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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.

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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.

Building for the Future

Geography/Geology Announces World Cinema Series

The UNO Department of Geography/Geology will begin a weekly world cinema series Wednesday, Aug. 27.

The series starts with a short film from Senegal titled "The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun" and a feature film from Canada titled "Le Grande Seduction."  All films will be screened in the Eppley Administrative Building Auditorium starting at 6 p.m.

"The films are shown in combination with my course GEOG 3000: Geography in Film," said Michael Peterson, professor of geography/geology at UNO. "We're inviting people from the UNO community to share in this educational experience."

Other films in the world cinema series come from Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, India, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa. The series runs through Wednesday, Nov. 5.

For more information about the series, contact Peterson at mpeterson@unomaha.edu.

HPER Physical Activity Classes Still Available

The UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) offers a wide variety of physical activity classes every semester.  There is still room available in many of the classes for fall.

"We would love for you (students, faculty and staff) to participate!  Maybe this is your chance to learn the fundamentals of a sport you have always wanted to try, or maybe you want to earn a credit hour for staying fit," said Katie Sup Rezac, academic advisor for the School of HPER. "For whatever reason, here is your chance!" 

Currently, HPER has openings in tennis, golf, judo, karate, basic hapkido, weight training, modern dance, relaxation techniques, yoga, basketball, swim conditioning and soccer.

"We are also looking for you to join our classes in racquetball, tai chi and walking/jogging," Sup Rezac said. 

Individuals who want more information should contact Sup Rezac at 554.3245 or ksup@unomaha.edu.

UNL's Confucius Institute to Offer Chinese Classes at UNO

The Confucius Institute at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) now offers non-credit Chinese language classes at UNO. The classes will be taught by an experienced instructor who is a native Chinese speaker. Upon registration, the Confucius Institute will notify participants about class locations.

The courses available:
Classes for Children and Adults
CICL 101, 102, 201 and 202 teaches Chinese in easy steps to help students establish a solid foundation of vocabulary, knowledge of Chinese and communication skills. Courses emphasize the development and mastering of skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing Chinese. Classes begin Saturday, Sept. 6.

Classes for Adults (Business Focused)
CICL 401 and 402 teach Chinese in a business communication platform for novice and low-intermediate level learners, which enable students to learn Chinese language and culture in a short time span. These courses also assist students understand China's legal and political systems and their influences on business practices. Classes begin Wednesday, Sept. 10.

For more information or to enroll, go to confuciusinstitute.unl.edu or call 402.472.2175 or toll free at 866.700.4747.

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 construction at the Pacific Street location.

Starting today, 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 today. 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.

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"For drivers 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 (http://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.

Welcome Back with Welcome Week

Welcome Week at UNO will kick off the fall semester.  A variety of events are planned Monday, Aug. 25, through Thursday, Aug. 28, to welcome new and returning students.  This year's theme is "Maverick Mojo - Join the Herd!"

Activities take place each day from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Plaza and will include live music, free food and games. Free food for students, faculty and staff starts each day at 11:30 a.m.

For a complete schedule of events, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/welcome/.

In the News

In the News

- An Aug. 18 article published on Inside Higher Ed's Web site quoted Steve Bullock, interim assistant vice president for academic affairs, about UNO's recent No. 1 ranking in the Collegiate Learning Assessment.

- Gert-Jan de Vreede, Institute for Collaboration Science, and Robert Briggs, Academy of Collaboration Science, were featured in the Aug. 19 issue of the Omaha World-Herald following the announcement of the BattleSpace project. KETV (ABC 7) also covered the Aug. 18 press conference that featured Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson.

- Lourdes Gouveia, Office of Latino/Latin American Studies, was quoted in the Aug. 16 issue of the Houston Chronicle about migrant labor supplies in the U.S.

- The Aug. 17 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article about UNO's Collegiate Learning Assessment ranking. Terry Hynes, senior vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, was quoted in the article, as were Chancellor John Christensen, Steve Bullock, interim assistant vice president for academic affairs, and student Elizabeth Lebedz. Dr. Hynes was also interviewed Aug. 20 by KIOS (91.5 FM) about UNO's ranking.

- Student Soumya Kuppa was featured in the Aug. 11 issue of the Omaha World-Herald. The article asked four people about their favorite school supplies as children.

- The Aug. 9 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article about online networking Web sites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. Lynnette Leonard, School of Communication assistant professor, and Scott Stewart, student and Gateway editor in chief, were quoted in the article.

- Bob Moser, Aviation Institute, was profiled in the July issue of Nebraska Life magazine about the Omaha Soaring Club.

- Lucas Seiler, student president/regent, was featured in the "My Five" feature in the Aug. 14 issue of the Omaha World-Herald. Seiler was asked to list his five favorite things, which included his running shows and Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity pin.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

In Print

- Mark Scherer, associate professor of history, recently published a book titled Rights in the Balance: Free Press, Fair Trial & Nebraska Press Association v. Stuart (Texas Tech University Press, 2008). Dr. Scherer will appear at a colloquium on the book and the Nebraska Press Association case on Sept. 4 in Washington, D.C.  The event, sponsored by the First Amendment Center, is scheduled for broadcast on C-SPAN. He also recently published a chapter on Nebraska Native American legal history in a book titled The History of Nebraska Laws (Ohio University Press, 2008).

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Stage

ARTSaha! Festival Returns for 5th Annual Series of New Music Concerts
Omaha's new music festival - ARTSaha! - has announced its schedule for its 5th annual presentation of concerts and events dedicated to new music. ARTSaha! is produced by ANALOG arts ensemble in partnership with UNO. Concerts will take place from Sept. 3 through 13.

This year's festival motto is "Set Sail for the Sun," the title of a piece by the late composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, known as the father of electronic music. Read more.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number.

On Exhibit

"Cinema City" on Display in K.C. through Oct. 4
"Cinema City" - an installation by Russ Nordman and Jody Boyer, art and art history - is on display through Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Paragraph & Urban Culture Project Space, 21-23 East 12th St., in Kansas City, Mo.  Gallery hours are Thursdays and Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m.

The duo is scheduled as artists-in-residence on the following Saturdays: Aug. 23, Sept. 6 and 20, and Oct. 4.  A reception is also planned for Friday, Sept. 19, from 6 to 9 p.m.

"Cinema City" is inspired by urban landscapes that no longer exist and, in essence, exist only through their photogenic and cinematic documentation.  Artistic inspiration for the design of the installation came from digital databases at libraries and archives across the country containing photographic archives of the architecture of American cities now lost or radically altered due to urban renewal and new development.

During the Saturday exhibitions, visitors can assist with urban growth by helping expand the real estate and annexing of rural areas adjacent to "Cinema City" through the placement of additional buildings provided by the artists. 

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

Hurricane Katrina, Iraq, Communist Nations Art Exhibit Continues
The UNO Art Gallery continues to present the works of Rebecca Keller and Lanny DeVuono. The painting and mixed media exhibit centers on intersecting relationships people have with themselves, each other, their surroundings and the history of society.

The exhibition runs through Friday, Aug. 29. A closing reception will be held Aug. 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Read more.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.