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Warren Buffett Visits Mammel

Warren Buffett Visits Mammel Hall, Sends First Tweet

photo by Jeff Beiermann/UNO

From April 29 through May 3, UNO celebrated 'Buffett Week.' On Thursday, May 2, CNN broadcast Buffett's live interview with Fortune Magazine, from Mammel Hall. During the interview, the Omaha native and former UNO professor, sent his first tweet: "Warren is in the house."



Fidelity Appointments Available Today

A Fidelity representative will be at UNO for individual appointments today, May 9.

Employees can call Fidelity at 800.642.7131 to schedule an appointment with Fidelity Rep Jason Cronick.

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Required Reading to Begin Airing Today

"Required Reading," a program that showcases UNO authors and their works, is set to air for the first time May 9 at 9 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. on The Knowledge Network (Cox channel 18 and CenturyLink channel 79. Please note this was originally listed incorrectly as CenturyLink channel 66).

The first program features "Sky Harbor," a collection of poetry by Miles Waggener, faculty member of the University of Nebraska Omaha's Writer's Workshop; "Presidents and Civil Liberties from Wilson to Obama," a study of how American presidents have done in terms of advancing liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights by UNO Criminal Justice Professor Emeritus Sam Walker; and "Draping Period Costumes, Classical Greek to Victorian," by UNO Theatre Professor and Costume Designer Sharon Sobel.

"Required Reading" is a presentation from the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media and UNO Television.

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University-Wide Paid Holiday Leave Policy

Effective April 19, 2013, University of Nebraska employees who accrue floating holiday leave may not accrue more than 32 hours. Employees with a holiday leave account balance in excess of the limits established by policy (32 hours of deferred floating holiday leave and/or any deferred observed holiday leave) are required to use such excess balance by no later than December 31, 2013. After January 1, 2014, all employees with floating holiday leave in excess of 32 hours will have their floating holiday leave balances adjusted to the policy limits. All unused observed holidays earned prior to January 1, 2013 will lapse at January 1, 2014.

The holidays the University refers to as floating holidays are President's Day, the third Monday in February; Arbor Day, the last Friday in April; Columbus Day, the second Monday in October; Veterans' Day, November 11. The University requires that University offices remain open and staffed on these days, and employees frequently defer using the accrued floating holiday leave until the closedown in December of the same year. No more than eight hours of base pay may be accumulated as deferred floating holiday leave on a floating holiday.

Employees may be required to work on an observed holiday. Employees who work on an observed holiday will accumulate one hour of deferred observed holiday leave for each hour they work on an observed holiday. Work on observed holidays must be specifically approved by the employees' supervisor in order to be credited to the employees' holiday leave balance. No more than eight hours of base pay may be accumulated as deferred observed holiday leave on an observed holiday.

The observed holidays are New Year's Day, January 1; Martin Luther King Day, the third Monday in January; Memorial Day, the last Monday in May; Independence Day, July 4; Labor Day , the first Monday in September; Thanksgiving, the fourth Thursday in November and Friday following Thanksgiving; and Christmas Day, December 25.

This information will be included in the Staff Handbook.  To access your holiday balance, login to

If you have questions, please contact Human Resources at 402.554.3998, or

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Fanart: Works of Media Appreciation Exhibit Opens May 10

Beginning Friday, May 10, artist Chris Knudtson will display a number of pieces, including bead mosaics, scale models and paintings based on pop culture iconography. The show will take place in the Criss Library's Osborne Family Gallery and be open during library hours, until June 21.

The opening reception for Fanart: Works of Media Appreciation will be Sunday, May 12 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the UNO Criss Library Osborne Family Gallery.

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Becoming A Fitter You Underway at UNO Campus Recreation

The summer edition of Becoming A Fitter You is underway! Professional trainers will guide you through workouts to help you reach your fitness goals.

Classes are only $36 and meet up to 8 times a week through August 9.

For more information on all group exercise classes visit or contact Dave Daniels 402.554.2008 or

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Dodge Campus Scheduled Electrical Outage May 18

UNO Facilities Management & Planning is in the process of planning a campus wide electrical outage to service the main electrical equipment on Dodge Campus.

This outage is tentatively planned for Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 3 to 7 a.m.

Please be advised, the outage will affect your ability to login to UNO Criss Library databases from off-campus during this time.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

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In The News

UNO Helps North High Test Water Quality
On Saturday, May 4, the Omaha World-Herald featured a story on UNO's Watershed Network, which helped Omaha North High Students test the water quality of the Papillion Creek during Global Youth Service Day in April.

UNO Defeats Iowa Hawkeyes
On Tuesday, May 7, the UNO Mavericks men's baseball team defeated the Iowa Hawkeyes by a score of 6-5. UNO is 19-20 on the year and currently in first place in the Summit League.

Lexington Chamber Visits Omaha, UNO
On Wednesday, May 8, visitors from Lexington, KY were on the UNO campus to kick off a three-day visit to Omaha. Their visit is designed to learn more about how Omaha operates and what policies they may be able to implement in Lexington.

Omaha Star Features Service Learning Projects
The Friday, April 26, issue of the Omaha Star covered two service learning projects that featured an OPS/UNO partnership as part of the P-16 Initiative. The projects included partnerships between Omaha South High School and Native American Studies students from UNO as well as Norris Middle School students and others from UNO. Both projects were honored by First Lady Sally Ganem at this year's Outstanding Community Service Award luncheon.

Alberts on College Football Hall of Fame Ballot
On Tuesday, May 7, the College Football Hall of Fame made their selections for this year's class. One of those nominated was Athletic Director Trev Alberts. Alberts, who was not selected this year, played for the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the early 1990s.

Howells Journal Covers UNO Math Award
On Wednesday, May 1, the Howells Journal featured a story on Brenna Wragge, the winner of an award in mathematics education from UNO. Wragge, a native of Howells, is a sophomore at UNO.

P-16 Project Covered by Ralston Recorder
On Wednesday, May 1, the Ralston Recorder previewed a service learning event featuring UNO students from the Goodrich Scholarship program and students from Ralston High School. The project, which presented a history of the town of Ralston, was part of the Service Learning Academy's P-16 Initiative.

Skau Wins Poety Competition
On Sunday, May 5, Micahel Skau, a professor emeritus in English from UNO, won the 2013 William Kloefkorn Award for Excellence in Poetry for his work "Pinballs." Skau's poem will be published in a literary journal run by Mount Mary College in South Dakota.

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API Photoshop II Workshop May 16

Join the Academic Partnership for Instruction (API) for a Photoshop II workshop on May 16.

Using Photoshop CS6, class participants will learn how to enhance, compose, and compress images for use in printed media, on video displays, and on web sites. The class will also cover the Adobe Camera Raw plugin used to preprocess images prior to refinement in Photoshop, color and tonal adjustments, image resizing, and compositing: the use of multiple images to create an original design.

Though the class is taught in CS6, many of the techniques demonstrated can be used in earlier versions of Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and other image editing programs.

The class meets Thursday, May 16 from 10:30 a.m. to noon in 232 Criss Library.

Prerequisite: Basic computer literacy required. Previous experience with an image editing program is also helpful but not essential.

Visit the API Event Calendar page at to register for the Class.

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UNO College of Business Administration to Host Conference on China May 17

The public is invited to attend an exciting and unique event at UNO's College of Business Administration. The event will bring a Nobel Laureate and a number of distinguished Chinese scholars, policymakers, and business consultants to speak on "China's Sustainable Growth: Challenges and Opportunities."

This one-day conference will take place on Friday, May 17. The day will begin with keynote speeches from Professor Yining Li and Sir James A. Mirrlees. Professor Yining Li is one of the most respected and influential economists in China. Sir James A. Mirrlees was awarded the Economics Nobel Prize in 1996 for his "fundamental contributions to the economic theory of incentives under asymmetric information." A series of talks will also occur throughout the day.

We invite you to view the complete conference program and the distinguished panel's biographical sketches at

To attend, please register online at this link, or call Noelle Blood at 402.554.2303.

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Contemporary Folklore Class Offered This Summer

This summer, UNO's Goodrich Scholarship Program is offering "Contemporary Folklore," an online course taught by Dr. Todd Richardson that introduces students to the variety, resiliency and adaptability of folk expressions and traditions in the contemporary era.

Following a brief introduction to folklore and folklore studies, the course will identify and analyze the ways people make meaning in and through groups in 21st Century culture, emphasizing the ineradicable role of tradition in postmodernity. The course will introduce students to a variety of folklore genres, such as verbal art (tales, anecdotes, etc.), folk art, folk medicine, children's folklore (games, rhymes, etc.), folk beliefs (legends, conspiracies, ghostlore, etc.), foodways and customs (holidays, occupational lore, etc.).

Because the course will be entirely internet-mediated, special attention will be paid to digital and online folklore and folk communities, especially memes and fan art. The class will run from May 28 to June 28 and is open to all UNO students.

For more information, contact Dr. Todd Richardson at

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Eppley Display Window Available to Showcase Your Department or Event

The Undergraduate Admissions Office invites anyone on campus to showcase their department or events in their departments by decorating the display case located in EAB 111.

If you are interested in reserving the space, please contact Lisa Paskewitz at 4-2779 or

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Online Survey By UNO Geography, Geology Aims to Study Omaha Residency Motivations

A new online survey from the UNO Department of Geography/Geology aims to measure why some residents have chosen to live downtown rather than elsewhere in the greater Omaha metropolitan area.

Many UNO faculty, staff and students live downtown and are welcome to participate. The survey can be found at the following address:

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Winners Announced at Faculty Senate/Staff Advisory Council Recognition Banquet

*Editor's note: The list of new Staff Advisory Council members has been updated. Members of the UNO community were asked to nominate UNO faculty, managerial/professional, and office/service staff for the Staff Advisory Council Award and office/service staff for the Spirit of Service Award, both presented by the Staff Advisory Council (SAC). All UNO Faculty, Managerial/Professional (M/P), and Office/Service (O/S) staff members in good standing were eligible to be nominated on the basis of exemplary support to UNO staff members.

Congratulations to the award recipients and the new SAC members.

The following is a list of award recipients who were honored at the Faculty Senate/Staff Advisory Council Recognition Banquet on April 24:

Spirit of Service Award winner: Larry Mason

Employee of the Year: Christy Tilford

Staff Advisory Council Recognition Award: Teresa Carlson

The new members who were elected to serve on Staff Advisory Council are listed below:

Student Services, MBSC (M/P) – Jodi Cramer
Student Services, MBSC (O/S) – Brenda Frye

Business/Finance & Support Services; Information Services (M/P) – Matt Galardi

Office of the Chancellor; University Communications; Academic/Student Affairs, Graduate Program Office (O/S) –Lisa Paskewitz

College of Arts & Science; International Studies; College of Education(M/P) – Stephanie McGowan

College of Business and College of Information Science (O/S) – Barb Henney

College of Communication, Fine Arts & Media; Criss Library; College of Public Affairs and Community Service (M/P) –Teonne Wright and Ashley Cunningham

College of Engineering and Peter Kiewit Institute (O/S) – Brenda Painter

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University Communications Page and Updated Brand Guide Available

Working on marketing materials this summer? The Office of University Communications launched their new website at in April.

Visit the site to learn about the team, services, brand guidelines, media services, creative services and assistance related to marketing and media available to campus.

University Communications also launched updated brand guidelines for all campus departments, offices and organizations to utilize when using the UNO brand and communicating on behalf of the University through marketing and promotional materials. Full details related to the updated guidelines, including a PDF of the updated brand guidelines, can be found here:

For any questions related to marketing, communication or media, please contact the Office of University Communications using the main email:

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