• 2013
  • 12/2

Flag Lowering to Honor Donta Crittenden

The UNO flag near Caniglia Field is at half-staff today in memory of Donta Crittenden. Funeral services for Donta, who was a freshman in University Division, were held on November 22.

  • 8:30 AM to 3:45 PM
  • MBSC Gallery Room

Focus Group Sessions for First Year Experience Course

There will be a series of focus group sessions today to discuss the First Year Experience Course at UNO. All are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to jwolff@unomaha.edu.

Dr. Liz Frombgen, assistant vice president for Academic Affairs and professor of political science at Hastings College, will be facilitating the conversations. If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Wolff at jwolff@unomaha.edu.

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.: Breakfast / Opening Discussion
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: Former / current FYE instructors
10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.: UNO students
noon to 1 p.m.: Lunch
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Faculty Members
2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.: Student Affairs staff members / Academic Advisors


Writing Across the Curriculum Faculty Seminar Applications Due

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 today, 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.

  • 7PM to 9PM

Faculty in the Spotlight

The English Graduate Organization will host "Faculty in the Spotlight" tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the UNO Writing Center. This is a series designed to highlight the research and writing interests of the English department faculty while also providing an opportunity for students of English to see what their professors and instructors are working on outside of the classroom.

Refreshments and light snacks provided. Featured presenters include:

Dr. Kristen Girten, "The Virtue of Bondage: Kantian Freedom and Ann Radcliffe's Gothic Sublime,"
Dr. Charles Johanningsmeier, "Cather and the Periodical World,"
Kathy Radosta, "Campus Visit to Perm National Research Polytechnic University," and
Dr. David Peterson, "Homophobic Discourse and Neoliberalism."


Service Learning Headlines

As the final part of Senior Words of Wisdom project, Dr. Barone's Advanced Qualitative Methods UNO class and third grade students from Columbian Elementary will be visiting seniors at Rolling Hills Ranch from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for their service learning project celebration. After collaborating for 10 weeks, the students will address the issues of aging through formal presentations of biography letters and thank you cards. The final products will be later donated to the residents and their families as a way to build further relationship with the community partner.


UNO Celebrating Computer Science Education Week | Dec. 2-6

UNO is celebrating Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) Dec. 2-6. CSEdWeek aims to raise national awareness about the need for computer science education at all levels to prepare students for 21st Century careers and to underscore the transformative role computing plays in today's society.

Highlights include a weeklong IT Career Fair with some of the biggest IT companies in Omaha, a high school CS quiz bowl, and panels by alumni as well as women in IT. For details, visit this link. Pizza and sandwiches served all week long from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All events are free and open to all UNO students, faculty and the Omaha community, and take place on UNO's Pacific Street location at the Peter Kiewit Institute Building, 1110 S. 67th St. For more information, call 402.554.2423.


Buy Now, Pay Later at the Bookstore | Beginning Dec. 2

New for Spring 2014: Buy now, pay later! Starting today students can charge UNO Bookstore purchases (including textbooks) to their student accounts! Purchases can be made in-store or online at www.unobookstore.com. Students can charge up to $1,500 per semester and must have their MavCard.

Questions? Please contact Jacinda Brooks at jbrooks@unomaha.edu.


Open Parking on Dodge Campus during Campus Holiday Open House | Dec. 4

The East Garage will be open during the Campus Holiday Open House starting at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

Free parking, no permit required to park in the East Garage and surface lots on the Dodge Campus.

Vehicles must park in white painted stalls. No parking allowed in reserved or handicap stalls (unless displaying a valid handicap permit), drive aisles or fire lanes.

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


TIAA-CREF Representative on Campus | Dec. 12

A TIAA-CREF Representative will be on campus Dec. 12. To schedule an appointment, please call 800.732.8353.


UNO Honors Program Sponsoring Coat and Clothing Drive

The Student Advisory Board of the UNO Honors Program is sponsoring a coat and clothing drive for the elementary students at Liberty Elementary School until Dec. 13. Please donate gently used or new coats and clothing for boys or girls in childrens' sizes. Donation boxes are located in MBSC, the residence halls, Arts and Sciences, Durham Science Center, Fine Arts, Allwine, the Library and the Peter Kiewit Institute. Thank you for your help!

  • 12/13
  • 2PM to 4PM
  • MBSC Umoho Room

Retirement Reception for Dr. Jeff Peake | Dec. 13

After 40 years of teaching Geography at UNO, Dr. Jeff Peake is retiring. Please join us in celebrating his many years of service to the department, College of Arts & Sciences, and UNO. A campus wide reception will be held on Friday, Dec. 13, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the MBSC Umoho Room.


Last Week for NUFlex Enrollment and Health Risk Assessment Participation

All benefit-eligible faculty and staff have until 5 p.m. on this Friday to complete their online enrollment in the NUFlex benefits program and the Health Risk Assessment (HRA).

Employees who complete the HRA will receive enhanced benefits:

- 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 last page of 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.

NUFlex enrollment also ends this Friday. No benefits may be added or changed after 5 p.m. on Dec. 6. Enrollment includes updating your tobacco designation and enrolling in the healthcare and daycare reimbursement accounts. You must check your confirmation statement at the end of the enrollment process to be sure that you have updated your tobacco designation for your voluntary life insurance (if any) and that you have correctly entered your pledge for the Flexible Spending Accounts, if participating.

All benefit-eligible employees will have received emails through the campus email system with information on how to access the Health Risk Assessment. NUFlex enrollment may be accessed through Firefly Employee Self-Service.

Please contact Human Resources at 402.554.3998 if you need further information.

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

'Creating Visual Aids that Work' Student Learn Over Lunch | Dec. 4

'Creating Visual Aids that Work' is planned for Dec. 4 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.

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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Traveling Exhibit at Criss Library | Through Dec. 4

Criss Library is hosting a United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Traveling Exhibition, "Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings" through Dec. 4. This exhibit will be on display on the lower level of the library.

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UNO Writer's Workshop Continues | Dec. 4

On Wednesday, Dec. 4, the UNO Writer's Workshop Reading Series presents poet Matt Mason, reading from his most recent poetry collection, The Baby That Ate Cincinnati. The event, which is free and open to the public, is at 7:30 p.m. in the Art Gallery of the Weber Fine Arts Building. For further information, call 402.554.2960.

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NBDC Professional and Organization Development Open House | Dec. 6

NBDC will be hosting a professional and organization development open house on Dec. 6 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Mammel Hall.

- Introduce ourselves to the public
- Give public an opportunity to meet NBDC facilitators and learn about our course offerings

- We will have breakout sessions throughout the afternoon and provide brief presentations
- We will have tables set up in atrium with information on courses and certificate programs
- We will have light hors d’oeuvres, desserts and refreshments set up in atrium
- We will have drawings for free individual classes!

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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.


Fidelity Representative on Campus | Dec. 4

A Fidelity representative will be at UNO for individual appointments on Dec. 4.

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


SIS+ Unavailable After December

The legacy Student Information System known as SIS+ will be removed from service on Dec. 31, 2013. Peoplesoft (commonly referred to as Mavlink) has been the official system of record for student academic and financial records since Fall 2010 and should provide all necessary information regarding a student record. Questions can be directed to tgoldsberry@unomaha.edu.