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Basketball Action Tonight

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

UNO’s men and women will host the South Dakota Coyotes tonight at Sapp Fieldhouse. The women begin the action at 6 p.m., followed by the men at 8 p.m. The Mavericks will be back in action again Saturday night when Upper Iowa comes to town. The games will start at 6 and 8 p.m.

history photo

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

Paul Allen Williams and Michele Desmarais

Religion Meets Film

by Teresa Gleason

Paul Allen Williams and Michele Desmarais are not filmmakers. Nor are they studio heads, publicists or movie distributors.

Yet Drs. Williams and Desmarais, assistant professors of religion at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), will be among the throngs of industry types headed to Utah this month for the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. The event, set for Jan. 19-29 in Park City, Utah, ...continue

Swearing In Ceremony for Student Leaders Today

The new leaders of student government at UNO will take the oath of office today, 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 treasurer of the Order of Omega, a Greek leadership honor society, and as 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.class

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 today's program. For more information, call 554.2779.

Department of English Candidates to Speak Friday

UNO faculty, staff and students are invited to attend two job candidate presentations Friday, Jan. 20.

Rebecca Davis from the University of Notre Dame is a candidate for the tenure-track assistant professor position in Medieval British Literature in the UNO Department of English. She will give her presentation Jan. 20 at 2:30 p.m. in 306 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH).

Hilary Teynor from the University of Wisconsin-Madison is a candidate for the assistant professor tenure-track position in Long Eighteenth Century British Literature in the UNO Department of English. She will give her presentation Jan. 20 at 3:30 p.m. in 306 ASH.

For more information, contact Joe Price at 554.3476.

"Color Me Human" Diversity Week Begins Jan. 30

Faculty, staff and students at UNO will have an opportunity to learn about cultures other than their own Jan. 30-Feb. 3 during "Color Me Human" Diversity Week.

The fourth annual event, coordinated by the American Multicultural Student Agency (AMS), a Student Government agency, will feature a variety of art and literary presentations, as well as a multi-ethnic luncheon and performance.

The public is invited to attend the events, which will be held on the UNO campus. All activities are free, with the exception of the luncheon. The schedule is listed below.

Monday, Jan. 30
Cultural Organization and Department Fair
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Nebraska Room and Ballroom

Tuesday, Jan. 31
Poetry Open Mic
Featuring SPOWkun Word and NCNW
Noon to 1 p.m.
MBSC Nebraska Room

Wednesday, Feb. 1
Barbee Cain
Henna Art Demonstration
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
MBSC Nebraska Room

Thursday, Feb. 2
Jesus Chuy Negrete, Latino Musician
Noon to 1 p.m.
MBSC Nebraska Room
This event is co-sponsored by The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies at UNO.

Friday, Feb. 3
Color Me Human Luncheon
Noon to 1:15 p.m.
MBSC Ballroom

This event will feature a multi-ethnic luncheon and a performance of "Dr. King's Dream" by Mixedblood Theater. Tickets are available in the MBSC Business Office, located on the second floor of the MBSC. They are $3 for UNO students, $5 for faculty and staff, and $7 for the general public.

For more information, contact Erin Cron, AMS adviser, at 554.2711.

Nominations Sought for Student Employee of the Year

Student workers are an essential component of UNO. Not only do they play an important role in the daily functions of UNO, they are gaining valuable work experience.

Student Employment Services is seeking nominations for Student Employee of the Year. The process of nominating a student is easy. Simply complete a short nomination form with a recommendation letter and return this information to Student Employment Services (205 Eppley Administration Building) by 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6. Nomination forms have been mailed to all departments. If you did not receive a form or have questions, call 554.2321.

The Student Employee of the Year will be announced and nominees will be recognized, along with all student workers, at the 2006 Student Employment Reception. he event will be held Wednesday, April 12, at 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom.

Watch eNotes for additional information as the event nears.

View Your Data Online in ESS

Employee Self Service (ESS) provides benefit eligible employees online access to their personal data stored in SAP, the university's administrative computing system. Through the ESS Web site, employees can view their detailed educational information online.

Employees need a user ID and password to access their information. If an employee has forgotten his or her password, it can be reset by using the "Forgotten your password?" feature on the ESS logon screen. You will be required to provide your employee ID number to complete the process.

For assistance, contact Laura VanNordstrand at 554.2322.

To learn more about ESS, visit the Web at

Speaking Across the Curriculum Workshop Friday

UNO 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 wish 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

ITS Announces January myUNO Sessions

Information Technology Services (ITS) is offering training sessions on myUNO (Blackboard) this month.

All sessions will be held in 007B Roskens Hall. Classes will be held through Jan. 31. Handouts for the courses can be found under the "Instructor Help" tab in myUNO ( Those who plan to sign up for a class are encouraged to read the handouts before attending.

To sign up for courses, follow the prompts below.

- Go to

- Select "Training Registration" on the left panel.

- Log in using your UNO Net ID account and password.

- *ITS requires that a minimum of five people are registered by 2 p.m. the day prior to the class to offer it. An e-mail notification will be sent if the class is cancelled. No minimum is required for the ASK? sessions.

Friday, Jan. 20
1 to 3:30 p.m.
Suggested handouts: Assignments

Tuesday, Jan. 24
9 to 11:30 a.m.
Suggested handouts: Gradebook

Friday, Jan. 27
1 to 3:30 p.m.
Suggested handouts: Quiz, Pool, Survey

Monday, Jan. 30
1:30 to 3 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 31
9 to 11 a.m.

For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (4357).

Nominations for Outstanding Leadership Award Sought

Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) is currently accepting nominations for the Vice Chancellor's Outstanding Leadership Award.

Nominations are due in the SOLP Office Friday, Feb. 3, and student applications and essays are due Friday, Feb. 10.

This annual award recognizes an undergraduate student who has demonstrated exemplary leadership through influential participation in campus organizations and community volunteer work, in addition to scholarly achievement. It will be awarded to a UNO student graduating in May or August 2006 or to a December 2005 graduate.

Criteria include campus and community activities, a 2.5 minimum GPA, a recommendation from a UNO faculty or staff member, and an essay by the applicant. The recipient will be honored at the 2006 Student Honors Convocation and at the Student Organizations and Leadership Programs reception in April.

Nomination forms are available online at