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This Week in Campus History

On Jan. 29, 1982, Helen Hudson - an Australian-born professional singer and song writer - performed at UNO. Hudson's concert took place in the Student Center Ballroom and included country, cabaret, modern and folk music. The UNO Student Programming Organization sponsored the free event, which was held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and encouraged the audience to bring lunches.

Date: Jan. 29, 1982
Source: The Weekly Communicator
Compiled by Criss 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

Online Preventing Sexual Harassment Program Offered

In an effort to support UNO's commitment to maintain a positive, productive work environment that is free from any form of harassment or bias, the Office of Diversity continues to offer an online professional development program -Preventing Sexual Harassment.

Located on the Web at this link, the program will take approximately 45 minutes to complete.

"Preventing Sexual Harassment is an active learning process that enables you to review materials at your own leisure in a practical and convenient way that does not disrupt your work responsibilities," said Sharon Ulmar, director of the Office of Diversity and coordinator of the program.  "The program is located on the Web with accessibility 24 hours a day."

To assist users in completing the online program, instructions are highlighted below:

- Select the appropriate module for your position (faculty, supervisor, non-supervisor, student or visitor) and proceed.

- The test will be automatically scored.  A score of 80 percent or higher satisfies the program requirement and completion.

- Once completed, you will have the option to print a certificate.

- The test results will automatically be sent to the Office of Diversity.

"Please take a moment for this new and exciting opportunity to comply with UNO's discrimination policy," Ulmar said.

For more information, contact Ular at 554.2872 or

Mini-Grants Orientation for Serving 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. 

A second session of the orientation for this project will be held Friday, Feb. 2, from 1:30 to 2:30 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

ASH Elevator Downtime Set for Jan. 26

Facilities Management and Planning is looking into the possibility of upgrading the central elevator located in Arts and Sciences Hall.

The engineers associated with the project will be inspecting the shaft this Friday, Jan. 26, at 1 p.m. During that time, the elevator will be out of service. This procedure should take less than one hour.

For more information, contact Walt Burr at 554.2237.

Faculty/Staff Hockey Nights Jan. 26-27 at Qwest Center

MavericksUNO Maverick hockey invites all UNO faculty and staff members to the UNO vs. Northern Michigan series set for Friday, Jan. 26, and Saturday, Jan. 27. Face-off is set for 7:05 p.m. at the Qwest Center Omaha. The faculty/staff appreciation nights are being sponsored by the UNO Athletic Department.

The discounted price is $8 for all tickets (regular ticket price is $15). This offer is valid through today, Jan. 24, at 5 p.m. Mention this offer to receive your discounted tickets by calling 554.MAVS (6287) or via e-mail at

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:

- Today, 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

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.

"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.

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.

UCR Deadline Reminder

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

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