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UNO Leads Charge for National Cyber Security Awareness Month in Omaha

UNO is a National Cyber Security Awareness Month champion. To commemorate, the Scott Conference Center, located on the UNO's Pacific Street Campus, will be the site for the ninth annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month on Monday, Oct. 1. continue ...



Latino Heritage Month Continues Today with 'Una Vida: The Life and Times of an American Chicana'

Latino Heritage Month activities continue today, Oct. 17, with artist, cultural activist and storyteller, Linda Garcia. She will conduct a workshop on Calaveras de Repujado/Metal Embossed Sugar Skull images.

Participants will be able to make a sugar skull and listen to her empowering life story of how art and heritage impacts her role as a Chicana, student, wife, mother and artistic/cultural activist. The event, "Una Vida: The Life and Times of an American Chicana," will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Nebraska Room at 11:30 a.m. All faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend.

Click here for more information. Pizza, sandwiches and dessert will be provided.

Sponsored by Student Organizations and Leadership Programs and Association of Latino American Students. Questions? Contact Helen Kang at 402.554.2711 or

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UNMC/UNO Institutional Review Board Overview is Today

An overview session will be presented by the UNMC/UNO Institutional Review Board (IRB) for UNO faculty, staff, and students today Oct. 17, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room A.

This presentation will include a quick history of human subject research, an introduction to the UNMC/UNO IRB including the role of the IRB, the different types of review and approval criteria, as well as an overview of the electronic IRB submission system.

While this presentation is open to the UNO community, it will be of particular importance to non-tenured, tenure-track faculty who plan to use human subject derived data in their upcoming research activities.

Questions may be directed to the Office of Research and Creative Activity at 402.554.2286 or

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Social Work Professors to Present 'A Peek at Social Life in China' Today


You are invited to hear Drs. Jieru Bai and Peter Szto, of the Grace Abbott School of Social Work, talk on "A Peek at Social Life in China." Come ask questions and listen to their experiences growing up and visiting China. The Brown Bag Symposium will be this Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center State Room.

For more information, contact Dr. Szto at 402.554.2330.

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Villa-Vicencio Lecture to be Simulcast Live at UNO Tonight

Charles Villa-Vicencio, founder of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in Cape Town, South Africa, will speak tonight, Oct. 17, on "Violence, Religion, Financial Muscle and Liberation: Can Africa Heal Itself?," as part of  the 2012-13 E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues.

Tonight's 7 p.m. lecture, co-sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) History Department and the Pauley Symposium, will originate from the Lied Center for Performing Arts at UNL. It will be simulcast to audiences in Columbus, Hastings, North Platte, Omaha and Scottsbluff.  The Omaha simulcast will take place at UNO in the 132 College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) at 7 p.m. and will be free and open to the public. 

A native South African, Villa-Vicencio is a distinguished theologian and political scientist who has used his expertise to advise countries dealing with the challenges of rebuilding their societies after periods of internal strife. He is the author or editor of 18 books, including his most recent, "Walk with Us and Listen: Political Reconciliation in Africa."

Additional speakers in the series with diverse perspectives on religion, rights and politics will be heard Nov. 28, Feb. 4 and Feb. 26.

The E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues was established to promote better understanding of world events and issues for all Nebraskans. The simulcasts, sponsored by the Nebraska Humanities Council and the local institutions, allow more Nebraskans to have the opportunity to benefit from outstanding speakers and community discussion. Details about the E.N. Thompson Forum are available at

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Oct. 22nd Campus Forum with nationally-known expert on university-community-school partnerships from The University of Pennsylvania, Ira Harkavy

Students, faculty and staff are invited to hear Ira Harkavy speak at the campus forum on Monday, Oct. 22.  Harkavy, an economic expert and historian, specializes in building university-community-school partnerships, service-learning courses, civic engagement, coalition for community schools, and higher education.

"Dr. Harkavy's visit is one that will help us further refine and focus our vision for what our Community Engagement Center can become," said B.J. Reed, UNO senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs. "He's more than just a leader in university-community engagement. His career has defined what it means for higher education to be meaningfully involved with community."        

He has received numerous awards recognizing his achievements, including the University of Pennsylvania's Alumni Award of Merit (2004), a Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant (2005), and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Heritage Award (2006); and, under his directorship, the Netter Center for Community Partnerships received the inaugural William T. Grant Foundation Youth Development Prize sponsored in collaboration with the National Academy of Sciences' Board on Children, Youth and Families (2003) and a Best Practices/Outstanding Achievement Award from HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research (2000).

UNO's Community Engagement Center will officially break ground on Wednesday, Oct. 24. The 60,000-square-foot facility will be located between the Strauss Performing Arts Center and the Criss Library, and will serve as both the front door to the campus and as the university's signature outreach venue. The center, which will be completed in 2014, will support and allow for expansion of university-community partnerships, help meet growing demands for community meeting and planning space and extend the campus' logistical resources to its community partners.         

The campus forum will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room, from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

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MaV USO Grand Opening Nov. 2nd Featuring Sen. Hagel

The UNO community is invited to attend the Grand Opening ceremony and reception for the UNO Military and Veteran University Services Office (MaV USO) on Friday, Nov. 2.  A reception  will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., with a brief program at 5:15 p.m.

The event will feature guest speaker Former U.S. Senator, Veteran, and UNO Alumnus Chuck Hagel.  Refreshments will be provided. 

UNO faculty, staff, or students interested in attending can R.S.V.P. to Gina Pearson at 402.502.4912 or For more information about the event, please contact Hayley Patton at 402.554.4975 or

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Screen Capture Basics Training Workshop Nov. 9

The Academic Partnership for Instruction (API), a division of Information Services (IS), will be holding a new training workshop on Screen Capture Basics on Friday, Nov. 9, from 9 to 11 a.m. in 543 Kayser Hall.

Through the use of screen capture programs, instructors can easily disseminate class resources while catering to students of multiple learning styles. Screen capture tools can be used to:

- Create tutorials and step-by-step video demonstrations;

- Allow students to demonstrate their work or problems;

- Provide student feedback by augmenting textual corrections with speech or drawings; and

- Create more engaging presentations. 

In this hands-on session, attendees will learn not only how to use a free screen capture program, BSR Screen Recorder, but will gain a deeper understanding of the pedagogical advantages to using such technology.

Participants are invited to bring content with to aid in the creation of a sample demonstration. All faculty and staff are welcome, but space is limited to the first 10 registrants, so please register early. To register go to and select the workshop title from the Register for box.

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Past and Current Members Sought for Phi Kappa Phi

The Omicron Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP), the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines, is trying to identify any past or current members of PKP who wish to participate in UNO chapter activities. If interested, please call Christine Hoffman, Office of Academic Affairs, 402.554.2263.

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In the News

UNO Three Days of Service Efforts in Lincoln Covered by World-Herald, KLKN

On Monday, Oct. 15, UNO expanded its Three Days of Service efforts into Lincoln for the first time. Reports from the Omaha World-Herald and KLKN, Lincoln's ABC affiliate, discussed the work being done by students at an Open Door Mission in Lincoln.

Landow Discusses Controversial Ad with KMTV

Paul Landow, associate professor of political science, was interviewed by KMTV on Monday, Oct. 15, about a controversial political ad that focuses on abortion. The ad is funded by Randall Terry, a presidential candidate who is on the ballot in Nebraska.

Pickering Previews Presidential Debate

Barbara Pickering, associate professor of communication, was on the Crash Davis Show, Monday, Oct. 15, to preview the Oct. 16 presidential debate. Tuesday's debate was the second of three debates leading up to the presidential election in November.

Lipschultz Published by Huffington Post

Jeremy Lipschultz, director of the School of Communication, had an article published by the Huffington Post. The article focuses on the importance of technology to women in Afghanistan. The article specifically mentioned the work being done by UNO's Center for Afghan Studies, led by Tom Gouttierre, dean of International Studies and Programs.

Arena Plans Covered by USCHO

Plans to build a 7500-seat arena south of Center were reported on Sunday by the Omaha World-Herald. On Monday, Oct. 15, the story was also picked up by USHO (United States Hockey Online) news.

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College of IS&T to Host IT Professional Development Academy Oct. 18-19

IT professionals are invited to attend the October 2012 IT Professional Development Academy hosted by the College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T) at UNO.

IT Academy sessions will be held this Thursday, Oct. 18, and Friday, Oct. 19, at the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute. Faculty and staff from the College of IS&T lead the sessions. Read more.

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Criss Library Votes Voices

The Criss Library is now open as a Voter Voices recording location. Voter Voices is an election year project of NET News (Nebraska Public Television and Radio) and the Nebraska Library Commission. Using a web camera, members of the campus community as well as the general public can record their thoughts, perspectives and questions for candidates for office.

Voter Voices videos will be used on NET news stories and on the web at Look for the red, white and blue voters booth at Criss Library. Voter Voices is available during all regular library hours, through Nov. 2.

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Master of Social Work Degree Information Sessions Planned

Anyone interested in pursuing a master's degree in social work can attend two information and recruitment sessions scheduled for this month.

- Monday, Oct. 22
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
208 College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS)

- Saturday, Oct. 27
10 to 11 a.m.

At the event, staff and faculty from UNO School of Social Work, will discuss the social work program and admission requirements. R.S.V.P. to Michelle Nelsen at, and indicate which session.

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Workshop to Offer Tips on Writing a Conference Proposal

Tips for Writing a Conference Proposal and Paper is a workshop planned just for graduate students. This workshop is set for Monday, Oct. 22, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in College of Public Affairs and Community Service Commons.

The presenters will be Nora Bacon, professor of English and director of the UNO Writing Center and Kathy Radosta, UNO Writing Center graduate consultant.

A free pizza dinner will be served, so please register today at or by call the Center for Faculty Development at 402.554.2427.

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HR Presents New Site for Faculty and Staff to Update Beneficiaries

Make sure that in case of a tragic event, your money is paid out according to your current wishes. Human Resources has a new website ( where faculty and staff can update their beneficiaries for their Life Insurance, Retirement Plans, Dependent Life Insurance and AD&D Travel Liability. Links to forms and websites make it easy for faculty and staff to update your beneficiaries in order to ensure your wishes are clear, should anything happen.

The site also includes information to help you understand some of the unique features of beneficiary designations.

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UNO's Information Security Office reminds you to STOP. THINK. CONNECT.

Cybersecurity is Our Shared Responsibility. Encourage everyone you know to make sure their online devices are safe and secure. Learn more at

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