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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

Faculty/Staff Hockey Nights Feb. 16-17 at the Civic


It's back! Maverick hockey invites all UNO faculty and staff members to the UNO vs. Ohio State series set for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16-17. Face-off is set for 7:05 p.m. on Feb. 16 and 8:05 p.m. on Feb. 17 at the Omaha Civic Auditorium. The faculty/staff appreciation nights are being sponsored by the UNO Athletic Department.

The discounted price is $8 for all tickets (regular ticket price is $18). This offer is valid only through Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 5 p.m. Mention this offer to receive your discounted tickets by calling 554.MAVS (6287) or via e-mail at

In conjunction with the series, UNO Student Government has proposed a call-to-action for all UNO hockey fans: participation in a "Black Out."

"We're asking all hockey fans to wear black," said Latavia Adams, legislative and public relations officer with UNO Student Government. "The UNO Bookstore is offering a ‘buy one, get one half-off' discount on clothing so hockey fans can prepare for the ‘Black Out.'"

"Consider This" to Observe Black History Month

February is black history month. In honor of this designation, this week's "Consider This" will take a closer look at the history of the Omaha black church. Host Andrea McMaster will speak with UNO Department of Black Studies staff and students about a project that is under way.

L.C. Menyweather-Woods, an instructor of black studies at UNO, is currently working on a documentary that is designed to help Christians and non-Christians understand the rich history of the Omaha black church. He has been working on this project with the help of the students enrolled in his online course, titled "Community Study Project."

The program will air on KYNE-TV tonight, Feb. 9, at 11 p.m. This week's "Consider This" will also air according to the following schedule:

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

NET2 (NET's cable network)
- Monday, Feb. 12
1:30 p.m. (CT)

- Wednesday, Feb. 14
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

Nominations Sought for CCMA Diversity Awards

The UNO Chancellor's Commission on Multicultural Affairs (CCMA) Awards Committee is seeking nominations for its 2007 Diversity Awards. The deadline is Wednesday, March 7.

The CCMA Diversity Awards will recognize (in each of three categories: students, faculty and staff) those who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity on the university campus or in the community through mentoring, outreach initiatives or other activities that advance the institution's goal of inclusion.

Award guidelines and nomination forms are available by clicking on the link below:

CCMA Diversity Awards

For more information, contact Karen Hayes at 554.3240.

SHS to Host Annual "Healthy Heart Day" Feb. 19

UNO Student Health Services (SHS) invites faculty, staff and students to attend the annual "Healthy Heart Day" Monday, Feb. 19. The event, which will offer free giveaways, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

Cholesterol and blood sugar tests will cost $20. Free blood pressure screens, body mass index screens, Mav-Tracks and a Hy-Vee dietician will also be available.

SHS is located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center. For more information, call 554.2374.

myMAPP/faculty Walk-in Assistance Announced

Information Technology Services (ITS) has announced walk-in sessions for help with myMAPP to assist faculty as they transition to using myMAPP/faculty for their annual review.

"We just want to let the faculty know that, with the annual review deadline growing closer, we're here to assist," said Shelly Schafer, ITS training manager.

Walk-in sessions are conducted on a first-come, first-served basis and do not require registration. Walk-in sessions are conducted as hands-on, question-and-answer sessions. 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

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. 22 (Note: This event was originally scheduled for Feb. 15.)
- "Malcolm X" (A Spike Lee film)
Eppley Administration Building Auditorium
4 to 6 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 26
- Chieftain Steppers Incorporated (from Bellevue East High School) step show exhibition
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, the American Multicultural Students Agency and a grant by the Nebraska Arts Council.

For more information or for special needs or accommodations, call 554.2711 (TTY 554.3799) one week in advance.

"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.

In the News

In the News

- David Cicotello, new student enrollment services, was quoted in the Feb. 5 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article focused on targeted minority aid in the University of Nebraska system.

- Gary Day, art and art history, was cited in the Feb. 4 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. Day was selected to be part of a team of artists working with the Omaha Chamber of Commerce's "O!" logo design.

- Teresa Dody, music, was cited in the Jan. 29 edition of the McPherson Sentinel (McPherson, Kan.). The article announced that Dody would be participating in a Russian chamber music concert set for Sunday, Feb. 7.

- Mary Lynn Reiser, business administration, was featured on the Jan. 29 edition of the WOWT (Channel 6) news. The segment highlighted the importance of checking your credit report.

- Sam Walker, criminal justice, was quoted in the Feb. 1 edition of the Christian Science Monitor. Dr. Walker gave tips for rooting out shady police officers.

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

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.

Ecoutez! at UNO Continues Feb 24 with Jazz Flutist Hubert Laws
The 2006-07 Ecoutez! Series at UNO will continue on Saturday, Feb 24, with a performance by jazz flutist Hubert Laws. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall on the UNO campus. 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 the concert. Laws will play with the UNO Faculty Jazz Combo and the UNO Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Pete Madsen, coordinator of jazz studies and assistant professor of trombone at UNO.

"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.

Internationally renowned flutist Hubert Laws is one of the few classical artists who has also mastered jazz, pop and rhythm-and-blues genres; moving effortlessly from one repertory to another. He has 20 albums in his discography, and his recordings have won 3 Grammy nominations. Laws has performed with the New York Philharmonic and with the orchestras of Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, Cleveland, Amsterdam, Japan and Detroit, and with the Stanford String Quartet. He has given annual performances at Carnegie Hall and has performed sold out performances in the Hollywood Bowl. He obtained his degree at the Juilliard School of Music.

Laws is appearing at UNO in conjunction with the 35th annual UNO Great Plains Jazz Festival. Thirty-seven high school and middle school bands from Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri will be honing their craft during the two-day event on the UNO campus.

For 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.