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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

MBSC Food Court Construction Set to Begin

A major construction and renovation project of the Milo Bail Student Center Food Court (MBSC) will begin Monday, May 7. 

"This is a great updating of our facility," said Jim Welch, Milo Bail Student Center director.  "Once the paint dries and the dust is swept away, the Food Court will be an even more attractive place for students, employees and the public."

In addition to a new warmer color scheme for the Food Court, a variety of new amenities are part of the renovations, including: two large flat screen televisions; thirteen computer stations for student use; and many more Internet and electrical outlets to accommodate laptop computers.

Paragon Construction will be doing the work.  Total cost of the project is $900,000. 

"During the renovation the Food Court seating will be moved to the Nebraska Room," Welch said.

All work will be completed before the start of the fall semester.  For more information, call 554.2383.

Web Seminar on Higher Ed Student Perspective May 7

UNO will be the site of a Web seminar titled "A Net Gen Student Perspective: Technology in Higher Education" Monday, May 7. It will be broadcast in the Milo Bail Student Center U mon Hon Room from noon to 1 p.m.

Join University of Central Florida students Jared Lang and Jessica Vargas for a discussion of how Net Gen students use technology inside and outside the classroom. They will focus on social networking tools, Web 2.0 applications and information fluency issues. Fellow student Christopher Conover will provide technical assistance as they illustrate their ideas on the Web. The discussion will be moderated by EDUCAUSE Vice President Diana Oblinger and Joel Hartman, vice provost for information technologies and resources at the University of Central Florida.

For more resources related to this session, visit EDUCAUSE Resources online at

The seminar is sponsored by Academic Partnership for Instruction (API) ( and EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology.

As an EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) member, the UNO community has access to ELI documents and events at First-time users are required to create a profile. ELI is an EDUCAUSE initiative focused on the advancement of teaching, learning and technology. ELI presents monthly Web seminars that are screened live in the MBSC. Past seminars can be viewed on the Web at

For more information, contact Jay Killion at 554.3758 or

Participants Sought for ADA Tour de Cure

Looking for an opportunity to get involved in the UNO and Omaha communities?

This June, the American Diabetes Association's (ADA) Tour de Cure is coming (for the first year) to the Sarpy County Fairgrounds in Springfield, Neb. The event will feature a 20-mile ride for novice riders and a 50-mile ride for experienced riders.

"Most of us have family and/or friends (or maybe even yourself) who are suffering with diabetes," said Suzanne Sollars, the UNO team organizer and an associate professor of psychology at UNO. "There are 20.8 million Americans with diabetes - approximately 97,000 in Nebraska. Diabetes is the largest healthcare expense in the U.S.A.  On average, every 21 seconds, someone is diagnosed with diabetes."

To register for the bike ride, visit and sign up as an individual or register a team. Each rider must raise $150 and will receive a complimentary breakfast from Gandolfo's Deli, lunch from Carabba's and wine at Soaring Wings Vineyard at the after-event party. There will be prizes and rest stops with snacks and beverages along both rides.

"I hope you will consider riding in this event. Together, we can help increase the progress toward finding the cause and a cure for diabetes, and have a great time meeting fellow UNO students, faculty and staff!" Dr. Sollars said.

Monies raised will go to ADA research, education and advocacy programs.

For more information, contact Dr. Sollars at 554.3981 or

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

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.

Spring B.F.A. Thesis Exhibition

The UNO Art Gallery will present the work of six UNO B.F.A. thesis candidates at the Spring 2007 Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition. The exhibition will run through Friday, May 4.

This spring's thesis exhibition challenges tradition and features the work of Sarah Brogren, Molly Connolly, Shaun Kiel, Alex Myers, Cale Oglesby and Jenny Wagner. Brogren's photography installation of constructed objects examines family history and personal memories. Connolly uses graphic design to inform and expose the realities of the human papilloma virus (HPV). Kiel searches for self-revelation through the refabrication of painting. Myers explores the inherent tension of collage to elicit contemplation and meaning in meaninglessness. Oglesby seeks identity through experimental portrayals of his physical and cerebral self. Wagner's videos investigate time and place, and their impact on her own behavior.

Each B.F.A. candidate in studio art is also required to present a public thesis talk to articulate and defend the philosophical, aesthetic, historical, critical and technical aspects of their work. Brogren, Connolly, Kiel, Myers, Oglesby and Wagner will be joined by bachelor of arts in art history candidates John Herzinger and Abby Sutter in these public presentations. Each art history candidate will present a scholarly paper that addresses critical, creative and theoretical thinking and analysis of a specialized topic in their area of emphasis.

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 554.2796.

Concert Choir to Tour Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands

The UNO Concert Choir will travel to Europe this month.  On Friday, May 4, the night before they leave, the choir will perform a 7 p.m. Bon Voyage Concert at Faithful Shepard Presbyterian Church, 165th and West Center, in Omaha.  During their two-week tour, the choir will visit Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands and perform several concerts in each country.  The May 4 concert is free and open to the public.

The Concert Choir is under the leadership of recently appointed UNO Director of Choral Activities, Matthew Harden. "One of the highlights of this tour will be a four-day visit to one of Omaha's Sister Cities, Braunschweig, Germany.  There we will perform three concerts and be honored with a reception hosted by the Mayor of the city in the Town Hall," said Harden.

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 2007 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 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.

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.  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 554.2177 or

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.

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.

SPR to Offer Grant Writing Workshop

Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) will offer a Grant Writing Workshop, which is open to all UNO faculty and staff. The workshop will be held Friday, May 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the UNO Alumni House Centennial Room. Lunch will be provided.

The workshop presenter will be Lynn Miner, founder and CEO of Miner and Associates Inc. Dr. Miner provides grant writing and fund-raising training for nonprofit organizations, including public universities. Since founding Miner & Associates Inc. in 1992, Dr. Miner has trained more than 10,000 successful grantseekers and fundraisers. With more than 22 years of grant seeking experience, his areas of expertise include proposal planning and writing, and research design. He also reviews proposals for government and foundation sponsors. Dr. Miner has co-authored two books on successful grantseeking.

Participants will learn how to identify a funding program, plan an effective project, and write a competitive proposal. Space is limited. There is no charge for the workshop, but registration by April 27 is required. Visit the SPR Web site to register

HPER Biomechanics Journal Club to Host Lecture

Michel Ladouceur from the Department of Exercise Science at the University of Iowa will speak at UNO Friday, May 11. His presentation is titled "The neural control of walking in spinal cord injured participants with an incomplete motor function loss" and will begin at 1 p.m. in 206 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

The event - sponsored by the HPER Biomechanics Journal Club - is free and open to the community.

While earning his bachelor's degree in physical activity science and master's in kinesiology from the Université de Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada, Dr. Ladouceur was a teaching or research assistant/lecturer. He also was a computer system administrator for seven years during his doctoral studies at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. There he obtained his doctorate in rehabilitation science in 1999.

His first Ph.D. appointment was as a research assistant at Aalborg University in Denmark. For three years, he was part of Aalborg University's Center for Sensori-Motor Interaction.

Next, he became an assistant professor in Kinesiology at Brock University in Ontario, Canada. While at Brock, he became a member of the Brock University Institute for Electrophysiological Research (BIER) and had a cross appointment with the Department of Biological Sciences.

Currently, he is assistant professor at the University of Iowa. He is also a faculty member of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience. The Neuroscience Program is interdisciplinary in nature with a diverse faculty. There are currently 50 graduate students in the program at all stages of study.

The mission of Dr. Ladoucer's laboratory at the University of Iowa is to investigate the neural mechanisms involved in the control and learning of motor skills. Specifically, he studies the processes involved in the rehabilitation of walking following neurological impairment. This main focus can be sub-divided into two topics: 1) the therapeutic effect of functional electrical stimulation (FES) assisted walking and 2) the segmental and suprasegmental neural control of walking.

Some of his studies were conducted with spinal cord injured patients walking over an obstacle on a treadmill to study the control mechanism(s) of the anticipatory locomotor adjustment in the spinal cord. Dr. Ladoucer has been externally funded almost continuously since 1999. His grants are from Canadian and Denmark sources. In 2003, he was an Ad Hoc External Reviewer for NSERC and CIHR, two of Canada's primary sources for research funding.

For more information, contact Lisa Holst, project assistant for the HPER Biomechanics Laboratory, at 554.3075 or