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The work of artist Chris Knudtson will be on display in the Criss Library's Osborne Family Gallery beginning Friday, May 10. Knudtson's work draws entirely from popular culture and features mosaics, paintings and scale models from famous movies, television shows and video games. Knudtson's work will be on display in the Criss Library, during regular library hours, until June 21.



Omaha Baseball Four-Game Series For Summit League Championship Begins Today

Support your Mavericks during their final homestand of the season, as they compete for their first Summit League championship!

In what will be a matchup of the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the league standings, Omaha hosts South Dakota State for a four-game series at the Ballpark at Boys Town this weekend.

The series opens today, May 16 with first pitch at 2 p.m., and links to live stats and audio will be available on The game will also be broadcast live on KVNO 90.7 HD-2, with student broadcasters Jared Meyer and Paul Dobler on the call.

The series continues with a doubleheader on May 17, and the final game on May 18.

For more information about the series, visit this link.

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Do You Work On a UNO Affiliated Webpage?

If you are someone who works on a webpage at UNO - in terms of content, design, or IT - please take 10 minutes to fill out this survey about how our website should be governed in the future.

If a question does not apply to you, you can leave the question blank and move on to the next question.

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Flexible Spending Account Claim Announcement

Monday, May 20, is the last day to submit Flexible Spending Account claims to UNO Human Resources (205 EAB).

All claims to be processed before the change to our new FSA Vendor, Wage Works, must be submitted to the Human Resources office by 5 p.m. on Monday, May 20.

After this date, there will be a hold on all claims until June 5, when Wage Works will begin accepting claims for Health Care or Dependent Day Care reimbursement.

More information regarding the new system will be arriving shortly.

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UNO Jazz Combo Performs in Lithuania

Members of UNO's Jazz Combo, led by Professor Pete Madsen, were in Lithuania last week as part of an international musical tour.

Check out this great video of the group performing James Brown's "I Feel Good" in front of a full crowd.

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Limited Spots Available for Aim for the Stars

There are limited spots available for the Aim for the Stars Science and Math Camps, with camps running from June 3-August 2.

For more information, or to register online, visit

Registration is filling up fast, so don't delay!

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Criss Library Closed Memorial Day

Along with UNO, the Criss Library will be closed Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day.

Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, May 28.

For Criss Library summer hours, please visit

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Active Shooter Training Sessions Offered May 29

Active Shooter training is being offered to our campus community in order to help prepare us in the event an incident occurs here. The training is being jointly offered by UNO EHS, Campus Security and the Omaha Police Department.

This training includes:
• 1.5 Hours of Interactive Training
• Review of Actions for Surviving an Active Shooter Incident
• Examine Potential Threat Indicators
• Work Area Security/Safety Review
• Emergency Preparedness Overview

Next Sessions: Thursday, May 29, 2013
Sessions 1: 12:00PM-1:30PM Eppley Room 102
Session 2: 2:00PM-3:30PM Eppley Room 102

For questions call Tyler Davis, EHS at 402.554.2239 or to RSVP email

To view emergency training videos and information, visit

To sign up for UNO's Alert Notification System, visit

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Discount Memberships Available from the Rose Theater

Join in the fun at The Rose, where a membership guarantees your family a full year of exciting theater performances designed specifically for your child's enjoyment. Memberships are good for the 2013/2014 season, which begins in September 2013.

Family Memberships are $75 for UNO, a $20 savings off of full price.

As a family member, you will receive four free tickets to the membership shows listed below. Members also receive discounts to premium event shows and discounts on classes, costume rental and summer camp.

Four Free Tickets to Each:
Knuffle Bunny
Robin Hood
Big Nate
Grocer's Goblin & Little Mermaid
Jackie & Me
Leo Lionni's Frederick
Ramona Quimby

Discounts to Premium Events:

This offer expires July 1. For more information, view this flier or contact Mandy Aleksiak at or 402.502.4637.

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In The News

Landow Discusses Stothert Win
Paul Landow, assistant professor of political science, weighed in with the Omaha World-Herald on the victory of Councilwoman Jean Stothert in Tuesday's Mayoral election. Landow staid that Jim Suttle, the incumbent, couldn't find success as a likable candidate whereas Stothert was a new face. Landow also provided commentary to KIOS as to the hurdles Stothert might face in her first months in office.

Adkins Discusses Suttle Loss
Randy Adkins, chair of the UNO's Department of Political Science, was quoted in an Omaha World-Herald story on Jim Suttle's loss. Adkins pointed out that Suttle's supporters didn't have enough motivation to support the mayor and as a result he could not reap the benefits typically experienced by an incumbent.

Thompson Wins City Council Seat
Franklin Thompson, associate professor of education, was re-elected to the Omaha City Council in Tuesday's election.

Grandfather Congratulates Granddaughter on Graduation at UNO
In the McCook County Gazzette, columnist Dick Trail celebrated his granddaughter's graduation from UNO on Saturday, May 4. Trail also congratulated UNO for running an "efficient" ceremony that catered to friends and family members.

Price's Book Reviewed by OWH
On Sunday, May 12, a book by UNO's John Price, professor of English, called "Daddy Long Legs" was reviewed by the Omaha World-Herald's Carol Bicak. The story intertwines the actions of bugs and other creatures with his experiences raising two sons. Price will have a book signing at the Bookwork in Countryside Village this Saturday at 1 p.m.

P-16 Project Highlighted
On Saturday, May 11, the Omaha World-Herald provided brief coverage of a special partnership between Omaha Northwest High Magnet School an UNO students as part of a P-16 service learning project. For the project, UNO helped Northwest students apply to be recognized as a "No Place for Hate" school by the Anti-Defamation League.

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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 this link.

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

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KVNO Classical Kids Recital May 19

KVNO-FM, UNO's classical music radio station, is pleased to announce the Classical Kids Showcase Recital, the newest initiative in the popular Classical Kids program. Each year the Classical Kids program recognizes twelve outstanding young musicians from the greater Omaha metropolitan area. This year's Classical Kids will perform onstage at a public recital beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, at UNO's Strauss Performing Arts Center.

Among those performing will be violinist Kaitlyn Maria Filippini. Ms. Filippini has shared the stage with Rod Stewart, Josh Groban, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Mary J. Blige and many other local and nationally renowned performing artists. Kaitlyn Maria Filippini is also a former KVNO Classical Kid.

There is no charge for admission to this concert, but seating is limited and attendees must reserve their tickets in advance. Tickets can be reserved by calling 402.554.5866 during regular business hours. For more information, please contact KVNO's Music Director, Ben Rasmussen, at 402.554-5877.

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Lot D Closed for Construction Through May 31

Lot D, west of Strauss Performing Arts Center (SPAC), will be closed through Friday, May 31 for installation of a new water main.

Questions? Contact Parking Services at 402.554.PARK (7275).

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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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University Communications Page and Updated Brand Guide Available

Working on marketing materials this summer? The Office of University Communications launched their new website at, last month.

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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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 111 EAB.

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

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Criss Library Reader's Garden Now Open

Nice weather is finally here! The Criss Library Garden will now be open, weather permitting, on days with a forecasted high above 50 degrees.

Garden Hours during this summer will be 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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