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Spotlight on Student Employment

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Pictured at work (left to right) are February Spotlight on Student Employment recipients Steven Samson and Yannick Kwete. The students work in the UNO Office of Institutional Research. See story below for details on the Spotlight on Student Employment recognition program.

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University of Omaha Fieldhouse interior undergoes construction in 1949.

This Week in Campus History

On Feb. 4, 1983, The Gateway reported that UNO drama students had agreed to perform criminal re-enactments for the KETV production "Crime Stoppers." Robert Welk, assistant professor of dramatic arts, was responsible for choosing student actors for each role based on suspect and victim descriptions, acting ability and student schedules. Although the students received no financial compensation for their work, "The university always gains with good public relations," Welk said. According to Omaha Police Department spokesperson Dennis Pekula, "Crime Stoppers" was responsible for the recovery of $140,805 in stolen property over the past year.

Date: Feb. 4, 1983
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

Display/Print W2 Using Employee Self Service

Effective Feb. 1, employees who have access to Employee Self Service (ESS),, will have the ability to display/print their 2006 W2 statement.

The original 2006 W2 forms were provided to employees either at their work location or through the U.S. mail beginning Jan. 19. Access through ESS provides a mechanism for printing a replacement W2, if needed, due to the loss of the original or in other situations when W2 information is requested.

Instructions and more information regarding this new ESS feature can be found by clicking this link.

Marlin Briscoe to Return to UNO Feb. 7

Former football All-American Marlin Briscoe will return to his alma mater Wednesday, Feb. 7. Briscoe, the first black starting quarterback in professional football, will appear at the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) to discuss the recently-released book Third and a Mile: The Trials and Triumphs of the Black Quarterback, which chronicles the experiences of the first black quarterbacks.

The book is authored by New York Times sports columnist William C. Rhoden.

Briscoe's appearance is presented by ESPN Books. He will be at the MBSC Fireplace Lounge from noon to 1:30 p.m. to discuss the book and to sign copies. In addition, several former UNO quarterbacks and many of Briscoe's teammates are expected to attend.

The Omaha native played at the university from 1963-67 when it known as Omaha University, establishing 22 records. He was a first-team NAIA All-American under the late Coach Al Caniglia. Briscoe was one of the original inductees into the UNO Athletic Hall of Fame in 1975.

Drafted in the 14th round by the Denver Broncos, he started as a defensive back. Then, because of injuries, he was switched to quarterback by coach Lou Saban. He was installed as the team's starting quarterback before mid-season and passed for 1,589 yards and 14 touchdowns. Briscoe set the team single-game record for total offense with 333 yards and still holds the record for total offense in a season by a rookie with 1,897 yards.

He went on to become an all-pro receiver with the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins and was a key member of the 1972 undefeated Dolphins. He played on Miami's two Super Bowl champion teams.

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.

Participants Sought for "Healthy Lifestyles" Program

Attention all faculty, staff and students: A new exercise program on campus is seeking participants who would like to become more active.

Senior exercise science students with the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation will lead the "Healthy Lifestyles" program, which kicks off Tuesday, Feb. 6. It will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 a.m. in 110 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

The program will cover the following:
- Spring walking;
- Strength and conditioning;
- Daily wellness;
- Aerobics;
- Circuit training;
- Stress management; and
- Nutrition.

The cost is $25 for faculty and staff, and $10 for students. Those who register prior to Feb. 6 will receive a $5 discount. Registrations are being taken in Campus Recreation (100 HPER).

For more information, call 554.2539.

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.

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," "Im?genes" 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 Jos? National Band, the Costa Rican National Symphony and the University of Costa Rica Wind Ensemble.

For more information, call 554.3427.

Nominations Sought for 2007 CCSW Awards

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) is currently seeking nominations for its Outstanding Achievement Award, Community Service Award and Undergraduate Scholarship Award ($500).

These awards recognize individuals at UNO and in the community for outstanding service to women. Award recipients will be honored Thursday, April 5, at the 2007 CCSW Awards Luncheon.

Nominations are due Wednesday, Feb. 28. The criteria for each award, deadlines, nomination forms and a list of past award recipients are available on the Web at

Nominations should be returned to Marcia Adler in Student Health Services, located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center, or to Jeanne Harrington in 522D Kayser Hall. Scholarship applications also should be returned to Dr. Harrington. For more information, contact Adler ( or 554.2743) or Dr. Harrington (

The CCSW serves as an advisory council to the chancellor and other university administrators on issues that relate to women faculty, staff and students. The commission's goal is to provide a forum for women at UNO in conjunction with the organization's core themes of A, B, C - Awareness of women's issues, Balance in women's lives, and the Community and women's roles.

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

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.

February Spotlight on Student Employment

Is your work area a better place because of student employees? Student Employment Services (SES) thinks the following student employees from Institutional Research are stellar and selected them as the February Spotlight on Student Employment recipients.

The February Spotlight on Student Employment recipients include:
- Steven Samson, a computer science major from Harvard, Neb.; and
- Yannick Kwete, a computer science major with a concentration in Internet technologies from Lubumbashi, Congo.

"The best thing about my job is the friendly environment, flexible hours and the challenge of converting data visualization ideas into working online applications," Kwete said.

Linda Mannering, director of Institutional Research at UNO, also notes the students' exemplary efforts. "Steven is just incredibly smart and very reliable. He processes surveys, supports our Web pages and does reports and some programming. He is a jack-of-all-trades and is always cheerful and good at teaching us stuff," she said. "He is very quiet but a serious worker. Steven brings great technical skill to the office. We find his interpretation of student survey results truly insightful."

SES is featuring student employees from a new department each month through April. Featured departments will be entered in a drawing for an end-of-the-year party.

Departments also are featured on the Human Resources Student Employment Job Board on the first floor of the Eppley Administration Building. For more information about the program, contact Emily Muckerheide at

Students seeking work experience during school can gain assistance through SES, located in Human Resources, 205 Eppley Administration Building. On-campus student worker, work-study and graduate assistant positions are posted on the SES Job Board on the first floor of the Eppley Administration Building and online at

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.

Wednesday, Feb. 14
- 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.

"Hearts & Hands 2" Book Arts Exhibit Opens

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

February FEAP Schedule Announced

The Faculty/Staff Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) provides short-term counseling, assessment and referral services for faculty, staff, their spouses or significant others, and family members. FEAP offices are located in 206 Eppley Administration Building.

The February schedule is as follows:
- Feb. 5, 8, 16 and 21
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

- Feb. 13, 23 and 27
8 a.m. to noon

Appointments are free and available by calling 554.3120 (UNO) or 559.5175 (UNMC).

Discount Available to Omaha Symphony Pops Series

The Omaha Symphony is offering a 20 percent discount on tickets to UNO students, 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.

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.

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.

Maverick Watch

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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, excluding hockey. 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).

At home this week...

Thursday, Feb. 8
- Women's basketball vs. St. Cloud State
Sapp Fieldhouse
6 p.m.

- Men's basketball vs. St. Cloud State
Sapp Fieldhouse
8 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 10
- Women's basketball vs. Minnesota, Mankato
Sapp Fieldhouse
2 p.m.

- Men's basketball vs. Minnesota, Mankato
Sapp Fieldhouse
4 p.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at