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This Week in Campus History

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

Toner Recycling Program Benefits Campus

All campus departments are encouraged to recycle their printer and toner cartridges in support of the ongoing recycling program conducted by the Staff Advisory Council (SAC) and UNO Mail Services. Two-thirds of the monies received from this project go to student scholarships, and one-third goes to SAC for ongoing projects.

All used toner/ink jet cartridges can be sent to Mail Services in the Eppley Administration Building, Room 106, and addressed as follows:

UNO Mail Services - Toner Recycling Project

For more information, contact Rhonda Sheibal-Carver at 554.2625.

Nebraska Arts Council Brown Bag Today

Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) will host a brown bag session featuring Kristin Hardin, grants manager for the Nebraska Arts Council (NAC), today, 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.

William Gerbracht Memorial Scholarship

The application deadline for the William Gerbracht Memorial Scholarship is Thursday, Feb. 1. The scholarship is for dependents of UNO faculty/staff who are graduating high school seniors and will be incoming freshmen at UNO for the 2007-08 academic year. The scholarship covers full tuition and may be renewed for up to three years. The application is available online at

A memo from the faculty/staff member stating the student is his/her dependent must be sent to the Office of Financial Aid for the student to be considered for this scholarship. Staff will match the letter up with the student's online application.

SPR Report

The SPR Report details the results of UNO's efforts to obtain external funding in support of its teaching, research, service and outreach efforts. The report is designed to keep the university community informed as to externally funded projects on campus and bring recognition to those faculty and staff who have worked to generate these resources.

For the period of Dec. 25 through Jan. 8, those receiving grant awards totaling $504,528 are as follows:

Name: Debra Aliano
Unit: College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media - KVNO
Title: KVNO 12/07
Sponsor: Whitmore Charitable Trust

Name: Robert Bernier
Unit: College of Business Administration - Nebraska Business Development Center
Title: Procurement Technical Assistance Program for the State of Nebraska
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Defense/DLA

Name: Ann Fruhling
Unit: College of Information Science and Technology - Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis
Title: NPHL STATPack - Ongoing Research and System Support
Sponsor: UNMC

Name: Thomas Gouttierre
Unit: International Studies and Programs
Title: Courage Services Project Agreement 2006-08
Sponsor: Courage Services LLC

Name: Joseph Kaminski
Unit: Academic Affairs, Campus Recreation
Title: USTA Tennis Grant
Sponsor: U. S. Tennis Association Missouri Valley

For support and assistance with research activities, call the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research at 554.2286, or visit the Web at

December Employee of the Month: Tim Kaldahl

Working with the media on a regular basis might not be everyone's cup of tea.  However, Tim Kaldahl, interim director of communications in University Affairs, finds it an exciting and fulfilling job.

Kaldahl said he enjoys interacting with reporters and members of the campus community.  "Being able to make those connections is fun for me," he said.

Each morning, Kaldahl can be found scanning the daily news headlines to get a feel for the pace of the day.  From there, his schedule is often varied, as is the industry in which he works.

In the News"The great thing about being in public relations for a place like UNO is that there is always something new, something interesting and something different going on," he said.

One nominator commented on the way Kaldahl conducts business with folks inside and outside the university.  "Tim works tirelessly to promote the university," one nominator wrote.  "He has excellent working relationships with the media and has maintained a high level of mutual respect."

The campus environment is something that he enjoys, and he likes sharing it with reporters. "I like working with the media and with the people on UNO's campus," Kaldahl said.  "Working in and around education makes for interesting stories."

In March of 2003, Kaldahl joined the University Affairs team - UNO's news and public relations office.  The unit is responsible for providing communications and marketing support services that enhance the educational, research and service activities of students, faculty, staff and the extended community.  Along with its media relations work, University Affairs produces eNotes (the daily electronic news source for faculty and staff) and UNO What's Up (the weekly electronic news source for students), in addition to collaborating on a variety of advertising/marketing projects.

Like the office in which he works, Kaldahl's routine at UNO involves a variety of tasks - from planning media events and reacting to media requests, to committee work and writing news releases.  "New media," the world of Internet publications, presents a new set of challenges, as well.  On any given day, the job can take him from one end of campus to another and beyond - whatever the situation requires.

"He makes it look easy and does it with integrity, good humor and enthusiasm," another nominator wrote.  "His professionalism and willingness to do whatever it takes to put the university in the best possible light makes him an invaluable member of the campus community."

Gaining experience as a reporter helped prepare Kaldahl for the variability of his current job at UNO, as did his prior position - working in health care public relations for 10 years.  "All of my work has been about meeting deadlines," he said.  "The transition from reporting to public relations was a good one."

Among the many projects he has been a part of at UNO, Kaldahl said several are extremely memorable.  "A couple of the most satisfying work-related memories include having Afghan President Karzai on campus and packing an auditorium to overflowing for U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser," he said.

A Bellevue, Neb., native, Kaldahl is a product of the university.  He earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from UNO, but his writing expertise has benefited him beyond his campus ties.

Aside from his duties at UNO, Kaldahl has been active with the Shelterbelt - a local community theater - for several years.  He has written numerous one-act plays and a full-length show.  Although he is no longer a member of the theater's board of directors, Kaldahl finds theater a worthwhile pastime.  "I'd like to get back into writing scripts again in the future," he said.

When he's not busy writing, he enjoys cooking, reading and watching movies after his three-year-old has gone to bed. 

As Employee of the Month, Kaldahl will receive a plaque, portrait and monetary award.  All UNO faculty, staff and students are eligible to nominate individuals for the honor.  Nomination forms are available in Human Resources, 205 Eppley Administration Building. 

(Pictured above: Interim UNO Chancellor John Christensen and Kaldahl.)

For more information, call 554.2321.

myMAPP/Faculty Campus-Wide Support Sessions

Information Technology Services (ITS) is providing support for faculty as they transition to using myMAPP/faculty for their annual review. Besides department-specific training, faculty are invited to attend any of the campus-wide sessions. As time gets closer to the Feb. 23 deadline, walk-in sessions, times and dates will also be announced.

"Select & Share" sessions are available as listed below:

- Wednesday, Jan. 24
1:30 to 3 p.m.
007A Roskens Hall
Register at this link.

- Thursday, Jan. 25
9 to 10:30 a.m.
104 Durham Science Center
Register at this link.

- Monday, Jan. 29
10 to 11:30 a.m.
007A Roskens Hall
Register at this link.

- Friday, Feb. 2
1 to 2:30 p.m.
007A Roskens Hall
Register at this link.

Questions concerning categorization of information should be directed to individuals' department chairs. ITS recommends faculty check with their department chair for department session times and locations. All other questions may be directed to ITS Customer Services at 554.4357 or

Massage, Dance Lessons and Yoga Available at HPER

Campus Recreation and the Wellness Stampede will offer massage, dance lessons and instructional yoga this semester in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

Sessions will be offered according to the following schedules:

Chair Massage
When: Third Friday of the month. (Exception: March 16 session will be held March 23.)  The first session of the spring semester is set for Friday, Jan. 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cost: $10 per 15 minutes or $20 for two time slots. Register in 100 HPER. Walk-ins will be accepted if time permits.
Massage Therapist: Andrea Porter, licensed massage therapist.

Instructional Yoga
When: Session One (six classes) will be held Jan. 22 through Feb. 26 on Mondays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in 230 HPER.
Cost: $15 for students, $20 for faculty/staff activity cardholders and $25 for general public/non-activity cardholders.
Instructor: Amy C. Anderson, certified instructor through the Omaha Yoga and Bodywork Center.

Swing and Latin Dance Lessons
When: Sundays from Feb. 11 to March 4.  Swing meets from 2 to 3 p.m. and Latin from 3 to 4 p.m.  All classes will be held in HPER.
Cost: Activity cardholders - $15 for the first person, $13 for a friend. Non-activity cardholders - $18 for the first person, $15 for a friend. Add $5 more per person if you sign up for both classes.

Instructor: Marty Hebert, who has taught for years at various locations in the Omaha-area.

NBDC Professional Development Opportunities Available

New classes are starting soon! The Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) is offering the following professional development courses:

- Wednesday, Jan. 24
Finance and Budget for Nonfinancial Managers

- Tuesday, Feb. 6
Becoming an Effective Leader (Award Winning Series)

- Wednesday, Feb. 7
IT Project Management Toolbox

- Thursday, Feb. 8
Leading Project Teams

- Tuesday, Feb. 20
Running Productive Meetings

Course descriptions are available online at

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.

Religious Studies Lecture to Feature Barbara Simcoe

Barbara Simcoe, an associate professor of art and art history, will speak at UNO Thursday, Feb. 22, at 2:30 p.m. Her presentation is titled "Continuation & Promise: The Case of Jacob and Isaac."

Simcoe's discussion of religion and art is based on her work for the Yitzhak Project in Acco, Israel. More information on the project is available at

The presentation will be held in 313 Arts and Sciences Hall, and is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Kathy Cox Schwartz at 554.2628 or Information on this and other events sponsored by the UNO Religious Studies Program may be found on the Web at

"UNO Studio Art Faculty Exhibition 2007" Under Way

The UNO Studio Art Faculty Exhibition 2007" is currently on display in the UNO Art Gallery through Saturday, Feb. 17.

"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.

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.

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.