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During the fall of 1946, University of Omaha students hang out between classes, east of the current Arts and Sciences Hall.

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"Nebraskans say NO to nuclear arms race" were the words on a banner strung up across the pedestrian overpass on Dodge St. in a picture accompanying a Sept. 12, 1984, Gateway article.  "National Freeze Friday" was to protest the nuclear arms race taking place during the 1980s. The purpose of the event was to encourage Omahans to take an anti-nuke stance on Election Day by voting for candidates in favor of a nuclear arms freeze. Responses by drivers were mostly positive as many honked their horns, cheered or gave a "thumbs up" sign to the protestors.

Date: Sept. 25, 1984
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

Hispanic, Asian Students Reach All-Time High at UNO

Student enrollment at UNO has increased 1.8 percent when compared to the fall 2006 semester. This year also marks the highest enrollment at UNO since 2002.

UNO now has 14,156 students compared to 13,906 at this time last year. Student credit hour production has increased 1.5 percent.

Of the additional students earning bachelor's and master's degrees at UNO this year, Hispanic males and females, as well as Asian females, have enrolled at an all-time high for the university.

David Cicotello, director of new student enrollment services at UNO, attributes the increased diversity of UNO's student population to an effective recruitment approach that is conscious of community needs and includes attention to the families of prospective students.

The number of undergraduates this fall totaled 11,331, up 175 students from last year. Graduate student numbers for this fall totaled 2,825, a 2.7 percent increase from 2006.

First-time freshmen account for 1,680 of the student population, a decline of 1.9 percent when compared to fall 2006.

Specific minority student figures are as follows:

- African-Americans: 758 students (735 in 2006; up 23 students)

- Hispanics: 468 students (447 in 2006; up 21 students)

- Asian-Americans: 373 students (369 in 2006; up 4 students)

- Native-Americans: 64 students (63 in 2006; up 1 student)

"We are proud that our student enrollment reflects the diversity of the metropolitan area we serve," said Chancellor John Christensen. "We're also seeing an increase of graduate students on campus, which means those students with undergraduate degrees are seeking to better themselves, their careers and their futures with additional education."

Following the release of fall 2007 enrollment numbers, Chancellor Christensen noted that UNO continues to be the institution of choice for increasing numbers of new and transfer students.

Maverick Mojo Victory at Caniglia Stadium Sept. 8

Mavericks

The UNO football team's 25-21 win over Northwest Missouri State last Saturday night showcased great effort across the board, according to UNO Athletic Director David Miller.  More than 10,300 people attended the game at Caniglia Stadium.

"On behalf of the UNO football team, Head Coach Pat Behrns, the football staff and myself, I would like to thank each member of the UNO family -- students, faculty and staff -- who attended Saturday's game," Miller said.  "The crowd and atmosphere that was created was very motivating and instrumental in our victory over the Bearcats."

UNO drove 92 yards and scored its go-ahead touchdown with just over three minutes left in the game.  Miller said watching the UNO students and Maverick fans cheering the team on was fun for a first-year athletic director.  Northwest Missouri came into Omaha ranked No. 2 nationally in Division II.

"It was exciting for all of us associated with game to see and feel the Maverick ‘Mojo' spirit Saturday night," he said.  "This come from behind victory was a great way to open the 2007 home campaign."     

The Vikings of Western Washington come to UNO for a noon game on Saturday, Sept. 15.

For more information, call 554.2305. A slide show of photos from the UNO vs. Northwest is online at http://www.unomaha.edu/news/photo/.

Women's Resource Center to Host Open House Sept. 12

The UNO Women's Resource Center (WRC) will open its doors from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, for an Open House. All interested faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

WRC is a student run agency, which facilitates events and offers free services to the UNO community throughout the school year. WRC offices are located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center.

"This is an opportunity for UNO to learn more about what services and programs the Women's Resource Center has to offer," said Jenn Piatt, WRC director.

For more information, contact Piatt at 554.2730.

Syndicated Media Critic to Speak at UNO Sept. 24

Norman Solomon, a journalist and nationally syndicated media columnist, will speak at UNO later this month.

Solomon will speak from 7 to 10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room. The event, which is free and open to the public, is hosted by UNO's School of Communication.

Since 1992, Solomon has written "Media Beat," a weekly nationally syndicated column on media and politics. PBS, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, C-SPAN and NPR have welcomed Solomon on various programs to discuss politics and the mainstream media.

"Across the political spectrum, and across the country, many Americans are feeling deep concerns about the priorities of the federal government," Solomon said. "Dividing lines between ‘foreign policy' and ‘domestic policy' are near the vanishing point. The budgets at the Pentagon and the lives shattered in Iraq are integral to the realities of our society, whether we live in New Hampshire or Nebraska or California."

Solomon's books include Target Iraq, Wizards of Media Oz: Behind the Curtain of Mainstream News, The Trouble With Dilbert: How Corporate Culture Gets the Last Laugh, False Hope: The Politics of Illusion in the Clinton Era and The Power of Babble: The Politician's Dictionary of Buzzwords and Doubletalk for Every Occasion.

A documentary titled "War Made Easy," based on Solomon's 2005 book by the same name, was recently released. Actor Sean Penn narrated the film.

"Norman Solomon has long insisted that the media act in their role as the founders, such as Thomas Jefferson, would have intended, as questioner, and check on governmental power," said Bruce Johansen, UNO communication professor and the event's organizer. "In our time, that means holding the current administration to account on its record nationally and globally."

Solomon's latest book, Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters with America's Warfare State, will be published in October by PoliPointPress.

Call 554.2762 for more information. Solomon's Web site is http://www.normansolomon.com.

Speech Center Consulting Room Fall Hours

The UNO Speech Center Consulting Room, located in 185 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH), has started its fall hours. Hours are generally 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To make an appointment, call 554.3201 or stop by 185 ASH.

The UNO Speech Center assists all UNO students, faculty and staff at any point in preparing oral presentations and/or incorporating them into their courses.  Visit http://www.unomaha.edu/speechcenter/ to find out more information.  Call 554.3201 or send an e-mail to unospeechcenter@mail.unomaha.edu to schedule an appointment.

Anyone with questions or faculty members interested in scheduling a consultant to come to classrooms to introduce students to the center and to talk about presentation skills can call the Speech Center at 554.3201 or send an e-mail to unospeechcenter@mail.unomaha.edu.

Participants Sought for "Women Bound to be Active" Research Study

Women are currently being sought for the "Women Bound to be Active" research study, a network to learn about making healthy behavior changes.

The research study provides women with the materials, education and skills needed to participate in regular physically activity. Participants pay $75 and receive six books, a packet/workbook (written by Jennifer White, assistant professor with the UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation), a pedometer, a pedometer diary and two cholesterol screenings. Subjects are randomized into one of three groups.

To sign up or for more information, contact makelly@mail.unomaha.edu.

Faculty Senate to Meet Sept. 12

The UNO Faculty Senate will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 12, in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Dodge Rooms. 

Steve Shorb, dean of Criss Library, will speak at 2 p.m., with the meeting immediately following his presentation. All interested parties are invited to attend.

For more information, contact Scott Tarry, Faculty Senate president, at 554.3190, or Sue Bishop, coordinator, at 554.3598.

ITS Announces SIS/E-BRUNO Downtime

The University of Nebraska mainframe, which houses the UNO SIS system, will receive an upgrade this month. The upgrade will take place on Sunday, Sept. 16, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.  During this time, SIS, E-BRUNO, SAP and WebFOCUS will be unavailable. 

Notices will be posted on the home pages of all services that are affected to inform users of the interruption of service.  For more information, contact Information Technology Services Customer Service at 554.HELP (4357).

September 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 September schedule is as follows:

- Sept.  13, 21 and 24
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

- Sept. 18 and 26
8 a.m. to noon

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

People

- James Moeller, UNO Undergraduate Admissions, brought home the blue ribbon in the 5K (3.1 mile) Road Race at the Senior Games held in Kearney, Neb., on Aug. 11. Senior Games are open to people ages 50 and over. Moeller had a 22:16 finishing time, which earned him first place in the men's division (age 56-60). He will also race as part of the UNO Corporate Cup 10K team this Sunday, Sept. 16.

- Robert Woody, professor of psychology, recently conducted a symposium on the licensing and regulation of psychologists for the annual conference of the American Psychological Association (APA), held in San Francisco.  His article, "Bogus and Dubious Credentials Revisited: Professionalism Requires Action," was published in the APA's Independent Practitioner.

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.