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The ABCs of the Alumni House

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 . . .



Sara Woods is the new Assistant to the Senior Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement

Starting Feb. 1 the University of Nebraska at Omaha's (UNO) newest building project, a $24 million, 60,000-square-foot Community Engagement Center (CEC), will be under the supervision of Sara Woods, who was recently named Assistant to the Senior Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement.

Woods most recently served as associate dean for the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS).

"I look forward to continuing the progress so many have made over the last two years making sure this new Community Engagement Center is successful, not just for UNO, but for Omaha and the rest of the metro area," Woods said.

In her new role, Woods will oversee the development of building operations and protocols; help identify potential long and short-term community users of the building; serve as a liaison between UNO and the Omaha and Council Bluffs communities; assist in accommodating the needs of CEC building residents; and manage building programming.

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'Introduction to Video Editing' Class Today

This morning, 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 today, Feb. 1, in 543 Kayser Hall from 10:30 a.m. to noon. To register go to:

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Fulbright Scholar's Lecture on Public Administration in the Republic of Moldova Today

Tatiana Saptefrati, Fulbright Scholar in Public Administration, will present a lecture and discussion of "The Organization and Functioning of Public Administration in Moldova" at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, Feb.1, in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Dean's Conference Room (CB 109A).

The Republic of Moldova is an eastern European, post-communist nation which is in the process of developing and maintaining a democratic political system and viable economy. Students, faculty, and professional staff interested in the challenges faced by the recently independent nations of eastern Europe are welcome to attend.

Dr. Saptefrati is the director of instructional programs in the National Academy of Public Administration in Chisinau, Moldova. Questions about her work at UNO can be addressed to her academic host Prof. Dale Krane in the School of Public Administration at

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Workshop Offered by Finalist for the Position of Writing Center Director Today

The Writing Center will present a workshop on Understanding the Development of a Disciplinary Writer. The workshop leader is Michelle Miley, a finalist for the position of UNO Writing Center director and assistant professor of English. Miley is a doctoral candidate in rhetoric, composition, and pedagogy at the University of Houston (UH) and assistant director of UH's Writing in the Disciplines program. In the workshop, she will explain how faculty can support students' writing development as they move toward "insider" status in their disciplines, from the freshman year through graduate school.

The workshop is scheduled for today, Feb. 1, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in 210 Arts and Science Hall (ASH). For more information, contact the UNO Writing Center at 402.554.2946 or

A second finalist will present a workshop next Friday at 1:30 p.m.

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Creating Win-Win-Win Scenarios with MOOCs and UNO Program Today

Faculty are invited to join Dan Gilbert from the Office of Student and Academic Affairs to brainstorm on ways that we can experiment with Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to find scenarios that are "wins" for students, faculty, and the institution. The meeting will be in EAB 202 at 3 p.m. today, Feb 1.

Questions? Contact Dan Gilbert at or at 402.554.3123.

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Donations of Professional Attire Sought for Career Closet

In preparation for the spring career fairs, the UNO Career Center, in partnership with Delta Epsilon Iota, is organizing a Career Closet to provide students with free professional attire.

They are seeking donations of gently used, cleaned clothing items students may wear to career fairs and/or job interviews.

Acceptable items include: full suits, jackets/blazers, professional shirts, slacks, skirts, professional dresses and ties. All sizes are needed; current styles are appreciated. Donations can be dropped off in the UNO Career Center, 111 MBSC, Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through February 22nd.

Questions? Contact the UNO Career Center at 402.554.3672 or

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In the News

Drozd Quoted on Retirees and Nebraska

David Drozd, lead research for the Center for Public Affairs Research, was quoted in a story in the Lexington Clipper-Herald about how more retirees leave Nebraska than come in. A similar story was published in the McCook Daily Gazette

Student Speaks in Favor of Foster Care

A UNO student, who was formerly a ward of the state, testified in Lincoln during a hearing on LB216m which would provide financial aid to young people transitioning from state care to independent adulthood.

Call to Halt Discussion of UNL-UNO Engineering Merger

The Omaha World-Herald published a story on Thursday, Jan. 31 about backlash to a proposed merger of the UNL and UNO engineering programs.

Astronaut to Teach at UNO

In the wake of Astronaut, and native Nebraskan, Clayton Anderson's retirement announcement, the Omaha World-Herald published an editorial listing a number of things that Anderson will be pursuing in retirement, including teaching at UNO.

Masters Talks Enjoying Old Age

In a Mike Kelly column in the Omaha World-Herald, Julie Masters, chair of the gerentology department, was quoted about how to live quality years even as we enter old age.

Grad Student Interviewed About Famous Photo

Stephanie Sands, graduate student, was interviewed by KMTV about a photo she took showing fire coming out of a manhole on a Downtown Omaha street. The photo has become fampus online, showing up on social network sites like Reddit and Gawker.

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Student Leader of the Month - January Nominations

In order to recognize deserving student leaders, the Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) office sponsors the Student Leader ofthe Month Award. If there is a student that you know of that you think would be a candidate for Student Leader of the Month, SOLP would love to have you nominate them for this award. In order to nominate a student, follow this link to fill out the nomination form.

SOLP will select one student a month. The student will be presented with a certificate and a letter in a setting befitting their honor such as a club meeting or in class. Nominations will be held over for three months if SOLP receives multiple nominations per month, to be considered again. You will be notified if your nominee is selected and we will set up the best time to present the award.

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Office of Research and Creative Activity Funding Opportunity Deadlines

The Office of Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) would like to remind students and staff of funding opportunities and their upcoming deadlines.

Graduate Students: Receive Up to $5,000 in Funding, Proposal deadline extended to Monday, Feb. 4, 2013

GRACA grants support faculty-mentored graduate student research and creative activity. Grants of up to $5,000 per student are available to UNO graduate students enrolled through Fall 2013. More information.

Undergraduates: Receive up to $2,500 in Funding, Proposals due Thursday, Feb. 7.

The Fund for Undergraduate Scholarly Experiences (FUSE) grants support faculty-mentored undergraduate student research and creative activity. Grants of up to $2,500 per student are available to UNO undergraduates. More information.

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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

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Retirement Planning Seminar - IRA Education Workshop Set for Feb. 5 and 6

Retirement Planning Seminar - IRA Education Workshop - planned for February. This seminar helps participants understand what an IRA is, choose the right IRA, decide between different IRA investment options and learn about Roth IRA conversions. The workshop will be held twice – Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Council Room and Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the MBSC Jenkins Room. The workshop is presented by Human Resources and TIAA-CREF.

Contact Tim Rochford at 402.554.2465 or Esther Scarpello at 402.554.3660 for more information.

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Teens Sought for ADHD Study

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) is studying medications for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in teenagers, ages 13-17.

Symptoms may include:

- Difficulty paying attention
- Making careless mistakes
- Poor organization
- Trouble completing tasks
- Being forgetful
- Losing things

If this sounds like your son or daughter, please call or email to learn more about this clinical research study. Call: 402.552.6240 or 402.552.6340. Email: or Study evaluation and medication are provided at no cost to those who are eligible.

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