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The Beauty of Books

"The Beauty of the Book," sponsored by the Nebraska Book Arts Center and the Joslyn Art Museum, opens Sunday, Jan. 22, at the St. Cecilia Cathedral Cultural Center. Pictured above, "I Assist at an Explosion" by Bonnie O'Connell. See article elsewhere in this issue 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. 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

Regents to Meet Today in Lincoln

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet at Varner Hall in Lincoln today, Jan. 20. The Academic Affairs and Business Affairs committees will meet this morning, followed by a legislative update. The regular business meeting of the board will commence at 1 p.m.

The full January agenda is available online at

Book Arts Exhibition Opens Jan. 22

The beauty of books, both ancient and contemporary, is the subject of an exhibition opening Sunday, Jan. 22, at the St. Cecilia Cathedral Cultural Center.

"The Beauty of the Book," sponsored by the Nebraska Book Arts Center and the Joslyn Art Museum, runs through March 3. An opening reception is set for Sunday, Jan. 22, from 1 to 4 p.m.

The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, features 80 artifacts that span more than 500 years. It includes 15th century calligraphy on vellum and hand-printed incunabula of the same period; sacred texts on parchment, palm leaves or refined papers; and contemporary artist's books that may continue the literary fine press tradition or make vital new sculptural statements through the techniques of classical bookbinding, said Bonnie O'Connell, director of the Nebraska Book Arts Center and associate professor of art and art history at UNO.

O'Connell served as curator and coordinated the exhibition with Brother William Woeger, executive director of the Cathedral Cultural Center. Student interns Frances Osugi and Tammi Owens assisted with the exhibition. Both are enrolled in Artists, Communities and Museums: Service Learning and the Visual Arts, a course developed and taught by Caroline Simpson, assistant professor of art and art history at UNO.

Books on display include work from William Blake, Johann Froben, William Caxton, William Morris/The Kelmscott Press, Harry Duncan/Abattoir Editions, Walter Hamady/The Perishable Press Ltd, Neil Shaver/Yellow Barn Press, Kim Merker/The Windhover Press, Susan King/Paradise Press, Gerald Lange/Bieler Press, Karen Kunc, Barry Moser, Robert Rauschenberg, Mary Beth Fogarty, O'Connell, Denise Brady, Jim Cox/Swing Bridge Press, Marvel Maring and Thomas Hanus; calligraphers Glen Epstein, Julian Waters, Nonin Chowaney and Chuzuko Takechi; and fine arts press students Sara Adkisson, Allyson Gibbs, Charles Housand, Owens, Osugi, Monica Brasile, Vanessa Maet and Chloe Jones. It also features books on loan from University Library's Special Collections, as well as the private collections of UNO's Oliver Pollak, history, and Pamela Owens, religion.

"The Beauty of the Book" is being held in conjunction with "Illuminating The Word; The Saint John's Bible," which runs from Jan. 21 through April 16 at the Joslyn Art Museum.

The St. Cecilia Cathedral Cultural Center is located at 701 N. 40th St. behind the cathedral with access on Webster St. The exhibition will be open according to the following schedule:

Tuesday through Friday
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Noon to 4 p.m.

For more information about the exhibition, contact O'Connell at 554.2787.

For more information about the Nebraska Book Arts Center, visit the Web at

"Consider This" to Examine Advocacy for Nebraska Families

Federal and state budget realities are causing concern for those who work and advocate for families in Nebraska.

This week on "Consider This," host Carol Schrader will interview Kathy Bigsby Moore, executive director of Voices for Children Nebraska, and Julie Kalkowski, director of community outreach for the United Way of the Midlands. The program will air tonight, Jan. 20, on KYNE-TV Channel 26 at 11 p.m.

Schrader's guests will discuss the contention by a number of congressional leaders that the low-income provisions in the latest budget-reconciliation items, such as Medicaid, are modest and will not harm vulnerable families.

In addition, Moore will comment on trends in the just-released 2005 Kids Count Report for Nebraska. Many of those trends demonstrate why proposed federal cuts are causing uneasiness among service providers for low-income Nebraskans.

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

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, Jan. 22
11:30 a.m. (CT)

NETV 2 (Nebraska's ETV cable network)
- Monday, Jan. 23
1:30 p.m. (CT)

- Wednesday, Jan. 25
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

UNO Writing Center Offers Online Consultation Service

The UNO Writing Center is reaching out to students, faculty and staff this semester with a new online service two nights a week.

Amanda Linder – a UNO Department of English teaching assistant, an experienced composition instructor and a consultant in the UNO Writing Center – has developed the new service and will offer the consultations, said Connie Eberhart, the center's director.

The new service is being offered Sundays and Thursdays from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Online clients can access the service at and follow the instructions provided. Consultations will operate through MSNMessenger, a free program that users may download.

Clients will be able to ask a quick question or submit a document online for real-time interaction with the consultant. Online clients will be able to discuss many of the same writing concerns as they would in a face-to-face consultation, such as thesis, focus, organization and content.

"However, online sessions are limited to 15 minutes, a constraint that will somewhat limit the number and complexity of writing issues that can be discussed. The online consultant will not simply proofread the document and return it to the client – this is not a proofreading service," Eberhart said. "For more extensive work, the client should visit the UNO Writing Center in 150 Arts and Science Hall for a 30-minute or hour session."

If the consultant is busy with another client when users contact her, they will be notified of the approximate waiting time.

"Hopefully, clients who are reluctant to visit the UNO Writing Center for a face-to-face meeting will feel comfortable seeking help online. Plus, many of our clients will appreciate the convenient access," Eberhart said. "We encourage anyone in the campus community to try our new online service."

For more information, contact the center at 554.3322, 554.2946 or

SPO to Host Fine Arts Exposition Jan. 24

The Student Programming Organization (SPO) will host the first annual Fine Arts Exposition Tuesday, Jan. 24, at UNO. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom and Nebraska Room. It is free and open to the public.

"This will be a large-scale event for the entire campus and the Omaha area," said Eric Hanson, president of the collegiate chapter of the Music Education National Conference (MENC) and SPO member. "At the expo, a stage will be set up for continuous performances by groups and individuals from the theatre, music and UNO Writers Workshop departments. Art will be displayed around the venue, and student performances will demonstrate what our campus has to offer."

There also will be a large number of information booths set up to educate UNO and its community about the fine arts in the metro area. Organizations such as the Omaha Symphony, the Omaha Children's Museum, Johnston Photography and the Omaha Community Playhouse will be present, as well as UNO groups like MENC, the UNO Art Gallery and The Gateway.

For more information, contact Hanson at

Grand Opening for The Speech Center Jan. 25

UNO and the School of Communication will celebrate the grand opening of its newest resource, The Speech Center, Wednesday, Jan. 25. The open house will take place in 183 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH) from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck will deliver welcoming remarks. Karen Dwyer, School of Communication basic speech course director, and Jennifer Dalbey, UNO Speech Center coordinator, will introduce participants to the center and the services it offers to faculty, staff and students across all disciplines.

The Speech Center is a pairing of two resources. The first is the Basic Course Room (183 ASH), which began as a speech lab in 1997. "Created as a support lab for the basic Public Speaking Fundamentals course, this resource provides currently enrolled public speaking students with access to 18 computers, outlining technology, online research and DVD viewing of recorded class speeches for evaluation," Dalbey said.

The room is staffed by Public Speaking Fundamentals instructors prepared to assist students with the entire speech-making process. "Initially developed by Dr. Dwyer and Deborah Smith-Howell, now assistant vice chancellor, the room serves approximately 1,000 students per semester enrolled in any one of the 40 sections of the Public Speaking Fundamentals course," Dalby said.

The second and newest resource is the Speech Consulting Room (185 ASH). "Seeing the need for continued assistance with public speaking and presentational skills, Dr. Dwyer developed the Speech Consulting Room," Dalby said. "It focuses on the ‘Speaking Across the Curriculum' program designed to assist students presenting in other classes, as well as faculty members in developing presentation assignments."

For more information, contact Dalbey at 554.3201 or Dr. Dwyer at 554.2253.

Nominations Sought for Faculty Service-Learning Award

Each year, the Service-Learning Academy recognizes one UNO faculty member who exemplifies the effective practice of service-learning in his or her work. To be nominated, a faculty member must:

- Have demonstrated the ability to develop and teach an effective service-learning course;

- Have been supportive of service-learning at UNO (through attendance at faculty/student presentations, Teaching Circles and by mentoring faculty/students);

- Have demonstrated the capability of developing reciprocal, collaborative relations with community partners and have a thorough understanding and appreciation of community agency issues (professionalism and cultural competency); and

- Hold a full- or part-time teaching appointment with UNO.

The award will be presented at the Faculty Honors Convocation Thursday, April 6, at 7 a.m.

Nomination forms must be delivered to the Service-Learning Academy no later than Wednesday, Feb. 1. You may download a nomination form from the Service-Learning Academy Web site at For more information, call Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz at 554.2712.

Nominations Sought for Student Service-Learning Award

Each year, the Service-Learning Academy recognizes one UNO student who has gone above and beyond the required community engagement in the context of a service-learning class. To be nominated, a student must:

- Have demonstrated and upheld, in an outstanding way, the key principles of effective academic service-learning;

- Have established and maintained a reciprocal relationship with a community partner;

- Have provided a useful and meaningful community service; and

- Have mastered the course's academic objectives as related to the service performed.

The award will be presented at the Student Honors Convocation Friday, April 7, at 3 p.m.

Nomination forms must be delivered to the Service-Learning Academy no later than Wednesday, Feb. 1. You may download a nomination form from the Service-Learning Academy Web site at For more information, call Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz at 554.2712.

Adult Learner Web Seminar Feb. 6

The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) reports that the population of adult learners, individuals who are over age 24 and have full-time jobs and family responsibilities, is large and growing. Nationally, adult learners comprise 45 percent of the college and university undergraduate population, and their numbers are expected to grow 20 percent by 2015.

UNO will be the site of an adult learner web seminar Monday, Feb. 6. It will be broadcast in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room from noon to 1 p.m.

The CAEL Adult Learning Focused Institution (ALFI) Initiative continues to focus on helping adult learners overcome barriers and achieve the learning outcomes they want and need. Eight guiding principles that emerged from CAEL's ALFI benchmarking study will be discussed during the Feb. 6 Web seminar, providing insights for how colleges and universities can ensure student success.

The seminar is sponsored by EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology.

For more information, contact Jay Killion at 554.3758 or

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.

In the News

- Jolene Adams, admissions, was cited in the Dec. 1 edition of the Times-Republican (Hayes Center, Neb.). The article announced the "Countdown In the Newsto College" program that aired on NET1 and featured Adams and a variety of other area higher education representatives.

- UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck was cited in the December 2005 edition of Pathfinder Girl Scouts. Dr. Belck was a guest speaker at Explore UNO, a program held for local Girl Scouts Nov. 5.

- Gustavo Cano, Latino/Latin American studies and political science, was quoted in the Jan. 10 edition of the Houston Chronicle. The article highlighted ways Mexicans are being encouraged to vote in their country's presidential election.

- Bruce Chase, biology, was cited in the Dec. 1 edition of the Lincoln Business Journal. The article announced that Dr. Chase is a recipient of a Fulbright Scholar grant.

- Ana Cruz, communication, was quoted in the December 2005 edition of Nuestro Mundo. The article explored sexual assault in relation to cultural differences.

- Thomas Gouttierre, dean of international studies and programs, and director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies, and Raheem Yaseer, Center for Afghanistan Studies, were quoted in the Dec. 11 edition of the Lincoln Journal Star. The article highlighted Gouttierre's, Yaseer's and UNO's involvement with educating Afghan citizens throughout the years.

- Jonna Holland, marketing, was quoted in the Dec. 21 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article highlighted trends in consumer holiday shopping.

- Deepak Khazanchi and Ilze Zigurs, information science and technology, were cited in the Dec. 20 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article focused on Omaha's competition to host conventions and events.

- Rebecca Pasco, education, was cited in the Dec. 1 edition of the Times (Pender, Neb.). The article announced Dr. Pasco's Dec. 9 appearance at the South Sioux City Public Library.

- Wade Robinson, associate vice chancellor for student affairs, was quoted in the Nov. 23 editions of the Daily Times Herald (Carroll, Iowa), the Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) and the Globe Gazette (Mason City, Iowa), as well as the Dec. 2 edition of the Daily Nebraskan. The articles announced proposals to offer reduced tuition to students in neighboring Iowa counties.

- Scott Snyder, biology, was quoted in the Dec. 1 edition of the Pawnee Republican (Pawnee City, Neb.). The article explored a National Science Foundation grant Dr. Snyder recently received for parasite research.

- Maher Tadros, civil engineering, was cited in the November/December 2005 edition of PCI/Journal of the Prestressed Concrete Institute (Chicago). The article announced Dr. Tadro's receipt of an award at the 25th Annual Structural Conference held in September at the Scott Conference Center.

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

Russ Nordman at Resolutions 06
The video work of Russ Nordman, art and art history, has been selected for Resolutions 06 at Hall Walls Contemporary Arts Center in Buffalo, New York. His video Boil (2005) will be screened at the annual two-day festival of contemporary media work. For more information, visit the Web at

"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.

The 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 nameThe 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. 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.

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.