• 2013
  • 12/16

Best of 2013: Buffett Visits UNO, 40 Chances Book Tour

It was a special year for UNO in 2013 with countless events, achievements, special guest visits and national recognitions for students, faculty, staff and alumni.

The College of Business Administration (CBA) hosted the "Genius of Warren Buffett" seminar with Robert Miles. Miles is a Buffett scholar, speaker, author and a leading authority on Berkshire Hathaway. The "Genius of Warren Buffett" provided 12 two-hour sessions over three days and included discussions of Buffett's education timeline in Omaha, management philosophies, mistakes, company governance and philanthropy, just to name a few topics.

Later in the year, Buffett's son and grandson, Howard G. Buffett and Howard W. Buffett, visited UNO on their '40 Chances' book tour. James Miliken, president of the University of Nebraska, moderated the discussion.

Don't forget to visit the UNO homepage to view more about these great events!

Weekend Recap: Students Attend CGIU, Regents Approve Arena

  • 12/19
  • 5:30PM

AIGA-UNO Pitch Presentations

At the end of every fall and spring semester, AIGA-UNO invites industry professionals from Omaha and beyond to attend presentations showcasing the work of CFAM's graphic design students. Over the course of the semester, the nine student teams were challenged to create a brand from concept to pitch. Please join us for their pitch presentations on Dec. 19 at 5:30 at the KANEKO-UNO Library downtown. This year, the presentations will be judged by three UNO graphic design alumni: Bob Orsi, Liz Hunt and Katie Condon. The winning team will receive a prize for their work. This event is free and open to the public.


Go Green! Turn Off Your Computer Over Holiday Break

Information Services (IS) wants to remind all faculty and staff to turn off their computers over the holiday break. Microsoft's lead editor, Monte Enbysk, notes that shutting off your computer each night when you leave work could save as much as $90 per year. So clicking the shutdown button on your computer before you leave will not only saves energy and therefore money, but will also reduce wear on the machine and is added protection against viruses.

If you have any questions please contact IS Technical Support at 402.554.4357 (4-HELP) or unohelpdesk@unomaha.edu.


UNO Services Unavailable on Dec. 27

On Friday, Dec. 27, from 8 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m. most UNO online services will be unavailable due to the upgrade of the campus border routers. UNO's border routers are used to connect the UNO campus to the rest of the internet. This upgrade will provide improved network stability and allow for future internet speed upgrades.

Services that will be off-line include:

- Office 365-- Email will still be received and will be available after the border routers come back online. During this outage you will be unable to login to your email.
- gMav-- Login for all google apps for education services including gMav student email, Google Drive, Google Sites etc. Email will still be received and will be available after the border routers come back online.
- Mavlink
- Blackboard
- WEPA printing services
- Weboffice (O Drive)
- Mavsync
- VPN Connection to the internet from the wired and wireless networks on campus
- Portions of the website may not function including college, department and organization websites that do not currently reside in the CMS (Content Management System)
- All other services that require a NetID to login

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Information Services at 402-554-4357 (4-HELP) or unohelpdesk@unomaha.edu.


New York Time Home Delivery for the Spring Semester

Faculty members requesting free home delivery of The New York Times can send spring syllabi with the Times listed as required reading along with the home address for delivery to the regional representative, Norm Wave, at Norman.Wave@pcfcorp.com.

Contact Maria Knudtson if you have questions at mknudtson@unomaha.edu.


Nominations Sought for 2014 Service Learning Awards

Below is information regarding the nominations for faculty and student service learning awards.

Nominations Sought for 2014 Service Learning Faculty Award

Each year, the Service Learning Academy recognizes one UNO faculty member who exemplifies excellence in the practice of service learning in his or her work. This recognition carries an honorarium of $500.

To be nominated, a faculty member must:
- Demonstrate the ability to develop and teach an effective service learning course that identifies at least one course objective to be understood and met through service learning, utilizing all the appropriate steps of the service learning pedagogy: (1) development of a reciprocal partnership with a community partner, (2) orienting the students to the agency, (3) issues and project expectations, (4) providing a meaningful service to the community partner, (5) evaluating outcomes of students and community partners and (6) requiring reflection/critical thinking about the experience in a structured way;
- Be supportive of service learning at UNO (i.e. through attendance at faculty/student presentations, Teaching Circles and mentoring faculty/students, etc.);
- Demonstrate a thorough understanding and appreciation of community agency issues (i.e. professionalism and cultural competency) and the capability of developing reciprocal, collaborative relations with community partners;
- Participate in scholarly dissemination about the pedagogy of service learning through presentation at peer-reviewed conferences and/or publication in scholarly journals, on-line journals or books ; and
- Hold a full or part-time teaching appointment with UNO.

The award will be presented at the Faculty Honors Convocation, Thursday, April 10, at 2 p.m. at the Alumni Center.

Nominations must be submitted to the UNO Service Learning Academy no later than Friday, January 10.

Please refer to the nomination form for a listing of specific items to be included in the nomination packet and for details of how to document your nomination. For more information, contact Lucy Garza Westbrook at (402) 554.3055 or lgarza@unomaha.edu.

Nominations Sought for 2014 Service Learning Student Award

Each year, the Service Learning Academy recognizes one or a team of UNO student(s) who has excelled in the understanding/ integration of course objectives through the collaboration, planning and implementation of a community service learning course project. This recognition carries an honorarium of $250.

To be nominated, a student must have demonstrated and upheld in an outstanding way, the key principles of effective academic service learning:
- Mastering and integrating the course's academic objective(s), as demonstrated in the service learning course project activities and outcomes;
- Establishing and maintaining a collaborative relationship with community agency partner(s) and student team members; and
- Leading in identifying, creating and implementing strategies in the process of project implementation.

The award will be presented at the Student Honors Convocation, Friday, April 11 at 3 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center.

Nominations must be submitted to the UNO Service Learning Academy no later than Friday, January 10.

Please refer to the nomination form for a listing of specific items to be included in the nomination packet and for details of how to document your nomination. For more information, contact Lucy Garza Westbrook at (402) 554.3055 or lgarza@unomaha.edu.

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Buy Now, Pay Later at the Bookstore

New for Spring 2014: Buy now, pay later! Starting today students can charge UNO Bookstore purchases (including textbooks) to their student accounts! Purchases can be made in-store or online at www.unobookstore.com. Students can charge up to $1,500 per semester and must have their MavCard.

Questions? Please contact Jacinda Brooks at jbrooks@unomaha.edu.

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The Maverick Food Pantry Offering "Boxes for Break"

This month, the Maverick Food Pantry is excited to host the first annual Boxes for Break event! All UNO students, faculty, and staff who are in need are invited to come fill up a box with food to stock their shelves before the University closes for Winter Break.

Please RSVP at Boxes for Break to let the Maverick Food Pantry know if you plan on stopping by to pick up a box of food. There will be pre-made boxes, or you can choose to fill your own. All RSVPs are confidential.

Wednesday, Dec. 18
Thursday, Dec. 19
Friday, Dec. 20
Open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day*

*If you are unable to come between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., or if you'll need physical assistance with your box, please message the Maverick Food Pantry through MavSYNC or send an email to unomavfoodpantry@unomaha.edu so that we can make arrangements with you.

Thanks to all at UNO for contributing to our culture of caring!

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VHS Documentaries on Sale from UNO Television

Do you or someone you know still enjoy VHS viewing? If so, UNO Television is marking down VHS copies of some of their award-winning documentaries for end-of-year grab-bag purchases.

Choose from these award-winning titles from our VHS Vault for the low price of $3.

Titles available are:
- If These Walls Could Speak
- Omaha: The Changing Face off the City
- Restoring the Vision
- St. Cecilia's: A Cathedral for the Ages
- Return to the Cave of Letters
- Road to Morocco
- The Lost City of Bethsaida
- The War Comes to Nebraska and Westward the Empire

There are even some posters remaining that are on sale for $3 as well.

It's a plethora of programs and posters! Don't let your holiday gift list droop. Stop by UNO TV between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Sale ends Thursday, Dec. 19, at noon.

UNO Television
CPACS Room 200, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
You can contact our reception desk at 402.554.2516.

UNO in the Media

UNO in the Media

Military personnel can use UNO gym for free throughout holidays
Military service members home on leave can use UNO's gym for free this holiday season. This was also featured on WOWT.

Mavs top century mark again in crushing Eureka
The UNO women’s basketball team used a 37-9 run to close the first half en route to a 102-54 win over Eureka on Thursday at the Sapp Fieldhouse.

Experts: Jameis Winston investigation flawed from the start
Samuel Walker, author and emeritus professor of criminal justice, is quoted in this article regarding the Jameis Winston case.


SIS+ Unavilable After December

The legacy Student Information System known as SIS+ will be removed from service on Dec. 31, 2013. Peoplesoft (commonly referred to as Mavlink) has been the official system of record for student academic and financial records since Fall 2010 and should provide all necessary information regarding a student record. Questions can be directed to tgoldsberry@unomaha.edu.


ORCA Annoucnes FIRE Grant Availability

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 by 11:59 p.m.(CST).