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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

Adult CPR and AED Courses Offered

UNO Campus Recreation will be holding an American Red Cross Adult CPR and Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) courses Thursday, March 14. The sessions and times are listed below.

Session One
9 a.m. to noon

Session Two
1 to 4 p.m.

Session Three
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The cost to attend the course is $25 for students and $35 for faculty/staff.  The fee includes a CPR book and skills card.  Participants will be required to pay in advance to reserve their spot.

Registrations are being taken in 103 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. The maximum class size is 20 participants per session, and sessions are subject to cancellation (dependent on class size).

For more information, contact Mark Snow at 554.3170.

Participants Sought for Aging Research Fair

The UNO Department of Gerontology and the School of Social Work will sponsor the first-ever UNO Careers in Aging Week this April.  In conjunction, an Aging Research Fair is set for Thursday, April 12. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

At UNO, faculty and students from many different schools and departments are actively expanding knowledge about aging through research, publication and teaching. The Department of Gerontology is inviting departments and organizations to promote and present their ongoing, aging-relevant work at a "poster session" during the fair.

Displays consisting of posters, books or other media are welcome. Those interested in participating in this event should R.S.V.P. to or by Monday, April 2.

Interested participants should provide the following information when registering:

- Name;
- Contact information;
- Title of work;
- Type of table needed: one six-foot table or one-half of a six-foot table;
- Request for use of pin-up space for a poster;
- Request for use of electric plug outlet; and
- Request for use of Internet plug outlet.

UCR Funding Announcement

The University Committee on Research (UCR) announces that the final faculty projects for the January deadline have been awarded. There are no further funds available this academic year for faculty minigrant proposals. 

The UCR thanks faculty members for the time and effort expended to submit minigrants and full proposals this year, and congratulates those faculty members who competed successfully for these funds.  The availability of UCR funds for next year will not be determined until the beginning of the 2007-08 academic year.  Faculty members should refer to the Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) Web page ( after the beginning of the fall semester.

The UCR reports that a small amount of funding remains available for UCR student proposals.  This funding was made possible by a one-time allocation of funds specifically for student proposals. The next deadline for these proposals is Monday, April 2. For guidance regarding submissions, refer to the Sponsored Programs (SPR) Web page (

For more information, contact SPR (554.2286 or

Paul L. Beck Memorial Faculty/Staff Scholarships

The UNO Faculty Senate is now accepting applications for the Paul L. Beck Memorial Faculty/Staff Scholarships.  Both residents and non-residents may apply. 

Four scholarships (below) will be awarded: 
- One $800 full-time undergraduate scholarship
- One $400 part-time undergraduate scholarship
- One $800 full-time graduate scholarship 
- One $400 part-time graduate scholarship

Information on the scholarship history, criteria and application process - as well as the application form - can be found on the Faculty Senate Web site ( Applications are also available in the Financial Aid Office (103 Eppley Administration Building) or the Faculty Senate Office (105 Arts and Sciences Hall).  The application deadline is Friday, April 6.

HR to Present Performance Evaluation Workshop March 21

The UNO Office of Human Resources will present a performance evaluation workshop Wednesday, March 21. The event, which is designed for new and experienced supervisors, will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

Participants will learn to:
- Improve communication and lessen conflict between supervisors and employees;
- Address "problem" evaluations effectively; and
- Write objective, clear performance evaluations.

The trainer will be Mary Sweaney, assistant director and manager of employment in the UNO Office of Human Resources.

To register or for more information, call 554.2321.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble to Present "Bandemonium" March 25

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble at UNO will be presenting a concert, "Bandemonium," Sunday, March 25, at 3 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.  Tickets will be available at the door at a cost of $4 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, and free with a UNO MavCard.  The performance will include the regional premiere of Roger Cichy's composition, "Pandemonium," which was commissioned by a consortium of collegiate concert bands, including UNO.

The Wind Ensemble, conducted by James Saker and associate conductor Erica Neidlinger, will begin their program with Jack Stamp's "Cloudsplitter Fanfare." Other pieces on the program include "The Seasons" by Philip Sparke, Eric Whitacre's "October" and Henry Fillmore's famous circus march, "Rolling Thunder."  A performance of a masterwork for winds, "Sunday in Mexico" by American composer Robert McBride, will conclude the program.

The guest conductor for the concert will be Lt. Col. Alan L. Bonner, who served as the commander and conductor of the U.S. Air Force Band in Washington, D.C., for four of his 26 years in the Air Force.  Prior to this appointment, Lt. Col. Bonner was the commander and conductor of the band at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.

Though he is now retired from the Air Force, Lt. Col. Bonner serves as the national executive director for Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma National Band Honor Fraternity and Sorority at their headquarters in Stillwater, Okla., and serves frequently as a guest conductor of collegiate and professional wind bands throughout the country. 

The newest members of the "UNO Bands Hall of Fame" will be inducted at the conclusion of the concert.  A complimentary reception honoring the inductees and the guest conductor will be held following the performance.

For more information, call 554.3427.

LGBTQ Ally Training Set for March 29

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) ally training will be offered Thursday, March 29, in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center Centennial Hall. 

Two training sessions will be offered, although participants need only attend one.  The first session will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, and the next session will be repeated from 1 to 4 p.m.  Participants are asked to arrive 15 minutes early to check in and enjoy refreshments. 

The three-hour program will explore bias, discuss how anti-LGBTQ bias hurts others and offer specific techniques to be an ally.  The training will be facilitated by members of the UNO Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Allies (LGBTQIA) Dialogue Group and the ally training committee. 

Space will be limited for each session.  To reserve a spot, contact Kent Lavene at or 554.3008.

Biweekly Payroll Notice

March has three biweekly paydays (March 1, 15 and 29). Therefore, no standard deductions will be taken from the March 29 biweekly payroll.  Regular biweekly paid employees will not have NUCREDITS included or standard deductions, such as insurance or parking, withheld.  Federal and state taxes, Social Security and Medicare taxes, retirement and credit union deductions will be taken. 

For more information, contact Payroll at 554.2325.

CCMA to Host Annual Diversity Awards Reception April 12

The Chancellor's Commission on Multicultural Affairs (CCMA) at UNO will host its annual Diversity Awards reception Thursday, April 12. The event will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Chancellor's Room.

At the reception, the CCMA will recognize the 2007 Diversity Awards recipients. The awards recognize current UNO faculty, staff, students, departments, colleges or organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to diversity on the university campus or in the community through mentoring, outreach initiatives or other activities that advance the institution's goal of inclusion.

The program will begin at 2:30 p.m. with remarks from Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, associate professor of political science at UNO.

The Diversity Awards provide an opportunity for faculty, staff and students involved in initiatives - both inside and outside the university - to gain recognition for their efforts.

The CCMA serves as an advisory to the chancellor and other university administrators on issues that relate to diversity on campus. The commission's goal is to recognize individuals that exemplify a commitment to diversity and to meeting the Diversity Action Plan goals.

Those interested in attending should R.S.V.P. by calling 554.2872 before April 6. For more information about the reception, contact Karen Hayes at 554.3240 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