• 2013
  • 10/31

UNO Child Care Center Costume Parade

Join the UNO Child Care Center for the cutest day on campus! 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.


Reverse Trick-or-Treating

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! 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! We appreciate the support.


Service Learning Headlines

As a part of their P-16 service learning project, UNO students from Dr. Austin's Human Relations class will be visiting Jackson Elementary from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. as a part of their Yes I Can! project. The UNO and Jackson Elementary students from Completely Kids after-school program will continue their collaborative work on identifying the individual differences that affect learning and teaching within a multicultural framework.


Petite Musique Recital

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 at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

  • 11/1
  • 12PM
  • HPER 211

The Biomechanics Research Building Presents Dr. Mabubul Majumder | Nov. 1

The Biomechanics Research Building cordially invites you to attend a presentation given by Dr Mabubul Majumder. The title of the talk is, "Validation of Visual Statistical Inference, Applied to Linear Models."

About Dr. Majumder
Dr. Mahbubul Majumder is an assistant professor in the department of mathematics at UNO. Dr. Majumder received his Ph.D. in statistics from Iowa State University earlier this year. His research interests include visual inference, data visualization, statistical modeling and simulation.

Statistical graphics play a crucial role in exploratory data analysis, model checking and diagnosis. A new method called the lineup protocol, enables statistical significance testing of visual findings, which bridges a big gulf between exploratory and inferential statistics. In this talk, inferential methods for statistical graphics are developed further by refining the terminology of visual inference, and framing the lineup protocol in a context that allows direct comparison with conventional tests, in scenarios when a conventional test exists. This framework is used to compare the performance of the lineup protocol against conventional statistical testing in the scenario of fitting linear models. Dr Majumder will discuss a human subjects experiment involving the lineup protocol, conducted using simulated data to provide controlled conditions.

  • 11/1
  • 5PM to 6:30PM

Meet and Greet with Betsy Fischer Martin (NBC News) and Jonathan Martin (New York Times) | Nov. 1

Faculty, staff and students are invited to a special meet and greet with two of the country's leading journalists: Betsy Fischer Martin, managing editor of NBC News Political Programming, and Jonathan Martin, national political correspondent for The New York Times, on Friday, Nov. 1, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Thompson Alumni Center. Please RSVP to ucomm@unomaha.edu.


Health and Wellness Events | Beginning Nov. 7

We would like to inform you of several health and wellness events happening on campus beginning Nov. 7. These events are very important to your indivual health and UNO's campus health collectively.

1.) Health Services is taking appointments for a Blood Draw that will occur on Nov. 7. More than 30 blood tests are done, and it is valued at $30, or $40 if billed to insurance. It would cost more than $300 at a doctor's office. Call Health Services at 402.554.2374 with questions.

Please note: All lab draws require a 12 hour fast. Appointments will be scheduled from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7. Pre-registration and pre-payment/or filing with insurance is required to participate in the Health Screen Blood Draw. More information and the registration forms can be found here on Health Services website.

2.) UNO will be haing the 14th Annual Health and Wellness Fair in the Wellness Center on Nov. 7 from 8 a.m. to noon. There will be more than 75 vendors with many screenings and interactive booths! Marketplace Nebraska will be in attendance with five licensed health insurance agents to answer any questions regarding the Affordable Care Act.

3.) The American Red Cross Blood Drive will be Nov. 7 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Wellness Center, HPER 126. Go to www.redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment.

4.) UNO is offering FREE Health Risk Assessments. This HRA is a wonderful opportunity to take a look at your lifestyle and find out ways you might be able to improve your overall wellness. It will be rolled out in time for you to complete it and have that information for HR Benefits Open Enrollment Period. The HRA will be available online from Nov. 18 through Dec. 6.

  • 11/8
  • 8:15AM

BE a MAV Day | Nov. 8

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will be having an open house event, BE a MAV Day, on Friday, November 8. 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.

  • 11/8
  • 2:30PM

Howard G. Buffett Book Tour Includes Stop at UNO | Nov. 8

Farmer, businessman, philanthropist and author Howard G. Buffett will visit UNO as part of his book tour to promote 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World on Friday, Nov. 8.

The event takes place at 2:30 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service lecture hall (room 101). UNO students will be given first priority for tickets to the event and should RSVP for tickets to rllong@unomaha.edu. All students attending the event will receive a free copy of 40 Chances. Members of the general public will be able to purchase copies of the book ($26.00/ea. hardcover) at the lecture hall immediately before or after event, or at the UNO campus bookstore.

Tickets are open to the general public and may be obtained by contacting Robyn Long at rllong@unomaha.edu. All attendees will receive a complimentary 40 Chances photography book, which visually chronicles Howard's stories.

Forty Chances, which went on sale October 22, chronicles Howard Buffett's journey as a philanthropist, photographer and—perhaps most importantly—as a farmer with a deep understanding of what it takes to produce food in difficult conditions.

Starting with the premise that every farmer has 40 chances to harvest the best possible crop, legendary investor Warren Buffett in 2006 posed a challenge to his son Howard G.: If you had the resources to grow something great in the world, what would you do with your 40 chances? The challenge prompted Howard G. Buffett to set out to help nearly a billion individuals in the world who lack basic food security.

Beginning with Howard's love of farming, readers join him and son Howard W. Buffett, the book's co-author, as they travel the world seeking out new approaches to ease the suffering of so many. Forty stories are used throughout the book that provide readers a compelling look at Howard's life, ranging from his own farm to some of the most difficult and dangerous places on Earth. Forty Chances will inspire readers to realize that our time to follow our passions is finite; if we're not learning from our mistakes and being smarter and more productive every year, we're wasting valuable time.

Both authors will be available for a brief book signing immediately after the event until 4 p.m.


Parking Lot Reservations for Alumni Association Celebration | Nov. 8

The UNO Alumni Association will be celebrating its 100th Anniversary on Friday, Nov. 8. Lot N, west of HPER, will be reserved all day to provide event parking. In addition, portions of Lot O, east of HPER, will be reserved for delivery trucks.

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


Deadline to Order Cap and Gown for Commencement | Nov. 8

The deadline to order academic regalia without a late fee is Friday, Nov. 8. This applies to students and faculty.


CPACS Announces New Director of Grace Abbott School of Social Work

The College of Public Affairs and Community Service would like to congratulate Dr. Amanda Duffy Randall on her new position as director of UNO's Grace Abbott School of Social Work.

Duffy Randall started in her new position on Oct. 14, replacing Dr. Theresa Barron-McKeagney, who took a vacant position as CPACS associate dean.

Duffy Randall graduated with a Master of Social Work degree from UNO in 1983 and served as an adjunct professor for 14 years before becoming a full-time instructor in 1997. She earned her doctorate in 2002 from UNL.

"I am extremely happy for this opportunity to continue the tradition of excellence in the graduate and undergraduate social work experience at UNO," Duffy Randall said. "I look forward to supporting our tremendous faculty in their continued research and community engagement efforts as well."


Anderson and Hughes Identified as Elite Female Academic Stars in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Congratulations to Amy Anderson and Lori Hughes on being identified as one of an elite group of female academic stars in the criminology and criminal justice disciplines. Please see the attached article for more information.

This Week in Maverick Athletics

This Week in Maverick Athletics

This Week in Maverick Athletics is back! View this flier to see how your Maverick athletic teams are doing.

Campus Notices
  • 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.

campus notices

Lots 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 noon 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).

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UNO Faculty Brass 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.

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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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NBDC Professional and Organization Development Open House | Dec. 6

NBDC will be hosting a professional and organization development open house on Dec. 6 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Mammel Hall.

- Introduce ourselves to the public
- Give public an opportunity to meet NBDC facilitators and learn about our course offerings

- We will have breakout sessions throughout the afternoon and provide brief presentations
- We will have tables set up in atrium with information on courses and certificate programs
- We will have light hors d’oeuvres, desserts and refreshments set up in atrium
- We will have drawings for free individual classes!


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.

  • 11/14
  • 1PM
  • CPACS Commons

Academic Advising Steering Committee Hosting NACADA Webinar | Nov. 14

The Academic Advising Steering Committee will be hosting the NACADA Webinar, "The Peer Advising Advantage: Creating Meaningful Conversations," on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 1 p.m. in the CPACS Commons.

Peer advisors can provide the necessary connection students need in order to become engaged. In this web event, sponsored by NACADA's Peer Advising and Mentoring Commission, the panelists will consider the benefits and challenges of peer advising programs. Topics of discussion will include development of programs and necessary resources to be successful, initial and continuous training ideas, program assessment and evaluation of peer advisors, and creative incentives/payment of peer advisers.

Please feel free to join us; there is no need to register.