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Early Morning Shadows

Early Morning Shadows

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The plaza of UNO's Milo Bail Student Center is the perfect place to catch up on e-mails and studying during a week of beautiful fall weather.

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Morning Band Practice

Morning Band Practice

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Members of the drum corps of UNO's marching band head back to the Strauss Performing Arts Center after their early morning practice session at Caniglia Field.

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Bouncing for Food

Bouncing for Food

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Members of UNO's Lambda Chi Alpha and Alpha Xi Delta have been getting plenty of exercise on the trampoline this week in UNO's Pep Bowl as they jumped for food. The students are raising money by taking donations for the Omaha Food Bank.

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2010.10.05

Snyder Takes Helm as UNO's Chief Research Officer

Scott Snyder began serving as the UNO's chief research officer last month.

Prior to the start of the fall semester, Snyder was on a two-year leave from his position as a professor in UNO's Department of Biology. During that time, he worked as a program director in the Division of Environmental Biology at the National Science Foundation. He joined the UNO faculty in 2001. His new title is associate vice chancellor of Research and Creative Activity. Read more.

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UNO Receives Foundation Grants to Support 'Scholarship of Engagement'

UNO has received three grants totaling $250,357 from the University of Nebraska Foundation to support undergraduate research, a new community engagement program and novel approaches to learning a new language. The foundation awards grants each year to priority campus projects.

In expressing appreciation for the grants, UNO Chancellor John Christensen said the programs receiving funding from the foundation represent the "scholarship of engagement."

"The programs funded this year focus on our goals for student centeredness, community engagement and academic excellence," Christensen said. "This is accomplished through research and activities that involve and connect communities, students and faculty."

These are the programs funded:

Public Pension Funds Initiative—$113,357 The School of Public Administration and the College of Business Administration are teaming up to work on the Public Pension Fund Initiative. Together, they will create research and education outreach programs in pension plan management geared toward helping local governments, Nebraska nonprofit organizations and others responsible for managing employee pension funds. There is an identified need for the program because of concerns about the poor management of these funds and the alarming shortfall seen across the country in state funding of retirement benefits. UNO is especially prepared to manage this program, as it has experience in working with county and local governments through its county clerk education program.

Undergraduate Biomedical Research Equipment—$72,000 This grant supports acquisition of a digital imaging system, ultraviolet gradient fractionation system, centrifuge equipment, and nanodrop spectrophotometers. The new research equipment, much of it new for the campus, will be used by more than 10 research programs involving undergraduate students, five different senior level laboratory courses, and students visiting for research workshops. More than 100 students will gain hands-on experience in using the new research equipment each year.

Technology Empowered Foreign Language Training Institute—$65,000 This grant supports a program developed to help students better learn foreign languages, including Russian, French, Spanish and German. UNO hopes to take advantage of recent advances in information technology to promote language skills training. By creating virtual marketplaces that incorporate objects from real life, students can practice "speech in action," which is the best and fastest way to learn a foreign language. The award makes way for development of new online technologies to engage students, but unlike other self-study language tools, this program will complement group and classroom learning experiences.  Grant funds will be used to assist UNO with software licensing, graduate assistantships and other items related to the project. In today's workplace there is a need for college graduates to have a working knowledge of another language, and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics increased employment growth is expected to continue for interpreters and translators.

The University of Nebraska Foundation's board of directors awarded nine grants this year across the university totaling more than $1 million, including the UNO grants.

"The grants awarded support unique priorities on each campus while at the same time improving the university's ability to serve the people of this state," said Brian Hamilton of Grand Island, a member of the University of Nebraska Foundation's board of directors and chairman of the grants committee. "The foundation is pleased to provide this support and greatly appreciates the generous donors who make these awards possible."

Much of the annual grant resources are made available from unrestricted donations to the foundation. The chancellors submit proposals annually for the grant funds, and the proposals are aligned with the university's strategic framework. For a complete list of the grants awarded to the University of Nebraska for 2010, visit http://nufoundation.org.

The University of Nebraska Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization raising private gifts to support the University of Nebraska for 74 years. In 2009, the foundation provided the university with more than $102 million in private funding for scholarships, medical research and support for faculty and academic programs. In October of 2009, the foundation announced the Campaign for Nebraska: Unlimited Possibilities, a $1.2 billion comprehensive fundraising campaign—the largest in the university's history. For more information, visit http://nufoundation.org.

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Sponsored Programs and Research Report

The Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) Report details the results of UNO's work to obtain external funding in support of its teaching, research, service and outreach efforts. The report is designed to keep the university community informed as to externally funded projects on campus and bring recognition to those faculty and staff who have worked to generate these resources.

During August, those receiving grant awards totaling $4,190,491:

Hesham Ali
College of Information Science and Technology/Computer Science
Title: Bioinformatics Analysis
Sponsor: UNL

Robert Bernier
College of Business Administration/Nebraska Business Development Center
Title: Nebraska Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Sponsor: Nebraska Department of Economic Development

Title: Small Business Energy Audit and Energy Efficiency Program
Sponsor: US Small Business Administration

Denise Brady
College of Communication, Fine Arts, and Media/Art and Art History
Title: Aaron Douglas, UNL Class of '22: Visual Artist of the Harlem Renaissance
Sponsor: Nebraska Humanities Council

Melvin Clancy
Academic Affairs/Project Achieve
Title: Student Support Services Program: Project Achieve
Sponsor: US Department of Education

Leslie Decker
College of Education/ Health, Physical Education and Recreation
Title: Effects of cognitive challenge on gait variability in elderly fallers
Sponsor: National Institutes for Health

Arthur Diamond
College of Business Administration/Economics
Title: Economics of Technology
Sponsor: Charles G. Koch Foundation

Robert Franklin
College of Communication, Fine Arts, and Media/UNO Television
Title: UNL: CPB:CSG 6/30/2011
Sponsor: UNL

Jeffrey French
College of Arts and Sciences/Psychology
Title: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for Adam Smith - Oxytocin and Pair-Bond Formation in Marmosets
Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Lourdes Gouveia
College of Arts and Sciences/Office of Latino/Latin American Studies
Title: Mammel Foundation – OLLAS
Sponsor: Mammel Foundation

Kim Hawekotte
College of Public Affairs and Community Service
Title: UNO/Building Bright Futures School Engagement and Attendance Initiatives
Sponsor: Building Bright Futures

Deepak Khazanchi
College of Information Science and Technology/Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis
Title: Global IT Project Management
Sponsor: US Department of Education

George Killian
Facilities Management and Planning/Planning and Architectural Services
Title: UNO Eppley Administration Building Energy Efficient Retrofits
Sponsor: Nebraska Department of Energy

Title: UNO Allwine Hall Energy Efficient Retrofits
Sponsor: Nebraska Department of Energy

Guoqing Lu
College of Arts and Sciences/Biology
Title: A Computational Genotyping System for Improved Influenza Surveillance
Sponsor: National Institutes for Health

Wai-Ning Mei
College of Arts and Sciences/Physics
Title: Synthesis and theoretical study of half-metallic highly-textured gadolinium nitride films
Sponsor: UNL

Mark Pauley
College of Information Science and Technology/School of Interdisciplinary Informatics
Title: Elucidation of Microbial Response to Temperature Variation and the Diurnal Cycle in the Yellowstone Octopus Hot Spring: A Proteomic Study
Sponsor: UNMC

Troy Romero
College of Public Affairs and Community Service/Goodrich Program
Title: "Transitions" Graduate Assistantship
Sponsor: Robertson Family Foundation

Paul Sather
Academic Affairs/Service Learning Academy
Title: A Faculty Development Model to Expand Service-Learning in K-12 Systems
Sponsor: Corporation for National and Community Service

Title: UNO/Building Bright Futures Service Learning Academy Outreach Initiative
Sponsor: Building Bright Futures

Robert Smith
College of Arts and Sciences/Chemistry
Title: Novel Photocatalytic Metal Oxides
Sponsor: US Dept of Energy

Scott Tarry
College of Public Affairs and Community Service/Aviation Institute
Title: Leveraging Industries for Nebraska's Natural Competitiveness
Sponsor: NASA

L. LaReesa Wolfenbarger
College of Arts and Sciences/Biology
Title: Review and synthesis of emerging wind power development and wildlife issues
Sponsor: Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

For assistance with research activities, call the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research at 554.2286, or visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/spr/.

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Service-Learning 101 Today, Tomorrow

What does "community engagement" mean?  What does it look like?  Why does the university value it?

For many UNO faculty members, "community engagement" is service-learning. For a class, service-learning means integrating community projects into coursework so that students can apply course concepts, see their relevance to everyday life, learn about the metropolitan community from working in context and gain the satisfaction of making a difference in the community.

To help faculty design service-learning projects that meet genuine community needs, the Service-Learning Academy offers Service-Learning 101, a two-hour workshop to be offered two times this fall:

- Tuesday, Oct. 5
2 to 4 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Jenkins Room

- Wednesday, Oct. 6
2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
MBSC Jenkins Room

Faculty new to service-learning and those with projects in development are welcome. Participants thinking about adding service-learning to a particular course should bring that syllabus to the workshop. Faculty members who do not have a syllabus developed yet, can jot down what course learning objectives might be and can start from there.

To register, contact Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz in the Service Learning Academy, 114 MBSC, (402) 554.2712 or by e-mail at chartmankurtz@unomaha.edu.

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UNO Fall Convocation Tomorrow

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UNO Chancellor John Christensen will deliver his annual state-of-the-university address at fall convocation this Wednesday, Oct. 6.

Christensen is expected to examine UNO's role as a metropolitan university in a national context, as reflected in a recent survey by the Coalition for Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU). UNO was a founding member of the organization in the mid-1990s.

Convocation begins at 10 a.m. at the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. UNO faculty, staff, students and the public are invited to attend the free event. Classes are welcome to attend.

A reception at the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom will immediately follow Christensen's remarks.

For more information, call (402) 554.3502.

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UNO Chamber Orchestra and Symphonic Wind Ensemble to Present 'A Seat on the Isle'

The British are coming to the Strauss Center when the UNO Orchestra conducted by Professor Barry Ford and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble (SWE) conducted by Professors James R. Saker and Courtney Snyder present the premiere performance of their 2010-2011 concert season: "A Seat on the Isle." The program will feature music by some of the most widely known and highly regarded British Isles composers of the 20th and 21st centuries.

The concert will be presented on Tuesday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall and is open to the public.  Tickets will be available at the door $5 for adults and $4 for seniors/students. University students will be admitted free with their MavCard. Read more.

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Study Abroad Safety Webinar Set for Oct. 21

How is it that a college in the United States can be directly impacted by an earthquake in Haiti; or volcanic eruption in Iceland; or flooding in Brazil?  Join Office of Academic and Student Affairs for the webinar "Study Abroad Safety:  Planning, Preparation and Management" to be held on Thursday, Oct. 21, from 1:00 - 2:30 in the CPACS Commons. 

Sponsored by the Office of Academic and Student Affairs, this webinar will help faculty and staff in preparing and properly managing a study abroad experience.

For more information, contact Rita M. Henry at rhenry@unomaha.edu.

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UNO to Host Two Conferences on International Issues This Week

Two conferences will convene at UNO Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 7 to 9, which will focus on international issues.

The 33rd annual Global Studies Conference: Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East (GSC) will feature more than 25 panels and presentations on economics, immigration, ethics and ideology, media, security, literature and health issues. Said Tayeb Jawad, former ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the United States, will be the conference's keynote speaker.

The 35th Annual European Studies Conference (ESC) will also be held over the same three days as the GSC. It will feature 40 panels that will focus upon multifaceted perspectives on the present, past and future of the European continent. This interdisciplinary conference will draw more than 100 participants from colleges and universities in the United States and from abroad. Read more.

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UNO Web Template Training Offered by Information Services

Interested in redesigning a college or departmental website? Stuart Wheat, UNO Webmaster, has developed a series of web templates that are available for use by the UNO campus community. Information Services (IS) will offer a three-part hands-on training on the UNO Web Templates this fall.

The training will take place Wednesdays – Oct. 6, 13 and 27 -- in 104 Durham Science Center. To learn more about UNO Web Templates, contact Erin King at 554.3140 or erinking@unomaha.edu.

The sessions are described below:

Web Templates I: Planning and Organization
Oct. 6
9 to 10:30 a.m.
This session will focus on the organizational structure of the UNO Web Template and how it can be used in conjunction with existing website structure or to create a new structure. IS staff will show how to use a free concept mapping tool to diagram the site layout and keep track of site navigation, as well as devise the naming structure. Staff will also discuss the different organizational elements of the template, review campus examples and discuss how the template can best be used for individual sites. This is an essential session to attend before starting work with the web templates.

Web Templates II: Setup and Page Development
Oct. 13
9 to 11 a.m.
This hands-on session will focus on working with the web template files in Dreamweaver and creating a model page to be used as the basis for all other pages on individual sites. IS staff will briefly review the Dreamweaver set-up and preferences. The primary focus of this session will be creating a model page, establishing a color scheme for the site and setting the page titles. (Prerequisite: Web Templates I recommended.)

Web Templates III: Content and Graphics
Oct. 27 
9 to 11 a.m.
This third and final hands-on session will focus on completing the UNO model web page with the main content, as well as the primary navigation. IS staff will work with the tabs, includes and the footer. Additional topics include adding graphics and using fonts. Once this model is completed, everyone attending should be on their way to having a fully functional website. (Prerequisite: Web Templates II required.)

To register for this course go to http://sapphire.nebraska.edu/standard/training.html.

For problems registering, contact IS Technical Support at (402) 554.4357. 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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October Conference to Welcome Regional, National Budget Experts

Budget and finance management researchers, experts and personnel will travel to Omaha Oct. 7-9 for the 2010 Association for Budgeting and Financial Management Conference at the Embassy Suites in downtown Omaha.

Hosted by the School of Public Administration, the conference brings city, state and national budgetary experts who are well versed in the science behind the current challenging economic times. Several panelists will present on a variety of topics during the three-day conference. Read more.

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Fall Job Fair at UNO Is Next Week

On Tuesday, Oct. 12, The Career Center will host a Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. The fair will feature more 70 employers who are actively seeking candidates for open positions and internships.

Professional attire is expected and students should bring copies of their resume. For more information about the Job Fair and other services, contact The Career Center at (402) 554.3672 or stop by 111 MBSC.

The Fall 2010 Job Fair is sponsored by the following: Union Pacific, Applied Underwriters, National Indemnity, Gallup, ConAgra, Interpublic, Wells Fargo, Northwestern Mutual, Streck and ExxonMobil.

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Emerging Leaders Nominations Sought this Month

The Office of Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) will accept Emerging Leaders nominations through Friday, Oct. 31. The program aids in personal development, social awareness, building foundations for the future and fostering interpersonal growth.

To be eligible for the program, students must have a 2.5 G.P.A. and be currently enrolled at the university/paying university fees. If a student does not have an established UNO G.P.A., they must have a 2.5 for the fall semester, if selected. Students must be nominated by faculty or staff members. Nominators must tell students they are nominating them and inform them of the program, information about Emerging Leaders can be found on the SOLP website. Student must submit an essay for the nomination to be complete.

Nominations will only be accepted online at http://studentorgs.unomaha.edu. For more information, call Barb Treadway-Janousek at (402) 554.2711.

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NeSIS Training/Overview Sessions for Admissions Overview Training

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The UNO Nebraska Student Information System (NeSIS) team continues to host training/overview sessions in admissions for faculty and staff who need a PeopleSoft SIS account. The newest set of training sessions for admissions will begin on Thursday, Sept. 30.

All sessions will take place on Thursdays at 10 a.m. in 106U Eppley Administration Building. The new sessions are:

Admissions
- Oct. 14 and 28

To register for a session, visit the training calendar at https://unebapps01.nebraska.edu/uwide/trnreg.nsf/unoclass?OpenForm&Start=1&Count=50&Expand=4&Seq=1. Registration is limited to 10 people.

Anyone who has questions or comments about NeSIS can e-mail them to nesisquestions@enroll.unomaha.edu.

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Student Anthropological Society to Meet Wednesdays

The Student Anthropological Society (SAS) will meet every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. in 344 Arts and Sciences Hall. Anyone interested in anthropology is encouraged to attend.

For more information, call John Powers at (402) 319.2721.

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New Members Sought for UNO Swing Club

The UNO Swing Club is looking for new members. The group is open to all students, faculty, staff and spouses/significant others. The club meets every Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. in 239 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HEPRE) Building.

There is no charge to participate; however, individuals must be a HPER card-holder to participate.

- All experience levels welcome;

- Learn about the era;

- Hear great music; and

- Dance.

For more information, contact Emily Harrison at unoswing@gmail.com.

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People

Metal-Corbin Selected for Durham Museum Scholar in Residence at UNO
Josie Metal-Corbin, The Moving Company and School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, has been selected as the first Durham Museum Scholar in Residence at UNO.

Metal-Corbin has toured area schools and taught Latin dance as part of Hispanic Heritage Month in September. Metal Corbin has an ensemble of four Latino/Latina dancers and a UNO percussionist.

Her group has taught in Yutan, Gretna, Omaha and Millard. She will continue to tour the area in collaboration with other events throughout the year.

The residency is a reprise of a 2006 initiative when The Durham Museum brought the Smithsonian Latin Jazz Exhibition to Omaha.

Metal-Corbin has taught for The Durham Museum, including a workshop for "Nature Unleashed" earlier this year.

Have you done something noteworthy in your profession? E-mail "People" items to rbrown@unomaha.edu. "People" appears in the Tuesday edition of eNotes.

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