the big picture.

Mayor Fahey

State of the City

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey and his chief of staff, Paul Landow, visit with Loree Bykerk and Jody Neathery-Castro from UNO Department of Political Science. Fahey delivered his State of the City address Jan. 11 at the UNO Milo Bail Student Center. More than one hundred attended the event, including a number of students from UNO political science classes.

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

Swearing In Ceremony for Student Leaders Jan. 19

The new leaders of student government at UNO will take the oath of office Thursday, Jan. 19.

Steve Massara was elected student body president/regent and VaShawn Smith was elected student government vice president in online elections held last fall. The swearing in ceremony will take place at 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

Donal Burns, corporation secretary of the University of Nebraska, will execute the oath of office for Massara.

Massara, the son of Bob and Kitty Massara of Elkhorn, Neb., is a senior majoring in exercise science. A graduate of Elkhorn High School, he has been an active member of Student Government at UNO throughout his university career, serving as recording secretary, Faculty Senate liaison, College of Education senator and speaker of the Student Senate.

Massara's campus activities include the Alliance of Fitness Professionals, where he served a two-year term as president. He also has taken an active role in Pi Kappa Alpha, his social fraternity, having served as campus involvement chair, philanthropy chair, vice president of administration and social chair. This past year, Massara has served as the treasurer of the Order of Omega, a Greek leadership honor society, and vice president of programming for Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society.

Smith, the son of Carol Smith of Toledo, Ohio, is a graduate of Calvin Woodward High School in Toledo. He then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he served as a logistic management specialist for the 45th Reconnaissance Squadron at Offutt AFB. Upon honorable discharge, he began attending UNO and declared a major in secondary education with an endorsement in math. Smith has been involved with the Minority Intern Program at Omaha Public Schools for three years, working at both Monroe Junior High and Omaha North High School. He served as a tutor at the Butler-Gast YMCA in Omaha through the UNO Multicultural Intern Program. 

Smith's campus activities and service include membership on the College of Education Appeals Committee and the Chancellor's Committee on Minority Male Retention. His involvement in Student Government includes serving on the Student Allocation Budget Committee and as a student senator for the College of Education.

A reception will follow the program. For more information, call 554.2779.

Anita Walker to Speak at Gallup Class Jan. 20

Anita WalkerAnita Walker, director of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, will be speaking to a unique UNO class examining innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship Friday, Jan. 20. Students in the class are developing plans to move Omaha toward being recognized as a "creative class" city.

"Anita Walker very much fits in with what the class is researching and learning," said course creator Gerald Wagner, a distinguished research fellow in the UNO College of Information Science and Technology. "Not only is she a dynamic speaker, she has been leading a movement in Iowa to recognize the role of the creative economy in building prosperity in rural and urban communities. Those are lessons we can learn from in Nebraska."

Dr. Wagner's class is being taught at the Gallup Organization's downtown Omaha campus. Walker is one of eight guest lecturers that are being brought in during the semester. Her talk is titled  "Iowa Great Places: Embracing an Authentic Sense of Place." She will be speaking to the general public on the same topic before the class at 7:30 a.m. at Gallup University. There is no cost to attend.

Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack appointed Walker to her post in 2000. In that capacity, she serves as executive director of the Iowa Arts Council, administrator of the State Historical Society and as State Historic Preservation officer.

Walker introduced her state to the work of creative economy guru Richard Florida. Last October, during a keynote address for a gathering in Iowa City, Iowa, Florida said, "Anita Walker has positioned arts and culture at the forefront of economic development and community building. I could think of no other arts and cultural leader at the local, community, state or national level who has provided that kind of leadership."

For more information, call 554.3502.

Psychology Candidate to Present Lectures Jan. 12-13

Emily Balcetis, a candidate for a position in the UNO Department of Psychology, will present two lectures during her campus visit this week. Both talks are open to the campus community and public. The schedule is listed below.

Today, Jan. 12
Teaching Talk: "How Smart is the Unconscious?"
Milo Bail Student Center Omaha Room
10 a.m.

Friday, Jan. 13
Colloquium Talk:  "In the Eye of the Beholder:  Motivational Influences on Visual Processes"
306 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH)
1:30 p.m.
(Reception will follow in 347Y ASH.)

Balcetis is a Ph.D. candidate in social and personality psychology at Cornell University.

For more information, contact Marie Lee at 554.2581.

Masters and Music Series Continues Jan. 29

The Masters and Music series at UNO continues Sunday, Jan. 29, with a tribute to the late Kent Bellows.

The event, "Capturing the Human Spirit in Art," will begin at 5 p.m. in the UNO Art Gallery. Tickets are $15 per person, and all proceeds benefit the Friends of Art Scholarship Fund.

Nationally recognized Nebraska artists Keith Jacobshagen, Paul Otero and Stephen Cornelius Roberts will reflect on the life and work of Bellows, one of America's greatest masters of figurative drawing, in a panel discussion. Audrey Kauders, director of the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney, will serve as the moderator.

Pete Madsen, coordinator of jazz studies at UNO, will explore the strength and drive of the personal, individual character of jazz as it creates its own life force.

"The power of the human spirit is alive through the work of these extraordinary artists," said Shari Hofschire, coordinator of the series.

Masters and Music is a series blending artistic imagery and musical composition. It is sponsored by Friends of Art, a support group for the UNO Department of Art and Art History. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Hofschire at 554.2402.

ITS Announces January myUNO Sessions

Information Technology Services (ITS) is offering training sessions on myUNO (Blackboard) starting Saturday, Jan. 14, at UNO.

In an attempt to help more instructors get acquainted with myUNO (Blackboard), ITS is also offering a Saturday morning "Getting Started" class.

All sessions will be held in 007B Roskens Hall. Classes will be held through Jan. 31. Handouts for the courses can be found under the "Instructor Help" tab in myUNO ( Those planning to sign up for a class are encouraged to read the handouts before attending.

To sign up for courses, follow the prompts below.

- Go to

- Select "Training Registration" on the left panel.

- Log in using your UNO Net ID account and password.

- *ITS requires that a minimum of five people are registered by 2 p.m. the day prior to the class to offer it. An e-mail notification will be sent if the class is cancelled. No minimum is required for the ASK? sessions.

Saturday, Jan. 14
*Getting Started with Blackboard
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Suggested handouts:  Getting Started and Adding Documents

Friday, Jan. 20
1 to 3:30 p.m.
Suggested handouts:  Assignments

Tuesday, Jan. 24
9 to 11:30 a.m.
Suggested handouts:  Gradebook

Friday, Jan. 27
1 to 3:30 p.m.
Suggested handouts:  Quiz, Pool, Survey

Monday, Jan. 30
1:30 to 3 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 31
9 to 11 a.m.

For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (4357).

Group Exercise Classes Begin Jan. 17

Campus Recreation and the Wellness Stampede have teamed up to host a variety of group exercise classes this spring at UNO. Classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 17.

All classes will be held in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. Group Exercise classes are free to all current students and Campus Recreation activity cardholders. Classes will not be held Jan. 16 and March 13-17.

To access a schedule, click on the following link:

Spring Group Exercise Schedule

To have a schedule faxed or mailed to your office, call University Affairs at 554.2358. For more information, contact Dave Daniels at 554.2008.

Reimbursement Account Access Available on ESS

Starting Jan. 1, 2006, university employees who use the Reimbursement Account (Flexible Spending Account or FSA) will be able to view their current year and previous year spending account information through Employee Self-Service (ESS). 

Previous year account balances and individual spending account claims allow employees the ability to monitor any remaining activity against their prior year's account and to compare previous year and current year activity in a single location.

To learn more about ESS, visit the Web at

For more information on the FSA, contact Esther Scarpello, HR fringe benefits manager, at 554.3660.

Tax Instructions, Forms Available on the Web

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service no longer sends distribution copies of tax forms and instructions to libraries. 

"We hope to receive reproducible versions from which one can make photocopies, but the reproducible versions usually do not arrive until late February," said James T. Shaw, government documents librarian with University Library.

Tax forms and instructions may be printed from agency Web sites.  Those Web sites are listed below.



IRS and all states with income taxes

For more information, contact Shaw at

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. Postal Service 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.

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 207 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.

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 ( contains additional information and the application process for both grants. 

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