have problems logging onto Firefly or need to have your Firefly password reset, call the Help Desk at (402) 554.4357. NUFlex enrollment questions can be direct to Human Resources at (402) 554.2321.

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

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Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility 'Postural Variability' Presentation Today

Today, Dec. 3, the Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility will host a presentation by Thomas Stoffregen, director of the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minn.), which is part of the School of Kinesiology, in the College of Education and Human Development. His talk, "Postural variability: performance and exploration," will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in 211 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building.

Dr. Stoffregen is also a professor of kinesiology, with graduate faculty appointments in psychology, human factors, neuroscience, industrial engineering and the Center for Cognitive Sciences. His research interests include affordances, perception and action, motion sickness, human factors and ecological psychology.

For more information, contact Demi Treat at (402) 554.2573.

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'Consider This' Host to Interview Mayor Jim Suttle

Whether for or against the recall, do you really know the man behind the proposal? In a rare interview, "Consider This" host Cathy Wyatt will walk viewers down the path that led Jim Suttle to becoming Omaha's 50th mayor.

An uninterrupted, 30-minutes about his life as a husband, father, businessman, and – yes – politician. The program will air today, Dec. 3, at 12:30 p.m. on NET 2.

"Consider This," a production of UNO Television, also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. Check the Knowledge Network website at for dates and times.

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President Milliken to Address Faculty Senate Dec. 8

The UNO Faculty Senate will hold its final regular monthly meeting of the fall semester Wednesday, Dec. 8, in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken will speak at 2 p.m. The meeting will begin immediately after the presentation. All interested UNO community members are welcome to attend. 

For more information contact the Sue Bishop at (402) 554.3598.

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Criss Library Online Scholastic Book Fair

Did you miss the Criss Library Scholastic Book Fair?  Don't worry it's not too late – Shop the library's online book fair at

The online book fair will run through Wednesday, Dec. 8. Items will be delivered to Criss Library so there are no shipping fees. Proceeds benefit Girls Inc. and the Criss Library Juvenile Collection.  For more information, contact Melissa Cast-Brede at

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Santa Paws Fundraiser Saturday at the Bookworm

Pet lovers can bring their furry friends to the Bookworm, 87th and Pacific Streets, on Sunday, Dec. 5, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. to get their picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus – all for a good cause.

Proceeds from the Santa Paws event will go to the Town and Country Humane Society animal shelter. Town and Country Humane Society is a non-profit, no-kill shelter dedicated to safe and caring living conditions for all animals. They receive no government funding and exist solely on donations and the all-volunteer staff.

The annual event is sponsored by MaverickPR, the UNO Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). Read more.

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Mavericks Welcome Naughty, Nice Next Weekend

In the spirit of the holiday season, the UNO hockey team will open the doors of the Qwest Center to both naughty and nice hockey fans for its two-game series with Michigan Tech on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 9 and 10.  Both games begin at 7:37 p.m. and will be the Mavericks' last home games before the New Year.

On Thursday, the evening belongs to the naughty.  The Mavericks are teaming with Z-92 to "Rock With the Mavs".  Fans can purchase tickets for just $9.20 exclusively at  There also will be $1 beer and hotdog specials prior to the game.  Z-92 will broadcast live from Qwest Center before the game.  The entire night is sponsored by the Nebraska Lottery. Read more.

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Center for Faculty Development Book Discussion

Faculty members interested in a discussion of David Weinberger's Everything is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder are invited to join the Center for Faculty Development on Friday, Dec. 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Criss Library Faculty Study Commons. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, to register, or receive a copy of this book, contact the Center for Faculty Development at (402) 554.2427 or

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Gilman Scholarships Available for Pell-eligible Students to Study Abroad

The Gilman Scholarship Program offers funding for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in study abroad. The program provides awards of up to $5,000 for U.S. citizen undergraduate students at two and four-year institutions who are receiving a Pell Grant to study abroad.

"Studying abroad during your undergraduate career can be a life-changing experience," said Emily Hardt, Study Abroad and International Exchanges advisor at UNO. "Receiving a Gilman Scholarship and studying abroad will make you a more competitive candidate for jobs, other scholarships, and admission to graduate programs."

For more information, contact UNO's office at or (402) 554.2293.  The Study Abroad Library in 241 Arts and Science Hall is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

UNO deadline for fall 2011 and summer 2011 applications: Tuesday, Feb. 15. For details visit:

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Campus Holiday Open House Scheduled for Next Tuesday

Chancellor John Christensen, Senior Vice Chancellor Terry Hynes and Vice Chancellor Bill Conley invite faculty and staff to attend UNO's annual campus holiday open house. The event will take place Tuesday, Dec. 7, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

For details, click on this holiday invite

Those planning to attend should R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, Dec. 1, to Bob Cairns, at (402) 554.2311 or

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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. 13.

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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In The News

In the News

- Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS), was quoted in the Nov. 24 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about U.S. Rep. Steve King chairing the congressional subcommittee that oversees immigration.

- Student Dallas Chizek was quoted in the Nov. 29 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about a recent visit to the Henry Doorly Zoo.

- The Dec. 1 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured a Midlands Voices column by David Corbin, School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. Corbin wrote about the need for climate change.

- Omaha World-Herald columnist Michael Kelly wrote about UNO alum and College of Education donor George Haddix in the Nov. 25 issue. Kelly's column also quoted Nancy Edick and Neal Grandgenett.

- The Nov. 23 issue of the Los Angeles Times featured an article about cause-related marketing and charitable giving, quoting Angie Eikenberry, School of Public Administration.

- The Dec. 2-8 issue of El Perico featured a story on the partnership between the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) and the Douglas County Department of Corrections. The piece featured quotes from Claudia Garcia, Lourdes Gouveia, Gigi Brignoni and Ana Cruz.

- The Nov. 28 issue of the Sioux City Journal featured an article recapping Sarah Palin's recent book-tour stop in Norfolk. The article quoted student Jesse Peters, who attended the event.

- Louis Pol, College of Business Administration, was quoted in the Nov. 21 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about a new graduate-level course focused on Warren Buffett. The article also quoted Robert Miles, who will teach the course for UNO's Executive MBA program.

- The November 2010 issue of Today's Omaha Woman magazine featured a profile on Sara Woods, College of Public Affairs and Community Service.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call (402) 554.2762.

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In Print

- Jeanette Harder, Social Work faculty, is a contributor to a new book, "Quick hits for service-learning: Successful strategies by award-winning teachers" published by Indiana University Press.

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call (402) 554.2243.

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On Stage

UNO Theatre Production of 'Noises Off' Continues through Dec. 4
Directed by D Scott Glasser -- "Noises Off" -- a Michael Frayn's classic comedy-within-a-comedy will continue on stage tonight, Dec. 3.

The UNO Theatre performances will run tonight through Saturday, Dec. 3-4, at the UNO Theatre, located inside the Weber Fine Arts Building. The house opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for all performances.

There will be a 9:45 p.m. talkback session, which is open to everyone, in the theatre after tonight's production. Read more.

UNO Concert Bands Present 'Prevailing Winds X'
For the 10th consecutive year, warm winds will fill the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall as the UNO Symphonic Wind Ensemble and University Concert Band present their annual "Prevailing Winds" concert. On Friday, Dec. 10, James R. Saker, director of Bands, and Courtney Snyder, assistant director of Bands, will conduct the program that will begin at 7 p.m.

The Wind Ensemble will begin their portion of the program with one of the earliest composition for winds, Occident and Orient, written by the famous French composer, Camille Saint-Saens in 1869.  Other works on their portion of the program include Fisher Tull's classic Sketches on A Tudor Psalm. Composed by James Barnes for the United States Marine Band, every section of the Wind Ensemble will be featured in a thrilling set of variations on one of the most recognizable themes ever created by the virtuoso violinist Niccolo Paganini.  This portion of the program will conclude with a presentation of the Finale of the Romantic Symphony from one of America's best known and highly regarded composers, Nebraska native Howard Hanson.

The concert will conclude with the Concert Band performing three unique pieces.  A festive piece from the pen of James Curnow, Fanfare and Flourishes, and an introspective work, Daydream, by Timothy Mahr will be presented.  Rollo Takes a Walk a clever, tongue in cheek piece by one of the finest composers writing, David Maslanka.  

Tickets for "Prevailing Wind X" are $5 for adults, $4 for students and seniors and free with a UNO MavCard.  Tickets will be available at the door.

For additional information, contact the University Bands Office at (402) 554.3352.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number.

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On Exhibit

Hagel Artifacts Still on Display at Criss Library through Dec. 19
Historic photographs and artifacts from the offices of former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel are on display at the H. Don and Connie J. Osborne Family Gallery inside Criss Library through Sunday, Dec. 19.

The exhibition – "A Senator's Walls: A Selection of Photographs and Artifacts from the Offices of Senator Chuck Hagel" – features more than 300 items from Hagel's offices in Washington, D.C., Omaha, Lincoln, Kearney and Scottsbluff. The items on display include photographs, awards, gifts, cartoons, newspapers and magazines, presenting a visual history of the senator's activities during his term. Read more.

UNO Art Gallery Welcomes Student Exhibition Through Dec. 17
Works by BFA and BA senior students from the Department of Art and Art History at UNO will be featured in the final exhibition of the Fall 2010 semester at the UNO Art Gallery. The exhibition will run through Dec. 17.   Read more.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call (402) 554.2243.

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