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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 May 8, 1953, The Gateway reported that a new department and major field of study, library sciences, was now being offered through the University of Omaha (OU) College of Education. OU librarian Ellen Lord headed the new department, which also included two assistant professors - Frank Gibson and Kilbourne Janacek. Library sciences was a 24-credit-hour major and was designed to prepare librarians for placement in either elementary or secondary schools.

Date: May 8, 1953
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

2006 Employee of the Year: John Folker

John Folker

On April 24, John Folker - a sergeant with Campus Security - was named the 2006 Employee of the Year at the annual Faculty Senate/Staff Advisory Council recognition dinner.class He said the experience was very surreal.class

"I was very surprised," Folker said.class "I had almost forgotten I was eligible to receive the award.class I was just thinking ‘Wow.class This is a great honor!'"class

With the recognition comes a nice gift certificate that Folker plans to save for a "rainy day." He said the award would not have been possible without the hard work of those on his crew.

For more than four years, Folker has strived to help make the campus community a safe environment for students, faculty and staff.class During this time, fellow co-workers said he has excelled at the many tasks that his position entails. He was first recognized for his efforts as the February Employee of the Month in 2006.

"I have relied heavily upon John to assist me with many projects.class He stands willing to help whenever and wherever he can," one individual wrote.class "John is conscientious in his duties, concerned for the well being of our clientele and compassionate, yet firm and fair, with all those he supervises.class He is a credit to the department and the university."

Folker, an Omaha native, said he became interested in working at UNO when a friend of his, who worked on campus, encouraged him to apply for a position.class Prior to being named sergeant with Campus Security, he served as an officer.class

He also gained experience as a former checkpoint security supervisor at Eppley Airfield where he was faced with a number of situations.class "I supervised officers operating the metal detectors, X-ray machines and explosive trace detection machine," Folker said.class "This position allowed me to encounter many different people of varied cultures and ethnicities.class That has proved to be a valuable experience when dealing with the diverse members of the university community."

Folker supervises six officers on his shift at UNO.class He said he begins his day by reviewing information and checking with the on-duty supervisor for updates before patrolling campus and attending to officers' requests for assistance.class "We respond to numerous calls on a nightly basis, from unlocking a door to a loud party," he said.class "Every night is different.class There is no telling what will occur or what you will discover while on patrol."

Variety is what Folker said helps keep his job interesting.class Among the many requirements of his job, he said it was enjoyable to work during the campus visit of Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai.

A positive force on the Campus Security team, colleagues said that Folker's dedication and enthusiasm is evident in the way he carries out his tasks.class "John is always looking for things to do during our shift and is constantly helping everybody on the shift," another nominator wrote.class "John is totally committed to his shift, his job and the University of Nebraska."

Pictured above: Folker and UNO Interim Chancellor John Christensen.

For more information, call 554.2321.

Summer Hours Begin Today

Summer hours at UNO begin today, 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.

Web Seminar on Higher Ed Student Perspective Today

UNO will be the site of a Web seminar titled "A Net Gen Student Perspective: Technology in Higher Education" today, May 7. It will be broadcast in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) 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

Reception Today for English Department Retirees

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

David Raabe, professor of English, will retire this June.class Dr. Raabe began his teaching career at the University of Omaha.class 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.class He was promoted to full professor in 2002.class 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.class 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 month.class 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 Women's Studies.class During retirement, Eberhart plans to travel and spend time with her family.

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

Summer Group Ex Classes Begin

Campus Recreation and the Wellness Stampede have teamed up to host a variety of Group Ex classes this summer at UNO. Session 1 will run today, May 7, through Friday, June 29.

All classes will be held in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building.

Group Ex classes are free to all current students and Campus Recreation cardholders. Summer activity cards are available for $30 (faculty/staff only). Classes will not be held May 28 (Memorial Day).

Due to the annual pool closing, all Water Ex classes will not begin until Monday, June 4.

To access a schedule, click on the following link:

2007 Summer Session 1

To have a schedule faxed or mailed to your office, call University Affairs at 554.2358.

For more information, contact Dave Daniels at 554.2008.

Annual "Learning Horizons" Conference May 15-16 at UNO

All UNO faculty and teaching assistances are invited to attend the annual "Learning Horizons" conference all day Tuesday, May 15, and a half day Wednesday, May 16. "Learning Horizon: Blending Design, Assessment and Technology" is a two-day conference sponsored by the UNO Center for Faculty Development, College of Education, Criss Library, University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching and Information Technology Services (ITS) Academic Partnership for Instruction.

A brief daily synopsis of the conference is highlighted below.class

Day 1: May 15
Time: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center
Sessions will be presented by nationally known speakers William Horton and Peggy Maki.

Day 2: May 16
Time: 7:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Location: 109 Durham Science Center
The day will begin with registration and coffee in 109 Durham Science Center and will feature hands-on workshops in the areas of instructional design, assessment and learning technologies.

To learn more and register for the Learning Horizons conference and hands-on workshops, visit

COS Open Lab Session Planned for Grant-Writers

The next Community of Science (COS) open lab session will be held Tuesday, May 8, at noon in Room 207 of the Criss Library.

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) hosts these monthly hour-long sessions to demonstrate the various on-line resources available to faculty and graduate students through COS.

Reservations are not required.class For more information contact Nancy Schlesiger at 554.2286.

President Milliken to Address Faculty Senate May 9

The UNO Faculty Senate will hold its last regular monthly meeting of the academic year Wednesday, May 9, in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Dodge Rooms.

University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken is scheduled to speak at 2 p.m.class The meeting will begin immediately following the presentation.class All interested parties are invited to attend.class

For more information, contact Jim Shaw, Faculty Senate president (554.2225), or Sue Bishop, coordinator (554.3598).

Retirement Reception May 9 for Sandra Squires

After 26 years of service to UNO, Sandra Squires - a professor in special education and communication disorders - will be retiring from UNO.

A retirement reception for Dr. Squires will be held Wednesday, May 9, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. The entire campus community is invited to attend.

For more information, call 554.3355.

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.

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.classclass 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.class 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.class "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.class 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.class For more information, contact Schumaker at

Criss Library Summer Hours

The Criss Library hours of operation - starting today, May 7, and running through Friday, 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:class Saturday, May 12; Saturday, May 19; the Memorial Day Weekend (May 26-28) and the Fourth of July holiday (Wednesday, July 4).

Summer Shuttle Schedule Under Way

Starting today, 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.

Maverick Watch


There are no Maverick home games this week. To catch up on the latest statistics or keep tabs on your favorite team on the road, visit the Web at