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A Foggy Saturday

A Foggy Saturday

photo by Jeff Beiermann/UNO

Doug Wagner, part-time instructor at UNO, walks across campus on a foggy Saturday on Dec. 1, 2012.



Annual Campus Holiday Open House is Today

Chancellor John Christensen, Senior Vice Chancellor B.J. Reed and Vice Chancellor Bill Conley invite faculty and staff to attend UNO's annual campus holiday open house today, Dec. 5, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. Click on this link to view a special invitation. R.S.V.P.s were required.

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PKI and College of IS&T Round Table Today

Today, Dec. 5, the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) and College of Information, Science and Technology (IS&T) Round Table welcomes Lt. Gen. Rhett A. Hernandez, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Cyber Command/Second Army at Fort Belvoir, Va. Please join the round table for a discussion on the "Mission of the U.S. Army Cyber Command and Potential Research Opportunities and Job Prospects with U.S. Army Cyber Command."

The U.S. Army Cyber Command/Second Army's breadth of responsibility spans the entire Army and the entire world. Traditional boundaries no longer exist and anonymous attacks can occur literally at near light speed over fiber optic networks. Cyber Command is composed of a professional team of elite warriors defending Army networks and providing full spectrum cyber, enabling mission command and providing global advantage. The cyber war fighting requires impact, integration, risk, and knowing the enemy, the cyber terrain, and ourselves.

The round table will take place from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 279 University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute. Pizza and salad provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Talk starts at 11:30 a.m.

Questions? Contact Angela Nastase at 402.554.4150 or

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NUFlex Open Computer Lab Available Today for Annual Enrollment

Benefit-eligible faculty and staff who would like some assistance with the 2013 annual enrollment may take advantage of an Open Computer Lab being held today, Dec. 5, in 543 Kayser Hall from 2 to 3 p.m.

Only a few days remain for 2013 NUFlex enrollment. Since this year's enrollment is online only, Human Resources is offering an open computer lab for employees requiring access to a computer or additional assistance.

Go to and log in for online NUFlex enrollment, which ends Friday, Dec. 7. For password help, contact ITS Customer Service Helpdesk at 402.554.4357.

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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. 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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UNO Winter Commencement Ceremonies to Take Place Dec. 15 at Sapp Fieldhouse

UNO's 2012 Winter Commencement ceremonies will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Sapp Fieldhouse at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The 10 a.m. event will include graduates at the bachelor's, master's and doctorial level for the colleges of Arts and Sciences; Education; College of Engineering (UNL); and Communication, Fine Arts and Media. The 2 p.m. event will confer the same degrees to the colleges of Business Administration; Public Affairs and Community Service; Education and Human Sciences (UNL); and Information Science & Technology.

Fieldhouse doors open at 8 a.m. for the 10 a.m. ceremony, and noon for the 2 p.m. ceremony. There is open parking in campus parking lots during the commencement ceremonies. Lot N is reserved for designated handicap parking and Lot R is reserved for members of the Platform Party. Parking Lot Q is closed due to construction.

Faculty attending the ceremony should report to the Mav Café inside of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building before 9:15 a.m. if they are part of the morning ceremony and 1:15 p.m. if they are part of the afternoon ceremony. Members of the platform party should report to HPER 109 F and students should report to HPER 128 at the same times.

Any questions should be directed to University Relations at 402.554.2129.

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UNO Researchers Release Report on Immigrant Economic Impact in Omaha-Council Bluffs Metro, Share With Community

Researchers from UNO's Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS), College of Business Administration (CBA) and Center for Public Affairs Research (CPAR) have teamed up to quantify, for the first time, the multi-billion dollar effects that immigrants have on the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area in a new report titled "Economic Impact of Latin American & Other Immigrants."

The study is published in English; however, the executive report has been translated into Spanish and converted into an easy to understand manual that will be used as a popular education tool in community workshops. The first of those workshops was held on Friday, Nov. 30 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Read more.

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PowerPoint:  Not Just for Presentations

Learn the power of PowerPoint by joining the Academic Partnership for Instruction (API), a division of Information Services (IS), as they help you create interactive PowerPoints. The training session will take place this Friday, Dec. 7, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in 543 Kayser Hall.

During this session participants will learn how to use PowerPoint to create non-linear, interactive course materials which can be used for: test preparation, in-class activities, games, supplemental resources, and to help accommodate students with various learning styles. Participants will first create a sample presentation flow chart and a storyboard to be used in their development of a short non-linear presentation.

Previous experience with basic PowerPoint is recommended. To register for this session, visit

Questions? Contact IS Customer Services at 402.554.4357 or

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UNO Alumni Association Programs, Coordinator to be Honored at Conference

For the third consecutive year, the UNO Alumni Association (UNOAA) will receive special recognition for its programs and communications, and one member of the UNOAA team will receive the inaugural "Rising Star" Award during the CASE VI conference Dec. 9 through Dec. 11 in Chicago.

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 one of eight regional districts, comprised of nearly 200 institutions from Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.

More than 1,200 representatives of those institutions will gather Dec. 9 - 11 in Chicago for a joint CASE V and VI conference featuring workshops, seminars and presentation of CASE VI Institutional Awards. The latter recognizes the best work in professional advancement completed from September 2011 through June 2012. More than 400 entries were peer judged.

UNOAA will receive eight CASE VI Institutional Awards, including three gold awards. Five of the awards honor association work in alumni relations programs and three awards honor UNO Magazine, a UNOAA publication. The association has received 16 CASE awards since 2010, including its first-ever Silver award in CASE's International Circle of Excellence awards program.

Also, UNO Alumni Association Programs Coordinator Elizabeth Kraemer will receive the first-ever CASE VI Rising Star Award. 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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In the News

Research on Immigrants, Economy Covered by Omaha World-Herald

A research project from Christopher Decker, economics, Lourdes Gouveia, OLLAS, and Jerry Diechert, Center for Public Affairs Research, that discusses the economic impact of immigrants in the Omaha and Council Bluffs areas, as well as Nebraska and Iowa as a whole, was featured by the Omaha World-Herald on Tuesday, Dec. 4. The story was also picked up by the Kearney Hub.

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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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Go Green with 2012 Online W2s

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Did you know the University of Nebraska is migrating to a new online W2 statement process? Each employee must enroll via the Firefly link to receive your W2 online. The current process allowing employees to receive both a paper and electronic W2 will cease on Monday, Dec. 31. The old online link will be replaced with a new one and provide you easy access to all your W2s starting with 2012. Go green! Just click on this link, and enroll today!

Questions? Contact Lolita Schumacher at 402.554.2739 or

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Now Accepting Applications--5th Annual Student Research and Creative Activity Fair

The Office of Research and Creative Activity at UNO is pleased to accept applications for the 5th Annual Student Research and Creative Activity Fair. The Fair will take place on Friday, March 8, 2013, in the Milo Bail Student Center. 

All UNO students (undergraduate and graduate) and Engineering students from the Pacific Street campus are encouraged to apply. Registration materials are available at

Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013.

For more information, contact the Office of Research and Creative Activity at 402.554.2286 or

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