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CPACS Artwork on View

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The artwork installation in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CB) atrium was finished Oct. 7 in time for today's building dedication.  Artist Tim Prentice and his assistant David Colbert of Cornwall, Conn., spent two-days hanging the moving artwork made of Lexan and aluminum.  Dedication ceremonies for the building will begin today at 11 a.m. on the north side of the CB Building.

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by Oliver B. Pollak

I am approaching my 65th birthday, with nearly 80 semesters of teaching, not including summer school. My 34 years at UNO comprise one-third of our campus's 100 year existence. ...continue

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UNO Centennial Officially Begins Today

UNO 100 Year

Remarks by Chancellor John Christensen will kick off a yearlong celebration of UNO's 100th anniversary today, Oct. 8. Christensen's convocation address begins at 10 a.m. at the Strauss Performing Arts Center.

Those who attend Christensen's state-of-the-university address are invited to an 11 a.m. dedication ceremony, which celebrates the new home to the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS). Those familiar with the UNO campus will recognize the college's new building as the former Engineering Building. Nearly $20 million in renovation and expansion work went into the facility. A reception follows in the Milo Bail Student Center. Read more

UNO and Beyond: Art Student Alumni Exhibition Opens Oct. 12

The UNO Art Gallery presents "UNO and Beyond: Art Student Alumni Exhibition."  The show will run Sunday, Oct. 12, through Friday, Nov. 7, with an opening reception on Sunday, Oct. 12, from 1 to 5 p.m.

The event is being held in conjunction with the university's Centennial celebration, which begins today, Oct. 8.  The exhibition includes works by more than 50 UNO alumni who graduated with Fine Art degrees from 1963 to 2008. The show includes works in a variety of mediums and styles including a piece from the O! Public Art Project by alumnus Bart Vargas. Read more.

Storytellers, Illustrators Join Omaha Lecture Series on Literacy

The Omaha Family Literacy Partnership, organized by the College of Education, will welcome the Del and Lou Ann Weber Centennial Lecture Series, with literacy events kicking off Thursday, Oct. 16 at the Strauss Performing Arts Center.

At 4:30 p.m., "Beads on One String: A Celebration of Culture and Tradition Through Music and Story," will feature Folk/Americana singer Dennis Warner. Warner will be joined by three storytellers at this event, all from Omaha: Rita Paskowitz, Idu Maduli and Sheila Rocha. The program will repeat itself at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St.

Twelve performances by the entertainers in the "Beads on One String" presentation will also be performed at local schools, in celebration of UNO's Centennial. Read more.

Study Abroad to Offer Information Session Today

A UNO Study Abroad Information Session for Management Center Innsbruck (MCI) will take place Wednesday, Oct. 8, starting at 3:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mon Hon Room.

The presentation will focus on MCI's spring 2009 English language course offerings that include management and information technology; management and law; social work; and tourism and leisure business.  There will also be time for a question and answer session and Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and dessert).  MCI representatives will be present.  German language courses are available, as well.

"This is a great opportunity for students to learn more about one of UNO's newest sibling universities," said Krista Cupich, UNO international admissions advisor.  "Innsbruck is an amazing city in Western Austria that offers a wealth of educational and travel opportunities."

The session is free and open to the campus community and public.  For more information, call 554.2293.

Workshops Offered on "Managing Your Research References Online"

The Center for Faculty Development and the Criss Library will co-sponsor four workshops on "Managing Your Research References Online" this month.

Linda Parker, a social sciences reference librarian at Criss Library, will present. She will highlight RefWorks, an online research management tool, which allows researchers to gather, manage, store and share citations and bibliographies.

In the RefWorks workshop, a researcher will learn how to:

- Organize and manage bibliographic citations for journals, books, manuscripts, newspapers and Web sites.

- Export citations from databases and the library catalog.

- Share bibliographies with collaborators, students, and researchers via the Web.

- Automatically insert citations into papers and format reference lists in hundreds of citation styles.

Each workshop is limited to 20 attendees. The workshops are:

Monday, Oct. 13
1 to 3 p.m.
107 Library Classroom

Tuesday, Oct. 14
10 a.m. to noon
112 Library Classroom

Tuesday, Oct. 21
9:30 to 11 a.m.
107 Library Classroom

Friday, Oct. 24
1 to 3 p.m.
107 Library Classroom

To register, contact the Center for Faculty Development at 554.2427 or unofacdev@unomaha.edu.  To request more information about the workshop, contact Linda Parker at 554.3207 or lparker@unomaha.edu.

Flu Shots Offered This Fall

Student Health Services (SHS) will offer flu shot clinics at eight different locations this fall.

The cost is $15 for students and $20 for faculty and staff. No appointment is necessary. Vaccinations are available on the following dates and locations:

- Monday, Oct. 27
10 a.m. to noon
100A University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute

- Tuesday, Oct. 28
10 a.m. to noon
Main hallway of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building

2 to 4 p.m.
Maverick Village Clubhouse

- Wednesday, Oct. 29
10 a.m. to noon
132D College of Public Affairs and Community Service

- Thursday, Oct. 30
8:30 a.m. to 1 p .m.
SHS, located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center

- Friday, Oct. 31
8:30 to 11 a.m.
Main floor of Criss Library

- Monday, Nov. 3
12:30 to 2 p.m.
Scott Village Study Room, located by the cafeteria

- Tuesday, Nov. 4
12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
University Village Clubhouse

SHS staff remind those planning vaccination should remember to wear appropriate clothing for a shot in the arm. Employees should bring insurance cards for possible Blue Cross Blue Shield reimbursement.

For more information, call 554.2374.

Web Seminar to Highlight "Innovation, Learning, and Learning Spaces"

Malcolm Brown, director of Academic Computing at Dartmouth College, will conduct the "Innovation, Learning, and Learning Spaces" Web seminar on Monday, Oct. 13. It will be broadcast live from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room.

Once relegated to the fringes of the games industry, virtual worlds such as Second Life are now viewed as a promising instructional platform. College instructors use this emerging technology to teach courses on topics ranging from architecture and anthropology to history, literature and computer programming, and a growing number of Fortune 500 companies conduct employee training in virtual worlds.

This Web seminar will address:  

- How virtual worlds present many challenges for students, instructors and administrators; and 

- How coupled with thoughtful strategies grounded in situated learning theory, these emerging technologies can be powerful educational tools.

For more resources related to this session topic, visit http://www.educause.edu/eliweb082.

As an EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) member, the UNO community has access to ELI documents and events at http://www.educause.edu/eli. First-time users are required to create a profile. ELI is an EDUCAUSE initiative focused on the advancement of teaching, learning and technology.

ELI presents monthly Web seminars that are screened live in the MBSC. Past seminars can be viewed on the ELI Web site at http://www.educause.edu/Archives/8996. Exact times for seminars are not always provided in advance, so watch the FacConnect calendar (http://www.unomaha.edu/facconnect/calendar.php) for updates.

The event sponsor is EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. For more information, contact Shelley Schafer at 554.4831 or sschafer@unomaha.edu.

UNO Web Template Training Available

Faculty and staff interested in redesigning their college or departmental Web sites can attend a three-part, hands-on training about the UNO Web templates this month.

Stuart Wheat, UNO Webmaster, has developed a series of Web templates that are available for use by the UNO campus.  Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer training Thursdays, Oct. 9 and 16, in Room 104 of the Durham Science Center (DSC).  More training sessions will be added depending upon the level of interest. 

Details about the remaining training sessions are listed below.

Web Templates II: Setup and Page Development                                                     
Thursday, Oct. 9 
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
104 DSC

This hands-on session focuses on working with the Web template files in Dreamweaver and creating a model page as the basis for all other pages on a site. Dreamweaver set-up and preferences will be reviewed.  The primary focus of this session will be creating a model page, establishing a color scheme for the site, setting the page titles and working with the tabs and includes. 
(Prerequisite:  Web Templates I recommended.)

Web Templates III: Content and Graphics                                                               
Thursday, Oct. 16 
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
104 DSC

This third, and final, hands-on session will focus on completing the model Web page with the main content as well as the footer.  Adding graphics and using fonts will be discussed.  Once the model is completed, it won't take long to complete a fully functional Web site. 
(Prerequisite: Web Templates II required.)

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 a SAP personnel number. (This is the six-digit number on a picture ID.  It is also on university check stubs.)

- Click "Sign Up."

- Click "OK" to confirm the personnel number.

- An e-mail will confirm the registration, and participants should add the class to their calendars.

A minimum sign-up of five people is required by 2 p.m. the day prior to the class.  An e-mail notification will be sent if the class is cancelled.

To learn more about Web templates, contact Erin King at 554.3140 or erinking@unomaha.edu.

Trumpets and Crumpets at Criss Library Oct. 10

Join the Criss Library on Friday, Oct. 10, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. to celebrate UNO's Centennial with an elegant afternoon of jazz and tea in the Criss Library Garden, off the newly renovated first floor.

All are invited to attend this free event to enjoy the sounds of The Pat Higgins Jazz Trio and the taste of crumpets, scones and delicious pastries.

The rain location is the library's first floor gallery space. For more information, contact Dani Herzog at dherzog@unomaha.edu or 554.3213.

UNO Math-Science, Speech, Writing Centers Open House Oct. 13

Three UNO centers that assist with assignments, presentations and papers will hold an open house Monday, Oct. 13. The workshop - sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development (CFD) - takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

The workshop presenters:

- Marlina Davidson, communication instructor and Speech Center consulting coordinator;

- Dorianne Richards, English lecturer and director of the UNO Writing Center; and

- Dana Richter-Egger, assistant professor of chemistry and director of the Math-Science Learning Center.

The workshop will highlight:

- Student support (tutoring, study groups, supplemental instruction and peer mentoring);

- Collaboration with faculty and other campus units with related missions;

- Assessment of science education effectiveness;

- UNO's "Speaking Across the Curriculum" Program and the Speech Center's Basic Course Room and Speech Consulting Room; and

- The Writing Center's individual consultations and writing workshops.

To register, contact the CFD at 554.2427 or unofacdev@unomaha.edu. Participants are invited to bring their lunches, and desserts and drinks will be provided.

Parking Lot Closing Reminder

Lots O and Q - located west of the Sapp Fieldhouse and Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building - will close Monday, Oct. 13, for the HPER Building renovation project. Watch for additional details in future editions of eNotes.

Undergraduate Catalog Changes Due Nov. 7

The deadline to submit changes for the 2009-10 UNO Undergraduate Catalog is Friday, Nov. 7. Changes should be submitted to Marian McDonald, University Relations, 108 Eppley Administration Building.

For more information, call 554.3674.