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This Week in Campus History

At 1730 hours on Sunday, Aug. 27, 1972, UNO's new fine arts radio station KVNO 90.7 FM, began its initial broadcast from a studio located on the third floor of the Storz Mansion, at the west end of campus. It had been hoped that the station would be KUNO, but that call designation was reserved by a station in Corpus Christi, Texas. The KVNO airtime schedule was Sunday through Thursday 4 p.m. to midnight. The station was operated under supervision of the UNO Radio-TV Department and its chairperson Paul Borge and was staffed primarily by advanced broadcasting students. The KVNO format included jazz, opera, folk and classical music. It was policy to pre-empt regularly scheduled features in order to provide live coverage of special UNO occasions, such as concerts and Maverick sporting events.

Date: Aug. 27, 1972
Source: The Gateway
Compiled by Criss Library Archives

Changing Faces

His Own Words: On Summer School

by Oliver B. Pollak

Summer school can be a memorable experience. I went to summer school to get ahead in junior high (now middle school), high school (including repeating Geometry), as an undergraduate, graduate, and in law school. ...continue

Your Guide to eNotes

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Welcome Back with Welcome Week

Welcome Week at UNO will kick off the fall semester. A variety of special events are planned today through Thursday, Aug. 30, to welcome new and returning students to campus. This year's theme is "Maverick Mojo - Move to it!"

Activities will be held each day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Plaza, including live music, free food and games. Free food for students, faculty and staff will be served each day starting at 11:30 a.m. For a complete schedule of events, visit

Fall Parking Update

Parking at UNO during the 2007-08 academic year will take some extra thought and planning as the campus goes through a period of construction and development.  With that in mind, two new Web pages highlighting parking and construction have been created- and

"The two pages are a great resource for faculty, staff, students and the public," said Tim Kaldahl, director of University Relations. "As changes happen with construction and renovation, both sites will be updated with the latest information."

Ongoing construction of additional student housing, a parking garage and road work on the southwest corner of the Dodge location campus has meant 300 fewer student stalls being available when compared to a year ago. Off-site (and free) parking at Crossroads Mall provides an option for students, faculty and staff, said Paul Kosel, assistant manager for campus security.

"No one needs to buy a parking sticker to use the shuttle bus service from Crossroads," he said. "The buses come every 10 to 15 minutes and they drop people off at the high traffic points of campus. It's an excellent way to approach parking this year."

The Crossroads shuttle is available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. A second shuttle route runs from the Dodge location to Pacific location campus from 6:30 a.m. until 10:30 p.m.

For people who want their vehicle on campus, arriving at UNO earlier than in years past and having patience is the best advice, Kosel said.

For more information, call 554.3502.

Classical 90.7 KVNO to Celebrate 35 Years

KVNO members, listeners and staff will celebrate with a birthday party at Joslyn Castle tonight, Aug. 27, which marks 35 years since the first broadcast.  Cake, champagne and punch will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. 

"This is a truly momentous occasion and we thank the community for their generous, consistent support. We hope they will join in our celebration," said Michael Hilt, interim general manager.  

KVNO's original location was the third floor of the Storz Mansion on the UNO campus. Mikhail Glinka's "Russlan and Ludmilla" overture became the first piece of classical music heard on August 27, 1972.

Classical 90.7 KVNO now broadcasts in High Definition and is licensed to the University of Nebraska Board of Regents. As an integral part of the university, the station provides unique educational opportunities to students through training and employment in a professional environment.  

"We are committed to involving an increasing number of listeners, to advancing the excellence and growth of the arts in the region, and to assuming a national leadership role in public radio," Dr. Hilt said.

Joslyn Castle is located at 3902 Davenport St. and parking is available on the north side of the building, on the east side of the property and east of the carriage house.  For more information, call 559.5866 or go to

August Employee of the Month: Mary Razor

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As an employer of more than 1,000 faculty and staff, UNO processes a lot of paperwork to ensure its employees receive their pay in a timely manner.  Mary Razor, accounting technician in Human Resources, is vital to the payroll process and recently was recognized for her efforts.

"Mary continually works well above what would normally be expected of a good employee," one individual wrote.  "She has earned the respect from her peers and supervisor.  Mary has also demonstrated her ability to remain in control while confronting fast-approaching deadlines with volumes of work yet to do."

In her Eppley Administration Building office, Razor makes corrections to the payroll from the previous night's run and answers questions from departments and employees.  She also enters time and double-checks all entries.

Razor is responsible for processing Workers' Compensation claim paperwork, and she also works closely with Cambridge Integrated Service on outsourcing.  She said the interaction with outside vendors and the various campus departments makes her job pleasurable.

Of all her tasks, Razor said she most enjoys working with payroll.  She finds it interesting to correct edits on a payroll run and figure out why they occurred and how to make everything work correctly.

A University of Nebraska employee for 22 years, Razor spent nine years as an accounting clerk in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  She transferred to UNO in 1994, when her husband found a job in Omaha, and worked part-time in benefits before starting her current payroll position four years ago.

She chose to work at UNO because of its welcoming atmosphere.  "I started with the university because I wanted to go part-time to spend more time with my son," she said.  "At the time, the university was one of the few places that was ‘family oriented' and offered benefits to part-time employees."

Spending time with family, traveling, running and biking are some ways Razor likes to unwind after work.  A longtime member of the Omaha Running Club, she often takes part in road races and volunteers at the events with her husband.

Being named Employee of the Month was a fun surprise for Razor, who said the award gives reassurance to university employees.  "Everyone likes to feel appreciated," she said.  "It is nice to know that you are, apparently, doing ‘A-okay' at your job."

As Employee of the Month, Razor 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: UNO Chancellor John Christensen and Razor.)

For more information, call 554.2321.

Graduate Studies to Offer Extended Hours

The UNO Office of Graduate Studies will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27, through Thursday, Aug. 30, to handle graduate studies issues.  For more information, contact the office at 554.2341.

ITS to Phase Out Technology Delivery to the Classroom this Fall

Since 2001, Information Technology Services (ITS) has partnered with UNO colleges to provide permanently installed technology in more than 180 classrooms. Because these installations address more than 98 percent of all room-related technology requests, ITS will begin to phase out the classroom delivery and check-out of mobile technology this fall.

Faculty or staff with classroom technology requirements should work with their department's room scheduler and the UNO Registrar Office to arrange for a room with permanently installed technology. Instructors in classrooms where a TV and DVD/VCR player are needed, may request to have one of the carts permanently installed or secured. To request a cart be permanently installed or to use equipment such as a slide projector, overhead projector or audio tape player/recorder, contact an individual department technology support person. If required, arrangements can be made through ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP or

Fall Criss Library Hours

Fall semester regular hours are under way at the Criss Library according to the following schedule:

- Monday through Thursday
7 a.m. to midnight

- Friday
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Saturday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Sunday
Noon to midnight

Additionally, the Criss Library will be closed Sunday and Monday, Sept. 2-3, in observance of Labor Day.

For more information, contact the Circulation Desk at 554.3206.

Biology Roundup 2007 Set for Aug. 29

The UNO Department of Biology faculty and staff will hold the "UNO Biology Roundup 2007" for new biology majors and those considering the major at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 29, in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

Faculty will be available to talk about the degree programs, advising, scholarship and fellowship opportunities and department activities.  Refreshments will be served.  For more information, call 554.2641 or e-mail

Welcome Week BBQ Set for Aug. 30 at Scott Residence Hall

Several UNO Pacific location groups will host a BBQ in conjunction with Welcome Week 2007 Thursday, Aug. 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Scott Residence Hall courtyard.

The UNO College of Information Science and Technology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Engineering, The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute and Scott Residence Hall all are serving as hosts. "Jazz in the Pan" will perform.

For more information, contact Linda Abalos at 554.3018.

UNO Participants Sought for Corporate Cup

All UNO students, employees and their families can participate in the upcoming 27th annual Omaha Corporate Cup Run/Walk. The 10K run or 2-mile walk will take place Sunday, Sept. 16, at 8:15 a.m. at the Omaha Civic Auditorium.

UNO students and employees who are Campus Recreation activity cardholders can sign up for $15. The cost is $19 for families of activity cardholders and UNO students and employees without an activity card. Participants can choose from the 10K run or 2-mile walk.

To register, stop by 100 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building before the Saturday, Sept. 1, noon registration deadline. Interested runners can also participate in a 15-week, 10K training program for beginners through Campus Recreation.

All participants will receive a UNO corporate team T-shirt, an American Lung Association cup, and food and drink before and after the race. A post race brunch at InPlay, 1502 Cuming St., is also available at $6 per person.

For more information, contact Dave Daniels at 554.2008 or Jessica Dozark at 554.3917.

Group Ex Classes Kick Off Sept. 4

Campus Recreation and the Wellness Stampede will team up to host a variety of group exercise classes this fall at UNO. Classes will run Tuesday, Sept. 4, through Friday, Dec. 14.

All classes will be held in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. Group Ex classes are free to all students and current Campus Recreation activity cardholders.

To access the full fall Group Ex weekly schedule, visit the Web at

Classes will not be held Oct. 22-23 and Nov. 21-23.

For more information, contact Dave Daniels at 554.2008.

Multicultural Affairs to Host Sept. 5 Welcome Breakfast

Multicultural Affairs will host its annual Welcome Breakfast on Wednesday, Sept. 5, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center, first floor. Students will have the opportunity to meet other students and the staff of Multicultural Affairs. Staff will be available to answer questions regarding its programs and services available to students.

The office provides academic and personal support such as academic skills development, career counseling, resume writing, scholarship application assistance and more. Traditionally Multicultural Affairs hosts programs such as Master Success, honors recognition, Black Executive Exchange Program and Summer Scholars, to name a few.

For more information, contact Monica Green 554.2248 or

Maverick Watch


Fall sports are officially under way. Support your Mavericks by attending their home events. Faculty, staff and students are admitted free to all home athletic games with proper ID (excluding hockey). The spouses and children of students, faculty and staff also are admitted free.

At home this week...

Friday, Aug. 31
- Soccer vs. Regis
Home Field at 68th and Spring streets
5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 1
- UNO/Creighton University Cross Country Invitational
Chalco Hills, 8901 S. 154 St.
11 a.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at