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November 30, 1935: Story Written by Franklin Roosevelt Features UNO

On this day in UNO history, Liberty Magazine published an installment of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's 'The President's Mystery Story' that featured one of the story's characters coming to UNO (then Omaha University) after suspicions are raised about a doctor who teaches there.

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UNO Celebrates Kwanzaa

video by Charley Reed

On Dec. 2 at noon, UNO will be hosting its annual Kwanzaa celebration and banquet for all UNO students, faculty and staff. The event is free to attend.


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Criss Library Sponsors Holiday Scholastic Children's Book Fair

The campus community and the public can do holiday shopping and support the Criss Library at the same time during the final day of the Scholastic Children's Book Fair. Criss Library will sponsor the event today, Nov. 30, from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Books for children of all ages, holiday titles, instructional materials, games, videos and toys will be for sale. Donations also will be accepted for Girls, Inc. Proceeds will benefit the library's juvenile book collection. Sponsored by the University Library Friends.

For more information, contact Melissa Cast-Brede at

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R.S.V.P. Deadline Today for Annual Campus Holiday Open House

Chancellor John Christensen, Interim Senior Vice Chancellor B.J. Reed and Vice Chancellor Bill Conley invite faculty and staff to attend UNO's annual campus holiday open house. Click on this link to view a special invitation. Those planning to attend should R.S.V.P. by 5 p.m. today, Nov. 30, to Donna Hathaway at 402.554.2311 or

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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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Deadline Approaching for NUFlex Enrollment and Health Risk Assessment

Only days remain until the annual NUFlex Enrollment period and Health Risk Assessment (HRA) concludes. This Friday, Dec. 2, is the last day to enroll for university benefits for 2012. Enrollment is done online at Firefly - Employee Self Service ( No changes will be permitted after Dec. 2.

Employees will need to complete the enrollment even if they do not plan on making any changes to their coverages in order to enter annual pledge amounts for Health Care and/or Day Care Reimbursement Accounts, and to designate a tobacco designation for Voluntary Life Insurance. Employees will also need to go to to complete the Health Risk Assessment in order to receive enhanced benefits with medical coverage. The username at the Wellstream site will be "UNO" followed by an individual's 8-digit NU ID#. The password will be "wellness".

The system may be quite busy on the last day or two of enrollment, so benefits-eligible faculty and staff are urged to complete the enrollment as soon as they can.

Anyone with questions regarding annual enrollment should contact Tim Rochford at 402.554.2465 or Esther Scarpello at 402.554.3660.

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UNO Celebrates National Computer Science Education Week

The UNO Department of Computer Science has organized several events for National Computer Science Education Week ( CSEdWeek aims to raise national awareness about the need for computer science education at all levels to prepare students for 21st Century careers and to underscore the transformative role computing plays in today's society.

Events at UNO kick off with the 3rd Annual High School Computer Science Quiz Bowl this Friday, Dec. 2. Teams from Omaha and Council Bluffs area high schools will compete to see who has the best knowledge of computer science and computing history. Student awards and presentations will be held on Monday, Dec. 5. Posters featuring ongoing computer science research will also be on display all week starting Dec. 5. The well-received panel, Beyond Grace Hopper: Women in Computing Careers, will be held again this year on Friday, Dec. 9.

All events take place on UNO's Pacific Street location at the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute. All events are free and open to the campus community and public. For more information, call 402.554.2423.

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Nominations Sought for Excellence in Teaching Award

The UNO Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes superior effort, dedication and exemplary conduct in the education of students. Nominations for the 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award (EIT) are due Friday, Jan. 20. The nomination form and criteria are available on the EIT Web site at

Nomination forms should be sent to Charlotte Swank, EAB 201, or For questions, contact Swank at 402.554.2967.

Important EIT dates:
Friday, Jan. 20--Nomination deadline.
Friday, Feb. 10--Nominee documentation due in Chancellor's Office by 4 p.m.
Monday through Friday, Feb. 13-17--Review of documentation by EIT Committee.
Friday, Feb. 17--EIT committee submits names to the Chancellor.

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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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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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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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Green Tip of the Week

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Repurpose Your Holiday Decor

At work or home, why not consider repurposing those holiday decorations this year? Instead of buying new -- go green and reach for those vintage holiday decorations that have been stored away.

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

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