• 2013
  • 12/20

Best of 2013: The Wizard of Kabul

It was a special year for UNO in 2013 with countless events, achievements, special guest visits and national recognitions for students, faculty, staff and alumni.

It was 1965 when UNO's Dean of International Studies and Programs, Thomas E. Gouttierre, first traveled to Afghanistan as a member of the Peace Corps. While it certainly wouldn't be the last of his visits, it would certainly be one of the most formative for Gouttierre, and for country.

Soon after Gouttierre arrived he was asked to coach a local team of high schoolers, which soon traslated into an offer to coach the country's first national team in a competition against India and Pakistan.

While those two games never came to fruition, through hard work, luck and some help from legendary coach John Wooden, as well as legendary player Bill Bradley, Gouttierre was given the chance to coach another national team in 1970, this time against visiting China. It was this game, which Afghanistan won 58 - 39, that shocked both countries and kickstarted a now 40-year history for the country in the sport.

In July, this story was featured in a 10-page spread in Sports Illustrated with the title: "The Wizard of Kabul."

To learn more, visit the UNO homepage.


Cheer on Your UNO Men's Basketball Team

Want to watch your UNO Men's Basketball team as they play Minnesota tonight? Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, and the game will be nationally-televised live on the Big Ten Network.

You can also cheer on your UNO Men's Basketball team as they host Seattle at the Ralston Arena Sunday, Dec. 22, at 4:07 p.m.

The Mavericks are 8-3 overall.

The Ralston Arena is located at 7300 Q Street (west of 72nd Street and Q Street).

Visit omavs.com for more information.


A Note from Information Services Regarding the Target Breach

There are published reports of a security breach at Target that may have exposed credit card information of 40 million users. The Secret Service is investigating.

UNO has not been compromised and is not connected to this incident, but if you used the same password for your personal Target accounts and any UNO account, then you should change your UNO Netid or NUID password now.

Here are some additional tips for keeping your information at UNO safe:

- Avoid using simple passwords based on dictionary words
- Never use the same password on multiple sites or services
- Never click on ‘reset password’ requests in emails — instead go directly to the service

You may contact Matt Morton in the Information Security Office (402.554.2425) or the IS Help Desk (402.554.4357) if you have any questions.

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eNotes is Rebranding!

eNotes is the University of Nebraska at Omaha's electronic newsletter, accessible via our website or sent directly to your email inbox. eNotes provides timely articles, events, and tips to help keep you connected to the campus community.

In the new year you will notice significant updates to eNotes. Most notably-- the design. The newsletter will now come to you packaged in a UNO-branded layout and will feature photos. This allows us to more fully tell the UNO story while connecting you directly to our university News Center online.

The other change you will see is the name. We surveyed campus this fall and the most popular choice for eNotes' new name was "The Maverick."

Faculty and staff subscribers will continue to receive their daily newsletter, but it will be called "The Maverick Daily." Once a week, students will receive an updated version all their own called "The Maverick Weekly."

You will still be able to access these versions online, and you can still submit entries.

We will keep you informed with sneak peeks and updates along the way!

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Commencement Parking Lot Reservations & Shuttle Bus Service

December Commencement is scheduled for Saturday at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Sapp Fieldhouse.

Doors open at 7 a.m. for the 9 a.m. Ceremony (9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.); Reception follows in Student Center until approximately noon.

Doors open at noon for the 2 p.m. Ceremony (2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.); Reception follows in Student Center until approximately 5 p.m.

Lot N (west of HPER) will be reserved for Handicap parking.

Lot R (between CPACS and Allwine Hall) will be closed. No parking will be allowed in Lot R due to heavy pedestrian traffic in this area.

Lot R stalls, in front of the Fieldhouse, will be designated No Parking to allow vehicle turn around.

Lot O will be Reserved for Platform Party parking.

Access to Maverick Plaza will be restricted throughout the day.

Please do not use these lots until after 5 p.m. on Saturday. Please let your staff know about these restrictions.

Event Parking is available on all surface lots and both the East and West Parking Garages.

Two special shuttle bus routes will be in service from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.:

1. East Garage Express: Pickup and drop off behind Arts and Sciences Hall to HPER stop west of Fieldhouse.
2. Dodge Campus Loop: Pickup and drop off at HPER stop, Mav Village, Durham Science Center and west end of Student Center.

Contact Parking Services at 402.554.PARK (7275) with questions, or view the commencement website.

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UNO Online Services Unavailable on Dec. 27, Dec. 29

On Friday, Dec. 27, from 8 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m., and Dec. 29 from 8 a.m. to noon, most UNO online services will be unavailable due to the upgrade of the campus border routers. UNO's border routers are used to connect the UNO campus to the rest of the internet. This upgrade will provide improved network stability and allow for future internet speed upgrades.

Services that will be off-line include:

- Office 365-- Email will still be received and will be available after the border routers come back online. During this outage you will be unable to login to your email.
- gMav-- Login for all google apps for education services including gMav student email, Google Drive, Google Sites etc. Email will still be received and will be available after the border routers come back online.
- Mavlink
- Blackboard
- WEPA printing services
- Weboffice (O Drive)
- Mavsync
- VPN Connection to the internet from the wired and wireless networks on campus
- Portions of the website may not function including college, department and organization websites that do not currently reside in the CMS (Content Management System)
- All other services that require a NetID to login

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Information Services at 402-554-4357 (4-HELP) or unohelpdesk@unomaha.edu.

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Food Services Changes in January

Beginning in January, faculty, staff and students may notice some changes in the campus food operations at the Milo Bail Student Center Food Court, the Library Cafe and the HPER MavRec Cafe.

First, due to changes in Nebraska Regulations, and at the direction of University General Counsel, UNO will begin charging seven percent sales tax on food served on campus (5.5 percent state and 1.5 percent city). UNO is exempt from the City of Omaha Restaurant Occupation Tax.

Second, we value the support and business from the campus community and we have taken the opportunity, as a result of comparisons to our market competition, to make price reductions on many of our most popular menu items.

The MBSC Food Court plans to offer even more daily specials in 2014, including the cheeseburger special on Wednesdays and the macaroni & cheese bar on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. To keep updated on these and other specials, follow UNO Food Services on Twitter @MiloBailSC or friend Milo Bail on Facebook.

Finally, want to know how you can get 10 percent off the cost of your purchases at UNO Food Services venues? Simply use your MavCard. ALL PURCHASES made with your MavCard get a 10 percent discount, every day, in the MBSC Food Court, the Library Cafe, the HPER MavRec Cafe and the MBSC Convenience Store.

If you have any questions on this announcement, or any other matter involving UNO Food Services, please contact Jim Welch at jwelch@unomaha.edu.

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Flu Shots Available in Health Services

Influenza activity has slowly increased over the past two weeks in Douglas County. Last year the influenza cases in December in Douglas County tripled in numbers in January 2013. If you haven't gotten your flu shot yet come into Health Services this week to get it.


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.


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.