BattleSpace Project Announced
UNO researchers joined Sen. Ben Nelson on Monday, August 18 to announce BattleSpace, a software designed to ease decision-making among the military. The Institute for Collaboration Science at UNO has been awarded a $2.4 million grant from the U.S. Air Force for the project's first phase.
Planting and Unpacking
The pace shifted into overdrive in recent days to complete the new College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building (CB) and the renovation of the Milo Bail Student Center's Plaza. Faculty, staff and professional movers have almost finished moving into the new building as landscapers have dug and planted on the outside of what was the old Engineering Building. A few yards to the east, the finishing touches are being added to the plaza project ... all in time for the start of classes on Monday. The official College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building dedication takes place on the first day of UNO's Centennial Celebration – Wednesday, Oct. 8.
Start-of-the-Semester UNO Parking Update
Fall classes officially start at UNO on Monday, Aug. 25, and Campus Security would like to take a moment to remind drivers to campus of new parking offerings, alternate transportation methods and restriction notices due to campus construction projects.
High profile projects that may cause an influx or reduction in parking at each location this fall include the completion of Maverick Village, the second student housing area at the Dodge Street location; the opening of a second parking structure with more than 890 stalls; the beginning of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building project at the Dodge Street location; and Mammel Hall at the Pacific Street location.
Starting Friday, Aug. 22, UNO students will be able to check into their apartments at University Village or Maverick Village from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. On both move-in dates University Drive South will be designated one-way, as well as parking lots G and J will be utilized for move-in parking only. Traffic flow and congestion will be high during most of the day on Friday. The final phase of move-in will conclude on Saturday, Aug. 23, at 5 p.m.
"We strongly advise faculty, staff, and students to avoid this area of campus in a vehicle," said Paul Kosel, assistant manager for campus security.
A popular and free alternate to parking on campus is the Crossroads Mall shuttle service. The shuttles, from the mall parking structure located at 72nd and Cass Street, make stops at designated high traffic points on campus every 10 to 15 minutes.
"Offsite parking at Crossroads Mall continues to provide an option for students, faculty, staff and visitors," Kosel said. "No one needs to buy a parking sticker to use the shuttle bus service from Crossroads. It's an excellent way to approach parking this year."
The Crossroads shuttle is available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. A second shuttle route runs from the Dodge Street location to Pacific Street location campus from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
"For driver's to campus, a Web site, which serves as a clearing house for all parking queries is also available. This Web page is updated to reflect the latest information on parking closings and notices," Kosel said. "An interactive map highlighting all closings can be found at the site (www.unomaha.edu/parking)."
The Web site will reflect the following parking changes for the start-of-the fall semester:
- A portion of lot 6 at the Pacific Street location will be closed for construction of Mammel Hall, the new College of Business Administration building.
- The spaces to the west of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building (CB) will be available.
- Lot Q will be moved west of CB (the new CPACS building) to accommodate the faculty/staff stalls lost during renovation of HPER.
- Lot R has been reduced by 10 spaces with the Henningson Plaza expansion project.
- Lots G and J will be utilized for move-in parking for University Village and Maverick Village on Aug. 22-23.
- The University Village parking lot, west of lot G, will return to student parking adding 161 student spaces.
In addition, for the start of the fall semester a portion of the lots west of HPER will be available for faculty and staff, and a majority will be available for students until the HPER projects begins in October. Signs will be posted.
For parking updates, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/parking.
"Service-Learning 101" Session Today and Next Week
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 starting today, Aug. 21.
- Today, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
ITS to Offer Web Templates Intermediate Topics Today
Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer a two-hour course in Intermediate Web Templates Topics today, Aug. 21, from 1 to 3 p.m. in 104 Durham Science Center.
This hands-on session covers basic HTML coding, using lists and creating outlines, using Div boxes and the proper way to use tables with the UNO Web template to display data.
Before taking this course participants should have:
- Taken the previous Web template course;
- A test Web site setup; and
- Access to Adobe Dreamweaver software.
To register for training:
- Go to http://api.unomaha.edu/ calendar.php;
- Select the correct month and click "Go";
- Click the "Register" link next to the event;
- Enter the SAP personnel number. (This is the six-digit number on all university IDs. It is also on employee check stubs.);
- Click "Sign Up"; and
- Click "OK" to confirm the personnel number.
An email will be sent confirming registration. Participants should add the class to their Lotus Notes calendars.
Weight Watchers Open House Meeting Sept. 4
The Weight Watchers on Campus program will host an open house meeting Thursday, Sept. 4. The event, which is free and open to all interested members of the campus community, begins at noon in 203 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building.
"Currently, we have about 20 people interested," said Dave Daniels, assistant director of fitness/wellness at UNO. "Keep recruiting and bring a co-worker, spouse or friend with you to the Open House."
Weigh-in begins at 12:15 p.m., the meeting will start at 12:30 p.m. and end at 1 p.m. A three-part payment plan is available, and payments will be collected at the open house meeting.
"If we can get 20 paid participants on Sept. 4, then we can do the 17-week program (with the free E-Tools) for $186," Daniels said. "If we get between 15 and 19 paid participants, we'll do the 15-week program for $180."
For more information, contact Daniels at 554.2008.
Free Select Surplus Property Items Available
UNO Surplus Property has a small inventory of better-quality and popular office equipment available for viewing.
- File cabinets;
- Chairs; and
The items, which are free for university-related use only, can be viewed by appointment. To schedule an appointment, contact Mike Ross or Tim Scott at 554.2222.
Bowling League Members Sought
The 2008-09 UNO faculty/staff bowling 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.
Participants Sought for Depression Study at UNMC
The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Department of Psychiatry is seeking individuals 19-65 who are experiencing depression to participate in a 10-week research study of an investigational medication for depression.