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The 1945 University of Omaha (OU) Student Council and OU Dean of Students John W. Lucas.

This Week in Campus History

On Saturday, Aug. 4, 1979, the UNO Department of Campus Recreation sponsored a program for children of university students, faculty and staff. Mini-golf was offered, and children had an opportunity to design, construct and play on their own course on the Sapp Fieldhouse floor. The event was held from 9 a.m. to noon, and parents were invited to attend. Children were asked to bring shoeboxes for the construction of the miniature golf course.

Date: Aug. 4, 1979
Source: The WK
Compiled by Criss Library Archives

Changing Faces

Changing Faces

by Don Kohler

When Kathleen (Aipperspach) Massara was a senior at Omaha Benson High School in the mid-1970s, her parents made the difficult decision of selecting the right college much easier for their teenage daughter.

"They didn't want me to go away to college," recalls Massara. ...continue

ITS Announces myBlackboard Sessions for August 2007

Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer a full variety of Blackboard training courses to get faculty and staff prepared for the start of the fall semester beginning Tuesday, Aug. 7.

"I encourage our faculty to implement one feature in Blackboard at a time. Start slowly and use another new feature each semester," said Pat Dargantes, ITS trainer.

All of the myBlackboard training will be held in 007B Roskens Hall.  Participants are encouraged to read the handouts for the courses found under "Instructor Help" tab in myBlackboard before coming to class.

To sign up for these courses a faculty or staff member needs to:

- Go to

- Select August from the drop down menu on the right and click "Go."

- Enter their SAP personnel number (This is the five-digit number on the UNO photo ID. It is also on university check stubs.)

- Click "Sign Up."

- Click "Ok" to confirm the personnel number.

- An e-mail will be sent to confirm this registration.
A minimum of five people need to be signed up by 2 p.m. the day prior to the class for it to be held.  An e-mail notification will be sent the day before, if the class is cancelled.

The training course schedule:

- Tuesday, Aug. 7
1 to 3:30 p.m.

- Wednesday, Aug. 8
9 to 11:30 a.m.

- Thursday, Aug. 9
1 to 3:30 p.m.

Getting Started with Blackboard
5:30 to 9 p.m.

- Friday, Aug. 10
Discussion Board/Chat
9 to 11:30 a.m.

- Saturday, Aug. 11
Getting Started with Blackboard
8:30 a.m. to noon

- Monday, Aug. 13
1 to 3:30 p.m.

- Tuesday, Aug. 14
Discussion Board/Chat
1 to 3:30 p.m.

- Wednesday, Aug. 15
Getting Started with Blackboard
8:30 a.m. to noon

- Assignments
1 to 3:30 p.m.

- Thursday, Aug. 16
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sponsored Programs and Research Report

The Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) Report details the results of UNO's work to obtain external funding in support of its teaching, research, service and outreach efforts. The report is designed to keep the university community informed as to externally funded projects on campus and bring recognition to those faculty and staff who have worked to generate these resources.

From the period of July 5-20, those receiving grant awards totaling $346,162 are:

Name: Ronald Abdouch
Unit: College of Public Affairs and Community Service
Title: Neighborhood Center for Greater Omaha
Sponsor:  Mammel Foundation

Name: Robert Briggs
Unit: Academic Affairs, Institute for Collaboration Science
Title: ThinkLets in Web-based Financial Services Applications and Processes
Sponsor:  Co-Act Solutionsm LLC

Name: Thomas Gouttierre
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences, International Studies and Programs
Title: Second Summer Institute for European Student Leaders
Sponsor: U.S. Department of State

Name: T. Hank Robinson
Unit: College of Public Affairs and Community Service, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Title: Substance Abuse Training Initiative
Sponsor:  Alegent Health Catalyst Fund

Name: Nicholas Stergiou
Unit: College of Education, School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation
Title: The Effect of Peripheral Arterial Disease on Variability in Gait Patterns
Sponsor:  American Heart Association

Name: Scott Tarry
Unit: College of Public Affairs and Community Service, Aviation Institute
Title: Leveraging Industries for Nebraska's National Competitiveness (LINNC)
Sponsor:  EPSCoR/NASA

Name: Sara Woods
Unit: College of Public Affairs and Community Service
Title: OPPD/UNO Energy Savings Potential Program
Sponsor:  OPPD

For assistance with research activities, call the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research at 554.2286, or visit the Web at

August FEAP Schedule Announced

The Faculty/Staff Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) provides short-term counseling, assessment and referral services for faculty, staff, their spouses or significant others, and family members. FEAP offices are located in 206 Eppley Administration Building.

The August schedule:

- Aug. 7, 10, 20 and 29
8 a.m. to noon

- Aug. 16, 22 and 27
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Appointments are free and available by calling 554.3120 (UNO) or 559.5175 (UNMC).

COS Open Lab Session Planned for Grant Writers

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) will host a Community of Science (COS) open lab session Thursday, Aug. 9, at 10 a.m. in 204 Criss Library.

The monthly hour-long sessions to demonstrate the various online resources available to faculty and graduate students through COS. Reservations are not required. 

For more information, call Nancy Schlesiger at 554.2286.

Fall Faculty Workshops Set for Aug. 20-23

The UNO Center for Faculty Development (CFD) will hold the 2007 Faculty Workshops Monday through Thursday, Aug. 20-23. The schedule of workshops:

- 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; and

- 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