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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

Free American Community Survey Workshop May 31

The Center for Public Affairs Research (CPAR) and the Neighborhood Center for Greater Omaha will sponsor a free training workshop on the American Community Survey Thursday, May 31. The workshop will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Collaborating Center for Public Health and Community Service at 115 South 49th Ave.

Census 2000 data is now more than six years old. The American Community Survey (ACS) can help find more current information. The ACS asks the same critical demographic and economic questions as the decennial Census, but on a yearly basis. Details of how to use this new information source will be discussed. ACS offers a first look at small-area data in Douglas County since 2000. The most current data includes calendar year 2005.

To register, call Melanie Kiper at 561.7585. Seating is limited, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. For additional information on the ACS or the training session, contact David Drozd at 554.2132 or visit the CPAR Web site at

COS Open Lab Session Today for Grant Writers

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

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

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

Registration Under Way for IS&T Summer Programs

Registration for the 2007 Summer Technology Programs at the UNO College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T) is now available! 

These computer technology workshops are designed for students ages 11 to 17.  Early Entry C++ and Web Development courses are also available for those high school students who want a challenge this summer and are ready for a college credit course.  Space is limited. 

For more information or to register online, visit the Web at

Safety Notice for On-campus Incidents

The following information from Campus Security outlines the university's safety and emergency procedures, along with other services provided by Campus Security.

Incident Reporting
Incidents requiring immediate action include fire, environmental spills, medical conditions, property damage, disruptive behavior and crimes in progress. Persons involved with or observing these types of incidents should call Campus Security at 554.2911. Campus Security will dispatch officers to the scene and, if required, contact 911.

Faculty and staff can call 911 directly, but then they also should notify Campus Security to help coordinate the response and expedite travel to the emergency scene. Emergency information provided by the caller should include the building, floor, room number, call back number and nature of the emergency.

Faculty and staff should assist with room and building evacuations, and be aware of those needing special assistance. All employees should become familiar with the designated rally points for their buildings, which are listed in the back of the telephone directory under "Emergency Procedures."

Personal Threats and Harassment
Disruptive behavior on campus will not be tolerated. Threats or acts of violence should be reported to Campus Security and your supervisor. If the act appears to represent an immediate threat or harm to the individual, it should be reported at once to Campus Security or 911.

Personal Escorts
The escort service is available 24-7 for individuals on campus. Contact Campus Security to arrange for an escort.

Personal Safety Checks
Individuals who may be working alone outside normal working hours are encouraged to contact Campus Security. Security officers will periodically check on your safety while you are here.

Personal Property
The university is not responsible for personal property. Individuals are responsible for safeguarding their own property. Loss of personal property should be reported to Campus Security.

Alert System
A system to help facilitate emergency communications has been installed on the north and south campus. Announcements are distributed from Campus Security to building public address systems or speakers located in building corridors.

When announcements are made, strobe lights will flash to notify the hearing impaired to seek assistance.

The system will be particularly helpful during tornado warnings. The announcement will alert building occupants to seek shelter and again later when the warning has ended. The alert system also can be used to announce university closings, confirm evacuations for fire or chemical release, or other emergency conditions.

More information on campus emergency procedures can be found in the UNO Employee Telephone Directory beginning on page 106. For more information about Campus Security procedures related to campus emergencies, contact Stan Schleifer at 554.3596 or Paul Kosel 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.

Michigan Professor to Lecture on Evidence-based Practices

The UNO School of Social Work invites all faculty, students and community members to hear Matthew O. Howard - professor of social work/psychiatry with the University of Michigan - speak about evidence-based practice and policy.  Dr. Howard's presentation will be held at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center Wednesday, May 9, from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Dr. Howard has given numerous presentations on evidence-based practice and has authored/co-authored several books on the subject. His publications include Teaching Evidence-Based Practice: Toward a New Paradigm for Social Work Education; Mental Health Practice Guidelines: Panacea or Pipedream?; Barriers to Development, Utilization, and Evaluation of Social Work Practice Guidelines: Toward and Action Plan for Social Work; and Clinical Practice Guidelines: Should Social Work Develop Them?.

To R.S.V.P. or for more information, contact the School of Social Work at 554.2793.

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. The meeting will begin immediately following the presentation. All interested parties are invited to attend.

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

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 10 and 18
8 a.m. to noon

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

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

Summer Permit Parking Available in Church Lot

UNO employees with faculty/staff parking permits can park in the St. Margaret Mary's Church parking lot at 6116 Dodge St. this summer. Parking will be available there in UNO-designated lots through Aug. 24.

During the fall and spring semesters, parking in this location is limited to student permit holders. Night-only permits will not be honored until after 12:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.


Two UNO Students Honored with ODSPN Scholarships
Two UNO students are the first recipients of a pair of scholarships from the Omaha Down Syndrome Parents Network (ODSPN).

Tiffany Ackerman received a $250 award for undergraduate students majoring in special education. Ackerman is in her junior year in the Speech Language Pathology Program in the UNO College of Education (COE).

Tamara Bertino received a $500 award for graduate students majoring in or receiving a certificate in special education.  Bertino is pursuing a master's degree in resource teaching/learning disabilities also in the UNO College of Education.  She is employed as a special education teacher in Glenwood, Iowa. 

The Omaha Down Syndrome Parents Network is an all-volunteer organization committed to enhancing the lives of individuals and families touched by Down syndrome. For more information about ODSPN, go to  or call 991.1800.

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