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University of Omaha coeds take part in a 1915 Sigma Chi Omicron initiation ceremony.

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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

Flag Lowering

Gov. Dave Heineman reminds Nebraskans to fly state and U.S. flags at half-staff in honor of the passing of former President Gerald R. Ford, a native Nebraskan. President George W. Bush issued a proclamation Dec. 27 calling for flags to be flown at half-staff for 30 days following the death of the 38th U.S. President.

"Nebraska has lost a native son who made his state and nation proud," Gov. Heineman said. "President Ford served admirably, and our nation is a better place because of his willingness to put this country's health and well-being ahead of any desire for personal gain. He served with honor, and he will long be remembered for his decency in public service. Our thoughts are with his friends and family, and all who celebrate his memory."

President Ford took office in 1974. He was born Leslie Lynch King Jr. in Omaha on July 14, 1913. He died at his home Dec. 26 in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

Administrative Leave Granted for Jan. 2 Observance

All University of Nebraska offices were closed Tuesday, Jan. 2, to observe a national day of mourning for former President Gerald R. Ford.

President George W. Bush issued an executive order declaring Jan. 2 a national day of mourning, resulting in the closure of all federal government offices. Gov. Dave Heineman, subsequently, announced the closure of Nebraska state government agencies.

University employees will be granted a day of administrative leave for Jan. 2. For more information, contact Human Resources at 554.2325.

2007 Holiday Schedule Announced

The university will observe the following holiday schedule for 2007:

Monday, Jan. 1 - New Year's Day (observed)
Monday, Jan. 15 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Monday, May 28 - Memorial Day
Wednesday, July 4 - Independence Day
Monday, Sept. 3 - Labor Day
Thursday, Nov. 22 - Thanksgiving
Friday, Nov. 23 - Friday after Thanksgiving
Monday, Dec. 24 - Holiday Closedown
Tuesday, Dec. 25 - Holiday Closedown
Wednesday, Dec. 26 - Holiday Closedown
Thursday, Dec. 27 - Holiday Closedown
Friday, Dec. 28 - Holiday Closedown
Monday, Dec. 31, 2007 – Holiday Closedown taken as vacation leave or leave without pay.

The holiday closedown for 2007 will begin Monday, Dec. 24, and conclude Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008. Staff will return to work Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008.

For more information, contact Human Resources at 554.2321.

HR Seminar Series Continues Jan. 12

Human Resources' yearlong series of informative seminars will continue Friday, Jan. 12.

The next installment in the series is titled "Understanding Basic Investment Concepts." It will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mon Hon Room. The seminar will cover methods for basic investment choices, including some strategies and concepts used to plan for retirement. Discussion topics will include understanding investment risks, asset classes, basic types of investments, and distinctions between mutual funds and annuities.

The seminars are scheduled monthly from September through April. Topics will include personal financial management, social security and retirement planning. All seminars are open to all interested faculty and staff.

For more information, contact Esther Scarpello at 554.3660.

Submissions Sought for Online Calendar of Events

Are you planning a campus event for the spring semester?

University Affairs is seeking submissions for its online calendar of events.

Located on the Web at, the calendar can be viewed by day, week, month or category. Categories include athletics, exhibitions, films, lectures, meetings, miscellaneous and performance. Links to the calendar have been created on the UNO home page at under "Today at UNO" in the left-hand column and graphically in the tool bar at the top of the page.

An example of an item that would not be posted on the calendar is a biology departmental meeting. However, if the biology department is hosting a speaker and the event is open to the campus community/general public, the item would be posted.

The calendar is administered by University Affairs, located in 108 Eppley Administration Building. Beverly Newsam is the calendar administrator. All items must be submitted electronically with a contact name, phone number and e-mail. Training on how to submit items is available for any interested party by calling Newsam at 554.2129.

The UNO Calendar of Events is not a means for scheduling rooms or submitting information to other existing calendars on the Web. Reservations for meeting facilities still must go through appropriate channels in the Milo Bail Student Center.

For more information or to learn how to submit items to the calendar, contact Newsam at 554.2129.