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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

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.



Flag Lowering

Gov. Dave Heineman reminds Nebraskans to fly state and U.S. flags at half-staff in tribute to the victims of the weekend tragedy in Arizona.

President Barack Obama issued a proclamation Jan. 10 calling for flags to be flown at half-staff this week. Flags are to remain at half-staff until sunset on Friday, Jan. 14.

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Safety Notice for On-campus Incidents

With the start of the spring semester this week Campus Security staff would like to remind the campus community about emergency procedures at UNO. The following information from Campus Security outlines the university's safety and emergency procedures, along with other Campus Security services.

Incident Reporting
Incidents requiring immediate action include fire, environmental spills, medical conditions, property damage, disruptive behavior and crimes in progress. Persons involved with or observing these types of incidents should call Campus Security at (402) 554.2911. Campus Security will dispatch officers to the scene and, if required, contact 911.

Faculty and staff can call 911 directly, but also should notify Campus Security to help coordinate the response and expedite travel to the emergency scene. Emergency information provided by the caller should include the building, floor, room number, call back number and nature of the emergency.

Faculty and staff should assist with room and building evacuations, and be aware of those needing special assistance. All employees should become familiar with the designated rally points for their buildings, which are listed in the back of the telephone directory under "Emergency Procedures."

Personal Threats and Harassment
Disruptive behavior on campus will not be tolerated. Threats or acts of violence should be reported to Campus Security and to employee supervisors. If the act appears to represent an immediate threat or harm to the individual, it should be reported at once to Campus Security or 911.

Personal Escorts
The escort service is available 24/7 for individuals on campus. Contact Campus Security to arrange an escort.

Personal Safety Checks
Individuals who may be working alone outside normal working hours are encouraged to contact Campus Security. Security officers will periodically check on individuals' safety while they are on campus.

Personal Property
The university is not responsible for personal property. Individuals are responsible for safeguarding their own property. Loss of personal property should be reported to Campus Security.

Alert System
An on-campus system to help facilitate emergency communications has been installed on the Dodge, Pacific and Center locations. Announcements are distributed from Campus Security to building public address systems or speakers located in building corridors. When announcements are made, strobe lights will flash to notify the hearing impaired to seek assistance.

The system is particularly helpful during tornado warnings. The announcement will alert building occupants to seek shelter and, again later, when the warning has ended. The alert system also can be used to announce university closings, confirm evacuations for fire or chemical release, or other emergency conditions.

Text Messaging System
An off-site text-messaging system provided by e2Campus is also available. The system sends instant alerts directly to registered subscribers' e-mail accounts and mobile phones via text messages. Wireless personal digital assistants and BlackBerry devices can also be used.

The notification system is used to communicate any potential emergency, such as a snow delay or closing, other weather warnings, homeland security advisories, gas leak notifications and fire or crime watches.

This is a voluntary, 'opt-in' capability that requires individual action to subscribe. For more information or to subscribe visit

More information on campus emergency procedures can be found online at or in the UNO Employee Telephone Directory beginning on page 103. For more information about Campus Security procedures related to campus emergencies, contact Stan Schleifer at (402) 554.3596 or Paul Kosel at (402) 554.2648.

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Payroll Announces 2011 Social Security Taxes and Federal Taxes Changes

UNO employees will notice a reduction of Social Security Taxes withheld in their 2011 paychecks and a slight increase in Federal Taxes withheld:

- The Tax Relief Act of 2010 makes a major change in the withholding of Social Security taxes from employees' wages by reducing the employee share of Social Security tax from 6.2 percent to 4.2 percent for the first $106,800 of wages paid in 2011. The maximum that can be withheld will be $4,485.60, a $2,136 decrease from the 2010 maximum of $6,621.60. The employer tax rate for Social Security remains unchanged at 6.2 percent for employee's covered wages paid in 2011. 

- Although the current Federal tax rates remain unchanged, The "Making Work Pay Credit" – an income tax credit of $400 for single individuals and $800 for married couples filing jointly – that was paid out through reduced federal income tax withholding for 2009 and 2010 expired on Dec. 31, 2010. The tax tables for 2011 will reflect that expiration with a slight increase in withholding.

For further questions, call Payroll at (402) 554.2739.

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UNO College Night at Maverick Hockey Continues This Weekend

The UNO Athletic Department would like to invite every college to its UNO College night at Maverick Hockey. Every Friday night, of each weekend hockey series, UNO will recognize a specific college during the game. This Friday, Jan. 14, the College of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences will be recognized at the hockey game. Athletic Department staff encourages every college to take part in this special offer. 

The special package price of $22 a person will include a ticket to the game and one buffet meal at Rick's Boathyard Café, located at 345 Riverfront Dr., from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

To take advantage of this special offer, call (402) 554.3689 by Thursday, Jan. 13, or e-mail Pam Schwartingat at

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TIAA-CREF Schedule through February Announced

TIAA-CREF announces its campus visit schedule for January and February. A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus for individual appointments on the following dates:

- Jan. 18

- Feb. 8 and 15

Appointments for one-on-one counseling sessions can be made by calling Robyn Galvin at the TIAA-CREF office in Omaha at (402) 548.3614.

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Eight-Week Dance Program for Persons with Parkinson's Begins Jan. 24

The Moving Company, the modern dance performing group at UNO, will host "Reach for It," a dance program for adults living with Parkinson's disease.

Hour-long dance classes will be held Mondays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Thompson Alumni Center. The first session runs Jan. 24 through March 14. The cost is $40 for eight classes. Read more.

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mavlink/PeopleSoft Training/Overview Sessions Offered

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The UNO Nebraska Student Information System (NeSIS) team has added several records and registration training/overview sessions for faculty and staff through February 2011.

Please visit the training calendar at to register. Registration is limited to 10 people.

Anyone who has questions or comments about NeSIS can e-mail them to

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'MAKE' Show to Highlight Graphic Design

Graphic design thesis projects will take center stage in the UNO Criss Library's Osborne Family Gallery starting this week.  The show, titled "MAKE," will feature a variety of graphic design works done by UNO students from the Department of Art and Art History.

"The students put things together, combine elements, alter to form something new in their graphic design work," said Avery Mazor, graphic design instructor.  "This show highlights a range of creative and innovative ideas and practices used to create a new brand, and communicate that brand in a variety of forms. Ultimately, it's about creating a seamless consumer experience. "

The gallery is open during regular library hours and "MAKE" will remain in the space through Feb. 11.  There will be a reception in the gallery on Monday, Feb. 7, from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

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

UNO Payroll staff want to remind the campus community 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 the 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 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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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 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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Blue Cross Blue Shield Membership Card Changes

Blue Cross Blue Shield membership cards that were recently sent out to the UNO campus community have changed from previous cards. The cards no longer list dependents on the plan. 

Any changes made to a medical or dental plan, as of Jan. 1, will be visible to providers and Blue Cross this week.  The coverage was effective starting Jan. 1, but it may take a few days for Blue Cross to process the new information.  Dependents may use the new cards. Providers will see new dependents added to the system as soon as the information has been processed by the Blue Cross membership office.

The same is also true for Eyemed Vision Care coverage.  It may take a few days for providers to see any additional dependents added to a plan.

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Fit Minded Sessions Begin Jan. 24

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

Looking for a different way to get active in the New Year. If so, the new Fit Minded session begins on Monday, Jan. 24. Meetings take place every Monday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Thompson Alumni Center. UNO faculty and staff will receive a 50 percent discount off memberships for the new session starting Jan. 24.

"There is a 50 percent off right now and we encourage faculty and staff to invite friends to participate as well," said Jennifer Huberty, program organizer and an assistant professor in UNO's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

For details, visit or call (402) 554.3395.

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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UCRCA to Host Jan. 19 Brown Bag, Invites a Second Round of Applications

The University Committee on Research and Creative Activity (UCRCA) is inviting a second round of applications. The committee also announces that they can provide support for both pre-tenure and post-tenure faculty. The submission deadline for this call is 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 28, 2011. The guidelines for submission are now available on the SPR web page:

The committee anticipates funding five proposals for this round. Please note all proposals should be submitted electronically as a single document in PDF format to: Paper copies are not accepted.

Applicants may schedule an appointment with the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research to review examples of funded proposals.

The UCRCA will host a faculty brown bag on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, at 11:30 am, in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room.

Please contact SPR at (402) 554.2286 or with questions.

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Spring Recruitment Workshops Announced

Academic and Student Affairs and the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity will conduct workshops to assist departments and schools in recruiting faculty.

The workshops will provide information on recruitment strategies, the UNO NEOGOV System and EEO guidelines and requirements. Prior to all faculty searches, faculty involved in the search must attend one of the workshops. Also, faculty participating in searches must attend a workshop once every two years.

All sessions will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room:

Jan. 20 - 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Feb. 4 - 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Feb. 15 - 10 to 11:30 a.m.

March 4 - 2 to 3:30 p.m.

March 17 - 10 to 11:30 a.m.

April 1 - 9 to 10:30 a.m.

April 12 - 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For more information or to R.S.V.P., e-mail Sandy Byers at or call (402) 554.2262.

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Nominations Sought for Lamanna Award for Excellence

Individuals in the UNO community are being asked to nominate students, faculty or staff for the Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's and Gender Studies. The award recognizes extraordinary service to the UNO program in Women's and Gender Studies. This noteworthy work may involve teaching, research/creative activity, service, or a combination of the three.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 18.

To nominate individuals for the Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's Studies, submit the following in electronic form to Karen Falconer Al-Hindi at

- A one-to-two page nomination letter describing the nominee's accomplishments and their relevance to the UNO Women's Studies program. The nominator must be connected to the Women's Studies program (student major/minor, faculty, staff).

- The nominee's/nominees' resume or c.v.

- Additional supporting materials (e.g. letters of support) are welcome but not required.

The person(s) selected will receive the award at the annual Women's Studies luncheon. This year's luncheon will take place on Friday, April 29.

Previous winners include Robbin Ogle (Criminal Justice & Women's Studies), Susan Maher (English & Women's Studies), Karen Falconer Al-Hindi (Geography & Women's Studies), Suzanne Moshier (Biology & Women's Studies) as well as Marti Rosen-Atherton (University Division Counseling and Women's Studies) and Rachel Tomlinson Dick (B.A, Women's Studies, 2010).

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

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Green Tip of the Week

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#EarthDayTips 40: Buy a Green Furnace Filter
Purchase a furnace filter that is a component for LEED/Green Building Initiative.

(To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, provided 40 "green" tips.)

The GreenUNO Task Force provides these tips. For more information, visit

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