the big picture.

Library Construction

Library Addition Takes Shape

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Structural steel has formed the framework and the new floors are being poured this week on the addition to the north side of University Library.

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

UNO Writing Center Announces Spring Hours

The UNO Writing Center, located in 150 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH), has announced its spring schedule, which is listed below. The center's services are available to all interested students, faculty and staff.

9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Clients may drop in or make an appointment via the Web at (

"We encourage members of the campus community to use the center at any stage of the writing process, whether they are gathering ideas for a writing project or finishing a final draft," said Connie Eberhart, the center's director. "Our services are not remedial; all writers benefit from professional feedback."

The center's writing consultants, who are experienced composition instructors or English department graduate teaching assistants, can assist with a wide range of documents such as essays, reports, business letters or grant proposals. 

Faculty are also encouraged to use the center to enhance the teaching of writing in their courses. "Our consultants can visit a classroom to help with a writing project, or faculty can reserve the center for a class session on a focused writing issue," Eberhart said. "Also, faculty may contact the center to schedule an 10-minute orientation for a class."

For more information, visit the Web at, or contact Eberhart at 554.3322 or

"Consider This" to Examine Innovation Zone

Economic development efforts in Nebraska come in all shapes and sizes. One of the newest projects is the establishment of the Eastern Nebraska Innovation Zone, which is centered on the interstate corridor between Omaha and Lincoln. 

This week on "Consider This," Sen. Pam Brown of Omaha and Lincoln City Council Chair Ken Svoboda will join host Carol Schrader to discuss this recent partnership created between Lincoln and Omaha to tap the economic potential of a regional metropolitan area. The program will air tonight, Jan. 13, on KYNE-TV Channel 26 at 11 p.m.

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

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, Jan. 15
11:30 a.m. (CT)

NETV 2 (Nebraska's ETV cable network)
- Monday, Jan. 16
1:30 p.m. (CT)

- Wednesday, Jan. 18
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 Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at

ITS Computer Lab Hours Announced for Jan. 14-16

Information Technology Services (ITS) will follow the computer lab schedule listed below in conjunction with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Milo Bail Student Center Elmwood Room
- Saturday through Sunday, Jan. 14-15
1 to 9 p.m.

- Monday, Jan. 16

158A The Peter Kiewit Institute
- Saturday through Sunday, Jan. 14-15
2 to 6 p.m.

- Monday, Jan. 16

104 Durham Science Center
- Saturday through Monday, Jan 14-16

300 Arts and Science Hall
- Saturday through Monday, Jan. 14-16

401 Roskens Hall
- Saturday through Monday, Jan. 14-16

211 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building
- Saturday through Monday, Jan. 14-16

HPER to Close Jan. 16 for MLK Jr. Holiday

In recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building will be closed Monday, Jan. 16. The HPER Building will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 6:30 a.m. For more information, call 554.2539.

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 kick off 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.

UNO to Host Missouri Valley History Conference March 2-4

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 $50. 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, or visit the Web at

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

Call for UCAT Conference Grant Proposals

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of travel grants for designated themes to increase capacity building in teaching and learning.

The applications should reflect UCAT's mission of enhancing teaching and student learning processes at UNO and focus on one or more of the following designated themes:

- Seamless transitions (P-20 transitions from pre-kindergarten through graduate school);

- Portfolio based assessment;

- Recruitment and retention;

- Active learning;

- Facilitation of interdisciplinary collaboration;

- Learning communities;

- Diversity; and

- Scholarship of teaching.

The committee is accepting proposals on a monthly basis through March or until funds are expended. The committee will fund grants of up to $750 for each award. Proposals are due by the 21st of each month.

Application forms are available on the Web at Applicants must submit one hard copy and an electronic submission of the application. Electronic submissions should be in rtf or MS Word document formats and should be sent as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll at Hard copy submissions should be sent to the Center for Faculty Development in 110 Engineering.

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

In the News

In the News- Jolene Adams, admissions, was cited in the Tribune (Fremont, Neb.), the Independent (Grand Island, Neb.) and the Phonograph-Herald (St. Paul, Neb.). The articles announced the "Countdown to College" program that aired on NET1 and featured Adams and a variety of other area higher education representatives.

- Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, Latino/Latin American Studies, was quoted in the Dec. 4 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article explored the positions of Nebraska candidates on the topic of illegal immigrants in the United States.

- Jason Blohm, recruitment services, was pictured in the Dec. 17 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The accompanying article highlighted the Dec. 16 UNO winter commencement.

- Larry Bradshaw, art and art history, was cited in the Nov. 13 edition of the Intelligencer (Doylestown, Pa.). The article highlighted the seventh annual Painting, Drawing and Print International Online Juried Art Exhibition, which Bradshaw juried.

- Hollis Glaser, communication, was quoted in the Dec. 15 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article explored a UNO grant from the Ford Foundation that will help facilitate campus dialogue on race, religion and sexuality.

- Bonnie O'Connell, art and art history, and Oliver Pollak, history, were quoted in the February 2006 edition of Her Magazine. The article highlighted O'Connell's passion for book arts.

- Rebecca Pasco, education, was cited in the Dec. 1 edition of the Dakota Co. Star (South Sioux City, 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. 12 edition of the Omaha Daily Record. The article highlighted the ranking of UNO as a top 10 program in the "Entreprenuerial Colleges" edition of Entrepreneur Magazine.

- Paul Williams, philosophy and religion, was interviewed on the Jan. 6 edition of "Midmorning," an hour-long radio call-in show of Minnesota Public Radio. He discussed Christian film and media with host Kerri Miller and two other guests. Dr. Williams also was quoted in the Jan. 1 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article featured trends for 2005, including American religion. In addition, he was quoted in the Dec. 31 edition of the Lincoln Journal Star, which highlighted the variety of religious traditions and institutions in Omaha.

- Raheem Yaseer, Center for Afghanistan Studies, was pictured in the Dec. 17 edition of the Omaha World-Herald along with other Omaha area residents. The photos and accompanying text explored the variety of hat styles individuals have been sporting this winter.

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 Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.

In Print

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 Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.

On Stage

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.

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 Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.

On Exhibit

"Saving Faces" Exhibition Opens Tonight at UNO Art Gallery

Omaha is 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. 

saving facesThe exhibit opens tonight, Jan. 13, at the UNO Art Gallery. It will run through Feb. 24. 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.

Tonight, 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.

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 Please include a contact name and phone number.  For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.