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Gayle Roberts

Employee of the Month

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Gayle Roberts, a library associate at Criss Library, is the January Employee of the Month at UNO. Look for details in a future edition of eNotes. For more information on how to nominate individuals for Employee of the Month honors, click on this link.


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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

Bullock Named Faculty in Residence at UNO

Steve Bullock, assistant professor of political science at UNO, has been named faculty in residence for Academic and Student Affairs at UNO. He also has assumed an administrative role in the university's College of Arts and Sciences.

In both positions, Dr. Bullock will primarily be responsible for the UNO Dual Enrollment Program and will become involved in areas such as development of the Center for e-Portfolio Based Assessment and other special projects. The Dual Enrollment Program allows academically talented students to earn college credit while still in high school. The e-portfolio center will establish UNO as a national leader and resource for e-portfolio use and development.

"Dr. Bullock brings a great deal of energy to this position. His history of working collaboratively with faculty, and his record as a scholar and teacher will be valuable assets as we move forward," said Sheri Rogers, UNO acting vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs.

In addition to Dr. Bullock's new roles, Karen Rolf, assistant professor of social work at UNO, has been named assessment coordinator and is now responsible for writing the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) Systems Portfolio - developing a curriculum mapping handbook and coordinating work with assessment mentors. The position is also responsible for supporting department assessment activities through consulting, workshops and the assessment Web site.

For more information, call 554.3502.

myUNO (Blackboard) Outage Tonight

Due to a software update, the myUNO (Blackboard) system will be unavailable tonight, Feb. 2, starting at 11 p.m. Service will be available again by 6 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, if not sooner.

For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.4357.

Consider This" to Focus on Childhood Learning

Many parents and caregivers of young children understand that the early years are important to learning. However, some are not sure how to encourage early learning or feel they do not have time to do what it takes to help their child succeed in school. Many communities are concerned about children coming to school unprepared and may have difficulty coming together to give parents more choices and children more opportunities.

United Way of the Midlands, along with the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation, is working to spread the message about the Born Learning campaign - an innovative public engagement campaign that helps parents, caregivers and communities create quality early learning opportunities for young children. The goal of the campaign is to inspire everyone who impacts young children to make the best possible decisions to boost school readiness. Learn more about the campaign and how you can make a difference in a young child's life this week on "Consider This."

Join host Andrea McMaster and guests as they discuss the Born Learning campaign on the next edition of "Consider This." McMaster's guests will be Barb Velinsky from United Way of the Midlands, Kathleen Feller from the Child Saving Institute, and Gitte Osterman from the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation. The program will air on KYNE-TV tonight, Feb. 2, at 11 p.m.

This week's "Consider This" will air according to the following schedule:

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, Feb. 4
11:30 a.m. (CT)

NET2 (NET's cable network)
- Monday, Feb. 5
1:30 p.m. (CT)

- Wednesday, Feb. 7
8 a.m. (CT)

"Consider This" is a production of UNO Television. It also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For a list of days and times, visit the Web at Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at

Difficult Dialogues to Host Discussion March 8

Talking about race can be difficult, but a UNO discussion planned for early March aims to conduct an open and honest dialogue about the topic of race on the UNO campus and in the metropolitan area.

"What Omaha Do You Live In?: Talking Openly About Identity and Race," organized by the UNO Difficult Dialogues Project, will be held Thursday, March 8, at 2:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. Faculty, students and staff are invited to attend the free event.

The Difficult Dialogues project is directed by Nora Bacon, UNO associate professor of English; Shereen Bingham, UNO professor of communication; and Cynthia Robinson-Moore, UNO assistant professor of communication. It is funded by a grant from the Ford Foundation.

"The event and the Difficult Dialogues Project are unique," Dr. Bingham said. "We're hoping to get 200 people to talk honestly about identity and race in our city."

A short opening presentation will be followed by smaller, guided group discussion led by members of the Difficult Dialogues core group. Robinson-Moore said the topic of race is often avoided in the campus community because of fear. "It's fear of saying something ignorant or offensive, or saying something that might hurt someone else's feelings," she said. "Our facilitators have received training that should make our discussion productive, open and safe."

The Difficult Dialogues core group at UNO includes 20 faculty, 10 staff and three administrators. They represent diverse departments, disciplines and programs whose work is particularly important to creating an inclusive campus.

The Ford Foundation launched the national Difficult Dialogues project in 2005 by inviting proposals from all accredited, degree granting, non-profit institutions with general undergraduate programs. UNO was one of just 27 institutions to receive funding. "What Omaha Do You Live In?" is the largest event the UNO Difficult Dialogues group has organized.

"People will truly be listening to each other when we get together. It should be an informative, eye-opening afternoon," Dr. Bingham said. "Race has been a divisive issue everywhere, including Omaha. In part, we are asking what kind of city you want Omaha to be five years, 10 years, 20 years from now."

For more information, call 554.4857.

Additional myMAPP/faculty Training Announced

Information Technology Services (ITS) has announced additional campus-wide training to assist faculty as they transition to using myMAPP/faculty for their annual review. In addition to the campus-wide training, ITS plans to host walk-in help sessions for two weeks prior to the Friday, Feb. 23, annual review deadline.

Details on the training sessions are listed below.

Campus-wide Sessions
"Select and Share"
- Friday, Feb. 2
1 to 2:30 p.m.
007A Roskens Hall

- Friday, Feb. 9
1:30 to 3 p.m.
104 Durham Science Center

To register for the myMAPP training session, from on campus, follow the process below:

- Go to;
- On the left panel, select "Training Tools > Training Registration";

- Select "UNO" and click on the triangle for the session;

- Select the session link by date;
- Check for a reminder e-mail;

- Enter your SAP Personnel number (This is the five-digit number on your picture ID. It is also on your check stub.); and

- Click "Sign Up" and click "OK" to confirm your personnel number.

- An e-mail will be sent to confirm this registration.

Walk-In Help Sessions

Walk-in sessions are conducted on a first-come, first-served basis and do not require registration. Walk-in Help sessions are conducted as hands-on, question-and-answer sessions and are not intended to be complete myMAPP training. All sessions listed below will be held in 007A Roskens Hall.

- Monday, Feb. 12
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

- Tuesday, Feb. 13
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

- Wednesday, Feb. 14
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

- Thursday, Feb. 15
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

- Friday, Feb. 16
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

- Monday, Feb. 19
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

- Tuesday, Feb. 20
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

- Wednesday, Feb. 21
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

- Thursday, Feb. 22
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

- Friday, Feb. 23
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.4357 or

Today's Office Professional "Spring Fling" April 3

The Today's Office Professional "Spring Fling" is set for Tuesday, April 3, at the ESU #3 (6949 South 110th St.). The topic for the event is "Dealing With Difficult People." It will be led by Sherry Sivey and Janet Tschudin with the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC).

The three-hour workshop will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and costs $59 (price includes a continental breakfast). Groups who register four or more at the same time will receive a 10 percent discount on registration fees.

To reserve a seat, visit the Web at or 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.

Spring 2007 Writing Center Workshops Announced

The UNO Writing Center has announced its spring 2007 schedule of workshops. All sessions will be held in the Writing Center, located in 150 Arts and Sciences Hall. They are free and open to UNO students, faculty and staff.

Session: Blood, Sweat and Tears: Writing a Timed Essay Exam
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 7
Time: 2 to 3 p.m.
Presenters: Joel Thomas and Kim Schwab

Session: Getting from Point A to Point B: Creating Good Transitions
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 13
Time: 1 to 2 p.m.
Presenters: Al Kammerer and Bobbi Olson

Session: Battle Royale: Active Voice vs. Passive Voice
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 21
Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
Presenter: Kate Gaskin

Session: Rein In Runaway Sentences: Comma Splices,
Run-on Sentences and Fragments
Date: Thursday, March 1
Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
Presenter: Connie Eberhart

Session: How Do I Document This Source Using MLA?
Date: Tuesday, March 20
Time: 11 a.m. to noon
Presenter: Carol Dillon

Session: How Do I Document This Source Using APA?
Date: Tuesday, March 27
Time: 11 a.m. noon
Presenter: Carol Dillon

For more information, contact Connie Eberhart, director of the UNO Writing Center, at 554.3322 or

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.

In the News

In the News

- Kris Berg, health, physical education and recreation, was quoted in the Jan. 22 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article highlighted the benefits of climbing stairs for health.

- Richard Breaux, black studies, was the featured in the Jan. 20 edition of the Lincoln Journal Star. The article discussed his use of old race restrictions as a teaching tool in one of his classes.

- Anna Monardo, Writer's Workshop, was interviewed by the Los Angeles Times about her recently published novel, Falling in Love with Natassia. For a podcast of the interview, visit

- Heather Overton, telecommunications, and Mary Overton, counseling/university division were interviewed on the Jan. 26 edition of "Omaha Living" on KPTM (Channel 42).

- Rose Shires, health, physical education and recreation, was quoted in the Jan. 18 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article announced that Nancy Lopez would be the keynote speaker March 6 at this year's UNO Diet Pepsi/Women's Walk Kickoff Luncheon.

- Alexander Williams, UNO student body president/regent, was quoted in the Jan. 20 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article discussed the possibility of building a new residence hall at UNO and the positive effect it could have on recruitment.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media – local, state, regional, national or international – we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

In Print

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Stage

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.

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.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Exhibit

"UNO Studio Art Faculty Exhibition 2007" Under Way
The 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.

"Hearts & Hands 2" Book Arts Exhibit at Criss Library
Criss Library is hosting "Heart & Hands 2" - a national juried student book art exhibition - 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

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.