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The Jan. 18, 1967, edition of The Gateway reported that Alpha Xi Delta sorority had set Jan. 31 as the date for their annual Devil Dance, which would include the crowning of king Satan. The dance was scheduled from 9 p.m. to midnight at the Holiday Inn and would begin following a pre-party from 7 to 9 p.m. exclusively for Alpha Xi members and their dates. Dress for the Devil Dance was semi-formal and "The Shomen Combo" provided music.

Date: Jan. 18, 1967
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

Arun Gandhi to Speak at Social Work Gandhi Symposium

Arun Gandhi, the grandson of Mohandas K. "Mahatma" Gandhi, will attend the Friday, April 6, UNO School of Social Work Annual Symposium, featuring the Gandhi Award.  Arun Gandhi is a co-founder of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, which was founded in 1991.

"This is a unique and wonderful opportunity to see and hear someone who is dedicated to social activism and justice on every level," said Theresa Barron-McKeagney, director of the UNO School of Social Work.  "Arun Gandhi has taught and given presentations around the world; we are very fortunate that he is coming to UNO."

Arun Gandhi will take an active role in the day-long symposium and give a presentation at the Gandhi Award luncheon.  His keynote address is titled "Lessons Leader From My Grandfather."  Both the symposium and luncheon will be held at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.  Space for both is limited.

The UNO School of Social Work Gandhi Award honors individuals and organizations that exemplify Mahatma Gandhi's principles of nonviolence, selfless service and social action - which are consistent with social work values.

Arun Gandhi, 72, worked for 30 years as a journalist for The Times of India. Together, he and his wife, Sunanda, started projects for the social and economic betterment of the oppressed using constructive programs, the backbone of Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy of nonviolence.  He is also the author of several books. The first, A Patch of White (1949), is about life in prejudiced South Africa.  Other titles include two books on poverty and politics in India, and a compilation of M.K. Gandhi's Wit & Wisdom.

This is the 10th anniversary of the award's presentation, and Carol Windrum is the 2007 recipient.  Windrum founded "Peace with Justice Ministries" under the Nebraska Conference of the United Methodist Church.

"Having Arun Gandhi with us makes this event even more special to the School of Social Work and UNO," Dr. Barron-McKeagney said.  "He is an active presenter and participant, and those taking part in the symposium will have a once-in-a-lifetime experience."

The cost to attend the symposium (which includes the luncheon) is $50 for students, $100 for non-students.  The cost to attend only the luncheon is $25. 

Dr. Barron-McKeagney said she expects a cross section of community members and the university to attend.  The Omaha Public Schools will be selecting high school students to take part, as well.

Continuing education units will be available for social workers.

For more information, call 554.2792 or 554.2793.

PWSA Announces Women of Wisdom Award Winners

The Program for Women and Successful Aging (PWSA), an outreach program based at UNO, has announced the winners of its 2007 PWSA Women of Wisdom Awards.  Recipients will be honored at the third annual "Celebrate: Women of Wisdom Because Aging is a Lifetime Event" luncheon and community-wide program set for Wednesday, April 18. 

The keynote speaker will be Lorna Landvik, the bestselling author of Oh My Stars and Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons. The luncheon will be held at the Holiday Inn Central, 3321 S. 72nd St., from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"We are very pleased to be able to honor women in the Omaha community who exemplify successful aging," said Patricia Adams, executive director of PWSA.  "PWSA is looking forward to its third annual ‘Celebrate: Women of Wisdom' luncheon after the wonderful response we have had on each of our former events, and we are once again fortunate to have an accomplished writer and humorist, such as Ms. Landvik, take part in our celebration."

The 2007 award winners are as follows:

- Betty G. Foster, Ph.D.  Foster has been assistant professor of geriatrics and gerontology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and a faculty member in the UNO Departments of Sociology and Gerontology.  She has shared her professional expertise as a board member and volunteer for numerous leading community agencies and organizations, and has published more than 50 abstracts, articles, books, chapters and training manuals aimed at improving the quality of life of the elderly.  She is also an expert on Alzheimer's disease and the process of aging. 

- Servalia Levels-Johnson. Levels-Johnson has a passion for the arts.  She received her master of arts degree from Ohio University and completed 120 graduate hours in psychology from Yeshiva University in Tel Aviv, Israel.  She is dedicated to the causes of peace, justice and equity, and is an advocate for the sick and the poor.  Levels-Johnson has served on committee boards such as the NAACP, the Omaha Coalition Against Apartheid, United Way of the Midlands and the Volunteer Resource Center Advisory Committee.  She has been equally active in church committees and in theatrical productions as a singer and professional pianist

- Joan K. Marcus.  As the mother of a daughter with disabilities, Marcus is a fervent leader in advocating the rights of disabled citizens.  Her devotion to the disabled has moved her to serve as president of the Greater Omaha Association for Retarded Citizens and the Arc of Nebraska, and as chair of ENCOR.  She has been an avid member and secretary of the Nebraska Developmental Disabilities Planning Council and co-founded Yachad, a social and educational group that serves people with developmental disabilities.

In addition to the Women of Wisdom presentation, PWSA also will award the Shirley Waskel Award for the Advancement of Women - which honors a prominent senior woman - to Patricia (Pat) Callone for her commitment to education and dedication to older women.

Callone has worked at Creighton University for 27 years and currently serves as vice-president for Institutional Relations.  In addition to her career, she has been a tireless advocate for the elderly, serving on two community-wide initiatives:  The Coalition to Protect Aging Adults, Metro-Omaha area and the Older Adult Vision Council, United Way.

She also is dedicated to enhancing the dignity of those with Alzheimer's disease.  Her experience as a caregiver of parents with Alzheimer's disease led her to find ways for making caregiving a positive experience.  She has co-authored two caregiving books for individuals with Alzheimer's, as well as for all those involved in their care.  The American Journal of Nursing recently honored a book she co-authored - Alzheimer's Disease - The Dignity Within:  A Handbook for Caregivers, Family, and Friends - with a "Book of the Year" award in its consumer health category.

Individual luncheon tickets are $40 for the general public and $35 for those ages 60 years and above. Corporate tables are also available and begin at $500.

PWSA is a membership-based, nonprofit organization housed in the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service that reaches out to and serves hundreds of elderly people in the community.  PWSA exists to enhance the quality of lives of older adults through creativity programming, education, research, intergenerational community activities and annual celebrations.

For more information, contact Yolanda Burgos at 554.4897 or  More information on PWSA can be found at

NU Tech Day Set for March 14

The 2007 NU Technology Day will be held Wednesday, March 14, at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. NU Tech Day is a one-of-a-kind event, attracting an audience of highly skilled campus and system-level professionals who are knowledgeable about and interested in the integration of emerging technologies into teaching, learning and research.

NU Tech Day attendees are often early adopters and represent the most innovative and creative areas on their campuses. Attendees range from IT executives, mid-level IT managers, faculty and specialists in technologies - such as digital video, Web and instructional design, cybersecurity, application development, networking, streaming, animation and graphics. Presentation topics will be accepted through today, Jan. 31.

"Please consider presenting on the innovative technology-related research and implementations you all are doing at UNO.  It is quick and easy to submit presentation topics," said Bret Blackman, director of administrative information services at UNO.

To submit a topic, visit the NU Tech Day Web site at, and submit a title and brief one- or two-sentence description on the technology topic of your choice.

Those planning on attending the event are asked to register on the NU Tech Day Web site (  Keep checking the Web site for up-to-date information.

Clinical Trial Set for Adults with ADHD

Adults ages 19 to 60 are being recruited to participate in a clinical trial for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in the University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Psychiatry. Eligible individuals will receive study medication and procedures at no cost, and will be compensated for time and travel.

For additional information, call 354.6868 or send an e-mail to

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:

- Thursday, Feb. 1
4 p.m.

- Friday, Feb. 2
6 p.m.

For more information, visit the EC UNO Web site at

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.

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.

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

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.