• 2013
  • 11/13
  • 7:07PM

Men's Basketball Home Opener Tonight--University Communications Has Limited Number of Complimentary Tickets!

Join the UNO community at the men's basketball home opener tonight at Ralston Arena. Tipoff is at 7:07 p.m. against the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Enjoy $1 hotdogs! University Communications has six tickets available to the first three faculty or staff members who email our office at ucomm@unomaha.edu (you will receive one pair of tickets). See you there!


1 Million Cups Omaha Event

1 Million Cups Omaha is happening every Wednesday at 9 a.m. in Mammel Hall auditorium. The event, commonly called 1MC, originated at KC-based Kauffman Foundation last year but has now spread to 20 cities coast-to-coast. It's simple format aims to bring together entrepreneurs, investors, service providers and other startup community participants each Wednesday at 9 a.m. for a presentation from a local startup and casual conversation. This event is co-sponsored by the UNO Nebraska Business Development Center and the Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Franchising.

Here are the details for tomorrow's event:
Free, No need to RSVP. Just show up!
Time: Every Wednesday 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Location: Mammel Hall
Parking: Parking lot in front of building
Nov. 13: MTRL Design (Omaha)
Nov. 20: Vitru (Omaha)


Service Learning Headlines

As a part of their P-16 service learning project, Lewis and Clark Middle School ESL students together with Dr. Rodriguez-Arroyo's Applying Reading and Writing in Content Area UNO class will continue their collaborative research on prairies from 8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. With the final goal to depict their findings in formal presentations, the students will work on poster boards presentations that will reiterate the prairie's currents state within the chosen topics.

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 from 10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. to present their speeches on issues related to bullying that they have been working on all semester.

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.


Department of Black Studies Sponsoring Research Colloquium

The Department of Black Studies is sponsoring a research colloquium beginning at 10 a.m.

Speakers include Professor Peggy Jones, Dr. Cynthia Robinson, Dr. Manfred Wogugu, Dr. Omolwale Akintunde, Dr. Nikitah Okembe-RA Imani, and Dr. Jennifer Harbor. Below is the lineup:

10 a.m.to 10:50 a.m.: Professor Peggy Jones "The African-American Presence in Art: Recent Essays for the Sheldon Art Museum Permanent Collection Painting Catalog."

11:30 a.m. to noon: Dr. Cynthia Robinson, "How White Beauty Standards impact Black Female Beauty Perceptions"

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.: Dr. Manfred Wogugu, "The Centrality of Inequality and Poverty in The HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Sub-Saharan Africa"

2 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Dr. Omowale Akintunde, "The Power of White Privilege and White Supremacy"

3 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Dr. Nikitah Okembe-RA Imani, "The Incarcerative Mentality of Eurocentrism: Jail the Imperfect Body"

4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Dr. Jennifer Harbor, "A Strong Deep Feeling to Resist: African-American Church and School Formation in Antebellum Illinois"

For more information, please contact the Department of Black Studies at 402.554.2412.

  • 12PM
  • MBSC Nebraska Room

Campus Conversation Event for Students

Students are encouraged to participate in the Campus Conversation event 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.


International Education Week Continues

International Education Week festivities continue today as UNO international students head to the Open Door Mission for an afternoon and evening of service. The Fifth Annual Gildersleeve "Know Your World" lecture will also take place from noon to 1 p.m. in CPACS Commons 132D. This year's speaker, Political Science professor, Paul Landow, will discuss his experience in Pakistan.

Stop by the Study Abroad table on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and learn about exciting opportunities to study overseas. Today is also the last day to vote for your favorite in the international photo exhibition on the second floor of the Criss Library.

A Jazz Concert featuring the sounds Latin America and Traditional American Jazz will take place tonight at 7 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center. Tickets are free with your MavCard or $5 for students, $10 for general public.

This week of globally themed events, organized worldwide by the U.S. Departments of State and Education, celebrates international education and promotes the importance of intercultural exchange. For a full schedule of events at UNO, visit http://world.unomaha.edu/iew.


UNO's Aviation Team Takes Second at the National Intercollegiate Flying Association Contest

For the fifth straight year the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) student aviation team, the Flying Mavs, will compete nationally after finishing second in their region at the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) contest held in Oklahoma City last week. The next step for the Flying Mavs is the NIFA national competition, SAFECON, which will be held Monday, May 12, through Saturday, May 17, in Columbus, Ohio with The Ohio State University as the host school.

For more information on this achievement, please read the press release here.


Digital Measures Drop-in Answer Session | Nov. 14

Digital Measures Drop In Answer Session is being held from 10 a.m. to noon in Kayser Hall, room 543. Do you have question about data entry in Digital Measures? Are you struggling to generate an Annual Review Report? Do you need guidance creating RPT forms? Plan to stop by anytime during this session to get answers to your Digital Measure questions. The session is sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development.


Math Colloquium | Nov. 15

Dr. Mahbubul Majumder, assistant professor, will be discussing "How can we (not) ruin the power of statistical data visualization?" on Nov. 15 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Durham Science Center, 110. Below is the abstract.

We often use a statistical data plot to visualize the pattern in the data. But, improper use of graphics can ruin the power of statistical data visualization. This presentation will demonstrate how easily that can be done. On the other hand, appropriate use of graphics can reveal a strong message that would otherwise be hidden, no matter how the data is presented. This talk will demonstrate new methods called lineup and Rorschach protocols that can be used to test the significance of visual findings. A human subjects experiment is conducted using simulated data to provide controlled conditions. Results suggest that the power of lineup protocol is higher than even the conventional statistical inference. This opens up new areas of research involving statistical data visualization, triggers new uses of data graphics, and bridges the gulf between exploratory data analysis (EDA) and inferential statistics.

  • 11/15
  • 11:30AM
  • PKI 279

The College of IS&T Roundtable Presents Matt Germonprez | Nov. 15

The College of IS&T Roundtable presents Matt Germonprez, associate professor in ISQA. He will be discussing, "The Shared Nature of Design," on Nov. 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in PKI 279.

Pizzas and sodas provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Please rsvp to Angela Nastase at anastase@unomaha.edu.

Corporate participation with open source communities provides a platform for knowledge sharing and material exchange that amplifies the design capabilities of the firm and the open source community, providing benefits for both. While our general knowledge about open source communities is extensive, we have only limited knowledge about how corporations participate with open source communities in the design of shared artifacts. Based on rich qualitative data from over forty organizations in the Linux open source ecosystem, we apply an interpretive approach, rooted in design science, across the methodological domains of engaged scholarship, field-study research, and thematic analysis to provide a comprehensive representation of corporate participation with open source communities and the changing nature of design. We present shared design as enacted across an environment of collective engagement, beyond the reach of a single individual, community, or corporation, developing principles that explain shared design and articulate participation at the interface between corporate-based and community-based views of design. We conclude with both theoretical and practical implications of understanding design work in an open source setting as a set of shared practices, reified within communal spaces.

Speaker Bio
Matt Germonprez is a current faculty member. Prior to joining UNO, he was a faculty member at UW-Eau Claire, Case Western Reserve University and a Ph.D. student at the University of Colorado-Boulder. His research focuses on theory and method development and investigation with particular focus on emerging and tailorable technologies. In particular he explores how these new, user-centered technologies are designed and used in practice from the individual to the enterprise level. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and accepted in MIS Quarterly, The Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Information Systems Journal, Information & Organization, and The Communications of the Association for Information Systems.


Health Risk Assessment and Enhanced Benefits

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.

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Heart & Hands 2013: A Fourth National Juried Book Art Exhibition for Students | Ends Tomorrow

Heart & Hands 2013: A Fourth National Juried Book Art Exhibition for Students is on display now through tomorrow, 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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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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The Writing Center and Criss Library Present 'Finish it Friday' | Nov. 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:

LAST ONE: 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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Secret Studio Sculpture Show

The Secret Studio Sculpture Show featuring a variety of recent works by elementary and intermediate UNO sculpture students is on display in the Sculpture and Ceramics Building, room 101, on UNO's Dodge Street campus.

"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.

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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.

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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.

UNO in the Media

UNO in the Media

Nebraska has three of the best colleges for veterans
UNO is the top ranked public university for vets, and second overall!

Midtown Crossing plans more window displays
Midtown Crossing's Miracle on Farnam window displays will be back featuring 21 displays, including one from UNO.

Social media brings neighborhoods together
Professor Jeremy Lipschultz is quoted in a KMTV news story regarding social media and the benefits a community sees by using them.


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 Hosting 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.