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The March 1949 issue of That You May Know reported that Chi Omega, a nationally recognized sorority, wished to pledge 45 students from the local University of Omaha (OU) chapter of Pi Omega. This was the university's "first affiliation with national social sororities," and OU President Milo Bail optimistically predicted that more national Greek organizations would arrive on campus by the fall semester.  The official induction of young women into Chi Omega was scheduled to take place on campus April 1.

Date: March 1949
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

Fourth AD Finalist on Campus Wednesday

The fourth candidate for the UNO athletic director position will be on campus Wednesday, March 28.  Students, faculty, staff and the public will have an opportunity to meet Mike Kemp, UNO head coach for hockey, during a reception at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center starting at 5 p.m.

All candidates will meet with various campus groups, community groups and UNO Interim Chancellor John Christensen. There is no set date to make a final decision on the position.  More than 70 applicant files were reviewed by the search committee, which is chaired by John Langan, dean of the UNO College of Education.

Legislative Forum Today and Thursday

UNO Interim Chancellor John Christensen will host a pair of Legislative Forums today, March 27, and Thursday, March 29.  Ron Withem, the University of Nebraska's director of government relations, and William Swanson, director of UNO Career Exploration and Outreach who also works in the government relations area, will also take part in the events.

"These are informational presentations and discussions on how the current Unicameral session is going," Dr. Christensen said.  "Getting perspectives and input from the campus is important for the university system."

Today's forum will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Dodge Room at 10 a.m.  The March 29 forum is set for 3 p.m. in the MBSC Nebraska Room.

The forums are free and open to the campus community.  For more information, call 554.3502.

UNO Spring Job Fair Begins

New this spring, Career Exploration and Outreach will host a two-day job fair at UNO. The event will be held today and Wednesday, March 27-28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom.

The job fair will feature more than 110 employers who are actively seeking candidates for open positions and internships. Day one (today) will be primarily dedicated to organizations that are non-profit, government, healthcare and university related. Day two (March 28) will be reserved for those organizations that are for-profit. Students can view the list of employers that will be attending on the Career Exploration and Outreach online job posting system - UNO CareerConnect (

Professional interview attire is expected, and students should bring copies of their résumé.

For more information about the job fair and other services, contact Career Exploration and Outreach at 554.3672 or stop by 211 Eppley Administration Building.

Sierra Club President to Speak at March 28 MBA Event

Sierra Club President Lisa Renstrom will be on campus Wednesday, March 28, to speak at the "Third Spring MBA Leadership Series Seminar." Sponsored by UNO's Gamma Sigma (BGS), a national honors organization for business colleges, the event will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in 010A Roskens Hall (lower level auditorium). 

All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend, and refreshments will be provided.

Renstrom was first elected president to serve on the Sierra Club's national Board of Directors in 2001, she was re-elected in 2004, garnering the most votes in the Club's history.  Sierra Club includes 750,000 members nationwide. Prior to becoming a national director, she was a Trustee with the Sierra Club Foundation and a leader in the Sierra Club grassroots. 

A graduate of UNO, she received her bachelor's degree with a focus in finance from the UNO College of Business Administration.  She also attended Harvard Business School's Owner President Management Program while operating family hotels in Acapulco, Mexico. She served on the board of directors of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and initiated the Mexican Collection of Small Luxury Hotels.

For more information, call 554.2303.

UNO to Host State Geographic Bee March 30

More than 100 students will gather at UNO Friday, March 30, to celebrate geography and compete for prizes at the annual State Geographic Bee.  The champion will receive a cash prize and a trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the national finals May 23.

Registration will be held from 1 to 2 p.m.  Preliminary rounds will start at 2:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center, and the final round will begin at approximately 5 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. 

Awards will be presented at a ceremony set for 6 to 6:15 p.m.  First-, second- and third-place winners will each receive a cash prize, in addition to a Discover Globe from the NGS.  All contestants will receive an honors certificate and a T-shirt.

The bee, conducted by the National Geographic Society (NGS), is a nationwide event with participants from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and Department of Defense Dependents Schools.  It was developed in 1989 in response to a concern about the lack of geographic knowledge among young people in the United States.

"A sound knowledge of geography is essential for understanding global events and their impact on the rest of the world," said John Fahey, president of the NGS.

Those taking part in the UNO state bee competition include Nebraska students in grades four through eight who won their respective school bees and earned top scores on a written exam prepared by the NGS.  The state bee is the third level of the national competition, which began last fall with competitions in thousands of schools nationwide.

"The bee is an opportunity for students to exercise their geography knowledge in a competitive, yet fun environment," said Chuck Gildersleeve, state bee coordinator and a professor of geography/geology at UNO.  For the past 19 years, Dr. Gildersleeve has served as state coordinator, and the bee has been held at UNO.

"Eleven thousand fourth through eighth graders began this competition in Nebraska, and the State Bee represents the top 100 of these very bright students for a chance for one of them to go to Washington, D.C., in late May to compete for a $25,000 prize," he said.  "The winning student and his or her teacher will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C."

Thomas Gouttierre, dean of International Studies and Programs at UNO, will moderate the event.  Judges will include Randy Bertolas, a professor of geography at Wayne State College; Kathleen Fimple, Nebraska State Coordinating Commission for Post-Secondary Education; Jeffrey Peake, an associate professor of geography/geology at UNO; Michael Peterson, a professor of geography/geology at UNO; and Larry Starr, director of social science education for the Nebraska State Department of Education.

For more information, contact Dr. Gildersleeve at 554.4803 or University Affairs at 554.2358.

March 30 Service-Learning Fair Canceled

The Service-Learning Academy (SLA) has decided to cancel the campus Service-Learning Fair scheduled for Friday, March 30, due to several conflicting events. 

SLA staff report they had very few faculty members register, though many sent their regrets due to scheduling conflicts.  Instead of having community partners come with their displays and not have a good turnout of faculty, the SLA decided to cancel the event. 

However, the SLA will offer a Virtual Service Learning Fair on the Web as a way for faculty members to learn more about community partnerships.  The fair site is available online at

The SLA's community liaison will also be visiting all community partners who have registered for the fair, learning more about their programs and gathering project ideas.  Faculty members are invited to call the SLA at 554.2427 for assistance with partnership and project development.

ITS Announces Session on New UNO Web Templates

Are you interested in redesigning your college or department Web site?

Stuart Wheat, Web designer in Information Technology Services (ITS), has developed a series of Web templates that are available for use by the UNO campus.

ITS will host an informational session on the UNO Web templates Thursday, March 29. The event will be held in the Welcome Center, 111 Eppley Administration Building, at 10 a.m.

Those who attend will:

- Learn more about the UNO Web templates;

- See examples of how other UNO departments have implemented the Web templates; and

- Find out how you can use the templates to redesign your Web site.

R.S.V.P. to if you plan to attend.  For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.4357 or

Deadline April 2 for CCSW Luncheon Tickets

Monday, April 2, is the deadline to register for the 2007 UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) luncheon, which is set for Thursday, April 5. 

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

The 2007 winners of the CCSW Outstanding Achievement Award, Community Service Award and Student Scholarship Award are listed below. These awards recognize individuals and organizations for outstanding service to women.

The recipients will be honored at the April 5 luncheon.  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.

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

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

Minnesota State Counselor to Present March 30 Lecture

Counselor Deborah Seaburg will be on campus Friday, March 30, to speak about "Applying Emotional Intelligence in the Classroom and Working with Students." The event will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

Dr. Seaburg is an associate professor and counselor at Minnesota State University Moorhead, where she developed and teaches a personal development course in emotional intelligence.  Dr. Seaburg earned her degree in counseling psychology from the University of Minnesota.

According to James Parker, emotional intelligence (EI) is as important to college success and persistence as academic intelligence.  Self-awareness, interpersonal effectiveness, adaptability, stress tolerance and self-motivation are some of the EI factors that may make the difference between student success and failure. Dr. Seaburg will follow Parker's UNO presentation with interpretation of the Emotional Intelligence Inventory (EQ-i) and how to apply emotional intelligence to teaching, learning and working with students.

Dr. Seaburg's lecture is being sponsored by the UNO Office of Academic and Student Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences, Freshman Year Experience Program and Center for Faculty Development.

Limited seating is available, so attendees are invited to R.S.V.P. as soon as possible. Refreshments will be provided. Those who took the EQ-i will have their individual results returned during the workshop.

To register, contact the Center for Faculty Development (220 Arts and Sciences Hall) at 554.2427 or

Submission Deadline for Reimbursement Accounts March 30

The deadline to submit 2006 expenses for employee health care and dependent care reimbursement accounts is Friday, March 30. Any claims for reimbursement for 2006 expenses received after March 30 will not be processed.

For more information, contact Esther Scarpello at 554.3660 or Jacque Christenham at 554.3659.

UCR Student Proposals Deadline April 2

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

Henry Doorly Zoo Membership Drive Under Way

The annual Henry Doorly Zoo membership drive is under way at UNO.

The zoo is offering memberships to university employees and students at the annual rate of $68 per household. The cost includes unlimited admission for two adults and dependent children or grandchildren under age 21, discounted admission to more than 100 zoos throughout North America and the Lozier IMAX Theater, discounts on children's classes and more.

Memberships cost $68 until April 1 and $75 after that date. To access an order form, click on the following link:

Zoo Membership Form

For membership inquiries, contact Interim Chancellor John Christensen or Kris Bell at 554.2262.

International Summer Seminar Opportunities Available

The UNO Study Abroad Program announces the following summer seminar opportunities:

Topic: International Conflicts: Iraq, Darfur and the Arab-Israeli Dispute
Program Dates: May 12-26
Description: At the Washington Center's International Conflicts Seminar (Washington, D.C.), participants will learn about the causes of some of the world's most intensive conflicts directly from those shaping what will happen on the ground. They will examine the ideological, religious, economic, ethnic, racial and political divisions between and within nations in conflict - and the methods used to resolve them.
Application Deadline: April 15

Topic: Leaders on Leadership '07: Critical Issues In The Age Of Globalization
Program Dates: May 12-19
Description: An opportunity to explore how current and future leaders in Washington, D.C., work to address important public policy issues that impact our society within a global context. Attendees will engage in guided, rigorous and scholarly discussions on the critical issues of our time. Through presentations by major speakers, site visits, tours, briefings and personal interviews, participants directly explore their policy and career interests and investigate the nature of leadership within designated policy tracks.
Application Deadline: April 1

For more information, contact Krista Cupich, study abroad and international admissions advisor, at 554.2293.


COE Faculty /Staff Earn AACTE Award
The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) presented UNO with the Best Practice Award for Professional Ethics and Moral Dispositions in Teacher Education Feb. 27 at the Association's 59th annual Meeting and Exhibits event in New York City.

Growing from the work of AACTE and its Task Force on Teacher Education as a Moral Community, the award recognizes colleges of education for exemplary practices in the moral and ethical implications of teaching.  Examples of exemplary practices may include, but are not limited to, broad attention in program curricula to the ethical obligations of teachers and production of data that further understanding of the moral aspects of teaching.

Recognizing the importance of professional disposition and temperament, the faculty and staff at UNO's College of Education (COE) are working to assess the dispositions of effective teachers and administrators, systematically incorporate the teaching of dispositions throughout its teacher and administrator preparation programs, and involve PreK-12 schools in their efforts to teach and assess the dispositions of effective teachers and administrators.

After defining, identifying and aligning the dispositions of effective teachers and administrators with professional standards, they developed and validated, using quantitative procedures and analyses - instruments (the Teacher Dispositions Index and the Administrator Dispositions Index) to assess those dispositions - as well as curricula to teach them within the college's educator preparation programs.

John Langan, dean of the COE, was on hand to accept the honor. "Professional ethics and moral dispositions should be part of the fabric of an outstanding teacher preparation program," he said.  "I am proud of our faculty's efforts to reach this goal by continuing to systematically teach and assess the dispositions of our teacher and administrator candidates.  As a result of these efforts, our graduates approach their roles in education with a passion rather than as a job."

UNO Interim Chancellor John Christensen said the honor is much appreciated, as the college strives to meet high standards. "We are extremely proud of our College of Education, its faculty and staff, for being selected for this distinguished award," he said.  "As we prepare the next generation of education leaders, it is critical that we instill in them the importance of ethical behavior and high moral standards. By this example, we hope the best practices they use will help and inspire other institutions, thereby elevating the quality of teacher education throughout the nation."

For more information on the AACTE Best Practice Award for Professional Ethics and Moral Dispositions in Teacher Education, contact Jade Floyd, AACTE communications manager, at or (202) 478.4596.

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