News: A Newsletter from Academic and Student Affairs
Preparing Students for Careers and Citizenship
“Creating Hope: Positive Responses to Global Challenges”
2010 World Affairs Conference at UNK March 8-9
Consistent with the purpose of the conference, the 2010 James E. Smith Midwest Conference on World Affairs will gather individuals from around the world to discuss an issue of global significance. Through the theme of this year’s conference, participants will explore ways to creatively respond to challenges and generate hope. Speakers will share experiences of positive responses from their individual and national perspectives, inspiring innovative approaches to global concerns.
The annual James E. Smith Midwest Conference on World Affairs will be held March 8-9, 2010, in the Ponderosa Room in the Nebraskan Student Union. This year’s speakers represent nations from around the globe:
- Mr. Dean Jacobs, U.S. Newspaper Columnist / Photojournalist
- Prof. Nancy Morejon, Cuban Author
- His Excellency Ambassador Bayney Karran, Embassy of Guyana
- Ms. Cecelia Zarate-Laun, Program Director, Colombia Support Network
- Ms. Stephanie Bergeman, Foreign Trade Officer, Consulate of Brazil
- Mr. Jesus Rodriguez-Espinoza, Consul General, Consulate of Venezuela
- Ms. Patricia Maza-Pittford, Consul General, Consulate of El Salvador
- Ms. Tamara Banks, U.S. Journalist/Activist
- Ms. Blesila Cabrera, Consul General, Consulate of the Philippines
- Mr. Ricardo Kellman, First Secretary, Embassy of Barbados
- Mr. Soren Jensen, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Denmark
- Mr. Thomas Schnoell, Consulate General, Consulate of Austria
- Ms. Lucy Kiruthu, First Counselor of Education, Embassy of Kenya
- Ms. Aysha Murad Ali, Cultural Counselor, Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain
- Ms. Huei-wen Hsu, Education Director, Taipei Economic & Cultural Office
- Mr. Kevin Ashley, U.S. Businessman/Entrepreneur in Africa
- Mr. Chris Abani, PEN Freedom-to-Write Award winning Nigerian Author
- Dr. Fatma Al-Lawati, Sultanate of Oman, Ruwi, Oman
- Dr. Ulla Aatsinki, University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland
- Ms. Maimouna Doukoure, Education Officer, Embassy of Cote d’ Ivoire
- Mr. George Ndahendekire Ndyamuba, First Secretary, Embassy of Uganda
- Mr. Tebogo Kola, First Secretary of Public Diplomacy, Embassy of South Africa
- Mr. Mohamed Shameem Ahsan, Political Minister, Embassy of Bangladesh
- Dr. Venkatachalam Lingappan, Associate Professor, Madras Institute for Development Studies, Chennai, India
- Dr. Hoi Quoc Le, Deputy Chief Editor and Lecturer, National Economics University, Hanoi, Vietnam
- Mr. Benny Bahanadewa, Consul General, Consulate of the Republic of Indonesia
The conference features two Keynote Addresses: one on Monday night in the Drake Theater at 7:30 p.m., “The American Empire: A Libretto in Eight Movements,” by Mr. Chris Abani, PEN Freedom-to-Write Award winning Nigerian Author; and one on Tuesday night in Ponderosa E at 7:30 p.m., " One Person Can Make a Difference," by Ms. Tamara Banks, U.S. Journalist/Activist.
Visit the World Affairs website for a conference schedule, speaker bios, and more information. Contact Ann Marie Park at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
- written in collaboration with Ann Marie Park,
Coordinator of Study Abroad & Exchange Programs
International Food & Cultural Festival this Sunday
To kick off the annual World Affairs conference, the Scott & Cheryl Morris/International Student Association Food & Cultural Festival will take place this Sunday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Health & Sports Center. This long-standing event will feature booths with food and cultural entertainment and tradition from around the world, representing the diversity of our international student population at UNK. The event is open to the public.
- written in collaboration with Fauneil Meier, Office of International Education
Baldwin Free Enterprise Speaker Rebecca Kousky on Campus April 6
For the past three years, the College of Business and Technology has hosted the Baldwin Free Enterprise Lecture Series. The goal of the series is to invite outstanding scholars in the field of business, industry and finance to UNK for an exchange of ideas regarding entrepreneurship and the free enterprise system.
The spring Baldwin speaker will be Rebecca Kousky founder and Executive Director of NEST. She will speak at 7:00 p.m. on April 6, in Copeland Hall Room 142.
NEST is a non-profit organization based in St. Louis, Missouri. NEST’s mission specifically targets female artists and artisans around the world and seeks to assist them by offering loans with repayment via the goods they produce and by creating a unique line of NEST merchandise as a place for the women to sell their items. Kousky’s lecture will describe her experience as a young entrepreneur, as well as the unique loan configuration to which her organization is committed.
All students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to attend.
- written in collaboration with Shawn Kaskie, Director of the Center for Rural Research and Development and
Carrie L. Stithem, Assistant to the Director of the Center for Rural Research and Development
CSIS Students Showcase Learning and Prepare for Regional Competition
For the past eight years, the CSIS Artificial Intelligence class has held a robotics competition to showcase the concepts they are learning in the course. The students build their own robots using robotics kits, Vex and Legos NXT, and other parts fabricated to fit their needs. They also write the software that controls the performance of their robots.
In the competition, the robots are randomly paired to accomplish the task of sweeping the robotics basketball court clean of Legos. The 8’ x 4’ court has been built according to the Midwest Instructional Computing Symposium (MICS) competition specifications and is located in the OTOL 117 lab.
This year’s robotics competition will take place Tuesday, March 9th at 9:30 a.m. in OTOL 117. The top placing teams will go on to compete at the regional MICS 2010 robotics competition at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in April. This is the fourth year UNK students have participated in the competition; last year, one UNK team placed third in the region.
- written in collaboration with Sherri Harms, Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems
Library - In Brief Online
Written by Jon Ritterbush, Electronic Resources Librarian
The Library is pleased to announce the addition of several new features on its website.
Follow the Library
A new set of icons has been added to the library’s homepage Each of these icons provides a link to the library’s presence in two social networking services, Facebook and Flickr, and a link to all of the RSS feeds produced by the Calvin T. Ryan Library.
Articles and E-Resources
Based on feedback from library users in our November online survey, the page formerly known as “Databases and E-Resources” has received an updated label and look.
This page is now named “Articles and E-Resources” to help users more quickly navigate this pathway to finding journal articles on their research topics. The layout of this page has also changed to display subjects in a bulleted list (no more drop-down menu!).
Not sure where to start searching for scholarly journal articles? Try one of these "Most Used" databases!
The new layout also highlights five of the most frequently used article databases, chosen for their multisubject coverage and access to thousands of full-text scholarly journal titles.
Written by Jon Ritterbush, Electronic Resources Librarian
Ever wanted to keep tabs on the latest resources arriving on the shelves or online at the library? The library’s new RSS feed service provides a great way to receive information about the library’s growing collections.
The acronym “RSS” is commonly expanded as “Really Simple Syndication.” It is a standard format for publishing frequently updated lists such as blog entries, news headlines, or status updates as abbreviated “feeds” of information. By subscribing to an RSS feed, updates are delivered directly to the subscriber’s Web browser, email or feed reading application (tools like My Yahoo!, Google Reader, or Bloglines, just to name a few).
The library home page now includes an RSS icon (see sample icon below) which links to a list of all library-published feeds. Browse feeds that feature all recently added library materials in any format–print, video and online–or browse other feeds by subject and material type. Then subscribe to feeds you want to track on a regular basis!
For more information about RSS and how to “subscribe” to an RSS feed, please see our new Using RSS Feedsguide.
|Publications, Presentations, Service, and Honors|
|Mary Harner (Biology)||co-authored with J.J. Follstad Shah and T.M. Tibbets: "Elaeagnus angustifolia alters soil inorganic nitrogen pools in riparian ecosystems" published in Ecosystems. 13: 46-61, 2010|
|Jon Ritterbush (Library)||co-authored with M. Lee, and R. Sivigny: "Reference at the commons: a case study" published in Reference Services Review, 38(1), 81-89, 2010|
|Vijendra Boken |
|$17,927 grant from NASA Space Grant and EPSCoR for "Estimating dryland corn yields using satellite data based evapotranspiration and land surface temperature"|
|Liubov Kreminska (Physics)||$1,000 grant from NASA Nebraska Space Grant for NASA Fellowship - Arnold|
|Liubov Kreminska (Physics)||$1,000 grant from NASA Nebraska Space Grant for NASA Fellowship - Beck|
|Liubov Kreminska (Physics)||$1,000 grant from NASA Nebraska Space Grant for NASA Fellowship - Stromer|
|Michael Larsen (Physics)||$1,500 grant from NASA Nebraska Space Grant Fellowships for NASA Fellowship - Smydra|
|Michael Larsen (Physics)|
|$8,502 grant from NASA Nebraska Space Grant for "Characterization of affordable drop-by-drop rain detection instruments"|
|Kennard Larson |
|$75,000 grant from the National Homebuilders Association for Enhancing Residential Construction Management|
|Janet Lear |
|$200 grant from Platte Valley State Bank for Plate Valley State Bank "Giving Back" Award Program|
|Carol Lilly |
|$1,000 grant from the Nebraska Humanities Council for the James E. Smith Midwest Conference on World Affairs 2010|
|Jose Mena-Werth |
|$7,000 grant from NASA (UNO Prime) for Astronomy Education Using the Planetarium|
|Sherry Morrow |
(NE Safety Center)
|$15,000 grant from the Cornhusker Motorclub Foundation (AAA) for Grant for Cars|
|Ken Trantham |
|$15,315 grant from NASA/UNO for "Spin Dependent Electron Excitation Processes in Methane"|
|Ken Trantham |
|$2,500 grant from NASA Nebraska Space Grant Fellowship for NASA Fellowship - Howsden|
Items to Note for Faculty and Faculty Committees
- Academic Affairs Committee
The link to the CAP ("Course Approval Process") information is located on the Academic Affairs Committee page. CAP is an electronic approval system that has taken the place of the paper forms for course proposals. The new online system allows department chairs to initiate proposals, which then automatically route to the next levels in the approval process. The entire approval process can be monitored online. **NOTE** The paper process for making changes to programs will continue; the form and instructions for submitting program proposals are available on the Academic Affairs Committee page.
Worksheets for both the creation of new courses and the alteration of existing courses have now been added to the CAP information page. Faculty members may use these worksheets to assist them in gathering the necessary information for department chairs, who are responsible for entering course requests in the system.
The schedule of Academic Affairs deadlines for the 2009-2010 academic year is available on the Academic Affairs Committee page. The page also contains a committee roster and a link to the approved Academic Affairs minutes. Department or program chairs needing to make curricular changes should be aware of these deadlines and instructions.
- Faculty Handbook
In a continuing effort to provide faculty with the most current policy information, the Faculty Handbook has been revised and reorganized. The purpose of the handbook is to gather the documents and policies that inform and guide critical decisions, including the Collective Bargaining Agreement (2009-2011).
Please note that the Faculty Handbook is updated in an online version only; refer to the online handbook when looking for the most up-to-date versions of policies, including the new Guidelines for Evaluation, Promotion, and Tenure, which have recently been revised.
- Faculty Senate
To keep faculty informed and in the spirit of shared goverenance, the 2009-2010 Faculty Senate Roster is posted on the Faculty Senate home page. The page also contains links to meeting agendas, meeting minutes of both the Faculty Senate and the Faculty Senate committees, and the Faculty Senate Constitution and Bylaws.
- General Studies
Instructions have been posted on the General Studies website regarding the submission of courses for the new General Studies Program. The course submission page includes information about the portal courses and the capstone courses.
- Graduate Council
A webpage has been created for the Graduate Council. It contains information regarding changes to graduate courses or programs, as well as a list of the 2009 Graduate Program Committees and a link to important Graduate Faculty announcements.
- WI/CD Committee
The WI/CD Committee has posted a schedule of deadlines for the spring semester on the WI/CD Committee page. The page also contains instructions for applying for WI or CD designation, as well as a committee roster, agendas, and minutes. These resources are provided for those wishing to offer courses as WI or CD.
Deadlines Approach for Various Opportunities
|2010 Research at PUIs Conference Call for Submissions||Friday, |
|http://www.fhsu.edu/academic/gradschl/Research-at-PUIs-Conference/ ||John Falconer, Office of Sponsored Programs |
|Faculty/Staff Development Trip to Hebei Normal University (HNU) near Beijing, China - June 9-23, 2010||Friday, March 26||contact International Education for trip information and application ||Dallas Kenny, Director of International Education|
|Pepsi Experiential Learning Program for current undergraduate students - deadline for summer oppportunities||Thursday, April 1||see program procedures and application at http://www.unk.edu/academicaffairs.aspx?id=26524||Tami Plugge, Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs|
Calendar of Events within the Academic and Student Affairs Division
|October through |
March 7, 2010
|The Museum of Nebraska Art presents "Academia Invitational" - Museum Hours Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.|
|March 1||Scholar's Recognition Day|
|March 2 ||Advisor Appreciation Luncheon: "Tax Compliance Issues for Student Organizations" - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the |
Cedar Room of the Nebraskan Student Union - RSVP 865-8523, or reply to email@example.com - sponsored by Student Government, funded by UPFF
|March 2||Panel Discussion on Immigration - 6:00 p.m. in Ponderosa Room E of the Nebraskan Student Union - sponsored by the Office of Multi-Cultural Affairs, the Department of Political Science, and the American Democracy Project|
|March 2||Kearney Symphony Orchestra Concert, "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed" directed by Ronald Crocker - 7:30 p.m. at the Fine Arts Recital Hall - Tickets General Admission $8 - contact (308) 865-8417 for tickets|
|March 3||CTE, Office of Assessment, and General Studies Council present: Integrating the General Studies Assessment Process in Your Portal Courses Luncheon - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Room 312 of the Nebraskan Student Union - RSVP to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org |
|March 3||HOW (eCampus Hands on Workshop) - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Communications Center Room 243 - contact Karen Premer at 308-865-8840 or email@example.com|
|March 4||UNK Foreign Film Series Presents: Red Cliff, Chinese with English subtitles - 7:00 p.m. in Thomas Hall Room 106 - contact Modern Languages department for more information|
|March 5||Times Talk: "Why Evolution is True," Brad Ericson, Professor of Biology, UNK - 12:15 p.m. in the Fireside Lounge of the Nebraskan Student Union - Sponsored by the NY Times and ADP|
|March 5||SciMath Colloquium Presents "Winged Rocket Project at Kyushu University," Koichi Yonemoto - 3:30 p.m. in Copeland Hall Room 130 - contact Aaron Clark|
|March 5||Planetarium Show - 7:00 p.m. (with encore show at 8:00 p.m. if there is an overflow crowd) at the Planetarium in the Bruner Hall of Science - contact Kristie Mosher at 308-865-8277 or firstname.lastname@example.org|
|March 5-6||An Evening of Concert Dance directed by Gary Schaaf - 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Drake Theatre - Tickets $5 - for tickets or more information contact 308-865-8417|
|March 6||Tiffany for Kids - 1:30 p.m. at the Frank House - contact KrisAnn Sullivan at 308-865-8284 or email@example.com|
|March 7||2010 Scott & Cheryl Morris/International Student Association Food & Cultural Festival - 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Health & Sports Center|
|March 7||Low Brass Chamber Recital - 5:00 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building, Recital Hall - contact Seth Fletcher at firstname.lastname@example.org|
|March 8-9||James E. Smith Midwest Conference on World Affairs: "Creating Hope: Positive Responses to Global Challenges"|
|March 8-9||CTE and Information Technology Present: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Using PowerPoint for Best Educational Outcomes - 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Calvin T. Ryan Library - main floor computer lab - contact the Center for Teaching Excellence at 308-865-8495 |
|March 8||Job Outlook and Search Tools Workshop - 4:00 pm in the UNK Ockinga Seminar Center Auditorium - sponsored by the Center for Rural Research and Development and the Office for Academic and Career Services - contact CRRD office at 308-865-8199 or 308-865-8135|
|March 8||Bioinformatics Seminar: "ICD Tools: The Next Generation Bioinformatics Tools," Dr. Hesham Ali, Professor of Computer Science, Dean of College of Information Science and Technology, Director of UNO Bioinformatics Program, UNO - 4:00 p.m. in CMCT Room 101 - contact Dawn Simon, Department of Biology|
|March 8||UNK Chapter of Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Society Presents a Science Café - "Albert Einstein: The Man and the Myth – Or Why Can't I Find a Werner Heisenberg t-Shirt," Dr. R. David Clark, Emeritus Professor, UNK - 5:00 p.m. at the Thunderhead Brewery (second floor), 18 East 21st Street|
|March 8||Concerts-on-the-Platte Series presents: Faculty/Guest Recital, Franziska Nabb, flute, David Neely, violin, Clark Potter, viola, Noah Rogoff, chello & James Margetts, piano - 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building, Recital Hall - contact Nathan Buckner at 308-865-8608 or email@example.com|
|March 9||Robotics Competition - 9:30 a.m. in Otto Olsen Room 117 - contact Sherri Harms at firstname.lastname@example.org|
|March 9||ITG Workshops: Basic PC Computer Health, Part 1 - 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Library main floor computer lab - contact the Instructional Technology Group at email@example.com, http://training.unk.edu |
|March 9||PeopleSoft Faculty Training - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Copeland Hall Room 142|
|March 9||SciMath Colloquium Presents "Mathematica," Brenda Marshall, Wolfram Research, Inc. - 3:00 p.m. in Bruner Hall Room 177 - contact Aaron Clark|
|March 9||College of Business & Technology - Female Business Executives Distinguished Speaker Series: Molly Murphy, Eaton Corporation - 6:00 p.m. in Copeland Hall Room 142|
|March 10 ||Student Research Day information session on how to create a poster - 11:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in Founders Hall Room 2147 - contact John Falconer, Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity |
|March 10||ITG Workshops: Qualtrics Webinar: Increasing Response Rates - 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Library main floor computer lab - contact the Instructional Technology Group at firstname.lastname@example.org, http://training.unk.edu|
|March 10||eCampus Panel Discussion - 12:30 p.m. in the Cedar Room of the Nebraskan Student Union - contact Steven J. McGahan at 308-865-8341|
|March 10||ITG Workshops: Up to Speed with Excel 2007 - 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Library main floor computer lab - contact the Instructional Technology Group at email@example.com, http://training.unk.edu|
|March 10||“Writing Women Back into History” panel with Julie Campbell, Tone Mendoza, Linda Van Ingen - 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Nebraskan Student Union Room 310 - sponsored by Women’s Center and Phi Alpha Theta|
|March 10||Guest Artist Recital feturing Angelo Manzo, tuba & Kristine Mezines, piano - 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall|
|March 11||ITG Workshops: Basic PC Computer Health, Part 2 - 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Library main floor computer lab - contact the Instructional Technology Group at firstname.lastname@example.org, http://training.unk.edu|
|March 11||ITG Workshops: Up to Speed with Word 2007 - 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Library main floor computer lab - contact the Instructional Technology Group at email@example.com, http://training.unk.edu|
|March 11||PeopleSoft Faculty Training - 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Copeland Hall Room 142 |
|March 11||SciMath Colloquium Presents Anatoliy Khizhnyak, MetroLaser, Inc. - 3:30 p.m. in Copeland Hall Room 130 - contact Aaron Clark|
|March 11||UNK Foreign Film Series Presents: Talk to Her, Spanish with English subtitles - 7:00 p.m. in Thomas Hall Room 106 - contact Modern Languages department for more information|
|March 12||PeopleSoft Faculty Training - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Copeland Hall Room 142 |
|March 12||Planetarium Show - 7:00 p.m. (with encore show at 8:00 p.m. if there is an overflow crowd) at the Planetarium in the Bruner Hall of Science - contact Kristie Mosher at 308-865-8277 or firstname.lastname@example.org |
|March 14-21||Spring Break - No Classes|
|March 22 through |
|The Walker Art Gallery Exhibition: Senior Show, Art Education and Art Studio Classes - Gallery Hours Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - contact John Fronczak at 308-865-8084|
|March 22||Concerts-on-the-Platte Series presents: Faculty/Guest Recital, Allison Fletcher, flute & Seth Fletcher, tuba/euphonium - 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building, Recital Hall - contact Nathan Buckner at 308-865-8608 or email@example.com|
|March 26||Nebraska Cultural Unity Conference|
|March 27||Native American Music Performance and Art Workshops: Cultural Diversity and Education Panel Discussions and Art Workshops by registration - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building - contact Lori Santos at firstname.lastname@example.org|
|March 27||Native American Music Performance and Art Workshops: Native Flute and Guitar, Original Music and Lyrics by Hopi Artist and Musician, Ed Kabotie - 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. at the Museum of Nebraska Art - contact Lori Santos at email@example.com|
|March 30||Educator's Employment Fair sponsored by Academic & Career Services - contact Joni Weed at 308-865-8501 or firstname.lastname@example.org |
|April 5||Junior Day|
|April 6||Spring 2010 Baldwin Free Enterprise Speaker: Rebecca Kousky - 7:00 p.m. in Copeland Hall Room 142|
|April 8||Student Research Day - oral presentations and open viewing of posters from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Nebraskan Student Union |
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