• 2013
  • 10/23

Service Learning Headlines

As a part of their P-16 service learning project, Dr. Sandra Rodriguez-Arroyo's Applying Reading and Writing in Content Areas class 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 after visiting Glacier Creek Preserve. The students will utilize the knowledge they have received from visiting the prairie 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, students from Dr. Okhamafe's Autobiographical Reading and Writing course, and parents from the Learning Community Center of South Omaha will meet at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church to create two large murals for the Learning Community Center from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. This mural activity is related to the book club the three partners collaborated on as a means of further understanding and identifying with diversity.

From 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., 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 to 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.

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

'Getting Started' Website Forum

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 today.

Please note: 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.


Fifth Annual Phil and Ruth Sokolof Lecture

The Fifth Annual Phil and Ruth Sokolof Lecture, organized by the Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies, will feature Ambassador Stuart Eizenstadt, author and former adviser to three U.S. presidents.

Based on his most recent book, his lecture is titled, "The Future of Jews: How Global Forces are Impacting the Jewish People, Israel, and its Relationship with the United States." The lecture begins at 7 p.m. and will be held at the Thompson Alumni Center.

For more information, view the flier here.


2013 Writer's Workshop Reading Series Continues This Evening

The 2013 Writer’s Workshop Reading Series continues this week with a reading by Núala Ní 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 PM on this evening, in room CPACS 101, 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.

This event is free and open to the public.

  • 10/31
  • 9AM

UNO Child Care Center Costume Parade | Oct. 31

Join the UNO Child Care Center for the cutest day on campus! On Oct. 31, watch the UNOCCC students parade across campus in their costumes starting at 9 a.m.! The parade will start at the child care center and proceed through the center of campus. Campus groups and departments are welcome to hand out wrapped candy or other goodies to the students (please, no hard candy or candy with nuts or peanuts). Questions? Please contact Dawn Hove at dhove@unomaha.edu.

  • 11/12
  • 3:30PM to 5PM
  • CPACS Commons

'Preparing for a Conference Presentation' Workshop | Nov. 12

Do you know how to present your research at a conference? Are you ready for your thesis or dissertation defense? 'Preparing for a Conference Presentation' workshop has been planned for UNO graduate students. The workshop will focus on organizing your thoughts, preparing your slides, sharing presentation tips and interacting with audience members in a question & answer session.

The workshop will occur on Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in CPACS Commons and will be led by Marlina Davidson, Speech Center coordinator and Kate Rempfer, Speech Center consultant. To register, please contact the Center for Faculty Development at 402.554.2427 or unofacdev@unomaha.edu. A free pizza dinner will be served.


ORCA Announces Availability of FIRE Grants | Deadline Dec. 17

The Office of Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) is pleased to announce the following internal funding opportunity for UNO faculty:

Fund for Investing in the Research Enterprise (FIRE)

FIRE grants will support the collection of preliminary data/proof-of-concept for faculty projects that demonstrate a high potential for attracting substantial external funding. Awards of $20,000 are available to single investigator FIRE proposals, and multi–investigator/collaborative FIRE proposals may request up to $35,000.

Deadline for submissions is Dec. 17, 2013, 11:59 (CST)

Apply here.

Please email questions to unoorca@unomaha.edu.


Call for Applications: Graduate Research and Creative Activity Grants (GRACA) | Deadline Jan. 21

The Office of Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) announces the availability of funding for the Graduate Research and Creative Activity (GRACA) awards.

GRACA grants support faculty‐mentored UNO graduate student research and creative activity. Grants of up to $5,000 per student may be used to support student travel for data/information collection, project‐related supplies and operational expenses, data collection and analysis, and/or a summer stipend.

Eligibility is restricted to UNO graduate students who pay tuition and fees through UNO. Students must be enrolled during both spring and fall 2014 semesters (with no plans to graduate before December 2014). Students are required to identify a UNO faculty mentor who must approve the submission of the GRACA proposal. The faculty mentor must be a member of the graduate faculty.

Deadline: January 21, 2014 (11:59 p.m. CDT)

To find out more information and apply, please see the GRACA website.


Flu Shot Reminder!

Now is the time to get your flu shot. They are currently available at Health Services!

- students $15
- faculty & staff $20
- Cash, check, or we can file with insurance

Insurance billing (in-network providers only):
- Insurance will be billed at $30. For UNO employees with BCBS insurance the $30 comes out of your use or lose preventive care account. You started the year with $250 ($300 if you did the HRA) to use for well care, i.e. annual well exam, vaccines such as a flu shot, and UNO Health & Wellness blood screens on the day of the health fair on Nov. 7.

Please see the flier here for more information.

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Heart & Hands 2013: A Fourth National Juried Book Art Exhibition for Students | Going on Now

Heart & Hands 2013: A Fourth National Juried Book Art Exhibition for Students is on display now through November 14 at the UNO Criss Library Osborne Family Gallery.

Graduate and undergraduate students from accredited academic institutions were able to submit books for the exhibition. Fifty-six artists submitted 82 works for the juried exhibition, and 47 works were accepted. The accepted works came from students in 18 states and Canada.

This year's juror was Barbara Tetenbaum, an artist working in printed books and installation and professor at Oregon College of Art and Craft. She founded her imprint, Triangular Press, in 1979, and this work can be found in many private and public collections in the U.S. and abroad. She is the recipient of two Fulbright Lecture awards to teach in Germany and the Czech Republic. Her other honors include a Koopman Distinguished Chair at the Hartford Art School in 2012 and a Sally Bishop Fellowship at the Book Arts in New York City in 2011. Tetenbaum received her Bachelor of Science in fine arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

The exhibition was also on display at the UNL Love Library. Heart & Hands 2013 is sponsored by the Lincoln Print Group, the UNL Department of Art and Art History, Love Library and the Nebraska Book Arts Center.

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  • 10/24
  • 11AM to 2PM

UNO Writing Center and Writing Across the Curriculum Open House | Oct. 24

Drop by any time on Thursday, Oct. 24, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for the UNO Writing Center's Annual Open House, and help us celebrate National Day on Writing! This open house is a chance for students, faculty, and staff to learn more about the services the UNO Writing Center offers in fulfilling its mission "to help YOU become a better writer."

The Writing Center is also the home of the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) initiative. Dr. Travis Adams, the new director of the Writing Center, will be on hand to talk about the ways we can help instructors from all disciplines incorporate writing into their curriculum.

Of course, autumnal treats will be served, and visitors can participate in our National Day on Writing activity: "Show Us Your Handwriting." Handwriting is a dying art, but help revive it by writing with and on your hands to share a favorite quote, offer a piece of advice, or send a message. Write on your own hands or the handprint cutouts we provide.

For more information about this event, contact the UNO Writing Center at 402.554.2946, unowritingcenter@unomaha.edu, or visit our website.

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UNO Writing Center Offering GRE Prep Workshop | Oct. 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 two more times:

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.

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  • 10/30
  • 12PM
  • MBSC Jenkins Room

'Researching & Citing Sources: Preventing Plagiarism' Workshop | Oct. 30

'Researching & Citing Sources: Preventing Plagiarism' is planned for Wednesday, October 30, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center, Jenkins Room.

Students who attend the UNO Speech Center 'Learn Over Lunch' will learn how to evaluate documents and resources, orally cite research when delivering a presentation, and learn how to avoid common research mistakes.

Free pizza and pop will be provided. Space is limited so you must register in advance and can be done by contacting a consultant at the Speech Consulting Center at 554.3201 or unospeechcenter@unomaha.edu.

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Alumni Association Sponsoring Homecoming Decorating Contest

Although you may not be an athlete, you can still compete with the Homecoming Office Decorating Contest! Join your co-workers and sign up for this fun annual event being sponsored by the UNO Alumni Association. This is a great opportunity to show off your department's or office's school pride and compete for the Homecoming Office Decorating Contest trophy (and other prizes). Each office that signs up by Thursday, Oct. 31, will get a bag of decorating goodies to help get you started in decorating.

Judging will take place Thursday, Nov. 7. Judges will be seeking out the office that has the most Maverick spirit. The winner will be announced at the hockey game over Homecoming weekend and will receive the Homecoming Traveling Trophy and other prizes. Examples of what some offices have done in the past can be found on the second page of the registration form.

To register, complete and return the attached form. Call Elizabeth Kraemer at 402.554.4802 with questions. You can also download the form here.

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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 until Oct. 25.


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.

  • 10/29
  • 3:30PM to 5PM
  • CPACS Commons

'Tips for Writing a Conference Proposal and Paper' Workshop | Oct. 29

'Tips for Writing a Conference Proposal and Paper' Workshop has been planned for UNO graduate students. Do you want to know how to get your paper on the program of a professional conference? What information should you share with fellow panelists before a conference? Learn the answers to these questions and more at the workshop set for Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in CPACS Commons.

The workshop will be led by Dr. Travis Adams, director of the UNO Writing Center and Kathy Radosta, UNO Writing Center graduate consultant. To register, please contact the Center for Faculty Development at 402.554.2427 or unofacdev@unomaha.edu.

A free pizza dinner will be served.

  • 11/1
  • 12PM to 1:30PM
  • CPACS Commons

NaBITA Webinar | Nov. 1

Academic and Student Affairs has ordered the NaBITA webinar, "Addressing Disruptive and Dangerous Student Behavior in the Classroom," to be broadcast on Friday, Nov. 1, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the CPACS Commons. Feel free to bring your lunch and join us.