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Relive the excitement of UNO Hockey in Criss Library Archives & Special Collections! UNO began its NCAA Division I hockey program in the fall of 1997. The first Maverick hockey contest was on October 17, 1997 at the Omaha Civic Auditorium – a 3-2 loss to the University of Manitoba Bisons. The display includes memorabilia from the first game including a game-worn jersey from the first Maverick to score a goal, programs, tickets, and photographs along with a signed puck, cowbell, and programs signed by the 2015 Frozen Four Mavericks Hockey team. Video clips from the game can also be viewed in the lobby of Archives & Special Collections.


Relive UNO’s first NCAA Division I Hockey game! Criss Library will replay UNO’s sold out 1997 exhibition hockey game against the University of Manitoba on Saturday, October 17th at 1:30pm to mark the first hockey game at Baxter Arena. Memorabilia including a game-worn jersey, photographs, programs, & more will also be on display in Criss Library Archives & Special Collections.

Free & open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Amy Schindler at, 402-554-6046.


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About the Dean
Interim Dean Michael LaCroix

Michael LaCroix

Michael LaCroix is Interim Dean of the Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  His education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from MacMurray College, an M.S. in Library Science from the University of Kentucky, and an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.   LaCroix’s experience in librarianship covers more than 40 years, including over 25 years in library administration at small and medium sized academic libraries.  After serving as the Acquisitions Librarian at Wake Forest University and the Head of Technical Services at Wright State University Health Sciences Library, he was the Library Director at three progressively larger college libraries.   Most recently, LaCroix served as the Senior Library Director at Creighton University for almost 20 years.  He has special interests in library design and furnishings and library consortia.   He has been professionally active in various state, regional, and national library associations, having recently served on the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Board of Directors.  He currently serves as a Commissioner for the Nebraska Library Commission.


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