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Steel Rising

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Steel girders were going up fast Wednesday morning on the south side of the new College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building. The girders will form the skeleton of the building's south addition.

history photo

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

Chancellor's Budget Update

the nameDear Colleagues:

Over the past several weeks, there has been discussion about the state of Nebraska's economic condition, tax cuts and governmental spending limits.  As part of these discussions, there has been much said about the budget request by the University of Nebraska and the proposed budget for the university offered by the governor.  With this in mind, the decisions about the budget are drawing near. 

This past Tuesday, the Nebraska Legislature passed two budget bills of great interest to the University of Nebraska community.  The Capital Construction bill, LB 320, provides approval for financing of UNO's housing and parking garage projects slated to begin in June.  The Mainline Budget bill, LB 321, provides general operating funding for the university and was approved on a 37-12 vote of the legislators.  This bill includes a four percent increase in each of the next two fiscal years, including provisions for salary increases for university personnel.  The increase was not what was originally requested by the university and not enough to cover all of the required university expenses, but demonstrates the university's willingness to be good stewards of tax payer dollars and help keep higher education affordable.

Passage of the Mainline Budget is not the end, however.  The bill now has been sent to Gov. Heineman for his approval.  It is hoped that this bill will be supported by the governor as he makes his decisions on how to appropriate state funds.  The governor has until the end of the day on Monday, May 21, to approve or veto the bill. 

The next few days will be critical in helping determine the future direction of the university.  Many of you have communicated your thoughts on the budget in the past, and your efforts are appreciated.  But now is the time for those inclined to do so to let the governor know their feelings about supporting the university's portion of the budget.  Should he decide to veto the university's portion of the budget, it will take 30 votes from legislators to override the veto and fund the university at the level sent forth by the Appropriations Committee.  The time to act is NOW.

As always, we will keep you posted on the events of the next few days.  Should an override vote be necessary, you will be notified.  However, if the governor approves the university's portion of the budget, you will be advised of that, as well.

Thank you for your continued support of UNO.

John Christensen

Scott Tarry Elected Faculty Senate President

Scott Tarry, a professor with the UNO Aviation Institute, was elected to the Faculty Senate's top post by acclamation at the organization's May 9 meeting. Dr. Tarry will serve as president for a one-year term from 2007-08. He previously held the senate's secretary/treasurer position from 2006-07.

Dr. Tarry joined the faculty of the UNO Aviation Institute and the School of Public Administration in 2000, after teaching at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill., and American University in Washington, D.C. He was named interim director of the NASA Nebraska Space Grant and EPSCoR Office in April 2007. He teaches courses in airport administration, airport planning and development, international aviation and aviation law for the Bachelor of Science in Aviation and Master of Public Administration programs.

He currently chairs the Section on Transportation Policy and Administration for the American Society for Public Administration and is a past president of the Transportation Research Forum, a national organization that promotes collaboration between industry, government and the academy on issues of transportation policy. Dr. Tarry has served as a faculty research fellow at NASA's Langley Research Center. He is recognized, internationally, as an authority on small and remote community air transportation. His work on aviation and public policy has been published in numerous scholarly journals.

Dr. Tarry received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and his B.A. from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash.

The Faculty Senate meets the second Wednesday of the month during the fall and spring semesters.

For more information, call Dr. Tarry at 554.3190.


Mavs Win Regional Softball Title, Nationals Begin Tonight

The UNO Maverick softball team scored four runs in the second inning, and Cheris Kuster pitched three innings of one-hit relief to down No. 9 Emporia State, 5-3, May 12 to capture the NCAA II North Central Regional title and send the Mavericks to their sixth national tournament appearance.

Unranked UNO (34-18) swept through the eight-team tournament - unbeaten at 4-0 - as the No. 4 seed, knocking off No. 1 seed Minnesota State and the No. 2 seeded Hornets along the way. The Mavericks will make their first national tournament appearance since winning the title in 2001 under head coach Jeanne Scarpello.

"Going into the tournament, I couldn't believe we had a shot," Scarpello said. "But the players believed they could, and they never stopped believing."

The Mavericks broke out front in the bottom of the second on an RBI single by Brianna Cataudella, a run-scoring double by Alison Jergenson and a two-run single by Kellyn Kramolisch.

The Hornets sliced the lead in half with two runs on four hits in the top of the third and put their first two runners on base in the fifth against freshman starter Melissa Negrete (14-8) who started all four tournament games.

Then, Scarpello called on senior Kuster. "Missy (Negrete) can get the ground balls, but Kuster can get the strikeouts," Scarpello said. "Emporia State is a good hitting team, and they were making adjustments."

Kuster retired three straight after the first batter reached on an error, melting UNO's lead to 4-3. She retired six of the final seven batters she faced, yielding only a lead-off single in the seventh.

Meanwhile, the Mavericks added an insurance run in the fifth when Brooke Wagner singled and scored on a single by Cataudella, who was named the tournament's most outstanding player. She batted .667 in the tournament.

Other Mavs on the all-tournament team included Negrete, Leslie Svoboda and Chanel Reaves.

"We're going to enjoy this on the bus ride home, but we can't be complacent," Scarpello said. "It's anyone's game when you get to nationals. The hardest part is getting through the regional."

UNO will meet California State-Stanislaus tonight, May 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the NCAA Division II Softball Championship in Akron, Ohio. California State-Stanislaus edged Seattle, 1-0, May 14 to earn the final spot in the eight-team field.

"Consider This" to Highlight New UNO Memory Book

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

This week, Dr. Pollak and Valentine will be guests on the "Consider This" program with host Andrea McMaster. Dr. Pollak, holder of the Martin Chair in History, has taught at UNO since 1974. Valentine 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.

The program will air tonight, May 17, on KYNE-TV at 11 p.m.

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.

Valentine selected the photos while Dr. Pollak wrote the text and worked with Arcadia Publishing, the publishers of University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Pollak said he describes the book as a memory book or a gift book. People who have been at the university will go through it to look for familiar people, places and events.

"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."

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.

The program will air according to the following schedule:

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, May 20
11:30 a.m. (CT)

NET2 (NET's cable network)
- Monday, May 21
1:30 p.m. (CT)

- Wednesday, May 23
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 Lot Maintenance Schedule Reminder

UNO parking lots will undergo regularly scheduled maintenance this month. Due to the unpredictable weather conditions, the schedule is subject to change without notice, and lots will be closed as needed.

For more information, contact Walt Burr at 554.2500 or Campus Security at 554.2648.

ITS Offering Microsoft "Work-at-Home" Software for Faculty and Staff

Information Technology Services (ITS) Customer Services has received a new shipment of Microsoft "Work-at-Home" software for faculty and staff. Available products 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

May TIAA-CREF Schedule Announced

TIAA-CREF announces its campus visit schedule for May. A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus for individual appointments with employees Tuesdays, May 22 and 29.

Appointments for one-on-one counseling sessions can be made by calling Louella Williams at the TIAA-CREF office in Omaha at 548.3610 or visiting the Web at

Discount Available to Ringling Bros. Circus

UNO faculty and staff are eligible for a ticket discount to several Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey productions of "Bellobration!" at Qwest Center Omaha. Discounted show times are Saturday, June 9, at 3:30 p.m. or Sunday, June 10, at 1 p.m.

According to the circus flier, "Bellobration!" is a hair-raising circus celebration, where comic daredevil Bello and his fantastic friends from "The Greatest Show on Earth" throw a party that cannot be topped.

The discounted prices for the June 9-10 productions are $17 (regularly $20), $12 (regularly $15) and $7 (regularly $10).

Three options are available to receive the discounted ticket price: in person, by phone or online. Click on the link below for details and to obtain a copy of the promotional flier. To have a flier faxed to your office, call 554.2358.

Discount Flier

For more information, contact Group Tickets USA at 888.770.1976 or