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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

Flag Lowering

The UNO flags will be lowered to half-staff Saturday, Dec. 16, in honor of John Adams, who passed away Dec. 13 at the age of 65 years.

Adams, a supervisor with Information Technology Services Computer User Rooms Customer Service, had been with the university since Aug. 16, 1996.

Visitation with the family will be held this evening, Dec. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Heafey-Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak-Cutler Bellevue Chapel, 22nd and Hancock. A service will be held Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, 1220 Bellevue Blvd. South. Memorials may be directed to the Boy Scouts of America.

Commencement Today at the Civic

Note: Faculty members who plan to attend commencement should assemble no later than 1:30 p.m. in the Civic Auditorium 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.

More than 900 students will graduate today, Dec. 15, during the UNO winter commencement ceremony. The event will be held at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave., beginning at 2 p.m.

Steve Massara, an Elkhorn, Neb., native, will present the student commencement address. He will receive a bachelor of science in education degree with an emphasis in exercise science. Massara will begin working in the Washington, D.C., office of Sen. Chuck Hagel in January and then enroll in the U.S. Air Force Officer Training School in July.

The commencement ceremony also will feature the following:

Magdalena García, founder and director of Omaha's El Museo Latino, will receive the UNO Alumni Association's Citation for Alumnus Achievement. García founded El Museo Latino in 1993. It is one of just 11 Latino museums in the country, and the only one between Chicago and Denver. Since 1997, attendance at the museum has topped 50,000 visitors annually. At El Museo Latino, García directs the museum's extensive community efforts, including educational programs, art classes, lectures, workshops, artist-in-residencies, teacher in-service workshops and dance classes. The museum also organizes and presents events during the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration in May and Hispanic Heritage Month in September.

For more information about today's commencement, call 554.2358 or 554.3502.

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 or 554.3886.

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

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.

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 (

In the News

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

In Print

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Stage

"Bootstrappers' Christmas" on Stage at Grande Olde Players

Want a glimpse into Christmas past at former Omaha University?  If so, plan on attending "Bootstrappers' Christmas," the latest production on stage at the Grande Olde Players Theatre through Sunday, Dec. 17.

The theatre's founders, Mark Manhart and Bonnie Gill, wrote the musical.  The duo also directs the nostalgic glimpse into the university's relationship with the former Strategic Air Command.  In 1951, Gen. Curtis LeMay initiated "Operation Bootstrap" with Omaha University President Milo Bail.  This action commissioned and gave officers the means to finish their post-secondary degrees.  Due to Omaha's central location, students were sent from Offutt and other bases from all over the world to attend Omaha University. 

"For a while, we claimed we were second only to West Point in the number of general officers that had graduated from our institution," said Jim Leslie, president emeritus of the UNO Alumni Association.

Gen. LeMay and Bail are depicted in the production, as well as a cast of other characters. The plot revolves around a bootstrapper who befriends a Cold War widow coed and other students to remodel the campus Snack Shack in time for a holiday show. 1950s-era rock and traditional Christmas music are included throughout the production.

The Grand Olde Players Theatre is located at 2339 N. 90th St. Performances will be held at the following times through Dec. 17.

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
7:30 p.m.

2 p.m.

The cost is $5 for children, $14 for senior citizens and $15 for general admission. For tickets, call 397.5262.

The play was produced in association with the Criss Library Archives and the UNO Alumni Association.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Exhibit

Fall 2006 BFA Thesis Exhibition Under Way

The UNO Art Gallery is presenting the work of four UNO bachelor of fine arts (BFA) thesis candidates in Speculatio Verto: Observation Interpreted, the Fall 2006 BFA Thesis Exhibition. The exhibition will run through Friday, Dec. 15, at the UNO Art Gallery.

The thesis exhibition is a thought-provoking display of observations that features the work of UNO students Jeff Halvin, Dan Lowe, Katrina Pierce and Bart Vargas. Halvin's photographs of ready-made and fabricated elements construct photo-narratives to make ideas credible through the power of visual imagery. Lowe uses video installation to invite viewers to reflect on childhood memories to break down barriers and incite an emotive response. Pierce actively explores space and printmaking through the examination of a 99.9 percent germ-free, clean environment to expose the things that exist all around us, regardless of whether we can see them or not. Vargas' sculpture installation examines the ambiguity of the self to find its specific origin.

It is the mission of the UNO Department of Art and Art History to prepare artists to enter into their field with the skills necessary to make significant contributions to the practice of art. The BFA with studio emphasis degree provides an extensive, well-rounded, performance-oriented background that not only equips students with intense knowledge of their practice and broad critical understanding of visual culture, but also prepares students for entry into a competitive art community and/or pursuit of higher degrees. After two semesters of rigorous independent study and a final semester of focused, individually-designed concentration in their selected area of emphasis, BFA candidates are required to participate in the thesis exhibition as the culminating element of their study.

Each BFA candidate in studio art is also required to present a public thesis talk to articulate and defend the philosophical, aesthetic, historical, critical and technical aspects of their work. Halvin, Lowe, Pierce and Vargas will be joined by bachelor of arts in art history candidates Elise Brazeal, Elizabeth Mostek and Tammi Owens in these public presentations. Each art history candidate will present a scholarly paper that addresses critical, creative and theoretical thinking, and analysis of a specialized topic in their area of emphasis. Fall 2006 thesis talks will be held Dec. 4, 6 and 8 from noon to 1 p.m. in the UNO Art Gallery.

The UNO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building. The exhibitions are free, handicapped accessible and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from noon to 4 p.m.; Thursday from noon to 8 p.m.; and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.

For more information, call 554.2796.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.