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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

In May of 1949, That You May Know announced that upcoming June commencement ceremonies would be held outdoors, just north of Arts and Sciences Hall. Graduation festivities were to begin May 26 with "Senior Class Day" and scheduled activities included the class speech, the awarding of leadership certificates, the presentation of the class gift to University of Omaha President Milo Bail, a tree planting ceremony and the senior luncheon.

Date: May 1949
Source: That You May Know
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

UNO Wins Third NCC Women's All-Sports Title

Mavericks

UNO, with four league championships, has won its third straight North Central Conference (NCC) women's all-sports trophy.  The Mavericks were third overall in the NCC Cup standings for all sports, aided by one men's title and two runner-up finishes.

The women's teams won championships in soccer, golf, indoor track and tennis, and finished second in swimming and diving, volleyball and softball, registering 53.5 points to second-place North Dakota's 50.5.  Maverick women were also fourth in outdoor track, fifth in cross country and seventh in basketball. 

The men, with just four sports, shared the football championship and recorded second-place finishes in wrestling and baseball, as well as a tie for fifth in basketball. With no entry in six sports, UNO finished seventh in the league race won by Minnesota State.

It is the fourth time in the past five years that UNO has been the women's leader. 

Overall NCC Cup Standings are listed below:

1. Minnesota State - 87.5
2. North Dakota - 84.0
3. UNO - 72.0
4. South Dakota - 70.5
5. Augustana - 55.5
6. Minnesota Duluth - 54.0
7. St. Cloud State - 50.5

New Postal Regulations Announced for U.S. Mail

The U.S. Postal Service announced new postal regulations May 14. Among the new regulations, UNO Mail Services would like to remind customers to tape all clasps, string and buttons on each piece of outgoing mail being sent through the U.S. Postal Service.

Other mailing guidelines are available on the Web at http://postcalc.usps.gov/Popups/pop_up23.htm and http://pe.usps.com/text/dmm100/intro.htm.

For more information, call Sandra Walling at 554.2337.

May Employee of the Month: Stella Watts

Stella

The first person visitors encounter when they enter the Human Resources office at UNO is Stella Watts, clerical assistant II.  Talk to a number of her co-workers, and they will tell you her pleasant demeanor and familiarity with campus are several reasons why she is able to do excel in her position.

"Each week, if not more often, I receive compliments about Stella from applicants and others who are, perhaps, nervous or even upset and seeking help," one individual wrote.  "She makes people feel more at ease and gives them a great first impression of UNO."

A 20-year employee of the campus community, Watts came to UNO as a full-time student and part-time student worker in the UNO Bookstore.  She went on to receive her undergraduate certificate in gerontology studies in 1993 and a bachelor of science degree in education - with a specialization in recreation therapy and an emphasis in gerontology - in 1999.

After being hired as a full-time employee, she spent nine more years with the bookstore.  She later transferred to the UNO Career Center, where she worked for eight years until the office closed in June of 2004. 

As a result of the Career Center's closing, Watts' position was moved to the Human Resources office.  She said it was a good change, as she likes the atmosphere. 

"I enjoy contacting applicants to set up interviews because it's nice to hear the excitement in their voices," Watts said.  "I also enjoy greeting people when they come into our office."

Watts said her workday is spent completing the wide variety of tasks the office requires, including human resources, student employment services, payroll and benefits.  She starts her day by checking phone and e-mail messages and schedules, and making sure the job application computers are turned on. 

Her day also involves helping applicants set up interviews and administering typing tests.  "I also check any e-mails we receive from our job application database and answer applicants' questions about our application process or resetting their passwords," she said.  "Assisting job applicants on the phone, by e-mail and here in the office takes up a large part of my daily responsibilities."

Among her other tasks are delivering the office mail, assisting students and staff that come to the office, and helping wherever she is needed.  Working with so many people on a regular basis might be tedious for some, but Watts finds it satisfying. 

"I've always liked helping people," she said.  "So, I enjoy the ‘people' aspect of it.  I also work with a great staff and really feel appreciated, which makes it a very nice working environment."

Colleagues say that Watts brings much to the office and campus community, and she highly deserves her Employee of the Month honor. "She is not only very capable and knowledgeable, but her attitude of helpfulness and pride instills a feeling of confidence in the professionalism and sense of community in the university," another individual wrote.  "To say that Stella is an asset to UNO is an understatement. Stella truly inspires and nurtures a cooperative spirit among anyone she comes in contact with."

Watts said she is proud to be a two-time recipient of the Employee of the Month award because there are many deserving people on campus.  "The first time was July of 2001, when I was working in the Career Center," she said.  "With so many wonderful and dedicated employees on this campus, it is such a great honor to be named UNO Employee of the Month twice!  The best thing is knowing that I've made a difference, and that I'm valued and appreciated.  Of course, my own parking spot is really great, too!"

In her years at UNO, Watts counts the annual holiday carol singing event among her favorite memories, along with the many friendships she has made.  "It is so nice gathering with co-workers and friends down by the information area to sing and share carols together," she said.  "I feel truly blessed to be able to be a part of this great university over these past 20-plus years, both as a student and staff member.  I hope that I am able to continue being a part of this great institution for many years to come."

Receiving her bachelor's degree from UNO is another fond occasion of Watts'.  In the future, she said she would like to work on a master's degree in counseling and gerontology.

Currently, she stays busy in her free time with Benson Baptist Church and family activities.  She also loves to read, listen to music, take walks and watch movies.  Crafting is a hobby she likes to share with others and, one year, she made Christmas wreaths for gifts.

As Employee of the Month, Watts will receive a plaque, portrait and monetary award.  All UNO faculty, staff and students are eligible to nominate individuals for the honor.  Nomination forms are available in Human Resources, 205 Eppley Administration Building. 

(Pictured above: Watts and UNO Chancellor John Christensen.)

For more information, call 554.2321.

MBSC Food Court Renovations Under Way

A major construction and renovation project in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Food Court officially started May 7.  The project is moving along smoothly, according to those involved.

"This is a great updating of our facility," said Jim Welch, MBSC director.  "Once the paint dries and the dust is swept away, the Food Court will be an even more attractive place for students, employees and the public."

In addition to a new, warmer color scheme for the Food Court, a variety of new amenities are part of the renovations, including two large flat screen televisions, 13 computer stations for student use, and many more Internet and electrical outlets to accommodate laptop computers.

Paragon Construction is doing the work.  The total cost of the project is $900,000.

"During the renovation, the Food Court seating will be moved to the Nebraska Room," Welch said.

To view a slideshow of the proposed renovation project, click on the link below. Users must have Power Point to view the presentation:

MBSC Food Court Remodeling

All work will be completed before the start of the fall semester.  For more information, call 554.2383.

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, associate dean of the UNO 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 http://joericketts.creighton.edu or by phone at 280.5520.

Parking Lot Maintenance Schedule Reminder

UNO parking lots will undergo regularly scheduled maintenance this month. Due to 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.

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 http://gomavs.unomaha.edu/.