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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.

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2011.01.19

Flag Lowering

The UNO flag will be lowered to half-staff today, Jan. 19, in honor of UNO retiree Joyce Minteer. She passed away Jan. 16 at age 91.

Minteer, a professor of management, joined the College of Business Administration faculty in 1942 and taught at UNO for more than four decades upon her retirement in 1989.

Funeral Services are scheduled for today at 1:30 p.m. at the Westlawn-Hillcrest Funeral Home, 5701 Center St. Visitation with the family will be held one-hour before the service at the funeral home.

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W-2 Forms Set for Delivery Today

The 2010 W-2 Forms are scheduled for distribution today, 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.

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

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Entertainment is Focus of New Gateway Issue

Starting this semester, The Gateway will move its Friday issue to Thursday, now focusing on entertainment and weekend happenings, band interviews and artist profiles.

"Being a student isn't a Monday through Friday, 9-to-5 job," said Jasmine Maharisi, Gateway editor-in-chief. "Being a student includes going out and having fun, enjoying our city and what it has to offer."

In the new Thursday issue, Maharisi said readers will find coverage of campus events, as well as coverage of prominent off-campus events.

"We have a wonderful performing arts college at UNO and the UNO Theatre is just fabulous," Maharisi added. "We also have venues around campus that offer discounts and entertainment geared toward a college audience."

In future Thursday issues, Maharisi said, students can watch for reviews of UNO Theatre's two spring productions, Dark Play and Twelfth Night.

"We'll also talk with UNO students who have formed bands and procured gigs playing in Omaha's music scene," she said. "And our writers will give a breakdown of our favorite after-dark hangouts. Whether it's Film Streams or Sokol Auditorium, our staff knows the best spots to kick back and enjoy some quality entertainment."

The Gateway's Tuesday issue will continue publication, and can be found in racks across campus.

For more information, visit http://www.unogateway.com, call (402) 554.2470 or send an email to Maharisi: jasmine.maharisi@unogateway.com.

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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 http://www.unomaha.edu/enotes/2011/img/thisweekmavs0117.pdf.

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UCRCA to Host Brown Bag Today, Invites a Second Round of Applications

The University Committee on Research and Creative Activity (UCRCA) will host a faculty brown bag today, Jan. 19, at 11:30 am, in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room. UCRCA is also inviting a second round of applications.

The committee can provide support for both pre-tenure and post-tenure faculty. The submission deadline for this call is 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 28. The guidelines for submission are now available on the SPR web page: http://www.unomaha.edu/spr.

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: unosponpro@unomaha.edu. Paper copies are not accepted.

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

Contact SPR at (402) 554.2286 or unosponpro@unomaha.edu with questions.

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UNO Fitness Center to Offer 'Strong Bones for Healthy Women'

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

The UNO Fitness Center-Exercise Physiology Lab will be starting a new workout program at the end of January titled "Strong Bones for Healthy Women."

If interested or to receive more information, contact Emily Callison at ecallison@unomaha.edu or call (402) 554.3221. Please include a time that would best fit your schedule: 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. or 11:30 to 12:45 p.m.

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, daviddaniels@unomaha.edu or http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/health/stampede.php.

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Student Anthropological Society Meetings

The Student Anthological Society (SAS) will meet every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. in 344 Arts and Sciences Hall. Anyone with an interest in anthropology is encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact John Powers at jcpowers@unomaha.edu.

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Open Hours Offered in the HPER Golf/Archery Lab

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

Get a break from the cold, wintery weather by practicing your golf and archery game in the newly renovation Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building Golf/Archery Lab.

Open hours for the spring 2011 semester are: Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 2 p.m. The Lab is located in 003 HPER. Hours will be effective Friday, Jan. 28. through Thursday, April 28.

For details, call Dave Daniels at (402) 554.2008.

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, daviddaniels@unomaha.edu or http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/health/stampede.php.

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UNO Welcomes Story Teller to Campus Tomorrow

UNO has partnered with the Omaha Public Schools (OPS) and Office of Native American Indian Education (NICE) to bring storyteller and author of children's and adult literature --Tim Tingle -- to Omaha this week.

"While at UNO, OPS and NICE will send 40-45 college eligible Native American students to UNO to hear him speak, eat in the MBSC cafeteria and attend a class in the College of Education," said Susan McWilliams, COE faculty and Omaha Family Literacy Partnership member.  "Neal Grandgenett and his educational team will conduct Robotics learning activities with students."

Tingle's book, Crossing Bok Chitto, won the 2007 Jane Addams Children's Book Honor Award for its promotion of peace through literature.

While in Omaha, Tingle will be presenting three free-and-open-to-the-public storytelling performances. UNO students who are members of the Tribal Council will also be on hand to greet visitors at UNO's event, which is free and open to the university community and general public.

They are:

Thursday, Jan. 20
-  10:30 a.m. at UNO Milo Bail Student Center, Nebraska Room (storytelling)

- 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Yates Early Learning Center, 3260 Davenport St. (supper, author visit and storytelling)

Friday, Jan. 21
- 4:30 p.m. at the South Omaha Library, 24th and M St. (storytelling)

The project is sponsored by the College of Education, Omaha Community Foundation, Nebraska Arts Council, Omaha Public Schools-Native Indian Centered Education Program and the Omaha Public Library.

For more information, visit http://www.timtingle.com/ or contact Dr. McWilliams at (402) 554.3457 or smcwilliams@unomaha.edu.

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Higher Education/K-12 Service Learning Seminar Information Sessions

Information sessions will be held this month to introduce you to an exciting community partnership connecting higher education and P(re)K-12 educators in service learning. This is an innovative way to fulfill the university's mission, provide applicable forums for classroom learning, and connect your students to youth in the area. This 30-minute session will provide faculty the opportunity to ask questions about participation in a week-long training held either March 21-25 or July 11-15, 2011.

Both sessions will be held at the Thompson Alumni Center. Choose either date the information will be repeated:

- Friday, Jan. 21, 2:30 p.m.

- Wednesday, Jan. 26, 3:30 p.m.

These interactive week-long trainings provide an opportunity for faculty to learn about how to utilize service learning as a pedagogy, to connect faculty to K-12 instructors and community non-profit partners, and to explore mission-focused teaching techniques in a living laboratory while meeting community-identified needs. Participation in the training will yield a course plan developed between the UNO and PK-12 instructor to be implemented within the next 18 months.

Participants receive a $400 professional development stipend as well as project implementation support in the form of: graduate assistant time, project materials, transportation and food.  Applications accepted at http://www.unomaha.edu/serve beginning Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Questions?  Contact Julie Dierberger at (402) 554.3268 or jdierberger@unomaha.edu.

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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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Fit Minded Sessions Starts Next Monday

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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 http://www.befitminded.com 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, daviddaniels@unomaha.edu or http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/health/stampede.php.

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HR Commuter Wheel Tax Reminder

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. Additional information can also be found on the City of Omaha website at http://www.cityofomaha.org/finance/revenue/wheel-tax-faqs.

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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 kfacolneralhindi@unomaha.edu.

- 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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Call for UCAT Travel Grant Proposals

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) will accept travel grant proposals on a monthly basis through April or until funds are expended. The committee will fund grants up to $800 for each award. Faculty may not receive more than one UCAT travel award for the academic year, and applications will not be returned for revision and resubmission.

All applications (forms available on UCAT website at http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat) should be reviewed by their UCAT college representative for completeness and sufficient/appropriate information before submitting. Budgets must be complete and accurate. All previous grant reports must be turned in prior to submission of a new request.

If approved, applicant will provide a copy of their travel authorization to UCAT/CFD prior to travel and submit a written report to UCAT after your travel and prior to May 6. Proposals are due by the 21st of the each month. Applicants should submit one hard and an electronic copy of the application. Electronic copies should be in rtf or MS Word document formats and sent as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll (awoll@unomaha.edu). Hard copy submissions should be sent to the Center for Faculty Development in 105 Arts and Sciences Hall.

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Green Tip of the Week

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Water Heater Efficiency
Set your water heater to 120 degrees. This temperature is not only more energy efficient, it will prevent scalding and extend the life of your water heater.

The GreenUNO Task Force provides these tips. For more information, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/green/.

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