Date Recipient
09/24/2015 Food for Health Collaboration Initiative 2015


During the last decade, there has been a shift from individual investigator, discipline-based science toward research that crosses departmental and organizational boundaries and is conducted by teams. A primary motivation for this shift is the tremendous complexity of the challenges facing today’s society. Current grand challenges – like those related to global health and food security – can no longer be addressed by individual researchers working in isolation because the innovative science that leads to breakthrough discoveries increasingly occurs at the intersections of multiple disciplines. Therefore, providing opportunities, assurances, and incentives for faculty to network with their colleagues and engage in multi-institutional interdisciplinary research is absolutely critical for Nebraska to improve its research capacity and increase its portfolio of external research funding.

Food for Health

The Food for Health Collaboration Initiative is a comprehensive effort to further enhance Nebraska's research capacity to address critical societal and human health issues related to food. The University of Nebraska is making an investment to facilitate research collaborations. Nebraska EPSCoR also is investing so that all Nebraska research institutions with expertise in Food for Health can partner to grow the state's research capacity and competitiveness.

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08/28/2015 UNL Chancellor Search
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im David Bellshaw and Bernard Jones
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The University of Nebraska is an Affirmative Action / Equal Employment Opportunity employer, which seeks and encourages expression of interest from minorities and groups traditionally under represented.

02/06/2013 Steering Committee / Executive Committee
The Online Worldwide Steering Committee, appointed by the President in consultation with Chancellors, includes the Distance Education Director at each campus and representatives of key stakeholder organizations within the University. The Steering Committee will provide advice on budgeting and strategic planning, and may recommend changes in distance education fees and financial protocols and other policies. On operational issues, the Steering Committee functions in an advisory capacity. When addressing policy and procedure issues, especially on new policies or revisions to existing policies, the steering committee will vote and their approval will be used to send the policy up to a higher level as needed.

Committee Members
Name Campus Title
Mary Niemiec* CA Assoc. Vice President for Distance Education, Director, Online Worldwide
Gloria Vavricka* UNK Director, eCampus
Kenya Taylor UNK Dean, Graduate Studies/Research
Marie Barber* UNL Executive Director, Office of Online & Distance Education
Chris Marvin UNL Assoc. Professor, Advisor/Coordinator of Early Childhood Special Education
Alan Cerveny UNL Dean of Academic Services and Enrollment Management
Alice Schumaker UNMC COPH Health Services Res & Admin
Juliann Sebastian UNMC Dean, College of Nursing
Jan Tompkins* UNMC Director of Academic/Student Affairs, School of Allied Health
Lanyce Keel* UNO Director of Academic Computing, Academic Partnerships for Instruction
David Boocker UNO Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

*Executive Committee - distance education director from each campus
02/06/2013 Letter to Parents
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Dear parent: 

We are writing to let you know of a security breach that may affect your personal information.

On Wednesday night, May 23, an unauthorized individual gained access to the University of Nebraska’s student information system. The system contains Social Security numbers, date of birth and addresses for current and past students, and also for students who applied to the University of Nebraska but did not enroll.

If your son or daughter applied for admission to the University of Nebraska within the last three years, their personal information is in our system.  If your son or daughter applied for federal financial aid (FAFSA) and were required to include parent data, or if you applied for a PLUS loan, your personal and financial information is also included in the system. No credit card information is stored in the system. A small number of individuals also had bank account information associated with their account; those individuals have already been notified.    

We are working with authorities and an outside security firm to help analyze the level of risk of personal information being misappropriated and to make recommendations for any additional safeguards that are needed. Authorities have identified a student who they believe was responsible for this incident. Police have seized computers and related equipment and that equipment is undergoing analysis by law enforcement authorities.

What you can do now

1.        We recommend that you contact one of the three primary credit reporting agencies to place a free Initial Security Alert (90-day) to your credit report. This can be done online or via phone and will alert you to any attempt to establish or extend credit in your name. The three companies are TransUnion (“Initial Fraud Alert”) (800) 680-7289, Experian (“Initial Security Alert”) (888) 397-3742 or Equifax (“Initial 90-day Fraud Alert”) (800) 525-6285. You need only register with one agency and the others will be alerted.

2.        Follow updates on the situation and access additional resources, including a video on using fraud alerts, at our website: http://nebraska.edu/security. In addition, you can submit questions and comments regarding this incident at the website. We will monitor these comments and respond to all questions submitted as quickly as possible.

3.        A telephone service center has been opened to respond to questions and concerns from those whose personal information may be vulnerable. You may call the center from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. CST Monday through Saturday at 888-215-4321.

We appreciate your patience as we work through this difficult situation.

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