News and Events
- Haddix Attrium, Roskens Hall, COE
COE Holiday Open House, December 11
On December 11 from 4-7 pm in the Haddix Attrium, Roskens Hall, COE will host its annual Holiday Open House for students, faculty and friends of the college.
Food and beverages will be served as well as students on hand to entertain little ones with holiday crafts and activities! The afternoon is an opportunity to mingle and get to know the COE family while celebrating the season.
Holiday Trees will be set up for toy donations to the Completely KIDS toy drive. Ornaments are on display with children's names and toy requests on trees located in the IDEAS room and HPER until December 11. Toys will be delivered the next day.
We look forward to seeing you!
- Sapp Field House
2013 Fall Commencement
Fall commencement for College of Education graduates will be held Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 9 a.m. in the Sapp Field House. For more information regarding commencement, please visit http://www.unomaha.edu/commencement/ or contact University Communications at (402) 554-2358 and at email@example.com.
Thank you and congratulations to our graduates!
Schedule Your Clinical Teaching (Student Teaching) Interview
You can schedule an interview time with your academic advisor via Starfish.
Dates available include:
- Wednesday, September 4
- Monday, September 9
- Thursday, September 12
- Wednesday, September 18
President of American Library Association Visits UNO Campus
Barbara Stripling, current President of the American Library Association, attended the 2013 Heartland School Library Conference hosted by UNO the weekend of August 2nd.
Five of UNO's seven NxtWave candidates benefitted from the opportunity to talk with Dr. Stripling about their programs, research and professional interests. According to Professor Becky Pasco, the students were excited to have time with "this legendary leader whose work has shaped school libraries on a national level."
UNO College of Education and Criss Library Present "From Apprehension to Appreciation - The Culture Walk Journey" Exhibition
The Culture Walk, a student-community centered program, celebrates its fifth year with a photographic display.
Since 2009, the teacher candidate's curriculum has included The Culture Walk program which prepares teacher candidates to better serve and educate students from diverse backgrounds throughout the city of Omaha.
All events associated with the exhibition are free and open to the public. The exhibition can be viewed between August 26th and October 4th in the Criss Library's H. Don and Connie J. Osborne Family Gallery which is accessible to people with disabilities.
Exhibition hours are Monday thru Thursday from 7am to 12am, Fridays from 7am to 5pm, Saturdays from 9am to 5pm, and Sundays from 12pm to 12am.
For more information, visit www.library.unomaha.edu.
UNO and OPS Partner to Improve Student Reading
UNO's College of Education and Omaha Public Schools (OPS) recently launched a collaborative effort, The Reading Career Ladder. This June they began training current educators to become literacy leaders who can increase the reading and writing success of PK-12 students. This fall the educators will have the opportunity to put their training into practice with their students.
The Reading Career Ladder will highlight and model proven research-based strategies. Through a $4 million private grant the project will provide opportunities for 280 OPS teachers to earn Masters of Science in Reading degrees or endorsements from UNO.
The project will disseminate and implement research-based teaching strategies, provide a forum to share information about effective literacy practices, and offer networking opportunities to develop teacher literacy leadership.
How Summer Camp Can Change a Life: College Connects Young Women to STEM Fields of Study
For the second year, UNO and the College of Education have collaborated with Omaha Girls Inc. to host Eureka-STEM!, a four-week summer camp that is part of a five year program, for 7th and 8th grade girls.
This camp, held at the University of Nebraska Omaha, offers the young women of Girls Inc. an opportunity to explore the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) along with lessons in swimming, money management, healthy living, and building life skills.
Girls Inc. encourages young women to be strong, smart, and bold. The Eureka! program addresses the disparity between the performance of girls and boys in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields of study by introducing young women to college campuses, STEM subjects and ways to prepare for a college education.
Together with Girls Inc., UNO faculty and staff familiarized the students with robotics and rockets, life science, and a mix of topical STEM workshops, as well as encouraged them to consider seeking a college education. Each day included time for physical activities and time to reflect on personal growth and development.
Nationwide, the Girls Inc. Eureka! program has been extremely successful, with a majority of the girls completing the five year program and going on to college. The Omaha Eureka-STEM! program intends to mirror this success.
Department Changes Name to Align with Philosophy
This year a significant change was made within the College of Education. The Educational Administration and Supervision Department is now the Educational Leadership Department, led by Dr. Kay Keiser. According to Keiser, "The purpose of the change was to align with our philosophy that all educators need to be leaders and to better encompass our concentration in Teacher Leadership as well as our administrative programs and certifications."
UNO's The Moving Company Performing at "The Barn" Dedication
College of Education Professor Josie Metal-Corbin has been invited to create a site-specific choreography to commemorate the opening of the Glacier Creek Project Education and Research Facility, also to be known as "The Barn," on September 12, 2013. Dancers from UNO's The Moving Company and future teacher candidates from Teaching Dance in the Schools will be performing the choreography that will take place along the entrance road to the prairie, in front of the silo, and in the loft of The Barn. Doors and planks from the original 1890s barn will be integrated into the dance. Guitar, harmonica & voice will accompany the work and be performed by Dr. David Corbin, Emeritus Faculty from the College of Education.
UNO's Biology Department describes the projects as follows:
A historic dairy barn and silo, gifted to UNO in 2011 by Barbi Hayes, is being moved to Allwine Prairie where it will be transformed to a state-of-the-art education and research facility for area schools and researchers to use for further learning about Nebraska's tallgrass prairie ecosystem. The basic structure, which is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2013, will include much needed teaching and research space featuring: a modern lab, classrooms, office and large multipurpose space. As a major eastern Nebraska natural resource, this unique facility will be equipped to accommodate individuals and groups of various sizes from organizations and institutions ranging from PK-12 schools through university-level institutions. The Preserve Manager and university professors will be available to assist in educational programs and visits.
37th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics
The 37th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics will be held this September in Omaha, NE. Dr. Nick Stergiou of the Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility has been elected as the meeting chair, with the Universities of Nebraska (Omaha, Lincoln and Medical Center) and Creighton University hosting this event.
The event will take place at the CenturyLink Center and Hilton Omaha September 4 through 7, 2013.
Student Research and Creative Activity Fair
The annual Student Research and Creative Activity Fair is a venue for undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students to showcase their research and creative activity through presentations, performances, exhibits and more. Students from all disciplines and departments participate.
Congratulation to all the students who participated in the 2013 UNO Student Research and Creative Activity Fair and to the following awardees from the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders:
Dedication of Biomechanics Research Building
On September 5th, UNO will dedicate the 23,000-square-foot Biomechanics Research Building. The new building will be attached to the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building by a third-floor walkway and will nearly triple the current space available for biomechanics research on campus providing lab areas, changing rooms for research subjects and patients, meeting rooms, faculty offices, a machine shop for making and adjusting devices, and other features.
Biomechanics is a field that applies the laws of mechanics and physics to human movement and blends anatomy, biology, physics, mathematics and engineering. Professor Nick Stergiou and his colleagues have generated $15 million in research money from National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, the American Heart Association, NASA and other groups. In addition to greatly expanding research and classroom space, the Biomechanics Research Building will be one of the first in the world dedicated to biomechanics research.
The $6 million project is funded entirely through private support. The primary donation for the building came from the Ruth and Bill Scott Family.
Dr. Debora Wisneski Named John T. Langan Early Childhood Education Professor
John Langan was an extraordinary man. One that loved life and especially, teaching. It is because of his long standing reputation as an incredible educator and the Dean of UNO's College of Education that the John T. Langan Early Childhood Education Professorship was established.
Upon John's passing, friends and family wanted to do something special to honor and remember the beloved man, so they joined together and established the Professorship in his name. With this prestigious position, John's legacy will continue to live on at UNO and in the community for years to come. Generous supporters that were touched by John gave and continue to give to the fund so that an outstanding faculty member can be chosen as the recipient of this Professorship.
Dr. Debora Wisneski has been named as the first John T. Langan Early Childhood Education Professor. The professorship will continue recognition for Langan and will make an impact on the future.
For more information on donating to the College of Education or supporting Early Childhood Education on behalf of Dr. Langan, please contact Nicole Massara, Director of Development with the University of Nebraska Foundation at 402.502.4105 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is an excerpt from the current issue of Happenings, the College of Education newsletter. Read the full story in the Summer 2013 Issue.