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Winter Commencement

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

More than 950 students graduated Friday, December 17 during UNO's December Commencement ceremonies held at Omaha's Civic Auditorium. UNO's James Freeman received the Chancellor's Medal while 1976 graduate Robert Batt of the Nebraska Furniture Mart was given the Alumni Achievement Award. Elementary education graduate Kayla Childress was the student speaker at the ceremonies.

UNO Tube Archive Athletes and Elders

Athletes and Elders

video by Charley Reed

The Department of Gerontology and Athletic Department work together to bridge the generation gap.


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Firefly/ESS Access for All UNO Employees

Firefly/ESS welcomes its newest users. As an employee at UNO, a Firefly account has been created for all non-benefit employees (including student workers). Through Firefly now, non-benefit employees have access to Employee Self-Service (ESS), where they can:

  • Submit Leave Requests (benefit eligible employees, if applicable to your department);
  • View Benefit Enrollment (benefit eligible employees);
  • View Paycheck stubs;
  • View W-2 and W-4 information;
  • View and/or update your personal addresses and banking information; and
  • View and/or allocate credits for the Employee and Dependent Scholarship program (benefit eligible employees).

Firefly uses the NUID as the username. For mavlink users, Firefly uses the same ID and password.

For people who don't know their NUID and/or have not set their Firefly password, they will need to log into TrueYou, the university's identity management system. Go to:

In TrueYou, first indicate whether or not you know your NUID. If you don't, you will be asked to complete basic information and your NUID will be displayed in the next window. If you know your NUID, you will be asked to enter your NUID and SSN#.

You will then be asked to establish (and confirm) your new password. Password guidelines are provided on the 'Change Password' screen. The next step is a set of authentication questions of which you will need to answer four. In the future, if you need to reset your password you'll be asked to answer these authentication questions to verify your identity.

Once you have reset your password, you can log into Firefly: Click the 'Employee Self Service' tab to access the available features.

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Payroll Pay Advices Have Ceased for Non Benefit-eligible UNO Employees

UNO Payroll announces that pay advices (stubs) for all non benefit-eligible employees (including student workers) have stopped, effective Jan. 1. Employees will need to use Firefly Employee Self Service (ESS) to view/print a PDF version of their advice.

  • Visit;
  • Log into Firelfy using your TrueYou ID (eight-digit NUID number on MAVCard) and password; (For mavlink users, you will use the same ID and Password If you do not know your TrueYou ID and/or have not yet claimed your TrueYou Credentials, visit
  • Once you have logged into Firefly, choose the 'Employee Self Service' tab at the top;
  • Click the 'Payment' link; and
  • Click 'Paycheck Inquiry.'

As a reminder, Payroll pay advice printing for benefit eligible employees ceased last year.

For more information, call (402) 554.2739. For assistance logging in, contact UNO Helpdesk at (402) 554.HELP (4357).

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UNO Bookstore Announces New Textbook Rental Program

UNO Bookstore staff announces a new Textbook Rental Program that starts with UNO's spring semester. With the new program just rent, use and return. Watch eNotes for more information on the new rental program.

UNO Bookstore hours:

  • Monday through Thursday - 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday - 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Jacinda Brooks at

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Nominations Sought for Senior Vice Chancellor's Leadership Award

The annual Senior Vice Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Leadership recognizes an undergraduate student who has demonstrated exemplary leadership through influential participation in campus organizations and community volunteer work in addition to scholarly achievement.

Nominations/Applications will be accepted starting today, Jan. 3, until Friday, Feb. 4. Application packets can be picked up in the Student Organizations and Leadership Programs Office or downloaded at

The following items from the application packet are necessary for the application/nomination to be processed:

  • Nominator's recommendation, which needs to be completed and returned with nomination form to Student Organizations office by Wednesday, Feb. 2;
  • Nominee application; and
  • Nominee's essay form.

A nominator may be from faculty or staff, but must be from the UNO campus. The application must be presented to the nominee by the nominator.

All nominees must be undergraduates enrolled at UNO with a 2.5 GPA, and who graduated in December 2010 or will be graduating May or August 2011.

For questions regarding this award or receiving a nomination packet, contact Student Organizations and Leadership Programs office, located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center, or call 554.2711. E-mail questions to This award will be presented at the SOLP Student Leader Reception and at the Spring Honors Convocation.

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Students Sought for Academic Scholarship

The Intelligence Community Centers of Academic Excellence (ICCAE) program at UNO seeks students to apply for the Intelligence Community Scholars (or IC Scholars program). The program is part of the Great Plains National Security Education Consortium, which includes UNO, UNL, Creighton University and Bellevue University.

The Intelligence Community is a career development program that provides students the opportunity to participate in international travel study programs, attend special IC-related conferences and workshops, visit the intelligence agencies in Washington, D.C., as well as take special IC-related courses and programs of study at UNO, within the consortium and at other ICCAE institutions.

Applications are accepted through Jan. 15 by visiting The program is open to UNO students from all colleges and disciplines. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. The program is especially interested in applications from women and members of under-represented minorities. The ICCAE Program is under the direction of Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado.

The 2011 class of IC Scholars will be announced Feb. 1.

Call Benjamin-Alvarado at (402) 554.4859 or at for more information.

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Mileage Reimbursement Rate Change

Effective with travel occurring on or after January 1, all mileage reimbursements for approved travel by personal automobile will be at the rate of fifty-one cents ($.51) per mile as established by the IRS. The 2010 rate was fifty cents ($.50) per mile. This new rate should also be used when reimbursing visiting personnel or students for their travel.

UNO's mileage reimbursement policy can be found at Please contact Accounting Services (402) 554.42320 with questions.

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Cox to Air Goldstein Lecture Starting Jan. 4

The program 'An Evening With . . . Robert L. Bernstein' will air on TKN (Cox 17) on Jan. 4 and 25 at 6 p.m. and on Jan. 10 and 31 at 11 a.m.

Goldstein, a nationally known publisher and human rights activist, presented the 2010 Shirley and Leonard Goldstein Lecture Human Rights at UNO last November. Cox videotaped the presentation for airing this month.

Bernstein lectured on 'Are Human Rights Organizations Helping or Hurting Relations between Israel, Palestine and the Arabs?'

Bernstein has devoted his life to the active defense of freedom of expression and to the protection of victims of injustice and abuse throughout the world. As one of the most influential voices in American publishing for over three decades, he is also a dominant force in the development of the international human rights movement.

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Fall Course Grading Under Way

Course grading in mavlink began Dec. 10, and will continue until Friday, Jan. 7, at midnight. A tutorial about posting grades was sent to all faculty's Lotus Notes account, but is also available online at

Several walk-in help sessions for faculty members needing additional support have been scheduled. The sessions will be held in 106U Eppley Administration Building (down from Mail Services). Stop by during any of the following days/times:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 4 - 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 7 - 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.

For questions, contact a mavlink Faculty Support Team member listed below or visit

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Parking Services Offers Permit Sales via Internet

Students, faculty and staff can now purchase parking permits and pay parking citations online.

A new parking management software system has streamlined the parking permit and registration process for users and the Parking Services staff. The link to purchase a permit, pay a citation or access campus maps can be found on the Parking Services website at

For questions about the new parking management system, call (402) 554.PARK (7275).

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ORCA Undergraduate Scholarly Experience Grants Available

The Office of Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) announces the Fund for Undergraduate Scholarly Experience (FUSE). FUSE grants will support the participation of undergraduate scholars in faculty-mentored research and creative activity. FUSE proposals are now being accepted. The submission deadline for this call for proposals is Monday, Feb. 28, at 5 p.m. The guidelines for submission and proposal cover page are available at

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ORCA Fund for Investing in the Research Enterprise Grants

The Office of Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) is also announcing the Fund for Investing in the Research Enterprise (FIRE). FIRE grants will support the collection of preliminary data/proof of concept for faculty projects that demonstrate a high potential for attracting substantial extramural funding. FIRE proposals are now being accepted. The submission deadline for this call for proposals is Monday, Feb. 21, at 5 p.m. The guidelines for submission and other proposal documents are available at

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Save the Date - Campus Strategic Planning Forum Feb. 4

Save the Date. An all-campus strategic planning forum will take place Friday, Feb. 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. All faculty, staff, students, alumni and community partners can attend.

The 2010-2011 Strategic Planning Awards will be presented at the event. Additional forum details will be e-mailed in early 2011.

To be included in the gathering, contact Charlotte Swank at

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