New Diversity Advisory Committee Created
UNO Chancellor John Christensen today announced the formation of a new advisory resource group for his office that will focus on issues related to diversity, multicultural affairs and cross-cultural climate. The new Chancellor's Advisory Committee for Inclusiveness and Diversity will have eight initial members.
"This is an important advisory group for the university," Dr. Christensen said. "UNO has always been a metropolitan institution, and among our goals is the desire for the campus community to reflect its urban environment. This committee will be dedicated to highlighting collaborative relationships and information sharing across our campus on diversity issues."
Members of the group:
- Chris Allen, associate professor of communication;
- Jessiline Anderson, associate professor of psychology;
- Gail Baker, dean of the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media;
- Sarah Edwards, associate professor of teacher education;
- Jim Freeman, director of Multicultural Afffairs;
- Sharif Liwaru, advisor in Student Organization's and Leadership Programs;
- Deborah Smith-Howell, associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and dean for Graduate Studies; and
- Karisa Vlasek, assistant director for the NASA Nebraska Space Grant and EPSCoR Office in UNO Aviation.
Ed Wimes from University of Nebraska Central Administration and Sharon Ulmar from UNO Human Resources will be ex-officio members of the committee.
The group will meet regularly throughout the calendar year.
For more information, contact any member of the Advisory Committee or the Chancellor's Office, 554.2311.
"Consider This" to Discuss Affirmative Action
In November of 2007, a petition was filed to amend the Nebraska constitution by enacting a provision that would end the state's affirmative action programs. Coming up on the next edition of "Consider This," representatives from both sides of the issue will speak.
Host Cathy Wyatt will talk with nationally known affirmative action speaker Tim Wise, author of Little White Lies: The Truth About Affirmative Action and "Reverse Discrimination," and Dayton Headlee, state chairman with the Nebraska College Republicans.
Wise defines "affirmative action" as means taking positive steps to increase the representation of women and minorities in the areas of employment, education and business from which they have historically been excluded.
The program will air tonight, May 8, at 11 p.m. on NET1. Other air dates and times are:
Sunday, May 11
Friday, May 9
Tuesday, May 13
"Consider This" is a production of UNO Television. It also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For a list of days and times, visit the Web at http://www.tknomaha.org.
Elmwood Park Lower Road to Close May 12
The city of Omaha will begin resurfacing the Elmwood Park lower road on Monday, May 12, at 8 a.m. Due to the narrow width, the road will be closed to all traffic. The intersection of University Drive South and University Drive East will remain open.
The project is expected to last four days. For updates, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/parking. For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.
Members Sought for CCSW
The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) is seeking applications from students, staff and faculty who are interested in becoming members. Graduate and undergraduate students in any academic field are encouraged to submit an application.
The CCSW serves as an advisory council to the chancellor and other university administrators on issues that relate to women faculty, staff and students. The commission's goal is to provide a forum for women at UNO in conjunction with the organization's core themes of A, B, C - Awareness of women's issues, Balance in women's lives, and the Community and women's roles.
Membership applications are due Monday, June 23. Faculty and staff are appointed for two-year terms, and students are appointed for one-year, renewable terms. To apply for membership, individuals should e-mail their name, the reason they are interested in joining the commission and any relevant experience to Sharon Ulmar at email@example.com.
Bookstore "Book Buy Back" Continues
The "book buy back" event in the UNO Bookstore continues through Friday, May 9. Individuals must have a current picture ID to participate.
Bookstore hours during the book buy back period are:
- Monday through Thursday
7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information, contact Jacinda Brooks at 554.2360.
Classroom Space at Criss Library Limited During May and June
As the Criss Library prepares to enter the second phase of renovation, classroom 207 will close on Wednesday, May 21. Classroom 204 will remain open until the newly renovated classrooms on the first floor open in early July.
The library staff will continue to accept library instruction requests and encourage summer session faculty to submit their requests as soon as possible. Library instruction for classes will take precedence over other use during this time. In the event that classroom is scheduled during a requested time, librarians will also be available to visit classrooms or schedule other lab space.
Submit library instruction requests to subject specialist librarians or to Jon Minkner by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 554.3003.
SPR to Host May 15 Grant Writing Workshop
UNO's Office of Sponsored Programs and Research will offer a Grant Writing Workshop open to all UNO faculty and staff on Thursday, May 15. The all-day session, which includes lunch, starts at 9 a.m. in the Centennial Room of the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.
Robert Porter, director of the proposal development team at Virginia Tech, will lead the workshop day. During his visit to UNO, Dr. Porter will present "Writing Successful Grants" in the morning and "Strategies for Success in Sponsored Research" during the afternoon. Space is limited. There is no charge for the workshop, but registration by Friday, May 9, is required.
With 30 years of experience as a tenured professor, private consultant and research administrator, Dr. Porter has been awarded more than $5 million in grants from government agencies and private foundations. He has presented award-winning papers at major conferences and has published articles in the Journal of Research Administration. In addition, through his company, GrantWinners Seminars, he has conducted workshops at universities and medical schools nationwide. Dr. Porter has previously taught at Swarthmore College, Lewis and Clark College and Susquehanna University. He holds graduate degrees in speech communications from the University of Michigan.
Visit the SPR Web site to register http://www.unomaha.edu/spr. Contact SPR at 554.2286 with any questions.
UCAT Offers Registration Fee to June CASTL Conference
The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) invites faculty applications to attend a national-level conference on the scholarship of teaching and learning to be held in Omaha, June 4-7.
E-mail applications directed to Alice Woll addressing the main points of the 2007-08 Designated Conference Application form, available at http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat/grants.php, will be quickly reviewed for funding of the $350 conference registration fee.
Creighton University will host the 2008 National Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) Institute: Developing Scholars of Teaching and Learning. Richard Gale, CASTL consulting scholar, has described the institute as "the vanguard campus training program for faculty committed to the scholarly investigation of student learning."
The 2008 Institute theme, "Professional Dispositions and Values," encourages exploration of the attributes, values and habits of mind that allow reflective inquiry. Conference details are available at http://www2.creighton.edu/castl2008. A summary of last year's CASTL conference experience by UNO attendees is available at the UCAT Web site listed above.
June SAC Food Drive and Brown Bag Planned
Mark the calendar for the Staff Advisory Council (SAC) Food Drive and Brown Bag this June. The campus event will take place Tuesday, June 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. outside the Eppley Administrative Building and Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.
Food donations will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Watch eNotes for more information as the event nears or contact Rhonda Sheibal-Carver at email@example.com or 554.2625.
Discount Available to "The Wizard of Oz" at The Rose
UNO faculty, staff and students are eligible for a ticket discount to the June 6-22 productions of "The Wizard of Oz" at The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St.
To receive the discounted ticket price of $20 (main floor) and $15 (balcony), those who are interested need to fill out an order form and return it to The Rose Theater. Click on the link below to access the ticket order form. To have a form faxed to a campus office, call 554.2358.
For more information, contact Lindy Aleksiak at 402.502.4625 or firstname.lastname@example.org.