• 2013
  • 08/27

Chemistry Open House Aug. 30

The UNO Chemistry Department is pleased to announce it's hosting a chemistry open house on Friday, Aug. 30, at 12:25 p.m.

The open house will be on the third floor in the Durham Science Center for all students, including chemistry minors and those taking chemistry courses in their degrees. Here, students can explore undergraduate opportunities in research and student employment, learn about student internships in chemistry, assorted scholarships, curriculum, and more.

Representatives from FUSE (Fund for Undergraduate Scholarly Experiences), NASA-Nebraska, and wiSTEM will be present. Also, student representatives from UNO Chem Club, UNO Pre-Pharmacy Club, and UNO Pre-Health Careers Club will be available to answer questions about their campus activities and for students to sign up for membership.

For more information, please call the chemistry office at 402.554.2651 or email Janine Brooks at jmbrooks@unomaha.edu.


Schwalb Center Hosting Israeli Professor from Western Galilee College Sept. 4

On Wednesday, Sept. 4, the Natan and Hannah Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies will host Professor Haim Sperber from Western Galilee College (WGC) in Akko, Israel.

Professor Sperber serves as a senior lecturer at WGC and teaches history and politics with a specialization in modern Jewish social history. Dr. Sperber's visit to the Schwalb Center will include a reception at Arts and Science Hall, Room 202.

For further information about the event contact Dr. Moshe Gershovich, director of the Schwalb Center at mgershovich@unomaha.edu or 402.554.3175.


Safety Tips for On-Campus Incidents

With the start of the fall semester, Campus Security would like to remind the campus community about emergency procedures at UNO. The following information outlines the university's safety and emergency procedures, along with other services provided by Campus Security.

Incident Reporting

Incidents requiring immediate action include fire, environmental spills, medical conditions, property damage, disruptive behavior and crimes in progress.

Persons involved with or observing these types of incidents should call Campus Security at 402.554.2911. Campus Security will dispatch officers to the scene and, if required, contact 911.

Faculty and staff can call 911 directly, but also should notify Campus Security to help coordinate the response and expedite travel to the emergency scene. Emergency information provided by the caller should include the building, floor, room number, call back number and nature of the emergency.


Faculty and staff should assist with room and building evacuations, and be aware of those needing special assistance. All employees should become familiar with the designated rally points for their buildings, which are listed in the back of the telephone directory under "Emergency Procedures."

Personal Threats and Harassment

Disruptive behavior on campus will not be tolerated. Threats or acts of violence should be reported to Campus Security and to the employees supervisor. If the act appears to represent an immediate threat or harm to the individual, it should be reported at once to Campus Security or 911.

Personal Escorts

The escort service is available 24/7 for individuals on campus. Contact Campus Security to arrange an escort.

Personal Safety Checks

Individuals who may be working alone outside normal working hours are encouraged to contact Campus Security. Security officers will periodically check on individuals' safety while they are on campus.

Personal Property

The university is not responsible for personal property. Individuals are responsible for safeguarding their own property. Loss of personal property should be reported to Campus Security.

Alert System

An on-campus system to help facilitate emergency communications has been installed on the Dodge, Pacific and Center locations. Announcements are distributed from Campus Security to building public address systems or speakers located in building corridors. When announcements are made, strobe lights will flash to notify the hearing impaired to seek assistance.

The system is particularly helpful during tornado warnings. The announcement will alert building occupants to seek shelter and, again later, when the warning has ended. The alert system also can be used to announce university closings, confirm evacuations for fire or chemical release, or other emergency conditions.

Text Messaging System

An off-site text-messaging system provided by e2Campus is available. The system sends instant alerts directly to registered subscribers' e-mail accounts and mobile phones via text messages. Wireless personal digital assistants and BlackBerry devices can also be used.

The notification system is used to communicate any potential emergency, such as a snow delay or closing, other weather warnings, homeland security advisories, gas leak notifications and fire or crime watches.

To subscribe visit https://ebruno.unomaha.edu/ans/login.php

U-Tip for Anonymous Text Message

Have an anonymous tip? If so, use U-Tip to report suspicious activities or individuals on campus, such as theft or vandalism. Communication is anonymous, allowing uTipsters to send in tips without the fear or risk of retribution. The message will be sent directly to Campus Security and appropriate action will be taken immediately. All other emergency calls should be made to Campus Security at 402.554.2911 or Omaha Police and Fire at 911, so more information can be gathered from the caller. To use the system simply enter 50911 in the address box. In the text message type UNO911 (your message here).

More information on campus emergency procedures can be found online at http://emergency.unomaha.edu/ or in the UNO Employee Telephone Directory beginning on page 99.

For more information about Campus Security procedures related to campus emergencies, contact Stan Schleifer at 402.554.3596 or Paul Kosel at 402.554.2648.


Speech Center Consulting Room Fall 2013 Hours

The UNO Speech Center Consulting Room, located in 185 Arts and Sciences Hall, has begun its fall hours. Hours are generally 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. To make an appointment call 554.3201 or stop by ASH 185.

The UNO Speech Center assists all UNO students, faculty, and staff at any point in preparing oral presentations and/or incorporating them into their courses. Visit their site to find out more information. Call 554.3201 or send an email to unospeechcenter@unomaha.edu to schedule an appointment.

Faculty members interested in scheduling a consultant to come to your classroom to introduce your students to the center and to talk about presentation skills should call the Speech Center to schedule a visit.


Online Survey by UNO Geography, Geology Aims to Study Omaha Residency Motivations

An online survey from the UNO Department of Geography/Geology aims to measure why some residents have chosen to live downtown rather than elsewhere in the greater Omaha metropolitan area.

Many UNO faculty, staff and students live downtown and are welcome to participate. The survey can be found at the following address: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/downtownomaha.

Campus Notices

eNotes Submission Guidelines

Welcome back faculty, staff, and students!

For those new to campus or those who need a refresher course, below are some tips on using eNotes.

The audience of eNotes is first and foremost internal. As such, it is also a broad audience reaching faculty, staff, and students across all departments and colleges.

Faculty, staff, and students who would like to submit items for publication consideration can email them to enotes@unomaha.edu.

For detailed submission guidelines, please read below.

All submissions should:
- Be submitted three days in advance of the first desired publication date, whenever possible
- Be sponsored by a UNO department, program, or organization
- Have a direct connection to the university (relate to university events, announcements, notices, etc.)
- Be timely and applicable to a wide audience (including faculty, staff, and students)

Items that will not be promoted via eNotes:
- Personal social media accounts, blogs, websites, or related media
- Individual classes; this excludes professional development workshops
- All-campus emails (this is left to the discretion of the director of university communications)
- Job candidate resumes

Items will run a maximum of twice a week, excluding campus notices, and will be edited concisely according to AP Style.

If you have any questions regarding eNotes or these submission guidelines, please email enotes@unomaha.edu.

Campus Notices

College of Education Culture Walks Information

Below is information regarding the College of Education's Culture Walks.

From Apprehension to Appreciation: The Culture Walk Journey
Exhibition on Display from Aug. 26-Oct. 4
UNO Criss Library, Main Floor

The exhibit will feature information and artifacts reflecting five years of Culture Walks. Culture Walks are events held each semester in various locations throughout Omaha. Each separate Culture Walks includes a meal and panel discussion featuring leaders representing a specific Omaha community (North Omaha, South Omaha, or refugee populations living in Omaha). College of Education faculty facilitate the dialogue and when possible, lead a walking tour through the surrounding neighborhood. After attending the Culture Walks, UNO College of Education teacher preparation candidates complete a 40 hour field experience in an Omaha Public School in that particular neighborhood. Approximately 100 to 125 students participate each fall and spring semester.

The demographic profile of today's K-12 students does not match the demographic profile of K-12 teachers, which is predominantly white, middle-class, and female. The differing cultural backgrounds may lead to a disconnection between teachers and students. Culture Walks provide an opportunity for pre-service teachers to learn more about Omaha's diverse communities and began to develop an appreciation for the rich opportunities diversity can bring to their future classrooms.

The exhibit will feature research, art, and artifacts contributed by UNO faculty and students as well as OPS students.

Culture Walk Gallery Opening at the UNO Criss Library
Located in the H. Don and Connie J. Osborne Family Gallery
4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29.
RSVP to Lori Durflinger-Feilmeyer at ldurflinger@unomaha.edu.

Campus Notices
  • 8/29
  • 8:30AM to 10:30AM

Aviation Institute Expo Set for Aug. 29

The annual Aviation Institute Expo will be held on Thursday, Aug. 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the CPACS Commons.

The event is held annually to expose new and continuing Aviation Institute and UNO students to the aviation opportunities here at UNO and within the Omaha community.

The Aviation Institute’s student organizations and flight providers will be in attendance as well as representatives from major airlines, corporate aviation, federal organizations and the military. The event is open to all UNO students.

Campus Notices

Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) Seeking New Members

Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to join the UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW). You can apply for membership by emailing your name and the reason you are interested in joining the commission to Nancy Castilow at ncastilow@unomaha.edu by Friday, August 30.

The CCSW serves as an advisory council to the chancellor and other university administrators on issues that relate to all faculty, staff and students. CCSW offers networking and professional development opportunities for members as well as an opportunity to positively impact women on the UNO campus.

We are seeking applications from all faculty, staff and students (regardless of gender) that would like to become members. Graduate and undergraduate students in any academic field are encouraged to apply. Faculty and staff are appointed for two-year terms, and students are appointed for one-year, renewable terms.

For more information, contact the CCSW Co-Chairs, Stacie Petter (spetter@unomaha.edu; 402.554.2077) or Kathe Oleson Lyons (kathleeoleson@unomaha.edu; 402.554.4083), or visit the CCSW website (www.unomaha.edu/ccsw).

Campus Notices

Parking Permits Available for Online Purchase

Parking permits for the 2013-2014 academic year are now available for purchase online at www.unomaha.edu/parking/.

On the UNO Parking website, click MavPark. The site will require a NetID and password (same as your Blackboard login) and vehicle information for all vehicles parking on campus. Your vehicle information will include the vehicle's make, model, color, and license plate number. Before going online, please have this information available. Permits must now be displayed.

All permits must be ordered online and be picked up at the following location:

Tuesday, August 27 (7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.):
Milo Bail Student Center: 3rd Floor, Council Room

New updates from Parking Services for the 2013-2014 academic year can be found here.

Contact Parking Services with any questions at 554.PARK (7275).

UNO in the Media

UNO in the Media

Brownlee on Tom Becka
On Monday, Aug. 26, Jodeanne Brownlee, instructor for the School of Communication and advisor for the MavRadio student radio station, was a guest on the Tom Becka Show to discuss the MTV Video Music Awards.

KVNO Covers UNO/CU Soccer Game
On Sunday, Aug. 25, KVNO broadcast a story on the Friday, Aug. 23 matchup between UNO and Creighton. UNO and Creighton tied 1-1.

Spohn Quoted on Violent Crimes in Omaha
On Sunday, Aug. 25, Ryan Spohn, Director of the Consortium for Crime and Justice Research for the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, was quoted in the Lincoln Journal Star about the savage nature of some recent Omaha crimes.

Bauch Talks Kayaking with World-Herald
On Saturday, Aug. 24, the Omaha World-Herald covered the rise in popularity of outdoor water sports in recent years. Joe Bauch, assistant director for UNO's Outdoor Venture Center, was quoted in the story.

UNO's MAP Program Covered by Nebraska Radio News Network
On Friday, Aug. 23, the Nebraska Radio News Network published a story on how Nebraska colleges and universities are focusing on attracting out-of-state students. UNO was mentioned for it's successful MAP (Metropolitan Advantage Program), which gives reduced tuition to residents of certain Iowa counties.

Johansen Talks About Rise of Jellyfish in Polluted Waters
On Friday, Aug. 23, NewsTimes.com published an opinion editorial from Bruce Johansen, professor of communication, on the topic of the rise of "slime" creatures like jellyfish in salt water habitats due to the high level of pollution and what effect that might have on the ecosystem.

UNO Mentioned in Cox Classic Coverage
On Thursday, Aug. 22, Chad Mardensen, Cox Classic Director and UNO adjunct professor, was quoted about the weekend's tournament. Mardensen mentioned his teaching position at UNO as part of the story.


Bowling League Members Sought

The UNO Faculty/Staff Bowling League for 2013-2014 gets rolling at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at West Lanes Bowling Alley (72nd and Dodge Streets). New teams and individuals who would like to be placed on a team are welcome regardless of skill level.

Teams may have more than four bowlers--18 years or older--on their rosters, but only four will bowl each week. Teams must have at least two UNO current or retired administrative/faculty/staff members which includes spouses, immediate family or significant others. Graduate teaching assistants are also eligible.

League bowlers unable to arrive at 4:30 p.m. each week have until the end of their team's fifth frame to join the first game of the evening.

For more information, contact league president David Kimble at dkimble@unomaha.edu or 402.554.3229; league vice-president Ed Johnson at edwardjohnson@unomaha.edu or 402.554.2656; or league secretary/treasurer Christy Tilford at ctilford@unomaha.edu or 402.554.3546.