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Spotlight on Student Employment

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Pictured at work (left to right) are December Spotlight on Student Employment recipients Nicole Prucha and Kristina Paul. The students work in the Campus Security/Environmental Health and Safety offices. See story below for details on the Spotlight on Student Employment recognition program.

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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

UNO Announces Athletic Director Search Committee

UNO has announced the members of the UNO athletic director search committee. John Langan, dean of the UNO College of Education and UNO athletic committee chair, will serve as chair.

Members of the search committee include:

- Daniel Blanke, director of the UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation;
- Terry Hanna, University of Nebraska Foundation athletic representative;
- Robert Herold, UNO men's sports representative;
- Sheila King, director of UNO alumni activities;
- Pat Lemmers, UNO booster club presidents representative;
- Jack Lewis, UNO athletic department booster and Mav Board member;
- Bob Myers, a UNO athletic department booster who also served on the Karnes Commission;
- LaCheryl Prince, UNO student athlete;
- Jeanne Scarpello, UNO women's sports representative;
- Jim Shaw, president of the UNO Faculty Senate;
- Michael Smith, UNO Student Government senator;
- Marsha Vance, business manager for the College of Education and member of the UNO Staff Advisory Council; and
- Bill Wakefield, UNO professor of criminal justice and NCAA faculty representative.

"We have an excellent cross-section of the UNO campus and our community boosters," Dr. Langan said. "The UNO Athletic Department is a strong and dynamic unit which provides exciting sports venues for our students and the Omaha community. The search committee's goal is to provide UNO Chancellor John Christensen with the very best possible list of finalists candidates."

Former UNO Athletic Director David Herbster resigned in late November. Tom Frette, head UNO athletic trainer, is serving as interim athletic director.

For more information, call 554.3502.

December Spotlight on Student Employment

Is your work area a better place because of student employees? Student Employment Services (SES) thinks the following student employees from Campus Security/Environmental Health and Safety are stellar and selected them as the December Spotlight on Student Employment recipients.

The December Spotlight on Student Employment recipients include:

- Nicole Prucha, an architectural engineering major from Bellevue, Neb.;

- Kristina Paul, a Spanish major from LeMars, Iowa;
- Brittany Werner, a University Division/undecided major from Humphrey, Neb.; and

- Bryce Bonet, a business administration major from Ralston, Neb.

"The best thing about my job on campus is the ability to interact with all the diverse people at this university," Paul said. "The flexible hours are great. I work a few hours before my classes, which works out fantastic. Also, I have learned how not to get parking tickets."

Patrick Wheeler, environmental advocate/sustainability champion with UNO Environmental Health and Safety, also notes the high quality of the students' work. "Bryce has a winning combination of experience, creativity, enthusiasm and wit that has made him an instant asset to our department," he said. "We believe his exemplary writing ability and copious experience developing employees will help him create environmental health and safety training programs in such a way that our stakeholders acquire the knowledge they need, while savoring the experience of learning."

SES is featuring student employees from a new department each month through April. Featured departments will be entered in a drawing for an end-of-the-year party.

Departments also are featured on the Human Resources Student Employment Job Board on the first floor of the Eppley Administration Building. For more information about the program, contact Emily Muckerheide at

Students seeking work experience during school can gain assistance through SES, located in Human Resources, 205 Eppley Administration Building. On-campus student worker, work-study and graduate assistant positions are posted on the SES Job Board on the first floor of the Eppley Administration Building and online at

MBSC Winter Break Hours

The Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) will observe the following hours during the winter break:

- Dec. 23 - Jan. 1
(The 24-hour study lounge in the MBSC will also be closed Dec. 23 - Jan. 1.)

- Jan. 2-5
7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

- Jan. 6
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Jan. 7
Noon to 9 p.m.

- Jan. 8
Regular building hours resume.

For more information, call the MBSC Administrative Office at 554.2383.

Campus Recreation Hours Announced for Winter Break, 2007

The schedule of hours for Campus Recreation for 2007 has been announced, along with winter break hours.

- Dec. 18-22
8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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

- Dec. 24-25

- Dec. 26-29
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

- Dec. 31
Noon to 6 p.m.

- Jan. 1

- Jan. 2-5
6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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

- Jan. 7
Noon to 6 p.m.

Regular hours resume Monday, Jan. 8. The schedule is listed below.

Building Hours
- Monday-Thursday
6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

- Friday
6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

- Saturday
8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

- Sunday
Noon to 10 p.m.

Pool Hours
- Monday-Friday
6:30 to 9 a.m.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
4 to 7 p.m.

- Saturday
1 to 3 p.m.

- Sunday
3 to 7 p.m.

Eppley Electrical Outage Shutdown Planned for Dec. 26-30

Electrical power will be limited in the Eppley Administration Building during the holiday break. The affected areas are listed below.

Tuesday, Dec. 26
- 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Hook up generator for room 008 (Server Room).

- 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Shut off electrical power for entire building to connect new electrical switchgear.

Wednesday, Dec. 27
- 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Disconnect electrical power from panels 1L1, 2L1, BLW and 2LW. Affected areas include the Mailroom, Auditorium, Human Resources, Payroll, Accounting, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration and 009.

Thursday, Dec. 28
- 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Disconnect electrical power from panels 1L2, 1L4, PS, A and 1LE. Affected areas include Telecommunications, Diversity and Equal Opportunity, Cashiering, Rooms 011 through 014, Admissions, Registrar and Testing.

Friday, Dec. 29
- 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Disconnect electrical power from panels 2L2, 2LE and BK. Affected areas include the Chancellor's Office, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, and the Chancellor's Kitchen.

Saturday, Dec. 30
- 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Disconnect electrical power from panels 1L3, 1LW and BC. Affected areas include the Auditorium, 110 and Duplicating.

Tuesday through Thursday, Jan. 2-4
Work will be accomplished on the mechanical systems during the evenings.

For more information, call 554.3734.

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 (

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, 2007. 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.

Members Sought for University Chorus

Calling all singers - University Chorus is looking for you!

University Chorus, a mixed chorus of more than 80 singers, is open to all students, faculty and staff. The group meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 12:50 p.m. in 105 Strauss Performing Arts Center.

"This ensemble is designed to meet the music needs of singers who wish to continue their choral experience," said Matthew Harden, assistant professor of music at UNO. "It is a performing organization that has varied programming but emphasizes larger choral works."

The University Chorus performs two concerts a semester, and collaborations with other Omaha arts groups and are constantly sought. The chorus will perform Ein Deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms with the UNO Concert Choir and Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra in March, and will join with NCAS Masterworks for a performance of Missa in tempore belli by Franz Joseph Haydn in late April.

For more information, contact Dr. Harden at 554.3608 or