• 2013
  • 11/6

MavMania in the Bookstore

One day. One item. Amazing deal! MavMania Day in the UNO Bookstore returns today starting at 10 a.m.! It's the last MavMania Day of the semester, so don't miss out! Pick up a limited edition pair of Maverick sweatpants in black or grey for only $12 (plus tax, while supplies last), enter our prize raffle and pick up a bag of freshly popped popcorn.

Follow the UNO Bookstore on Facebook for more information.

Questions? Contact Jodi Cramer at jlcramer@unomaha.edu.


IS&T Grant Week Continues--'How to Win a Federal Grant: Tips and Tricks'

The 'How to Win a Federal Grant: Tips and Tricks' panel consists of faculty from UNO and UNMC who have received NIH/NSF/DHS/DoD grants.

Dr. Jeffrey French, UNO, Panel Moderator
Dr. Fausto Loberiza, UNMC – Career development grants (NIH)
Dr. Robin Gandhi, UNO
Dr. Brian Dorn, UNO


Service Learning Headlines

As a part of their P-16 service learning project, Dr. Sandra Rodriguez-Arroyo's Applying Reading and Writing in Content Areas UNO class together with Lewis & Clark ESL students will meet at the UNO STEM and IDEAS rooms from 8 am. to 9:15 a.m. to continue their collaborative research on Nebraska Prairies. The students will utilize these rooms' resources as well as the experiential knowledge they have acquired during their Glacier Creek Preserve field-trip to create poster boards presentations that will be presented during the celebration event at the end of the semester.

As a part of their P-16 service learning project, students from Peter Kiewit Middle School will be meeting with students from Professor Fristoe's Public Speaking Fundamentals course in Roskens Hall from 10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. The Peter Kiewit Middle School students are learning presentation skills from the UNO students this fall, in order to present on themes from the book "Wonder" in the spring.

From 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., students from Dr. Lyn Holley's Gerontology class will join students from Blackburn Alternative Program's Culinary Arts and Foods classes at Adam's Park Community Center to meet with the seniors at the Center. As a part of their P-16 service learning project, Blackburn students will be preparing and serving lunch to the seniors, while the UNO students participate in games and conversation.

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


UNMC Kass Award Recipient to Give Talk in HPER

Dr. Casaburi is an internationally renowned expert in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). He is President of the Pulmonary Education and Research Foundation, a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, and a member of the Respiratory Structure and Function Assembly of the American Thoracic Society. He has given over 175 invited lectures and authored 123 publications and 112 abstracts in peer reviewed journals and is a member of the editorial boards of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine and the Journal of CardioPulmonary Rehabilitation. The title of his talk is, Dynamic forcings in exercise science: How I came to love the sine wave," in HPER 234 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.


Writer's Workshop Continues

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 tonight at 7 p.m., in room 101 CPACS. The event is free and open to the public.


Congratulations to CFAM's Dean Baker on Her Third Emmy Award!

Congratulations are in order for CFAM's Dean Gail F. Baker on her third Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement for Documentary Programs! Dean Baker was a segment producer for Colorblind: Rethinking Race.


EHS Offering Fire Extinguisher Training | Nov. 7, 8

EHS is offering fire extinguisher training Nov. 7 and Nov. 8 on the southeast side of the east parking structure from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., excluding an hour from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch.


Bookstore Open Nov. 9 for Homecoming

The UNO Bookstore will be open on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in honor of Homecoming! Stop in before you head to the homecoming soccer and hockey games and pick up some new MavGear or spirit items to cheer on your Mavs!

Questions? Contact Scott Dickey at sdickey@unomaha.edu.

  • 11/13
  • 12PM
  • MBSC Nebraska Room

Campus Conversation Event for Students | Nov. 13

Students are encouraged to participate in the Campus Conversation event on Wed., Nov. 13 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Nebraska room. Campus Conversation is a civic engagement activity designed to foster informal discussions about current events and to allow students to express their opinions and listen to others. Various table topics are based on newspaper sections such as national news or editorials and are moderated by faculty and staff volunteers. Students can choose a subject.

Pizza lunch provided. Attendance can be verified back to faculty through student sign in sheets. Sponsors are faculty members in NiC, Newspapers in Curricula, The New York Times educational division, and the Milo Bail Student Center. Questions? Contact Maria Knudtson at mknudtson@unomaha.edu.


Gerontology Department Sponsoring 'Be a Santa to a Senior' | Begins Nov. 15

UNO Department of Gerontology invites the campus community to their kick-off event for "Be a Santa to a Senior" on Nov. 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. in CPACS 211.

"This is the fourth year we have participated in this very important opportunity to give to others in our community," said Julie Masters, chairperson and professor of gerontology.

"Be a Santa to a Senior” is sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care in partnership with Sigma Phi Omega (Gerontology Honor Society) and other local nonprofit and community organizations that work to identify older adults in our community who might not otherwise receive gifts this holiday season.

A tree will be set-up in the Gerontology Department main office with a senior's gift request written on a "Be a Santa to a Senior" tree ornament. Those wanting to participate will have an opportunity to select an ornament from the tree and return the unwrapped gift and ornament to the Gerontology office by December 1. Volunteers will collect, wrap, and deliver the gifts to the seniors. Ornaments will be available any time after November 15.

Questions? Contact Julie Masters at 402.554.3953.


Physics Colloquium | Nov. 15

Dr. Robert Smith will be presenting at the physics colloquium on Nov. 15 in Durham Science Center 170 from noon to 1 p.m. The title is, "Synthesis and Band Gap Properties of Cesium Niobate Solid Solutions."


UNO Professor, Alum Named as Fellows of National Public Administration Organization

On Thursday, Nov. 14, a UNO professor and prominent UNO alum will be inducted as fellows of the National Academy of Public Administration, a congressionally-organized, non-partisan group dedicated to research on public sector efficiency.

Carol Ebdon, professor of public administration and former Omaha director of finance, and Bob Houston, recently retired director of Nebraska's Department of Corrections and an alumnus of UNO's Criminology and Criminal Justice program, will receive their honors during the organization's fall meeting in Washington, D.C.

Ebdon and Houston join UNO Senior Vice Chancellor B.J. Reed, College of Public Affairs and Community Service Dean John Bartle, School of Public Administration Director Ethel Williams and UNO Senior Executive in Residence Mary Hamilton as National Academy fellows with UNO connections.

"We are so proud of both Carol and Bob for earning this recognition – something very few people, scholars or professionals, achieve," Bartle said. "Both have made important contributions in their careers in government. This sends a strong message about the stature of UNO in the public affairs community as well as our impact on government in Nebraska."

The National Academy of Public Administration is the public governance equivalent of the National Academy of Science, was formed in 1967 by Congress and has over 750 fellows, which include former legislators, prominent scholars, business executives and current public administration officials.

Through contracts with government agencies, the National Academy of Public Administration provides insight on key public management issues as well as advisory services to federal government agencies.


Essay by Krane "Field-Defining"

An essay authored by Prof. Dale Krane, UNO School of Public Administration, has been included in the Sage Library of the Public Sector's four volume set Public Policy (2012) which brings together 63 of "the most influential and field-defining articles, both classic and contemporary, in a number of key areas of research and inquiry." The essay titled "Disorderly Progress on the Frontiers of Policy Evaluation" was selected by the editors Prof. Peter Hupe, Eramus University Rotterdam, and Prof. Michael Hill, University of Newcastle. A copy of the article may be accessed here.


Pi Gamma Mu Accepting Applications

Currently, we are accepting applications for membership in Pi Gamma Mu, an interdisciplinary social science honorary.

Our membership requirements are below:

- juniors, seniors, and graduate students
- at least a 3.0 grade point average
- at least 20 semester hours in social science courses (which includes history, political science, sociology, anthropology, economics, international relations, criminal justice, social work, psychology, social philosophy, history of education, and human geography)

Membership benefits include scholarship eligibility (for graduate school), resume building, conference presentation and publication opportunities, possible leadership roles, social interaction, and service activities.

Please see Mary Dunn in the Department of Political Science (ASH 275) for an application. Applications and a one-time fee of $55 for lifelong membership dues (cash or a check made out to Pi Gamma Mu) are due by Friday, Nov. 8. For more information, please contact Professor Elizabeth S. Dahl in the Dept. of Political Science (ASH 275) or Pi Gamma Mu's official website, http://www.pigammamu.org.

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Heart & Hands 2013: A Fourth National Juried Book Art Exhibition for Students | Going on Now

Heart & Hands 2013: A Fourth National Juried Book Art Exhibition for Students is on display now through November 14 at the UNO Criss Library Osborne Family Gallery.

Graduate and undergraduate students from accredited academic institutions were able to submit books for the exhibition. Fifty-six artists submitted 82 works for the juried exhibition, and 47 works were accepted. The accepted works came from students in 18 states and Canada.

This year's juror was Barbara Tetenbaum, an artist working in printed books and installation and professor at Oregon College of Art and Craft. She founded her imprint, Triangular Press, in 1979, and this work can be found in many private and public collections in the U.S. and abroad. She is the recipient of two Fulbright Lecture awards to teach in Germany and the Czech Republic. Her other honors include a Koopman Distinguished Chair at the Hartford Art School in 2012 and a Sally Bishop Fellowship at the Book Arts in New York City in 2011. Tetenbaum received her Bachelor of Science in fine arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

The exhibition was also on display at the UNL Love Library. Heart & Hands 2013 is sponsored by the Lincoln Print Group, the UNL Department of Art and Art History, Love Library and the Nebraska Book Arts Center.

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Director of Finanial 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 11/8
  • 2:30PM

Howard G. Buffett Book Tour Includes UNO Stop | 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.

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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.

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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.

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Call for Applications: Graduate Research and Creative Activity Grants (GRACA) | Deadline Jan. 21

The Office of Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) announces the availability of funding for the Graduate Research and Creative Activity (GRACA) awards.

GRACA grants support faculty‐mentored UNO graduate student research and creative activity. Grants of up to $5,000 per student may be used to support student travel for data/information collection, project‐related supplies and operational expenses, data collection and analysis, and/or a summer stipend.

Eligibility is restricted to UNO graduate students who pay tuition and fees through UNO. Students must be enrolled during both spring and fall 2014 semesters (with no plans to graduate before December 2014). Students are required to identify a UNO faculty mentor who must approve the submission of the GRACA proposal. The faculty mentor must be a member of the graduate faculty.

Deadline: January 21, 2014 (11:59 p.m. CDT)

To find out more information and apply, please see the GRACA website.

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Flu Shot Reminder!

Now is the time to get your flu shot. They are currently available at Health Services!

- students $15
- faculty & staff $20
- Cash, check, or we can file with insurance

Insurance billing (in-network providers only):
- Insurance will be billed at $30. For UNO employees with BCBS insurance the $30 comes out of your use or lose preventive care account. You started the year with $250 ($300 if you did the HRA) to use for well care, i.e. annual well exam, vaccines such as a flu shot, and UNO Health & Wellness blood screens on the day of the health fair on Nov. 7.

Please see the flier here for more information.

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3D Printer 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.


ORCA FIRE Grants Available

The Office of Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) is pleased to announce the following internal funding opportunity for UNO faculty:

Fund for Investing in the Research Enterprise (FIRE)

FIRE grants will support the collection of preliminary data/proof-of-concept for faculty projects that demonstrate a high potential for attracting substantial external funding. Awards of $20,000 are available to single investigator FIRE proposals, and multi–investigator/collaborative FIRE proposals may request up to $35,000.

Deadline for submissions is Dec. 17, 2013, 11:59 (CST)

Apply here.

Please email questions to unoorca@unomaha.edu.