• 2013
  • 11/29

Campus Hours During Thanksgiving Break

Listed below are the campus and facilities hours for today and the weekend:

Today, November 29
Campus offices: CLOSED
Criss Library: CLOSED
HPER (Health, Physical Education and Recreation): Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Library Cafe: CLOSED
Milo Bail Student Center: Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
UNO Child Care Center: CLOSED

Saturday, November 30
Campus offices: CLOSED
Criss Library: CLOSED
HPER (Health, Physical Education and Recreation): Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Library Cafe: CLOSED
Milo Bail Student Center: Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
UNO Child Care Center: CLOSED

Sunday, December 1
Campus offices: CLOSED
Criss Library: Open noon to midnight
HPER (Health, Physical Education and Recreation): Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center: Open noon to 9 p.m.
UNO Child Care Center: CLOSED


Open Parking and Shuttle Bus Schedule for Thanksgiving Break

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

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:

Friday, November 29:
- No shuttle bus service.

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


Bill Pickett Named December Employee of the Month!

Oh, what a difference you make, Bill Pickett! The senior director of involvement in Student Affairs, Pickett will be honored throughout the month of December for his work.

According to his nominators, "Since Maverick Village opened in August of 2008, Bill has continued to work hard on making housing on the University campus run smoothly. He took on more responsibilities when UNO acquired University Village, and has helped grow campus housing to where it is today. He shuffles back and forth between offices, and does this to make himself available to everyone."

The nominator continued, "Bill helped implement a new housing system, and it's helped out tremendously. He has brought so many great ideas to housing from other experiences and is always looking for new ways to fill housing and make the overall UNO experience great for students."

As Employee of the Month, Pickett received a certificate, lapel pin, choice of coffee cup or drink cup, a monetary award and use of a parking space. He also received a portrait with the chancellor and a letter of congratulations. He will be honored at an upcoming meeting of the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.

Last January, Human Resources announced the updated Employee of the Month-- "Oh" Award for "Oh, what a difference you make!"--program for UNO staff members. HR administers the program in conjunction with the Office of the Chancellor and Staff Advisory Council. They welcome nominations from faculty, staff,students, vendors and visitors. Nomination forms are available at here.

Congratulations, Bill!


A Note from the Office of Equity, Access & Diversity: UNO's Commitment to Maintaining an Inclusive Campus

In light of the recent incidents of intolerance at campuses around the nation, we would like to remind the campus community that we must be ever vigilant to ensure an inclusive learning environment for our students. All members of the campus community are reminded to report instances of harassment or discrimination to an administrator or to the Office of Equity, Access & Diversity 207B Eppley.


December Health Insurance Premium Holiday

Thanks to positive results for our health plan, with lower-than-projected health claims for 2013, the University of Nebraska is offering all active employee members of our health plan a one-month "premium holiday" for December 2013. Employees will not pay medical or dental insurance premiums in December 2013. There will be no deductions on your December biweekly or monthly paychecks for medical or dental insurance premiums if you have coverage at UNO. Action is not required on the part of employees.

Your total savings will depend on which plan(s) you are enrolled in. For example, an employee enrolled in our Basic Option Employee Only medical and dental plans will realize gross savings of about $146 (before taxes), while an employee with Basic Option Family medical and dental coverage will realize gross savings of about $307 (before taxes).

If you have any questions, please contact your campus benefits office at 402.554.2465.


Parents Day Out: Holiday Drop & Shop | Dec. 8

Need some extra time without the kids this holiday season? Mav Kids has a great solution with Holiday Drop & Shop!

Drop your child (ages 6-12) off while you finish your holiday shopping, wrap gifts or maybe you just need a break while your kids have five hours of food, games and fun in a safe environment.

$25 UNO Students & Campus Rec Members
$30 General Public

Register online here by Dec. 6.

SPACE IS LIMITED, so make your reservation today!

Questions? Contact David Selling at 402.554.4941 or dselling@unomaha.edu.


Omaha Holiday Event Listing

The holidays are upon us! Click here for some fun activities happening around Omaha including ice skating, holiday lights festivals, and classic holiday movie nights.

This Week in Maverick Athletics

This Week in Maverick Athletics

This Week in Maverick Athletics is back. Click here to see how your Maverick athletic teams are doing!

campus notices

UNO Participating in Midtown Crossing's Miracle on Farnam Event

The University of Nebraska at Omaha is a proud participant in this year's Miracle on Farnam at Midtown Crossing. Midtown Crossing's Miracle on Farnam is a season-long celebration of creativity, good cheer and authentic holiday pleasures. Stroll in the glow of sparkling lights, sip hot chocolate, and enjoy Midtown Crossing's newest holiday tradition -- a parade of dazzling window displays. All along Farnam Street, Omaha's creative nonprofits will showcase their artistry and imagination by transforming ordinary window space into holiday miracles.

Be sure to stop by Midtown Crossing to enjoy the holiday festivities and view UNO's winter window--It's all free to the public with three hours of garage parking included. The displays will then be available for viewing every day from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. through New Year's Day. Visit and vote for your favorite window often!

UNO's window features the work of Bertha Megendoht-Hatz, a supporter of the UNO Art and Art History Department, work by BFA student Kristine Hansen-Cain, and set design by UNO Theatre major Tommy Hanlon and University Communications Graphic Designer Althea Satterfield. Music by UNO flutists will be heard during the kick-off event on Nov. 23. The UNO window is located in space #8, one space west of the Marcus Midtown Cinema, on the attached map.

campus notices
  • 12/10
  • 3PM to 5PM
  • MBSC Chancellor's Room

Retirement Reception for Anne Ludwig | Dec. 10

After 36 years of service with UNO and the International Studies and Programs department, Anne Ludwig will retire in January 2014. Please join us in honoring and celebrating her many years of dedicated service to UNO. A campus-wide reception will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the MBSC Chancellor's Room.

UNO in the Media

UNO in the Media

UNO is 'Best of the Big O'
The Reader has chosen UNO as the best college or university!

Gouttierre says Karzai still smarting from U.S. scoldings in 2009
Tom Gouttierre, dean of International Studies and Programs, is quoted in this article about President Karzai and the future of U.S. troops in his country.

There are a lot of reasons to be thankful in Omaha
Tom Gouttierre, dean of International Studies and Programs, is mentioned in this article by Matt Hansen.


Writing Across the Curriculum Faculty Seminar | Apps. Due Dec. 2

UNO faculty are invited to participate in a two-day seminar on Writing Across the Curriculum. The seminar will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center on Thursday, Jan. 9, and Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Participating faculty will consider WAC's twin objectives--using writing tasks to promote students' understanding of course material in any discipline (writing to learn), and integrating writing tasks across the curriculum in order to support students' development as writers (learning to write). Faculty completing the seminar will be well prepared to teach discipline-based writing and writing-intensive courses.

During the two day seminar, interactive sessions will address the challenges students face when they undertake academic writing tasks, best practices for assignment design, responding to and evaluating student writing, and supporting multilingual writers. Participants will bring papers written by their own students, compare their assessments to those of their colleagues, and consider similarities and differences across disciplines.

The seminar is supported by the Writing Center and the Center for Faculty Development. Participants will receive $250 directed to their departments for travel and other professional expenses.

A brief application form is posted on the UNO Writing Center website, on the Faculty Resources page here.

Applications are due Dec. 2, and applicants will be notified by Dec. 6.

For more information contact Travis Adams, Writing Center director, at gtadams@unomaha.edu or 402.554.3587.


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.


Call for Faculty Research International (FRI) Grant Proposals

The Office of Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) is now accepting proposals for Faculty Research International (FRI). FRI grants will support the establishment of new research and creative activity partnerships among UNO faculty and international collaborators.

Awards of up to $5,000 are available to individual UNO faculty members to support travel-related expenses for UNO faculty, affiliated UNO graduate students, and/or their international partners.

Deadline is Jan. 31, 2014 (11:59 P.M. CST). Apply here.