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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

Brandi Yosten

Orientation Leader Represents UNO with Exuberance

by Becky Bohan Brown

Orientation leaders are the "Wal-Mart Greeters" of the university. They interact with students, parents and other campus visitors on a different level than most. Brandi Yosten may look like any other orientation leader seen giving a tour across campus, but she has gone above and beyond ...continue

MSLC to Open Its Doors This Fall

There's a new center on campus - the Math-Science Learning Center (MSLC).

The MSLC will offer free drop-in tutoring, academic consultation, study group facilitation and supplemental instruction in 107 Durham Science Center (DSC). Services will be available for students, faculty and staff, free of charge, in the math and science disciplines.

Key to the center's success is that it will be a peer-supported environment where model students serve as tutors, supplement instruction leaders (SI leaders) and study group facilitators. These students, all trained to assist their peers in achieving academic success, have already taken the courses that will be covered.

Annual funding for the center is provided by University Excellence Funding with one-time startup funding provided by the University of Nebraska Foundation and the National Science Foundation (NSF) STEM Talent Expansion Program (STEP). The NSF STEP grant is running through May 2009.

The mission of the Math-Science Learning Center is to increase student learning achievement in math and science through direct support of these students and faculty.  The center seeks to foster sustained learning through a methodology of continuous assessment, experimentation, communication and revision. 

"The center will strive to aid the entire spectrum of UNO students, even or especially if they initially ‘hate' math or science.  Trying to get more UNO math and science students not only to persist but succeed and thrive is the center's ultimate goal," said Dana Richter-Egger, assistant professor of chemistry and director of MSLC.  "Central to accomplishing this goal is the utilization of a peer-supported environment where model students serve as tutors, facilitators and leaders."

The MSLC will be located in DSC 107, the former DSC vending lounge.  Renovation of that space is wrapping up, and the MLSC will open the second week of the fall semester.  There will be ample space for independent studying, as well as one-on-one tutoring and group discussion.  At this location, drop-in tutoring is provided for chemistry, geology, math and physics. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The DSC site also offers meeting alcoves with white boards, study tutorial space, workstations, tutorial computers and reserve study materials.

Satellite drop-in tutoring sites to better meet student needs in biology and computer science will be available in Allwine Hall and The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute.

For more information, contact Dr. Richter-Egger at 554.3643 or drichter-egger@mail.unomaha.edu.

Safety Notice for On-campus Incidents

With the start of the fall semester this week Campus Security would like to remind the campus community about emergency procedures at UNO. The following information from Campus Security outlines the university's safety and emergency procedures, along with other services provided by Campus Security.

Incident Reporting
Incidents requiring immediate action include fire, environmental spills, medical conditions, property damage, disruptive behavior and crimes in progress. Persons involved with or observing these types of incidents should call Campus Security at 554.2911. Campus Security will dispatch officers to the scene and, if required, contact 911.

Faculty and staff can call 911 directly, but also should notify Campus Security to help coordinate the response and expedite travel to the emergency scene. Emergency information provided by the caller should include the building, floor, room number, call back number and nature of the emergency.

Evacuations
Faculty and staff should assist with room and building evacuations, and be aware of those needing special assistance. All employees should become familiar with the designated rally points for their buildings, which are listed in the back of the telephone directory under "Emergency Procedures."

Personal Threats and Harassment
Disruptive behavior on campus will not be tolerated. Threats or acts of violence should be reported to Campus Security and to employee supervisors. If the act appears to represent an immediate threat or harm to the individual, it should be reported at once to Campus Security or 911.

Personal Escorts
The escort service is available 24-7 for individuals on campus. Contact Campus Security to arrange for an escort.

Personal Safety Checks
Individuals who may be working alone outside normal working hours are encouraged to contact Campus Security. Security officers will periodically check on individuals' safety while they are here.

Personal Property
The university is not responsible for personal property. Individuals are responsible for safeguarding their own property. Loss of personal property should be reported to Campus Security.

Alert System
A system to help facilitate emergency communications has been installed on the Dodge and Pacific locations. Announcements are distributed from Campus Security to building public address systems or speakers located in building corridors.

When announcements are made, strobe lights will flash to notify the hearing impaired to seek assistance.

The system is particularly helpful during tornado warnings. The announcement will alert building occupants to seek shelter and, again later, when the warning has ended. The alert system also can be used to announce university closings, confirm evacuations for fire or chemical release, or other emergency conditions.

More information on campus emergency procedures can be found in the UNO Employee Telephone Directory beginning on page 111. For more information about Campus Security procedures related to campus emergencies, contact Stan Schleifer at 554.3596 or Paul Kosel at 554.2648.

This Week's UNO Bookstore Hours

In conjunction with the start of the fall semester, the UNO Bookstore will observe the following schedule:

Aug. 27-31
- Monday through Thursday
7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

- Friday
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call 554.2336 or visit the Web at http://mbsc.unomaha.edu/bookstore.php.

NASA Nebraska Space Grant Scholarships Available

The NASA Nebraska Space Grant Office has research and service scholarship opportunities available for all graduate and undergraduate students. The application deadline is Friday, Aug. 31.

Students pursuing science, technology, engineering and math related fields are eligible to apply. Scholarships are available to all students enrolled for fall 2007 regardless of major. Women, minorities and students with disabilities are strongly urged to apply.

Application forms are available on the Web at http://nasa.unomaha.edu.

For more information, contact Melissa Wurdeman at 554.3772 or nasa@unomaha.edu.

UNO Fall Sports Luncheon Aug. 29

Mavericks

It's time to take the Maverick gear out of the closet.

The annual spring sports luncheon, hosted by UNO Athletics, will feature Maverick fall sports coaches discussing their respective seasons and schedules. The event begins at 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 29, at the Venice Inn, 6910 Pacific St.

The following coaches will speak:

- Pat Behrns
Maverick Football

- Don Klosterman
Maverick Soccer

- Rose Shires
Maverick Volleyball

- Steve Smith
Maverick Cross Country

Student-athletes will also attend and greet luncheon guests. Schedule cards, posters and media guides will be available.

Tickets for the luncheon cost $10 and can be purchased at the door. To view the luncheon menu, click on the link below:

Fall Luncheon

For more information, call 554.4965.

Durham Science Center Computer Lab to Open Sept. 4

Due to construction delays, 104 Durham Science Center (DSC) Computer Lab will not open until Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 7:30 a.m.

"The renovations to the Durham lab will be great for the students. We've got updated lighting, new carpet, new ceiling tiles and updated software on the computers," said Tony Baker Information Technology Services (ITS) lab manager. "I'm just sorry that it's not complete for the first day of classes."

The DSC lab is planning to begin normal operation hours, Sept. 4, according to the following schedule:

- Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

- Friday
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

To locate other open campus computer labs, go to http://its.unomaha.edu/labs.php.

Student Employment Fall Workshop for Supervisors and Hiring Managers

Three presenters will speak at a Student Employment Fall Workshop set for Tuesday, Sept. 18.  Hiring managers and student worker supervisors are encouraged to attend the event, which will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room.

The presenters will include Mary Sweaney, assistant director of human resources; Angelia Turner, counselor in financial aid; and Andres Traslaviña, manager of student employment in human resources. The trio will review procedures on how to create a requisition, file I-9 forms, hire international students, meet federal work study eligibility, calculate hours and student wages, and provide an overview of grievance procedures for student workers.

The registration deadline is Monday, Sept. 10. R.S.V.P. by sending an e-mail to atraslavina@mail.unomaha.edu or calling 554.2321.

"Walk for Inclusion" Captains and Walkers Sought

The Conference for Inclusive Communities, formerly known as the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) of the Midlands, will host its annual walk Sunday, Sept. 30, in downtown Omaha. The 1.5-mile walk will be held, rain or shine, at the Heartland of America Park, 8th and Douglas streets. The opening ceremony starts at 2:30 p.m., and the walk begins at 2:45 p.m.

"Although the name has changed, the original values, traditions and ideals for NCCJ remain," said Sharon Ulmar, director of the UNO Office of Diversity. "The Conference for Inclusive Communities is rededicating itself for the purpose of building communities where every man, woman and child can live in dignity, peace and mutual respect."

Pledge forms and posters are available for those interested in sponsoring a UNO team. Interested captains should stop by the Office of Diversity, located in 117 Eppley Administration Building.

"As in the past, UNO will need team captains to help gather pledges or recruit walkers," Ulmar said. "Please help in spreading the word, as we would like UNO to have a presence."

For more information, contact Ulmar at 554.2872.

People

Have you done something noteworthy in your profession? E-mail "People" items to bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu. "People" appears in the Tuesday edition of eNotes.