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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

Ecoutez! Continues Feb. 8 with Trombones de Costa Rica

The 2006-07 Ecoutez! series at UNO will continue Thursday, Feb. 8, with a performance by the Trombones de Costa Rica. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

Tickets will be available at the door and cost $15. All students are admitted free of charge with identification. The doors will open 30 minutes prior to each concert.Phone reservations for student tickets are recommended.

"Ecoutez! is committed to bringing the highest caliber of established performers and emerging artists to the metropolitan area," said Roger Foltz, a professor of music at UNO and coordinator of the series. The word "ecoutez" is French for "listen." KVNO Classical 90.7 FM is the media sponsor for the series.

Trombones de Costa Rica is one of the most innovative and virtuosic brass ensembles of the American continent. Their recordings - titled "Contrastes," "Imágenes" and "Trombonismos" - present a mix of standard classical and Costa Rican music. The quartet has traveled extensively throughout the Americas, the Caribbean and Europe. It has performed with the U.S. Army Band, the Oregon State University Symphonic Band, the Carroll College Wind Ensemble, the University of Miami Wind Ensemble, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ecuador, San José National Band, the Costa Rican National Symphony and the University of Costa Rica Wind Ensemble.

For more information, call 554.3427.

Katz to Lecture on Intimate Partner and Other Violence Feb. 6

A day of events examining the relationship between social construction of masculinity and gender violence will be held Tuesday, Feb. 6, at UNO.

Starting at 11:15 a.m. with the film "Tough Guise", by lecturer and film producer Jackson Katz, all events will address gender violence and male roles conformed by pop culture. Katz will also hold a lecture and workshop geared to learning how to recognize and deal with issues of violence in our society.

The workshop will be held from 4 to 5 p.m., and the lecture will begin at 7 p.m. All activities will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room and are free and open to UNO students, faculty, staff and the public.

In addition to his film work, Katz is an educator and author who is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in the field of gender violence prevention education with men and boys.

"This film, along with Jackson Katz's lectures, really challenges the way society sees and sets up masculinity," said Lisa Oliveto, a professional counselor with UNO Counseling Services. "The film is shown in a women's studies class, and it is just riveting."

This event is important because it focuses on male roles in societal violence while exploring the demands on men to conform to these roles, Oliveto said.

The day-long event is sponsored by United Christian Ministries in Higher Education, UNO Women's Studies Program, UNO Office of the Chancellor, UNO Student Programming Organization, UNO Counseling Center, UNO Student Health Services, UNO Women's Resource Center, UNO Student Organizations and Leadership Programs, UNO Campus Recreation and the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service. The events were planned by the Responding to Intimate Partner Violence Committee at UNO.

For more information, call 554.2730.

Substance Abuse Policy Reminder

Annually, UNO updates and distributes the information required to comply with the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988, the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, and the Board of Regents approved "Standard of Conduct for Employees and Students Regarding Alcohol and Drugs." These updates may be found on the Human Resources Web page (

For more information, call Human Resources at 554.2321.

UNO Library Friends to Discuss Math and the Mona Lisa Feb. 7

The Friends of the UNO Criss Library Book Club will host a discussion of Math and the Mona Lisa by Bulent Atalay Wednesday, Feb. 7, at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room. The discussion leaders will be Glenn Sowell, associate professor of physics at UNO, and Joanne Sowell, associate professor of art and art history at UNO.

In his book, Atalay offers a view into Leonardo da Vinci's restless intellect and modus operandi, allowing the viewers of his art to see the source of his ideas and to appreciate his art from a new perspective.

For more information, call 554.3205.

Discounts Available for NBDC Classes

UNO employees are eligible to receive a 20 percent discount on technology training courses (up to $200) taken through the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC). For leadership, project management and/or management courses, make four or more registrations at one time and receive a 10 percent discount.

The NBDC is offering the following courses:

- Tuesday, Feb. 6
Becoming an Effective Leader (award-winning series)

- Wednesday, Feb. 7
IT Project Management

- Tuesday, Feb. 13
Java Programming

- Wednesday, Feb. 14
MS SharePoint 2003

- Tuesday, Feb. 20
Running Productive Meetings

Course descriptions are available online at To register, call 595.2900.

The 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.

Nominations Sought for UNO Excellence in Teaching Award

The UNO Excellence in Teaching Committee is seeking the nominations 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.

New Benson-Ames Building/Land Use Database Formed

Five UNO graduate students have given the Benson-Ames Alliance a head start on revitalizing the region.

The group, all pursuing master's degrees in urban studies at UNO, has created a database of building and land use in the alliance area. "It's an incredibly valuable tool to have in our pockets as we begin marketing the alliance for future development and redevelopment projects," said Clarence Nichols, chair of the Benson-Ames Alliance Steering Committee.

The Benson-Ames Alliance was created in the fall of 2005 to plan for and implement the revitalization of the Benson-Ames area. Covering a portion of north central Omaha, roughly six miles in area, it contains more than 800 businesses - including schools, civic and religious organizations - and 15,542 households.

The five students - Annette Artherton, Kara Lafferty, Brandi O'Malley, Romaro Nelson and Jamise Williams - completed the project as part of the Community Organizing and Development class taught by Robert Blair, director of the Urban Studies Program and an associate professor of public administration at UNO.

The team reviewed five case study areas - 50th and Ames, 60th and Ames, Saddle Creek and Northwest Radial Highway, Downtown Benson, and 72nd and Military. Each area was outlined in the Benson-Ames Alliance plan, a comprehensive revitalization document that received unanimous approval from the Omaha City Council in November of 2006. The plan encourages mixed-use centers that blend retail, residential and office elements to achieve balanced and truly livable neighborhoods.

The database contains a full inventory of all buildings, personal and public, as well as lots in the Benson-Ames Alliance area. It also contains a section that identifies unoccupied and for-sale structures, as well as vacant lots in the five case study areas.

In addition to creating the database, the student group prepared recommendations on potential public financing options to encourage investment in each of the case study areas.

The Benson-Ames Alliance receives support services from Omaha by Design, the Neighborhood Center for Greater Omaha and the City of Omaha. Faculty, staff and graduate students from the UNO Urban Studies Program and Center for Public Affairs Research provide research support.

For more information about the Urban Studies Program at UNO, contact Dr. Blair at 554.3865 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

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.

Discount Available to Omaha Symphony Pops Series

The Omaha Symphony is offering a 20 percent discount on tickets to UNO faculty and staff interested in attending the symphony's Pops Series Concert featuring UNO alumna Karrin Allyson. The discount is available on tickets to the performances set for Friday through Sunday, Feb. 16-18, at the Holland Performing Arts Center.

To order tickets, visit and enter the promo code "enote." The discount is valid on tickets purchased by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14.

A force on the jazz music scene since 1992, Allyson has recorded 10 CDs - including her most recent Grammy®-nominated effort, Footprints - and has been compared to jazz legends Ella Fitzgerald and Shirley Horn. For more information about Allyson, visit

For more information about the concert and future Omaha Symphony events, visit or call 342.3560.


Kris Berg Named Alliance Scholar

Kris Berg, health, physical education and recreation, has been named the 2008 Alliance Scholar by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education and Dance (AAHPERD) for his pivotal research in exercise physiology.

Daniel Blanke, director of the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at UNO, nominated Dr. Berg for the award. "Kris Berg's passion for all aspects of his profession, from research to teaching to mentoring, were key qualities that make him a true scholar," Dr. Blanke said.

He said that in Dr. Berg's 36 years at UNO, he has strived to define what it is to be a well-rounded scholar. Regular outreach to the community to share knowledge and over 100 published articles started from day one for Dr. Berg.

"This is a guy who, year after year, has been productive and engaged in his field. He is considered a true scholar by his peers and his students," Dr. Blanke said

Dr. Berg is very appreciative of his newfound honor. "I've sat at many a meeting with an Alliance Scholar speaker," he said. "It is both a humbling experience and terrific honor to receive this recognition."

He also recognizes the importance of the award on not only a personal level but also a university-wide level. "Earning this recognition says so much about the quality of research at UNO, on a national scope," he said.

The AAHPERD is the largest organization of professionals supporting and assisting those involved in physical education, leisure, fitness, dance, health promotion, and education and all specialties related to achieving a healthy lifestyle. It is an alliance of five national associations and six districts. AAHPERD is designed to provide members with a comprehensive and coordinated array of resources, support and programs to help practitioners improve their skills and so further the health and well being of the American public.

Chuck Gildersleeve to Present at Wayne State College Feb. 8

Gamma Theta Upsilon geography honor society at Wayne State College (WSC) will host a presentation by Chuck Gildersleeve, a professor in the UNO Department of Geography/Geology. Dr. Gildersleeve will present "Historical Geography of the Dominican Republic" Thursday, Feb. 8, at 3:30 p.m. in 131 Connell Hall on the WSC campus.

The visual presentation will explore changes in the land cover of the Dominican Republic, as well as Santo Domingo's historic past and the rise of sugar plantations. The event is free and open to the public.

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