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Maverick Basketball at Ralston Arena

photos by Jeff Beiermann

The UNO men's basketball team won in their inaugural game at the Ralston Arena against Northern Illinois on Nov. 9, 2012. The Mavs won, 77-64.



NUFlex Enrollment Reminder for Today

The 2013 annual benefits enrollment materials are being sent out today, Nov. 19. Included in that information is the new Employee Plus One benefit. NUFlex is once again paperless, so benefit eligible faculty, staff and students should remember to check their UNO email account. Annual enrollment this year is from today, Nov. 19, until Friday, Dec. 7. Participants may not make changes after Dec.7.

Participants can make changes to their 2013 NUFlex benefits by using Firefly Employee Self Service at Please refer to Firefly's home page for additional information including a "Help Section" and important browser requirements and instructions.

Be sure to print out the confirmation statement at the end of the enrollment process and check it to make sure you have completed the enrollment correctly. If you have voluntary life insurance, you must update your tobacco designation. If you wish to participate in the reimbursement accounts, your annual pledge amount must appear on your confirmation statement.

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Health Risk Assessment Link Sent Out by Email Today

All benefit-eligible employees should check their UNO email today for information regarding the Health Risk Assessment (HRA) program.  Employees have until Friday, Dec. 7, to complete the online survey as part of the Annual NUFlex enrollment in Firefly Employee Self Service ( The HRA survey must be completed each year in order to receive the enhanced wellness and preventive services benefit for the following calendar year.

Participation is voluntary; however, by completing this short survey, you will receive a personal health report that will help you assess and monitor your personal health status. Employees who are enrolled in the university's Blue Cross Blue Shield medical plan and complete the HRA will also be eligible for enhanced wellness and preventive services benefits for themselves as well as their covered family members. Enhanced wellness and preventive services include:

- Increased annual adult preventive care allowance from $250 to $300

- Increased dependent child (under age 2) preventive care allowance from $500 to $600

- 100 percent coverage up to $2,500 for routine preventive colonoscopy once every 10 years beginning at age 50 (Services must be provided by a Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO Provider)

- $0 co-pay for generic prescription drugs through CVS Caremark's mail service only

It is important that you print out the Personal Health Summary as confirmation of your having completed the HRA.  That will be your proof of completion and will guarantee you will receive the enhanced benefits..

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NUFlex Informational Meetings Begin Today

Annual NUFlex informational meetings will be offered live online again this year, which will allow you to view the presentation anywhere at any time (24/7). To view a meeting online, visit at one of the following times:

*Today, Nov. 19, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

*Monday, Nov. 26, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

The number of participants is limited for each informational meeting, so we suggest you log in at least 10 minutes before the sessions begins. The agenda will be available online before the meetings at These online NUFlex informational meetings will be recorded and available on the university's benefits webpage shortly after the meeting to allow viewing at your convenience. If you experience any connection or technical issues, please contact the Adobe Connect Support line at 1.800. 422.3623.

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Psychology Department Presents Research Colloquium Today

The UNO Psychology Department presents a Research Colloquium by Christopher Lake from Bowling Green State University today, Nov. 19. The lecture is titled, "Response Latitudes: Using Item Response Theory to Assess Attitude Involvement." It will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

Questions? Contact Marie Lee at 402.554.2581 or

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Liberty Elementary School Winter Clothing Drive Under Way

The University Honors Program is collecting warm winter clothing for the children at Liberty Elementary School in downtown Omaha. Items needed include coats, hats, mittens and socks.

Donation boxes are located in:

- Milo Bail Student Center

- Durham Science Center

- Ideas Room in Roskens Hall

- Honors Program in 208 Kayser Hall

- Criss Library

- Mammel Hall

- Arts and Sciences Hall

- Allwine Hall

- University and Maverick Villages

- Scott Clubhouse

The collection will continue until the last day of class, Friday, Dec. 7.

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Mallory Kountze Planetarium Science Store Clearance Sale!

The Mallory Kountze Planetarium Science Store is having its very first clearance sale! The Science Store, in the Durham Science Center (DSC), has been selling gizmos, gadgets and thingamajigs for years. If you haven't had a chance to check the store out, now is the time. See what's on clearance (low, low mark downs) and explore the other wonders the Science Store has to offer. Store hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

If you need assistance, please go to the Physics Office in 129 or 144 DSC.

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R.S.V.P. Today for Aviation Institute's Charles Durham Distinguished Guest Lecture

The 2012-13 Aviation Institute's Charles Durham Distinguished Guest Lecture will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Scott Conference Center. A reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the lecture beginning at 7 p.m. This year's lecturer will be the United States Ambassador to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Duane Woerth. Ambassador Woerth was nominated to this position by President Obama in July of 2010, and he received Senate confirmation in September of 2010.  Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Woerth was the co-founder and senior vice president of an Internet advertising firm in Omaha, Neb.

All faculty, staff, and students of the university are welcome to attend the event. If you are interested in attending, please R.S.V.P. to 402.554.3424 or

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HPER Pool Hours Announced for Thanksgiving

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) pool will observe the following hours in conjunction with the Thanksgiving holiday.

Wednesday, Nov. 21 - 6 to 9 a.m., 11 to 1 p.m. 4 to 7 p.m. (masters will still be 6 to 8 p.m.)

Friday, Nov. 23 - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Marian High School will be practicing from 3 to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 24 - Masters 10 a.m. to noon, open swim 1 to 5 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 25 - 1 to 5 p.m.

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Criss Library Schedule Changes for Thanksgiving Holiday

Criss Library hours for Wednesday, Nov. 21, will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The library will be closed Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 22-24, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Regular library hours resume Sunday, Nov. 25, at noon.  For a complete schedule of library hours, visit

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Survival Skills for the Harried Professor Nov. 28

Survival Skills for the Harried Professor, a workshop for faculty members, is set for Wednesday, Nov. 28, from noon to 1 p.m. in 214 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building. The end of the semester can be stressful, so plan to join the Center for Faculty Development for a brown bag workshop with lively conversation and helpful tips to manage grading and coursework, while keeping a healthy mind and body. 

Presenters will be Jerilyn Kamm – School of Communication, Nicole Naatz – Counseling Center and Joe Kaminski – director of Campus Recreation.

To register, call the Center for Faculty Development at 402.554.2427 or send an email to

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College of IS&T/ISQA Round Table Nov. 30

The UNO College of Information Science & Technology (IS&T) and Department of Information Systems & Quantitative Analysis (ISQA) Round Table will welcome Varun Grover, a William S. Lee (Duke Energy) Distinguished Professor of Information Systems, on Friday, Nov. 30. Dr. Grover will talk on "The Playground for Information Systems Research: Moving to the Edges."

His talk discusses the general state of Information Systems (IS) research with a particular emphasis on the scripts researchers follow to successfully conduct and publish research. Dr. Grover has published extensively in the information systems field, with more than 200 publications in major peer-reviewed journals. Nine recent articles have ranked him among the top four researchers based on number of publications in the top Information Systems journals. Dr. Grover is senior editor for MISQ Executive, and senior editor (emeritus) for MIS Quarterly, the Journal of the AIS and Database and serves as associate or advisory editor for numerous other journals. Dr. Grover has given numerous keynote speeches at international conferences and participated in speaker series in more than 30 universities in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

He is currently working in the areas of IT value, system politics and process transformation and recently released his third book (with M. Lynne Markus) on process change.  He is recipient of numerous awards for his research and teaching, including awards from University of South Carolina, Clemson University, Association for Information Systems, Decision Sciences Institute, Anbar, and PriceWaterhouse and is a Fellow of the Association for Information Systems.

The round table will take place form 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 279 University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute. Subs and soft drinks will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. The talk starts immediately at noon.

R.S.V.P. to Angela Nastase at 402.554.4150 or, by Thursday, Nov. 29.

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UNO Faculty Un-Conference: No Slides, Just Sharing

Join UNO faculty to meet at MoJo's Smokehouse in Aksarben without a schedule or set speakers to share your great work and learn what others are doing across campus on Friday, Nov. 30. Anyone can talk, just sign up for a 15-minute slot the day of the event. It will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Food included! Sponsored by the Office of Academic and Student Affairs and the Center for Faculty Development.

For details, visit this link.

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Free Toner Cartridges Listing

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.

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.

HP: C4193A, C8721W, C8774W, C8775W, LJ4 Q7553X, LJS CC364XD, 93A 51650M, 10A 51650C, 27X 51650Y, 44 51641A, 99, 93, 20, 10, 11, 29, 41, C 4193A, Q 7553X, Q 3961A, CC 364XD, 51650M, 51650C, 51650Y and 51641A.

Brothers: LC S1BK, LC51 M, LC51 CL and TN-450.

Xerox: 106R01149.

Konica Minolta: TN301K.

Canon: BCI-11, BC-60 and BCI-21.

Epson: TO40120, TO44220, TO44420, TO44320, TO60220 and TO60320.

"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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Transgender Day of Remembrance Panel Discussion Nov. 20

Join UNO this Tuesday, Nov. 20, at noon in Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room for a panel discussion where transgender speakers and advocates will share their stories and experiences and discuss issues the transgender community faces. Q&A will follow.

Gender and Sexual Orientation (GSO) Agency and Student Organizations and Leadership Programs presents this event in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance.

There will be free pizza and food at the event. Please click on this link to download a flyer (transday.pdf).

For more information, contact Helen Kang at 402.554.2711 or

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Researching & Citing Sources: Preventing Plagiarism Student Learn Over Lunch Nov. 28

"Researching & Citing Sources: Preventing Plagiarism" is planned for Wednesday, Nov. 28, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Umonhon Room.

Students who attend the UNO Speech Center Lunch and Learn will learn about how to evaluate the documents they are using, effectively cite sources when delivering a presentation, and learn how to avoid common research mistakes.

Space is limited so you must register in advance, which can be done by contacting a consultant at the Speech Consulting Center at 402.554.3201 or Free pizza and pop will be provided.

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Middle East Forum Set for Nov. 29

The Middle East Project Fund at the UNO Department of History will host the second meeting of the Middle East Forum Thursday, Nov. 29, at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Chancellor's Room. The Forum is free and open to all UNO students, faculty, staff, as well as off-campus guests.

As always, guests are encouraged to bring lunch, and questions, as Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Curtis Hutt will moderate a panel of experts from UNO. These experts will address current issues that relate to the region and place them in context and perspective. UNO experts include: Moshe Gershovich, professor of History and director of both the Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish studies as well as the Middle East Project Fund, and Ramazan Kilinc, assistant professor of Political Science.

Topics for the November forum may include:

- The future of U.S. foreign policy during President Obama's second term,

- Ramification of General Petraeus's resignation from the CIA,

- The tensions between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank,

- Other regional developments.

Future meetings are planned for Jan. 24, Feb. 21, March 14 and April 18 in 2013. 
For questions, contact Gershovich at 402.554.3175 or

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