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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

Black History Month Celebration Begins Jan. 30

A month-long event celebrating black history and culture will kick off Monday, Jan. 30, at UNO. All activities are open to the public and will be held on campus at the times and locations listed below. Activities are free, with the exception of the Feb. 3 luncheon and the Feb. 11 fashion show.

Monday, Jan. 30
- Cultural Organizations Fair
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom and Nebraska Room
Cultural organizations, clubs, departments and agencies will be showcased at this event.
Sponsored by American Multicultural Students

Tuesday, Jan. 31
- Open Mic Poetry
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
MBSC Ballroom
A diverse crowd of poets and listeners is anticipated at this open mic event.
Sponsored by American Multicultural Students, SPOWkun Word and NCNW

Friday, Feb. 3
- Color Me Human Luncheon
Noon to 1:15 p.m.
MBSC Ballroom
Featuring "Dr. King's Dream" by Mixedblood Theater. Tickets are on sale in the MBSC Business Office ($3 for students, $5 for faculty and staff, and $7 for the public).
Sponsored by American Multicultural Students

Feb. 6-28
- Black History Month Display
University Library Foyer
This informative display celebrates the history, culture, icons and contributions of African Americans.
Sponsored by University Library

Monday, Feb. 6
- African American Read-In
6 to 8 p.m.
MBSC Fireplace Lounge (first floor)
Participants will be able to share insights about The Autobiography of Malcolm X and the book's namesake at a discussion group formed in recognition of the 17th National African American Read-In.
Sponsored by Multicultural Affairs

Tuesday, Feb. 7 
- Jabali Afrika
MBSC Nebraska Room
This multi-faceted Kenyan group combines fusion and African rhythms. Original compositions and traditional African rhythms come alive on a wide variety of instruments accompanied by vocal harmonies, dancing and choreography.
Sponsored by the Student Programming Organization (SPO)

Saturday, Feb. 11 
- Kaleidoscope Fashion Show
3 to 6:30 p.m.
MBSC Ballroom
The colorful fabric of African Americans will be showcased. The event also will feature food, fun and door prizes. Tickets are on sale in the Office of Multicultural Affairs on the first floor of the MBSC ($10 for adults, $7 for students, and $5 for children 12 and under).
Sponsored by the UNO Section of NCNW and Allen Chapel AMEC

Wednesday, Feb. 15 - Malcolm X Festival
MBSC Ballroom
The UNO Department of Black Studies is hosting this annual festival in tribute to those individuals and groups who contribute to the improvement of the American society. With involvement from SPO, Cultural Awareness Programs, Multicultural Affairs and others, this year's focus is on the women of this movement.

- Poet and playwright Sonia Sanchez
10 to 10:50 a.m.

- Urban Bush Women
Featuring Sonia Sanchez and Amara Tabor Smith.
11 to 11:50 a.m.

- The Art of Black Women
Featuring Deborah Bunting, artist, and Wanda Ewing, assistant professor of art/art history at UNO.
1 to 1:50 p.m.

- Black Women's Literature
Featuring Helen Fountain, UNO Multicultural Affairs.
2 to 2:50 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 16 - Malcolm X Festival
MBSC Ballroom

- "Voter Education and Black Women in the Women's Suffrage Movement" Featuring Roslyn Terborg-Penn, Morgan State University.
10 to 11:45 a.m.

- Black Women Activism
Featuring Jennifer Hamer and Helen Neville, University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign.
1 to 2:15 p.m.

- "Addressing Issues of Race in Women's Studies"
Featuring Genevieve Williams and Angela Drakeford, UNO students.
2:30 to 3:45 p.m.

- Closing Ceremonies
Featuring Spoken Word and African Dance-PASO.
7 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 22 
- Seku Neblett, African Drummer
Noon to 1 p.m.
MBSC Ballroom
An African born in America, Neblett has studied African cultural forms in North America, South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Europe. He encourages individuals to seek information concerning African culture and its realities.
Sponsored by Student Organizations and Leadership Programs/Cultural Awareness Programs

Sunday, Feb. 26
- The Langston Hughes Project
7:30 p.m.
Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall
Ronald McCurdy, a professor of music at the Thornton School of Music, will present a multimedia display on Langston Hughes, including his life, his art and his times.
Sponsored by the Nebraska Arts Council, the UNO Department of Black Studies, the UNO Department of Music, SPO and the Goodrich Program

For more information, call 554.2711.

Grand Opening for The Speech Center Today

UNO and the School of Communication will celebrate the grand opening of its newest resource, The Speech Center, today, Jan. 25. The event 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.

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

Student Agencies to Host Open House Jan. 26

The Student Government Agencies at UNO - American Multicultural Students, the Network for disAbled Students, International Student Services and the Women's Resource Center - will host an open house Thursday, Jan. 26. The event will take place in the agency offices on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center from noon to 1 p.m.

"This is an opportunity for UNO to learn more about what services and programs the agencies offer," said Erin Cron, agencies adviser.

Food will be provided. For more information, call 554.2937.

McClurg Elected Chair of Regents for 2006

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents elected James McClurg to chair the board for 2006 at its Jan. 20 meeting. McClurg, who represents southeast Nebraska, was appointed to the board in 2002. Charles Wilson of Lincoln, a member of the board since 1990, was elected vice chair.

McClurg is senior vice president and chief scientific officer at MDS Pharma Services, a drug discovery and development company in Lincoln. He previously served as president and CEO of life sciences at Harris Laboratories Inc. and also has been an instructor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

McClurg recently was named chair of BioNebraska Life Sciences Association, created in 2005 to coordinate and expand life sciences in Nebraska. He serves on the board of the Nebraska Technology Development Corporation and the President's Research Board, and is a trustee of the University of Nebraska Foundation. He was a member of the Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Post-Secondary Education from 1989 to 1991.

Wilson, a retired cardiologist with the Nebraska Heart Institute in Lincoln, has been a clinical professor of medicine with the University of Nebraska Medical Center since 1974. From 1984 to 1988, he was a member of the Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education.

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents includes eight members elected to six-year terms and four nonvoting student regents who represent each of the four University of Nebraska campuses.

For more information, contact Sara Pipher at 472.7127.

Library Liaisons to Meet with UCLLR Jan. 30

The University Library department liaisons will meet with the University Committee on Library and Learning Resources Monday, Jan. 30, from 10 to 11:15 a.m. in Room 100 of the library.

The agenda will include a discussion of the collection development plan, the library renovation and gathering information from committee members for future plans for the library building. All attendees will be entered in a drawing for a Valentine's Day basket of chocolates sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Department liaisons who are unable to attend this meeting should contact Linda Mannering at lmannering@mail.unomaha.edu or Linda Riviera at lriviera@mail.unomaha.edu.

Video Celebration of Chinese New Year Jan. 26

International Student Services invites faculty, staff and students to celebrate the Chinese New Year Thursday, Jan. 26. In conjunction with the occasion, the 2006 International Gala Celebration video will be broadcast from noon to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

The most important festival in China is that of the Chinese New Year, said Dan Wilkens, a professor of physics at UNO and event organizer. Participants will be able to view the gala – with its performances of song, dance and music by hundreds of talented artists – that will tour this year in 17 cities worldwide.

For more information, contact Dr. Wilkins at 554.3728.

Last Introduction to Pilates Class Jan. 26

Those wishing to take a beginning Pilates class from Campus Recreation must attend an introduction class first. The last Introduction to Pilates class is set for Thursday, Jan. 26, at 5:15 p.m. in 230 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

The Jan. 26 class is free to all current UNO students and HPER activity cardholders. Those who attend should come dressed to participate.

For more information, call 554.2539.

CFD to Sponsor SoTL Brown Bag Jan. 27

The Center for Faculty Development will host a "Getting Started with the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)" brown bag Friday, Jan. 27. The event will be held from 1 to 2:15 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Umonhon Room.

Presenters will include Joe Brown, associate professor of psychology; Jody Neathery-Castro, associate professor of political science; and Joanne Sowell, associate professor of art history.

The SoTL is a faculty-driven endeavor that promotes rigorous and systematic investigation into teaching and student learning. The facilitators will share information gleaned from their participation in two regional SoTL conferences sponsored by the Carnegie Consortium for the Advancement of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. The Jan. 27 event will consist of a 75-minute session on strategies for integrating teaching with scholarship.

For more information, contact Dr. Neathery-Castro at 554.3611 or jneathery@mail.unomaha.edu. To register, contact the Center for Faculty Development at 554.2427 or facdev@unomaha.edu.

ABC Breakfast to Feature Martin Luther King III Feb. 1

the nameFor nearly 20 years, Martin Luther King III, the second oldest child of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, has been motivating audiences around the world with his insightful message of hope and civility. He will share his unique perspective on human rights and a nonviolent society Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the Academy, Business and Community (ABC) Breakfast Speaker Series.

The event will be held at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, 72nd and Grover streets. The doors will open at 7 a.m. for a breakfast buffet. Tickets are $12.50 each and may be purchased by calling 554.2981.

A human rights advocate, community activist, political leader and popular speaker, King III currently serves as CEO and president of the King Center in Atlanta, Ga. He is dedicated to creating and implementing strategic nonviolent action to help rid the world of social, political and economic injustice. In addition, he has initiated several programs throughout the years that are designed to support and nurture young people.

The ABC Breakfast Speaker Series is celebrating its 31st season in 2005-06. It is one of the nation's longest running speaker series.

For more information, call 554.2981, or visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/abc/.

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 http://www.unomaha.edu/writingcenter 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 http://www.unomaha.edu/writingcenter.

Book Arts Exhibition at Cathedral Cultural Center

The beauty of books, both ancient and contemporary, is the subject of an exhibition on display through March 3 at the St. Cecilia Cathedral Cultural Center.

the name"The Beauty of the Book" is sponsored by the Nebraska Book Arts Center and the Joslyn Art Museum. 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.

"The Beauty of the Book" is being held in conjunction with "Illuminating The Word; The Saint John's Bible," which runs 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 Street. 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 http://www.unomaha.edu/~nbac/home.html.

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 Web at http://avalon.unomaha.edu/servicelearning/. 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 Web at http://avalon.unomaha.edu/servicelearning/. For more information, call Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz at 554.2712.

Nominations Sought for Outstanding Leadership Award

Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) is currently accepting nominations for the Vice Chancellor's Outstanding Leadership Award.

Nominations are due in the SOLP Office Feb. 3, and student applications and essays are due Feb. 10.

This annual award recognizes an undergraduate student who has demonstrated exemplary leadership through influential participation in campus organizations and community volunteer work, in addition to scholarly achievement. This award will be given to a UNO student graduating in May or August 2006 or to a December 2005 graduate. Criteria include campus and community activities, a 2.5 minimum GPA, a recommendation from a UNO faculty or staff member, and an essay by the applicant. The recipient will be honored at the 2006 Student Honors Convocation and at the Student Organizations and Leadership Programs reception in April.

Nomination forms are available online at http://studentorgs.unomaha.edu/.

The SOLP Office is located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center. For more information about the nomination process, contact Erin Cron at 554.2711.