• 2013
  • 10/28

Service Learning Headlines

Today from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., the third grade students from Columbian Elementary will be interviewing the elderly from Rolling Hills Ranch Retirement Community within their collaborative UNO P-16 service learning project. This project aims at addressing the important issues of aging through formal presentations of letters to the elderly, which are being created with the help of Dr. Timi Barone's Advanced Qualitative Methods UNO class. As a part of their joint work, these letters will be donated to the retirement community and their families at the Celebration event.

Today from 4:20 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Completely Kids at Field Club Elementary will be hosting Banister Leadership Academy as they present the program, Leadership Pillars 101. As a part of their P-16 service learning project, students from Professor Jaclyn Lindburg's Gender and Leadership course will also be present at the program to help facilitate learning on different topics such as: respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, citizenship and unity, caring and fairness, humility and integrity, perseverance and courage, and creativity.


Scott Snyder Named Interim Director of PKI

NU President James B. Milliken has asked Dr. Scott D. Snyder, associate vice chancellor for research and creative activity at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, to serve as interim director of the Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI), and Dr. Snyder has agreed.

Snyder joined UNO in 2001 as a faculty member in the biology department. In 2008, he became a program director for the National Science Foundation and returned to UNO two years later as associate vice chancellor for research and creative activity.

Last week, he assumed the additional role of interim director of PKI. He will continue in his role and maintain his responsibilities as associate vice chancellor for research and creative activity.

"The UNO and UNL chancellors have laid out exciting plans for growth at PKI, and I look forward to moving ahead with those plans. I welcome the opportunity to serve in this interim capacity and to support UNO and UNL PKI students, faculty and staff."

Established in 1997, the Peter Kiewit Institute combines UNO's College of Information Science and Technology and UNL's College of Engineering. The Institute is home to nearly 2,000 students, with plans for significant growth in the coming years to help PKI realize its full potential.

The new plans call for doubling annual research funding and increasing the number of students in PKI programs to 3,600 in the next five years.

Fifty new faculty members will be hired (30 in Omaha and 20 in Lincoln), and 35,000 to 40,000 square feet of classroom and office space will be needed to house them.

  • 10/30
  • 6PM to 8PM
  • MBSC Umoho Room

UNO Math Club Hosting Mathoween Party | Oct. 30

The UNO Math Club will be having its second annual Mathoween Party Oct. 30 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Umoho Room in MBSC. All are invited! Feel free to dress up in your best "math" costume and please bring a dish to share! Prizes will be awarded to the best costume and spookiest dish. Contact Katie at kwanek@unomaha.edu with any questions.


Petite Musique Recital | Oct. 31

Please join us for our first Petite Musique Recital of the year! This will feature UNO Faculty Trio, I, the Siren. The performance will be Thursday, Oct. 31, at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.


Native Film Festival | Nov. 1 to Nov. 3

Native American Studies and Programs invites you to its Native Film Festival Nov. 1 to Nov. 3! For more information on this event, please view the flier here.

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ESL Grammar Question & Answer Session Presented by UNO's Writing Center | Oct. 30

Students who are learning English as a second or third or fourth language have many questions about grammar, punctuation, and academic uses of the language. Kathy Radosta, the ESL specialist in the UNO Writing Center and an instructor of ESL classes in the English department, is hosting an English grammar question and answer session. Bring course papers with instructor's comments that need further explanation or those difficult points that have always caused frustration. This informative session will be driven by the questions that students bring with them.

The workshop will be held Wednesday, Oct. 30, from noon to 1 p.m. in Arts and Sciences Hall Room 154.

To register, please go here.

For more information email the Writing Center at unowritingcenter@unomaha.edu or call 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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Homecoming Festivities Begin Next Week!

Homecoming is right around the corner! Check out the flier here for more information on the week's festivities.

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College of IS&T Grant Week | Nov. 4-8

The College of IS&T is hosting Grant Week Nov. 4-8 at PKI. The campus community is invited to stop by to hear speakers and panels on a range of topics from "How to Win a Federal Grant" to "The Proposal Review Process: An Insider's Look at Federal Review Panels." See attached schedule for more information.

  • 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.


UPDATE: Time Change for NaBITA Webinar | Nov. 1

'Addressing Disruptive and Dangerous Student Behavior in the Classroom' webinar will be broadcast on Friday, Nov. 1, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in CPACS Commons. Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development and Academic and Student Affairs, this webinar will assist faculty in understanding the basics of classroom management, as well as how to address crisis behaviors and refer dangerous students to the appropriate staff.

The webinar is open to anyone; however, it would be helpful to RSVP by calling 402.554.2427.


IRB Ed. Series Continues

The IRB Education Series continues on Tuesday, Nov. 12, with a panel presentation by UNMC/UNO IRB Administrators. Kevin Epperson, Sue Logsdon, Gail Kotulak, and Jenny Kucera will provide "Tips for a Trouble-free Review by the IRB." The IRB Education Series concludes with a final presentation in December.

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

See the attached flier 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 flier.


Fall Commencement Volunteers Wanted

With Fall Commencement only two months away (Dec. 21), we're looking for student, faculty and staff volunteers. Various duties of volunteers include greeting attendees, handing out programs, assisting at the information desk, and directing guests. To volunteer contact the Office of University Communications at unoevents@unomaha.edu or 402.554.2358. For more information about commencement, visit the commencement website.