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Parse Leads the Voting

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

UNO junior Scott Parse currently leads the national balloting for the Hobey Baker Award, which is the equivalent in Division I hockey to the Heisman Trophy. Parse leads the nation in scoring in the NCAA and CCHA. You can cast your vote once each day by going to

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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

First C-CFAM Dean Finalist to Visit Campus Feb. 9-10

Three finalists for the position of dean of the UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media will interview on campus this month. A brief bio for each candidate is listed below, along with the dates of his or her respective visit. Each campus visit will include an open forum. All interested students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the open forums.

Candidate: Gail F. Baker
Campus Visit: Thursday and Friday, Feb. 9-10
Open Forum: Thursday, Feb. 9, 4 to 5:15 p.m., Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room

Dr. Baker received her Ph.D. in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1991, her M.S. in marketing communications from Roosevelt University in 1980 and her BSJ in journalism from Northwestern University in 1976. She is currently on research leave at the University of Florida, where she has held numerous positions since 1995, including chair and associate professor of journalism and communications, and vice president of the Office of Public Relations. Prior to her arrival at the University of Florida, she held academic positions at the University of Missouri-Columbia from 1983 to 1994.

Candidate: John Fritch
Campus Visit: Thursday and Friday, Feb. 16-17
Open Forum: TBA

Dr. Fritch received his Ph.D. in communication studies from the University of Kansas in 1994, his M.A. in communication studies from the University of Kansas in 1991 and his B.A. in speech communication from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1987. He has been head of the University of Northern Iowa Department of Communication Studies since 2002. Dr. Fritch has been involved in the National Debate Tournament since 1996 and was appointed director in 2004. Prior to his current position, Dr. Fritch was director of forensics at Southwest Missouri State University from 1992 to 2002.

Candidate: Edward Inch
Campus Visit: Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 20-21
Open Forum: TBA

Dr. Inch received his Ph.D. in speech communication from the University of Washington-Seattle in 1992, his M.S. in rhetoric and communication from the University of Oregon in 1984 and his B.A. in speech communication from Western Washington University-Bellingham in 1982. He has been a professor in the Pacific Lutheran University Department of Communication & Theatre since 1986, chair of that department since 1994 and acting dean of the School of the Arts since 2003. Prior to his current position, Dr. Inch taught at Western Washington University and the University of Washington.

For more information about the candidates or the campus visits, contact the Office of Academic and Student Affairs at 554.2262.

GLBTQ Dialogue Today

Students, faculty and staff interested in making UNO a safe environment for members of the GLBTQ community are invited to participate in a campus dialogue today, Feb. 8. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to noon in the Milo Bail Student Center 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 Today

The UNO Department of Theatre is sponsoring the premiere of Martha Boesing's Song of the Magpie today, 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.

Dead Week Is Now Prep Week

The week is the same, but the name has changed.

Last May, the UNO Faculty Senate passed a resolution changing all references for the week prior to finals from "Dead Week" to "Prep Week."

All faculty, staff and departments are asked to comply with the resolution, the text of which is printed below.

Resolution 2780
Be it resolved that the week before finals, now called "Dead Week," be changed to "Prep Week," while keeping the emphasis on no major tests be given that week.

February Spotlight on Student Employment

Student Employment Services has selected the student employees from the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Information Desk as the February Spotlight on Student Employment recipients.

"They are very responsible. Because they are students, they have a connection to the campus and are interested in what's going on here," said Sharon Darling, reservations manager.

the nameThe UNO students are:

- Jonathan Gentert, criminal justice major, Hastings, Neb.;

- Aziz Inoyatov, economics major, Fergana, Uzbekistan;

- Nikhil Hardikar, management information systems major, Dombivli, India;

- Jacob Olson, business major, Omaha, Neb.;

- Jennifer Freeney, math major, Bellevue, Neb.; and

- Allison Gorman, biology major, Plattsmouth, Neb.

"I like the flexibility of the job. If you have a busy schedule, classes and are involved in sports, this job works around your schedule," Gorman said.

Human Resources is featuring student employees from a new department each month through April. Featured departments are entered in a drawing for an end-of-the-year party.

Departments also are featured on the Human Resources Student Employment Job Board on the first floor of the Eppley Administration Building. For more information about the program, contact Emily Muckerheide at

Students seeking work experience during school can gain assistance through Student Employment Services (SES), located in Human Resources, 205 Eppley Administration Building. On-campus student worker, work-study and graduate assistant positions are posted on the SES Job Board on the first floor of the Eppley Administration Building and online at

Pictured above: Allison Gorman, Jonathan Gentert and Jacob Olson at the MBSC Information Desk.

Vice Chancellor's Leadership Award Deadline Extended

The submission deadline for the Vice Chancellor's Outstanding Leadership Award has been extended. The nominator's portion of the submission is due Feb. 10, and the nominee's portion of the application is due Feb. 17. Application packets are available on the Web at

All entries should submitted to:
Student Organizations and Leadership Programs Office
Attention: Erin Cron
Milo Bail Student Center (first floor)

Questions can be directed to Cron at 554.2711.

Foreign Languages Candidate to Present Lecture Feb. 10

Edward Montanero, a candidate for a position in the UNO Department of Foreign Languages, will present "Codifications of Capital in the Journalistic Writing of José Martí Modernista Poetics as a Remedy to the Problem of Censorship" Friday, Feb. 10. The event will begin at 2 p.m. in 344 Arts and Sciences Hall.

The presentation is open to the campus community. For more information, contact Carolyn Gascoigne in the UNO Department of Foreign Languages at 554.2862 or

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

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 is hosting 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.

Youth and Adult Golf Lessons Schedule Announced

Campus Recreation and the Wellness Stampede will offer youth and adult golf lessons this spring at UNO. The four-week session will be held Saturdays from Feb. 11 through March 4 in the UNO Golf Lab, 230 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

Openings are currently available for children age eight to 15. A new intermediate youth class is also being offered.

Tim Nelson, the UNO women's golf coach, will teach the adult classes, and members of the UNO Golf Team will assist him with the youth classes.

Space is limited for all classes. To register, stop by 100 HPER, or call 554.2539. Individuals may bring their own clubs or use those provided by Campus Recreation at no charge.

The class schedule is as follows (Feb. 11, 18, 25 and March 4):

Youth Beginner
10 to 11 a.m.

Youth Intermediate
11 a.m. to noon

Adult Beginner
Noon to 1 p.m.

Adult Stroke Brush-up
1 to 2 p.m.

Youth lessons are $15 for UNO students and HPER activity cardholders, and $20 for non-cardholders (the cost is only $10 more for a child from the same family).

Adult lessons are $40 for UNO students, $50 for HPER activity cardholders and $60 for non-cardholders. A $10 discount is available for both of the adult classes for UNO faculty and staff golf league participants when they register by Thursday, Feb. 9.

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

UNO Spring Sports Luncheon Feb. 22

MavericksIt's time to take your spring Maverick gear out of the closet.

The annual spring sports luncheon, hosted by UNO Athletics, is set for Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the Venice Inn, 6910 Pacific St., beginning at 11:45 a.m.

Maverick spring sports coaches will report on their respective seasons and coming schedules. The following coaches will be on hand for the Feb. 22 event:

- Jeanne Scarpello
Maverick Softball

- Bob Herold
Maverick Baseball

- Bill Nichols
Maverick Tennis

- Tim Nelson
Maverick Golf

- Tim Hendricks
Maverick Track and Field

The luncheon will include a choice of chicken Parmesan or top sirloin steak. Each entrée will be served with a baked potato, vegetables, a side salad and a choice of tea or coffee. Schedule cards, posters and media guides also will be available.

Tickets for the luncheon are $10 and can be purchased at the door. For more information, contact Bob Flannery at 554.3882.

Ecoutez! Continues Feb. 25 with 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.

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 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 Hard copy submissions should be sent to the Center for Faculty Development in 110 Engineering.