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Exhibition

Political Posters, Prints Part of Exhibition

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Political posters and historical prints from the personal collection of Sam Walker, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, will be on display at UNO's Criss Library Jan. 11 through March 11. An opening reception is planned for Sunday, Jan. 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the library's gallery. The featured works hail from World War I and World War II, along with the civil rights movement, American presidents and more.

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2010.01.15

MLK Jr. Legacy Recognized with Jan. 18 Day of Service

The life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. has been celebrated at UNO for several years. Again this year, the UNO Service-Learning Academy will sponsor a day of service on Monday, Jan. 18, in honor of King's birthday.

UNO students, faculty and staff will volunteer with youth at two locations in Omaha. Read more.

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Criss Library Schedule Changes for Martin Luther King Day

Criss Library will be closed on Monday, Jan. 18, in observance of Martin Luther King day.
   
Regular library hours resume Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 7 a.m.  For a complete schedule of library hours, visit http://library.unomaha.edu/information/hours.htm.

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Lotus Notes Update

On Jan. 11, there was an unplanned Lotus Notes intermittent outage and slow down lasting from mid-morning to mid-afternoon.  Information Technology Services (ITS) staff recognizes and regrets the inconvenience caused by an email outage during this busy time of year. 

What happened?
ITS staff installed additional server hardware to meet increasing demand over the holiday break; however, network components of the new hardware developed intermittent communication errors.  Though these components are redundant, eventually the communication errors caused the system to fail.

Resolution
Once the cause of the outage was identified, ITS staff restored mail service by migrating the system to different hardware. After the system was restored, it took approximately two hours for all incoming e-mail to be delivered. The incident is being formally reviewed to prevent a re-occurrence and to improve notification services. The incident review report will be posted when completed.

For additional questions or concerns, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (4357) or unohelpdesk@unomaha.edu.

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Campus Steam Shutdown

The steam to the UNO campus will be turned off between 6 a.m. and noon on Monday, Jan. 18, in order to make repairs in the Central Utility Plant.

The impact to the campus will be that building temperatures will drop slightly considering the weather conditions forecasted for this date. Building temperatures will be increased slighting over the weekend to compensate for the anticipated change. 

Contact Larry Morgan at 554.3735 for more information.

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2009 W-2 Forms to be Distributed Week of Jan. 18

The 2009 W-2 forms are scheduled for distribution the week of Jan. 18 and Employee Self Service (ESS) as outlined in Firefly, will display the 2009 W-2 form that employees can print, effective Jan. 14. 

As in the past, active employees will have their W-2 form delivered to their campus work address and separated employees through the U.S. Postal Service at their permanent home address.

For W-2 form questions, contact Payroll (205 Eppley Administration Building) or call 554.2325 or 554.2739.

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Human Resources Announces New Employee Orientation Program

Human Resources has designed a New Employee Orientation program with an emphasis on actively engaging the supervisor of the new employee in the orientation process. The program, beginning Monday, Feb. 1, will be spread over several months with the goal of helping new employees retain necessary information.

The goals for the new orientation program include:

- Allowing supervisors to provide ongoing, clear, concise and consistent information;

- Opening up communication channels;

- Enhancing retention; and

- Increasing efficiency.

Surveys suggest that providing new employees with easy access to forms and employment information prior to their first day of work benefits both the employee and the university. With that in mind, Human Resources prepared a welcome packet that will be mailed to new employees prior to their start date. The packet contains contact information on benefits and payroll information that new employees can review before their start date.  Also, on-line power point presentations for policies have been prepared for employees to review within three or four weeks from their start date. For supervisors, Human Resources provides a checklist of material to cover with each new employee which will help maintain consistency.

Approximately three months after the employee's start date, Human Resources will conduct a second phase of the orientation program and bring together all employees hired within the past three months. The program will focus on the "bigger picture" of UNO.

Three informative sessions have been scheduled to introduce supervisors to this concept. All will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room. Session dates are:

- Wednesday, Jan. 27, 3 to 4 p.m.

- Thursday, Jan. 28, 9 to 10 a.m.

- Wednesday, Feb. 3, 9 to 10 a.m.

To register, call Stella Watts at 554.2321. For more information, contact Sharon Ulmar at sulmar@unomaha.edu or 554.2321.

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Parkinson's Disease Presentation Set for Jan. 29 at Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility

The Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility invites faculty, staff and students to attend a presentation on "Structural and Functional Neuroimaging in Health and Parkinson's Disease" on Friday, Jan. 29. David Vaillancourt, associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Neurology and Bioengineering at the University of Illinois in Chicago, will present from noon to 1 p.m. in 206 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building.

Vaillancourt's research focuses on the role of the cortex, basal ganglia and cerebellum in healthy and pathological motor control. He examines how spatial and temporal forms of visual information stimulate the brain differently. Vaillancourt also researches the effects of various treatment interventions on the motor deficits of Parkinson's disease.

He has more than 45 peer-reviewed publications and has received several intramural and extramural awards during his research career. Two of his several federally funded grants from the National Institutes of Health and National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke are "Scaling and sequencing motor output in humans: fMRI study" and "Role of the cortex and cerebellum in visually-guided motor behavior."

Vaillancourt received a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Texas A&M University and master's and doctorate degrees in motor control from Penn State. He did his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Illinois in Chicago.

For more information, contact Demi Treat at 554.2573.

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Chinese Language Classes offered at PKI

For the spring semester, The Confucius Institute at University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) will offer non-credit courses in Chinese language and culture at the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI). Classes are taught by university language instructors from Xi'an Jiao Tong University, a top 10 Chinese university.

Registration forms are available online at http://confuciusinstitute.unl.edu/ by clicking on classes. For more class information, call 866.700.4747 or send an e-mail to extservice@unl.edu.

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mavlink Campus-Wide Town Halls Offered This Month and Next

To familiarize faculty, staff and students with mavlink – UNO's new web portal being implemented as part of the Nebraska Student Information System (NeSIS) project - UNO's Change Management Team will host four campus-wide town hall meetings this month and next.

At UNO, mavlink will integrate all services offered by E-BRUNO and the current student information system.

"Each session will offer a broad overview of information surrounding E-BRUNO's replacement; especially, how mavlink will affect faculty, staff and student users," said Jason Blohm, chair of the Change Management Team. "Additionally, a limited demo of the upcoming look and feel of mavlink will take place."

All interested faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend one of the hour-long sessions. The same information will be repeated at each town hall, which will take place in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons:

 - Thursday, Jan. 21
9 a.m. and noon

- Tuesday, Jan. 26
3 p.m.

- Thursday, Feb. 4
9 a.m.

In 2008, the Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise Campus Solutions application was selected as the new NeSIS platform. Participating schools include all of the University of Nebraska campuses and Chadron, Peru and Wayne state colleges.

Starting Monday, Feb. 8, E-BRUNO will only be accessible through mavlink providing access to the current SIS Plus system through the summer semester. mavlink will be the only platform for self-service functions of the new PeopleSoft student information system moving forward.

For more information, contact Blohm at 554.2415 or jblohm@unomaha.edu.

Watch eNotes or visit http://www.unomaha.edu/nesis for further information regarding the mavlink implementation at UNO.

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Nominations Sought for Excellence in Teaching Award

The UNO Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes superior effort, dedication and exemplary conduct in the education of students. Nominations for the 2009 Excellence in Teaching Award (EIT) are due Friday, Jan. 30. The nomination form and criteria are available on the EIT Web site at http://www.unomaha.edu/aandsaffairs/insidepages/eit.php.

Nomination forms should be sent to Charlotte Swank, EAB 201, or cswank@unomaha.edu. For more information, contact Swank at 554.2967.

Important EIT dates:

- Friday, Jan. 30
Nomination deadline.

- Friday, Feb. 13
Nominee documentation due in Chancellor's Office by 4 p.m.

- Friday, Feb. 13, through Saturday, Feb. 20
Review of documentation by EIT Committee.

- Friday, Feb. 20
EIT committee submits names to the Chancellor.

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Extension of Submission Date for "UNO of the Future" Time Capsule

The deadline to submit artifacts, writings and ideas for the UNO of the Future Centennial Time Capsule has been extended through January.

Unlike most time capsules that are designed to capture - and preserve - significant aspects of the present time and culture, this effort is intended to encourage participants and supporters to speak directly to members of the university and the Omaha community in 2110.

It will be a way for individuals, units, departments and student organizations to leave a legacy of thought as they look ahead to the future.  All funds for this project come from private donations. This is an effort of campus individuals intended as a way to look forward to the hopes and dreams of our future generations.

Contributions of fun, inexpensive and original items that people in 2110 may not otherwise see are encouraged. To view a few of the items already submitted, visit the Criss Library near the information desk.

There is also a 'contest' where individuals can simply submit an idea (no need to purchase the item) for an item that is inexpensive (less than $20) now, but may have a high monetary value in 2110.

Guidelines for submissions are on the Faculty Senate blog at http://unofacsen.wordpress.com/ or Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=200331590254&ref=mf. For more information, contact Suzanne Sollars at ssollars@unomaha.edu.

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UFO Study Group to Meet Saturday

The UNO UFO Study Group will meet Saturday, Jan. 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 285 Durham Science Center. Anyone interested in unidentified flying objects and related phenomena is welcome to attend.

For more information, call John Powers at 319.2721.

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ITS to Offer Basic Photoshop I CS4 Training

Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer a Basic Photoshop I CS4 course on Thursday, Jan. 21. The training session will take place from 10 to 11:45 a.m. in 112 Criss Library. Basic Photoshop I CS4 is a course that will teach the basics of image editing in Photoshop. 

In this course participants will:
- Work with tools on the Toolbar Palette;

- Learn about the Workspace;

- Use Layers and Blending Modes;

- Use various functions on the Menu Toolbar; and

- Learn about saving files as different file types.

Class prerequisites:
- Must have basic computer skills;

- Understand the concept of opening, closing and saving a file;

- Have an idea of working with menus;

- Understand the concept of icons;

- Have a general concept of text, fonts, and formatting; and

- Have some interest or duties in image/visual creation.

Objectives for the course:
- To become familiar with the PS CS4 Interface/Workspace;

- To have an understanding of where items are on the Menu Toolbar and using them in the edit and creation process;

- To be able to manipulate layers within the layer palette;

- To be able to create in layers using the Layer Palette icons;

- To have a working understanding of the Options Toolbar;

- To be able to use a variety of tools on the tool bar including:  the move tool, the paint bucket fill, the text tool, the marquee and the crop tool; and

- Understanding the basic file types and which to use for saving a specific file (.psd, .jpg, .gif, .png)

To register for this session:
- Go to http://api.unomaha.edu/calendar.php;

- Select the correct month;

- Click the "Register" link next to the event;

- Enter a personal SAP personnel number (this is the six-digit number on all UNO employee check stubs and UNO photo IDs);

- Click "Sign Up";

- Click "OK" to confirm personnel number;

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

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Basic Photoshop II CS4 Training Jan. 28

The Academic Partnership for Instruction (API) will host the second phase of lessons in the Photoshop class series - Basic Photoshop II CS4 - on Thursday, Jan. 28. The course takes place from 10 to 11:45 a.m. in 112 Criss Library.

In this class participants will learn the next level of basic skills for Photoshop, and learn how to enhance messages using visuals. Topics to be covered will include:

- The use of gradients;

- Using vector objects;

- Special visual effects;

- Non-destructive editing; and

- Text manipulation.

To sign up for this session:
- Go to http://api.unomaha.edu/calendar.php;

- Select the correct month;

- Click the "Register" link next to the event;

- Enter a personal SAP personnel number (this is the six-digit number on all UNO employee check stubs and UNO photo IDs);

- Click "Sign Up";

- Click "OK" to confirm personnel number;

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

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Nominations Sought for Faculty Service-Learning Award

Each year, the Service-Learning Academy recognizes one UNO faculty member who exemplifies excellence in the practice of service-learning in his or her work. This year, the recognition will come with an honorarium of $500. 

To be nominated, a faculty member must:

- Have demonstrated the ability to develop and teach an effective service-learning course that identifies at least one course objective to be understood and met through service-learning, utilizing all the appropriate steps of the service-learning pedagogy:  development of a reciprocal partnership with a community partner, orienting the students to the agency, issues and project expectations, providing a meaningful service to the community partner, evaluating outcomes of students and community partners, and requiring reflection/critical thinking about the experience in a structured way;

- Have been supportive of service-learning at UNO (i.e. through attendance at faculty/student presentations, Teaching Circles, and mentoring faculty/students, etc.);

- Have demonstrated a thorough understanding and appreciation of community agency issues (i.e. professionalism and cultural competency) and the capability of developing reciprocal, collaborative relations with community partners;

- Have participated in scholarly dissemination about the pedagogy of service learning through presentation at peer-reviewed conferences and / or publication in scholarly journals, on-line journals or books; and 

- Hold a full- or part-time teaching appointment with UNO.

The award will be presented at the Faculty Honors Convocation, Thursday, April 8, at 7 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. 

Nominations must be in to the Service-Learning Academy no later than Friday, Jan. 29.  Please refer to the nomination form for a listing of specific items to be included in the nomination packet – newly required this year.  Click on this link http://www.unomaha.edu/enotes/2010/img/facultyslaward.pdf for a nomination form.  For more information, contact Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz at 554.2712 or chartmankurtz@unomaha.edu.

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Nominations Sought for Student Service-Learning Award

Each year, the Service-Learning Academy recognizes one or a team of UNO student(s) who has excelled in the understanding / integration of course objectives through the collaboration, planning and implementation of a community service-learning course project.  This year, the recognition will come with an honorarium of $250. 

To be nominated, a student must have demonstrated and upheld in an outstanding way, the key principles of effective academic service-learning: 

- Mastering and integrating the course's academic objective(s), as demonstrated in the service learning course project activities and outcomes; 

- Establishing and maintaining a collaborative relationship with community agency partner(s) and student team members; and

- Leading in identifying, creating and implementing strategies in the process of project implementation. 

The award will be presented at the Student Honors Convocation, Thursday, April 8, at 4 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center. 

Nominations must be in to the Service-Learning Academy no later than Friday, Jan. 29.  Please refer to the nomination form for a listing of specific items to be included in the nomination packet – newly required this year.  Click on this link http://www.unomaha.edu/enotes/2010/img/studentslaward.pdf for a nomination form.  For more information, contact Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz at 554.2712 or chartmankurtz@unomaha.edu.

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UNO Ambassadors Available for Campus Activities

The UNO Ambassadors are available to represent the university during the spring semester at events. Twelve student Ambassadors have been selected based on their academic achievement, leadership and communication skills. This select group of students serves as hosts for university-related functions at the request of deans, directors, department chairs and other UNO faculty or staff.

Ambassadors try to honor as many requests as possible. Requests should be placed at least two weeks before the scheduled activity.

For more information, contact coordinator, Chris Liewer at cliewer@unomaha.edu or 554.3520.

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In the News

In the News

The Jan. 9 issue of HealthWise, published by the Omaha World-Herald, featured an article on reality television, quoting Chris Allen, School of Communication.

- Rex Cammack, geology/geography, was quoted in the Jan. 8 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the speed and accuracy provided to 911 responders by the Global Positioning System (GPS).

- Claudia Garcia, foreign languages, in the Jan. 12 issue of the Omaha World-Herald discussed "Through Our Words: Hands, Minds and Hearts at Work," a Spanish writing contest for local students in grades 5 through 12.

- The Jan. 13 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article about the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti, quoting Julien Lafontant, professor emeritus of French and black studies and a native of Haiti.

- Jeremy Lipschultz, School of Communication, was quoted in the Jan. 13 issue of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about a new free music service.

- Hank Robinson, Juvenile Justice Institute, was quoted in the Jan. 12 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about gang violence in Omaha.

- Graduate student Julie Soukup was quoted in the Jan. 13 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about her organization's efforts at collecting used formal wear for high school students to wear to homecoming and prom.

- Sam Walker, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, was interviewed earlier this week by KIOS (91.5 FM) and the Omaha World-Herald about his political poster exhibition currently on display at Criss Library. Classical 90.7 KVNO also previewed the exhibition.

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 554.2762.

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In Print

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.

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On Stage

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.

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On Exhibit

New UNO Exhibit to Feature Video Installation Artists
The UNO Art Gallery will welcome "Interact," works by internationally renowned video installation artists Lynn Lukkas and Cynthia Pachikara.

The exhibition runs Friday, Jan. 15, through Friday, Feb. 19. The opening reception will take place at 6 p.m. tonight, Jan. 15. Read more.

Political Posters, Prints Part of Criss Library Exhibition
Political posters and historical prints from the personal collection of Sam Walker, professor emeritus with the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, will be on display at the university's Criss Library through March 11.

An opening reception is planned for Sunday, Jan. 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Criss Library art gallery, located on the main floor. The featured works hail from World War I and World War II, along with the civil rights movement, American presidents and more. Read more.

David Helm Exhibit at Fred Simon Gallery
David Helm, a UNO professor of art and art history, has artwork on display at the Fred Simon Gallery, 1004 Farnam St., through Friday, Jan. 29.

The title of the show is "From the Queens Lab."  It explores Helm's interest in the authority of history and his fascination with nostalgia, flight, alchemy, energy, design and experimentation. Many of the pieces look like functional antique objects. Some appear to be absurd and archaic, but all of the works are meant to nudge the imagination, Helm said.

For gallery hours, visit http://www.nebraskaartscouncil.org/News/?page=FredSimon.

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.

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