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UNO Tube Archive Graduation - December 2010

Graduation: December 2010

video by Charley Reed

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.

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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UNO Joins the Live Healthy Challenge – Seeks Participants

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

UNO Campus Recreation and Human Resources announce today that UNO has joined the Live Healthy Nebraska 100 Day Wellness Challenge. All UNO employees have the opportunity to participate in the challenge, which begins Thursday, Jan. 20, and ends Friday, April 29.

Participants receive weekly tips, which motivate and educate them to increase physical activity and improve nutrition. Participants are encouraged and rewarded for logging their physical activity and weight-loss weekly through their personal dashboard on the Live Healthy website.

Each participant also receives a Live Healthy shirt, an annual subscription to a healthy lifestyle magazine and access to a host of free online resources, including workout and nutrition planners, video workouts and workout music downloads. The cost for our employees is only $5 after retrieving a $5 online coupon code from This price is only available when you register using our company code: LHNUNO and the coupon from

More than the 100 days of the Challenge, the Live Healthy system calculates team averages and maintains a leaderboard which can be sorted by company, state or nation to further motivate teams as they engage in friendly competition.

As a whole, UNO will be competing against other Nebraska businesses and organizations, including:

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Nebraska Medical Center and Creighton University.

If you're interested in participating, visit for registration information.

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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Students Eligible for Free Metro Bus Passes This Semester

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Student Government at UNO has partnered with Omaha's Metro to provide 400 UNO students with free public transit transportation during the Spring 2011 semester.

The MavRide prepaid cards will be distributed to UNO students on a first come, first serve basis at the kick-off event on Tuesday, Feb. 1, at 11:30 a.m., in the fireplace lounge on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center. Representatives from UNO Student Government and Metro will offer brief remarks about the new partnership at 11:30 a.m.

UNO students must present a MavCard student I.D. to receive a free MavRide bus pass.

For more information, contact Megan Schmitz, UNO Student Government – (402) 554.2620 or – or Linda Barritt, Metro – (402) 341.7560, ext. 2300 or

The GreenUNO Task Force supports this MAVRide initiative. For more information, visit

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OLLAS Charla Speaker Series Welcomes Rogelio Saenz Today

The Spring 2011 OLLAS Charla speaker series, cosponsored by the Departments of Sociology and Anthropology and the College of Arts and Sciences at the UNO, kicks off at 5 p.m. today, Jan. 13, in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons.

Rogelio Saenz will present "Latinos in 2010 and the Future of the U.S." Saenz is a professor in the Department of Sociology at Texas A&M University. He is also a fellow of the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire.  Read more.Up to Top

Telecommunications Guru to Speak at Mammel Hall Friday

Jeff Pulver, president and CEO of Inc., an Internet based consulting firm, returns to Omaha Friday, Jan. 14, to guest lecture in Jeremy Lipschultz's Media Regulation and Freedom course. Pulver was a surprise speaker at the award-winning Omaha 10-10-10 conference in October. Pulver's 2 p.m. talk at 122 Mammel Hall is open to the public., publishes research, produces trade shows and conferences and consults the telecommunications industry. Pulver is a leading expert on streaming audio and video technologies. Pulver is founder of the Voice on the Net (VON) Coalition, a not-for-profit group formed in 1996 to help keep the Internet Telephony Industry free from regulations. Pulver succeeded in 2004 in convincing the Federal Communications Commission that Voice over IP (VoIP) technology should be unregulated. Former FCC Chair Michael Powell called the decision the most important in terms of Internet development. 

Pulver, co-founder of Vonage, is active in development of Twitter as a community-building resource.  Pulver's role in pioneering an industry has been compared to earlier computer efforts of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.

For more information, contact Dr. Lipschultz at

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This Week In Maverick Athletics

This Week In Maverick Athletics is a listing of the latest sports information. For a complete weekly update of UNO's in-season teams, click on

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Criss Library Schedule Changes for Martin Luther King Day

Criss Library hours for Sunday, Jan.16, will be noon to 9 p.m.  The library will be closed Monday, Jan. 17, in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

Regular library hours will resume at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 18.

For a complete schedule of library hours, visit

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Women's and Gender Studies Program to Host Luncheon Colloquium Tomorrow

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.

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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.

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W-2 Forms Set for Delivery on Jan. 18

The 2010 W-2 Forms are scheduled for distribution on Tuesday, Jan. 18. 

As in the past, active UNO employees will have their W-2 Form delivered to their work address through campus mail.  Separated employees will receive their W-2 Form through the U.S. Mail at their permanent home address. 

The 2010 W-2 form is scheduled to be activated on ESS next Monday, Jan. 10.

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Keep Connected With the Campus through Social Media Sites

Stay in touch with the university through social media all year long thanks to UNO's Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Blog pages.

Throughout the year, briefs of campus events, from athletics to research, will be posted on the Facebook and Twitter pages while more in-depth and personal stories will be featured through the university's UNOtube page and Maverickland blog.

The Facebook page can be found at
The Twitter page can be found at

The UNOtube page can be found at

The Maverickland blog can be found at

If there is a campus event, organization, faculty member, student or staff member that should be featured in any of these formats, contact Charley Reed by e-mail at or by phone at (402) 554.2129.

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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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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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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 Hardt 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.

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

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SOLP to Host 'Catalyst by Leadershape' Feb. 26

Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) will host "Catalyst by Leadershape" on Saturday, Feb. 26, in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Nebraska Room from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The program is designed to allow students the time and space to consider powerful questions that move toward action. Program content will encourage students to get real about their leadership style and skills, while providing an environment for growth. Participants will also walk away with a workbook that will have been used to capture their core skills, strengths, and interpersonal style attributes as well as the communities, organizations, and causes they care about. In addition, they will have identified specific initial contributions and commitments they intend to make as a result of these discoveries. Catalyst is open to 60 participants and registration is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Registration will open this Monday, Jan. 10, and close once program capacity is reached. Cost for the program is $10, payable in the MBSC Business Office by cash, credit/debit, MavCard, or departmental cost center. Registration forms will be available in the MBSC Business Office, in the SOLP Office, and online at

Please direct questions and inquiries to SOLP at (402) 554.2711.

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Adults Sought for UNMC Clinical Study

Healthy adults ages 19 to 65 are needed for a University of Nebraska Medical Center clinical study. In addition to the age qualification, study participants must not suffer from diabetes or liver diseases. The study involves one two-hour visit and three 15-minute follow-up appointments. A small stipend is available. Call (402) 559.7685 or e-mail for more information.

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