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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

Kaldahl Named Director of University Relations

Tim Kaldahl has been named director of University Relations at UNO. He begins his new duties immediately.

Kaldahl has served as interim director since August of 2006. He came to UNO as the assistant director of media relations in 2003. In his new role, he is responsible for overseeing the university's internal communications, media relations, advertising/marketing and Web efforts.

"It's exciting to tell the university's story," he said. "This is a tremendous opportunity, and it means a great deal to me."

Kaldahl has a long history with the UNO campus. He graduated magna cum laude with a degree in journalism at UNO in 1990 and also completed UNO Honors Program requirements as an undergraduate. He received his master's degree in English at UNO in 1999. In between those two degrees, Kaldahl worked for a semester on UNO's first Czech Semester program through the National Collegiate Honors Council in 1992.

Kaldahl's professional career in communications includes stints as a reporter at a Sarpy County weekly newspaper and at the Daily Nonpareil in Council Bluffs. He started his public relations career in 1993 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He later worked in communications and marketing at Alegent Health.

Kaldahl can be reached at 554.3502. His office is located in 108 Eppley Administration Building.

New Book by Pollak, Valentine Highlights UNO History

Pictures tell stories. A century's worth of stories unfolds in the new book University of Nebraska at Omaha, authored by Oliver Pollak and Les Valentine.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha, founded in 1908. The publication of Dr. Pollak's and Valentine's book has become part of a slate of UNO Centennial happenings, events and celebrations. The UNO Centennial Celebration will officially launch in the fall of 2008.

Dr. Pollak describes the book as a memory book or a gift book. People who have been at the university will look through it for familiar people, places and events. Dr. Pollak, holder of the Martin Chair in History, has taught at UNO since 1974.

"There's a play between the pictures and the captions," he said. Those captions, some 20,000 words, put the nearly 130 pages worth of black and white photos into a larger context of time and place, and importance.

"For every photo in there, you have 30 or 40 that went unused," Valentine said. He came to UNO in 1972 as an undergraduate, went on to receive his graduate degree and has served as the university's archivist since 1986.

Valentine selected the photos while Pollak wrote the text and worked with Arcadia Publishing, the publishers of University of Nebraska at Omaha. Valentine said finding a representative selection of photos across the decades was important. The chapters of the book divide the history of the university into six eras.

"Some of the better photos didn't make it into the book due to issues of balance," he said. The format of the photos came in all types, as well. Negatives, photos, slides and digital images were used. Some of the earliest pictures came from private student scrapbooks that are now in the university's archives.

Much of the material and the history of the institution have gone unrecognized, Dr. Pollak said. What is commonly known or part of the oral history of a campus is not often studied.

He has authored previous history books on the Jewish community in Omaha and Lincoln, and of Nebraska courthouses. "So often we ignore the home place, where we work," Dr. Pollak said.

The cover photo of the book, a 1971 jazz concert on the steps of Arts and Sciences Hall, is a piece of iconic recovered history. The sprawling image of a huge crowd was on a small, and mostly forgotten, negative.

Dr. Pollak and Valentine spent most of the fall of 2006 putting together the pieces of University of Nebraska at Omaha. The book is now on sale in major and small bookstores in the metropolitan area, on campus and online.

"Lots of good things have happened," Dr. Pollak said. "We haven't covered up the bad things - economic struggle, the suicide of a (university) president, a parking lot that took years to get built." There was a murder on campus in the 1950s, too.

There are recurring types of photos in the book - groundbreaking and construction, athletics and candid pictures of student life (including registration lines and full parking lots.)

"Everybody who looks at this book will get something out of it," Valentine said.

For more information, call 554.3502.

UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning Oct. 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership between the city of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme will be "UNO: Central to Our City Since 1908." This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

Malcolm X 2007 Tribute Set for May 19

The Malcolm X Memorial Foundation invites the public to attend the 2007 Celebration Tribute for Malcolm X Saturday, May 19, at noon. This year, the slain world leader's annual tribute will be held at the site where Malcolm X lived while in Omaha - 3448 Pinkney St.

National Public Radio's (NPR) StoryCorps will be on hand to interview local persons attending the tribute about how the legacy of Malcolm X has impacted their lives. StoryCorps is a national project designed to instruct and inspire people to record one another's stories in sound.

Fourth grade students from Omaha Public Schools (OPS) will host an art exhibition at the event. Fifth and sixth grade students will be interviewed by OPS African-American Achievement Council Co-Chair and KETV show host Ben Gray. The students will be interviewed about a book they have previously read about the life of Malcolm X, By Any Means Necessary, by noted author Walter Dean Myers. All students participating in the project attend Mount View or Walnut Hill Elementary Schools.

In addition, a book giveaway - sponsored by the Omaha Public Library - will be held for children. Poetry will also be read by local UNO students of S.P.O.W. kun Words. Malcolm X Memorial Foundation board members will be available to answer questions concerning current construction and future site development plans. Those planning to attend the tribute are asked to enter the area near 35th and Bedford Avenue.

For more information, call Sharif Liwaru at 554.2711.

UNO Bookstore/Convenience Store to Close for Inventory

The UNO Bookstore will be closed Tuesday through Friday, May 22-25, for its annual physical inventory. It will reopen Tuesday, May 29, and will resume regular summer hours (listed below).

- Monday and Tuesday
7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

- Wednesday through Friday
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Convenience Store will be closed Monday through Friday, May 21-25, for its annual physical inventory. It will reopen Tuesday, May 29, and will resume regular summer hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For more information, call 554.2360.

Relocation of Facilities Management/Environmental Services

On May 14, UNO Facilities Management and Planning offices relocated from Annex 45 to Chili Greens, located at 6808 Spring St. Offices at that location are on the second floor, in Room 200, of the Chili Greens Clubhouse. Environmental and Landscape Services 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).

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).

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.