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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

Sixth Annual Malcolm X Festival at UNO Set for Feb. 13-14

The sixth annual Malcolm X Festival at UNO will focus on the Black Arts Movement during two days of lectures, presentations, performances and discussions Tuesday through Wednesday, Feb. 13-14.

All events will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center and are free and open to the public.

On Feb. 13, events begin at 10 a.m. with "Lynch Fragments: The Works of Mel Edwards."  Edwards is a contemporary American sculptor whose work often incorporates found metallic objects.  At 11:30 a.m., a panel discussion will be held on the image of the young black male.  Panelists include Deb Bunting, Nebraska Arts Council; Peggy Jones, visiting assistant professor in the UNO Department of Black Studies; and Mike Carroll, associate professor in the UNO Goodrich Program.

Feb. 14 events begin at 9 a.m. with the Imani Winds Quintet giving an artist's talk.  The quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, French Horn and bassoon) is comprised of African-American and Latino musicians who combine their cultural backgrounds with the classical tradition.  Formed in 1997, the group has played from Carnegie Hall to the Kennedy Center to the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.  "Imani" means faith in Swahili.  The group will give a full performance later in the day at 7 p.m.

Two other presentations are also set for Feb. 14:

- M1 of Dead Prez will speak at noon; and

- Reggie Clark (also known as "Slim") and Nkrumah will discuss the business of hip hop at 1 p.m.

For more information, contact Tim Kaldahl at 554.3502 or Felicia Dailey at 554.2412.

Katz to Lecture on Intimate Partner and Other Violence

A day of events examining the relationship between social construction of masculinity and gender violence will be held today, 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.

Administration Personnel Announcements

The UNO Office of Administration announces the following personnel changes:

- Bill Swanson (554.2612), assistant to the vice chancellor for Career Exploration and Outreach, has taken on the additional duties of Risk Management Administration.

- Laura VanNordstrand (554.2322) of Finance will continue to provide risk management customer service as the first point of contact and will direct inquiries to the appropriate resource as needed. VanNordstrand will offer help with property claims, student travel insurance and certificates of insurance.

- Renae Church (554.3270), former senior accountant and risk manager supervisor, is the new athletic business manager. 

- On Feb. 1, Joan Oliverius (554.2668) from the UNO Alumni Association began her duties as the new senior accountant. Oliverius served as Alumni's director of fiscal affairs.

SIS Interface Application Deadline Reminder

This is a reminder to SIS users on the importance of updating their SIS interface application to the newest version.

The SIS system now has a new, updated interface that UNO will be requiring all SIS users to install. The newest version is called QWS3270 Secure. This new version of QWS3270 is necessary to ensure communications with the Student Information System are secure using encryption technology.

UNO will require all users of SIS to upgrade their QWS3270 plus program to the QWS3270 Secure Version by Sunday, Feb. 18.  The old application will fail to work after this date.

If you have already had this application upgraded (indicated by a purple QWS3270 Secure icon), disregard this message. To check which version is installed on your machine, go to help->about-> and ensure it reads "About QWS3270 Secure." Otherwise, QWS3270 Secure may be downloaded from the ITS Install Server via the following prompts:

- Visit the Web at;

- Log in with your UNO NetID username and password;

- Under the Microsoft Windows-based Software area, locate "QWS3270 Secure"; and

- Click on the software title to start the download. Be sure you read all the information in the "Comments" column, especially the note about removing any previously installed versions of "QWS3270+".

For assistance with your UNO NetID username and password, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.4357. For additional assistance configuring this program for your use, contact the technical representative that services your office or department.

For MAC users, there is also a secure version of the software that is needed and available on the ITS Install Server ( This application is called TN3270 and is the equivalent of QWS3270 Secure for MACs.

"Project Management" Brown Bag Session Feb. 21

Faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to attend a brown bag session on "Project Management" Wednesday, Feb. 21. Hosted by the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR), the event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U mon hon Room.

Three expert project directors from a variety of disciplines will share tips and tools they utilize as managers of complex grants and multiple grant projects.  The speakers will include Nick Stergiou, health, physical education and recreation/biomechanics lab; Rose Strasser, psychology; and Sara Woods, College of Public Affairs and Community Service.

Participants are invited to bring their lunch and SPR will provide beverages and dessert.  Reservations are not required.  For more information, call SPR at 554.2286, or visit the Web at

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.

Flu Shots Available

Student Health Services (SHS) is currently offering flu shots.

The cost is $15 for students and $20 for faculty and staff. No appointment is necessary. Vaccinations are available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in SHS, located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center.

For more information, call SHS at 554.2374.

Call for UCAT Grant Proposals for Spring 2007

The UNO University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of travel grants for designated themes to increase capacity building in teaching and learning.

Applications are encouraged for both interdisciplinary conferences focusing on teaching and learning, as well as for disciplinary conferences with tracks or sessions focusing on one or more of the following themes. The applications should reflect UCAT's mission for enhancement of teaching and student learning processes at UNO, and focus on one or more of the following designated themes:

- Seamless transitions (P-20 transitions from pre-kindergarten through graduate school);

- Portfolio-based assessment;

- Recruitment and retention;

- Active learning;

- Facilitation of interdisciplinary collaboration;

- Learning communities;

- Diversity; and

- Scholarship of teaching.

The committee is accepting proposals on a monthly basis, from August through April, or until funds are expended. UCAT will fund grants up to $750 for each award. Proposals are due by the 21st of each month.

Application forms are available on the Center for Faculty Development (CFD) Web site ( Applicants must submit one hard copy and an electronic submission of the application. Electronic submissions should be in "rtf" or "MS Word" document formats, and should be sent as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll (

Hard copy submissions should be sent to the CFD in 220 Arts and Sciences Hall. For reference, examples of successful models of applications are available on the CFD/UCAT Web site (

For more information, contact Teresa Lamsam, associate professor of communication and the 2006-07 chair of UCAT (554.4853 or

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


Pi Kappa Alpha Assists with Omaha Heart Ball
Members of the UNO fraternity Pi Kappa Alpha (the Pikes) aided the American Heart Association's 19th annual Omaha Heart Ball. Following the conclusion of the Feb. 3 event - which consisted of dinner, dancing and live/silent auctions - Pike members assisted with cleanup at the Mutual of Omaha Dome. The ball is the America Heart Association's largest fund-raising event in Nebraska.

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