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Members of the University of Omaha Women's Athletic Association congregate on the steps of Joslyn Hall during the fall of 1937.

This Week in Campus History

The Dec. 10, 1971, The Gateway reported that the Catholic, Lutheran, and United Protestant Campus Ministries were to hold a weekend retreat Jan. 7-9. Those who attended would participate in exercises that focused on building community, introspection and making decisions within everyday life. Although the majority of retreat attendees would be university students, the event would be open to the public, as well. The location of the retreat was the O' Donnell Center near Hummel Park in Omaha and it was sponsored by the University Religious Center.

Date: Dec. 10, 1971
Source: The Gateway
Compiled by University Library Archives

Gail Baker

A Job Well Done

by Beverly Newsam

Recognition is often shown in a variety of ways - from a pat on the back, to a high-five or just a simple "way to go." Gail Baker's kudos are in the form of a golden statuette known as an Emmy. ...continue

Candlelight Vigil on Immigration Set for Dec. 17

A candlelight vigil focusing on the issue of immigration will start at UNO Sunday, Dec. 17.

The event, "Uniting Families Separated by a Broken Immigration System," will begin with an open forum and testimonials from families at 4 p.m. in the UNO Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. At 5:30 p.m., a candlelight vigil will proceed from the student center across the Dodge Street overpass to Memorial Park as a symbol of "Bridging Families Together."

"This educational and ceremonial event acquires new urgency in light of the recent workforce raids carried out by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). The raids have left many children without parents," said Lourdes Gouveia, director of the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS).

For more information, contact srulla@yahoo.com.

The vigil is co-sponsored by OLLAS, Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law and the Public Interest, the Creighton Center for Service and Justice, Justice for Our Neighbors and the Chicano Awareness Center.

72nd Street Food Fight Campaign a Success

The 72nd Street Food Fight, a recent campaign to collect canned food donations for the Salvation Army Food Pantry, was a great success.

Overall, the six partners in the Food Fight - Omnium Worldwide, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Travel and Transport, the College of St. Mary, FDR and UNO - collected a total of 207,117 food items to help those in need. It is hoped that this food will last through the summer. UNO almost tripled the amount contributed last year: 9,685 items in 2006, compared to 3,422 in 2005.

Interim Chancellor John Christensen is pleased with the efforts on campus. "This is a terrific showing on the part of faculty, staff and students at UNO. Thanks to all who participated and made the holidays better for others in the community," he said.

Special recognition also goes out to John Jensen from the UNO Office of Financial Aid, as well as coordinators in buildings across campus, who helped organize UNO's involvement in the campaign.

Commencement Shuttle Bus Available

More than 900 students will receive degrees Friday, Dec. 15, during the UNO winter commencement ceremony. The event will begin at 2 p.m. at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave. Faculty members should assemble no later than 1:30 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall.

Shuttle buses for faculty, staff and individuals participating in the platform party will depart from UNO in front of the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) at 1 p.m. Following the ceremony, the shuttle will provide transportation back to the MBSC.

Grief Counseling Services Available at UNO

Services are available to faculty, staff and students at UNO for those wishing to speak to a professional about a variety of topics, including the loss of a loved one. The UNO Counseling Center and the Faculty/Employee Assistance Program offer the counseling at no charge.

Contact information for the units is listed below. Call or stop by to schedule an appointment or to speak with a counselor.

- UNO Counseling Center
Location: 115 Eppley Administration Building (EAB)
Phone: 554.2409
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday

- Faculty/Employee Assistance Program
Location: 206 EAB
Phone: 554.3886
Hours: Contact Marlene Schneider, counselor, at mschneid@unmc.edu or 554.3886.

Chair Massage Service Available in HPER Dec. 15

De-stress from the semester! The Mav-Rec Wellness Stampede and Campus Recreation will offer the final chair massage session of the fall semester Friday, Dec. 15. This is an opportunity to treat someone in your department, or yourself, to an early holiday gift!

A station will be set up in 213 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $10 for a 15-minute session. Walk-ins will be accepted if time permits.

To schedule an appointment, call 554.2539 or stop by 100 HPER.

"Consider This" to Discuss STDs

HIV/AIDS and STDs are a major concern for many in Douglas County. This week on "Consider This," host Andrea McMaster will talk to Dr. Adi Pour from the Douglas County Health Department and Dr. Barbara Pickering from the Department of Communication at UNO. Topics of discussion will include statistics of STDs and how to talk to children/teens about sex.

Those between the ages of 15 to 25 or who know someone in this age range are especially encouraged to watch this week's show.

The program will air on KYNE-TV Friday, Dec. 15, at 11 p.m. This edition of the program will be rebroadcast according to the following schedule:

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, Dec. 17
11:30 a.m. (CT)

NET2 (NET's cable network)

- Monday, Dec. 18
1:30 p.m. (CT)

- Wednesday, Dec. 20
8 a.m. (CT)

"Consider This" is a production of UNO Television. It also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For a list of days and times, visit the Web at http://www.tknomaha.org. Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at http://www.unotv.unomaha.edu.

ITS Lab Hours Announced for Holiday Break

Campus computer labs will operate on the following schedule during the holiday break. The spring semester schedule will begin Monday, Jan. 8.

Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Elmwood Room
- Dec. 16-17
Closed

- Dec. 18-22
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

- Dec. 23-Jan. 1
Closed

- Jan. 2-5
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

- Jan. 6
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

- Jan. 7
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Criss Library
- Dec. 16-17
Closed

- Dec. 18-22
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Dec. 23-Jan. 1
Closed

- Jan. 2-5
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Jan. 6-7
Closed

211 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building
- Dec. 16-25
Closed

- Dec. 26-30
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

- Dec. 31-Jan. 1
Closed

- Jan. 2-5
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Jan. 6-7
Closed

300 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH)
- Dec. 15-Jan. 7
Closed

104 Durham Science Center (DSC)
- Dec. 16-Jan. 7
Closed

158A The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI)
- Dec. 16-Jan. 7
Closed

401 Roskens Hall (RH)
- Dec. 16-Jan. 7
Closed

UCR Deadline Announced

The University Committee on Research (UCR) is accepting applications for the 2006-07 academic year. This year, the committee will provide support for both pre-tenure and post-tenure faculty.

The faculty submission deadline is Monday, Jan. 29, at 5 p.m. The UCR will also consider both faculty mini-grant requests and student proposals monthly.

New guidelines and forms are available on the Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) Web site (http://www.unomaha.edu/spr).

Cancer and Smoking Disease Research Funding Available

Faculty are invited to submit research proposals to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services for their cancer and smoking disease program.

The deadline is Feb. 16. Grants, not to exceed $40,000, may be requested for one-year research projects that will begin the summer of 2007.

Areas of interest to UNO researchers include the following:

- Health Promotion Sciences (modifying personal, social, lifestyle and health care system factors);

- Applied Epidemiology (using epidemiologic methods to determine the association between exposure to an intervention and its impact on the disease); and

- Applications Research (modifying and adopting intervention programs and strategies from other research projects, and adoption of state and local health agency databases for cancer control planning and evaluation).

For more information, interested researchers should contact the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research at 554.2286.