• 2013
  • 11/26

NUFlex Open Computer Lab Available Today for Annual Enrollment

Benefit-eligible faculty and staff who would like some assistance with the 2014 annual enrollment may take advantage of an open computer lab being held today in KH 541 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

The deadline for 2014 NUFlex enrollment is Friday, Dec. 6, after which no changes can be made. Since this year's enrollment is online only, Human Resources is offering an open computer lab for employees needing help with accessing a computer or additional assistance with the process.

The next open lab will be offered:
Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in KH 541

Go to Firefly and log in for online NUFlex enrollment, which ends at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6. For password help, contact IS Customer Service Helpdesk at 402.554.4357.


Teaching and Technology Center/Information Services Computer Lab Closed | This Week

The Teaching and Technology Center (TTC) will be closed this week and will reopen for normal hours on Monday, Dec. 2. During this time please call 402.554.4357 for technical support.

Information Services' computer labs located in MBSC 104 and DSC104 will close early at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27, and remain closed during the Thanksgiving holiday break. The labs will reopen for their normal schedule on Monday, Dec. 2.

  • 12/3
  • 12PM to 1PM
  • MBSC Jenkins Room

'Creating Visual Aids that Work' Student Learn Over Lunch | Dec. 3

'Creating Visual Aids that Work' is planned for Wednesday, Dec. 3, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room. Students who attend the Learn Over Lunch workshop will understand how visual aids enhance and clarify presentation skills, explore PowerPoint and understand how to use it effectively as a presenter, and learn how to avoid common visual pitfalls and mistakes.

Free pizza and pop will be provided. Space is limited so you must register in advance and can be done by contacting a consultant at the Speech Consulting Center at 402.554.3201 or unospeechcenter@unomaha.edu.

  • 12/9-12/11
  • 11AM to 7PM

NBDC Hosting Lean Startup Conference Live Stream | Dec. 9-10

NBDC is hosting a live stream of the Lean Startup Conference 2013 on Dec. 9-10. The live stream begins at 11 a.m. and lasts until 7 p.m. in Mammel Hall 100L. The biggest names in the lean startup world, dozens of terrific speakers, and more than a thousand entrepreneurs will gather at the Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco. NBDC was named an official simulcast partner for Omaha and will stream the entire event.

If you are interested in attending one or both days, you must register. Early bird registration (before Dec. 1) is $10; Regular admission is $20 (after Dec. 2) and it is FREE for all UNO students, faculty and staff.

Register here.

Information about this conference can be found here.

The conference agenda can be found here.


Volunteers Needed: UNO Criss Library Website Usability Study | Extended to Dec. 13

The UNO Criss Library is seeking UNO students, faculty and staff members 19 years of age and older to participate in a research study analyzing the navigability and content of the UNO Library website and discovery platform. Study subjects will be asked to complete a list of tasks within the UNO Library website and complete a short anonymous survey within a one hour time frame. If you are interested in participating in the research study and/or for further details please contact Teonne Wright at tawright@unomaha.edu.

IRB # 513-12-EX


Health Risk Asssessment Tips

For those filling out the Health Risk Assessment, here are some tips:

- Do the HRA all in one sitting (15 mins).
- Have your most recent blood screening and other screening information with you.
- Most important: you must SAVE or PRINT the results immediately, or your HRA will not register and you will have to re-take.
- Questions: Call Dave Daniels at 402.554.2008.

Detailed instructions were sent out from University Benefits Administrator on Nov. 18. Please review prior to attempting the HRA. See instructions below:

- Login information: To access the Wellstream Health Risk Assessment, log on to Firefly using your personal Firefly username and password.

- Click on the Health Risk Assessment link located at the beginning and the end of Employee Self Service (ESS) NUFlex benefits enrollment to get started.
NOTE: The survey will time out after 25 minutes; no entries will be saved, and all sections must be completed to receive credit for participating in the survey and be eligible for enhanced benefits (explained below).

- Once you have completed the survey, you will be able to view and print a Personal Health Report detailing your health risk status, as well as tips to become healthier. The Personal Health Report must be printed and/or saved for you to receive credit for completing the HRA survey and to be eligible for the enhanced wellness and preventive services benefit. The deadline for completing the survey is Friday, Dec. 6, at 5 p.m. CST.

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Open Parking and Shuttle Bus Schedule for Thanksgiving Break

During Thanksgiving vacation, November 27, 28 and 29, there will be open parking on campus. See below for more information regarding the open parking schedule and shuttle bus schedule.

Wednesday, November 27:
- No parking permits will be required and the east parking garage will be open.
- Pay to park at the meters will be limited to visitors only from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Faculty, staff and student parking at the meters during this time is not allowed.
- Parking in reserved or handicap stalls (unless displaying a valid handicap permit), drive aisles and fire lanes is not allowed.
- Loading Zone time limit is enforced.

Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29:
- No parking permits will be required, and the east parking garage will be open.
- Free parking at the meters. Visitors, faculty, staff and students allowed to park at meters.
- Parking in reserved or handicap stalls (unless displaying a valid handicap permit), drive aisles and fire lanes is not allowed.
- Loading Zone time limit is not enforced.

Campus Shuttle Bus Service revised:

Wednesday, November 27:
- Pacific to Dodge shuttle will operate on limited basis from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Crossroads to Dodge shuttle will not operate.

Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29:
- No shuttle bus service.

Contact Parking Services at 402.554.PARK (7275) with questions.

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UNO Community Engagement Center RFP Release | Due Dec. 2

The UNO CEC has released a second RFP. Applications are now available on the CEC website. The current application due date for potential partnership space is Dec. 2.

Organizations seeking community partner space will need to complete a two-phased application process. First, a written application will be required followed by an interview between the applicant organization's leadership and the CEC partner selection subcommittee in January of 2014. Community organizations (non-profit organizations, community collaborations, government initiatives, etc.) should complete the "external application" and university-based organizations (e.g., UNO colleges, departments, or student organizations) should complete the "internal application." Successful applications will reflect a high level of commitment to collaboration, reciprocity, communication and a sense of community, and diversity.

The CEC partner selection subcommittee has both community and campus representation. Subcommittee recommendations will be submitted to the Sr. Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs (or his designee) for final approval. Decisions for partners will be announced in late January, 2014. After this initial application process, there will be a rolling deadline for applications throughout the year. Please contact Sara Woods at swoods@unomaha.edu for more information.

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Campus Security Offers Holiday Safety Tips

The Campus Security staff would like to remind the campus community of some common sense safety tips to practice during the holiday season.

- When a person leaves his or her room or office, lock it up, even if it's only for a few minutes.
- Avoid leaving valuables or packages in plain view in a vehicle. Place them in the trunk or between the seats. When possible, do so before parking.
- During the holiday break, take valuables home from campus offices and residence halls.
- Anyone who is going to be working on campus late in the evening or when few people are around should consider advising Campus Security so that an officer can pay special attention to the area.
- Anyone entering a locked residence hall or campus building should make sure the door closes completely. Strangers should not follow anyone into a secure building.
- Students who live on campus and are leaving town for the holidays should make sure they have someone keeping an eye on their residence and leave emergency contact information.

For more information, call Campus Security at 402.554.2648.

UNO in the Media

UNO in the Media

Spanish Brass--WOWT
On Sunday, Nov. 24, UNO Director of Bands Pete Madsen was interviewed by WOWT in anticipation of that evening's Spanish Brass performance at the Strauss Performing Arts Center.

Meteors and comet to light up night sky
Vincent Woolf, physics professor, is quoted in this article about Comet ISON.

Good Deeds
Hundreds of guests recently helped the University of Nebraska at Omaha Alumni Association celebrate its 100th anniversary and raise $30,000.

Omaha event honors JFK's legacy as a worldwide source of inspiration
Tom Goutierre, dean of International Studies and Programs and director of the Center for Afghan Studies, spoke at the JFK remembrance event this past Friday. He recalls seeing Kennedy speak about the program that would become the Peace Corps.

Here's What You Need to Know about the Afghan Loya Jirga
Tom Goutierre, dean of International Studies and Programs and director of the Center for Afghan Studies, discusses the Afghan Loya Jirga in this transcript.


Faculty and Staff Military Friendly Training Postponed

The MaV USO is postponing the Faculty and Staff Military Friendly Training until after the holidays when more faculty and staff will be able to participate. MaV USO apologizes for any inconvenience this may have caused, and looks forward to presenting this important training to a large contingent of the university in the very near future.

  • 12/4
  • 3PM to 5PM
  • kMBSC Ballroom

Campus Holiday Open House | Dec.4

The Chancellor and Vice Chancellors invite you to the UNO Campus Holiday Open House!

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 4
Time: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom

View the flier here.