Saudi Carnival Success
photo by Tim Kaldahl
Last weekend (April 4) in Lincoln, UNO and UNL's Saudi Student Association hosted a carnival that highlighted Saudi Arabian culture. Hundreds attended the two-day event which included music, food, art, Arabic calligraphy . . . and dancing. The exhibition will travel to more than 30 college campuses around the U.S.
Organ Donation Focus of April 16 Event
Listen as student Jessica Legg of Maverick Solutions, UNO's student-led public relations firm, previews an organ donation awareness event happening over the lunch hour on Thursday, April 16, at the Milo Bail Student Center.
CPACS to Honor Twelve Alumni, Mayor Mike Fahey Today
The UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) will recognized 12 alumni at the 2009 CPACS Alumni Awards Luncheon today, April 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. Read more.
Student Employee of the Year Award Reception Today
The 2009 Student Employee of the Year Award Reception will take place today, April 13, at 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. This year, 19 outstanding student nominees will be recognized.
The keynote speaker will be Mollie Anderson, director of Human Resources. The reception occurs during National Student Employment Week, April 12-18. The Student Employee of the Year winner will receive a $100 prize provided by the UNO Alumni Association.
For more information, contact Charlotte Russell at 554.2321 or Tim Rochford at 554.2465.
Community Engagement Links/Teaching Circles/Research Triangles Celebration
The annual Community Engagement Links, Teaching Circles and Research Triangles celebration will take place today, April 13, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building (CB) Collaborating Commons.
Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development, Graduate Studies, Office of Sponsored Programs, and Academic and Student Affairs, the purpose of the organizational meeting is to celebrate the success of the Community Engagement Links, Teaching Circles and Research Triangles.
The campus community can join the sponsors as various participants lead an informal presentation describing the highlights and accomplishments from the past year.
Active participants will receive $100 for the teaching circle and/or research triangle and/or community engagement link ($300 per person maximum). The funds will be transferred to the participants' home department. Department chairs and school directors will receive a list of the active participants for their department/school.
For more information, contact the Center for Faculty Development at 554.2427 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"The Omaha Royals and the Future of Baseball in Omaha" Panel Discussion
Omaha Royals General Manager Martie Cordaro will participate in a panel discussion on baseball, culture and communication at UNO today, April 13.
"The Omaha Royals and the Future of Baseball in Omaha" will take place at 5:30 p.m. in 214 Arts and Sciences Hall. Don Greer, associate professor with the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, will lead the discussion. The event is open to the public.
For more information, contact Dr. Greer at 554.2670.
Islamic Studies Hosts 'Heart Intelligence' Lecture
The Islamic Studies Program Lecture Series at UNO will welcome M. Ibrahim Farajajé at 7 p.m. tonight, April 13, at Roskens Hall, Room 010C. Dr. Farajajé will present "Rumi and the Intelligence of the Heart." Read more.
Scholastic Book Fair Begins at Criss Library
The Criss Library, along with the UNO Honors Program and University Library Friends, will sponsor a Scholastic Book Fair this week.
The days and hours of the sale:
- Tonight, April 13
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Tuesday, April 14
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Wednesday, April 15
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The sale display is set up on the library's main level. At this "Buy One, Get One FREE!" Book Fair, buyers can double their purchasing power.
UNO Democrats Prepare Fourth "Tribute to the Fallen"
On Monday, April 13, the UNO College Democrats will prepare their fourth "Tribute to the Fallen" display beginning at 8 p.m.
The three-day, nonpartisan event at the heart of UNO's main campus features the display of one American flag for every serviceman and servicewoman who has died in service to the United States in recent years in Iraq and Afghanistan. The flags are lined evenly on the UNO campus green space, in the area known as the Pep Bowl adjacent to UNO's Eppley Administration Building. Read more.
Submissions Sought for Scientific Poster Session
University researchers have an opportunity to submit their non-proprietary scientific findings at the poster session during the National Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Conference presented by the National Institutes of Health and hosted by the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC).
The goals of the poster session are to:
- Create opportunities for SBIR/STTR awardees and university researchers to present their research and technologies to their peers;
- Foster discussions that may lead to partnerships and collaborations;
- To identify potential research or business partners; and
- To showcase university technologies that have the potential for commercialization.
The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 1. Notification of poster selection will be Friday, May 15. For more information, including abstract requirements, go to the Conference Web site at http://nbdc.unomaha.edu/SBIR/NIHconference/home.htm# or contact Lisa Tedesco at 554.2521.
Adobe Connect Brown Bag April 24
Join Information Technology Services (ITS) staff on Friday, April 24, as they host a brown bag demonstration of Adobe Connect. Sponsored by ITS Academic Partner for Instruction, "Web Conferencing & Online Instruction: Lessons Learned by UNO Faculty" will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.
Adobe Connect is a web conferencing collaboration tool for conducting online courses, office hours, advising, student presentations and student group work. It allows two-way audio and/or video communication, multimedia and application sharing, whiteboard display, breakout sessions and polling.
Presenters will include Lynn Harland, College of Business – associate dean and professor; Leah Pietron, College of Information Science and Technology – associate professor of Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis (ISQA); Paul van Vliet, College of Information Science and Technology – associate professor of ISQA; and Ted Turgeon, ITS – instructional design specialist.
Faculty presenters will discuss their experiences in using Adobe Connect for student projects in a capstone Management Information Systems course and for discussion in a graduate level business course. A brief demonstration will be included. In addition, ITS staff will discuss the costs and logistics of using Adobe Connect along with an opportunity for participants to try a free version of the software.
All UNO faculty and staff can attend and no registration is necessary. Participants are invited to bring their lunches.
For more information, contact ITS Customer Service at 554.4357 (HELP).
Summer Faculty Seminar Now Taking Applications
Faculty members can now apply participate in the first annual Summer Faculty Seminar set for Monday through Friday, June 1-5, at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. The application deadline is Thursday, April 23.
This weeklong event, modeled after the highly successful North and South Omaha Seminars, will bring together UNO faculty, Omaha Public School magnet teachers and representatives of community agencies. The purpose of this seminar is to design effective, collaborative, ongoing PK-12 school/university community engagement projects.
Selected UNO faculty will receive a $750 stipend in their June 2009 paycheck. The summit is June 1-5, with time spent both in information sessions on campus and in hands-on sessions at various locations around Omaha.
Schedule of the week:
Day 1 (June 1) Focus: community needs - Panel of local non-profits, bus tour of Omaha Community Partner sites;
Day 2 (June 2) Focus: student engagement - Bus tour of OPS Magnet Schools;
Day 3 (June 3) Focus: quality project design - Campus tour of departments;
Day 4 (June 4) Focus: partner project planning; and
Day 5 (June 5) Focus: reflection activities and planning for the future.
For more information, contact Sarah Hanify at email@example.com or 554.3880.
To apply, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/slareg/summerworkshop09.php.
Malcolm X Festival Set for April 14-16 at UNO
Georgetown University Professor Michael Eric Dyson, known nationally for his books on the African-American experience, will serve as the keynote speaker for the Eighth Annual Malcolm X Festival and Conference at UNO. The festival, sponsored and organized by the UNO Department of Black Studies, runs April 14 through 16.
"Having a scholar of Dr. Dyson's caliber at the festival is extremely exciting," said Omowale Akintunde, chair of the Black Studies Department. "He's a dynamic speaker and truly a cutting-edge intellectual on the topic of race in America." Read more.
Registration Deadline Tomorrow for April 16 "Trek to Campus Day"
This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.
The third annual "Trek to Campus Day," planned by the UNO Organization and Administration of Physical Education class, will take place Thursday, April 16. This day focuses on alternative modes of transportation that promote the benefits of bicycling, walking, jogging, carpooling or public transportation as a means of commuting to campus.
"The goal is to show the entire campus population how easy different modes of transportation can be," said John Noble, associate professor with the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation and professor for the class. "Participating will show different ways to improve air quality, cut down on traffic congestion, reduce parking issues, improve overall health and fight the obesity epidemic."
All students, faculty, staff and administrators are encouraged to find an alternative method of transportation to campus on April 16.
"If you would like to mingle with other 啍rekkers' just prior to your arrival on campus, we will be meeting in Elmwood Park between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m., where free refreshments will be provided," Noble said.
In order to help the class track participation, registration is requested. Participants can sign up for free by sending an e-mail including name, age, gender, mode of transportation and classification (student, faculty, staff or administrator) to: firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, April 14. Anyone who registers and attends the morning celebration at Elmwood Park will be eligible for door prizes.
For more information, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/trektocampus.
The mission of the Wellness Stampede, UNO's health promotion program, is to create a culture of health and wellness among all faculty, staff and students. Health goals are encouraged through programming and initiatives that celebrate healthier lifestyle practices within the UNO community. For more information, contact David Daniels at 554.2008, email@example.com or http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/health/stampede.php.
Faculty Recruitment Workshop April 14
The next faculty recruitment workshop takes place Tuesday, April 14, at 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center State Room. Faculty and administrative assistants are encouraged to attend.
Before any faculty member can serve on a UNO Search Committee they must attend a recruitment workshop every two years. Participants should R.S.V.P. to Jerri Maxwell at 554.3892 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Global Citizenship Subject of April 14 Simulcast
In the final lecture of the E.N. Thompson Forum's 20th anniversary season, Colin G. Campbell will discuss citizenship and its history, the development of American citizenship and the challenges (and potential) of citizenship in the era of globalization.
The lecture will be simulcast at 7 p.m. in Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom, in addition to remote sites in Scottsbluff, North Platte, Kearney, Columbus and Wayne. Read more.
Deadline April 17 for Academic Regalia Orders
Commencement for May graduates will take place at 2 p.m. Friday, May 8, at Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave. Faculty members are asked to assemble no later than 1:30 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall.
Faculty planning to attend commencement should order their academic regalia from the Bookstore, 554.2336, by Friday, April 17.
Second Life Boot Camp Set for April 17
The Center for Faculty Development (CFD) will host an interactive presentation on "Second Life Boot Camp" Friday, April 17. Lynette Leonard, assistant professor with the School of Communication, will provide the boot camp tour of Second Life from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in 007A Roskens Hall.
Integrating Second Life (SL), a 3-D virtual world, into classes can offer students an experience that transcends the traditional classroom. 3-D virtual worlds give students the opportunity to explore class concepts through observation, interaction or collaboration with people from all over the world; and enact visually-dynamic role plays and participation in immersive simulations of different cultures, time periods and contexts.
Workshop participants will enter an SL boot camp in which they will learn to use the classroom technology in a hands-on, supportive environment. By the end of the course, participants will have created professional avatars, accessed SL instructional resources and learned best practices from those with experience teaching in SL.
To fully realize the benefits of this short course, participants should register for a free SL account.
To set up an account:
- Visit http://www.secondlife.com;
- Confirm that registration with SL; and
- E-mail the SL name to email@example.com.
Participants without SL accounts can watch the training and receive assistance in registering for a free account at the end of the course.
Participants Sought for April 18 Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk
Participants are needed for the 24th Annual Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk on Saturday, April 18. Proceeds go toward scholarships for women athletes. For more information or to join a team, visit http://www.omavs.com and click on the "Women's Walk" link; or call the Women's Walk office at 554.2533.
Introductions, Conclusions & Audience Centeredness Student Workshop April 21
The "Introductions, Conclusions & Audience Centeredness" session will take place Tuesday, April 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.
Students who attend the UNO Speech Center Learn Over Lunch workshop will learn how to get their audience's attention, establish credibility and importance, get their audience ready to listen and keep their attention to the very end.
Space is limited so students must register in advance. Contact the Speech Consulting Center at 554.3201 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Free pizza and pop will be provided.