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On Jan. 21, 1972, The Gateway announced that the latest renovations to the Milo Bail Student Center would soon be completed. Renovation plans were drawn up by the Space Utilizations Committee and the main objective was to find the best use for the space left by the relocation of the Bookstore. Committee members considered several suggestions from members of the university community for the best use of this space and the results included a student services area, a coffee house, a record store, a gift-boutique and a TV lounge area.

Date: Jan. 21, 1972
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

Faculty Wikipedia Brown Bag Jan. 25

On Thursday, Jan. 25, faculty will have an opportunity to discuss Wikipedia as a source of information for academic papers. The brown bag session will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room. All faculty who regularly assign papers requiring research are encouraged to attend.

"All of us, students and teachers alike, rely increasingly on online information sources. A popular choice is Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia whose contributors number in the thousands, including distinguished scholars, eyewitnesses to breaking news, cranks and mischief-makers, scrupulous writers and sloppy writers," said Marlina Howe, an instructor with the UNO School of Communication. "We need to help our students become critical users of Wikipedia, making informed decisions about when to use it and how to evaluate information found there."

In this workshop, faculty will learn about the history of Wikipedia, the structure of the site, its potential and its hazards for student writers. The workshop, led by UNO librarians Greg Sunderman and Melissa Cast, will prepare faculty to guide students in the judicious use of Wikipedia, and it will raise larger questions about the Internet's challenge to assumptions about knowledge-making, expertise and intellectual property.

For more information, contact Writing Across the Curriculum coordinator Nora Bacon ( To register, contact the Center for Faculty Development (ASH 220) at 554.2427 or Those interested in attending are invited to bring their lunch. Desserts and drinks will be provided.

UNO Ambassadors Available for Campus Activities

Do you need help with a university event? The UNO Ambassadors are ready and willing to represent the university.

Twelve UNO Ambassadors are available during the spring semester to assist at campus functions hosted by the chancellor and other UNO dignitaries and organizations.

Members of this select group wear UNO blazers or polos and act as official hosts and hostesses at a variety of events, interacting with guests to enhance a positive image of the university. All ambassadors maintain full-time student status, but the group strives to honor as many requests as possible.

For more information or to obtain a request form, contact Christy Tilford (554.3546 or or Mary Dobrauc (554.2220 or Requests should be made a minimum of two weeks prior to an event.

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.

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

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.

Updated Group Ex Schedule Announced

Campus Recreation and the Wellness Stampede have teamed up to host a variety of Group Ex classes this spring at UNO. The updated class schedule is available below. Classes began Tuesday, Jan. 16, and run through Friday, April 27.

All classes are held in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. Group Ex classes are free to all current students and Campus Recreation cardholders. Classes will not be held March 12-18.

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

Spring Group Ex Schedule

Spring Pilates and Yoga Schedule

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.

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

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

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 graduated in December 2006 or will be graduating in May or August.

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.

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

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

Maverick Watch

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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. 16
- Hockey vs. Minnesota State, Mankato
Qwest Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St.
7:05 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 18
- Women's basketball vs. South Dakota
Sapp Fieldhouse
6 p.m.

- Men's basketball vs. South Dakota
Sapp Fieldhouse
8 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 19
- Wrestling vs. St. Cloud
Sapp Fieldhouse
7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 20
- Wrestling Brand Open
Sapp Fieldhouse
9 a.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at