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A December to Remember

A December to Remember

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UNO students take advantage of the unseasonably warm weather with a game of catch on campus.



Flag Lowering

The UNO flag will be lowered to half-staff today, Dec. 6, in honor of UNO retiree Mary Williamson. She passed away Dec. 3 at age 88. Dr. Williamson, an associate professor in the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC), retired from the University in 2004 after more than 34 years of service.

Dr. Bob Bernier, a former colleague and supervisor of Williamson, remembers her many contributions to UNO. "Mary Williamson, a retired UNO Communications professor, has given many years of dedicated service to NBDC. An expert in advertising, Dr. Williamson has guided many NBDC clients in promotion campaigns."

To learn more about Dr. Williamson's tenure at UNO, there is a 2002 "UNO Reflections on Time" interview done by Jack Newton that is available at the Criss Library.

No services are currently planned as Dr. Williamson donated her body to medical science.

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Computer Science Education Week Event on Mentoring is Today

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 today, 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 Today for Drs. Scott Harrington and Judy Harrington

The College of Education is hosting a retirement reception for Drs. Scott Harrington and Judy Harrington today, 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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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. 6:

* 7:45 a.m. until supplies run out – Get free hot chocolate on the Milo Bail Student Center 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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New Campus Reporting System Announced

The Business Systems Intelligence, Office of Institutional Effectiveness, and Information Services departments have been working together to develop a new system for the campus community to request reports. Much of the campus reporting needs has been addressed by the PING website and the Student List reports developed by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness. With the new system, if your department needs a new report to be developed, you can submit a request online at: Please allow three working days to be contacted via phone or email by a member of the reporting team.

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UNO Excellence in Teaching Nominations Now Being Accepted

The campus-wide Excellence in Teaching (EIT) award committee is now accepting nominations for 2013. This award was established in 1969 to recognize superior efforts, dedication and exemplary conduct in the performance of the university's first task -- the education of its students.  The deadline for nominations is Jan. 18, 2013. Nominee application packets are due Feb. 15, 2013.

Refer to the following page - - for nomination information, requirements, forms and procedures. For questions, contact members of the committee or Paul Barnes (, Office of Academic and Student Affairs.

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HR Announces 2012 Holiday Closedown Schedule

Human Resources staff announces the 2012 Holiday Closedown beginning Monday, Dec. 24, and continuing through Tuesday, Jan. 1. Staff will return to work Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. For a complete holiday break down, click on this link. Questions? Please contact Payroll at 402.554.2739.

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Dec. 7 College of IS&T Round Table to Discuss 'Black Friday'

The UNO College of Information Science & Technology (IS&T) will welcome Matt Johnson, a software architect from Gallup, this Friday, Dec. 7. Johnson will talk on "More than Polling: Preparing to Deliver the Gallup News Network to Millions of Visitors."

Johnson has been with Gallup's technology department for 13 years. His main focus is the development and maintenance of Every four years the Presidential election causes a month -ong "Black Friday" event on Learn about how the team has upgraded their server environment in order to support one million visitors a day. You will also hear how the team is preparing for the challenges in their future, like hosting in the cloud and dealing with the mobile user.

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

Questions? Contact Angela Nastase at 402.554.4150 or

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Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility Guest Speaker Dec. 7

The Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility invites faculty, staff and students to attend a presentation Friday, Dec. 7, given by Dr. Carl Nelson.

Title of the Talk: Circles, Lines, and Elliptical Machines

Location: 211 Health, Physical Education and Recreation

Time: Noon to 1 p.m.

Dr. Nelson is currently an associate professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma and went on to pursue his master's and doctorate degrees from Purdue University.  Dr. Nelson joined the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2005. His research focus is on robotics and mechanical systems and adapting them for surgical and biomedical uses. Dr. Nelson is well published in journals such as the Journal of Medical Engineering and Technology and the Journal of Robotic Surgery, as well as several others.

For more information, contact Amanda Fletcher at 402.554.3442.

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HPER Pool to Close for UNO Swim Meet Dec. 8

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) pool will be closed Saturday, Dec. 8, due to a UNO Swim Meet. The pool will resume normal hours on Sunday, Dec. 9.

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HR to Host Dec. 11 Seminar on Medicare, Medicare Supplement Policies and Social Security

Human Resources presents an informational seminar on "Medicare, Medicare Supplement Policies and Social Security" for faculty, staff and retirees on Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) State Room.

The seminar will feature Nicole Rossitto from Blue Cross Blue Shield and Howard Johnson, an advocate for seniors and a Medicare advisor for those planning their retirement. Please come to learn more about the options available to those reaching this important stage in life.

For more information, contact Tim Rochford at 402.554.2465.

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In the News

Deichert on KFAB

Jerry Deichert, director of UNO's Center for Public Affairs Research, was a guest Wednesday, Dec. 5 on the Crash Davis Show on KFAB. Deichert discussed the findings of a study he worked on with Chris Decker, professor of economics, and Lourdes Gouveia, director of UNO's Office of Latino/Latin American Studies, which measured the economic impact of immigrants in the Omaha/Council Bluffs area.

Economic Study Featured on KMTV

The above study, the first of it's kind for the Omaha/Council Bluffs metro, was discussed on KMTV Action 3 News on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

Ostler Quoted in World-Herald

Elliot Ostler, professor of STEM education, was quoted in an Omaha World-Herald story on Wednesday, Dec. 5 about a new focus on math in area classrooms.

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Retirement Reception for Jan Boyer Dec. 7

Jan Boyer, Criss Library professor and cataloging/serials librarian, will retire on Monday, Dec. 31.

Criss Library will host a retirement reception for Boyer on Friday, Dec. 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Library Faculty Study. Please join in celebrating her distinguished career and 25 years of service to UNO. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact James Shaw at or 402.554.2225.

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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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Spring Permit Sales Begin Dec. 10

Permits for Spring/Summer 2013 go on sale Monday, December 10.  At that time all annual permits will be half price, including East and West Garage.

Please check the expiration date of your existing permit.  If it expires on December 31, 2012, and you plan to park on campus during the Spring Semester, you will need to purchase a new permit.  If it expires on August 15, 2013, you will not need to purchase another permit.

All permits are required to be purchased online at  Permits must be picked up at the Parking Office, Eppley Administration Building, Room 107, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.

You must present your MavCard to pick up permit.  Online purchasing requires NetID, username and password; vehicle information for all vehicles that will be parked on campus.  Information includes the vehicle's year, make, model, color, and license plate number.

If your permit has expired or you no longer need/use it, please make sure you turn it back in to Parking Services or you destroy it. This avoids your permit falling into the hands of someone else that may use the permit on campus and collect tickets under your account.

For questions, call Parking Services at 402.554.PARK(7275).

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Who's Who Nominations Open

The Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) office is proud to sponsor the annual Who's Who In American Colleges & Universities nominations. Faculty and staff are asked each year to nominate students that are junior status or higher for the Who's Who Award. Candidates nominated are considered on the basis of:

- Strong leadership on campus and in the community

- Engagement and success in academic life

- Great potential for future success

- Completed 58 or more credit hours or be graduate student status

- Possess a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher

Click here for Who's Who Nomination Form.

Nominations close Monday, Dec. 17. Questions can be directed to Ben Jager ( or 402.554.2711).

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Nominations Sought for Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's and Gender Studies

The Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's and Gender Studies recognizes extraordinary service to the UNO Women's and Gender Studies program.  This noteworthy work may involve teaching, research/creative activity, service or a combination of the three.

Nominees may be UNO students, faculty, staff, alumni or others who have provided exemplary service.

Deadline: Nominations are due Friday, Feb. 22.

To nominate a person or persons for the Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's and Gender Studies, please submit the following in electronic form to Dr. Karen Falconer Al-Hindi (

- A 1-2 page nomination letter describing the nominee's accomplishments and their relevance to the UNO Women's and Gender Studies program.  The nominator must be connected to the Women's Studies program (student major/minor, faculty, staff).

- The nominee's/nominees' resume or c.v.

- Additional supporting materials (e.g. letters of support) are welcome and strengthen the nomination but are not required.

The person(s) selected will receive the award at the annual Women's and Gender Studies luncheon. This year's luncheon will take place on Friday, April 26, 2013.

Previous winners include Dr. R. Ogle (Criminal Justice & Women's Studies), Dr. S. Maher (English & Women's Studies), Dr. K. Falconer Al-Hindi (Geography & Women's Studies), Dr. S. Moshier (Biology & Women's Studies), M. Rosen-Atherton (University Division Counseling and Women's and Gender Studies), R. Tomlinson Dick (B.A, Women's Studies, 2010), Dr. P. Proulx (Foreign Languages and Literatures & Women's and Gender Studies, and Marcia Adler(University Health Center and Women's and Gender Studies).

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