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National Cyber Security Awareness Month

A Closer Look at IS&T's NUCIA

The next generation of Information Assurance (IA) professionals are being trained right here at UNO! In 2001, the University of Nebraska created the Nebraska University Center for Information Assurance (NUCIA) to establish an international presence in the information assurance community. Growth in computer support specialist jobs, such as IA and Cyber Security experts, is expected to increase by 18 percent by 2016. continue ...



University Drive East and South Traffic Delays

Slight traffic delays may occur on University Drive East and South as heavy machine delivery trucks will be traveling the enclosed route today, Oct. 31. Facilities Management and Planning appreciates campus commuter's cooperation and patience. For map of the area, click on this link.

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UNO Child Care Center Parade is Today

Join the UNO Child Care Center (UNOCCC) for the cutest day on campus! Watch the UNOCCC student's parade across campus in their costumes starting at 9 a.m. today, Oct. 31.

The parade will start at the child care center and proceed through the center of campus. Campus groups and departments are welcome to hand out wrapped candy or other goodies to the students (please, no hard candy or candy with nuts or peanuts).

The UNOCCC students will also be collecting donations to help The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN™).

Questions? Contact Dawn Hove at

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Student Radio Station to Host Zombie Walk, Bake Sale Today

UNOMAVRADIO will host its first MAVster Mash, featuring a "Zombie Walk" and "The Walking Bread" bake sale.

The MAVster Mash will take place today, Oct. 31, on the plaza outside of the Milo Bail Student Center from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The "Zombie Walk" mimics a cake walk, but cake will not be the only prize. There will be many more great giveaways such as free movie tickets, food and gift cards. There will be several rounds and multiple winners. Read more.

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OLLAS Charla Series Features 'The Spirit of Cuba: A Conversation with a Cuban Theologian'

The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at UNO 2012-13 Charla series continues at 1 p.m. today, Oct. 31, with a conversation with Reverend Miriam Ofelia Ortega Suarez in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room. She will present a lecture titled "The Spirit of Cuba: A Conversation with a Cuban Theologian."

Rev. Ortega Suárez is a spiritual leader in Cuba with a passion for opening doors. The ordained Presbyterian minister is the president of the World Council of Churches for Latin America and the Caribbean, and a member of the Cuban Parliament (The National Assembly of People's Power). She has served as the Rector of the Evangelical Seminary of Matanzas, but has been a prominent political activist in Cuba. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience regarding the present conditions and future possibilities on the island and will share her insights and wisdom with the UNO community.

This Charla (which means "chat" or "conversation" in Spanish) is sponsored by OLLAS and is part of an annual series of lectures provided for the UNO community and larger Omaha communities.

Today's event is free, and open to the UNO community and the public.

For more information, contact Yuriko Doku, 402.554.3835, or visit the OLLAS website:

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Janet West to Retire after 45 Years at UNO

Please join the College of Business Administration in celebrating professor Janet West's 45 years of service to UNO at a retirement reception today, Oct. 31, from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Mammel Hall atrium. Refreshments will be provided.

In Dr. West's own words she recounts her 45th year and upcoming retirement at the 2012 Service Awards:

This is not just my 45th year at UNO, but also my last year at UNO. When I came to UNO, it was not UNO but the Municipal University of Omaha. The Department of Economics was in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the department offices were in the Engineering building where the KVNO office is today. The department moved to the College of Business Administration (CBA) and Roskens Hall in the mid-1970s. When I first started teaching at UNO, I was often the youngest person in the room and the only woman in the room. My career has included being the co-director of a Service-Learning program in the 1970s, to being the co-director of the CBA travel course, and to being a leader in the UNO chapter of the American Association of University Professors, the collective bargaining representative of the UNO faculty. While at UNO, I raised five children, two of whom are UNO graduates. My career at UNO has been wonderful. I have had great department colleagues as well as faculty colleagues in every department on campus.  Many of my students have become life-long friends. The staff in Roskens Hall and now in Mammel Hall have been so helpful and supportive. I could not have lasted 45 years without their assistance.

For reception questions, contact Noelle Blood at 402.554.2303 or

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Watch UNO COE's Debora Wisneski's TEDxMiami University Presentation

Debora Wisneski, a faculty member in the department of Teacher Education in the College of Education, was a presenter at a TEDx event at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. The video of Wisneski's Sept. 14 TEDx Talk is now available.

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers like UNO's Dr. Wisneski come together to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. At the TEDx Talk, Dr. Wisneski spoke about the economics of early childhood and her topic title was "We're not fighting! We're SAVING!: Understanding Early Childhood Education from Different Perspectives." To view her entire presentation, click on this link.

In addition to her work at UNO, she is currently the president of the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI).

Have you done something noteworthy in your profession? E-mail "People" items to

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UNO Writing Center to Host 'Responding to Student Papers' Workshop

One of the most time-consuming tasks a teacher faces is responding to and grading student papers. How can you ensure that the investment of time will have a payoff in improved papers? For tips, join the UNO Writing Center's Wednesday, Nov. 7, faculty workshop on "Responding to Student Papers." It will take place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

Attend this workshop and learn:

- How to intervene in early stages of the writing process,

- Respond constructively to drafts, and

- Minimize the difficulties of grading.

To register, contact the Writing Center at 402.554.2946 or

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Study on Smokers' Response to Nicotine Dependence Genotyping

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) announces a test (IRB No. 069-12-FB) is now available to determine your genetic risk for nicotine dependence.

Participants may be eligible to participate in a study where you may learn your risk and see if it impacts your smoking behavior - including trying to quit - if you are:

- Smoker, 19 years or older

- Smoking at least 10 cigarettes per day

- Interested in quitting smoking at some time in the future.

This study Involves:

- Attending one educational session about smoking and genetics

- Providing a sample for genetic testing for nicotine dependence risk

- Participating in data collection about smoking behaviors thoughts and feelings --including trying to quit

Stipend is available for participation.

If interested, please contact:
UNMC College of Nursing

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In the News

Gouttierre in Christian Science Monitor

Thomas Gouttierre, dean of International Studies and director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies, was quoted in the Christian Science Monitor about the future of Afghanistan once American troops leave the country.

Petrow on Crash Davis Show

Greg Petrow, associate professor of political science, was featured on KFAB's Crash Davis Show Monday, Oct. 29, to discuss political polling and the importance of distinguishing between registered voters and likely voters.

Robotics Exhibit Featured in News-Press

A special robotics exhibit that features work done by UNO researchers was featured in the Nebraska City News-Press on Friday, Oct. 19.

Adkins in Sioux City Journal

Randy Adkins, chair of the Department of Political Science, was quoted in the Sioux City Journal on Thursday, Oct. 25, in a story focusing on an upcoming vote by Nebraska citizens on whether to include a right to hunt and fish in the state constitution.

Walker Quoted in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Samuel Walker, professor emeritus of criminal justice, was quoted in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Monday, Oct. 29, about a considerations being taken by the Milwaukee police department to change their current use-of-force policies.

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UNO Campus Master Plan Open House Nov. 2

The campus community is invited to an Open House for the UNO Campus Master Plan that will be held this Friday, Nov. 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Dodge Room on the third floor of Milo Bail Student Center. Master plan consultants SmithGroup/JJR will lead a brief presentation and then conduct breakout sessions to receive comments from attendees.

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Criss Library Votes Voices

Only a couple of days remain to participate in Voter Voices at the Criss Library. 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 is available during all regular library hours, through this Friday, Nov. 2.

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.

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'Funding for the Arts and Humanities' Nov. 5

"Funding for the Arts and Humanities" is set for Monday, Nov. 5, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

At the event, representatives from the Nebraska Arts Council and Nebraska Humanities Council will share their insights on the funding opportunities at their organizations. This informal presentation and question-and-answer session will cover their respective programs, funds available, the application processes, and how to submit a successful proposal. 

Pizza and drinks will be provided for the first 20 attendees. 

Questions? Call 402.554.2286.

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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 them 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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Aviation Institute Redbird Simulator Open House Nov. 9

The Aviation Institute is hosting an Open House on Friday, Nov. 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. The Open House will feature the Aviation Institute's new full motion Redbird Simulator.

The Redbird was added to the Aviation Institute during the summer of 2012. This new addition provides enhanced training for UNO student pilots. The event will be held in 120 College of Public Affairs and Community Service and is open to the community and all faculty, staff and students.

For more information, call Sara Martin at 402.554.2986.

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

This is the last day of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Stay safe and secure online all year round. Learn how at

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