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WISE Women

by Deb Derrick, Ann Fruhling and Connie Jones

Women can be wise at any age.

Eleven young women - high school juniors and seniors from across the state - learned about information science and engineering careers at the fourth Women in Information Science & Engineering (WISE) workshop Oct. 26-27 in Omaha. ...continue

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Football vs. Central Washington

Central Washington rallied with a 100-yard kickoff return and a touchdown in the final 2:49 for a 20-17 NCAA Division II playoff victory that ended UNO's season Saturday at Caniglia Field.

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Math-Science Learning Center Open for Students

UNO broadcasting student Linsey Carsey produced this segment on UNO's new Math-Science Learning Center for the Omaha News. The center offers free drop-in tutoring, academic consultation, study group facilitation and supplemental instruction.

Early Screening Set for The Kite Runner Dec. 2 in Omaha

The UNO Center for Afghan Studies, Paramount Pictures and the Afghanistan Relief Organization have picked Omaha as one of two U.S. cities to get an early screening of the movie adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's best-selling novel The Kite Runner.

The Cinema Center, 2828 S. 82nd Ave., will host the Omaha screening at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2. The other city to get an early screening is Los Angeles.

The Omaha screening will likely be completely filled, but names can be placed on a waiting list. For more information, call Afghan Studies at 554.2376.

Today's Guest Lecturer to Discuss Strategic Planning Theory and Practice

John M. Bryson, McKnight Presidential Professor of planning and public affairs and associate dean of research and centers in the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, will present a lecture on strategic planning theory and practice today, Nov. 28, in Bootstrapper Hall West at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

Dr. Bryson's lecture on, "Observations on Strategic Planning Theory and Practice; or, as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said, ‘When Ideas Fail, Words Come in Very Handy,'" will run from 2 to 4 p.m. Today's lecture, sponsored by the UNO School of Public Administration, is free and open to all students, faculty and staff.

Dr. Bryson works and teaches courses in the areas of leadership, strategic management and the design of organizational and community change process. He is the author and editor of 12 books and has published more than 90 scholarly articles and book chapters. He wrote the award-winning book, Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations and co-authored Leadership for the Common Good. Dr. Bryson is also a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

For more information, contact John Bartle, director of the School of Public Administration, at 554.3989 or

UNO Art Gallery to Open "Bret Reif: In Digestion" on Nov. 30

The UNO Art Gallery will open a new exhibit, "Brett Reif: In Digestion," on Friday, Nov. 30.  A two-hour opening reception will be held that evening beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The solo exhibition features work by A. Brett Reif, an assistant professor in the School of the Foundation Year at the Kansas City Art Institute.  Non-traditional media, sculpture and installation are major areas of interest for Reif.  He typically works in automobile grease, Post-It notes, test tubes and plastic wrap.  Read more.

Snip Show Set for Dec. 1

The Organization for the Advancement of the Arts (OAA) will present "The Snip Show," its 10th annual non-juried student art exhibition, Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Bemis Underground.  The one-night only event runs from 7 p.m. to midnight.

The OAA is an entirely student-run organization at UNO. Read more

Flu Shots Still Available at SHS

It's National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) and flu shots are available at UNO Student Health Services (SHS).

The cost is $15 for students with ID; and $20 for faculty, staff and others. For possible Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) reimbursement, faculty and staff should bring a BCBS insurance card. SHS is located in the Milo Bail Student Center, first floor. Office Hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call SHS at 554.2374. Details on NIVW are available online at

ITS Seeking Faculty Input on Blackboard Upgrade

Information Technology Services (ITS) wants faculty opinion and input on when to install the most recent Blackboard upgrade that impacts the discussion board feature. As users of discussion board, faculty members are the group most impacted by the change.

The new upgrade has the option to use discussion board in its current configuration "list" view plus use of a "tree" view which displays threads and posts on one screen.

"For users who have used discussion board for several years, they will recognize the ‘tree' organization of threads is similar to what existed on older versions of Blackboard," said Joyce Crockett, director of project management with ITS. "Also, the Blackboard upgrade makes the discussion board grading options more straightforward."

Input is being sought through Monday, Dec. 3, and can be done by logging into Blackboard and clicking on the Blackboard "Upgrade Poll Tab" (located with the other tabs across the top of the screen).  Options are listed below.

Semester Break Upgrade Option
- Advantages to Semester Break install
Faculty using discussion board have the current features plus added features. Faculty will only be dealing with one change with this upgrade.

- Disadvantage to Semester Break Install
Any upgrade requires time to adjust to the changes.  

Summer Upgrade Option
The Blackboard upgrade scheduled for release this summer involves changes to the gradebook as well as the discussion board features listed above.

"If we receive this upgrade, it will be installed over the summer," Crockett said. "While ITS has not yet seen this upgrade, Blackboard has indicated it contains a complete overhaul of the gradebook."

- Advantages to Summer Install
Faculty deal with one Blackboard upgrade over the next six months.

- Disadvantage to Summer Semester Break Install
Faculty will be dealing with two changes at once.

Limited Directories Available at UNO Information Center

UNO Telecommunications has a limited number of the following directories:

- University of Nebraska Medical Center Employee Directory - Inserts only; and

- University of Nebraska Lincoln Faculty/Staff Directory.

To reserve a copy, contact the UNO Information Center at 554.3036.

R.S.V.P.s Due Nov. 29 for Campus Holiday Open House

Chancellor John Christensen and Interim Vice Chancellors Julie Totten and Sheri Noren Everts, along with Faculty Senate President Scott Tarry and Staff Advisory Council (SAC) President Ivory Bob Jr., invite faculty and staff to attend UNO's annual holiday open house. The event will be held Thursday, Dec. 6, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

To view a special invitation from Chancellor Christensen, the vice chancellors, and the Faculty Senate and SAC presidents, click on the following link:

Open House Invitation (PDF)

Those planning to attend should R.S.V.P. by Thursday, Nov. 29, to Bob Cairns, Chancellor's Office, at 554.2311 or

UNO Chamber Choir to Host Madrigal Dinners Nov. 30-Dec.1

The UNO Chamber Choir will perform and hold a Madrigal Dinner on campus Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. The event - co-sponsored by the UNO Student Programming Organization - is a fundraiser for the UNO Choral Program.

The meal, traditional English holiday fare, will be served family style. In addition, the choir will dress in costume and present a show featuring renaissance music and dancing.

Tickets cost $34.50 for general admission and $29.50 for UNO students with a current MavCard ID.

To purchase tickets, call 554.2979. For more information or to view the dinner menu, visit the Web at

Fidelity Representative Campus Visit Slated Dec. 11

Fidelity representative, Chad Anderson, will hold individual counseling sessions on Tuesday, Dec. 11, in Omaha.

Employees can call 1.800.642.7131 to make an appointment with Anderson.