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UNO Chancellor Discusses Branding

video by Charley Reed

UNO now has a fully developed Brand Guide. It is available online at along with other useful materials for campus communicators. In this short video, Chancellor John Christensen talks about the importance of UNO's new brand look.


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Flag Lowering

Gov. Dave Heineman has ordered U.S. and Nebraska flags at all state buildings and facilities to be flown at half-staff today, Dec. 7, in accordance with a proclamation issued by President Obama. The order honors Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. This day of remembrance pays tribute to the lives lost at Pearl Harbor.

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Second Senior Vice Chancellor Search Candidate to Visit UNO Today, Tomorrow

Angela Laird Brenton, dean, College of Professional Studies at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, will visit UNO and be interviewed for the position of senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs starting today, Dec. 7. Dr. Brenton is one of four finalists.

Today, Dec. 7, all faculty, staff, students and members of the public can attend Dr. Brenton's campus community forum. It starts at 3:30 p.m. and will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center's Council Room.  A reception will follow.

Students are encouraged to attend a forum with Dr. Brenton that will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center's Jenkins Room this Thursday, Dec. 8.  The event runs from 4 until 5 p.m.

In addition to the forums, Dr. Brenton will meet with a wide range of campus constituents, including faculty, staff and students.  Her official campus visit concludes Thursday, Dec. 8.

Two more senior vice chancellor candidates will be making official UNO campus visits before the end of the month. They are:

* Dr. B.J. Reed, interim senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, University of Nebraska Omaha; and

* Dr. Gregory M. Sadlek, dean, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Cleveland State University.

Dr. Reed's visit is set for Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 12 and 13.  Dr. Sadlek's visit is Thursday and Friday, Dec. 15 and 16.

Dr. Rajib N. Sanyal, dean of Miller College of Business, Ball State University, was the first senior vice chancellor candidate to visit campus.  He completed his visit last week.

Dr. Brenton has served as dean of the College of Professional Studies for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock since 2001.  Prior to that she had been dean of the Graduate School and associate provost for Research and Service at Abilene Christian University from 1998 until 2001.  Dr. Brenton earned her doctorate in communication studies, with an emphasis on organizational communication, from the University of Kansas in 1982.

For more information on all of the candidates, visit the web at

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UNO Bookstore Book Buy Back Starts Today

The UNO Bookstore's end-of-semester Book Buy Back and Rental Return starts today, Dec. 7, and runs through Friday, Dec. 16. Current picture ID is required.

Estimated Buyback prices can be viewed at, click on cash for books.

UNO Bookstore hours during Book Buyback:
 - Monday through Thursday
 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

- Friday
 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Saturday, Dec. 10
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Questions? Contact Jacinda Brooks at

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Course Evaluation Teaching Circle Today

The Course Evaluation Teaching Circle invites anyone interested in discussing the new course evaluation instrument to join them. The next meeting will be held today, Dec. 7, at 10 a.m. in 111 College of Public Affairs and Community Service.

For more information, contact Carolyn Gascoigne at

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Author David Osborne to Speak on Campus Today

The College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS), in association with the Greater Omaha Chamber and Omaha Alliance for the Public Sector, is bringing David Osborne, author of several books on governmental and performance management, to campus today, Dec. 7.

The event will take place at 1 p.m. in Bootstrapper Hall at the Thompson Alumni Center. Osborne will provide a lecture about the impact of governmental budgeting on policy makers and taxpayers, which will be followed by a panel discussion on the topic. Read more.

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UNO Veterans Help Raise Awareness for Children in Need with 'Toys for Tickets'


Working to foster a spirit of giving and community service, UNO's Veteran Student Organization (VSO) is launching Toys for Tickets; an event aimed at helping local children.

The UNO Athletic Department will grant admission at tonight's 7 p.m. UNO women's basketball game against the College of St. Mary to anyone who donates a new, unwrapped toy to Toys for Tots, a charitable organization gathering toy donations for children in need.

The partnership with Toys for Tots is just one of several events that the UNO VSO has engaged in this holiday season. Read more.

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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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Associate Vice Chancellor Thomas Wallace Announces Departure

Thomas Wallace, associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs, will step down in February to become a vice president at California State University, Bakersfield.  Rita Henry, assistant vice chancellor for Student Affairs, and Pelema Morrice, assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Management Services, will lead Student Affairs during the transition until a new associate vice chancellor is named.  In addition Regina Toman, who currently serves as assistant dean in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, will also serve in an interim capacity to assist in student affairs during the transition. 

Henry and Morrice will divide oversight duties in Student Affairs, said B.J. Reed, interim senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs. Student Affairs has more than 200 employees involved in its operation.

A national search will be done to find a new associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs.  The search will begin as soon as possible after the first of the year.

Wallace will lead Student Affairs at California State University, Bakersfield.

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Giving Tree at UNO Child Care Center

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) invites the campus community to make donations to the UNO Child Care Center's giving tree.

"We are proud of our partnership with the UNO Child Care Center on this program and welcome other campus organizations to get involved," said Elizabeth Kraemer, CCSW staff co-chair.

The Child Care Center is displaying a giving tree containing requests for supplies. To view a list of items, visit

"As a parent, I know how important it is to offer support to caregivers; especially, those in charge of our most prized possessions -- our children," said Renae Rust, CCSW faculty co-chair. "Donators can rest assured that all donations will be gratefully appreciated by both the staff and children."

The commission thought it was appropriate to remind everyone of the program during the holidays since it's the season for giving; however, the Child Care Center will continue to accept giving tree donations throughout the year. To contribute, choose an item from the "giving tree" send it through campus mail or bring it to the Child Care Center.

"The giving tree is always changing - we will put items on it as they are needed," said Dawn Hove, director of the Child Care Center. "A few things we need, currently, are wet wipes, batteries, baking items; such as flour sugar, salt, cake mixes, Jell-O, pudding, food coloring, pasta (all kinds), etc."

Since its doors opened in 1986, the UNO Child Care Center has offered early childhood education programming for children - age 18 months to five years during the academic year; and until 12 years during the summer - of students, faculty, staff and alumni. The center was the first program in Nebraska to be accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

"We're not a daycare anymore. Today we offer a early childhood educational program," Hove said. "Educating the university's youngest students is our ultimate goal."

For more information contact Hove at 402.554.4936 or

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'Music From Around the World' Performance Set for Tomorrow

UNO's Jazz Combo will join UNO International Students for a "Music From Around the World" performance this Thursday, Dec. 8, in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. The campus community is invited to attend the free noon to 1:30 p.m. performance. Free food will be served.

Questions? Contact Pete Madsen at 402.554.2297.

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Writing Center Open Two Days for Finals Week

The UNO Writing Center announces it will be open during the first two days of finals week. The center will be open at one location only - the main center in 150 Arts and Science Hall - Monday, Dec. 12, and Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., drop-in only (no appointments).

For details, contact the Writing Center at 402.554.2946 or

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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 cswank@unomaha. 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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Green Tip of the Week

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Turn Off the Lights

At work, school or home remember to turn off the lights. Flip the switch when you're leaving for a meeting, class or turning in for the night.

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

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Feedback Sought for Survey

UNO Campus Icon

Feedback is sought from all users. To better assess usability and opportunities for improvement in the university's web presence, the Office of University's Relations has engaged the services of Survey Monkey to make an electronic "UNO Website User Survey" available to its users.

This survey is intended to measure both navigational and user needs. It will help University Relations' staff continue to refine to meet individual (college/departmental/organizational) website requirements and align UNO's website with the current campus-wide rebranding campaign. Everyone's feedback is critical in guiding this effort. Individuals will also be given the opportunity to volunteer to be part of the focus group.

The survey for all users is posted online at The survey, which officially started Dec. 5, will be posted through Sunday, Dec. 11, at which time it will be closed and the results tabulated.

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