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2008.10.27 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley- University Relations
phone: 402.554.2674 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

ICS Celebrates Opening of New Facility on Oct. 31

Omaha - A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31, to celebrate the opening of a new facility built by the Institute for Collaboration Science (ICS) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).

The Charles E. Billingsley Executive Decision Laboratory – as the new space will be known – is located in Room 510 of Roskens Hall. Roskens Hall is also home to the College of Business Administration (CBA) at UNO.

The room has been modeled to give it the look and feel of an executive boardroom. Twelve laptops with cutting-edge collaboration software are a key feature to the new ICS facility. In the Executive Decision Laboratory, ICS and CBA researchers work with organization leaders from Omaha and beyond to develop collaborative solutions to their problems such as strategic planning, brainstorming, requirements negotiation, and risk and control self assessment. Community leaders will also use the new ICS space for training workshops, focusing on collaboration practices and technology.

The ICS space will further serve as a high-tech venue to host graduate seminars on collaboration and hands-on learning for UNO’s undergraduate students. The Executive Decision Laboratory will also host experimental studies of new collaboration techniques and a test lab for new collaboration technologies.

For more information contact Dr. Robert Briggs, ICS’ director of Academic Affairs, Dr. Gert-Jan de Vreede, director of the Institute for Collaboration Science, or Vicki Carlisle, office manager, at (402) 554-3010.

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UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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