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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

MLK Jr. Legacy Recognized with Jan. 15 Day of Service

The life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. has been celebrated at UNO for many years. Beginning this year, UNO Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) is hosting a Day of Service in honor of Dr. King on his birthday, Monday, Jan. 15.

In 1994, Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, designating the King holiday as a national day of volunteer service. Instead of a day off from work or school, Congress asked Americans of all backgrounds and ages to celebrate Dr. King's legacy by turning community concerns into citizen action.

"The King Day of Service brings together people who might not ordinarily meet, breaks down barriers that have divided us in the past, leads to better understanding and ongoing relationships, and is an opportunity to recruit new volunteers for your ongoing work," said Sharif Liwaru, cultural awareness programs adviser at UNO.

Everyone is invited to volunteer. The event will begin at 10 a.m. at the Wesley House, located at 2001 N. 35th St. Lunch and an "MLK Day of Service" shirt will be provided for those who sign up.

For more information, contact Liwaru at 554.2711. Those interested in doing something to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. are invited to sign up by clicking on this link: MLK Day of Service.

Sparks Award Nominations Being Accepted

Nominations are being accepted for the Chancellor Robert D. Sparks, M.D., Award in Public Health and Preventive Medicine. Dr. Sparks is a former University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) chancellor who has established an award through the University of Nebraska Foundation to recognize University of Nebraska faculty members, public health professionals and/or volunteers involved in faculty or service projects for outstanding innovation, excellence, collaboration and impact on health promotion, disease prevention and advancement of effective public health approaches.

The award recipient will receive a $1,000 cash award and will be recognized at a College of Public Health Awards Event. The award recipient will have an opportunity to make a brief presentation about his/her work on preventing disease and promoting health through public health education, research and practice. All nominations must be received or postmarked no later than Wednesday, Jan. 31. E-mail, fax and postal nominations will be accepted.

Nominations should include:
- A completed nomination form and attached description of the nominee's qualifications (no more than two pages in length);
- Up to two letters supporting the nomination; and
- An up-to-date curriculum vita or résumé for the nominee.

The nomination form, letters of support, and the nominee's CV or résumé will be the primary sources of information for selecting award recipients.

Nomination materials and questions about the award should be directed to:

Jessica B. Tschirren

Coordinator of Public Health Education

210 S. 49th St.

Omaha, NE 68132.

Tschirren can also be reached at 561.7586 or by e-mail at

January FEAP Schedule Announced

The Faculty/Staff Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) provides short-term counseling, assessment and referral services for faculty, staff, their spouses or significant others, and family members. FEAP offices are located in 206 Eppley Administration Building.

The January schedule is as follows:

- Jan. 8, 16 and 19
8 a.m. to noon

- Jan. 12, 24 and 29
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Appointments are free and available by calling 554.3120 (UNO) or 559.5175 (UNMC).

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.

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.

Blue Line Club Luncheon Jan. 12

The hockey season is in full swing, and the tradition to kick off a Maverick hockey weekend continues this week with a Blue Line Club (BLC) luncheon. The next luncheon will be held Friday, Jan. 12, to commemorate the UNO vs. Bowling Green series.

The luncheon will be held at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. The buffet opens at 11:15 a.m., and the program will run from 11:40 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $20 for BLC members or $25 for non-members. No reservation is required to attend.

At the luncheon, hear from the opposing coach, watch highlight videos, get a scouting report on opponents and learn from guest speakers. Previous speakers include NHL scouts, player agents, referees and former college players and coaches.

For more information, contact Shirley Fey at 554.3422.

Getting Started with myUNO (Blackboard) Session Jan. 13

Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer a Getting Started with myUNO (Blackboard) session Saturday, Jan. 13, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 104 Durham Science Center.

"Come and get a good introduction to myUNO," said Pat Dargantes, training coordinator for ITS. "We'll discuss many of its features. You'll be able to easily start using it after this session."

For a full myUNO training schedule, log into myUNO at and click on the Instructor Help tab. The Jan. 13 session, however, should be taken before the other sessions offered later in January.

To register for the "Getting Started" class or any other myUNO classes:
- From on-campus, go to
- Select "Training Registration" on the left panel.
- Log in using your UNO Net ID account and password.

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

FEAP to Offer Workshop on Dealing with Difficult People

Mark your calendar for a workshop regarding dealing with difficult people. Hosted by the Faculty/Staff Employee Assistance Program (FEAP), it will be held Tuesday, Jan. 30, from 9 to 10 a.m. and is free for all faculty and staff.

Watch eNotes for more information as the event nears or contact Marlene Schneider at 554.3120 (UNO) or 559.5175 (UNMC).

COS Open Lab Session Planned for Grant Writers

The next Community of Science (COS) open lab session will be held Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 9 a.m. in Room 207 of Criss Library.

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research hosts these monthly hour-long sessions to demonstrate the various online resources available to faculty and graduate students through COS. Reservations are not required.

For more information, contact Nancy Schlesiger at 554.2286.

Children Sought for UNMC Depression Study

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Department of Psychiatry is searching for research volunteers, ages seven to 13, to participate in a depression rating scale study.

For more information, contact Diane May (354.6885 or or Shelby Pracht (354.7833).