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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

Flag Lowering

Gov. Dave Heineman has ordered flags at state buildings and facilities to be lowered to half-staff until sunset today, Feb. 7, in accordance with a proclamation issued by President Bush. The order honors the memory of human rights advocate Coretta Scott King.

Chancellor Honored with Chamber's ATHENA® Award

Chancellor Nancy BelckUNO Chancellor Nancy Belck has been honored by the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce for her efforts in helping women reach their full leadership potential.

Dr. Belck was presented with the ATHENA® Award Thursday, Feb. 2, at the chamber's annual meeting. The award recognizes an exceptional female who has achieved excellence in her business or profession and has assisted women in reaching their full leadership potential.

Dr. Belck was cited as a keen advocate for mentoring. She is the guiding force behind the Women's Leadership Institute, a development initiative for faculty and administrative leaders from Omaha-area institutions of higher education. She also played a key role in the formation of the Nebraska Women in Higher Education leadership group and is currently its presidential sponsor.

Also at the meeting, the State of the Chamber address was presented by Chamber President and CEO David G. Brown and John K. Boyer, 2005 chairman of the board. To view the chamber's annual report, visit the Web at http://www.omahachamber.org/news/AnnualReport.aspx

Campus Unveiling of Alumni Center Today

All UNO faculty and staff are invited to the campus unveiling of the newly remodeled and expanded William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center today, 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.

UNO to Participate in KidzExplore This Weekend

UNO will have a booth at KidzExplore, the area's premier winter family event, this weekend at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs.  Information about summer camp offerings at UNO will be available.

The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, Feb. 11
10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 12
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children over age two.  Children age two and under will be admitted free.  Coupons for $1 off the admission price are available at all No Frills Supermarkets.  Free parking is available.

To find out more about summer camp offerings at UNO, visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/camps.

University Library to Host Reception for Sonia Sanchez Feb. 14

University Library will host a welcome reception honoring award-winning poet, playwright, essayist and educator Sonia Sanchez Tuesday, Feb. 14. The event will be held at 7 p.m. at the Loves Jazz & Arts Center, 2510 N. 24th St. It is free and open to the public.

Sanchez is the recipient of the 1985 American Book Award for Homegirls & Handgrenades. Other Sanchez works held in University Library include Home Coming, I've Been A Woman, We A BaddDDD People, and Wounded in the House of a Friend.

Complimentary beverages and hors d'oeuvres will be served. For more information, contact Steve Shorb, dean of University Library, at 554.2640.

Spring Sessions of "Service-Learning 101" Feb. 20, 21

Faculty members who are interested in learning more about service-learning at UNO are invited to attend "Service-Learning 101" this month.

Two offerings of the same session will be held Monday, Feb. 20, and Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in 116 Engineering Building. Those who plan to attend should bring a syllabus of a course they would consider teaching with a service-learning component. A portion of the session will deal with working on syllabus revision.  

To register, contact the UNO Service-Learning Academy at 554.6019 or awoll@mail.unomaha.edu.

Customer Appreciation Sale Under Way at UNO Bookstore

The UNO Bookstore is currently hosting a customer appreciation sale through Friday, Feb. 10. Those who buy a regularly priced sweatshirt can choose from a select group of T-shirts for $1.

Bookstore hours during the sale are as follows:

Monday through Thursday
7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call Jacinda Brooks at 554.2360.

Did You Know?

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

The Outdoor Venture Center (OVC) is offering a variety of activities this semester for UNO's beginning and seasoned adventure seekers, including:

- A five-week climbing class that begins Feb. 9 at the UNO Climbing Wall;

- A spring break excursion to the Grand Teton National Park in March featuring cross-country skiing, winter camping and a day of alpine skiing in Jackson Hole, one of the nation's premier winter sports playgrounds;

- Kayaking classes of various skill levels in the UNO Pool throughout the semester; and

- Workshops in wilderness first aid, backcountry cooking, land navigation, bicycle repair and camping in bear country.

Contact the OVC for a complete schedule of offerings, dates and prices. The OVC equipment rental can help you run your own adventure as well. For more information, contact the OVC at 554.2258 or ovc@unomaha.edu.

Passport Photo Service Available

UNO Photography, 108 Eppley Administration Building, provides a passport photo service for faculty, staff, students and the general public. The cost is $10 for four prints. This service is available by appointment only.

To set up an appointment, contact Tim Fitzgerald at x4-3536 or tfitzgerald@mail.unomaha.edu.

Registration Under Way for Summer Science, Math Camps

Registration is under way for the 2006 session of the Aim for the Stars Summer Science and Math Camps at UNO.

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.

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.

CFD to Host Instructional Design Workshop Feb. 14

The Center for Faculty Development (CFD) will host "An Introduction to Instructional Design: Using Technology Effectively" Tuesday, Feb. 14. The workshop will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room. It will:

- Begin with an overview of the instructional design process for developing and implementing a course, with specific emphasis on how technology can be used to support each phase;

- Demonstrate new technologies, such as podcasting and clickers;

- Discuss how new technologies could be used to enhance learning; and

- Conclude with an introduction to instructional technology support provided by Information Technology Services (ITS). 

The presenter will be Jay Killion, senior instructional designer with ITS.

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

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.

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. The event 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.


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