• 2013
  • 11/22
  • 9AM

UNO Observing World AIDS Day

UNO will be observing World AIDS Day. 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.


The Biomechanics Research Building Invites You to a Presentation by Marisol Rodriguez

"Grants for Innovation and Businesses"

Marisol U. Rodriguez is the Technology Commercialization program director at the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC). She has organized more than 20 training events in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Technology Transfer (STTR) arena with training programs on SBIR/STTR proposal writing, cost proposals, commercialization and Intellectual Property. She has met with 95 businesses about the SBIR/STTR application process and requirements, funding assistance with the State and private investors, and as a result 12 clients have received $1M in funding and four research/industry partnerships have been formed. In addition, Rodriguez has facilitated visits of SBIR/STTR program managers to Nebraska from Department of Energy, Department of Defense--Missile Defense Agency and the National Cancer Institute.

Rodriguez assists the companies, investors, scientists, university researchers and entrepreneurs that have the potential to bring innovative technologies to the commercial marketplace. She provides services including secondary market research, startup advice, business model creation, stakeholder engagement, research and development funding, financing alternatives and networking/resource identification.

  • 12PM

JFK Remembrance Event


A Memorial of Remembrance for President John F. Kennedy will be held at noon 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.


Math Calculus Bee | Nov. 22

The UNO Math Department is hosting its second annual Calculus Bee at 1 p.m. in the Durham Science Center, Room 115/116. Seventy-six Calculus I students took a written calculus exam last week and the top 16 scorers will go head-to-head in a speed round competition. There will be free pizza for all spectators, and students and faculty from all departments are invited to attend!

  • 7PM

UNO Theatre Presents Elektra

The UNO Theatre presents Elektra, directed by Dr. Douglas Paterson. Performances begin tonight and run through Nov. 23 and Dec. 4-7 in Weber Fine Arts Building. The house opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for all performances.

For more information, visit the UNO Theatre website. For tickets, visit www.unomaha.edu/unotheatre or call the box office at 402.554.PLAY.

For previews, tickets are $5 for general admission. For performances, tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors/military/faculty/staff. Tickets are always free for all UNO students who present a valid UNO ID and $5 for all other students who present a valid school ID. The UNO Theatre Box Office now accepts all major credit cards.

About Elektra
When King Agamemnon returned from the Trojan war, his powerful wife, Clytemestra, killed him. Elektra helped spirit away Orestes, her young brother and future king, and eight years later languishes in hate and bitterness because Clytemestra rules and Orestes has not returned. Clytemestra believes the murder was justified since Agamemnon has sacrificed their daughter in order to get to Troy. Elektra rages, howls, and condemns -- in futility -- yearning for revenge.


Service Learning Headlines

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 take the Buffett Middle School students through a poverty simulation as a way to actively engage and inform them of the many facets of life affected by poverty.


Note from Information Security: Payroll Phishing Emails

UNO employees should be on alert for fraudulent "phishing" emails designed to steal employee credentials for university and banking websites. The emails have targeted other university employees across the nation to reveal online login and password or submit the credentials to a fraudulent site. Many "phishing" emails have become more sophisticated and focused, closely resembling actual email correspondence used by a university or banking institution.

The "phishing" email is sent directly to individuals rather than "spamming" a large group of people. The link they are directed to is usually a site that is made to look like a trusted site, such as a Facebook login page or online email login site. After putting credentials into the site they then have the means to compromise other sites and change banking information accessed by the individual.

Some ways to ensure you stay safe online and circumvent these attempts are:

- Always log in from a book mark rather than clicking a link in an email.
- Don’t access links from within emails that you may not trust or know.
- Use different passwords at work than what you use for personal accounts.
- Check links by "hovering" over them before clicking to see their true destination.
- Verify the sender by hovering over the sender's name in Outlook to reveal the actual sender.

You may contact Matt Morton in the Information Security Office (402.554.2425) or the IS Help Desk (402.554.4357) if you have any questions.


Cultural Conversations: Agamemnon\Kennedy Assassinations

The UNO Department of Theatre invites you to join Dr. Mark Wohar, Dr. Jeanne Reames, Professor Emeritus Janet West, and Dr. Douglas Paterson for a discussion about the impact the assassination of a political leader has on a society.

The event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 6:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. before the doors open for that night's performance of Elektra and will be held in the Weber Fine Arts Building south lobby.

As Elektra's opening night falls on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of one of our presidents, we are reminded of the immense importance this can still have on our lives. Join us as we explore the political, economic, and social effects the sudden loss of a leader can have not only within their own country, but on the entire world.

Visit our Facebook page for more information, or contact Mallory Freilich at uno.theatre.publicity@gmail.com.


Criss Library Sponsoring Holiday Scholastic Children's Book Fair | Dec. 3-4

The campus community and the public can do holiday shopping and support the Criss Library at the same time during the Scholastic Book Fair. Criss Library will sponsor the event Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 3-4, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Books for children of all ages, holiday titles, instructional materials, games, videos, and toys will be for sale. Donations also will be accepted for the Cameroon School Library Reading Drive. Proceeds will benefit the library's juvenile book collection. Sponsored by the University Library Friends.

For more information, contact Melissa Cast-Brede at mcast@unomaha.edu.


UNO Writer's Workshop Continues | Dec. 4

On Wednesday, Dec. 4, the UNO Writer's Workshop Reading Series presents poet Matt Mason, reading from his most recent poetry collection, The Baby That Ate Cincinnati. The event, which is free and open to the public, is at 7:30 p.m. in the Art Gallery of the Weber Fine Arts Building. For further information, call 402.554.2960.


UNO Community Engagement Center RFP Release

The UNO CEC has released a second RFP. Applications are now available on the CEC website. The current 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 followed by an interview between the applicant organization's leadership and the CEC partner selection subcommittee in January of 2014. Community organizations (non-profit 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." Successful applications will reflect a high level of commitment to collaboration, reciprocity, communication and a sense of community, and diversity.

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. Please contact Sara Woods at swoods@unomaha.edu for more information.


Call for Faculty Research International (FRI) Grant Proposals

The Office of Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) is now accepting proposals for Faculty Research International (FRI). FRI grants will support the establishment of new research and creative activity partnerships among UNO faculty and international collaborators.

Awards of up to $5,000 are available to individual UNO faculty members to support travel-related expenses for UNO faculty, affiliated UNO graduate students, and/or their international partners.

Deadline is Jan. 31, 2014 (11:59 P.M. CST). Apply here.


CFAM and the Department of Theatre Announce Call for Proposals for '2014 Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed' Conference

The Department of Theatre and CFAM announces a call for the 2014 Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Conference (PTO) proposals will be made public shortly. For many years the PTO Conference has been here in Omaha and all around the country, and this June it returns to UNO! We will seek scholarly, activist and creative works. See our flier and website for more information.

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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.

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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.

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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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Schwalb Center offers Israel trip
The Natan and Hannah Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies at UNO is pleased to announce a study-tour to Israel in the second half of May 2014.

In three P's, Blais finds combination that clicks
UNO coach Dean Blais juggled his forward lines last week and came up with a combination that clicked.

UNO theatre to present Elektra
The UNO Department of Theatre will present Anne Carson's translation of Sophokles' classic work "Elektra," a story of a family's bloody revenge.

Spanish Brass in concert Sunday
Spanish Brass, the world-renowned brass ensemble, will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday on the campus of UNO in the Strauss Performing Arts Center.


Campus Holiday Open House | Dec. 4

The Chancellor and Vice Chancellors invite you to the UNO Campus Holiday Open House!

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 4
Time: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom

View the flier here.


Nominations Sought for 2014 Award for Distinguished Research or Creative Activity (ADROCA) | Due Nov. 25

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.


UNO Excellence in Teaching Nominations Now Being Accepted | Due Dec. 13

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.