• 2013
  • 12/6

Last Day for NUFlex Enrollment

Benefits-eligible faculty and staff have until 5 p.m. today to complete their annual enrollment for 2014 in Firefly.

Even if you do not wish to make changes to your benefits, benefits-eligible faculty and staff will want to update the tobacco designation, complete the Health Risk Assessment and make an annual pledge for Flexible Spending Accounts (if participating).

Because no changes may be made after the enrollment period is closed at 5 p.m. today, please make sure to check the confirmation statement you will receive by email once you have completed the online enrollment. If you do not see something listed on the confirmation statement that you had wanted to elect, then you will need to go back and repeat the enrollment steps.

For problems logging into Firefly, please contact the ITS Customer Service Help Desk at 402.554.4357. For questions about your benefits enrollment, contact Human Resources at 402.554.3998.


Service Learning Headlines

From 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Adora Greene and her music students from Lewis and Clark Middle School will be joining Dr. Lyn Holley's Introduction to Gerontology class and Omaha metro seniors for an intergenerational breakfast at UNO's Student Center. As a part of their P-16 service learning project, the Lewis and Clark students will be performing for the seniors; during and after the performance, everyone will engage in intergenerational conversations.

From 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Dr. Manfred Wogugu’s students will be teaching middle school students about HIV/AIDS awareness at Lewis and Clark Middle School. In conjunction with Douglas County Health, the goal of this P-16 service learning project is to promote HIV/AIDS awareness by empowering students with the appropriate knowledge to educate their peers and the community at large.

From 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., students from two sections of TLC Sophomore Seminar classes will be celebrating the culmination of their service learning projects. As a part of their P-16 service learning project, students in both TLC Sophomore Seminar classes were asked to create a project that involves the community, residential life at Maverick Village, and utilizes their personal strengths. Students invested themselves in various projects including the Change for Change drive to help support a Haitian hospital, hosting A Warm Cup to Warm Your Heart to create fleece blankets for Project Linus, and participating at a Live Well Omaha Kids event held in Aksarben Village. The celebration will take place in the Dodge Room of the Milo Bail Student Center.

Dr. Dennis Hoffman’s Survey of Criminal Justice class will have their final day of tutoring at South Omaha Boys and Girls Club and volunteering at the Maverick Food Pantry on Friday, December 6th. Dr. Hoffman’s students committed to weekly tutoring and volunteering throughout the semester, as part of their P-16 service learning project, allowing them to gain experience as mentors and get hands-on experience working within diverse communities.

  • 11:30AM to 1PM
  • PKI 279

The College of IS&T Roundtable Presents Anthony Skjellum

The College of IS&T Roundtable presents Anthony Skjellum, professor and chair of the Department of Computer and Information Sciences and Center for Information Assurance & Joint Forensics Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

"Topics in High Performance Computing and Cyber R&D" will be held today in PKI 279 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (the talk begins at noon).

Sandwiches and sodas provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Please RSVP to Angela Nastase at anastase@unomaha.edu.


Digital Measures Drop-in Answer Session

Do you have question about data entry in Digital Measures? Are you struggling to generate an Annual Review Report? Do you need guidance creating RPT forms? Plan to stop by anytime during this session to get answers to your Digital Measure questions. The session is sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development.


C.A.M.O Hosting Toys for Tots Drive | Ends Today

The organization "C.A.M.O" (Care for the American Military Operation) is hosting a Toys for Tots Drive through today. We are accepting new unwrapped toys for children aging newborn to 15 years.

The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate children that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens. Make a difference in a child's life this holiday season and donate today!

Please drop off toy donations to the Office of MultiCultural Affairs located in MBSC room 115.

Contact Cindy Krafka in the Multicultural Affairs Office for more information at 402.554.2248.


The Moving Company Performing at Christmas at the Cathedral

Join The Moving Company for the 18th Annual Christmas at the Cathedral with the Omaha Symphonic Chorus and Omaha Symphonic Chamber Orchestra, led by Dr. Gary Zielke. This event will feature The Moving Company dancers! The event is tonight at 8 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 2 p.m.

Please view this flier for additional details.


Campus Holiday Safety Tips

As classes conclude and students prepare to go on Winter Break, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) would like to remind students, faculty and staff about staying safe both on campus and off:

General Security
UNO reminds members of the Maverick community that crime can occur anywhere and at any time. To best prepare against these threats, UNO Campus Security provides a number of general safety tips:

- There is safety in numbers. Make sure you have someone with you if you do not feel safe in a particular area.
- Report suspicious and unusual activity to Campus Security at their emergency number, 402.554.2911, or the Omaha Police by calling 911.
- Lock your car and take your keys with you; do not leave your car idling with the keys inside.
- Use Operation I.D. to uniquely identify your property so it can more easily be recovered if it is stolen. Campus Security offers free engraving services for this purpose.
- Don’t leave personal belongings unattended.
- If you ride a bike or motorcycle, make sure to safely secure your vehicle with a proper lock.
- Shut your doors and windows tightly and lock them.
- If you are leaving your apartment or home unattended, use blinds or curtains to cover your windows.

Campus Security
During UNO’s Winter Break, the campus will be closed for the holidays from Sunday, Dec. 22 to Wednesday, Jan. 1; however, members of the UNO Campus Security team will be on campus providing regular patrols. Campus security will also provide complimentary vehicle services for stalled or locked vehicles, flat tires and gas, as well as personal escorts while on campus.

If there is an emergency on campus, contact campus security’s emergency number (402.554.2911). Campus Security can also be notified via the emergency button on UNO’s mobile site. If you have a non-emergency, you can reach Campus Security at 402.554.2648.

Blue Light Emergency Phones
Campus Security can be contacted for emergencies through any of the Blue Light Emergency Phones, which can be found at the following locations:

Dodge Campus
- N of Arts and Sciences Hall
- NW corner of Lot T
- NW corner of Lot U
- NW corner of Lot V
- SE of Criss Library
- W of Sapp Fieldhouse
- N entrance and SW corner of Lot G
- SE of Allwine Hall
- SW of Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC)
- SW corner of lot M
- SW corner of lot A
- NE corner of Lot D
- MBSC Computer Lab
- MBSC 24-Hour Study Room
- University Village (2 locations)
- Maverick Village (5 locations)
- Lot J (2 per level)
- UNO Child Care Center
- S of Roskens Hall
- SW of Weber Fine Arts Building
- NW and SE Corner of Lot N
- West side of Lot O

Pacific Campus
- SE corner of Lot 2
- SW corner of Lot 4
- NW of Scott Residence Hall
- N and S of the Scott Business and Technology Development Center
- NW corner of lot 9
- Scott Village (6 locations)
- N of Mammel Hall
- SW of Mammel Hall
- SW corner of Lot 14
- Scott Court (2 locations)

Center Campus
- W of the Dome

Texting Notification System
UNO provides access to an off-site, mass notification system that will send out emergency messages via SMS text. To subscribe click here.

Anonymous Tip Hotline
UNO also provides the ability to provide an anonymous tip via SMS Text. The program, called U-Tip, is part of the E2Campus system. There is no need to register to use this function.

Those wanting to send an anonymous tip to Campus Security should enter “50911” into the address box and “UNO911” into the message box before proceeding with your message. An example would be: “UNO911 possible car break in west of DSC.”

*Campus Security also reminds those on campus that the tip line is to be used only for very specific situations where privacy or discreetness is required.*

Specific Security Procedures
As part of UNO’s general security policies, Campus Security provides procedures and suggestions for specific events that might occur on campus.

These procedures can be found online at the UNO Campus Security page, or at these individual links:
- Active Shooter
- Bomb Threat
- Fire
- Medical Emergency
- Crime in Progress
- Major Maintenance Emergency

Campus Map
For those needing directions, UNO provides easily accessible and interactive campus maps on its main homepage and its mobile site. If there are any other questions about security on or off campus, you are encouraged to call UNO Campus Security (402.554.2468); phone lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Online Scholastic Book Fair

Did you miss the Criss Library's Scholastic Book Fair? Fear not, you can shop through the online book fair through Dec. 9. Books will be delivered to the library so there's no shipping charges. You'll be notified by email when your books arrive. For more information, contact Melissa Cast-Brede at mcast@unomaha.edu or visit the online book fair here.


Criss Library Offering Stress Relief | Dec. 8-11

Stressing out? Students, faculty and staff are invited to de-stress at Criss Library with a series of stress reduction activities from Sunday, Dec. 8, through Wednesday, Dec. 11. Guided meditations, stretching and musical acupuncture sessions our offered in collaboration with the UNO Counseling Center and students of the Mindful Student class.

Attached flier includes the full schedule.

  • 12/10
  • 10AM to 1PM
  • HPER

Wellness Center Offering Stress Relief | Dec. 10

Need a day to de-stress? Stop over at the Wellness Center on Dec. 10 for some ways to relax! See the flier for more details.

  • 12/11
  • 2PM
  • MBSC Chancellor's Room

Faculty Senate Meeting | Dec. 11

The UNO Faculty Senate will meet on Wednesday, Dec. 11, in MBSC Chancellor's Room. The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. All interested are invited to attend. For more information contact the Faculty Senate Coordinator, Sue Bishop, at 402-554-3598.

  • 12/11
  • 6PM to 8:30PM
  • ASH 306

Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies Presents The Gatekeepers | Dec. 11

Join the Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies as they present The Gatekeepers followed by a discussion on the future of Israel and Palestine on Dec. 11 from 6 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m.

The Gatekeepers is a documentary on Israel's highly-secretive Shin Bet security agency which is comparable to America's CIA. Director Dror Moreh interviews six of the agency's former heads and provides their perspective on the events of post-1967 Israel. In the film, these men give a fresh viewpoint on the controversial nature of Israeli-Palestinian relations.

The screening of The Gatekeepers is scheduled for the conclusion of the class on Israel and Palestine (HIST 4730/8376), taught by Dr. Moshe Gershovich. As Gershovich notes, “The Gatekeepers presents the viewer with a candid lens through which to view the situation in the Middle East. It will serve as an excellent prelude for a serious discussion about the future of Israel and its relations with the Palestinians."

View this flier for more details.


Construction Notice Regarding Arts and Sciences Hall Handicap Ramp

Due to construction at Arts and Sciences Hall, the north side handicap ramp will be closed from Dec. 10 through Dec. 19. Please use the south handicap entrance located near the center of the building on the first floor.


Blackboard MVP

Congratulations to Mike Zimmerman, Information Services' Lead Systems Administrator and Blackboard System Administrator. He has been selected by Blackboard in their first class of Blackboard MVPs. Mike is one of twenty MVPs to be recognized worldwide.

Blackboard MVPs are selected for their knowledgeable, engagement, and collaboration with the wider Blackboard community. Even though the UNO campus community knows him as "Mike the Blackboard Administrator," the Blackboard World knows him for his work answering Blackboard Community blogs as "Dr. C."

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Department of Art and Art History Present [forty ten] | Opening Reception Dec. 7

The UNO Department of Art & Art History invites you to [forty ten], an exhibit showcasing emerging UNO artists. The opening reception is Dec. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Cali Commons Coworking/Art Gallery located at 518 N. 40th St. and is free and open to the public.

The show features the diverse work of eight students with a common purpose: the desire to learn and create. From graphic design to painting, their work spans a wide array of media and concepts to form an exciting display of individuality and technique. The exhibition is the final project of the Professional Practices capstone course for studio arts students. In this class, students learned administrative components essential for cultivating and maintaining professional artistic practices. After a semester of refining their skills and visiting with professionals in the visual art and graphic design community, students now have the opportunity to practice what they've learned by organizing, hosting and exhibiting [forty ten].

The show is ongoing through Dec. 30. Questions? Contact Bart Vargas at bvargas@unomaha.edu or 402.554.3035.

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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.

UNO in the Media

UNO in the Media

UNO featured in a wayfinding article
Our UNO monument signs, located on the Dodge Street, Pacific Street and Pine Street locations, were featured in this wayfinding article.

UNO's Guentzel named NCGN rookie of the month
UNO freshman forward Jake Guentzel on Wednesday was named the National Collegiate Hockey Conference rookie of the month for November.

Douglas County to extend health benefits to same-sex spouses of employees
Douglas County will extend health insurance and other benefits to the same-sex spouses of county employees. UNO political scientist Paul Landow says it's a major step forward for the Omaha area.

Forum addresses community concers, calls for change
Jerry Deichert, director of the Center for Public Affairs Research, led a forum which centered on the findings of the 2011 Nebraska Legislative District Report.


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.


UNO Excellence in Teaching Nominations Now Being Accepted

The campus-wide Excellence in Teaching (EIT) award committee is now accepting nominations for 2014. This award was established in 1969 to recognize superior efforts, dedication and exemplary conduct in the performance of the university's first task -- the education of its students. Please note the new deadline for nominations is December 13. Nominee application packets are due January 17, 2014.

Refer to the following page - http://www.unomaha.edu/aandsaffairs/inside/ceita.php - for nomination information, requirements, forms and procedures. For questions, contact members of the committee or Paul Barnes (pbarnes@unomaha.edu), Office of Academic and Student Affairs.