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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

"Hearts & Hands 2" Book Arts Exhibit Opens Today

Criss Library will host "Heart & Hands 2" - a national juried student book art exhibition - today, Feb. 1, through Thursday, March 15.

The event will showcase the best examples of the broad range of books being made by graduate and undergraduate students in accredited academic institutions. It is free and open to the public during regular library business hours.

Books completed in book arts, graphic design, photography, printmaking and writing courses will be featured, including works from UNO graduate Frances Osugi. The juror was internationally known book artist Tim Ely, proprietor of the Planetary Collage book arts studio in Colfax, Wash.

Ely's work is exhibited internationally, and he is the recipient of an NEA Visual Arts Fellowship, as well as many other honors. He reviewed 70 entries and selected 40 based on what he calls "a core of substance" and "a search for intention." He also evaluated the books on their merits, including craftsmanship, technical proficiency (they must open well!), "optical awareness" and access (physical, mechanical and metaphorical).

Each book in the exhibition "invited a close look" from the juror, and he said the best work made him "inspired to return to his studio re-energized."

For more information about the "Heart & Hands 2" exhibition at UNO, contact Marvel Maring at 554.2992 or

UNO Black History Month Celebration Under Way

The annual Black History Month celebration is under way at UNO. The schedule of events is listed below. All activities - which include discussions, music and a film screening - are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, Feb.13
- Lynch Fragments: The Works of Mel Edwards
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom
10 to 11:15 a.m.

- The Image of the Young Black Male: A Panel Discussion of Kehinde Wiley
MBSC Ballroom
11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

- Imani Wind Quintet
MBSC Nebraska Room
9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

- "The Struggle and YOU" (with M-1 of Hip Hop Duo Dead Prez)
MBSC Nebraska Room
Noon to 1 p.m.

- The Business of Hip Hop
MBSC Nebraska Room
1 to 2 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 15
- "Malcolm X" (A Spike Lee film)
Eppley Administration Building Auditorium
4 to 6 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 26
- Chieftain Steppers Incorporated
MBSC Nebraska Room
Noon to 1 p.m.

Black History Month at UNO is being sponsored by Student Organizations and Leadership Programs, the UNO Department of Black Studies, African American

Organization and the American Multicultural Students Agency.

For more information or for special needs or accommodations, call 554.2711 (TTY 554.3799) one week in advance.

Spring Speech Center Workshops Announced

The UNO Speech Center is here to help you with your presentational needs! The center announces its spring 2007 Speech Center Workshop Series for faculty and students.

A new "Lunch and Learn" series will be offered for students. It focuses on presentation planning, overcoming speech anxiety and effective speech delivery. All workshops will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC), and free pizza and pop will be provided. Space is limited, so students are asked to register at least three days in advance.

Faculty and staff are invited to attend a brown bag workshop focusing on services offered by the UNO Speech Center Consulting Room. The event is designed for faculty members, as well as their classes. It will be held in 183 Arts and Sciences Hall. Those interested in attending are asked to register and are invited to bring their lunch. Desserts and drinks will be provided.

Details on workshops being offered this spring are listed below.

Student "Lunch and Learn" Series
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 28
Topic: Banish Those Butterflies: Overcoming Speech Anxiety
Time: 11 a.m. to noon
Location: MBSC Gallery Room

Date: Friday, March 9
Topic: Moving from Paper to Presentation: A Transformation
Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
Location: MBSC Council Room

Date: Thursday, March 22
Topic: Communicating Across Cultures: Presentation Skills for Non-Native English Speakers
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: MBSC Gallery Room
(This "Lunch and Learn" is designed for non-native English speakers.)

Date: Wednesday, April 4
Topic: Let Your Body Speak: Delivering an Effective Presentation
Time: 11 a.m. to noon
Location: MBSC Gallery Room

Faculty Brown Bag Series
Date: Tuesday, April 10
Topic: Speaking Across the Curriculum Faculty Brown Bag
Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: 183 Arts and Sciences Hall

For more information, contact Marlina Howe at 554.3263 or visit the Web at

Tax Forms Available on Criss Library Web Site

Are you ready for tax season but still in need of a form? The Criss Library Web site ( contains links to PDF copies of the more commonly used 2006 IRS and Nebraska tax forms and instructions. Look for a link in the "News" column on the right side of the homepage or visit

"The files are hosted on our own server, so response times for our users will be faster then the IRS and Nebraska Web sites, especially during the busy months of March and April," said Jim Shaw, government documents librarian at UNO. "The IRS no longer distributes copies of federal tax forms or instructions to our library. This makes access from our Web site a valuable service to our patrons."

The Criss Library Web site will host these forms through Sunday, April 15.

COS Open Lab Session Planned for Grant Writers

The next Community of Science (COS) open lab session will be held Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 10 a.m. in 207 Criss Library.

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research hosts these monthly hour-long sessions to demonstrate the various online resources available to faculty and graduate students through COS. Reservations are not required.

For more information, call Nancy Schlesiger at 554.2286.

General Education Facilitated Conversations Begin Feb. 2

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 held 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.
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.
Instructor: Tim Nelson, UNO women's golf coach
Notes: Limited to the first 12 who register.

Open Golf/Archery Hours
Dates/Times: Now 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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

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 daylong event is sponsored by United Christian Ministries in Higher Education, the 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.