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Graduation: December 2010

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A behind-the-scenes look at UNO's December commencement ceremonies.


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Winter Commencement

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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.



New Textbook Rental Program Kicks Off at UNO Bookstore

The UNO Bookstore's new Textbook Rental Program officially kicks off today, Jan. 10, with the start of UNO's spring semester. There are more than 500 titles available for rent. With the new program just rent, use and return. Come into the store or check to see if the books you need are rentable.

UNO Bookstore hours:

- Today 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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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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Suggestions Welcome at Strategic Budget Advisory Committee Website

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The members of the Strategic Budget Advisory Committee (SBAC) would like to remind members of the campus community that any cost-cutting strategy suggestions for the university are always welcome. Senior Vice Chancellor Terry Hynes and Vice Chancellor Bill Conley lead the group.

"As we head into what we know will be a challenging budgetary cycle, the input from UNO faculty, staff and students is important," said Chancellor John Christensen. "People in every unit and every building are a tremendous resource for ideas."

The SBAC website at has an FAQ section on university budget issues; presentation information from previous campus budget forums; budget plans from other universities; and news stories of university budget issues from other states. The feedback section where people can leave comments and cost-cutting suggestions is located on the website specifically at

Leaving a suggestion or comment always helps, Christensen said.

"Every idea and comment will be looked at and reviewed.  It's a truism – there are no bad suggestions, no bad questions," he said.  

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HR Commuter Wheel Tax Notice

Human Resources is compiling the list of employee addresses to identify those who will need to comply with Omaha's new Commuter Wheel Tax. HR staff will rely on the information that they have on record in SAP and Firefly. Please check your current residential address information in Firefly and if necessary, update your record accordingly. More information about how UNO will be collecting the tax is being developed and will be published in eNotes.

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Jessica Lutton Bedient Memorial Blood Drive Today at UNO

UNO, along with the American Red Cross, is hosting a memorial blood drive today, Jan. 10, from 2 to 8 p.m. This campus-wide event is in memory of Jessica Lutton Bedient who worked in the University of Nebraska Foundation Omaha office as a fundraiser on behalf of UNO when she was tragically killed in a car accident this last October.

UNO's blood drive will be located at The Thompson Center at UNO. Sign up using the Sponsor Code 2516 at the following link or telephone number: or call 1.800.RED.CROSS (1.800.733.2767) to schedule your blood donation appointment.

Two other drives are being held in Lincoln today.

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Blackboard Walk-In Assistance

Information Services (IS) invites faculty who are working on spring classes and have Blackboard questions to drop in for assistance. Come to 104 Eppley Administration Building during any of the following times:

Today, Jan. 10: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 11: 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan.14: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Walk-in sessions are managed on a first-come, first-served basis and do not require registration. Walk-in Ask sessions are conducted as hands-on, question-and-answer sessions and are not intended to be complete Blackboard training.  All UNO faculty and staff are welcome.

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Psychology Colloquium Series Continues Today

The Psychology Department Colloquium Series continues today, Jan. 10, with a presentation by Paul Engelhardt.

Dr. Engelhardt from the Department of Psychology Cognition and Communication Research Centre at Northumbria University, UK will present "The role of inhibition in the production of disfluencies." His talk, which is open to the campus community, will be from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in 378 Arts and Sciences Hall.

For more information, contact Marie Lee at (402) 554.2581.

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UNO Excellence in Teaching Nominations Now Being Accepted

The campus-wide Excellence in Teaching (EIT) award committee is now accepting nominations for 2011. This award "was established in 1969 to recognize superior efforts, dedication and exemplary conduct in the performance of the university's first task -- the education of its students."  The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, Jan. 26. 

Refer to the following page - - for nomination information, requirements, forms and procedures. For questions, contact members of the committee or Office of Academic and Student Affairs.

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UNO Ambassadors Available for Campus Activities

Do you need help with a university event? The UNO Ambassadors are ready and willing to represent the university. 

Twelve student Ambassadors are available during the spring semester to assist at campus functions hosted by the chancellor and other UNO dignitaries and organizations. This select group of students serves as hosts and hostesses and interacting with guests to enhance a positive image of the university. 

Ambassadors try to honor as many requests as possible. Requests should be placed at least two weeks before the scheduled activity.

For more information, contact coordinator, Chris Liewer at or (402) 554.3520.

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Women's and Gender Studies Program to Host Luncheon Colloquium This Friday

The Women's and Gender Studies Program will host a luncheon colloquium this Friday, Jan. 14, titled "Between Friends: Spaces of Female Sociability in French Genre Painting and Portraiture, 1770-1830." It will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Omaha Room.

Women's Studies faculty member Molly Medakovich will be the guest presenter. While 18th-century concepts of fraternité dominate the historical and art historical record, the formation, discussion and representation of female friendship in early modern France offers an alternative narrative. Medakovich's work investigates spaces female sociability and their representation in genre painting and suggests that sisterhood, both real and fictive, provided women with forms of agency and subjectivity that extended beyond their culturally prescribed roles as mothers and wives.

Complimentary boxed lunches will be available for the first 20 people to arrive.

For more information, contact Karen Falconer Al-Hindi at (402) 554.3834 or

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

If you don't know your NUID and/or have not set your Firefly password, you 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'll 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'll 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 Ceased Jan. 1 for Non Benefit-eligible UNO Employees

UNO Payroll announces that pay advices (stubs) for all non benefit-eligible employees (including student workers) stopped on Jan. 1. Employees will need to use Firefly Employee Self Service (ESS) to view/print a PDF version of your 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 earlier in 2010.

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

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Mileage Reimbursement Rate Change

Effective with travel occurring on or after Jan. 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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Spots Still Available for London Study-Abroad and British Politics Course

Are you interested in doing a short-term study abroad to the most cosmopolitan city in Europe? There are still a few places available in the British Politics two-week London study tour (May 8-22, 2011).

Students can earn university credit by enrolling in the Thursday evening (no prerequisite) spring British Politics course (PSCI 4500/8506 or INST 4140-004). Anyone can also join the trip as a non-credit community member. Your scholarship or financial aid should help cover the trip costs for those enrolled in the associated course.

Highlights of the London trip will include visits to political points of interest and ample sightseeing tours outside of London, all arranged by UNO professors at the lowest possible cost. The trip brochure and application can be accessed at:

For more information, contact Jody Neathery-Castro at jneathery@unomaha.

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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 this Saturday, 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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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 through 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 (402) 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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Call for UCAT Instructional Materials Grant Proposals from Teaching Circles

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of Instructional Materials Grants designed to support the goals of Teaching Circles. Members of Teaching Circles may apply for the purchase of instructional materials relevant to the purpose of the circle and which address one or more UCAT themes. Please visit for link to UCAT themes.

The committee is accepting proposals on a monthly basis 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 at Hard copy submissions should be sent to the Center for Faculty Development in ASH 105. Leah Pietron, associate professor in the Department of Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis, is the 2010-11 chair of UCAT and may be contacted at (402) 554.2801 or

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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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Maverick Watch

Support the Mavericks by attending their home events. To view the spring Omaha's Team schedule, visit

To catch up on the latest UNO Maverick news or to keep tabs on favorite teams, players and coaches this season, visit, Twitter at or Facebook at

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