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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

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

Jeans Sought for Eating Disorder Awareness Week

It is estimated that one in four female college students suffers from an eating disorder.

In observance of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week (NEDAW), UNO Student Health Services (SHS) and the UNO Women's Resource Center will conduct a jean drive Monday, Feb. 26, through Friday, March 2, on campus.

SHS, located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center, will serve as a drop off site. All jeans will be donated to St. Vincent de Paul.

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week (NEDAW), a nationwide observance sponsored by the National Eating Disorders Association, provides information about the signs, symptoms and treatment of eating disorders.

For more information, contact Nicole Strauch at nstrauch@mail.unomaha.edu.

PWSA to Celebrate Women's History Month March 4

The UNO Program for Women and Successful Aging (PWSA) will celebrate Women's History Month in conjunction with the Omaha Public Library Sunday, March 4. Art will be on display, and poets will present their work during a reception at the Michael Phipps Art Gallery at the W. Dale Clark (Main) Library, 15th and Douglas Streets, from 3 to 5 p.m.

"Celebrating Women's History Month has become a tradition for PWSA," said Patricia Adams, PWSA director. "This event gives us an opportunity to highlight the tremendous talent we have in our community and to reinforce our relationship to our community library."

Pat Davis and Sue Pickering are the featured artists.  Their artwork will be on display in the gallery for the entire month of March.

The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, call 554.4897.

Library Friends to Discuss Founding Brothers March 8

The Friends of the UNO Criss Library Book Club will host a discussion of Founding Brothers by Joseph Ellis Thursday, March 8, at 7 p.m. in Room 100 of Criss Library.  The discussion leader will be Kent Kirwan, UNO emeritus professor of political science.

In his book, Ellis explores how a group of greatly gifted, but deeply flawed, individuals - Hamilton, Burr, Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, Adams and Madison - confronted the overwhelming challenges before them to set the course of a nation.

For more information, call 554.3205.

Undergraduate Course Catalog Proofing Continues

The 2007-08 undergraduate catalog will be available for proofing in 108 Eppley Administration Building 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.

myMAPP/faculty Walk-in Assistance Available

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. 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 unohelpdesk@mail.unomaha.edu.

Seventh Annual Poker Fun Walk/Run Feb. 22

In 1950, 11 black colleges and universities met in New Orleans and formed an association to govern intramural sports. Throughout the years, this association has grown and is now the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA), of which UNO is a member institution.

"Please help Campus Recreation celebrate this historic anniversary by doing something active," said David Daniels, assistant director for fitness/wellness and instructional programs at UNO.

In conjunction with this year's anniversary, the Seventh Annual Poker Fun Walk/Run will be held (weather permitting) Thursday, Feb. 22, at noon on the Milo Bail Student Center Plaza. All interested faculty, staff and students are invited to participate. There is no fee to take part in the run/walk.

"There are no prizes or awards for being fast," Daniels said. "The best three Poker hands from five cards distributed on the 1.5-mile course win prizes."

The 1.5-mile course will cover the UNO campus. At specific sites throughout the course, each contestant will receive a playing card. At the end of the course, all poker hands will be shown, and a winner will be revealed. No official time will be kept, and prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place.

Participants should plan to arrive at noon the day of the run/walk to receive instructions. There will also be drawings for door prizes.

In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held on the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building indoor track (no running will be allowed). To sign up, call the Campus Recreation Office at 554.2539.  Registration also will be available at the event.

Black History Month Celebration Continues with Spike Lee Film

Black History Month activities continue Thursday, Feb. 22, with the screening of Spike Lee's film "Malcolm X." It will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Eppley Administration Building Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

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.

WRC to Host "The Vagina Monologues" Benefit Feb. 23-25 HEADLINE

The UNO Women's Resource Center will present its second annual benefit production of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" Friday through Sunday, Feb. 23-25.

The production, directed by Sonali Kumar, will be performed in the Eppley Administration Building Auditorium on the UNO Dodge Street campus. The house will open at 7 p.m., with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for Friday and Saturday performances. On Feb. 25, the house will open at 3 p.m., with a 3:30 p.m. curtain. The Sunday performance will be followed by a talk-back session with the director, designers and cast.

This year, more than 1,150 communities around the world are hosting V-Day benefits to raise funds and awareness toward ending violence against women.  These events raised more than $4 million last year through performances of Eve Ensler's award-winning play, "The Vagina Monologues."

"Hot on the heels of their success, UNO has joined this global movement as part of the V-Day 2007 College Campaign," Kumar said. V-Day Omaha 2007 will benefit Siena/Francis House, an agency that provides a variety of services to protect children, help adults and strengthen families. Founded in Omaha in 1975, the agency serves thousands of families annually in the Omaha/Council Bluffs metropolitan areas.

UNO's benefit production of "The Vagina Monologues" is sponsored by the Women's Resource Center. All proceeds benefit Siena/Francis House. Tickets are a suggested donation of $10 and may be purchased at the door, by e-mail at unowrc@mail.unomaha.edu or by calling 554.2730.

For more information, contact Tumelo Gobagoba in the Women's Resource Center at 554.2730.

Nominations Sought for 2007 CCSW Awards

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) is currently seeking nominations for its Outstanding Achievement Award, Community Service Award and Undergraduate Scholarship Award ($500).

These awards recognize individuals at UNO and in the community for outstanding service to women. Award recipients will be honored Thursday, April 5, at the 2007 CCSW Awards Luncheon.

Nominations are due Wednesday, Feb. 28. The criteria for each award, deadlines, nomination forms and a list of past award recipients are available on the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/ccsw.

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. Scholarship applications also should be returned to Dr. Harrington. For more information, contact Adler (madler@mail.unomaha.edu or 554.2743) or Dr. Harrington (jeanneharrington@mail.unomaha.edu).

The CCSW 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.

Participants Sought for UNMC Depression Study

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Department of Psychiatry is recruiting individuals experiencing depression for participation in a research study of a marketed antidepressant medication. Participants must be 19 to 65 years of age and in good general medical health. All study procedures and medications will be provided.

For additional information, call 354.6868 or send an e-mail to unmcprc@unmc.edu.