SKIP navigation
UNO eNotes Home Page
history photo

University of Omaha coeds take part in a 1915 Sigma Chi Omicron initiation ceremony.

This Week in Campus History

In early February of 1968, The Gateway reported that University of Omaha administrators had updated the school dress code with less restrictive policies. The change was retroactive to Jan. 1. A Gateway editorial stated the change was "excellent news and demonstrated that the Student Senate had some influence as a pressure group."

Date: February 1968
Source: The Gateway
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

EC UNO to Host Free Screenings of "An Inconvenient Truth"

The Environmental Club at UNO (EC UNO), in partnership with the UNO Environmental Film Cooperative and Campus Climate Challenge, will present free screenings of "An Inconvenient Truth" on campus.

In the film, director Davis Gugenheim conveys the science of global warming, not as a story of despair but rather a rallying cry to protect the one Earth that all living creatures share.

Join UNO's newest student action group for an evening of inspiration and discussion. Students, faculty and staff at all four University of Nebraska campuses are welcome to attend.

All screenings are free and will be held in the Eppley Administration Building Auditorium (Room 102) according to the following schedule:

- Monday, Jan. 29
7:30 p.m.

- Thursday, Feb. 1
4 p.m.

- Friday, Feb. 2
6 p.m.

For more information, visit the EC UNO Web site at

NSF Sonnet Contest Now Accepting Submissions

The Nebraska Shakespeare Festival is accepting submissions for its 10th Annual Anne Dittrick Sonnet Writing Contest. This year marks the second year of an adult/postsecondary division, which will run alongside the festival's existing high school division.

Division information is listed below:

Adult – Each entry requires a cover page with name, phone, e-mail address and sonnet title. The second page should be sonnet only (no personal identification). If multiple sonnets are submitted, each should include a separate cover page.

High school – Each entry requires a cover page with name, grade, school, teacher's name and phone number. The second page should be sonnet only (no personal identification). While there is no limit to the number of sonnets submitted by one student or one school, teachers are encouraged to pre-screen entries. Multiple entries from a school may be submitted in one packet.

Entries in both divisions must be postmarked, faxed or e-mailed no later than Monday, March 12.

The first-place adult division winner will receive $100. In the high school division, the first-place winner will receive a scholarship to Camp Shakespeare 2007, and his or her teacher will receive reserved seating at the 2007 festival. The winning entries in both divisions will be published in the souvenir program for Shakespeare on the Green 2007.

Entries should be sent to:

Sonnet Writing Contest
Adult or High School Division
Nebraska Shakespeare
Department of Theatre
University of Nebraska at Omaha
60th and Dodge
Omaha, NE 68182-0154

For more information, contact Kasey Brandt, NSF director for Production/Education, at 554.3072 (phone), 554.3436 (fax) or Information is also available at

Students Sought for Workforce Recruitment Program

A recruiter from the Army Corps of Engineers will be on campus Tuesday, Jan. 30, to interview students with disabilities for the Workforce Recruitment Program. The program offers summer internships in Omaha and across the country.

The program is searching for students with disabilities specifically because they believe in having a diverse workforce. All majors are welcome to apply. Several UNO students that participated in the past have gone on to full-time positions with the Corps of Engineers.

To request an information packet and application, contact Kate Clark at 554.2872.

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.

Service Learning Research Brown Bag Jan. 31

A service learning research brown bag will be held Wednesday, Jan. 31, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Council Room (third floor).

Barbara Dewey, assessment specialist with the Service-Learning Academy, will present service learning research findings with discussion about implications for teaching service-learning classes.

To register, send an e-mail to or call 554.6019.

General Education Facilitated Conversations Begin in February

Faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in a campus-wide conversation on what should be the goals and objectives of UNO's General Education program. A General Education Review Task Force was formed this past fall to facilitate a campus process to identify the learning outcomes the university expects all UNO students to complete upon graduation.

The purpose of the UNO General Education review is to articulate the overall educational goals or objectives, develop student learning outcomes for the goals/objectives, and use assessment results to improve student learning. The purpose of the task force is to facilitate and organize the general education review process, collect existing data, information and assessment results, and return information to the faculty for review and to change initiatives. However, the task force and review are not concerned with designing new curriculum or changing existing distribution requirements.

In order to capture as much input as possible from the UNO community, the General Education Review Task Force has partnered with the newly established UNO Institute of Collaboration Science. Faculty, students and staff are invited to attend brainstorming sessions, during which participants use collaboration software to anonymously capture and rate their opinions about the knowledge and skills UNO graduates should possess. This information will become the basis for the next steps in the general education review process.

More than 20 facilitated conversations will be scheduled from Friday, Feb. 2, through Wednesday, Feb. 28. The complete schedule will be available soon and will be posted on the General Education Review Web site. For more information on the process, results of the conversations and future plans, visit the UNO General Education Web site ( or contact the Task Force co-chairs - Deborah Smith-Howell, associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs ( or 554.4849) or Shelton Hendricks, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences ( or 554.2338).

Campus Recreation Spring Golf/Archery Classes Announced

Winter is under way in Nebraska, but it is not too early to start dreaming about green grass and hitting that little white ball around the links! Get your game ready before the snow melts with the following indoor opportunities:

Youth Golf Lessons
Ages: Seven to 15 years old
Dates/Time: Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24 (Saturdays); 10 to 11 a.m.
Location: 230 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building
Cost: $15 per child for activity cardholders; $20 per child for non-activity cardholders and $8 for each additional child from the same family.
Instructors: UNO women's golf coach Tim Nelson and the UNO women's golf team.
Note: Limited to the first 16 youth who register.

Adult Beginner Golf Lessons (Designed for novices and beginners.)
Dates/Time: Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24 (Saturdays); 11 a.m. to noon
Location: 230 HPER
Cost: $40 for students; $50 for activity cardholders; $60 for the general public or non-activity cardholders. (A 10 percent discount is available for UNO Golf League participants when they register and pay by Monday, Jan. 29.)
Instructor: Tim Nelson, UNO women's golf coach.
Note: Limited to the first 12 who register.

Adult Stroke Brush-Up Golf Lessons (Designed for those who play but are looking to improve their game.)
Dates/Time: Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24 (Saturdays); noon to 1 p.m.
Location: 230 HPER
Cost: $40 for students; $50 for activity cardholders; $60 for the general public or non-activity cardholders. (A 10 percent discount is available for UNO Golf League participants when they register and pay by Monday, Jan. 29.)
Instructor: Tim Nelson, UNO women's golf coach
Notes: Limited to the first 12 who register.

Open Golf/Archery Hours
Dates/Times: Jan. 22 through March 30 (Closed the week of spring break.); Mondays from 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. and Fridays from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free for activity cardholders.

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.

"UNO Studio Art Faculty Exhibition 2007" Under Way

"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.

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.

Maverick Watch

the name

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).

inPlay, located downtown at 15th and Cuming St., will offer free parking and shuttle service from its parking lot to the Qwest Center Omaha for all UNO home hockey games in the 2006-07 season. Shuttle service is available for all UNO hockey fans, but a shuttle ticket is required to receive free transportation. Tickets will be available for fans at the counter inside inPlay.

At home this week...

Friday, Feb. 2
- Wrestling vs. Central Oklahoma
Sapp Fieldhouse
7 p.m.

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

Saturday, Feb. 3
- Wrestling vs. University of Nebraska at Kearney
Sapp Fieldhouse
7 p.m.

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

Sunday, Feb. 4
- Tennis vs. Nebraska Wesleyan
Hanscom Park, 3200 Ed Creighton Ave.
11 a.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at