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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

Brandi Chastain to Speak at Women's Walk Luncheon

World Cup and Olympic soccer star Brandi Chastain will be the featured speaker at the Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk Kick-Off Luncheon Wednesday, March 8.

"We are very excited to have Brandi Chastain as our keynote speaker," said Deb Denbeck, associate athletic director at UNO. "Brandi has great name recognition, and her accomplishments have been very instrumental to the growth of female athletics. Her winning penalty kick in the 1999 Soccer World Cup Finals is still a very defining sports moment."

The luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel, 1616 Dodge St. Tickets are $55 per person or $500 for a table of 10.

Chastain's dramatic winning goal in the 1999 Women's World Cup championship ignited interest in women's soccer. In 1996, she played every minute of five matches for the gold-medal winning U.S. team in the Centennial Olympic Games. She was also a member of the gold-medal West Team in the 1993 U.S. Olympic Festival and was on the U.S. Women's National Team that won the first FIFA Women's World Cup in 1991 in China.

Currently, Chastain is an assistant coach at Santa Clara University, where her husband, Jerry Smith, is the head coach. She was a 1990 All-American at Santa Clara and helped lead the Broncos to two final four appearances.

The event will kick off the 21st annual Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk, which will be held Saturday, April 22, on the UNO campus. The walk is the largest and oldest event of its kind in the nation. Proceeds from the walk support the scholarship program for UNO's female athletes.

Last year's walk raised more than $300,000, bringing the total for the event to more than $2.6 million in 20 years. The event attracts more than 1,000 walkers each year.

To make reservations for the luncheon or for more information, call 554.2533.

SPR Report

The SPR Report details the results of UNO's efforts to obtain external funding in support of its teaching, research, service and outreach efforts. The report is designed to keep the university community informed as to externally funded projects on campus and bring recognition to those faculty and staff who have worked to generate these resources.

For the period of Jan. 5-27, those receiving grant awards totaling $88,514 are as follows:

Name – T. Hank Robinson
College – Public Affairs and Community Service
Title – Gage County Truancy Reduction Initiative
Sponsor – Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

Name – Sheri Rogers
Unit – Academic Affairs
Title – UNO EPSCoR Minority Program
Sponsor – EPSCoR/National Science Foundation

Name – Sharon Sobel
College – Communication, Fine Arts and Media
Title – ASL Interpretation of Theatre Productions
Sponsor – William R. Patrick Foundation

Name – Sara Woods
College – Public Affairs and Community Service
Title – Family Economic Success Initiative
Sponsor – United Way of the Midlands

For support and help with research activities, call the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research at 554.2286, or visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/~wwwspr/osp.html.

Nominations Sought for 2006 CCSW Awards

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) is currently seeking nominations for its Outstanding Achievement Award, Community Service Award and Scholarship Award. These awards recognize individuals and organizations at UNO and in the metropolitan community for outstanding service to women.

This year's recipients will be honored Thursday, March 9, at the CCSW Awards Luncheon. The criteria for each award and its past recipients are listed below.

Outstanding Achievement Award

Nominees for the CCSW Outstanding Achievement Award should have brought attention to women's issues at UNO and/or advanced women's issues internally or externally through any or all of the following:
- Advising, mentoring or educating;
- Service;
- Presentations, publications and research; and
- Other leadership activities.

1987 - Mary Ann Lamanna
1988 - Jacqueline D. St John
1989 - Connie Claussen
1990 - Deana Liddy and H. Carl Camp
1991 - William Blizek and Josie Metal-Corbin
1992 - Gloria Rial
1993 - Joanne Lofton and Diane Gillespie
1994 - Sonia R. Green
1995 - Barbara Hayhome and Mary Mudd
1996 - Marilyn Leach
1997 - Barbara Hewins-Maroney
1998 - Lenore Kuo and Frances Thurber
1999 - Shirley Waskel
2000 - Claudette Lee
2001 - Sandra Squires
2002 - Karen Falconer Al-Hindi
2003 - Cherri Mankenberg
2004 - Deborah Smith-Howell
2005 - Marcia Adler

To access additional guidelines and a nomination form, click on the following link:

2006 Outstanding Achievement Award

To have a form faxed or mailed to your office, call Marvel Maring at 554.2992.

Community Service Award

Nominees for the annual CCSW Community Service Award should have brought attention to women's issues and/or advanced women's issues at UNO or elsewhere through any or all of the following:
- Service;
- Mentoring;
- Leadership; and
- Financial support (i.e. scholarships, internships, distinguished professorships, continuing education programs, support services, etc.).

1990 - YWCA
1991 - US West Communications
1992 - The Women's Development Center
1993 - Cox Cable Omaha Inc.
1994 - Pepsi-Cola of Omaha
1995 - Hy-Vee Food Stores Inc.
1996 - First National Bank
1997 - Sears
1998 - Lozier
1999 - CalEnergy Inc.
2000 - ICAN
2002 - First Data
2003 - Qwest Women
2004 – Union Pacific
2005 - Omaha Business and Professional Women

To access a nomination form, click on the following link:

2006 Community Service Award

To have a form faxed or mailed to your office, call Marvel Maring at 554.2992.

Nominations must be returned by Monday, Feb. 20, to:

Marvel Maring
Fine Arts and Humanities Reference Librarian
University Library

Scholarship Award

Applicants for the annual CCSW Scholarship Award must:
- Be currently enrolled undergraduate students who will graduate after fall 2006;
- Have made a significant contribution toward addressing gender issues or improving the status of women in their academic work or activities; and/or
- Be academically excellent in fields where women are underrepresented.

Scholarship applications are available online at http://www.unomaha.edu/ccsw/application.htm.

Applications must be returned by Monday, Feb. 20, to:
Phyllis Adcock
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
522E Kayser Hall

For more information about the CCSW Scholarship Award, call 554.3484, or send an e-mail to padcock@mail.unomaha.edu

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.

Jonis Agee to Speak at Women's History Month Event

The UNO Program for Women and Successful Aging (PWSA) will celebrate Women's History Month in conjunction with the Omaha Public Library Sunday, March 5. Author Jonis Agee will read from her works and speak in the Michael Phipps Art Gallery at the W. Dale Clark Library, 15th and Douglas streets, starting at 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

"Jonis Agee is a Nebraska native, and her books have been well reviewed and received," said Patricia Adams, PWSA director." This is a terrific opportunity to hear a unique literary voice."

Agee is the author of 10 books, including four novels — Sweet Eyes, Strange Angels, South of Resurrection and The Weight of Dreams — and five collections of short fiction. Her most recent, a volume of new and selected stories, Acts of Love on Indigo Road, won the Gold Award from ForeWord magazine in 2004.

The March 5 event will feature art by Barbara Linder and Lois Pillen. Also, The Moving Company, UNO's modern dance performing group, will create a performance to poetry from PWSA's Celebrate: A Collection of Women's Writings poetry book, and local poets will read from their works. Linder and Pillen's artwork will be on display in the gallery for the entire month of March.

For more information, call 554.4897.

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@mail.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. 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.

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.

Premiere of Song of the Magpie Feb. 8

The UNO Department of Theatre is sponsoring the premiere of Martha Boesing's Song of the Magpie Wednesday, Feb. 8. The event will begin at noon in the directing lab (Room 006) of the Weber Fine Arts Building. It is free and open to the public.

Song of the Magpie is a one-woman show that grew out of Boesing's experiences with The Faithful Fools Street Ministry in San Francisco, an organization that works with the homeless.

The first half of the play is about Walker, a woman who decides to live on the streets for a week to see what it's like to be homeless. She gets an adequate picture of the homeless lifestyle but doesn't find any answers.

In the second half of the play, the Walker character morphs into Sophie, who actually lives on the streets. "Sophie talks about what it's really like – the horrors most of us don't know about – and the experience of living a basically nomadic life with some redemption in it," Boesing said.

The performance is about 50 minutes long. It will be followed by a discussion with the playwright and performer.

For more information, contact D. Scott Glasser at 554.3619.

Community of Science Information Session Feb. 9

The next Community of Science (COS) information session will be held Thursday, Feb. 9, at 10 a.m. in Room 204 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.

Input Training Available for Online Calendar of Events

In an effort to create a centralized source of information for promoting campus events that are open to the public, University Affairs maintains an online calendar of events.

Located on the Web at http://events.unomaha.edu, the calendar can be viewed by day, week, month or category. Categories include athletics, exhibitions, films, lectures, meetings, miscellaneous and performance. Links to the calendar have been created on the UNO home page at http://www.unomaha.edu under "Today at UNO" in the left-hand column and graphically in the tool bar at the top of the page.

"The UNO Calendar of Events is designed to promote campus-related events that are open to the campus community and/or the general public," said Teresa Gleason, director of communications at UNO.

An example of an item that would not be posted on the calendar is a biology departmental meeting. However, if the biology department is hosting a speaker and the event is open to the campus community/general public, the item would be posted.

The calendar is administered by University Affairs, located in 108 Eppley Administration Building. Beverly Newsam is the calendar administrator. All items must be submitted electronically with a contact name, phone number and e-mail. Training on how to submit items is available for any interested party by calling Newsam at 554.2358.

"We encourage all colleges and units to make use of the calendar by submitting appropriate items to it," Gleason said. "The goal is to create a centralized listing of public events that is easily accessible."

The UNO Calendar of Events is not a means for scheduling rooms or submitting information to other existing calendars on the Web. Reservations for meeting facilities still must go through appropriate channels in the Milo Bail Student Center.

For more information or to learn how to submit items to the calendar, contact Newsam at 554.2358.