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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

UNO to Host Missouri Valley History Conference

Scholars from across the state, region and country will be coming to Omaha this March for the 49th annual Missouri Valley History Conference (MVHC). The event, hosted since 1958 by the UNO Department of History, will be held Thursday through Saturday, March 2-4, at the Embassy Suites Old Market/Downtown, 555 S. 10th St.

"We expect more than 250 participants to register," said Moshe Gershovich, associate professor of history at UNO and program coordinator. "There's something for everyone at the conference. We welcome professors, teachers, students and anyone interested in history."

Several UNO faculty members will serve as chairs, commentators or presenters for the conference's 45 sessions. Topics of presentations include all fields of history, periods and geographical regions.

Philip Khoury, professor of history and the Kenan Sahin Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), will deliver the Friday, March 3, keynote address.  Dr. Khoury, an internationally renowned expert on the Middle East, will present "The Arab World: What Went Wrong and How Can We Make It Better."       

"Dr. Khoury's subject is both timely and important," Dr. Gershovich said. "We are delighted to have someone of his stature at the conference."

Dr. Khoury is the author of several books on the history of the Middle East and has been awarded fellowships from the Fulbright-Hays Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and The MacArthur Foundation. He also has been a visiting associate at the University of Oxford and is a faculty associate at Harvard University's Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

The keynote presenter Thursday, March 2, is John Wunder, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor of history. His speech, titled "On Comparative History: Two Treaties," will focus on Native Americans in the American West.

A special session open to the general public Thursday, March 9, will feature Trudy Bell, an independent scholar from Ohio.  Her presentation, titled "The Great Easter Flood of 1913: The United States' Now-Forgotten Worst Natural Disaster," is most timely, Dr. Gershovich said.  "With the recent natural disasters around the globe and in the U.S.A., it's important to look back at how others have handled similar situations."  Her presentation begins at 8 p.m.

Exhibits from book companies, regional historical museums and societies also will be on display at the conference.

Pre-registration for the MVHC (by Feb. 15) is $45. Late registration (including at the door) is $60. Students from area high schools, colleges and universities are admitted free with ID (excluding meals) and are encouraged to register. A $10 single-panel pass is also available for those interested in a specific topic or who cannot attend the entire conference. For more information on the MVHC, contact Dr. Gershovich at 554.3175 or mgershovich@mail.unomaha.edu, or visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/mvhc/index.html.

The Missouri Valley History Conference (MVHC) Inc. is a nonprofit corporation in the state of Nebraska. The 49th annual MVHC is organized by MVHC Inc. and sponsored in part by UNO.

Hosts Sought for 2006 Friends of Shakespeare Parties

Do you want to help celebrate the 20th anniversary season of Shakespeare on the Green?

Here's your chance.  Due to the success of Friends of Shakespeare Parties in recent years, the group is in need of additional hosts to accommodate the growing number of people who want to attend.

"We need you to make this year's Shakespeare on the Green the best yet," said Deborah Smith-Howell, assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs at UNO.

For information on what it takes to be a host, the numerous benefits you and your guests receive, and the assistance available to help you plan your party, contact Dr. Smith-Howell at 554.4849 or dsmith-howell@mail.unomaha.edu.

Information Sought on Collaborative Relationships with NASA

The Nebraska EPSCoR, NASA Nebraska Space Grant and EPSCoR programs housed at UNO would like to identify and confirm all collaborative relationships that exist between Nebraska researchers and NASA. 

Those aware of such relationships are asked to forward this information to Cindy Webb at cwebb@mail.unomaha.edu or 554.3169.  The response deadline is Friday, Jan. 13.

SPR Forms Available Online

Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) has developed new internal forms to use with all grant applications. They are available on the SPR Web site at http://www.unomaha.edu/spr.

For more information, contact SPR at 554.2286.

Chancellor's Commission on Multicultural Affairs to Meet

The Chancellor's Commission on Multicultural Affairs will meet Friday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m. in the Chancellor's Conference Room. Karen Hayes, assistant professor of educational administration and supervision at UNO, and Sharif Liwaru, adviser of cultural awareness programming at UNO, serve as co-chairs.

For more information, call 554.2779.

Toner Recycling Program Under Way

All campus departments are encouraged to recycle their printer and copier toner cartridges in conjunction with an ongoing program conducted by the Staff Advisory Council (SAC) and UNO Mail Services.

Two-thirds of the monies received go to student scholarships, and one-third goes to SAC for ongoing projects, said Joyce Redman, a member of SAC. "By recycling toner cartridges, you can help students and staff."

All used toner cartridges can be sent to the Mailroom, 106 Eppley Administration Building, and addressed as follows:

Mailroom - Toner Recycling Project

For more information, contact Redman at 554.2521.

"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. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; noon to 8 p.m. Thursdays; and 2 to 5 p.m. 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.