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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. 15, 1960, The Gateway reported that effective Feb. 1, the Douglas County welfare director was to become an Omaha University (OU) associate professor of sociology. Phillip H. Vogt, who had taught in the OU College of Adult Education before the war, was excited about his new job and had worked extensively with members of the department of sociology through the years.

Date: Jan. 15, 1960
Source: The Gateway
Compiled by University Library Archives

Paul Allen Williams and Michele Desmarais

Religion Meets Film

by Teresa Gleason

Paul Allen Williams and Michele Desmarais are not filmmakers. Nor are they studio heads, publicists or movie distributors.

Yet Drs. Williams and Desmarais, assistant professors of religion at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), will be among the throngs of industry types headed to Utah this month for the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. The event, set for Jan. 19-29 in Park City, Utah, ...continue

Board of Regents to Meet Jan. 19-20

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet at Varner Hall in Lincoln Thursday and Friday, Jan. 19-20. The board's new Outreach and Economic Development Task Force will meet Jan. 19. The Academic Affairs and Business Affairs committees will meet the morning of Jan. 20, followed by a legislative update. The regular business meeting of the board will commence at 1 p.m.

The agenda for the Jan. 19 meeting of the board's Outreach and Economic Development Task Force is listed below.

1 p.m. - Outreach and Economic Development Task Force
Topic - Rural Economic Development Efforts
Panelists - Anita Hall, extension educator, Northeast Research and Extension Center; Beth Birnstihl, associate dean, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources; and Connie Hancock, extension educator, Panhandle Research and Extension Center.

Topic – Agricultural Innovation
Panelists – John Witkowski, director, Northeast Research and Extension Center; Steve Taylor, professor, food science and technology; and Alan Baquet, department head, agricultural economics.

Topic – Building Blocks for the Future
Panelists – Doug Kristensen, chancellor, University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK); Bob Bernier, assistant dean, UNO College of Business Administration; and Sandy Scofield, director, Nebraska Rural Initiative.

The board committee meetings commence the morning of Jan. 20. The respective agendas are listed below.

8:30 a.m. – Academic Affairs Committee
Topic – Strategic Framework Update: Accountability Measures for Graduation Rates
Presenter – Jay Noren, executive vice president and provost.

Topic – Financial Aid Overview
Presenter – Dr. Noren
Resource Panel – Craig Munier, director of scholarship and financial aid, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL); Randall Sell, director of financial aid, UNO; and Mary Sommers, director of financial aid, UNK.

9:30 a.m. – Business Affairs Committee
Topic – CCPE-Recommended Practices: Capital Construction
Presenters – David Lechner, vice president for business and finance; and Richard Wood, vice president and general counsel.

Topic – Strategic Framework Update: Administrative Cost Savings
Presenters – Randy Haack, vice chancellor for business and financial aid, UNK; Jim Buck, vice chancellor for administration, UNO; and Don Leuenberger, vice chancellor for business and finance, University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC).

Topic – UNO Housing Study
Presenters – UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck; Don Carter, Urban Design Associates; and Barry Ward, BMW Consulting.

11 a.m. – Legislative Overview and University Agenda
Presenters – James B. Milliken, president; Ron Withem, associate vice president of university affairs and director of government relations; David Lechner, vice president for business and finance; and Rebecca Koller, assistant vice president for business and finance, director of facilities planning and management.

The board meeting will commence at 1 p.m. Highlights of the meeting are listed below.

Members of the board will elect new officers for 2006.

The board will be asked to approve the items listed below.

- Reappointment of Jan Thayer of Grand Island and Dr. Gail Walling Yanney of Omaha to the board of directors of the Nebraska Medical Center effective Jan. 1, 2006, for a term of three years; appointment of Duane Acklie of Lincoln to serve the remainder of the late Harlan Noddle's unexpired term.

- An additional spending authorization of $6 million relating to the investigation and clean up of chemical and low level radioactive waste at the Agricultural Research and Development Center near Mead, Neb.

- A contract for the purchase of real estate located at 673 So. 41st St. in Omaha. The property, which is within the UNMC campus, will serve as student housing.

- An interlocal agreement with the City of Omaha for the construction and redesign of public street traffic lanes on and adjacent to the UNMC campus.

- Construction to complete the UNMC Center for Health Science Education.

- Additional student housing at UNO, including authorizing the issuance of a request for proposals for a private developer(s) and authorizing the president, in consultation with the board chair, to negotiate and approve a lease with the successful respondent to provide up to 400 additional beds.

The board will receive a report on a dual enrollment program at UNL that is the first to utilize the tuition variance policy approved by the board in June 2005.

Regents Launch Outreach, Economic Development Task Force

To further the University of Nebraska's economic development efforts, Howard Hawks, chairman of the University of Nebraska Board of Regents, has announced the creation of a new Task Force on Outreach and Economic Development.

Third District Regent Chuck Hassebrook of Lyons will serve as chair. Other members include Drew Miller (4th district – Omaha), Dave Hergert (7th district – Mitchell) and Student Regent Brad Bohn (UNK). Pete Kotsiopulos, University of Nebraska vice president for university affairs, will staff the task force.

"Engagement with the state is among the highest priorities identified in the university's strategic framework," Milliken said. "I'm pleased that Chairman Hawks has established this task forc, which represents a high level of board commitment to outreach and economic development."

The task force will focus on ways the university contributes to the growth of Nebraska's economy, especially its workforce, and identify ways in which the university can better or more strategically support outreach to the state. The group also will identify areas where faculty, staff and student expertise allow the university to make unique contributions in the areas of outreach and economic development.

The university's strategic framework includes a number of objectives relating to economic development. These include building a talented, competitive workforce and knowledge-based economy in the state, encouraging the commercialization of research and technology to benefit Nebraska, and connecting Nebraska communities and regions through university programs. The task force will consult with university and external constituents in developing its recommendations.

The first meeting of the task force will be held Thursday, Jan. 19, at Varner Hall in Lincoln.

January Spotlight on Student Employment

Is your office a better place because of your student employees?

Student Employment Services thought so and chose the student employees from the UNO Undergraduate Admissions Department as the January Spotlight on Student Employment recipients.

"The best thing about my student workers is their great people skills, as well as getting the jobs assigned to them done. They are very dedicated and reliable," said Janette Jones, admissions processing superviser.

January SpotlightThe UNO students are:

- Carol Casper, accounting major; Albion, Neb.;
- Benjamin Busboom, biology major; Columbus, Neb.; and
- Kristen Burkhalter, pre-business major; Omaha, Neb.

"The best thing about my job on campus is the atmosphere of the office and our ability to accommodate my fluctuating school schedule when needed," Burkhalter said.

Human Resources is featuring student employees from a new department each month through April. Featured departments are entered in a drawing for an end-of-the-year party.

Departments also are featured on the Human Resources Student Employment Job Board on the first floor of the Eppley Administration Building. For more information about the program, contact Emily Muckerheide at emuckerheide@mail.unomaha.edu.

Students seeking work experience during school can gain assistance through Student Employment Services (SES), located in Human Resources, 205 Eppley Administration Building. On-campus student worker, work-study and graduate assistant positions are posted on the SES Job Board on the first floor of the Eppley Administration Building and online at http://careers.unomaha.edu.

Pictured above: Carol Casper and Kristen Burkhalter at work.

Psychology Candidate to Present at Colloquium Today

Stephanie Hirsch, a candidate for a position in the UNO Department of Psychology, will present "Impact of a Special Education Parent Training Model" today, Jan. 18. The event will be held in 101 Arts and Sciences Hall at 11 a.m. It is open to the campus community and the general public.

For more information, contact Marie Lee at 554.2581.

Homestay Families Sought for ILUNO Students

The Intensive Language Program at UNO (ILUNO) is seeking homestay families for new Saudi students arriving this month and in February.

The government of Saudi Arabia has granted several thousand scholarships for study abroad. As a result, more than 30 students may pursue undergraduate studies at UNO. Students will begin by studying English as a second language through ILUNO for their first months.

Host families are currently sought for the length of their visit. Options also exist for hosting one or two women for either a few days or one to six months.

To volunteer, contact Lori Arias, Jennifer Stahl or Steve Hoiberg at 554.2293.

Nominations Sought for CCSW Scholarship Award

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) is currently accepting applications for the 2005-06 undergraduate scholarship award.

Applicants must:

- Be currently enrolled undergraduate students who will graduate after fall 2006;
- Have made a significant contribution toward addressing gender issues or improving the status of women in their academic work or activities; and/or
- Be academically excellent in fields where women are underrepresented.

The application deadline is Monday, Feb. 20. Applications will be evaluated on how well the applicants complete the application process.

The recipient of the award will receive a $500 scholarship and will be honored at the March 9 CCSW Awards Luncheon. Scholarships may impact financial aid packages. For information on this issue, call 554.2327.

Scholarship applications are available online at http://www.unomaha.edu/ccsw/application.htm. For more information, contact Phyllis Adcock at 554.3484 or padcock@mail.unomaha.edu.

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women serves as an advisory council to the chancellor and other university administrators on issues that relate to women faculty, staff and students. The commission's goal is to provide a forum for women at UNO in conjunction with the organization's core themes of A, B, C – Awareness of women's issues, Balance in women's lives, and the Community and women's roles.

"Saving Faces" Exhibition Under Way 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 runs through Friday, Feb. 24, at the UNO Art Gallery. It is accompanied by a five-part speaker series 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.

"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.

The speaker series will take place over a five-week period with each program beginning at 7 p.m. The remaining dates, titles of the programs, speakers and locations for the series are listed below.

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 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 Lombard at 554.2796.

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.

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.

E-Billing Brochures Now Available

Informational brochures on E-Billing, which has begun at UNO, are available in Cashiering/Student Accounts and on the Web at http://cashiering.unomaha.edu/. Brochures also are located in a variety of other student services offices in the Eppley Administration Building and the Milo Bail Student Center.

Faculty and staff who need copies of the brochure for their own use or for the use of their students should contact Camille Cicotello at 554.2117.

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 http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat. 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 awoll@mail.unomaha.edu. Hard copy submissions should be sent to the Center for Faculty Development in 110 Engineering.