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University Housing students took more than 500 toiletries and donated the items to the St. Francis House for the holidays. From left to right: Olivia Horner, Maverick Village Hall Council President; Joe Nabity, University Village RA; Caroline Nabity, University Village Hall Council President; and Kyle Schulze, Residence Hall Association NCC.



UNO Holiday Closedown Reminder

The 2011 holiday closedown begins Monday, Dec. 26, and concludes Monday, Jan. 2, 2012. Staff returns to work on Tuesday, Jan. 3. For more information, contact Human Resources at 402.554.2321 or visit

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UNO Winter Break Moves Announced

Facilities Management and Planning announces that the following departments will be relocating over the UNO Winter Break, Dec. 26-30:

*Honors Department, currently located at Arts and Sciences Hall, Suite 105, will relocate to Kayser Hall Suite 208.

*First Year Experience will be located at Kayser Hall Suite 233.

*UNO/OPS Middle College, currently located at Criss Library, Room 118, will relocate to Kayser Hall Rooms 238/238A.

*Thompson Learning Community, currently located at Arts and Sciences Hall, Suite 202, will relocate to Kayser Hall Suite 314.

*Project Achieve, currently located at Eppley Administration Building, Suite 117, will relocate to Kayser Hall Suite 330.

*Jim Young Scholars will be located at Kayser Hall Suite 334.

*Avenue Scholars will be located at Kayser Hall Suite 334.

*Facilities Management and Planning, Maintenance and Utilities, currently located at College of Public Affairs and Community Service Room 139, will relocate to Kayser Hall Suite 117.

*Facilities Management and Planning, Business Office and Architectural and Construction Services, currently located at Center Building, will relocate to Kayser Hall fourth floor.

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Blackboard Unavailable Jan. 2

In order to upgrade and apply fixes to the Blackboard learning management system before the Spring Semester, Blackboard will be unavailable on Monday, Jan. 2, from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. The Blackboard downtime is scheduled to last approximately two hours, but the campus community may see intermittent availability or system adjustments until noon as it is brought back online and tested.  

The fixes and improvements include:

Timed Assessments - In this release, instructors can choose to have timed assessment save and submit automatically when the timer expires, or allow the assessment to continue beyond the allotted time.  

Needs Grading - Instructors have the option to set the number of interactions needed in Gradable Blogs, Journals, Wikis, and Discussion Board activity so that it will appear in Needs Grading status in the Grade Center and on the Needs Grading page.

Interactive Rubrics - Increased rubric functionality including multiple associations and feedback options.

If you have question or concerns about this outage, contact Information Services, Technical Support at 402.554.4357 (4.HELP).

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In the News

In the News

- Dean Blais, head coach of the UNO men's hockey team, and Josh Archibald, freshman forward for the team, were mentioned in multiple national news outlets including, NBCSports, and TSN. Archibald was recently named to the U.S. National Junior team and Blais is this year's coach. The IIHF World Junior Championship begins on Dec. 26 with games broadcast on the NHL Network.

- David Drozd, research coordinator for the Center for Public Affairs Research, was quoted in a Dec. 21 issue of the Omaha World-Herald to provide insight into recently released statistics that show Nebraska and Iowa's growth rates being below the national average. The story was also picked up by CBS News.

- Wanda Ewing, Art and Art History, was featured in the Dec. 22 issue of Omaha World-Herald GO! Ewing received a prestigious grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in October.

- Jason Mims, head coach of the UNO men's soccer team, was quoted in the Omaha World-Herald about Creighton goalkeeper Brian Holt. Creighton made it to this year's NCAA College Cup before losing to Charlotte in penalty kicks.

- Sam Walker, emeritus faculty for the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, was a guest on "The Conversation," on Seattle's NPR affiliate, KUOW, to discuss claims of excessive violence being used by the Seattle Police Department.

- Mike Whye, part-time faculty for the School of Communication, was featured in a Dec. 15 issue of The Daily Nonpareil focusing on his travels throughout the world as a child and during his three decades as photographer.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 402.554.2129.

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December Biweekly Payday Notice

December 2011 has three biweekly paydays (Dec. 1, 15 and 29), therefore no standard deductions will be taken from the Dec. 29 biweekly payroll.  Regular biweekly paid employees will not have NUCREDITS included or standard deductions (insurance, parking, etc.) withheld. Federal and state taxes, Social Security and Medicare taxes, retirement and credit union deductions will be taken. 

For more information, contact Payroll at 402.554.2325 or 402.554.2739.

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Mail Services Holiday Shutdown Hours

Mail Services will be serving the campus community on a limited basis (pick up only) during the holiday shutdown. Deliveries will only be made to state offices, University of Nebraska Foundation and campus residence locations.

The service counter window will be open from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday through Friday, Dec. 26-30, for anyone wishing to retrieve department mail. Courier service to Lincoln will also be available but will be delayed one day. Any mail brought to Mail Services for first class processing will be processed and sent out the same day. Have a safe and Happy Holiday Season from your staff at Mail Services.

For more information, contact Mike Burton at 402.554.2394.

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HPER Building Winter Break Hours

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building will have special hours until Jan. 8 for Winter Break.

The hours are:

* Friday, Dec. 23, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.;
* Saturday, Dec. 24 and Sunday, Dec. 25, closed;
* Monday, Dec. 26 through Friday, Dec. 30, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.;
* Saturday, Dec. 31, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
* Sunday, Jan. 1, closed;
* Monday, Jan. 2 through Friday, Jan. 6, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.;
* Saturday, Jan. 7, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and
* Sunday, Jan. 9, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

For more information, visit:

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Criss Library Announces Schedule Changes

Criss Library hours for until Jan. 8, 2012 are as follows:

*Saturday, Dec. 24 through Monday, Jan. 2:  Closed
*Tuesday through Friday, Jan. 3-6:  7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
*Saturday, Jan. 7:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
*Sunday, Jan. 8:  Noon to 9 p.m.

Regular library hours will resume at 7 am on Monday, Jan. 9, 2012.

For a complete schedule of library hours, visit

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MBSC, Food Court and Café Hours

UNO's Milo Bail Student Center Building, Food Court and Café hours for Winter Break are highlighted below:

*Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC)
Regular hours Dec. 23: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.;

Closed Dec. 24 through Jan. 2, regular hours resume Jan. 3

*Food Court
Open 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 23; closed Dec. 24 through Jan. 2

*Mav-Rec Café and Library Café
Closed Dec. 23 and also during break, Dec. 24-Jan. 2

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Shuttle Bus Service Suspended During Winter Break

Shuttle Bus service will not be available during Winter Break.

Shuttle Bus Services will resume on Monday, Jan. 9, according to the following schedule:

*Crossroads Shuttle resume at 7 a.m.

*Pacific-Dodge Shuttle resume at 6:30 a.m.

*Dodge Intra-campus Shuttle resume at 6:30 a.m.

For questions, call Parking Services at 402.554.PARK (7275).

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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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