• 2013
  • 11/8

Flag Lowering in Honor of Congressman McCollister

Gov. Dave Heineman is asking Nebraskans to fly flags at half-staff today in honor of the memory of former Congressman John Y. McCollister. Congressman McCollister of Omaha passed on Nov. 1 at the age of 92. He served as a Navy radar officer in the Pacific during World War II. He was a three-term member of the United States House of Representatives for the Second Congressional District serving from 1971 to 1977.


EHS Offering Fire Extinguisher Training

EHS is offering fire extinguisher training today 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.


Secret Studio Sculpture Show

The Secret Studio Sculpture Show featuring a variety of recent works by elementary and intermediate UNO sculpture students opens today in the Sculpture and Ceramics Building, room 101, on UNO's Dodge Street campus. The opening event runs 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and is open to students, staff, and the general public at no cost. Refreshments will be provided.

"My sculpture students have amassed a great collection of works reflecting the breadth of possibilities in how we can create objects using three dimensional tools, techniques and concepts," says David Helm, professor of sculpture in UNO's Department of Art and Art History.

The show will run through Nov.15 and will be available for viewing from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.


BE a MAV Day

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will be having an open house event, BE a MAV Day, today. 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)

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.

  • 11AM to 12PM
  • ASH 344

Workshop on Mindfulness Practices in the Classroom | Nov. 8

Workshop on 'Mindfulness Practices in the Classroom: What? Why? How?' with Regina Robbins, Ph.D. candidate (Public Health) and Program Evaluator (Dept. of Ed and Childhood Development) at UNMC.

The workshop is today from 11 a.m. to noon in ASH 344. All are welcome. Contact Michele Desmarais for more information at mdesmarias@unomaha.edu.

  • 11:30AM to 1PM
  • PKI 279

College of IS&T's Grant Week Continues

The College of IS&T's Grant Week continues today with 'The National Science Foundation Landscape' featuring keynote speaker Dr. Susan J. Winter, former NSF Program Director in Cyberinfrastructure.

Food and refreshmens provided at all roundtable events on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • 5PM

Homecoming Concert in the Park

Join the UNO community at the Homecoming Concert in the Park, beginning at 5 p.m. at Stinson Park in Aksarben Village! Admission is free with a non-perishable food donation. Click here to see the flier.


Service Learning Headlines

Tonight from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., UNO students will take part in the UNO Homecoming Country Night at Stinson Park in Aksarben Village as part of a service learning project. Students from Paige Tollers' Small Group Communication course will decorate a tent in support of their service learning community partner, the Siena Francis House. The tent will bring awareness to the community organization and this activity will provide UNO students an opportunity to practice their communication skills learned in the class.

  • 11/9
  • 12PM to 3PM

Service Learning Over the Weekend

Saturday, Nov. 9, from noon to 3 p.m.: A "Stuff the Truck" event will take place at the Petco Parking Lot located at 7110 Dodge Street. Students from Paige Tollers' Small Group Communication course practiced their communication skills to organize the event in support of their service learning community partner, the Siena Francis House. Help stuff the truck with canned goods, clothing, or household items.

  • 11/11
  • 2PM to 5PM
  • MBSC Nebraska Room

Join MavUSO on Veterans Day | Nov. 11

Please join us on Nov. 11 in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. There will be raffles, food, beverages, and guest speakers advising on how to successfully transition from military to student to career. There will also be companies representatives present to speak with about career and internship opportunities.

  • 11/15

API Offering Workshops | Nov. 15

API Offering iMovie Training
The Academic Partnership for Instruction (API) will offer a hands-on training session on iMovie, the video creation and editing software freely included with Apple Macintosh computers. The session will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, November 15, in Kayser Hall Room 543.

Participants will have the opportunity to explore the basic features of the iMovie software suite, learning how to assemble a movie from video clips, still images, and audio files. Videos created with iMovie will be exported into Web-friendly formats for sharing on such sites as YouTube and Facebook. Included in the session will also be a discussion of the use of video to support teaching and learning.

Basic familiarity with Apple Macintosh operating systems is required. Space is limited, and early registration is encouraged. Registration information is available on the API Event Calendar at http://api.unomaha.edu/calendar.php.

API Hosts Upcoming Webcast on Differentiated Instruction
Faculty from the University of Nebraska-Kearney will be presenting a Webcast entitled 'Differentiated Instruction (DI): Teaching All Students' on Friday, Nov. 15. Faculty from UNK's College of Education, School Psychology Department, and Calvin T. Ryan Library will present and lead discussion on how faculty can learn to match student needs with their own teaching choices in the classroom.

The Academic Partnership for Instruction (API) will be hosting a viewing of this session in the Dean's Conference Room of the UNO Criss Library on Friday, November 15, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, please contact Karen K. Hein, sr. coordinator for Instructional Design and Faculty Support, at khein@unomaha.edu or 402.554.2023.


'Willa Cather, Germany, and the Nazi Regime: A Complicated Relationship' Presented by Dr. Charles Johannings | Nov. 21

The Criss Library is hosting 'Willa Cather, Germany, and the Nazi Regime: A Complicated Relationship' presented by Dr. Charles Johanningsmeier, professor and Jefferis Chair of English, on Nov. 21 beginning at 7 p.m.

Throughout her lifetime, Nebraska's best-known author, Willa Cather, greatly admired German culture and was deeply influenced by a number of German American friends. Such affinities, however, were greatly complicated by the rise of the Nazis in the early 1930s and their subsequent actions. Acknowledging that not all American authors responded in the same way to German actions of the 1930s and 1940s, this presentation will detail how Cather's relationship with Germany -- and that country's attitude toward her -- evolved during these tumultuous years.

This event is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.


UNO Community Engagement Center RFP Release | Deadline Dec. 2

UNO's CEC is now accepting a second round of applications. The application due date for potential partnership space is Dec. 2.

Organizations seeking community partner space will need to complete a two-phased application process. First, a written application will be required (see below) followed by an interview between the applicant organization’s leadership and the CEC partner selection subcommittee in January of 2014. Community organizations (nonprofit organizations, community collaborations, government initiatives, etc.) should complete the "external application" and university-based organizations (e.g., UNO colleges, departments, or student organizations) should complete the "internal application."

The CEC partner selection subcommittee has both community and campus representation. Subcommittee recommendations will be submitted to the Sr. Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs (or his designee) for final approval. Decisions for partners will be announced in late January, 2014. After this initial application process, there will be a rolling deadline for applications throughout the year.


Student Research and Creative Activity Fair Now Accepting Registration

Student Research and Creative Activity Fair is now accepting registration. The sixth annual Student Research and Creative Activity Fair will be taking place on March 7, 2014, in the Criss Library.

Students may now register to present. Registrations will be accepted until January 24, 2014, at 5 p.m. All UNO undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines are eligible to participate. Please visit http://www.unomaha.edu/orca/rcaf.php for this year's guidelines, and http://www.unomaha.edu/orca/rcaf_app.php to register. Questions may be directed to Stacy Newmaster at 402.554.2286 or slnewmaster@unomaha.edu.


Deadline Approaching for Boren Awards for International Study | Deadline Feb. 5

The annual Boren Awards deadline for 2014-15 is approaching: February 5, 2014. Students interested in studying abroad next year should begin the application process now. Awards range from $10,000 for a semester to $20,000 for the academic year and cover travel costs and other expenses for students who are interested in studying in non-traditional locations or critical languages.

The application process can be found on the Boren Awards website located at http://www.borenawards.org/boren_scholarship. Applicants who get started well before the deadline stand a better chance of submitting a winning application. Students should submit draft applications to the Manager of Education Abroad and Global Partnerships Emily Hassenstab by Jan. 15.

The awards favor students with a desire to work for the federal government, who want to study locations and languages that are critical to U.S. national security, and are interested in longer programs. Preference will be shown to African, Asian, Central and Eastern European, Latin American, and Middle Eastern countries and languages. Semester or year-long programs are preferred, but STEM majors may apply for 8-week or longer summer programs.

The Boren Award for International Study is congressionally funded and sponsored by the National Security Education Program at the U.S. Department of State.

For the academic year of 2009, two UNO students received Boren scholarships: Logan Dumaine who studied in the Czech Republic, and Mallory Hunter who studied in Slovenia.

Students interested in the Boren Awards should contact Emily Hassenstab at 402.554.2293 or ehassenstab@unomaha.edu as soon as possible.


Book Drive for Cameroon Students

UNO students are partnering together for a book drive that will send reading materials to Cameroon to be used in school libraries.

Sister Rosemary Arrah and Benadette Ngmelue are taking donations of books from now through Nov. 30. Donations can be dropped off at the UNO IDEAS Room inside of Roskens Hall Room 412.

The types of books that can be donated include children's books, fiction books, nonfiction books, biographies, young adult books and classroom book sets. Monetary donations to help ship the books would also be appreciated.

The ultimate goal is to collect 2,000 books that can be sent to multiple K-12 libraries in Cameroon, which is the home country of Arrah and Ngmelue.

For questions, contact Sister Rosemary Arrah at rarrah@unomaha.edu, Benadette Ngamelue at bngamelue@unomaha.edu, or Dr. Sandra Rodriguez-Arroyo at srodriguezarroy@unomaha.edu.

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  • 11/9
  • 2PM to 5PM

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.

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Food Court, Library Cafe, MavRec Cafe Offering 20 Percent Off for UNO Veterans | Nov. 11

The MBSC Food Court, Library Cafe and MavRec Cafe would like to celebrate our veterans by offering a 20 percent discount on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, to all students, faculty and staff who are U.S. military veterans. Tell your cashier that you're a veteran to receive your discount. The staff of the Milo Bail Student Center would like to thank you for your service!

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

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  • 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.

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MaverickPR's Fourth Annual Backpack Drive for Teens in Need

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.

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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

Nebraska, Iowa look even better on poverty scale
David Drozd was quoted in the OWH regarding poverty rates in Nebraska and Iowa.

Smart Energy Expo to offer homeowners insight into products and services
Patrick Wheeler was quoted in the OWH regarding eco-friendly homes.

Entrepreneurial program taps into students' drive, passion
A UNO program is helping students reach their potential.


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.