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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

Gov. Dave Heineman has ordered all U.S. and Nebraska flags be flown today, May 15, at half-staff in observance of Peace Officers Memorial Day.

CBA Students Receive High Scores in National Testing

According to results from the Educational Testing Service (ETS), UNO College of Business Administration (CBA) graduate students and senior-level undergraduates performed near the top, nationally, on the most recent standardized exams on business topics.

UNO master of business administration (M.B.A.) students ranked in the top five percent, nationally, while undergraduates ranked in the top 15 percent.

"These scores are extremely gratifying for the college," said Louis Pol, dean of the UNO CBA. "Major Field Testing is a national benchmark, and this underscores the quality of our students and programs."

According to the ETS, "The exams rank student achievement within a field of study to national comparative data." Colleges and universities use the exams to measure student academic achievement and to assess the educational outcomes of programs.

Virtually all UNO business seniors who were enrolled in the final business course, more than170 students, took the Major Field Tests. Their average scores are in the top five percent, nationally, in the sections on accounting, finance, marketing and international issues.

The 31 UNO M.B.A. students received top-five percent ranking, nationally, in all five sections of the exam: managerial accounting, finance, marketing, management and strategic integration.

Test performance of the UNO CBA's undergraduates was ranked against test results of business students from 553 colleges and universities, including Georgia State, Rutgers, Texas A&M, the University of Wyoming, Xavier and the United States Air Force Academy. UNO M.B.A. students were ranked against students from 109 M.B.A. programs, including Clemson, Minnesota State University Mankato, Xavier and the University of Wyoming.

ETS is the home of a number of major college admission and assessment exams, including the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

For more information, call 554.3502.

UNO to Participate in Bicycling Commuter Challenge

Activate Omaha, a community-wide initiative to promote physical activity throughout the city of Omaha, is sponsoring an event designed to get local businesses moving. The UNO campus community is invited to join in, as well.

In the Bicycling Commuter Challenge, local businesses are encouraged to ask their employees to commute to work by bike as often as possible during the summer months (now through Sunday, Aug. 19). Each week, participants will tally the bicycle miles they accumulated in commute that week and send them to the team leader, who will then submit the count to the Activate Omaha office.

Participants are encouraged to ride as often as possible but are not required to ride every day. Those living far from campus are invited to be creative with their bicycling commutes. One example: Rack your bike to your car, drive halfway and bicycle the rest of the way.

Each time an individual rides, their name goes into the "hat" for a chance to win a weekly prize. Their name will remain in the hat for the grand prize/consolation prize drawing in August. The more times participants ride, the more chances they have to win the weekly and grand prize drawings.

David Daniels, assistant director for fitness/wellness and instructional programs in Campus Recreation, and John Noble, associate professor in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, are serving as co-captains for the UNO team.

"If you already commute by bicycle, just sign up for the team," Dr. Noble said. "If you considered commuting by bike, now you have the incentive. If you haven't considered it, now you see that you really have an option. Let's work to make UNO an Omaha leader in the bicycling community! Let's get active!"

For more information about Activate Omaha, visit or call 934.5923. To learn more about the UNO team or to sign up, contact Daniels (554.2008 or or Dr. Noble (554.3250 or

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

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, 115 S. 49th Ave.

Census 2000 data is now more than six years old. The American Community Survey (ACS) has 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

Participants Sought for ADA Tour de Cure

Looking for an opportunity to get involved in the UNO and Omaha communities?

This June, the American Diabetes Association's (ADA) Tour de Cure is coming -for the first year - to the Sarpy County Fairgrounds in Springfield, Neb. The event will feature a 20-mile ride for novice riders and a 50-mile ride for experienced riders.

"Most of us have family and/or friends (or maybe even yourself) who are suffering with diabetes," said Suzanne Sollars, the UNO team organizer and an associate professor of psychology at UNO. "There are 20.8 million Americans with diabetes - approximately 97,000 in Nebraska. Diabetes is the largest healthcare expense in the U.S.A. On average, every 21 seconds, someone is diagnosed with diabetes."

To register for the bike ride, visit and sign up as an individual or register a team. Each rider must raise $150 and will receive a complimentary breakfast from Gandolfo's Deli, lunch from Carabba's and wine at Soaring Wings Vineyard at the after-event party. There will be prizes and rest stops with snacks and beverages along both rides.

"I hope you will consider riding in this event. Together, we can help increase the progress toward finding the cause and a cure for diabetes, and have a great time meeting fellow UNO students, faculty and staff!" Dr. Sollars said.

Monies raised will go to ADA research, education and advocacy programs.

For more information, contact Dr. Sollars at 554.3981 or

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 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

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.

Criss Library Summer Hours

The Criss Library hours of operation, 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 - Saturday, May 19; Saturday through Monday, May 26-28 (the Memorial Day Weekend); and Wednesday, July 4 (the Fourth of July holiday).

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 to employee supervisors. 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 individuals' safety while they 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 is 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.

Summer Motorcycle Parking Notice

Additional seasonal motorcycle parking is available for faculty, staff and students through Friday, Aug. 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 Criss 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.

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 Friday, 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.


Human Resources Announces New Hires for April 2007

The UNO Office of Human Resources would like to welcome the following new hires (as of April 2007):
- Brian Schram, business manager, Alumni Association;
- Dan Lawse, energy outreach associate, College of Public Affairs and Community Service;
- Sandra Dee Cruz, clerical assistant II, Facilities Management and Planning;
- Bertrail Givens, staff assistant, UNO Department of Chemistry;
- Eldon Maggett, campus security officer, Campus Security;
- Joe Poole, campus security officer, Campus Security; and
- Adam Bailey, campus security officer, Campus Security.

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