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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

In December 1956, the University of Omaha (OU) faculty/staff newsletter reported that a special university club was gaining new members rapidly. The "One Thousand Club" admitted only those students who were able to increase their reading speed to 1,000 words per minute through a course titled Reading Improvement. Those who passed the 1,000-word mark were given an inscribed pin and had their name displayed on an honor roll. A special timing machine was used to judge reading speed, and the average rate of improvement by the end of the course was 117 percent. OU Professor Harry W. Johnson said one of his students improved her reading speed an incredible 400 percent - from 557 to 2,800 words per minute.

Date: December 1956
Source: That You May Know
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

Intramurals Registration Set for Jan. 8

Will your New Year's resolution be to join an extracurricular activity in 2007? If so, mark your calendar for the next Campus Recreation Intramurals Session. Session Three team registration will begin Thursday, Jan. 8.

Campus Recreation provides recreational opportunities for all UNO students, faculty and staff, alumni and their families. The Intramural Sports Program at UNO offers competition on a team or an individual basis. Men's, Women's and Co-Rec divisions are available to match skill and experience level.

Team sign-up for the Session Three season will include the following categories:
- 5x5 basketball with a $25 deposit;
- 6x6 volleyball with a $25 deposit;
- 6x6 dodge ball with a $25 deposit; and
- Racquetball doubles with a $15 deposit.

The deadline for registration is Thursday, Jan. 18. To sign up a team, stop by 205 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building. Deposit and a team name are required at the time of registration. Cash, check or credit card will be accepted for the deposit. Registration will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis, as sports fill up fast. The deposit will be reimbursed if the following qualifications are met: attendance at the Jan. 18 captain's meeting and no team forfeits for the season.

For more information, call 554.2634.

UNO Holiday Closedown Reminder

The 2006 holiday closedown will begin Saturday, Dec. 23, and conclude Monday, Jan. 1, 2007. Staff will return to work Tuesday, Jan. 2. For more information, contact Human Resources at 554.2321 or visit the Web at http://www.nebraska.edu/hr/hr_holidays.shtml.

HPER Holiday Break Hours Announced

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building will observe the following hours during the 2006 holiday break:

- Monday through Friday, Dec. 18-22
8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

- Saturday, Dec. 23
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

- Sunday through Monday, Dec. 24-25
Closed

- Tuesday through Friday, December 26-29
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Saturday, Dec. 30
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

- Sunday, Dec. 31
Noon to 6 p.m.

- Monday, Jan. 1
Closed

- Tuesday through Friday, Jan. 2-5
6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

- Saturday, Jan. 6
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

- Sunday, Jan. 7
Noon to 6 p.m.

Flu Shots Still Available

Student Health Services (SHS) will be offering flu shots through Wednesday, Dec. 20. After this date, flu vaccinations will not be available again until the fall of 2007.

No appointment is necessary. The cost is $15 for students and $20 for faculty and staff. SHS is located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center.

For more information, call SHS at 554.2374.

Campus Security Offers Holiday Safety Tips

Campus Security would like to remind the campus community of some common sense safety tips to practice during the holiday season.

"With so many students, staff and faculty rushing to get shopping done or taking care of end-of-the-semester tasks, security issues may take a backseat," said Paul Kosel, assistant manager of Campus Security and traffic at UNO. "A few simple tips can make a big difference."

- When a person leaves his or her room or office, lock it up, even if it is only for a few minutes.

- Avoid leaving valuables or packages in plain view in a vehicle. Place them in the trunk or between the seats. When possible, do so before parking.

- During the holiday break, take valuables home from campus offices and residence halls.

- Anyone who is going to be working on campus late in the evening or when few people are around should consider advising Campus Security so that an officer can pay special attention to the area.

- Anyone entering a locked residence hall, apartment building or campus building should make sure the door closes completely. Strangers should not follow anyone into a secure building.

- Students who live on campus and are leaving town for the holidays should make sure they have someone keeping an eye on their residence and leave emergency contact information.

For more information, call Campus Security at 554.2648.

Library Hours Announced for Holiday Break and 2007

Criss Library announces the following changes in its operating hours during the upcoming holiday break and January 2007:

2006
- Monday through Friday, Dec. 18-22
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Saturday through Sunday, Dec. 23-31
University closed (holiday break)

2007
- Monday, Jan. 1
Closed (New Year's Day holiday)

- Tuesday through Friday, Jan. 2-5
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 6-7
Closed

- Monday, Jan. 15
Closed (Martin Luther King Day holiday)

Regular hours resume Monday, Jan. 8, according to the following schedule:

- Monday through Thursday
7 a.m. to midnight

- Friday
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Saturday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Sunday
Noon to midnight

For more information, contact the library's Circulation Desk at 544.3206.

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. 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. 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. 18-25
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. 18-Jan. 7
Closed

104 Durham Science Center (DSC)
- Dec. 18-Jan. 7
Closed

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

401 Roskens Hall (RH)
- Dec. 18-Jan. 7
Closed

Maverick Watch

Mavericks

Go Mavs! Support your Mavericks by attending their home events.

Faculty, staff and students are admitted free to all home athletic games with a valid MavCard ID and game-day ticket, excluding hockey for faculty and staff. The spouses, significant others and children of faculty, staff and students also are admitted free. At the game, faculty, staff and students must present a valid MavCard ID to receive a ticket. Tickets will be available the day of the game at each home event. For more information, call 554.MAVS (6287).

At home this week...

Monday, Dec. 18
- Men's basketball vs. Doane
Sapp Fieldhouse
7 p.m.

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