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Students make their way back to campus as classes resume today, Jan. 7, with the start of the 2013 Spring semester at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The semester ends with the last day of classes on April 26 and commencement on May.



Employee of the Month: Mike Zimmerman January 'Oh' Award Recipient

Oh, what a difference you make, Mike Zimmerman! Zimmerman, a systems administrator in Information Tech Infrastructure, was honored last week as UNO's January "Oh" Award recipient. Zimmerman has worked at UNO for the last 12 years in Information Services. He grew up in Florida but enjoys living in Omaha.

He is a native of Melbourne, Fla., which is only 40 minutes from Cape Canaveral, Fla. "I grew up with space shuttles launching in our back yard," he said.

Zimmerman found his way to Omaha and started as an assistant administrator at UNO in January of 2001. He started on the ground floor to help set up the Blackboard system. Today, Zimmerman's many duties include installing, supporting and maintaining the Blackboard servers. A typical workday consists of checking the system; assessing and monitoring if anything happens; providing training to the Academic Partnership for Instruction group and offering customer service support to faculty and staff users.

Since starting at UNO, he has also assumed responsibilities for a few more systems. One of his greatest honors was being sought out by Blackboard to serve as Blackboard Conductor C for Blackboard's user support system.

Michael Zimmerman photo.

Michael Zimmerman

One of Zimmerman's nominators said of him, "Mr. Zimmerman has NEVER failed to communicate with me in a timely and efficient manner (and believe me, I have lots of questions). To provide technology support to faculty, support providers must walk a tightrope between too much and too little information. Mr. Zimmerman walks that rope admirably. This is an important skill! He always provides enough information to help me solve my problem, and is ready, willing and able to provide more detail if it is requested."

Another nominator said, "This fall over 17,000 student, faculty and staff accounts have accessed Blackboard. Mike does an absolutely superb job keeping Blackboard running with minimal downtime throughout the year. He continually does his job beyond expectations, as Blackboard is a mission critical to the daily coursework of students and faculty."

Since his time at UNO, he fondly remembers the exciting times witnessing Welcome Week activities. "A lot of favorite memories are Welcome Week on the Plaza -- New Year and new students here -- is what it's all about," he said.

When asked what this "Oh" Award means to him? He said, "Unexpected honor! Very humbling and grateful to my peers for this award."

As Employee of the Month, Zimmerman received a certificate, portrait with the Chancellor, monetary award and use of a designated parking space. He will also be honored at an upcoming meeting of the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.

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

Zimmerman joins a distinguished group of "Oh" Award winners at UNO. Employee of the Month recipients since February 2012 include:

December – Lorraine Street, College of Education's 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.

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Faculty Art Exhibition Opens This Evening

A UNO faculty exhibition will open 2013 for the UNO Art Gallery.

The showcase will feature recent works in many media including painting, sculpture, ceramics, digital gaming and more from 18 visual artists on the faculty of the UNO Department of Art and Art History.

The public is invited to an opening reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. this evening, Jan. 11. The exhibition will run through Thursday, Feb. 14. Read more.

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Midnight Mojo Returns with HPER After Dark

UNO's popular entertainment series, Midnight Mojo, returns tonight, Jan. 11 with an after-hours opening of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

Tonight marks the fifth iteration of the event, called "HPER After Dark," which regularly draws hundreds of UNO students.

HPER After Dark begins at 9 p.m. and runs until midnight. The event is free to all students with a MavCard and includes everything from swimming and rock climbing to zumba and basketball. Free pizza and drinks will also be provided. Read more.

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Psychology Department Presents Research Colloquium Jan. 15

The UNO Psychology Department presents a Research Colloquium by Daniel Krenzer from Mesa County Valley School District in Grand Junction, Colo., Tuesday, Jan. 15. The lecture is titled, "Behavior and Cognition: Elements of Contemporary School of Psychology." It will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mon Hon Room.

Questions? Contact Marie Lee at 402.554.2581 or

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Voice Over PowerPoint Training Offered

The Academic Partnership for Instruction (API), a division of Information Services (IS), is offering a hands-on session for faculty and staff interested in learning how to record audio over PowerPoint presentations on Thursday, Jan. 17, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in 543 Kayser Hall.

This session will cover adding pre-recorded audio to a slide, recording your own voice narration to a single slide or an entire presentation, and how to compress presentations.

Space is limited, so register early. Although there is a limit of six seats, API will take a waiting list for a future training. 

To register for this training go to For more information or to be added to the registration waiting list, contact IS Technical Support at 402.554.4357 (4.HELP) or

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Psychology Department Presents Research Colloquium Jan. 17

The UNO Psychology Department presents a Research Colloquium by Adam Weaver from Green Hills Area Education Area in Council Bluffs, Thursday, Jan. 17. The lecture is titled, "An Idiographic Approach to Research and Assessment in School-Based Settings." It will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mon Hon Room.

Questions? Contact Marie Lee at 402.554.2581 or

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UNO Schwalb Center to Host Popular 'Black-Jew Dialogues'

The Black-Jew Dialogues (BJD), which has toured the U.S., Canada and the U.K., will bring its unique blend of entertainment and education UNO on Wednesday, Jan. 23.

The Black-Jew Dialogues is written and performed by Emmy-award winner Ron Jones and stage veteran Larry Jay Tish. The 1 p.m. performance at the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom is being co-hosted by the Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies and UNO Department of Black Studies. The event is free and open to the public. Read more.

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In the News

Holocaust Exhibit Previewed by Associated Press

A UNO exhibit depicting images of Holocaust sites in Poland and Israel, which held its opening reception on Thursday, Jan. 10, was previewed by the Associated Press. The exhibit consists of photos from Ophir Palmon and three lectures about the Holocaust from visiting professors. The story was picked up by the Omaha World-Herald and Sioux City Journal as well as WOWT.

Hockey Team Success Reported on USCHO

U.S. College Hockey Online's focus on the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) this week included a profile of the UNO hockey team, which finds itself in first place in the league – a first for the team this late in the season. The story also uses quotes acquired from The Gateway, UNO's student newspaper. 

Anderson Profiled by Wellbound Storytellers

Jessiline Anderson, associate professor of psychology, was profiled on the blog site Wellbound Storytellers, a national blog focuses on stories of Native Americans. Anderson is a member of the Omaha tribe of Nebraska. The profile was written by Megan Holt, a graduate student in the School of Communication.

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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.

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Nominations Sought for Senior Vice Chancellor's Leadership Award

The annual Senior Vice Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Leadership recognizes an undergraduate student who has demonstrated exemplary leadership through influential participation in campus organizations and community volunteer work in addition to scholarly achievement.

Nominations/Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, Jan. 30. Application packet information can be downloaded at Paper packets are available in the Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) Office, located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center, across from the Fireplace Lounge. Materials can also be sent to you via campus mail.

A nominator may be from faculty or staff, but must be from the UNO campus. The application must be presented to the nominee by the nominator All nominees must be undergraduates enrolled at UNO with a 2.5 cumulative GPA, will be graduating in December 2012 or May 2013, and possess leadership experience. For questions regarding this award or nomination packet, contact Barb Treadway-Janousek at or 402.554.2711.

This award will be presented at the SOLP Student Leader Reception, and at the Honors Convocation.

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Join the Winter Bike Commuter Challenge

Join Team UNO for the 2nd annual Activate Omaha Winter Bike Commuter Challenge. The challenge officially started on Nov. 1 and runs until March 31. You can join anytime during this period and any amount of bike-to-work commuting will count toward helping Team UNO. To sign up, go to: Please make sure you indicate that you work or go to school at the University of Nebraska at Omaha when you join.

Learn all of the tips and tricks you'll need to stay warm and safe this winter by checking out this helpful video on winter cycling: For more information, contact Mike Grube at or Angie Eikenberry at

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Teens Sought for ADHD Study

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) is studying medications for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in teenagers, ages 13-17. Symptoms may include:

- Difficulty paying attention

- Making careless mistakes

- Poor organization

- Trouble completing tasks

- Being forgetful

- Losing things

If this sounds like your son or daughter, please call or email to learn more about this clinical research study. Call: 402.552.6240 or 402.552.6340. Email: or Study evaluation and medication are provided at no cost to those who are eligible.

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