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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

The Gateway reported with a tremendous "spirit of exuberance," the first annual University of Omaha Ma-ie Day was celebrated on May 16, 1935. Ma-ie Day events included athletic competitions, a concert by the College Club Orchestra, and the performance of a show titled "Pass the Bucks," which was a "howling success." The highlight of the festivities was the crowning of Eleanor Larson as Attira I, the first Ma-ie Day Princess. As The Gateway also reported, when the initial Ma-ie Day celebrations were completed another University of Omaha tradition had been established.

Date: May 16, 1935
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

Flag Lowering

The UNO flags will be lowered to half-staff Tuesday, May 15, in honor of UNO retiree Paul Kennedy. He passed away May 8 at the age of 87.

Dr. Kennedy, a former professor and dean of the UNO College of Education, retired from the university in September 1985. He had been with UNO for more than 30 years.

Funeral services for Dr. Kennedy will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 5410 Corby St.

UNO/CU to Host Syntel CEO Breakfast Lecture

Omaha's two major universities will co-host a breakfast lecture on globalization with Bharat Desai, chairman and chief executive officer of Syntel, Thursday, May 24, at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. A free continental breakfast will start at 7:30 a.m., and Desai's presentation, "Globalization 2020," will begin at 8 a.m.

The Creighton University (CU) Joe Ricketts Center and the UNO College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T) are the event's co-sponsors.

"We are excited to have Mr. Desai speak, and his topic is one that every business in our metropolitan area needs to hear about," said Deepak Khazanchi, UNO associate dean of the College of IS&T.

Desai co-founded Syntel in 1980 in Troy, Mich., with a $2,000 investment. Today, Syntel is a global provider of information technology and business process outsourcing services, and employs more than 8,300 people globally. The company has a market capitalization in excess of $1 billion.

"The Joe Ricketts Center is pleased to co-sponsor this event with The Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) at UNO. Mr. Desai's topic of globalization and its implications is an important issue," said Ravi Nath, director of the Joe Ricketts Center and Jack and Joan McGraw Endowed Chair in Information Technology Management at CU.

Desai was named Entrepreneur of the Year by The University of Michigan's Stephen M. Ross School of Business and won the IIT Alumnus of the Year Award from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai. He was also the recipient of the Michigan Entrepreneur Award from the Harvard Business School and recognized as Entrepreneur of the Year by USA Today and NASDAQ.

While the event is free, reservations are required and need to be made by Tuesday, May 22. Registrations can by made on the Web at or by phone at 280.5520.

ITS Offers Microsoft "Work-at-Home" Software

Information Technology Services (ITS) Customer Services has received a new shipment of Microsoft "Work-at-Home" software. Products available and their prices are listed below:
- Windows XP Pro (upgrade) - $15;
- Windows Vista Business (upgrade) - $20;
- Office 2003 Pro - $20;
- Office 2007 Enterprise - $20; and
- Office 2004 for Mac - $15.

All prices include tax. There is a limit of one license per customer, and all sales are final. Payment is only accepted via MavCard.

For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (4357) or

Parking Structure to Undergo Maintenance this Summer

The campus parking structure will close for maintenance this summer according to the schedule listed below. Updates will be posted in eNotes.

- Lot V (Upper Level)
May 15 through June 4

- Lot U (Middle Level)

- Lot T (Lower Level)
May 21 through June 4

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

Cost of Postage Stamps to Increase

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.

"Today, 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."

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

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

All UNO faculty and teaching assistants are invited to attend the annual "Learning Horizons" conference all day Tuesday, May 15, and a half day Wednesday, May 16. "Learning Horizons: 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.

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 (DSC)
The day will begin with registration and coffee in 109 DSC 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

Summer Shuttle Schedule Under Way

Summer shuttle service is now operating, 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