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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

John Christensen Named Chancellor of UNO

the nameUniversity of Nebraska President James B. Milliken announced May 8 the appointment of John E. Christensen as the next chancellor of UNO. Dr. Christensen, 58, has been interim chancellor since September 2006. He was chosen after a national search chaired by Shelton Hendricks, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The appointment is subject to the approval of the Board of Regents at its May 18 meeting.

"Over the past eight months, John has demonstrated integrity and openness and has provided energetic leadership for the campus," Milliken said. "It's clear that John Christensen loves UNO, and he has an ambitious vision for its future. He has outlined objectives which will ensure that no time or momentum is lost at UNO." He added, "We had an impressive group of candidates and four outstanding finalists for this position, reinforcing what we all know: that UNO is an excellent institution with enormous potential."

Milliken added, that by taking the position immediately, Chancellor Christensen will be able to quickly begin searches for two key positions - his replacement as vice chancellor for academic affairs and a permanent vice chancellor for business and finance. He will also be able to complete the appointment of a new athletic director in the near future.

Dr. Christensen has spent his entire academic career at UNO, beginning in 1978 as a faculty member in the College of Education's Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders. He subsequently served as chair of that department for 12 years. Dr. Christensen received his bachelor's degree in speech and communication from Dana College, his master's degree in speech-language pathology from UNO and his Ph.D. in speech-language pathology from the University of Kansas. He becomes the first UNO graduate to serve as its chancellor.

Dr. Christensen has been active in Omaha community affairs, as well as national professional organizations, relating to his academic field. He and his wife, Jan, have three adult sons.

Susan Maher Wins Lamanna Award for Excellence

The 2007 UNO Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's Studies has been awarded to Susan Maher, a UNO professor of English who nominators cited for "infectious enthusiasm, good sense, deep compassion and enduring feminism."  Dr. Maher received the award April 27 at the annual Women's Studies Program luncheon.

The award recognizes extraordinary service to the UNO Women's Studies Program and can involve teaching, research/creative activity or service.  Dr. Maher was recognized in all three areas.

She often teaches courses focused on female authors - from Jane Austen to Willa Cather to current writers - and encourages her students to submit papers to major conferences.  Of her students, another nominator noted, nine have continued into Ph.D. programs and countless others have attended scholarly meetings such as the Western Literature Association, the Cather Spring Festival, the Midwest Modern Language Association and the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment.

As a scholar, the scope of her work includes conferences around the nation, a book chapter for Jane Austen and Mary Shelley and Their Sisters (2002), and published articles ranging from Chicana writer Sandra Cisneros to children's author Laura Ingalls to a variety of writers of the American West.  She currently is working on a book-length study of Great Plains nonfiction writers, titled Deep Maps: The Literary Cartography of the Great Plains.

Dr. Maher's service has included serving on the UNO Women's Studies Committee for 10 years, chairing the "One Book/One State" initiative and serving on the Board of Governors of the Cather Foundation.  She became the first woman to chair the UNO English Department in 2005.

"If you offered Susan an ivory tower, she would haul it out to the prairie, open the doors, and invite everyone to climb to the top and gaze out across the landscape with her," a nominator wrote.  "And, in sharing her vision, we would become a community."

Dr. Maher came to UNO in 1990.  She earned her doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1985.

President Milliken to Address Faculty Senate Today

The UNO Faculty Senate will hold its last regular monthly meeting of the academic year today, 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).

Retirement Reception Today 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 today, 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.

Relocation of Facilities Management/Environmental Services

Beginning Monday, May 14, UNO Facilities Management and Planning offices will be relocated from Annex 45 to Chili Greens, located at 6808 Spring St.  Offices at that location will be on the second floor, in Room 200, of the Chili Greens Clubhouse. Environmental and Landscape Services will be relocated from Annex 44 to 113 Engineering Building.

Phone numbers for personnel in these departments will remain the same.  For more information, call Larry Morgan (554.3735).

MBSC Food Court Construction Begins

A major construction and renovation project of the Milo Bail Student Center Food Court (MBSC) officially started 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, 13 computer stations for student use, and many more Internet and electrical outlets to accommodate laptop computers.

Paragon Construction will be doing the work.  The 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.

Food Court Tables and Chairs Available

Due to the renovation of the Milo Bail Student Center Food Court, all the tables and chairs in the food court will be available as surplus items. Any department interested in these items should contact Brian Bollich (554.3923) or Sandra Walling (554.2337).

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 a 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

Summer Group Ex Classes Under Way

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 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.  Also, note a Friday class change - Hatha Yoga classes will instead meet from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

To access an updated 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.