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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

Temporary Relocation of School of Social Work Announced

The UNO School of Social Work will be moving from its current location in Annex 40 (on the southwest end of the university's Dodge Street campus) to the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) due to university construction plans. The move is anticipated to take place in May or June.

All 22 social work faculty and staff members will be relocated together, said Wade Robinson, associate vice chancellor for student affairs. The new, temporary home for the school will be offices currently occupied on the first floor by the UNO Gateway, the campus student newspaper. The eventual, permanent location for social work will be the Engineering Building, which is currently being renovated and will become the home for the entire College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS). Construction and renovation in the Engineering Building will be completed by the start of the 2008 fall semester.

"Moving social work twice is not easy, but the eventual outcome will be a wonderful new facility that will allow for faculty and staff to work together both in the school and with other campus colleagues," said B.J. Reed, dean of CPACS. "This move will greatly further the whole construction process."

The UNO Gateway office will be moving, but not far. The student newspaper will use the space currently occupied by the game room behind the information desk in the student center.

"The game room is under-utilized," Dr. Robinson said.

Annexes 40, 44 and 45 will be razed this spring and summer for a new 600- to 900-space parking garage and 400-bed student housing complex. The construction schedule for all of these projects means we will need to be flexible, and the end product for the campus will be a tremendous benefit, Dr. Robinson said.

For more information, call 554.3502.

Flu Shots Available

Student Health Services (SHS) is currently offering flu shots.

The cost is $15 for students and $20 for faculty and staff. No appointment is necessary. Vaccinations are available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in SHS, located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center.

For more information, call SHS at 554.2374.

Resonate Continues Jan. 28 with Wendy Eaton and Hal France

The Resonate Concert Series continues at UNO Sunday, Jan. 28, with mezzo-soprano Wendy Eaton and pianist Hal France. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. Tickets are available at the door and cost $5 for adults, and $4 for students and seniors. UNO faculty, staff and students will be admitted free with a current UNO MavCard.

Eaton and France, both artist-faculty members in the UNO Department of Music, will present a recital featuring songs by Mahler and De Falla. The duo will also perform the premiere of "Songs for Soul Mates," a new work by Christopher Stanichar, director of orchestral activities at UNO.

An active performer, Eaton has appeared locally as a soloist with many area arts organizations, including the Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Heartland Opera Theatre, the Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra, the Omaha Municipal Orchestra, the Omaha Chamber Music Society and the Concerts at the Castle (Joslyn). She is also a member of the Nebraska Arts Council Touring Program. Eaton holds a bachelor of music degree in voice performance from Florida State University and a master of music degree in voice performance and choral conducting from UNO.

France is sought after as a guest conductor for opera throughout the United States. He has conducted productions for many companies, including Houston Grand Opera; New York City Opera; Florida Grand Opera; and the Cleveland, Santa Fe, Chautauqua, Glimmerglass, Wolf Trap, Portland, Central City and Orlando Operas. Outside the United States, he has conducted the Calgary Opera and the Royal Opera in Stockholm, Sweden. France also has served as resident and associate conductor for the Houston Grand Opera, music director of the Mobile Opera and Lake George Opera Festival, music director and artistic director of Opera Omaha, and music director of the Orlando Philharmonic. Additionally, he has served on the music staffs of the Glyndebourne Festival, Aspen Festival and Netherlands Opera.

For more information, call 554.3427.

Nominations Sought for UNO Excellence in Teaching Award

The UNO Excellence in Teaching Committee is seeking the nomination of qualified faculty for the 2007 UNO Excellence in Teaching Award (EIT). Nominees must have taught at UNO for three years or more. They also should be an outstanding teacher and have completed teaching-related research and focused service in teaching-related activities. Faculty members can be nominated by students, other faculty and administrators for this award. No self-nominations will be allowed.

Nomination forms, criteria and deadlines are available at

Nominators should send nominees' information to Karen Dwyer in 107J Arts and Sciences Hall. For more information, contact Karen Dwyer, chair of the UNO Excellence in Teaching Committee and a professor of communication, at 554.2253 or

The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, Jan. 31. The deadline for submission of nominated faculty members' one-to-two-inch binders (maximum size) to the Chancellor's Office (201 Eppley Administration Building) is Wednesday, Feb. 14, by 4 p.m.

Omaha Hockey Hall of Fame to Induct Two New Members Feb. 2

The Omaha Hockey Hall of Fame will induct a former standout player and a man who never played but made an impact on the sport in Omaha at its sixth induction luncheon Friday, Feb. 2.

Jack Egers, who scored 70 goals in two seasons (from 1968-70) while playing for the Omaha Knights, will return to Omaha to accept the award at the UNO Blue Line Luncheon, which will be held at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. Tickets are $20 at the door or may be reserved in advance by calling 554.3422. The luncheon will begin at 11:15 a.m., with the program starting at 11:40 a.m.

The late J.J. "Jake" Isaacson also will be inducted at the event. While serving as the general manager of Ak-Sar-Ben, Isaacson secured a franchise for the city in the American Hockey Association in 1939 and arranged for the first indoor ice rink to be installed at Ak-Sar-Ben Coliseum.

In addition, former UNO athletic director Don Leahy will receive the Motto McLean Service to Hockey Award for his role in laying the foundation for the start-up of the school's NCAA Division I hockey program in 1996.

Egers played two seasons for the Knights in the Central Hockey League before his seven-year career in the National Hockey League. In Omaha, he scored 42 goals and 48 assists for 1969-70, leading the team to regular season and playoff titles. He was named The Hockey News' minor league player of the year for his performance. He also had 28 goals and 30 assists in 59 games from 1968-69 for the Knights.

Egers, now a firefighter in Kitchener, Ontario, went on to play 284 games for the New York Rangers, St. Louis and Washington in the NHL - finishing his career with 64 goals and 69 assists.

Two of Egers' Omaha teammates, Don Luce and Andre Dupont, have already been inducted into the Omaha Hockey Hall of Fame.

Isaacson served as the general manager and executive secretary of Ak-Sar-Ben for 31 years, from 1932-63. In 1938, he and the board of governors decided to seek a sports attraction for the coliseum. The group narrowed its decision to basketball, roller derby or ice hockey. Isaacson fashioned an arrangement to acquire the ice plant from the Duluth, Minn., arena that had been damaged by ice and snow, and install it at the coliseum. In November of 1939, the Omaha Knights began play.

After the league in which the Knights folded in 1951, Ak-Sar-Ben continued to operate the ice facility for public skating. Isaacson also arranged for three regular season NHL games and two AHL games to be played in Omaha in the mid-1950s. In 1959, Isaacson and Ak-Sar-Ben brought hockey back to Omaha with a franchise in the International League.

Isaacson was revered as a promoter of many events and is credited with founding amateur leagues and organizations for baseball, football, golf and other sports while serving as the city's recreation director in his early 20s. Isaacson died in December of 1973.

Leahy came out of retirement in 1995 to serve as UNO's athletic director and put together a group of supporters who backed the school's entry into Division I athletics. The program was announced on May 1, 1996 and, in 16 days, more than 6,400 season tickets were sold. The program began play in October of 1997, and this year is celebrating its 10th season.

The Omaha Hockey Hall of Fame Foundation Inc. is a non-profit organization that was created in 2001 to preserve the hockey heritage of Omaha and to recognize individuals who have contributed to the growth and the tradition of hockey in the community as a player, coach or builder.

Discount Coupons Available for Omaha Home and Garden Expo

Dollar discount coupons on adult admission to the 41st annual Omaha Home and Garden Expo, and the Omaha Lawn, Flower and Patio Show are available in University Affairs, 108 Eppley Administration Building. The event is set for Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 1-4, at the Qwest Center Omaha.

Chamber Orchestra to Present "Romance and Roses" Feb. 10

The UNO Chamber Orchestra will present "Romance and Roses," a romantic evening of Viennese waltzes, Saturday, Feb. 10. The event will be held from 7:30 to 10 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Tickets are $25 for individuals, $40 for couples and $10 for students with ID. The proceeds will benefit the Friends of Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra Scholarship Fund.

"This will be a very romantic affair to celebrate Valentine's Day," said Christopher Stanichar, an assistant professor of music at UNO. "If you're looking for the perfect romantic event to surprise the love of your life, then look no further!"

Stanichar will conduct the program. An assortment of desserts and champagne is included in the ticket price. Those attending are encouraged to come early and learn to waltz from 7 to 7:30 p.m.

For tickets or more information, call 554.3427.

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.

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

Nominations Sought for Faculty Service-Learning Award

Each year, the Service-Learning Academy recognizes one UNO faculty member who exemplifies the effective practice of service learning in his or her work. This year, the recognition will come with an honorarium of $500.

To be nominated, a faculty member must:
- Have demonstrated the ability to develop and teach an effective service-learning course.
- Have been supportive of service learning at UNO (i.e. through attendance at faculty/student presentations, Teaching Circles and mentoring faculty/students, etc.)
- Have demonstrated the capability of developing reciprocal, collaborative relations with community partners and have a thorough understanding and appreciation of community agency issues (i.e. professionalism and cultural competency).
- Hold a full- or part-time teaching appointment with UNO.

The award will be presented at the Faculty Honors Convocation Thursday, April 12, at 7 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Nominations must be delivered to the Service-Learning Academy no later than Friday, Jan. 26. Nomination forms are available for download on the Service-Learning Academy Web site at For more information, contact Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz at 554.2712 or

Nominations Sought for Student Service-Learning Award

Each year, the Service-Learning Academy recognizes one UNO student who has gone above and beyond the required community engagement in the context of a service-learning class. This year, the recognition will come with an honorarium of $250. To be nominated, a student must have demonstrated, and upheld in an outstanding way, the key principles of effective academic service learning, including:
- Establishing and maintaining a reciprocal relationship with a community partner;
- Providing a useful and meaningful community service; and
- Mastering the course's academic objective(s), as related to the service performed.

The award will be presented at the Student Honors Convocation Friday, April 13, at 3 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center.

Nominations must be delivered to the Service-Learning Academy no later than Friday, Jan. 26. Nomination forms are available for download on the Service-Learning Academy Web site at For more information, contact Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz at 554.2712 or

Mini-Grants Orientation for Serving Urban Youth Projects Set

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

NBDC Professional Development Opportunities Available

The Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) is offering the following professional development courses:

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

- Thursday, Feb. 8
Introduction to Crystal Reports XI

- Tuesday, Feb. 20
Running Productive Meetings

- Tuesday, Feb. 20
Excel 2003 Level I

- Wednesday, Feb. 21
ASP.NET with Visual Basic

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 UNO 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.

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 is under way 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