• 2013
  • 06/24

Gerontology Faculty Candidate Research Presentation

Faculty, staff and students are warmly invited to attend a presentation by Dr. Sharon Holder, Research Fellow at the Pacific Institute, today from 1-2 p.m. in CPACS 221.

Two of Dr. Holder's publications are:

Health inequalities amongst older people from ethnic minority groups in Britain by Holder, S. (2008), and

Health, Ethnicity and Aging: The Role of Socioeconomic Status by Holder, S. (2012).

For additional information, please contact Dr. Lyn Holley, Department of Gerontology, 402.554.4814.


API's "Google Staycation" Series on UNO's Google Apps for Education (G-Mav) Begins Today

The Academic Partnership for Instruction (API), a division of Information Services, will offer a 3-day series -- a Google Staycation -- on UNO's subscription to Google Apps for Education (G-Mav).

Google Apps for Education is a suite of Google software applications and services you can log in to using your UNO NetID username and password.

The training series kicks off today, Monday, June 24, and concludes Wednesday, June 26. Each day will focus upon different applications:

Today, June 24: Google Drive (formerly known as Google Docs)

Tuesday, June 25: Google Sites (wiki software)

Wednesday, June 26: Google Gadgets (Google Forms, Translate, Google+ / Hangouts / Chat / Talk)

All sessions will be held from 2-4 p.m. in Kayser Hall Room 543 and will feature API staff highlighting not only the technical features of these apps but also how you can connect these resources to your teaching, learning, and productivity needs.

Visit the API event calendar to register for each session.

Summer in Omaha
  • 6/24
  • 7PM

Midtown Crossing's Monday Night at the Movies

Midtown Crossing's Monday Night at the Movies begins at sunset (about 7 p.m.) June 24. This week's movie will be "Back to the Future." Bring your blanket, enjoy some popcorn and relax at Turner Park!

For more information, check out the Monday Night at the Movies' website.


UNO Waives Application Fee for Military, Veteran Students

Starting with the fall 2013 semester, the $45 fee to apply for admission to UNO will be waived for all military and veteran students. The decision, which affects undergraduate and graduate students, was announced by UNO administration and UNO's Military and Veteran University Services Office (MaV USO) Friday, June 21. The fee will also be refunded for previous fall 2013 semester applicants.

UNO is the first university in the University of Nebraska system to offer this waiver, and UNO ranks sixth in the nation for military friendliness.

For more information, please read the press release here.


Spenner Finishes 10th at USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships

UNO's Sami Spenner more than held her own against the nation's best track athletes, finishing 10th out of 17 competitors in the heptathlon at the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships at Drake Stadium on Friday.

Spenner posted a two-day score of 5,768 to finish right in the middle of the pack. She posted the second-best score among all collegians in the competition, behind only Arizona State's Shakeia Pinnick (5,933), who finished third at the NCAA Outdoor Championships earlier this month.

Spenner, a senior-to-be, beat out four NCAA All-Americans from this year's championships. The Columbus, Neb., native set four personal bests in seven events and was just 38 points shy of her all-time best heptathlon score of 5,806. Read more.


Keele Named League Athlete of the Month

Senior baseball player Ryan Keele was named the Summit League's Male Athlete of the Month for May and June, the conference office announced Friday.

Keele records his first career Athlete of the Month award after guiding Omaha to the regular-season league championship, its first Division I conference title in school history. The senior was named the league's Player and Newcomer of the Year and collected three straight Player of the Week honors in May.

He belted the game-winning walkoff home run in a 6-4 win over South Dakota State on May 17, which secured the regular season title for the Mavericks. Keele had nine multi-hit games and six multi-RBI games as Omaha went 11-4 during the month. Read more.

  • 6/28
  • 6PM

Bank of the West Concert

The annual "Bank of the West Celebrates America" concert takes place Friday, June 28, at Memorial Park from 6 to 10 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and UNO will again provide free parking.

This year's entertainment includes Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo and Loverboy. A fireworks grand finale will follow the performances at 10 p.m.

Be aware that campus parking usually fills by 7 p.m. In addition to surface parking lots, UNO's multi-level parking garage (University Drive East Parking Structure) will be open after 4 p.m. Event organizers encourage those who park on campus to use the pedestrian overpass when crossing Dodge Street. Shuttle service between the UNO Dodge and Pacific campuses stops at 6 p.m. during the summer. People who park at the Pacific Campus for the concert will not be able to take the shuttle back to their cars after 6 p.m.

Bank of the West, in cooperation with the city of Omaha, annually sponsors the outdoor concert and fireworks finale. For more information, visit the concert website here.


System Changes to Vacation Accruals

The University of Nebraska has limited the accrual of vacation leave, based on a cap of 280 hours, since 2007. As the system currently records vacation accrual, if your accrual balance is less than 280 hours you receive a full month's vacation accrual; typically 16 hours for many employees. This allowed those with balances less than 280 hours to earn a full accrual and actually reach a leave balance greater than the 280 hours allowed by University policy.

Effective with the month of July 2013, system changes are being implemented that will correct this situation and will not allow an accumulated balance of greater than 280 hours. This means that if your balance is 278 hours you will now earn two (2) additional hours, not 16.

Those who have vacation leave balances in excess of 264 hours will receive a reminder email at the beginning of each month. If you are in a situation where you might not receive a full month's vacation accrual, you have until the end of that month to use additional vacation leave, if desired, and receive your full accrual.

No existing vacation leave balances will be reduced-- this change only affects the ability to earn additional vacation leave.

If you have questions, please contact UNO Human Resources.

  • 7/15-7/19

Service Learning Seminar July 15-19

The P-16 Initiative in the Service Learning Academy has designed an interactive training that provides an opportunity for faculty to learn about how to utilize service learning as a pedagogy, to connect faculty to K-12 instructors and community nonprofit partners, and to explore mission-focused teaching techniques in a living laboratory while meeting community-identified needs.

Participation in the training will yield a course plan developed between the UNO and PK-12 instructor to be implemented within the next 18 months. Participants receive a $400 professional development stipend as well as project implementation support in the form of graduate assistant time, project materials, transportation, and food.

Applications are being accepted at www.unomaha.edu/servicelearning.

Questions? Contact Julie Dierberger at 402.554.3268 or jdierberger@unomaha.edu.


Campus Recreation Memberships Payable by Payroll Deduction

Campus Recreation memberships can now be paid online through payroll deduction.

Visit www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr to fill out the form for payroll deduction.

For more information on rates and memberships, please contact Angelica Jensen at 402.554.3291 or aljensen@unomaha.edu.


Research Opportunity for People with Knee Pain

Researchers with the School of HPER, in conjunction with Creighton University, are looking for people who are between 19 and 75 years old that are currently reporting knee pain and have a prior physician diagnosis of knee osteoarthritis.

The purpose of this study is to determine thigh muscle function differences that exist between people with knee osteoarthritis and those without knee osteoarthritis. The study will consist of one visit to the Creighton Rehabilitation Science Laboratory and will require 1.5-2.0 hours of your time. A $25 stipend is available to qualified participants.

If you are interested in knowing more about this research study, call or e-mail Michaella Spenceri at 402.280.5674 or MichaellaSpenceri@creighton.edu.

This study is approved by both Creighton University's IRB (13-16685) and the UNMC IRB (#302-13-ET).


Plan for the Fall with The New York Times

Faculty using The New York Times as required reading in their classes are eligible for free home delivery beginning in August, which also includes online and app-based access. Stipends are available for faculty members interested in working with the Newspapers in Curricula (NiC) group, which encourages incorporation of the newspaper in courses and sponsors current events discussions on campus.

For information on subscriptions and NiC stipends, contact Maria Knudtson at mknudtson@unomaha.edu.