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Corporation Secretary Retirement, Interim Appointment

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Dear University Colleagues,

Dr. Donal J. Burns is retiring from the University of Nebraska after a distinguished 43-year career that has included award-winning teaching, research in atomic and molecular physics, and service in the administration of the University. Among the academic and administrative appointments he has held during his tenure at NU are Professor of Physics, Associate Dean of the UNL College of Arts and Sciences, Director of the UNL University Studies Program, Assistant then Associate Executive Vice President and Provost, and Corporation Secretary to the Board of Regents.  His last day will be April 5.  I hope you'll join me in thanking Donal for his many years of service and dedication to the University of Nebraska and wishing him and his wife Ileana a long and happy retirement. 

After consultation with the Board of Regents, I have asked Carmen K. Maurer, Associate General Counsel for the University of Nebraska, to serve as Interim Corporation Secretary.  Carmen joined the General Counsel's Office in 1991, and is the attorney primarily assigned to provide legal services related to intercollegiate athletics.  She also has practiced in the areas of general university law, tax law, corporate sponsorships and licensing, personnel and student law, discrimination law, affirmative action and diversity, regulatory compliance, and gifts, wills, trusts and endowments.  In addition to her Juris Doctorate degree from Creighton University School of Law, Carmen also passed the Certified Public Accountants exam.  As of April 6, she will add new responsibilities as the secretary to the Board of Regents, while continuing to serve as a part-time staff attorney.  Please congratulate and wish her well in her new role. 


James B. Milliken
University of Nebraska

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Annual UNO Service Awards Recipients Announced

Preparations are under way for the 2011 Service Awards Ceremony. The 2011 luncheon will take place Tuesday, May 3, at 11:30 in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. This year's list of UNO honorees follows at If you are a recipient and have any corrections, please notify Human Resources at (402) 554.2321.

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Regents Approve UNO's Move to Division I Summit League

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents unanimously approved a proposal on Friday that will pave the way for UNO's acceptance into The Summit League and reclassification to Division I.

The board met on March 25 at Varner Hall and voted unanimously, 12-0, to approve UNO's plan to accept The Summit League's invitation to become the 10th member institution of the league in the 2012-13 academic year, when the Mavericks begin league competition. UNO's membership will officially take effect on July 1, 2011. Read more.

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mavlink 2.0 Delivers Improved Class Search Function

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It's here! You asked and the mavlink team has delivered. Welcome to the new and improved mavlink 2.0.

For the past few months, mavlink team members have met with several UNO student focus groups and academic advisors to create the latest version, which officially launches today, March 28.

Besides the new student tab 'Bullseye' we've also improved the ‘search for classes' link. The new class schedule link allows you a faster way to navigate through the classes you need to take so you can graduate. The Summer schedule goes live March 30 and the Fall schedule goes live April 1. You must be logged in to see your enrollment time. You will need to check the messages tab for your Summer and Fall ENROLLMENT TIMES which will be available at the same time the schedule goes live.

To help users adapt to the latest enhancements, new tutorials like ‘How to Enroll in a Course' are available in mavlink 2.0. Look for the yellow bars at the base of each tab for a tutorial about the items within that tab.

To help mavlink 2.0 users on the go -- 'search for classes' -- is also available on mobile devices now.

mavlink 2.0 developers hope you'll find your class searches much easier with this new and improved feature. Again, welcome to mavlink 2.0 -- now take it for a test drive!

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Deadline Noon Today for This Wednesday's CCSW Awards Luncheon

The UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) will host its 25th annual awards luncheon this Wednesday, March 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. Thanks to the generosity of the Senior Vice Chancellor and the Office of Academic and Student Affairs, tickets cost $5 for staff, faculty, students, and the general public. Deadline for ticket sales is by noon today, March 28.

Luncheon tickets are on sale in the MBSC Business Office and can also be purchased by phone at (402) 554.2979 or by e-mail to by noon today. Departments can reserve tables of eight for $40 by contacting CCSW member Maria Flint-Malnack at the Alumni Association by phone (402) 554.2459 or e-mail

At the luncheon, the CCSW will recognize the 2011 award recipients. The Outstanding Achievement, Community Service and Student Scholarship awards honor individuals and organizations for their outstanding commitment to gender equity. The CCSW Legendary Women of UNO Award will also be presented.

The CCSW serves as an advisory to the chancellor and other university administrators on issues that relate to faculty, staff and students.

For more information about the luncheon, visit or contact CCSW co-chairs Wendi Chiarbos Jensen at  (402) 554.2286 or or Jody Neathery-Castro at (402) 554.3611 or

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Computer Lab April 1 for Dependent Eligibility Audit

The verification phase for the Chapman Kelly dependent eligibility audit has started. Faculty and staff will have until Friday, May 6, to provide their documentation to Chapman Kelly for their eligible dependents (i.e. spouses and children/stepchildren) or face having their dependents dropped from their plans. Faculty and staff have several options when sending their documentation to Chapman Kelly:

- Uploading the documents via the website;

- Faxing the information to 1.888.938.6161; or

- Mailing the information to P.O. Box 1587, Jeffersonville, IN  47131.

Human Resources will host a computer lab this Friday, April 1, in 104 Durham Science Center, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The lab will be for anyone who is interested in uploading their documents to Chapman Kelly and have questions about the process. You should bring your letter from Chapman Kelly to the lab. 

If you have any questions about the audit or if you have not received a letter from Chapman Kelly and have dependents on your medical and/or dental plans, contact Chapman Kelly directly at 1.877.478.0448.

For a Q&A fact sheet on the dependent eligibility audit, visit

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'Be Comfortable In Your Genes' Event Today

Student Health Services and University Division/Counseling Center are teaming up to host an eating disorders awareness event, Be Comfortable In Your Genes, today, March 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. During today's event, students can submit questions that will be answered via slide show, fill out a questionnaire and enter to be part of a drawing and learn about the signs of eating disorders.

Table hosts will include:

- Student Health Services

- Athletic Training

- Alcohol and Drug Counselors


- Children's Hospital

- Women's Resource Center

- University Division/Counseling Center

Drawing participants can win free gift certificates to Noodles & Company.

For more information, contact Bethany Hughes at (402) 554.2409 or

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Productive and Simple Research Management: A Workshop on RefWorks

Criss Library offers an overview of the easy-to-use RefWorks -- an online research management tool for simplified which allows researchers to gather, manage, store, and share citations and bibliographies. Workshop attendees will learn how to:

- Organize and save citations from all sources;

- Automatically export citations from databases -- without redundant typing;

- Share bibliographies with collaborators, students, and researchers via the web; and

- Automatically insert citations into papers in correct citation style.

Workshops will be held in the Criss Library, lab 107. Register at

Tuesday, March 29 - 9 a.m.

Thursday, March 31 - 2:30 p.m.

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UNOrthodox Speaker Series Continues March 30 with Guy Matalon

The inaugural UNOrthodox speaker series continues this week on campus.

The new speaker series is a unique approach to generate honest and thought-provoking conversations at UNO. Developed through a partnership between Student Organizations and Leadership Programs, Student Government and other campus partners, the UNOrthodox speaker series is designed to spark new ideas for the campus and metropolitan community.

Wednesday, March 30
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• Guy Matalon, chair Judiac Studies and director of Schwalb Center for Israel/Jewish
'Leaders and Leadership: A Jewish Perspective' – Dr. Matalon will discuss what leadership is and what makes a leader. He will also provide examples of Jewish leaders everyone can learn from.

The spring semester series included two speakers. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, Department of Political Science and Office of Latino/Latin American Studies, was the first speaker in the inaugural series.

For more information, call Student Organizations and Leadership Programs at (402) 554.2711.

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Free Toner Cartridges Listing

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Limited quantities of free toner and inkjet cartridges are available from Mail Services for department use only. To reserve any of the following, contact Kathy Hartle at (402) 554.2337.

HP: Laserjet, CB 540A, Q 2610A, 61A, 19, 51626A, C1823A, 11, 41 and 20.

Dell: 6 and 1320C.

Epson: S020089 and T048620.

Cannon: 40, 41, 5B, 8M, 8C, 8Y and 8B.

Hartle invites the campus community to join the recycling effort. Before throwing away an old toner or ink cartridge, contact her at (402) 554.2337 to see what options are available.

"If you don't have the printer for the toner cartridges anymore, send them to the mailroom," she said. "With the budget situation, continuing to recycle ink and toner cartridges can save the university and departments money."

Can't find it on the list? If departments want to request a particular brand of ink cartridge they can contact Hartle directly as well.

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

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HR to Offer March 31 Session on Performance Evaluations

Join Human Resource this month for a problem solving session on easy and not so easy performance evaluations. On Thursday, Mach 31, learn about the new evaluation form and how to provide objective, constructive information. The session will run from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

To register, call Human Resources at (402) 554.2321.

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Academic Advising for Student Retention Webinar March 31

Academic advising for summer and fall is underway. 'Academic Advising for Student Retention and Persistence: A Strengths Development Approach' a webinar sponsored by the National Academic Advising Association, will be offered on Thursday, March 31, at 1 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons. All are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be provided by the Office of Faculty Development.

Questions? Contact Rita Henry at

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Night with the Mavs March 31

Be a part of the new era for UNO Athletics at the third annual Night with the Mavs on Thursday, March 31, at Embassy Suites in La Vista. The event starts with a social hour and memorabilia auction at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m. Terry Pettit, former volleyball national champion coach, will be the guest speaker. 

To be a part of the Night with the Mavs, contact Shirley Fey at (402) 554.3422 or For more information, visit

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Henry Doorly Zoo Membership Drive Ends Thursday

This is your final week to join the annual Henry Doorly Zoo membership drive.  There are several different categories to choose from:

- Individual: $50 (admits listed owner only)

- Dual: $75 (admits both listed owners or one listed owner and one guest)

- Household: $89 (admits both listed owners or one listed owner and one guest and up to 6 dependent children ages 3-20)

- Grandparent: $89 (admits both listed owners or one listed owner and one guest and up to 6 grandchildren ages 3-20)

New in 2011: Free IMAX admission for the member's household. Also, discounted admission to the Safari Park, Members' Day event, discounted Zoo classes, and reciprocal privileges to more than 100 zoos nationwide. The 2011 membership passes expire March 31, 2012.

Memberships are being sold in the Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, 202 Eppley Administration Building, through Thursday, March 31.  For more information, contact Christine Hoffman at (402) 554.2263 or

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UFOs, Paranormal Activity Focus of This Saturday's Symposium

UFOs and the paranormal will be discussed and debated in great detail at the second annual UNO UFO Symposium this Saturday, April 2.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at UNO's Milo Bail Student Center, attendees will hear from a variety of local and regional speakers and experts on UFOs and paranormal activity. The UNO UFO Study Group and the UNO Paranormal Society have organized the annual event. Tickets are $10 per person and available at the door on April 2. Read more.

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Deadline April 1 for Faculty Senate's Paul L. Beck Memorial Faculty/Staff Scholarships

The Faculty Senate is now accepting applications for the Paul L. Beck Memorial Faculty/Staff Scholarships. Both residents and non-residents may apply. Three scholarships are awarded: 

- One $ 1,000 Full-Time Undergraduate Scholarship

- One $ 1,000 Full-Time Graduate Scholarship 

- One $ 500 Part-Time Graduate or Undergraduate Scholarship

Information on the scholarship history, criteria, application process and the application form can found on the Faculty Senate's website at

Applications are also available at the Financial Aid Office, 103 Eppley Administration Building, or the Faculty Senate Office, 105 Arts and Science Hall.  The application deadline is Friday, April 1.

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'On the Fringe' Paranormal Radio Show Airs Mondays

Listen to 'On the Fringe' paranormal radio show, which is broadcast live from the UNO campus every Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tune in to hear radio personalities -- Tyrone, Seth and Matt -- apply science to tackle the subjects that the scientific community is afraid to touch.

For show questions, contact the crew at, who will answer them live on the air. The UNO Paranormal Society brings this program to you.

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UNO Bookstore Spring Break Sale Ends This Week

The UNO Bookstore is currently having their Spring Break Sale on T-shirts and caps. Buy any regular priced T-shirt or cap and get a second, of equal or lesser value, for half price. Men's, women's and kid's styles are currently available.

The sale runs for the month of March, while supplies last.

UNO Bookstore hours are:

- 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Monday through Thursday

- 7:30 am to 5 p.m.

Questions? Contact Jacinda Brooks 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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