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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 Baseball Advances to Division II World Series


The UNO Baseball team got two long balls from Evan Porter and a clutch pitching performance from Brandon Dahl - defeating Central Missouri, 9-4, to win the NCAA Division II Central Regional Championship May 19 at Crane Stadium in Warrensburg, Mo.

UNO baseball (36-22) swept through regional play, going a perfect 4-0, defeating the three highest-seeded teams in the tournament. The Mavericks advance to the NCAA Division II World Series in Montgomery, Ala., for the first time in school history.

Porter earned Tournament MVP honors, going 8-for-17 with two home runs and seven RBIs. Other Mavericks making the All-Tournament team were catcher Brian Goliber (8-for-16, four RBIs), second baseman Alex Kotera (11-for-17, four runs, two RBIs), outfielders Chris Weimer (7-for-17, HR, seven RBIs) and Matt Eikmeier (5-for-16), and pitcher Tim Huber - who threw seven and one-third shutout innings in the opening game.

The Division II World Series begins May 25 at Riverwalk Stadium in Montgomery, Ala.

Members Sought for CCSW

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) is seeking applications from students, staff and faculty who are interested in becoming members. Graduate and undergraduate students in any academic field are encouraged to submit an application.

The CCSW serves as an advisory council to the chancellor and other university administrators on issues that relate to women faculty, staff and students. The commission's goal is to provide a forum for women at UNO in conjunction with the organization's core themes of A, B, C - Awareness of women's issues, Balance in women's lives, and the Community and women's roles.

Membership applications are due Friday, June 22. Faculty and staff are appointed for two-year terms, and students are appointed for one-year, renewable terms. To apply for membership, individuals should e-mail their name, the reason they are interested in joining the commission and any relevant experience to Sharon Ulmar at

For more information, visit or contact CCSW co-chairs Marvel Maring (554.2992 or or Becky Bohan Brown (554.2243 or

Library to Close May 26-28 for Memorial Day Holiday

Criss Library will be closed Saturday, May 26, through Monday, May 28, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Summer hours will resume Tuesday, May 30, at 7 a.m.

For a complete schedule of library hours, visit the Web at

2007 Diet Pepsi/Women's Walk a Success

The staff, coaches and student athletes of the UNO Athletic Department wish to thank the UNO community for its help and support of the 22nd annual Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk, held April 21 on campus.

"This year's Diet Pepsi/Women's Walk was a great success, raising over $330,000 and reaching the $3 million mark," said Roxie Freeman, Women's Walk secretary.  "Six of the top 20 teams were from UNO and raised more than $40,000."

Next year's event, the 23rd Annual Diet Pepsi/Women's Walk, will be held April 19, 2008.

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 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.  Names 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

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

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.


- Ron Abdouch, executive director of the Neighborhood Center for Greater Omaha, received the B'nai B'rith Award for his leadership and coordinating role in "Address It Now," a public safety initiative that assists homeowners in posting visible addresses on their residences.  He received the honor May 17 at the National Safety Council Awards luncheon.

The Neighborhood Center is a non-profit organization, established in 2001, that provides information and assistance to neighborhood associations to enable them to come together and develop their own leadership and decision-making structure, as well as effectively address issues affecting the quality of life in their communities. 

The "Address It Now" campaign started last year in six neighborhoods and focused on increasing the proportion of properties with visible house address numbers to improve public safety.  The project came about after the neighborhoods participated in Omaha Neighborhood Scan, a joint effort between UNO and the city of Omaha that collected neighborhood information.

"Address It Now" was also the recipient of an Omaha Community Excellence Award, which was given by the city of Omaha in April. 

"‘Address It Now' has been a great experience and makes a difference in the community," Abdouch said.  "Having the campaign honored this way is very gratifying.

The Neighborhood Center for Greater Omaha's partners include the William and Ruth Scott Family Foundation; The Mammel Foundation; the Omaha Community Foundation's Fund for Omaha with support from the John H. Becker Fund; the Lozier Foundation; the Omaha mayor's office; United Way of the Midlands; Wells Fargo Bank; and UNO. Its mission is to build capacity and strengthen neighborhoods throughout Douglas, Pottawattamie and Sarpy Counties. UNO and its College of Public Affairs and Community Service serve as the center's administrative and fiscal agent.

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