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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 Track and Field to Compete at Outdoor Nationals


The UNO women's track and field team will compete today through Saturday, May 24-26, at the NCAA II Outdoor National Championships in Charlotte, N.C.

The Mavericks will compete in six events in the NCAA II Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The UNO competitors who captured North Central Conference (NCC) titles, as well as the events and qualifying times and standings, are highlighted below:

- 100-meter dash
Molly Belling (No. 1 qualifying time, 11.49);

- 200-meter dash
Belling (No. 2, 23.64) and LaVerne Monger (No. 15, 24.26);

- 400-meter dash
Pinar Saka (No. 11, 55.33) and Monger (No. 13, 55.67);

- 400-meter hurdles
Magda Orzylowski (No. 13, 61.80);

- 4x100 relay
Orzylowski, Belling, Saka and Monger (No. 6, 46.40); and

- 4x400 relay
Karin Clarkson, Angela Kampshnieder, Jessica Purdy, Monger and Saka (No. 5, 3:43.96).

Sophomore sprinter Belling of Omaha was named the NCC's Outstanding Athlete by the league's track and field coaches after her performances at the conference meet. It is the second consecutive year she has received the honor.

Belling won the 100-meter race with a record time of 11.49 seconds and the 200-meter race with a time of 23.64. She broke her own meet record in the 100 with a time of 11.49, which is the fastest time in the nation this year. She also was a member of the winning 4x100 relay team for the Mavericks, who finished fourth in the meet.

The Mavericks won their first NCC indoor championship in 26 years Feb. 24 in Vermillion, S.D., capturing seven event titles. UNO then went on to finish 10th in the NCAA II Indoor National meet March 9-10 in Boston.

CBA Honors Four Distinguished Alumni

The UNO College of Business Administration (CBA) honored four business professionals May 16 during the 20th annual Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards Luncheon.

The following individuals received 2006-07 Distinguished Alumni Awards:

Donald Deter
Deter received his bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Omaha in 1952.  In 1964, Deter acquired the Chevrolet and Buick franchises in Atlantic, Iowa.  He obtained the Pontiac, Oldsmobile and Cadillac franchises in 1983, and added Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep franchises in 1992.  Deter has been a member of dealer advertising boards for Chevrolet, Buick and Oldsmobile.  He also is a member of the Cass County Memorial Hospital Foundation board and has served on many community boards.

David Emry
Emry began his accounting career in 1968, became a partner with Ken Johnson & Co. in 1976 and merged that firm with Darst & Associates in 1981.  He has served as managing shareholder for several years.  He earned his business degree from UNO in 1970.  Emry provides accounting, auditing, and tax compliance and planning for clients in a variety of fields.  Today, a growing portion of his work focuses on computer consulting, analyzing systems and software to assure that clients receive the information they need.

Clifford Hayes
Hayes attended Cornell College and transferred to the University of Omaha, where he received his bachelor's degree in finance in 1961.  Hayes was a principal in the firm of Chiles, Heider & Co. Inc., where he was vice president of securities trading and a member of the board of directors.  He was a registered investment adviser, a registered option principal and a member of the Chicago Board of Options.  Today, he is a private investor.

Ross Ridenoure
Ridenoure was named vice president and chief nuclear officer for the Omaha Public Power District's (OPPD) Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station in December of 2003.  Prior to joining OPPD in 1989, Ridenoure served as a nuclear operations instructor at the Clinton Nuclear Station.  He had previously served as nuclear training engineer at the Zion and Braidwood Nuclear Stations for Westinghouse.  He holds undergraduate degrees in sociology and nuclear engineering technology from Excelsior College and a master of business administration degree (Executive Program) from UNO.

For more information, call 554.3502.

"Consider This" to Feature Chancellor Christensen

the nameThis month, University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken announced the appointment of John E. Christensen as the next UNO Chancellor. Dr. Christensen, 58, has served as interim chancellor since September 2006, when former Chancellor Nancy Belck resigned amid controversy over athletic department funding and the way her top aide spent athletics money.  Dr. Christensen was chosen in a national search chaired by Shelton Hendricks, dean of the UNO College of Arts and Sciences. 

Dr. Christensen will be the guest of host Andrea McMaster on this week's "Consider This."  The program will air tonight, May 24, on KYNE-TV at 11 p.m.

"Over the past eight months, John has demonstrated integrity and openness, and has provided energetic leadership for the campus," Milliken said. "It's clear that John Christensen loves UNO, and he has an ambitious vision for its future. He has outlined objectives which will ensure that no time or momentum is lost at UNO."

Milliken said, "We had an impressive group of candidates and four outstanding finalists for this position, reinforcing what we all know: that UNO is an excellent institution with enormous potential."  He said that, by taking the position immediately, Dr. Christensen would be able to quickly begin searches for two key positions - his replacement as vice chancellor for academic affairs and a permanent vice chancellor for business and finance.

Dr. Christensen has spent his entire academic career at UNO, beginning in 1978 as a faculty member in the UNO College of Education's Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders. He, subsequently, served as chair of that department for 12 years. He received his bachelor's degree in speech and communication from Dana College, his master's degree in speech-language pathology from UNO and his Ph.D. in speech-language pathology from the University of Kansas. Dr. Christensen is the first UNO graduate to serve as the university's chancellor. 

Dr. Christensen has been active in Omaha community affairs, as well as national professional organizations relating to his academic field. He and his wife, Jan, have three adult sons.

The program will air according to the following schedule:

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, May 27
11:30 a.m. (CT)

NET2 (NET's cable network)
- Monday, May 28
1:30 p.m. (CT)

- Wednesday, May 30
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

ITS Offering Microsoft "Work-at-Home" Software for Faculty/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

Summer Motorcycle Parking Notice

Additional 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 and Pacific 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 Criss 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.

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 will be provided.

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

New Postal U.S. Mail Regulations Reminder

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 and

For more information, call Sandra Walling at 554.2337.