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UNO Alumni Center

New Year, New Alumni Center

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

It’s official: The renovations project at the UNO Alumi Center is complete. The center previously had undergone a five-month addition, renovations and refurbishments project. For details, see story below.

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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. 15, 1960, The Gateway reported that effective Feb. 1, the Douglas County welfare director was to become an Omaha University (OU) associate professor of sociology. Phillip H. Vogt, who had taught in the OU College of Adult Education before the war, was excited about his new job and had worked extensively with members of the department of sociology through the years.

Date: Jan. 15, 1960
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

Alumni Center Reopens

UNO's Alumni Center greeted the New Year with a new look, new rooms and a new name.

Now called the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center, the popular event facility reopened in January following five months of additions, renovations and refurbishments.

"The improvements enhance the facility's country club-like atmosphere and expand its elegant space offerings. The additions and changes in décor truly exceed our expectations," said Greg Trimm, director of alumni facilities. "The new rooms are beautiful, as are the many updates. Our clients will be very pleased with what they see."

The Alumni Center is owned and operated by the UNO Alumni Association, which uses rental income for support of its programs and activities benefiting UNO. Since its last renovation and expansion in 1994, the facility has hosted more than 350,000 guests attending more than 10,000 functions, including university and alumni events, wedding receptions, business meetings, seminars, workshops, conferences, holiday parties and more.

Central to the changes is the addition of Centennial Hall, which is capable of seating nearly 140 guests at a meal and 175 when opened to an adjoining hospitality area. Both rooms mirror the renovated design and décor of the existing Bootstrapper Hall. Centennial Hall is named in honor of the university's 2008 centennial anniversary and in honor of 100 donors of $10,000 or more.

Other new spaces include a southwest lobby entrance, a reception alcove and built-in bar, a food-service storage and preparation area, additional restrooms and office space. The Alumni Center added 3,000 square feet of event space and now can accommodate seated meal functions of more than 400 people.

Other significant changes in the Alumni Center include:

- A new color/design scheme implemented throughout the facility via carpet, wall coverings, furniture and light fixtures;

- Extension of the concourse and its 13-foot high vaulted ceiling by nearly 50 feet;

- Renovation of Severa Parlor, which now opens to an expanded patio featuring new outdoor furniture and incorporating donor bricks installed during the 1994 center addition;

- AV enhancements, including mounted LCD projectors and marquees, closed-circuit video and a new sound system;

- Free Wi-Fi throughout the building;

- Enhancements to the main lobby, including an intricate ceramic tile entrance;

- Various landscaping improvements; and

- The addition of Dorothy Thompson to the building's name. Dorothy was the wife of William Thompson, a UNO graduate, professor, dean and the longest-serving board president in the association's history.

The $1.8 million update is being funded through an ongoing capital fund-raising campaign. The changes are expected to generate greater revenues through increased bookings, enabling the association to provide more support to the university.

Event bookings now are being accepted. An invitation-only grand unveiling will be held Thursday, Feb. 9, for clients, event planners and others. UNO faculty and staff will be invited to a separate campus unveiling.

For more information, visit the Web at

UNO Art Gallery Launches New Web Site

The UNO Art Gallery has kicked off 2006 with the launch of a new Web site at

The revamped site features information on the gallery's current exhibition, along with general information about the gallery, upcoming exhibitions, opportunities for support, and the UNO Department of Art and Art History.

"The UNO Art Gallery is a vital cultural resource committed to serving the campus, the residents of Omaha and surrounding communities," said Deborah-Eve Lombard, the gallery's director. "Our new Web site accurately reflects our mission. We're an educational forum for the study, contemplation and critical analysis of works of art."

The launch of the new gallery site is stage one of a five-part revamping of the UNO Department of Art and Art History's online presence and resources, said David Helm, its department chair. The department will unveil its revised site Feb. 1, followed by the launch of a revised site for the award-winning UNO Center for Innovation in Arts Education. In addition, two new sites – an online student gallery and a site featuring the work of alums from the UNO Department of Art and Art History – are in development.

"Our new online presence will serve to better inform the local and global community of the excellence of our department and affiliated programs, as well as the caliber of our faculty, students and alumni," Helm said.

The gallery's current exhibition, "Saving Faces: Art and Medicine," runs through Feb. 24.

For more information about the gallery, contact Lombard at 554.2796 or

For questions about the UNO Department Art and Art History Web sites, contact Jody Boyer at

2005 W-2 Forms to be Distributed This Week

The 2005 W-2 forms are scheduled for distribution this week. Active employees will have their W-2 form delivered through campus mail to their primary home department. Separated employees will have their W-2 form delivered through the U.S. Postal Service to their permanent home address.

Any correspondence regarding the W-2 form should be directed to the Payroll Office at 554.2739.

New Format Announced for Pathways to Harmony

A new three-hour and 30-minute format for the Pathways to Harmony Professional development program will be introduced at the Feb. 22 event. It will be held from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Dodge Room. All members of the campus community are invited to attend.

The shortened format will include similar modules as in the past. Pathways to Harmony is an interactive workshop designed to increase awareness of diversity issues at UNO, help participants develop a personal and professional plan, and assist in creating an environment in which all employees are appreciated for their differences, similarities and unique qualities.

To sign up, contact Sharon Ulmar at or Mary K. Clark at Mary K Phone registration is also available by calling 554.2872. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to 20 participants.

Book Drive Under Way for Troops In Iraq

University Library, working in partnership with the local service club Cosmopolitan International, is collecting books, CDs and DVDs to be sent to U.S. troops in Iraq. 

"Books are in short supply there, and the few available are passed around to be read over and over," said Linda Riviera, staff secretary III with University Library. "The staff of the library has already donated more than 50 items from their personal collections to kick off the book drive."

Donations are being accepted at the library's administrative office or inside the Sapp Fieldhouse Atrium.

Members of Cosmopolitan International will pick up the books, and Offutt Air Force Base will ship the donated items to Iraq. For more information, contact Riviera at 554.2640 or

Group Exercise Classes Kick Off Today

Campus Recreation and the Wellness Stampede have teamed up to host a variety of group exercise classes this spring at UNO. Classes kick off today, Jan. 17.

All classes will be held in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. Group Exercise classes are free to all current students and Campus Recreation activity cardholders. Classes will not be held March 13-17.

To access a schedule, click on the following link:

Spring Group Exercise Schedule

To have a schedule faxed or mailed to your office, call University Affairs at 554.2358. For more information, contact Dave Daniels at 554.2008.

Speaking Across the Curriculum Workshop Jan. 20

Faculty are invited to attend a Speaking Across the Curriculum Workshop Friday, Jan. 20. The event, sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development, will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in 143 Arts and Sciences Hall.

The presenters are Karen Dwyer, UNO School of Communication basic speech course director and associate professor of communication, and Jennifer Dalbey, UNO Speech Center coordinator and communication instructor.

The workshop is designed to assist instructors who desire to incorporate effective oral presentations into their upper-level courses. It also will introduce faculty to the new UNO Speech Center with a tour of the facilities and an introduction to the services provided.

For more information, contact Dr. Dwyer at or Dalbey at To register, contact the Center for Faculty Development at 544.2427 or

2006 CCSW Awards Luncheon Set for March 9

Mark your calendars now for the 2006 UNO Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) Awards Luncheon. The event has been scheduled for Thursday, March 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Watch eNotes for additional information.

The CCSW serves as an advisory council to the chancellor and other university administrators on issues that relate to women faculty, staff and students. The commission’s goal is to provide a forum for women at UNO in conjunction with the organization’s core themes of A, B, C – Awareness of women's issues, Balance in women's lives, and the Community and women's roles.

Jan. 18 MLK Jr. Event Sold Out

The life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. will be celebrated at a sold-out event set for Wednesday, Jan. 18, at UNO. The luncheon will begin at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom.

All tickets for the event have been distributed. The luncheon is sponsored by Cultural Awareness Programs in the Office of Student Organizations and Leadership Programs at UNO.

For more information, contact Sharif Liwaru at 554.2711.

Swearing In Ceremony for Student Leaders Jan. 19

The new leaders of student government at UNO will take the oath of office Thursday, Jan. 19.

Steve Massara was elected student body president/regent and VaShawn Smith was elected student government vice president in online elections held last fall. The swearing in ceremony will take place at 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

Donal Burns, corporation secretary of the University of Nebraska, will execute the oath of office for Massara.

Massara, the son of Bob and Kitty Massara of Elkhorn, Neb., is a senior majoring in exercise science. A graduate of Elkhorn High School, he has been an active member of Student Government at UNO throughout his university career, serving as recording secretary, Faculty Senate liaison, College of Education senator and speaker of the Student Senate.

Massara's campus activities include the Alliance of Fitness Professionals, where he served a two-year term as president. He also has taken an active role in Pi Kappa Alpha, his social fraternity, having served as campus involvement chair, philanthropy chair, vice president of administration and social chair. This past year, Massara has served as the treasurer of the Order of Omega, a Greek leadership honor society, and vice president of programming for Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society.

Smith, the son of Carol Smith of Toledo, Ohio, is a graduate of Calvin Woodward High School in Toledo. He then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he served as a logistic management specialist for the 45th Reconnaissance Squadron at Offutt AFB. Upon honorable discharge, he began attending UNO and declared a major in secondary education with an endorsement in math. Smith has been involved with the Minority Intern Program at Omaha Public Schools for three years, working at both Monroe Junior High and Omaha North High School. He served as a tutor at the Butler-Gast YMCA in Omaha through the UNO Multicultural Intern Program. 

Smith's campus activities and service include membership on the College of Education Appeals Committee and the Chancellor's Committee on Minority Male Retention. His involvement in Student Government includes serving on the Student Allocation Budget Committee and as a student senator for the College of Education.

A reception will follow the program. For more information, call 554.2779.

SPR Faculty Brown Bag Jan. 19

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) will host a faculty brown bag session Thursday, Jan. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room.

The program, titled "Working with Sponsors," will feature Sara Woods, assistant dean of the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service; Jack Shroder, professor of geography/geology; and Steve Bullock, assistant professor of political science. The trio will discuss their experiences with sponsors, from grant development to project management. Dessert and beverages will be provided.

For more information, contact SPR at 554.2286.

UNO Writing Center Announces Spring Hours

The UNO Writing Center, located in 150 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH), has announced its spring schedule, which is listed below. The center's services are available to all interested students, faculty and staff.

9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Clients may drop in or make an appointment via the Web at

"We encourage members of the campus community to use the center at any stage of the writing process, whether they are gathering ideas for a writing project or finishing a final draft," said Connie Eberhart, the center's director. "Our services are not remedial; all writers benefit from professional feedback."

The center's writing consultants, who are experienced composition instructors or English department graduate teaching assistants, can assist with a wide range of documents such as essays, reports, business letters or grant proposals. 

Faculty are also encouraged to use the center to enhance the teaching of writing in their courses. "Our consultants can visit a classroom to help with a writing project, or faculty can reserve the center for a class session on a focused writing issue," Eberhart said. "Also, faculty may contact the center to schedule an 10-minute orientation for a class."

For more information, visit the Web at, or contact Eberhart at 554.3322 or

Tax Instructions, Forms Available on the Web

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service no longer sends distribution copies of tax forms and instructions to libraries. 

"We hope to receive reproducible versions from which one can make photocopies, but the reproducible versions usually do not arrive until late February," said James T. Shaw, government documents librarian with University Library.

Tax forms and instructions may be printed from agency Web sites.  Those Web sites are listed below.



IRS and all states with income taxes

For more information, contact Shaw at


- Yano Jones, assistant director of recruitment services at UNO, will be the keynote speaker at the Wayne State College (WSC) 2006 Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. Jones is a 2002 graduate of WSC and former student athlete. The event is set for tonight, Jan. 17, at WSC in Wayne, Neb. For more information on the event and Jones' keynote, visit the Web at

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Maverick Watch

the nameGo Mavs! Support your Mavericks by attending their home events.

Faculty and staff are admitted free to all home athletic games with a valid UNO ID and game-day ticket, excluding hockey. The spouses, significant others and children of faculty and staff also are admitted free. At the game, faculty and staff must present a valid UNO ID to receive a ticket. Tickets are available on the day of the game at each home event. For more information, call x4-MAVS (6287).

At home this week…

Thursday, Jan. 19
- Women's basketball vs. South Dakota
Sapp Fieldhouse
6 p.m.

- Men's basketball vs. South Dakota
Sapp Fieldhouse
8 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 20
Hockey vs. Michigan State
Qwest Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St.
7:05 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 21
- Wrestling Brand Open
Sapp Fieldhouse
9 a.m.

- Women's basketball vs. Upper Iowa
Sapp Fieldhouse
6 p.m.

- Hockey vs. Michigan State
Qwest Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St.
7:05 p.m.

- Men's basketball vs. Upper Iowa
Sapp Fieldhouse
8 p.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at