• 2013
  • 11/15
  • 11:30AM
  • PKI 279

The College of IS&T Roundtable Presents Matt Germonprez

The College of IS&T Roundtable presents Matt Germonprez, associate professor in ISQA. He will be discussing, "The Shared Nature of Design," 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.


The Biomechanics Research Building Invites You to Attend a Presentation by Dr. Mark Grabiner

The Biomechanics Research Building cordially invites you to attend a presentation by Dr. Mark Grabiner titled, "An evidence-based approach to the design of a task-specific fall prevention intervention." The discussion begins at noon in HPER 211.

Dr. Grabiner's primary research interest involves characterizing the modifiable mechanisms underlying falls and injuries by older adults, and translating these findings to the design, development and deployment of clinically-relevant technologies and interventions. In this talk, Dr .Grabiner will be discussing a task-specific fall prevention program involving perturbation training in older adults.

Speaker Bio
Dr. Grabiner has published more than 135 refereed publications and has contributed to 10 books. His interdisciplinary research has received federal, industry and foundation funding. He is a fellow of the American Society of Biomechanics, the Gerontological Society of America, the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Kinesiology. He serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Sports Medicine, he is an editorial consultant for the Journal of Biomechanics and is an associate editor for Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. He has served as the president of the American Society of Biomechanics, a member of the executive Council of the International Society of Biomechanics, and a member of the World Council on Biomechanics.


Lt Gen Darren W. McDew Visiting Campus

Lt Gen Darren W. McDew will be visiting UNO today. He is scheduled to speak to the UNO student population from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Thompson Alumni Center's Bootstrapper Hall. More information on Lt. gen McDew can be found here.


Service Learning Headlines

Goodrich Scholars in Catherine Chmidling’s Lifespan Development class, fourth grade students from Spring Lake Elementary, and seniors from Intercultural Senior Center (ISC) will be celebrating the completion of their biography project today from 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Spring Lake. The Goodrich Scholars have been helping Spring Lake students create biographies about Latino/Hispanic and Bhutanese seniors at ISC, while at the same time conducting interviews of the Spring Lake students themselves in order to better understand human developmental concepts.


International Education Week Continues

International Education Week 2013 continues today as UNO international students depart for two days of intercultural exchange in West Point, Neb. Continuing a 36-year tradition of rural outreach known as Nebraska Neighbors, the students will visit schools, Main Street businesses, farms, and a music studio. Also, participants in International Professional Development will attend a luncheon with the local Kiwanis Club, and Moroccan Chicken will be the international cuisine served at Chuck's Wagon in the Milo Bail Student Center Food Court.

This week of globally themed events, organized by UNO's International Studies and Programs, celebrates international education and promotes the importance of intercultural exchange. For a full schedule of events at UNO, visit here.


Service Learning Over the Weekend

Saturday, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.: UNO service learning students will host a Spanish language conversation at the Joslyn Art Museum located at 2200 Dodge Street. Students from Dr. Claudia Garcia's Advanced Spanish Conversation course will conduct talks of selected artworks using their Spanish language skills. There is no cost for the program and admission to the museum is free. This service learning project advances the mission of Joslyn to foster appreciation and enjoyment of art for the benefit of a diverse audience.


BeadforLife Jewelry Event| Nov. 20

Help save the world and shop with Women Entrepreneurs! BeadforLife's beautiful recycled paper jewelry will be available Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Mammel Hall atrium.

These Fairtrade products, made by Ugandan entrepreneurs-in-training, make beautiful gifts for family or for yourself. There are new styles of jewelry plus a variety of Shea products – all hand-made. And the best part? The shopping is guilt free -- all proceeds support the entrepreneurial training to lift families out of poverty. Credit cards, checks and cash will be accepted. Share this announcement with your students and anyone else who wants to get a jump-start on holiday shopping and make a difference in the world!

  • 11/20
  • 4:30PM to 6PM

Water for Food Institute Hosting Transdisciplinary Conversatoins | Nov. 20

The Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute will host its next Transdisciplinary Conversations event Nov. 20 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Wick Alumni Center (1520 R St.) on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln City Campus. Light food and drinks will be served. This event is open to all University of Nebraska faculty, staff, and students. Advance registration is required. To attend, please RSVP by today here.

Transdisciplinary Conversations is a monthly series of events intended to bring together University of Nebraska colleagues from diverse fields with a shared interest in water and food research to gather informally, discuss cross-cutting questions, and explore new directions for collaborative research.

This month's event will feature a brief talk by Alan J. Tomkins, director of the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center.


UNO Excellence in Teaching Nominations Now Being Accepted

The campus-wide Excellence in Teaching (EIT) award committee is now accepting nominations for 2014. This award was established in 1969 to recognize superior efforts, dedication and exemplary conduct in the performance of the university's first task -- the education of its students. Please note the new deadline for nominations is December 13. Nominee application packets are due January 17, 2014.

Refer to the following page - http://www.unomaha.edu/aandsaffairs/inside/ceita.php - for nomination information, requirements, forms and procedures. For questions, contact members of the committee or Paul Barnes (pbarnes@unomaha.edu), Office of Academic and Student Affairs.

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  • 11/17
  • 2PM & 4PM

The Moving Company's 2013 Fall Showcase | Nov. 17

UNO's The Moving Company's 2013 Fall Showcase will occur on Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the Dance Lab, HPER 228. There will be free parking in front of HPER or in the east garage. For more information, please view the flier here.

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'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.

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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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UNO Community Engagement Center RFP Release

In addition to welcoming its new partners, UNO is also announcing the release of a second request for proposals (RFP) for space in the Community Engagement Center. The application due date for this round will be Dec. 2.

Organizations seeking community partner space will need to complete a two-phased application process. First, a written application will be required 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." Applications should be submitted to unocec@unomaha.edu by 5 p.m. on the due date.

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.

An informational community forum on the CEC and the application process will take place today at 3 p.m. in CPACS 132D. Please email Robyn Long at rlong@unomaha.edu for reservations and parking information.

For further inquiries, please contact Sara Woods at swoods@unomaha.edu or 402-554-3914 or go to the UNO CEC website.

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Promote Your Department to Future UNO Students!

Would you like to have your department promoted to future UNO students? Do you know a current student that would be willing to share the latest and greatest news about their major and experiences at UNO? The Undergraduate Admissions Office would like to meet them.

We are looking for students to help serve on student panels to share their experiences at UNO to different groups that visit our campus. If you have someone in mind that would be interested in doing just that, please let us know! We would love to meet them. The students can either contact us or if you have someone in mind, we can reach out to them! For more information, or to share a recommendation, please contact Naomi Pitsch, assistant director of Campus Visits, at npitsch@unomaha.edu.

UNO in the Media

UNO in the Media

UNO students qualify for national cyber security competition
Four UNO students are heading to New York City to compete in a national cyber security competition.

International education important to our economy, our diversity
The world is a mighty big place, but it’s getting smaller every day. The more our university students can learn about it, the better they — and all of us — will be. That's why the University of Nebraska at Omaha places the highest priority on preparing as many students as possible to become engaged citizens of an increasingly global community.

University Food Pantry Helps Students in Need
More than 15,000 students attend the University of Nebraska Omaha. For these scholars the university provides an educational environment that fosters independent thinking, the opportunity to build long lasting relationships and a shot at making their dreams come true. But for many of them, these milestones are secondary to their basic need for food.


SIS+ Unavailable After December

The legacy Student Information System known as SIS+ will be removed from service on Dec. 31, 2013. Peoplesoft (commonly referred to as Mavlink) has been the official system of record for student academic and financial records since Fall 2010 and should provide all necessary information regarding a student record. Questions can be directed to tgoldsberry@unomaha.edu.


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.