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Pictured above, the newly remodeled entrance to the UNO Bookstore in 1972.

This Week in Campus History

On Feb. 4, 1972, The Gateway reported that many federal work study students who had surpassed their maximum number of allotted hours would soon be dropped from the program due to a lack of federal funding. According to Don Roddy, director of UNO Financial Aid, "students working during Christmas vacation depleted our budget for this academic year."

Date: Feb. 4, 1972
Source: The Gateway
Compiled by University Library Archives

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In-Your-Face Geology

by Tim Fitzgerald

Rocks, lots of rocks, are scattered around geography-geology professor Jack Shroder's office in the Durham Science Center at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). When he takes a trip, instead of mailing postcards back to his office, he ships hundreds of pounds of rocks. ...continue

MLK III ABC Breakfast Rescheduled for Feb. 17

The UNO Academy, Business and Community (ABC) Breakfast Speaker Series featuring Martin Luther King III has been rescheduled for Friday, Feb. 17. His Feb. 1 Omaha appearance was postponed due to the Jan. 31 death of his mother, Coretta Scott King.

King, a human rights advocate, community activist, political leader and popular speaker, 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 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. Tickets purchased for the Feb. 1 event also will be honored.

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 Spring Sports Luncheon Feb. 22

MavericksIt's time again to take your Maverick gear out of the closet.

The annual spring sports luncheon, hosted by UNO Athletics, is set for Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the Venice Inn, 6910 Pacific St., beginning at 11:45 a.m.

Maverick spring sports coaches will report on their respective seasons and upcoming schedules. The following coaches will be on hand for the Feb. 22 event:

-Jeanne Scarpello
Maverick Softball

-Bob Herold
Maverick Baseball

-Bill Nichols
Maverick Tennis

-Tim Nelson
Maverick Golf

-Tim Hendricks
Maverick Track and Field

The luncheon will include a choice of chicken parmesan or top sirloin steak. Each entrée will be served with a baked potato, vegetables, side salad and a choice of tea or coffee. Schedule cards, posters and media guides will also be available.

Tickets for the luncheon are $10 and can be purchased at the door. For more information, contact Bob Flannery at 554.3882.

"Consider This..." to Explore Campaign Finance Limitation Act

Is Nebraska's Campaign Finance Limitation Act (CFLA) in jeopardy? Members of Common Cause in Nebraska think so.

This week on "Consider This…," host Carol Schrader will interview Jack Gould with Common Cause Nebraska about an effort in the Unicameral to change the CFLA. The program will air tonight, Feb. 3, on KYNE-TV (Channel 26) at 11 p.m.

Common Cause believes that voluntary spending limits have served Nebraska well since 1996. The organization is currently working to ensure that any effort to reform CFLA will not create future loopholes that will, in effect, negate the original purpose of this legislation.

Common Cause is also concerned about what it considers to be conflicts of interest involving state senators and the bills they shepherd through the legislature. The "revolving door" issue, involving state senators who immediately become lobbyists when they leave the Unicameral, is also worrying members. That situation, Gould said, is expected to mushroom if term limits are upheld and 20-plus senators are forced to retire.

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

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, Feb. 5
11:30 a.m. (CT)

NETV 2 (Nebraska's NET cable network)
- Monday, Feb. 6
1:30 p.m. (CT)

- Wednesday, Feb. 8
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 http://www.tknomaha.org. Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at http://www.unotv.unomaha.edu.

Deadline Extended for Student Employee of the Year Honors

Don't forget to honor your hardworking student employees! Nominations for the 2006 Student Employee of the Year are currently being accepted by Student Employment Services. The deadline for nominations has been extended to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14.

Student workers are an essential component of UNO. Not only do they play an important role in the daily functions of UNO, they are gaining valuable work experience.

The process of nominating a student is easy. Simply complete a short nomination form with a recommendation letter, and return this information to Student Employment Services (205 Eppley Administration Building). Nomination forms have been mailed to all departments. If you did not receive a form, they can be found online at http://www.unomaha.edu/humanresources/studempl.html. For more information, call 554.2321.

The Student Employee of the Year will be announced, and nominees will be recognized, along with all student workers, at the 2006 Student Employment Reception. The event will be held Wednesday, April 12, at 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom.

Youth and Adult Golf Lessons Schedule Announced

Campus Recreation and the Wellness Stampede announce the offering of youth and adult golf lessons. The four-week session will be held Saturdays, Feb. 11 through March 4, in the golf lab, 230 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

Openings are currently available for children ages eight to 15. A new intermediate youth class is also being offered.

Tim Nelson, UNO women's golf coach, will instruct the adult classes, and members of the UNO golf team will assist him with the youth classes.

Space is limited for all classes. To register, stop by 100 HPER or call 554.2539. Individuals may bring their own clubs or use those provided by Campus Recreation at no charge.

Classes are as follows (Feb. 11, 18, 25 and March 4):

- Youth Beginner
10 to 11 a.m.

- Youth Intermediate
11 a.m. to noon

- Adult Beginner
Noon to 1 p.m.

- Adult Stroke Brush-up
1 to 2 p.m.

Youth lessons are $15 for UNO students and HPER activity cardholders, and $20 for non-cardholders (only $10 more for a child from the same family).

Adult lessons are $40 for UNO students, $50 for HPER activity cardholders and $60 for non-cardholders. A $10 discount is available for both of the adult classes for UNO faculty and staff golf league participants when they register by Thursday, Feb. 9.

CFD to Host Instructional Design Workshop Feb. 14

The Center for Faculty Development (CFD) will host "An Introduction to Instructional Design: Using Technology Effectively" Tuesday, Feb. 14. The workshop will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

A workshop outline is highlighted below:

- It will begin with an overview of the instructional design process for developing and implementing a course, with specific emphasis on how technology can used to support each phase.

- New technologies, such as podcasting and clickers, will be demonstrated, and the group will discuss how these could be used to enhance learning.

- The workshop will conclude with an introduction to instructional technology support provided by Information Technology Services (ITS).

The presenter will be Jay Killion, senior instructional designer with ITS.

For more information, contact Killion at jaykillion@mail.unomaha.edu.

To register, contact the CFD at 554.2427 or facdev@mail.unomaha.edu.

Campus Unveiling of Alumni Center Feb. 7

All UNO faculty and staff are invited to the campus unveiling of the newly remodeled and expanded William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center Tuesday, Feb. 7. The event will be held from 3 to 5 p.m.

The UNO Alumni Association and Brandeis Catering will host the event. Complimentary refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Greg Trimm at 554.3368 or gtrimm@mail.unomaha.edu.

In the News

In the News- Ron Abdouch, Neighborhood Center for Greater Omaha, was quoted in the Jan. 9 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article highlighted a talk Abdouch gave about the Neighborhood Center Jan. 8 at the Douglas County Historical Society's Second Sunday Talk series.

- Sunny Andrews, emeritus professor of social work, was featured in the Jan. 9 edition of the Lincoln Journal Star. The article announced Dr. Andrew's appointment as state president of AARP Nebraska, the association's top volunteer position at the state level.

- Theresa Barron-McKeagney, social work, was quoted in the Jan. 16 edition of the Daily Nonpareil. The article discussed candidates for the Iowa West Foundation Board.

- Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, political science, will be the featured guest on the Monday, Feb. 6, edition of the NPR program "Community Forum," hosted by A'Jamal Rashad Byndon on KIOS (91.5 FM).

- Kris Berg, health, physical education and recreation, was quoted in the Jan. 2 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article provided guidelines for choosing a personal trainer.

- Winnie Callahan, executive director of The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute, was quoted in the Dec. 12 edition of ENR (New York). The article explored the privatization of university expansion projects.

- David Conway, associate dean of the College of Education, was quoted in the Jan. 7 editions of the Daily Nonpareil, Daily Sun (Beatrice, Neb.), Tribune (Fremont, Neb.), Independent (Grand Island, Neb.), Tribune (Hastings, Neb.), Lincoln Journal Star, Omaha World-Herald and the News-Times (York, Neb.). The articles explored a proposed bill that would recognize sign language as a foreign language in Nebraska's schools and universities.

- Jerry Deichert, Center for Public Affairs Research, was cited in the Dec. 21 editions of the Sentinel (Friend, Neb.), Nebraska Signal (Geneva, Neb.), Journal-Register (Hebron, Neb.) and the Republican (Wilbur, Neb.). The articles discussed a bill that would change minimum residency requirements for postsecondary education institutions in Nebraska.

- Sharif Liwaru, cultural awareness programs, was quoted in the Jan. 7 edition of the Daily Nonpareil. The article announced a Jan. 18 luncheon held at UNO to commemorate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

- Deborah-Eve Lombard, UNO Art Gallery, was quoted in the Jan. 8 edition of the Omaha World-Herald and the Jan. 17 edition of the Lincoln Journal Star. The articles highlighted the "Saving Faces: Art and Medicine" exhibition at UNO.

- L.C. Menyweather-Woods, black studies, and Paul Sather, Service-Learning Academy, were quoted in the Jan. 4 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article explored a North Omaha Seminar held Jan. 3 to teach faculty how to create and enhance service-learning courses for students.

- Doug Paterson, theatre, was pictured in the Jan. 1 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article announced a new theater group, the Activist Theatre, which Dr. Paterson is forming with UNO graduate Sheila Valerio Rocha to help give a voice to oppressed groups of people.

- Oliver Pollak, history, was quoted in the Dec. 18 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article explored metro area residents' childhood memories of receiving a bicycle.

- B.J. Reed, dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, was cited in the Jan. 16 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article announced that Dr. Reed would be the guest speaker at a Jan. 19 meeting focusing on UNO expansion plans.

- Sharon Ulmar, diversity and equal opportunity, was quoted in the Jan. 11 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article explored the resolution of a dispute involving sign language interpreters.

- Samuel Walker, emeritus professor of criminal justice, was quoted in the Jan. 16 edition of the Des Moines Register (Des Moines, Iowa). The article discussed terrorism task force funding and preparedness for Iowa. Dr. Walker also was interviewed about his upcoming book, Presidents and Civil Liberties: Wilson to Bush, by "Talking History," a syndicated program produced by the Organization of American Historians.

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 enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. 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 enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.

On Stage

Chamber Orchestra to Present "Romance and Roses" Feb. 4
The UNO Chamber Orchestra will present "Romance and Roses," a romantic evening of Viennese waltzes, Saturday, Feb. 4. The event will be held from 7:30 to 10 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Tickets are $25 for individuals and $40 for couples, the proceeds of which will benefit the Friends of Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra Scholarship Fund.

Christopher Stanichar, an assistant professor of music at UNO, will conduct the program. "This will be a very romantic affair to celebrate Valentine's Day and will feature an assortment of desserts and champagne that is included in the ticket price," he said. "People are encouraged to come early and learn to waltz from 7 to 7:30 p.m."

For tickets or more information, call 554.3427.

Concert at the Castle with Mezzo-Soprano Wendy Eaton
The Friends of Joslyn Castle will host a casual come-as-you-are concert Sunday, Feb. 5, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Joslyn Castle, 3902 Davenport St.

"Our spring festival season honors Sarah and George Josyln's love of music and their wish to share it with others in their home," said Annette Huff, event organizer. "In this spirit, our casual concerts showcase the best professional musicians in our region producing both classical repertoire and top-notch jazz."

Before the concert, guests are invited to tour the castle. A wine-tasting event featuring music written for voice and guitar by Dowland, Falla, Schubert and Duarte will wrap up the evening. The Feb. 5 performance will include mezzo-soprano Wendy Eaton with guitarist Chris Johnson. Eaton is an artist-faculty member in the UNO Department of Music.

Following the performance, the artists will be available for a short post-concert reception.

For more information, contact Huff at 551.3023 or Eaton at 554.2252.


Premiere of Song of the Magpie Feb. 8
The UNO Department of Theatre is sponsoring the premiere of Martha Boesing's Song of the Magpie Wednesday, Feb. 8. The event will begin at noon in the directing lab (Room 006) of the Weber Fine Arts Building. It is free and open to the public.

Song of the Magpie is a one-woman show that grew out of Boesing's experiences with The Faithful Fools Street Ministry in San Francisco, an organization that works with the homeless.

The first half of the play is about Walker, a woman who decides to live on the streets for a week to see what it's like to be homeless. She gets an adequate picture of the homeless lifestyle but doesn't find any answers.

In the second half of the play, the Walker character morphs into Sophie, who actually lives on the streets. "Sophie talks about what it's really like – the horrors most of us don't know about – and the experience of living a basically nomadic life with some redemption in it," Boesing said.

The performance is about 50 minutes long. It will be followed by a discussion with the playwright and performer.

For more information, contact D. Scott Glasser at 554.3619.


Ecoutez! Continues Feb. 25 with Slide Hampton
The 2005-06 Ecoutez! series at UNO continues Saturday, Feb. 25, with a performance by master arranger and jazz trombonist Slide Hampton.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. The doors will open 30 minutes prior to the concert. Hampton will play with the UNO Faculty Jazz Combo and the UNO Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Pete Madsen, coordinator of jazz studies and assistant professor of trombone at UNO.

"Ecoutez! is committed to bringing the highest calibre of established performers and emerging artists to the metropolitan area," said Roger Foltz, a professor of music at UNO and coordinator of the series. The word "ecoutez" is French for "listen." KVNO Classical 90.7 FM is the media sponsor for the series.

Hampton's distinguished career spans decades in the evolution of jazz. At age 12, he began touring the Midwest with the Indianapolis-based Hampton band, led by his father and consisting of other members of his musical family. At age 20, he was performing at Carnegie Hall with the Hampton band. As his reputation grew, he began working with the country's top bandleaders, including Dizzy Gillespie and Max Roach, contributing both original compositions and arrangements. The National Endowment for the Arts (N.E.A.) honored Hampton with its highest honor in jazz, the 2005 N.E.A. Jazz Master Award.

Hampton is appearing at UNO in conjunction with the 34th annual UNO Great Plains Jazz Festival. Thirty-seven high school and middle school bands from Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri will be honing their craft during the two-day event on the UNO campus.

Individual tickets to the Feb. 25 concert are $15. All students are admitted free of charge with a valid ID. Phone reservations for student tickets are recommended.

For more information, call 554.3427.


The Langston Hughes Project Comes to UNO Feb. 26
The work of one of the most important writers and thinkers of the 20th century is coming to UNO Sunday, Feb. 26.

The McCurdy/Wright Consort will present The Langston Hughes Project, Ask Your Mama: Twelve Moods for Jazz – a multimedia event that embodies the writer and poet at his best – at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. It is free and open to the public.

Hughes was an integral part of the Harlem Renaissance, the African American artistic movement in the 1920s that celebrated black life and culture. His poetry, novels, plays, essays and children's books promoted equality, condemned racism and injustice, and celebrated African American culture, humor and spirituality.

The Langston Hughes Project, based on a masterwork written in 12 parts by Hughes in the early 1960s, creates the mood of the Harlem Renaissance in the 800-line suite of poems illustrated by the spoken word, and accompanied by a live quartet and visual images from the era. It has been presented at colleges, universities, museums and cultural centers across the United States, including Carnegie Hall.

"The performance recreates Hughes' vision of the global struggle for freedom in the early 1960s," said Pete Madsen, coordinator of jazz studies and assistant professor of trombone at UNO.

African American artists and photographers – including Jacob Lawrence, Gordon Parks and Romare Bearden – link words to music and a kaleidoscopic collection of images. Spoken word artist John Wright brings Hughes' text vividly to life. Music director and composer Ron McCurdy orchestrates the original music based on the music cues suggested by Hughes.

The UNO performance of The Langston Hughes Project is sponsored by the UNO Department of Music, the UNO Department of Black Studies, the Student Programming Organization, the Goodrich Program and the Nebraska Arts Council.

For more information about the Feb. 26 event, contact Kimberly Mettenbrink at 554.3427.

For more information about The Langston Hughes Project, visit the Web at http://www.ronmccurdy.com.

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 enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.

On Exhibit

savingfaces"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 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, 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.

oconnellBook 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 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.

Sunday
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.

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 enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.