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Flag Lowering in Honor of Kyle Duckert

The UNO flag will be lowered today in honor of Kyle Duckert, an instructor in the math and physics departments. Duckert passed away on Dec. 21 at the age of 25. He received three bachelor's degrees (mathematics, physics, and applied mathematics) as well as a master's degree in mathematics. According to his coworkers, "Kyle was a very enthusiastic teacher who loved to share with students the joy and power of math in helping us understand science and nature. He used his creativity to encourage students to learn through discovery and was always generous with his time and was a very positive influence on students. Kyle was a talented musician and even played guitar at the 2011 Mathematics Christmas party. He was also an entertaining emcee in the UNO Calculus Bee competition." His funeral was held in December.


A Statement from the University of Nebraska Regarding the Call for Israeli Boycott

The University of Nebraska has issued the following statement, representing the position of NU President James B. Milliken and the chancellors of the University of Nebraska campuses, rejecting the call for a boycott of Israeli universities.

The American Studies Association has voted to boycott higher education institutions in Israel to protest the country's treatment of Palestinians. Numerous U.S. universities and higher education organizations-- including the Association of Public and Land-grant Institutions, the American Council on Education and the American Association of University Professors-- have opposed the boycott.

The University of Nebraska's statement is as follows:

“The leadership of the University of Nebraska rejects the call to boycott Israeli institutions of higher education. We support the unfettered pursuit of knowledge, the open exchange of ideas, and the robust engagement of faculty and students among institutions around the world.

“We believe the call to boycott Israeli higher education institutions is misguided, and if successful would hinder the open pursuit of knowledge and exchange of ideas and threaten the very institutions that stand for these principles.

“U.S. universities and scholarly associations have long encouraged and supported the very academic freedom universities in Israel offer. We urge our colleagues to adopt policies that encourage dialogue rather than those that threaten the institutions and communities that are founded on free and open inquiry and discourse.”


Intro Week at the Wellness Center | Through Jan. 10

Check out the classes going on at Campus Rec this week. Classes during Intro Week are FREE!


Reception for Theatre Professor Sharon Sobel | Jan. 14

In 2013, Focal Press published UNO Theatre professor Sharon Sobel's new book, "Draping Period Costumes, Classical Greek to Victorian." The beautifully designed book fills a gap in theatre costume pedagogy. It is being embraced by academic and professional costume shops, teachers and designers across the country. Please join us for a reception in Professor Sobel's honor at the UNO Criss Library at noon on Tuesday, January 14.


January Cyber Security Newsletter

The January Cyber Security Newsletter is now available. Please click here to view it.


Sneak Peek of The Maverick, Guidelines

The Maverick Daily will debut in the next few weeks, and the Office of University Communications couldn't be more excited. Below is a sneak peek of the masthead, and the guidelines follow.

The Maverick Daily, formerly eNotes, and The Maverick Weekly are online publications provided through UNO's Office of University Communications. They are intended to provide relevant, useful news and information about the UNO campus and community. The content is provided by and for the UNO community.

Below are guidelines regarding submitting items for The Maverick.

Maverick Daily: A Daily Digest for Faculty & Staff (formerly known as "eNotes")

All submissions should be emailed to maverickdaily@unomaha.edu and should:
- be submitted three days in advance of the first desired publication date.
- be sponsored by a UNO department, program or organization.
- have a direct connection to the university or university faculty, staff, administrator, student or alumni.

Maverick Weekly: A Weekly Digest for Students
The Maverick Weekly will be delivered every Monday. We request submissions be received no later than the Thursday prior to desired delivery date. Submissions can be emailed to maverickweekly@unomaha.edu.

All submissions should:
- be sponsored by a UNO department, program or organization.
- have a direct connection to the university or university faculty, staff, administrator, student or alumni.

Items that will not be promoted via The Maverick Daily or Weekly:
- Personal social media accounts, personal blogs, personal websites or related media
- Individual classes (this excludes professional development workshops)
- Job candidate resumes

Also, we encourage high resolution pictures to be sent along with your submission(s)! Please note: the editor reserves the right to use the photos.

If you have any questions regarding The Maverick, formerly eNotes, please email snmontgomery@unomaha.edu.

About the rebranding of eNotes
eNotes is the University of Nebraska Omaha's electronic newsletter, accessible via our website or sent directly to your email inbox. eNotes provides timely articles, events, and tips to help keep you connected to the campus community.

In the new year you will notice significant updates to eNotes. Most notably-- the design. The newsletter will now come to you packaged in a UNO-branded layout and will feature photos. This allows us to more fully tell the UNO story while connecting you directly to our university News Center online.

The other change you will see is the name. We surveyed campus this fall and the most popular choice for eNotes' new name was "The Maverick."

Faculty and staff subscribers will continue to receive their daily newsletter, but it will be called "The Maverick Daily." Once a week, students will receive an updated version all their own called "The Maverick Weekly."

You will still be able to access these versions online, and you can still submit entries.

We will keep you informed with sneak peeks and updates along the way!

Campus Notices

Open Parking and Shuttle Bus Schedule This Week

During the New Year start-up (now through Jan. 10), there will be open parking on campus. See below for more information regarding the open parking and shuttle bus schedule.

Jan. 2 through Jan. 10-- University offices open, no classes scheduled:
- No parking permits will be required and the East Parking Garage will be open.
- Pay to park at the meters will be limited to visitors only from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Faculty, staff and student parking at the meters during this time is not allowed.
- Parking in Reserved or Handicap Stalls (unless displaying a valid Handicap Permit), drive aisles and fire lanes is not allowed.
- Loading Zone time limit is enforced.

Campus Shuttle Bus Service revised

Jan. 2 through Jan. 10-- University offices open, no classes scheduled:
- Pacific to Dodge Shuttle will operate on a limited basis from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Crossroads to Dodge Shuttle will not operate.

Contact Parking Services at 402.554.PARK (7275) with questions.

Campus Notices

MLK Day of Service | Jan. 20

Join UNO, Metropolitan Community College, and K-12 students as we honor and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dedication to service and tenacity for social change. UNO's Office of Civic and Social Responsibility will provide a t-shirt, lunch, educational programming and transportation. Volunteers will have a variety of volunteer opportunities to choose from throughout the metropolitan area.

Dr. King believed in a nation of freedom and justice for all and encouraged all citizens to live up to the purpose and potential of America by applying the principles of nonviolence to make this country a better place to live—-creating the Beloved Community.

The MLK Day of Service is a way to transform Dr. King's life and teachings into community action that helps solve social problems. That service may meet a tangible need, or it may meet a need of the spirit.

On this day, Americans of every age and background celebrate Dr. King through service projects that strengthen communities, empower individuals, bridge barriers, and create solutions.

Register here.

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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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.

campus notices

Commencement Programs Available in the Office of University Communications

Were you unable to attend commencement but would like a commencement program? The Office of University Communications in Eppley Administration Building 113 has programs available! Feel free to stop by or email snmontgomery@unomaha.edu for your copies today.

UNO in the Media

UNO in the Media

Much at stake in Obama's proposed ranking of colleges
Dr. Dan Shipp, associate vice chancellor for student affairs, discusses Obama's plan to rank colleges based on graduation rates and retention.

Winner of metro Boys & Girls Club award humbled by his selection
Jabaree Culliver, a freshman, is a candidate for state Youth of the Year, the highest honor given to a member of the Midlands and Lancaster County Boys & Girls Clubs.


UCAT Sponsored Grant Apps Due Jan. 10

UNO full-time faculty members are invited to apply for a UCAT sponsored grant to attend the SoTL Conference in Savannah, GA, on March 26-28. This conference brings together educators interested in improving student learning outcomes in higher education. The SoTL Commons Conference is a catalyst for learning, conversations and collaborations as a key, evidence-based way to improve student learning.

The UCAT committee is awarding four grants of $1,500 each to attend the conference. More information on the SoTL Conference can be found here. Applications are available here and are due Jan. 10, 2014.