• 2013
  • 10/29

Service Learning Headlines

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.

Today: As a part of their P-16 service-learning project and in conjunction with Professor Tanya Seina's Social Work and Civic Engagement course, UNO students will help Northwest High's student council carry out Boo Bash—Northwest's annual Halloween celebration.

Today: Students from Dr. David Ogden's communications course will be joining participants of a Completely Kids program designed to work with children who are victims of homelessness as they bring awareness to pet adoptions by making posters and adoption scarves for the Nebraska Humane Society.

Today: Dr. Edouardo Zendejas, director of Native Studies, and Cindy Krafka from UNO Multi-Cultural Affairs, in partnership with Tami Maldonado, director of Native American programs for OPS, and Michaela Smith, Omaha South High Magnet School NICE teacher, will be taking the UNO Native studies students and the Native youth from South High school to Genoa Indian Boarding School. This service trip will be an opportunity for the students participating in the weekly P-16 service learning project, Sacred Circle, to learn more about a significant time in Native history.


Congratulations to Dean Louis Pol and Beta Gamma Sigma!

Congratulations to Dean Louis Pol and the International Business Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma at UNO for its Exemplary Chapter Award for 2012-2013. To be named an exemplary chapter, at least 70 percent of those qualifying for memberships at both the undergraduate and graduate level must have accepted the invitation to become lifetime members of Beta Gamma Sigma. This is a significant achievement and indicates a high value placed on scholarship recognition.


Information Services Offering Brown Bag Luncheon Highlighting Blackboard Enhancements | Oct. 31

Information Services is offering a brown bag luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 31, at noon in KH 538 to highlight several Blackboard Enhancements that were installed over fall break, including enhanced Data Management options. This tool is used to easily revise the due dates on all of your content at once or on individual assignments or tests after you have done a course copy for spring 2014. Also included are increased opportunities for Inline Grading.

For additional information, please review the updated Blackboard Help section on the API website. This information can also be accessed from within Blackboard by selecting the drop down menu next to your name in the upper right hand corner and clicking the help icon.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact IS Technical Support at 402.554.4357 (4-HELP) or unohelpdesk@unomaha.edu or login to the new Request Center at requestcenter.unomaha.edu to submit and track your own trouble ticket.


Lot W and V Closure | Nov. 2

Lot W, east of Arts and Sciences Hall, will be closed Saturday, Nov. 2, from approximately 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. due to construction activity. Lot V, the top level of the East Parking Garage, will be closed Saturday, Nov. 2, from approximately 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. due to construction activity. A crane will be blocking the entrances and exits to Lot V. The crane will be lifting materials onto the roof of Arts and Sciences Hall as part of the renovation project.

Contact Parking Services with any questions at 402.554.PARK(7275).


UNO Faculty Brass Quintet to Perform Music from Around the World | Nov. 3

The UNO Faculty Brass Quintet will perform music from North and South America, Europe and Australia Sunday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Straus Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

The concert will feature UNO percussion teacher Dr. Scott Shinbara and UNO voice professor Shelby VanNordstrand.

Tickets cost $10 for the general public, $5 for non-UNO students, and UNO students are free with a MavCard. They can be purchased at the door or in advance through Ticket Omaha.

  • 11/12
  • 12PM to 1PM
  • MBSC Chancellor's Room

IRB Education Series Continues | Nov. 12

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 here 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 flyer.


Business Book Roundtable Featuring Karen Linder | Nov. 19

The Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO) and the Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Franchising (CIEF) are hosting a Business Book Roundtable at Mammel Hall featuring Karen Linder, founder and president of Linspiration, Inc., and author of, "The Women of Berkshire Hathaway : Lessons from Warren Buffett's Female CEOs and Directors," on Nov. 19 beginning at 5 p.m.

The objective of the Book Roundtable is to provide a forum for the attendees to discuss relevant and current business issues such as leadership, management and ethics as well as to share insights, best practices and experiences. The primary benefit for the attendees will be the applicability of the lessons learned and the immediate impact on their respective organizations.

Register online here or call Barbara Henney, Department of Marketing and Management, at 402.554.3986.

If you have questions or need additional information on the Roundtable please contact Pamela Peterson at 312.515.7404 or via email at ppeterson@unomaha.edu. Dr. Dale Eesley, assistant professor, Strategy and Entrepreneurship and CIEF director, can be reached at 402.554.2706 or deesley@unomaha.edu.


3D Printer Now Available at Criss Library

The Dr. C.C. & Mabel L. Criss Library at UNO is now offering 3D printing to all UNO students. The printer is located in the Creative Production Lab at the library in room 118. The MakerBot Replicator 2X builds with plastic, melting it into virtually any object. The cost is $0.10/gram.

Students can make their own objects with software in the lab, print from hundreds of templates online, or bring their own file. They can submit .STL files to the library or online here. The 3D printer joins a green screen, audio booth, large scale printer & scanner, and Mac computers with the Adobe Suite and Final Cut Pro.

Contact Jackie Skarda at jskarda@unomaha.edu for more information.


UNO Women's Club Newsletter Available

The UNO Women's Club newsletter is now available. Please view it here.

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  • 10/30
  • 11:30AM
  • CPACS 132

Thomas Jefferson: the Man, the Moment, the Conflicts | Oct. 30

UNO is delighted to host Harvard Legal History Professor Annette Gordon-Reed and University of Virginia Historian Peter Onuf in conversation with UNO Professors Nikitah Imani and Cynthia Robinson to discuss the contradictions in the personal and political life of a towering American figure. Lunch will be provided for the first 100 people.

For more information, 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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  • 10/31
  • 8AM to 3:30PM

Reverse Trick-or-Treating! | Oct. 31

Get ready for reverse trick-or-treating! The Involvement Subdivision will be visiting your office on Halloween to collect canned goods, non-perishable items, and monetary donations for the Maverick Food Pantry. We would love your participation! Please mark your calendar today. We will be passing out free candy to those who support our program. For more information, view the flier here. You can also contact Bill Pickett at 402.554.4001 or wpickett@unomaha.edu.

More information about the Maverick Food Pantry
Located in the MBSC on the first floor, the Maverick Food Pantry is open to all currently enrolled UNO students, as well as faculty and staff. The Food Pantry collaborates with services and departments across campus to support the UNO community’s growth in all 8 Dimensions of Wellness. Whether you wish to pick up a food package, donate food items, or volunteer your time to the food pantry, we welcome your participation!

The mission of UNO’s Maverick Food Pantry is to contribute to UNO's culture of caring by providing food to those in immediate need and connecting them with resources in the greater Omaha area for long-term support. We are dedicated to eliminating hunger in the UNO community and increasing awareness of food insecurity and nutrition.

We hope to see you on Oct. 31! We appreciate the support.

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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.

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  • 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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SigEp's Got Talent! | Nov. 10

Sigma Phi Epsilon (SigEp) Fraternity is hosting a talent show Sunday, Nov. 10 in the Milo Bail Student Center. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. For more information, please view the flier here.

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  • 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.

UNO in the Media

UNO in the Media

UNO soccer pays tribute to player's dad
The UNO soccer team took the field at the revamped Caniglia Complex for the first time Saturday, which also marked a special day for one sports family.

  • 10/30
  • 11Am to 12PM
  • MBSC State Room

Grief Support Seminar | Oct. 30

Faculty and staff are invited to attend a seminar on helping colleagues/employees deal with grief issues. The seminar will be conducted by Cathy Fox from Ted E. Bear Hollow, an Omaha nonprofit that provides individuals and families with grief support services.

Unresolved grief can lead to poor performance, sleep difficulties, behavior challenges, illness and other problems. Whether a recent death or one from years ago, those going through the grieving process may need the help and support of others. Learn how to provide that support at this seminar. Contact Tim Rochford at trochford@unomaha.edu for more information.


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.


API Offering 'Media Channels: Using YouTube and Other Sites as Streaming Media Hosts' Workshop | Nov. 1

Looking for a place to host your audio/video lectures or other streaming media? Join the Academic Partnership for Instruction (API) on Friday, Nov. 1, as we explore YouTube (through G-Mav) and Adobe Connect as possible solutions for hosting streaming media files.

Participants will learn about streaming media and have the opportunity to create their G-Mav YouTube account as well as see demonstrations where content will be uploaded to both YouTube and Adobe Connect services.

Class will be held Friday, Nov. 1, from 10 a.m. to noon. in Kayser Hall, room 543.

To register for the class, go to the API Training calendar.

Questions? Contact the IS Help Desk at 402.554.4357 or unohelpdesk@unomaha.edu.