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Sen. Nelson Secures Military Funding for UNO Program

Researchers at the Institute for Collaboration Science (ICS) at UNO have been awarded a $2.4 million grant from the U.S. Air Force for the first phase of the BattleSpace project. The project seeks to create a new class of software that could reduce military decision cycles by 50 percent or more at the operational level. Read more.

Film Streams and OLLAS Announce "Cinemateca" Schedule

The UNO Office of Latino and Latin American Studies (OLLAS) and Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater have announced the lineup for their collaborative "Cinemateca" series (August 29 to October 2), the first in an ongoing partnership between the two groups.


The "Cinemateca" series will begin Friday, Aug. 29, with "Orfeu Negro" (Black Orpheus), director Marcel Camus' Oscar-winning adaptation of the Greek myth of Orpheus, and "Muerte de un Ciclista" (Death of a Cyclist), a mid-century thriller and oppositional film made during the Francoist regime in Spain. Read more.

Sponsored Programs and Research Report

The Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) Report details the results of UNO's work to obtain external funding in support of its teaching, research, service and outreach efforts. The report is designed to keep the university community informed as to externally funded projects on campus and bring recognition to those faculty and staff who have worked to generate these resources.

Click on this link to view those receiving grant awards totaling $1,647,748 for the July 1-31 period.

For assistance with research activities, call SPR at 554.2286 or visit http://www.unomaha.edu/spr/.

Bowling League Members Sought

Anyone attending the UNO Faculty/Staff Bowling League open house on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at West Lanes, 72nd and Dodge streets, can bowl a free game (shoe rental not included) courtesy of the alley. The league welcomes new members and teams of all skill levels. The open house runs from 4 to 6 p.m.

The 2008-09 league officially starts Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 4:30 p.m. at West Lanes. Teams consist of four bowlers with at least two UNO current or retired administrative/faculty/staff members, including spouses, immediate family or significant others. Graduate teaching assistants are also eligible. New teams or individuals who would like to be placed on a new or existing team are welcome. Bowlers must, however, be at least 18 years old.

League bowlers unable to arrive at 4:30 p.m. each week have until the end of their team's fifth frame to join the first game of the evening.

To learn more about the league, contact Lisa Adams at lisaadams@mail.unomaha.edu or 554.2859, or Christy Tilford at ctilford@mail.unomaha.edu or 554.3546.

"Service-Learning 101" Sessions Planned for This Fall

What does "community engagement" mean? What does it look like? Why is it valued by UNO?

For many UNO faculty, community engagement means service learning: integrating community service projects into coursework so students apply course concepts, see their relevance to the world of work and the community and gain the satisfaction of making a difference in the community.

To help faculty design service-learning projects that both meet genuine community needs and apply course concepts, the Service-Learning Academy (SLA) will offer "Service-Learning 101," a two-hour workshop, three times this fall.

Workshop details:
- Thursday, Aug. 21
10 a.m. to noon
241 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH) (International Studies Conference Room)

- Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 27-28
2 to 4 p.m.
202 ASH (new Service-Learning office)

Participants should bring their syllabus for the course to which they want to add a service-learning component.

The following components will be discussed:
- Elements of good practice in service learning;
- Transforming the syllabus - integrating experiential learning;
- Developing a partnership;
- Dimensions of learning for students: Designing and evaluating project assignments;
- Reflection: Integrating experience and learning objectives;
- Closing the project experience: Presentations and celebration;
- Evaluating the project with a partner/sustainability; and
- An action plan.

Follow-up consultations are available for personal assistance with course design and community partnership development and can be scheduled following the workshop.

All faculty, including those new to service learning and those with projects in development, are welcome.

To register, call Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz in the SLA at 554.2712 or send an e-mail to chartmankurtz@mail.unomaha.edu.

Continuing Studies Move to CPACS Building Complete

The Division of Continuing Studies is now located in Room 207 of the newly remodeled College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building. The department phone number is 554.2370.

CFIC "Walk for Inclusion" Captains and Walkers Sought

The Conference for Inclusive Communities (CFIC) will again host its annual walk in downtown Omaha this month.

"The Conference for Inclusive Communities' purpose is to build communities where every man, woman and child can live in dignity, peace and mutual respect," said Sharon Ulmar, associate director of Human Resources and director of the Equal Opportunity Office.

The 1.5-mile walk will take place Sunday, Aug. 31, rain or shine, at the Heartland of America Park, Eighth and Douglas streets. The opening ceremony starts at 2:30 p.m. and the 1.5-mile walk at 2:45 p.m.

"As in the past, UNO will need team captains to help gather pledges or recruit walkers," Ulmar said. "Please help in spreading the word as we would like UNO to have a presence during the university's Centennial year."

Pledge forms and posters are available for those interested in sponsoring a UNO team. Interested captains should stop by Human Resources, 205 Eppley Administration Building.

For more information, contact Ulmar at 554.2872 or visit http://www.cficonline.org.

Discounted Tickets Available for The Rose Theater Season

UNO faculty, staff and students can purchase tickets for The Rose Theater's 2008-09 season at a discounted price. This season's shows include "The Little Engine That Could," "The Giver," "Frosty the Snowman," "Swing, Swing, Swing!," "Petite Rouge - A Cajun Little Red Riding Hood," "The Firebird" and "Charlotte's Web."

A $75 family membership includes:
- Four tickets to each of The Rose's seven regular season shows;
- Member-only discounts and the first opportunity to reserve tickets for premium events, including "Disney's High School Musical!," "The Imperial Nutcracker" at the Orpheum, the all-new "Berenstain Bears Save Christmas" and "Confetti 2008";
- Discounts on theater and dance classes, summer camps and costume rentals; and
- Additional regular season show tickets for $10 each, a $6 discount off the regular box office price.

Click on the links below to download an order form and information about the shows, or call 554.2358 to have a sheet faxed to a campus office. The offer remains good through Friday, Sept. 26.

Rose Order Form

Rose Shows

For more information, contact Lindy Aleksiak at 502.4625 or lindya@rosetheater.org.

People

Human Resources Announces New Hires for July 2008
The UNO Office of Human Resources would like to welcome the following new hires (as of July 2008):
- Dan O'Dell, Web and communication coordinator, Academic and Student Affairs;
- Jake Hammel, enrollment specialist II, Financial Aid;
- Denise Peterson, accounting tech/business manager, Maverick Village/Student Affairs;
- Andrew Birnie, laboratory technologist, Department of Psychology;
- Janine Brooks, staff assistant, Department of Chemistry;
- Paul Ridder, facilities operator II, Maintenance and Operation;
- Jennifer Rock, budget assistant, Budget;
- Ted Pruitt, assistant director of maintenance, Maverick Village/Student Affairs;
- Joey Weber, assistant director of residence life, Student Affairs;
- Lyndsie Hayes, secretary III, Department of Psychology;
- Stephanie Gaa, clerical assistant II, College of Arts and Sciences; and
- Della Perez, custodian, Custodial Services.

AVI8ORS Perform Across the Country
The AVI8ORS - an ensemble that performs a true-to-life WWII USO-style show with the vintage music of the 1940s big band era - performed at several events this summer. Bob Moser, a flight instructor with the UNO Aviation Institute, founded the group and serves as its director.

Appearances included:
- July 24: National Veterans Wheel Chair (NVWC) Games Sponsors' Ball, held at the Strategic Air and Space Museum;
- July 28: NVWC athlete's celebration banquet, held at the Qwest Center Omaha; and
- July 31: EAA International Air Show and Convention, held at Theater in the Woods in Oshkosh, Wis.

For more information, visit http://www.avi8ors.com.

Have you done something noteworthy in your profession? E-mail "People" items to bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu. "People" appears in the Tuesday edition of eNotes.