history photo

Pictured above, a lone student takes a snowy stroll near Arts and Sciences Hall circa the early 1960s.

This Week in Campus History

On Jan. 6, 1967, The Gateway reported that Municipal University of Omaha physics instructor Charles Sedlacek had been invited to participate in the Iowa Visiting Scientist Program at the University of Iowa. This program offered high school students the opportunity to attend lectures and demonstrations about science, as well as take part in discussions about potential science careers. Sedlacek said he looked forward to the program and was excited to experience science education at the high school level.

Date: Jan. 6, 1967
Source: The Gateway
Compiled by University Library Archives

Scott Kuhlman

Man of the Cloth

by Shelly Steig

Clothes make the man, claims an adage in the business world. UNO graduate Scott Kuhlman has turned this wisdom on its heels, establishing a thriving business by being the man who makes the clothes.

His fashion corporation, Kuhlman Company, will open its 60th retail store by the end of 2005, a mind-boggling achievement considering Kuhlman didn't open his first store until August 2003. With upscale locations in ...continue

eNotes, Home Page Merge for On-Campus Users

Welcome to the new eNotes home page.

As of today, Jan. 3, eNotes, the daily electronic news source for faculty and staff, is published on the home page for all on-campus users. The news content replaces the existing "connect, collaborate, create" marketing message.

The move ushers in phase III of the university's revamped Web presence, which began in December 2004 with the redesign of the home page and the site's top-level pages. Phase II was launched in April 2005 with the rollout of Web templates in pilot programs across campus.

In addition to adapting eNotes to the new Web template, phase III allows the university to tailor its messaging to the home page's two main audiences – external and internal users.

External home page users will continue to receive the "connect, collaborate, create" marketing message, along with a series of alternating vignettes that illustrate this message.

"Faculty and staff don't have to be ‘sold' on UNO, because they're already here helping the campus achieve its strategic mission," said Teresa Gleason, director of communications in University Affairs.

The new eNotes home page for faculty and staff contains news and reminders to help the campus community plan for the day ahead. Faculty and staff who want to view the external marketing vignettes can do so from the new eNotes home page by clicking on the "success stories" link in the lower left-hand column.

The Monday through Friday issues of eNotes will be posted at 12:10 a.m. each day, so they will be ready and waiting for faculty and staff to read or scan when they come in to work, Gleason said.

"People no longer have to wait for a mid-morning e-mail message reminding them to check the eNotes Web site," she added.

Faculty and staff can easily access the new eNotes home page at any point in the day to catch anything they might have missed during their initial review of the daily issue.

Effective with this issue, the process of sending out an e-mail reminder via Lotus Notes will cease.

RSS Feed
In addition, the new eNotes Web site has an RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feed. The presence of an orange "RSS" button on the site identifies it as RSS-enabled.

In order to see the feed as intended and gain the full benefits of RSS, users will need an RSS reader or aggregator. RSS readers and aggregators automatically check a user's chosen feeds at a prescribed interval, and return all the new headlines and summaries they find.

For more information on RSS technology and how to receive feeds, visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/rss.php.

New Deadlines Established
In order to meet the new publication schedule, the submission deadlines for eNotes have been changed. The deadline for submission is 9 a.m. three days in advance of the desired publication date.

UNO faculty, staff and students can submit items for publication to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. A UNO department, program or organization must sponsor the submitted item. All entries must relate to university events, announcements or notices, and must contain the name and phone number of a contact person.

Any item submitted for publication will be run no more than twice per week and may be edited for length or clarity. Receipt does not guarantee publication.

eNotes is published by University Affairs, 108 Eppley Administration Building. Becky Bohan Brown, assistant director for internal communication, is the editor.

For more information about the conversion, visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/newhome.php.

Questions can be directed to Gleason at 554.2762 or Brown at 554.2243.

"Saving Faces" Exhibition to Open at UNO Art Gallery

Omaha will be the third stop for a North American tour of a unique art exhibition that provides an in-depth look at the physical and emotional aspects of patients who underwent head and neck surgery subsequent to trauma, disfiguring forms of cancer or other problems.

The exhibit will run from Jan. 13 to Feb. 24 at the UNO Art Gallery. A five-part speaker series will take place during the exhibition to highlight issues related to healing that are raised by the paintings.

Bringing the art exhibition, "Saving Faces: Art and Medicine," to Omaha has been a cooperative venture between UNO and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC).

The exhibition features 42 portraits by Scottish artist Mark Gilbert showing patients at various stages of their treatment. Gilbert's exhibition was spawned by an invitation from Iain Hutchison, M.D., a British maxillofacial surgeon, to come to the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Unit of St. Bartholomew's and Royal London Hospital and see for himself what these patients go through. The paintings he created provide a visual narrative of the healing process.

Some of the exhibition portraits are nearly six-feet tall. They were first displayed at the National Portrait Gallery in London and then toured throughout the British Isles and Europe. Prior to coming to Nebraska, the portraits had been on display at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. "This is a tremendous honor to have this exhibition in Omaha," said Virginia Aita, Ph.D., associate professor of preventive and societal medicine at UNMC and director of the planning committee for the event. "It has been highly acclaimed and has been the source of widespread media coverage."

The portraits depict the patients' appearance before, during and after reconstructive facial surgery, Dr. Aita said, capturing their changing emotions during the healing process and allowing the viewer to experience the transformation the patients go through.

"The exhibition truly combines the best of art, science, hope and healing," said Deborah-Eve Lombard, director of the UNO Art Gallery. "It will provide a moving and powerful experience to all who view it."

All of the events associated with the exhibition are free and open to the public, Dr. Aita said, and will provide a rare opportunity to explore the integration of art and medicine and the nature of healing.

The speaker series will take place over a five-week period with each program beginning at 7 p.m. The dates, title of the programs, speakers and locations for the series are listed below.

Friday, Jan. 13
"Saving Faces: Art and Medicine"
Speaker – Dr. Iain Hutchinson, the British surgeon who launched the exhibition
Weber Fine Arts Theater

Thursday, Jan. 19
"Healing through the Art and Science of Head and Neck Surgical and Related Interventions"
Panel discussion headed by William Lydiatt, M.D., a UNMC head and neck cancer surgeon. The panelists will include Dr. Aita (moderator); Perry Johnson, M.D., a UNMC plastic and reconstructive surgeon; and Tom Salinas, D.D.S., a UNMC prosthodontist.
Eppley Science Hall Amphitheater at UNMC, 43rd and Dewey Ave.

Thursday, Jan. 26
"Healing through Poetry"
Speaker – Ted Kooser, the U.S. poet laureate who is a head and neck cancer survivor
Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine St.

Thursday, Feb. 9
"Regarding Transformation: Healing and the Perception of Integrity of Persons"
Speaker – Michael Gillespie, Ph.D., senior lecturer, University of Washington – Bothell and UNO professor emeritus
UNO Art Gallery

Thursday, Feb. 16
"Healing and its Relationship to the Depiction of Illness"
Panel discussion headed by Mark Gilbert, "Saving Faces" artist, with panelists Barbara Simcoe, associate professor, UNO Department of Art and Art History (moderator); Al Harris-Fernandez, director of the Sioux City Art Center; and Aaron Holz, assistant professor, College of Fine Arts, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
UNO Art Gallery

The opening public reception will be held Sunday, Jan. 15, at the UNO Art Gallery from 2 to 4 p.m. The UNO Art Gallery is closed Saturdays and Mondays. It is open noon to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; noon to 8 p.m. on Thursdays; and 2 to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

The "Saving Faces" Exhibition was made possible thanks in large part to a $3,500 grant from the Nebraska Arts Council. The speaker series was made possible by a $6,165 grant from the Nebraska Humanities Council. Additional support was provided by the UNMC College of Medicine; the UNMC Department of Preventive and Societal Medicine; the UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media; the UNO Art Gallery; the UNMC Center for Continuing Education; the Wilson Humanities in Medicine Program; and the UNMC Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery.

For more information about the exhibition and speaker series, contact Dr. Aita at 559.5157 or Lombard at 554.2796.

Professors to Take on Student Role in North O Seminar

Seventeen UNO faculty members will function as students instead of teachers to start 2006.

On Tuesday, Jan. 3, the group will begin to learn about North Omaha's past, present and future during the "North O Seminar: A Service-Learning Project for Professors."

"Our goal is to give our faculty an understanding of the North Omaha community, its composition and culture so they can return to campus and create service-learning courses that are responsive to North Omaha's issues," said Paul Sather, director of the Service-Learning Academy (SLA). The professors come from a wide variety of colleges and disciplines, from psychology to theater to high technology.

Last year over winter break, 13 professors took part in a similar event that focused on South Omaha. This year's seminar will run through Friday, Jan. 6.

At UNO, academic service-learning brings the talents and energy of university students into the service of the Omaha community. "Faculty from last year's session have put together courses that have aided a variety of South Omaha small businesses and nonprofit agencies this year," Sather said. "It's a win for the university and our metropolitan community."

Faculty participants in the seminar are Jessiline Anderson, psychology; Stuart Bernstein, construction systems; Ana Isabel Carballal, foreign language and literatures; Mike Carroll, Goodrich Program; Nydia Jeffers, foreign language and literatures; Peggy Jones, black studies; Nancy Kelly-Gillespie, social work; Mary Lopez, public administration; Josie Metal-Corbin, physical education; Doug Paterson, theater; Karen Rolf, social work; Suzanne Sollars, psychology; Connie Sorensen-Birk, Project Achieve; Peter Szto, social work; Will Torrence, physical education; Jennifer White, physical education; and Peter Wolcott, information systems and quantitative analysis.

After being introduced and oriented to service-learning, faculty members will tour various businesses, agencies and education facilities, and meet with an array of community leaders. Economic development, the arts, education and computer technology are just a few of the issues that will be examined over the four days of meetings and discussions.

"We know our participants will take away a greater understanding at the end of the seminar," Sather said. "We also know they will be coming back and bringing students."

In the spring of 2006, the group will reconvene to discuss how they can structure service-learning opportunities in North Omaha into their courses.

For more information about the workshop, contact Sather at 554.2850 or psather@mail.unomaha.edu.

The Service-Learning Academy at UNO was established in the spring of 1999 with a grant from the Nebraska Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education. Its goals are to coordinate UNO's service-learning effort by providing a central point of contact between the campus and community-based organizations; to encourage, assist and recruit faculty members interested in developing service-learning courses; to provide professional development opportunities in service-learning; to maintain and provide a library of the most current service-learning resources for faculty and community personnel; to make information about service-learning available to students; and to cultivate continuing professional working relationships among the stakeholders in service-learning – faculty, students and community.

UNO Hockey 101 to Benefit Women's Walk, Liz's Legacy

The UNO Department of Athletics will host its second "Hockey 101 – A Women's Guide to Hockey" Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Qwest Center Omaha. The event, a benefit for the Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk and Liz's Legacy, will be held from 4:30 to 9 p.m.

"The women who attended last year had a tremendous time. The feedback the athletic department received practically demanded that we hold Hockey 101 again," said Deb Denbeck, associate athletic director at UNO.

The registration fee is $75 per person, which includes a buffet dinner with the Maverick hockey team and coaches, a long-sleeved Hockey 101 T-shirt, an informational Hockey 101 packet, the book Hockey 101 for Dummies by John Davidson and John Steinbreder, free parking and free admission to the UNO vs. Lake Superior State hockey game Feb. 3 or 4.

"Participants will get a real behind-the-scenes sense of what it's like to play Maverick hockey at the Qwest," Denbeck said. "They will be spending time on the ice, trying on the player's equipment and putting it to the test, and getting their photos taken with the players and coaches."

The Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk, now in its 25th year, funds scholarships for female student athletes at UNO. Liz's Legacy, named after Omaha community leader Liz Karnes, funds the advancement of cancer research and care at the Eppley Cancer Center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Hockey 101 participants must be at least 16 years of age. The topics from last year's event have been expanded to include:

- Special teams/power play and penalty kill;

- Offense and defensive patterns;

- Officiating and rule knowledge for all levels of hockey and all knowledge levels;

- Training and equipment; and

- Panel discussions on recruiting, life as a UNO hockey student-athlete, strategies and superstitions.

For more information or to register, contact Shirley Fey at 554.3422 or sfey@mail.unomaha.edu.

Nominations Sought for Excellence in Teaching Award

The UNO Excellence in Teaching (EIT) Committee is seeking the nomination of qualified faculty for the 2006 UNO Excellence in Teaching Award.

The faculty member must have taught at UNO for three years or more. The faculty member should be an outstanding teacher, and have completed teaching-related research and focused service in teaching-related activities. Faculty members can be nominated by students, other faculty and administrators for this award. No self-nominations will be allowed.

The nomination form and criteria are available on the Web at http://www.isqa.unomaha.edu/pietron/eit/home.html. Important deadlines also have been placed on the Web site. The Web site contains no other information.

The nominators may send the information to Leah R. Pietron in PKI 284D or via e-mail to lpietron@mail.unomaha.edu.

The deadline for nominations is Jan. 13, 2006. The nominated faculty deadline for EIT submission of their two-inch binder is Monday, Jan. 30, 2006, by 4 p.m.

Honors Month 2006 Set for April

Honors Month at UNO is set for April 2006. The celebration begins with three university-wide events the first week in April – the Student Honors Symposium, the Faculty Honors Convocation and the Student Honors Convocation – followed by numerous college, departmental and organizational events the remainder of the month.

"The academic accomplishments of our students, faculty, alumni and community partners are so exemplary that we have expanded to an entire month instead of the traditional week," said Deborah Smith-Howell, assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs at UNO.

The University Honors Week Committee, chaired by Dr. Smith-Howell, is responsible for the three university-wide Honors Month events that kick off Honors Month festivities. This year, the Student Honors Convocation will be held Friday afternoon, April 7.

Listed below is the schedule of events to date.

Tuesday, April 4, and Wednesday, April 5
Student Honors Symposium
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC)

Thursday, April 6
Faculty Honors Convocation
Breakfast – 7 a.m.
Convocation – 7:30 a.m.

Friday, April 7
Student Honors Convocation
3 p.m.
Strauss Performing Arts Center

To add an event to the calendar, contact Christine Hoffman at choffman@mail.unomaha.edu with the name of the event, time, date, location and contact person.

For more information about Honors Month at UNO, visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/academicaffairs/honorsschedule.php.

Weight Watchers Open House Meeting Jan. 9

The Weight Watchers on Campus program will host an open house meeting Monday, Jan. 9. The event, which is free and open to all interested members of the campus community, will begin at noon in 203 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building.

The next session of Weight Watchers on Campus will begin Monday, Jan. 23. The cost of the 10-week session is $120. A three-part payment plan is available, and payments will be collected at the open house meeting.

For more information, contact Amber Nielsen at 554.3917.

Application Deadline for Gerbracht Scholarship Jan. 15

The application deadline for the William Gerbracht Memorial Scholarship is Sunday, Jan. 15.

The scholarship is for dependents of UNO faculty and staff who are graduating high school seniors and will be incoming freshmen at UNO for the 2006-07 academic year. It covers full tuition and may be renewed for up to three years.

The application is available on the Web at https://www.ses.unomaha.edu/ssl/scholarship_app.php.

In order for a student to be considered for this scholarship, a memo from the faculty or staff member stating the student is his or her dependent must be sent to the Office of Financial Aid. The letter will be matched with the student's online application.

For more information, contact Jean Phillips at 554.2487.

Put Money on Your MavCard Online

UNO students, faculty and staff can now add money to their MavCards online at http://mavcard.unomaha.edu.

MavCard users can go online to make a deposit, manage their account, report a card lost or stolen and set up automatic deposits.

First-time users will need to register before they can manage their account. For more information, contact MavCard Services at 554.2220.

Discounted Memberships to Omaha Press Club Available

The Omaha Press Club (OPC) is offering individual memberships to UNO employees at the annual rate of $60 per person. This rate is possible due to the University of Nebraska's purchase of a corporate membership.

The corporate membership does include a $30 quarterly minimum usage fee if you don't use the club. However, if you use the club and incur $30 or more in charges during the quarter, there is no minimum charged. The normal yearly rate for an associate membership is $420.

Located at 16th and Dodge streets on the 22nd floor of the First National Center, the Omaha Press Club has a restaurant and bar, and offers a spectacular panoramic view of Omaha. The club provides a monthly noon forum series featuring topics of interest as well as professional development workshops.

For more information on the OPC, visit the Web at http://www.omahapressclub.org/. For membership inquiries, contact Tom O'Connor, UNMC Public Affairs, at 559.4690 or toconnor@unmc.edu. O'Connor is a member of the Omaha Press Club Membership & Marketing Committee.

Participants Sought for Depression Study

The University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Psychiatry is recruiting individuals experiencing depression for participation in a research study of an antidepressant medication. Participants must be between the ages of 19 and 80, and in good general medical health. All study procedures and medications are provided.

For more information, call Shelby Pracht at 354.6868, or send an e-mail to unmcprc@unmc.edu.

Maverick Watch

durangoGo Mavs! Support your Mavericks by attending their home events.

Faculty and staff are admitted free to all home athletic games with a valid UNO ID and game-day ticket, excluding hockey. The spouses, significant others and children of faculty and staff also are admitted free. At the game, faculty and staff must present a valid UNO ID to receive a ticket. Tickets are available on the day of the game at each home event. For more information, call 544.MAVS (6287).

At home this week…

Friday, Jan. 6
Hockey vs. Notre Dame
Qwest Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St.
7:05 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 7
Hockey vs. Notre Dame
Qwest Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St.
7:05 p.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at http://gomavs.unomaha.edu/.