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Roskens Hall: An Educator's Dream

Roskens Hall: An Educator's Dream

Roskens Hall officially began construction as the generically-named 'Classroom-Office' building on Oct. 9, 1973 as a $3.7 million project under the guidance of then-chancellor Ronald Roskens and then-dean of the College of Business Administration, Dr. William Muse. In 2000, almost 30 years after he oversaw the construction of the building, it was dubbed 'Roskens Hall' in honor of Ronald Roskens and his wife Lois. continue . . .



Employee of the Month: Lorraine Street December 'Oh' Award Recipient

Oh, what a difference you make, Lorraine Street! Street is an administrative associate in the College of Education's Office of Student Services and Field Experiences. The entire month of December, UNO will recognize "Oh, what a difference you make, Lorraine Street!"

In 2007, Street found herself in a temping job in the College of Education and never left. This week, she will celebrate her fifth anniversary with the university. 

She is a native of Magnolia, Iowa, which is 45 minutes from Omaha. Before finding her way to UNO, she had a couple other careers.

Lorraine Street photo.

Lorraine Street

"Before taking a management buyout I worked with Northwestern Bell for 25 years; Christ Community Church for 10 years; and a small family business for more than 2 years," she said. "Marsha Vance told me about a temping job here and I applied for it."

Street interacts a lot with students. Most of the day, Street can be found helping a student maneuver through the College of Education's application process and placing UNO students in student teacher positions throughout the metro area school districts. 

One of Street's nominators said of her, "She is a wonderful recruiter at events the College hosts, such as the Future Educators of America Conference, as well as at area job fairs and other events, providing a friendly and helpful face of UNO that students appreciate."

Another nominator said, "I work closely with Lorraine on a daily basis. One of the things that I am consistently impressed with is the enjoyment she shows when interacting and communicating with our students. She always takes an active interest in everyone, and is genuinely interested in getting to know them and what is going on in their lives. This type of genuine interest that Lorraine displays goes a long way in showing our students that the College of Education is a welcoming environment, and that the staff truly cares about what is important to students."

She fondly remembers the very first time time she participated in the College of Education's Lewis and Clark Middle School event, which culminates with a graduation ceremony. "Over the summer, students from the school spend four days at UNO for a portion of the district's summer school program," she said. "At the ceremony when the kids graduated, I had tears in my eyes even though I wasn't anyone's parent."

The Lewis and Clark students participate in a variety of activities designed to increase awareness of post-secondary education, become familiar with the UNO community, and better understand how educational choices today offer preparations for the future.

Working at a university, Street said she especially cherishes the good rapport with all the students she has known over the years. "I still keep in contact with a work study student who worked all four years in our office while working on his degree."

As Employee of the Month, Street received a certificate, portrait with the Chancellor, monetary award and use of a designated parking space. She will also be honored at an upcoming meeting of the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.

Lorraine Street photo.

Last January, Human Resources announced the updated Employee of the Month --"Oh" Award for "Oh, what a difference you make!" -- program for UNO staff members. HR administers the program in conjunction with the Office of the Chancellor and Staff Advisory Council. They welcome nominations from faculty, staff, students, vendors and visitors. Nomination forms are available at

Street joins a distinguished group of "Oh" Award winners at UNO. Employee of the Month recipients since February 2012 include:

November – Melissa Wragge, NASA Nebraska Space Grant & EPSCoR

October – Marylyn May, Financial Aid;

September – Delores Bruckner, Food Services;

August – Christy Tilford, Undergraduate Admissions;

July – Diane Sunde, Planning and Architectural Services;

June – Marc Gordon, Criss Library;

May – Leon Brooks, Food Service,

April – David Brown, College of Public Affairs and Community Service;

March – Craig Adler, Registrar's Office;

February – Rebecca Karel, Milo Bail Student Center Business Office;

January – New "Oh" Award officially established.

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Prep Week 2012 Schedule of Events

Are you stressed about finals? Join UNO during Prep Week (Dec. 3-6) for a variety of stress-relieving activities!

Today, Dec. 3:

* 7:45 a.m. until supplies run out – Get free hot chocolate on the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Plaza, Mammel Hall and University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI)

* Noon to 1 p.m. – Join Pat Philippi for some soothing yoga in the Student Government Agency area in MBSC

* 5 to 8 p.m. – Get a discounted dinner at Scott Café for only $5!

Tuesday, Dec. 4:

* 7:45 a.m. until supplies run out - Get free hot chocolate on the MBSC Plaza, Mammel Hall and PKI

* 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Free chair massages in the MBSC Fireplace Lounge

* Noon to 1 p.m. – Relax with the UNO Jazz Combo and enjoy some free pizza in the MBSC Maverick Lounge!

Wednesday, Dec. 5:

* 7:45 a.m. until supplies run out - Get free hot chocolate on the MBSC Plaza, Mammel Hall and PKI

* 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Free chair massages in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Lobby area with free hot chocolate and popcorn. Plus, listen to some acoustic seasonal guitar music!

Thursday, Dec. 6:

* 7:45 a.m. until supplies run out – Get free hot chocolate on the MBSC Plaza, Mammel Hall and PKI

* 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Free chair massages at the University Village and Maverick Village Clubhouses

* All Day – Play a round of golf on the Criss Library's Mav-Links Golf Course (main level). This four-hole course is a fun and relaxing way to spend some time in the library before and after you study.

* 3 p.m. until supplies run out – Free fruit in the Criss Library!

Plus, get some retail therapy in by checking out the UNO Bookstore's Holiday Sale (starting Dec. 3)! Buy one apparel item, get the second apparel item half off! Plus, get 20 percent off 2013 picture calendars, holiday books, children's books; and select hardbound and paperback bestsellers. Get fresh popped popcorn at Textbook Buyback starting on Dec. 5.

The Criss Library will offer extended hours for Prep Week: Monday through Thursday, Dec. 3-6, from 7 a.m. until 2 a.m.

Questions? Contact Barb Treadway at

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Criss Library Extends Hours for Prep and Finals Week

Criss Library is piloting extended hours for prep and finals week this semester. "We are pleased to offer students this additional time," said Steve Shorb, dean of Libraries. The library will stay open until 2 a.m. Monday through Thursday during prep week and Sunday through Wednesday during finals week to allow UNO students additional research and study hours.

Extended library dates are:

- Today through Thursday, Dec. 3-6: 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.

- Sunday, Dec. 9: Noon to 2 a.m.

- Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 10-12: 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.

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Shelton Hendricks Retirement Reception is Today

This month, Dr. Shelton Hendricks will retire as a professor of Psychology. During his illustrious career at UNO, he has worn many hats. To honor his decades of service, a campus-wide retirement reception will be held today, Dec. 3, from 2 to 4 p.m., in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

Dr. Brigette Ryalls, chair of the Psychology Department, encourages all University faculty and staff to attend. "Please join us in celebrating the career of a distinguished university citizen. Shelton Hendricks has served the University in multiple capacities during his 43 years, including rising through the ranks from assistant to full professor in Psychology, chair of the Psychology Department, dean of Graduate Studies, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and president of the UNO Faculty Senate."

Questions? Contact Marie Lee at 402.554.2581 or

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College of IS&T Round Table Today

Today, Dec. 3, the UNO College of Information Science & Technology (IS&T) Round Table will welcome Dr. Yan Wu from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Dr. Wu is a guest researcher in the SAMATE team at NIST. At today's round table, she will discuss the recent Software Assurance Metrics And Tool Evaluation (SAMATE) project, which is dedicated to improving software assurance by developing methods to evaluate software tools and techniques, measuring their effectiveness and identifying gaps to fill. This is a working group sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Cyber Security Division, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). In Dr. Wu's presentation, she will also introduce the active SAMATE projects and will discuss opportunities for participation and collaboration.

Dr. Wu received her doctorate in information technology from UNO in 2011. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in computer science from Beijing Institute of Technology in 2002 and 2005, respectively. Her areas of interest include knowledge-intensive software engineering, software assurance, data mining and ontology-based domain modeling and analysis.

The round table will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 160 University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute. Pizza and salad provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Talk starts at 11:45 a.m.

Questions? Contact Angela Nastase at 402.554.4150 or

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UNO to Celebrate Computer Science Education Week Dec. 3-8

The UNO Department of Computer Science celebrates Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) today through Saturday, Dec. 3-8. CSEdWeek aims to raise national awareness about the need for computer science education at all levels to prepare students for 21st Century careers and to underscore the transformative role computing plays in today's society. For a list of planned activities, visit:

All events are free and open to the public, and take place on UNO's Pacific Street location at the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute. For more information, call 402.554.2423.

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Annual Holiday Sale Under Way at Bookstore

Happy Holidays from the UNO Bookstore staff! The UNO Bookstore is holding its annual Holiday Sale starting today, Dec. 3, and runs through Saturday, Dec. 15. This is the best time of the year to get a gift for your favorite Maverick!

Buy one apparel item, get a second apparel item half off! In-store only, limited to items in-stock. The second item must be of equal or lesser value.

Plus, get 20 percent off 2013 picture calendars, holiday books, children's books and select hardbound and paperback bestsellers. In-store only.

UNO Bookstore Hours:

- Monday through Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

- Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Saturday, Dec. 8: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

- Saturday, Dec. 15: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Questions? Visit or contact Jacinda Brooks at

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Last Week for NUFlex Enrollment and Health Risk Assessment Participation

All benefit-eligible faculty and staff have until 5 p.m. this Friday, Dec. 7, to complete their online enrollment in the NUFlex benefits program and the Health Risk Assessment (HRA). 

Employees who complete the HRA will receive enhanced benefits:

- 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 last page of 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.

NUFlex enrollment also ends this Friday. No benefits may be added or changed after 5 p.m. on Dec. 7. Enrollment includes updating your tobacco designation and enrolling in the healthcare and daycare reimbursement accounts. You must check your confirmation statement at the end of the enrollment process to be sure that you have updated your tobacco designation for your voluntary life insurance (if any) and that you have correctly entered your pledge for the reimbursement accounts, if participating.

All benefit-eligible employees will have received emails through the campus email system with information on how to access the Health Risk Assessment. NUFlex enrollment may be accessed through Firefly – Employee Self-Service (

Please contact Human Resources at 402.554.2321 if you need further information.

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UNO Hosts Archbishop Hanna, Patriarchate of Jerusalem at Interfaith Dialogue on Dec. 4

As conflict continues in Israel and the Palestinian territories, UNO will host His Eminence Theodosius Hanna, Archbishop of Sebaste, Patriarchate of Jerusalem, for a first-time visit to Omaha. Sponsored by UNO's Muslim Student Association his Tuesday, Dec. 4, talk is titled, "The Entanglement of Religion and Politics in Palestine."

Archbishop Hanna will speak at UNO from 11:30 to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Omaha Room. The event is free and open to the public. He will speak on the current conditions in the region from his unique perspective as both a Christian and a Palestinian. The Archbishop is active both in interfaith dialogue in the region and the preservation of its Orthodox Christian heritage. He was elected to his current position as Archbishop of Sebaste, Patriarchate of Jerusalem, in 2005.

For more information, contact Ellana Haakenstad at

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University Relations Seeking Student Stories

As commencement approaches, the University Relations office would like to call attention to important student stories and achievements of December graduates.

If there is a student you know who has an interesting background or has made a significant accomplishment while studying at UNO, please send their name, a short description of what makes them interesting, and contact information for the student to Charley Reed at

Note: The student would need to be open to being interviewed by media or having their story shared on UNO's website, Facebook or Twitter pages.

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Physics Colloquium Set for Dec. 7

"Everything You Know is Wrong: Living in a Dark Universe," will be the topic of discussion at UNO's Physics Colloquium this Friday, Dec. 7. Gintaras Duda, professor of physics at Creighton University, will present.

Dr. Duda's lecture will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in 169 Durham Science Center (DSC).

This talk will explore the current state of cosmology and the dark sector. Surprisingly, although some interesting puzzles remain, modern science is closing in on understanding our universe and our cosmos.

Questions? Contact Iulia Podariu at

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Computer Science Education Week Event on Mentoring Set for Dec. 6 at PKI

The College of Information Science & Technology (IS&T) is hosting a panel on mentoring in conjunction with Computer Science Education Week. It will feature four professional women from several organizations in the Omaha area with formal and informal mentoring programs. The event, "Beyond Grace Hopper: Women in Computing Careers," is open to all that would like to learn more about mentoring. It will be this Thursday, Dec. 6, at noon in the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) atrium.

Panelists will discuss the value of mentoring, how to find a mentor, and what to discuss with a mentor, as well as take questions from the audience.

They are:

- Dara Hunter, Union Pacific

- Shonna Kadavy, Sogeti USA

- Colleen Maciejewski, Woodmen of the World

- Mayi Sreenivas, Union Pacific

Questions? Contact Stacie Petter at 402.554.2077 or

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Retirement Reception Dec. 6 for Drs. Scott Harrington and Judy Harrington

The College of Education is hosting a retirement reception for Drs. Scott Harrington and Judy Harrington this Thursday, Dec. 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. in 412 Roskens Hall.

Scott joined the College of Education faculty in the fall of 1969.  He is completing 44 years of service to the Counseling Department, the College of Education and the University.  Judy is being honored at this time for her 32 years of service, although she will retire in May.  Although Judy is a faculty member in the Goodrich Program, she also taught classes in the College of Education during her tenure and is being honored by the college at this time for that service.

For more information, contact Ron Burmood at

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UNO Women's Club Annual Brunch and Boutique is Dec. 8

Give your holiday shopping a kick-start at UNO Women's Club (UNOWC) Annual Brunch and Boutique this Saturday, Dec. 8, in Mammel Hall's atrium.

- Shopping from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 2 p.m.

- $10 per person brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Club profits will be donated to the UNOWC scholarship fund.

Make it an afternoon and bring a friend. RSVP for brunch required to

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Criss Library Hosts Online Scholastic Book Fair

Did you miss the Criss Library's Scholastic Book Fair? Fear not, you can shop through the online book fair through Tuesday, Dec. 11. Books will be delivered to the library so there are no shipping charges. You'll be notified by email when your books arrive. Five free ebooks of children's favorites are available on the site. For more information, contact Melissa Cast-Brede at or visit the online book fair at

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