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Tis the Season for Giving

'Tis the Season for Giving!

photo by Jeff Beiermann/UNO

Across the campus several departments and organizations have given to others less fortunate this holiday season. In the Registrar's Office, staff poses with gifts generously donated for the department's adopt-a-family before their delivery.

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UNO December Commencement 2012

photos by Jeff Beiermann/UNO

The University of Nebraska at Omaha held its December commencement with two ceremonies on Dec. 15, 2012, at the Sapp Fieldhouse. More than 700 graduates were presented with doctorate, masters and bachelors degrees at the ceremonies.



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Welcome back from holiday break!

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Spring 2013 Campus Recreation Schedule Available Online

The spring 2013 schedules for UNO Campus Recreation programs are now available online. Visit to see the updated schedules for Group Exercise, Outdoor Venture Center, and other fitness and wellness programs.

For questions or more information, email or call the Control Desk at 402.554.2539. If you would like to receive the Campus Rec Newsletter in January to get more updates on programs e-mail or send a message on Facebook at

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Criss Library Announces Schedule Changes

Criss Library hours for today through Sunday, Jan. 2-6, are as follows:

- Today through Friday, Jan. 2-4: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Saturday, Jan. 5: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Sunday, Jan. 6: Noon to 9 p.m.

Regular library hours will resume at 7 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013.

For a complete schedule of library hours, visit

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Jan. 8 Website Forum

On Tuesday, January 8, 2013, there will be two open forums with an overview of UNO’s new website development (Phase I). The new website is scheduled to go live at the end of January.

Jeremy Ryan, vice president for digital services at Lipman Hearne in Chicago, will be on campus to share the overview and preview of Phase I of UNO’s new website. This will be an opportunity to see the new homepage, offer any feedback and to ask any questions you may have:

Open Campus Forum I
9:30 a.m. – 10:30a.m. – MBSC Chancellor's Room

Open Campus Forum II
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. – MBSC Chancellor's Room

So, please reserve the time and come to one of these open forums!

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Update: New Wayfinding Electronic Signs

You may have noticed the last several months that there are new signs at the entrances to the Dodge Street and Pacific Street campuses. Here’s the latest:

The electronic signs have been installed and will be tested and put into operation in January. The electronic signs will be one more way to communicate with visitors as well as drivers passing by campus. The “O” on the signs are being ordered and will be in place in early January as well. Some have pointed out that there are two different “Os” on the signs on Dodge Street. When the project is complete, all of the signs will have the same “O” and it will look like the “O” currently on the East entrance sign to campus.

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Support UNO Through Social Media

The New Year is the perfect time to become reacquainted with the UNO you don't know. Find out all of the latest news and learn about what UNO has to offer by becoming connected to UNO through its multiple social media outlets:

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Any questions about these sites and how you can stay connected with UNO through social media, contact Sarah Casey at or 402.554.2762.

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Visit UNO Master Calendar of Events

Looking for events to attend in the New Year? If so, visit UNO's official Master Calendar. The calendar is a listing of all university-sanctioned events on campus. The UNO Master Calendar of Events can be accessed at

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2012 Employee of the Month Recipients

Oh, what a difference you make! Congratulations to all the 2012 Employee of the Month 'Oh' Award recipients!

The 2012 recipients include:

December – Lorraine Street, Office of Student Services and Field Experiences;
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

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 Watch for the first 2013 Employee of the Month announcement soon.

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Becoming a Fitter You in 2013!

Get fit. Lose weight. Find the new you. To help, Campus Rec will offer a brand new fitness program this New Year called -- Becoming a Fitter You! Participants do not need to be Campus Rec activity card holders to participate. Classes will be held at various times Monday through Thursday in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) building.

The program starts Monday, Jan. 7. The cost is $36 for students/member and $60 for nonmembers.

The schedule is:
- Mondays or Wednesdays: 6:30 a.m. or Noon
- Tuesdays or Thursdays: Noon or 5:15 p.m.

For more information, contact Skyler Brooke at 402.554.3185 or

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Mileage Reimbursement Rate

Effective Jan. 1, 2013, all mileage reimbursements for approved travel by personal automobile will be at the rate of fifty-six and one half cents ($.565) per mile as established by the IRS. The previous rate was fifty-five and one half cents per mile.

This rate should also be used when reimbursing visiting personnel or students for their travel. UNO’s mileage reimbursement policy can be found at

For questions, contact Teresa Carlson at

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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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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 at

Questions should be directed to

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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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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 at, Office of Academic and Student Affairs.

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