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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.



Mammel Hall Becomes First Gold LEED Building at NU

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Mammel Hall, the new home to the College of Business Administration at UNO, has become the first building within the University of Nebraska system to earn LEED gold certification for its green and energy saving features.

Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized green building certification system. LEED provides third-party verification on construction projects that are built using strategies aimed at energy savings, water efficiency, carbon dioxide emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. Read more.

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

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W-2 Available Online at Firefly

Employees can get a jump-start on filling out your tax forms and not wait for your paper copy of your W-2. Through the Firefly website (, employees will be able to display and print their 2010 W-2 information -- before the printed form is distributed. 

To access your W-2, logon to your Firefly account and click the "Employee Self Service" option. Scroll down to the "Payment" section and select the "Employee 2010 W-2" option.

On W-2 screen, click the "Options" icon in the upper right corner and select "Help" for additional hints, including how to print and save a copy of your W-2.

The 2010 W-2 Forms are still scheduled for distribution this 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. 

Contact Payroll at (402) 554.2325, if you have questions about your W-2 or need a copy of a previous year's information.

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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 announced last week 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 this 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 UNO 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 leader board 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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Midnight Mojo Skate Party This Thursday

Students are invited to attend UNO's first Midnight Mojo of the semester at Skate Daze, 132nd and B St., this Thursday, Jan. 20. The first 550 UNO students get in for free.

From 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. students can enjoy: Free skating, popcorn, soda, pizza, rock climbing, bumper cars and lazer tag. If planning to skate socks are required.

Shuttles will be available at Maverick Village, University Village and Scott Hall.

For more information, students can visit the Mojo facebook page at!/midnightmojo.

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NET Will Air Discussion on 'State of the Budget' and Governor's 'State of the State' Address

Nebraska is facing a projected budget gap of nearly $1 billion. Gov. Dave Heineman and the Nebraska Legislature are looking at all options to make up the shortfall and pass a balanced budget, as required by the Nebraska Constitution.

As Nebraskans wonder about the fate of state agencies and programs, NET News brings together four state senators to discuss Nebraska's financial future. "State of the Budget" airs this Friday, Jan. 21, at 7 and 10 p.m. on NET1 and NET-HD, repeating on other NET channels throughout the month.

During "State of the Budget," NET News legislative reporter Fred Knapp moderates an hour-long discussion with key players in the budget discussion. The program will be taped in the NET Studio in Lincoln and also includes discussion of the governor's proposals. Read more.Up to Top

Service-Learning 101

What does "community engagement" mean?  What does it look like?  Why do educators value it? For many UNO faculty members, community engagement means service-learning.

To assist faculty design service-learning projects that meet genuine community needs, the Service-Learning Academy offers Service-Learning 101, a two-hour workshop to be offered on Wednesday, Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Tower Room.

Faculty new to service-learning and those with projects in development are welcome. Please bring a syllabus for a course you would like to add a service learning component to. If you do not have a syllabus developed yet, jot down what your course learning objectives would be and we can start from there.

To register, contact Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz in the Service Learning Academy, 144 MBSC, (402) 554.2712 or by e-mail at

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Nominations Sought for Student Employee of the Year

Nominations are now being sought for the Student Employee of the Year award.  Student employees working on campus are eligible.  Graduate assistants, resident advisors and teaching assistants are not eligible.  To nominate a student, please contact Tim Rochford, manager of Student Employment, at (402) 554.2465.  Nominations are due to the Human Resources office by Tuesday, Feb. 15.

The Student Employment ceremony will be held on Monday, April 18, capping off National Student Employment Week. The campus winner will receive a check for $75.

Eligible Terms of Employment:

Students must have been employed for a minimum of six months between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011 (anticipated). 

Selection Criteria:

Students will be evaluated on the following qualities:

1. Reliability

2. Quality of Work

3. Initiative

4. Professionalism

5. Uniqueness of Contribution
(In case of a tie, uniqueness of contribution should be the deciding factor.)

To obtain the nomination form, call Tim Rochford at (402) 554.2465, or email your request to

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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.

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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UNO UFO Study Group Weekly Schedule Reminder

During the spring semester, the UNO UFO Study Group will meet every Wednesday in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Jenkins Room from noon to 1 p.m. and every Saturday in 285 Durham Science Center (DSC) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anyone with an interest in the UFO phenomenon is encouraged to attend.

Can't make it to a meeting? If not, try and catch UNO's streaming audio program -- 'Spooky Action at a Distance' -- on Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m. at

For more information, call John Powers at (402) 319.2721.

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Spring Recruitment Workshops Begins This Week

Academic and Student Affairs and the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity will conduct its first workshop this week 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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IS Offers 'Basic Video Editing' Class

Information Services will offer a "Basic Video Editing" class for interested faculty and staff this Friday, Jan. 21, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in 107 Criss Library.

Class participants will learn standard editing techniques used to create digital movies in any video editing program. This hands-on class will include techniques for importing video into the editor, adding titles and title images, musical scores, transitions and ending credits. The last part of the class will cover exporting movies for computer use, DVD and web playback.

To register for the class, go to: -- then click/select the "Sapphire Website" link at the top of the page and select Video Editing Basics to begin.

For more information on the class, contact Ted Turgeon at (402) 554.3115.

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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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Developing Genetic Education for Smoking Cessation

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

Anyone reading this could be eligible for the UNMC College of Nursing study (IRB No. 226-09-FB) about thoughts and feelings related to classes about genetic contributions to smoking.

Participants should be:

- Smoker, 19 years or older;

- Smoking more than 10 cigarettes/day; and

- Interested in stopping smoking within the next month.

This study involves:

- Participating in classes on either genetic or nutritional education;

- Participating in a group smoking cessation program with FDA-approved nicotine patch; and

- Participating in data collection five times during the study.

A stipend is available for participation. If you are interested, call Victoria M. Graeve-Cunningham at (402) 559.6549.

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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Bravo! Wall of Fame

Bravo!, UNO's Business & Finance Wall of Fame, is a visible place to post written messages about the great work university employees are doing to make UNO better every day. Bravo! is also open to all UNO employees. To view recent posts, visit Bravo! at To submit a posting, e-mail Compliments can be for any reason.

Have you done something noteworthy in your profession? E-mail "People" items to "People" appears in the Tuesday edition of eNotes.

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