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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.



Fall 2012 Online Grading Available through Jan. 4

The online grading window is open for Fall 2012 courses. The deadline for grade submission is Friday, Jan. 4, 2013.

Online Grading Dates are listed on this website ( Anyone who needs instructions for posting grades can visit the online tutorial here. Anyone with questions can contact Records and Registration at 402.554.2314.

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January Blackboard Training Opportunities

The Academic Partnership for Instruction (API), a division of Information Services (IS), has announced multiple opportunities for faculty and staff to learn more about UNO's learning management system, Blackboard. 

- Blackboard Drop-In Ask – Jan. 3, 4 and 7

Have a quick Blackboard question you'd like to ask? The Blackboard Drop-In ASK? sessions will be held on Thursday, Jan. 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday, Jan. 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Monday, Jan. 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Stop by and talk with the API staff in the Teaching and Technology Center, 538 Kayser Hall.  No registration is required; however, these sessions are handled on a first-come, first-served basis and are not intended to take the place of full training workshops.

- Getting Started with Blackboard – Jan. 18

Never used Blackboard before, but would like to dive in this semester? Join API on Friday, Jan. 18, at 9 a.m. in 543 Kayser Hall for Getting Started with Blackboard. This hands-on introductory session will show you how to make your course available for students, customize the look and feel, and add content. No previous experience is necessary, but registration is requested. To register, go to and click the link in the Register For box.

- Stump the Chump:  Blackboard Edition – Jan. 25

Are you a previous Blackboard user looking for a new experience? Not sure how Blackboard could do X? Join the API staff on Friday, Jan. 25, at 9 a.m. in 543 Kayser Hall for the Stump the Chump:  Blackboard Edition session. Bring your instructional questions or concerns and those in attendance will discuss possible solutions as a group. This interactive session is intended to expose participants to scenarios and advanced tools that they may not have encountered yet. Registration is requested. To register, go to and click the link in the Register For box.

Contact IS Customer Services at 402.554.4357 (4.HELP) or for more information on any of these training opportunities.

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UCRCA Invites a Second Round of Applications, New Deadline Date

The University Committee on Research and Creative Activity (UCRCA) is inviting a second round of applications. The submission deadline is Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. The guidelines for submission are available on the SPR web page:

All proposal materials must be submitted electronically in a single PDF document (including signed cover sheet) to: Please name your file using the following format: UCRCA_your last name_ full-proposal (or minigrant).PDF.

Examples of funded proposals are available on the SPR web page.

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In the News

Education Professors Quoted in OWH on Teaching Phonics

Wilma Kuhlman, teacher education, and Abby Burke, teacher education, were quoted in the Omaha World-Herald on Monday, Dec. 17, about a decision by Omaha Public Schools to place more emphasis on phonics education for its students.

Interactive Robot Exhibit in Nebraska City Paper

Nebraska's Strategic Air & Space Museum's exhibit, "Innovation: Inside Nebraska Robotics" was mentioned in the Nebraska City News-Press on Friday, Dec. 7. The exhibit is a partnership between the museum and UNO, UNL and UNMC to highlight robots research across the three University of Nebraska campuses.

Reed Quoted in Story on UNL Commencement Changes

On Saturday, Dec. 15, a story about UNL's commencement moving from the Devaney Center to Memorial Stadium in May featured Sr. Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs B.J. Reed. Reed discussed how UNO has already made changes to its commencement ceremonies, including moving them to campus from The Civic Auditorium in 2011.

UNO Singers Perform at Joslyn

On Monday, Dec. 17, KVNO featured a story about UNO's madrigal performers, led by Matt Harden, director of choral activities, performing at the Joslyn Art Museum later this week.

Aluma Named Volleyball's National Assistant Coach of the Year

On Thursday, Dec. 13, alumna Christyn May, a member of UNO's 1996 Division II national championship volleyball team, was recently named National Assistant Coach of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. May currently coaches for the University of Minnesota Duluth.

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'End of the World' Radio Show to Air on MavRadio Dec. 21

On Dec. 21, 2012, MavRadio, in conjunction with the UNO Paranormal Society and the UNO UFO Study Group, will be airing the "End of the World" radio show! The station will be playing music; talking about fringe science topics, including various end of the world prophecies; and having fun!

The show starts at 5 p.m. and can be listened to at 90.7 HD-2 FM or through streaming audio at:

If you would like to contact the show, email questions to or call in on the night of the show at 402.554.4927.

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ISO Offers Tips to Prevent Phishing

UNO's Information Security Office (ISO) wants to remind you that there have been multiple reports of spear phishing.  Spear phishing is highly specialized attacks against a specific target or small group of targets to collect information and gain access to systems. Any suspected phishing incidents can be reported at

Don't reveal personal or financial information in an email, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information. This includes following links sent in email.

Before sending sensitive information over the Internet, check the security of the website.

Pay attention to the website's URL. Malicious websites may look identical to a legitimate site, but the URL may use a variation in spelling or a different domain (e.g., .com versus .net).

If you are unsure whether an email request is legitimate, try to verify it by contacting the company directly. Contact the company using information provided on an account statement and not information provided in an email.

Keep a clean machine. Install and maintain anti-virus software, firewalls and email filters to reduce spam.

Feel free to contact the Information Security Office with any questions or concerns.

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Mail Services Holiday Shutdown Hours

Mail Services will be serving the campus community on a limited basis during the holiday shutdown. Only departmental postage will be applied daily (no sales of postage for personal use). The service counter window will be open from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 26-28, and Monday, Dec. 31, for anyone wishing to retrieve department mail.

Have a safe and happy holiday season from your staff at Mail Services!

For more information, contact Mike Burton at 402.554.2394.

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Fidelity Representative Offers Spring Financial Counseling Sessions

Fidelity representative Jason Cronick will be in Omaha this spring semester for individual counseling sessions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on several days.

- Jan. 10 and 25

- Feb. 8 and 27

- March 15 and 28

To make an appointment with Cronick, call 1.800.642.7131.

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Fund for Undergraduate Scholarly Experiences Grants Available; Q&A Sessions in January

The Office of Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) is pleased to announce the Fund for Undergraduate Scholarly Experiences (FUSE). FUSE grants support faculty-mentored undergraduate student research and creative activity.  Deadline for submissions is Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013!

If students are interested in applying for FUSE funding, please attend one of two Q&A sessions scheduled in January:

- The first will take place on Thursday, Jan. 10, in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) State Room from noon to 12:45 p.m.

- The second will be held on Friday, Jan. 11, from 1 to 1:45 p.m. in the MBSC Jenkins Room.

Popcorn and light refreshments will be served.

Grants of up to $2,500 per student are available to UNO undergraduates. Faculty need not be tenured or tenure-track to participate as mentors. ORCA encourages students and faculty from all disciplines to participate in this exciting opportunity to promote student involvement in research and creative activity at UNO.

For more information about FUSE, to review the FUSE guidelines or submit your proposal, visit the FUSE page.

Questions should be directed to

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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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