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Pictured above, the newly remodeled entrance to the UNO Bookstore in 1972.

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

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In-Your-Face Geology

by Tim Fitzgerald

Rocks, lots of rocks, are scattered around geography-geology professor Jack Shroder's office in the Durham Science Center at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). When he takes a trip, instead of mailing postcards back to his office, he ships hundreds of pounds of rocks. ...continue

Flag Lowering

The UNO flags will be lowered to half-staff today, Feb. 1, in honor of UNO retiree Bonnie Mathison. She passed away Jan. 28 at the age of 66.

Mathison, an enrollment specialist in the UNO Office of Cashiering/Student Accounts, retired from the university in January 2001. She had been with UNO for more than 16 years.

Services will be held today at Roeder Mortuary, 2727 N. 108th St., at 1 p.m.

ABC Breakfast with Martin Luther King III Postponed

The Feb. 1 UNO Academy, Business and Community (ABC) Breakfast Speaker Series presentation featuring Martin Luther King III has been postponed. King's mother, Coretta Scott King, died early Tuesday morning. 

UNO is currently seeking to reschedule King, who serves as CEO and president of the King Center in Atlanta, Ga., for a date later in February.  He is the second oldest child of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King.

Tickets purchased for Feb.1 will be honored at the rescheduled event.  For more information, call 554.2981.

New Book Club to Focus on Fitness for Women

A UNO professor is looking for a few good women in Cass County. They need to be women who enjoy reading. They also need to be women who would like to be more active.

"We are setting up a book club that will offer enjoyment, social support and education," said Jennifer White, a faculty member in the UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation whose research and teaching efforts focus on fitness and wellness. "A lot of what is going to be focused on is providing good fitness options and relapse prevention."

The book club, "Women Bound to be Active," will run from mid-February until the end of 2006 on Thursday nights from 6 to 7 p.m. in Plattsmouth High School's media center. Meetings will be weekly at first and will then taper off to a less frequent schedule. Melissa Meisinger, a graduate student in exercise science, will coordinate the group. Meisinger is from Cass County.

"We have four other book clubs set up in Omaha currently," Dr. White said.  "It's an exciting project."

Up to 20 women can enroll in the book club, which is free and will provide books and materials at no cost. Participants need to be adults, and there is no upper age limit. The age range in the existing clubs runs from 19 to 70.

"The women who are interested need to be in generally good health and may have started and stopped a previous exercise program," Dr White said. Funding for the project comes from the Sarpy/Cass County Department of Health and Wellness. There is a screening process involved when people register.

"I wish we could take everyone who wanted to join," Dr. White said.  "We're looking to match up women who most need this kind of support."

For more information, call 554.2670.

Student Participation Sought for NSSE

UNO students who were freshman or seniors during the fall 2005 semester and are still enrolled this spring will be invited to participate in a national online survey on student engagement starting Friday, Feb. 3.

NSSE, the National Survey of Student Engagement, is a nationwide survey of freshmen and seniors that looks in-depth at experiences in the classroom, student engagement outside the classroom, and overall satisfaction with academic programs and student progress. "It is the most comprehensive survey of its kind and is an essential component of UNO's commitment to AQIP (Academic Quality Improvement Program) as our path to North Central Association institutional accreditation," said Linda Mannering, director of Institutional Research at UNO.

The survey will open Friday, Feb. 3.  UNO students will receive an e-mail with the subject line "TellNSSE" that invites them to participate and provides a link to the Web site.   The survey will be conducted entirely online.

It is critical that colleges, departments and faculty encourage freshmen and seniors to participate in this survey, Mannering said.  "Please make announcements in classes through the week of Feb. 10 to remind students to look for the e-mail," she added. 

The results of the survey ultimately are shared with departments by major.

Students will begin receiving notices Feb. 3.  Follow-up reminders will be sent Feb. 11 and 24, and March 4 and 23.

The survey is entirely voluntary and confidential.  No individual student responses are identifiable.

"We thank you for your support in encouraging students to participate and in developing indicators of vital importance to our accreditations and campus strategic planning," Mannering said.

Questions about the survey should be directed to the Office of Institutional Research at 554.2367 or Mannering at lmannering@mail.unomaha.edu.

FFFF to Feature Wanda Ewing

Wanda Ewing will be featured on KVNO Classical 90.7 FM's "First Friday Faculty Focus" Friday, Feb. 3.

"First Friday Faculty Focus" is an interview series that highlights the many contributions of individual faculty members to UNO and the greater community, said Cheril Lee, KVNO news director.

Ewing is an assistant professor in the UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media. Lee's interview with Ewing will air during the 8 a.m., noon and 4 p.m. newscasts Feb. 3. For more information about the interview series, contact Lee at 554.2516.

Soccer Awards Banquet Feb. 4

All members of the UNO community are invited to attend the sixth annual UNO Women's Soccer Awards Banquet Saturday, Feb. 4. The event will celebrate UNO's 2005 championship season. It will be held at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center beginning at 1 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person.

To register, contact Lynn Conner at 554.4965.

February FEAP Hours Announced

The Faculty/Staff Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) provides short-term counseling, assessment and referral services for faculty, staff, their spouses or significant others, and family members. FEAP offices are located in 206 Eppley Administration Building.

The February schedule is as follows:

Feb. 1, 13, 15, 20 and 28
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Feb. 7, 9 and 23
8 a.m. to noon

Appointments are free and available by calling 554.3120 (UNO) or 559.5175 (UNMC).

Fidelity Representative on Campus Feb. 13

Fidelity representative Chad Anderson has been assigned to the University of Nebraska account. Anderson will be in Omaha for individual counseling sessions Monday, Feb. 13.

To schedule a free appointment with Anderson, call 1-800-642-7131.

Did You Know?

The following information is provided by the Staff Advisory Council (SAC). For more information about SAC, visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/sac/.

The UNO Office of Cashiering/Student Accounts is more than a place for students to pay their tuition and fees bill. In addition to the services provided for students, the office offers helpful and convenient services for all faculty and staff at UNO.

The UNO Office of Cashiering/Student Accounts processes departmental deposits, issues refunds for petty cash purchases and cashes personal checks up to $100 for faculty and staff. When a department requires a travel advance for an employee or when an employee uses the employee/dependent scholarship program, the processes are facilitated by the UNO Office of Cashiering/Student Accounts.

Employees and students are reminded to have a current UNO ID present before conducting business with the UNO Office of Cashiering/Student Accounts – especially before the university can reimburse any funds.

For more information about the office, call 554.2324.

Registration Begins for Summer Science, Math Camps

Registration for the 2006 session of the Aim for the Stars Summer Science and Math Camps at UNO has begun.

A number of new camps will be featured this year, including Physics for Ninth Graders, Geology for Ninth Graders and Forensic Chemistry.

For more information, visit the Web at http://www.physics.unomaha.edu. To request a brochure via campus mail or for additional information, call 554.4999.

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 FEAP 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.

Call for UCAT Conference Grant Proposals

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of travel grants for designated themes to increase capacity building in teaching and learning.

The applications should reflect UCAT's mission of enhancing teaching and student learning processes at UNO and focus on one or more of the following designated themes:

- Seamless transitions (P-20 transitions from pre-kindergarten through graduate school);

- Portfolio based assessment;

- Recruitment and retention;

- Active learning;

- Facilitation of interdisciplinary collaboration;

- Learning communities;

- Diversity; and

- Scholarship of teaching.

The committee is accepting proposals on a monthly basis through March or until funds are expended. The committee will fund grants of up to $750 for each award. Proposals are due by the 21st of each month.

Application forms are available on the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat. Applicants must submit one hard copy and an electronic submission of the application. Electronic submissions should be in rtf or MS Word document formats and should be sent as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll at awoll@mail.unomaha.edu. Hard copy submissions should be sent to the Center for Faculty Development in 110 Engineering.