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This Week in Campus History

The Feb. 18, 1938, issue of The Gateway reported that a fire had started in a janitor's room in the basement of Joslyn Hall during the previous week's Monday night classes. University of Omaha students and Omaha firefighters attempted to put out the fire while some on-lookers jokingly cried out: "Let 'er burn!" Although damages were not mentioned in the article, given the "apparent unconcern of people strolling through the smoke-filled halls," the newspaper guessed that they were probably minimal. It was also reported that last Tuesday's morning students were still greeted with a smoky odor hanging in the air.

Date: Feb. 18, 1938
Source: The Gateway
Compiled by Criss Library Archives

Alexander Williams

At Your Service

by Beverly Newsam

While some of his fellow students are still snug in their beds, Alexander Williams is on campus preparing for the day. It is just one of many changes he has faced during his transition to student body president/regent at UNO. ...continue

Hockey Playoff Tickets on Sale Today

MavericksTickets for the March 2-4 best-of-three first round playoff series in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association will go on sale today, Feb. 20, at noon.  The Mavericks clinched home ice for the first round with Saturday's overtime win over Ohio State.

UNO, which plays at Alaska this weekend, will meet a yet-to-be determined opponent in the series.  All games will start at 7:05 p.m. at Qwest Center Omaha.

Playoff ticket prices are as follows: 

- Adults upper bowl

- Adults lower bowl

- Child ticket

- UNO students (with ID)

Fans may order tickets by calling 554.MAVS (6287) or through Ticketmaster, or buy them in person at Qwest Center Omaha or the UNO Athletic Ticket Office at Sapp Fieldhouse from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weekdays).

ODK Spring Dialogue on "The Future of UNO" Today

The UNO circle of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) - a national leadership honorary - will host a spring dialogue titled "Do You Know the Future of UNO" today, Feb. 20. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom, and refreshments will be served.

The discussion will focus on the future of UNO and will feature the following panelists:

- John Amend, director of Facilities Management and Planning, will speak on "The Development of the Dodge Campus."

- Jay Noddle, developer and CEO of Noddle Companies, will speak on "Ak-Sar-Ben Village and Development that will Impact the Pacific Campus."

- Tom Frette, interim athletic director, will speak on "The Future of Athletics at UNO."

- Bob Whitehouse, University of Nebraska Regent, will speak on "UNO's Latest Developments."

For more information, call 554.2779.

Henry Doorly Zoo Membership Drive Under Way

The annual Henry Doorly Zoo membership drive is under way at UNO.

The zoo is offering memberships to university employees and students at the annual rate of $68 per household. The cost includes unlimited admission for two adults and dependent children or grandchildren under age 21, discounted admission to more than 100 zoos throughout North America and the Lozier IMAX Theater, discounts on children's classes and more.

Memberships are $68 until April 1 and $75 after that date. To access an order form, click on the following link:

Zoo Membership Form

For membership inquiries, contact Interim Chancellor John Christensen or Kris Bell at 554.2262.

Researcher to Discuss "Why Do Smart Students Fail?" Feb. 22

Research in the area of academic success in college has traditionally focused on cognitive abilities. Researchers are becoming increasingly aware that various emotional and social competencies are also important predictors. James Parker will be on campus Thursday, Feb. 22, to present "Why Do Smart Students Fail? Emotional Intelligence and College Students." His talk will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

Dr. Parker is associate vice president for research at Trent University in Canada, as well as the director of the Emotion and Health Research Laboratory. He also holds a Canada Research Chair at the same institution. Dr. Parker earned his Ph.D. in psychology from York University (Ontario) in 1991 and was a research fellow in the Department of Psychiatry from 1991-94 at the University of Toronto.

At the Feb. 22 lecture, Dr. Parker will discuss research findings on the relationship between emotional intelligence and academic persistence and success, and the implications for teaching and learning.

To register, contact the Center for Faculty Development (CFD) (220 Arts and Sciences Hall) at 554.2427 or  Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact the CFD at 554.2427 or, or Marti Rosen-Atherton at 554.2409 or

The event is being sponsored by the Office of Academic and Student Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences, Freshman Year Experience Program and the CFD.

"Rites of Spring" Set for March 3

The UNO Program for Women and Successful Aging (PWSA) will host its ninth annual "Rites of Spring" Saturday, March 3, at Duchesne Academy (3601 Burt St.).

"This is always a popular event, and a great way to recognize several of our PWSA member artists and writers," said Patty Adams, PWSA director. 

Artwork by Pamela Conyers Hinson and Lourdes O'Leary will be featured.   In addition, several authors of Celebrate: A Collection of Women's Writings, Vol. XI will give readings of their work.  The authors are either published poets or have been participants of various PWSA workshops throughout the community.

The event will run from 1 to 3 p.m.  Refreshments will be served. 

The cost to attend the "Rites of Spring" is $15 in advance or $20 at the door.  Call 554.4897 for a registration form.  The registration fee includes a copy of Celebrate: A Collection of Women's Writings, Vol. XI.

UNO Spring Sports Luncheon Feb. 21

It is 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:

Mavericks- 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.

"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 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.

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 (CFD) and UCAT Web sites, and by the CFD to all faculty.

Application forms are available on the 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

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

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 planned activities 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

Nancy Lopez to Keynote at March 6 Women's Walk Luncheon

MavericksWorld Golf Hall of Fame member Nancy Lopez, who won 48 tournaments during her LPGA career, will be the keynote speaker at this year's Diet Pepsi/Women's Walk Kick-off Luncheon. The Tuesday, March 6, event at the DoubleTree Hotel is open to the public.

"We are very fortunate and excited to have Nancy Lopez join us for this year's event," UNO senior woman administrator Rose Shires said. "She is known as a fierce and focused competitor who is a great role model for all athletes."

The Diet Pepsi Women's Walk, now entering its 22nd year, has raised nearly $3 million for scholarships for female student-athletes. This year's event will also feature a Nebraska Medical Center women's health fair.

Lopez will speak at the 11:30 a.m. luncheon and will conduct clinics at the Chili Greens Dome that afternoon.

The First National Bank luncheon will feature the induction of Linda Aust, Nancy Witted and Virginia Klug into the Women's Walk Hall of Honor.

Tickets for the luncheon are $55 per person or $500 for a table of 10. The demonstration clinic, set from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Chili Greens Dome, costs $25 and requires advanced registration. Reservations for the events can be made by calling the UNO Athletic Office at 554.2533.

Lopez sprung onto the women's golf scene as a 21-year-old rookie in 1978 and won nine events - including a record five in a row - and captured the tour's rookie of the year, player of the year and Vare Trophy honors.  She went on to record 48 tournament titles, including three LPGA championships, with career earnings of $5.3 million.

She retired from tournament golf in 2002 but, in 2005, captained the U.S. Solheim Cup team to a three-point victory over the European team.


"Shroder to Speak at Bush Library in Texas
John Shroder, an expert on the geography and geology of Afghanistan, will discuss his work with U.S. counterterrorism agencies to use satellite analysis and geographic information system (GIS) technology to assess the ground in Afghanistan to help track al Qaeda operatives in that region. His lecture is set for Thursday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m. in the Bush Library's orientation theater as part of the 2006-2007 ICHS Lecture Series.

A reception for Dr. Shroder, Regents professor in the UNO Department of Geography and Geology, will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Bush Library rotunda.  Both the reception and the lecture are free and open to the public.

To end the threat of terrorism from Afghanistan, Shroder said the United States must secure that nation against a resurgence of al Qaeda and the Taliban while helping to rebuild the Afghan economy. A vital tool in these efforts is GIS technology, which brings together hardware, software and data to capture, manage, analyze and display geographic information.

For more than 30 years, Dr. Shroder has applied the geosciences to the challenges facing Afghanistan. His work began in 1972 with the establishment of the Afghanistan Studies Program at UNO. The program's first project, an Atlas of Afghanistan, became caught up in the Afghan-Soviet War of the 1980s.

Shroder assisted the Afghan Resistance through education projects, opium-poppy eradication and exposure of the Soviet control of natural resources. He argued against U.S. abandonment of Afghanistan following the Soviet withdrawal in 1989 and warned the State Department in July 2001 about the threat of Afghanistan as a base for terrorism.

Following the 9/11 attacks, he assisted U.S. intelligence in gathering geographic and geologic information from an al Qaeda video to track down Osama bin Laden's base camp at Tora Bora.

Today, Dr. Shroder champions the use of Afghanistan's rich resources in oil, gas and metal ore to rebuild the economy, a position supported by a U.S. Geological Survey of the region. UNO is training 36 Afghan teachers each year, as well as assessing and mapping the glaciers and downstream melt-water resources. Publication of new geographic information about the nation, including a new Atlas of Afghanistan, is under way with Dr. Shroder's management.

"The Afghans once very much liked Americans with our freedoms and generosity," Dr. Shroder said. "They could again if we manage things as properly as we once did."

The program is co-sponsored by the Integrative Center for Homeland Security ( and the Center for Geospatial Information Science and Technology, both at Texas A&M.

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