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He's No. 1

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Don Klosterman has been named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division II women's coach of the year. See article elsewhere in this issue for details.

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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. 26, 1972, The Gateway announced that Norman E. Borlaug, the recipient of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize, was scheduled to speak at UNO in early February. Dr. Borlaug was honored for his research examining what types of wheat could help eliminate world hunger. His presentation, titled "Problems of Population - Food, Production, Ecology," was free and open to the public.

Date: Jan. 26, 1972
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

Study Reveals Emphasis of Latino Parents on Education

The results of a recent study conducted by researchers at UNO may help debunk the myth that Latino parents do not value education.

A report on the study, "Examining the Impact of Parental Involvement in a Dual Language Program: Implications for Children and Schools," was prepared for the UNO Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) by the UNO-Omaha Public Schools (OPS) Dual Language Research Group. The study was funded in part by a grant to OLLAS from the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institute of Mental Health. 

The OPS Dual Language Research Group, which formed in 2003, has focused on the role of parental involvement on children's success in the OPS dual language (Spanish-English) program.

Dual language programs allow children to develop proficiency in two languages. In the participating schools, classrooms in the program are comprised of half native English speakers and half Spanish speakers, and instruction is given in both languages to both language groups.

Parents in the program are actively encouraged to participate in school activities and are required to sign a contract that calls for their support by volunteering during the school year.

The study involved 115 parents and their children enrolled in kindergarten through grade four in the dual language program. Sixty-eight percent of the parents who agreed to participate were Latino (75 mothers and eight fathers), and 28% were non-Latino (28 mothers and four fathers).

Parents completed questionnaires, available in Spanish and English, in a group setting. Researchers fluent in both languages were available for assistance. The questionnaires covered a number of areas, including definitions of school success, involvement in education, barriers to parental involvement, acculturation and reasons for or against enrollment in the dual language program.

The key research findings are summarized below.

- Latino parents rated the academic and social goals of education more highly than non-Latino parents, suggesting they place an increased emphasis on education in general.

- Latino parents viewed academic and social/behavioral outcomes as equally important, whereas non-Latino parents viewed social/behavioral outcomes as being more important than academic outcomes. This difference for non-Latino parents was more pronounced for parents of girls.

- Latino and non-Latino parents were not found to differ in their self-reported involvement in their children's education. Additionally, both Latino and non-Latino parents reported greater involvement in the home than school context. Similarly, both Latino and non-Latino parents reported that the involvement of others (spouses, friends and neighbors) was greater at home than at school.

"The systematic study of dual language programs is an especially important area of investigation because of the latest census trends and because barriers to involvement for the parents of language minority children are likely to differ from those for the parents of language majority children," said Juan Casas, one of the report's authors.

The UNO-OPS Dual Language Research Group consists of Dr. Casas, assistant professor of psychology at UNO; Carey Ryan, associate professor of psychology at UNO; Lisa Kelly-Vance, associate professor of psychology at UNO; Brigette Ryalls, associate professor of psychology at UNO; Angela Ferguson, assistant professor of foreign languages at UNO; and Collette Nero, coordinator of psychological services with OPS.

For more information about the study, contact Dr. Casas at 554.2548 or

The OLLAS research agenda is designed to address the most urgent and neglected aspects associated with the region's unprecedented Latino population growth and its local, regional and transhemispheric implications. For more information, visit the Web at

Klosterman Named National Coach of the Year

Don Klosterman, who guided the UNO soccer team to the national title in December, has been named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division II women's coach of the year. The announcement came at the NSCAA Awards Banquet in Philadelphia Jan. 20 as part of the group's annual convention.

MavericksKlosterman, the only coach the UNO soccer program has had in its seven years of existence, has led the team to five North Central Conference (NCC) championships and four straight trips to the final four. He has compiled a 124-26-4 record overall, a 47-9-1 NCC record and a mark of 13-3-1 in the NCAA tournament.

The St. Louis, Mo., native earned his master's degree from UNO in 1985 and is a 1974 graduate of Benedictine, where he also served as the men's head coach from 1979 to 1983. He was the Creighton University men's coach from 1984 to 1986 and was the head boys' soccer coach at Omaha's Millard South High School from 1987 to 1997. 

The Mavericks defeated Seattle Pacific in overtime, 2-1, for the national championship Dec. 3. UNO finished second in 2002 and third the following two years in the national tournament.

"We're awfully proud of Don and what he and his team were able to accomplish this year," said UNO athletic director David Herbster. "He is very deserving of the award, and I think it says a lot about the man who has literally built the soccer program here from the ground up."

Klosterman is the only NCAA II coach to have directed a team into the final four each of the past four years.

"We are very proud of Coach Klosterman and his many accomplishments," said associate athletic director Deb Denbeck. "He is an outstanding coach and individual, and is very well respected by his players, his peers, his colleagues and the Omaha community. I could not think of a better person to receive this outstanding award. Don has put our soccer program on the map since its infancy, and he has done it with mostly local players. He is truly a class act."

SPO to Host Fine Arts Exposition Today

The Student Programming Organization (SPO) will host the first annual Fine Arts Exposition today, 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

TIAA/CREF Campus Visits Slated for February

A representative from TIAA-CREF will be on campus each Tuesday in February for individual counseling sessions. The dates are Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28.

To schedule an appointment, call Louella Williams at 402.548.3610 or visit the Web at

Spring Schedule Announced for GLBTQ Dialogues

Faculty, staff and students interested in making UNO a safe environment for members of the GLBTQ community are invited to participate in a series of campus dialogues this spring. The schedule is listed below.

Wednesday, Feb. 8
11 a.m. to noon
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room

Tuesday, Feb. 28
Noon to 1 p.m.
MBSC Council Room

Wednesday, March 22
11 a.m. to noon
MBSC Gallery Room

Thursday, April 13
Noon to 1 p.m.
MBSC Gallery Room

All those interested in attending are invited to bring their lunch. For more information, contact Sharon Ulmar at 554.2872.

Nominations Sought for 2006 Sparks Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2006 Robert D. Sparks, M.D., Award. The award, named after Dr. Sparks - a former chancellor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), has been established through the University of Nebraska Foundation to recognize University of Nebraska faculty members, regularly enrolled students and/or volunteers involved in faculty or student research projects for outstanding innovation, excellence, collaboration and impact on health promotion, disease prevention and advancement of effective public health approaches.

The award recipient will receive a $1,000 cash award and will be honored at a luncheon set for Thursday, April 6, at the Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine St. 

This event is being held as part of Public Health Week and World Health Day. Dr. Sparks will be in attendance to present the award. The award recipient will have an opportunity to make a brief presentation about his/her work during the luncheon. The luncheon also will feature keynote remarks by a nationally recognized leader in public health.

All nominations must be received or postmarked no later than Wednesday, Feb. 15. E-mail, fax and postal nominations will be accepted. Nominations should include:

- A completed nomination form and attached description of the nominee's qualifications (no more than two pages in length);

- Up to two letters supporting the nomination; and

- An up-to-date curriculum vita or résumé for the nominee.

The Awards Selection Committee will use the following criteria in evaluating nominations as demonstrated in their work practice/products:

- Excellence;

- Innovation/creativity;

- Collaboration; and

- Impact on health promotion, disease prevention, and/or advancement of effective public health approaches.

The nomination form, letters of support, and the nominee's CV or résumé will be the primary sources of information for selecting award recipients. The nomination form is available by clicking on the following link:

2006 Nomination Forms

Nomination materials and questions about the award should be directed to:

Magda G. Peck, Sc.D.
Chair, Robert D. Sparks Award Committee
Collaborating Center for Public Health & Community Service
210 South 49th St.
Omaha, NE 68132
Phone: 561.7566
Fax: 561.7525

Brennan Institute Conference Set for March 11

The William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies at UNO will host its seventh annual labor community conference Saturday, March 11. "Promoting the General Welfare" is the event's title and overarching theme. All events will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Edwin D. "Ed" Hill, international president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), AFL-CIO, will open the conference with an address titled "The Fight for America's Future." Hill has been a member of the IBEW since 1956 and began serving his local union a year after turning out as a journeyman. He became the union's international president in 2001.

Hill's presentation will serve as a reminder about the universal issues of fairness, justice and equity, said John Kretzschmar, director of the William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies.

"Ed Hill is a great leader in the labor movement and a great speaker," Kretzschmar said. "His presentation is extremely timely in today's labor environment."

In addition to Hill, the workshop and plenary sessions are listed below.

- "The Wal-Marting of America"
Presented by a representative from the Wake-Up Wal-Mart Campaign.

- "Unionism 101"
Presented by Kretzschmar

- "Human Rights and the American Dream"
Presented by Henry Rosemont Jr., professor emeritus of philosophy at St. Mary's College of Maryland; senior consulting professor at Fudan University in China; and a professional lecturer at the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University. 

- Closing Plenary
Presented by Elise Bryant, a senior staff associate at the George Meany Center for Labor Studies/National Labor College. Bryant is also the leader of the DC Labor Chorus, as well as an actress, playwright and theatre director.

Registation for the event is $20 for students and $30 for the general public through March 3. After March 3, the registration fee is $30 for students and $40 for the public. The fee includes lunch.

To register for the conference, call 595.2344. For more information, visit the Web at

Spring Archery/Golf Lab Hours Under Way

Campus Recreation announces its spring 2006 open archery and golf lab hours. The lab is located in 230 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building. The schedule is as follows:

3 to 5 p.m.

3 to 5 p.m.

Noon to 2 p.m.

Open archery and golf lab hours will run through Friday, April 14. Equipment is available for checkout, or participants may bring their own. The lab is supervised for open practice only. Instruction is not available. The lab will be closed March 13-17 during spring break.

For more information, call 554.2539.

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.

"Color Me Human" Diversity Week Begins Jan. 30

Faculty, staff and students at UNO will have an opportunity to learn about cultures other than their own Jan. 30-Feb. 3 during "Color Me Human" Diversity Week.

The fourth annual event, coordinated by the American Multicultural Student Agency (AMS), a Student Government agency, will feature a variety of art and literary presentations, as well as a multi-ethnic luncheon and a performance.

The public is invited to attend the events, which will be held on the UNO campus. All activities are free, with the exception of the luncheon. The schedule is listed below.

Monday, Jan. 30
Cultural Organization and Department Fair 
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Nebraska Room and Ballroom

Tuesday, Jan. 31
Poetry Open Mic 
Featuring SPOWkun Word and NCNW
Noon to 1 p.m.
MBSC Nebraska Room

Wednesday, Feb. 1
Barbee Cain
Henna Art Demonstration  
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
MBSC Nebraska Room

Thursday, Feb. 2
Jesus "Chuy" Negrete, Latino Musician 
Noon to 1 p.m.
MBSC Nebraska Room 
This event is co-sponsored by The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies at UNO.

Friday, Feb. 3
Color Me Human Luncheon 
Noon to 1:15 p.m.
MBSC Ballroom  

This event will feature a multi-ethnic luncheon and a performance of "Dr. King's Dream" by Mixedblood Theater. Tickets are available in the MBSC Business Office, located on the second floor of the MBSC. They are $3 for UNO students, $5 for faculty and staff, and $7 for the general public.

For more information, contact Erin Cron, AMS adviser, at 554.2711.

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.


UNO traveled to Maryville, Mo., Jan. 14-15 to compete in the Midwest Mixer Forensics Invitational, two tournaments in one weekend hosted by Northwest Missouri State University and Doane College.

Individual results are listed below.

Jan. 14
Northwest Missouri State Bearcat Blowout
Sophomore Buey Ruet placed fourth in program oral interpretation and second in persuasive speaking. He was also the top novice in the event. Junior Becky Boyer finished fifth in after-dinner speaking. Junior Teresa Oberdorfer finished seventh in program oral interpretation, and fourth in prose interpretation and dramatic interpretation. Senior Channa Rench was seventh in extemporaneous speaking, sixth in program oral interpretation and was the tournament champion in after-dinner speaking. UNO placed behind Kansas State University and Doane College in the tournament sweepstakes.   

Jan. 15
Doane College Tiger Tundra
Buey Ruet was second in program oral interpretation and second in persuasive speaking. Ruet was also the top novice competitor in both events. Becky Boyer placed fourth in after-dinner speaking, and Teresa Oberdorfer finished fourth in program oral interpretation and second in prose interpretation. UNO placed fourth in the tournament sweepstakes. These placings, combined with others from earlier tournaments, qualify Rench to compete at the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament hosted by the University of Florida later this spring. Rench is the second UNO student to qualify for the national tournament.

Up next, the team travels to Seward, Neb., to compete in the Sun and Sleet Invitational hosted by Concordia University and Azuza Pacific University.

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