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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

New Article Focuses on Children of Immigrants

A new article from the Migration Information Source by two UNO faculty members examines how children of immigrants are faring in Nebraska, which between 1990 and 2000 had the fastest growth of the foreign-born population of any Midwestern state and the second highest increase in children of immigrants in pre-kindergarten to fifth grade.

Lourdes Gouveia, director of the UNO Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS), and Mary Ann Powell, UNO associate professor of sociology, found that, as of December 2006, Latino children made up 22.6 percent of students in the Omaha Public School District, the state's largest, and the highest projections indicate they will be a majority in a few years. The authors provide a previously unavailable look at first-, second- and third generation immigrants throughout the state based on Current Population Survey (CPS) data and their own Educational Attainment in Nebraska (EAN) survey, noting that due to limited sample sizes, the data should be interpreted with caution.

Gouveia and Powell find that:

- According to CPS data, school enrollment for 16- to 24-year-olds jumps from 22.3 percent of first-generation Mexicans (59.7 percent full time) to 54.5 percent of second-generation Mexicans (90.3 percent full time).

- Educational attainment increases across generations, too. CPS data show that nearly three out of four first-generation Mexican adults ages 25 to 65 (73.8 percent) have less than a high school diploma, but this number drops to one out of four in the second generation (25.6 percent). While only 2.6 percent of first-generation Mexican adults have a college degree, almost one-fourth of second-generation Mexican adults (22.8 percent) do.

- Only 16 percent of first-generation Latino students who completed the authors' EAN survey reported that many or most of their friends had plans to attend a four-year college, but 23 percent of second-generation and more than half of third-generation Latino students reported friends having college plans.

Despite this progress, hurdles remain, according to the article. The majority of children of immigrants in Nebraska live in urban neighborhoods where poverty is at least twice as high as the city's overall poverty rate, and the authors caution that research has shown a correlation between family fragmentation, due in part to immigrant parents' long working hours in low-wage jobs, and downward assimilation.

The authors found that of the second-generation Latino high school students who provided information on their parents' work status for the EAN survey, 100 percent of fathers and 69 percent of mothers work. However, the majority (55.2 percent) of first-generation high school students and more than a third of second-generation high school students (38.4 percent) had to work to help their parents, while only 18.2 percent of third-generation students did. Additionally, about 70 percent of Latino children surveyed said they would need a scholarship to attend college.

Additional findings, as well as data charts, are available from the Migration Information Source article at:

The Migration Information Source is a project of the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank dedicated to analysis of the movement of people worldwide.

For more information, call 554.3502.

Bowling Green/UNO Hockey to Air on NET1

After being beaten in early December on their home ice in Bowling Green, Ohio, by the UNO Mavericks, the Bowling Green Falcons will be looking for some revenge against their traditional rival when the two meet at Qwest Center Omaha this Saturday, Jan. 13. The game will air live at 7 p.m. (CT) on NET1 and in high-definition on NET-HD.

Mike Sigmond will call the contest between the Scott Paluch-coached Falcons and the Mike Kemp-coached Mavericks, with former UNO hockey player Kendall Sidoruk offering color commentary. Larry Punteney will provide rinkside reports.

The Jan. 13 game will also be webcast live on NET's Web site ( To access the Web cast, the Internet and a free Windows Media Player program are required. Webcasting of the game is a free service of NET.

"Maverick Hockey" is a co-production of NET Sports, Nebraska's Home for Sports, and College Sports TV. NET1 and NET-HD are part of NET Television, a service of NET. For a complete program schedule, visit NET's Web site ( and click on "television."

TIAA-CREF Schedule through February Announced

TIAA-CREF announces its campus visit schedule for January and February. A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus for individual appointments on the following dates:
- Jan. 16, 23 and 30
- Feb. 13 and 27.

Appointments for one-on-one counseling sessions can be made by calling Louella Williams at the TIAA-CREF office in Omaha at 548.3610 or by logging onto the Web at

Nebraska Arts Council Brown Bag Jan. 17

Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) will host a brown bag session featuring Kristin Hardin, grants manager for the Nebraska Arts Council (NAC), Wednesday, Jan. 17. The informal session will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Attendees are invited to bring their lunch and join SPR as Hardin discusses the NAC's various programs and activities. The session is particularly important for individuals who plan to submit a proposal to NAC for the spring deadline.

Beverages and desserts will be provided by SPR. Reservations are not required. For more information, contact SPR at 554.2286

UCR Deadline Announced

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 second submission deadline is Monday, Jan. 29, at 5 p.m.

The UCR continues to consider both faculty mini-grant requests and student proposals monthly. The guidelines and forms are available on the Sponsored Programs and Research Web page at

Children Sought for ADHD Study at UNMC

Is your child unable to sit still? Does he or she have trouble following directions or paying attention? Your child may be eligible for an evaluation and study treatment at no charge.

If your son or daughter is five or six years old and exhibits the behaviors listed above, contact the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Department of Psychiatry to learn more about a research study being conducted.

For more information, call 354.6884.

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

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, Messiaen, 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.

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.

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

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

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