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The ABCs of the Alumni House

Before it was the Thompson Alumni Center, one of the few places on campus that can be considered iconic to UNO's image in Omaha, the plot of land on the west end of campus was owned by two Omaha families: The Storzes and the Shirleys. continue . . .

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2013.01.29

Course Evaluation Instrument Workshop Today

Get to know UNO's Course Evaluation Instrument and its use in Teaching Analysis by Students (TABS) by attending a workshop at 3 p.m. today, Jan. 29, in the IDEAS room, located in 412 Roskens Hall.

Saundra Shillingstad and Carolyn Gascoigne will share ideas about using the UNO course evaluation instrument to become more aware of your skills and achievements and to identify new approaches to help you meet your teaching objectives. Register for this workshop today by contacting the Center for Faculty Development at 402.554.2427 or unofacdev@unomaha.edu.

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Nominations for 2013 Service Learning Faculty Award Due Today

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 recognition carries an honorarium of $500.

To be nominated, a faculty member must:

- Demonstrate 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: (1) development of a reciprocal partnership with a community partner, (2) orienting the students to the agency, (3) issues and project expectations, (4) providing a meaningful service to the community partner, (5) evaluating outcomes of students and community partners and (6) requiring reflection/critical thinking about the experience in a structured way.

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

- Demonstrate 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.

- Participate in scholarly dissemination about the pedagogy of service learning through presentation at peer-reviewed conferences and/or publication in scholarly journals, online journals or books.

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

The award will be presented at the Faculty Honors Convocation, Thursday, April 11, at 7 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Nominations must be submitted to the UNO Service Learning Academy no later than today.

Please refer to the nomination form for a listing of specific items to be included in the nomination packet and for details of how to document your nomination. For more information, contact Lucy Garza Westbrook at 402.554.3055 or lgarza@unomaha.edu.

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Nominations for 2013 Service Learning Student Award Due Today

Each year, the Service Learning Academy recognizes one or a team of UNO student(s) who has excelled in the understanding and integration of course objectives through the collaboration, planning and implementation of a community service learning course project. This recognition carries 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.

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

The award will be presented at the Student Honors Convocation, Friday, April 12, at 3 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center.

Nominations must be submitted to the UNO Service Learning Academy no later than today.

Please refer to the nomination form for a listing of specific items to be included in the nomination packet and for details of how to document your nomination. For more information, contact Lucy Garza Westbrook at 402.554.3055 or lgarza@unomaha.edu.

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Visiting Brazilian Teachers Give Presentation Today

Last week, 32 high school-level English teachers from Brazil started a six-week professional development course at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). Funded by the Brazilian Ministry of Education, the program will help the teachers improve their English skills and teaching methods, as well as immerse them in U.S. language and culture.

Today, Jan. 29, the teachers will join a celebration of Brazilian culture, from noon to 2 p.m., where all students and faculty are welcome to attend and learn about the country. Read More.

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Second Annual Brass Day Returns Feb. 5

The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Department of Music will host its second annual Brass Day on Tuesday, Feb. 5 with a number of educational and entertaining events for high school brass players.

UNO’s Brass Day event will feature over 70 participants from high schools throughout the Midwest, who will learn from and perform with some of the area’s most respected musicians. Read More.

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UNO Professor's Play About UNL Grad, Harlem Artist to Be Performed at Rose Theater

In mid-February, the Rose Theater and Performing Arts Center will premiere "The Journey," an original work produced by an associate professor of black studies from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).

Written by Peggy Jones, "The Journey" will make its debut Saturday, Feb. 16 at 4:30 p.m. and will be performed twice Sunday, Feb. 17 - at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Jones’ play tells the story of Aaron Douglas, who became the first black graduate from the art department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) in 1922. It will be performed by “Young, Gifted, and Black,” an ensemble of multicultural youth that use the work of great African-American playwrights to explore social issues. Read More.

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In the News

Sam Walker Quoted on C-SPAN

Sam Walker, professor emeritus of criminology and criminal justice, was quoted on C-SPAN Monday, Jan. 28, in regards to President Barack Obama's use of executive power to ensure gun safety. The quote was taken from an article Walker was featured in on the Huffington Post blog last week

Kriz Discusses Impact of Tax Increase

Ken Kriz, associate professor of public administration, was quoted in an Omaha World-Herald story about a two-percent decrease in people's take-home pay due to an increase of social security payroll taxes from the federal government.

Swimmer Haxby In Kearny Hub Feature Photo

UNO swimmer Anna Haxby was featured in a photo from the Kearney Hub as part of the weekend's University of Nebraska-Kearney Invitational. Haxby and the rest of UNO's Swimming and Diving were victorious at the competition.

Kelly Covers 'Future, Beware!' Exhibit

Omaha World-Herald columnist Mike Kelly provided a feature on UNO's 'Future, Beware!' exhibit, which showcases photos of Holocaust sites from Poland, as part of a peice on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which was Sunday, Jan. 27.

World-Herald Columnist Features UNO Social Work

Omaha World-Herald columnist Erin Grace

Astronaut Anderson to Teach at UNO

Nebraska astronaut Calyton Anderson announced his retirement over the weekend, indicating that one of his post-retirement activities will be teaching at UNO

Lipschultz Discusses Alumna's Book on Huffington Post

Jeremy Lipschultz, director of the School of Communication, wrote an article for the Huffington Post focused on the work of alumna Tunnette Powell, whose new book was featured in The Reader last week.

Astronaut Anderson to Teach at UNO

Nebraska astronaut Calyton Anderson announced his retirement over the weekend, indicating that one of his post-retirement activities will be teaching at UNO

WOWT Covers Increase in Campus Housing Rates

On Friday, Jan. 25 WOWT ran a story about the Board of Regents' approval of increased housing costs across the University of Nebraska system, including UNO

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UNO Launches New Website

We are 24 hours into having our new UNO website! If you haven't already, please take time today to look through the new pages including top level pages for the Home page, Admissions, Academics, Athletics, About UNO, Student Life, and Alumni.

Below you will find the Frequently Asked Questions about the new website Phase I:
Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please email UNOmarketing@unomaha.edu.

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International Teaching Opportunities Workshop Feb. 15

International Teaching Opportunities Workshop – Do you dream of teaching abroad?  If so, mark your calendar now and plan to attend on Friday, Feb. 15, from 10 to 11 a.m. in 412 Roskens Hall. Emily Hassenstab, Study Abroad and International Exchanges Advisor, will share ideas for starting this process. Drs. Chris Allen and Charles Johanningsmeier will talk about their teaching experiences in Oman and Germany. 

To register, contact the Center for Faculty Development at 402.554.2427or unofacdev@unomaha.edu.

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Book the Thompson Center for Your Holiday Party

Having a holiday party? It might still be summer, but now is the time to start planning your company's celebration. And here's an early gift — host your UNO-related party at the Thompson Center and get free audio-visual rental in addition to the already waived room rental.

The beautiful Thompson Center spaces accommodate groups of all sizes. It also offers the delicious fare of exclusive caterer Brandeis Catering, which just was named Omaha's best caterer for a seventh consecutive year by B2B Omaha Magazine.

Contact the Thompson Center today to make sure your holiday party is one to remember! See www.thethompsoncenter.org or contact Christine Morrice at 402.554.3368 or cmorrice@unoalumni.org.

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Criss Library Research Study

The UNO Criss Library is seeking UNO students, faculty and staff members 19 years of age and older to participate in a research study analyzing the navigability and content of the UNO Library website and discovery platform. Study subjects will be asked to complete a list of tasks within the UNO Library website and complete a short anonymous survey within a one-hour time frame.

If you are interested in participating in the research study (IRB No. 513-12-EX) and/or for further details, contact Rene Erlandson at rerlandson@unomaha.edu.

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'Introduction to Video Editing' Class to be Held Feb. 1

On Friday, Feb. 1, The Academic Partnership for Instruction will offer 'Introduction to Video Editing.'

This hands-on class walks through the process of creating a basic video using Windows Live Movie Maker. Attendees will learn how to add video, audio, music, a title sequence, and ending credits to create a complete movie. Once editing is done, the movie will be exported for playback on a computer. The movie creation process taught in this class can be used with any standard video-editing program.

Class will be held Friday, Feb. 1, in 543 Kayser Hall from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

To register go to: http://api.unomaha.edu/calendar.php/

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Mavericks To Play UND in Feb. 9 Outdoor Game

The UNO hockey team will play North Dakota in an outdoor game at TD Ameritrade Park on Saturday, Feb. 9.  The Omaha Sports Commission, Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority (MECA), UNO, Omaha Lancers and Mutual of Omaha made the joint announcement last February.

The event will be dubbed the "Mutual of Omaha Battles on Ice." The Mavericks and Fighting Sioux will be the second game of the day, while the Omaha Lancers will play United States Hockey League opponent the Lincoln Stars to open the day at 12:30 p.m. Read more.

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