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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

Sixth Annual Malcolm X Festival Begins Today

The sixth annual Malcolm X Festival at UNO begins today, Tuesday, Feb. 13, and will continue tomorrow, Feb. 14. The event will focus on the Black Arts Movement with a variety of lectures, presentations, performances and discussions. The festival is 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.

Performance Evaluation Session Set for Today

Human Resources at UNO will present a workshop on conducting performance evaluations today, Feb. 13, in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC). The event will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the U mon hon Room, located on the third floor of the MBSC.

For more information, call 554.2321.

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).

Performances of "Nickel and Dimed" Begin Feb. 22

The UNO Department of Theatre will present "Nickel and Dimed" Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23-24, and Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 28 to March 3, on campus. The production - written by Joan Holden and based on Barbara Ehrenreich's book, Nickel and Dimed, on (Not) Getting by in America - will be directed by Doug Paterson, UNO professor of theatre. A preview performance will be held Thursday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m.

All performances will start at 7:30 p.m. and will be held at the UNO Theater in the Weber Fine Arts Building (WFAB). The house opens at 7 p.m., with a 7:30 p.m. curtain. There will be an interactive, talk-back session with the director, designers and cast immediately following the Friday, March 2, show.

Adapted from Ehrenreich's best-selling book about the working poor, this investigative seriocomedy follows a character based on the author's journey into minimum wage America. "Nickel and Dimed" asks "Can a middle aged, middle class white woman make it on minimum wage in middle America?"

Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office (located on the first floor of the WFAB), via e-mail at or by calling 554.2335. Tickets cost $15 for general admission, and $12 for students and seniors.

For more information, contact Ron Zank, UNO Department of Theatre secretary, at 554.2406.

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.

Undergraduate Course Catalog Proofing Feb. 19-23

The 2007-08 undergraduate catalog will be available for proofing in 108 Eppley Administration Building Monday, Feb. 19, through Friday, Feb. 23.

All departments are asked to send a representative to proof the area that pertains to their respective departments. No major changes to the content can be processed at this point.

For more information, contact Marian McDonald at 554.3674.

Ecoutez! Continues Feb. 24 with Flutist Hubert Laws

The 2006-07 Ecoutez! series at UNO will continue 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 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.

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.

Internationally renowned flutist 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 three Grammy nominations.

He 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. Laws also 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, which is set for Feb. 23-24. 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.

CCSW to Sponsor Heart Health Coffeehouse Feb. 28

Did you know that heart disease is now the leading cause of death for women? Do you know the warning signs of a heart attack for women? All UNO faculty, staff and students (male and female) are invited to attend the "Heart Health for Women" Susan B. Anthony Coffeehouse to learn more about women and heart disease, and what can be done to promote heart health.

The UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) is sponsoring the Wednesday, Feb. 28, coffeehouse event that will feature Geri Moore from Creighton University. The coffeehouse will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 100 of Criss Library at UNO. The library café will also be open, and attendees are invited to bring their lunches.

For more information, call 554.3660.

Spirit Committee to Sponsor "Red Day" Feb. 14

UNO spirit

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

Blue Line Club Luncheon Feb. 16

The hockey season is in full swing, and the tradition to kick off a Maverick hockey weekend continues this week with a Blue Line Club (BLC) luncheon. The final luncheon of the season will be held Friday, Feb. 16, to commemorate the UNO vs. Ohio State series and honor senior Maverick hockey players.

The luncheon will be held at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. The buffet opens at 11:15 a.m., and the program will run from 11:40 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $20 for BLC members or $25 for non-members. No reservation is required to attend.

At the luncheon, hear from the opposing coach, watch highlight videos, get a scouting report on opponents and learn from guest speakers. Previous speakers include NHL scouts, player agents, referees, and former college players and coaches.

For more information, contact Shirley Fey at 554.3422.

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.

- Today, 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

February FEAP Schedule Announced

The Faculty/Staff Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) provides short-term counseling, assessment and referral services for faculty, staff, their spouses or significant others, and family members. FEAP offices are located in 206 Eppley Administration Building.

The February schedule is as follows:

- Feb. 16 and 21
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

- Feb. 13, 23 and 27
8 a.m. to noon

Appointments are free and available by calling 554.3120 (UNO) or 559.5175 (UNMC).

"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

Parking Lot Closure Notice

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.

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 "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 (MBSC) 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 MBSC.

For more information, call 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


PRSSA Awards Omaha Food Bank $500

The UNO Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter started the new year by fighting hunger with a $500 donation to the Omaha Food Bank.

At the organization's Jan. 28 meeting, Jasmyn LeFlore, PRSSA president, presented Jewell Knapp, public relations director of the Omaha Food Bank, with a check. PRSSA raised the money by setting aside a portion of the proceeds from its two fundraisers: an Italian Night dinner that took place in October and a social event at Club Patrick's in November. PRSSA also collected money for the Food Bank at its monthly bake sales, and raised 800 pounds of food by trick-or-treating for canned food on Halloween night and sponsoring a food drive in Arts and Sciences Hall last November.

PRSSA began its partnership with the Omaha Food Bank last summer when PRSSA organized and hosted an event for National Hunger Awareness Day. On June 6, The Kids ‘n' Cans Carnival raised more than $200 and collected 122 pounds of food for the Omaha Food Bank. PRSSA is planning to host the carnival again this summer.

The UNO chapter of PRSSA is a student organization within the School of Communication that offers students professional development opportunities in the public relations field by enhancing students' knowledge of the public relations field by networking locally and nationally.

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