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Do you know this location? Faculty and staff who were housed in the Engineering Building may find it difficult to distinguish any of the hallways or classrooms at the start of the spring semester. Much of the building has been gutted, and only the orange steel girders and concrete walls remain. The demolition phase continues on the west side of the building's second floor. Construction work on the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building will start in April.

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

This Week in Campus History

The Jan. 18, 1967, edition of The Gateway reported that Alpha Xi Delta sorority had set Jan. 31 as the date for their annual Devil Dance, which would include the crowning of king Satan. The dance was scheduled from 9 p.m. to midnight at the Holiday Inn and would begin following a pre-party from 7 to 9 p.m. exclusively for Alpha Xi members and their dates. Dress for the Devil Dance was semi-formal and "The Shomen Combo" provided music.

Date: Jan. 18, 1967
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

Chancellor's Search Web site Available

A new Web page has been established to provide both the UNO campus community and the public with information about the UNO chancellor search. The address for the Web site is

Currently, the site includes the position advertisement information and a link to the press release on the chancellor search committee.  More information will be added in the future, including candidate and visit information, when it becomes available.

For more information, call 554.3502.

Faculty Senate to Meet Jan. 10

The UNO Faculty Senate will meet Wednesday, Jan. 10, in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Dodge Rooms. Wade Robinson, associate vice chancellor of student affairs, and Stan Schleifer, manager of support services, will speak on the university's Emergency Preparedness Process. The presentation will begin at 2 p.m., with the meeting immediately following. All interested parties are invited to attend.

For more information, contact Jim Shaw, Faculty Senate president, at 554.2225 or Sue Bishop, Faculty Senate coordinator, at 554.3598.

Collegiate Readership Program Trial Begins Jan. 8

Starting Monday, Jan. 8, UNO students will have the world at their fingertips. The UNO Student Government Association (SGA) has partnered with USA Today to conduct a trial of the Collegiate Readership Program at UNO. The trial program will end Friday, Feb. 2. During the four-week trial, copies of USA Today, The New York Times and the Omaha World-Herald will be available at no charge to UNO students at seven different campus locations.

"The goal of the readership program is to engage college students in active learning inside and outside the classroom by increasing knowledge of local, national and international events," said James Hulstein, vice president of SGA. "SGA is launching this initiative to promote civic engagement on campus and broaden students' awareness of current issues through newspaper readership."

Student readership will be monitored throughout the trial program, and students will be surveyed at the beginning and end of the trial program to determine its effectiveness and impact on campus.

USA Today, The New York Times and the Omaha World-Herald will be available at the Milo Bail Student Center; Roskens Hall; Arts and Sciences Hall; the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building; Criss Library; Durham Science Center; and The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute. Representatives from USA Today will deliver all three publications to the seven campus locations each morning, Monday through Friday, during the trial. Recycling bins will be placed at all newspaper displays throughout the trial program so used and unused newspapers may be collected and recycled.

"At the conclusion of the trial program, SGA will review the usage data and student feedback in order to determine if implementing a fully funded Readership Program for the 2007-08 school year would benefit UNO and its students," Hulstein said.

The Collegiate Readership Program, managed by USA Today, brings a diverse assortment of newspapers to campuses across the nation and is enhanced by the Collegiate Academic Web site ( Since its inception in 1997 at Penn State University, student use and interest in the Collegiate Readership Program has grown rapidly. Currently, more than 430 campuses across the country have implemented student readership programs, including Creighton University, Nebraska Wesleyan University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

For more information, contact Hulstein at 554.6023 or 210.1905.

Library Walkway No Smoking Notice

Beginning Monday, Jan. 8, a new no smoking area will be located under the covered south library walkway.

Receptacles to extinguish cigarettes and other smoking materials were installed at both ends of the walkway during the winter break, along with new no smoking signs. A student opinion poll indicated significant support for a smoking ban under the nearly enclosed area.

For more information, call 554.3502.

Intramurals Registration Set for Jan. 18

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. 18.

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.

Safety Notice for On-Campus Incidents

The start of a new semester is a great time to brush up on the university's safety and emergency procedures. The information below is provided by Campus Security, located in 100 Eppley Administration Building.

Incident Reporting
Incidents requiring immediate action include fire, environmental spills, medical conditions, property damage, disruptive behavior and crimes in progress. Persons involved with or observing these types of incidents should call Campus Security at 554.2911. Campus Security will dispatch officers to the scene and, if required, contact 911.

Faculty and staff can call 911 directly, but then they also should notify Campus Security to help coordinate the response and expedite travel to the emergency scene. Emergency information provided by the caller should include the building, floor, room number, call back number and nature of the emergency.

Faculty and staff should assist with room and building evacuations, and be aware of those needing special assistance. All employees should become familiar with the designated rally points for their buildings, which are listed in the back of the telephone directory under "Emergency Procedures."

Personal Threats and Harassment
Disruptive behavior on campus will not be tolerated. Threats or acts of violence should be reported to Campus Security. If the act appears to represent an immediate threat or harm to the individual, it should be reported at once to Campus Security or 911.

Personal Escorts
The escort service is available 24-7 for individuals on campus. Contact Campus Security to arrange for an escort.

Personal Safety Checks
Individuals who may be working alone outside normal working hours are encouraged to contact Campus Security. Security officers will periodically check on your safety while you are here.

Personal Property
The university is not responsible for personal property. Individuals are responsible for safeguarding their own property. Loss of personal property should be reported to Campus Security.

Alert System
A system to help facilitate emergency communications has been installed on the north and south campus. Announcements are distributed from Campus Security to building public address systems or speakers located in building corridors. When announcements are made, strobe lights will flash to notify the hearing impaired to seek assistance.

The system will be particularly helpful during tornado warnings. The announcement will alert building occupants to seek shelter and again later when the warning has ended. The alert system also can be used to announce university closings, confirm evacuations for fire or chemical release, or other emergency conditions.

More information on campus emergency procedures can be found in the UNO Employee Telephone Directory beginning on page 111. For more information about Campus Security procedures related to campus emergencies, contact Stan Schleifer at 554.3596 or Paul Kosel at 554.2648.

Mav-Rec Group Ex Classes Kick Off This Week

Campus Recreation and the Wellness Stampede have teamed up to host a variety of group exercise classes this spring at UNO.

All Mav-Rec classes will be held in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. Group Ex classes are free to all current Campus Recreation activity cardholders and students.

Introduction classes will be held Jan. 8-12 according to the following schedule:

- Cardio Sculpt
Noon to 12:45 p.m.
100 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building

- Butts ‘n' Guts ‘n' Stuff
6:40 to 7:30 p.m.
110 HPER

- Pilates
Noon to 12:50 p.m.
230 HPER

- Fitness Yoga
3 to 4 p.m.
230 HPER

- Mav Pump
7 to 7:50 a.m.
230 HPER

- Aqua Lunch
Noon to 12:45 p.m.

- Beginning Pilates
5:15 to 6:15 p.m.
230 HPER

- Cardio Crunch 40/20
6:40 to 7:40 p.m.
230 HPER

- A Quick 30
11:30 a.m. to Noon
110 HPER

- Mav Pump
Noon to 12:45 p.m.
112 HPER

- Pilates
Noon to 12:50 p.m.
230 HPER

- Turbo Kick
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
110 HPER

To access the full Spring Mav-Rec Group Ex Weekly Schedule, click on the following links:

Spring Group Ex Schedule

Spring Pilates and Yoga Schedule

Classes will not be held Jan. 15 and March 12-18.

To have a schedule faxed or mailed to your office, call University Affairs at 554.2358. For more information, contact Dave Daniels at 554.2008.

"UNO Studio Art Faculty Exhibition 2007" Opens Jan. 12

The UNO Art Gallery will present "UNO Studio Art Faculty Exhibition 2007" Jan. 12-Feb. 17, with an opening reception set for Friday, Jan. 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

"UNO Studio Art Faculty Exhibition 2007" will feature 22 artists (full- and part-time faculty) from the Department of Art and Art History in the UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media. The exhibition will focus on the process and practice of art making.

To augment the mission of the Department of Art and Art History to prepare students for a professional life in fine arts, each artist's work will be accompanied by an artist statement discussing their influences and artistic methods. Artists also are urged to include sketches and inspirations for their works to illustrate the creative process.

Participating artists include Jody Boyer, Larry Bradshaw, Gary Day, Carole DeBuse, Wanda Ewing, Mark Gilbert, David Helm, Alisa (Al) Holen, Susan McGilvrey, Russ Nordman, Bonnie O'Connell, Nicholas Pella, Dan Perry, Matt Peterson, Caroline Schmitz, Doug Schroder, Barbara Schroeder, Henry Serenco, Barbara Simcoe, Bryce Speed, Lori Tatreau and Frances Thurber.

The UNO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building. The exhibitions are free, handicapped accessible and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from noon to 4 p.m.; Thursday from noon to 8 p.m.; and Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 554.2796.

Masters and Music Series Continues Jan. 14

"Art, Music and the Spiritual," the next installment in the Masters and Music series at UNO, will be held Sunday, Jan. 14. The event will begin at 5 p.m. in the UNO Art Gallery.

The series, which is sponsored by Friends of Art, blends artistic imagery and musical composition. The Jan. 14 installment will feature artist Steve Joy and Hal France, pianist and music director of the BlueBarn Music Festival.

Joy will discuss "Is it Possible to Make Secular Icon Paintings in the 21C?". His work is based on 10th-15th century icon paintings. Using these medieval Orthodox icons, he will explore traditional values in painting and relate these to modern practices and his contemporary creations. France will echo that discussion with a performance and discussion on "How Composers Express The Divine." Using musical examples from a variety of times and styles, France will take a glimpse at how music has expressed the divine in history. With the works of Bach, Handel, Messian, Gorecki, Part, Ellington, Brubeck and others, he will demonstrate a range of evocative expressions in music.

The UNO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building. The presentation will be followed by a reception with the artists. Tickets are $15 per person and $3 for students with ID. All proceeds will benefit the Friends of Art Scholarship Fund. Friends of Art is a support group for the UNO Department of Art and Art History.

For more information or to make a reservation, call Shari Hofschire at 554.2402.

In addition to France's Jan. 14 talk, he will also be teaching a course in the UNO Department of Music starting this January. "Opera Then and Now" will meet Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in 105 Strauss Performing Arts Center. It is open to community participants for a $75 registration fee. For more information, contact Shellie Hardin at 554.2177.

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 and 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

Inclement Weather Announcement

When inclement weather arises locally, access the UNO Weather Announcements Web site at for the latest university closing information. Remember to hit the reload or refresh button on your Web browser first.

You also can dial 554.CALL (554.2255) for the latest weather announcements, and KVNO Radio 90.7 FM will also announce UNO closing information.

Maverick Watch


Go Mavs! Support your Mavericks by attending their home events.

Faculty, staff and students are admitted free to all home athletic games with a valid MavCard ID and game-day ticket, excluding hockey for faculty and staff. The spouses, significant others and children of faculty, staff and students also are admitted free. At the game, faculty, staff and students must present a valid MavCard ID to receive a ticket. Tickets will be available the day of the game at each home event. For more information, call 554.MAVS (6287).

At home this week...

Tuesday, Jan. 9
- Women's basketball vs. Southwest Minnesota State
Sapp Fieldhouse
6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 12
- Swimming and Diving vs. South Dakota
Health, Physical Education and Recreation Pool
5:30 p.m.

- Hockey vs. Bowling Green
Qwest Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St.
7:05 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 13

- Women's basketball vs. Minnesota Duluth
Sapp Fieldhouse
2 p.m.

- Men's basketball vs. Minnesota Duluth
Sapp Fieldhouse
4 p.m.

- Hockey vs. Bowling Green
Qwest Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St.
7:05 p.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at