• 2013
  • 10/3

Service Learning Project Information

Below are the projects Service Learning is working on today.

- Students from Beveridge Magnet Middle School International Studies class and ILUNO will meet at UNO at noon to work on their P-16 service learning project. Students are collaboratively working on an art piece that illustrates the theme of "No Borders."

- Girls from Omaha North, Papillion-La Vista, Bryan, and Boys Town High Schools, together with Professor Rita Shaughnessy’s UNO Public Speaking class, will meet with the elected female public officials at the Thompson Alumni Center to participate in The League of Women Voters' event "Running and Winning" from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. This P-16 service learning project strives to increase the civic engagement and leadership skills of young girls in the metro area. The high school girls will build their understanding of the social and political issues through interviews and data collecting to be used in final presentations.

- Students from Blackburn Alternative Program and students from Dr. Rosemary Strasser's Laboratory in Psychology class will meet on UNO's campus from 12 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. for the finale of a semester long project where the students had been working with dogs in efforts to increase their chances of adoption by correcting poor behaviors through clicker training techniques. As a part of their P-16 service learning project, the students will be utilizing the qualitative and quantitative data that they have collected to present in their final presentations.

- UNO students from Dr. William Austin's Human Relations class will be working together with children from the Completely Kids after-school program at Jackson Elementary as a part of their Yes I Can! project. As a part of their P-16 service learning project, the students will be working on increasing learning productivity and building self-esteem.


The Can Kicks Back on Campus, CPACS Sponsoring Free Screening of 'Overdraft'

The College of Public Affairs and Community Service is sponsoring a free screening of 'Overdraft,' an award-winning nonpartisan film exploring the facts about the national debt, tonight at 6 p.m. in the CPACS Commons.

The group, The Can Kicks Back, will also be on the MBSC Plaza from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please view their flier here.

  • 11:30AM to 1PM
  • PKI 279

The College of IS&T Presents Fiona Fui-Hoon Nah

College of IS&T Round Table presents Fiona Fui-Hoon Nah, professor of Business & Information Technology at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla). She will present on 'Enhancing Brand Equity through Flow and Telepresence:A Comparison of 2D and 3D Virtual Worlds' today 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 Fiona Fui-Hoon Nah

Fiona Fui-Hoon Nah is a Professor of Business & Information Technology at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, formerly the University of Missouri-Rolla. She was previously on the faculty of Purdue University and University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research interests include human-computer interaction, virtual communities and virtual worlds, electronic commerce, mobile and ubiquitous commerce, enterprise resource planning, and applications of technology to education. Her publications have appeared in journals such as MIS Quarterly, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, and International Journal of Human-Computer Studies.

  • 1PM to 4PM

Bioretention Garden Day

The UNO Bioretention Garden was designed to enhance the beauty of our campus "front door," provide an enjoyable campus space to spend time in, or appreciate the blooms and colors of many native and adapted landscape plants. But it is also holds rainwater from the UNO Welcome Center roof and surrounding landscape every time it rains!

The garden is an example of green infrastructure--using landscapes and nature to manage stormwater runoff in a sustainable, cost-effective, people-friendly way. The garden runoff, with the help of the plant roots, infiltrates into the soil and an underdrain system within a day or two to recharge soil moisture, filter pollutants, and reduce or eliminate runoff flowing into storm sewers.

From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. today you can stop by the garden on Dodge Campus, see it in action (using a nearby fire hydrant) and compete for $25 and $15 Aksarben Cinema gift cards by giving your best guess at how much water the garden can hold. The on-site cards have been generously donated by Omaha by Design; they are also donating two $10 gift cards for guesses via UNO social media and eNotes. Check out the UNO Facebook, or send your guess to eNotes@unomaha.edu.

Questions? Contact Steve Rodie at srodie@unomaha.edu. More information about the garden can be found here, or click here for the location.


October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

National Cyber Security Awareness Month--celebrated every October-- was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online. This year is the 10th anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. UNO is an official NCSAM Champion and is committed to cyber security on campus, in our community and around the world. To educate our campus community on cyber security, several initiatives and events are planned.

Cyber Security Awareness Trivia Contest
To celebrate Cyber Security Awareness Month, Information Services (IS) will be giving away 2 laptop locks each week in October. To be entered for a chance to win a lock to better secure your laptop, answer the week one trivia question.
*All UNO students, faculty and staff are eligible but you can only submit one entry per week.

Monthly Security Tips Newsletter
A monthly newsletter sponsored by the Center for Internet Security and UNO’s own Office of Information Security highlights the best ways to remain safe online. Read the most recent edition here.

Information Awareness Video Training for Faculty and Staff
Information Services (IS) has coordinated with SANS Securing the Human to provide a series of video modules in Blackboard that is now available to all UNO Faculty and Staff. Each module provides a short video on a specific Cyber Security topic and practical tips for securing information in the digital age.

To enroll in this self-paced information awareness training:
-Log into Blackboard with your UNO Net ID and password Blackboard
-Select the My Home Page tab
-Locate the My Organizations Plus module box and click the Information Awareness Video Training link
-To view the modules, select the Modules button in the left hand navigation
-If a warning for a PopUp Blocker display, select Allow

If you have problems accessing or navigating the Information Awareness Training in Blackboard, please contact IS Technical Support at 402.554.HELP (4357) or unohelpdesk@unomaha.edu for assistance.

For more information on Cyber Security Awareness visit the Cyber Security website.

  • 10/4
  • 11:30AM
  • HPER 211

'Predicting Influenza Hospitalizations for Public Health Decision Making' Discussion | Oct. 4

Dr. Araz is an assistant professor at the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr Araz has a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Arizona and has previously worked as lecturer and post-doctoral fellow at the University of Texas. His research interests include complex systems thinking, modeling and simulation and analyses in health care. He will be on campus to discuss influenza on Oct. 4.

Seasonal influenza epidemics are a major public health concern, causing three to five million cases of severe illness and about 250,000 to 500,000 deaths worldwide. These epidemics can be unpredictable and severe and hence early detection of disease activity is important in reducing the public health impact. Early detection requires regular surveillance and most importantly reliable forecasting methods that can efficiently use surveillance data. In this presentation, first a Kalman filter model for predicting weekly hospitalizations due to influenza related illnesses in the state of Texas will be presented. Since hospitalization data are available with a six month to one year lag we use correlated temporal data as predictors, which are available in near real-time. Then, a stochastic optimization model will be described and analyzed for estimating the number of ventilators that the Texas Department of State Health Services, and eight health service regions in Texas, should stockpile for a pandemic influenza under different severity scenarios.

  • 10/6
  • 9:30AM to 1PM

Maverick Productions Hosting 'Wake Up & Run 5K' | Oct. 6

Maverick Productions & TeamMates proudly present the first ever Wake Up & Run 5K Fun Run/Walk to benefit the TeamMates Mentoring Program. The Wake Up & Run 5K will be Sunday, Oct. 6, at UNO's Center Street Campus (the dome off of 72nd and Spring).

The purpose of this event is to bring the community together to promote higher education, a healthy lifestyle and community engagement. For more information, please visit here.

  • 10/7
  • 11AM to 1PM
  • MBSC Fireplace Lounge

Newspaper Read-in Event | Oct. 7

National Newspaper Week is Oct. 6-13. Please encourage your students to participate in a Student Government Newspaper Read-In at the Fireplace Lounge in MBSC on Monday, Oct. 7, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Students can spend any amount of time reading the newspaper, and Student Government will total the number of newspaper reading hours produced by UNO students. The event promotes reading and gives visibility to the Maverick Readership program on campus.

Refreshments will be served. Support reading! Support newspapers!


Advanced Photoshop Workshop | Oct. 10

The Academic Partnership for Instruction will offer 'Advanced Photoshop' in Kayser Hall 543 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 10.

This class extends the techniques taught in the recent Photoshop I and II classes. Using Photoshop CS6, class participants will learn photo manipulation and re-design techniques to include basic retouching, uses of graphical text and high dynamic range images, the use of image filters, and color replacement. The class will also cover use of the image pre-processor to save images in multiple sizes and formats all at one time, the use of scripts to automate basic Photoshop techniques, and additional compositing skills. Time permitting, we will take a brief look at video editing in CS6.

Prerequisite: Basic computer literacy and entry-level familiarity with Photoshop.

Class size is limited to 15. Register here.

  • 10/10
  • 3PM to 5PM
  • HPER

Wellness Center Open House | Oct. 10

The Wellness Center will be hosting an open house on Oct. 10 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

There will be opening remarks at 3:30 p.m. followed by food and tours. Stop by to learn more about the Wellness Center!

  • 10/23
  • 10AM to 11AM
  • MBSC Chancellor's Room

'Getting Started' Website Forum | Oct. 23

Responsible for your department, college or office's website? Then you don't want to miss the Office of University Communications' Getting Started Website Forum on Oct. 23rd.

This will be a review of the same information for those who were unable to attend the September forum.

Join us from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room to learn how you can prepare for the conversion of your website(s) into the new UNO templates.


Screen Capture Basics Training Workshop | Oct. 25

The Academic Partnership for Instruction (API), a division of Information Services (IS), will be holding a training workshop on Screen Capture Basics on Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Kayser Hall, room 543.

Through the use of screen capture programs, instructors can easily disseminate class resources while catering to students of multiple learning styles. Screen capture tools can be used to:
Create tutorials and step-by-step video demonstrations
Allow students to demonstrate their work or problems
Provide student feedback by augmenting textual corrections with speech or drawings and
Create more engaging presentations.

In this hands-on session, attendees will learn not only how to use a free screen capture program, Wink, but will gain a deeper understanding of the pedagogical advantages to using such technology.

Participants are invited to bring content with to aid in the creation of a sample demonstration. All faculty and staff are welcome, but space is limited to the first 10 registrants, so please register early. To register here and select the workshop title from the 'register for' box.

campus notices
  • 10/5

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.

campus notices
  • 10/10
  • 10AM to 1PM
  • MBSC

UNO's Fall Volunteer Fair | Oct. 10

UNO's Fall Volunteer Fair is happening on Oct. 10 on the second floor of the Milo Bail Student Center. Stop by from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and learn from local nonprofit organizations that are in need of our assistance.

Attending organizations will fall under these categories:

Education, Ages, Environment and Sustainability, International, Health, Arts, Social Advocacy

Individuals benefit in psychological, social and cognitive areas because of volunteer experiences. Volunteering is also extremely beneficial for your professional development and resume, as you will be exposed to new people, settings and skills.

For more information visit here.

campus notices
  • 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.

UNO in the Media

UNO in the Media

Mascot Monument Coming to Campus
Something monumental is coming to campus in 2014-- a Maverick monument--thanks to the UNO Alumni Association.

UNO Students Participate in First National's 48-Hour Hackathon
First National Bank of Omaha invited developers, designers, and other talented 3-person teams to participate in a 48 hour hackathon hosted in the First National Tower, and three UNO students participated. The goal was to create a web interface that asks its customers how to improve the services it provides. Results will be announced Oct. 5.

This Week in Maverick Athletics

This Week in Maverick Athletics

This week in Maverick Athletics is back! Check out how your Maverick athletic teams are doing here.

  • 11/6-11/8

UNO Hosting International Research Conference | Nov. 6-8

The International Association for Service Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) is hosting its annual conference at the Hilton in downtown Omaha on November 6-8.

Hosted by UNO, the conference will showcase research conducted by scholars, practitioners, and community partners across the United States and the world. With more than 175 presentations and posters, and numerous networking and mentoring sessions, there will be many opportunities to learn about and share experiences rooted in community engagement.

The keynote speaker will be acclaimed writer, speaker, and activist Parker J. Palmer, founder of the Center for Courage & Renewal and author of several books including The Heart of Higher Education and Healing the Heart of Democracy. His keynote luncheon address on Nov. 7 is titled "Higher Education and the Future of Democracy."

In addition to full conference admission, participants may purchase one day admission, pre-conference admission, or tickets for the luncheon address by Dr. Palmer. Tickets for the luncheon address are included in the full conference admission fee. Early bird pricing ends Sept. 15.

For more information and to register, please visit here.


IRB Hours at UNO

To assist UNO researchers, the UNMC/UNO Institutional Review Board has scheduled walk-in hours in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Creative Activity, Eppley Administration Building, Room 203. No appointments are needed. Below are the dates and times they are available to discuss the IRB submission process, provide assistance with the IRB application, and answer questions about your human subject research study.

Thursday, Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon

Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. to noon

Wednesday, Dec. 4 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. to noon

Contact Jenny Kucera at 402.559.6119 or jikucera@unmc.edu with questions or to schedule an appointment outside those hours.

  • 10/16
  • 12PM to 1PM

IRB Ed Series Continues | Oct. 16

The IRB Education Series continues on Oct. 16, with a presentation by Kevin Epperson, UNMC/UNO IRB Administrator, and Teresa Carlson, UNO Assistant Manager AP/SAP Training, Accounting Services. Kevin and Teresa will discuss the, "Nuts and Bolts of Compensating Research Subjects."

The IRB Education Series continues with monthly presentations in November and December and features speakers who will discuss various human subject research topics.

All sessions will be held from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center, Chancellor's Room. Lunch and beverages will be provided.

See the attached flier here for the schedule of presentations and for registration information. UNO is not handling registration for these sessions. Attendees must register directly with IRB via the link on the flyer.