• 2013
  • 10/4

Service Learning Project Information

As a part of their P-16 service-learning project, students from Professor Tanya Seina's Social Work and Civic Engagement course, along with students from Omaha Street School will visit the Nebraska Humane Society from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The students will to help the Humane Society by creating toys that keep dogs occupied in their kennels.

  • 10/4
  • 11:30AM
  • HPER 211

'Predicting Influenza Hospitalizations for Public Health Decision Making' Discussion

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.

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.


Campus Community Rounding Up for United Way of the Midlands

"Round Up" to support the United Way of the Midlands! Starting Monday, Oct. 7 through Friday, Oct. 11, round up your purchase in the Milo Bail Student Center Food Court, and the difference will go to the United Way of the Midlands. Payments can be made using cash, credit card, or MavCard.


Register for This Year's Health Screen Blood Draw, Part of the 2013 Health and Wellness Fair | Beginning Oct. 8

Starting Tuesday, Oct. 8, students, faculty, staff and members of the UNO community can sign up for this year's health screen blood draw, part of the 2013 Health and Wellness Fair. All lab draws require a 12 hour fast. Appointments will be scheduled from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7. Pre-registration and pre-payment/or filing with insurance is required to participate in the Health Screen Blood Draw.

If you are a benefits eligible UNO employee or retiree, you can use your health screen blood draw results to complete your Annual Health Risk Assessment (HRA) beginning on Nov. 18.

For questions regarding the health screen blood draw, call Health Services at 402.554.2374, press option 5.

For questions regarding the Annual Health Risk Assessment (HRA), call UNO Human Resources at 402.554.3660.

More information can be found here.

  • 10/9
  • 12PM to 1PM

Wednesday Words: The Braided River Series | Oct. 9

This 'Wednesday Words' will feature Karen Wingett. Wingett grew up in Yankton, South Dakota, and is the descendant of Scandinavian homesteaders and merchants, Irish ranchers and teachers. She earned a B.A. in English from Yankton College and an M.A. in English from the University of South Dakota.

Her recent poetry relates her experiences with aging parents. She is also creating family histories in free verse and collage.

Her work has appeared in Mid-American Poetry Review, South Dakota Magazine, Nebraska Life, Nebraska Poets' Calendar, in the anthologies Times of Sorrow Times of Grace and An Untidy Season, and several other publications.

Please join us Wednesday, Oct. 9 from noon to 1 p.m. at the KANEKO-UNO library (1111 Jones St.).


The Rabbi Sidney H. Brooks Lecture | Oct. 10

The founder and executive director of Project Interfaith will present The Rabbi Sidney H. Brooks Lecture Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m. The lecture will be held in the Thompson Center.

Beth Katz will be discussing "Reimagining Interfaith: Opportunities and Challenges Learned from Project Interfaith" at the lecture.

For more information, please view their flier here, or contact Dr. Paul Williams at pwilliams@unomaha.edu or call 402.554.2628.


Peace Corps Event | Oct. 16

Are you looking for unique teaching opportunities? Do you want to make a difference? Learn about teaching opportunities in the Peace Corps and talk with former Peace Corps volunteers.

UNO's College of Education and International Studies and Programs invite you to a special Peace Corps event on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Roskens Hall room 412 (the Ideas Room).

UNO's Peace Corps recruiter Linda Tucker will be on hand to talk about the Peace Corps' distinctive opportunities and answer questions on how to apply for the toughest job you'll ever love.

"The Peace Corps has opened lots of doors for me in my ESL career, both here in the States and abroad," says Anne West-Leclou (RPCV Gabon 1988-90), ESL Specialist in the Intensive Language Program at UNO. "Not to mention traveling, learning to speak a new language, and meeting some incredible people."

Refreshments will be served. Questions? Contact Wendy Loewenstein, IDEAS Room Coordinator, 402.554.3653 or wloewenstein@unomaha.edu.

  • 10/19-10/22

UNO's Three Days of Service | Begins Oct. 19

Are you looking for a way to positively impact your community and build your resume at the same time? Join your fellow students and community members as we help transform the community for the ninth annual Three Days of Service.

UNO's Three Days of Service (Oct. 19-22) is approaching fast, and UNO wants you to help out. A variety of service activities placed in different nonprofit organizations around the metropolitan area will provide you with an chance to learn more about social issues affecting our local community and how nonprofit organizations are addressing these issues, while giving you a direct way to assist.

Over fall break, you can volunteer your time to organizations such as The Stephen Center, Good 360, Open Door Mission, Together Inc. and many more.

On the service days, after you register and get a t-shirt and breakfast snacks, you will be shuttled to your project site. Sign up today to make an impact on your community!

For more information and to register for UNO's Three Days of Service please visit www.unomaha.edu/serve.

For questions please contact the Office of Civic and Social Responsibility at 402.554.4083 or UNOserve@unomaha.edu .


Teaching Analysis by Students (TABS)

The TABS program, sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development, is designed to support faculty growth and development. Instructors may request TABS for their classes to help them improve their teaching methods. A trained TABS consultant will work with an instructor to identify and effectively use teaching strengths, isolate teaching problems and develop improvement strategies to achieve professional growth.

The fifth, sixth and seventh week of the semester is an excellent time to schedule TABS for your classes. For more information on the confidential TABS program contact the Center for Faculty Development at 402.554.2427 or unofacdev@unomaha.edu.


October is National Depression and Mental Illness Screening Month

October is National Depression and Mental Illness Screening month. This is a time set aside to help each other become more aware of troublesome symptoms or problems related to our emotional wellness. Symptoms of depression or other changes in mood, level of anxiety, substance abuse, sleep, appetite, or behaviors that cause impairment in daily functioning need attention. These issues can affect any of us at any time.

The Counseling Center will be offering free mental health screenings for the UNO community in the HPER Atrium on Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Thursday, Oct. 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

If you or someone you care about are in need of direction on where to go for mental health services, or if you notice symptoms but aren’t sure if -or what kind- of help is needed, please call the UNO Counseling Center at 402.554.2409. The mental health professionals on staff are able to listen and to guide you on the right path for appropriate services and support.


Criss Library Newsletter Available

The latest issue of UNO Criss Library newsletter is now available. Enjoy the Criss Chronicles.

Contact Joyce Neujahr at jneujahr@unomaha.edu with comments and suggestions!

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  • 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.

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Writing Center Workshop Series: Citing Sources in the MLA and APA Styles |Oct. 7, 10

Whether they're undergraduates writing research papers for class or advanced scholars writing for publication, many writers find themselves bogged down in the details of citation-- quotation marks or italics? Comma or period? Author's full name or just the initials? The UNO Writing Center can help.

The Writing Center's graduate consultant, Kathy Radosta, has developed interactive workshops on the most frequently used citation systems. Workshops are free and open to any member of the campus community.

Workshops on the APA style:
Monday, Oct. 7: 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (MBSC Dodge Room)
Thursday, Oct. 10: 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (MBSC Gallery Room)

Light refreshments will be served. These workshops are FREE, but space is limited. Please register by contacting the Writing Center at 402.554.2946 or unowritingcenter@unomaha.edu.

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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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  • 10/11
  • 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

Palestine's U.S. Ambassador Visits UNO
Maen Rashid Areikat, chief representative of the general delegation of the Palestine Liberation Organization to the United States, visited Omaha to speak at the Global Studies Conference held on campus.

Caniglia Field Almost Ready
UNO's move into Caniglia Field as its permanent home for men's and women's soccer is getting closer!


UNO Theatre has a Special Gift for New Faculty & Staff

Want to travel the world for a few thousand years?

The UNO Theatre Department's 2013-2014 season will take you to Ireland, Chicago, Greece, England, and Putnam County, USA. We invite you to take this grand tour with us.

New to UNO and its exciting opportunities? This year all new UNO faculty and staff can receive one complimentary ticket to our entire dynamic season of plays. Additionally, we offer a discounted season ticket to all other faculty and staff and their family members. This gives you five shows for $40, which is the cheapest ticket in town!

Here’s what your tickets will take you to see:

- The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh runs Oct. 2–5 and Oct. 9–12
- Glassheart by Reina Hardy runs Oct. 30-Nov. 2
- Elektra by Sophakles runs Nov. 20-23 and Dec. 4–7
- Death By Design by Rob Urbinati runs Feb. 26–Mar. 1 and Mar. 5–8
- 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Music and Lyrics by William Finn, Book by Rachel Sheinkin, runs April 16–19 and April 23–26.

For ticketing, contact Tom Lowe at 402.554.2406 or through email at tlowe@unomaha.edu. You can also view information on the UNO Theatre website.

  • 10/8
  • 9:30AM to 11AM
  • MBSC Dodge Room

Retirement Planning Workshop for Women | Oct. 8

RSVP now! Last spots still available for the Retirement Planning Workshop for Women, which is being held on Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the MBSC Dodge Room.

Faculty and staff are invited to RSVP for the TIAA-CREF Financial Essentials Workshop for women who want to learn more about retirement options. Participants will share experiences and develop new investing skills.

To save a spot in the workshop, please RSVP by calling 1.800.732.8353 or register online here.

This workshop will help you identify your 'retirement vision' – how much you'll need and when, so you can have the retirement you want. You will learn to define the simple steps to getting your finances on track to reach your ideal retirement in 10 to 15 years and learn the unique characteristics of retirement plans from 403(b) to IRAs to annuities-- and see which work best for you. Refreshments will be served. This workshop continues the themes touched on in last year's very successful women's retirement planning seminar.

  • 10/10-10/12

2013 Great Plains Rocky Mountain Annual Meeting | Oct. 10-12

The Department of Geography and Geology invites you to the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Great Plains/Rocky Mountain Division.

The meeting will be held Oct. 10 to Oct. 12 on the UNO campus.

For more information, please visit here.