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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 Feb. 4, 1972, The Gateway reported that many federal work study students who had surpassed their maximum number of allotted hours would soon be dropped from the program due to a lack of federal funding. According to Don Roddy, director of UNO Financial Aid, "students working during Christmas vacation depleted our budget for this academic year."

Date: Feb. 4, 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

UNO to Host 50 ITT Students

Thanks to the efforts of Nebraska-based businessman Vin Gupta, 50 college students from India will spend a week in Omaha this spring, taking courses in International Marketing and Strategy at UNO and then capping their visit by meeting with Warren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway.

"This will be a special day in their lives. These Indian students, who have only heard of this legendary investor and business leader, will now have a chance to see him in person and ask him questions," said Gupta, infoUSA, Inc. chairman and CEO. The students, along with 10 Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) faculty members, will arrive May 7. The meeting with Buffett is set for May 12.

All in the group are MBA students enrolled in the Vinod Gupta School of Management at IIT in Kharagpur, which entered into a sibling university agreement with UNO late last year. Gupta, a 1967 IIT Kharagpur alumnus, created the IIT Foundation and the Vinod Gupta School of Management at IIT Kharagpur.

For the seven IIT campuses in India, more than 200,000 applicants each year take the entrance exam to fill just 3,000 entry spots. Last April, in an unprecedented gesture of goodwill toward a foreign university, the U.S. Congress approved a house resolution honoring the IITs and their alumni for "significant contributions to the American society in every profession and discipline." IIT Kharagpur, founded in 1951, is the oldest IIT.

"UNO has a rich sibling university history," said UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck. "Vin, however, has put something together that is unique. We are honored to host these students and know that more exchanges are in our future."

For more information, call Tim Kaldahl at 554.3502 or Rakesh Gupta at 593.4564.

Conference on Law Enforcement, Immigration April 7

The impact of the new immigration on law enforcement is the subject of a conference set for Friday, April 7, at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Omaha.

The conference, "Law Enforcement and The New Immigration," is sponsored by the Police Professionalism Initiative (PPI) at UNO and the UNO Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS).

This one-day event will bring together national and regional experts for a dialogue on the impact of the new immigration on law enforcement, including a discussion of emerging challenges and innovative responses. It is open to all interested law enforcement officials, community representatives, public officials, social service agency personnel and academic researchers.

"This will be the first conference on this subject in the region," said Sam Walker, PPI coordinator and emeritus professor of criminal justice at UNO. "It will be a great opportunity for both citizens and police to learn about some of the innovative programs that agencies have implemented."

Presentations will include:
- Innovative Police Programs in the Context of Rapid Demographic Changes;
- Localizing Immigration Enforcement: Response of Local Agencies to New Federal Requirements; and
- The Social Context: The Police, Latino Families and Social Service Agencies.

"The conference also will address the hotly debated topic of whether local law enforcement agencies should enforce federal immigration laws," said Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS and associate professor of sociology at UNO.

There is no registration fee, and lunch will be provided to early registrants. The registration deadline is April 1. Funding for the conference is provided by grants from the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education.

For more information about the conference, contact the UNO Department of Criminal Justice at 554.3590 or Dr. Walker at samwalker@mail.unomaha.edu.

For more information about the PPI, visit the Web at http://www.policeaccountability.org.

For more information about OLLAS, visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/ollas/.

Ecoutez! Continues Feb. 25 with Slide Hampton

The 2005-06 Ecoutez! series at UNO continues Saturday, Feb. 25, with a performance by master arranger and jazz trombonist Slide Hampton.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. The doors will open 30 minutes prior to the concert. Hampton will play with the UNO Faculty Jazz Combo and the UNO Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Pete Madsen, coordinator of jazz studies and assistant professor of trombone at UNO.

"Ecoutez! is committed to bringing the highest calibre of established performers and emerging artists to the metropolitan area," said Roger Foltz, a professor of music at UNO and coordinator of the series. The word "ecoutez" is French for "listen." KVNO Classical 90.7 FM is the media sponsor for the series.

Hampton's distinguished career spans decades in the evolution of jazz. At age 12, he began touring the Midwest with the Indianapolis-based Hampton band, led by his father and consisting of other members of his musical family. At age 20, he was performing at Carnegie Hall with the Hampton band. As his reputation grew, he began working with the country's top bandleaders, including Dizzy Gillespie and Max Roach, contributing both original compositions and arrangements. The National Endowment for the Arts (N.E.A.) honored Hampton with its highest honor in jazz, the 2005 N.E.A. Jazz Master Award.

Hampton is appearing at UNO in conjunction with the 34th annual UNO Great Plains Jazz Festival. Thirty-seven high school and middle school bands from Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri will be honing their craft during the two-day event on the UNO campus.

Individual tickets to the Feb. 25 concert are $15. All students are admitted free of charge with a valid ID. Phone reservations for student tickets are recommended.

For more information, call 554.3427.

"Color Me Human" Diversity Week Begins

Faculty, staff and students at UNO will have an opportunity to learn about cultures other than their own today, Jan. 30, through Friday, 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 art and literary presentations, a multi-ethnic luncheon and a 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.

Today, Jan. 30
Cultural Organizations and Departments 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
11 a.m. 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 the 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.

Deadline Today for Feb. 3 Boy Scouts 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 the end of the day today, Jan. 30.

Psychology Candidates to Present Lectures This Week

Two candidates for a position in the UNO Department of Psychology will present lectures during their campus visits this week. The presentations are open to the campus community and the general public. The schedule is listed below.

Brian Poncy - University of Tennessee, Knoxville
- Today, Jan. 30
Teaching Talk: "The PDP Organizer: A Reading Comprehension Intervention for Middle/High School Students"
101 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH)
11 a.m.

- Tuesday, Jan. 31
Colloquium Talk: "An Investigation of the Dependability and Standard Error of Measurement of Words Read Correctly Per Minute Using Curriculum-Based Measurement"
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Dodge Room
4 p.m.
A reception will follow in the MBSC Chancellor's Room.

Michael Cortese - College of Charleston
- Thursday, Feb. 2
Teaching Talk: "Translating Philosophy Into Practice"
MBSC Omaha Room
10 a.m.

- Friday, Feb. 3
Colloquium Talk: "Word Processing Models: A Snapshot of the Evidence that Constrains Them"
306 ASH
A reception will follow in 347Y ASH.

For more information, contact Marie Lee at 554.2581.

History Candidate to Present Lecture Jan. 31

Roger Carpenter, a candidate for a tenure-track position in the UNO Department of History, will present a lecture titled "Perverse Liberation: Henrnando de Soto and the Creation of a Free Native Southeast" Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 3:45 p.m. in 310 Arts and Sciences Hall.

Dr. Carpenter's presentation is open to the campus community. For more information, contact Mark Scherer in the UNO Department of History at 554.2835.

Hockey Hall of Fame to Add Two New Members Feb. 3

the nameThe Omaha Hockey Hall of Fame will induct two new members Friday, Feb. 3. The Hall of Fame's ranks will increase to 18 as former Omaha Knights star Johnny Wilson and Omaha Lancer career scoring leader Angelo Ricci are inducted at the UNO Blue Line Luncheon. The event will begin at 11:15 a.m. at the Georgetowne Club. It is open to the public, and tickets are $15 at the door.

The Omaha Hockey Hall of Fame Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit organization created in 2001 to preserve the hockey heritage of Omaha and to recognize individuals who have contributed to the growth and tradition of hockey as a player, coach or builder.

For more information, contact Gary Anderson at 554.3387.

ABC Breakfast to Feature Martin Luther King III Feb. 1

Martin Luther King IIIFor 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.

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 http://www.unomaha.edu/~abc/.

SHS to Host "Go Red for Women Day" Feb. 3

Student Health Services (SHS) will host "Go Red for Women Day" Friday, Feb. 3, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Cholesterol and blood sugar testing will be available for $20, along with free blood pressure checks, goody bags and information on healthy living. A portion of the testing fee will be donated to the American Heart Association.

Student Health Services is located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center. For more information, call 554.2374.

CFD to Host Pedagogical Lessons Brown Bag Feb. 3

The Center for Faculty Development (CFD) will host "The Teaching Professor: Pedagogical Lessons for the Semi-Experienced" Friday, Feb. 3. The brown-bag event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

Attendees will receive information and tips on:
- How to reinvigorate your pedagogy;
- The effective use of technology in the classroom;
- Current research on understanding student performance; and
- Mechanisms for faculty to achieve balance in their professional pursuits.

The presenters will include Ana Cruz, communication instructor; Laura Grams, assistant professor of philosophy; and Barbara Hewins-Maroney, assistant professor, Goodrich Program. Each attended the 2005 Teaching Professor Conference and will share what they learned.

For more information, contact Dr. Hewins-Maroney at 554.4953 or bhewinsm@unomaha.edu.

To register, contact the CFD at 554.2427 or facdev@unomaha.edu.

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.

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. An assortment of desserts and champagne is included in the ticket price. Attendees are encouraged to come early and learn to waltz from 7 to 7:30 p.m.

For tickets or more information, call 554.3427.

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 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.

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 554.MAVS (6287).

At home this week:

Friday, Feb. 3
- Tennis vs. Nebraska Wesleyan
Hanscom Park, 3200 Ed Creighton Ave.
6:30 p.m.

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

Saturday, Feb. 4
- Women's Basketball vs. Augustana
Sapp Fieldhouse
6 p.m.

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

- Men's Basketball vs. Augustana
Sapp Fieldhouse
8 p.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at http://gomavs.unomaha.edu/.