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Sharon Schneidewind of UNO's Registrar's Office has her books ready for autographing Feb. 7 with former Omaha University quarterback Marlin Briscoe. Briscoe was on campus to autograph copies of his book at the Milo Bail Student Center. Schneidewind's brother, Dan Klepper, played football with Briscoe at Omaha South and Omaha University.

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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

Women of Color to Be Honored at March 7 Luncheon

Two physicians, a drama director, a banker, a community relations ambassador and a student are the 2007 recipients of the UNO Women of Color (WOC) Awards.

The group will be honored at a luncheon Wednesday, March 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the DC Centre, 11830 Stonegate Circle.

University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken will be in attendance at the fifth annual luncheon to congratulate the nominees and winners. This year's theme is "Healthy Women." The guest speaker will be Alabama physician Dr. Regina Benjamin.

"This year is the fifth anniversary event, and we are proud to recognize the achievements of this diverse group of women," said Sharon Ulmar, WOC committee co-chair and assistant to the chancellor in the UNO Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity. "The honorees' insights, diverse perspectives and experiences are being highlighted and celebrated during Women's History Month in an effort to encourage continued and future involvement of women of color in our community."

The awards acknowledge outstanding contributions and leadership by women of color in the Omaha area. Organizations and individuals were asked to nominate women of color for the awards in six categories: arts/humanities, business/entrepreneurship, education, community service, science and technology, and youth leadership.

The 2007 award winners are as follows:

- Llana M. Smith, drama ministry director at Salem Baptist Church, is the recipient of the Arts and Humanities Award.

- Cynthia R. Swoopes, regional emerging markets manager at Wells Fargo Bank, is the recipient of the Business/Entrepreneurship Award.

- Maria Valentin, community relations manager at ConAgra Foods, is the recipient of the Community Service Award.

- Christina Fernandez, M.D., assistant professor at Creighton University, Creighton University Pediatric Clinic and the University of Nebraska Medical Center Pediatric Residency Program, is the recipient of the Education Award.

- Huiing Pang, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of anesthesiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, is the recipient of the Science and Technology Award.

- Francesca Hannah, a student at Central High School, is the recipient of the Youth Leadership Award.

The event's keynote speaker - Dr. Benjamin - is the founder and CEO of Bayou Clinic in Bayou La Batre, Ala. She is the first African-American woman, and the first person under 40, to be elected to the American Medical Association (AMA) Board of Trustees. Time magazine named her one of the "Nation's 50 Future Leaders Age 40 and Under." Dr. Benjamin also serves on the Board of Physicians for Human Rights. She is a 1998 Mandela Award Winner, a former Kellogg National Fellow, has been featured as ABC Television's "Person of the Week" and, in 1996, was chosen by "CBS This Morning" as "Woman of the Year."

Jamie Gutierrez Vela, president and owner of Midwest Maintenance Company Inc., will serve as the mistress of ceremonies.

The luncheon is open to the public, and tickets are $25 per person. Organizations can reserve tables of eight for $300. The event is sponsored by UNO, State Farm Insurance and a grant by the Nebraska Humanities Council.

To access luncheon registration forms or for more information about the event, visit the Web at The deadline for registrations is Tuesday, Feb. 27.

For more information, call 554.2779.

Ecoutez! Continues Tonight with Trombones de Costa Rica

The 2006-07 Ecoutez! series at UNO will continue tonight, 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," "Imagenes" 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 Jose National Band, the Costa Rican National Symphony and the University of Costa Rica Wind Ensemble.

For more information, call 554.3427.

Strategic Planning Forum to Focus on Student Engagement

Student participation in community engagement will be the focus Friday, March 2, at the spring Strategic Planning Forum. The day's activities will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude at 1 p.m. at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. All interested members of the campus community are invited to attend.

The activities planned include an overview of the new myMAPP Campus and Strategic Framework Web sites, a panel on best practices for unit-based strategic planning, an activity designed to solicit strategies for addressing the strategic issues identified at last spring's strategic planning event, a poster session focusing on student involvement in the community, as well as a panel including faculty, staff, students and community members presenting an overview of their engagement activities.

For more information or to R.S.V.P., contact Lindy Gustafson, graduate assistant, at 554.2535 or

Parking Lot Closure Notices

Starting Thursday, Feb. 22, additional campus parking spaces will be closed for the College of Public Affairs and Community Service/Engineering Building remodeling project. Closings are as follows:

- Lot N
The fenced enclosure will be extended further to the south.

- Lot P
All spaces will be closed.

- Lot Q
Some spaces will be closed in the curved portion directly south of the Engineering Building.

Alternative parking is available at Crossroads Mall and on the Pacific Street campus, with shuttle service running to the Dodge Street campus. Additional handicapped parking stalls can be found on the east side of Lot E.

For more information regarding the lot closures, contact Bob Fuder in Facilities Management and Planning at 554.2284.

Fidelity Representative Schedule Announced through May

Fidelity representative Chad Anderson, will be in Omaha for individual counseling sessions from 1 to 5 p.m. according to the following schedule:

- Monday, Feb. 26
- Wednesday, March 28
- Friday, April 13
- Tuesday, May 8

To schedule an appointment with Anderson, call 1.800.642.7131.

Nominations Deadline Extended for Student Employee of the Year

The deadline has been extended to nominate student workers for the Student Employee of the Year Award.

To nominate a student, complete a short nomination form with a recommendation letter and return the information to Student Employment Services (205 Eppley Administration Building) by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14. Nomination forms have been mailed to all departments. If you did not receive a form or have questions, call 554.2321.

The Student Employee of the Year will be announced and nominees will be recognized, along with all student workers, at the 2007 Student Employment Reception. The event will be held Monday, April 9, at 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom.

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 set for Tuesday and 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 with 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.

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.

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

Single and Partnered Gay Men Sought for Study

Single and partnered gay men, ages 19 to 65, are sought for participation in a study being conducted by researchers in the UNO Department of Psychology.

The goal of the study is to investigate the physiology of romantic relationships and commitment in gay men. The study was featured in the Jan. 19 edition of The Gateway (click here for article).

Participants are asked to provide an anonymous saliva sample for testosterone analysis and answer an anonymous online questionnaire from the privacy of home. No personally identifying information (name, phone number, address, etc.) is collected from participants. Participation requires less than 30 minutes.

For more information, contact Jeffrey French at 554.2558 or, or Jeffrey Fite at 554.3094 or