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It's All In the Gear

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

A Hockey 101 participant dressed up during last year's inaugural event at the Qwest Center Omaha. Hosted by the UNO Department of Athletics, participants will get a behind-the-scenes view of Maverick hockey at the UNO vs. Lake Superior State hockey game Feb. 3 or 4. The 2006 event will again benefit the Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk and Liz's Legacy. See article elsewhere in this issue for details.

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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. 26, 1972, The Gateway announced that Norman E. Borlaug, the recipient of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize, was scheduled to speak at UNO in early February. Dr. Borlaug was honored for his research examining what types of wheat could help eliminate world hunger. His presentation, titled "Problems of Population - Food, Production, Ecology," was free and open to the public.

Date: Jan. 26, 1972
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

ABC Breakfast to Feature Martin Luther King III Feb. 1

For nearly 20 years, Martin Luther King III, the second oldest child of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, has been motivating audiences around the world with his insightful message of hope and civility. He will share his unique perspective on human rights and a nonviolent society Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the Academy, Business and Community (ABC) Breakfast Speaker Series.

The event will be held at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, 72nd and Grover streets. The doors will open at 7 a.m. for a breakfast buffet. Tickets are $12.50 each and may be purchased by calling 554.2981.

A human rights advocate, community activist, political leader and popular speaker, King III currently serves as CEO and president of the King Center in Atlanta, Ga. He is dedicated to creating and implementing strategic nonviolent action to help rid the world of social, political and economic injustice. In addition, he has initiated several programs throughout the years that are designed to support and nurture young people.

In the spring of 2001, he hosted "The Wisdom of Dreams," a series on the Wisdom Network cable channel that highlighted individuals who were able to achieve extraordinary feats by steadfastly pursuing their dreams.

King III received his bachelor of arts degree in political science from Morehouse College. He is also the recipient of numerous awards and several honorary degrees.

The ABC Breakfast Speaker Series is celebrating its 31st season in 2005-06. It is one of the nation's longest running speaker series.

For more information, call 554.2981, or visit the Web at

Campus Unveiling of Alumni Center Feb. 7

All UNO faculty and staff are invited to the campus unveiling of the newly remodeled and expanded William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center Tuesday, Feb. 7. The event will be held from 3 to 5 p.m.

The UNO Alumni Association and Brandeis Catering will host the event. Complimentary refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Greg Trimm at 554.3368 or

Workshop on Supervising the Troubled Employee Feb. 8

Human Resources and the UNO/University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Faculty Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) will conduct a free workshop on supervising the troubled employee Wednesday, Feb. 8, at UNO.

"Supervising Employees - The Process of Identification, Intervention and Referral" will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Omaha Room.

Marlene Schneider, a UNO/UNMC FEAP counselor, will conduct the workshop. It will help participants:

- Increase their understanding of the role of the Employee Assistance Program in the work organization;

- Increase their awareness of the warning signs of a troubled employee; and

- Develop effective intervention skills.

To register, contact Human Resources at 554.3665.

Latin and Tango Dance Lessons Begin Feb. 12

Campus Recreation and the Wellness Stampede are teaming up to offer Latin and Tango dance lessons this spring at UNO. All classes will be held in 230 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. Openings are available on the following dates:

Sundays (Feb. 12, 19, 26 and March 5)

Latin – 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Tango – 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Class descriptions and price information are available by clicking on the following link:

Tango and Latin Dance Lessons

To have a flier mailed or faxed to your office, call University Affairs at 554.2358.

To register, stop by 100 HPER. For more information, call Campus Recreation at 554.2539.

SPO to Host Fine Arts Exposition Jan. 24

The Student Programming Organization (SPO) will host the first annual Fine Arts Exposition Tuesday, Jan. 24, at UNO. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom and Nebraska Room. It is free and open to the public.

"This will be a large-scale event for the entire campus and the Omaha area," said Eric Hanson, president of the collegiate chapter of the Music Education National Conference (MENC) and SPO member. "At the expo, a stage will be set up for continuous performances by groups and individuals from the theatre, music and UNO Writers Workshop departments. Art will be displayed around the venue, and student performances will demonstrate what our campus has to offer."

There also will be a large number of information booths set up to educate UNO and its community about the fine arts in the metro area. Organizations such as the Omaha Symphony, the Omaha Children's Museum, Johnston Photography and the Omaha Community Playhouse will be present, as well as UNO groups like MENC, the UNO Art Gallery and The Gateway.

For more information, contact Hanson at

Grand Opening for The Speech Center Jan. 25

UNO and the School of Communication will celebrate the grand opening of its newest resource, The Speech Center, Wednesday, Jan. 25. The open house will take place in 183 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH) from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck will deliver welcoming remarks. Karen Dwyer, School of Communication basic speech course director, and Jennifer Dalbey, UNO Speech Center coordinator, will introduce participants to the center and the services it offers to faculty, staff and students across all disciplines.

The Speech Center is a pairing of two resources. The first is the Basic Course Room (183 ASH), which began as a speech lab in 1997. "Created as a support lab for the basic Public Speaking Fundamentals course, this resource provides currently enrolled public speaking students with access to 18 computers, outlining technology, online research and DVD viewing of recorded class speeches for evaluation," Dalbey said.

The room is staffed by Public Speaking Fundamentals instructors prepared to assist students with the entire speech-making process. "Initially developed by Dr. Dwyer and Deborah Smith-Howell, now assistant vice chancellor, the room serves approximately 1,000 students per semester enrolled in any one of the 40 sections of the Public Speaking Fundamentals course," Dalby said.

The second and newest resource is the Speech Consulting Room (185 ASH). "Seeing the need for continued assistance with public speaking and presentational skills, Dr. Dwyer developed the Speech Consulting Room," Dalby said. "It focuses on the ‘Speaking Across the Curriculum' program designed to assist students presenting in other classes, as well as faculty members in developing presentation assignments."

For more information, contact Dalbey at 554.3201 or Dr. Dwyer at 554.2253.

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.

Book Drive Under Way for Troops In Iraq

University Library, 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 Stephen Shorb, dean of University Library. "The library staff 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 Linda Riviera at 554.2640 or

Nominations Sought for Faculty Service-Learning Award

Each year, the Service-Learning Academy recognizes one UNO faculty member who exemplifies the effective practice of service-learning in his or her work. To be nominated, a faculty member must:

- Have demonstrated the ability to develop and teach an effective service-learning course;  

- Have been supportive of service-learning at UNO (through attendance at faculty/student presentations, Teaching Circles and by mentoring faculty/students);

- Have demonstrated the capability of developing reciprocal, collaborative relations with community partners and have a thorough understanding and appreciation of community agency issues (professionalism and cultural competency); and

- Hold a full- or part-time teaching appointment with UNO.

The award will be presented at the Faculty Honors Convocation Thursday, April 6, at 7 a.m.

Nomination forms must be delivered to the Service-Learning Academy no later than Wednesday, Feb. 1. You may download a nomination form from the Web at For more information, call Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz at 554.2712.

Nominations Sought for Student Service-Learning Award

Each year, the Service-Learning Academy recognizes one UNO student who has gone above and beyond the required community engagement in the context of a service-learning class. To be nominated, a student must:

- Have demonstrated and upheld, in an outstanding way, the key principles of effective academic service-learning;

- Have established and maintained a reciprocal relationship with a community partner;

- Have provided a useful and meaningful community service; and

- Have mastered the course's academic objectives as related to the service performed. 

The award will be presented at the Student Honors Convocation Friday, April 7, at 3 p.m.

Nomination forms must be delivered to the Service-Learning Academy no later than Wednesday, Feb. 1. You may download a nomination form from the Web at For more information, call Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz at 554.2712.

Hockey 101 to Benefit Women's Walk, Liz's Legacy

The UNO Department of Athletics will host its second "Hockey 101 - A Women's Guide to Hockey" Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Qwest Center Omaha. The event, a benefit for the Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk and Liz's Legacy, will be held from 4:30 to 9 p.m.

"The women who attended last year had a tremendous time. The feedback the athletic department received practically demanded that we hold Hockey 101 again," said Deb Denbeck, associate athletic director at UNO.

The registration fee is $75 per person, which includes a buffet dinner with the Maverick hockey team and coaches, a long-sleeved Hockey 101 T-shirt, an informational Hockey 101 packet, the book Hockey 101 for Dummies by John Davidson and John Steinbreder, free parking and free admission to the UNO vs. Lake Superior State hockey game Feb. 3 or 4.

"Participants will get a real behind-the-scenes sense of what it's like to play Maverick hockey at the Qwest," Denbeck said. "They will be spending time on the ice, trying on the player's equipment and putting it to the test, and getting their photos taken with the players and coaches."

The Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk, now in its 25th year, funds scholarships for female student athletes at UNO. Liz's Legacy, named after Omaha community leader Liz Karnes, funds the advancement of cancer research and care at the Eppley Cancer Center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Hockey 101 participants must be at least 16 years of age. The topics from last year's event have been expanded to include:

- Special teams/power play and penalty kill;

- Offense and defensive patterns;

- Officiating and rule knowledge for all levels of hockey and all knowledge levels;

- Training and equipment; and

- Panel discussions on recruiting, life as a UNO hockey student-athlete, strategies and superstitions.

For more information or to register, contact Shirley Fey at 554.3422 or

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, they can be found online at For 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.  The event will be held Wednesday, April 12, at 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom.

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 as the event nears.

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.

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. 26
- Women's basketball vs. St. Cloud State
Sapp Fieldhouse
6 p.m.

- Men's basketball vs. St. Cloud State
Sapp Fieldhouse
8 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 27
- Swimming & Diving vs. Iowa State and Northern Colorado
Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building Pool
6 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 28
- Swimming & Diving vs. Northern Iowa and Northern Colorado
HPER Building Pool
9 a.m.

- Women's basketball vs. Grand Canyon
Sapp Fieldhouse
6 p.m.

- Alumni Tennis Match
Hanscom Park, 3200 Ed Creighton Ave.
7 p.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at