• 2013
  • 12/5
  • 11:30AM
  • MBSC Ballroom

Kwanzaa Celebration

The University of Nebraska at Omaha community is invited to a Kwanzaa program set for today. 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.


Service Learning

As a part of their P-16 service learning project, UNO students from Dr. Austin's Human Relations class will be visiting Jackson Elementary students from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. for their Yes I Can! project. The UNO and Jackson Elementary students from Completely Kids afterschool program will wrap up their collaborative work this semester on building confidence and exploring the ways to perform better academically. This research will unfold next semester to better understand human acceptance and human value through the prism of service learning.


UNO Theatre Presents Elektra

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 through Dec. 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 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. Visit www.unomaha.edu/unotheatre or call the box office at 402.554.PLAY for tickets.

  • 12/6
  • 11:30AM to 1PM
  • PKI 279

The College of IS&T Roundtable Presents Anthony Skjellum | Dec. 6

The College of IS&T Roundtable presents Anthony Skjellum, professor and chair of the Department of Computer and Information Sciences and Center for Information Assurance & Joint Forensics Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

"Topics in High Performance Computing and Cyber R&D" will be held Friday, Dec. 6, in PKI 279 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (the talk begins at noon).

Sandwiches and sodas provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Please RSVP to Angela Nastase at anastase@unomaha.edu by today.


API Announces "At the Ready" Drop in Sessions | Beginning Dec. 9

The Academic Partnership for Instruction (API), a division of Information Services (IS), will be offering drop in assistance during Prep Week in the Teaching and Technology Center, Kayser Hall 538, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to help faculty prepare for the end of the fall semester and get ready for spring.

Instructional Designers will be on hand to show faculty how to copy a course from fall to spring, use the new Date Management tool to adjust pertinent dates within a course, download their Grade Center, and more.

Assistance is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Questions? Contact IS Customer Services at 402.554.4357 or unohelpdesk@unomaha.edu.


Writing Across the Curriculum Faculty Seminar | Application Deadline Extended to Dec. 9

The application deadline has been extended for UNO faculty who are interested in participating in a two-day seminar on Writing Across the Curriculum. The seminar will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center on Thursday, Jan. 9, and Friday, January 10, 2014, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Participating faculty will consider WAC’s twin objectives--using writing tasks to promote students’ understanding of course material in any discipline (writing to learn), and integrating writing tasks across the curriculum in order to support students’ development as writers (learning to write). Faculty completing the seminar will be well prepared to teach discipline-based writing and writing-intensive courses.

During the two day seminar, interactive sessions will address the challenges students face when they undertake academic writing tasks, best practices for assignment design, responding to and evaluating student writing, and supporting multilingual writers. Participants will bring papers written by their own students, compare their assessments to those of their colleagues, and consider similarities and differences across disciplines.

The seminar is supported by the Writing Center and the Center for Faculty Development. Participants will receive $250 directed to their departments for travel and other professional expenses.

A brief application form is posted on the UNO Writing Center website's Workshop and Events Page.

Applications are now due Dec. 9, and applicants will be notified by Dec. 13.

For more information, contact Travis Adams, Writing Center director at gtadams@unomaha.edu or 402.554.3587.

  • 12/10
  • 10AM to 11AM
  • MBSC Dodge Room

One Voice: UNO Branding Forum | Dec. 10

If you create communications or promotional materials on behalf of your department, college or organization, you don't want to miss the Office of University Communication's upcoming One Voice branding forum on Dec. 10.

By attending the One Voice forum, you'll learn about the updated UNO brand guidelines, how you can incorporate the brand, and the resources available to you to make your promotional materials look their best. For those campus communicators who attended brand forums last spring, there will be additional information presented based on questions received by the Office of University Communications, additional templates and tools, as well as where to find our web style guidelines.

Please join us in the Milo Bail Student Center, Dodge Room on Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. No RSVP is required. Additional brand forums will be held in spring 2014.

  • 12/10
  • 2PM to 3PM
  • MBSC Umoho Room

Informational Seminar on Medicare, Medicare Supplement Policies and Social Security | Dec. 10

HR presents an Informational Seminar on Medicare, Medicare Supplement Policies and Social Security for Faculty, Staff and Retirees on Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., in the MBSC Umoho Room.

The seminar will feature Nicole Rossitto from Blue Cross Blue Shield and Howard Johnson, an advocate for seniors and a Medicare adviser for those planning their retirement. Please come to learn more about the options available to those reaching this important stage in life.

For more information, contact Tim Rochford at 402.554.2465 or trochford@unomaha.edu.


'Thank You' from the Department of Gerontology

On behalf of the Department of Gerontology and Home Instead Senior Care, many thanks to the UNO community for your generosity in supporting the Be a Santa to a Senior holiday program. Your willingness to provide gifts for elders in need is greatly appreciated by those receiving your gifts and those serving aging adults. Wishing you a very happy holiday season!


A Final Update on UNO's Campaign for the United Way of the Midlands

With the support of faculty, staff and retirees, UNO was able to contribute a combined total of $54,018.79 to the United Way of the Midlands. WAY TO GO MAVS! This is 98.22 percent of the $55,000.00 goal for 2013. The United Way of the Midlands supports 134 programs at 32 agencies in Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie counties. Thank you to everyone who is helping to fund these programs and make our COMMUNITY STRONG.

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Campus Notices

UNO Celebrating Computer Science Education Week

UNO is celebrating Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) this week. CSEdWeek aims to raise national awareness about the need for computer science education at all levels to prepare students for 21st Century careers and to underscore the transformative role computing plays in today's society. Highlights include a weeklong IT Career Fair with some of the biggest IT companies in Omaha, a high school CS quiz bowl, and panels by alumni as well as women in IT.

For details, visit here. Pizza and sandwiches served all week long from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All events are free and open to all UNO students, faculty and the Omaha community, and take place on UNO’s Pacific Street location at the Peter Kiewit Institute Building, 1110 S. 67th St. For more information, call 402.554.2423.

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Parents Day Out: 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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  • 12/10
  • 3PM to 5PM
  • MBSC Chancellor's Room

Retirement Reception for Anne Ludwig | Dec. 10

After 36 years of service with UNO and the International Studies and Programs department, Anne Ludwig will retire in January 2014. Please join us in honoring and celebrating her many years of dedicated service to UNO. A campus-wide reception will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the MBSC Chancellor's Room.

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  • 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. The cost is $10 and includes a game ticket to an upcoming hockey game, autograph poster and more.

For more information, please click here.

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Call for Applications: Graduate Research and Creative Activity Grants (GRACA)

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.


Digital Measures Drop-in Answer Sessions | 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.


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.