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Pictured above, sunshine on OU Fieldhouse commencement cermonies, Spring, 1958.

This Week in Campus History

On April 30, 1982, The Gateway reported on the success of "Freebody", a 145-pound concrete canoe constructed by UNO engineering students to compete in the 8th annual concrete canoe race held in Manhattan, KS. Eleven other schools took part in the competition, including the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. "Freebody" came in first in the women's and sixth in the men's competitions. The concrete canoe races were sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Date: April 30, 1982
Source: The Gateway
Compiled by University Library Archives

Reg Chapman

The Kid's Doing All Right

by Warren Francke

In Danville, Ill., they boast of native sons: Donald O'Connor, Gene Hackman, Dick and Jerry Van Dyke. Now another son of the Illinois-Indiana border, Reg Chapman, is making a name - in television news with WNBC in New York City.

But Chapman, 37, got his start in Omaha, where he is kid brother to John Chapman, weekend sports anchor at WOWT-TV. ...continue

Farewell Reception for Hollis Glaser Today

The university community is invited to attend a farewell reception for Dr. Hollis Glaser today, May 2. The event will be held at 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

The School of Communication will be celebrating the teaching, research and service of Dr. Glaser as she prepares to leave UNO and return to New York.

Multimedia Equipment Delivery Scheduling Notice

As it does each semester, automatic delivery of multimedia equipment for classroom use ceases on the last day of classes. (April 28 was the last day of the spring 2006 semester.)

If multimedia equipment is needed during finals week (May 1-5), it can be ordered by calling ITS Customer Services at 554.4357. Scheduled delivery of equipment for instructional use will begin again Monday, May 8, with the start of the first evening session.

For more information, call 554.4357.

HPER Aquatic Center to Close for Repairs

The UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Campus Recreation Aquatic Center will close for annual maintenance Thursday, May 4, at 1 p.m. Repairs are expected to take three to four weeks.

Contact Campus Recreation Aquatics at 554.2223 for information about aquatic programs, regular updates regarding maintenance progress and the re-opening date. Information about upcoming summer programs is available on the Campus Recreation Web page (

Participants Sought for Free Biomechanics Analysis

Healthy subjects are needed to participate in a study taking place in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building Biomechanics Laboratory.

The study is investigating the effects of vascular disease on gait, and healthy controls are needed to compare to the disease population. In exchange for their participation, individuals will receive a free gait analysis from the HPER Biomechanics Lab personnel. The free analysis provides a prescription for ideal sports shoes based on the person's individual gait pattern. This service is typically offered for a fee of $60.

Ideal participants should be male, 55 years of age and above, and free from any lower limb orthopedic pathologies, such as joint replacement or ACL injuries. Subjects will take part in a one-time data collection lasting approximately two hours that would involve a variety of walking tasks. Data will be collected using a state-of–the-art motion capture system identical to the equipment used for motion picture special effects and video games. Collections will continue through the summer.

Additional details will be provided to those interested in participating in the study. For more information, contact Jessie Huisinga at 554.3225 or

SPR to Host COS Information Session

The next Community of Science (COS) information session will be held Wednesday, May 3, at 2 p.m. in Room 207 of University Library.

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) hosts these monthly hour-long sessions to provide information to faculty and graduate students about the various on-line resources available through COS. Reservations are not required.

For more information, contact Nancy Schlesiger at 554.2286.

Book Order Reminder for Summer and Fall Courses

The UNO Bookstore would like to remind all faculty who have not yet submitted their Course Materials Adoptions for summer and fall semesters to please do so as soon as possible.

"The earlier that we have adoption forms in hand, the more used books we can obtain from the students through buyback, which began April 26," said Scott Dickey, course materials manager at UNO.

For questions regarding buyback or your textbook adoption, contact Scott Dickey at 554.2541 or

Summer Hours Begin May 8

Summer hours at UNO begin Monday, May 8, and conclude Friday, Aug. 11. Regular business hours during this period are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Departments are asked to abide by one of the following plans:
- Remain open with a minimum staff until 5 p.m.;
- Have telephones forwarded to an office that is staffed until 5 p.m.; or
- Have a pre-recorded message on telephones that states university summer hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Human Resources at 554.2321.

SPR to Host May 19 Grant Writing Workshop

Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) will host a grant writing workshop on federal funding opportunities and nonfederal sources Friday, May 19. It will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

The featured presenters are Marcia Landen and Mike McCallister. Both work as professional research administrators at institutions of higher education. They also provide grant consulting services to faculty, staff and others involved in sponsored projects at colleges and universities across the country. The duo will discuss the various components of a grant and provide advice on how to work with sponsors before and during development.

At the workshop, participants will learn how to identify a funding program, plan an effective project and write a competitive proposal to a sponsor.

The registration deadline is Wednesday, May 3. For more information or to register, contact SPR at 554.2286, or visit the Web at

Nominations Sought for Del and Lou Ann Weber Award

The UNO Honors and Awards Committee is seeking nominations for the Del and Lou Ann Weber Award. The deadline is Wednesday, May 10.

The Del and Lou Ann Weber Award recognizes a current, full-time faculty member or administrator who has provided outstanding professional service to the community. Recipients have demonstrated success in extending the intellectual resources of the university beyond the campus by providing leadership, professional expertise or information to address important and relevant issues. The award is accompanied by a stipend of $2,000.

Nomination criteria and procedures are available by clicking on the following link:

Del and Lou Ann Weber Award

For more information, contact Lanyce Keel, chairperson of the University Committee on Honors & Awards, at

HPER Pool and Sundeck Hours Announced

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building Pool and its sundeck are available for use by Campus Recreation activity cardholders and students.

Casual or sunbathing attire is required. Only water beverages are permitted, and no food is allowed.

The pool and sundeck schedule through May 5 is as follows:

Monday through Friday
6:30 to 9 a.m.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

4 to 7 p.m.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (sundeck opens at 11 a.m.)

1 to 3 p.m.


3 to 7 p.m.

Hours may change due to weather, holidays or other activities. The pool and sundeck will be closed for maintenance beginning May 5 for three to four weeks.

For more information, contact Eric Shanks at 554.2223.

Spring Advance to Focus on Community Outreach

Community engagement and accountability at UNO will be the focus of the 2006 Spring Strategic Planning Advance set for Monday, May 8. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. All interested members of the campus community are invited to attend.

University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken will discuss the NU Strategic Framework and the assessment process for each of the University of Nebraska campuses. He also will address external factors that affect the university.

Other scheduled activities include presentations and posters on UNO's community engagement and assessment initiatives, as well as a preview on planning for the UNO Centennial.

For more information or to R.S.V.P., contact Lindy Gustafson at 554.2535 or

"The Learning Horizon" Workshop Set for May 15

Faculty Development, Information Technology Services (ITS) and the UNO College of Education will host a day-long workshop titled "The Learning Horizon: Shining the Light on Instruction and Technology" Monday, May 15. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center and is open to all UNO faculty and graduate assistants.

The workshop will include opening and lunch plenary and breakout sessions. Breakout sessions will be offered in four tracks: instructional design, assessment, technology tools and knowing your learner.

Lunch will be provided, and a door prize drawing for an iPod Nano will be conducted at the end of the day. For more information on the breakout sessions, visit the Web at

To sign up for the workshop:

- Go to;

- On the left panel, select "Training Tools" > "Training Registration" > and "UNO";

- Click on the triangle next to the "Learning Horizon Workshop";

- Select the date, and check for a reminder e-mail;

- Enter your SAP personnel number (this is the five-digit number on your picture ID and paycheck statement);

- Click "Sign Up," and then click "Ok" to confirm your personnel number; and

- Add the class to your calendar when you receive the e-mail confirming this registration.

If you have problems registering, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (554.4357).


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