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A December to Remember

A December to Remember

photo by Jeff Beiermann/UNO

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



HR Announces 2012 Holiday Closedown Schedule

* Editor’s Note: Updated information about the Holiday Closedown is provided below.*

Please be advised: The following information is a correction to the numeric dates listed in yesterday’s eNotes and corresponding PDF link. The closedown’s final day includes January 1st (Tuesday), and staff report to work January 2nd (Wednesday).

For a complete holiday break down, click on this link

Questions? Please contact Payroll at 402.554.2739.

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Last Day for 2013 NUFlex Enrollment

Benefits-eligible faculty and staff have until 5:00 p.m. today to complete their annual enrollment for 2013 at

Even if you do not wish to make changes to your benefits, benefits-eligible faculty and staff will want to update the tobacco designation, complete the Health Risk Assessment (HRA), and make an annual pledge for reimbursement accounts (if participating).

For problems logging into Firefly, please contact the ITS Customer Service Help Desk at 402.554.4357. For questions about your health benefits enrollment, contact Human Resources at 402.554.2321.

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Retirement Reception for Jan Boyer at Criss Library

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

Criss Library will host a retirement reception for Jan, today, from 2-4 p.m. in the Library Faculty Study. Please join in celebrating her distinguished career and 25 years of services to UNO. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact James Shaw at or 402.554.2225.

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

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

- Shopping from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 1:30 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. R.S.V.P. for brunch required to

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UNO Students Win Study Abroad Scholarships; deadline for Boren Awards Approaching

Two UNO students have been awarded prestigious Gilman Scholarships to study overseas. Clara Baber, a freshman Biology major, will be traveling to Malaysia. Denisha Seals, a senior majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies and minoring in Chicano/Latino Studies, will be studying in Argentina.

Since 2001, the U.S. Department of State has granted Gilman Scholarships twice annually. Ranging from $1,000 to $8,000 each, the awards cover travel costs and other expenses for students who are otherwise unable to study overseas. The scholarship program favors students who would like to study in non-traditional locations, especially those outside of Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. It is open to Pell-eligible undergraduate students.

The deadline for the next round of Gilman Scholarships is March 1, 2013.

The deadline for another Study Abroad scholarship opportunity is quickly approaching. The Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.

Applicants for the Boren Awards should submit materials to the Study Abroad office by Jan. 14, 2013.

Students interested in these scholarship opportunities or any other Study Abroad program should contact Study Abroad Advisor Emily Hassenstab,, 402.554.2293, or visit the Study Abroad Library in 220 Arts & Sciences Hall.

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Author Talk and Book Signing at Criss Library Dec. 13

UNO alum, journalist and author Leo Bigo will speak at Criss Library on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m. He will discuss his new book Alexander Payne: His Journey in Film, and will be available to sign copies until 8 p.m.

Bigo has chronicled the career of the noted filmmaker (Sideways, The Descendants, Citizen Ruth) in this new book, which has gathered praise from actress Laura Dern, critic Leonard Maltin and other film industry insiders.

Bigo is a 1982 graduate of UNO and is an arts and entertainment reporter based in Omaha.

The event is free and open to the public.

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NBDC to Host Business Partnership Workshop Dec. 18

Government buyers are looking for quality products and services at competitive prices. However, many times small businesses do not have all the resources required to successfully compete for a government contract. Teaming or subcontracting with another company allows small businesses to participate in the lucrative government marketplace while providing a springboard into prime contracting opportunities in the future.

On Dec. 18, 2012, the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC), a department of the University of Nebraska at Omaha's (UNO) College of Business Administration (CBA), and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will host the “How to Build Successful Partnerships” workshop at Southeast Community College, 285 S. 68th Place, Fifth Floor CDR conference room from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Parking is available on the west side of the building. Read more.

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In the News

Archbishop Visits UNO, Creighton

Omaha World-Herald columnist Mike Kelly covered a visit to Omaha by Archbishop Theodosios Hanna, a Palestinian Christian. During his trip to Omaha, Hanna visited UNO and Creighton University.

Hagel Dedication of MaV USO Picked Up by The Base

A Nov. 22 issue of The Base, the weekly newspaper for the Offutt Air Force Base, covered Former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel’s visit to, and official dedication of, UNO’s Military and Veteran Services office.

UNO Military Friendliness Covered by The Base

In the same Nov. 22 issue of The Base, Chancellor John Christensen and MaV USO Director Hayley Patton were quoted in a story about UNO being ranked sixth in the country for military friendliness.

Engineering Merger Meets Resistance

A Dec. 6 issue of the Daily Nebraskan discusses the proposed merger between UNL’s engineering programs, which are separated between the UNL and UNO campuses.

Gershovich Writes for Jewish Press

Moshe Gershovich, professor of history and director of UNO’s Shwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies wrote a piece on Friday, Nov. 23 for Omaha’s Jewish Press, a weekly news magazine for the Jewish community, about the Phil and Ruth Sokolof lecture held on campus on Nov. 1

Illustrator Visit Covered by Jewish Press

A visit to Omaha by Jewish illustrator Hanoch Piven, which was coordinated in part by UNO’s College of Education, was covered by Omaha’s Jewish Press.

Zombo Profiled Ahead of Hockey Series

Men’s hockey forward and UNO sophomore Dominic Zombo was profiled by the Omaha World-Herald on Wednesday, Dec. 5 ahead of this weekend’s contest against St. Cloud State University.

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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.

Remaining extended library dates are:

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

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Textbook Buyback and Textbook Rental Returns Underway at UNO Bookstore

It’s time to sell your textbooks back to the UNO Bookstore and get some CASH!

Textbook Buyback and Textbook Rental Returns will be held December 5th – 15th. A valid picture ID is required. Please bring all DVD’s, CD’s and supplemental materials purchased with your textbooks. Estimated buyback prices can be checked online at; click on “Cash for Books.”

UNO Bookstore Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 8 & 15: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Questions? Please contact Jacinda Brooks at

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

UNO's 2012 December 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; 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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Call for Applications: Graduate Research and Creative Activity Grants

The Office of Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) and the Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) announces the availability of funding for the Graduate Research and Creative Activity (GRACA) awards.

GRACA grants support faculty-mentored UNO graduate student research and creative activity. Grants of up to $5,000 per student may be used to support student travel for data/information collection, project-related supplies and operational expenses, analysis and/or a summer stipend.

Eligibility is restricted to UNO graduate students who pay tuition and fees through UNO. Students must be enrolled during both spring and fall 2013 semesters (with no plans to graduate before December 2013). Students are required to identify a UNO faculty mentor who must approve the submission of the GRACA proposal. The faculty mentor must be a member of the graduate faculty.

Deadline: Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 (11:59 P.M. CST)

To find out more information and apply, visit

If you have additional questions, please contact ORCA and OGS at

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Faculty Research International Grants Now Available

The Office of Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) announces the availability of Faculty Research International (FRI) funding. FRI grants will support the establishment of new research and creative activity partnerships among UNO faculty and international collaborators. Awards of up to $5,000 are available to individual UNO faculty members to support travel-related expenses for UNO faculty, affiliated UNO graduate students and/or their international partners.

Successful proposals will describe how funds will be used to support the establishment of new scholarly partnerships among UNO faculty and collaborators outside of the United States. Successful applicants will articulate a clearly defined narrative of the proposed research/creative activity partnership, a timeline describing project activities and a detailed budget and budget justification. In addition, proposals must describe how nascent partnerships will be sustained after expenditure of the FRI funds.

Eligibility is restricted to current tenure-track or tenured UNO faculty. Collaborative research involving multiple UNO faculty members is encouraged.

Deadline: Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 (11:59 P.M. CST)

To find out more information and apply, visit

Additional questions? Contact ORCA at

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