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Dan McDermott Named Employee of the Year at UNO

One sentence best describes this year's winner: he keeps things running on campus. Meet Dan McDermott from UNO's Facilities Management and Planning who was named UNO's Employee of the Year at the university's annual Faculty Senate⁄Staff Advisory Council (SAC) Recognition Banquet on May 2. McDermott was chosen from the 12 Employee of the Monthaward winners from 2011. continue . . .



Academic Partnership for Instruction Announces May 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 on Monday, May 7, and run through Friday, May 11. All workshops will be held in the 107 Criss Library. For full course descriptions and to get registered, visit

Questions? Contact the IS Help Desk at 402.554.4357 or email

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Faculty Senate to Hold Meeting Wednesday

The UNO Faculty Senate will hold a meeting on Wednesday, May 9, at 2: p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. This meeting will be the last of the 2011-2012 year and the first for the 2012-2013 year. The meeting is open to all.

For more information, contact Sue Bishop at 402.554.3598.

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Presentation to Focus on Pension Plans

A UNO-sponsored presentation focused on the future of pension plans, featuring a nationally-known author and researcher, will take place on Friday, May 11. Teresa Ghilarducci, who wrote When I'm Sixty-Four: the Plot Against Pensions and the Plan to Save Them, will begin her presentation at 11:30 a.m. at Scott Conference, 6450 Pine Street. Her talk, which includes lunch, is free. "Teresa Ghilarducci is a terrific speaker, and her topic is a timely one," said Ken Kriz, a UNO associate professor in the School of Public Administration. "She's known for being outspoken and her views are part of the national conversation on pension issues." Ghilarducci is a labor economist who has researched extensively on retirement security. An economics professor at The New School, she serves as the Bernard L. and Irene Schwartz Chair in economic policy analysis and director of SCEPA, the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis that focuses on economic policy research and outreach.

Ghilarducci has advocated for the creation of Guaranteed Retirement Accounts (GRA) to solve problems many Americans now face in planning for retirement: decreasing coverage and contributions, increasing investment risk, portability, leakage, high fees, and the drawdown of benefits in retirement. Her GRA proposal has met with critical success from high-level opinion leaders. In February 2010, the White House Middle Class Task Force issued a report calling Ghilarducci’s proposal a viable option to help American families save for retirement, irrespective of their financial sophistication, and called for further research on the plan. In July of 2009, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) identified GRAs as one alternative to overhaul the U.S. retirement system. In 2008, New York Times Magazine named the GRA Plan one of the best ideas of the year.

UNO’s sponsorship of Ghilarducci’s talk is through the College of Public Affairs and Community Services’ Public Pension Plan Initiative. Co-sponsors include the University of Nebraska Foundation and the Great Plains Governmental Finance Officers Association. After the lunch keynote, a panel discussion, “Defined Contribution Pension Plan Design and Implementation,” is set to take place at 1 p.m. in the UNO College of Public Affairs Building on the university’s Dodge Street Campus. Panelists include Kriz and Olivier Maisondieu-Laforge, a UNO Associate Professor in the Department of Finance, Banking and Law, and Gang Chen, a UNO public policy doctoral student.

Seats to the Ghilarducci luncheon are limited. Anyone who wants to attend should call 402.444.7151 or email by Monday, May 7 to make a reservation.

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Parking Services Announces Changes to On-Campus, Off-Campus Parking

Students who park at Crossroads Mall and ride the shuttle to campus will share the space with Methodist Hospital beginning with the Fall 2012 semester. The change is just one of several UNO Parking Services has announced regarding parking on and around campus that take effect at the start of the 2012-2013 academic year.

UNO will still occupy floors one through four of the Crossroads parking garage, but students parking at the garage should be aware that Methodist Hospital will begin using a shuttle bus system as well, said Jim Ecker, manager of UNO Parking Services. While the location of the UNO shuttle pick up will not change, riders must take heed when boarding the shuttles to ensure they are boarding the UNO bus. Additionally, the street leading to the garage will become one way, running east to west only. Read more.

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MavCard System Downtime Scheduled for May 8

The MavCard System will be unavailable Tuesday, May 8, due to an upgrade. MavCard users will not be able to use your MavCard to make purchases in Food Services, the Bookstore, computer labs, vending machines, off-campus merchants or any other areas where the MavCard is accepted. However, MavCards will be able to be used for door access, entrance into Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building and Criss Library book checkout.

For more information, contact MavCard Services at 402.554.2220.

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Inclusion: Diversity Reconsidered Workshop May 8

The Inclusion: Diversity Reconsidered workshop will be held on Tuesday, May 8, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. All faculty and staff are invited to participate in this campus wide discussion of "inclusive excellence" with keynote speaker William T. Lewis, senior vice president for Diversity and Inclusion from Virginia Tech. A continental breakfast and lunch will be served, so registration is required.

To register, contact Rachel Maley at 402.554.2262 or

This workshop is sponsored by Academic and Student Affairs. Please see this link for additional information.

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Blackboard Drop-in ASK? Sessions This May

Have a quick Blackboard question you'd like to ask, but don't feel like you need to take a full workshop? Join the Academic Partnership for Instruction (API) Information Services team for Blackboard Drop-In ASK? Sessions. The next two session take place on Friday, May 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Monday, May 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Those interested in ASK? Sessions should come to the 104 Eppley Administration Building. These sessions are handled on a first-come, first-served basis and are not intended to take the place of training workshops.

Please contact Information Services Customer Services at 402.554.4357 (4.HELP) or with any questions.

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Campus Recreation Hosts Golf Classic May 23

Are you interested in the upcoming golf outing at Indian Creek Golf Course on Wednesday, May 23?

Register for the 2012 Golf Classic Tournament at

Contact Joe Kaminski at if you have any questions.

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UNO Library Friends to Host May 10 Book Discussion

The UNO Library Friends will host a discussion of the book The Greater Journey–Americans in Paris, by David McCullough.  All are welcome to attend the discussion at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, in the Thompson Alumni Center.  The discussion leader will be Juliette Parnell, associate professor of French.

McCullough’s book focuses on the American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, and architects who set off for Paris in years between 1830 and 1900. Parnell will share her knowledge of the French system of education and how these Americans achieved so much.

Ample, free parking is available at the Alumni Center. For more information, contact Linda Riviera,

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Criss Library Announces Summer Hours

The Criss Library is now using summer hours. The schedule it will be open:

* Sunday from noon to 9 p.m.;

* Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m;

* Friday from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.; and

* Saturday from noon until 5 p.m.

For a complete schedule of holidays and other schedule exceptions, visit

Summer hours will end Aug. 19.

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