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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

Josh Krohn

Finding a Home Port

by Don Kohler

Josh Krohn settles in behind the microphone each day, entertaining the devoted audience of radio station KUHB in St. Paul, Alaska, with music, weather reports, news and a call-in show. After years of drifting and trying to find his calling in life, the 26-year-old UNO graduate finally has his feet firmly planted in a career and place he enjoys.

At least for now.

"The thing is, I have always had an idea what I wanted to do in life ...continue

Mavericks, UNK to Open 2006 Season Sept. 2

The Mavericks will open the 2006 football season at home against the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) Saturday, Sept. 2, according to a 10-game schedule released by head coach Pat Behrns. The 10-game slate features five home games and contests against four teams who competed in the NCAA II playoffs last year.

The Mavericks have one open date, Oct. 7, that also could be filled later, Behrns said.

the nameAfter hosting the Lopers, who were 9-3 and won the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference title and competed in the playoffs, the Mavs will travel to national runner-up Northwest Missouri State. The other 2005 playoff teams include North Dakota, the Oct. 14 Homecoming opponent, followed by a trip to Minnesota Duluth Oct. 21.

"It's a schedule that is probably tougher than last year," Behrns said. In 2005, UNO played the toughest schedule in NCAA Division II, with nine of 11 opponents posting winning records. In 2006, 8 of the 10 opponents the Mavs will face are coming off winning records. 

The only opponent not on last year's schedule is Western Washington, which was 4-6 in 2005. The Mavs will make their second visit to Bellingham to face the Vikings Sept. 16. 

The 2006 schedule is listed below.

- Sept. 2

- Sept. 9
at Northwest Missouri State

- Sept. 16
at Western Washington

- Sept. 23

- Sept. 30
*at Minnesota State, Mankato

- Oct. 7

- Oct. 14
*North Dakota (Homecoming)
1 p.m.

- Oct. 21
*at Minnesota Duluth

- Oct. 28
*St. Cloud State
1 p.m.

- Nov. 4
at South Dakota

- Nov. 11
Central Washington
1 p.m.

*denotes North Central Conference game

Intro Week for Group Exercise Classes Under Way

Campus Recreation's intro week for group exercise classes is officially under way at UNO.  The remaining schedule is listed below.

Today, Jan. 10
- Relaxation Yoga
7 to 8 a.m.
231 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building

- Aqua Lunch
11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

- Beginning Pilates*
5:15 to 6:15 p.m.
230 HPER

Wednesday, Jan. 11
- W.E.T.
5:15 to 6 p.m.

- Beginning Yoga
6:35 to 7:35 p.m.
230 HPER

Thursday, Jan. 12
- Relaxation Yoga
7 to 8 a.m.
231 HPER

- Beginning Pilates*
5:15 to 6:15 p.m.
230 HPER

- Turbo Kick
6:45 to 7:45 p.m.
230 HPER

Friday, Jan. 13
- S.W.E.A.T.
2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
230 HPER

*You must attend one of the introductory classes to participate in the beginning Pilates class. Intro classes are scheduled for Jan. 10, 12, 17, 19, 24 and 26 in 230 HPER beginning at 5:15 p.m.

Group exercise classes are free to all current students and Campus Recreation activity card holders. All classes are subject to cancellation at any time due to attendance and instructor or room availability. For more information, call Dave Daniels at 554.2008.

Mayor to Deliver State of the City Address Jan. 11

Students in Jody Neathery-Castro's Introduction to Political Science course at UNO will experience the political process firsthand when they show up for class Wednesday, Jan. 11.

On the agenda that day – attending Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey's annual State of the City address. Fahey will deliver his remarks on campus at 10 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. The event is free, and all interested members of the university community are invited to attend.

John Christensen, vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at UNO, will introduce the mayor.

"It's exciting for our students to be part of an event they would otherwise just see a glimpse of on TV," said Loree Bykerk, professor and chair of the UNO Department of Political Science. "UNO being the forum for this address shows that we're an important part of what's happening in the city."

Fahey's address will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience.

For more information, contact Dr. Bykerk at 554.3613 or lbykerk@mail.unomaha.edu.

Faculty Senate to Meet Jan. 11

The UNO Faculty Senate will hold its regular monthly meeting Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Rooms.

John Fiene, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs-technology, will make a presentation at 2 p.m. The meeting will begin immediately following the presentation. All interested members of the campus community are invited to attend.

For more information, contact Hollis Glaser, president of the Faculty Senate, at 554.4846 or Sue Bishop, coordinator, at 554.3598.

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.

Deadline Jan. 13 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.

Hosts Sought for 2006 Friends of Shakespeare Parties

Do you want to help celebrate the 20th anniversary season of Shakespeare on the Green?

Here's your chance. Due to the success of Friends of Shakespeare Parties in recent years, the group is in need of additional hosts to accommodate the growing number of people who want to attend.

"We need you to make this year's Shakespeare on the Green the best yet," said Deborah Smith-Howell, assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs at UNO.

For information on what it takes to be a host, the numerous benefits you and your guests receive, and the assistance available to help you plan your party, contact Dr. Smith-Howell at 554.4849 or dsmith-howell@mail.unomaha.edu.

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. 13 and 17
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Jan. 19
8 a.m. to noon

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

Community of Science Information Session Jan. 25

The next Community of Science (COS) information session will be held Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 1 p.m. in Room 207 of University Library.

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research hosts these hour-long sessions to provide faculty and graduate students with information about the various COS online resources, including finding funding.

Reservations for the information session are not required. For more information, contact Nancy Schlesiger at 554.2286.

Civic Participation Project Grants Available

Mini-grants of up to $1,500 are available for Civic Participation Project proposals consistent with UNO's Civic Participation Project (an Academic Quality Improvement Program initiative) and the American Democracy Project, an initiative jointly sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.  

Additional travel grants of up to $650 per applicant also are available for faculty attending or presenting at conferences related to Civic Participation Project/American Democracy Project goals. UNO's FacConnect (http://www.unomaha.edu/facconnect) contains additional information and the application process for both grants. 

Interested faculty also may contact Jody Neathery-Castro, Civic Participation Project coordinator (jneathery@mail.unomaha.edu or 554.3611), or Deborah Smith-Howell, assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs (dsmith-howell@mail.unomaha.edu or 554.4849).


- Samuel Walker, professor emeritus of criminal justice, was given the Outstanding Achievement Award by the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE) at the organization's annual meeting held Dec. 12, 2005, in Miami, Fla.

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