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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

50th Annual Missouri Valley History Conference March 1-3

History enthusiasts, scholars and students from across the Omaha metropolitan area, Nebraska, the Midwest and the nation are invited to participate in and celebrate the 50th Annual Missouri Valley History Conference (MVHC).

The conference will be held Thursday, March 1, through Saturday, March 3, at the Embassy Suites Old Market/Downtown, 555 S. 10th St.  All areas of history will be discussed during 52 panel sessions.  Special emphasis will be placed on local and regional history.  Scholars and students of history from around the country will be presenting new areas of research in the discipline.

The UNO Department of History has been hosting the event since 1958.  "It is one of the largest and oldest history conferences in existence in the country," said Moshe Gershovich, associate professor of history at UNO and the 2007 MVHC program coordinator.  "We're excited to be celebrating its 50th."

To receive a copy of the conference program, contact Dr. Gershovich at 554.3175 or The program is also available online at

Numerous special events are planned to commemorate this year's milestone event.  On the eve of the conference (Wednesday, Feb. 28), the Douglas County Historical Society and First National Bank will host an anniversary reception.  It will be held on the Executive Level (40th floor) of First National Tower from 7 to 9 p.m. and feature First National Bank's private collection of Western art.  The collection includes paintings and sculpture by Ted Long, Frederick Remington and Charles Bodmer, as well as artifacts and architectural elements.  Pre-registration for the reception is required and will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.  To register, contact Dr. Gershovich at 554.3175 or

On Friday evening, March 2, from 7 to 9 p.m., the MVHC will celebrate its golden jubilee at a reception hosted by UNO Interim Chancellor John Christensen.  The event will be held at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center on the UNO Dodge Street campus.  Numerous veterans of the MVHC will be on hand to share their memoirs of the conference's history.

John Wunder, professor of history at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will be the guest speaker at the March 1 Phi Alpha Theta luncheon, set for 1 p.m.  His talk is titled "On Comparative History: Two Treaties."  Phi Alpha Theta is a history honor society at UNO.  The Nebraska Chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta Society will hold its own annual conference Friday and Saturday, March 2-3, in conjunction with the MVHC.

Fred Donner, professor of history at the University of Chicago and a notable scholar of early Islamic history, will be the featured speaker at the March 2 MVHC luncheon.  His talk is titled  "New Views on the Origins of Islam."

A special presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be held March 1 at the Embassy Suites from 8 to 9 p.m.  Tim McNeese from York College will present "John Wesley Powell and his 1869 Exploration of the Grand Canyon." 

An extensive book and media exhibit - featuring several commercial publishers and university presses, as well as regional historical museums and societies - will also be on display at the conference.

Pre-registration for the MVHC is $50 before Feb. 15.  Registration after Feb. 15, and at the door, is $60.  The registration fee covers both the Wednesday and Friday receptions, but it does not include the two conference luncheons.  The cost to attend the Phi Alpha Theta and/or MVHC luncheon is an additional $20 for each.

Students from area high schools, colleges and universities are admitted free with ID (excluding meals) and are encouraged to register.  Also, the UNO Department of History Dual Enrollment Committee has provided funding for all Omaha Public Schools (OPS), Millard and District 66 teachers to attend the conference free of charge.  Teachers should show their identification badges for entry into the conference.

For more information, call Dr. Gershovich at 554.3175.

The Missouri Valley History Conference Inc. is a non-profit corporation in the state of Nebraska. The 50th Annual MVHC is sponsored by MVHC Inc. and the UNO Department of History.

UNO Spring Sports Luncheon Feb. 21

It's time to take your spring Maverick gear out of the closet.

The annual spring sports luncheon, hosted by UNO Athletics, is set for Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the Venice Inn (6910 Pacific St.), beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Maverick spring sports coaches will report on their respective seasons and coming schedules. The following coaches will be on hand for the Feb. 21 event:

- Jeanne Tostenson
Maverick Softball

- Bob Herold
Maverick Baseball

- Bill Nichols
Maverick Tennis

- Tim Nelson
Maverick Golf

- Bill Nichols
Maverick Track and Field

Schedule cards, posters and media guides also will be available.

Tickets for the luncheon cost $10 and can be purchased at the door. For more information, contact Geri Backora 554.2506.

Final Blue Line Club Luncheon Feb. 16

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.

"This is the final luncheon of the season.  If you have tickets to use, this is the last luncheon to do so," said Shirley Fey, event organizer. "Bring your friends and colleagues, and help us honor the seniors."

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 Fey at 554.3422.

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.

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 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lower level of the Milo Bail Student Center through Friday, Feb. 23.

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

Religious Studies Lecture to Feature Barbara Simcoe

Barbara Simcoe, an associate professor of art and art history, will speak at UNO Thursday, Feb. 22, at 2:30 p.m. Her presentation is titled "Continuation & Promise: The Case of Jacob and Isaac."

Simcoe's discussion of religion and art is based on her work for the Yitzhak Project in Acco, Israel. More information on the project is available at

The presentation will be held in 313 Arts and Sciences Hall, and is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Kathy Cox Schwartz at 554.2628 or Information on this and other events sponsored by the UNO Religious Studies Program can be found on the Web at

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.

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.

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.

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