• 2013
  • 11/1

Service Learning Headlines

11 a.m.: Students from Liberty Elementary Native Indian Centered Education group and gerontology students from UNO will meet at the Nebraska Urban Health Coalition, Inc. to make various crafts with the seniors from the NUIHC as a part of their P-16 service learning project.

6 p.m.: Chinese language students from Omaha Central HS and gerontology students from UNO will meet at the Omaha Chinese Christian Church to meet with the seniors from the OCCC to practice their language skills and learn about the Chinese culture. As a part of their P-16 service learning project, the seniors and students will also do a craft activity, "Spring Chinese decoration," for the center.


The Biomechanics Research Building Presents Dr. Mabubul Majumder

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.


NaBITA Webinar

'Addressing Disruptive and Dangerous Student Behavior in the Classroom' webinar will be broadcast 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.


Meet and Greet with Betsy Fischer Martin (NBC News) and Jonathan Martin (New York Times)

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 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Thompson Alumni Center. Please RSVP to ucomm@unomaha.edu.


Wellness Center Pool Closed Until Nov. 2

The pool in the Wellness Center will be closed today beginning at 4 p.m. and will reopen at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2. The closing is due to a UNO Maverick swim meet.


Native Film Festival | Through Nov. 3

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


Steve Geiken Named UNO Employee of the Month for November!

Oh, what a difference you make, Steve Geiken! A business manager in facilities management and planning, Geiken will be honored throughout the month of November for his work.

Geiken has been praised for being a dedicated and hardworking individual, and according to his nominators, "Steve has an energizing knowledge of his job!"

The nominator continued, "Steve can change gears from one task to another effortlessly that it can only be described as awe-inspiring. It is a true privilege to work for Steve."

As Employee of the Month, Geiken received a certificate, lapel pin, choice of coffee cup or drink cup, a monetary award and use of a parking space. He also received a portrait with the chancellor and a letter of congratulations. He will be honored at an upcoming meeting of the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.

Last January, Human Resources announced the updated Employee of the Month-- "Oh" Award for "Oh, what a difference you make!"--program for UNO staff members. HR administers the program in conjunction with the Office of the Chancellor and Staff Advisory Council. They welcome nominations from faculty, staff, students, vendors and visitors. Nomination forms are available here.

Congratulations, Steve!


MaverickPR's Fourth Annual Backpack Drive for Teens in Need | Nov. 1-30

MaverickPR, UNO's Public Relations Student Society of America, will deliver 100 backpacks filled with food, clothing and hygiene supplies to Youth Emergency Services (YES), a local nonprofit that serves homeless and at-risk youth. The "Say YES: Give Back with a Pack" drive will be running throughout the month of November. Through the donations of students, faculty and staff, MaverickPR will fill more than 100 backpacks.

This year UNO's PRSSA chapter is also reaching out to the community in an attempt to create greater awareness and involvement than in previous years. Local organizations will have the option to either sponsor a backpack for $35 or set up a bin for donations. Items needed include body wash, soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, gloves and first aid items. Socks and underwear packages are especially needed. Donations can be dropped off in Arts and Sciences Hall Room 140. Cash donations should be put in an envelope marked UNO PRSSA-YES Backpack drive.

For more than 35 years YES has served struggling youth, ages 12 to 21 in Omaha and Council Bluffs, by providing critically needed resources that empower them to become self-sufficient. YES served more than 800 homeless and at-risk youth in 2010-11 alone through shelter and advocacy programs.

Please contact Angela Eastep for more information at aeastep@unomaha.edu.

MaverickPR offers students a wide range of opportunities for professional development and community engagement. PRSSA recently awarded the UNO chapter with its highest honor, the 2012 F.H. Teahan National Award for Outstanding Chapter. In 2011, the chapter earned campus recognition as Outstanding Student Organization.


Service Learning Over the Weekend | Nov. 3

Sunday, Nov. 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.: UNO service learning students will host a Disc Golf Tournament at Seymour Smith Park located at 6802 Harrison Street. Students from Paige Tollers' Small Group Communication course used their communication skills to organize the event in support of their service learning community partner, the Siena Francis House. The cost is a $10 entry fee or five canned goods. All proceeds from the event will go to the Siena Francis House.


Lifeguard Training Course Available | Nov. 8-10

Campus Recreation is offering an American Red Cross Lifeguard Class. Participants will receive certification in Lifeguarding, First Aid, and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer upon successful completion of the course.


Friday, Nov. 8: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 9: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 10: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Registration is $175/person. You can register by contacting Pat Philippi at 402.554.2223 or pphilippi@unomaha.edu.


Director of Financial Aid Candidates Visiting UNO | Nov. 7, 8, 12

Three finalists will be interviewed for the position of director of Financial Aid. All faculty, staff, students and members of the public can attend open campus forums on the following dates and times in the Milo Bail Student Center.

Sessions are as follows (please note: there are two sessions each day):

Thursday, Nov. 7
10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
MBSC State Room
Janet Yale

Friday, Nov. 8
10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
MBSC Umoho Room
Marty Habrock

Tuesday, Nov. 12
10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
MBSC State Room
Dianne Cox

Resumes for each candidate will be available at all sessions. If you would like to view one before please contact Lisa Paskewitz at 402.554.3800 or lpaskewitz@unomaha.edu.


Veterans Day of Service | Nov. 11

Join your fellow students and do service for veterans and active military members. The Office of Civic and Social Responsibility will provide supplies and guidance to carry out several hands-on service activities that will show our appreciation to veterans and military members on Nov. 11.

Service activities include:

- Assemble care packages for active military.

- Create t-shirt blankets for homeless veterans.

- Write letters to deployed military members.,

Engage & Serve!

No registration required. Stop by between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the first floor of Milo Bail Student Center in the fireside lounge area.

If you're interested in starting a seed project to aid veterans or military members please contact CSR at 402.554.4083.

  • 12/4
  • 3PM to 5PM
  • MBSC Ballroom

Campus Holiday Open House | Dec. 4

The Chancellor and Vice Chancellors invite you to the UNO Campus Holiday Open House!

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 4
Time: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom

If attending, please RSVP to Donna at dhathawa@unomaha.edu no later than Tuesday, Nov. 26.

View the flier here.

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  • 11/8
  • 2:30PM to 4PM
  • CPACS 132

CPAR Hosting 50th Anniversary Event | Nov. 8

Come help UNO's Center for Public Affairs Research (CPAR) celebrate its 50th anniversary by joining colleagues and current and former staff in sharing stories and memories of the center's work. The campus community is invited-- if you don't have any specific recollections, please come enjoy some cake and other goodies while hearing what others have to say. The reminiscence event will be held Friday, November 8, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in 132 CPACS.

An rsvp to Melanie at mkiper@unomaha.edu would be appreciated. Feel free to drop in or stay for the entire event.

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OLLAS Celebrating Cumbre 2013, 10 Years | Nov. 8-9

The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) invites everyone to celebrate 10 years of advancing knowledge, influencing policy and changing lives together with community and UNO partners. Cumbre is free and open to the public. However, participants must register at the conference website and purchase individual tickets or tables for the keynote luncheon here.

The 5th Cumbre of the Great Plains will feature an award-winning keynote speaker and panels (conversatorios) which will include renowned academics, community organizers and policy-makers as well as critical voices from engaged students. Panelists and audiences will engage in lively dialogues about issues critical to Latinos/as and migrants and outline the Latino/a agenda for social change in the 21st Century. Visit the conference website to see the list of presenters and preliminary program. OLLAS welcomes cosponsors from our UNO and community partners for any or the panels or the conference. Please contact Lourdes Gouveia at lgouveia@unomaha.edu, Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado at jalvarado@unomaha.edu, or the OLLAS office at 402.554.3835 if you wish to cosponsor.

About Keynote Speaker Pedro Noguera
Pedro Noguera is one of the country's most important voices on education reform, diversity, and the achievement gap. Trained as an urban sociologist, Noguera speaks clearly about how social, political and economic conditions in our cities and towns limit educational opportunities for Latino and African American youth. Noguera is the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University, the executive director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education and the co-director of the Institute for the Study of Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings (IGEMS).

Please note: the luncheon keynote is the only paid event at Cumbre. Free passes will be available for student and community volunteers. Reserve your seats and organization's table right away. Ticket prices: $50 per person or $400 per table of eight.

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Criss Library Seeking Research Participants

The UNO Criss Library is seeking UNO students, faculty and staff members 19 years of age and older to participate in a research study analyzing the navigability and content of the UNO Library website and discovery platform. Study subjects will be asked to complete a list of tasks within the UNO Library website and complete a short anonymous survey within a 1-hour time frame.

If you are interested in participating in the research study and/or for further details please contact Teonne Wright via email at tawright@unomaha.edu.

The study runs through Nov. 12.

UNO in the Media

UNO in the Media

UNO Math Graduate Program Named One of the Best by Students, Alumni
UNO's graduate program in mathematics was named by students and alumni as one of the best in the country according to peer-review site graduateprograms.com. The math department's program, which offers Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Arts for Teachers of Mathematics degrees, was ranked 18th out of more than 1,300 programs, ahead of such programs like University of California-Berkeley and Yale University.

Graduateprograms.com is a non-profit website started in 2012 to allow students and alumni of graduate programs to share their thoughts on how a particular school or program ranks in areas such as academic competitiveness, financial aid, social life and student diversity.

For more information on this ranking, please visit UNO's profile page at www.graduateprograms.com/schools/university-of-nebraska-at-omaha. For more information on UNO's mathematics graduate program, please visit http://www.unomaha.edu/math/grad.

Omaha Science Cafe to discuss dinosaur bones
Professor of geology George Engelmann will discuss his work dusting off and digging in the Saints and Sinners Quarry at Dinosaur National Monument in Utah.

An Interview with Nance Van Winckel
Professor Anna Monardo of UNO’s Writer's Workshop spoke with poet, fiction writer and digital artist Nance Van Winkle recently about her newest books.

Campus Food Pantry Offers Reverse Trick or Treating
Some UNO representatives will be taking part in reverse trick-or-treating on Halloween.


Nominations Sought for 2014 Award for Distinguished Research or Creative Activity (ADROCA)

The Associate Vice Chancellor for the Office of Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) is pleased to announce nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 Award for Distinguished Research or Creative Activity (ADROCA).

This award seeks to recognize preeminent achievement in research or creative activity by faculty members of UNO, work of sufficient to merit attention and the national level or beyond. Any tenured member of the graduate faculty whose primary home department/school is at UNO is eligible for the Award(s) for Distinguished Research or Creative Activity.

Nominations may be submitted electronically to unoorca@unomaha.edu or hardcopy to the Office of Research and Creative Activity EAB 203.

Nominations will be accepted through Monday, Nov. 25.

Find out more here.