• 2013
  • 11/20

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 Literacy and Learning UNO class will work at UNO through the final stages of their collaborative research on prairies from 8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. The students will be completing their work on poster boards with the final goal of presenting their findings on the prairie's current state during their celebration event at the beginning of December.

Blackburn Alternative Program Culinary Arts students and UNO Gerontology students will serve a celebratory Thanksgiving meal to North Omaha seniors in the Blackburn Commons Area at noon. The "Food for Thought" P-16 Service Learning project has enabled UNO and Blackburn students to meet the needs of Near North Omaha seniors by serving food and forming valuable relationships with the seniors for the last four years.

As a part of their P-16 service-learning project and in conjunction with Professor Tanya Seina's Social Work and Civic Engagement course, UNO students will help Buffett Middle School students pitch project ideas to the Literacy Center of the Midlands. These projects revolve around raising awareness of literacy issues in the Omaha metro area, as well as raise awareness of the work of the Literacy Center.


Geography Awareness Week Continues

Geography Week continues with guest speakers from Risk Management Solutions, Inc! Stop by Durham Science Center 296 at noon to hear Geoff Overton, senior geospatial analyst, and David Carttar, senior director of Geospatial Model Development. More information about Geography Week can be found here.

  • 12PM to 12:45PM
  • HPER 138

'Sugar Isn't Always So Sweet' Brown Bag Seminar

'Sugar Isn't Always So Sweet: What you can do to prevent pre-diabetes and maintain a healthy lifestyle' brown bag seminar is being held by the Wellness Center beginning at noon.

This brown bag seminar will address simple and effective dietary and lifestyle modifications that you can make to avoid pre-diabetes and lead a happy and healthy life.

Topics will include:
- the hidden dangers of sugary drinks and treats
- healthy snack alternatives
- quick and easy workouts you can do anywhere (no gym required!)
- and much more!


UNO Economics Club Sponsoring Talk by Local Economist

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.

  • 5:30PM
  • PKI 158

UNOIA Start-up Story Featuring Adrian Blake

The November UNOIA Start-up Stories will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in PKI 158. This event is open to all interested students, faculty and staff. Food and refreshments will be provided.

This month we are pleased to have serial entrepreneur Adrian Blake. Blake is currently working on his third start-up, Social Media Contractors, which is focused on the social media space. Prior to diving head first into entrepreneurship, Blake was a publisher of The Progressive Farmer (the world's largest farm magazine) and vice president of DTN Media Group, was a management consultant with McKinsey & Co., and early in his career he worked with both Saturday Night Live and Comedy Central. Blake’s deep knowledge of media and entertainment, gained through years of working in the real world, has provided him with a strong foundation for entrepreneurial success - including understanding when it's time to move on to the next gig. Blake has an M.B.A. from University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Harvard College.

The event will be casual in nature and Blake will be answering questions as they arise.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact tahancock@unomaha.edu.


'Complicating Red Power: A Political History of Mohawk Activist Richard Oak'

Since November is Native American Heritage Month, please consider attending the lecture "Complicating Red Power" at 6 p.m. (CPACS 132). This presentation, delivered by Dr. Kent Blansett, is a political history of Mohawk Activist Richard Oakes from 1942-1972. The life of Oakes is crucial to the discourse on contemporary American Indian history.

Blansett's work explores the life of this Native activist and illustrates how his actions reflected a unique voice of Indigenous leadership within the Red Power movement of the 1960s-1970s. Until his assassination in 1972, Richard Oakes struggled to inspire both his and subsequent generations of Native peoples to maintain their independent and sovereign status.

Kent Blansett is an assistant professor of History and American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota, Morris. This year he is the Katrin H. Lamon Postdoctoral Fellow at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

This lecture is free and open to the public.


UNO Participating in Midtown Crossing's Miracle on Farnam Event | Nov. 23

The University of Nebraska at Omaha is a proud participant in this year's Miracle on Farnam at Midtown Crossing. Midtown Crossing's Miracle on Farnam is a season-long celebration of creativity, good cheer and authentic holiday pleasures. Stroll in the glow of sparkling lights, sip hot chocolate, and enjoy Midtown Crossing's newest holiday tradition -- a parade of dazzling window displays. All along Farnam Street, Omaha's creative nonprofits will showcase their artistry and imagination by transforming ordinary window space into holiday miracles.

Be sure to stop by Midtown Crossing to enjoy the holiday festivities and view UNO's winter window at the Miracle on Farnam opening event full of family-fun this Saturday, Nov. 23, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The perennial debut of Midtown Crossing's holiday lights will begin at dusk. It's all free to the public, three hours of garage parking included. The displays will then be available for viewing every day from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. through New Year's Day. Visit and vote for your favorite window often!

UNO's window features the work of Bertha Megendoht-Hatz, a supporter of the UNO Art and Art History Department, work by BFA student Kristine Hansen-Cain, and set design by UNO Theatre major Tommy Hanlon and University Communications Graphic Designer Althea Satterfield. Music by UNO flutists will be heard during the kick-off event on Nov. 23. The UNO window is located in space #8, one space west of the Marcus Midtown Cinema, on the attached map.


NUFlex Open Computer Labs Available for Annual Enrollment | Nov. 26, Dec. 3

NUFlex Open Computer Labs are available for benefit-eligible faculty and staff who would like some assistance with the 2014 annual enrollment. You have until Dec. 6 to complete your 2014 NUFlex enrollment. Since enrollment is online only, Human Resources will conduct two open computer labs for employees needing help with accessing a computer or additional assistance with the process.

The labs will be offered:

Tuesday, Nov. 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in KH 541
Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in KH 541

Go to Firefly and log in for online NUFlex enrollment, which ends Friday, Dec. 6. For password help, contact ITS Customer Service Helpdesk at 402.554.4357.

  • 11/27
  • 9:30AM to 12PM
  • MBSC Umoho Room

Faculty and Staff Military Friendly Training | Nov. 27

Please join MaV USO for our first Faculty and Staff Military Friendly Training. It will be held in the Umoho Room in the MBSC on Nov. 27 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. This training is designed to help faculty and staff have a better awareness of their military and veteran student population and to walk away with the resources needed to react to military and veteran students in the classroom.


UNO Book Drives | Through November

Student Involvement will be sponsoring a book drive the rest of November. We are collecting any old/used textbooks or other books you don't want. Start cleaning out your office and house now!

All used textbooks or non-sale textbooks will be donated to the Better World Books project. All other donated books will be given to the project below (which is a specific project by two UNO students).

All you have to do is email Bill Pickett at wpickett@unomaha.edu with your name and office location, and we will send over volunteers to collect your books. It's that easy! We appreciate the support.

Books can also be dropped off in the Student Life office in the MBSC, first floor.

Cameroon Book Drive
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.

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.

  • 12/2
  • 7PM to 9PM

Faculty in the Spotlight | Dec. 2

The English Graduate Organization will host "Faculty in the Spotlight" on Monday, Dec. 2, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the UNO Writing Center. This is a series designed to highlight the research and writing interests of the English department faculty while also providing an opportunity for students of English to see what their professors and instructors are working on outside of the classroom.

Refreshments and light snacks provided. Featured presenters include:

Dr. Kristen Girten, "The Virtue of Bondage: Kantian Freedom and Ann Radcliffe's Gothic Sublime,"
Dr. Charles Johanningsmeier, "Cather and the Periodical World,"
Kathy Radosta, "Campus Visit to Perm National Research Polytechnic University," and
Dr. David Peterson, "Homophobic Discourse and Neoliberalism."

  • 12/4
  • 12PM to 1PM
  • MBSC Chancellor's Room

IRB Education Series Continues | Dec. 4

The fall semester IRB Education Series concludes on Wednesday, Dec. 4, with a presentation by UNMC/UNO IRB Administrator Jenny Kucera who will share, "Common IRB Audit Findings and How to Fix Them."

This session will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in UNO's Milo Bail Student Center, Chancellor's Room. Lunch and beverages will be provided.

See this attached flier for the schedule of presentations and for registration information. UNO is not handling registration for these sessions. Attendees must register directly with IRB via the link on the flier.


Zipcar on Campus!

Did you know that UNO launched a new partnership with Zipcar, Inc., the world's leading car sharing network, to offer a Zipcar car sharing program on campus? The convenient transportation option is now available at an affordable rate 24 hours a day, seven days a week for students, faculty and staff ages 18 and older, as well as members of the local community ages 21 and over.

To sign up, visit here. Use promo code THANKSGIVING13 by Dec. 7 and you'll get $50 in free driving!


The Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's and Gender Studies

The Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's and Gender Studies recognizes extraordinary service to the UNO Women's and Gender Studies program. This noteworthy work may involve teaching, research/creative activity, service, or a combination of the three. Nominees may be UNO students, faculty, staff, alumni, or others who have provided exemplary service.

Deadline: Nominations are due Friday, Feb. 22, 2014.

To nominate a person or persons for the Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's and Gender Studies, please submit the following in electronic form to Dr. Karen Falconer Al-Hindi at kfalconeralhindi@unomaha.edu:

- A 1-2 page nomination letter describing the nominee's accomplishments and their relevance to the UNO Women’s and Gender Studies program. The nominator must be connected to the Women’s Studies program (student major/minor, faculty, staff).
- The nominee’s/nominees’ resume or c.v.
- Additional supporting materials (e.g. letters of support) are welcome and strengthen the nomination but are not required.

The person(s) selected will receive the award at the annual Women’s and Gender Studies luncheon. This year’s luncheon will take place on Friday, May 2, 2014.


UNO Community Engagement Center Committee Releases RFP's for Works of Art for Building

The UNO Community Engagement Center Art Committee is seeking proposals for interior works of art to be displayed permanently in the building.

The committee has developed three separate RFPs, which call specifically for UNO student artists, faculty and staff artists, and Omaha metropolitan area artists to submit proposals. All three RFPs envision artworks that represent the values of community, civic engagement, social responsibility, and/or university-community partnership. These artworks are intended to enhance the vision, mission and purpose of the CEC. The RFPs are available as of 10-18-2013 on the CEC website. For more information about the CEC, including building images and its mission, vision and values, please visit the UNO CEC website here.

campus notices

Volunteers Wanted for Commencement!

Commencement is right around the corner, and the Office of University Communications is looking for volunteers!

If you are able to help, please send your information to ucomm@unomaha.edu. Commencement is Dec. 21, and there are two ceremonies: one at 9 a.m. and one at 2 p.m.

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  • 6:30PM

2013 Durham Lecture Series | Nov. 21

The Aviation Institute will be hosting the 2013 Durham Lecture Series on Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Scott Conference Center. This year's recipient of the William Shea Award and Distinguished Lecturer will be Mr. Stephen Forte, chief operating officer for Virgin America. A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. with the lecture beginning at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to unoaviation@unomaha.edu or 402-554-3424.

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UNO 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, Nov. 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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Call for Applications: Graduate Research and Creative Activity

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.

UNO in the Media

UNO in the Media

U.S.-Afghanistan Security Agreement in Jeopardy
The U.S. wants Afghanistan to give American troops permission to enter and search Afghans' homes freely. Karzai insists that is non-negotiable. Thomas Gouttierre, director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies, says the U.S. wants to keep that provision for the safety of its troops.

Nebraska Law Enforcement Seizing More Meth, Federal Funding Dwindling
Lisa Sample is a professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. She’s been studying drug use and its effects on society since 1998.

JFK: A President Frozen in time
Tom Gouttierre, director of the renowned Center for Afghanistan Studies, remembers watching the dynamic presidential candidate speak at his college in Ohio in 1960.


ORCA Announces FIRE Grants

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.