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On Jan. 9, 1951 The Gateway facetiously recommended draft-dodging techniques for those concerned about being drafted into the Korean War. Advice included: "develop back trouble" because such pains were very difficult to prove or disprove. Although flat feet were also a possibility, the military had acquired supports for flat-footed soldiers crafted from steel. A criminal record was helpful, as well, because: "the services aren't too interested in sticky-fingered boys with ignition jumpers in their pockets." The Gateway admitted, however, that the most effective and only fail-safe way to avoid the draft was to enlist in armed service of your choice.

Date: Jan. 9, 1951
Source: The Gateway
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

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

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).

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.

Nominations Sought for Lamanna Award for Excellence

Individuals in the UNO community are being asked to nominate students, faculty or staff for 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 or

UCR Application Deadline Jan. 29

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 (

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.


- Thomas Gouttierre, dean of international studies and programs, and director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies, gave a presentation Dec. 1 for Accounting Group, MCC on "What Went Wrong in Iraq and Afghanistan?".

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