• 2013
  • 11/19

Geography Awareness Week Continues

Geography awareness week continues with a bake sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Durham Science Center lobby and a professional development talk featuring a guest speaker from the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency at 2 p.m. in DSC 296. For more information view their flier.


Medieval and Renaissance Studies Presents 'Queen Elizabeth I'

Medieval and Renaissance Studies presents 'Queen Elizabeth I: How To Think of Biography,' a talk by Carole Levin, at 6 p.m. in CPACS 132.

Is biography of women different from that of men? How is biography of the famous different from those less well-known? Are there ethical issues in writing biography and do they change when the subject has been dead for centuries as opposed to being a contemporary? How much about ourselves appears in the biographies we do of others?

In this illustrated presentation, Prof. Levin will examine the different ways of thinking about biography in the pre-modern period using the example of the fascinating Queen Elizabeth I, the unmarried woman who ruled in sixteenth-century England.

For more information, see the attached flier or contact msaltamacchia@unomaha.edu.

  • 6:30PM

'Lincoln at Gettysburg: Finding Meaning in Tragedy' at Durham Museum

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, which was delivered on this date in 1863, Mark Scherer, associate professor and chair of the History Department, will be speaking at the Durham Museum at 6:30 p.m. tonight. Scherer's presentation will be titled 'Lincoln at Gettysburg: Finding Meaning in Tragedy.' Regular museum admission applies and members are free.


Service Learning Headlines

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 at the Stephen Center as they celebrate making posters and adoption scarves for the Nebraska Humane Society that they have been creating over this past semester.

Professor Scott Vlasek's Introduction to Aviation students will be working with Mr. Randall Howard’s history students at UNO on making fact sheets for the various aircraft at the Strategic Air and Space Museum. In an effort to make the museum more interactive for the public, the Burke and UNO students are working together to create handouts not only to supply visitors to the museum with facts about the aircraft but also to gather stories from the people who flew them.

Dr. Edouardo Zendejas, director of Native Studies and Cindy Krafka with UNO Multi-Cultural Affairs in partnership with Tami Maldonado, Director of Native American programs for OPS and Michaela Smith, Omaha South High school NICE teacher, will be finishing the semester long partnership between the UNO Native studies students and the Native youth. This service learning project has been an opportunity for the students participating to learn more about significant times in Native history while also making Native crafts such as medallions.

  • 11/22
  • 12PM to 1PM
  • MBSC Gallery Room

Creativity and Collaboration for Leaders Workshop | Nov. 22

On Thursday, Nov. 14, Drs. Gina Toman and Karen Falconer Al-Hindi participated in a workshop entitled, "Reimagining Leadership: Creativity and Collaboration," at Kaneko. They'll share what they learned in this informal, interactive brown-bag. Coffee and cookies will be available; feel free to bring your lunch.

What: Creativity and collaboration for leaders
When: Friday, 11/22/2013
Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
Where: MBSC Gallery Room
RSVP: Not necessary unless you are bringing a group.

  • 11/22
  • 12PM

JFK Remembrance Event | Nov. 22

A Memorial of Remembrance for President John F. Kennedy will be held at noon on Nov. 22 at Memorial Park. The memorial service will commence at noon with a welcome and introduction by event Chairman James P. Cavanaugh and a moment of silent remembrance. A piper will lead the presentation of the colors by the Benson High School ROTC Color Guard, and the Ancient Order of Hibernians Honor Guard. Dean of International Studies and Programs Thomas Goutierre will speak, amongst others.

For more information, please contact James P. Cavanaugh at 402.341.2020 or cavanaughlawfirm@aol.com.

  • 11/27-11/29

Open Parking & Shuttle Bus Schedule Over Thanksgiving Break

During Thanksgiving vacation, November 27, 28 and 29, there will be open parking on campus. See below for more information regarding the open parking schedule and shuttle bus schedule.

Wednesday, November 27:
- No parking permits will be required and the east parking garage will be open.
- Pay to park at the meters, will be limited to visitors only from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Faculty, staff and student parking at the meters during this time is not allowed.
- Parking in reserved or handicap stalls (unless displaying a valid handicap permit), drive aisles and fire lanes is not allowed.
- Loading Zone time limit is enforced.

Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29:
- Free parking at the meters. Visitors, faculty, staff and students allowed to park at meters.
- Parking in reserved or handicap stalls (unless displaying a valid handicap permit), drive aisles and fire lanes is not allowed.
- Loading Zone time limit is not enforced.

Campus Shuttle Bus Service revised:

Wednesday, November 27:
- Pacific to Dodge shuttle will operate on limited basis from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Crossroads to Dodge shuttle will not operate.

Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29:
- No shuttle bus service.

Contact Parking Services at 402.554.PARK (7275) with questions.

  • 12/5
  • 11:30AM
  • MBSC Ballroom

Kwanzaa Celebration | Dec. 5

The UNO community is invited to a Kwanzaa program set for Thursday, Dec. 5. The event, which is free and open to the public, will include food and a guest speaker. The celebration will begin at 11:30 a.m.in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Dr. Nikitah Okembe-Ra Imani, chair of the Department of Black Studies, will give a presentation focusing on the principles of unity, collective work and responsibility.

Kwanzaa, a holiday that celebrates African traditions and American customs, was created in 1966. The name Kwanzaa comes from a Swahili phrase meaning "first fruits." In ancient Africa, the time to harvest fruits and grains was a time of celebration.

The UNO event is designed to share the basic concepts of, and answer questions about, this cultural tradition celebrated Dec. 26-Jan. 1. The event is sponsored by African American Organization, American Multicultural Students, Department of Black Studies and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Reservations are required by Nov. 25. RSVP by calling 402-554-2412 or emailing fdailey@unomaha.edu.


Digital Measures Drop-in Answer Session | Dec. 6

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.


Campus Security Offers Holiday Safety Tips

The Campus Security staff would like to remind the campus community of some common sense safety tips to practice during the holiday season.

- When a person leaves his or her room or office, lock it up, even if it's only for a few minutes.
- Avoid leaving valuables or packages in plain view in a vehicle. Place them in the trunk or between the seats. When possible, do so before parking.
- During the holiday break, take valuables home from campus offices and residence halls.
- Anyone who is going to be working on campus late in the evening or when few people are around should consider advising Campus Security so that an officer can pay special attention to the area.
- Anyone entering a locked residence hall or campus building should make sure the door closes completely. Strangers should not follow anyone into a secure building.
- Students who live on campus and are leaving town for the holidays should make sure they have someone keeping an eye on their residence and leave emergency contact information.

For more information, call Campus Security at 402.554.2648.

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UNO Economics Club Sponsoring Talk 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.

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'Willa Cather, Germany, and the Nazi Regime: A Complicated Relationship' Discussion | 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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  • 11/22
  • 9AM

UNO Observing World AIDS Day | Nov. 22

UNO will be observing World AIDS Day on Nov. 22. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. We'll be doing hands-on and community outreach activities supporting Project Kindle and Lauritzen Gardens. Project Kindle hosts a camp that serves children impacted by HIV and AIDS. Lauritzen Gardens is Omaha's botanical center. Students can earn up to four service hours for this event, and Mavsync tracks student's service hours each time they volunteer at a UNO service event. Students can register at www.unomaha.edu/serve.

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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.

UNO in the Media

UNO in the Media

All-year UNO program for student teachers stresses field experience
UNO is making changes designed to make student teachers more confident and competent first-year teachers.

New moon takes the bull by the horns
The Iron Age city, which sits on a slight rise a mile north of the Sea of Galilee at a site called Bethsaida, was excavated by archaeologists in 1996. Rami Arav of University of Nebraska at Omaha, who headed the dig, explained that the stele was found buried beneath more than 12 feet of debris...

One nation, not so indivisible
Paul Landow, who teaches urban politics at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, said the United States is not 11 nations, it's two: urban and rural.

Brightest comet in almost 50 years is lighting up early-morning skies
ISON will graze the sun's outer atmosphere, coming within about 750,000 miles of its surface, said David Kriegler of the University of Nebraska Omaha physics department.

Reopening Nebraska's Black History Museum Uphill Struggle
Peggy Jones, associate professor in the Department of Black Studies, is quoted in this article regarding the opening of Nebraska's Black History museum.


1 Million Cups Omaha | Nov. 20

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. 20: Vitru (Omaha)