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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

Fifth Annual Malcolm X Festival Feb. 15-16

The fifth annual Malcolm X Festival at UNO will focus on and feature the contributions of African-American women during two days of lectures, presentations and discussions Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 15 and 16. Internationally known poet and playwright Sonia Sanchez will be present for the first day of the event.

"We're extremely honored to have Sonia Sanchez at this year's festival," said Peggy Jones, the festival's coordinator and a visiting assistant professor in the UNO Department of Black Studies. "For decades now, she has been an original, serious voice who movingly describes the African-American experience."

The title for this year's festival is "The Black Woman: Past, Present and Future." The UNO Department of Black Studies will sponsor the two-day event. A grant from the Nebraska Arts Coucil also will help fund the festival.

Sanchez will give a presentation Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 10 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC). University Library will host a reception in her honor Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. at Loves Jazz & Arts Center, 2510 N. 24th St. Both her presentation and the reception – as well as all other festival events – are free and open to the public.

Sanchez received the Robert Frost Medal In Poetry in 2001. Themes in her work often show the conflict between black people and white people, between cultures and between the sexes.

"Her work and life have been influenced by Malcolm X," Jones said. "After reading and learning more about Malcolm, her focus increasingly shifted to her black heritage."

Other presentations on Feb. 15 are listed below.

- Amara Tabor Smith, Urban Bush Women, a dance troupe. Her presentation, which begins at 11 a.m., will be interactive.

- Deborah Bunting, a local Omaha artist, and Wanda Ewing, UNO assistant professor of art and art history, will present "The Art of Black Women" at 1 p.m.

- Helen Fountain, an educational specialist in the UNO Office of Multicultural Affairs, will present "Black Women's Literature" at 2 p.m.

Presentations on Feb. 16 are listed below.

- Roslyn Teborg-Penn, professor of history at Morgan State University, will present "Voter Education and Black Women in the Women's Suffrage Movement" at 10 a.m.

- Two faculty members from the University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana, Jennifer Hamer and Helen Neville, will present "Black Women Activism" at 1 p.m.

- UNO students Genevieve Williams and Angela Drakeford will present "Addressing Issues of Race in Women's Studies" at 2:30 p.m.

All presentations will be held in the MBSC.

For more information, contact Felicia Dailey at 554.2412.

Open Forum for First C-CFAM Dean Finalist Today

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: Today, Feb. 9, 4 p.m., Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) 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: Thursday, Feb. 16, 4 p.m., Thompson Alumni Center East Boot Hall

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: Monday, Feb. 20, 4 p.m., MBSC Ballroom

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.

the nameTickets Available for UNO-Michigan Series at the Civic

The UNO Department of Athletics is projecting two consecutive sell-outs when the Mavericks host Michigan at the Civic Auditorium Feb. 17-18 in a key Central Collegiate Hockey Association series. David Herbster, UNO director of athletics, said that less than 1,500 tickets remain for each game and that hockey fans should be encouraged to purchase tickets in advance.

The Mavericks had to move the series from the Qwest Center to the Civic to accommodate the Nebraska high school wrestling tournament. Face off is set for 7:05 p.m.

Ticket prices are $18 for the first and second tier, and $12 for the third tier. Tickets can be purchased at the following locations:

UNO Athletics Box Office
Sapp Fieldhouse
Monday through Friday - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Call 554.MAVS

Civic Auditorium Box Office
1804 Capitol Ave.
Monday through Friday - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Qwest Center Omaha Box Office
455 N. 10th St.
Monday through Friday - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Charge-by-phone at 422.1212
Online at Ticketmaster.com

The first 300 UNO students with a valid college ID are guaranteed a ticket. Tickets for UNO students will be available on game day at the Civic. Additional tickets for students will be based on availability.

15-Passenger Van Training Session Feb. 13

If you plan to drive a 15-passenger van for a university-sponsored trip this semester, you are required to attend a safety awareness class. The first class this semester will be held Monday, Feb. 13, in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room from 1 to 2 p.m.

Those planning to attend should contact Stan Schleifer at 554.3596.

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.

ABC Breakfast Featuring MLK III Rescheduled for Feb. 17

The Academy, Business and Community (ABC) Breakfast Speaker Series featuring Martin Luther King III has been rescheduled for Friday, Feb. 17. His Feb. 1 Omaha appearance was postponed due to the Jan. 31 death of his mother, Coretta Scott King.

King, a human rights advocate, community activist, political leader and popular speaker, serves as CEO and president of the King Center in Atlanta, Ga.

The ABC Breakfast will be held at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, 72nd and Grover streets. The doors will open at 7 a.m. for a breakfast buffet. Tickets are $12.50 each and may be purchased by calling 554.2981. Tickets purchased for the Feb. 1 event will be honored.

The ABC Breakfast Speaker Series is celebrating its 31st season in 2005-06. It is one of the nation's longest running speaker series.

For more information, call 554.2981, or visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/abc/.

Deadline Extended for Student Employee of the Year Award

Nominations for the 2006 Student Employee of the Year are currently being accepted by Student Employment Services. The deadline for nominations has been extended until Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 5 p.m.

The process of nominating a student is easy. Simply complete a short nomination form with a recommendation letter, and return this information to Student Employment Services, 205 Eppley Administration Building. Nomination forms have been mailed to all departments. If you did not receive a form, they can be found online at http://www.unomaha.edu/humanresources/studempl.html. For more information, call 554.2321.

The Student Employee of the Year will be announced, and nominees will be recognized, along with all student workers, at the 2006 Student Employment Reception. The event will be held Wednesday, April 12, at 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom.

Fourth Annual UNO Women of Color Awards Luncheon March 1

A musician, a director, a community activist, a librarian, a researcher and a student are the 2006 recipients of the UNO Women of Color (WOC) Awards.

The group will be honored at a luncheon Wednesday, March 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Central, 72nd and Grover streets.

UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck will be in attendance at the fourth annual luncheon to congratulate the nominees and winners. This year's theme is "Connections."

"Since 2003, UNO has honored outstanding women of color for their profound contributions in the metropolitan community, as well as to their discipline," Dr. Belck said. "This year we will again take time during Women's History Month to applaud all nominees and award recipients for their exceptional efforts."

The 2006 award winners are as follows:

- Geraldine Tyrance, musician, is the recipient of the Arts and Humanities Award;

- Terrie Jackson Miller, director of the minority economic development council, Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, is the recipient of the Business/Entrepreneurship Award;

- Athena Ramos, president of the Metro Omaha Tobacco Coalition, is the recipient of the Community Service Award;

- Debra Paris, librarian/media specialist at Benson High School, is the recipient of the Education Award;

- Dr. Oluwatoyin Asojo, assistant professor of pathology and biology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, is the recipient of the Science and Technology Award;

- Georgianna Lee, a student at Creighton University, is the recipient of the Youth Leadership Award.

the nameThe luncheon speaker is Lisa See, author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. In her fourth novel, See uncovers the mystery of nu shu, a writing that has been used as a form of communication for more than 1,000 years by Chinese women in a remote southern Hunan providence. The Organization of Chinese American Women named her the 2001 National Woman of the Year. Magda Peck, founding director of the University of Nebraska's Master in Public Health (MPH) program, will serve as the mistress of ceremonies.

The luncheon will include a book-signing event to celebrate See's newest novel.

The luncheon is open to the public, and tickets are $25 per person. Organizations can reserve tables of 10 for $250. The event is sponsored by UNO, ConAgra Foods Inc., State Farm Insurance and the Nebraska Arts Council.

To access luncheon registration forms online or for more information about the event, visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/woc/. The deadline for registrations is Monday, Feb. 20. For more information, call 554.2779.

Copies of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan will be sold at the luncheon. They also will be available at The Bookworm, 8702 Pacific St.

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 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.

Brennan Institute Conference Set for March 11

The William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies at UNO will host its seventh annual labor community conference Saturday, March 11. "Promoting the General Welfare" is the event's title and overarching theme. All events will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Edwin D. "Ed" Hill, international president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), AFL-CIO, will open the conference with an address titled "The Fight for America's Future." Hill has been a member of the IBEW since 1956 and began serving his local union a year after turning out as a journeyman. He became the union's international president in 2001.

Hill's presentation will serve as a reminder about the universal issues of fairness, justice and equity, said John Kretzschmar, director of the William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies.

"Ed Hill is a great leader in the labor movement and a great speaker," Kretzschmar said. "His presentation is extremely timely in today's labor environment."

In addition to Hill, the workshop and plenary sessions are listed below.

- "The Wal-Marting of America"
Presented by a representative from the Wake-Up Wal-Mart Campaign.

- "Unionism 101"
Presented by Kretzschmar

- "Human Rights and the American Dream"
Presented by Henry Rosemont Jr., professor emeritus of philosophy at St. Mary's College of Maryland, senior consulting professor at Fudan University in China and a professional lecturer at the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University.

- Closing Plenary
Presented by Elise Bryant, a senior staff associate at the George Meany Center for Labor Studies/National Labor College. Bryant is also the leader of the DC Labor Chorus, as well as an actress, playwright and theatre director.

Registration for the event is $20 for students and $30 for the general public through March 3. After March 3, the registration fee is $30 for students and $40 for the public. The fee includes lunch.

To register for the conference, call 595.2344. For more information, visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/~wbils/lbrconf.html.

Honors Month 2006 Set for April

Honors Month at UNO is set for April 2006. The celebration begins with three university-wide events the first week in April - the Student Honors Symposium, the Faculty Honors Convocation and the Student Honors Convocation - followed by numerous college, departmental and organizational events the remainder of the month.

"The academic accomplishments of our students, faculty, alumni and community partners are so exemplary that we have expanded to an entire month instead of the traditional week," said Deborah Smith-Howell, assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs at UNO.

The University Honors Week Committee, chaired by Dr. Smith-Howell, is responsible for the three university-wide Honors Month events that kick off Honors Month festivities. This year, the Student Honors Convocation will be held Friday afternoon, April 7.

Listed below is the schedule of events to date.

Tuesday, April 4, and Wednesday, April 5
Student Honors Symposium
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC)

Thursday, April 6
Faculty Honors Convocation
Breakfast – 7 a.m.
Convocation – 7:30 a.m.

Friday, April 7
Student Honors Convocation
3 p.m.
Strauss Performing Arts Center

To add an event to the calendar, contact Christine Hoffman at choffman@mail.unomaha.edu with the name of the event, time, date, location and contact person.

For more information about Honors Month at UNO, visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/academicaffairs/honorsschedule.php.