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This Week in Campus History

On March 8, 1957, The Gateway reported that a 1942 University of Omaha alum was working hard to bring American art and literature to Cuba. Francis Donahue was employed as the American cultural attaché at the U. S. Embassy in Cuba. OU professor Christobal Espinosa had kept in contact with Donahue and reported to The Gateway that the OU Spanish major had written pamphlets in Spanish about famous American writers that hopefully would be used in schools throughout Cuba.

Date: March 8, 1957
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 Board of Regents to Meet March 9

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet Friday, March 9, at Varner Hall, 3835 Holdrege St., in Lincoln. Committee and task force meetings will begin at 8 a.m. and the board meeting will start at 1 p.m.

Rebecca Koller, director of Facility Plan Management at the University of Nebraska, will give the Regents an update on current fire protection and fire safety measures in student housing on the four campuses, as well as a plan for the future.

Linda Pratt, interim executive vice president and provost, will make several presentations related to the university's strategic framework, including programs on need-based and merit-based student aid, attracting top students and recruiting out-of-state students.

Daniel Sarewitz, director of the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes at Arizona State University, will address the Board of Regents about initiatives that strengthen the connection between university research and socially beneficial results related to real-life public needs.

The Regents also will consider approval of two new degrees offered at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln: an undergraduate major in forensic science with a bachelor of science in forensic science, and a bachelor of science in food technology for companion animals. The proposed forensic science major will prepare graduates to serve a growing need in technical positions related to crime scene investigation, forensic laboratory science, state and federal government agencies, insurance, military and other scientific fields. The proposed degree in Food Technology will prepare graduates for work in the field of companion animal food industry - which produces products such as pet food - a market expected to grow to $17 billion annually by 2008.

The agenda for committee meetings follows:

8 a.m. Business Affairs Committee
Topic: Budget Update
Presenters: Chris Kabourek, director of Budget, University of Nebraska

Topic: Residence Hall Fire Protection
Presenter: Rebecca Koller, director of Facility Plan Management at NU.

9:15 a.m. Economic Development Task Force
Topic: Strengthening the Links Between University Research and Social Benefits
Presenter: Daniel Sarewitz, director of the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes at Arizona State University

10:30 a.m. Academic Affairs Committee/Strategic Framework Taskforce
Topic: Need-Based Financial Aid
Presenter: Dr. Linda Pratt, interim executive vice president and provost at NU

Topic: Nebraska Top 25 percent of Students
Presenters: Marijane Hancock, director of Institutional Research at NU

Topic: Out-of-State Students
Presenter: Alan Matzner, Institutional Research data analyst

Topic: Merit-based Scholarships
Presenter: Dr. Marijane Hancock, director of Institutional Research at NU

Highlights of the afternoon board meeting include:

 - Approve amendments to the Collective Bargaining Agreements between the Regents, UNO and the University of Nebraska at Kearney consistent with the decision from the Special Master ruling that the university pay a 4.4 percent salary increase to UNK faculty and a 4.3 percent pay increase to UNO faculty for each year of the 2007-09 biennium.

- Approve a $6 million increase in the project budget for the Physical Sciences Replacement Building at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The project involves tearing down Ferguson Hall and renovating Brace and Behlen. The Replacement Building will be located west of the Engineering Complex and include space for offices, research and teaching labs, and classrooms.

- Approval of a $2.3 million project at the University of Nebraska Medical Center to renovate the electrical switchgear and distribution system in the Central Utilities Plant. The project will provide increased campus utility reliability and permit rapid recovery from any future electrical outages.

- Amending university bylaws relating to vacation and sick leave policy as a consequence of the Nebraska Supreme Court decision in the case of Roseland vs. Strategic Staff Management.

The board also will receive information on the spring 2007 enrollment report.

Criss Library to Experience Cooler Temps this Week

Beginning today, March 6, Criss Library's heating system will be shut down during the daytime hours in conjunction with a construction project.  Library patrons are asked to wear layers and be prepared for cooler temperatures. 

"The heat will be turned back on each evening," said Dean Steve Shorb. "So, hopefully, it won't be too uncomfortable.  We ask everyone's patience during this time period."  The library expects the construction crew to take approximately a week to complete their efforts. 

Questions should be directed to Sarah Grieb, business manager, at 554.2916.

Annual Service Award Recipients List Announced

Human Resources has announced the recipients for the university's annual Service Award. 

All full-time regular and part-time regular (non-temporary continuing appointments for a period of six months or more) UNO faculty and staff who have completed five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 or 40 years of service within the University of Nebraska between Oct. 1, 2006 and Sept. 30, 2007 will be included in this year's ceremony. 

The most current awardees list is available by clicking on the link below. Those listed have completed service at UNO and are eligible to receive an award:

2007 Service Award Recipients  

Individuals are asked to review this updated list for any additions/corrections that still need to be made. If faculty or staff have not been included but are eligible for a service award, call Human Resources at 554.2321 by Monday, March 12.  In addition, all employees who have retired or are intending to retire this year should be included.

The Service Award ceremony will be held at noon Wednesday, May 23, in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.  Individual recipients will be receiving more detailed information regarding gift selection and attendance notification in the near future.

"Consider This" to Explore State Biocontainment Unit

Nebraska's Biocontainment Unit is currently the only center accessible to civilians in the United States that is equipped to safely care for anyone exposed to a contagious and dangerous disease such as the avian flu. The 10-bed facility is located at The Nebraska Medical Center.

This week on "Consider This," host Andrea McMaster will explore Nebraska's Biocontainment Unit and how viewers can prepare for the possible pandemic flu.

The program will air Wednesday, March 7, on NET2 at 8 a.m.

McMaster's guests will include Dr. Philip Smith, a specialist in infectious diseases at the Biocontainment Unit; Pat Lenaghan, an operations manager at the Biocontainment Unit; and Bob Leopold with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Early isolation of an infected patient is essential. It buys time for public health officials and provides the chance to either stop an outbreak or rapidly contain one. The unit's location, on the same campus as the state's Bio-Safety Level-3 laboratory, allows for timely diagnosis and immediate treatment of patients.

The Nebraska facility can receive patients from anywhere in the country, and is equipped with hepa-filtered individual isolation units - ISO Pods - that allow for safe transport and transfer of an infected patient. Headed by University of Nebraska Medical Center Medical Director Dr. Smith, the unit has a staff of 15 registered nurses and 14 respiratory therapists who are on-call 24 hours a day.

In addition to avian flu, other highly contagious and deadly infectious conditions the unit can handle include SARS, anthrax, smallpox, tularemia, plague, botulism, Ebola virus and other viral hemorrhagic fevers and monkeypox.

"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

Speech Center to Host Student Lunch & Learn Workshop

The UNO Speech Center is sponsoring a free student Lunch & Learn Workshop on "Moving from Paper to Presentation: A Transformation" Friday, March 9, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room. 

Students are invited to learn more about adjusting to a broader audience, reorganizing main themes for more structure, and integrating story telling and visuals to enhance content.

Free pizza and pop will be provided. To register for this session, contact Marlina Howe at the Speech Consulting Center at 554.3201 or

Progressive Discipline Workshop March 14

Whatever the situation, supervisors must address their employees' behavior consistently with calmness, clarity, fairness and respect, and with the hope of changing the behavior for the better. 

Human Resources at UNO will present a workshop on the university's progressive discipline system this March. The event, which is designed for new and experienced supervisors, will be held Wednesday, March 14, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room.

This session will provide an understanding of progressive discipline and appropriate methods for giving an oral warning, a written warning and, if necessary, when the behavior does not change, the proper procedures for dismissing an employee.

For more information or to register, contact Kristy Johnson at 554.2321.

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.

For more information, contact 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

Today's Office Professional "Spring Fling" April 3

The Today's Office Professional "Spring Fling" is set for Tuesday, April 3, at the ESU #3 (6949 South 110th St.). The topic for the event is "Dealing With Difficult People." It will be led by Sherry Sivey and Janet Tschudin with the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC).

The three-hour workshop will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and costs $59 (price includes a continental breakfast). Groups who register four or more at the same time will receive a 10 percent discount on registration fees.

To reserve a seat, visit the Web at or call 595.2900.

The NBDC is a cooperative program of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the UNO College of Business Administration. The NBDC Business and Technology Solutions Division is a leading provider of results-based, interactive professional development programs. The program serves the citizens of Nebraska and has trained more than 65,000 people at more than 750 companies.


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