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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

Inaugural Regents Medal Honors Charles Durham

On April 3, the University of Nebraska (NU) Board of Regents inaugurated a prestigious new university-wide award, presenting the first Regents Medal to Charles W. "Chuck" Durham.

Durham - who built HDR Inc. into an international architectural and engineering company - has been one of the strongest supporters and one of the most generous donors for the University of Nebraska, making significant contributions to NU campuses.

"Chuck Durham is the perfect individual for this medal," said University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken. "He's a man who has been one of the strongest supporters and one of the most generous donors for the University of Nebraska. Over the years, Chuck and his late wife, Margre, have made significant contributions that have touched many of our campuses: in medical research, patient care and surgery - in education programs for science, information technology, architectural engineering and construction. We are grateful for his gifts. We are grateful for his vision and generosity."

Members of the Board of Regents select the medal recipient, honoring an individual whose contributions to the University of Nebraska go beyond the support of a single campus.

Now considered the most esteemed of all university honors, the medal was established by the Board last year to recognize someone whose service to the university has provided "exceptional benefits in furtherance of the goals and mission of the institution."

"Chuck is a man whose generous spirit has elevated the University of Nebraska," according to Charles Wilson, Chairperson of the Board of Regents. "His contributions are evident in so many programs and facilities on our campuses."

Durham has made significant contributions to the University of Nebraska, including substantial support for the Charles W. Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction at The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute in Omaha, and the Durham Research Center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Durham is a longtime business and civic leader in Omaha who established the Durham Foundation along with Margre Durham. In 2003, he received the Horatio Alger Award - which is bestowed on outstanding Americans who are dedicated community leaders with a commitment to excellence.

In response to the presentation of his Horatio Alger Award, Durham gave these words of advice: "Today, young people live in a different world than the one into which I was born. But some things never change. Get an education, pick a career that fulfills you, learn all you can beyond the scholastic years, always give your best effort, establish goals, choose friends and colleagues wisely, keep family in the forefront of your interest, and always remember your responsibility to society."

To view a timeline of Durham's support to NU, visit the Web at

Open Forum Today for University Affairs Finalist Candidate

The search committee for the director of University Affairs position invites members of the UNO community to an open forum with the committee's second finalist candidate - Roberta Foutch-Reynolds. The forum will be held today, April 5, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room A.

Foutch-Reynolds has served as assistant to the chancellor for University Relations for the University of Wisconsin Colleges and as a marketing partner for Moraine Park Technical College in Wisconsin.

For more information, contact Gail Baker at 554.2232.

School of HPER Honors Faculty at Annual Luncheon

The School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) held its ninth annual appreciation and awards luncheon March 26 to honor part-time and joint appointment faculty. Each year, the school selects a member of the part-time faculty and a member of the joint appointment faculty for the Excellence in Teaching Award. The 2007 recipients are Mary Waugh-Taylor, part-time faculty, and Lisa Schniepp, joint appointment faculty. Both recipients received a plaque signifying this honor.

Waugh-Taylor received her B.F.A. from the University of Utah and has been an instructor in ballet, jazz and modern dance at UNO, the Jewish Community Center and the Omaha Modern Dance Collective. She also is choreographer-in-residence for The Moving Company, UNO's modern dance company.

In 2001, Waugh-Taylor and the Moving Company participated in the Dance Grand Prix in Cesana, Italy, where the Moving Company received a second-place trophy at the International Dance Festival and marked the first time the student company performed outside the United States. She also brought her own company, Mary Waugh-Taylor Dancers, and her dancers received first place in the jazz/hip-hop competition, and she a first-place award in choreography.

One student nominator said, about Waugh-Taylor, "She goes above and beyond instructing students during class time; she offers her free time to help those seriously interested in learning. Always encouraging, I believe many students (to which dance is quite foreign) now realize and recognize the athleticism and artistic value dance holds. Besides her dedication in the classroom, she provides many opportunities for students and community members to experience the hard work and creativity that go into preparing a dance piece, allowing students to participate in pieces she choreographs. Her unique contribution to the university is one of the things that makes UNO such a diverse place, and I believe she is well deserving of recognition for her continued devotion."

Schniepp received her B.S. in athletic training and exercise science from Minnesota State University of Mankato in 1999 and her M.S. in exercise science from UNO in 2001. In addition to teaching, Schniepp is the coordinator for the first aid classes. She has taught "Prevention & Care of Athletic Injury" and "Fundamentals of Athletic Training." Schniepp also is the liaison with the American Red Cross for current certification procedures and meets with First Aid instructors at the beginning of each semester to keep them up-to-date with current policies.

In discussing her teaching philosophy, Schniepp said, "I believe in holding students responsible for their own education; they need to work in order to reach their goals. I believe in hands-on teaching and practical application to real-life situations. I strive to make it fun and interesting, to give them a well-balanced education and to prepare them to be well-rounded professionals in the workplace."

One student nominator said, "Lisa is a caring ACI [Accredited Clinical Instructor]. She will always make time to help you out with any problems in schooling or life. She has become a mentor and a close friend in the Athletic Training Facility."

The School of HPER also recognized Stephen Brennan and Connie Marinovic for five years of teaching; Ron Hopp, Denise Kreski and Glen Wragge for 10 years of teaching; and Edsel Buchanan and Todd Samland for 15 years of teaching. Each recipient received a certificate.

For more information, contact Jeffrey Scott Curtis at 554.2761 or

Registration Under Way for Ninth Annual Maverick Stampede

UNO will host the ninth annual Whole Foods Market Maverick Stampede Sunday, April 22. The 8K run and 4K run/walk will begin at 9 a.m. at Chili Greens Golf Course, 6808 Spring St.

The race was founded by John Noble, associate professor in the UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER). Each year since 1999, the "Organization and Administration of Physical Education" class at UNO has used the Maverick Stampede as an opportunity to gain hands-on organizational skills while promoting fitness and physical activity in the community.

New this year, a 1K Kids Fun Run for children ages 12 and under will follow the main races. The fun run start time is set for 10:15 a.m.

The entry fee for the 8K run and 4K run/walk is $18 for faculty/staff and the public, and $15 for UNO students. The cost for the 1KKids Fun Run is $12. Individuals may register online at Registration brochures also are available in 100 HPER Building.

Participants who register prior to the Tuesday, April 10, early registration deadline will receive a free long-sleeved T-shirt.

Awards will be presented to the top three male and female finishers in designated age groups in the 8K and 4K runs. Whole Foods Market will provide free snacks following the race, and door prizes will be awarded.

For more information, contact Reed Weber at or 669.2558.

Students to Create Homelessness Awareness with "Just Can It"

UNO students will discover what it might be like to be homeless the week of April 16 during "Just Can It."

Members of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and Alpha Xi Delta sorority are leading the challenge to collect thousands of canned food items for The Salvation Army Food Pantry and its North Omaha Feeding Program. No Frills Supermarkets, Tenaska, Two Men and a Truck, and Channel 94.1 are sponsoring the fourth annual food drive.

The drive runs Monday, April 16, through Friday, April 20. Donations of food may be dropped off on the UNO campus or at any local No Frills Supermarket. Salvation Army blue barrels, identified with the Army's red shield, will be on UNO's main campus and inside each No Frills Supermarket. No Frills will accept donations from the public April 11-24.

About 25 to 30 UNO students will be "homeless" outdoors in the UNO Pep Bowl, just north of Caniglia Field, each night of the collection week. Their homes will be converted cardboard boxes. Students have planned a variety of activities to attract interest and donations of food.

The Tenaska Business Challenge, a corporate effort to collect food for The Salvation Army, will again be held this year. Employees of Tenaska and designated neighboring businesses will collect donations from April 16-20.

The food drive will officially kick off Monday, April 16, during a brief ceremony on the UNO Henningson Plaza (south of the Milo Bail Student Center) at noon. UNO Interim Chancellor John Christensen will attend the event along with a representative from Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey's office, Salvation Army divisional commander Col. William Harfoot, other event sponsors and several Salvation Army representatives.

During the ceremony, the Pancake Man will serve hotcakes to the crowd. Students will be accepting donations all day April 16 and each day and night the rest of the week. Special activities will take place each night, including a house-building contest, skits, flag football, a scavenger hunt, kickball and the "Golden Can" competition.

The Salvation Army is participating in the Feinstein Foundation's challenge to help fight hunger. Donations of food (valued at 50 cents per can) and cash to "Just Can It" will be matched by dollars from the foundation. For more information, visit

The Salvation Army's food pantry and North Omaha feeding program provide food to hungry individuals, families and children in Omaha who might otherwise go without. The Army encourages the public to contribute non-perishable foods such as beans, pasta, tuna, peanut butter, baby food, diapers, canned fruits and vegetables, cereal and soup. Monetary donations provide the most flexibility to purchase what is needed most and may be sent to The Salvation Army, 3612 Cuming St., Omaha, NE, 68131. Donations are accepted online at

For more information, call 554.3502.

National and Global Youth Service Day Set for April 21

Hundreds of local students will gather Saturday, April 21, to clean four city parks to launch Omaha's first National and Global Youth Service Day.

Students from Western Hills Elementary School and UNO will be cleaning Elmwood, Memorial, Fontenelle and Benson parks with the help of Keep Omaha Beautiful.

"This is the beginning of an annual event," said Kathe Oleson, a lecturer from the UNO American Humanics Program. "We are honored to be collaborating with Western Hills Magnet Center in meaningful service to the community."

Service Day events will begin with registration at 9 a.m. at Western Hills Elementary, 6523 Western Ave. Oleson said that students from all school districts are welcome to register. Buses will shuttle students to and from the parks every half hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Interactive booths teaching the importance of recycling and conservation will be on display at Western Hills. Ms. Frizzle, the Magic School Bus series character, will also be at the event. The day of service will conclude with a 5 p.m. ceremony at the school.

Students participating in National and Global Youth Service Day will join youth in more than 120 countries that will also be celebrating the event.

"This is connecting Omaha to the global event," Oleson said. "There are 800,000 youth across the world serving their communities and learning about conservation and the environment."

In preparation for the event, students from the Service-Learning Academy at UNO are conducting leadership and entrepreneurial workshops for fourth, fifth and sixth grade honor students at Western Hills. The participating parks are listed below.

Park Locations
- Elmwood Park
808 S. 60th St.

- Memorial Park
5700 Dodge St.

- Benson Park
7002 Military Ave.

- Fontenelle Park
4405 Fontenelle Blvd.

For more information, contact Oleson at 554.2427.

Annual Women's Studies Spring Luncheon April 27

Mark your calendars! The annual Women's Studies Spring Luncheon will be held Friday, April 27, at noon.

At this year's event, Susan Maher will receive the Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's Studies. The cost to attend the luncheon is $9 per person, and reservations can be made by contacting Mary Dunn at 554.2624.

Additional details on the April 27 event will be posted in a future edition of eNotes.

Children Sought for ADHD Study at UNMC

If any of the following symptoms apply to your child, your son or daughter may suffer from Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a disorder that affects more than two million children and adolescents.

Does he or she:
- Have difficulty paying attention or completing schoolwork?
- Fidget, squirm or is overactive?
- Have difficulty organizing or completing tasks?
- Argue with adults?
- Blame others for his/her behavior?
- Deliberately do things that annoys others?

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Department of Psychiatry is searching for research volunteers, six to 12 years of age, to evaluate an investigational medication for ADHD with oppositional symptoms (i.e. argues, blames or annoys others).

Study evaluation and study medication will be provided at no cost to those that meet eligibility requirements for the 13-week study.

For more information, contact 354.6885, 354.7833 or

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.

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

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.