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Students show off their school spirit at a recent hockey game at Qwest Center Omaha. All hockey fans can show their pride by participating in the Student Government sponsored "Black Out," by wearing black apparel at the Feb. 16-17 UNO vs. Ohio State series at the Civic. See story below for details.

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University of Omaha Fieldhouse interior undergoes construction in 1949.

This Week in Campus History

On Feb. 12, 1988, a story appeared in The Gateway, detailing "How to Buy Art", a new UNO College of Continuing Studies non-credit course. The three-session class was taught by Thomas Majeski, professor of art at UNO, and Myriel Hiner, a local independent art agent. The cost was $45 per person, and was held Tuesday nights in the UNO Art Gallery. Although the purchase of art as an investment was covered, the instructors thought it more important to discuss "how and where to buy art and what is good vs. what is bad." The idea was to expose students to art fundamentals and increase their art literacy so they may determine what types and styles of art they prefer. As Hiner stated: "if a piece of artwork is purchased, it should be enjoyed."

Date: Feb. 12, 1988
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

Governor's Proposed Budget May Necessitate NU Belt-Tightening

Nebraska Gov. David Heineman's biennial budget recommendations, released Jan. 11, proposed one of the smallest increases for the University of Nebraska system since 1966. The 1.1 percent FY 2008 and 2.2 percent FY 2009 increases were the third lowest in the past four decades, ahead of budget reductions in 1986 and 2003 (one percent and 4.7 percent, respectively).

The Unicameral's Appropriation's Committee will consider the university's budget at a hearing set for March 6, with a final budget bill to be passed prior the close of the legislative session in April. It is important to note that, while the Governor's initial budget recommendation is cause for concern, several opportunities for revisions exist prior to its final hearing and passage.

Plans are under way to offer two campus-wide forums in March to provide additional budget information, including the impact on the university and strategies individuals can use to communicate with lawmakers. The forums will be announced in eNotes, and supervisors are encouraged to promote attendance and participation.

As Interim Chancellor, I want to share my concern regarding the proposed budget but also to caution against undue panic and speculation. The state's budgeting process is a lengthy one, and much can happen between now and the governor's sign-off on the final bill. I encourage you to keep this situation in perspective as we move forward, and I pledge to share information as soon as it becomes available. UNO's greatest strength has always been in its faculty and staff, and the manner in which we conduct the important business of education, even in difficult times. I trust that, as this process unfolds, UNO will continue to offer the highest levels of academic and student service, remembering that our first responsibility is to help students reach their goals.

- John Christensen, Interim Chancellor

SAC to Meet Feb. 13

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) will meet Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 9 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Chancellor's Room.

For more information, contact Mona Lisa King-Ward at 554.2248.

Faculty Senate to Meet Feb. 14

The UNO Faculty Senate will hold its regular monthly meeting Wednesday, Feb. 14, in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Dodge Rooms. Beginning at 2 p.m., there will be a presentation on UNO surveys by Linda Mannering, director of Institutional Research. The meeting will begin immediately following the presentation. All interested individuals are invited to attend.

For more information, contact Jim Shaw, Faculty Senate president (554.2225), or Sue Bishop, Faculty Senate coordinator (554.3598).

January Employee of the Month: Gayle Roberts

Gayle Roberts

Hy-Vee Food Stores claims to have a "helpful smile in every aisle," but employees at Criss Library say the university's atmosphere rivals that of the supermarket when Gayle Roberts, promotions specialist, is on duty.

"Gayle's vision and enthusiasm populates every department of the library," one co-worker wrote. "She possesses a can-do-it attitude and is always seeking ways to improve herself and the library, and always with a glowing smile."

At her post by 6:30 a.m. most days, Roberts said she verifies the electronic signage system and updates the new book display, in addition to keeping up with a variety of paperwork before the daily rush begins. "By 9 a.m., we're in full swing, and then I work on whatever projects need my attention," she said. "I have some assigned hours at the first floor information desk during the week, which I love because I get to help our patrons!"

Working with so many different people on a variety of tasks is what makes the job fun for Roberts. "Something is always ‘popping' up or someone is ‘popping in'," she said. "Thus, I get to talk to lots of people on campus and within the library, and even in the city every day. It's great fun!"

Although she spends many hours sorting through book jackets, answering e-mails and putting up displays, Roberts said she most enjoys planning events and working on other campus promotions, including the recent dedication of Criss Library.

"The library's dedication week was, by far, the biggest project I've worked on here at UNO," she said. "I chaired the campus committee and worked closely with several people on campus, as well as alumni and the foundation. I loved having the library brimming with people, the therapy dogs that visited, the day care kids and all our supporters. Even the 5 a.m. interview with KETV was great fun! To be given the opportunity to promote our library to that extent was an honor."

Another nominator said they are happy Roberts is a member of the library team because she contributes a lot to the library's daily operations. "Gayle provides a strong model of customer service and support, supervising student workers and actively contributing to the development of the library by offering creative ideas, a positive attitude and true teamwork spirit," a co-worker wrote. "She is dedicated to ensuring users are made aware of all the library has to offer through a variety of promotional venues."

Last July, Roberts celebrated her five-year anniversary at Criss Library, where she began her service as a reference assistant. Prior to coming to campus, she worked as a legal assistant at "Ag Processing Inc a cooperative" (AGP) - where she was active in event planning and hosting seminars, as well as managing the law library and developing a central filing system for the company.

Roberts said the skills she obtained at AGP have been very useful in her position at UNO. "I learned adaptability and flexibility, as well as basic information organization skills," she said.

A talk with one of her instructors influenced Roberts' career path and, ultimately, brought her to the library. "I had begun work on my history master's degree and was encouraged by Professor Pollak to work in a library," she said. "I immediately felt at home within its walls, and once I began understanding the world of library science, knew it was for me."

Her enthusiasm for UNO extends beyond the library to several campus organizations. "I thoroughly enjoyed my presidency in the Staff Advisory Council and on the Spirit Committee - Go Mavs! It also was a lot of fun having a spirit contest with Wade Robinson at the Faculty/Staff Picnic," Roberts said.

She is an active member of the Nebraska Library Association and also enjoys scrapbooking, doing crosswords, needlework and spending time with her grandchildren - who, she said, "play a mean game of ‘I Spy' and ‘Go Fish!"

The Omaha native said she is honored to have been nominated for the award. "It means a great deal when you are recognized by those you work with," she said. "UNO is a great place to work, with good people everywhere on campus. I would like to thank the administration for this award and everyone at the library for being an awesome group to work with!"

As Employee of the Month, Robets will receive a plaque, portrait and monetary award. All UNO faculty, staff and students are eligible to nominate individuals for the honor. Nomination forms are available in Human Resources, 205 Eppley Administration Building.

(Pictured above: Roberts and Interim UNO Chancellor John Christensen.)

For more information, call 554.2321.

UCAT Accepting Proposals for Conference Grants

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces several conferences it has deemed especially useful for UNO faculty to attend because the conferences meet the pedagogical goals of UCAT.

UCAT funding will cover transportation expenses, registration fees and lodging costs, so applicants should estimate these costs on their applications.

The designated conferences are as follows:
Conference: AACU - The Student as Scholar: Undergraduate Research and Creative Practices (
Date: April 19-21
Location: Long Beach, Calif.
Deadline for UCAT consideration: Wednesday, Feb. 21

Conference: National CASTL Institute - Civic Engagement in the Classroom (
Date: June 6-9
Location: Chicago
Deadline for UCAT consideration: Wednesday, March 21

Information will also be disseminated on the FacConnect, Center for Faculty Development and UCAT Web sites, and by the Center for Faculty Development to all faculty.

Application forms are available on the Center for Faculty Development (CFD)/UCAT 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 more information, contact the CFD or Teresa Lamsam, associate professor of communication and UCAT chair (554.4853 or

Sixth Annual Malcolm X Festival 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. The festival in funded in part by the Nebraska Arts Council.

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, 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.

Events are being partially sponsored by a grant from the Nebraska Arts Council.

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

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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.

A sell-out is expected, so call for availability. 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.'"

Participants Sought for "Seven Days of Service"

Looking for something to do during spring break that will benefit you and the community?

Seven Days of Service offers UNO students a chance to improve their community by refurbishing homes for low-income families.

From March 10 to 17, students and other volunteers will be working on six homes in south Omaha. The UNO Service-Learning Academy directs the project, and the Family Housing Advisory Services in Omaha will sell the renovated homes to low-income families.

Students can sign up to help with Seven Days of Service at the Information Desk in the Eppley Administration Building (first floor) or in 220 Arts and Sciences Hall. Public administration students will also have a sign-up booth in the lower level of the Milo Bail Student Center Monday, Feb. 12, through Friday, Feb. 23, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

For more information, call the Service-Learning Academy at 554.6019.

Human Resource Organization to Host UP Guest Speaker

The Human Resource Organization, a student group at UNO, will host UNO alumnus Jamie Herbert Thursday, Feb. 15. Herbert, general director of management development at Union Pacific, will present at 5:30 p.m. in 310 Roskens Hall.

Free pizza and refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Michelle Schneider at 910.2007 or

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 can be found on the Human Resources Web page (

For more information, call Human Resources at 554.2321.

"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.

For more information, contact Patrick Wheeler at 554.3921.

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Spirit Committee to Sponsor "Red Day" Feb. 14

Show your UNO colors! The UNO Spirit Committee is sponsoring "Red Day" Wednesday, Feb. 14. The committee invites faculty, staff and students to wear red in conjunction with the Valentine's Day holiday.

"Feb. 14 is Valentine's Day and, traditionally, a day to wear red. Since red is also a UNO color, the UNO Spirit Committee encourages everyone to show their UNO spirit and enjoy a Happy Valentine's Day at the same time by wearing red on Feb. 14," said Marie Lee, co-chair of the UNO Spirit Committee.

For more information, contact Lee at 554.2581 or

"Mav Madness" Sale This Week at the Bookstore

The UNO Bookstore is hosting a "Mav Madness" Sale Monday through Friday, Feb. 12-16. Buy one apparel item at regular price and receive the second item of equal or lesser value for half price.

UNO Bookstore hours are as follows:

- Monday through Thursday
7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

- Friday
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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.

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: 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

Nominations Sought for CCSW Scholarship Award

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) is currently accepting applications for the 2006-07 undergraduate scholarship award.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

- Be currently enrolled undergraduate students who will graduate after the fall of 2007;

- Have made a significant contribution toward addressing gender issues or improving the status of women in their academic work or activities; and/or

- Be academically excellent in fields where women are underrepresented.

The application deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 28. Applications will be evaluated on how well the applicants complete the application process. Scholarship applications are available online at

The award recipient will receive a $500 scholarship and will be honored at the April 5 CCSW Awards Luncheon. Scholarships may impact financial aid packages. For more information, call 554.2327.

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. For more information, contact Adler ( or 554.2743) or Dr. Harrington (

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women 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.

UNO Hockey Players to Host Dundee Skating Event

It's hockey time in the heart of Dundee!

Several UNO hockey players will offer skating tips and advice to Dundee kids (and kids at heart) Sunday, Feb. 18, at the Dundee Skating Rink, located near the sunken gardens just east of Dundee Presbyterian Church (5312 Underwood Ave.). The free event will begin at 2 p.m. and has been coordinated and sponsored by the Dundee Merchants Association.

"I expect a great turnout," said Jeff Royal, president of Dundee Bank. "It's the kind of hometown event that we could turn into a tradition."

For more information, call 504.4000.

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.

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 to 11:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

Cholesterol and blood sugar tests will be available for a cost of $20 and require a fasting period. For details, call 554.2374. 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.

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.

Difficult Dialogues to Host Discussion March 8

Talking about race can be difficult, but a UNO discussion planned for early March aims to conduct an open and honest dialogue about the topic of race on the UNO campus and in the metropolitan area.

"What Omaha Do You Live In?: Talking Openly About Identity and Race," organized by the UNO Difficult Dialogues Project, will be held Thursday, March 8, at 2:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. Faculty, students and staff are invited to attend the free event.

The Difficult Dialogues project is directed by Nora Bacon, UNO associate professor of English; Shereen Bingham, UNO professor of communication; and Cynthia Robinson-Moore, UNO assistant professor of communication. It is funded by a grant from the Ford Foundation.

"The event and the Difficult Dialogues Project are unique," Dr. Bingham said. "We're hoping to get 200 people to talk honestly about identity and race in our city."

A short opening presentation will be followed by smaller, guided group discussion led by members of the Difficult Dialogues core group. Robinson-Moore said the topic of race is often avoided in the campus community because of fear. "It's fear of saying something ignorant or offensive, or saying something that might hurt someone else's feelings," she said. "Our facilitators have received training that should make our discussion productive, open and safe."

The Difficult Dialogues core group at UNO includes 20 faculty, 10 staff and three administrators. They represent diverse departments, disciplines and programs whose work is particularly important to creating an inclusive campus.

The Ford Foundation launched the national Difficult Dialogues project in 2005 by inviting proposals from all accredited, degree granting, non-profit institutions with general undergraduate programs. UNO was one of just 27 institutions to receive funding. "What Omaha Do You Live In?" is the largest event the UNO Difficult Dialogues group has organized.

"People will truly be listening to each other when we get together. It should be an informative, eye-opening afternoon," Dr. Bingham said. "Race has been a divisive issue everywhere, including Omaha. In part, we are asking what kind of city you want Omaha to be five years, 10 years, 20 years from now."

For more information, call 554.4857.

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Maverick Watch

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...

Wednesday, Feb. 14
- Wrestling vs. Augustana
Sapp Fieldhouse
7 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 16
- Tennis vs. Graceland
Hanscom Park
3200 Ed Creighton Ave.
6:30 p.m.

- Hockey vs. Ohio State
Civic Auditorium
1804 Capitol Ave.
7:05 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 17
- Women's basketball vs. North Dakota
Sapp Fieldhouse
2 p.m.

- Men's basketball vs. North Dakota
Sapp Fieldhouse
4 p.m.

- Hockey vs. Ohio State
Civic Auditorium
1804 Capitol Ave.
8:05 p.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at