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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.



'Killing Spaces:  Understanding the Holocaust from a Spatial Perspective' Lecture is Today

Dr. Waitman Beorn, assistant professor of History and Louis and Frances Blumkin Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, will present a lecture on "Killing Spaces:  Understanding the Holocaust from a Spatial Perspective" to the Geography/Geology Department today, Jan. 14, at 3 p.m. in 110 Durham Science Center. All UNO faculty, students, and staff welcome.

For more information, contact Christina Dando at 402.554.3143 or

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UNO Ambassadors Available for Campus Activities

Do you need help with a university event? The UNO Ambassadors are ready and willing to represent the university.

Twelve UNO Ambassadors are available during the spring semester to assist at campus functions hosted by the chancellor and other UNO dignitaries and organizations. Members of this select group wear UNO blazers or polos and act as official hosts and hostesses at a variety of events while interacting with guests to enhance a positive image of the university. All ambassadors maintain full-time student status, but the group strives to honor as many requests as possible.

For more information or to obtain a request form, contact Liz Zaruba (402.554.3531 or Requests should be made a minimum of two weeks prior to an event.

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Speech Center Consulting Room Spring Hours

The UNO Speech Center Consulting Room, located in 185 Arts and Sciences Hall, begins its spring hours. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.  To make an appointment, call 402.554.3201 or stop by 185 ASH.

The UNO Speech Center assists all UNO students, faculty, and staff at any point in preparing oral presentations and/or incorporating them into their courses. Visit to find out more information. Call 402.554.3201 or send an email to to schedule an appointment. Faculty members interested in scheduling a consultant to come to your classroom to introduce your students to the center and to talk about presentation skills should call the Speech Center to schedule a visit.

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Faculty Senate to Meet Jan. 16

The UNO Faculty Senate will meet this Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 2 p.m., in Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.  The speaker will be Dr. Dan Shipp, associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs. The meeting will begin immediately after the presentation. All those interested are welcome to attend.

For more information, contact the Faculty Senate Coordinator Sue Bishop at 402.554.3598 or

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UCAT Teaching Panel Discussion Set for Jan. 25

Are you interested in how your colleagues develop their courses and what measures they use to gauge the effectiveness of a given course? If so, plan to attend the University Committee on the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) panel discussion of Curriculum Development and Assessment on Friday, Jan. 25, from noon to 1 p.m. in 132 College of Public Affairs and Community Service Commons. 

At the teaching panel, Drs. Jeanne Surface and Anita Saalfeld will share curriculum development and assessment information presented at conferences they attended followed by an open discussion of these topics.  

To register contact the Center for Faculty Development at 402.554.2427 or

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Campus Recreation Newsletter Available

Love UNO Campus Recreation or want to learn more about all they offer?

Check out the first edition of the My Mav Rec Newsletter at this link!

If you would like to receive this newsletter directly, send your email address to or message Campus Rec Facebook at

Learn more about Campus Rec by visiting

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Flu Vaccine Available at Student Health Services

Health Services staff encourages faculty, staff and students to get vaccinated this year for the seasonal flu.

Douglas County Health Department reports flu cases have been well above average this year, and have struck earlier than usual. There has been no deaths reported for Douglas County, but Lancaster County (Lincoln) has had an adult and child die. Neither one was immunized.

Douglas County has had 515 cases reported. Officials say if you haven't already gotten a flu shot, you should get one as soon as possible.

Health Services is receiving another shipment of the flu vaccine this week. Health Services, located in Health, Physical Education atrium, is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The cost for the UNO community:

- Faculty and staff: $20 cash or $30 if you want to submit it to your insurance

- Student: $15 cash or $30 if it is submitted to your insurance

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Total Compensation Statements for 2012 Available

Total Compensation Statements for 2012 are now available for all benefits-eligible faculty and staff at Firefly - Employee Self Service in the Payment section. The Total Compensation Statement is a comprehensive overview of your earnings and benefits. The University of Nebraska provides this information. Your total compensation includes much more than your annual earnings, as it also includes valuable incentives such as health, retirement, leave and other benefits.

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API to Host Webinar on Perfecting the Blend: Designing Blended Course Interactions

The Academic Partnership for Instruction (API), a division of Information Services, is sponsoring a live online seminar, "Perfecting the Blend: Designing Blended Course Interactions," this Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 1 to 2 p.m. in Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. In this webinar, faculty from the University of Central Florida Drs. Kelvin Thompson and Susan Wegmann will cover the newest, research-based techniques for improving blended courses.

Topics will include:

- Designing interactions that support seamlessly integrated blended courses

- Fostering student-student and teacher-student interaction

- Creating ideal interaction opportunities in both teaching formats

No registration is required. Beverages and cookies will be provided. If you are unable to attend, this webinar will be available as an archive link on the API website ( on Thursday, Jan. 17. If you have any questions, please contact API at 402.554.2024.

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Psychology Department Presents Research Colloquium Jan. 17

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.

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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 this 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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MOOCS, Badges and UNO Faculty Program Set for Jan. 17

Faculty are invited to join Dan Gilbert from the Office of Student and Academic Affairs for an overview on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS) and a discussion about their impact on the UNO Community. It will take place this Thursday, Jan. 17, at 3 p.m. in the Criss Library Faculty Study Lounge.

"MOOCS, Badges and UNO Faculty Program" is sponsored by Student and Academic Affairs, the Center for Faculty Development and Criss Library.

Contact Dan Gilbert at or 402.554.3123 for questions.

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Deadline Jan. 18 for UNO Excellence in Teaching Nominations

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 this 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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