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Construction crews began grinding asphalt July 6 on two lanes of Dodge Street. The lanes are closed between 62nd Street and Happy Hollow Boulevard. Weather permitting, the project will continue through Monday, July 13. Click on this link for the project's timeline.

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2009.07.07

NU President Milliken to Participate in UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education

University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken and other America experts in higher education will join Jill Biden, an educator and wife of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, and senior government officials for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) 2009 World Conference on Higher Education, under way in Paris through Wednesday, July 8. Read more.

The Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha Receives Grant

The Cable Television Advisory Committee has awarded a $22,000 grant to the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha (TKN).  UNO Television is the origination center for TKN and will purchase equipment to improve operations capability.  The money for the grant comes from Cox Cable Interconnect Fee funds. 

The mission of TKN, as an educational consortium, is to deliver local educational television programming for the benefit of all learners in the community.

TKN members, in addition to UNO Television, include Creighton University, Metropolitan Community College, Omaha Public Schools and Westside Community Schools.  TKN broadcasts on Cox channels 17 and 18 and Qwest channels 25 and 74. 

For more information about TKN, visit http://www.tknomaha.org or call 554.2516.

Omaha Growing, Improves Ranking Among U.S. Cities

According to a study compiled by David Drozd, Center for Public Affairs Research at UNO, 2008 population estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau show that the city of Omaha now has more than 438,000 residents, making it the 40th most-populated city in the United States. Omaha had ranked as the 44th largest city in Census 2000, but it has now surpassed Cleveland and Virginia Beach, Va., to achieve the 40th largest designation. Read more.

Lincoln Growing, Surpasses the 250,000-Person Milestone

According to a study compiled by David Drozd, Center for Public Affairs Research at UNO, 2008 population estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau show that the city of Lincoln now has more than 250,000 residents, making it the 72nd most-populated city in the United States.  Lincoln had ranked as the 75th largest city in Census 2000, but it has now surpassed cities like Birmingham, Ala., and Baton Rouge, La., to achieve the 72nd largest designation. Read more.

UNO Staff Members Sought for Work-Life Study

Every person "bounds," or puts limits on, how much overlap they have between their work, family and personal interests. Researchers need participants for a study that investigates how UNO staff members and their spouses/partners manage these different boundaries on a daily basis and how these boundaries affect health and well-being (IRB# 237-09-EP).

Study participants must work at least 35 hours per week, must have lived together for at least two years, and must not have switched jobs or employers within the past year.

Participants will be asked to complete a one-hour and 30-minute interview, as well as a brief, 10-minute survey. Each member of the couple will be interviewed and surveyed separately. Study participants will be compensated for their time.

For more information, contact Samantha K. Ammons at 554.3358 or sammons@unomaha.edu.

KANEKO-UNO Library Memberships Available

Members of the campus community and the public are invited to become friends of the new KANEKO-UNO Library in Omaha's Old Market.

Located at the corner of 12th and Jones streets, the library plays an integral role in supporting KANEKO programming, as well as serving UNO students and faculty.

The sleek, educational space - which opened in February - is devoted to studies in creativity and represents a partnership between UNO and KANEKO. Read more.

New Faculty/Graduate Assistant Workshops Set for Aug. 17-18

The 2009 New Faculty Workshop and the Graduate Assistant Workshops, sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development (CFD), will take place Monday, Aug. 17.  The Faculty Workshop will continue Tuesday, Aug. 18.

The workshops have been a tradition at UNO for more than 30 years. They provide new faculty and teaching assistants with an opportunity to meet one another in an informal setting while learning about UNO - its metropolitan mission and strategic goals, student demographics, campus academic support services and faculty development opportunities.

For more information about the workshops, contact the CFD at 554.2427 or unofacdev@unomaha.edu, or Deborah Smith-Howell at 554.4849 or dsmith-howell@unomaha.edu.

Part-time Faculty Workshops Aug. 19-20

Workshops for all part-time UNO faculty will take place Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 19-20, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in Arts and Sciences Hall.

The agenda is the same each evening, and faculty should choose the day that works best for them. The workshops provide information about UNO and teaching targeted to both new and experienced part-time faculty.

For more information, visit the Center for Faculty Development (CFD) Web site at http://http://www.unomaha.edu/facdevelop. To register for a workshop, contact the CFD at 554.2427 or unofacdev@unomaha.edu. Those registering need to provide their full name, department, phone number and preferred evening.

New Pacific Shuttle Bus Route Under Way

The new Pacific shuttle bus will only drop off passengers at the northeast corner of Lot Q (near the Bell Tower) and pick up individuals in the north part of Lot M (lower level south of Criss Library).

From Nov. 1 to March 12, 2010, an inter-campus shuttle bus will circle the Dodge location and drop off/pick up students at all the regular shuttle stops.

To view a parking map, click on this link. For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

People

- Christine Beard, associate professor of flute, has been elected to serve a two-year term as Board Member for Performance for the College Music Society (CMS), from 2010 to 2012. The CMS promotes music teaching and learning, musical creativity and expression, research and dialogue, and diversity and interdisciplinary interaction.

A consortium of college, conservatory, university and independent musicians and scholars interested in all disciplines of music, the society provides leadership and serves as an agent of change by addressing concerns facing music in higher education. Dr. Beard will begin her service in October, at the organization's annual national meeting in Portland, Ore.

UNO PRSSA Places Third in National Organ Donor Awareness Competition
The UNO chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) placed third in the 2009 PRSSA National Organ Donor Awareness Competition (NODAC). Event coordinators Jessica Legg and Alicia Kettleson will receive the award at the National PRSSA Conference in San Diego on Monday, Nov. 9. 

The campaign, "Be a Team Player: Become an MVDonor," featured a sports theme for its April 16 event, attended by more than 200 students at the Milo Bail Student Center. The event featured a talk by Sarah Prenosil, a UNO senior who had a heart transplant at age 14, and a panel from the Nebraska Organ Recovery System and the Medical Center.

Penn State and the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh took first and second place in the annual competition sponsored by Rowan University.

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.