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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

Auditions Set for Shakespeare on the Green 2007

Auditions for the professional company of artists to perform in Shakespeare on the Green 2007 will be held Saturday, Jan. 27, in the Weber Fine Arts Building, Room 333.

This year's Nebraska Shakespeare Festival (NSF) company will consist of 11 men and seven women. The company is professional, and there are a limited number of Equity contracts available. An internship program is available for young artists. All actors are encouraged to audition, and rehearsals begin May 21.

Shakespeare on the Green 2007 will present two plays this summer. "Henry V," directed by Cindy Melby Phaneuf, founding NSF artistic director and UNO professor of theatre, is set for June 21-24 and July 5 and 7. "Love's Labour's Lost," directed by D. Scott Glasser, UNO assistant director of theatre, will run June 28-July 1 and July 6 and 8.

Additional information is available at, or contact Kasey Brandt, NSF director for Production/Education, at 554.3072 or

NSF is a non-profit organization that produces Shakespeare on the Green in cooperation with Creighton University, UNO and the City of Omaha. The plays are offered free of charge to the public, made possible through contributions and through memberships in the Friends of Shakespeare and the Bard's Club.

FEAP to Offer Workshop on Dealing with Difficult People

Do you struggle with effective ways to handle angry, upset customers/co-workers? If so, this program is for you. Hosted by the Faculty/Staff Employee Assistance Program (FEAP), "Dealing with Difficult Customers" will be held Tuesday, Jan. 30, at UNO. The program will run from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U mon hon Room.

The presenters will be Marlene Schneider, counselor with the UNO and University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) FEAP, and Susan Smith, manager of UNO/UNMC FEAP. The duo will discuss techniques for dealing with difficult people at work.

Participants will learn how to:
- Understand how perceptions, experience and exposures shape our attitudes; and
- Develop more effective strategies for working with difficult people at work.

Reserve a seat by calling 554.2321 no later than Friday, Jan. 26.

The UNO Speech Center Introduces New Web Site

The UNO Speech Center's Web site ( has a new look and feel.

The center launched the new site to provide users with an updated, user-friendly resource of information on its consulting, workshops and hours of operation.

The Speech Center invites all UNO students, faculty and staff to seek assistance in preparing oral presentations and/or incorporating effective presentational skills into their courses. For details, visit the new site at

For more information, contact Marlina Howe at 554.3263 or

Nominations Sought for Student Employee of the Year

Student workers are an essential component of UNO. Not only do they play an important role in the daily functions of UNO, but they are also gaining valuable work experience.

Student Employment Services is seeking nominations for Student Employee of the Year. To nominate a student, complete a short nomination form with a recommendation letter and return the information to Student Employment Services (205 Eppley Administration Building) by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9. Nomination forms have been mailed to all departments. If you did not receive a form or have questions, call 554.2321.

The Student Employee of the Year will be announced and nominees will be recognized, along with all student workers, at the 2007 Student Employment Reception. The event will be held Monday, April 9, at 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom.

Cindy Sheehan to Keynote at Peace and Justice Expo

Cindy Sheehan is coming to UNO! Sheehan will be the keynote speaker Sunday, April 15, at the third Omaha Peace and Justice Expo.

For more information, contact Margaret Gilmore ( or 312.7546) or Katie Ladd ( or 812.1611).

Watch eNotes for more information as the event nears.

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.

COS Open Lab Session Planned for Grant Writers

The next Community of Science (COS) open lab session will be held Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 9 a.m. in Room 207 of Criss Library.

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research hosts these monthly hour-long sessions to demonstrate the various online resources available to faculty and graduate students through COS. Reservations are not required.

For more information, contact Nancy Schlesiger at 554.2286.

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 the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room (MBSC). 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

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