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The March 1951 issue of That You May Know reported that Edward H. Winter, a prominent ceramics artist spoke at a university convocation regarding "Fine Arts and Business." Winter encouraged art students to become a part of their community instead of hermits confined to their studios. He also asserted that artists who wished to start in the Omaha area had as much a chance of becoming famous as if they moved to New York. His enamel on metal work had been showcased in 43 European and American museums. Winter's message to local artists was encouraging: "The artist of today is designing steamships, planes, buses and trains. There is a great future in this profession."

Date: March 1951
Source: That You May Know
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

NU Ordered to Pay Salary Increases for Faculty

The University of Nebraska has been ordered to pay a 4.4 percent salary increase to faculty at the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) and a 4.3 percent pay increase to faculty at UNO for each year of the 2007-09 biennium.

The salary order came from Special Master Dr. Peter Feuille, a labor relations professor at the University of Illinois who was selected to serve as an independent arbitrator as required by the State Employees Collective Bargaining Act. UNK faculty have ratified the salary agreement, and UNO faculty are expected to do so later this month.

The Special Master's charge was to mediate the "final offers" between the university and the faculty at UNK and UNO, according to NU Assistant Vice President and Director of Human Resources Ed Wimes, who serves as the university's chief negotiator. The state's collective bargaining law requires such salary disputes be submitted to a Special Master when negotiations reach an impasse.

Dr. Feuille ruled in favor of the union's final offer, chosen as the most reasonable approach to achieving salary comparability among designated peer institutions. The university's lower offer was rejected. The Special Master determined that UNO and UNK faculty salaries lag behind both peer and regional markets.

UNK and UNO are the only two campuses with collective bargaining units. However, pay increases awarded to UNK and UNO have broader effects because they are generally used to create a framework for setting salaries at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), as well. When setting faculty salaries at UNL and UNMC, the university must consider both the Special Master's ruling and a Board of Regents policy that requires setting benchmarks for faculty compensation at the midpoint of peers. Salary studies conducted by the university show that both UNL and UNMC faculty salaries are farther behind peers than UNO and UNK, according to Wimes. Non-faculty staff salaries, university-wide, are also below peer averages.

The ordered pay increases have significant budget implications for the university. Although the university's state appropriation for 2007-09 will not be determined until later this spring, the current recommendation from the Legislature's Appropriations Committee would provide only enough revenue to fund a 2.0 percent salary increase for NU faculty and staff. To meet the Special Master's pay order and provide comparable (4.4 percent) salary increases for faculty and staff on all campuses would require an increased state appropriation of 4.6 percent, or 2.6 percent more than the current recommendation, according to Wimes.

For more information, contact Sharon Stephan at (402) 472.7554 or or Tim Kaldahl at 554.3502.

Lecture Today on "UNO's Contribution to the Economy"

Join William Corcoran, associate professor with the UNO Department of Economics, and Linda Mannering, director of Institutional Research, as they present "UNO's Contribution to the Growth of the Omaha Regional Economy" today, Feb. 27. Refreshments will be provided.

The event, sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development (CFD), will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room (third floor).

Topics of discussion will include:

- The basics of an economic impact study;
- Valuing education: The value of a student credit hour;
- The value of UNO's yearly educational output;
- The total contribution of UNO to the regional economy; and
- Investment in education: The student, the state.

To register, contact the CFD (220 Arts and Sciences Hall) at 554.2427 or For more information, contact Dr. Corcoran at 554.2915 or

For more information, visit the Web at or

Eppley Electrical Outage Set for March 1

The Eppley Administration Building (EAB) will undergo an electrical outage Thursday, March 1, from 1 to 2 a.m. so work can be done to connect a new electrical switchgear.

UNO EAB Data Center servers and UNO campus network/Internet, including network connections between buildings, will be without electrical power. UPS units will be unplugged from midnight to 2 a.m.

In conjunction with the outage, Eppley staff members are being reminded to turn off and unplug all computers, printers, copiers and fax machines.

For more information, call Don Smith at 554.3734.

"Consider This" to Explore Developmental Disabilities Study

Researchers at UNO and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) are seeking infants to participate in an innovative study that will help teach researchers about motor control and developmental disabilities, in addition to their treatment options. Both healthy infants and infants who have been identified with motor delays are needed.

Join host Andrea McMaster and guests as they discuss the research study on the next edition of "Consider This." McMaster's guests will be Nick Stergiou, the principal investigator for the grant and a professor in the UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER), and Reggie Harbourne, a physical therapist at UNMC. The program will air on NET2 Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 8 a.m. 

"This is the kind of work that can make a tremendous difference," Dr. Stergiou said. "The more we learn, the earlier we can intervene when a child is experiencing delays, and the better their life will be. This work is so important."

The study, "Investigation of the Development of Sitting Postural Control in Infants with Cerebral Palsy or Motor Delays," is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The study will be ongoing for three years.

For more information, call 554.3075.  For details on the study, parents are encouraged to speak with the physical therapists involved in the study at the UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute.

"Consider This" is a production of UNO Television. It also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For a list of days and times, visit the Web at Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at

CFD to Hold Discussion on My Freshman Year

The Center for Faculty Development (CFD) will host a discussion of Rebekah Nathan's My Freshman Year Friday, March 2, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the U mon hon Room. The discussion leader will be Paige Toller, an assistant professor with the UNO School of Communication. Refreshments will be provided.

If you answer "yes" to the questions below, Toller invites you to attend the March 2 discussion:

- Do you feel as though you no longer understand the behavior and attitudes of your students?
- Do fewer and fewer of your students participate in class discussion, attempt the assigned reading or
come to discuss problems during office hours?
- Do you ever ask yourself "Why are students today so different and so hard to teach?" or "Do they care at all about their education, besides their grades?"

After more than 15 years of teaching, Nathan - a professor of anthropology - went undercover, applied to her own university, moved into a dorm and took a five-course schedule. From her interviews, conversations and experiences, she wrote My Freshman Year, attempting to discover what today's undergraduates are really like.

At the March 2 event, participants will:

- Discuss key highlights and findings from Nathan's ethnographic investigation of American college life;
- See sample syllabi from faculty at various universities who have incorporated Nathan's findings into their teaching and curriculum; and
- Discuss what they have learned from their own students and share ideas with other instructors.

The Bookworm at Countryside Village is offering a 20 percent discount to UNO faculty and staff interested in purchasing My Freshman Year

To register or for more information, contact the CFD (220 Arts and Sciences Hall) at 554.2427 or

For more information, visit the Web at or

COS Open Lab Session March 8 for Grant Writers

The next Community of Science (COS) open lab session will be held Thursday, March 8, at 3 p.m. in Room 207 of 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. Additional information is available from Nancy Schlesiger at 554.2286.

New Daylight Savings Time to Affect myMail Calendar

Due to the mandate of the U.S. Energy Policy Act of 2005, Daylight Savings Time (DST) begins earlier this year - starting Sunday, March 11, instead of the traditional 'first Sunday in April.' It will end the first Sunday in November.

Computers and other systems and devices that store time and date information, including the Lotus Notes (myMail) calendar, will be affected by this change. Information Technology Services (ITS) has taken preliminary steps to help minimize the impact of this change by updating information on the UNO servers and e-mail system.

Action also is required from all computer users on campus. If your computer operates with a Microsoft Operating System (the majority on campus), a patch is required and should have been automatically downloaded Feb. 14. Depending on how your computer is set to handle updates, this patch may have already been installed.

Apple Macintosh computers will also require an update. Apple has released a patch exclusively aimed at correcting the issue.  The patch is very clearly labeled as "Daylight Saving Time" and will come up automatically if you have set your updates to run on auto. Lotus Notes (myMail) must be closed while running the update, or it may not patch properly. ITS suggests running the Mac OS Software Update manually to ensure you have Lotus Notes closed during the update.

If you are unsure of your settings - or if the patch has been applied to your computer or you need help installing the update - contact the primary computer technician for your department or college for assistance.

For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.4357 or

Durango Days Planned for Aug. 23-24

Planning for Durango Days 2007 has begun!

Durango Days will be held Thursday and Friday, Aug. 23-24. The two-day event is designed for new students to get acquainted with campus and meet their new classmates.

For more information regarding Durango Days, contact Chris Liewer in Recruitment Services at

English Department Spring Faculty Colloquium Feb. 28

The spring UNO Department of English Faculty Colloquium is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) U mon hon Room. All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

At the event, faculty members will discuss their current research projects. This semester, the department will feature Kristin Girten's "Occasional Reflections: Meditation, Wonder, and the Early Royal Society" and Frank Bramlett's "Friendly Neighborhood Sissies - Queer Superheroes and the Drag Queens Who Hate Them."

For more information, call Joe Price at 554.3476.

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


New Hires at UNO
Welcome to the following new UNO employees (as of January 2007):

- James Cody, Information Technology Infrastructure
- Gregory Tollefsen, Training Room
- Connie Vail, Graduate Studies and Research
- Erika Bender, CCS Degree Program
- Jeffrey Curtis, Campus Recreation
- Mary Beth Down, Air Science
- Jerry Anderson, Security and Traffic
- Todd Henseler, College of Public Affairs and Community Service
- Darius Christian, Custodial Services
- John Fuentes, Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Business Operations
- Darryle Long, MBSC Business Operations

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