• 2013
  • 12/03

Service Learning Headlines

Beginning at 10 a.m., students from Hilary George's art class at Blackburn Alternative Program and Elmo Diaz, blacksmith at Blacksmith Shop Omaha, will install their truffula tree at Skinner Magnet Center. They will present it to students from Denise Adam's third grade class and Tomie Green's sixth grade class who collaborated on this P-16 service learning project with Blackburn over the past semester, creating the tree which stood in the Discovery Garden at Joslyn Art Museum throughout the month of October. The tree was made from repurposed shopping bags, reinforcing the theme of environmental awareness conveyed in Dr. Suess's book, The Lorax, and tied in to the October exhibit of original artwork from the book The Lorax at Joslyn Art Museum.

Beginning at noon, students from Beveridge Magnet Middle School International Studies class and ILUNO students will work at the Malcolm X Foundation to learn more about Malcolm X and work together on creating a large mural of Africa. In working together, the ILUNO students practice the English language with the Beveridge students while the Beveridge students learn more about the culture and customs of countries from around world.


NUFlex Open Computer Lab Available Today for Annual Enrollment

Benefit-eligible faculty and staff who would like some assistance with the 2014 annual benefits enrollment may take advantage of an open computer lab being held today in KH 541 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Only a few days remain for 2014 NUFlex enrollment. Since this year's enrollment is online only, Human Resources is offering an open computer lab for employees needing help with accessing a computer or additional assistance with the process.

Go to Firefly and log in for online NUFlex enrollment, which ends at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, after which date, no changes may be made. For password help, contact ITS Customer Service Helpdesk at 402.554.4357.


UNO Theatre Presents Elektra | Dec. 4-7

When King Agamemnon returns from the Trojan War with his new concubine, his wife Clytemestra (who has taken Agamemnon's cousin, Aegisthus as a lover) kills them. Clytemestra believes the murder was justified, since Agamemnon had sacrificed their daughter. Our play begins eight years after Agamemnon's assassination. Elektra, enraged over the death of her father at the hand of her mother, spends her days waiting for her brother, Orestes, to arrive so they can wreak a bloody revenge. Fury will set her free and her love is a powerful and crippling mixture of hate, revenge, justice, and, still, palpable love. But will the arrival of Orestes bring justice?

Directed by Dr. Douglas Paterson, performances run Dec. 4-7 in UNO's Weber Fine Arts Building.

The house opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for all performances.

For tickets, visit www.unomaha.edu/unotheatre or call the box office at 402.554.PLAY.

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.


Physics Colloquium | Dec. 13

There will be a physics colloquium Dec. 13 from noon to 1 p.m. in Durham Science Center room 170. Dr. Andrew Baruth from Creighton University will present on, "Directed Self-Assembly--a New Frontier for Nanolithography."

  • 12/15
  • 1PM to 3:30PM

Skate with the Mavs | Dec. 15

Interested in skating with your favorite Maverick Hockey players? You're in luck! Fans of the UNO Hockey team will have an opportunity to skate on the ice with the hockey team when they host 'Skate with the Mavs' on Dec. 15.

For more information, please click here.

  • 12/19
  • 2PM to 4PM
  • MBSC Dodge Rooms

Retirement Reception for Dr. Loree Bykerk | Dec. 19

Dr. Loree Bykerk is retiring after teaching political science at UNO for 32 years. Please join us as we celebrate her years of service and dedication to UNO, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the political science department. A campus-wide reception will be held on Thursday, Dec. 19, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the MBSC Dodge Rooms.


Fifteen Percent Off Women's Soccer Camps

UNO Women's Soccer Camp Offer: Receive 15 percent off original camp price if purchased before Jan. 1, 2014. This is the lowest price we will offer for the 2014 camp season. All UNO Women's soccer camps are eligible.


June 9-10
Advanced Junior Mavs
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Ages 8-12

June 9-12
Goal Keeper
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Ages 12-18

July 7-8
Advanced Junior Mavs
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Ages 8-12

July 13-15
Elite Camp
Schedule Online
Ages 12-18

Register at UNO Soccer Camps.

Camp open to all registrants, limited only by age and gender. Go to http://www.unosoccercamps.com/ or contact Ted Anderson at tmanderson@unomaha.edu for more information.


UNO Students Win Study Abroad Scholarships from State Department

Darcy Covert, a Spanish and French major, and Michael Owen, an undeclared major, are two of more than 700 American undergraduate students from 341 colleges and universities across the U.S. selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Both students will study abroad during the Spring 2014 academic term, Covert in Ecuador and Owen in Costa Rica. Congratulations!

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A Note from the Office of Equity, Access & Diversity

In light of the recent incidents of intolerance at campuses around the nation, we would like to remind the campus community that we must be ever vigilant to ensure an inclusive learning environment for our students. All members of the campus community are reminded to report instances of harassment or discrimination to an administrator or to the Office of Equity, Access & Diversity 207B Eppley.

  • 12PM to 1PM
  • MBSC Jenkins Room

'Creating Visual Aids that Work' Student Learn Over Lunch | Dec. 4

'Creating Visual Aids that Work' is planned for Dec. 4 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room. Students who attend the Learn Over Lunch workshop will understand how visual aids enhance and clarify presentation skills, explore PowerPoint and understand how to use it effectively as a presenter, and learn how to avoid common visual pitfalls and mistakes.

Free pizza and pop will be provided. Space is limited so you must register in advance and can be done by contacting a consultant at the Speech Consulting Center at 402.554.3201 or unospeechcenter@unomaha.edu.

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Department of Art & Art History Present [forty ten] | Opening Dec. 7

The UNO Department of Art & Art History invites you to [forty ten], an exhibit showcasing emerging UNO artists. The opening reception is Dec. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Cali Commons Coworking/Art Gallery located at 518 N. 40th St. and is free and open to the public.

The show features the diverse work of eight students with a common purpose: the desire to learn and create. From graphic design to painting, their work spans a wide array of media and concepts to form an exciting display of individuality and technique. The exhibition is the final project of the Professional Practices capstone course for studio arts students. In this class, students learned administrative components essential for cultivating and maintaining professional artistic practices. After a semester of refining their skills and visiting with professionals in the visual art and graphic design community, students now have the opportunity to practice what they've learned by organizing, hosting and exhibiting [forty ten].

The show is ongoing through Dec. 30. Questions? Contact Bart Vargas at bvargas@unomaha.edu or 402.554.3035.

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Parents Day Out: Holiday Drop & Shop | Dec. 8

Need some extra time without the kids this holiday season? Mav Kids has a great solution with Holiday Drop & Shop on Dec. 8!

Drop your child (ages 6-12) off while you finish your holiday shopping, wrap gifts or maybe you just need a break while your kids have five hours of food, games and fun in a safe environment.

$25 UNO Students & Campus Rec Members
$30 General Public

Register online here by Dec. 6.

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NBDC Hosting Lean Startup Conference Live Stream | Dec. 9-10

NBDC is hosting a live stream of the Lean Startup Conference 2013 on Dec. 9-10. The live stream begins at 11 a.m. and lasts until 7 p.m. in Mammel Hall 100L. The biggest names in the lean startup world, dozens of terrific speakers, and more than a thousand entrepreneurs will gather at the Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco. NBDC was named an official simulcast partner for Omaha and will stream the entire event.

If you are interested in attending one or both days, you must register. Early bird registration (before Dec. 1) is $10; Regular admission is $20 (after Dec. 2) and it is FREE for all UNO students, faculty and staff.

Register here.

Information about this conference can be found here.

The conference agenda can be found here.

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Volunteers Needed: UNO Criss Library Website Usability Study | Extended to Dec. 13

The UNO Criss Library is seeking UNO students, faculty and staff members 19 years of age and older to participate in a research study analyzing the navigability and content of the UNO Library website and discovery platform.

Study subjects will be asked to complete a list of tasks within the UNO Library website and complete a short anonymous survey within a one hour time frame. If you are interested in participating in the research study and/or for further details please contact Teonne Wright at tawright@unomaha.edu.

IRB # 513-12-EX

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Help the Vice Chancellor's Office Build a Holiday 'Tree'

Staff members in the UNO Business & Finance Vice Chancellor's Office are participating in the Omaha Diaper Drive and would like your help collecting diapers, wipes and monetary donations. All donations collected will directly benefit the Lydia House-- a Division of the Open Door Mission.

Sizes 4, 5 and 6 are the most needed; however, all sizes and any brand are welcome. From now through Dec. 12 there will be drop off points set up on first floor EAB and also in EAB 209. Monetary donations should be brought to EAB 209. The Vice Chancellor's office will build a holiday tree with diapers collected during the drive. Feel free to stop by and watch the tree "grow" each day or follow us on Twitter: #UNODiaperDrive. For more information, please contact Laura Lamblin 4-2621.

UNO in the Media

UNO in the Media

A few festive photos of Fluffy and Fido
MaverickPR will be hosting its annual Santa Paws on Dec. 8.

Did comet ISON survive its trip near the sun?
"Whatever survived is either remnants or a smaller piece," said David Kriegler of the University of Nebraska at Omaha's physics department. "It brightened dramatically before falling apart."

Gov. Heineman Announces 4th Judicial District Judge
Gov. Dave Heineman has appointed Derek R. Vaughn of Omaha to judge of the County Court, 4th Judicial District. He serves as adjunct instructor of Criminal Justice at UNO and Midland University.

  • 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.

  • 12/4
  • 3PM to 5PM
  • MBSC Ballroom

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.


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.


Health Risk Assessment Tips

For those filling out the Health Risk Assessment, here are some tips:

- Do the HRA all in one sitting (15 mins).
- Have your most recent blood screening and other screening information with you.
- Most important: you must SAVE or PRINT the results immediately, or your HRA will not register and you will have to re-take.
- Questions: Call Dave Daniels at 402.554.2008.

Detailed instructions were sent out from University Benefits Administrator on Nov. 18. Please review prior to attempting the HRA. See instructions below:

- Login information: To access the Wellstream Health Risk Assessment, log on to Firefly using your personal Firefly username and password.

- Click on the Health Risk Assessment link located at the beginning and the end of Employee Self Service (ESS) NUFlex benefits enrollment to get started.
NOTE: The survey will time out after 25 minutes; no entries will be saved, and all sections must be completed to receive credit for participating in the survey and be eligible for enhanced benefits (explained below).

- Once you have completed the survey, you will be able to view and print a Personal Health Report detailing your health risk status, as well as tips to become healthier. The Personal Health Report must be printed and/or saved for you to receive credit for completing the HRA survey and to be eligible for the enhanced wellness and preventive services benefit. The deadline for completing the survey is Friday, Dec. 6, at 5 p.m. CST.