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On Tuesday, April 13, 1982, The Gateway reported that a group of UNO students met in the Milo Bail Student Center to discuss ways of halting the creation and use of nuclear weapons. The group, loosely known as UNO Freeze, took motivation from U. S. Senate Joint Resolution 163, sponsored by Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), which called for a halt to the arms race with the Soviet Union. Besides working with similar city, state and national movements, UNO Freeze planned an educational campaign. This campaign included a discussion by a panel of UNO instructors on the topic "The Effect of Nuclear Arms on Society."

Date: April 13, 1982
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

UNO Celebrates Honors Month in April

UNO is taking the time to recognize its own this April in conjunction with Honors Month 2007.

Three university-wide events will be spotlighted April 10-13. Numerous college, departmental and organizational events are also scheduled throughout the month.

"Faculty, students, staff, alumni and friends of the university are encouraged to participate in the many Honors Month events taking place that showcase and celebrate faculty, student and staff achievements," said Deborah Smith-Howell, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at UNO.

The schedule of university-wide events is listed below. All are free and open to the public.

Honors Symposia of Senior Theses

The University Honors Program will present the annual Honors Symposia of Senior Theses Tuesday and Wednesday, April 10 and 11. Both events will begin at 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom.

The April 10 symposia will feature the work of seniors Andrew K. Behne, Benjamin J. Bialas, Megan E. Guthrie, Alicia M. Hinze, Jennifer L. Kopanic, Emily J. McIvor, Noelle M. Obermeyer, Brian T. Roy, Anna L. Speed, Cheyanne J. Swarthout, Amanda J. Timm and Emily I. Timm

The April 11 symposia will feature the work of seniors Caleb W. Beasley, Molly P. Brennan, Fajr Cooperwood, Viviana Desmoineaux, Michelle L. Flint, John J. Herzinger, Heather L. Horst, Nicole R. Kobus, Jacob M. Matuzek, Stephen W. Osberg, Linden M. Prickett and Mona Sorouri.

2007 Faculty Honors Convocation

The Faculty Honors Convocation will be held Thursday, April 12, at 7 a.m. in the MBSC Ballroom. The recipients of the university's outstanding teaching, research and creative activity, mentoring, service-learning and distinguished professorship awards will be recognized.

2007 Student Honors Convocation

The Student Honors Convocation will be held Friday, April 13, at 3 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. The event recognizes outstanding undergraduate and graduate students with the presentation of a number of awards, including the graduate scholarships, the undergraduate major honorees, and deans, vice chancellor, service-learning and outstanding student athlete awards.

For more information, contact Tim Kaldahl at 554.3502 or

Careers In Aging Week Event April 10

UNO students, faculty and staff are invited to celebrate national Careers in Aging Week Tuesday April 10, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center.

A display table, located at the exhibitors spot just outside the UNO Bookstore, will feature career brochures, laptops with streaming video, career-oriented games and giveaways. A bake sale will be held to benefit the Dora Bingel Senior Center in North Omaha. The event is co-sponsored by the UNO Department of Gerontology and the School of Social Work.

For more information, contact Nancy Kelley-Gillespie, assistant professor, School of Social Work (554.4886,, or Lyn Holley, assistant professor, UNO Department of Gerontology (554.4814,

Clute to Mark Last Lecture with Vaudeville Act

William Clute

UNO Professor William Clute will give a "last lecture" Saturday, April 28, to mark his retirement from 39 years of full-time teaching. He won't be giving his lecture alone, though.

His presentation, "The Development of Entertainment During the First Half of the 20th Century: Vaudeville, Broadway, Radio, Movies and Television," will include the use of his dummy, George Nichols. Clute has been a ventriloquist for more than 50 years.

His lecture will focus on: an overview of his teaching objectives and methods; an illustration using his finale course on entertainment, which he is teaching this semester; Powerpoint presentations (on comedy, musicals, drama and westerns) by teams of students from his course; and a performance by Clute and George Nichols.

The presentation, which is free and open to the campus community and public, starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Eppley Administration Building auditorium.

Seating is limited, and reservations can be made by contacting Clute at, 554.2627 or the mailing address below.

William Clute
UNO Department of Sociology/Anthropology
Omaha, NE 68182-0291

For more information, call 554.2627.

ALAS Banquet April 29

All members of the UNO community are invited to attend the UNO Association of Latino American Students (ALAS) 2007 Banquet Sunday, April 29. This year's theme is "The Progression: Past, Present and Future."

"Please join us in celebrating the many accomplishments of ALAS and learn more about the group at our end-of-the year banquet," said Gabriel Passo, president of ALAS.

The event will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. Tickets for the banquet are $20 for faculty/staff and general public and $10 for students.

To R.S.V.P. or for more information, contact Jackie Soto at 659.0450 or The registration deadline is Monday, April 23.

NU President to Speak at April 10 SAC Meeting

University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken will be a guest speaker at the UNO Staff Advisory Council (SAC) meeting Tuesday, April 10. This is the first time in the 30-year history of SAC that the university system's president will address the organization.

"We are excited to host President Milliken," said Jennifer Forbes-Baily. "This is a great opportunity for our campus to visit with him."

Milliken will give a short address and then will take questions. SAC meetings are open to the campus community. However, because of the uniqueness of this visit, those planning on attending are asked to R.S.V.P. to Forbes-Baily at 554.3419.

"We anticipate a great response and interest," she said. "We want to be sure that we can have room for everyone."

The SAC meeting will start at 9:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Rooms. Milliken's presentation is the first agenda item.

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:

- 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.

"Come Together @ Your Library" Poetry Event April 11

April is National Poetry Month! Criss Library will mark the occasion Wednesday, April 11, with a free public reading, reception and book signing featuring celebrated poet John McKernan. The event will begin at 7 p.m., and books will be available for purchase.

The April 11 "Come Together @ Your Library" event is being sponsored by Criss Library, The Backwaters Press and the UNO Department of English.

McKernan has Nebraska ties and is currently a professor at Marshall University. He will read from his most current book, Resurrection of the Dust, which was a finalist in more than a dozen poetry contests before its publication.

In conjunction with the month-long celebration, bards are invited to post their poetry on the panels found in the center aisle of the library's main floor. The panels will remain up through Monday, April 30.

For more information, contact Rich Wyatt at 554.3206 or Gayle Roberts at 554.3213.

Energy Savings Potential Program Brown Bag April 12

Faculty and staff are invited to attend a brown bag session on the Energy Savings Potential (ESP) Program Thursday, April 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mon Hon Room.

Panelists will provide information pertaining to possible grant funding opportunities along with the program's purpose, structure and review processes. In addition, Jerry Deichert, director of the Center for Public Affairs Research, will speak about his project, which recently received funding in conjunction with the program.

Those attending the event are invited to bring their lunches. Beverages and dessert will be provided, and reservations are not required.

For more information, contact Gary L. Anderson at 554.2765 or at

Classroom Response System (Clickers) Announcement

This is the time of year faculty start placing book orders. For those instructors interested in using classroom response systems, or "clickers," please note that UNO Information Technology Services (ITS) and the UNO Bookstore have standardized on eInstruction clickers.

While instructors can order any clicker system, tech support from ITS is limited to eInstruction systems, and the UNO Bookstore will only buy back eInstruction clickers at this time. ITS asks instructors keep this in mind as they negotiate with book vendors and plan for courses.

The standardization agreement with eInstruction lowers clicker prices for UNO students and allows the UNO Bookstore to buy back clickers. As part of the agreement, eInstruction also provides a free test kit, which includes a receiver and clicker, to every UNO instructor who adopts eInstruction clickers for classroom use. The UNO Bookstore will provide a test kit request form to instructors who order clickers.

ITS will hold a clicker brown bag in the Milo Bail Student Center Umonhon Room Friday, April 13, from noon to 1 p.m. The brown bag will feature a demo of the eInstruction clickers and an overview of clicker support at UNO, including how to check out a demo set for review. No registration is required. Hands-on workshops will be scheduled later in the semester and the summer, based on the number of instructors who adopt clickers.

Instructors wanting additional information about using clickers may contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (554.4357). Instructors wanting specific information about ordering and pricing, regardless of vendor, may contact Scott Dickey at 554.2541.

UNO Organizations to Take Part in Peace and Justice Expo

Six UNO organizations will be taking part in the third Omaha Peace and Justice Expo Sunday, April 15. The event will take place from 1 to 5:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center and will involve more than 50 organizations.

Organizers recently announced that Voces, a dramatic presentation, will be performed at 4 p.m. The presentation, directed by Sheila Rocha, tells the untold stories of courage and perseverance that makes the Americas a rich amalgam of human "voices." The show is touring the Omaha area thanks to a grant from the Nebraska Arts Council and the support of the Omaha Theater Company.

The keynote presenter for the expo is nationally known anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan. Sheehan's son, Army Specialist Casey A. Sheehan, was killed in action in Iraq. In August of 2005, Cindy Sheehan protested outside of President Bush's home in Crawford, Texas, and demanded an audience with the president. Her address will start at 2 p.m.

The six UNO organizations taking part in events are Americans for Informed Democracy-UNO Chapter, Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, Nebraskans for Peace UNO, the UNO Student Social Work Organization and United Christian Ministries in Higher Education.

For more information on participating organizations, the expo schedule, workshops and flyers, visit the 2007 Omaha Peace and Justice Expo Web site ( or call 312.7546.

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.

Maverick Watch


Go Mavs! Support your Mavericks by attending their home events.

Faculty, staff and students are admitted free to all home athletic games with a valid MavCard ID and game-day ticket, excluding hockey for faculty and staff. The spouses, significant others and children of faculty, staff and students also are admitted free, excluding hockey. At the game, faculty, staff and students must present a valid MavCard ID to receive a ticket. Tickets will be available the day of the game at each home event. For more information, call 554.MAVS (6287).

Monday, April 9
- Softball vs. St. Cloud State
Claussen-Westgate Field, 8121 D. St.
Noon and 2 p.m. (double header)

- Baseball vs. St. Cloud State
The Ballpark at Boys Town, 137th and West Dodge Road
Noon and 2 p.m. (double header)

Saturday, April 14
- Spring Football Game
Caniglia Field
1 p.m.

Sunday, April 15
- Golf Ironwood Collegiate Classic
Ironwood Country Club, 12627 Pacific St

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at