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Pictured above, a lone student takes a snowy stroll near Arts and Sciences Hall circa the early 1960s.

This Week in Campus History

On Jan. 6, 1967, The Gateway reported that Municipal University of Omaha physics instructor Charles Sedlacek had been invited to participate in the Iowa Visiting Scientist Program at the University of Iowa. This program offered high school students the opportunity to attend lectures and demonstrations about science, as well as take part in discussions about potential science careers. Sedlacek said he looked forward to the program and was excited to experience science education at the high school level.

Date: Jan. 6, 1967
Source: The Gateway
Compiled by University Library Archives

Scott Kuhlman

Man of the Cloth

by Shelly Steig

Clothes make the man, claims an adage in the business world. UNO graduate Scott Kuhlman has turned this wisdom on its heels, establishing a thriving business by being the man who makes the clothes.

His fashion corporation, Kuhlman Company, will open its 60th retail store by the end of 2005, a mind-boggling achievement considering Kuhlman didn't open his first store until August 2003. With upscale locations in ...continue

2006 Holiday Schedule Announced

The university will observe the following holiday schedule for 2006:

Monday, Jan. 2 - New Year's Day (observed)
Monday, Jan. 16 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Monday, May 29 - Memorial Day
Tuesday, July 4 - Independence Day
Monday, Sept. 4 - Labor Day
Thursday, Nov. 23 - Thanksgiving
Friday, Nov. 24 - Friday after Thanksgiving
Monday, Dec. 25 - Holiday Closedown
Tuesday, Dec. 26 - Holiday Closedown
Wednesday, Dec. 27 - Holiday Closedown
Thursday, Dec. 28 - Holiday Closedown
Friday, Dec. 29 - Holiday Closedown
Monday, Jan. 1, 2007 - New Year's Day (observed)

The holiday closedown for 2006 will begin Saturday, Dec. 23, and conclude Monday, Jan. 1, 2007. Staff will return to work Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007.

For more information, contact Human Resources at 554.2321.

EntrepreneurShop Moves to West Center Road

The Nebraska Business Development Center's EntrepreneurShop has moved to a new location at 13006 West Center Road.

The Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) is a cooperative program of the U.S. Small Business Administration and the UNO College of Business Administration. It offers free business consulting to potential and existing business owners. 

"We offer assistance with business plans, financial projections and marketing plans," said Desarae Mueller-Fichepain, director of EntrepreneurShop/Omaha Center. "NBDC's EntrepreneurShop also offers business classes, a business bookstore and reference library."

The center's new location is next door to Target.  The NBDC administrative offices are located in Roskens Hall on campus.

For more information, visit the Web at http://nbdc.unomaha.edu/about/eshop.cfm, or contact Mueller-Fichepain at 595.1158.

New Mileage Reimbursement Rate in Effect

Effective with travel occurring on or after Jan. 1, 2006, all mileage reimbursements for approved travel by personal automobile will be at the rate of forty-four and one-half cents ($.445) per mile.

All mileage from Jan. 1, 2005, through Aug. 31, 2005, should be reimbursed at the rate of forty and one-half cents ($.405) per mile. The IRS had previously issued an adjusted rate in September 2005. All mileage from Sept. 1, 2005, through Dec. 31, 2005, should be reimbursed at the rate of forty-eight and one-half cents ($.485) per mile.

This rate also should be used when reimbursing visiting personnel or students for their travel. For more information, contact UNO Accounting Services at 554.2320.

January FEAP Hours Announced

The Faculty/Staff Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) provides short-term counseling, assessment and referral services for faculty, staff, their spouses or significant others, and family members. FEAP offices are located in 206 Eppley Administration Building.

The January schedule is as follows:

Jan. 4, 6 and 19
8 a.m. to noon

Jan. 9, 13 and 17
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Appointments are free and available by calling 554.3120 (UNO) or 559.5175 (UNMC).

Safety Notice for On-Campus Incidents

The following information from Campus Security outlines the university's safety and emergency procedures, along with other services provided by Campus Security.

Incident Reporting
Incidents requiring immediate action include fire, environmental spills, medical conditions, property damage, disruptive behavior and crimes in progress. Persons involved with or observing these type of incidents should call Campus Security at 554.2911. Campus Security will dispatch officers to the scene and, if required, contact 911.

Faculty and staff can call 911 directly, but then they also should notify Campus Security to help coordinate the response and expedite travel to the emergency scene. Emergency information provided by the caller should include the building, floor, room number, call back number and nature of the emergency.

Faculty and staff should assist with room and building evacuations, and be aware of those needing special assistance. All employees should become familiar with the designated rally points for their buildings, which are listed in the back of the telephone directory under "Emergency Procedures."

Personal Threats and Harassment
Disruptive behavior on campus will not be tolerated. Threats or acts of violence should be reported to Campus Security and your supervisor. If the act appears to represent an immediate threat or harm to the individual, it should be reported at once to Campus Security or 911.

Personal Escorts
The escort service is available 24-7 for individuals on campus. Contact Campus Security to arrange for an escort.

Personal Safety Checks
Individuals who may be working alone outside normal working hours are encouraged to contact Campus Security. Security officers will periodically check on your safety while you are here.

Personal Property
The university is not responsible for personal property. Individuals are responsible for safeguarding their own property. Loss of personal property should be reported to Campus Security.

Alert System
A system to help facilitate emergency communications has been installed on the north campus. Announcements are distributed from Campus Security to building public address systems or speakers located in building corridors. When announcements are made, strobe lights will flash to notify the hearing impaired to seek assistance.

The system will be particularly helpful during tornado warnings. The announcement will alert building occupants to seek shelter and again later when the warning has ended. The alert system also can be used to announce university closings, confirm evacuations for fire or chemical release, or other emergency conditions.

More information on campus emergency procedures can be found in the UNO Employee Telephone Directory beginning on page 106. For more information about Campus Security procedures related to campus emergencies, contact Stan Schleifer at 554.3596 or Paul Kosel at 554.2648.

Weight Watchers Open House Meeting Jan. 9

The Weight Watchers on Campus program will host an open house meeting Monday, Jan. 9. The event, which is free and open to all interested members of the campus community, will begin at noon in 203 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building.

The next session of Weight Watchers on Campus will begin Monday, Jan. 23. The cost of the 10-week session is $120. A three-part payment plan is available, and payments will be collected at the open house meeting.

For more information, contact Amber Nielsen at 554.3917.

Deadline Extended for 2006 UNO Women Of Color Awards

Organizations and individuals in the Omaha area are being asked to nominate women of color for the 2006 UNO Women of Color (WOC) Awards. The awards will recognize women of color for outstanding contributions in six categories – arts/humanities, business/entrepreneurship, education, community service, science and technology, and youth leadership.

The deadline for nominations has been extended through Friday, Jan. 13. Nomination forms are available online at http://www.unomaha.edu/woc.

"We already have received a number of nominations for these awards, which celebrate the outstanding achievements of women of color in the metro area," said Mary Mudd, WOC committee chairperson and university consultant. "We hope by extending the deadline we can encourage more people to nominate deserving women of color for their accomplishments."

Award recipients will be honored Wednesday, March 1, at the 2006 UNO Women of Color Awards Luncheon. The theme for the 2006 awards luncheon is "Connections." The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Central, 72nd and Grover streets. The guest speaker will be author Lisa See.

To request nomination forms or registration information for the luncheon, call 554.2779, or send an e-mail to rmaley@mail.unomaha.edu. For more information or to access online nomination forms, visit the WOC Web site at http://www.unomaha.edu/woc.

Input Training Available for Online Calendar of Events

In an effort to create a centralized source of information for promoting campus events that are open to the public, University Affairs maintains an online calendar of events.

Located on the Web at http://events.unomaha.edu, the calendar can be viewed by day, week, month or category. Categories include athletics, exhibitions, films, lectures, meetings, miscellaneous and performance. Links to the calendar have been created on the UNO home page at http://www.unomaha.edu under "Today at UNO" in the left-hand column and graphically in the tool bar at the top of the page.

"The UNO Calendar of Events is designed to promote campus-related events that are open to the campus community and/or the general public," said Teresa Gleason, director of communications at UNO.

An example of an item that would not be posted on the calendar is a biology departmental meeting. However, if the biology department is hosting a speaker and the event is open to the campus community/general public, the item would be posted.

The calendar is administered by University Affairs, located in 108 Eppley Administration Building. Beverly Newsam is the calendar administrator. All items must be submitted electronically with a contact name, phone number and e-mail. Training on how to submit items is available for any interested party by calling Newsam at 554.2358.

"We encourage all colleges and units to make use of the calendar by submitting appropriate items to it," Gleason said. "The goal is to create a centralized listing of public events that is easily accessible."

The UNO Calendar of Events is not a means for scheduling rooms or submitting information to other existing calendars on the Web. Reservations for meeting facilities still must go through appropriate channels in the Milo Bail Student Center.

For more information or to learn how to submit items to the calendar, contact Newsam at 554.2358.

Food Court Menus in the MBSC

Would you like to know what's cooking in the Milo Bail Student Center today? Click on the following link to access the Food Court menus:


UNO Calendar of Events

Do you have a campus event you'd like to publicize? Submit your information to UNO's online Calendar of Events.

To access UNO's online Calendar of Events, click on the following link:


All calendar items must be submitted electronically. For more information, contact Beverly Newsam at x4-2358.