• 2013
  • 11/5

Service Learning Headlines

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, 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.

  • 11:30AM to 1PM
  • PKI 279

IS&T Grant Week-- 'The Proposal Review Process: An Insider's Look at Federal Review Panels'

As part of the College of IS&T's Grant Week, 'The Proposal Review Process: An Insider's Look at Federal Review Panels' will begin at 11:30 a.m. in PKI 279. The panel consists of faculty from UNO and UNMC who have served on review panels.

- Dr. Lani (Chi Chi) Zimmerman, UNMC – Panel Moderator
- Dr. Bill Mahoney, IS&T
- Dr. Matt Germonprez, IS&T
- Dr. Mahadevan Subramaniam, IS&T

Parking in Faculty/Staff or Students Lots is open to the public during the round table talk!


Writer's Workshop Reading Series Continues | Nov. 6

The 2013 Writer's Workshop Reading Series, together with the Department of English, presents poet and novelist Janet McAdams, author of the novel Red Weather; and the poetry collections Feral and The Island of Lost Luggage, which won the Diane Decorah First Book Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas and the American Book Award. McAdams is co-editor of the anthology The People Who Stayed: Southeastern Indian Writing After Removal, and she is founding editor of Salt Publishing's award-winning Earthworks book series, which focuses on indigenous poetry. McAdams will read from her work on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m., in room 101 CPACS. The event is free and open to the public.

  • 11/12
  • 1:30PM to 3PM
  • CPACS Collaborating Commons

'Making Revelry Possible: The Collaborative Governance of Carnival in Brazil' Discussion | Nov. 12

Professor Sandro Cabral, School of Management, the Federal University of Bahia in Salvador, Brazil, will present his research on the public-private collaboration that makes possible the world famous Carnival celebration. Reputedly one of the world's largest popular festivals, Salvador's historic cultural event depends on a high degree of cooperation among and between city and state government agencies, private firms, artist associations, neighborhood and voluntary groups. Understanding how all of these diverse elements come together to plan and manage the week-long event offers insights not just into the collaborative governance of mega-events, it also provides a window into Brazilian culture. The discussion will take place in CPACS Commons on Nov. 12 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Dr. Cabral is an associate professor of Operations and Strategy and is a visiting Fulbright Scholar at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service in New York City. He has conducted research and published with Professor Dale Krane, UNO School of Public Administration. Please contact Prof. Krane via dkrane@unomaha.edu for additional information about the event.


UNO Economics Club Sponsoring Discussion by Local Economist | Nov. 20

Have you ever wondered what all this talk about quantitative easing and tapering was all about? The UNO Economics Club is proud to sponsor a talk by local economist Maria Akers explaining just that topic and more. Akers is an associate economist in the Regional Affairs department at the Omaha Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. She has been with the FRB for 17 years, in Atlanta as well as Kansas City, and has worked in both the Financial Services and Economic Research divisions. This event will be held at Mammel Hall room 321 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 20.


Midwest Brass Society and UNO Department of Music Present Spanish Brass | Nov. 24

Enjoy an exciting evening of brass music from the SPANISH BRASS. Selections will include some favorites by composers such as Bach, Verdi, Ellington and more. Along with these spectacular pieces you will also hear a number of Latin/Spanish tunes that will surely catch your attention. This will be a fun show for the whole family, and a unique treat to our Omaha Community.

In 1989 five Spanish musicians created SPANISH BRASS—an innovative project that quickly gained world renown for its performances, educational activities and creative collaborations. After they won the first prize in the 1996 Narbonne (France) International Brass Quintet Competition, the most prestigious event of its kind in the world, trumpeter Bernard Soustrot said, "Of all the first prize winners of the Narbonne Competition, the Spanish Brass is the best since the competition was founded in 1986."

With their versatile programming and state-of-the-art staging, SPANISH BRASS has created such shows as Concierto del desconcierto (A Disconcerting Concert), Brassiana (with jazz trio), and Make a Brazz Noise Here (a tribute to Frank Zappa). They have recorded 14 CDs, including the double CD, "The Best of Spanish Brass," and a DVD-CD.

Cost: $15 general public/$5 students and seniors/free with MavCard! View the flier for more information.


New Issue of JOLLAS Published by the Office of Latino and Latin American Studies Available

The Journal of Latino/Latin American Studies (JOLLAS) has recently published two issues. The first includes six articles that focus on the discursive state of immigration reform in the U.S. Its guest editor is Donathan Brown of Ithaca College. The second issue includes six articles concerning Latino college student experiences in the U.S. Its guest editors are Kristan Venegas, University of Southern California, and Ron Hallet, University of the Pacific. JOLLAS is an online journal published by UNO's Office of Latino and Latin American Studies.

More information about the journal is available here. Journal articles are also available through Criss Library.

For more information, please contact Dr. Carey Ryan at unojollas@unomaha.edu.


Oyinlade New President of Great Plains Sociological Association

Olu Oyinlade, UNO Sociology and Anthropology department, recently transitioned from vice president to president of the Great Plains Sociological Association. His term of office runs through October 2014.

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Donate Non-perishable Food Items at the Bookstore and Receive Discount! | All Week

Lasso a great deal at the UNO Bookstore during UNO Homecoming week! Donate non-perishable food items in exchange for coupons to use on regular priced Maverick apparel, hats, scarves, winter knitwear and blankets. Donate one food item, get a coupon for 10 percent off. If you donate two food items, get a coupon for 20 percent off! The more food you donate, the more coupons you'll receive. Donate food through November 8. The food will be donated to Maverick Productions Food Drive. Coupons are valid through Nov. 8. Limit one coupon per item, but there is no limit on the number of coupons per customer.

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The Writing Center and Criss Library Present 'Finish it Friday' | Nov. 8, 22

The UNO Writing Center, in collaboration with the Criss Library, will be holding three "Finish it Friday" Topic Presentations and Work Sessions at Criss Library in Room 232. The Topic Presentations are 50-minute presentations given by Writing Center staff members on topic related to finishing writing projects (see subjects below). Come early or stay late for Work Sessions, which are one-hour blocks of dedicated time and space for students, faculty, and staff to work on--and finish--writing projects. Writing consultants and library staff will be on hand during the Work Sessions to help answer your questions.

Writers are invited to attend the Topic Presentation, Work Sessions, or both!

Finish it Friday Topic Presentations and Work Sessions:

Friday, November 8
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Work Session
2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Topic Presentation (Writer's Block)
3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Work Session

Friday, November 22
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Work Session
2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Topic Presentation (Editing Your Own Work)
3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Work Session

Questions? Contact the UNO Writing Center at 402.554.2946 or unowritingcenter@unomaha.edu.

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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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Rental Deadine Approaching for Academic Regalia | Nov. 8

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

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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).

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  • 11/11

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.

UNO in the Media

UNO in the Media

OLLAS Celebrates 10 Years with Cumbre 2013
The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies at UNO, also known as OLLAS, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with an event called Cumbre 2013.

UNO educator chosen to lead accreditation organization
Ethel Williams, the director of the University of Nebraska at Omaha's School of Public Administration, is now head of the world's largest accrediting body for public affairs programs.

Brown quoted in OWH regarding the things we fear
Joe Brown has given speeches lately on why we fear the things we do — often, the wrong things.

Drozd quoted in OWH regarding osteoporosis
The disease will only increase as baby boomers age. The number of Americans 65 and older is expected to increase to 56 million in 2020, up 39 percent from 40.3 million in 2010, said David Drozd of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Center for Public Affairs Research.

Walker quoted in OWH regarding new tool for police chases
Samuel Walker, professor emeritus, is quoted in the OWH regarding a new device police will use during chases.

McCarty quoted in KVNO regarding climate study
Joe McCarty, director of Environmental Studies, was quoted in a KVNO article regarding humans and the climate assessment.


Health Risk Assessment and the Health Fair | Nov. 7

Faculty and staff who are getting blood work done at the Health Fair on Nov. 7 may wish to keep that information handy when filling out the Health Risk Assessment during the annual NUFlex enrollment beginning Nov. 18.

The Health Risk Assessment (HRA) program will be offered again this fall online as part of the Annual NUFlex enrollment in Firefly Employee Self Service. All active (benefits-eligible) employees, retirees, and ancillary insureds have the opportunity to complete the HRA beginning Monday, Nov. 18. The program will run until Friday, Dec. 6. The HRA survey must be completed each year in order to receive the enhanced wellness and preventive services benefit for the following calendar year.

Participation is voluntary; however, by completing this short survey, you will receive a personal health report that will help you assess and monitor your personal health status. Employees who are enrolled in the University's Blue Cross Blue Shield medical plan and complete the HRA will also be eligible for enhanced wellness and preventive services benefits for themselves as well as their covered family members. Enhanced wellness and preventive services include:

- Increased annual adult preventive care allowance from $250 to $300
- Increased dependent child (under age 2) preventive care allowance from $500 to $600
- 100 percent coverage up to $2,500 for routine preventive colonoscopy once every 10 years beginning at age 50 (Services must be provided by a Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO Provider)
- $0 co-pay for generic prescription drugs through CVS Caremark’s mail service only

It is important that you print out the Personal Health Summary as confirmation of your having completed the HRA. That will be your proof of completion and will guarantee you will receive the enhanced benefits.

  • 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 this 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.