Graduate Student Handbook

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Academic Dishonesty, Policy Appeals, and Grade Appeals Policy

All courses in majors offered by the School of Natural Resources will include the following Academic Integrity Statement in their syllabi:

Students are expected to adhere to guidelines concerning academic dishonesty outlined in Section 4.2 of University's Student Code of Conduct (http://stuafs.unl.edu/dos/code). (Optional) Instructor - Outline penalties possible for instances of dishonesty such as cheating and plagiarism here. Students are encouraged to contact the instructor for clarification of these guidelines if they have questions or concerns. The SNR policy on Academic Dishonesty is available at http://snr.unl.edu/employeeinfo/information/employeehandbook-single.asp?infocode=S162.

Grade and Policy Appeals, and Incidents of Academic Dishonesty in School of Natural Resources courses are to be handled in the following framework:

Student Appeals of a School of Natural Resources Policy or Policy Decision:

A student wishing to appeal a GEOG, NRES, WATS or SNR policy or policy decision must first discuss with his or her academic adviser the policy or decision in question. If a satisfactory solution is not achieved with the adviser, the student may request a decision from the SNR Undergraduate Committee (undergraduate student) or Graduate Committee (graduate student) and then the SNR Director (in that order). If a satisfactory solution is not achieved at the School level, the student may appeal his or her case through the appropriate College Dean's Office, using that body's appeal process.

Students appealing a policy decision must do so within one semester (Fall or Spring) following the decision.

Student Appeals of School of Natural Resources Course Grades:

In the event of a dispute involving GEOG, NRES, or WATS course grades, the student must first appeal to his or her instructor and, failing resolution with the instructor, to the SNR Undergraduate Committee (undergraduate level course) or Graduate Committee (graduate level course), and then to the SNR Director in writing (in that order). If a satisfactory solution is not achieved at the School level, the student may appeal his or her case through the appropriate College Grade Appeals Committee using that body's process.

If a grade is appealed to the appropriate SNR Committee, the instructor must provide a written justification for the awarding of the grade. The student shall provide an account of the grounds for the grade appeal and evidence that the student has sought to resolve the case in consultation with the instructor.

Students appealing a course grade must do so within one semester (Fall or Spring) following the grade.

Academic Dishonesty:

Academic dishonesty can involve, but is not limited to, cheating; fabrication or falsification of information; plagiarism; destroying, defacing, stealing, or making inaccessible library or other academic resource material; complicity in the academic dishonesty of others; falsifying grade reports; or misrepresenting illness, injury, accident, etc., to avoid or delay an examination, or the timely submission of academic work.

Consequences of academic dishonesty in GEOG, NRES, or WATS courses, depending on the degree of severity as interpreted by an instructor, may range from a warning to assigning an F for the course. The instructor might also choose to assign a zero or partial credit for a specific assignment, quiz, examination or laboratory report in which dishonesty was involved. Before imposing an academic sanction the instructor shall first attempt to discuss the matter with the student. In all cases, including sanctions not involving a lowered grade (e.g. retaking an exam) the instructor must document the instance(s) of student activity that constitutes academic dishonesty. Documentation must be kept by the instructor for a minimum of two years and must be made available to appropriate School, college, and UNL authorities if cases of academic dishonesty result in disciplinary hearings or appeals at those levels. When an academic sanction is imposed that causes a student to receive a lowered course grade, the instructor shall make a report in writing of the facts of the case, and of the academic sanction imposed against the student, to the SNR Director and, if necessary, to the UNL Director of Student Judicial Affairs. The student shall be provided with a copy of this report. Further, the instructor may recommend to CASNR, CAS, or UNL disciplinary proceedings against the student for violation of the Student Code of Conduct if the instructor, in the exercise of his or her professional judgment, believes that such action is warranted.

If the student believes that the allegations of the instructor regarding Academic Dishonesty, or the proposed penalty to be imposed, are unjust or not warranted, the student should contact their academic adviser and the SNR Director to discuss the matter. This process must be initiated within one month of the class grade assignment. If a student facing a sanction due to academic dishonesty in an SNR course wishes to appeal the sanction, the following process must be followed. First is an appeal to the chief instructor of the course. Failing this appeal, next is an appeal (in writing) to the SNR Undergraduate Committee (undergraduate student) or Graduate Committee (graduate student), then to the SNR Director (in that order). If a satisfactory solution is not achieved at the School level, the student may then appeal through the appropriate CASNR, CAS, Graduate Studies, or UNL appeal process, subject to the process and requirements of those bodies.

Approved by SNR Undergraduate and Graduate Curriculum Committees - 09/13/2013

Approved by SNR Faculty - 10/03/2013

Administration

Welcome to the School of Natural Resources (SNR) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln! It has a long, rich history in the University. The administrative staff consists of the following people:

  • Director - John Carroll
  • Associate Director - Paul Hanson
  • Associate Director for Conservation and Survey - Matt Joeckel
  • Assistant to the Director - Christine Steggs
  • Administrative Associate - Maria Hansen

Welcome to the School of Natural Resources (SNR) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln! Our success as a unit depends on your success and contributions as an individual. The information contained in this website will help you get an overall understanding of our programs, activities, organization, and policies and procedures.

The School of Natural Resources has a long, rich history in the University. Many of the components of the School began as stand-alone departments. In an effort to promote collaboration and service to the University and the State of Nebraska, several of these stand-alone departments merged in 1997 to become the School of Natural Resource Sciences, and later became the School of Natural Resources in 2003 with the addition of several more units. A number of other centers and divisions are associated with the School. They include:

  • Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies (CALMIT)
  • Conservation and Survey Division (CSD)
  • Great Plains Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit (GP-CESU)
  • High Plains Regional Climate Center (HPRCC)
  • National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC)
  • Nebraska Fish and Wildlife Cooperative Research Unit (NFWCRU)
  • Nebraska State Climate Office (NSCO)

John Carroll serves as the School's director. The SNR director reports to the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and the three deans for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) which are the following:

  • Agricultural Research Division (ARD)
  • College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR)
  • Extension Division

The director is supported by the following people:

  • Associate Director - Paul Hanson
  • Associate Director for Conservation and Survey - Matt Joeckel
  • Assistant to the Director - Christine Steggs
  • Administrative Associate - Maria Hansen
  • Faculty Coordinators:
    • Community Engagement - Dennis Ferraro
    • Faculty Mentoring - Pat Shea
    • Teaching - Drew Tyre
  • Mission Area Leaders:
    • Applied Climate Science - Martha Shulski
    • Applied Ecology - Larkin Powell
    • Environmental Science - Steve Thomas
    • Geography and Spatial Science - Brian Wardlow

The SNR Organizational Chart shows the layout of the administration of the School as well as its many components. An abbreviated version of the chart is also available.

Administration - Administrative Associate

Contact(s)

  • Administrative Associate - Maria Hansen: mhansen5@unl.edu,  910 HARH, EC 0989   Phone: 402-472-9873

Services

  • Assist with the development and update of department policies and procedures.
  • Serve as an advocate for staff.
  • Manage the Director's calendar.
  • Coordinate and schedule faculty meetings, prepare and distribute minutes.
  • Coordinate the electronic Annual Report of Faculty Accomplishments (ActivityInsight).
  • Coordinate documents needed for the Promotion and Tenure (P & T) Committee's review.
  • Coordinate the annual faculty evaluation process.
  • Collect all staff evaluations.
  • Provide all faculty and staff with an electronic copy of their evaluations; submit ratings to the Natural Resources Business Center Manager by the required deadline.
  • Manage the School's academic personnel files.

Administration - Assistant to the Director

Contact(s)

  • Assistant to the Director - Christine Steggs: csteggs1@unl.edu,  908 HARH, EC 0989   Phone: 402-472-8120

Services

  • Manage administrative operations and academic human resources.
  • Develop SNR policies and procedures.
  • Oversee organizational development, employee education and training, goal setting, and strategic planning.

Admission to Candidacy

Masters Degree

A student is admitted to Candidacy for the masters degree when admission deficiencies have been removed and when the ability to perform satisfactorily in graduate studies has been demonstrated, by filing a Memorandum of Courses in the Office of Graduate Studies.

A masters degree student may change his/her declared Option at any time during the program of study with written approval from the adviser, the Chair of the Graduate Committee in the student's major and the Dean for Graduate Studies. The only exception to this policy is that students may not change from Option I to any other Option if certification of full time status has been utilized.

For additional information see the Graduate Studies website (http://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/current/degrees#masters).

Doctoral Degree

For additional information see the Graduate Studies website (http://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/current/degrees#doctoral).

Advisers for Students

Choosing an adviser whose interests match your research goals is critical for the success of your work. SNR emphasizes the cooperative exchange between students and advisers in research programs while still giving advisers the overall responsibility for the direction and course of the student's research. Contact an SNR faculty member regarding your interest in our graduate program. Before you apply, you must receive the advising support of a faculty member who is a member of the Graduate Faculty (as recognized by the Office of Graduate Studies). This potential adviser is required to write a letter of approval for your application. Please note: this letter does not count toward your required letters of recommendation.

MA in Geography

MS in Natural Resource Sciences

PhD in Geography

PhD in Natural Resource Sciences

Changing Advisers

Adviser Leaves SNR

  • Prior to the departure of a student's adviser from the School, the student needs to secure an on-campus co-adviser or change to a different adviser.
  • Students are responsible for consulting with:
    1. Members of their Graduate Advisory Committee,
    2. The chair of the SNR Graduate Committee, and
    3. The director of SNR to determine whether an on-campus co-adviser needs to be appointed.

Air Handling System

Contact(s)

  • Office Associate - Operations - Karen Gilbert: kgilbert5@unl.edu,  101 HARH, EC 0961   Phone: 402-472-8197

The heating, ventilating, and air conditioning system in Hardin Hall turns on at 6:30 a.m. and goes off at 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The air handler schedule is adjusted to accommodate special events or classes when scheduled through appropriate SNR staff.

Application for Graduation

When a student begins his/her final semester, application for graduation will need to be completed. Refer to the Graduate Studies website for specific information and due dates.

Masters: http://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/current/degrees#masters

Doctoral: http://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/current/degrees#doctoral

Assistantships

Graduate students may receive a paid research or teaching assistantship during the course of their degree program. Each assistantship has a set number of hours associated with it, either at 0.33 FTE (no more than 13.2 work hours per week; 9 hours of tuition remission per semester) or 0.49 FTE (no more than 19.6 work hours per week; 12 hours of tuition remission per semester). Graduate Assistants are considered employees of SNR. These work hours are considered independent of their graduate program. Advisers/supervisors are to discuss their expectations with the students; total work hours are not to exceed the limit set by their FTE. If the graduate assistant is not meeting expectations, they may lose their assistantship, but may continue on their degree program. A student must be on the assistantship for the full semester in order to receive the benefits.

More information is available at: http://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/current/funding#assistantships

The School has a number of Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs) and Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs). GRAs and GTAs constitute a contractual arrangement between the University and the graduate student, whereby the student (GRA/GTA) agrees to work for the University in return for his/her stipend.

Assistantship appointments are either 0.49 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) and work 15-19.6 hours per week or 0.33 FTE and work 10-13.3 hours per week. Work assignments are independent of the student's graduate program.

Assistantships provide students with income, tuition remission (12 credit hours per semester, and up to 12 in the summer, depending on stipend amount paid), and health insurance at a reduced rate. More information can be found at: http://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/current/funding/index.shtml.

Health coverage for the fall semester is from mid-August through December and for the spring semester is January through mid-August. More information can be found at: http://health.unl.edu.

For faculty who fund assistantships, make note that the funding source will be billed once each semester approximately 47% for tuition and health insurance. More information can be found at: http://research.unl.edu/sponsoredprograms/fringe-benefit-rates/.

Assistantships - Beginning

Contact(s)

  • HR Generalist - Natural Resources Business Center - Leo Masek: lmasek2@unl.edu,  237i HARH, EC 0972   Phone: 402-472-0833

Students beginning assistantships must meet with the HR Generalist in the Natural Resources Business Center (NRBC) prior to beginning the assistant or promptly at the start. Bring the following items to the meeting:

  • Original Social Security Card
  • Driver's License / passport
  • Copy of a voided check

Assistantships - Termination

Contact(s)

  • Graduate Admissions Coordinator - Patty Swanson: pswanson2@unl.edu,  102b HARH, EC 0921   Phone: 402-472-5355
  • Natural Resources Business Center HR Generalist - Leo Masek: lmasek2@unl.edu,  237i HARH, EC 0972   Phone: 402-472-0833

If, during the course of the semester, a student decides to leave the position, it is expected he/she will give 30-day notice. Likewise, if there is a need to terminate an assistantship, a student will be given 30-day notice. Students should be aware if their assistantship is terminated, either by themselves or the department, before completing 120 continuous days of employment (PER SEMESTER), all tuition and health benefits will be forfeited and the entire cost for those benefits will once again post to their student account. Should a student choose to resign from his/her assistantship, he/she must submit a letter of resignation to his/her supervisor, Graduate Studies and the NRBC. He/She may request a copy of the original signed offer letter from the Office Associate for Student Services.

Additionally,

  • Students must work with their adviser to establish a plan to transfer information, data, samples, files with data entry, as well as the raw data sheets and unanalyzed samples (and any other information as directed by your adviser). Also, given that a student may still be on the grant payroll for the month, he/she may be expected to complete any tasks that are in line with transferring duties over to other members of the lab or the research team.
  • Contact the Natural Resources Business Center (NRBC) HR Generalist regarding payroll information, forwarding address and phone, and to provide a letter of resignation.
  • Contact the Office Associate for Operations to return any Hardin Hall keys.
  • If applicable, return a parking permit to Parking and Transit Services for discontinuation and possible refund.
  • Return all University equipment/property/supplies/education materials.
  • Clean out your cubicle and return cubicle keys to the Office Associate for Student Services.

Athletic Tickets

Refer to this website for information about athletic tickets and other discounts and services for employees: http://hr.unl.edu/employee-services-and-discounts/

Building Hours

Contact(s)

  • Events Manager - Jacki Loomis: jloomis3@unl.edu,  121a HARH, EC 0961   Phone: 402-472-7550

Hardin Hall's exterior doors and hallway doors are unlocked from 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. They are locked evenings, weekends, and University Holidays.

Door schedules are adjusted to accommodate classes and events scheduled through SNR staff.

If there are after-hours access issues that require immediate attention, contact the UNL Police Department at 402-472-2222.

Please do not prop doors open.

Building Maintenance Reporter (BMR) for Hardin Hall

Contact(s)

  • Office Associate - Operations - Karen Gilbert: kgilbert5@unl.edu,  101 HARH, EC 0961   Phone: 402-472-8197

Each building on campus has a person assigned to report facility-related issues for repair and maintenance (e.g., door does not lock, window is broken, water leak, flickering light, occupancy sensor turns off when room is occupied, electrical circuit is out). BMR lookup: http://fmo.unl.edu/bmr/lookup.

If the problem is an after-hours emergency, dial 0 from a University phone (there is one located in the tower lobby) for the University Operator and leave a call-back number where the service personnel can reach you for additional information.

Classrooms

Contact(s)

  • Graduate Admissions Coordinator - Patty Swanson: pswanson2@unl.edu,  102b HARH, EC 0921   Phone: 402-472-5355
  • SNR Webmaster - A/V and Computer Wallpaper - Mark Mesarch: mmesarch1@unl.edu,  229d HARH, EC 0982   Phone: 402-472-5904

Faculty members are able to request classrooms they would prefer to teach in, however; the Graduate Admissions Coordinator will make the final decision as to room assignments for Hardin Hall. Classrooms needed outside of Hardin Hall are generally assigned by Office of the University Registrar. Classrooms are assigned based on the previous year's semester assignments, room size, enrollment limits, and course meeting time. Conference rooms are used as classrooms only when absolutely necessary.

Classrooms in Hardin Hall are equipped with an LCD projector, computer, and internet access. LCD projectors, laptops, and overhead projectors are also available for check-out through the resource database. Technicians are available to train instructors on the use of classroom equipment. Audio/Visual and computer wallpaper can display SNR related activity pictures and information. Please contact the SNR Webmaster to submit information/images to post.

Prior to the start of each semester, the Office Associate-Lead will ensure that teaching supplies are in each Hardin Hall classroom. If classroom supplies are low during the semester, contact the Office Associate-Lead.

Classrooms in Hardin Hall:

  • HarH 023 - Teaching Wet Lab, capacity 30 students
  • HarH 024 - Teaching Wet Lab, capacity 30 students
  • HarH 107 - Auditorium, capacity 128 students (main floor with tables), 242 students (balcony with theater-style seating)
  • HarH 141 - Computer Lab, 23 computers/seats
  • HarH 142 - Computer Lab, 24 computers/seats
  • HarH 162 - Classroom, capacity 36 students
  • HarH 163 - Classroom, capactiy 60 students

Commencement Ceremony

Students who have completed their program may participate in the commencement ceremony at the end of the semester in which they complete their program.

Masters Commencement Ceremony: http://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/current/degrees#masters

Doctoral Hooding Ceremony: http://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/current/degrees#doctoral

Communication - Email

Contact(s)

  • Assistant to the Director - Christine Steggs: csteggs1@unl.edu,  908 HARH, EC 0989   Phone: 402-472-8120
  • Graduate Admissions Coordinator - Patty Swanson: pswanson2@unl.edu,  102b HARH, EC 0921   Phone: 402-472-5355

SNR uses email to communicate with its employees and students regularly. Students are placed into various group lists based upon their work location and type of assistantships.

Students are expected to have and maintain a Huskers email account. These accounts can accommodate the large size of file attachments.

SNR uses email to communicate with its employees. The group lists and contacts used by Faculty, Staff, and Students with UNL email accounts (not huskers accounts) are in the UNL-GAL address book.

All group lists maintained by SNR will have “SNR” at the beginning of the “Name” (i.e. SNR Faculty).
SNR Group List Names

All contacts maintained by SNR have “SNR” at the beginning of the “Title” (i.e. SNR Graduate Student).
SNR Contacts Title

This allows SNR maintained group lists and contacts to be grouped together in the address book.

Email Lists that SNR Maintains in the UNL-GAL:

  1. SNR All Employees (consists of SNR Faculty, SNR Staff, SNR Graduate Assistants, NRBC)
  2. SNR Committee Promotion and Tenure
  3. SNR Core Mission Area Applied Climate Science
  4. SNR Core Mission Area Applied Ecology
  5. SNR Core Mission Area Environmental Science
  6. SNR Core Mission Area Geography and Spatial Science
  7. SNR Extended Mission Area Applied Climate Science
  8. SNR Extended Mission Area Applied Ecology
  9. SNR Extended Mission Area Environmental Science
  10. SNR Extended Mission Area Geography and Spatial Science
  11. SNR Faculty (excludes courtesy, adjunct, emeritus, visiting faculty)
  12. SNR Graduate Assistants (consists of grauate students on SNR-paid assistantships)
  13. SNR Graduate Students (consists of all graduate students admitted into NRES or GEOG graduate program or those advised by an SNR Faculty member)
  14. SNR HarH Occupants (includes everyone with office space Hardin Hall)
  15. SNR Staff

Hints for Using the SNR Group Lists:

  1. If you try to send to a group list that no longer exists you will get an error message that the group no longer exists or that you do not have permission to send to the list.
  2. If the auto-fill feature in the address lines (To, CC, BCC) show a deleted group list, remove them by clearing the AutoComplete cache in Outlook.
  3. If you want to email all employees and graduate students use two lists: SNR All Employees and SNR Graduate Students (Outlook will remove any duplicates.)
  4. If information needs to be addressed to one specific floor in Hardin Hall use the group list SNR HarH Occupants AND indicate at the start of the subject line that the message is for a certain floor.

Computers

Contact(s)

  • IT Manager - Jim Hines: jhines2@unl.edu,  226b HARH, EC 0982   Phone: 402-472-6708

UNL Computer Use Policy

Access

Employees and students will claim their university computer ID and password through UNL's Information Service Department. The IT Manager will use that information grant access on any SNR computer in Hardin Hall, e.g., the 24/7 computer lab (HarH 162), the computer teaching classrooms (HarH 141 and 142), the conference rooms (HarH 202, 207, 209, 901), the teacher's podium in the classrooms (HarH 163 and 228), teaching wet labs (HarH 023 and 024), and the Auditorium (HarH 107).

Internet and Email Services

As part of the SNR Hiring process, supervisors will be asked to provide computer and software needs to the SNR Information Technology (IT) Manager. The IT Manager or an assigned computer technician sets up the computer and will assist new employees with access to the internet, email, and printers.

After a new employee has been entered into the payroll system (SAP), the new employee will be asked to activate a UNL email account. Anyone with an appointment 6 months in length or greater must have a UNL email account. A supervisor may request that an employee with an appointment less than 6 months in duration have a UNL e-mail account.

Network

All members of SNR with a computer login have access to a common network. This network allows us to share files and for our computers to be backed up.

All computers in classrooms, conference rooms and the auditorium are connected to the same network. When logging onto those machines, the same drives are accessed, based upon the login.

Each person has access to a P drive (personal drive), which only they can access by logging on with their ID/password and a Z drive, which all SNR Employees access; the Z drive is erased every Monday morning. Regular employees will have access to an S drive, which is used by SNR administration to provide employees with their job description, training records, course evaluations, etc.

Files saved to any networked drive, except the Z Drive, are backed up nightly. To recover a backed up file, contact the Information Technology (IT) group.

Purchases

To provide optimum efficiency in computer support, SNR will require that all computer purchases be made through SNR Computer Support personnel and will be eligible for Tier 1 service. SNR Computer Support will maintain 99.9% or greater security for P drive, S drive, and network drives. Computers purchased without involvement of SNR Computing Support will be eligible for Tier 2 services; it is recommended that an outside business/person is used for software purchases and installation.

Procedure

Computer purchased through SNR Computer Support (Tier 1)

  1. Computers will be chosen from a few select makes and models, determined by the SNR IT Manager.
  2. SNR Computer Support will provide data security with the P drive and network drives and offer a monthly backup of the C drive on each system.
     
  3. Full hardware support will be provided/available on each system.

Computers purchased without involvement of SNR Computer Support (Tier 2)

  1. SNR Computer Support will provide the following software for the user to install and configure:
    • Symantec anti-virus
    • Outlook/Office 365
    • Office 2013
    • VPN software, userid, and password for accessing network resources
  2. No additional software support. User is responsible to maintain copies of all software purchased and installed, in case it's needed later for reinstallation.
  3. No backup support. This is entirely the user's responsibility. If/when the system crashes; it is the user's responsibility to restore the system back to factory original specs. The user will have to reformat the hard drive and restore it to the day it was purchased, reinstall the software, and restore data from their backups.
  4. No mapping of network drives. Instructions, however, will be provided for the users to do it themselves.
  5. No hardware support.
  6. No trouble-shooting. If there is a problem or question, the user will deal directly with the factory and/or authorized service center.

Support

  • Services
    • Hardware: computers, printers, color lasers, scanners, etc.: order, install/set up, maintain, update.
    • Software: Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Office 2013/2016, Symantec, Windows Update, etc.: order, install, maintain licenses, update.
    • Network: activate ports; register Ethernet cards; assist wireless access; set up on UNL network; set up network laser printers; maintain login scripts; personal and group drives.
    • Servers: file servers - personal and group drives; print servers - audit, track and restrict printing; web servers - host School and School-related web sites; backup servers.
  • Pricing
    • There are no charges for basic computer and audio-visual support services for SNR personnel during regular University hours.
    • AV service during non-regular hours are billed at cost.

VPN (Virtual Private Network)

Contact the Information Technology (IT) group to get that setup on your computer.

Wireless

Contact the Information Technology (IT) group to help you set up your computer.

Contact Information

Contact(s)

  • Adminstrative Associate - Maria Hansen: mhansen5@unl.edu,  910 HARH, EC 0989   Phone: 402-472-9873
  • Interim Alumni Coordinator - Sara Winn: sara.winn@unl.edu,  102d HARH, EC 0981   Phone: 402-472-0636

Work Address

The street address for Hardin Hall is 3310 Holdrege Street, Lincoln, Nebraska 68583-0961.

For campus mail, use the person's name, room number, building abbreviation (see PeopleFinder on UNL webpages), campus (EC or CC) and 4-digit zip code. For example,

   Name
   Room # HarH
   EC 4-digit zip code

When your office location is assigned or changed by SNR Administration, the Natural Resources Business Center (NRBC) will be notified and will input the information into SAP. It can be verified through Firefly Employee Self Service, and will be posted online in PeopleFinder. Information can be excluded at the employee's request. Provide changes to the Time Entry Specialist.

Field Work

When conducting field work outside of Hardin Hall, faculty, staff, and students are asked to provide contact information to the front desk. This can include a cell phone number or the phone number of a location where they will check-in periodically.

Home Address

To view and edit/change a home phone or address:

  1. Logon to Firefly.
  2. Select "Employee Self Service." (top left of the page)
  3. Select "Address & Emergency Contact" in the Personal Information section. (right hand column)
  4. Edit your Permanent Address and/or Current Address.
  5. Click "Review."
  6. Click "Save."

A verification message will come to the employee's email account. This is to ensure that the changes were done purposely and that the account has not been compromised.

Emergency Contact

For benefits eligible employees, within the employment record, the University maintains several addresses, including one specifically used as the person(s) to be notified in an emergency situation - in the event that an employee becomes ill or is injured at work and is unable to speak for him/herself.

To view and edit/change emergency contact information:

  1. Logon to Firefly.
  2. Select "Employee Self Service" (top left of the page).
  3. Select "Address & Emergency Contact" in the Personal Information section (right hand column).
  4. Click "Edit" in the Emergency Contact field.
  5. Update the necessary fields.
  6. Click "Review."
  7. Click "Save."

To add additional Emergency Contacts, scroll to the bottom of the screen and click "New Emergency Contacts." Complete all the fields as noted above. Click "Review" to validate the changes and then "Save" on the following screen to complete the process.

Contacts should be listed in the order you prefer to be contacted.

If you need assistance in formatting your address, click here to view tips on US Postal Service formatting standards.

A verification message will come to the employee's email account. This is to ensure that the changes were done purposely and that the account has not been compromised.

Contact the Natural Resources Business Center (NRBC) for further assistance.

Web Directories/PeopleFinder

If a phone number, e-mail address, or office location for a member of SNR is needed, the directories on the SNR website will provide the most up-to-date information.

If the category of the employee is unknown or if the person is outside of SNR use there are several options to locate the contact information:

  • UNL website Search Bar (at the top right of the page).
  • PeopleFinder Icon (people with a magnifying glass under the UNL search bar). The PeopleFinder now also includes departmental information.
  • Online UNL Directory.

These web based directories should have the most up-to-date information. If an error is noticed, please let the Alumni Coordinator know so that corrections can be made.

Copiers and Copy Codes

A copy machine is available for use in the Nebraska Maps & More Store on the 1st Floor Tower Lobby. It does both black and white and color copying. Contact your adviser if you need to make copies related to your work and research. He/She can provide you with a code to use or request that one be established for your uses with the Office Associate for Operations.

SNR utilizes a cost-per-copy program through Copy Services and following University Service Center Policy, charges only enough to cover expenses. Paper cost is incorporated into the cost-per-copy charge. The Copier Coordinator will educate/train SNR employees to understand the process.

If you have a special copy project that requires special paper, you will need to provide that paper yourself.

Copiers are located in the following areas in Hardin Hall.

Hardin Hall Room Copier Location
101 1st floor in Nebraska Maps & More
150 North wing of Hardin Hall, 1st floor (northeast corner)
328 3rd Floor of Tower
427 4th Floor of Tower
527 5th Floor of Tower
727 7th Floor of Tower
>827 8th Floor of Tower
923 9th Floor of Tower

Personal copies can be made for $0.03 a side (black and white) and $0.20 a side (color) in the Nebraska Maps & More Store (101 Hardin Hall).

Cost Object

The University uses cost objects for all business transactions between units. They are also referred to as "cost centers," "WBS elements" or "accounts." Grant funds are 13 digits long; State, Revolving, or Overhead funds are 10-digits long. Your supervisor can provide you with the cost objects you are to use. New faculty will be given cost objects by the Natural Resources Business Center (NRBC). Below is an explanation of what the numbers mean.

State, Revolving or Overhead Funds:

2

1

-

6

2

3

8

-

0

0

0

1

Campus

Fund type

 

College/Division

Department

 

Number within Department

Grant or Auxiliary (13 digits)

2

5

-

6

2

3

8

-

0

0

0

1

-

0

0

1

Campus

Fund type

 

College/Division

Department

 

Project

 

WBS element

Campus:
   2 UNL
   3 UNMC
   4 UNO
   5 UNK
   9 UNCA

Fund Type:
   1 State-Aided Non-revolving
   2 State-Aided Revolving
   3 Auxiliary
   4 Federal Letter of Credit
   5 Federal Funds
   6 Trust Life-to-Date
   7 Trust Year-to-date
   8 Plant & Loan funds

College/Division:
   05 Arts & Sciences
   61 CASNR
   62 ARD
   63 Extension

Department:
   28 SNR in Arts & Sciences
   38 SNR in IANR (CASNR, ARD, Extension)

Course Evaluations

Contact(s)

  • Graduate Admissions Coordinator - Patty Swanson: pswanson2@unl.edu,  102b HARH, EC 0921   Phone: 402-472-5355

SNR will coordinate Faculty and Teaching Assistant evaluations for all courses in majors coordinated by SNR.

Course Syllabus

Contact(s)

  • Assistant to the Director - Christine Steggs: csteggs1@unl.edu,  908 HARH, EC 0989   Phone: 402-472-8120
  • Adminstrative Associate - Maria Hansen: mhansen5@unl.edu,  910 HARH, EC 0989   Phone: 402-472-9873

Each course is required to have a syllabus that is distributed to students and emailed to the SNR Administrative Associate no later than 5 PM the first Friday of class. SNR shall maintain a database of all GEOG, NRES, and WATS home courses, and all other courses taught by SNR faculty.

UNL Faculty Senate Syllabus Policy: All courses must have a syllabus and all syllabi must include specific information about the instructor, course requirements, grading policy and schedule for examinations. This policy may be found at http://www.unl.edu/asenate/syllabuspolicy.pdf.

CASNR information for teaching may be found at http://casnr.unl.edu/teaching-casnr.

Each syllabus must include:

  • The name of each Teaching Assistant (if applicable)
  • A Late Assignment Policy with a clear statement regarding penalties for late work
  • The following language: “Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the instructor for a confidential discussion of their individual needs for academic accommodation. It is the policy of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to provide flexible and individualized accommodation to students with documented disabilities that may affect their ability to fully participate in course activities or to meet course requirements. To receive accommodation services, students must be registered with the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office, 132 Canfield Administration, 402-472-3737 voice or TTY.”
  • If the course is ACE-approved, syllabus must include the Student Learning Outcome (SLO) that will be achieved, a brief description of the opportunities the course provides for students to acquire the knowledge or skills necessary to achieve the SLO(s), and a brief description of the graded assignments that will be used to assess the students' achievement of the SLO(s).
  • Academic Dishonesty, Policy Appeals, and Grade Appeals Policy

Coursework Requirement for Successful Completion of the Degree

Scholastic Grade Requirements are set by UNL Graduate Studies and are described here.

Crime Prevention and Safety

In an effort to raise awareness for safety of individuals, university property, and personal property, the University of Nebraska Police Services Department and the Division of Student Affairs invite all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to review UNL policies on:

Custodial Services

Contact(s)

  • Office Associates located in the Nebraska Maps & More Store: n/a,  101 HARH, EC 0961   Phone: 402-472-3471

Custodial Services staff are scheduled to work in Hardin Hall from 4:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, unless otherwise noted. They are not authorized to empty recycling bins marked with the recycling logo or do any cleaning not listed on their website. SNR has a recycling assistant who handles recycling pickup. See Go Green for recycling information. The trash pickup schedule is as follows:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9th Floor Tower 5th Floor Tower 1st Floor Tower 2nd Floor Tower 1st Floor North
6th Floor Tower 8th Floor Tower 1st Floor South 2nd Floor South 2nd Floor North
4th Floor Tower 3rd Floor Tower
7th Floor Tower 3rd Floor North

If the University is closed on your floor's day for service you will have service the following business day.

A list of the services/frequency provided by Custodial Services can be found at their website: http://fmp.unl.edu/custodial. If you have a specific custodial request, contact the Office Associate for Operations.

Degree Program Options for the Doctoral Degree

PhD in Geography

PhD in Natural Resource Sciences

Degree Program Options for the Masters Degree

MA in Geography

MS in Natural Resources Sciences

Departmental Photograph

Contact(s)

  • Graduate Admissions Coordinator - Patty Swanson: pswanson2@unl.edu,  102b HARH, EC 0921   Phone: 402-472-5355
  • SNR Webmaster - Mark Mesarch: mmesarch1@unl.edu,  229d HARH, EC 0982   Phone: 402-472-5904

SNR will have a photographer in Hardin Hall twice during the semester to take student pictures for the SNR student diretory. Dates and times will be announced via email. A picture, in jpeg format, may also be submitted to the Office Associate for Student Services.

A photograph of each employee is maintained on the SNR website as our employee directory and a way for internal and external constituents to get to know us. Please contact the SNR Webmaster to arrange for your photo to be taken.

Faculty are asked to additionally arrange for a formal photograph through University Communications. Contact Greg Nathan, Digital Photography Specialist, 420 Nebraska Hall, gnathan2@unl.edu, 402-472-2666, and have the photo billed to cost object 21-6238-1003.

You will need to complete and submit the SNR Image Release Form for use of the photo.

Digital Commons

Digital Commons is a collaborative service of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln libraries. Faculty, researchers, and students associated with the University of Nebraska–Lincoln are invited to deposit materials for long-term preservation and world-wide electronic accessibility.

Categories include:

  • The Open-Access Archive: Organized by Departments, Centers, and Research Groups: Contains more than 22,700 articles, papers, ebooks, documents, presentations, creative activities, master's theses, open-access dissertations, etc. Free to all users.
  • Peer-Reviewed Journals and Series (open-access)
  • UNL Dissertations from ProQuest-UMI: More than 10,890 PhD dissertations from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Includes all dissertations 1902-present. Free full-text access from UNL campus connections. Users from outside UNL have free abstracts and 24-page previews, with the option to purchase electronic full-text. This area is managed by ProQuest. University of Nebraska users from off-campus should use the link below for free access.
  • Free Dissertations from off-campus with NU ID: University of Nebraska–Lincoln faculty, staff and students can get free full-text, access to dissertations from off-campus with an NU ID number. Enter here - Do not use the Search box at the right.

SNR shall provide administrative documents to digital commons as part of our record retention policy. These documents shall include, but are not limited to, all those relating to the Comprehensive Review conducted every five years, which includes the self-studies.

Doctoral Dissertation Nature and Scope

Regular discussions with your adviser will help you identify the specific objectives of your research. Narrowing your topic should be done with help from your adviser and committee members.

Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Meeting

Geography

This is addressed in GEOG 901 Pro-Smr Research Methods and Professional Development.

Natural Resources

??

Doctoral Dissertation Research Proposal

Geography

This is addressed in GEOG 901 Pro-Smr Research Methods and Professional Development.

Natural Resources

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Doctoral Program Candidacy

Doctoral candidacy is not the same as admission to or enrollment in a doctoral program; it is a specific stage of doctoral program progress. http://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/current/degrees/candidacy

Apply for Candidacy: http://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/current/Doctoral-Candidacy.pdf

Once a student becomes a doctoral candidate, the student is required to enroll continuously until the program is completed.

Request for Certification of Full Time Status: http://research.unl.edu/gradstudies/fulltime/.

Doctoral Program Committee Formation

  • Geography students will need to choose their primary adviser (chair of the committee) by the completion of their first year.
  • Natural Resource Sciences students should have primary adviser (chair of the committee) chosen prior to completing their application.

Eligible Advisers

A minimum of ?? Faculty from inside the program must be on the committee. Students are allowed up to ?? Faculty from outside the program and School. This includes courtesy and adjunct faculty members.

Doctoral Program Final Oral Exams

Final Oral Exam is often called the "Defense."

  • The Application for Final Oral Examination http://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/current/degrees must be filed at least 3 weeks before final oral exam.
    Before the form is submitted: (1) The two designated readers must read the dissertation and sign the form. (2) The chair or co-chairs must also sign.
  • Scheduling: The final oral should be scheduled at a time when a majority of the committee, including the chair/co-chairs, can attend. The time and date of the oral examination must be recorded on the form.
  • For more information: Refer to the Graduate Studies Bulletin.

Contact the Office Associate for Student Services to reserve a room in Hardin Hall for the defense.

Research responsibility requirements:

Doctoral Program Forms

The UNL Office of Graduate Studies provides the necessary forms for completing a doctoral program. They can be viewed at http://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/current/degrees#doctoral.

Doctoral Program Requirements

The UNL Office of Graduate Studies provides a timeline for completing a doctoral program. This timeline can be viewed at http://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/current/degrees#doctoral.

Doctoral Program Supervisory Committee Role

Tasks of the various committee members

Dress Code

SNR offers employees flexibility in their clothing selection to help them be more comfortable in the completion of their daily activities and work assignments. It is understood that employees will use good taste and judgment when selecting their clothing, and will avoid wearing garments that are damaged or revealing. The School supports casual dress (to include jeans).

Elevator Speech Contest

Contact(s)

Preliminary Round: February 15, 2016
Final Round: February 25, 2016

The "elevator speech" comes from the business world, where a chance encounter with a potential investor, employer or other VIP on the elevator provides the opportunity to make a brief pitch about yourself or your idea. The SNR Elevator Speech Contest provides an opportunity to practice presenting your research to non-scientists. The School of Natural Resources is working with NET television to broadcast the 2016 SNR Elevator Speech contest! NET will tape the finals and broadcast it multiple times.

  • Students present their research in 3 minutes or less
  • One PowerPoint Slide is allowed. No Animation.
  • Separate categories for
    • Undergraduate
    • Masters
    • Doctorate

Awards

In Each Category:

  • $1000 for first place
  • $300 for second place
  • $200 for third place
  • $100 for fourth place

Overall People's Choice Award

  • Award - $100

Event Website: http://go.unl.edu/snrelevatorspeech

Enrollment - Final Semester

The School of Natural Resources follows UNL Graduate Studies requirements for graduate student enrollment. The UNL Office of Graduate Studies does not require a graduate student to be enrolled for credit hour(s) in the semester they plan to graduate if all course work requirements have been met. International students and those with student loans may need to be enrolled and should contact the Office of Graduate Studies at 402-472-2875.

Event Planning and Related Services

Contact(s)

  • Sales and Event Manager - Jacki Loomis: jloomis3@unl.edu,  121a HARH, EC 0961   Phone: 402-472-7550

Services

  • Manage planning for SNR sponsored events: determine venue; handle contracts; manage registration and accounting; develop packets and related materials.
  • Provide pre- and post-event reports of activities, attendees, and finances.
  • Pricing - standard pricing is 7% of registration fee to cover credit card fees and related costs, costs may vary depending upon the nature of the event.

Exam Requirement for Successful Completion of the Degree

Contact(s)

  • Graduate Admissions Coordinator - Patty Swanson: pswanson2@unl.edu,  102b HARH, EC 0921   Phone: 402-472-5355
  • Sales and Event Manager - Jacki Loomis: jloomis3@unl.edu,  121a HARH, EC 0961   Phone: 402-472-7550

Comprehensive

SNR requires a comprehensive examination is required of all students and covers the student's approved program of study. It generally will be administered within 10 months of graduation and typically in the semester prior to the one in which the student plans to graduate. The exam will consist of written and oral examinations administered by the adviser, as directed by the student's committee.

It is the student's responsibility to work with their adviser and MS/MA/PhD specialist in Graduate Studies to obtain specific details. Refer to the Graduate Bulletin for further details.

Preparing for the Exam

  • Contact the Office Associate for Student Services to make sure all necessary paperwork in on file. Final Oral Examination and Thesis Defense Forms may be found on http://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/current/degrees
  • Contact the Sales and Events Manager to reserve a room.

Facilities

SNR is primarily housed in Hardin Hall on east campus at UNL (at the northeast corner of the intersection of 33rd and Holdrege Streets). Faculty, staff, and laboratories are also located in the CSD Annex, East Campus Service Building, Kiesselbach Crops Research Laboratory, Natural Resources Research Annex, and the Water Sciences Laboratory. Outside of Lincoln, we have faculty in the research and extension centers in Scottsbluff, North Platte, and Norfolk. Off-campus field sites include the Barta Brothers Ranch, Nine-Mile Prairie, and Prairie Pines. We conduct research at a variety of locations throughout the state. For more information about SNR's facilities see Location & Facilities on the SNR website.

Fax Machines

Contact(s)

  • Office Associate for Sales - Lisa Greif: lgreif2@unl.edu,  101 HARH, EC 0961   Phone: 402-472-3679
  • Sales and Events Manager - Jacki Loomis: jloomis3@unl.edu,  121a HARH, EC 0961   Phone: 402-472-7550

The Nebraska Maps & More Store (101 Hardin Hall) has general use fax machine for faculty, staff, and students. There is no cost for sending faxes. Recipients of incoming faxes will be notified and may pick up fax in 101 Hardin Hall. If fax is not picked up, it will be held at the front desk.

The Office Associate for Operations, Office Associate for Sales, or the Sales and Events Manager can provide instructions on how to use the fax machine upon request.

A complete list of all fax machines in Hardin Hall is given.

Hardin Hall Room Fax Location
101
402-472-2946, 1st floor Nebraska Maps & More (recipient will be notified and may pick up fax in 101 Hardin Hall; if fax is not picked up, it will be held at the front desk).
425
402-472-2722, Coop Unit, 4th floor, Coop Conference Room.
713
402-472-8763, High Plains Regional Climate Center, 7th floor in Shellie Hanneman's office.

Firefly

Firefly is the University's web-based system that allows employees to manage their leave requests, print payroll stubs and W-2s, make changes to their home address/phone and W-4, allocate credits for the Employee and Dependent Scholarship Program (full-time employees only), complete NUFlex benefit paperwork, etc. Payroll stubs are archived, so there is accessibility to current and past pay stubs. Your ID is your NU ID # (on your NCard); passwords for benefit-eligible employees are created and provided by email by UNL's SAP Coordinator, Beth Benson, 313 ADMS, CC 0429, 402-472-2100, bbenson2@unl.edu several weeks after a new employee has been hired.

Food Trash

To prevent health hazards and nuisance, food trash from Hardin Hall offices should be taken to one of the outside trash containers or the trash bin in the loading dock area. Hardin Hall custodial staff, if notified in advance, will provide extra trash cans for food trash associated with special events in public areas of the building.

GIS/Graphics Service Center

Services

  • Develop and maintain survey-related GIS databases.
  • Develop GIS databases for faculty and staff research and projects.
  • Provide GIS support for faculty and staff research and projects.
  • Develop maps and graphics using GIS databases. Provide technical support for GIS software.
  • University contact for ESRI software/technical support.
  • Provide general and technical assistance for GPS.
  • Maintain handheld GPS units for general use.
  • Large format scanning and plotting.
  • Produce maps, graphics and high-quality illustrations and drawings.
  • Produce posters and slide presentations for professional meetings.
  • Produce flyers, brochures, hand-outs and displays.
  • Flat-bed scanning, slide scanning, lamination, foam board mounting and comb binding.

Pricing

The GIS/Graphics Service Center is required to charge fees to cover the cost of operating expenses, equipment, materials and supplies. An hourly rate for these services has been determined based on equipment costs, depreciation, licensing fees and replacement needs. The hourly fee covers such expenses as phone lines, Internet connections, computers, large format plotter, large format scanner, laminator, printers and software and licensing fees. Additionally, all materials are charged at cost with no markup. The cost of materials covers such expenses as plotter paper, foam board, laminating film and other miscellaneous supplies. The following is a list of all fees charged through the GIS/Graphics Service Center.

  • Hourly rate – $6.00/hr.
  • Large format plotting
    • Plain, coated paper – $1.00/ft.
    • Glossy paper – $2.00/ft.
  • Color laser prints – $0.25/pg.
  • Lamination (glossy) – $ 0.30/ft.
  • Lamination (satin) (large format) – $ 1.50/ft.
  • Foam board
    • 30" x 40" (adhesive) – $7.00/ea.
    • 48" x 72" (adhesive) – $22.00/ea.
    • 40" x 60" (non-adhesive) – $5.00/ea.
  • Mylar – $2.00/ft.

Note: For long term projects, a customer may be referred to CALMIT to make use of their services.

Talk with the Graphics Specialist to get information on UNL logos and policies for appropriate use.

Go Green

Contact(s)

  • Sales and Events Manager - Jacki Loomis: jloomis3@unl.edu,  121a HARH, EC 0961   Phone: 402-472-7550

Environmental stewardship, preservation, and sustainability are important in SNR. We participate in recycling and energy conservation programs.

Reuse

Unwanted equipment, books, etc., are to be reused within the department whenever possible. If we cannot find a new use and the item was purchased with University funds, it must be sent to Inventory. Complete the Surplus Equipment Pickup form, and send to Inventory Coordinator.

Recycle

Recyclables are collected in Hardin Hall twice each week. The schedule is:

Tuesday Room Pickup Thursday Room Pickup
Basemnet Lobby (near door 14) 239 1st Floor Lobby 328
023 243 101 427
24 244 123 528
141 248 2nd Floor Lobby 627
142 249 200 728
150 328 202 827
162 427 204 901
163 528 207 902
1st Floor Northwing Lobby 627 209 923
228 728
234 827
237 923

Recycling containers are located in all work rooms, lobbies, classrooms, and conference rooms. We do single-stream recycling; meaning, all recyclables we collect may go in the same container. We collect non-food paper products, non-food plastics (plastic drink bottles are acceptable, but not plastic food wrapping), glass bottles, and metals (aluminum, tin, and steel cans). No Styrofoam. Contact the Alumni Coordinator with questions.

Reduce

SNR makes every effort to reduce consumables and waste. We use print-on-demand printing to generate all letterhead and envelopes.

Energy Conservation

Within Hardin Hall, SNR has worked with Facilities to reduce energy usage by removing one light bulb from each overhead light. Occupants in the tower have agreed to use only the "after hours" mode for day-to-day lighting, which reduces the number of overhead lights that are in use.

Occupancy sensors were installed in Hardin Hall in 2009, with additional sensors being installed in 2010. Occupancy sensors are located in tower offices, conference rooms, lobbies, and labs with fume hoods. These sensors control the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) and lighting for each room. Lighting for offices is optional, based on whether the occupant turns on the lights when he/she enters the room. Because the conference rooms have dimmer switches for lighting during presentations, the occupancy sensors were set to control only the HVAC system, so lighting in conference rooms continues to be controlled manually. Most rooms are set on a 10 minute timer, but lobbies and tower restrooms are set at 5 minutes. After 5 or 10 minutes of motion not being detected, the HVAC and lights, if set, will be turned off. When the occupant returns, the HVAC system and lights will turn on. Generally, HVAC sensors recover costs in 3 years and light sensors in 5 years.

SNR employees have the opportunity to participate in the energy conservation program by turning off their computer at night. This is not an option for employees who use remote access to connect to their work computer outside of regular work hours.

Graduate Admissions Coordinator Role

Contact(s)

  • Graduate Admissions Coordinator - Patty Swanson: pswanson2@unl.edu,  102b HARH, EC 0921   Phone: 402-472-5355

The Graduate Admissions Coordinator is available to answer student questions pertaining to academic procedures related to degree programs.

Graduate Chair Role

Contact(s)

  • Graduate Committee Chair - Elizabeth (Betty) Walter-Shea: ewalter-shea1@unl.edu,  803 HARH, EC 0968   Phone: 402-472-1553

The Graduate Committee Chair is responsible for:

  • Assuring fair and consistent compliance with all Graduate College policies and for overseeing student appeals.
  • Overseeing all graduate degrees, majors, specializations, minors and certificate programs in SNR.
  • Facilitating the agenda and deliberations of the graduate committee and assisting them to create graduate programs in which exemplary students are held to high expectations.
  • Helping colleagues design cutting edge curriculum, examinations and research requirements, and assist them in providing attentive mentoring for all graduate students.
  • Assuring that every graduate student is held to the highest standards of academic integrity.

Additional information can be found at http://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/facstaff/gradchair

Graduate Committee Role

The SNR Graduate Committee is comprised of five faculty members, four of which must have their graduate faculty home in SNR. The fifth member may have a courtesy, adjunct, or partial apointment in SNR. Committee members shall be elected for staggered three-year terms and may serve two consecutive terms. The SNR Graduate Student Association (SNR GSA) elects a representative who serves on the Graduate Committee in matters of policy and procedures but is not involved in screening prospective students or in deliberations involving an individual student.

The major duties of the Graduate Committee include:

  • Evaluating the academic qualifications of applicants for admission into the Geography and Natural Resource Sciences degree programs.
  • Establishing that applicants meet any departmental requirements that are over and above those set forth by the Graduate College.
  • Approving the program of study for Masters students and the supervisory committee for PhD students.
  • Monitoring the progress and academic performance of students at the reqest of the faculty adviser; recommending to faculty advisers necessary echanges in graduate student status.
  • Taking corrective action when unsatisfactory progress is evident.
  • Awarding graduate teaching assistantships.
  • Making recommendations pertaining to curricular changes in graduate courses.
  • Suggesting and modifying graduate degree programs and areas of specialization.
  • Establishing a minimum passing grade for the comprehensive exam and a procedure in the event of a failing grade on a question or the exam; and maintaining quality and uniformity of the examining procedure.
  • Approving the oral exam procedure.
  • Be available for graduate students who have concerns or issues they cannot resolve with their adviser(s) or committee.
  • Assist in finding an adviser for a graduate student when the adviser leaves UNL and is unable to supervise the student through his program.
  • Modifying, as needed, the SNR website regarding SNR graduate student policies and procedures.

For additional information on the SNR Graduate Committee, including committee members, visit http://snr.unl.edu/employeeinfo/people/committee/graduate.asp.

Graduate Student - Fellowships and Travel Grants

Students whose major is within the College of Agricultural Science and Natural Resources may be eligible to apply for IANR fellowships and travel grants.

More information can be found at: http://ard.unl.edu/awards.

Graduate Student Association (GSA)

Contact(s)

The purpose of the School of Natural Resources Graduate Student Association (SNRGSA) shall be to serve as a representative body for all of the graduate students in the School of Natural Resources (both Geography and Natural Resource Sciences), to promote a closer relationship within the graduate student community, to serve as a channel of communication between graduate students, faculty and staff, and to foster professional development.

Learn more about the group and the plans for each school year at the Fall Welcome, which is held the first Friday of the Fall semester .

Meeting times will be announced via email.

Contact SNRGSA via email at snrgsa@unl.edu.

For more information visit the SNR GSA website.

Graduate Studies Degree Specialists

Masters: Teri Eastin, 1100 Seaton Hall, CC 0619, 402-472-8665, teastin1@unl.edu

Doctoral: Eva Bachman, 1100 Seaton Hall, CC 0619, 402-472-8669, ebachman1@unl.edu

Hardin Hall Tour

Contact(s)

  • Events Manager - Jacki Loomis: jloomis3@unl.edu,  121a HARH, EC 0961   Phone: 402-472-7550

If you have been assigned a space in Hardin Hall, the Alumni Coordinator will take you on a tour of Hardin Hall that includes your assigned work space, work room, copier location and basic use, location of supplies, location of rest rooms, break rooms, department bulletin boards, name and phone number of building maintenance reporter, name/phone/email of other SNR service providers, location of refrigerators/microwaves (for employee use), vending machines, fire extinguishers, exits, alarms, secured storage area for personal items, location and use of fax machines, etc. Rules will also be reviewed regarding coffee and personal use of refrigerators.

Huskers Email Account

Contact(s)

  • Graduate Admissions Coordinator - Patty Swanson: pswanson2@unl.edu,  102b HARH, EC 0921   Phone: 402-472-5355

Due to the size of file attachments that are sent to graduate students, it is requested that you establish and maintain a Huskers email address. You can do this after you have received your Certification of Admissions from the Office of Graduate Studies. You will request a Huskers email account through Information Services which can be reached through http://huskers.unl.edu. You will need to use your NU ID number and password that were sent to you via email by your Graduate Admissions Evaluator and TrueYou. We recommend that you create an email address that uses your first name and last name, separated by a period (i.e. firstname.lastname@huskers.unl.edu).

Once you have an email address, please provide it to the Office Associate for Student Services.

Injuries/Illnesses/Accidents

Contact(s)

  • Assistant to the Director - Christine Steggs: csteggs1@unl.edu,  908 HARH, EC 0989   Phone: 402-472-8120

Work-related injuries and illness may occur. When this happens, if an employee has a paid appointment with the University, he or she and the supervisor need to report the work-related injury or illness as soon as possible to the UNL Benefits Office. Emeritus faculty*, retired staff, visitors, guests, and students** are not eligible for Worker's Compensation. If they are injured while on University property, they must use their personal funds/insurance to cover any medical expenses.

* Emeritus faculty who sustain a work-related injury or illness while doing a paid assignment for the University will qualify for worker's compensation.

** Students who are employees (e.g. on paid assistantships or student workers) and sustain a work-related injury or illness will qualify for worker's compensation, for that specific injury or illness. If they are injured while walking to class, that injury is not covered under worker's compensation.

Links to the forms are avaialable on the SNR website at Accident/Injury forms.

Additional information about work-related illnesses and injuries may be found at http://ehs.unl.edu/sop/s-injury.pdf.

Insurance

Health Insurance

Students are required to carry health insurance. They may have their own or participate in the UNL Healthy Option Student Plan. UNL's student health insurance is provided by Aetna Student Health. Coverage includes medical, dental, and prescription medications. You can enroll yourself and dependents online via MyRED or in person at the University Health Center, located at 1500 U Street on City Campus. Further details are available from the University Health Center (http://health.unl.edu/healthyoption) and from Graduate Studies (http://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/current/health).

Students on assistantships are automatically enrolled in student health insurance. However, if you have other insurance or wish to waive this benefit, you must complete the waiver request form every semester by the fourteenth (14th) day of classes. Insurance for the Spring semester provides coverage through mid-August.

International students are required to show proof of insurance upon arrival to campus.

Travel Insurance

Students, faculty and staff traveling on University sponsored trips, including student field trips, etc., should be made aware of the following information:

  1. Students should have health insurance coverage. They can get coverage through the following methods:
    • Through their own private health insurance coverage
    • Through their parents health insurance coverage
    • Through the UNL Student Health Insurance Program
  2. Regardless of whether students have health insurance or not, they must enroll in the Student Trip Insurance Program before they travel on University sponsored trips. The UNL Student Trip Insurance Program (available through the UNL Benefits Office), covers students with $2,500 of accidental medical and $30,000 of accidental death for 25 cents per student, per day. Faculty and staff may opt to take this coverage as well. The Student Trip Insurance form is also available with SNR forms website.
     
  3. Students are not covered by any other University insurance coverage, such as Workers Compensation, on any trips. Their own medical coverage or Student Trip Insurance will be the coverage.
     
  4. Faculty and staff traveling abroad should consider having international medical insurance. In the event of an emergency this would cover emergency medical evacuation. Air Ambulance and FrontierMedex are two providers used by the University.
     
  5. Students, faculty and staff who are participating as volunteers on trips are not covered by the University's liability program. However, faculty and staff who are participating as a part of their job function are covered by the University's liability program.
     
  6. Faculty and staff who volunteer for trips are not covered by workers compensation and will rely on their own medical coverage should there be an injury. Faculty and staff who go on trips as a part of their job would be covered by workers compensation.

Before planning a trip, please contact the UNL Benefits Office (402-472-2600) so they may help you with required release forms and insurance information.

Inter-Campus Agreement for Tuition Billing

If a student enrolls in a course at another NU campus (i.e. UNK, UNO), his/her benefits will cover this tution. However, it is important that he/she contact the Graduate Studies Office to let them know of the situation. There is an NU system, inter-campus agreement in place for processing the tuition, but it is not automated. Graudate Studies will contact the appropriate campus, such as UNK and request that they send UNL Graduate Studies the tutition bill. The current contact is Jane Schneider (402-472-8670, nscheider2@unl.edu). The student will need to provide his/her name, student ID number, and a description of the situation. Enrolling in such a course should be done only in response to an adviser's request to do so, or in consultation with the adviser. There are restrictions based on the number of credit hours in which the student is enrolled. Contact Graduate Studies before enrolling so that ensure processes and responsibilities are understood. This is not something an adviser can assist with.

Keys

Contact(s)

  • Office Associate - Operations - Karen Gilbert: kgilbert5@unl.edu,  101 HARH, EC 0961   Phone: 402-472-8197

When you begin your studies, if you have been assigned a workspace in the graduate student cubicles in Hardin Hall, the Office Associate for Student Services will provide you with a key for the cabinets in that workspace. There is a $5 deposit for the cubicle cabinet key.

If you will be working in a lab or other locked space in Hardin Hall, your advisor will work with the faculty responsible for the space who must provide written authorization to the Office Associate for Operations for you to access the space. A $10 deposit is required for each key. Upon leaving SNR, you will return all of your keys receive refunds for keys assigned through SNR. Refunds are in the form of a State of Nebraska warrant (check). A valid mailing/forwarding address will need to be provided so that the check can be mailed.

When room assignments are made at the time of hire or relocation, keys will be ordered by the Office Associate for Operations (OAO). A $10 deposit is required for each interior door key. If you need access to other rooms, your supervisor should notify the OAO with these room number(s) so that these keys can be ordered, additional deposits will be required. Upon leaving employment with SNR, you will receive refunds for keys assigned through SNR; refunds are in the form of a State of Nebraska warrant (check). A valid mailing/forwarding address will need to be provided so that the check can be mailed.

Your office key will unlock the work room on your floor except 1st floor north work room 150, which is unlocked each morning, and for 4th floor which has a coded lock. The OAO will provide the door code when you move onto the floor.

Language Requirement for Successful Completion of the Degree

Students for whom English is a second language may benefit from participating in the UNL Intensive English Program (IEP). See http://www.unl.edu/piesl/iep.shtml for more information.

Letterhead

Contact(s)

  • Alumni Coordinator - Karen Jensen: kjensen4@unl.edu,  101 HARH, EC 0989   Phone: 402-472-7569

Contact the Alumni Coordinator if you need departmental letterhead. It should be used only for official University business related to your work and research. The template will be delivered to the recipient via email.

The first page of any letter on letterhead should be printed on N-Bond paper. Subsequent pages will be printed on plain paper. The SNR standard is to include a header of Personal Title, First Name, Last Name, Date, Page x of x on any pages following the first page of multi-page letters. This is represented on our template when text reaches the second page. No footer is required.

To save your personalized letterhead from within Word:

  1. Click on the File Tab (Word 2010) or Office symbol (Word 2007) in the upper left corner.
  2. Click "Save As."
  3. Select the location in which you'd like to save the letterhead template.
  4. In the "Save As Type" field, click "Word Template."
  5. Give your personalized letterhead a name.
  6. Click "Save."

The primary office associates for the School can assist you in making changes to the letterhead as needed and retain a copy of the file.

Library Services

The NCard (University ID) provides authorization to use the Library facilities. Library locations are below; additional information can be found at http://libraries.unl.edu/.

UNL Libraries Location
(City Campus unless otherwise noted)
Love 13th & R Street
Architecture 308 Architecture Hall
C.Y. Thompson 38th & Holdrege (East Campus)
Engineering W203 Nebraska Hall
Geology 10 Bessey Hall
Mathematics 14 Avery Hall
Music 30 Westbrook Music Building
Schmid Law 152 McCollum Hall (East Campus)

Lost and Found

Contact(s)

  • Office Associates located in the Nebraska Maps & More Store: n/a,  101 HARH, EC 0961   Phone: 402-472-3471

The School of Natural Resources will hold Lost and Found items in Room 101 Hardin Hall (Nebraska Maps & More Store), for a period of 30 days. Items not claimed after 30 days will be forwarded to the UNL Police Department or disposed of in accordance with UNL Policy.

See UNL Campus Police Lost and Found policies.

Mail

Contact(s)

  • Office Associate - Operations - Karen Gilbert: kgilbert5@unl.edu,  101 HARH, EC 0961   Phone: 402-472-8197

The Office Associate for Operations (OAO) is the primary mail handler for the School. This includes pickup, delivery and mail box maintenance. Each SNR employee and graduate student with an assigned workspace in Hardin Hall is assigned a mail folder in 123 Hardin Hall (HarH 123). The OAO will provide a code for after hours access.

Outgoing mail can be placed in the outgoing mailx in the First Floor Tower Lobby (just outsdie the Nebraska Maps & More Sotre) or in the outgoing mail slot in HarH 123. It is picked up on odd numbered days before 9:30 a.m.; incoming mail is delivered on odd numbered days after 10:00 am. Outgoing USPS and statehouse mail requires a return address that includes the four-digit zip-code extension, campus mail does not. SNR pays for most outgoing mail, but large mailings must be separately charged by completing a Postal Billing Form and attaching it to the outgoing mail. The OAO can provide the necessary forms.

For graduate assistants, thesis research items (including reprint requests) may be mailed at the School’s expense. Personal mail is not allowed (a USPS mailbox is located one block east of Hardin Hall between Burr and Fedde Halls and at the East Campus Union Bookstore).

The OAO will also assist with USPS, FedEx, UPS and other vendor shipping requests.

Mail Service Locations
Building Room #
Biochemistry Hall (BcH) 306
Conservation & Survey Annex No mail service
Hardin Hall (HarH) 123
Kiesselbach Crop Research Lab (KCRL) 102, 205
Natural Resources Research Annex (NRRA) No mail service
Water Sciences Lab (WSL) 202

Masters Program Deadlines

Contact(s)

  • Graduate Admissions Coordinator - Patty Swanson: pswanson2@unl.edu,  102b HARH, EC 0921   Phone: 402-472-5355

The UNL Office of Graduate Studies provides a timeline for completing a masters program. This timeline can be viewed at http://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/current/degrees#masters.

Masters Program Final Oral Exams

Contact(s)

  • Graduate Admissions Coordinator - Patty Swanson: pswanson2@unl.edu,  102b HARH, EC 0921   Phone: 402-472-5355

Final Oral Exam is often called the "Defense."

  • The Application for Final Oral Examination http://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/current/degrees must be filed at least 3 weeks before final oral exam.
    Before the form is submitted: (1) The two designated readers must read the dissertation and sign the form. (2) The chair or co-chairs must also sign.
  • Scheduling: The final oral should be scheduled at a time when a majority of the committee, including the chair/co-chairs, can attend. The time and date of the oral examination must be recorded on the form.
  • For more information: Refer to the Graduate Studies Bulletin.

Contact the Office Associate for Student Services to reserve a room in Hardin Hall for the defense.

Research responsibility requirements:

Final Defense of the Thesis (Option I)

The final defense of the thesis takes place during the semester in which the student intends to graduate. The final examination consists of two parts: a seminar on the thesis topic (described above) and a formal oral examination. These two parts are generally held on the same day. Thesis examinations are open to all Graduate Faculty. Active participation in the examination process (other than at the seminar) is at the discretion of the adviser and the student's advisory committee. Additional information can be found at http://snr.unl.edu/gradstudent/degreerequirements.asp.

Masters Program Forms

The UNL Office of Graduate Studies provides the necessary forms for completing a masters program. They can be viewed at http://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/current/degrees#masters.

Masters Program Supervisory Committee Role

Tasks of the various committee members

Masters Thesis Nature and Scope

Regular discussions with your adviser will help you identify the specific objectives of your research. Narrowing your topic should be done with help from your adviser and committee members.

Masters Thesis Proposal Meeting

Geography

This is addressed in GEOG 901 Pro-Smr Research Methods and Professional Development.

Natural Resources

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Masters Thesis Research Proposal

Geography

This is addressed in GEOG 901 Pro-Smr Research Methods and Professional Development.

Natural Resources

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Memorandum of Courses - Changes

  • After the Memorandum has been filed with Graduate Studies, any changes to the Memorandum must be submitted in writing.
  • Changes may be submitted by the student's adviser in a memo/email to the Masters Specialist outlining the additions, deletions, or substitutions.
  • It may or may not be possible to change the Option.
  • Refer to the Graduate Bulletin https://catalog.unl.edu/graduate-professional/graduate/degrees/masters/

Memorandum of Courses - Filing Procedure

  • The Memorandum of Courses must be submitted by the student to the Masters Specialist in the Office of Graduate Studies prior to the completion of half of the program. It is required for candidacy.
  • "Incompletes" and "no reports" count as completed courses.
  • A student may not file a Memorandum of Courses and graduate in the same semester or summer session.
  • It is the student's responsibility to obtain signatures and submit the form to Graduate Studies.
  • For more information see http://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/current/degrees#masters

My.UNL (Blackboard)

Contact(s)

  • Graduate Admissions Coordinator - Patty Swanson: pswanson2@unl.edu,  102b HARH, EC 0921   Phone: 402-472-5355
  • Alumni Coordinator - Karen Jensen: kjensen4@unl.edu,  102b HARH, EC 0989   Phone: 402-472-7569

My.UNL is the academic portal for the University. Instructors use this site for their classes to share relevant class information, notes, post grades, etc. To access the site follow the link http://my.unl.edu/. Help guides and tutorials are available on the site.The University Help Desk is also available to assist with problems. They can be reached 402-472-3970.

http://my.unl.edu/

  • After the instructor's payroll actions have been processed, the Office Associate for Student Services (OASS) will request the instructor be added to Blackboard for the class he/she is teaching. Instructors are expected to become familiar with Blackboard and use it to support student learning. Students are accustomed to using Blackboard and often expect to use it in combination with in-class activities.
  • Instructors are encouraged to establish the OASS as an administrator of the course so that they may assist in posting announcements to the students.
  • Instructors are not authorized to use private websites for teaching purposes. Only Blackboard, which is University sponsored, is approved for use in teaching.
  • Blackboard is a useful tool to send announcements or respond to the entire class. Sometimes a student will e-mail an instructor with a question about an assignment. If an instructor believes the answer is relevant to other students, he or she can send an e-mail (through Blackboard) to the entire class.
  • All course handouts, information on Blackboard, or other course-related materials (whether the materials are placed on Blackboard or distributed in class) must meet the professional standards of the School, College, and University.
  • Simple instructions for accessing Blackboard can be found on the Blackboard website. User-friendly tutorials for Blackboard can be found on the same website. If additional instruction is needed, the Instructional Technology Group through UNL's Information Systems offers faculty/staff training workshops on My.UNL Blackboard course management system.
  • The Alumni Coordinator can assist in determining your username and password.

NCard (Photo ID)

Contact(s)

  • Office Associate - Operations - Karen Gilbert: kgilbert5@unl.edu,  101 HARH, EC 0961   Phone: 402-472-8197
  • Graduate Admissions Coordinator - Patty Swanson: pswanson2@unl.edu,  102b HARH, EC 0921   Phone: 402-472-5355
  • HR Personnel General - Natural Resources Business Center - Leo Masek: lmasek2@unl.edu,  237i HARH, EC 0972   Phone: 402-472-0833

Your NCard is your student ID at Nebraska. It is used for identification, access to certain buildings and labs, and educational discounts. It also offers the optional service of purchasing items on campus.

To obtain your NCard, first register for classes and then take a current photo ID and your NU ID number to the NCard Office located in Room 121 of the Nebraska Union, 14th and R Streets, City Campus. Office hours are Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is a $20 issuance fee, which will be charged to your consolidated account. You will receive an e-mail notification that your consolidated account statement is available online for you to access via MyRed. If you were a UNL undergraduate, you do not need a new NCard.

Once your NCard is issued, you will be authorized to access Hardin Hall. Student authorization is established by the Office Associate for Student Services (OASS) in conjunction with the Alumni Coordinator.

The NCard is the Photo Identification for University employees, students, visiting personnel. Visiting personnel and others who require an NCard for building access or library use, but are not paid by the University, will receive an Affiliate NCard, which is white in color. NCards are used for identification, door/building access, library, obtaining parking permits and/or bus passes, campus recreation center, NCard charge account, Wells Fargo banking, and educational discounts at area businesses. For a list of discounts, go to http://hr.unl.edu/er/employeeservices.shtml).

Once your NCard is issued, you will be authorized to access Hardin Hall. Employee authorization is established by the Alumni Coordinator.

The NCard charge account can be used as a credit card at City and East Campus food vendors (a special application is required).

If your card is lost or damaged beyond normal wear-and-tear, a replacement fee of $20 is charged. A reduced replacement fee will be charged for stolen cards if accompanied by proof of theft, such as a police report or insurance claim form.

You are encouraged to get your NCard as soon as possible as it will be needed to obtain your parking permit, etc. To learn more about the NCard or credit card option, go to http://ncard.unl.edu/.

Application

If you are an employee, your NCard application will be provided by the Natural Resources Business Center (NRBC) HR Generalist, after you have been entered into our payroll system (SAP). If you are a visitor (not paid by UNL), your NCard application will be provided by your supervisor or the Alumni Coordinator after you complete a volunteer-affiliate form.

Troubleshooting for Building Access Problems

The NCard is based on proximity to the card reader. Most of our card readers can read the magnetic information through a purse, wallet, or backpack. Once the card is recognized and authorization is approved, a beep will sound, the reader light will turn green, and the door will unlock. If your NCard is recognized but not authorized, the reader will beep and the door will not unlock. If your NCard is not recognized, the reader light will continue to show red. This usually means the NCard has gone bad or someone has changed your NCard authorization. For problems, alert the Alumni Coordinator. Provide the door number, date, and approximate time you attempted to use your card, and they can check the system. You can also take your card to the NCard office to have them check it. Oftentimes, the card has "gone bad" and needs to be replaced, which can only be done at the NCard Office. This is considered normal wear-and-tear and will be replaced at no cost to you. If you have not completed your degree but are not registered for classes, your NCard access may be affected. Contact the Alumni Coordinator to resolve this.

Nebraska Maps & More Store (Map and Publication Sales and Distribution)

Contact(s)

  • Sales and Event Manager - Jacki Loomis: jloomis3@unl.edu,  121a HARH, EC 0961   Phone: 402-472-7550

SNR maintains a walk-in and on-line store (http://nebraskamaps.unl.edu) where customers can purchase SNR and US Geological Survey (USGS) publications. In addition, the store is Nebraska's only USGS Earth Science Information Center (ESIC) outlet. As such, it is authorized to sell USGS products, including complete topographic map coverage of Nebraska. The walk-in store is open 8 a.m. -5 p.m., Monday - Friday, closed weekends and major holidays. The on-line store is open 24/7. Those receiving funding from SNR receive a 35% discount on their purchases. Items bearing the N logo already include the employee discount.

Services

  • Retail operation for the sale and distribution of books, maps, brochures, etc. produced by SNR and others.
  • Distribution of informational material to the general public.
  • Packet preparation for outreach and workshop activities.
  • Preparation and staffing for SNR presence at outreach events such as annual meetings, workshops, festivals, etc.

Pricing

Black and White Copying

Color Printing

  • Small lot (50 pages or less), normally completed the same day, $0.15 to $0.30 per side depending on paper size and amount of color.
  • Large lot (over 50 pages) will be outsourced to UNL Copy Center or other vendors, allow additional time for completion of your project. $0.07 to $0.50 per side.

New Employee - Personnel Services

Contact(s)

  • Administrative Associate - Maria Hansen: mhansen5@unl.edu,  910 HARH, EC 0989   Phone: 402-472-9873

SNR has an internal process for welcoming new employees. This aids in a smooth transition into the School. Services include making a space assignment, establishing an email account, setting up a mailbox, displaying a room sign, getting a computer setup, etc. To initiate the process, the supervisor is to send information about new employees (name of employee, title, rank of position, name of supervisor, full-time or part-time status) to the Alumni Coordinator or SNR Hires and Separations group, which can be found in the Outlook address book. As backup to the supervisors, the Natural Resources Business Center (NRBC) provides notification to SNR Hires and Separations when the payroll action is being processed; however, the sooner they are notified, the sooner they can take action.

New Graduate Student Welcome (fall only)

Attend the New Graduate Student Welcome (fall only). Sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies, itís a great time to meet graduate students from other disciplines and to learn about the various campus and community resources. Distance students are welcome to come to Lincoln for this event. Please review the Graduate Studies web page for the date and time, http://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/.

Nondiscrimination Policy

The School of Natural Resources adheres to UNL's policy regarding non-discrimination. The policy can be found at http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.

Notary Service

Contact(s)

Notaries in Hardin Hall.

Office Hours for Teaching Faculty

Contact(s)

  • Graduate Admissions Coordinator - Patty Swanson: pswanson2@unl.edu,  102b HARH, EC 0921   Phone: 402-472-5355

All teaching faculty are required to set and keep office hours or to otherwise be accessible/responsive to students. If hours are established, they must be provided to the Office Associate for Student Services who will make it available to others. Teaching faculty are expected to respond to student inquiries within 48 hours of receiving them.

See also Work Hours.

Office Supplies

Contact(s)

  • Office Associate for Sales - Lisa Greif: lgreif2@unl.edu,  101 HARH, EC 0961   Phone: 402-472-3679

As a student you are expected to provide your own basic office supplies to function in the student capacity. If you are in need of specific office supplies related to your work or research or as part of an assistantship, work with your adviser to determine if funds are available for the purchase. If it os determined that supplies can be purchased an order must be placed with Office Depot. You will need to provide the item number, description, and a cost object as you complete the Order Form and submit it to the Natural Resources Business Center (NRBC) Office Depot Order Coordinator.

The General SNR Supply List shows the general office supplies that are available to employees in 123 Hardin Hall (HarH 123).

A limited supply of select items is maintained. Additional supplies can be ordered through Office Depot at discount prices under the University contract. To order supplies through Office Depot that are not on the below list or are a large quantity, you will need to provide the item number, description, and a cost object as you complete the Order Form and submit it to the Natural Resources Business Center (NRBC) Office Depot Order Coordinator.

Parking

Contact(s)

  • Event Manager - Jacki Loomis: jloomis3@unl.edu,  121a HARH, EC 0961   Phone: 402-472-7550
  • Office Associate for Sales - Lisa Greif: lgreif2@unl.edu,  101 HARH, EC 0961   Phone: 402-472-3679

On Campus Parking

There is no free parking on campus. If you will have a car, purchase your parking permit from Parking and Transit Services http://parking.unl.edu/ online or in person in the Stadium Drive Parking Garage. Parking permits are issued annually at the beginning of each academic year (Fall Semester) and are valid through the following August. However, per semester, month, and day are also options. A map of available student lots can be at http://parking.unl.edu/maps.

There is no free parking on campus. If you wish to park your car on campus, purchase your parking permit from Parking and Transit Services http://parking.unl.edu/ online or in person in the Stadium Drive Parking Garage. Parking permits are issued annually at the beginning of the fiscal year (July 1) and are valid through the following June. Faculty on 9-month appointments may purchase a 9 month permit which is valid during the Fall and Spring semesters. A map of available lots can be at http://parking.unl.edu/maps.

Parking and Transit Services can issue temporary handicap parking permits. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) can help with longer terms special parking needs; contact the Equity, Access, and Diversity Programs office to setup an accommodation.

If you are driving a rental car or other vehicle and are using your hangtag to park on campus, be sure to register that vehicle with Parking and Transit Services.

A free bus pass (valid for both campus and city bus systems) is also available for all registered students.

Service and Delivery Permits

Service Delivery Permits are available for occasional use by faculty, staff, and students for business purposes only. The Service Delivery Permits are valid in the following University parking areas only if placed in a vehicle with a valid University of Nebraska - Lincoln parking permit (other than "P" permits): City and East Campus Area A, any Service and Delivery spaces and spaces marked for the use of our department. Check out Service Delivery Permits at the Nebraska Maps & More Store.

Off Campus Parking

Street parking available on the streets surrounding East Campus. When parking in the neighborhoods be courteous to those in the neighborhood. Watch for snow emergency information following snow storms.

Bicycles

Remember to register your bicycle, if you plan to bike to campus. Secure bikes only on bike racks.

Visitors

Guests/Visitors, persons other than students, employees, and vendor/contractors who occasionally visit UNL for scholarly work, pleasure, or business, may park in the designated Visitor Parking. If no Visitor Parking spaces are available, visitors may park in unmarked spaces and obtain a Departmental Guest Permit from the Office Associate for Operations in the Nebraska Maps & More Store.

If you are hosting an event which may have more than five visiting vehicles, you must request Conference Permits, available for $8.00 each from UNL Parking & Transit Services. See the Sales & Event Manager for assistance with Conference Permit orders.

Parking permits from UNK, UNO, and UNMC may be used on the UNL Campus. However, any University of Nebraska faculty, staff, and students who are primarily assigned to the UNL campus must purchase a permit from UNL's Parking & Transit Services Office and may not use permits from other campuses.

State of Nebraska vehicles do not need parking permits to park on campus and may park in any unmarked or non-metered spaces. Government vehicles (except State of Nebraska vehicles) require Departmental Guest Permits to park on campus or may park and pay in a metered space.

For additional information see the Parking & Transit Services website.

East Campus Weekend Parking

Parking Services does not monitor University parking lots on East Campus after 4 p.m. on Fridays through 7 a.m. on Mondays. You may park an unregistered or non-permitted car on campus during those times.

Even though the lots are not monitored, all departments on East Campus are to provide event/parking information to Mackayla Kelsey in the Vice Chancellor's office via a Weekend Events Log at least 10 days before a scheduled event. The Vice Chancellor's office will provide that information to the Special Events staff in Parking and Transit Services. If the event is within 10 days, the department is still required to complete/submit the log form. If the special event on the UNL East Campus requires more than parking space (i.e., parking attendants, reserved parking or covered meters), the unit hosting the event will be responsible for paying the additional costs.

If SNR Event Planning staff is working with you on an event, they will complete/submit the log for you. If you are not working through SNR Event Planning staff, you are responsible for completing and submitting the form.

Policies

Employees are to be familiar with UNL's Policy on Unlawful Discrimination, Including Sexual and Other Prohibited Harassment. See http://bf.unl.edu/hrpolicy/ under Other Policies.

Employees are expected to present a positive image of the University to the external community. If staff are approached by the press, they are to direct them to the Director's office or the Communication Specialist.

For other UNL policies see also http://hr.unl.edu/training/.

Policy on Incomplete Course Grades and Research/Thesis/Dissertation Hours

Course Grades

Students taking graduate courses should check with their instructor on what their responsibilities are to remove an incomplete. Normally there is no time limit for graduate students to remove an incomplete. However, the instructor does have the option of determining the requirements for completing the course and requisite date for removal of incompletes. It is helpful to have these requirements in writing to ensure there is no miscommunication between the instructor and student.

Additional information about incompletes may be found at https://catalog.unl.edu/undergraduate/academic-policies-other-units/procedures/.

Research/Thesis/Dissertation Hours Grades

Incomplete grades for research, thesis or dissertation hours are no longer assigned. A letter grade may be assigned OR, in lieu of an 'I' (Incomplete), one of the following may be assigned:

  1. IP: (In progress) indicates satisfactory work in progress (i.e., student is making progress or effort as determined by the faculty supervisor). The "IP" would stand until the final examination, at which time a grade of "P" or a letter grade for all dissertation hours is submitted to the Registrar.
  2. XP: (No progress) indicates students are not making adequate progress on their thesis or dissertation work. Consecute "XP" (as determined by the graduate program committee) may result in the graduate committee taking action to inform the student and Graduate Studies regarding continuation of the student's graduate study.

Note that on the final transcript, the "IP" and "XP" grades will count towards attempted hours but for Financial Aid purposes, they will count differently. Both grades will convert to an "I" on the official record if not graded as P (Pass) or with a letter grade. Because the "XP" grade will not be used in calculating the GPA, no direct academic sanction, such as academic dismissal from the University, will be imposed for earning one or more "XP" grades.

Note: if an XP for graduate research, thesis or dissertation hours is earned, please visit with your advisor about completing a course syllabus listing expectation and goals for the upcoming semester (see Rights and Responsibilities/Probation and Termination).

Poll Everywhere - Live Audience Participation

Contact(s)

  • SNR Webmaster - Mark Mesarch: mmesarch1@unl.edu,  229d HARH, EC 0982   Phone: 402-472-5904

Poll Everywhere lets you engage your audience or class in real time through text messaging or website surveys and display the results live. SNR has purchased a single subscription to the Poll Everywhere online software. This software allows one presenter to survey their audience, however because of having only a single subscription, only one question can be active at a time. Multiple users can share the account, but need to make sure other people are not surveying an audience at the same time.

The subscription allows for 400 responses per question and expires near the end of February 2016. At that time we will determine where or not to renew the subscription.

Responses can be downloaded to EXCEL-compatible files.

Multiple questions surveys cannot be conducted using text message responses. However more than one survey can be live at the same time.

To access the subscription, please contact the SNR Webmaster at snrwebmaster@unl.edu or 402-472-5904 to secure the userid and password.

A SNR user's guide is available to download from the SNR Software User Group website here.

Poultry Barn Storage Area

Contact(s)

  • Christine Steggs: csteggs1@unl.edu,  908 HARH, EC 0989   Phone: 402-472-8120

The Poultry Building H & I is a storage facility for several groups within SNR. The building is located to the east of Warehouse 1 off of the East Campus Loop. FloorPlan as of 11/1/2014.

Printing Information

Contact(s)

  • Information Technology Manager - Jim Hines: jhines2@unl.edu,  226b HARH, EC 0982   Phone: 402-472-6708

Work with your adviser to determine your printing needs. Then contact the Information Technology (IT) group to request access to the needed printers.

Process for Grievances between Student and Adviser

The SNR Graduate Committee recommends that if there are issues with an adviser, the following process be used to resolve the issues (documenting each step):

  1. Speak with the adviser about the issue.
  2. If there is no resolution, then approach other members of the supervisory committee.
  3. If there is still no resolution with that meeting, schedule a meeting with the SNR Graduate Committee. The meeting will include: the advisee, the adviser and available SNR Graduate Committee members. The Committee will recommend how to have the advisee and adviser work together to work the issue out.
  4. If the outcome of that meeting is still not satisfactory, the student should meet with the SNR Director.

Public Image Policy

To assist the School in achieving its vision of international recognition, a Public Image/Branding Policy has been implemented. All employees and students are asked to follow it whenever possible.

Policy

All publications and electronic and hard copy communication shall adhere to the University's branding efforts. SNR employees shall utilize University-approved logos in hard copy and electronic communication and will maintain a positive public image in their communications.

Any SNR employees or students using UNL-supported e-mail (Huskers, Outlook/Office 365) shall refrain from expressing personal opinions through the inclusion of quotes, jokes or other statements added to their signature block.

Procedures include consistent use of email signature block, letterhead, PowerPoint templates, and maintaining current information on the SNR website.

Faculty/staff using Outlook/Office 365 shall select letterhead within policy allowance.

Faculty/staff email signature block is to include:
First Name Last Name, Title
(optional:) Center or program area, i.e., Nebraska Maps & More, Conservation & Survey Division, High Plains Regional Climate Center, Tern & Plover Conservation Partnership
School of Natural Resources
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Room # Building
Street Address (Hardin Hall is at 3310 Holdrege Street)
Lincoln, NE 68583-0989 USA
(intentional blank line to distinguish address)
phone: 402-472-XXXX
(optional) phone: 402-472-3471 (SNR main phone)
fax: 402-472-2946
email: XXXXXXXXX#@unl.edu
Optional: individual website, center website, work-group website, other (must be work-related)
SNR web site: http://snr.unl.edu
Optional: UNL-related website

Sample Signature Block

Jane Doe, Office Associate
School of Natural Resources
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
101 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln, NE 68583-0961 USA

phone: 402-472-5555
fax: 402-472-5555
email: jdoe99@unl.edu
SNR web site: http://snr.unl.edu

Purchasing

Contact(s)

  • Purchasing Specialist for Off-Campus Vendors - Pat DeStefano: pdestefano2@unl.edu,  237d HARH, EC 0972   Phone: 402-472-8726
  • UNL Procurement Card Specialist - Charley Hill: chill12@unl.edu,  237f HARH, EC 0963   Phone: 402-472-7214

When supplies or other materials need to be ordered, consult with your advisor to complete the purchase. An Order Form will be used as the starting point for the purchase. All orders are handled by the Natural Resources Business Center. The Purchasing Specialist will be able to assist you and your adviser if needed.

An Order Form is the starting point for all purchases whether you are using start-up funds, grant dollars, or department funds. All orders are handled by the Natural Resources Business Center (NRBC). The Order Form is to be completed and be faxed, mailed, or hand-delivered to the NRBC.

Information about general office supplies provided by SNR can be found under Office Supplies. When needed, centers will make their own special orders for supplies.

University Procurement Card

Employees who purchase products other than office supplies may discuss with their supervisor the possibility of acquiring a University Procurement Card. This is a credit card that is accepted by many merchants/vendors. Contact the Natural Resources Business Center (NRBC) UNL Procurement Card Specialist for an application and instruction regarding a pre-requisite class to obatin a Procurement Card. Questions on allowable expenses can be answered via the Procurement Services website or the Purchasing Specialists.

Registering for Classes

Discuss with your adviser which classes to enroll in.

You must register for classes using MyRed. Consult the Graduate Bulletin for course descriptions and the Schedule of Classes for course times and locations. You must register for at least one class before you can get an Ncard.

Responsibilities of the Advisee

The School of Natural Resources encourages all students to do the following:

  • Devote an appropriate amount of time and energy toward achieving academic excellence and earning the advanced degree.
  • Be aware of time constraints and other demands imposed on faculty members and program staff.
  • Take the initiative in asking questions that promote understanding of the academic subjects and advances in the field.
  • Communicate regularly with faculty advisers, especially in matters related to research and progress within the graduate program.

For additional information see http://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/current/news/tags/good-practices.

Responsibilities of Thesis/Dissertation Adviser

The School of Natural Resources encourages all graduate student advisers to do the following:

  • Provide clear maps of the requirements each student must meet, including course work, languages, research tools, examinations, and thesis or dissertation, and delineating the amount of time expected to complete each step.
  • Evaluate student progress and performance in regular and informative ways consistent with the practice of the field.
    • It is SNR policy that after a student receives their first XP for graduate research, thesis or dissertation hours, the student's advisor will complete a "course" syllabus (see template) in which the advisor (in consultation with the student and his/her supervisory committee) lists the expectations and goals for the student for the upcoming semester (i.e., the semester following the one in which the student received the XP). The course syllabus is to be submitted to the SNR Graduate Committee by the 6th week of classes. If the student earns a second XP in a row, a termination of the program or change in advisor may be requested by the SNR Graduate Chair. If necessary, the SNR Graduate Chair subsequently sends a letter to the Dean of Graduate Studies recommending termination of the student's program (note: the department can only recommend dismissal). The Dean will review the recommendation and, if approved, will dismiss the student from the program (https://catalog.unl.edu/graduate-professional/graduate/credit/termination/).
  • Help students develop interpretive, writing, oral, and quantitative skills, in accordance with the expectations of the discipline.
  • Assist graduate students in the development of grant writing skills, where appropriate.
  • Take reasonable measures to ensure that graduate students who initiate thesis or dissertation research/creative activity do so in a timely fashion, regardless of the overall demands of the laboratory/studio.
  • When appropriate, encourage graduate students to participate in professional meetings or display their work in public forums and exhibitions.
  • Stimulate in each graduate student an appreciation of teaching, and promote the acquisition of teaching skills where appropriate.
  • Create an ethos of collegiality so that learning takes place within a community of scholars.
  • Prepare students to be competitive for employment which includes portraying a realistic view of the field and the job market and making use of professional contacts for the benefit of their students, as appropriate.
  • Create an environment of the highest ethical standards and insist that the student behave ethically in all their professional activities.

For additional information see http://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/current/news/tags/good-practices.

Rights and Responsibilities of Students

The School of Natural adheres to all UNL policies regarding the rights and responsibilities of graduate students. These include the following statements from the UNL Graduate Studies Bulletin:

Scheduling Conference Rooms, Classrooms, and Other Resources

Contact(s)

  • Event Manager - Jacki Loomis: jloomis3@unl.edu,  121a HARH, EC 0961   Phone: 402-472-7550
  • Graduate Admissions Coordinator - Patty Swanson: pswanson2@unl.edu,  102b HARH, EC 0921   Phone: 402-472-5355
  • SNR Webmaster - A/V Computer Wallpaper - Mark Mesarch: mmesarch1@unl.edu,  229d HARH, EC 0982   Phone: 402-472-5904

If you need to make use of a Hardin Hall conference room or resources that are available for check out contact the Sales and Event Manager. Should you need to use a classroom contact the Graduate Admissions Coordinator to make arrangements.

SNR room and resource reservations are available through the Outlook/Office 365 calendar. Availability of rooms/resources can be checked as well. Click here for reservation instructions.

Reservations for Classrooms, Teaching Labs, and the Auditorium require approval from the SNR Resources approvers. You will be notified if/when your request is approved or rejected, usually within 24 working hours. Researvations for uncontrolled rooms will be system approved upon entry if the space is available. Jacki Loomis is the primary approver for conference rooms and resouces. Patty Swanson is the primary approver for classrooms.

The table below shows that rooms available for reservation and their features.

Hardin Hall Conference Room Seating Capacity A/V Features Phone Line
107 128 main floor with tables, 242 balcony Networked computer, overhead projector, laser pointer, lavalier microphone, hand-held microphone None
202 10 Networked computer, overhead projector, Skype 402-472-7571
207 20 Networked computer, overhead projector, Skype 402-472-6664
209 20 Networked computer, overhead projector, Skype 402-472-8724
901 40 Networked computer, overhead projector, Skype 402-472-6730
915
Faculty Collaboration Room
6 None None
919 4 None None

NOTE: The following rooms must be reserved through the personnel listed or approval will be sought from them:

Room Personnel to contact about a reservation
023 Graduate Admissions Coordinator
024 Graduate Admissions Coordinator
141 Graduate Admissions Coordinator
142 Graduate Admissions Coordinator
162 Graduate Admissions Coordinator
163 Graduate Admissions Coordinator
228 Graduate Admissions Coordinator

All computers in classrooms, conference rooms and the auditorium are networked. When logging onto those machines, the same drives are accessible as on their office computer. Audio/Visual and computer wallpaper can display SNR related activity pictures and information. Please contact the SNR Webmaster to submit information/images to post.

SharePoint

Contact(s)

  • SNR Webmaster - Mark Mesarch: mmesarch1@unl.edu,  229d HARH, EC 0982   Phone: 402-472-5904

SNR uses SharePoint to share documents with employees and graduate students for information and/or for input. The collaboration portal has been established at http://go.unl.edu/snrsharepoint/. Users will be asked to login with their username and password (the same as what is used to login into a computer). SharePoint is managed by the SNR Webmaster.

SNR Calendars

Contact(s)

  • Events Coordinator - Jacki Loomis: jloomis3@unl.edu,  121a HARH, EC 0961   Phone: 402-472-7550
  • Communications Associate - Shawna Richter-Ryerson: shawna@unl.edu,  911 HARH, EC 0989   Phone: 402-472-6515

Today in SNR, the daily SNR calendar, is displayed on the monitors in the lobbies, posted near each elevator throughout Hardin Hall, and appears on the SNR Employee Information web page.

The SNR Calendar is intended to highlight events that the public is welcome to attend. It is also included in the College of Arts and Sciences calendar.

Information that is of a personal nature or not work-related may be posted in the Employee Lounge (204 Hardin Hall) and Student Lounge (239 Hardin Hall).

SNR Graduate Student Ombudsperson

Robert Kuzelka has been appointed as the SNR Graduate Student Ombudsperson. Contact Information: E-mail or leave voice mail message on cell; texting to cell phone okay; do not call his UNL number and leave voice mail.
E-mail: rkuzelka1@unl.edu
Cell Phone: 402-417-9424
Office Address: 504 HARH, EC 0995

Function

The SNR Graduate Student Ombudsperson is a resource for graduate students who have academic advisers with an SNR appointment or who are receiving financial support with supervision from SNR faculty. The SNR Ombudsperson will serve as a resource for SNR graduate students by operating as a facilitator, assisting in explaining procedures and advising graduate students in complaints and conflict situations.

The position is not to be a resource for SNR undergraduate students.

The ombudsperson will meet at least twice a year (early in the fall and spring academic semesters) with SNR graduate students to explain the position and its functions.

The Ombudsperson will listen in an unbiased manner to the concerns of graduate students, clarify procedures, discuss options and when required or requested act as an intermediary or as an advocate for the graduate student.

The Ombudsperson will work to ensure fair processes for the graduate student and promote the SNR commitment to excellence in graduate education. In assisting the graduate student the Ombudsperson will use confidentiality, neutrality, independence and flexibility and will place emphasis on non-adversarial problem-solving options such as mediation, rather than formal, rights-based options.

Bob Kuzleka, SNR Graduate Student Ombudsperson
Bob Kuzelka, SNR Graduate Student Ombudsperson

Procedure

If there are issues between an SNR graduate student (advisee) and their adviser, the following five-step process should be followed to resolve such issues. NOTE: An SNR graduate student is defined as having an academic adviser faculty with an SNR appointment or receiving financial support with supervision from SNR faculty.

Any SNR graduate student may meet with that Ombudsperson before or after any of the steps in the following process.

The graduate student and the Ombudsperson (when involved) should document each step undertaken in the process.

  1. The advisee should speak with the adviser about the issue. The advisee may request the Ombudsperson to be present at such a meeting
  2. If there is no resolution in step 1, the advisee should meet other members of the advise's supervisory committee. The advisee may request the Ombudsperson to be present at such a meeting.
  3. If there is still no resolution after steps 1 and 2, the advisee should schedule a meeting with the SNR Graduate Committee. That meeting will include: the advisee, the adviser, available SNR Graduate Committee members and Ombudsperson. The Committee will recommend ways in which the advisee and adviser can work together to resolve the issue. Such recommendations may include proceeding to step 4.
  4. If the outcome of that meeting and recommendations do not satisfactorily resolve the issue, the advisee and adviser will be required to meet with the Ombudsperson to attempt to resolve the issue.
  5. If the outcomes of steps 1 through 4 do not resolve the issue, the advisee and adviser will meet with the SNR Director for final resolution of the issue. The Director will consult the Ombudsperson in making a final resolution.

The Ombudsperson will report to the SNR Director on all meetings with SNR graduate students. These reports will be confidential regarding the identity of the graduate student and affected faculty adviser if related to Steps 1 and 2 of the above process. If the process reaches Steps 3, 4 or 5, confidentially would not be possible and the affected graduate student and faculty adviser would be so advised before proceeding to those steps.

The Ombudsperson would make periodic reports to the SNR faculty on meetings with graduate students that maintain the confidentiality of the graduate student and affected faculty.

Personnel Qualification

The position of the Ombudsperson should be filled by a faculty member with UNL emeriti status from SNR or another UNL unit upon recommendation of the SNR graduate committee and approval of the SNR director. The person ideally should have teaching, advising and graduate student supervisory experience (teaching or research) prior to attaining emeriti status. The person would serve a two-year term with the potential to be reappointed once. The Ombudsperson would be provided with a private office in Hardin Hall and afforded the benefits and services of emeriti faculty in SNR.

SNR Managers

Contact(s)

  • Assistant to the Director - Christine Steggs: csteggs1@unl.edu,  908 HARH, EC 0989   Phone: 402-472-8120

The SNR Managers oversee support services in the areas of administrative support, office/clerical support, cartography and graphics, communication, publication development, database development and maintenance, event planning, field and drilling services, GIS and remote sensing, recruitment, safety, sales and distribution, teaching assistance, employee training, and web development.

Customer Service Philosophy

Provide the highest quality of services to the administration, faculty and staff of the School of Natural Resources. Our primary customers are our faculty and staff. Our primary purpose is to assist them in meeting their needs and to focus on continuous improvement to find better ways to accomplish department goals. Recognize and understand problems and opportunities; find solutions and alternatives for responding to them. Create an encompassing network for communication and feedback.

Name Area Contact Info
Amanda Bergeron-Bauer Student Services 102a HarH, EC 0981
Jeremy Hiller Lab Safety 413 HarH, EC 0974
Jim Hines Computing/Networking 226b HarH, EC 0982
Les Howard GIS/Cartography 227 HarH, EC 0982
Jacki Loomis Sales, Event Planning, Clerical Support 121a HarH, EC 0961
Matt Marxen Drilling & Field Services 628 HarH, EC 0996
Mark Mesarch SNR Web/Database 229d HarH, EC 0982
Christine Steggs Policies, Procedures, Safety, Space, Academic Human Resources 908 HarH, EC 0989

SNR Website Directory - How Filters/Searches Work

Contact(s)

  • Contact Information Update - Mark Mesarch: mmesarch1@unl.edu,  229d HARH, EC 0982   Phone: 402-472-5904
  • Geography Program Coordinator - Paul Hanson: phanson2@unl.edu,  904 HARH, EC 0989   Phone: 402-472-7762

Filter by Faculty, Emeritus, Staff & Students

This is limited to specific classes of people within all the current employees.

Group Data field Classes
Faculty Faculty type Faculty, Post Doctorate, Lecturer, Visiting
Emeritus Faculty Type and Position Type Faculty and Emeritus
Staff Class Office/Service, Managerial/Professional
Graduate Students Degree MA, MS, PhD, GIS Certificate

And if their work title includes any of the following words we do not include them either:

  • Creel Clerk
  • On Call Worker
  • Other Hourly
  • Temporary

Filter by Mission Area

This is limited to the Core members of each mission area. People who have been designated as Core Members are:

  • Tenured/tenure-track faculty (at any FTE)
  • Nontenure-track state-funded faculty (at any FTE)
  • Nontenure-track grant-funded faculty (at any FTE) who have been appointed in a faculty position for 3 or more years
  • Additional people at the SNR Director’s discretion.

Filter by Faculty Who can Advise Graduate Students

This filter is based on three factors: Graduate Faculty Status, Graduate Faculty Class (Geography or Natural Resource Sciences) and address component (a building located on campus).

The query starts with the list of current faculty. It is then filtered by the faculty member’s address; if they do not have an office on-campus they are not included in the list. The final filter is based on a combination of the Graduate Faculty Status and Graduate Faculty Class. The table below shows the combination of these data fields that must be meet for faculty member to show in the list.

Degree/Program Graduate Faculty Status Geography Graduate Faculty Natural Resource Sciences Graduate Faculty
MA in Geography Full or Associate True  
MS in Natural Resource Sciences Full, Full-Emeritus or Associate   True
PhD in Geography Full True  
PhD in Natural Resource Sciences Full   True

Courtesy and Adjunct Faculty rank do not come into play in this filter.

Any faculty member who is hired with tenure or is tenure-track automatically has full graduate faculty status at their first day of work. As such, they are eligible to advise any NRES major. Approval to advise GEOG majors requires review by the Geography program representative; the approval will be handled by the Director's office.

Nontenure-track faculty or adjuncts must be nominated for graduate faculty status by the SNR Graduate Committee after their start date in SNR. If approved, they will be eligible to advise NRES majors. Approval to advise GEOG majors requires review by the Geography program representative; the approval will be handled by the Director's office.

Search by Name

This search uses the “secondname” data field for searches of Last Name and uses “webfirstname” data field for searches of First Name.

Search by Expertise or Interest

This search shifts from the SNR directory to the SNR Expertise List. The user goes to a different webpage. The SNR Expertise List is not automatically populated from inclusion in the current tables for Faculty and Staff. Each person must assign themselves to words in the list. If they make no selections then they will not show up in the results.

Search by Building or Room Number

The user can select from a dropdown of buildings we include in the SNR Community or “OFF CAMPUS.” A room number can be added to the search

Social Committee Funds

Contact(s)

  • Social Committee Co-Chair - Dave Wedin: dwedin1@unl.edu,  411 HARH, EC 0974   Phone: 402-472-9608

Donations

  • All SNR faculty and staff are encouraged to contribute to this fund. Donations to the Social Fund, will be collected annually in September/October. Suggested amount of contribution for staff is ($5) and faculty is ($10). This is a cash fund. Donations can be cash or check to the SNR Administrative office. Checks should be written to "Mark Kuzila." Please note on the check "For: SNR Social Fund." Records of all donations will be retained.
  • Faculty and Staff, wanting recognition of an occasion, must notify the SNR Administrative Office or Social Committee of any activity that would warrant the use of social funds.

Definitions

  • An "employee" is someone employed by UNL for more than 6 months or 20 hours per week and receiving UNL benefits (i.e.: vacation, sick leave, etc.) This does not included temp employees due to the complexity of the definition.
  • "Immediate Family" includes spouse/significant other, child, and step-child.
  • "Extended Family" is defined as the above as well as parent or step-parent, grandparents, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, and "in-laws" of any of the above-mentioned immediate family. (Taken from official UNL policy statement.)
  • Administration
  • The fund will be collected and administered by the SNR Director’s office annually during September/October. Annual reports of income and disbursements from the fund will be made available upon request.

Policies

  • All cards are signed "On Behalf of SNR Faculty and Staff"
  • Birth: Card only to employees and their spouse/significant other.
  • Wedding: Card to SNR employee only.
  • Death: Plant/Flowers and/or memorial ($30-$35) upon death of SNR employee or immediate family member. Card only to SNR employee for death of someone in extended family. (Individual memorial fund collections can be taken separately from SNR gift.)
  • Hospitalization due to Illness or Injury/Trauma: Card to SNR employee and/or immediate family member of SNR employee for major hospitalization.
  • Retirement: The Social Fund may cover the cost of a reception if requested by supervisor and employee. One retirement event will be scheduled on a monthly basis (when applicable) and would be held for all employees retiring near that date (should they desire). Choices for refreshments will be available through the Social Committee. Amount allowed for retirement reception: $100.
  • Individual groups are not to be discouraged from arranging a small interdepartmental function if desired, but Social Funds and materials will not be used in this regard.
  • NOTE: All retirement receptions will be held in Hardin Hall. It is the responsibility of the supervisor to plan the event with assistance from the Social Committee.

Other

  • The Social Fund provides the following: plates, napkins, coffee, filters, cups, utensils, etc. for SNR social functions only. Supplies are not allowed for SNR meetings, outside agency meetings, etc. Social Fund supplies will be kept under lock and key.
  • Funds may be used to help defray the cost of the annual dinner or some other special event. Determined by the Social Committee and Director's choice.)
  • All functions must be requested with at least two weeks notice for assistance from the SNR Social Committee/Social Funds.

Student Code of Conduct

SNR adheres to the UNL Student Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures: http://stuafs.unl.edu/dos/code

Student Honor Code

The University of Nebraska is a unified community, and we are proud of our heritage. As we look with optimism towards the future, we strive to adhere to the following code:

  • I will be respectful towards all others, their thoughts and aspirations, and will look upon them with equality and fairness.
  • I will be compassionate, always mindful of those less fortunate than I.
  • I will be honest with whom I interact, practicing integrity in my daily decisions.
  • I will be mindful of the investments others have made in the University, realizing my own responsibilities in life.
  • And I will always be dignified in who I am, striving for excellence in all I do.

Ratified by the ASUN Senate on April 2, 1997

Students in the Academic Community

Students are encouraged to review what it means to be a student in the academic community at http://stuafs.unl.edu/dos/community.

In addition to a narrative description of The Student in the Academic Community, this site links to:

Style Requirements

Geography and Natural Resource Sciences adhere to the style and requirements listed on the Graduate Studies website.

Masters: http://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/current/degrees#masters

PhD: http://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/current/degrees#doctoral

Telephone Services

Contact(s)

  • Office Associates located in the Nebraska Maps & More Store: n/a,  101 HARH, EC 0961   Phone: 402-472-3471

Select SNR labs/offices have a phone where employees may make and receive phone calls. A direct number for employees may be found using PeopleFinder on the UNL web site.

Services

  • Work with supervisors to select phone/features for new employees.
  • Process requests for phone upgrades, replacements, changes and repair.
  • Monitor activity to make sure the work was done.

Prices

Telephone Services - Call Forwarding

Contact(s)

  • Office Associates located in the Nebraska Maps & More Store: n/a,  101 HARH, EC 0961   Phone: 402-472-3471

Forwards your incoming calls to any telephone number that you choose or your voice mailbox.

  1. Lift handset and dial *72, you will hear the special feature dial tone.
  2. Dial the number to which your calls will be forwarded (Remember to dial 9 for off-campus.)
  3. You will hear two beeps of confirmation.
  4. Hang-up.

To cancel Call Forwarding:

  1. Lift handset and dial #72.
  2. Listen for confirmation tone.
  3. Hang-up.

To check the status of call forwarding, lift your handset and dial *72. You will hear an error message if call forwarding has already been activated, or the special dial tone if it has not.

To verify the telephone number that your calls are being forwarded to, dial your own number from your telephone. Your call should ring at the telephone number that you previously programmed on your phone.

You may still place calls from your telephone while call forwarding is activated.

Note that not all phones may have this feature and it costs $1.00 per month.

Telephone Services - Forwarding to Voicemail from Forwarded Extension

Contact(s)

  • Office Associates located in the Nebraska Maps & More Store: n/a,  101 HARH, EC 0961   Phone: 402-472-3471

When a phone extension has been forwarded to a different phone extension for the purpose of having calls answered, it is possible to return a caller to the original phone number's voice mail to leave a message.

  1. When speaking to the caller before the transfer, inform him or her that the line will go quiet as the transfer happens.
  2. Push the "Transfer" button.
  3. Dial 2-7200 (that calls the voice mail system).
  4. When the voice mail system connects, dial the original seven digit phone number (472-XXXX).
  5. As soon as you connect to the original phone number (the voice mail message will start), push the "Transfer" button.
  6. Push the "Release" button.

Textbooks

Contact(s)

  • Graduate Admissions Coordinator - Patty Swanson: pswanson2@unl.edu,  102b HARH, EC 0921   Phone: 402-472-5355

Textbooks are selected by the instructor. The Office Associate for Student Services (OASS) will send out textbook order forms in October for spring semester, February for summer sessions, and March for fall semester. A faculty member can order Desk and Exam copies firectly from the publisher.

Thesis and Non-thesis Options

Graduate Bulletin

Provides UNL's requirements: https://catalog.unl.edu/graduate-professional/graduate/degrees/masters/

Master of Arts in Geography

The School of Natural Resources offeres three options for students interested in pursuing a masters degree in Geography. Additonal information can be found at: http://snr.unl.edu/gradstudent/entrancedegreerequirements.asp.

Master of Science in Natural Resources
The School of Natural Resources grants MS degrees in Natural Resource Sciences primarily under Option I (thesis option). However, Option II programs are permitted under special circumstances. The choice of option should be determined by the type of education desired. Once admitted to Candidacy by filing a Memorandum of Courses, you may not change options. For additional information see: http://snr.unl.edu/gradstudent/degreerequirements.asp.

Time Sheet Distribution, Time Entry and Leave

The Natural Resources Business Center (NRBC) will distribute time sheets on a weekly basis to the supervisor. It is the supervisor's responsibility to redistribute make to the employee. The supervisor should be the first contact when a time sheet has not been provided to the employee.

The employee is responsible for completing the time sheet with begin/end hours, documenting time taken for lunch, total hours per day, and wage type. Once the employee signs the time sheet, he/she is to give it to their supervisor or alternate for signature.

Supervisors are the primary person to sign an employee's time sheet. If the supervisor does not expect to be available to sign a time sheet, he/she is to provide the name of an alternate to the NRBC via an email. The supervisor must notify the employee of the name of the alternate. The alternate must have the knowledge to validate the hours worked by the employee.

Once the supervisor or alternate has signed the time sheet it should be forwarded directly to NRBC to ensure integrity of the documented hours. It should never be returned to the employee.

Time sheets should not be submitted to NRBC without the signature of the employee and the supervisor or alternate. If an extunating circumstance occurs, that an expected delay will cause a payroll deadline being missed before receiving the review/signature from the supervisor or alternate, the employee may provide a copy to NRBC after they have signed it. The original can then be provided for the supervisor's signature and forward the original to NRBC. It will be matched with the copy when it is received.

Training

Contact(s)

  • Assistant to the Director - Christine Steggs: csteggs1@unl.edu,  908 HARH, EC 0989   Phone: 402-472-8120

Anyone receiving a paycheck from UNL and all students or volunteers working in Hardin Hall are to complete two sessions of safety training from Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) as well as complete the UNL/SNR Youth Activity Training. All three can be done online.

Click here to access the two sessions online.

Your advisor may determine that additional training is needed based upon the work you are doing. These include:

Supervisors must attend Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Training for Supervisors, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Training, and Human Resources (HR) Training for Supervisors, and be familiar with SNR's Expectations of Supervisors.

Training Website for Information
EHS Supervisor Training http://ehs.unl.edu/training/#supervisor
ADA Supervisor Training http://www.unl.edu/equity/
HR Supervisor Training http://hr.unl.edu/training/supervisors.shtml/
SNR Supervisor Expectations See Supervising - Faculty and Staff

Once any training is completed, provide the SNR Training Coordinator with completed notification. Any time job duties change, training needs should be reviewed, and any new training should be be promptly completed.

Travel

When representing the University while traveling out of state, a Pre-Trip Authorization (TA) must be completed, signed, and submitted to the Director for approval in advance of the travel. A completed TA must be on file to request reimbursement. If you do not anticipate having expenses to be reimbursed, you are to include the statement "No expense to the University" on the form.

NOTE: If you are a staff member and using funds provided by a faculty member, you must route the TA to the person providing funds for signature before it is routed to the Director.

When traveling is of a personal nature, a TA is not required. You must complete and submit a leave request via Firefly prior to the travel.

Basic Information about the Pre-Trip Authorization (TA)

  • For additional information including the most up-to-date IRS Standard Meal Allowance per diem rates and Mileage Reimbursement Rate, refer to http://travel.unl.edu. Scroll to the bottom of the screen.

Vehicles

  • When traveling within the state, it is expected that you will drive either your personal vehicle (and be reimbursed for mileage) or rent a University vehicle; you must be approved as an authorized driver prior to the travel in order to receive reimbursement or rental privileges. See http://bf.unl.edu/policies/transportation/driving_and_motor_vehicle_policy.pdf for additional information.

Student Trips

  • If a faculty member is sponsoring a class field trip or club trip, the sponsoring faculty is to describe the activity on their TA, and attach the completed Student Trip Insurance form as the class roster.
  • For additional information about student trips see http://hr.unl.edu/benefits/riskmanagement/studenttrip.shtml
  • All students, whether they are employees or not, who are traveling beyond a 10-mile radius of campus must carry a minimum of $30,000 accidental death insurance and $2,500 medical cost reimbursement insurance. If they do not have this level of insurance and are traveling as an employee, they may purchase it through the Benefits Office, 32 Canfield Administration Building, 402-472-2600; the current rate is 25 cents per day. If they are traveling as part of a class or club, the faculty member sponsoring the activity may use school funds to purchase the insurance.
  • Additional information regarding student travel can be found at http://travel.unl.edu/policies/travel-involving-students.

Funds for Faculty Travel

  • See Funds for information about funds available to support faculty travel.

University Vehicles

Contact(s)

  • Office Associate for Sales - Lisa Greif: lgreif2@unl.edu,  101 HARH, EC 0961   Phone: 402-472-3679

University (State of Nebraska) vehicles are available for rental for official University activities. They are for official use only and cannot be used for personal activities. Reservations can be made at Transportation Services' Rental Request site. Non-UNL employees or students not on official university business may not be transported in University vehicles. Contact the SNR Vehicle Coordinator if assistance is needed to request a rental vehicle.

Anyone driving a University (State of Nebraska) vehicle must be pre-approved. Authorization can be obtained at Transportation Services' New Driver Authorization site. Approval may take several weeks so plan in advance. Verifcation of existing driver authorization can be obtained at Transportation Services' Check Driver Authorization Status site.

An authorized driver of a University vehicles is responsible for locking and securing the vehicle and for any traffic violations incurred. Drivers are representatives of the University and, as such, driving practices reflect on the University. Please be a courteous and safe driver. There is no smoking in University vehicles and alcohol cannot be consumed or transported within University vehicles. For more information, see http://transportation.unl.edu/.

Special training mut be obtained to drive a University van. Contact Transportation Services at 402-472-2422 to schedule this.

Information about driving an ATV is included in the SNR Field Health and Safety Plan, http://snr.unl.edu/safety/fieldsafety.asp, under Vehicle Hazards.

NOTE: If an SNR vehicle is being used, be sure to complete the vehicle log, follow vehicle maintenance, and follow proper procedures in case of accidents.

UNL Resources for Current UNL Graduate Students

UNL's Office of Graduate Studies provides many resources to students. These include information about:

  • Forms and Deadlines
  • Courses and Registration
  • Rules and Guidelines
  • Completion
  • Graduate Student Professional Development
  • News and Connections
  • Funding and Benefits
  • Teaching

Vehicle Coordination

Contact(s)

  • Office Associate for Sales - Lisa Greif: lgreif2@unl.edu,  101 HARH, EC 0961   Phone: 402-472-3679

Services

  • Maintain database of SNR vehicles.
  • Coordinate use of unit vehicles.
  • Report vehicle use to UNL Transportation Services and for unit needs.
  • Request repairs/service to vehicles through Transportation Services.
  • Distribute Voyager Cards and Insurance slips.

Pricing

  • Some departmental vehicles are available from time to time for general use at a rate of $0.56 per mile. Contact the Vehicle Coordinator for additional information on available vehicles. Availability and rates are subject to change.
  • Cost object/WBS numbers must be furnished on the mileage log, along with the driver's name.

Vending Machines

Contact(s)

  • Office Associates located in the Nebraska Maps & More Store: n/a,  101 HARH, EC 0961   Phone: 402-472-3471

Vending machines are available in the Tower Lobby of Hardin Hall and in 148 Hardin Hall (just north of the Hardin Hall North Wing Lobby).

Contact the Office Associate for Operations to reports problems with the vending machines and to receive monetary refunds when a product is not dispensed, due to a machine malfunction.

Video Recording & Production Capabilities

Contact(s)

  • SNR Media Room Contact - Larkin Powell: lpowell3@unl.edu,  419 HARH, EC 0974   Phone: 402-472-6825
  • SNR Videographer - Gregg Hutchison: ghutchison2@unl.edu,  226 HARH, EC 0982   Phone: 402-472-5436
  • SNR Communications - Shawna Richter-Ryerson: shawna@unl.edu,  911 HARH, EC 0989   Phone: 402-472-6515

Equipment & Facilities

SNR Media Room

Room 153a in Hardin Hall

This room is equipped with a variety of equipment and software and serves as a very basic recording studio for video recording & production. The room will be available for checkout on the Outlook Calendaring system similar to other conference/classrooms. The key can be checked out from Nebraska Maps & More during regular business hours.

Who can use the room? The room is available for any SNR faculty, staff or graduate student that needs to make videos for class, research, presentations or community engagement.

Equipment Available

  • Digital video cameras (2– One should always be assigned to the room. The another can be used for recording outside of room
  • Tripods (2)
  • Headsets (5)
  • Computer with recording and editing software
  • Green screen (Courtesy of Dave Gosselin)
  • Light (Courtesy of Dave Gosselin)
  • White Board

Software on Computer

Other Equipment

Mekita Rivas - Digital Camera (DSLR) with Video Capability and a video camera . Mekita will allow people to check out camera and give a basic tutorial of how to use the camera. She has Final Cut Express on her Mac for video editing.

Software

Windows

Camtasia Relay – Very basic video recording software with limited edit capabilities. Can request this from SNR IT to be installed on individual's computers. See details at: http://its.unl.edu/t3/lecture-capture-camtasia-relay

Camtasia Relay vs. Camtasia Studio

With Relay, the key is how simple it is. You open the recorder, pick a profile, hit record, and then hit Submit. The profile then determines the format and location the presentation is saved. You can set it so presenters just get an e-mail when everything is done, and they can go get the file then, to do whatever they want with it.

The processing in Studio takes place on the computer, while in Relay it takes place on the server, leaving the computer less taxed. You can also create a profile to save the recording to be edited in Camtasia Studio. You must then find a place to house the video such as MediaHub or YouTube if you want to share it with others.

Mac

Handbreak – HandBrake is a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs.

Services

SNR Options

SNR IT Services - Gregg Hutchison can record, edit and produce videos for SNR related projects. Projects that are worked on during regular business hours may be free of charge. Projects requiring production outside of the regular business hours will be subject to an hourly fee of roughly $60/per hour.

SNR also has hardware to live stream, but there is a cost of $55 plus cost for bandwidth from IANR/UNL to provide the stream.

Shawna Richter-Ryerson can also record, edit and produce videos for related SNR projects.

University Options

The university provides sources for video recording options and information. Some options and information are free of charge while other are fee based.

Mike Kamm, Electronic Media Specialist, IANR Media, mkamm2@unl.edu , 402-472-9716

Dave Fitzgibbon, Director of Video Services, Office of University Communications, dfitzgibbon1@unl.edu, 402-472-8520

Best Practices: UNL Branding, Accessibiltiy and Hosting

UNL Communications presented a short presentation on best practice guidelines for branding videos, creating accessibility features (such as close captioning) and hosting sites. You can view this video at https://youtu.be/TsChSsa44SY

Web & Database Services and Initial Web Consultation

Contact(s)

  • SNR Webmaster - Mark Mesarch: mmesarch1@unl.edu,  229d HARH, EC 0982   Phone: 402-472-5904

SNR Web & Database Services

Services

  • Setting up web sites on SNR Web Server using the UNL Templates.
  • Training of web developers of basics of UNL Templates and Dreamweaver web editing software.
  • Setting up SharePoint Collaboration web sites.
  • Maintaining existing web sites.
  • Setting up no-fee required registration sites.
  • Creating databases, actions to manipulate data, forms for entering data and reports of data
  • Creating simple tabular display or Google Map display of data from a database on web sites.

Pricing

  • Projects directly related to SNR: No Fee
  • Projects by faculty/staff/students in SNR: $32.50/hour in increments of 15 minutes
  • Projects for sources outside of SNR: $40/hour in increments of 15 minutes

Sites directly related to SNR would be for example the SNR website, single page research profiles, SNR sponsored events such as NaturePalooza and Seminar Series. Sites/web pages that would require cost objects would be data distribution, class projects, outside events, center's informational or extended research project sites. Project designated by the SNR Director may be created at the no fee option.

Initial Web Consultation

Webpages and sites should be created with a specific goal and audience in mind. It should not be a place to simply post an existing pdf of an event. Also creating a webpage/site does not guarantee that the page/site will show up or be prominent in search engines (see below).

Below are some things to think about for the potential webpage/site before we meet:

  • What is the purpose of the page/site? If it is a multi-page site what is the purpose of each page. The user should not have to guess about it.
  • The web is meant to be visual. Use pictures/videos and sparingly use text.
  • Bulletize the content. Users scan the web. They do not read like when interacting with a newspaper or a journal article. (There are exceptions to this.)
  • Pick a few pictures that tell a story. They should be active. Group shots of meeting participants are not the most exciting pictures. They can be used for archival documentation but do not engage the web user.
  • Provide meaningful captions and credits for pictures.
  • Videos should be close captioned for ADA requirements.
  • Posters or flyers of the event can be links for downloads
  • Have a rough draft drawn of a suggest layout. Where are the pictures, content, special features etc. Having examples of other websites which do what you want your site to do is GREAT. Provide the other sites URLs.
  • How long does the information on the webpage/site need to be posted. How will it be updated if it is long term page/site?
  • Where does the site/page fit within the SNR Website navigation and/or organization, if appropriate?
  • You will need a written request to the UNL Domain group if you want a domain name other than "http://snr.unl.edu/yoursite" We can use go.unl.edu to create a shorter URL if necessary.

Search Engine Optimization

Google and other search engines user various metrics to determine how "high" on the list of search results your page/site will be found. There are some things we can do to pages to help but here are some of the things to remember:

  • Your page/site will rank higher as more external sites point to your site/page.
  • Important sites pointing to your site will have more weight in the ranking. Having Time or New York Times point at your site has more weight than the Lincoln Journal Star.
  • Fresh and updated material helps.

Webinar (Adobe Connect)

When there is a need to conduct a webinar, this can be setup through UNL's Information Technology Service. More information can be found at http://its.unl.edu/t3/webconferencing-unlconnect

Work Hours

The University's core work hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Full-time employees are expected to work these hours and are allowed a 1-hour lunch period and two 15-minute breaks each workday - one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Breaks cannot be combined with lunch, cannot be accumulated, and cannot shorten the workday. Some labs and work groups in the School have established separate core hours, and employees have the option of choosing work hours around those core hours. Any questions about your work hours or punctuality should be directed to the supervisor. Hourly employees within SNR are required to report beginning/ending hours on their time sheet, so documentation exists to show that the employee is working his/her established schedule. Full-time salaried managerial/professional employees may be required to work hours beyond 40 hours per week. This is an acceptable practice.

In order to promote wellness, SNR employees are encouraged to take their allowable breaks, including their lunch period, away from their desks. Hardin Hall has 2 lounges: Room 204, on the 2nd floor of the tower, and Room 239, on the 2nd floor of the north wing. Both lounges have refrigerators, microwaves, sinks, and access to vending machines (Room 148). People who use these rooms are asked to pick up after themselves and keep the area clean.

Work Hours - Absences

Contact(s)

  • Graduate Admissions Coordinator - Patty Swanson: pswanson2@unl.edu,  102b HARH, EC 0921   Phone: 402-472-5355

When an employee is unexpectedly absent from work, they are to contact their supervisor preferably within 1 hour of their start time. If another method/time is preferred, the supervisor is to notify employees. If an employee cannot reach their supervisor, they are to leave a message, and also contact the main SNR phone number, 402-472-3471 to notify the office support staff of their absence.

Classroom Instructors

  • Notify students via Blackboard.
  • Notify the Office Associate for Student Services (OASS) who will post cancellation notification on the classroom door. If the class is not in Hardin Hall the OASS will make appropriate notifications.

Work Hours - Essential Personnel (Inclement Weather)

When meeting with your supervisor for the first time, it's important to confirm whether you are considered "essential personnel." In the event that the University is closed due to inclement weather, only essential personnel are to report to work. These employees usually have responsibilities for research or equipment that must be maintained, even when the building is closed. For staff, this designation is to be included in your job description. If this is not stated in the job description and the supervisor has not mentioned it, the employee is not considered essential personnel.

Work Hours - Flexible Time/Alternate Location

The University's core work hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Any variation to work hours requested by the employee requires completion of a formal Request for Flextime, which must be completed and submitted by the employee, approved by the employee's supervisor, and approved by the Director. If an employee has requested a change in his/her work location to benefit the employee, then a formal Request for Alternative Work Location must be completed and submitted by the employee, approved by the employee's supervisor, and approved by the Director. If approved, an evaluation must be completed afterward and submitted to the Director's Office. SNR is generally supportive of an employee's request to work flextime and, when needed, an alternative work location. However, not all positions are eligible for consideration. In addition, in order for SNR to maintain University hours, not all requests can be approved.

Workspaces

Contact(s)

  • Assistant to the Director - Christine Steggs: csteggs1@unl.edu,  908 HARH, EC 0989   Phone: 402-472-8120
  • Graduate Admissions Coordinator - Patty Swanson: pswanson2@unl.edu,  102b HARH, EC 0921   Phone: 402-472-5355

Students who receive funding will be assigned a workspace by the Office Associate for Student Services in consultation with advisers. Students who do not have funding may have their advisers request workspace for them if it is available.

If you need to change workspaces, contact the Office Associate for Student Services to see if another space is available before making a move.

When a faculty and staff hire a new employee they should consult with the Assistant to the Director regarding possible office, lab, and storage space that will be needed. Those who wish to request additional workspaces/storage areas or make a change to their current space should consult with the Assistant to the Director.

Youth Activity Safety Policy

Contact(s)

  • Associate Director - Paul Hanson: phanson2@unl.edu,  904 HARH, EC 0989   Phone: 402-472-7762
  • Assistant to the Director - Christine Steggs: csteggs1@unl.edu,  908 HARH, EC 0989   Phone: 402-472-8120

SNR shall comply with the UNL Youth Activity Safety Policy and shall consider this part of employee training. SNR shall distribute the UNL and SNR policies to each paid employee and graduate student, and shall require that they sign an acknowledgement form indicating that they have read and understand them.

SNR shall collect forms on a calendar-year basis, January 1 through December 31. The forms shall be retained following the UNL Record Retention policy. If an employee/graduate student is involved in a youth activity that is coordinated by another department during the calendar year, he/she may notify the SNR Associate Director or Alumni Coordinator via email and request that his/her signed acknowledgement form be provided to the other unit. The UNL Museum and SNR have agreed to a reciprocating agreement to accept/receive these forms.

Associated Documents and Forms

  1. UNL Youth Activity Safety Policy, http://police.unl.edu/campus-youth-activity-safety-policy#docs-links
  2. SNR Youth Activity Safety Policy and Procedure
  3. UNL-SNR Youth Activity Safety Policy Acknowledgement Form
  4. Activity Director Checklist
  5. Activity Worker Guidelines, http://police.unl.edu/policies/activity-worker-guidelines
  6. SNR Activity Worker Acknowledgement Form
  7. Sample Parent/Guardian Information form, http://police.unl.edu/policies/activity-worker-guidelines under Associated Files. To be incorporated into existing event registration form. Work with the SNR Associate Director or his/her designee to make the form event specific.
  8. SNR Parent/Guardian Information to be posted at events (coming soon)
  9. Youth Activity Safety Policy FAQ, http://police.unl.edu/policies/youth-activity-safety-policy-faq