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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

CPACS to Host Alumni Awards Celebration April 2

The UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) will present its 2007 Alumni Awards Monday, April 2, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

CPACS will honor 13 alumni at the event and will present the 2007 Hubert Locke Award for Distinguished Service. The recipients have distinguished themselves through their professional service and community stewardship.

Those being honored include:

- Ron Bartee, a 1976 UNO criminal justice graduate and former member of the Nebraska State Parole Board.

- Toba Cohen-Dunning, who received a master of social work degree from UNO in 1999 and a master of public administration degree in 2000. Cohen-Dunning was appointed associate executive director of the Omaha Schools Foundation in September 2006.

- Robert Dahlquist, chief of the Omaha Fire Department. Dahlquist earned an associate degree in fire protection technology from UNO and a bachelor of general studies degree in 2002.

- Sen. Gwen Howard earned a master of social work degree in 1974. She was elected to the Nebraska Legislature in 2004.

- Connie Kudlacek received a bachelor of general studies degree with concentrations in gerontology and psychology from UNO. She recently retired as executive director of the Alzheimer's Association Midlands Chapter after serving in that capacity for more than 20 years.

- Rod Kush graduated from UNO with a criminal justice degree. He played football at UNO and with the Buffalo Bills and Houston Oilers of the NFL before opening a furniture business.

- Patricia Lamberty received her degree in public administration from UNO in 1976. She was appointed District Court Judge of the Fourth Judicial District in 1998.

- Keri Lyn Spencer earned a master of public administration degree from UNO with a specialization in aviation administration. She is an airport compliance specialist at the Federal Aviation Administration.

- Erin Sullivan received her master of social work and master of public administration degrees from UNO in 2001. She works full time as a litigation support specialist at an Omaha law firm.

- Bill Wakefield received a bachelor's degree in sociology, psychology and music in 1965, and is a professor in the UNO School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

- Harriette Washington graduated from the Goodrich Scholarship Program with a bachelor's degree in political science in 1982 and earned a master of science in urban studies degree from UNO in 2001. She is an officer with the U.S. Courts/District of Nebraska.

- Peter Young earned a master of public administration degree with a specialization in state and local government from UNO in 1983. Young occupies the E. W. Blanch, Sr. Chair in Risk Management at the University of St. Thomas College of Business. He is currently an external scholar and senior advisor at the European Institute for Risk Management in Copenhagen Denmark.

The 2007 Hubert Locke Distinguished Service Award will be presented to John Scott, vice president and foundation advisor for the William and Ruth Scott Family Foundation. He is vice chair of the board of directors of the Omaha Community Foundation and has chaired its grant committee for six years. Scott is a founding member of the board of directors of the Metropolitan Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless (MACCH). The Locke award is named after Hubert Locke, the first permanent dean of CPACS (from 1972-76). It honors an individual who has demonstrated exemplary commitment to the ideals of public service.

Following the awards luncheon, there will be a special "Reflections of CPACS" panel starting at 1 p.m. at the Alumni Center. The event will feature former emeritus deans Hubert Locke (1972-1976), John Kerrigan (1976-1985) and David Hinton (1985-2000), as well as current dean B.J. Reed. The deans will discuss their perspectives on CPACS' history and growth, contributions and future.

For more information, contact Sara Woods at 554.3914.

UNO Department of Theatre to Present "Reckless" Tonight

The UNO Department of Theatre will present "Reckless" by Craig Lucas tonight through Saturday, March 29-31. Directed by Amy Lane, performances will run for three nights before touring to Holdrege, Neb.

Performances will be held in the Directing Lab (Room 006 in the Weber Fine Arts Building). The doors will open at 7 p.m., and curtain is set for 7:30 p.m.

"Reckless," a twisted Christmas fable that is one part "It's a Wonderful Life" and one part "Alice in Wonderland," is a story of fantasy, dark comedy and revelation that follows Rachel Fitsimmons on her journey through several Christmases as she encounters killers, liars, a paraplegic and her destiny.

The production will mark Lane's directing debut at UNO, where she is an adjunct professor in the UNO Department of Theatre.

"The message of this play is not one of despair, but of hope as Lucas invites us to celebrate the glorious resiliency of the human spirit," Lane said.

Tickets cost $5 at the door or are free with the purchase of season tickets. No advance reservations are available, and seating is limited.

For more information, contact Ron Zank, UNO Department of Theatre secretary, at 554.2406.

University Affairs Publishes Last Issue of UNO What's Up

March 19 was the final edition of UNO What's Up. Throughout its history, the weekly online newsletter for students has helped meet the communication needs of the UNO campus. The creation of Maverickland, a new Web-based information source, will replace UNO What's Up as a method of communication with students.

Maverickland is a blog focused on the information needs of UNO students. The blog will combine text and images, as well as links to other blogs, Web pages and other media related to UNO. The Maverickland blog will also include the ability for readers to leave comments. Maverickland is located on the Web at

Faculty, staff and students wanting to submit items for publication in Maverickland should e-mail information to

Commencement Set for May 4

Commencement for May graduates will be held Friday, May 4, at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave., at 2 p.m. Faculty members are asked to assemble no later than 1:30 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall.

Faculty who plan to attend the ceremony are asked to order their academic regalia from the UNO Bookstore (554.2336) by April 13.

Service-Learning Project Brown Bag April 4

The Service-Learning Academy (SLA) will sponsor a Brown Bag Wednesday, April 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room. Desserts and drinks will be provided.

At the SLA Brown Bag, Tracy Bridgeford - associate professor of English at UNO - will give a presentation on peer evaluation strategies for students working on service-learning project teams.

To register, contact the SLA (220 Arts and Sciences Hall) at 554.6019 or send an e-mail to

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.

mySQL AB CEO to Speak at UNO April 2

The UNO College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T) will host Marten Mickos - the chief executive officer of mySQL AB (a major open source technology company) - Monday, April 2.

Mickos will give his presentation in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Theatre at 1 p.m. His talk, free and open to the campus community and the public, will focus on the current state and future of the open source movement as a software development model. Time will be allotted for questions from the audience.

MySQL AB develops and markets a family of high performance, affordable database servers and tools using an open source development model. The company's database is used in more than 10 million installations ranging from large corporations to specialized embedded applications on every continent in the world. The database also runs on more than 20 platforms including Linux, Windows and Mac OS/X.

"Having Mr. Mickos come to UNO is a great honor and opportunity for our community," said Deepak Khazanchi, UNO associate dean of IS&T. "The freedom of his company's open source model has allowed mySQL AB to gain market share from firms like Microsoft and Oracle."

Last fall, IS&T started offering the undergraduate course "Managing in a Digital World." It is based on Thomas Friedman's best-selling book, The World is Flat, and highlights how technology is making the planet smaller in all facets, including business. Khazanchi team-taught the course with IS&T faculty members Ilze Zigurs and Stacie Petter. The course is now offered each semester. One of the case studies in the class focuses on mySQL AB and its open source model. Mickos was informed about the class and accepted an invitation to visit UNO and spend time with students.

Mickos has served as CEO at mySQL since January 2001. Prior to his appointment, he was CEO at MatchON Sports. He has a master's degree in engineering from Helsinki University of Technology in Finland.

While there is no cost to attend, seating is limited. Reservations can be made online at

Visual Literacy Campus Dialog Set for April 9

The Center for Faculty Development (CFD) will host a campus dialog on visual literacy Monday, April 9. "Showing Them What You Mean: Visual Literacy and the University" will be held from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

The presenters will include Lisa J. Green, information technology services; Jeremy Lipschultz, School of Communication; and Audrey DeFrank and Nora Hillyer, Criss Library.

Members of the UNO Partnership for Visual Literacy will conduct a short presentation on Visual Literacy, followed by roundtable discussions on the following topics:
- Integrating Visual Literacy into Your Curricula;
- Software and Technical Resources to Assist Faculty;
- Applications/Techniques within Academic Disciplines;
- Critical Thinking Skills for Literacy - Visuals Interpretation; and
- Critical Issues and Ethics.

To register, contact the CFD (220 Arts and Sciences Hall) at 554.2427 or Those interested in attending are invited to bring their lunch, and desserts and drinks will be provided.

For more information, contact Nora Hillyer at

April TIAA-CREF Campus Visit Postponed

The April 17 TIAA-CREF campus visit has been postponed. Other individual counseling sessions are still available at the dates below (all are Tuesdays):

- April 3, 10 and 24

- May 1

To schedule an appointment with representative Louella Williams, call 548.3610 or visit the Web at