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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

"Consider This" to Highlight IDA Savings Program

This week on "Consider This," host Andrea McMaster will speak with Julie Kalkowski from United Way of the Midlands about Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) - a program helping entrepreneurs, students and homeowners realize their dreams. Ashley Ingram, a graduate of the IDA program, will also join the discussion.

IDAs are dedicated, matched savings accounts intended to promote personal savings and to build assets such as home ownership, post-secondary education or job training.

Saving money can be no small feat for working families. The Omaha Millennia IDA program addresses that fundamental challenge and provides a unique incentive. For each $50 that a client saves monthly, they receive a match of $100, for a maximum of $1,200. Local dollars - from companies, foundations and nonprofit groups - are very important for the growth and continuation of the program. A federal grant through the Assets for Independence Act provides the match to local dollars.

Some features of individual development accounts include:
- Promoting economic independence;
- Building financial knowledge and skills;

- Helping participants succeed as they leave welfare;
- Increasing homeownership;
- Strengthening communities; and
- They are a "hand up" not a "hand out".

The program will air on KYNE-TV Friday, Dec. 22, at 11 p.m. This edition of the program will be rebroadcast according to the following schedule:

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)

- Sunday, Dec. 24
11:30 a.m. (CT)

NET2 (NET's cable network)

- Monday, Dec. 25
1:30 p.m. (CT)

- Wednesday, Dec. 27
8 a.m. (CT)

"Consider This" is a production of UNO Television. It also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For a list of days and times, visit the Web at Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at

Retirement Reception Jan. 3 for Walt Dean

After 19 years of service to UNO, Walt Dean of the Department of Maintenance and Utilities with UNO Facilities Management and Planning will be retiring.

A retirement reception for Dean will be held Wednesday, Jan. 3, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. For more information, contact Don Smith at 554.3734 or

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

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.

For more information, call 554.4357.

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's 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.

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, and continuing 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.

In the News

In the News

-John Bartle, public administration, was quoted in the Dec. 10 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article discussed policy-making and financial control.

-Loree Bykerk, political science, was quoted in the Dec. 8 edition of the Omaha World-Herald about spending and incumbency.

- Thomas Gouttierre, dean of international studies and programs, and director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies, was interviewed Nov. 22 by Warnews at Swarthmore College (Philadelphia) about the history of the Taliban and the neo-Taliban.

Gouttierre also was interviewed Dec. 4 by the Pensacola Independent (Pensacola, Fla.) about education in Afghanistan. He also was interviewed Dec. 11 on the world forum call-in show "Voice of America" about an update on Afghanistan.

-Burch Kealy, accounting, was featured in the Dec. 18 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article highlighted Dr. Kealy's work with the SEC online.

- Lou Pol was quoted in the Dec. 16 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. In the article, Dr. Pol complimented Burch Kealy's work with the SEC online.

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

- Bruce E. Johansen, communication and Native American Studies, was the subject of a lengthy profile in Contemporary Authors: A Bio-Bibliographical Guide to Current Writers in Fiction, General Nonfiction, Poetry, Journalism, Drama, Motion Pictures, Television, and Other Fields (Detroit: Thomson/Gale, Vol. 153, 2006, 168-171).

- Matthew Rohde, Criss Library, contributed to Managing Student Assistants: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians (2006), a book authored/edited by Kimberly Burke Sweetman.

- Richard Wyatt, Criss Library, had five poems published at DePaul University in Chicago in three successive issues of Poetry East. The current issue of Poets & Writers also announced that Wyatt is the recipient of the Distinguished Merit Award for Poetry in their Recent Winners section. The poems will be included in this fall's issue of Poetry East, yet to appear, and in next spring's issue and next fall's issue, which is devoted to poems discussing happiness and bliss! The mention of the award is in current issue of Poets & Writers, currently on newsstands at Borders and Barnes & Noble.

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

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

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, 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.