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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

Chancellor Invites Scouts to Feb. 3 Hockey Event

To: the UNO community

From: UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck

The Mid-America Council, Boy Scouts of America, is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. In addition, the National Scouting Organization will observe the 96th year of service to youth during Scout Anniversary Week Feb. 5-12.

As a board member of the Boy Scouts of America, I invite those of you that are scouts or have children in scouting to a fun evening of Maverick hockey Friday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. Mav hockey is played at the Qwest Center Omaha, and we will provide tickets for you and your young scout at no charge.

I look forward to seeing you, and thank you for all you do for our youth of America and for our community.

If you will be attending, please R.S.V.P. to Bob Cairns at rcairns@mail.unomaha.edu or 554.2311 by Monday, Jan. 30.

Staff Survey Reveals Job Satisfaction, Commitment

Staff at UNO enjoy the work they do and say their respective jobs make good use of their skills and abilities, according to the results of a recent campus survey.

The survey – which was voluntary, confidential and anonymous – was conducted in December 2005. All Office/Service and Managerial/Professional staff on payroll as of October 2005 were invited to participate. A total of 342 staff completed the survey. Online and paper versions were available. For the first time, the survey report includes comparable data from another metropolitan institution – Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

"Overall, the results are very positive and indicate a high level of commitment and satisfaction in several areas," said Linda Mannering, director of Institutional Research at UNO. "All staff members play a role in helping UNO achieve strategic goals, and it is important that, to the extent possible, we work to improve our campus. The survey provides a baseline of information about staff employees' job satisfaction and perceptions of the campus in key areas like work environment."

The percentages listed below represent "agree or strongly agree" responses. Neutral responses (neither disagree or agree) are excluded.

The findings include the following:
- UNO staff like their work (90%);
- UNO provides staff with the equipment or technology needed to carry out their job duties (78%);
- Campus strengths include a commitment to diversity (81%), a welcoming environment (78%) and a culture of collegiality in which students, faculty and staff are courteous (79%);
- Most staff have heard about UNO's strategic plan (81%), and 32% have engaged in strategic planning activities;
- Seventy-three percent of the respondents attended at least one training or development activity in 2005.

The longevity of the staff is also notable, Mannering said. Of the total who completed the survey, sixty-one percent have worked here five years or more, and 34% have worked at UNO more than 15 years.

Staff comments are being compiled and tabulated for publication in the final report, Mannering said. No individual responses will be released.

The most frequent response to the question "What is positive about UNO?" was the personalized and friendly atmosphere of the campus, Mannering said. Other positive themes that emerged from responses to this question are:
- UNO is a great place to work;
- Benefits are good;
- Student-centered;
- Good leadership and excellent faculty;
- Beautiful campus;
- Diversity;
- UNO is a progressive campus involved in the community; and
- Technology.

When asked what could be improved at UNO, the themes that emerged are staff salaries, funding for campus initiatives, communication, more housing for students, parking for students and the campus in general, more planning and streamlining of processes, and anything that makes UNO a better place for students.

Compared to the UNO staff survey conducted in the fall of 2003, the average scores in the 2005 survey are the same or higher in nearly every category, Mannering said. When compared to IUPUI, the scores from the 2005 UNO survey are higher, especially in satisfaction with the work environment.

A summary of the survey results is available on the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/instres/oir/ under "surveys." A final report will be issued in April.

For more information, contact Mannering at 554.2367 or lmannering@mail.unomaha.edu.

New Criminal Justice Minor Approved

volponeFaculty in the UNO Department of Criminal Justice have developed and approved a minor in criminal justice effective with the spring 2006 term.

The requirements to earn a minor in criminal justice consist of completing a minimum of 18 credit hours. The following classes are required:
- Survey of Criminal Justice (CJUS 1010); and
- A minimum of two of the following three courses totaling six credit hours: Police and Society (CJUS 2030);
The Criminal Court System (CJUS 2110); and
Survey of Corrections (CJUS 2210).

A minimum of nine credit hours of 3000/4000 level criminal justice courses is also required.

In addition, a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA is required to enroll in any upper level (3000/4000) criminal justice course, and all nine credit hours of upper division criminal justice coursework must be taken in residence at UNO.

To declare the criminal justice minor, interested students should meet with their current academic adviser to check on applicability to their degree requirements, complete and sign the "Change of Academic Program" form and have it signed by the UNO Department of Criminal Justice, located in 208 Durham Science Center.

For more information, contact Steve Culver, academic adviser in the UNO Department of Criminal Justice, at 554.2610.

Student Agencies to Host Open House Today

The Student Government Agencies at UNO - American Multicultural Students, the Network for disAbled Students, International Student Services and the Women's Resource Center - will host an open house today, Jan. 26. The event will take place in the agency offices on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center from noon to 1 p.m.

"This is an opportunity for UNO to learn more about what services and programs the agencies offer," said Erin Cron, agencies adviser.

Food will be provided. For more information, call 554.2937.

Poet Laureate to Speak at "Saving Faces" Event Tonight

saving facesOmaha is the third stop for a North American tour of a unique art exhibition that provides an in-depth look at the physical and emotional aspects of patients who underwent head and neck surgery subsequent to trauma, disfiguring forms of cancer or other problems.

The exhibit runs through Friday, Feb. 24, at the UNO Art Gallery. It is accompanied by a five-part speaker series to highlight issues related to healing that are raised by the paintings.

Bringing the art exhibition, "Saving Faces: Art and Medicine," to Omaha has been a cooperative venture between UNO and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC).

The exhibition features 42 portraits by Scottish artist Mark Gilbert showing patients at various stages of their treatment. Gilbert's exhibition was spawned by an invitation from Iain Hutchison, M.D., a British maxillofacial surgeon, to come to the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Unit of St. Bartholomew's and Royal London Hospital and see for himself what these patients go through. The paintings he created provide a visual narrative of the healing process.

"The exhibition truly combines the best of art, science, hope and healing," said Deborah-Eve Lombard, director of the UNO Art Gallery. "It will provide a moving and powerful experience to all who view it."

All of the events associated with the exhibition are free and open to the public.

The speaker series is taking place over a five-week period with each program beginning at 7 p.m. The remaining dates, titles of the programs, speakers and locations for the series are listed below.

Tonight, Jan. 26
"Healing through Poetry"
Speaker – Ted Kooser, the U.S. poet laureate who is a head and neck cancer survivor.
Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine St.

Thursday, Feb. 9
"Regarding Transformation: Healing and the Perception of Integrity of Persons"
Speaker – Michael Gillespie, Ph.D., senior lecturer, University of Washington – Bothell and UNO professor emeritus.
UNO Art Gallery

Thursday, Feb. 16
"Healing and its Relationship to the Depiction of Illness"
Panel discussion headed by Mark Gilbert, "Saving Faces" artist, with panelists Barbara Simcoe, associate professor, UNO Department of Art and Art History (moderator); Al Harris-Fernandez, director of the Sioux City Art Center; and Aaron Holz, assistant professor, College of Fine Arts, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
UNO Art Gallery

The UNO Art Gallery is closed Saturdays and Mondays. It is open noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; noon to 8 p.m. Thursdays; and 2 to 5 p.m. Sundays.

The "Saving Faces" Exhibition was made possible thanks in large part to a $3,500 grant from the Nebraska Arts Council. The speaker series was made possible by a $6,165 grant from the Nebraska Humanities Council. Additional support was provided by the UNMC College of Medicine; the UNMC Department of Preventive and Societal Medicine; the UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media; the UNO Art Gallery; the UNMC Center for Continuing Education; the Wilson Humanities in Medicine Program; and the UNMC Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery.

For more information about the exhibition and speaker series, contact Lombard at 554.2796.

PKI Network Outage Scheduled for Tonight

The Peter Kiewit Institute network will experience an outage tonight, Jan. 26, beginning at 10 p.m. and lasting for one hour.

During this time, the PKI network connection will be moved to a different router. For more information, contact Aaron Murray at amurray@mail.unomaha.edu.

Six-Week Yoga Session Begins Jan. 30

Campus Recreation and the Wellness Stampede will offer a six-week Yoga session Jan. 30 through March 6.

Classes will be held Mondays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in 230 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. The cost is $15 for students; $20 for faculty, staff and activity cardholders; and $25 for non-activity cardholders.

The instructor will be Corrie Shumaker, a certified instructor with the Omaha Yoga and Bodywork Center. Shumaker's class will cover:
- Short, deep relaxation;
- Warm-up exercises;
- Formal Yoga postures; and
- Deep relaxation.

Individuals may sign up in 100 HPER. For more information, call 554.2539.

Series of Teleconference Workshops Begins Feb. 3

Information Technology Services (ITS) and Telecommunications Services at UNO are collaborating in the introduction and management of teleconferencing services capabilities to be used for UNO administrative requirements.

This joint effort will provide a single focal point for the coordination and establishment of voice and video teleconferencing requirements for UNO faculty and staff.

"Use of teleconferencing technology has the potential to reduce expenses associated with travel and conferencing, improve productivity and allow greater access to remote people resources," said Dick May, manager of Telecommunications Services. "Utilization of teleconferencing technology presents several unique challenges that must be addressed to maximize its potential."

A series of workshops will be conducted that will:
- Highlight potential teleconferencing applications;
- Describe the teleconferencing capabilities available to UNO faculty and staff;
- Discuss "Dos" and "Don'ts" associated with developing and presenting material in a teleconferencing environment;
- Supply "how to" instructions on establishing a teleconferencing session; and
- Provide hands-on experience setting up and controlling the teleconferencing equipment.

The first of these workshops will be held Friday, Feb. 3, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the UNO Academic and Student Affairs Conference Room, 202 Eppley Administration Building.

For more information or to reserve a seat, call May at 554.2854.

View Your Flexible Spending Account Balance Online

Employee Self Services (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 2005 and 2006 flexible spending account balances 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 http://ess.nebraska.edu.

Chamber Orchestra to Present "Romance and Roses" Feb. 4

The UNO Chamber Orchestra will present "Romance and Roses," a romantic evening of Viennese waltzes, Saturday, Feb. 4. The event will be held from 7:30 to 10 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Tickets are $25 for individuals and $40 for couples, the proceeds of which will benefit the Friends of Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra Scholarship Fund.

Christopher Stanichar, an assistant professor of music at UNO, will conduct the program. "This will be a very romantic affair to celebrate Valentine's Day and will feature an assortment of desserts and champagne that is included in the ticket price," he said. "People are encouraged to come early and learn to waltz from 7 to 7:30 p.m."

For tickets or more information, call 554.3427.

ITS 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 (https://myuno.unomaha.edu/). 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 http://slugo.nebraska.edu.
- Select "Training Registration" on the left panel.
- Log in using your UNO Net ID account and password.

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.

*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.

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

Deadline for Hockey 101 Benefit Event Is Jan. 30

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. The deadline for registration is Monday, Jan. 30.

"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 sfey@mail.unomaha.edu


Adult Learner Web Seminar Feb. 6

The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) reports that the population of adult learners, individuals who are over age 24 and have full-time jobs and family responsibilities, is large and growing. Nationally, adult learners comprise 45 percent of the college and university undergraduate population, and their numbers are expected to grow 20 percent by 2015.

UNO will be the site of an adult learner web seminar Monday, Feb. 6. It will be broadcast in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room from noon to 1 p.m.

The CAEL Adult Learning Focused Institution (ALFI) Initiative continues to focus on helping adult learners overcome barriers and achieve the learning outcomes they want and need. Eight guiding principles that emerged from CAEL's ALFI benchmarking study will be discussed during the Feb. 6 Web seminar, providing insights for how colleges and universities can ensure student success.

The seminar is sponsored by EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology.

For more information, contact Jay Killion at 554.3758 or jaykillion@mail.unomaha.edu.

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 gtrimm@mail.unomaha.edu.

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.

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 http://www.unomaha.edu/humanresources/studempl.html. For more information, call 554.2321.

The Student Employee of the Year will be announced and the 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.