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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

Josh Krohn

Finding a Home Port

by Don Kohler

Josh Krohn settles in behind the microphone each day, entertaining the devoted audience of radio station KUHB in St. Paul, Alaska, with music, weather reports, news and a call-in show. After years of drifting and trying to find his calling in life, the 26-year-old UNO graduate finally has his feet firmly planted in a career and place he enjoys.

At least for now.

"The thing is, I have always had an idea what I wanted to do in life ...continue

UNO to Commemorate Life, Legacy of MLK Jr.

The life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. will be celebrated Wednesday, Jan. 18, at UNO. The event will begin at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom.

This year's celebration will include a keynote address by Joao Brito, a UNO graduate student from Brazil.

"During his lifetime, Dr. King sought to forge the common ground on which people from all walks of life could join together to address important community issues," said Sharif Liwaru, cultural awareness programs adviser at UNO. "Working alongside individuals of all ages, races and backgrounds, Dr. King encouraged Americans to come together to strengthen communities, alleviate poverty, and acknowledge dignity and respect for all human beings."

Tickets are on sale now through Friday, Jan 13. They are $3 for students, $5 for faculty and staff, and $7 for the general public. No tickets will be available at the door. Tickets must be purchased in advance from the MBSC Business Office, located on the second floor of the MBSC, or by calling 554.2979.

The luncheon is sponsored by Cultural Awareness Programs in the Office of Student Organizations and Leadership Programs at UNO.

For more information, contact Liwaru at 554.2711.

Mayor to Deliver State of the City Address Jan. 11

Students in Jody Neathery-Castro's Introduction to Political Science course at UNO will experience the political process firsthand when they show up for class Wednesday, Jan. 11.

On the agenda that day – attending Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey's annual State of the City address. Fahey will deliver his remarks on campus at 10 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. The event is free, and all interested members of the university community are invited to attend.

John Christensen, vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at UNO, will introduce the mayor.

"It's exciting for our students to be part of an event they would otherwise just see a glimpse of on TV," said Loree Bykerk, professor and chair of the UNO Department of Political Science. "UNO being the forum for this address shows that we're an important part of what's happening in the city."

Fahey's address will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience.

For more information, contact Dr. Bykerk at 554.3613 or lbykerk@mail.unomaha.edu.

Nominations Sought for Women of Wisdom Awards

Organizations and individuals in the Omaha metropolitan area are being asked to nominate senior women for the 2006 UNO Women of Wisdom Awards. Awards will be given this spring to three women over age 50 who exemplify the spirit of community contribution while providing a meaningful example of successful aging.

Nomination forms are available online at http://pwsa.unomaha.edu/ or by calling 554.4897 or 554.2292. The submission deadline is March 1.

The minimum nomination requirements include:

- Name, age, address and phone number of the nominee;
- The nominator's relationship to the nominee;
- Information on the nominee's actions, activities and involvement in the community, and its results;
- Reasons why the nominee's work or advocacy was significant and identification of who benefited (individuals or groups); and
- Any other additional information that effectively creates a strong picture of the nominee's accomplishments.

"We're extremely excited about this event and receiving nominations from the community," said Patricia Adams, director of UNO's Program for Women and Successful Aging (PWSA), the sponsor of the Women of Wisdom Awards. "We know senior women make a tremendous difference through their work. Highlighting those efforts will be extremely rewarding."

Award recipients will be honored at a luncheon and community-wide program titled "Celebrate: Women of Wisdom Because Aging is a Lifetime Event" set for April 5. The keynote speaker will be Frances Mayes, the bestselling author of Under the Tuscan Sun and Bella Tuscany. This is the second annual luncheon.

The luncheon event, to be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Central, is open to the public. Tickets are $40 per person and $35 for seniors over the age of 60. Corporate tables are available, and prices begin at $500.

For more information, call 554.4897 or 554.2292, or send an e-mail to jmaassen@mail.unomaha.edu.

"Consider This" to Examine State's Wind Energy Potential

Nebraska is ranked sixth in the nation in wind energy potential. Polls indicate Nebraskans overwhelmingly support the use of wind energy in the state.

Host Carol Schrader will interview state Sen. Don Preister, one of the state's leading advocates of wind energy, this week on "Consider This." The program will air tonight, Jan. 6, on KYNE-TV Channel 26 at 11 p.m.

In 1993, Preister introduced legislation that led to the creation of the Wind Energy Task Force. He is currently working to create more incentives for energy efficiency in the state, including the use of wind power.

This edition of the program will be rebroadcast according to the following schedule:

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, Jan. 8
11:30 a.m. (CT)

NETV 2 (Nebraska's ETV cable network)
- Monday, Jan. 9
1:30 p.m. (CT)

- Wednesday, Jan. 11
8 a.m. (CT)

"Consider This," a production of UNO Television, also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For a list of days and times, visit the Web at http://www.tknomaha.org. Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at http://www.unotv.unomaha.edu.

SPR Faculty Brown Bag Jan. 19

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) will host a faculty brown bag session Thursday, Jan. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room.

The program, titled "Working with Sponsors," will feature Sara Woods, assistant dean of the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service; Jack Shroder, professor of geography/geology; and Steve Bullock, assistant professor of political science. The trio will discuss their experiences with sponsors, from grant development to project management. Dessert and beverages will be provided.

For more information, contact SPR at 554.2286.

Civic Participation Project Grants Available

Mini-grants of up to $1,500 are available for Civic Participation Project proposals consistent with UNO's Civic Participation Project (an Academic Quality Improvement Program initiative) and the American Democracy Project, an initiative jointly sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Additional travel grants of up to $650 per applicant also are available for faculty attending or presenting at conferences related to Civic Participation Project/American Democracy Project goals. UNO's FacConnect (http://www.unomaha.edu/facconnect) contains additional information and the application process for both grants.

Interested faculty also may contact Jody Neathery-Castro, Civic Participation Project coordinator (jneathery@mail.unomaha.edu or 554.3611), or Deborah Smith-Howell, assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs (dsmith-howell@mail.unomaha.edu or 554.4849).

Male Research Participants Sought for Study

The UNO Department of Psychology is seeking adolescent boys in grades seven, eight, 10 and 11 for participation in a research study on adolescent perceptions and interpretations of parental control in the context of everyday situations.

Participants will fill out a questionnaire asking for their interpretations of hypothetical interactions between parents and an adolescent. Participation takes approximately one hour. Movie passes or gift certificates will be provided to the participants for their participation.

For more information, contact Fumiko Kakihara (554.2592; fkakihara@mail.unomaha.edu) or Lauree Tilton-Weaver (554.3848; ltiltonweaver@mail.unomaha.edu).

Community of Science Information Session Jan. 25

The next Community of Science (COS) information session will be held Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 1 p.m. in Room 207 of University Library.

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research hosts these hour-long sessions to provide faculty and graduate students with information about the various COS online resources, including finding funding.

Reservations for the information session are not required. For more information, contact Nancy Schlesiger at 554.2286.

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.

In the News

- Brent Bowen, Aviation Institute, and B.J. Reed, dean of the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service, were quoted in the Dec. 8 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article highlighted new computer-based flight deck simulators available to UNO students who are practicing their flight skills.

- Winnie Callahan, executive director of The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute, was quoted in the Dec. 7 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article announced that Sterling Computers has opened an office at the Scott Technology Center.

- Bruce Chase, biology, was cited in the Nov. 18 edition of the Midlands Business Journal. The article announced that Dr. Chase is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholar grant.

- Thomas Gouttierre, dean of international studies and programs, and director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies, was quoted in the Nov. 27 edition of the Lincoln Journal Star. The article, the first in a four-part series, highlighted the October trip to Afghanistan of a Journal Star reporter and photographer.

- David Kriegler, physics, was quoted in the Nov. 23 edition of City Weekly. The article explored Omaha stargazing locations.

- L.C. Menyweather-Woods, black studies, was quoted in the Nov. 28 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article compared the recent "one city, one school district" controversy to a turbulent period Omaha Public Schools experienced in the 1970s.

- Rebecca Pasco, education, was cited in the Nov. 30 edition of the Norfolk Daily News (Norfolk, Neb.). The article announced Dr. Pasco's Dec. 9 appearance at the South Sioux City Public Library.

- Louis Pol, dean of the UNO College of Business Administration, was quoted in the Dec. 8 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article highlighted UNO's Maverick Entrepreneurship Institute.

- Maher Tadros, civil engineering, was quoted in the Nov. 25 editions of the Times-Herald (Alliance, Neb.), the Daily Sun (Beatrice, Neb.) and the Sidney Sun-Telegraph (Sidney, Neb.). The articles highlighted a new bridge in Ravenna, Neb., believed to be the first of its kind in the world.

- Ethel Williams, public administration, was cited in the Nov. 17 edition of the Omaha Star. The article announced Dr. Williams as a member of the selection committee for the 2005-06 Youth Leadership Omaha class.

- Paul Williams, philosophy and religion, was quoted in the Dec. 4 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article explored Christian themes in the recent film "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe."

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media – local, state, regional, national or international – we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.

In Print

- Neal Grandgenett, teacher education, published a review in the October 2005 edition of Mathematics and Computer Education (Old Bethpage, N.Y.). The piece explored the Hotmath Web site (http://hotmath.com).

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.

On Stage

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.

On Exhibit

"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.

Boyer-Nordman Exhibition at Illinois Gallery

The work of Jody Boyer and Russ Nordman, art and art history, is featured in an exhibition at the Lang Gallery at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, Ill., through Jan. 9. The exhibition, titled "Memoria," includes photographic work and three video installations by Nordman and Boyer.

For more information about the artists, visit the Web at http://www.jodyboyer.com.

C-CFAM Faculty Works on Display in Corning

Several art and art history faculty in the UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media are participating in "Corning Art Start" at the Corning Center for the Fine Arts (CCFA), which runs through Jan. 10.

Faculty involved include Jody Boyer, adjunct instructor; Russ Nordman, assistant professor of art and art history; Henry Serenco, associate professor of art and art history; printmaker Gary Day; printmaker Wanda Ewing; sculptor David Helm; and painter Barbara Simcoe.

The CCFA Exhibition Gallery is located at 706 Davis Ave. in Corning. For more information, call 641.322.5229.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.