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This Week in Campus History

On March 14, 1973, The Gateway reported on the activities of the University Swing Choir. For many years, as the University Chamber Choir, the group had sung "stuffy stuff" and choir director John Bohrer thought a new look was in order. Last fall, the group's repertoire began to include more popular numbers like "Hello Dolly," "It Had to be You" and "Rain Drops Keep Fallin.'" Choir costumes had been updated, as well, and included polka-dot shirts complimented by white pants for the men and red-ruffled body shirts along with black palazzo pants for the women. The UNO Swing Choir had recently performed for the Nebraska Legislature, the NU Board of Regents and the Ak-Sar-Ben Scholarship Banquet.

Date: March 14, 1973
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

Regents Revise "Vacation and Sick Leave" Policy

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents approved changes to NU's staff vacation and sick leave policy at the board's March 9 meeting. The changes only apply to administrative, managerial/professional and office/service employees. This policy does not apply to UNO faculty.

The revisions are as follows:
- A new cap of 280 hours of accrued vacation leave for administrative, managerial/professional and office/service staff; and
- A new cap of 1,440 hours (180 days) of sick leave for office/service staff.

To view a memo detailing the changes, click on the link below:

Changes to Staff Vacation and Sick Leave Memo

Rod Oberle, director of Human Resources, will be available to answer questions about the revision at the Tuesday, March 13, Staff Advisory Council meeting. It will be held at 9 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

A memo about the revision was delivered through campus mail to all departments March 9. For more information or to have a copy of the memo faxed or mailed to your office, call Human Resources at 554.2321.

CCSW Announces 2007 Award Winners

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) at UNO announces the 2007 winners of its Outstanding Achievement Award, Community Service Award and Student Scholarship Award. These awards recognize individuals and organizations for outstanding service to women.

This year's honorees are:

Outstanding Achievement Award
Lanyce Keel, director of outreach and distance education with information technology services

Community Service Award
Omnium Worldwide Inc.

Student Scholarship Award
Jennifer Machacek, UNO student

The recipients will be honored at the 21st Annual CCSW Awards Luncheon scheduled for Thursday, April 5. The event will be held from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. A reception for the award recipients will be held prior to the luncheon from 11 to 11:30 p.m. in the MBSC Chancellor's Room.

The luncheon cost is $12 for staff, faculty and the public, and $9 for students. Tickets are on sale in the MBSC Business Office or by contacting Gina Hotaling at 554.2979 or

For more information about the luncheon, contact Marvel Maring (554.2992 or or Emily Muckerheide (554.4830 or

2007 UNO Art Student Exhibition Under Way

The UNO Art Gallery is presenting the 2007 UNO Art Student Exhibition through Friday, April 6.

The 2007 UNO Art Student Exhibition is the largest student art exhibition featured by the UNO Art Gallery in the 2006-07 academic year. It is juried and open to participation by any UNO student currently enrolled in studio art classes. Art and art history majors in the UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media also are eligible for Bertha Mengedoht Hatz Memorial Scholarship Awards. Submitted artworks are executed in a variety of media and include two-dimensional, three-dimensional and intermedia.

The juror of the 2007 UNO Art Student Exhibition is Amy Nelson. A Midwesterner, Nelson was raised in Sioux City, Iowa, and received her bachelor of fine arts degree from Creighton University. She received her master of fine arts degree in studio art with an emphasis in critical theory, postmodern discourse and ceramic studio practice from the School of Art and Design at East Carolina University.

Her artwork is concept driven and manifests itself through installation, community involvement and, foremost, through the use of artistic practice as a vehicle for political change. Currently, Nelson is a resident assistant professor at Creighton University, where she teaches ceramics and drawing.

For the run of the 2007 UNO Art Student Exhibition, the UNO Art Gallery also will present the Hexagon Installation Program. The facility features a unique, hexagon-shaped gallery and, each spring semester, UNO art students compete to create an "installation" in the space. The installation is a site-specific artwork that emphasizes interaction between the viewer and the artwork. This year, the Hexagon Installation will feature the work Meander by Jason Pierce. Pierce will build a wall of light that winds through the gallery, interacting with and, at times, engulfing the viewer.

The UNO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building. The exhibitions are free, handicapped accessible and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from noon to 4 p.m.; Thursday from noon to 8 p.m.; and Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 554.2796.

UNO Victory Bell missing

the nameUNO's Victory Bell is missing. The missing bell is not the one that commemorates the football series between UNO and UNK but, rather, the one that dates to a half century earlier in the university's history.

In 1955, graduating seniors presented then Omaha University president Milo Bail with a "victory bell" to be used for games, victory celebrations, parades and other school activities. The Class of 1955 purchased the bell from Union Pacific Railroad for $150.

The bell was used throughout the late 1950s and into the 1960s. In 1957 it was "stolen" and then returned by Tau Kappa Epsilon. A similar stunt was repeated in 1961 by Pi Kappa Alpha, which welded its initials onto the bell.

After that, the bell was seen in various yearbook photos. Its last definite appearance was in the 1966 Tomahawk yearbook, though it likely also appears in the background of a photo in the 1970 yearbook. The bell has not been seen since. Les Valentine, UNO archivist; Gary Anderson, sports information director; and Jim Leslie, recently retired Alumni Association president, were even unaware of the bell's existence.

Perhaps the bell was stolen again, only never returned. Or, perhaps, it was put into storage and forgotten.

If you know the whereabouts of the bell - or have any information related to it - contact Anthony Flott, director of communications at the UNO Alumni Association (554.2989 or

Faculty Senate to Meet March 14

The UNO Faculty Senate will hold its regular monthly meeting Wednesday, March 14, in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Dodge Rooms.

At 2 p.m., there will be a presentation on the renovation of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building. The meeting will begin immediately following the presentation. All interested parties are invited to attend.

For more information, contact Jim Shaw, Faculty Senate president, at 554.2225, or Sue Bishop, coordinator, at 554.3598.

Criss Library Spring Break Hours

Criss Library announces the following hour changes for Spring Break:

- Monday, March 12, through Thursday, March 15
8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

- Friday, March 16
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Regular hours will resume Saturday, March 17. For more information, contact the library circulation desk at 554.3206.

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 to 10:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room.

The 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.

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 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

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.

Maverick Watch

Go Mavs! Support your Mavericks by attending their home events.

Faculty, staff and students are admitted free to all home athletic games with a valid MavCard ID and game-day ticket, excluding hockey for faculty and staff. The spouses, significant others and children of faculty, staff and students also are admitted free, excluding hockey. At the game, faculty, staff and students must present a valid MavCard ID to receive a ticket. Tickets will be available the day of the game at each home event. For more information, call 554.MAVS (6287).

Friday, March 16
- Tennis vs. Northwest Missouri State
Hanscom Park
3200 Ed Creighton Ave.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at