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BREAKING NEWS: UNO's Online Bachelor of General Studies Degree Ranked in Top 20 Nationally!

UNO offers an online bachelor of general studies degree program to students, whether they are in the Nebraska area or studying remotely from another country. Students have the opportunity to receive a fully accredited bachelor's degree, in a wide variety of fields, and US News & World report has ranked UNO's online Bachelor of General Studies degree in the top 20 nationally! Congratulations, BGS!


Faculty Senate Meeting | Jan. 15

The UNO Faculty Senate will meet on Wednesday, January 15, at 2 p.m. in MBSC Chancellor's Room. Anyone interested may attend. For more information contact the Faculty Senate Coordinator, Sue Bishop, at 402.554.3598.


Student Research and Creative Activity Fair Registration Open, Moderators Needed

Student Research and Creative Activity Fair Registration is Open!
The Sixth Annual Student Research and Creative Activity Fair will be taking place on March 7 in the Criss Library. Students may now register to present. Registrations will be accepted until January 24 at 5 p.m.

All UNO undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines are eligible to participate. Please click here for this year's guidelines, and here to register.

Questions may be directed to Stacy Newmaster at 402.554.2286 or slnewmaster@unomaha.edu.

Faculty moderators needed!
The Office of Research and Creative Activity is once again hosting the annual Student Research and Creative Activity Fair. This year's fair will take place on March 7 in the Criss Library. The fair is a showcase for students to present their scholarly activity and receive feedback on their work. We are in need of faculty moderators to help with the day's activities and be a resource for the judges. Faculty members that are interested in this opportunity, or have questions, please contact Stacy Newmaster at 402.554.2286 or slnewmaster@unomaha.edu.


Second Annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Institute for UNO Faculty | Feb. 7-8

The Fund for Undergraduate Scholarly Experiences (FUSE) is hosting an event designed to help you develop/strengthen your program of undergraduate research and creative activity.

Register here!

WHEN: February 7-8
WHERE: UNO Alumni Center
Presented by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Institute

Program Facilitators:
Dr. Greg Young
Director, School of Music at Montana State University


Dr. Jenn Manak
Assistant Professor, Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education at Bridgewater State University

This event has a particular focus on the Fine Arts and on Education but will help you think through the issues associated with undergraduate scholarship regardless of discipline. Indeed, the facilitators also have extensive experience with Honors Programs, and are used to figuring out how to "make things work."

About the Facilitators
Greg Young founded University College at Montana State University where he was Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education for eight years, and founding director of the Undergraduate Scholars Program. He supervised the implementation of a new core curriculum that was one of the first at a public university to require undergraduate research/creativity. He has served as Assistant Dean of the College of Arts & Architecture and helped start the Arts & Humanities division of CUR. Currently director of the MSU School of Music and principal clarinetist with the Intermountain Opera Orchestras, he received a bachelor's degree in music education from the University of Western Ontario, and master's and doctoral degrees in music from the University of Michigan. Dr. Young has published several articles with undergraduates as co-authors, and has given invited talks in Italy, Spain and the United States on correlations between Music and Architecture. Other interdisciplinary undergraduate research classes have included Music and Literature, Music and Economics, and Music and Sculpture. He is a former treasurer and chair of the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research, and a councilor for the Council on Undergraduate Research.

Jenn Manak, assistant professor in the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education at Bridgewater State University (Massachusetts), co-coordinates the Adrian Tinsley Program for Undergraduate Research. She has mentored Education research projects and honors theses throughout her career, with her students presenting at local, regional, and national conferences. One of Dr. Manak’s students is the first undergraduate ever to present at the Massachusetts Reading Association conference, a meeting of the International Reading Association. Bridgewater’s Adrian Tinsley Program provides student researchers with small grants in the fall and spring semesters (up to $300) and significantly larger competitive summer research grants ($4,000 stipends plus $500 in expenses). Dr. Manak has mentored numerous semester grant projects in her Introduction to Education courses and has mentored summer research projects in the field of literacy education. Workshop sessions will address the many different disciplinary models for undergraduate research and how such experiences can be scaffolded across the curriculum.

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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.”

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UNO Tech Fee Grand Proposals Sought

The Office of Academic and Student Affairs requests proposals for potential funding by UNO Student Technology Fees. Proposals need to be submitted prior to February 5 to your college chair and dean. Priorities will be given to proposals that:

- Update to IT Infrastructure
- Leveraging matching funds or potential to leverage other funding sources
- Collaboration within and between units
- Congruency with the university and college strategic plans
- Innovation
- Leveraging existing technologies or facilities
- Suitability of budget for the purpose

Please note funding cannot be used for salaries.

If you have questions contact your college dean, John Fiene, or Joyce Crockett from Information Services (IS). IS staff are available to discuss any project ideas, partnerships or proposals. Proposals will be reviewed and decisions made by May 2014.

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The Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's and Gender Studies

The Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's and Gender Studies recognizes extraordinary service to the UNO Women's and Gender Studies program. This noteworthy work may involve teaching, research/creative activity, service, or a combination of the three. Nominees may be UNO students, faculty, staff, alumni, or others who have provided exemplary service.

Deadline: Nominations are due Friday, Feb. 22.

To nominate a person or persons for the Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's and Gender Studies, please submit the following in electronic form to Dr. Karen Falconer Al-Hindi at kfalconeralhindi@unomaha.edu:

- A 1-2 page nomination letter describing the nominee's accomplishments and their relevance to the UNO Women’s and Gender Studies program. The nominator must be connected to the Women’s Studies program (student major/minor, faculty, staff).
- The nominee’s/nominees’ resume or c.v.
- Additional supporting materials (e.g. letters of support) are welcome and strengthen the nomination but are not required.

The person(s) selected will receive the award at the annual Women’s and Gender Studies luncheon. This year’s luncheon will take place on Friday, May 2, 2014.

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Blackboard MVP

Congratulations to Mike Zimmerman, Information Services' Lead Systems Administrator and Blackboard System Administrator. He has been selected by Blackboard in their first class of Blackboard MVPs.

Mike is one of 20 MVPs to be recognized worldwide. Blackboard MVPs are selected for their knowledgeable, engagement, and collaboration with the wider Blackboard community. Even though the UNO campus community knows him as "Mike the Blackboard Administrator," the Blackboard World knows him for his work answering Blackboard Community blogs as "Dr. C."

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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

Archibald named player of the week
The National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) announced today that Omaha junior forward Josh Archibald has been named the Bauer Offensive Player of the Week. It's the second time he's picked up the honor.