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On May 9, 1969, UNO students took part in a Ma-ie Day Carnival on the Pep Bowl, which included a dunking tank.

This Week in Campus History

On April 29, 1946, The Gateway reported that the University of Omaha (OU) had presented producer David O. Selznick's 1940 academy award winning film, "Rebecca," with a citation for Outstanding Motion Picture Achievement. "Rebecca" was directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starred Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine.  OU President Rowland Haynes presented the award to Laura Wells, a representative of Selznick, at an off-campus luncheon attended by numerous radio and newspaper reporters. Due to intense local public support for "Rebecca," Selznick's office had announced that the film would be re-played April 26 in downtown Omaha at the Orpheum Theater.

Date: April 29, 1946
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

Flag Lowering

The UNO flags will be lowered to half-staff today, April 30, to honor the memory of UNO student Dennis Jensen. Jensen, a senior accounting major in the UNO College of Business Administration, passed away April 25 at the age of 38. Services were held April 28 in Omaha.

SHS to Offer Avian Flu Session Today

Student Health Services will offer Avian Flu information sessions in Eppley Administration Building Auditorium. All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend.

The discussion will involve planning strategies for personal safety, as well as plans the university and state are planning to ensure public health and safety. Marcia Adler, R.N., M.S., will lead the sessions.

The session schedule is as follows:

- Today, April 30
11 a.m. to noon

- Thursday, May 3
3 to 4 p.m.

For more information, contact Adler at 554.2743.

Commencement Shuttle Bus Available

More than 1,200 students will receive degrees Friday, May 4, during UNO's spring commencement ceremony. The event will begin at 2 p.m. at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave. Faculty members should assemble no later than 1:30 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall.

Shuttle buses for faculty, staff and individuals participating in the platform party will depart from UNO in front of the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) at 1 p.m. Following the ceremony, the shuttle will provide transportation back to the MBSC.

Concert Choir to Tour Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands

The UNO Concert Choir will travel to Europe beginning May 4 with a 7 p.m. Bon Voyage Concert at Faithful Shepard Presbyterian Church, 165th and West Center, here in Omaha. During their two-week tour, the choir will visit Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands and perform several concerts in each country.

The Concert Choir is under the leadership of recently appointed UNO Director of Choral Activities, Matthew Harden. The program will include a variety of music by American composers, including a piece newly composed by Tim Vallier, a choir member and two pieces written by Kenton Bales, a UNO faculty member. The choir will also perform selections from Mid-Winter Songs, by Morton Lauridsen, and several traditional American spirituals.

The Concert Choir is part of the UNO Department of Music, which enrolls more than 200 music majors. In addition, many students who are not music majors participate in music ensembles as they obtain degrees in other areas.

The UNO Concert Choir is the premier choral ensemble in the UNO Department of Music. This select group is comprised of approximately 40 singers including both music majors and non-music majors. The Concert Choir has had three previous tours in Europe over the past ten years during which they performed in Austria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Slovakia and Sweden.

Dr. Harden joined the faculty at UNO in 2006 as the director of Choral Activities, where he directs the Concert Choir, University Chorus and teaches conducting, choral literature and choral methods. He came to UNO with more than 20 years of previous teaching and conducting experience. Dr. Harden has worked with a number of internationally recognized conductors including Bruce Browne and Eph Ehly.

For more information, contact Shellie Harden, coordinator of music outreach and recruitment, at

Two from English Department to Retire

Students, faculty and staff are invited to a retirement reception honoring David Raabe and Connie Eberhart Monday, May 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Writing Center, located in 150 Arts and Sciences Hall.

David Raabe, professor of English, will retire this coming June. Dr. Raabe began his teaching career at the University of Omaha. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1975, and was awarded tenure at UNO in the fall of 1977. Among other distinctions, his service to the university included an appointment as UNO Department of English chair in the mid- 1980s. He was promoted to full professor in 2002. Dr. Raabe has taught courses in English composition and literature, with a specialty in 20th Century American literature, and was a university pioneer in the computer classroom. In his new role as professor emeritus, Dr. Raabe will continue his connection with the university through continued work as UNO Department of English newsletter editor.

After more than 20 years of service to UNO, Connie Eberhart, instructor of English and UNO's first Writing Center director, will retire from UNO this May. Eberhart received both her B.A. and M.A. in English from UNO, and taught English composition and survey of literature courses for the UNO Department of English, as well as courses in the humanities and in Women's Studies. After retirement, Eberhart plans to travel and spend time with her family.

For more information, contact the UNO Department of English at 554.2635.

Public Health Presentation Planned for May 9 at UNMC

Elmer Freeman, the executive director of the Center for Community Health Education Research and Service, will be giving a free presentation in Omaha Wednesday, May 9. His talk is titled "University/Community Engagement to Reduce Racial Ethnic Health Disparities" and will begin at 11:30 a.m. in Room 1004 of the Durham Research Center on the UNMC campus.

Freeman's visit is sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation through the Engaged Institutions Initiative for the Elimination of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)/UNO Master of Public Health (MPH) Program. He also will conduct a policy discussion and meet with faculty and students May 9.

"We are excited to have Dr. Freeman speak to the faculty, staff and students at the University of Nebraska," said Alice Schumaker, director of the UNMC/UNO MPH Program. "His public presentation is timely and important for our metropolitan community."

Prior to serving as executive director for the Center for Community Health Education Research and Service, Freeman served as executive director of the Whittier Street Health Center, assistant director of the Mattapan Community Health Center and as a planner/analyst at the Health Planning Council for Greater Boston. He is also an adjunct professor at Northeastern University Bouve College of Health Sciences School of Nursing.

The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Schumaker at

May FEAP Schedule Announced

The Faculty/Staff Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) provides short-term counseling, assessment and referral services for faculty, staff, their spouses or significant others, and family members. FEAP offices are located in 206 Eppley Administration Building.

The May schedule is as follows:

- May 1, 16, 24 and 30
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

- May 7, 10 and 18
8 a.m. to noon

Appointments are free and available by calling 554.3120 (UNO) or 559.5175 (UNMC).

TIAA-CREF May Schedule Announced

TIAA-CREF announces its campus visit schedule for May. A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus for individual appointments with employees on the following dates: May 1, 8, 22 and 29.

Appointments for one-on-one counseling sessions can be made by calling Louella Williams at the TIAA-CREF office in Omaha at 548.3610 or on the Web at

Criss Library Announces Summer Hours

The Criss Library hours of operation, from May 7 through Aug. 10, are as follows:

- Monday through Thursday
7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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

- Saturday
Noon to 5 p.m.

- Sunday
Noon to 9 p.m.

Additionally, the library will be closed on the following dates: Saturday, May 12; Saturday May 19; Memorial Day Weekend (May 26 through May 28) and Wednesday, July 4 (Fourth of July holiday).

Summer Hours Begin May 7

Summer hours at UNO begin Monday, May 7, and conclude Friday, Aug. 17. Regular business hours during this period are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

As was done last year, departments are asked to abide by one of the following plans:

- Remain open with a minimum staff until 5 p.m.;

- Have telephones forwarded to an office that is staffed until 5 p.m.; or

- Have a pre-recorded message on telephones that states university summer hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Human Resources at 554.2321.

Customer Appreciation Sale Under Way at Bookstore

The UNO Bookstore is hosting a customer appreciation sale through Friday, May 4. Customers who buy one UNO or Maverick apparel item at regular price will receive a second item for half price. The second item must be of equal or lesser value.

Bookstore hours during the sale are Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, contact Jacinda Brooks at 554.2360 or

Retirement Reception for Angela Valle May 1

The UNO Department of Foreign Languages invites friends and colleagues to attend a retirement reception for professor Angela Valle. A reception will be held Tuesday, May 1, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

For more information, contact Kay Bret at 554.4841 or

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 the and celebrate his 45 years of award-winning service to UNO and his leadership in science education. The reception will be held in 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.

Safe Space Program to Offer Ally Training

The UNO Safe Space Program will be offering two ally training sessions on campus. The events are intended for staff, faculty and students who wish to identify themselves as allies of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and inter-sex persons. Those interested only need to attend one training session.

Details on the training sessions are listed below.

Ally Training Session 1
Date: Wednesday, May 9
Time: 9 a.m. to noon
Location: 111 Eppley Administration Building (EAB) (Welcome Center)
Attendees are asked to arrive 15 minutes early for registration.

Ally Training Session 2
Date: Thursday, May 10
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
Location: 111 EAB (Welcome Center)
Attendees are asked to arrive 15 minutes early for registration.

For more information or to R.S.V.P., contact Kent Lavene at 554.3008.

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).

Friday, May 5
-Baseball vs. Minnesota State, Mankato
The Ballpark at Boys Town, 137th and West Dodge Road
Noon and 2 p.m. (doubleheader)

Saturday, May 4
-Baseball vs. Minnesota State, Mankato
The Ballpark at Boys Town, 137th and West Dodge Road
Noon and 2 p.m. (doubleheader)

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at