• 2013
  • 11/18

Geography Awareness Week Begins

Geography Week at UNO begins today! Stop by the geography bake sale in the Durham Science Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and get some sweet treats. View the flier to see the other activities they have planned during this week.


Service Learning Headlines

From 4:20 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Completely Kids at Field Club Elementary will be hosting Banister Leadership Academy as they present the program, Leadership Pillars 101. As a part of their P-16 service learning project, students from Professor Jaclyn Lindburg's Gender and Leadership course will also be present at the program to help facilitate learning on different topics such as: respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, citizenship and unity, caring and fairness, humility and integrity, perseverance and courage, and creativity.

  • 7:15PM

Writer's Workshop Hosting Flash Fiction Slam

UNO's Writer's Workshop will host "700 Words," a flash fiction slam, on Monday, Nov. 18, at the Pizza Shoppe Collective in Benson.

Registration begins at 7:15 p.m. and is $5 per participant. Each participant should bring two flash fiction or nonfiction stories, but each cannot exceed 700 words. Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place. This event is free and open to the public. Questions? Contact Noelle Blood, 4-3216 or nblood@unomaha.edu.


NUFlex Enrollment Reminder, Informational Meetings Today and Nov. 25

The 2014 annual benefits enrollment materials are being sent out today, Nov. 18, by Central Administration (UNCA). Make sure to check your junk folder if it doesn't arrive in your inbox. NUFlex is once again paperless, so benefit eligible faculty and staff should remember to check their UNO e-mail account. Annual enrollment this year is from Monday, Nov. 18, until Friday, Dec. 6. Participants may not make changes after Dec. 6.

Participants can make changes to their 2014 NUFlex benefits by using Firefly Employee Self Service. Please refer to Firefly's home page for additional information including a "Help Section" and important browser requirements and instructions.

Be sure to print out the confirmation statement at the end of the enrollment process and check it to make sure you have completed the enrollment correctly. If you have voluntary life insurance, you must update your tobacco designation. If you wish to participate in the Flexible Spending Accounts, your annual pledge amount must appear on your confirmation statement. The minimum health care Flexible Spending Account pledge for the year is $480 and the maximum is $2,500.

NUFlex Informational Meetings Begin Today
Annual NUFlex informational meetings will be offered live online again this year. These meetings will provide a review of the most significant information regarding the annual enrollment for benefits for 2014.

To view a meeting online, visit https://connect.unl.edu/nuflex at one of the following times:

Today, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 25, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The number of participants is limited for each informational meeting, so we suggest you log in at least 10 minutes before the sessions begins. The agenda will be available online before the meetings at http://go.nebraska.edu/meetingagenda. These online NUFlex informational meetings will be recorded and available on the university's benefits webpage shortly after the meeting to allow viewing at your convenience 24/7. If you experience any connection or technical issues, please contact the Adobe Connect Support line at (800) 422-3623.

  • 6:30PM

2013 Durham Lecture Series | Nov. 21

The Aviation Institute will be hosting the 2013 Durham Lecture Series on Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Scott Conference Center. This year's recipient of the William Shea Award and Distinguished Lecturer will be Mr. Stephen Forte, chief operating officer for Virgin America. A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. with the lecture beginning at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to unoaviation@unomaha.edu or 402-554-3424.

  • 7PM

UNO Theatre Presents Elektra

The UNO Theatre presents Elektra, directed by Dr. Douglas Paterson. Previews run Nov. 20-21 with performances Nov. 22-23 and Dec. 4-7 in Weber Fine Arts Building. The house opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for all performances.

For more information, visit the UNO Theatre website. For tickets, visit www.unomaha.edu/unotheatre or call the box office at 402.554.PLAY.

For previews, tickets are $5 for general admission. For performances, tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors/military/faculty/staff. Tickets are always free for all UNO students who present a valid UNO ID and $5 for all other students who present a valid school ID. The UNO Theatre Box Office now accepts all major credit cards.

About Elektra
When King Agamemnon returned from the Trojan war, his powerful wife, Clytemestra, killed him. Elektra helped spirit away Orestes, her young brother and future king, and eight years later languishes in hate and bitterness because Clytemestra rules and Orestes has not returned. Clytemestra believes the murder was justified since Agamemnon has sacrificed their daughter in order to get to Troy. Elektra rages, howls, and condemns -- in futility -- yearning for revenge.


Health Risk Assessment Information

All benefit-eligible employees should check their UNO email today for information regarding the Health Risk Assessment program. The email is being sent by Central Administration (UNCA) so check your junk folder if it hasn't arrived in your inbox. Employees have until December 6th to complete the on-line survey as part of the Annual NUFlex enrollment in Firefly Employee Self Service. The HRA survey must be completed each year in order to receive the enhanced wellness and preventive services benefit for the following calendar year.

Participation is voluntary; however, by completing this short survey, you will receive a personal health report that will help you assess and monitor your personal health status. Employees who are enrolled in the university’s Blue Cross Blue Shield medical plan and complete the HRA will also be eligible for enhanced wellness and preventive services benefits for themselves as well as their covered family members. Enhanced wellness and preventive services include:

- Increased annual adult preventive care allowance from $250 to $300
- Increased dependent child (under age 2) preventive care allowance from $500 to $600
- 100 percent coverage up to $2,500 for routine preventive colonoscopy once every 10 years beginning at age 50 (Services must be provided by a Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO Provider)
- $0 co-pay for generic prescription drugs through CVS Caremark's mail service only

It is important that you print out the Personal Health Summary as confirmation of your having completed the HRA. That will be your proof of completion and will guarantee you will receive the enhanced benefits.

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Business Book Roundtable Featuring Karen Linder | Nov. 19

The Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO) and the Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Franchising (CIEF) are hosting a Business Book Roundtable at Mammel Hall featuring Karen Linder, founder and president of Linspiration, Inc., and author of, "The Women of Berkshire Hathaway : Lessons from Warren Buffett's Female CEOs and Directors," on Nov. 19 beginning at 5 p.m.

The objective of the Book Roundtable is to provide a forum for the attendees to discuss relevant and current business issues such as leadership, management and ethics as well as to share insights, best practices and experiences. The primary benefit for the attendees will be the applicability of the lessons learned and the immediate impact on their respective organizations.

Register online here or call Barbara Henney, Department of Marketing and Management, at 402.554.3986.

If you have questions or need additional information on the Roundtable please contact Pamela Peterson at 312.515.7404 or via email at ppeterson@unomaha.edu. Dr. Dale Eesley, assistant professor, Strategy and Entrepreneurship and CIEF director, can be reached at 402.554.2706 or deesley@unomaha.edu.

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Medieval and Renaissance Studies Presents 'Queen Elizabeth I' | Nov. 19

Medieval and Renaissance Studies presents 'Queen Elizabeth I: How To Think of Biography,' a talk by Carole Levin, on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m. in CPACS 132.

Is biography of women different from that of men? How is biography of the famous different from those less well-known? Are there ethical issues in writing biography and do they change when the subject has been dead for centuries as opposed to being a contemporary? How much about ourselves appears in the biographies we do of others?

In this illustrated presentation, Prof. Levin will examine the different ways of thinking about biography in the pre-modern period using the example of the fascinating Queen Elizabeth I, the unmarried woman who ruled in sixteenth-century England.

For more information, see the attached flier or contact msaltamacchia@unomaha.edu.

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  • 11/20
  • 5:30PM
  • PKI 158

UNOIA Start-up Story Featuring Adrian Blake | Nov. 20

The November UNOIA Start-up Stories will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in PKI 158. This event is open to all interested students, faculty and staff. FOOD and REFRESHMENTS will be provided.

This month we are pleased to have serial entrepreneur Adrian Blake. Blake is currently working on his third start-up, Social Media Contractors, which is focused on the social media space. Prior to diving head first into entrepreneurship, Blake was a publisher of The Progressive Farmer (the world's largest farm magazine) and vice president of DTN Media Group, was a management consultant with McKinsey & Co., and early in his career he worked with both Saturday Night Live and Comedy Central. Blake’s deep knowledge of media and entertainment, gained through years of working in the real world, has provided him with a strong foundation for entrepreneurial success - including understanding when it's time to move on to the next gig. Blake has an M.B.A. from University of Pennsylvania and an B.A. from Harvard College.

The event will be casual in nature and Blake will be answering questions as they arise.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact tahancock@unomaha.edu.

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'Complicating Red Power: A Political History of Mohawk Activist Richard Oak' Discussion | Nov. 20

Since November is Native American Heritage Month, please consider attending the lecture "Complicating Red Power" on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 6 p.m. (CPACS 132). This presentation, delivered by Dr. Kent Blansett, is a political history of Mohawk Activist Richard Oakes from 1942-1972. The life of Oakes is crucial to the discourse on contemporary American Indian history.

Blansett's work explores the life of this Native activist and illustrates how his actions reflected a unique voice of Indigenous leadership within the Red Power movement of the 1960s-1970s. Until his assassination in 1972, Richard Oakes struggled to inspire both his and subsequent generations of Native peoples to maintain their independent and sovereign status.

Kent Blansett is an assistant professor of History and American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota, Morris. This year he is the Katrin H. Lamon Postdoctoral Fellow at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

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Writing Center and Criss Library Present 'Finish it Friday' | Nov. 22

The UNO Writing Center, in collaboration with the Criss Library, will be holding three "Finish it Friday" Topic Presentations and Work Sessions at Criss Library in Room 232. The Topic Presentations are 50-minute presentations given by Writing Center staff members on topic related to finishing writing projects (see subjects below). Come early or stay late for Work Sessions, which are one-hour blocks of dedicated time and space for students, faculty, and staff to work on--and finish--writing projects. Writing consultants and library staff will be on hand during the Work Sessions to help answer your questions.

Writers are invited to attend the topic presentation, work sessions, or both!

Finish it Friday Topic Presentations and Work Sessions:

LAST ONE: Friday, November 22
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Work Session
2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Topic Presentation (Editing Your Own Work)
3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Work Session

Questions? Contact the UNO Writing Center at 402.554.2946 or unowritingcenter@unomaha.edu.

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Retirement Reception for Claudette Lee | Dec. 6

After 24 years of service with UNO and the Grace Abbott School of Social Work, Claudette Lee is retiring on Tuesday, Dec. 31. Please join us in honoring and celebrating her many years of dedicated service to UNO. A campus-wide reception will be held on Friday, Dec. 6, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Thompson Alumni Center's Bootstrapper Hall.

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Tribute to military prisoners at UNO
The bamboo cage sat in the center of the Pep Bowl parade grounds at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Inside, an Air Force uniform represented a caged prisoner of war.