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Just over one year ago, UNO was named the home of a new Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence now known as NCITE – the National Counterterrorism, Innovation, Technology, and Education Center.  The National Counterterrorism, Innovation, Technology, and Education Center strives to understand, prevent, and counteract terrorist violence.  The NCITE Center will do this by heading a consortium of academics who study terrorist behavior and the best ways to stop it.  The goal is to translate research into tools for frontline Homeland Security professionals.

Dr. Gina Ligon, is the Director of the Counterterrorism Unit at UNO.  She joined Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” for a two-part interview about the mission of NCITE, the difference they can and have made, as well as how the Oklahoma City bombing impacted her life.

More information about this center and the work it does can be found at https://www.unomaha.edu/ncite/

News Channel Nebraska

The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s next chancellor will be the first Asian American to hold an executive leadership position in the state’s university system. The University of Nebraska’s Board of Regents unanimously endorsed Joanne Li as UNO’s new chancellor on Saturday. University of Nebraska President Ted Carter said the 56-year-old Li is a proven leader with a record of significant accomplishments. For instance, the graduation rate at Florida International’s College of Business, where Li was dean, improved from 29% in 2017 to what is expected to be a 70% rate this year.

Omaha World Herald

A U-N-M-C pilot project that tests O-P-S students and faculty showed higher COVID-19 positive rates than what have been previously reported. Researchers say infection rates detected by the program were two-and-a-half times higher for staff and nearly six times higher for students than what was routinely observed. Six O-P-S schools participated in the pilot program in late 2020 and early 2021. 

As a part of his four year theme/mission, Dr. Derrick Fox, Director of Choral Activities at the University of Nebraska-Omaha put in place at UNO an initiative entitled” Reflections of Us.”  With this, he works to connect the UNO student community and the Omaha community. This iteration of the mission is subtitled “United in Song.”

What he did was send out a song survey this fall to local retirement homes, since they have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. He asked them to list songs that they connected with great memories and/or family. 

In the “Live & Local” chat with Mike Hogan, Derrick talks about how he made this list available to choral students who chose songs and recorded them. Those performances were then edited together and sent to the retirement homes for their residents to have during the holidays. 

Dr. Fox provided links to preview that initiative as well as others he has led.  The complete two-part interview is also below.

Retirement Home Preview - https://app.vidgrid.com/view/SSQne56cwpkR/?sr=hgCKoS

Professional Choral Collective Lesson Links - https://www.drderrickfox.com/the-professional-choral-collective

Country Music Association Foundation - Unified Voices for Music Education - https://cmafoundation.org/voicesformusiced/

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A new report from researchers at the University of Nebraska at Omaha shows that Black Nebraskans are far more likely to be arrested and placed behind bars. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the Black people also are significantly underrepresented among those receiving diversion or intervention services rather than jail time. The report found that the average number of arrests of Black people in Nebraska from 2014 to 2019 amounted to 19% of all arrests, while Blacks make up 5% of the state’s population.

Fall Enrollment At UNO Highest Since 1992

Sep 9, 2020
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Fall enrollment at the University of Nebraska-Omaha is the largest in nearly 30 years.  The school says the 15-thousand-892 students is the biggest enrollment number since 1992. The university also says the two-thousand-220 freshmen is the largest first-year class in a decade.

There are now more than 32-thousand COVID-19 cases in Nebraska.  As of yesterday, there had been 32-thousand-47 cases and 383 coronavirus-related deaths reported across the state since the start of the pandemic.  Douglas County has seen the most cases in the state with 12-thousand-715. Officials at Bellevue East High School announced a positive Covid case in their student body yesterday evening.  The case involves a senior student at the school, and school district officials and the Sarpy/Cass Health Department are conducting contact tracing.

Dr. Derrick Fox, DMA, Director of Choral Activities at UNO, has partnered with the Country Music Association (CMA) Foundation to provide an online platform where music educators nationwide can brainstorm and share ideas on how to adapt music education for all grade levels (K-12 and college) to the challenges presented by the pandemic. 

This new collaborative effort, known as Unified Voices for Music Education (UVFME), is an expansion of Fox’s Professional Choral Collective.  With the support of the CMA foundation, music educators now have an online home to share resources, lesson plans, and creative ideas to continue music education in the upcoming school year.

Dr. Fox spent a little "Live & Local" time with Mike Hogan to talk about the program and how anyone can get free resources.  If one is interested in more information, email Derrick at DaFox@UnOmaha.edu.

The coronavirus has hurt a vast majority of Nebraska’s businesses and about one in six of them are worried that it will force them to close their doors permanently. That's according to a report released Tuesday by the Nebraska Business Development Center at the University of Nebraska Omaha. The report highlights the sweeping damage caused by business closures and social-distancing measures to keep the virus from spreading. It says 87% of Nebraska businesses have been hurt because of the pandemic.

The "Nebraska Promise" tuition assistance program for the University of Nebraska system has been launched.  And with that, the University of Nebraska Omaha has also launched some of its own financial assistance programs to give students of many situations the opportunity to start, continue, or finish their undergraduate or graduate degrees.

Dr. Jeffrey Gold, Chancellor at UNO, took time out of his schedule to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about these programs, about the current state of the pandemic, and what he believes the future holds for Omaha and the state as a whole.

Vesper Concerts presents another one-of-a-kind Choral Collaborative Residency featuring Dr. Derrick Fox and the choirs of University of Nebraska-Omaha and the Central High School Choir directed by Lyn Bouma.  Reflections of Us: Singing Our Way to Unity is March 10, 2020, 7:30 p.m. at Strauss Performing Arts Center, UNO.

This concert will feature the ground-breaking choral composition “Seven Last Words of the Unarmed,” a work by Joel Thompson addressing complex issues of race and violence.  Joel will be in attendance for this special performance. 

Dr. Derrick Fox, Director of Choral Activities at UNO, was kind enough to swing by the studios at 33rd and Burt to chat with Mike Hogan about the social relevance of this concert, the thought provoking ideas presented, and the hope that the entire experience will generate conversation, reconciliation, and unity.  

And just to share an off-air, behind the scenes moment, as Derrick Fox and Mike Hogan met for the first time, it was discovered that Derrick taught high school at Mike's alma mater in St. Louis.  A small world indeed!

More information and tickets are available at http://vesperconcerts.org/2019-20-season/

The Census is a vital tool for fair economic and political decisions.  The data collected have a direct monetary impact on every state including Nebraska.  In the past, communities of color have been under represented for a variety of reasons.  Tragically, that under representation has the hardest economic impact on the very communities that were not accurately counted.

Dr. Lissette Aliaga-Linares, Assistant Professor of Sociology & OLLAS Faculty at the University of Nebraska Omaha joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" in the KIOS-FM studios to discuss the issue and what can be done to fix it.

Is the country of Iran misunderstood?  Dr. Narges Bajoghli is an award-winning anthropologist, filmmaker, and writer.  Her academic research focuses on the intersections of media, power, and military in Iran.  She has also written a book, "Iran Reframed: Anxieties of Power in the Islamic Republic.”  

While in Nebraska to lecture at both UNO and UNL, Narges stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the international view of Iran, the ramifications of that view, and how she was able to work with those in power in Iran.

More information about her work is available at the websites https://sais.jhu.edu/users/nbajogh1 and http://www.nargesbajoghli.com/

UNO Responds To Intimidating Note

Nov 14, 2019

University of Nebraska-Omaha officials are responding after an intimidating note was found near campus.  UNO student worker Joshua Garcia found a note on his car Tuesday evening that read "Illegals are not welcome."  UNO Chancellor Jeffrey Gold announced yesterday that everyone is welcome at school and intimidation has no place on campus or near it.

 

Samuel Bak is a world renowned artist and Holocaust survivor.  He has painted nearly 8,000 works of art in his lifetime.  UNO's Sam and Frances Fried Holocaust and Genocide Academy is partnering with the Pucker Gallery in Boston to bring seventy original Bak works to Omaha.  Bak's work touches on themes such as identity, justice, human rights, Jewish history and the Holocaust.

Sam was kind enough to stop by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan for an extended episode of "Live & Local!"

More information can be found at https://sites.google.com/a/unomaha.edu/witness-samuel_bak/

or at https://www.unomaha.edu/news/events/2019/08/artist-samuel-bak-and-collection-coming-to-uno.php and finally, you can view more of Samuel's work at https://www.puckergallery.com/samuel-bak

UNO's new Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Sacha Kopp, Ph.D., officially began his role on Monday, June 17.  As Senior Vice Chancellor, Kopp supports the chancellor in UNO’s academic mission with a commitment to academic excellence as well as student access and opportunities.

Dr. Kopp stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan “Live & Local” about his new role, UNO as a school, and the important role public radio has played in his life.

More information about him can be found at https://www.unomaha.edu/news/2019/04/uno-names-next-senior-vice-chancellor-for-academic-affairs.php

The International Business and Leadership Camp is for high school students who are interested in having FUN while learning about international business and differences across countries and cultures. Students will learn through business games, case analyses, and group discussions, and lectures.  One student will win a $250 award on the last day of the camp.

Award winning UNO Professor Dr. Tej Adidam teaches the camp and he joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to explain the genesis of the camp, the fun of business, and how a global economy impacts all of us.

More information can be found at https://www.unomaha.edu/camps/

Laughter may be the best medicine but music is not far behind! 

The Nebraska Medical Orchestra (NMO) was created in 2018 as a collaborative project between UNMC and the UNO School of Music, the Nebraska Medical Orchestra is comprised of students, faculty, and staff from UNMC and Nebraska Medicine with the support of UNO School of Music faculty and students as mentors.  

Dr. Washington Garcia, professor and director of UNO's School of Music, has been working with partners at UNMC to develop this "medical orchestra" for the benefit of patients, their families, and medical staff as well.

Dr. Garcia joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the genesis of this program and the many benefits it produces.

More information can be found at https://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-communication-fine-arts-and-media/music/community-engagement/index.php

(Omaha, NE)  --  The University of Nebraska-Omaha's Center Street Dome will not be repaired.  The dome caved in during the blizzard last month and now university officials say making repairs isn't feasible.  A Minnesota firm that represents the school says it hasn't determined what will be done with the property.

(Omaha, NE)  --  The future is uncertain for the collapsed indoor recreation dome at the University of Nebraska Omaha.  School officials announced yesterday that they have hired a Minnesota-based company to determine if the Center Dome at 68th and Spring Streets can be repaired.  The dome collapsed during Saturday's snow storm, and a university employee discovered a rip in the dome's fabric yesterday.  Officials have not determined why the dome collapsed, but they say it could be due to the high winds and heavy snow.

UNO Dome Collapses

Feb 25, 2019

(Omaha, NE)  --  The University of Nebraska Omaha is trying to determine what caused the UNO Dome to collapse.  School officials say the large white dome that covers recreational fields near 67th and Spring Street in Omaha collapsed on Saturday night.  The facility was closed at the time, and no injuries were reported.  University officials will explore repair options for the facility today. 

Those 65 and Older Can Benefit from UNO's Senior Learning Passport

Jun 14, 2018

UNO’s Senior Learning Passport Program allows people 65 and older to sit in on up to two undergraduate courses a semester for a $25.00 yearly fee. 

Matt Schill, Interim Registrar at UNO, says there has to be space available in the class; the instructor has to grant permission, and it cannot be an on-line course.  

UNO Specialty Plates Now Available

Dec 12, 2016

Beginning in January, in addition to the new state license plates, you will begin seeing the new UNO specialty plates on Nebraska roads.