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Winter Commencement Makes History

Winter Commencement Makes History

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On Dec. 17, more than 1000 students graduated during UNO's Winter Commencement ceremonies held at UNO's Lee and Helen Sapp Fieldhouse. It was the first time since 1996 that commencement was held on campus. Family, friends and members of the UNO community were in attendance as degrees were conferred in two - 10 a.m. and a 2 p.m. - ceremonies.

News Release



Flag Lowering

Chancellor John Christensen has ordered UNO flags to be flown at half-staff today, Jan. 17. The order is in observance of lifetime UNO benefactor, Leonard "Buddy" Goldstein. Goldstein passed away Jan. 6 at age 91.

Buddy and his wife, Shirley, endowed the Leonard and Shirley Goldstein Lecture on Human Rights and have been actively involved in the UNO community in that capacity for more than 13 years.

Services were held Jan. 9, at Beth El Synagogue, in Omaha. Read more.

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W-2 Forms Set for Delivery Today

The 2011 W-2 Forms are scheduled for distribution today, Jan. 17. As in the past, active employees will have their W-2 Form delivered to their work address through campus mail. Separated employees will receive their W-2 Form through the U.S. mail at their permanent home address.

For W-2 form questions, contact Payroll at 402.554.2325 or 402.554.2739.

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Student Poetry/Comic Contest Seeks Original Nebraska Works

The UNO Department of Foreign Languages, Masters of Arts in Language Teaching (MALT) and the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) have partnered with the Nebraska Humanities Council to offer a creative writing in Spanish contest, open to all Nebraska students, grades 5 through 12.

"Through Our Words: Hands, Minds and Hearts at Work," which is in its third year, encourages Nebraska poets and comic strip artists to submit original works in Spanish. The contest celebrates the Spanish language across the state of Nebraska and encourages its creative use among bilingual, heritage speakers and speakers of Spanish as a second language. Read more.

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People: UNO Alumni Association Programs Honored at CASE Conference

The UNO Alumni Association put on another award-winning performance during the annual CASE VI Conference, held Jan. 8-10 in Denver, Colo.

Three UNO Alumni Association programs earned honors at the conference. Elizabeth Kraemer coordinated the award-winning programs.

CASE — the Council for Advancement and Support of Education — is the professional organization for advancement professionals who work in alumni relations, communications, marketing, fundraising and other areas. Case VI is comprised of institutions from Nebraska and seven other Midwest states. Read more.

Have you done something noteworthy in your profession? E-mail "People" items to People appears in the Tuesday edition of eNotes.

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NBDC, CBA to Host Business Development Seminar Jan. 27

The UNO College of Business Administration (CBA) and the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) are partnering to hold a full-day seminar on Friday, Jan. 27, focusing on the best practices of business development for companies of all sizes.

The seminar, titled "Capture the Contract," will be held at Mammel Hall, located at UNO's Pacific Street Campus on the corner of 67th and Pine Streets, and cover the process of writing a proposal to secure a business contract – called capture planning. Specific topics will include establishing in-house business development processes, finding opportunities and authoring a proposal. Read more.

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Digital Measures Faculty Annual Review Workshops

The Office of Academic and Student Affairs will be holding three open workshops available to all full-time faculty. These workshops will cover the basics of using Digital Measures to generate reports for annual reviews. The workshops will be held at the following times:

* Thursday, Feb. 2 – 145 Arts and Science Hall  (4 to 5 p.m.)

* Wednesday, Feb. 8 – 107 Weber Fine Arts Building (9 to 10 a.m.)

* Friday, Feb. 10 – 260 Peter Kiewit Institute (2 to 3 p.m.)

If you are unable to attend any of the available workshops and have questions about generating reports, contact Dan O'Dell at

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Free Toner Cartridges Listing

Sustainability Graphic

Limited quantities of free toner and inkjet cartridges are available from Mail Services for department use only. To reserve any of the following, contact Kathy Hartle at 402.554.2337.

Brothers: PC-302RF and PC-201.

Epson: 97, TO48620, TO48420, TO48120, TO48320, TO48220, C60 and SO20089.

HP: C4127, 92A, Q2672A, Q2671A, Q2673A, C4153A, C4150A, Q5953A, C3903A, 27X, Q2672A, Q2673A, Q2670A, C41494, 58, 11, 10, 02 and 51626A.

Hartle invites the campus community to join the recycling effort. Before throwing away an old toner or ink cartridge, contact her at 402.554.2337 to see what options are available.

"If you don't have the printer for the toner cartridges anymore, send them to the mailroom," she said. "With the budget situation, continuing to recycle ink and toner cartridges can save the university and departments money."

Can't find it on the list? If departments want to request a particular brand of ink cartridge they can contact Hartle directly as well.

The GreenUNO Task Force supports this event. For more information, visit

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Academic Partnership for Instruction January Blackboard 9.1 Workshops

The Academic Partnership for Instruction (API), a Division of Information Services (IS), will be offering a series of workshops designed to teach faculty about ways to use Blackboard 9.1 to enhance student learning. Workshops begin this Wednesday, Jan. 18, and run through Wednesday, Jan. 25. All workshops will be held in the 112 Criss Library.

For full course descriptions and to get registered, please visit

Questions? Contact the IS Help Desk at 402.554.4357 (4.HELP) or email

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Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility to Host Guest Speaker Friday

The Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility invites the campus community to attend a presentation this Friday, Jan. 20, by Dr. Karl Newell, professor of Kinesiology and Biobehavioral Health and head of Department of Kinesiology, University Park, Pa.

*Title of the talks: "Variability and Motor Control"

*Location: 211 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building

*Time: Noon to 1 p.m.

Dr. Newell is a leading scientist and researcher in the field of motor control and motor learning. He earned his undergraduate degree at Loughborough College of Education in England. He received his master's and doctorate degrees from University of Illinois. His research interests include coordination, control and skill of normal and abnormal human movement across the life span. Dr. Newell has been continuously funded since 1976 and has been successful in getting grants from agencies like National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health. He has edited several books, and book chapters and has extensively published in leading journals including the Journal of Motor Behavior.

For more information, contact Demi Treat at 402.554.2573.

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