• 2013
  • 08/14

Blackboard Unavailable Aug. 18 from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.

In order to upgrade and apply fixes to the Blackboard learning management system before the fall semester, Information Services (IS) has announced that Blackboard will be unavailable during the regular maintenance window on Sunday, Aug. 18, from 6 a.m. until 8 a.m. The Blackboard downtime is scheduled to last approximately two hours, but the campus community may see intermittent availability or system adjustments as it is brought back online and tested.

The fixes and improvements include:

Test and Survey Options: Many new options that allow you to control the availability, presentation, and feedback for an assessment. Highlights include:
--Test Availability Exceptions : new settings allow you to select one or more students and make a number of exceptions to the already established availability settings to provide accommodations for such things as a disabled student, language differences, etc.
--Show Test Results and Feedback to Students : new options for the release of test results and feedback to students.

Content Editor Math Formulas: You now have full math editing capabilities on all platforms with the new JavaScript-based WIRIS editor that supports the editing and display of LaTeX formulas. To learn more, see Content Editor Math Formulas.

How Do I Learn More?
To get a closer look at these improvements, look for the New icon on the updated Blackboard Help site. This information can also be accessed by clicking the Help icon within Blackboard.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact IS Technical Support at 402.554.HELP (4357) or unohelpdesk@unomaha.edu or login to the new Request Center at http://requestcenter.unomaha.edu to submit and track your own trouble ticket.


Academic & Career Development Center Moving to Eppley 115

As of Aug. 21, the Academic & Career Development Center, formerly the UNO Career Center, will be located in Eppley 115. We will continue to provide career services to all UNO students, in addition to providing academic advising for University Division students and coordinating First Year Experience courses. The phone number will remain the same: 402.554.3672. If you have questions, please contact Jessica Wolff at jwolff@unomaha.edu.


Research Opportunity for Healthy Adults

Researchers with the School of HPER in conjunction with Creighton University are looking for healthy adults (males and females age 50-70) with no history of knee pain to act as controls for a research study. 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).

Campus Notices

UNO Sponsoring End of Summer Concert Series at Midtown Crossing

Midtown Crossing's End of Summer Concert Series will be sponsored by UNO this year. This is UNO's first year sponsoring the event.

Held on six consecutive Fridays, the series will begin on Friday, Aug. 23, with audience favorite Billy McGuigan and his high-powered tribute to some of rock's greatest legends.

Performances are free and begin at 6:30 p.m. with musicians and performers from UNO serving as the opening acts.

For more information, click here.

Campus Notices
  • 9/15

Join Team UNO in the Omaha Corporate Cup Featuring the UNO Campus or Help Volunteer!

The 2013 American Lung Association Corporate Cup on Sunday, Sept. 15, will feature UNO in a big way--the 10K portion of the race will traverse UNO's Dodge and Pacific campuses as runners circle the area on their way to the finish line. The two-mile run will also pass by Mammel Hall, home of the UNO College of Business Administration. The remainder of the race will take place in Aksarben Village.

Want to Volunteer? Visit http://omahacorporatecup.org/event-information/participant-resources/ to download the volunteer form.

You can also join UNO's Corporate Cup Team for just $15 by visiting http://tinyurl.com/unocorporatecup and clicking on 'Join Team' next to 'University of Nebraska at Omaha.'

UNO in the Media

UNO in the Media

Drozd in Norfolk Daily News
On Tuesday, August 13, the Norfolk Daily News published a story on poverty in Norfolk, Neb. David Drozd, research coordinator for UNO's Center for Public Affairs Research, was quote in the story.

Lipschultz Discusses First Amendment on Huffington Post
On Monday, August 12, the Huffington Post published an article from Jeremy Lipschultz, professor of communication, on the topic of the First Amendment after comments from a member of Britian's House of Parliament at the latest Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference in Washington D.C. earlier this month.

Walker on WNYC
On Monday, August 12, New York's public radio station WNYC ran a story on a judge's recent decision that the current way stop-and-frisk is operated by the NYPD is unconstitutional. Sam Walker, professor emeritus of criminology and criminal justice, was a guest and provided his insight into the decision. Walker was also quoted in the Wall Street Journal on the same topic.

Nebraska Papers Covers UNO-WNCC Agreement
Over the weekend, the Sidney Sun-Telegraph and Scottsbluff Star-Herald ran a story on an agreement signed by UNO and Western Nebraska Community College that course credit from WNCC will be accepted by UNO's Bachelor of General Studies program to help graduates of WNCC earn a bachelor's degree, which can be done online through UNO.

Moving Company Offers Dance Class for Parkinsons Patients
On Monday, Aug. 12, the Omaha World-Herald ran a short story on dance classes being offered for patients with Parkinsons. The class is sponsored and organized in part by UNO's Moving Company, the university's modern dance troup.

Center for Public Affairs Releases Research Data
On Tuesday, August 13, KIOS-FM ran a story on Tuesday's release of Census data analysis from UNO's Center for Public Affairs Research. David Drozd is quoted in the story.

  • 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, Aug. 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.


'O' the Places You'll go! Faculty/Staff Picnic Scheduled for Aug. 20

Join 1,478 of your favorite UNO colleagues at the 'O' the Places You'll Go! Annual Faculty/Staff Picnic on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the MBSC Ballroom. A brief program will begin at noon.

Please RSVP by Friday, Aug. 16, to be eligible for great door prizes! Hosted by Chancellor John Christensen, the UNO Staff Advisory Council and the UNO Faculty Senate. See you there!

  • 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.

  • 8/22-8/23

Expand Your IT Skills at the IT Professional Academy Aug. 22-23

The College of Information Science and Technology is pleased to announce the Summer 2013 IT Professional Academy, held Aug. 22-23. These informative and interactive workshops offer cutting-edge IT education to local professionals. Visit here to learn more about Lean IT, Marketing the IT Function, Exploring Leadership and Dynamics within Teams, and more.

  • 8/29

Aviation Institute Partnering with the Strategic Air & Space Museum for Hops, Props, and Wings Aug. 29

UNO's Aviation Institute is teaming up with the Strategic Air & Space Museum for their weekly Hops, Props, and Wings. Come out and learn more about what's going on at the Museum and Aviation Institute.

Purchase your tickets directly from the Aviation Institute and receive ½ price admission for adults. This is only available by purchasing your tickets in advance. The cost is $6 for adults and kids--this price is not valid at the museum, and Museum members receive free admission.

Cactus Hill will be performing. UNO alumnus, Scott Gaeta, is a member of the band.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

For tickets, stop by the Aviation Institute in CPACS 120 or call 402.554.3424. Tickets will also be available through Kailey Dwyer at the ConAgra Hangar.

Help us kick off the 2013-2014 year in style!

The Strategic Air & Space Museum is located at 28210 W Park Hwy in Ashland, Neb.

Summer in Omaha

Summer in Omaha

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