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

This Week in Campus History

On Feb. 16, 1983, The Gateway announced that the UNO Women's Resource Center (WRC) was offering a series of free seminars and discussion groups on self-esteem and assertiveness that semester in the student center. In addition to occasional seminars, the center maintained a library of information about women's issues and offered private counseling to those in need. WRC assistant director Rachel Powers described the center as "a port in the storm," a place where both men and women could go to "take refuge from campus lines and crowds."

Date: Feb. 6, 1983
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

Nominations Sought for CCMA Diversity Awards

The UNO Chancellor's Commission on Multicultural Affairs (CCMA) Awards Committee is seeking nominations for its 2006 Diversity Awards. The deadline is Wednesday, March 1.

The CCMA Diversity Awards will recognize (in each of three categories: students, faculty and staff) those who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity on the university campus or in the community through mentoring, outreach initiatives or other activities that advance the institution's goal of inclusion.

Award guidelines and nomination forms are available on the Web at this link..

For more information, contact Sharif Liwaru at 554.2711.

MPH Student to Present Service Learning Lecture at UNMC

Susan Coe will give an oral presentation on her service learning/capstone experience today, Feb. 13, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). Her presentation is titled "Development of on-line nutrition lessons for the University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension Nutrition Education Program and Assessment of computer/Internet use among this population." The program will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon in 4003 Durham Research Center.

Coe is a UNO/UNMC Master of Public Health (MPH) student. The MPH program is a collaborative effort between UNO and UNMC.

Interested members of the campus community are invited to attend the presentation. To R.S.V.P. or for more information, contact Jumoke Omojola at jomojola@unmc.edu or 561.7567.

"Consider This..." To Explore FESI

Today, many of America's working families struggle financially. While there are proven programs and practices that can help those families save money and manage their finances, a good portion of the people who need help the most do not know about these resources or how to access them.

This week on "Consider This..." host Carol Schrader will interview Ed Leahy of the Family Economic Success Initiative (FESI). The program will air today, Feb. 13, at 1:30 p.m. on NET2, statewide cable, in Nebraska.

FESI's goal is to create a comprehensive infrastructure of services and policies that lead to financial stability for working families in the Omaha area. Leahy will discuss how FESI hopes to connect all families, including immigrants and the economically disadvantaged, to traditional financial services and institutions.

FESI is spearheaded by United Way of the Midlands in partnership with a number of organizations including more than a half dozen local banks, the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS), Creighton University Milton Abrahams Legal Clinic, the City of Omaha, AARP and the IRS.

This edition of the program will be rebroadcast Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 8 a.m. on NET2. "Consider This…," a production of UNO Television, also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. Check the Knowledge Network Web site at http://www.tknomaha.org for days and times. Archived editions of the program are available on the UNO Television Web site at http://www.unotv.unomaha.edu.

History Candidate to Present Lecture Today

John Grigg, a candidate for a tenure-track position in the UNO Department of History, will present a lecture titled "The Many Lives of David Brainerd," today, Feb. 13, at 3:45 p.m. in 306 Arts and Sciences Hall.

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

Registration for Mav Kids Summer Day Camp Begins

Registration for the annual Mav Kids Summer Day Camp begins today, Feb. 13. Camp activities will run from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Session dates, themes and costs are as follows:

June 5-9
Session One: Some Assembly Required

June 12-16
Session Two: Hip Health Hurray!!!

June 19-23
Session Three: Wide World of Sports

June 26-30
Session Four: Beyond Your Backyard

July 10-14
Session Five: Winter in July

July 17-21
Session Six: H2Whoa!!!

July 24-28
Session Seven: Last, but Not Least

The camp fee is $110 per week for UNO students, faculty, staff and Campus Recreation activity cardholders, and $120 per week for the general public. A $40 deposit is required for each week, which goes toward the camp balance.

Registration forms are available in 100 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building or by calling 554.2539. For more information, contact Lisa Adams at 554.2859 or Erin Sheckells at 554.4941.

Malcolm X Festival Begins Feb. 15

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 of this year's festival is "The Black Woman: Past, Present and Future." The UNO Department of Black Studies will sponsor the two-day event, in addition to a grant from the Nebraska Arts Council.

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 C-CFAM Dean Finalist Feb. 16

The remaining two 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: 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 and 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.

Proofing of Undergraduate Course Catalog Feb. 20-24

The 2006-07 undergraduate catalog is available for proofing in 108 Eppley Administration Building beginning Monday, Feb. 20, through Friday, Feb. 24.

All departments are asked to send a representative to proof the area that pertains to their respective departments. No major changes to the content can be processed at this point.

For more information, contact Marian McDonald at 554.3674.

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 keynote speaker at the fifth annual Malcolm X Festival, set for Feb. 15-16 at UNO. She 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.

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 ghotaling@mail.unomaha.edu.

For more information about the luncheon, contact Marvel Maring at 554.2992 or mmaring@mail.unomaha.edu.

Maverick Watch

the nameGo Mavs! Support your Mavericks by attending their home events.

Faculty 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. 17
- Tennis vs. Graceland
Hanscom Park, 3200 Ed Creighton Ave.
6:30 p.m.

- Hockey vs. Michigan
Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave.
7:05 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 18
- Hockey vs. Michigan
Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave.
7:05 p.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at http://gomavs.unomaha.edu/.