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Library's Allard Named Employee of the Month

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Diana Allard, a cataloging assistant in UNO's Criss Library, has been named UNO's Employee of the Month for December. The Omaha native received her undergraduate degree from Midland College and graduate degree from UNO. One nominator said of her, "The library world is changing rapidly, and anyone who is a part of it must learn to grow and adapt to new technologies. Diana always moves with the times and learns each new process. Adaptability is Diana's middle name. She is always willing and able to step in when needed."



Eppley Vending Lounge Remodeling Project Starts Today

The Vending Lounge at Eppley Administration Building (Room 232), will have limited access starting today, Dec. 22, due to a remodel project scheduled over the UNO Winter Break (Dec. 26-30). Beginning at 2 p.m., this Friday, Dec. 23, no access to the room will be permitted. Access to the Vending Lounge will be available on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012.

Questions? Email

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HR Launches New A-Z Index for Employee Handbook

To improve accessibility, Human Resources recently launched a new A-Z index in the UNO Employee Handbook. The A-Z index features information related to employee benefits, services and processes. The A-Z index is located on page 130 of the handbook and can be found online at:

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Mileage Reimbursement Rate Announced

Effective Jan. 1, 2012, all mileage reimbursements for approved travel by personal automobile will remain at the rate of fifty-five and one-half cents ($.555) per mile as established by the IRS in July 2011. This rate should also be used when reimbursing visiting personnel or students for their travel. UNO's mileage reimbursement policy can be found at

Please contact Accounting Services at 402.554.2320 with questions.

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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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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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Next Fit Minded Session Starts Jan. 30

Jennifer Huberty, associate professor in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, is inviting women who enjoy reading, being social and who also want to become healthier to consider joining the next session of Fit Minded, a physical activity book club.

Formerly known as research study "Women Bound to Be Active," Fit Minded empowers women to become physically active by focusing on increasing self-worth and physical activity through a book club format. Through reading and discussion, Fit Minded provides women skills and strategies so that they can be active on their own for a lifetime. Fit Minded also offers online resources, including blogging, chatting and activity tracking.

Session Six is forming now. Members will meet for an hour starting at 5:30 p.m. on Monday evenings on the UNO campus starting Jan. 30, 2012. Fit Minded is facilitated by Dr. Huberty and her team.

To join Fit Minded, go to or send an email to The phone number for the group is 402554.3395.

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Thompson Alumni Center Rental Available for UNO Groups

Did you know that the Thompson Alumni Center provides free room rental to UNO groups for meetings, retreats, receptions and conferences related to university business?

The beautiful Thompson Center offers numerous amenities, including:

- A convenient, midtown location

- Versatile room spaces

- State-of-the-art A/V and Wi-Fi capabilities

- Exceptional catering options

Room descriptions, policies and pricing, and the entire catering menu can be found at

For more information call new Thompson Center Manager Gina Ray at 402.554.3368 or email

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