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This Week in Campus History

On July 17, 1970, The Gateway reported that Barbara Coffey was selected by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents as assistant dean of UNO Student Personnel, thus making her the university's first African-American administrator. Coffey suggested that UNO follow up with students in African-American schools after their initial college bound counseling and hoped that the university would look in African-American neighborhoods for scholars and not just athletes.

Date: July 17, 1970
Source: The Gateway
Compiled by Criss Library Archives

Moshe Gershovich

MVHC @ 50

Leo Adam Biga

For UNO Associate Professor Moshe Gershovich, history "is like a big jigsaw puzzle. One of my hobbies is jigsaw puzzles. You open the box and you find all these pieces which appear unrelated and each one by itself is really meaningless. Only once you start putting them together do you get the picture." ...continue

Phone Outage Continues at Dodge Street Location

Phone services remain down in five buildings at the Dodge Street location. Work is under way to repair the problem, and materials are on order to repair the damaged backbone communications interface located near the Criss Library. UNO Telecommunications anticipates the outage should last two to three days.

The off-line buildings include:
- Allwine Hall;
- Sapp Fieldhouse;
- Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building;
- Milo Bail Student Center; and
- Parts of the Weber Fine Arts Building.

For more information, call 554.2800.

2007-08 Ombudspersons Named

The UNO Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity announces the ombudspersons for 2007-08. The individuals and their contact information are listed below.

- John McKenna, professor in the Department of English, 554.3328; and

- Rhonda Sheibal-Carver, staff assistant in the School of Public Administration, 554.2625.

The Office of the Ombudsperson, established at UNO in 1970, receives and investigates complaints related to faculty, staff and student grievances; inquiries about procedures; and inadequate or lack of communication, among other issues. Students, staff, faculty and administrators may request this service.

"Although the ombudspersons cannot assure that everything sought or requested by an inquirer will or should be granted, they will try to assure that a fair resolution of a dispute or problem is found," said Sharon Ulmar, assistant to the chancellor with the UNO Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity who oversees the activities of the ombudspersons. "Feel free to contact any ombudsperson for assistance.

MavCard Services Available Today During Replacement

The MavCard will be accepted as payment today, July 18, at all Food Services locations. Services will not be interrupted during cash register and server replacement in Food Services. Watch eNotes for MavCard Services updates.

For more information, call 554.3923.

ITS Brown Bags to Focus on Microsoft Office 2007

Information Technology Services (ITS) is adding Microsoft Office 2007 to all of its computer labs and hi-tech rooms this fall, and all of these computers will feature both Office 2003 and Office 2007 software. To help prepare for this transition, ITS will host three campus-wide Office 2007 Brown Bag lunch sessions this July to help familiarize users with the new Office 2007 Suite. 

All UNO faculty and staff are invited to attend and bring their lunches. No registration is required. Those who attend the brown bags will receive an overview of some of the changes in the new software.

The brown bag schedule is listed below:

- Today, July 18
11 a.m. to noon
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room

- Monday, July 23
Noon to 1 p.m.
MBSC Chancellor's Room

- Tuesday, July 31
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
MBSC Chancellor's Room

For more information, call Shelley Schafer at 554.3475.

CPAR to Host 18th Annual Summer Data Conference

The UNO Center for Public Affairs Research (CPAR) will host the 18th annual Nebraska State Data Center Summer Data Conference Thursday, Aug. 16. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Girls and Boys Town Conference Center, 14100 Crawford St.

The latest data products, methods of access and applications will be featured. The conference sessions will discuss:
- Workforce, wage and unemployment data census basics;
- Immigration and the foreign-born population;
- The American Community Survey;
- Poverty;
- Aging statistics and trends among the elderly; and
- State and local population trends.

Registration costs $50 on or before Friday, Aug. 10 ($60 after Aug. 10), and includes conference materials, lunch and refreshments.

For more information, contact Melanie Kiper at 561.7585 or Registration is available online at

Fall Faculty Workshops Set for Aug. 20-23

The 2007 Faculty Workshops, sponsored by the UNO Center for Faculty Development (CFD), will be held again this fall according to the following schedule.

- New faculty workshop
Monday afternoon, Aug. 20, and Tuesday morning, Aug. 21

- Graduate teaching assistant workshop (featuring a new, one-day format)
Monday, Aug. 20

- Part-time faculty workshop (open to new and experienced part-time faculty)
Evenings of Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 22 and 23
Note: The same workshop will be offered twice so part-time faculty can choose the evening most convenient for them.

The workshops have been a tradition at UNO for more than 30 years and provide new faculty and teaching assistants with an opportunity to meet one another in an informal setting while learning about UNO. Discussion topics will include UNO's metropolitan mission and strategic goals, advice/skills for success at UNO, active classroom ideas, academic support services and faculty development opportunities.

For more information about the workshops, contact the CFD (554.2427 or or Deborah Smith-Howell, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs (554.4849 or

Summer Motorcycle Parking Notice

Additional seasonal motorcycle parking is available for faculty, staff and students through Friday, Aug. 24, at the following Dodge and Pacific locations:

- 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.