• 2013
  • 9/25

Service Learning Project Information

Applying Reading and Writing in Content Area
As a part of their P-16 service learning project, Lewis and Clark Middle School ESL students together with Dr. Rodriguez-Arroyo's Applying Reading and Writing in Content Area UNO class will be visiting Glacier Creek Preserve from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

The students will utilize this field laboratory to research prairie ecosystems, as well as grassland management and maintenance with the final goal to present their findings in formal presentations.

Lifespan Development
Goodrich Scholars in Dr. Catherine Chmidling’s Lifespan Development class and Spring Lake fourth grade students will be kicking off their P-16 service learning project at Intercultural Senior Center from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Spring Lake students will be interviewing the diverse group of seniors for a biography project. Concurrently, the UNO students will help to edit the biographies and practice interviewing skills with the students, and will also reflect on key psychological and anthropological concepts in their experiences with the seniors and the youth. This project will span several meetings over the next month and a half, culminating in a presentation of biographies to the seniors.

  • 9AM to 4PM
  • MBSC Ballroom

Jewelry Fair to Support the United Way of the Midlands

Hundreds of necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and other various accessories will be on sale today in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All items will be $5 or less, and 10 percent of the proceeds will directly benefit United Way of the Midlands.

The University of Nebraska at Omaha has been a proud supporter of the United Way of the Midlands for several years now, as just one part of our continued commitment to our great community. This year, UNO's annual United Way of the Midlands Campaign will run from October 1 to October 31. Donor dollars are used for a network of 134 specific human service programs serving children, adults, families, and senior citizens in the Omaha community. This network and programming is carefully designed to make sure our neighborhoods have the services they need.

Please stayed tuned for more campaign information in the weeks to come. We hope you will join in making our community strong. For more information about the United Way of the Midlands visit here

Please click here to read a letter from the chancellor about supporting the United Way of the Midlands.

  • 11:30AM to 1PM
  • PKI 279

The College of IS&T Roundtable Presents Emmanuel Monod

The College of IS&T Round Table presents Emmanuel Monod from Shanghai Jiaotong University, China. His presentation is titled, "From Hypercompetition to Strategy as Practice."

Pizza, salad and sodas provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Presentation starts at noon. RSVP to anastase@unomaha.edu.

After the major change introduced in strategic thinking by the concept of hypercompetition, Strategy as Practice (SAP) appears to be a research trend that raises debates questioning the mainstream called at Academy of Management “Business Policy and Strategy” (BPS). This contribution analyses the SAP articles identified the review paper published by Vaara and Whittington’s (VW’s) review in Academy of Management.

By analyzing the abstracts of the SAP articles, the counts of the most common concepts provide a good list of what SAP researchers focused on. The top 15 are: Practice/s, Process, Managers, Organizational, Discursive, Actors, Planning, Case, Change, Making, Work, Activities, Context, Power, and Middle.

As SAP has taken form, many articles have helped galvanize the fledgling field by outlining what SAP research is. Now that SAP has something of a history, we are able to report on what SAP research does.


'Implenting a Sustainable Future in Nebraska' Symposium

The Nebraska Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration, a professional organization of individuals involved with governmental administration, in conjunction with the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, and the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food institute, University of Nebraska, will host an afternoon long session on 'Implementing a Sustainable Future in Nebraska.' The intent of this symposium is to give visibility to many important current developments in Nebraska which are facilitating a sustainable future.

The sessions are free and open to the UNO campus community, especially students. The session is especially timely since it incorporates one of the five areas of key campus priorities as identified in the campus strategic planning process.

All sessions will be held in the Thompson Alumni Center beginning at 1:30 p.m. with sessions concluding at 4:30 p.m. For more information on the session and to register for this free event click here or you can view the flier here.

You may contact Rhonda Sheibal-Carver at 402.554.2625 with questions.


Nebraska Campus Compact Awards Winners

Congratulations goes to Paul Sather, director of the UNO Service Learning Academy, and Rose Strasser, associate professor of psychology. Sather was awarded the Nebraska Campus Compact Community Engagement Professional of the Year award, and Strasser was awarded the Excellence in Community-Based Teaching & Scholarship Award.

They were awarded at the Campus Compact Heartland Conference in Tulsa, OK.

The Community Engagement Professional of the Year award recognizes one professional from a member campus in Nebraska who has worked toward the institutionalization of academic service-learning and/or service, created and strived toward a vision of service for his/her campus, promoted higher education as a public good, provided exceptional support to faculty and students, and has been instrumental in forming innovative campus-community partnerships.

The Excellence in Community-Based Teaching & Scholarship award recognizes one faculty member from a member campus in Nebraska who has 1) successfully incorporated service-learning into at least one course with demonstrable outcomes, and 2) conducted outstanding research in the field of service-learning and engaged scholarship.


Testing Center Location Reminder

The Office of University Communications would like to remind all faculty/staff that the UNO Testing Center is located in Kayser Hall 522. More information about the Testing Center can be found here.

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  • 9/23-9/27
  • MBSC Bookstore

Bring Old UNO Branded Merchandise to the UNO Bookstore, Receive 25 Percent Off | Sept. 23-27

Out with the old, in with the new at the UNO Bookstore! Bring in any UNO clothing item with a retired UNO logo or icon and trade it for 25 percent off a single new logo apparel item, cap or blanket (regular priced items only) from Sept. 23 to Sept. 27!

Every 'old' clothing item you bring in to trade gets you one regularly priced clothing item at 25 percent off.

Questions? Contact Jodi Cramer at jlcramer@unomaha.edu.

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  • 9/26
  • 12PM to 1PM
  • MBSC Umoho Room

The Women's and Gender Studies Program Presents 'Reflections on the 2013 ALE Conference' | Sept. 26

The Women's and Gender Studies Program Presents 'Reflections on the 2013 Association of Leadership Educators (ALE) Conference' on Sept. 26 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center, Umoho Room (third floor).

Dr. Jaci Lindburg, Division of Continuing Studies and Women's and Gender Studies Program will present.

Feel free to bring your own lunch. Cookies, coffee, and soda provided.

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Physics Colloquium | Sept. 27

Dr. Patricia Soto from Creighton University will be presenting on 'Hierarchical Modeling of Protein Folding and Aggregation' at the physics colloquium Sept. 27.

Protein dynamics are at the heart of the molecular machinery that sustains the living cell. A wealth of evidence indicates that the inherent conformational motions of protein molecules are essential to their function. Indeed, fine-tuning these conformational motions with the cell milieu, within a relatively narrow range of a few kBT, allows proteins to perform a vast variety of fundamental biological tasks across a broad range of time and length scales. Once proteins are synthesized in the cell, they self-organize into a biologically active three-dimensional structure. This efficient conformational search is known as "protein folding." Under pathological conditions in the cell, however, some proteins adopt an alternate incorrectly folded structure that leads to their aggregation and deposition on various organs in the body. Clinical evidence associates this process of aggregation with a number of debilitating neurodegenerative diseases. The quest is, therefore, to characterize the physical principles behind protein (mis)folding and aggregation. Quantitative description of protein thermodynamics and kinetics would be possible, in principle, if the Hamiltonian describing the interactions between protein, solvent and surrounding molecules were solvable. In practice this is not feasible given the huge number of relevant degrees of freedom to consider. In the talk, I will discuss the implementation and application of a hierarchical scheme to computationally model proteins, from a coarse-grain to a fully atomistic description. I will discuss examples of modeling peptide folding, protein aggregates and model lipid bilayers.

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  • 10/5
  • 10:30AM to 10PM

UNO National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association Fundraiser | Oct. 5

The UNO National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association is having a fundraiser Oct. 5 at Noodles and Co. (203 S 72nd St.).

Please view the flier here for more details.

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Chancellor Christensen Delivering State-of-the-University Address | Oct. 9

Chancellor John Christensen will deliver his annual state-of-the-university address at UNO's fall convocation Wednesday, Oct. 9.

Christensen is expected to discuss the university's efforts to build capacity, implementation of an enrollment management plan, and strategic priorities across the campus, as well as progress on long-range goals.

Christensen will also discuss the development and facets of our value statement.

Convocation begins at 10 a.m. at the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. UNO faculty, staff, students and the public are invited to attend the free event.

A reception at the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom will immediately follow Christensen's remarks.

For more information, call 402.554.3502.

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  • 10/10
  • 10AM to 1PM
  • MBSC Nebraska Room

Office of Civic and Social Responsibility Volunteer Fair | Oct. 10

Looking to volunteer? Learn about opportunities with the Office of Civic and Social Responsibility on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Nebraska Room of the Milo Bail Student Center. For more information, you can view their flier here.

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  • 10/11
  • 11:30AM to 1PM
  • PKI 279

The College of IS&T Roundtable Presents Mina Youssef | Oct. 11

The College of IS&T Round Table presents Mina Youssef of the Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory in the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech.

He will present on Network Reliability: Answering Questions about Dynamical Processes in Complex Networks on Friday, Oct. 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in PKI 279.

Wraps & veggies provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Presentation starts at noon. Please rsvp to anastase@unomaha.edu.

About Mina Youssef
Mina Youssef is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory in the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech. His research is mainly focused on dynamical processes in complex networks, applications of optimal control theory in complex networks, robustness of networks, analysis of social networks and cascading failures in power networks. Mina received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Kansas State University in 2008 and 2012, respectively.


API Offering 'Photoshop II: Optimizing Graphics' Sept. 26

The Academic Partnership for Instruction (API) will offer 'Photoshop II: Optimizing Graphics' in Kayser Hall 543 from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Sept. 26.

Using Photoshop CS6, class participants will learn how to enhance, compose, and compress images for use in printed media, on video displays, and on websites.

The class will also cover the Adobe Camera Raw plugin used to preprocess images prior to refinement in Photoshop, color and tonal adjustments, image resizing; and compositing: using multiple images to create an original design.

Though the class is taught in CS6, many of the techniques demonstrated can be used in earlier versions of Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and other image editing programs.

Prerequisite: Basic computer literacy required. Some familiarity with Photoshop or training with other image editing software is helpful but not essential.

To register click here.


PowerPoint in the Classroom Workshops: Last Workshop Sept. 27

Join the Academic Partnership for Instruction (API) for a four-week series focusing on ways to use PowerPoint for instruction.

"PowerPoint: Infographics" will cover how to create an infographic in PowerPoint and stitch the slides together using a cloud-based collage tool.

To register or for full descriptions, visit here.

Questions? Contact the IS Help Desk at 402.554.4357 or unohelpdesk@unomaha.edu.

Last Class:

PowerPoint: Infographics
Friday, September 27
9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Kayser Hall 543