• 2013
  • 10/22

Flag Lowering in Honor of Norman Ambrose

The UNO flag will be lowered today in honor of UNO retiree Norman Ambrose, who passed away on October 16, 2013. Ambrose worked as a custodian in Custodial Services from his date of hire on April 9, 1987, until his retirement on July 1, 2010. He was 75-years-old at the time of his death.


Service Learning Headlines

Today from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Dr. Melissa Berke's Music Education Core I students will be visiting various childcare centers in the Omaha metropolitan area served by Building Bright Futures to provide beginning music instruction to the pre-schoolers at the centers. As a part of their P-16 service learning project, the UNO students will facilitate teacher and student-created music lessons while emphasizing the importance of music in early childhood development.


AACSB Initial Accounting Accreditation Celebration

UNO's Accounting Department has earned AACSB accounting accreditation, and we're celebrating this prestigious recognition! UNO is one of only 179 institutions worldwide to have AACSB International's specialized accounting accreditation, and our Master of Accounting program is one of only two such programs in Nebraska to be AACSB accounting accredited. Our Celebration event starts with a reception at 4:30 p.m., followed by a program at 5 p.m.


Cyber Security Awareness Trivia Contest

To celebrate Cyber Security Awareness Month, Information Services (IS) will be giving away two laptop locks each week in October. Last week we asked, "The average person uses the same password on how many sites?" and the answer is at least 6 sites. This creates a huge risk if the password is lost, stolen or guessed, because it will open the door for hackers to multiple accounts.

Congrats to Matthew Epp and Katherine Robillard who won laptop locks last week. 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 here.

Note: All UNO students, faculty and staff are eligible but you can only submit one entry per week. You must login with your UNO NetID username and password to access the contest form.

  • 10/24
  • 5:30PM to 7PM
  • PKI 158

UNOIA Start-up Story Featuring Jeff Runyon | Oct. 24

UNOIA is hosting the second of our monthly series entitled "UNOIA Start-up Stories" on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at PKI, and we are pleased to present entrepreneur Jeff Runyon, co-founder of Allied Strategy. Allied Strategy was founded in 2003 when Runyon and his co-founders were still students at University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Raikes School.

Allied Strategy is focused on bringing efficiencies to the insurance marketplace in order to benefit consumers. Runyon’s particular focus is on SEMCAT, a software tool designed to assist independent insurance agents provide consumer quotes with accuracy and speed. SEMCAT is a national brand utilized by thousands of independent insurance agents serving hundreds of thousands of end consumers in their pursuit of insurance coverage.

The event will be fairly casual in nature and Runyon will be answering questions as they arise.

If you have questions, please email tahancock@unomaha.edu. This event is open to all interested students, faculty and staff. Food and refreshments will be provided.

  • 11/1
  • 11:30Am to 1PM
  • PKI 279

The College of IS&T Roundtable Presents Sean Goggins | Nov. 1

The College of I&T Roundtable presents Sean Goggins, assistant professor at the University of Missouri Informatics Institute and School of Information Science and Learning Technologies on Nov. 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in PKI 279. Goggins discussion will be titled, "Structural Fluidity and Performance in Virtual Software Organizations."

A major advantage of Virtual Organizations (VOs) is flexible membership and participation. VO members are able to join and leave VOs at will, and can change whom they collaborate with at any point in time. It is this flexibility that makes VOs more efficient in the completion of collaborative work than traditional organizations. Efficiency, however, is only one of several measures of organizational performance; and organizational flexibility relates both to how VO structures may be more fluid and adaptive, and how VO leadership emerges and evolves throughout the VO lifecycle. Dr. Goggins will present his team’s research aimed at developing a fundamental understanding of the relationship between structural fluidity and virtual organization performance in GitHub based virtual software organizations. Goggins team is examining the log data generated by the technical systems used for coordination and information sharing in VOs, interviewing VO participants, and measuring VO performance in context specific ways, recognizing that performance in software engineering is different than learning performance, for example. This research contributes to existing scholarship in four areas: (1) identification of leadership behaviors in different, existing virtual organizations; (2) design and implementation of tools to make organizational fluidity visible to VO participants; (3) development and evaluation of novel technologies to detect and nurture group emergence in virtual organizations and (4) understanding the relationship between organizational performance, the fluidity of groups and leadership in virtual organizations. The results will provide insights related to VO performance optimization for industry and government organizations that increasingly rely on virtual organizations for their success.

Speaker Bio
Sean Goggins teaches, publishes and conducts research on the uptake and use of information and communication technologies by small groups in medium to large scale sociotechnical systems from Facebook to online course systems. Goggins conceptualizes "group informatics" as a methodological approach and ontology (Goggins et al, 2013) for making sense of the interactions between people in medium to large scale social computing environments. His research examines the information behavior, knowledge construction, identity development, performance and structural evolution of small, online groups. The long tail of social computing bounds this work; large scale communities are approached from the bottom up in group informatics research. By understanding small groups of online learners, librarians or software engineers (to name just a few), and analyzing traces of their interactions, Group Informatics brings semantics to the clusters discovered in large scale social computing endeavors.

Subs and sodas provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Please RSVP to Angela Nastase at anastase@unomaha.edu.

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Writer's Workshop Series Continues | Oct. 23

The 2013 Writer's Workshop Reading Series continues this week with a reading by Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill, Ireland's foremost present-day poet writing in Irish. Her books include The Fifty Minute Mermaid and Water Horse, among others. This event begins at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, in room 101 CPACS Building and is co-sponsored by the Department of English of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Writer's Workshop of the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media. Free and open to the public.

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  • 10/24
  • 12PM to 1PM
  • MBSC Council Room

Second Middle East Forum | Oct. 24

The second meeting of this year of the Middle East Forum, organized by the Middle East Program Fund and UNO's History Department, will meet from noon to 1 p.m. on Oct. 24 in the MBSC Council Room.

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  • 10/25
  • 11:30AM to 1PM
  • PKI 279

The College of IS&T Roundtable Presents Marlina Davidson | Oct. 25

Marlina M. Davidson M.A., lecturer in the School of Communication and Speech Center consulting coordinator, will present on, "Giving an Academic Presentation: How to Present your Research," on Oct. 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Davidson will be presenting on organizing your thoughts, preparing your slides, presentation tips, and taking questions.

Lunch provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Please rsvp to Angela Nastase at anastase@unomaha.edu.

Speaker Bio
Marlina M. Davidson (M.A., University of Nebraska at Omaha) is a lecturer in the School of Communication and Speech Center consulting coordinator for the University. In the UNO Speech Center she consults with faculty, staff and students on presentation skills and instructional communication techniques. She teaches public speaking, interviewing and the Speech Capstone classes. She is currently finishing her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research interests include organizational communication, basic course, and training and development.

The Speech Center's mission is to support, through coaching and consulting, all UNO students, faculty and staff that desire to enhance their oral communication skills. The Speech Center consulting and coaching free services include everything from speech organization and incorporating PowerPoint presentations to correctly citing sources and using effective delivery techniques. You can find out more information about UNO’s Speech Center or make an appointment by going to the Speech Center's website or call 402.554.3201. The Speech Center is located in Arts & Sciences Hall, Room 183/185 and is open Monday through Friday.

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Homecoming Festivities from Maverick Productions

Maverick Productions is encouraging UNO campus departments, offices and areas to participate like never before! While all faculty, staff and departments are encouraged to join us in the Homecoming festivities, the competing teams, groups, and individuals must be registered by Friday, Oct. 25, at 5 p.m.

Registration for ALL official Homecoming activities are included in this ONE form for your convenience: Banner competition, Chili & Pie Cook-Off, Alumni Association Office Decorating & Homecoming Concert in the Park. We look forward to seeing your completed registration soon!

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UNO's BigIdea Elevator Pitch Contest | Deadline Oct. 25

Do you know students with award winning ideas? Encourage them to enter the BigIdea! Pitch Contest! Pitch contests are a great way to for students of any major to showcase their creativity and innovative thinking. Unleash the creative minds of your students and put them on display for the campus and community to see. The first deadline is Oct. 25.

This fall, the Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Franchising (CIEF) is sponsoring not one but FOUR BigIdea pitch contests! There is a separate video pitch contests for students in:

1) CBA
3) Arts & Sciences
4) Open Category for all others colleges (e.g. CPACS, CFAM, CoE, etc.)

Winners of each online video contest will receive $300, $200, or $100, and then qualify to compete in a live pitch session for $1,000 on Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. in Mammel Hall.

Having four contests will allow each college to promote their own community of interest and highlight the innovativeness of their students. Please go to the BigIdea! website for submission guidelines and contest rules.

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The Writing Center and Criss Library Present 'Finish it Friday' | Beginning Oct. 25

The UNO Writing Center, in collaboration with the Criss Library, will be holding three "Finish it Friday" Topic Presentations and Work Sessions at Criss Library in Room 232. The Topic Presentations are 50-minute presentations given by Writing Center staff members on topic related to finishing writing projects (see subjects below). Come early or stay late for Work Sessions, which are one-hour blocks of dedicated time and space for students, faculty, and staff to work on--and finish--writing projects. Writing consultants and library staff will be on hand during the Work Sessions to help answer your questions.

Writers are invited to attend the Topic Presentation, Work Sessions, or both!

Finish it Friday Topic Presentations and Work Sessions:

Friday, October 25
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Work Session
2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Topic Presentation (Organizing a Long Writing Project)
3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Work Session

Friday, November 8
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Work Session
2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Topic Presentation (Writer's Block)
3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Work Session

Friday, November 22
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Work Session
2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Topic Presentation (Editing Your Own Work)
3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Work Session

Questions? Contact the UNO Writing Center at 402.554.2946 or unowritingcenter@unomaha.edu.

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eNotes Rebranding | We Need Your Help!

We want your opinion! We are making some exciting updates to eNotes and want your help. Please take this survey and vote on --or submit-- a new name for eNotes. This survey will be available Oct. 21 until Oct. 25.

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Enroll with Mavlink Mobile

With the release of MavlinkMobile this summer, UNO students can now access their grades, pay tuition costs and fees, accept/decline their financial-aid awards, review class schedule, and an enrollment shopping cart that enables them to add or drop classes through their mobile device.

Some other notes:
- Mavlink Mobile is only available for students
- Students can access through my.unomaha.edu page
- Access to a class schedule and GPS walking directions to their class location
- Ability to pay tuition through mobile device (first school in NU system to have this feature available for students)
- Ability to update phone, address and emergency contact information
- View any holds or to-do checklist items
- Link to the Mavlink full site

New features coming include:
- Links to Degreeworks degee audit
- Access test score information
- Apply for graduation
- Link to bookstore for textbook information

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Active Shooter Training Offered

Active Shooter training is being offered to our campus community in order to help prepare us in the event of an incident. The training is being jointly offered by UNO EHS, Campus Security and the Omaha Police Department.

- Tuesday, Oct. 29, in Eppley Administration Building: Room 102 from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Mammel Hall: Room 122 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

This training includes:

- 1.5 Hours of Interactive Training
- Review of Actions for Surviving an Active Shooter Incident
- Examine Potential Threat Indicators
- Work Area Security/Safety Review
- Emergency Preparedness Overview

For questions call Tyler Davis, EHS at 402.554.2239 or to RSVP email tadavis@unomaha.edu.

To view emergency training videos and information, visit here.

To sign up for UNO's Alert Notification System, visit here.

UNO in the Media

UNO in the Media

World-Herald Editorial: Tech offers opportunities for men, women
This editorial discusses the need for both men and women in IT and how UNO has already reached its first goal of $250,000 for women in IT.

UNO Hockey wins 2-1 against NMU
The Maverick hockey team sailed to victory in a 2-1 win over Northern Michigan University this past weekend.


Desktop Publishing Training Offered | Oct. 30, Nov. 6

The Academic Partnership for Instruction (API), a division of Information Services (IS), is offering two training sessions in desktop publishing.

InDesign I-- Wednesday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m. to noon, Kayser Hall 543
This session provides an introductory hands-on opportunity to learn desktop publishing using the InDesign software package. While designing a poster and a newsletter, participants will learn to insert and manipulate text and graphics and create a "master" template to use for future designs.

InDesign II-- Wednesday, Nov. 6, 10 a.m. to noon, Kayser Hall 543
In this next level of InDesign you will create a brochure. While designing the brochure we will address document planning, layout and bleeds as well as tools for publishing concerns. We will also reinforce skills learned in the previous class. Knowledge of other Adobe software titles is helpful but not necessary.

All UNO faculty and staff are welcome. Registration is required and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Although there is a limit of 15 seats for both sessions, we will take a waiting list for a future training.

To register for this training click here. For more information or to be added to the registration waiting list, contact IS Technical Support at 402-554-HELP (4357) or unohelpdesk@unomaha.edu.