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

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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

Student Government Swearing In Ceremony Jan. 16

The new leaders of student government at UNO will take the oath of office in an event set for Tuesday, Jan. 16.

Alexander Williams was elected student body president/regent, and Michael White was elected student body vice president in elections held last fall. The swearing in ceremony will take place at 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Donal Burns, corporation secretary for the University of Nebraska, will conduct the ceremony for Williams. David Jarvis, UNO student court chief justice, will swear in White.

An informal reception will be held following the ceremony, and the campus community is invited to attend.

Williams is a senior majoring in political science. He joined Student Government as a senator representing the sophomore class and later as an Arts and Sciences senator. Following his appointment as Parliamentarian, he was appointed to the Executive Office of Legislative and Public Relations. On campus, Williams has been a member of Pi Kappa Alpha social fraternity, the Chancellor's Commission on Multicultural Affairs, the University Judicial Committee and the Student Leadership Council, and represented the student body for several years at the university strategic advances.

White is a senior political science major. He has been involved with Student Government since the fall of 2004, when he was elected Student Senator for the College of Business Administration and, later, the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition, White has been active with Pi Kappa Alpha social fraternity, the Interfraternity Council and as an Orientation Leader.

For more information about the Jan. 16 ceremony, call 554.2779.

UNO Library Friends to Host Jan. 18 Book Discussion

The Friends of the UNO Criss Library Book Club will host a discussion of The Invisible Pyramid by Loren Eiseley Thursday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. in Room 181 of The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute. The discussion leader will be Bing Chen, chair of the UNO Department of Computer and Electronic Engineering.

Eiseley, a Nebraska native, was the Benjamin Franklin Professor of Science at the University of Pennsylvania and a prolific author. His books include The Immense Journey, The Firmament of Time and The Unexpected Universe. The Invisible Pyramid, written in 1970, describes the rise of man as an organism devouring his environment and polluting his world space.

Film clips of Eiseley's life will be shown prior to the discussion. Eiseley died in 1977.

For more information, call 554.3205.

January Spotlight on Student Employment


Is your work area a better place because of student employees? Student Employment Services (SES) thinks the following student employees from International Studies and Programs are stellar and selected them as the January Spotlight on Student Employment recipients.

The January Spotlight on Student Employment recipients include:

- Besmer Milloshi, an international business major from Tirane, Albania;

- Michaela Lindley, an international studies major from Wahoo, Neb.; and

- Britney Stratman, a pre-occupational therapy major from West Point, Neb.

"The best thing about my job on campus is all of the fun people I get to meet and I get to work with," Lindley said.

Ivory Bobb Jr., officer manager, also notes the high quality of the students' work. "Bes has worked in our department since May 2006. He was instrumental in keeping our lab open and interacting with all of our international students," Bobb said. "He also helped with after-hour events, such as our potluck functions."

SES is featuring student employees from a different department each month through April. Featured departments will be entered in a drawing for an end-of-the-year party.

Departments also are featured on the Human Resources Student Employment Job Board on the first floor of the Eppley Administration Building. For more information about the program, contact Emily Muckerheide at

Students seeking work experience during school can gain assistance through SES, located in Human Resources, 205 Eppley Administration Building. On-campus student worker, work-study and graduate assistant positions are posted on the SES Job Board on the first floor of the Eppley Administration Building and online at

Pictured above at work is Stratman. (Not pictured: Milloshi and Lindley.)

Nominations Sought for 2007 Vice Chancellor's Award

Nominations/applications are currently being accepted for the 2007 Vice Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Leadership. This annual award recognizes an undergraduate student who has demonstrated exemplary leadership through influential participation in campus organizations and community volunteer work, in addition to scholarly achievement.

All nominees must be undergraduates enrolled at UNO with a 2.5 G.P.A. and who will be graduating in May, August or December of 2007.

The following items are necessary for the application/nomination to be processed. The application must be presented to the nominee by the nominator, and all documents must be returned to the Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) office, located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC).

Nomination Packets
Nomination packets are available on the SOLP Web site at

Nominator's Recommendation
The nominator's recommendation letter must be completed and returned with the nomination form by Friday, Feb. 9.

Nominee's Application
Must be returned by Friday, Feb. 16.

Nominee's Essay
Must be returned by Friday, Feb. 16.

For additional information regarding the award or nomination packet, contact SOLP at 554.2711 or stop by the SOLP office. The award will be presented at the 2007 Spring Honors Convocation and at the SOLP Student Leader Reception.

January NBDC Classes Offered

Do you find it challenging to get people to work together, get people to commit to deadlines and actually deliver on time, or to step back from a process to see how to improve it? If so, the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) can help!

The NBDC has helped others with the same kinds of issues. Take advantage of NBDC classes for yourself, or work with the NBDC to customize the experience for your department.

Classes are available on the following topics:

- Jan. 16
Communicate Throughout Your Company

- Jan. 22
Successful Negotiation

- Jan. 24
Finance and Budget for Nonfinancial Managers

- Jan. 25
Successful Project Management

- Feb. 6
Becoming an Effective Leader

To register, call 595.2900.

The Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) is a cooperative program of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Business Administration. The NBDC Business and Technology Solutions Division is a leading provider of results-based, interactive professional development programs. The program serves the citizens of Nebraska and has trained more than 65,000 people at more than 750 companies.

Call for UCAT Grant Proposals for Spring 2007

The UNO University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of travel grants for designated themes to increase capacity building in teaching and learning.

Applications are encouraged for both interdisciplinary conferences focusing on teaching and learning, as well as for disciplinary conferences with tracks or sessions focusing on one or more of the following themes. The applications should reflect UCAT's mission for enhancement of teaching and student learning processes at UNO, and focus on one or more of the following designated themes:
- Seamless transitions (P-20 transitions from pre-kindergarten through graduate school);
- Portfolio-based assessment;
- Recruitment and retention;
- Active learning;
- Facilitation of interdisciplinary collaboration;
- Learning communities;
- Diversity; and
- Scholarship of teaching.

The committee is accepting proposals on a monthly basis, from August through April, or until funds are expended. UCAT will fund grants up to $750 for each award. Proposals are due by the 21st of each month.

Application forms are available on the Center for Faculty Development (CFD) Web site ( Applicants must submit one hard copy and an electronic submission of the application. Electronic submissions should be in "rtf" or "MS Word" document formats, and should be sent as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll (

Hard copy submissions should be sent to the CFD in 220 Arts and Sciences Hall. For reference, examples of successful models of applications are available on the CFD/UCAT Web site (

For more information, contact Teresa Lamsam, associate professor of communication and the 2006-07 chair of UCAT (554.4853 or

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 - 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.

Intramurals Registration Under Way

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 is under way through 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.

Participants Sought for Research Study at UNMC

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Department of Psychiatry is searching for research volunteers, ages 19 to 64, to participate in a research study that will use marketed antidepressants. All study procedures and medications will be provided.

For more information, call 354.6885, e-mail or visit the Web at