• 2013
  • 08/07

Wohar Announced as UNO's First Eminent Scholar

UNO and the College of Business Administration have announced the university's first eminent scholar: Professor Mark Wohar from the UNO Department of Economics.

An eminent scholar is a newly-introducted distinction that awards the research and teaching efforts of a tenured faculty member.

Wohar has been at UNO for 25 years, and in that time, he has published more than 120 peer-reviewed articles in highly ranked economic and finance journals.

For more information, please read the press release here.


Monthly Security Tips from the UNO Security Office

If you're traveling this summer, chances are you'll encounter a Wi-Fi hotspot (network) or two.

Wi-Fi in airports, hotels, train stations, coffee shops, and other public places can be convenient, but they're often not secure, and can leave you at risk. Whether you're entertaining the kids by streaming a video on a tablet, downloading new travel apps on your smartphone or even taking your tablet poolside, there are precautions you should take to make sure your personal information is safe.

First and foremost, connect with care. If you're online through an unsecured network, you should be aware that individuals with malicious intent may have established a Wi-Fi network with the intent to eavesdrop on your connection. This could allow them to steal your credentials, financial information, or other sensitive and personal information. It's also possible that they could infect your system with malware. Any free Wi-Fi should be considered to be "unsecure." Therefore, be cautious about the sites you visit and the information you release.


Here are 6 tips to remember when using Wi-Fi:
1. Keep an updated machine. Having the latest security software, operating system, web browser and apps can help protect you from the malware and other threats you may encounter when using Wi-Fi.
2. Don't assume that the Wi-Fi connection is secure. Many hotspots don't encrypt the information you send on the Wi-Fi network.
3. Do not log into accounts, especially financial accounts, when using public wireless networks.
4. Do not log onto sites that don't seem legitimate, (clues could include the URL being misspelled, or not matching the name that you were given by the place of business). It's not uncommon for cybercriminals to set up a Wi-Fi network called "free Wi-Fi" in airports, hotels, and other public places.
5. A cellular 3G/4G connection is generally safer than a Wi-Fi connection.
6. Consider turning off features on your computer or mobile devices that allow you to automatically connect to Wi-Fi.

For additional information, please visit:






UNO Information Security Office: Matt Morton, Chief Information Security Officer, 4-2425.


API Announces Fall Blackboard 9.1 Workshops

The Academic Partnership for Instruction (API), a Division of Information Services (IS), will be offering a series of workshops designed to teach faculty about ways to use Blackboard 9.1 to enhance student learning.

Workshops begin on Monday, August 12, and run through Friday, August 16.

All workshops will be held in Kayser Hall, room 543.

For full course descriptions and to get registered, please visit http://api.unomaha.edu/calendar.php.

Questions? Contact the IS Help Desk at 402.554.4357 (4-HELP) or email unohelpdesk@unomaha.edu.

Campus Notices
  • 8/24

UNO Seeks Entries for Triathlon Aug. 24

The Omaha swimming & diving team will host its annual Methodist Hospital/UNO Women's Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 24, at Wehrspann Lake/Chalco Hills Recreation Area. This is the 21st year of the event which raises money for team travel expenses.

Female athletes of all abilities are invited to take part in the event which begins at 8 a.m. It includes a swim, bike and a walk/run throughout the Chalco Hills Recreation Area. The entry fee is $20 while late and race-day registration is $30. Check-in begins at 7 a.m. with a mandatory event meeting at 7:50 a.m. prior to the start.

All registrations before Aug. 14 will receive a t-shirt at check-in while those who register later will have their t-shirts mailed to them.

For more information, or to register, click here.

Campus Notices
  • 9/17
  • 10AM-2PM

Mark Your Calendars: Academic Majors Expo Sept. 17

The Academic and Career Development Center (ACDC) is collaborating with staff across campus to host an Academic Majors Expo on Tuesday, September 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This will be an opportunity for new and continuing students to learn more about academic majors offered at UNO and identify career options associated with majors. The ACDC staff encourages promotion of this event at New Student Orientations and inclusion on fall syllabuses.

If you are interested in representing your college or department at this event, please contact Katie Wessel at kwessel@unomaha.edu. Additional details will be provided as the event approaches.

UNO in the Media

UNO in the Media

Woods Talks Community Engagement Center on KIOS
On Tuesday, Aug. 6, KIOS-FM ran a story on UNO's new Community Engagement Center, which is now accepting applications for space in the new building, which will open next year. Sara Woods, assistant to the Sr. Vice Chancellor for community engagement, was quoted in the story.

Eesley Quoted on Social Media and Word-of-Mouth Advertising
On Tuesday, Aug. 6, the Omaha World-Herald published a story on a new social media platform called Influenster, which allows consumers to give feedback on brand-name manufacturers. Eesley, an assistant professor of entrepreneurship, was quoted in the story on the importance of social media for businesses.

Lipschultz Discusses Future of Journalism Education on Huffington Post
On Tuesday, August 6, the Huffington Post published a blog written by Jeremy Lipschultz, professor of communication, on the topic of the future of journalism and communication education in the digital age.

Landow Talks Pakistan
On Sunday, Aug. 4, the Omaha World-Herald published an editorial letter from Paul Landow, assistant professor of political science, about his recent trip to Pakistan, which he took as part of an exchange program with Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad.


API Offering GarageBand Class Aug. 9

The Academic Partnership for Instruction (API) will offer a 'GarageBand' class for faculty and staff on Friday, Aug. 9.

GarageBand is a free audio editing suite on the 'MAC OSX' system that can be used to create music, audio and image-enhanced podcasts, and video podcasts. This 'hands-on' introductory class will cover the basic processes for importing video, images, sound tracks, and recording and adding audio--then editing these multimedia resources to create video podcasts. The last part of the class will cover sharing, exporting the 'video podcast' for computer, DVD, and web playback.

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

To register for GarageBand, click here.

  • 8/19
  • 10AM-2PM

Graduate Assistant Campus Orientation Aug. 19

The August Welcome and Orientation Workshop for Graduate Assistants (GA), sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development, is scheduled for Monday, August 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The workshop will provide information about life as a GA at UNO, a table talk session linked to your specific assignment and a discussion of survival skills for graduate assistants. It's also a great opportunity to get to know other graduate assistants from across the campus. Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be served.

For more information or to register for the workshops go to the FacConnect calendar or call the Center for Faculty Development at 402.554.2427.

  • 8/19-8/20

Campus Welcome & Orientation Workshops for All New Full-time Faculty Members Aug. 19-20

The 2013 Welcome & Orientation Workshops for all new full-time faculty members, sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development, are set for Monday and Tuesday, August 19 & 20. These workshops provide us with the opportunity to welcome new faculty members to campus and introduce them to colleagues while they learn about UNO-- our metropolitan mission and strategic goals, our students, our academic support services, and faculty development opportunities.

For more information or to register for the workshops go to the FacConnect calendar or call the Center for Faculty Development at 402.554.2427.

  • 8/21, 8/22
  • 5-8:30PM

August Welcome & Orientation Workshop for Adjunct Faculty Aug. 21, 22

August Welcome and Orientation Workshops for Adjunct Faculty members, sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development, are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, August 21 and 22, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The agendas for both sessions are the same, so select the evening that works best with your schedule.

The workshops will provide information about UNO processes & services, plus teaching tips for both new and experienced adjunct faculty members. It's also a great opportunity to get to know other adjunct faculty members from across the campus. A complimentary box supper will be served.

For more information or to register for the workshops go to the FacConnect calendar or call the Center for Faculty Development at 402.554.2427.

  • 8/29
  • 11AM-2PM

'Get to Know the O!' at Durango Days!

'Get to Know the O!' is the perfect opportunity for area businesses and students to interact with each other creating a win-win situation for everyone! The event provides a marketing platform for those businesses looking to engage the college market in the place where they play, work, and learn. Last year more than 1,500 students attended! This year's event will take place on Aug. 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

How You Can Get Involved
Durango Days is looking for Omaha area business and organizations that are interested in marketing to UNO students with a booth at this year's 'Get to Know the O!' You will have the opportunity to hand out samples, flyers, coupons, prizes, and literature about your business.

Register Now!
You can register for 'Get to Know the O!' by going online at www.unomaha.edu/welcome and clicking on the 'Get to Know the O!' registration link. Registration is only $50 or free if you are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Contact Mark Joekel at 402.554.3917 or by e-mail at mjoekel@unomaha.edu with questions or other information.

Summer in Omaha

Summer in Omaha

Joslyn Castle Literary Festival (link)
"Jazz Age at the Castle: F. Scott Fitzgerald"
July 27-August 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tickets to all events can be purchased online at www.joslyncastle.com or call 402.595.2199.

For more information about the 2013 Joslyn Castle Literary Festival, please contact Jill Anderson at 917.363.7397 or jillmarit@gmail.com ; Julie A. Reilly at 402.595.2199 or info@joslyncastle.com; or Kristine Gerber at 402.679.5854 or eventive.marketing@cox.net.

Midtown Crossing's Midweek Market (link)
Midweek Market at Wohlner's from 3-6 p.m.
Pick up fresh fruits and veggies on your way home!