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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

Marlin Briscoe on Campus Today

Former football All-American Marlin Briscoe will return to his alma mater today, 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.

"Greening Our Campus - Greening Our Minds" Feb. 13

The "Greening Our Campus - Greening Our Minds" Initiative will continue this semester with a session on "Sustainability Navigator." The event will be held Tuesday, Feb. 13, in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Dodge Room. A morning session is scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m., and an afternoon session will be held from 1 to 3 p.m.

The "Sustainability Navigator" session, developed and presented by Johnson Controls, will identify and prioritize opportunities for improving sustainability on campus. During this interactive session, participants will evaluate UNO's effectiveness in implementing a range of sustainability practices - covering management and strategy, environmental design, operational efficiency, social development, metrics and reporting.  

Johnson Controls has asked that UNO do its best to estimate the number of participants for each session. If interested in attending, R.S.V.P. to and indicate "Yes, Morning" or "Yes, Afternoon" in the subject line.

For more information, contact Patrick Wheeler at 554.3921.

Masters and Music Series Continues Feb. 18

"Variations Within," the next installment in the Masters and Music series at UNO, will be held Sunday, Feb. 18. The event will begin at 5 p.m. in the UNO Art Gallery.

The series, which is sponsored by Friends of Art, blends artistic imagery and musical composition. The Feb. 18 installment will feature artist Les Bruning and BF3 Flute Trio. The trio consists of UNO Department of Music students Anna Hall, Erika Jeck and Taurice Alexander.

Bruning will discuss "The Artist As a Self-Conscious Being." As an artist, Bruning has continually explored how an artist uses self-consciousness to create works of art. Music from the BF3 Flute Trio will accompany the discussion.

The UNO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building. The presentation will be followed by a reception with the artists. Tickets cost $15 per person and $3 for students with ID. All proceeds will benefit the Friends of Art Scholarship Fund. Friends of Art is a support group for the UNO Department of Art and Art History.

For more information or to make a reservation, call Shari Hofschire at 554.2402.

Early Undergraduate Research Proposals Sought

Proposals are currently sought at UNO in support of Early Undergraduate Research (EUR) in a variety of scientific areas. Funding for the program comes from a five-year, $2 million National Science Foundation (NSF) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Talent Expansion Program (STEP) grant.

UNO and Metropolitan Community College (MCC) were jointly awarded the NSF STEP grant in May 2004 to increase the number of students majoring in the STEM areas of biology, chemistry, computer science, geology, mathematics and physics.

"New this year, we wish to broaden the scope of this STEP grant activity to additionally solicit proposals from MCC faculty," said Dana Richter-Egger, a UNO assistant professor of chemistry and one of the EUR project's co-principal investigators. "In particular, we wish to encourage proposals for collaborative research involving faculty and students from both institutions - MCC and UNO."

One of the activities funded by the STEP grant is Early Undergraduate Research (EUR). While undergraduate research is generally widespread in the STEM disciplines, participating students are typically in their third or fourth year of studies and have already committed to their major. 

"Our primary reason for getting early undergraduates involved in research is to create interest and motivation for students to consider a STEM major," Dr. Richter-Egger said.

The STEP grant will fund early undergraduate research by providing faculty summer support, student tuition wavers and limited funds for materials/supplies. The summer stipends support UNO faculty in STEM areas to recruit qualified early undergraduates into a motivational research activity and then to supervise the students involved for one or more semesters. Though the funding comes in the summer, the project itself need not be confined to the same summer. It should, however, be largely completed during a one-year time period. 

UNO undergraduate students - classified as pre-freshmen, freshmen, or sophomores - will receive a tuition waiver for up to three credit hours at the undergraduate tuition rate for residents of Nebraska, for the purpose of taking an appropriate research course in a UNO STEM department. Instructors should present class lists to the staff assistant of the Department of Mathematics to receive tuition credit for their students. Depending on demand, this tuition credit may be limited to three credit hours per student per academic year. 

All faculty are welcome to submit proposals, and the most attractive research projects meeting the STEP goals will be supported. Proposals will be selected based on the on the following criteria:

- Evidence for successful recruitment and retention of students into a STEM major (On what personal experience or successful external models of early undergraduate research is the project based?);

- Number of students projected to be involved;

- Sustainability (Proposers should address anticipated duration of the proposed research. Is there a clear point of completion for the project, or can it be continued indefinitely by regularly recruiting new students? Will continuation of the project, short or long term, require additional funding?); and

- Projects that are interdisciplinary (within or outside of STEM areas) or specifically target underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.

Proposals should indicate the funding requested: summer stipends for participating faculty and/or tuition reimbursement for students also receiving credit for their research. The faculty stipend for joint proposals is $6,000 (to be split between the faculty) and $4,500 for individual proposals. Faculty members receiving STEP funds will be expected to submit a report which is due 1) following the completion of the project, 2) following the first round of a continuing project or 3) one year from the award date, whichever comes first.

The report should include:

- The names of all student participants and their class status (freshman, sophomore, etc.) at the time of the research;

- A description of the actual research activity as it was carried out;

- The degree of success, both in terms of scientific knowledge and its effectiveness to recruit and retain students into a STEM program; and

- The extent the project will or will not be continued. 

Although STEP will be looking for new faculty participants each summer, continued funding of clearly successful projects from past summers will also be considered.   

Descriptions of past EUR-awarded research can be found on the STEP Web site at

Proposals should be submitted on or before Wednesday, Feb. 28. Authors of funded proposals will be notified by Friday, March 9.

To apply for this summer support, submit an approximately one-page description of the proposed EUR plan addressing the aforementioned points to "UNO STEP co-PI Richard Richter-Egger, 365 Durham Science Center.

Each of the grant's principal investigators - Hesham Ali (computer science, 554.3623), Jack Heidel (mathematics, 554.3430) and Dr. Richter-Egger (chemistry, 554.3643) - are available to answer questions about EUR support and the STEP grant in general.

NU 4-in-1 Phone Directories Available

Telecommunications Services currently has 27 4-in-1-telephone directories available. The directory consists of phone listings for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, UNO, the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the University of Nebraska at Kearney. The cost is $21.50 per directory.

To order, contact Stuart Martin at 554.2799 or

NBDC Workshops Offered for UNO Employees

The Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) if offering classes to individuals who want to better their skills in a particular area. Any UNO employee is invited to attend. The NBDC can also look at changing dates, content, and/or bringing this program to your team. 

February classes are highlighted below.  All classes will be held at ESU #3 (6949 S. 110 St.)

- Tuesday, Feb. 20
Excel Level I
Learn worksheet terminology and how to navigate around a worksheet and workbook. Understand how to create formulas and work with built-in functions. Change number formats, alignments and column widths. Use page setup and print. Meets from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

- Tuesdays, Feb. 20 and 27
Running Productive Meetings

This workshop is for anyone who has to plan and run any meeting - formal or informal, small or large, frequently or infrequently. Meets from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

- Thursday and Friday, Feb. 22-23
MS Project Level I-II

Gain the skills and techniques needed to develop a project schedule using this powerful software. Assign task dependencies and resources, and create leads and lags. Use and customize views, tables, filters, sorts and reports to display your data the way you desire. Track projects by establishing baselines and assigning costs to resources and tasks. Meets from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

- Tuesday, Feb. 27
Visual Controls for Project Managers
This class will focus on the importance of visualizing project information and going beyond the standard Gantt chart and visualizing it. Meets from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

To sign up, call 595.2900 or visit the Web at

The Nebraska Business Development Center (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.

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 2007 Vice Chancellor's Award

Nominations/applications are currently being accepted for the 2007 Vice Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Leadership. This annual award recognizes an undergraduate student who has demonstrated exemplary leadership through influential participation in campus organizations and community volunteer work, in addition to scholarly achievement.

All nominees must be undergraduates enrolled at UNO with a 2.5 G.P.A. and who have graduated in December of 2006 or will be graduating in May and August of 2007.

The following items are necessary for the application/nomination to be processed. The application must be presented to the nominee by the nominator, and all documents must be returned to the Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) office, located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC).

Nomination Packets
Nomination packets are available on the SOLP Web site at

Nominator's Recommendation
The nominator's recommendation letter must be completed and returned with the nomination form by Friday, Feb. 9.

Nominee's Application
Must be returned by Friday, Feb. 16.

Nominee's Essay
Must be returned by Friday, Feb. 16.

For additional information regarding the award or nomination packet, contact SOLP at 554.2711 or stop by the SOLP office. The award will be presented at the 2007 Spring Honors Convocation and at the SOLP Student Leader Reception.

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.

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.

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.

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.