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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

Faculty Senate Elects Officers

The UNO Faculty Senate is pleased to announce the election of the following senators to the Executive Committee for the 2007-2008 term:

Past President - Jim Shaw;
President - Scott Tarry;
Vice President - Paul Barnes;
Secretary/Treasurer - Debra Anderson; and
Rules Chairperson - Holly Miller.

Newly elected Faculty Senate Standing Committee chairs are listed below.

Academic and Curricular Affairs - Carolyn Gascoigne;
Educational Resources and Services - Lisa Boucher;
Faculty Personnel and Welfare - Barbara Hewins-Maroney;
Goals and Directions - Hugh Reilly;
Professional Development - John Noble; and
Rules - Holly Miller.

More information about current senators and activities can be found on the Web at

HPER Biomechanics Journal Club Lecture Today

Michel Ladouceur from the Department of Exercise Science at the University of Iowa will speak at UNO today, 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

"Consider This" to Share Organ Donor Story

Currently, about 100,000 Americans are waiting for an organ transplant. Every 13 minutes a new name is added to the national transplant waiting list. An average of 18 people die each day due to lack of available organs.

A single organ donor can save the lives of up to eight people and enhance the lives of as many as 50 people through organ and tissue donation. Individuals can signal their intent to be an organ donor by signing the back of their driver's license and/or organ donor card. Most importantly, they need to share their wish to donate with close family members.

Hear from a liver transplant recipient this week on "Consider This." Guest Dave Eggers will share his story of his life-saving transplant. Host Andrea McMaster will also be joined by Doug Bremers, the manager of Donate Life Services at The Nebraska Medical Center.

For more information on organ donation call 1.800.718.LIFE.

The program will air according to the following schedule:

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, May 13
11:30 a.m. (CT)

NET2 (NET's cable network)
- Monday, May 14
1:30 p.m. (CT)

- Wednesday, May 16
8 a.m. (CT)

"Consider This" is a production of UNO Television. It also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For a list of days and times, visit the Web at Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at

Parking Structure Maintenance Set

A portion of the campus parking structure will close for maintenance starting Monday, May 21. Lot T (lower level) will be closed during this time and will reopen Monday, June 4. For more information, contact Walt Burr at 554.2582 or

Summer Motorcycle Parking Notice

Additional seasonal motorcycle parking is available for faculty, staff and students through August 24. Motorcycles may be parked at the following locations on the Dodge and Pacific campuses:

- Parking structure (stop by Campus Security, 100 Eppley Administration Building, for details);

- Northwest corner of Lot A (north of Kayser Hall);

- Northwest corner of Lot M (south of University Library); and

- Southwest corner of Lot 2 (north of The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute).

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

Cost of Postage Stamps to Increase May 14

UNO Mail Services would like to remind faculty, staff and students of the recent postage rate increase, in which the postal rate commission approved a two-cent price hike for stamps.

"On Monday, May 14, the cost will be increased from 39-cent to 41-cent stamps," said Sandy Walling, manager of UNO Mail Services. "Two-cent stamps will be available for customers to use with their 41-cent stamps at Mail Services." Those stamps will not be available until the date the postage rate hike takes effect.

UNO Mail Services is located in 106 Eppley Administrative Building. For more information, call 554.2337.

In the News

In the News

- Interim UNO Chancellor John Christensen was cited in the May 8 editions of the Omaha World-Herald and the Lincoln Journal Star, as well as on the newscasts of KETV (Channel 7), WOWT (Channel 6) and KMTV (Channel 3), and KFAB and KKAR radio. The articles and news segments announced Dr. Christensen's appointment as UNO chancellor.

- Victoria Lee, UNO student, was featured in the May 8 online edition of the Times-News (Missouri Valley, Iowa). The article discussed her participation in post-graduate research in political science.

- Lynette Leonard, communication, was featured on the May 4 KMTV (Channel 3) newscast. The segment discussed new media and how young people are using it.

- Beth McGrath, English, was interviewed on the May 3 KETV (Channel 7) newscast. The segment discussed cheating and the Internet in relation to research and assignments, and the ways being developed to deter cheating.

- David Sutherland, biology, was quoted in the May 3 edition of the High Plains Journal (Dodge City, Kan.). The article highlighted Flora of Nebraska, a new book by Sutherland, Robert Kaul - a retired UNL botany professor and now research professor and curator of botany at the University of Nebraska State Museum (Lincoln, Neb.), and Steven B. Rolfsmeier, a botanical consultant and manager in Chadron, Neb. The book focuses on 2,000 native and naturalized Nebraska plant species.

- The UNO Department of Teacher Education was cited in the May 7 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article highlighted Nebraska Humanities Council grants that are being awarded to organizations that promote and support Nebraska history.

UNO's $8,000 grant was received for "Nuestra Communidad (Our Community)," which features two Latino-American scholars that will conduct story-writing workshops with the Omaha Public Schools.

- Samuel Walker, professor emeritus of criminal justice, was quoted in the April 18 edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer. The article discussed events surrounding a car crash, including speed as a factor.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media – local, state, regional, national or international - we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

In Print

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Stage

Symphonic Wind Concert Choir European Tour
The UNO Concert Choir is traveling across Europe this month. During their two-week tour, which began May 5, 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. "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," Harden said.

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 10 years, during which they performed in Austria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Slovakia and Sweden.

Keep tabs on the choir via their blog at For more information, contact Shellie Harden, coordinator of music outreach and recruitment, at

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Exhibit

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.