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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

Severe Weather Awareness Drill Today

The first week of April has been designated as Severe Weather Awareness Week. Today, April 4, (at approximately 10 a.m.) civil defense sirens will sound and alerts will be broadcast through the National Weather Service.

The "alert system," which consists of speakers and strobes in the hallways of campus buildings, will be activated to provide the UNO community an opportunity to hear and see this system in operation.  The alert system is provided to supplement the civil defense sirens in the area. Some areas may exercise their emergency plans, but all faculty and staff should review their department procedures and shelter locations.  Tornado procedures are listed in the UNO telephone directory on page 111.

For more information, contact Stan Schleifer, manager of support services, at 554.3596. If you have questions about the alert system in your area, contact Dick May, manager of telecommunications, at 554.2854.

HPER Expansion and Renovation Talks Scheduled

Presentations on the proposed Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building expansion and renovation will be held on campus according to the following schedule:

- Today, April 4
3 p.m.
203 HPER

- Thursday, April 5
3 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) U Mon Hon Room

- Wednesday, April 11
10:30 a.m.
MBSC Gallery Room

- Thursday, April 12
3 p.m.
203 HPER

- Wednesday, April 18
10:30 a.m.
MBSC Gallery Room

- Thursday, April 19
3 p.m.
203 HPER

Information on the proposed expansion is available at  For more information, call 554.2856.

Service-Learning Project Brown Bag Today

The Service-Learning Academy (SLA) will sponsor a Brown Bag today, 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

Space Available for April 6 Gandhi Award Luncheon

Arun Gandhi, the grandson of Mohandas K. "Mahatma" Gandhi, will attend the Friday, April 6, UNO School of Social Work Annual Symposium and Award Luncheon.  Arun Gandhi is a co-founder of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, which was founded in 1991.

Arun Gandhi will take an active role in the day-long symposium and give a presentation at the Gandhi Award luncheon.  His keynote address is titled "Lessons Learned From Grandfather." 

Both the symposium and luncheon will be held at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.  Space for the luncheon, which will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., is available on a limited basis. The cost to attend the April 6 luncheon is $25. 

"This is a unique and wonderful opportunity to see and hear someone who is dedicated to social activism and justice on every level," said Theresa Barron-McKeagney, director of the UNO School of Social Work.  "Arun Gandhi has taught and given presentations around the world; we are very fortunate that he is coming to UNO."

The UNO School of Social Work Gandhi Award honors individuals and organizations that exemplify Mahatma Gandhi's principles of nonviolence, selfless service and social action - which are consistent with social work values.

Arun Gandhi, 72, worked for 30 years as a journalist for The Times of India. Together, he and his wife, Sunanda, started projects for the social and economic betterment of the oppressed using constructive programs, the backbone of Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy of nonviolence.  He is also the author of several books. The first, A Patch of White (1949), is about life in prejudiced South Africa.  Other titles include two books on poverty and politics in India, and a compilation of M.K. Gandhi's Wit & Wisdom.

This is the 10th anniversary of the award's presentation, and Carol Windrum is the 2007 recipient.  Windrum founded "Peace with Justice Ministries" under the Nebraska Conference of the United Methodist Church.

"Having Arun Gandhi with us makes this event even more special to the School of Social Work and UNO," Dr. Barron-McKeagney said.  "He is an active presenter and participant, and those taking part in the symposium will have a once-in-a-lifetime experience."

Dr. Barron-McKeagney said she expects a cross section of community members and the university to attend.  The Omaha Public Schools will be selecting high school students to take part, as well. Continuing education units will also be available for social workers.

For more information, call 554.2792 or 554.2793.

2007 UNO Benefits Fair April 18

Working at UNO is a good deal.

To learn more, plan on attending the 2007 UNO Benefits Fair. The event will be held Wednesday, April 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. All faculty and staff are invited to attend, and refreshments will be served.

"The fair is a great opportunity to learn more about the fringe benefits associated with being a UNO employee," said Esther Scarpello, manager of benefits in human resources at UNO.  "New this year, the Douglas County Extension Service will attend and conduct healthy cooking demonstrations, as well as provide samples."

Participating vendors include Blue Cross Blue Shield, Caremark, Eye Med, Fidelity, TIAA-CREF, the Social Security Administration, the UNO Employee Assistance Program and Human Resources.

Student Health Services (SHS) will also offer preventive health screenings at the fair. Free blood pressure screenings will be available. SHS also will offer screens for cholesterol and diabetes from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on a walk-in basis. No appointments are necessary. Both screens require a fast (abstaining from food and drink) for 12 hours. The cost is $15.

For more information, contact Scarpello at 554.3660.

COS Open Lab Session Planned for Grant Writers

The next Community of Science (COS) open lab session will be held Friday, April 20, at 2 p.m. in Room 207 of Criss Library. 

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) 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.

Retirement Reception for Emily Muckerheide April 26

After 17 years of service to UNO, Emily Muckerheide, manager of on-campus student employment, will be retiring from UNO at the end of April.  She and her family are moving to Minnesota in May. 

A retirement reception for Muckerheide will be held Thursday, April 26, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

For more information, contact Stella Watts at 554.2321 or

Campus Recreation to Offer "Fly Fishing 101"

Campus Recreation will offer a "Fly Fishing 101" class this spring in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

There are three opportunities to attend, and no equipment or experience is needed.  Due to the length of class, participants are invited to bring a snack or sack lunch. Each class is limited to eight participants to allow for individualized instruction. Pre-registration is required.

Additional information on the class is highlighted below:

- Saturday, April 28
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

- Sunday, May 6
Noon to 6 p.m.

- Saturday, May 12|
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mike Kelly, FFF Certified casting instructor since 1997 and NGPC Certified Casting Instructor since 2003

$80 for UNO students; $100 for UNO activity cardholders and $120 for non- activity cardholders/public

HPER Building 

For more information, contact Dave Daniels at 554.2008.

Summer Shuttle Schedule Begins May 7

Starting Monday, May 7, the summer shuttle service will operate Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., excluding holidays. The shuttle will service the north and south campuses only. There will be no shuttle service to Crossroads Mall during the summer months.

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

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.

UNO Ambassadors Program Seeks Applicants

The UNO Ambassadors Program is recruiting for the 2007-08 academic year. Twelve student Ambassadors will be selected based on their academic achievement, leadership and communication skills. Faculty and staff are asked to identify and encourage qualified students to apply for the program.

Ambassadors represent the university at a variety of social and business functions, which are hosted by the chancellor, vice chancellors, deans and other individuals and organizations on campus. They wear UNO blazers or business casual UNO polo shirts to activities, and receive a $200 scholarship for the academic year in which they serve. Two non-scholarship alternate members of the program will also be chosen.

Criteria for selection include 27 credit hours earned at UNO by May 2007, a 2.5 G.P.A., full-time student status in the 2007-08 academic year, superior communication skills and a strong interest in service to the university.

Applications are available in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs (202 Eppley Administration Building) or online at The application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, April 6. Overall, 25 applicants will be interviewed

For more information, call 554.2779.

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