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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

ITS Announces Campus Systems Down Time

Due to a power outage scheduled for the Eppley Administration Building (EAB) Tuesday, Dec. 26, all network and Internet connections will be unavailable.

The UNO EAB data center servers and the UNO campus network/Internet, including network connections between buildings, will be completely down starting Dec. 26 at 6 p.m. This outage will affect all core UNO technology systems, including myMail, myUNO (Blackboard), myFolder and EBRUNO. ITS anticipates that these systems will be available again at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27.

New Features to Be Added to myUNO

On Wednesday, Jan. 3, two new features or building blocks will be available in myUNO (Blackboard): Podcast and CPS Connection.

"The Podcast building block allows instructors to create a podcast from existing audio and video files," said Jay Killion, instructional designer with the Academic Partnership for Instruction in ITS. "The building block includes an option to limit the podcast to the students in a course or make it available publicly via the Internet."

Courses for instructors to learn more about the Podcast building block in myUNO will be held Wednesday, Jan. 10, from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. To register for a class, visit the API calendar at

The CPS Connection building block allows faculty using the eInstruction classroom response systems (clickers) to directly import clicker data into the myUNO (Blackboard) gradebook. If you are using the eInstruction clickers and need assistance, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (554.4357).

The Podcast building block will be visible to students in the Communications area and anywhere podcasting content is created in myUNO. The CPS Connection building block will be visible to students in the Tools area. To disable either of these building blocks in myUNO, follow this path: Control Panel > Manage Tools > Building Block Tool Availability. Deselect the building blocks you do not want displayed to students.

For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (554.4357).

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

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.

Mileage Reimbursement Rate Announced

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.

Library Hours Announced for Holiday Break and 2007

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

- Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 17-18

- Monday through Friday, Dec. 19-22
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

- 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

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

Regular hours resume Jan. 8, 2007, 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.