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Employee of the Month

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

John Folker has been named the February Employee of the Month at UNO. Folker is a security sergeant of security and traffic with Campus Security. Look for details in a future edition of eNotes. For more information on how to nominate individuals for Employee of the Month honors, visit the Web at

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

This Week in Campus History

On Feb. 6, 1974, The Gateway published an article on the Free University program. Through this program, UNO students could sign up for a number of free, on-campus courses that were not traditionally offered, including Magic and Witchcraft, Human Sexuality, Principles of Flight and Auto Mechanics for the Liberated Woman. Steve Seline from the UNO Academic Resources Center said Free University was an entirely flexible program whose philosophy was to "benefit the student."

Date: Feb. 6, 1974
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

CCSW to Host Awards Luncheon March 9

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) at UNO will host its 20th annual awards luncheon Thursday, March 9. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom.

Tickets are $12 for staff, faculty and the general public, and $9 for students.

At the luncheon, the CCSW will announce the 2006 winners of the Outstanding Achievement Award, the Community Service Award and the Scholarship Award. The awards recognize individuals and organizations for their outstanding service to women.

A reception for the award recipients will be held prior to the luncheon from 11 to 11:30 a.m. in the MBSC Chancellor's Room.

The CCSW serves as an advisory 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.

Luncheon tickets are on sale in the Milo Bail Student Center Business Office. Tickets also can be purchased by phone at 554.2979 or by e-mail to

For more information about the luncheon contact Marvel Maring at 554.2992 or

Black History Month Celebration Continues

A month-long event celebrating black history and culture is officially under way at UNO. All activities are open to the public and will be held on campus at the times and locations listed below. Activities are free, with the exception the Feb. 11 fashion show. For more information, call 554.2711.

Monday, Feb. 6, through Feb. 28
- Black History Month Display
University Library Foyer
This informative display celebrates the history, culture, icons and contributions of African Americans.
Sponsored by University Library

Monday, Feb. 6
- African American Read-In
6 to 8 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Fireplace Lounge
Participants will be able to share insights about The Autobiography of Malcolm X and the book's namesake at a discussion group formed in recognition of the 17th National African American Read-In.
Sponsored by Multicultural Affairs

Tuesday, Feb. 7
- Jabali Afrika
MBSC Nebraska Room
This multi-faceted Kenyan group combines fusion and African rhythms. Original compositions and traditional African rhythms come alive on a wide variety of instruments accompanied by vocal harmonies, dancing and choreography.
Sponsored by the Student Programming Organization (SPO)

Saturday, Feb. 11
- Kaleidoscope Fashion Show
3 to 6:30 p.m.
MBSC Ballroom
The colorful fabric of African Americans will be showcased. The event also will feature food, fun and door prizes. Tickets are on sale in the Office of Multicultural Affairs on the first floor of the MBSC ($10 for adults, $7 for students, and $5 for children 12 and under).
Sponsored by the UNO Section of NCNW and Allen Chapel AMEC

History Candidate to Present Lecture Today

Jacob Blosser, a candidate for a tenure-track position in the UNO Department of History, will present a lecture titled "Pursuits of Happiness: Popular Religion in the Colonial Chesapeake" today, Feb. 6, at 4 p.m. in 290 Arts and Sciences Hall.

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

Writing Center to Offer Spring Workshops

The UNO Writing Center will offer eight free workshops this semester on writing skills. All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend. Reservations are not required.

The Writing Center is located in 150 Arts and Sciences Hall. For more information, call 554.2946.

The spring workshops are as follows:

Thursday, Feb. 9
Session: "I Can't Think of a Thing to Say in This Paper! - Prewriting Techniques to Develop Ideas"
Time: 3 to 4 p.m.
Presenter: Chad Jorgensen

Wednesday, Feb. 15
Session: "Hmmm? What is My Main Point? - Developing Effective Thesis Statements"
Time: 3 to 4 p.m.
Presenter: Dani Bojanski

Monday, Feb. 20
Session: "How Do I Arrange these Ideas in My Essay? – Essay Structure"
Time: 3 to 4 p.m.
Presenter: Carole Quaas

Wednesday, Feb. 22
Session: "Rein Runaway Sentences! – Comma Splice, Fused Sentences, and Fragments"
Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
Presenters: Lynn Ramert and Carol Dillon

Thursday, March 2
Session: "Should I Place a Comma here, or Not? – Using Commas Correctly"
Time: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Presenter: Erin Joy

Tuesday, March 7
Session: "A Guide to The Chicago Manual of Style"
Time: 1 to 2 p.m.
Presenter: Oliver Pollak

Friday, March 24
Session: "How Do I Document this Source Using APA Documentation?"
Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
Presenter: Carol Dillon

Monday, March 27
Session: "How Do I Document this Source Using MLA Documentation?"
Time: 2 to 3 p.m.
Presenters: Dora Gerding and Isabel Barros

HR to Offer Interviewing Skills Workshop Feb. 9

Human Resources will present a workshop on interviewing skills Thursday, Feb. 9, at UNO. The event will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

This workshop will discuss the skills supervisors need to conduct a thorough interview. Those who attend will learn to effectively sift through the information on an employment application, form objective, open-ended questions and follow equal opportunity guidelines.

The workshop trainer is Mary Sweaney, assistant director in the UNO Office of Human Resources. Sweaney has served the university in a variety of capacities, including English instructor, ombudsman and AA/EEO manager. She has presented numerous training programs for departments on campus as well as classes for community organizations.

To register, contact Human Resources at 554.3665.

SPR Launches New Web site

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) Web site ( has a new look and feel.

SPR launched the new site in December to provide users with an updated, user-friendly resource for preparing and processing grant applications and other pre-award services. The Web site has information on workshops and seminars sponsored by SPR, as well as new forms to use with all external grant applications. The site is still under development.

For more information or to offer feedback on the new site, contact SPR at 554.2286 or

4-in-1 Telephone Directories for Sale

UNO Telecommunications has a limited number of University of Nebraska 4-in-1 Directories for sale. The directory includes comprehensive telephone listings for the Office of the President, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, UNO and the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

The cost is $21.50. To purchase a copy, contact Stuart Martin at 554.2799.

Discount Coupons Available for Omaha Home and Garden Expo

Dollar discount coupons on adult admission to the 40th annual Omaha Home and Garden Expo, and the Omaha Lawn, Flower & Patio Show are available in University Affairs, 108 Eppley Administration Building. The event is set for Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 9-12, at the Qwest Center Omaha.

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

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. 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).

Spring GLBTQ Dialogues Begin Feb. 8

Faculty, staff and students interested in making UNO a safe environment for members of the GLBTQ community are invited to participate in a series of campus dialogues this spring. The schedule is listed below.

Wednesday, Feb. 8
11 a.m. to noon
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room

Tuesday, Feb. 28
Noon to 1 p.m.
MBSC Council Room

Wednesday, March 22
11 a.m. to noon
MBSC Gallery Room

Thursday, April 13
Noon to 1 p.m.
MBSC Gallery Room

All those interested in attending are invited to bring their lunch. For more information, contact Sharon Ulmar at 554.2872.

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.

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.

Maverick Watch

Go Mavs! Support your Mavericks by attending their home events.

MavericksFaculty 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. 10
- Wrestling vs. Minnesota State, Mankato
Sapp Fieldhouse
7 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 12
- Wrestling vs. Southern Illinois-Edwardsville
Sapp Fieldhouse
4 p.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at