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Lindsay Koch from the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media was one of the more than 900 students who graduated Dec. 15 during the UNO winter commencement ceremony at the Omaha Civic Auditorium.

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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

Communications Interruption Scheduled for Dec. 27-28

Telecommunications announces that communication services including data networking and voice capabilities between the north and south campuses will be interrupted starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27, through 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 28.

This interruption is necessary to facilitate the realignment of the fiber optic links in the College of Public Affairs and Community Services (Engineering) building.  All services utilizing these fiber optic links will be affected. Telecommunications asks that these departments and units plan accordingly.

For more information, contact Dick May, Telecommunication manager, at 554.2854.

New SIS Interface Application Available

The Student Information System (SIS) now has a new, updated interface that all SIS users at UNO are required to install. The newest version is called "QWS3270 Secure."

"This new version of ‘QWS3270' is necessary to ensure communications with the Student Information System are secure, using encryption technology," said Dan McGowan, manager of student affairs information systems at UNO.

Beginning Friday, Dec. 22, UNO will require all users of SIS to upgrade their QWS3270, plus the program to the QWS3270 Secure Version. This will allow those users to continue to have access to the system for the spring semester.

QWS3270 Secure may be downloaded from the ITS Install Server via the following prompts:

- Visit the Web at;

- Log in with your UNO NetID username and password;

- Under the Microsoft Windows-based Software area, locate "QWS3270 Secure"; and

- Click on the software title to start the download. Be sure you read all the information in the "Comments" column, especially the note about removing any previously installed versions of "QWS3270+".

For more information, contact McGowan at

December FEAP Schedule

The Faculty/Staff Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) provides short-term counseling, assessment and referral services for faculty, staff, their spouses or significant others, and family members. FEAP offices are located in 206 Eppley Administration Building.

This week's schedule is as follows:

- Dec. 19
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

- Dec. 21
8 a.m. to noon

Appointments are free and available by calling 554.3120 (UNO) or 559.5175 (UNMC).

Nominations Sought for Lamanna Award for Excellence

Individuals in the UNO community are being asked to nominate students, faculty or staff for the the Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's Studies. The award recognizes extraordinary service to the UNO program in Women's Studies. This noteworthy work may involve teaching, research/creative activity, service, or a combination of the three.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, Jan. 26.

To nominate individuals for the Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's Studies, submit the following to Christina Dando in 260 Durham Science Center:

- A one-to-two page nomination letter outlining the particular accomplishments and their relevancy to the UNO Women's Studies program. The nominator must also be connected to the Women's Studies program (student major/minor, faculty or staff).

- The nominator must solicit at least two supporting letters by colleagues or peers connected to the Women's Studies program (student major/minor, faculty or staff) who also know the accomplishments of the nominated person(s).

- The nominator must obtain the nominee's/nominees' résumé or curriculum vitae (CV).

- The nominator must submit a representative sample of the nominee's/nominees' work that is relevant to the award.

The person(s) being honored will receive the award at the annual Women's Studies luncheon. The 2007 luncheon will take place Friday, April 27. Robbin Ogle (criminal justice and Women's Studies) received the award in 2005, the first year in which the honor was conferred.

For more information, contact Dr. Dando at 554.3134

Mileage Reimbursement Rate Reminder

Effective with travel occurring on or after Jan. 1, 2007, all mileage reimbursements for approved travel by personal automobile will be at the rate of 48 and one-half cents ($.485) per mile. This rate should also be used when reimbursing visiting personnel or students for their travel.

All mileage from Jan. 1, 2006 through Dec. 31, 2006, should be reimbursed at the rate of 44 and one-half cents ($.445) per mile.

For more information, contact UNO Accounting Services at 554.2320.


- Amanda Duffy Randall, School of Social Work, was recently named director-at-large of the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB). The election was held at the association's annual business meeting in Baltimore, Md., in early November. ASWB provides support and information toward the goal of protection of the public which uses social work services.

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