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This Week in Campus History

In late April 1950, the University of Omaha (OU) Board of Regents approved the creation of the College of Education. The new college combined the departments of Education, Physical Education for Women and Physical Education for Men.  Increases in enrollment and greater demand for qualified teachers prompted the action.  The new college was to coordinate all activities pertaining to the primary, secondary, physical and special education fields.  Majors in all of the above areas worked towards a B.S. in education.  Dr. Frank H. Gorman, head of the OU Department of Education since 1948, was named the first dean of the OU College of Education.

Date: April 1950
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

UNO Bookstore "Book Buy Back" Begins Today

The "book buy back" event in the UNO Bookstore begins today, April 25, and continues through Friday, May 4. Individuals must have a current university ID to participate.

Bookstore hours during the book buy back period are as follows:

- Monday through Thursday
7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

- Friday
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Saturday, April 28
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, contact Jacinda Brooks at 554.2360.

"Finish Strong: Finals Week Preparation" Seminar

The UNO Counseling Center will present a one-hour seminar on "Finish Strong: Finals Week Preparation" Thursday, April 26. The seminar will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mon Hon Room.  It is open to all UNO students, faculty and staff.

To assist students in their preparation for finals week, tips will be offered on studying, test taking and managing anxiety. Food will also be provided. 

For more information, contact Mary Sell at 554.2409.

Summer and Fall Book Order Reminder

The UNO Bookstore would like to remind instructors, who have not already done so, to submit their summer and fall book orders as soon as possible.

For more information about book orders, contact Scott Dickey at 554.2541.

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 wclute@mail.unomaha.edu, 554.2627 or the mailing address below. 

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

For more information, call 554.2627.

ignorance Artwork on HPV Awareness on Exhibit

ignorance, artwork focusing on the human papilloma virus (HPV) and cervical cancer awareness, will be on display at the UNO Art Gallery through May 4.  ignorance is UNO student Molly Connolly's personal response to having HPV and the lack of knowledge on this life-changing, sometimes deadly, virus. 

ignorance was designed to inform the public and allow her to share her experience with others.  Connolly states that "ignorance became not only an identity for cervical cancer and HPV, but also a release on my personal vendetta with having HPV."

As a UNO B.F.A. thesis candidate, ignorance is the culminating thesis project toward Connolly's degree.  She combines the two elements of art and public awareness through graphic design and product development.  Since graphic design is a part of many people's daily experience, this art form becomes a powerful and efficient way to avert others from HPV ignorance.  The work incorporates strong visual communication and playful puns, while remaining informative.  The products designed by Connolly - such as coasters, T-shirts and lighters - are for sale, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit women's cancer and gynecological research.

Connolly is one of six artists featured in the Spring 2007 Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition at the UNO Art Gallery. 

The UNO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building.  The exhibitions are free, handicapped accessible and open to the public.  Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from noon to 4 p.m.; Thursday from noon to 8 p.m.; and Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 689.0157.

Dan Sullivan Retirement Reception May 1

The UNO Department of Chemistry announces the retirement of Dan M. Sullivan at the end of the 2007 spring term. The department invites the university community to a Tuesday, May 1, reception for Dr. Sullivan that will recognize and celebrate his 45 years of award-winning service to UNO, as well as his leadership in science education.

The reception will be held in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center Bootstrapper Hall from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

"We look forward to your participation, wishing Dan well as he makes the transition from professor to emeritus professor and from his regular teaching schedule to his other activities," said Roger Hoburg, professor of chemistry at UNO.

For more information, contact Dr. Hoburg at 554.2653.

Book Donations Sought for World Literacy Project

Help spread world literacy by donating used textbooks (up to 10 years old)!  A book drive will be held through Friday, May 4, to collect the books.

The event is being sponsored by the UNO Honors Program, the UNO Women's Studies Program and Tri Beta Honor Society.

For more information, contact Tony Swirczek at aswirczek@mail.unomaha.edu.

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.