the big picture.


"Saving Faces" Exhibition

photo courtesy of Mark Gilbert

"Saving Faces: Art and Medicine" will be on display Jan. 13 to Feb. 24 at the UNO Art Gallery. The exhibition will feature 42 portraits by Scottish artist Mark Gilbert showing patients at various stages of reconstructive facial surgery. A five-part speaker series will take place in conjunction with the UNO and University of Nebraska Medical Center cooperative exhibition. See story below for details.

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. 8, 1943, The Gateway reported that the University of Omaha Art Department had purchased a lithograph press. The lithograph could imprint designs, words and pictures onto metal. Art department head Berthe Koch hoped the new press would help the university train lithographers for war needs. Although the press was more than 50 years old, Koch told The Gateway it was in excellent condition.

Date: Jan. 8, 1943
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

eNotes, Home Page Merge for On-Campus Users

Welcome to the new eNotes home page.

eNotes, the daily electronic news source for faculty and staff, is now 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 are posted at 12:10 a.m. each day, so they are 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.

The process of sending out an e-mail reminder via Lotus Notes has ceased.

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

New Deadlines Established

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 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.

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

Aim for the Stars Expands to After-School Pilot Program

Starting this month, students at Western Hills Elementary will be staying after school, but not because they're in trouble for shoving on the playground or starting a food fight in the cafeteria.

They'll be having fun while studying math and science in conjunction with a new venture launched by UNO.

The university's popular Aim for the Stars program, which offers summer science and math camps on the UNO campus for students entering grades four through nine, is expanding to offer similar sessions in an after-school setting.

The pilot after-school program will be held at Western Hills, an Omaha Public Schools elementary school. Session I begins Wednesday, Jan. 18, and continues on Wednesdays and Fridays through Feb. 10. Interested students in grades three through six will meet from 3:50 to 6 p.m. on these dates. The cost is $35 per student.

"I'm very pleased with UNO's pilot extension of the Aim for the Stars program," said Shelton Hendricks, dean of the UNO College of Arts and Sciences. The college houses the UNO Department of Physics, which coordinates Aim for the Stars activities.

"With this expansion into the after-school arena, we anticipate UNO making more significant contributions to the mathematics and science education of the youth of our region," Dr. Hendricks said. He also noted the efforts of Robert Graham, chair of the UNO Department of Physics, and Connie O'Brien, Aim for the Stars camp director, in growing the program.

Students in grades three and four will be discovering ‘totally cool' math and science concepts through hands-on activities involving water, sound, robotics, engineering and more. They will investigate simple machines, also, O'Brien said.

Students in grades five and six will be making maps and analyzing topographic maps. They will also tackle "Lego Robotics," which includes programming and troubleshooting a robot that will accomplish a set task.

The Western Hills pilot program will be staffed by Heather Harbison and Linda Collins, both instructors with the Aim for the Stars summer science and math camps and Omaha Public Schools teachers.

"The hands-on, fun nature of Aim for the Stars allows kids to get excited about math and science," O'Brien said. "It's a great way to facilitate learning."

For more information about the Aim for the Stars pilot program at Western Hills, contact O'Brien at 554.4999 or

UNO Launches Web Resource for Parents and Families

If you're a prospective college student, selecting a university and succeeding once you get there can seem a little daunting. If you're the parents of this student, these tasks might seem even more formidable.

To help alleviate the stress often associated with these processes, UNO has launched a new Web page for the parents and families of prospective and current students.

Located at, this centralized source of information is designed to answer the questions parents frequently ask about their child's university experience – from academics to economics. "We address everything from preparing for college to finding resources for your son or daughter once they're on campus," said David Cicotello, director of New Student Enrollment Services at UNO.

For example, visitors to the site can quickly access information about the cost of attending UNO, financial aid, the application process, housing availability, health requirements, student rights to privacy, security procedures on campus, student employment options and more.

For more information, call 554.2918.

Weight Watchers Open House Meeting Today

The Weight Watchers on Campus program will host an open house meeting today, 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.

2005 W-2 Forms to be Distributed Week of Jan. 16

The 2005 W-2 forms are scheduled for distribution the week of Jan. 16. As in the past, active employees will have their W-2 form delivered through campus mail to their primary home department. Separated employees will have their W-2 form delivered through the U.S. mail to their permanent home address.

Any correspondence regarding the W-2 form should be directed to the Payroll Office at 554.2739.

Cost of Postage Stamps Increases

UNO Mail Services would like to remind faculty, staff and students of the recent postage rate increase, in which the postal rate commission approved a two-cent price hike for stamps.

"As of Jan. 8, they have increased from 37-cent to 39-cent stamps," said Sandy Walling, manager of UNO Mail Services. "Two-cent stamps will be available for customers to use with their 37-cent stamps at Mail Services."

UNO Mail Services is located in 106 Eppley Administrative Building. For more information, call 554.2337.

Safety Notice for On-Campus Incidents

The following information from Campus Security outlines the university's safety and emergency procedures, along with other services provided by Campus Security.

Incident Reporting

Incidents requiring immediate action include fire, environmental spills, medical conditions, property damage, disruptive behavior and crimes in progress. Persons involved with or observing these types of incidents should call Campus Security at 554.2911. Campus Security will dispatch officers to the scene and, if required, contact 911.

Faculty and staff can call 911 directly, but then they also should notify Campus Security to help coordinate the response and expedite travel to the emergency scene. Emergency information provided by the caller should include the building, floor, room number, call back number and nature of the emergency.


Faculty and staff should assist with room and building evacuations, and be aware of those needing special assistance. All employees should become familiar with the designated rally points for their buildings, which are listed in the back of the telephone directory under "Emergency Procedures."

Personal Threats and Harassment

Disruptive behavior on campus will not be tolerated. Threats or acts of violence should be reported to Campus Security and your supervisor. If the act appears to represent an immediate threat or harm to the individual, it should be reported at once to Campus Security or 911.

Personal Escorts

The escort service is available 24-7 for individuals on campus. Contact Campus Security to arrange for an escort.

Personal Safety Checks

Individuals who may be working alone outside normal working hours are encouraged to contact Campus Security. Security officers will periodically check on your safety while you are here.

Personal Property

The university is not responsible for personal property. Individuals are responsible for safeguarding their own property. Loss of personal property should be reported to Campus Security.

Alert System

A system to help facilitate emergency communications has been installed on the north and south campus. Announcements are distributed from Campus Security to building public address systems or speakers located in building corridors. When announcements are made, strobe lights will flash to notify the hearing impaired to seek assistance.

The system will be particularly helpful during tornado warnings. The announcement will alert building occupants to seek shelter and again later when the warning has ended. The alert system also can be used to announce university closings, confirm evacuations for fire or chemical release, or other emergency conditions.

More information on campus emergency procedures can be found in the UNO Employee Telephone Directory beginning on page 106. For more information about Campus Security procedures related to campus emergencies, contact Stan Schleifer at 554.3596 or Paul Kosel at 554.2648.

Faculty Senate to Meet Jan. 11

The UNO Faculty Senate will hold its regular monthly meeting Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Rooms.

John Fiene, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs-technology, will make a presentation at 2 p.m. The meeting will begin immediately following the presentation. All interested members of the campus community are invited to attend.

For more information, contact Hollis Glaser, president of the Faculty Senate, at 554.4846 or Sue Bishop, coordinator, at 554.3598.

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.

"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, titles 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.

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.

Nominations Sought for UNO 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 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

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.

Deadline Approaching for Gerbracht Memorial Scholarship

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

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.

2006 Holiday Schedule Announced

The university will observe the following holiday schedule for 2006:
Monday, Jan. 2 - New Year's Day (observed)
Monday, Jan. 16 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Monday, May 29 - Memorial Day
Tuesday, July 4 - Independence Day
Monday, Sept. 4 - Labor Day
Thursday, Nov. 23 - Thanksgiving
Friday, Nov. 24 - Friday after Thanksgiving
Monday, Dec. 25 - Holiday Closedown
Tuesday, Dec. 26 - Holiday Closedown
Wednesday, Dec. 27 - Holiday Closedown
Thursday, Dec. 28 - Holiday Closedown
Friday, Dec. 29 - Holiday Closedown
Monday, Jan. 1, 2007 - New Year's Day (observed)

The holiday closedown for 2006 will begin Saturday, Dec. 23, and conclude Monday, Jan. 1, 2007. Staff will return to work Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007.

For more information, contact Human Resources at 554.2321.

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

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

Thursday, April 6
Faculty Honors Convocation
Breakfast – 7 a.m.
Convocation – 7:30 a.m.
Milo Bail Student Center

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

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

For more information about Honors Month at UNO, visit the Web at

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 x4-MAVS (6287).

At home this week…

Thursday, Jan. 12
- Women's basketball vs. North Dakota
Sapp Fieldhouse
6 p.m.

- Men's basketball vs. North Dakota
Sapp Fieldhouse
8 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 15
- Swimming & diving vs. University of Nebraska at Kearney
Health, Physical Education and Recreation Pool
1 p.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at