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Remembrance Run

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Cadets from UNO Air Force ROTC participate in a first-ever Silent Prisoner of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) remembrance run across campus April 20. The event commemorates Armed Forces Day, which is set for Saturday, May 19. See story below for details.

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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

David Miller Named Athletic Director

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UNO Chancellor John Christensen announced May 17 that David Miller has been selected as the new director of athletics at UNO and will assume his duties Thursday, May 24.  The appointment is subject to approval by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.

"David has impressed us all with his thoughts on college athletics and the importance of placing the student-athlete front and center," Dr. Christensen said.  "David wants the students in his program to succeed, both on and off the playing field."

Miller, former associate athletic director at Southern Methodist University (SMU), replaces David Herbster - who came to UNO in 2005 and announced his resignation last year. Tom Frette, head athletic trainer in the UNO Athletic Department, has served as interim athletic director since November.

"I'm excited about coming to UNO.  The university has an excellent reputation for athletics and academics," Miller said.  "Being given the opportunity to lead a program like this is a wonderful and rare challenge."

Miller's athletic department experience began with the U.S. Air Force Academy program from 1989 to 1995.  He then became an assistant athletic director at Truman State (Mo.) before moving to Ohio University for four years, beginning in 1996.  He was at SMU from 2000 until Jan. 1.

Miller earned a master's degree in sports administration from Ohio University and a bachelor of business administration degree from Regis University.  He also served in the U.S. Air Force from 1984 to 1995.

For more information, call 554.3502.


Armed Forces Day will be observed across the United States Saturday, May 19.  In observance, UNO Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) led the way in the first-ever Silent Prisoner of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) remembrance run April 20 at UNO. 

Senior Cadet and Cadet Wing Commander Latasha Spear was the driving force behind the 3.1-mile run across campus.  "I wanted to do something to commemorate all of the POWs/MIAs who have given all in the service of our country, and a silent memorial run was great way to accomplish the goal," Spear said. 

The cadets, 11 Air Force ROTC and one Army ROTC, began the event with warm-up exercises in the UNO Pep Bowl.  They then ran 3.1 miles from Dodge Street, south on 72nd Street and east on Pacific Street - finishing up through Elmwood Park and ending at the Pep Bowl for a cool down.  The Air Force ROTC Detachment, the "Wolfpack," hopes to make this a regular event through the fall and spring semesters and is also planning a 36-hour POW/MIA vigil for next fall. 

For more information about AFROTC, contact Capt. Jack Raitt, unit admissions officer, at 554.3166; visit the Web at; or visit the ROTC Office in 160 Arts and Sciences Hall.

NEH Offers Summer Stipends

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will offer summer stipends to "support individuals pursuing advanced research that contributes to scholarly knowledge or to the public's understanding of the humanities." 

The 2008 guidelines for the NEH Summer Stipends program are available at  The deadline to send submissions to NEH is Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2007. 

Each college and university in the United States may nominate two faculty members, who can either be junior or senior rank.  Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Tom Bragg will coordinate an internal review and notify the applicants of the results.  Individual faculty members selected to represent the university will then apply directly to NEH via

Applicants must forward their complete proposal package to Dr. Bragg in 203 Eppley Administration Building by Sept. 4, 2007.  Details of the proposal package are available on the NEH Web site (  It is the responsibility of the researcher to ensure that all eligibility guidelines are met prior to submission for internal review.  The institutional nominee(s) will be chosen and informed by Sept. 12, 2007. 

For more information, contact the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research at 554.2286 or visit

Participants Sought for UNMC Depression Study

Individuals experiencing depression are being recruited by the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Department of Psychiatry to participate in a research study that uses marketed antidepressant medications.

Participants must be 19 to 65 years of age and in good general medical health.  All study procedures and medications are provided.

For more information, call 354.6868 or send an e-mail to

Summer Motorcycle Parking Notice

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 Street and Pacific Street 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.

In the News

In the News

- UNO Chancellor John Christensen was featured in the May 9 edition of the Omaha World-Herald.  The column highlighted past and future goals and challenges Dr. Christensen and UNO face.

- Mike Kemp, hockey, was featured in the April 4 edition of the Omaha World-Herald.  The article discussed his decision to pull out of the running for the UNO athletic director position. 

- Oliver Pollak, history, and Les Valentine, Criss Library, were cited in the May 6 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article announced the launch of the duo's co-written book, The University of Nebraska at Omaha.

- Dan Siedell, art and art history, was featured in the May 3 edition of the Omaha World-Herald.  The article announced that Siedell, the former curator of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, accepted an assistant professor position at UNO.

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

- Thomas Hutson, Center for Afghanistan Studies, had a column published in the May 8 edition of the Omaha World-Herald.  The editorial focused on rapid economic and social growth and development in China.

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 Blog Available

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.