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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

"Consider This" to Explore Stem Cell Research

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) recently hosted a mini-medical school on stem cells, titled "Stem Cells: The Promise of 21st Century Research." UNMC's experts in stem cell research outlined the subject's history and explained the difference between embryonic and adult stem cells, including their function and potential. This forum has been generating a lot of public debate.

This week on "Consider This," host Andrea McMaster will continue the discussion and ask more questions of guests Dr. John Safranek, a board member of the Nebraska Coalition for Ethical Research, and David Crouse, an associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and professor of genetics, cell biology and anatomy at UNMC.

The program will air on KYNE-TV tonight, Jan. 12, at 11 p.m. This edition of the program will be rebroadcast according to the following schedule:

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, Jan. 14
11:30 a.m. (CT)

NET2 (NET's cable network)
- Monday, Jan. 15
1:30 p.m. (CT)

- Wednesday, Jan. 17
8 a.m. (CT)

"Consider This" is a production of UNO Television. It also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For a list of days and times, visit the Web at Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at

Van Safety Training Offered

Does your class or group require transportation to a university-approved event? As a member of the UNO community, securing a passenger van for university transportation is an easy process.

The UNO Department of Environmental Health and Safety - which oversees and coordinates use of passenger vans - is offering passenger van training, a simple prerequisite for operating passenger vans for university events. There are no obstacle courses or defensive driving quizzes during the training, just a common sense approach and factual presentation of the differences between operating a passenger car and a passenger van.

For participants' convenience, the training can all be accomplished from the comfort of their own desk. On average, this Blackboard course takes less than one hour to complete, and certification is valid for three years.

For more information or to enroll, contact Bryce Bonet at 554.2239 or Ramie Smith at 554.2775.

Writing Center Spring Hours Announced

Spring hours are officially under way at the UNO Writing Center. In addition to the main Writing Center, located in 150 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH), members of the campus community can visit a Writing Center Satellite in Criss Library or access an online Writing Center via the Web.

The spring hours for each location are listed below:

Writing Center (150 ASH)
- Monday through Thursday
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
(Closed Wednesdays from 3 to 4 p.m.)

- Friday
9 a.m. to noon
Walk-ins are accepted on first-come, first-served basis, or individuals can book appointments at

Writing Center Online (
- Sunday
6 to 10 p.m.

- Monday through Wednesday
7 to 9 p.m.

Writing Center at the Library (first floor)
- Monday through Thursday
12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Connie Eberhart, director of the UNO Writing Center, at 554.3322 or

Nebraska Humanities Council Brown Bag Jan. 23

The UNO community is invited to attend a brown bag session Tuesday, Jan. 23, when Mary Yager, program officer with the Nebraska Humanities Council (NHC), will present information about the NHC's grants and programs. The informal session is hosted by Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) and will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The session is particularly important for individuals who are planning to submit a proposal to the NHC for the spring or summer deadlines. Attendees are invited to bring their lunch and enjoy beverages and desserts provided by SPR.

Reservations are not required. For more information, contact SPR at 554.2286.

Faculty Mini-Grants Available for Urban Youth Projects

Based on funding from the Midwest Consortium for Service Learning in Higher Education (MCSLHE), the Service Learning Academy (SLA) is offering faculty mini-grants to 13 faculty members who will join the Servicing Urban Youth Project and develop courses for fall 2007 with partnering youth-serving community partners.

Orientation for this project will be held Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 3 to 4 p.m. in 286 Arts and Sciences Hall. To register, send an e-mail to or call 554.6019.

The project involves an intergenerational community dialogue, scheduled for March, and will be followed by a collaborative, community-based planning session. For more information about applying for a Serving Urban Youth Project faculty mini-grant, visit the SLA Web site at or contact Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz at 554.2712 or

Spring 2007 Strategic Planning Event Set for March 2

Students and community engagement will be the focus at the UNO Spring 2007 Strategic Planning Event set for Friday, March 2. The event will be held in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. All interested members of the campus community (faculty, staff and students) are invited to attend. More information will be provided as the event nears.

To learn more about UNO's strategic plan, visit the Web at or contact Lindy Gustafson, graduate assistant, at or 554.2535.

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

In the News

In the News

- John Christensen, interim UNO chancellor, was quoted in the Jan. 7 edition of the Omaha World-Herald about a possible future relationship between UNO and the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association.

- Lourdes Gouveia, Latino/Latin American Studies, and Mary Ann Powell, sociology, were quoted in the Jan. 8 edition of the Lincoln Journal Star. The article highlighted a study the duo recently completed on the generational increase of degrees attained in high school and college among second- and third-generation Hispanics.

- Colleen Heavican, UNO Art Gallery, was quoted in the Dec. 31 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article explored campus art galleries finding a niche.

- Mary Lynn Reiser, business administration, was featured in a Jan. 9 segment on WOWT (Channel 6) about smart and practical personal finance tips.

- Nicholas Stergiou, health, physical education and recreation, was featured in a Dec. 29 news story on KETV (Channel 7). The segment discussed a study Dr. Stergiou completed on therapy for the motor control of developmentally disabled children.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media – local, state, regional, national or international – we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

In Print

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Stage

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 pianist Hal France, 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.

Discounted Tickets Available to "Wakonda's Dream"
Faculty, staff and students have the opportunity to purchase tickets to the March 7, 9 and 11 Opera Omaha performances of "Wakonda's Dream" at discounted prices. All performances will be held at the Orpheum Theater Slosburg Hall, located at 409 S. 16th St.

"Wakonda's Dream" features music by Anthony Davis and Libretto by Yusef Komunyaaka. Discounted tickets are available to the following shows:

- Wednesday, March 7
7:30 p.m.

- Friday, March 9
7:30 p.m.

- Sunday, March 11
2 p.m.

To purchase tickets, visit the Web at The deadline to purchase discounted tickets is Friday, March 2.

In conjunction with the Opera Omaha performances, a six-week "Wakonda's Dream" Festival runs Wednesday, Jan. 17, through Sunday, March 11, with numerous free community events. For a complete listing, visit the Web at and click on "event schedule" under the "Wakonda's Dream Festival" tab.

For more information, contact Steve at 402.346.4398, ext. 109, or

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Exhibit

"UNO Studio Art Faculty Exhibition 2007" Opens Tonight
The UNO Art Gallery will present "UNO Studio Art Faculty Exhibition 2007" Jan. 12-Feb. 17, with an opening reception set for tonight, 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.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.