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November 24, 1927: UNO's First President, Daniel E. Jenkins, Dies

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This week in UNO history, the first president of Omaha University, Daniel Jenkins (back row center with UNO's faculty circa 1924) died at a New Jersey sanitarium after stepping down from the presidency in 1926. At the time of his retirement, Jenkins had served as the university's president for 18 years - a tenure matched only by former UNO chancellor Del Weber (1977 - 1997).

UNO Alumni Feature on Daniel Jenkins



Holiday Hours for the Thanksgiving Weekend at UNO

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, UNO and several of its facilities will be featuring special holiday hours and closings.

Starting today, Nov. 23, there will be no classes held on the UNO campus until Monday, Nov. 28, when all classes resume their regular schedules.

The UNO campus will be open on Nov. 23 but will be closed Thursday, Nov. 24 through Saturday, Nov. 26 in observance of Thanksgiving. During this time only previously designated personnel will be expected to be on campus. The campus re-opens on Sunday, Nov. 27.  Read more.

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R.S.V.P. Deadline Today - UNO to Celebrate Kwanzaa Dec. 2

Half a dozen organizations at UNO will join together on Friday, Dec. 2, to celebrate Kwanzaa with a celebratory banquet in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. R.S.V.P. deadline is today, Nov. 23.

In addition to a free banquet, this year, UNO's annual Kwanzaa celebration will include a special keynote speech by Rev. Kenneth Allen, senior pastor at Omaha's Zion Baptist Church. Events will start at noon and continue until 1:30 p.m. Read more.

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UNO is Top-10 School for Veterans

The Military Times has named UNO as one of the nation's ten best colleges for military veterans. More than 4,000 college and universities were invited to take part in the 2011 survey.

UNO placed 9th in this year's national rankings, up substantantially from UNO's 19th place ranking in 2010. The Military Times ranked the participating schools on categories such as financial assistance, academic flexibility, campus culture and support services. Other schools in the top 10 included the University of Kentucky, Arizona State Universit and Rutgers. Read more.

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UNO to Make Blankets, Provide Free Testing for World AIDS Day

UNO will commemorate this year's World AIDS Day by encouraging students to give back to those affected with AIDS and HIV, as well as keep themselves informed about other sexually transmitted diseases.

Every year, countries all over the world dedicate Dec. 1 to World AIDS Day; a day to remember those affected by AIDS and HIV, and to raise awareness of the importance of testing for STDs. This year, UNO volunteers will commemorate the event by making fleece blankets for Project Harmony, an Omaha-based child advocacy group, in the Milo Bail Student Center(MBSC) Fireplace Lounge from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Read more.

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Marti Rosen-Atherton Retirement Reception Dec. 8

The university community is invited to a retirement reception for Marti Rosen-Atherton on Thursday, Dec. 8, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. Rosen-Atherton, the director of Counseling/University Division, is retiring after more than 27 years of service to the students, faculty and staff of UNO.

Questions? Contact Rita Henry at

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Prep Week 2011 Schedule of Events Announced

Prep Week this year will be observed Monday through Friday, Dec. 5-9. To assist students in this age-old studying tradition: free refreshments, food and activities will take place throughout the week. All events are free. Click on this link to view the full schedule.

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NUFlex Annual Enrollment Under Way - Next Meeting Is Nov. 29

Human Resources is offering another informational meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 29, to review all issues related to the annual enrollment for NUFlex Benefits. The annual NUFlex enrollment will be available online at Firefly - Employee Self-Service through Friday, Dec. 2. No changes will be possible after Dec. 2.

The Nov. 29 meeting will be open to all faculty, staff and their families. The meeting will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room from 2 to 3 p.m. It will cover changes to the NUFlex plan and will review the online enrollment process. The Benefits staff will be there to answer any questions.

In addition to the meetings on campus, there will also be online meetings available to all faculty and staff. The online NUFlex informational meetings will allow those interested to view the presentation from the comforts of their home or office. You may view the online meeting agenda by accessing the following link:

In order to view one of the live meetings, please access the following link: These online NUFlex informational meetings will be recorded and will be available on the university's benefits webpage shortly after the live meetings at to allow viewing at your convenience.

- Thursday, Nov. 17 (Nov. 16 meeting feed)
2:30 p.m.

- Wednesday, Nov. 30 (Nov. 29 meeting feed)
10 a.m.

Please note that there is a limit to the number of participants who can access each live online meeting. Logging in at least 10 minutes before the session is advisable. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Adobe Connect Support line at 1.800.422.3623.

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Campus Security Offers Holiday Safety Tips

The Campus Security staff would like to remind the campus community of some common sense safety tips to practice during the holiday season.

- When a person leaves his or her room or office, lock it up, even if it's only for a few minutes.

- Avoid leaving valuables or packages in plain view in a vehicle. Place them in the trunk or between the seats. When possible, do so before parking.

- During the holiday break, take valuables home from campus offices and residence halls.

- Anyone who is going to be working on campus late in the evening or when few people are around should consider advising Campus Security so that an officer can pay special attention to the area.

- Anyone entering a locked residence hall or campus building should make sure the door closes completely. Strangers should not follow anyone into a secure building.

- Students who live on campus and are leaving town for the holidays should make sure they have someone keeping an eye on their residence and leave emergency contact information.

For more information, call Campus Security at 402.554.2648.

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UNO Alumni to Host Night at 'A Christmas Carol'

Don't be a Scrooge. Join the UNO Alumni Association for its 3rd annual UNO Alumni Night at "A Christmas Carol" Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the Omaha Community Playhouse. For details, visit

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Green Tip of the Week

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Have a Green Thanksgiving This Year

Whether you're staying at home or traveling for Turkey Day, everyone can make it a greener experience. Consider carpooling, avoid using disposables, only wash full loads of dishes and plan ahead for leftovers. These are among the top ten tips for a green Thanksgiving. To read more, visit this link.

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

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