• 2013
  • 10/9

Chancellor Christensen Delivering State-of-the-University Address | 10 a.m.

Chancellor John Christensen will deliver his annual state-of-the-university address at UNO's fall convocation today in the Strauss Performing Arts Center.

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.

If you aren't able to attend there are several ways to can watch it courtesy of UNO Television. If you are on campus go to channel 9 on your closed circuit, UNO TV campus cable. If you are off campus you can view this event on Cox Channel 18 (The Knowledge Network) and on CenturyLink Channel 69.

For a replay watch at 7 p.m. on Cox 18 & CenturyLink 69.

Please contact Jim Adams at 402.554.5860 or jimadams@unomaha.edu.


Service Learning Project Information

- As a part of their P-16 service learning project, Dr. Sandra Rodriguez-Arroyo's Applying Reading and Writing in Content Areas UNO class together with Lewis & Clark ESL students will meet at the UNO STEM and IDEAS rooms from 8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. to continue their collaborative research on Nebraska Prairies. The students will utilize these rooms' resources to identify the best ways to represent the current state of the prairie within their chosen topics.

- As a part of their P-16 service learning project, students from Peter Kiewit Middle School and parents from the Learning Community of South Omaha will meet with students from Dr. Okhamafe's Autobiographical Reading and Writing course from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. to discuss the book, "The Circuit," that the middle school and UNO students have read, as well as begin work on a mural to be displayed at the Learning Communities Center.

- Goodrich Scholars in Dr. Catherine Chmidling's Lifespan Development class and Spring Lake fourth grade students will continue their P-16 service learning project at Intercultural Senior Center from 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Spring Lake students will be interviewing the diverse group of seniors at the Center 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, culminating in a presentation of biographies to the seniors.

- Students from Dr. Lyn Holley's Gerontology class will join students from Blackburn Alternative Program's Culinary Arts and Foods classes at Adam's Park Community Center from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and meet with the seniors at the center. As a part of their P-16 service learning project, Blackburn students will be preparing and serving lunch to the seniors, while the UNO students participate in games and conversation.

- Professor Bart Vargas and his 3D Design students will be traveling to Norris Middle School to work on 3D sculptures with Ms. Jody Boyer's seventh grade art students. As a part of their P-16 service learning project, the completed sculptures will be decorated by students enrolled in a Completely Kids after school program to represent the mission of Completely Kids. The sculptures will later be displayed at Norris Middle School.

  • 2PM
  • MBSC Chancellor's Room

Faculty Senate Meeting

The UNO Faculty Senate will meet today in MBSC Chancellor's Room. NU President J.B. Milliken will speak beginning at 2 p.m. The meeting will begin immediately after his presentation. All interested are invited to attend. For more information contact the Faculty Senate Coordinator Sue Bishop at 402.554.3598.

  • 12PM to 1PM

Wednesday Words: The Braided River Series

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 today from noon to 1 p.m. at the KANEKO-UNO library (1111 Jones St.).

  • 6PM to 10PM

Wellness Center Offering Basic Self Defense Class

Learn the basics of self-defense using the fundamentals of martial arts and elements of kickboxing. Sign up through Mav Sync.

UNO students are free, Campus Recreation members are $10, and non-members are $15. Class is held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in HPER 124.

  • 10/11
  • 12PM

Biomechanics Hosting Presentation by Barbara Ainsworth | Oct. 11

The Biomechanics Research Building cordially invites you to attend a presentation given by Barbara Ainsworth, Ph.D., MPH, FACSM, FNAK, on Oct. 11 beginning at noon in HPER 211.

The title of her talk is, "Physical Activity Assessment--Lessons Learned."

About Ainsworth
Dr. Barbara Ainsworth, the associate director of the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion and a professor in the Exercise and Wellness Program at Arizona State University, is a renowned researcher with an outstanding publication record in physical activity assessment, physical activity and public health, and physical activity in women. She is the past president of the American College of Sports Medicine and has received numerous honors and awards. We are truly privileged to have her here.

Epidemiologists have been measuring physical activity and sedentary behaviors as a risk for chronic diseases and mortality for nearly 60 years. They have used direct observation, questionnaires, pedometers and accelerometers, and proxy reports. While we have learned a great deal from these studies – that regular physical activity and avoiding sedentary behavior can prevent many chronic diseases and prolong life – advances in our ability to quantify human movement is variable. This presentation will focus on the progress in measuring physical activity over the decades and offer insights into our ability to capture daily movement and intentional physical activity behaviors.


Fullbright Scholar Giving Recital on Campus | Oct. 13

Fulbright scholar Catherine Compton and pianist Allan Armstrong will present a recital of lieder of Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel and Felix Mendelssohn on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 5 p.m.

This recital highlights Compton's Fulbright project entitled, "In Her Own Right: The Music of Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel." The recital will be in Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. Admission is free for UNO students and faculty. Tickets for general public are $5 for adults and $4 for students/seniors and may be purchased at the door.


Writing Center Offering GRE Prep Workshop | Oct. 16, 24, 26

Anyone planning to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) will benefit from this workshop offered by the UNO Writing Center. It will introduce both the issue task and argument task portions of the GRE Analytical Writing Section. The workshop will be offered three times:

Wednesday, Oct. 16: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 24: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 26: 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

All three workshops will be held in ASH 154--next door to the Writing Center.

Seating is limited, so please register here.

Please contact the Writing Center with any questions at unowritingcenter@unomaha.edu or 402.554.2946.

  • 10/18
  • 8:15AM

BE a MAV Day | Oct. 18

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will be having an open house event, BE a MAV Day, on Friday, Oct. 18.

Prospective students and their families will have the opportunity to visit with different departments, groups and organizations. They will also get to go on campus tours, see the residence halls, and learn all that UNO has to offer! The agenda for the day looks like this:

8:15 a.m.-- Academic/Organizational Fair
9:15 a.m.-- Who Wants to be a UNO Maverick?!
10 a.m.-- Campus Tour/Student and Parent Panels
11 a.m.-- Campus Tour/Student and Parent Panels
Noon-- Apply for Admission (Optional)
Noon-- Dodge and Pacific Campus Housing Tours (Optional)
1 p.m.-- Tours of Mammel Hall College of Business; Peter Kiewit College of IS&T, and Engineering (Optional)

Students can register for the program here. The program will begin at 8:15 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. If you have any questions regarding the open house, please contact Megan Nelson at megnelson@unomaha.edu or 4-3524.


Cyber Security Week 2 Trivia Question

To celebrate Cyber Security Awareness Month, Information Services (IS) will be giving away two laptop locks each week in October. Last week we asked, "What percentage of smartphone users have never backed up their device?" And the answer is 58 percent of all smartphone users have never backed up their device.

It is recommended that you backup your phone at least once a month to prevent loss of information. Most phones can now be backed up wirelessly.

Congrats to Djenane Lafleur and Matthew McDonald who won laptop locks. You will receive an email to your gmav account telling you where to claim your prize.

Would you like to win a laptop lock? To be entered for a chance to win a lock to better secure your laptop, answer this week's trivia question.

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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.

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  • 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 .

UNO in the Media

UNO in the Media

The Cripple of Inishmaan Full of Laughs
A student-designed production of "The Cripple of Inishmaan" does the University of Nebraska at Omaha's theater department and director D. Scott Glasser proud in several ways.

Mavs Searfoss Nets Hat Trick in Victory
UNO got the 2013-2014 season underway Monday night at the CenturyLink Center Omaha. Searfoss netted a hat trick in the victory over NAIT.

More than 100 City of Omaha Employees Return to Their Jobs While Drawing Pensions
Associate Professor in the School of Public Administration Carol Ebdon is quoted in this article regarding the city hiring employees who have already retired.


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.


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.


Save the Date: UNO Alumni Network Celebrating 100 Years | Nov. 8

UNO faculty and staff are invited to rock out at the UNO Alumni Association's 100th Anniversary Celebration Friday, Nov. 8. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. in the HPER Building and features UNO graduate and nationally renown Billy McGuigan's "Rock Legends" show. The high-energy evening includes dinner, an authentic soda fountain and dancing.

Join alumni and friends and help celebrate 100 years of strengthening the worldwide UNO alumni network!

Cost to attend is $75 per person. See more information and register 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.