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The Perfect Combination

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

The Moving Company, UNO's modern dance performing group, and the UNO Jazz Ensemble helped the Durham Western Heritage Museum celebrate the opening of "Latin Jazz: la combinacion perfecta/The Perfect Combination" with a special performance Feb. 9. This bilingual exhibition – which runs from Feb. 11 through May 7 – explores the history, cultural context, musicians, places, instruments and dance aesthetic behind the development of this musical genre. The Durham Western Heritage Museum is located at 801 10th St. in downtown Omaha. For more information, call 444.5071.

K2 basecamp

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

President "Delivers" State of the University Address

University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken has foregone tradition and delivered his 2006 State of the University address via e-mail and pod-cast. The speech is available online, in both audio and print formats, at

Milliken highlighted university successes of the past year, including:
- Strong relationships between the university and Nebraskans, their political leadership and the private sector;
- Progress in key areas affecting affordable access – a significant increase in state support, the smallest tuition increase in eight years and an increase in need-based financial aid;
- Record research funding that for the first time puts the University of Nebraska among the top 35 public universities in R&D funding;
- Record private support provided from the University of Nebraska Foundation;
- Partnerships with the private sector in such projects as the Ak-Sar-Ben Future Trust, BioNebraska and the Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction; and
- A strategic framework that will guide planning and priorities for the future.

In a message to all University of Nebraska employees, Milliken said, “While the coming year will continue to offer challenges, I am optimistic and confident about the future of the university and the state.”

He outlined the goals listed below for 2006.
- Growing enrollment, including in-state and out-of-state students, and increasing participation among traditionally under-represented minorities and low-income students.
- Increasing the college-going rate in Nebraska.
- Investing in faculty and academic programs.
- Continuing to expand the University of Nebraska’s success in research and scholarly activity, and increasing the development of technology.
- Passage of LB 605, legislation that provides renovation of buildings and infrastructure on all four campuses.
- Expanding efforts in the area of economic development and outreach.

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Progressive Editor to Present Lecture Feb. 23

Matthew Rothschild, editor of The Progressive, will speak at UNO Thursday, Feb. 23. His lecture is titled "The Case for Impeachment." The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room A.

"The Progressive is known for its pacifism and strong opposition to military intervention. The magazine also emphasizes civil rights, civil liberties, economic justice and environmentalism," said Bruce E. Johansen, event organizer and a professor in the UNO School of Communication.

During his visit to campus, Rothschild also will meet with classes from communication and political science.

Rothschild started work at The Progressive in 1983, where he has worked in several different positions, first as associate editor, then managing editor, and, since 1994, as editor.

On the magazine's Web site (, Rothschild keeps a running tally of civil liberties infringements in his "McCarthyism Watch." He also hosts Progressive Radio, a syndicated weekly half-hour program, and does radio commentaries Monday through Friday. Both can be found at

For more information, contact Dr. Johansen at or 554.4851.

Lotus Notes Server Downtime Tonight

The UNO Lotus Notes e-mail system will be down for a server upgrade tonight, Feb. 10, from 11 p.m. to midnight. The upgrade will improve the security and system availability of the server.

For more information, contact Information Technology Services Customer Service at 554.4357 or

UNO to Participate in KidzExplore This Weekend

UNO will have a booth at KidzExplore, the area's premier winter family event, this weekend at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs. Information about summer camp offerings at UNO will be available.

The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, Feb. 11
10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 12
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children over age two. Children age two and under will be admitted free. Coupons for $1 off the admission price are available at all No Frills Supermarkets. Free parking is available.

To find out more about summer camp offerings at UNO, visit the Web at

15-Passenger Van Training Session Feb. 13

If you plan to drive a 15-passenger van for a university-sponsored trip this semester, you are required to attend a safety awareness class. The first class this semester will be held Monday, Feb. 13, in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room from 1 to 2 p.m.

Those planning to attend should contact Stan Schleifer at 554.3596.

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.

It will:
- Begin with an overview of the instructional design process for developing and implementing a course, with specific emphasis on how technology can be used to support each phase;
- Demonstrate new technologies, such as podcasting and clickers;
- Discuss how new technologies could be used to enhance learning; and
- 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

University Library to Host Reception for Sonia Sanchez Feb. 14

University Library will host a welcome reception honoring award-winning poet, playwright, essayist and educator Sonia Sanchez Tuesday, Feb. 14. The event will be held at 7 p.m. at the Loves Jazz & Arts Center, 2510 N. 24th St. It is free and open to the public.

Sanchez is the keynote speaker at the fifth annual Malcolm X Festival, set for Feb. 15-16 at UNO. She is the recipient of the 1985 American Book Award for Homegirls & Handgrenades. Other Sanchez works held in University Library include Home Coming, I've Been A Woman, We A BaddDDD People, and Wounded in the House of a Friend.

Complimentary beverages and hors d'oeuvres will be served. For more information, contact Steve Shorb, dean of University Library, at 554.2640.

49th Annual Missouri Valley History Conference March 3

Scholars from across the state, region and country will be coming to Omaha March 2-4 for the 49th annual Missouri Valley History Conference (MVHC). The event, hosted since 1958 by the UNO Department of History, will be held at the Embassy Suites Old Market/Downtown, 555 S. 10th St.

"We expect more than 250 participants to register," said Moshe Gershovich, associate professor of history at UNO and program coordinator. "There's something for everyone at the conference. We welcome professors, teachers, students and anyone interested in history."

Several UNO faculty members will serve as chairs, commentators or presenters for the conference's 45 sessions. Topics of presentations include all fields of history, periods and geographical regions.

Philip Khoury, professor of history and the Kenan Sahin Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), will give the Friday, March 3, keynote address. Khoury, an internationally renowned expert on the Middle East, will present "The Arab World: What Went Wrong and How Can We Make It Better."

"Dr. Khoury's subject is both timely and important," Dr. Gershovich said. "We are delighted to have someone of his stature at the conference."

Dr. Khoury is the author of several books on the history of the Middle East and has been awarded fellowships from the Fulbright-Hays Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and The MacArthur Foundation. He also has been a visiting associate at the University of Oxford and is a faculty associate at Harvard University's Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

The keynote presenter Thursday, March 2, is John Wunder, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor of history. His speech, titled "On Comparative History: Two Treaties," will focus on Native Americans in the American West.

A special session open to the general public Thursday night, March 9, will feature Trudy Bell, an independent scholar from Ohio. Her presentation, titled "The Great Easter Flood of 1913: The United States' Now-Forgotten Worst Natural Disaster," is most timely, Dr. Gershovich said. "With the recent natural disasters around the globe and in the USA, it's important to look back at how others have handled similar situations." Her presentation begins at 8 p.m.

Exhibits from book companies, regional historical museums and societies also will be on display at the conference.

Pre-registration for the MVHC by Wednesday, Feb. 15, is $50. Late registration (including at the door) is $60. Students from area high schools, colleges and universities are admitted free with ID (excluding meals) and are encouraged to register. A $10 single-panel pass is also available for those interested in a specific topic or who cannot attend the entire conference. For more information on the MVHC, contact Dr. Gershovich at 554.3175 or The Web site for the conference is

The Missouri Valley History Conference Inc. is a nonprofit corporation in the state of Nebraska. The 49th annual MVHC is organized by MVHC Inc. and sponsored in part by UNO.

CCSW to Host Awards Luncheon March 9

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) at UNO will host its 20th annual awards luncheon Thursday, March 9. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom.

Tickets are $12 for staff, faculty and the general public, and $9 for students.

At the luncheon, the 2006 winners of the Outstanding Achievement Award, the Community Service Award and the Scholarship Award will be announced. The awards recognize individuals and organizations for their outstanding service to women.

A reception for the award recipients will be held prior to the luncheon from 11 to 11:30 a.m. in the MBSC Chancellor's Room.

The CCSW serves as an advisory 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.

Luncheon tickets are on sale in the Milo Bail Student Center Business Office. Tickets also can be purchased by phone at 554.2979 or by e-mail to

For more information about the luncheon contact Marvel Maring at 554.2992 or

In the News

- Ron Abdouch, Neighborhood Center for Greater Omaha (NCGO), and Cate Kratville, recruitment services, were quoted in the Jan. 27 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article highlighted a youth auction held Jan. 26 to benefit the NCGO, which provides training programs and resources to neighborhood groups.

In the News- Patty Adams, Program for Women and Successful Aging (PWSA), was quoted in the Jan. 12 edition of the Omaha Star. The article announced a call for nominations for the 2006 PWSA Women of Wisdom Awards.

- John Bartle, public administration, was cited in the December 2005 edition of the PA Times (Washington, D.C.). The article profiled American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Council candidates, including Dr. Bartle.

- Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, political science, was quoted in a news article Feb. 3 on The article explored Cuban officials who encouraged U.S. corporations to lobby against a U.S. trade embargo.

- Bing Chen, computer and electronics engineering, was quoted in the Jan. 19 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article looked at a proposal for construction of a giant lake near Mahoney State Park.

- David Cicotello, New Student Enrollment Services, was quoted in the Jan. 12 edition of the Omaha Star. The article announced a new Web resource for the parents and families of prospective and current students.

- Mel Clancy, Project Achieve, was featured in the Jan. 16 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article recognized recipients of the 2006 Living the Dream Awards, including Clancy.

- Ann Coyne, social work, was quoted in the Jan. 15 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article explored the state's child welfare system and available services.

- Moshe Gershovich, history, was quoted in the Jan. 12 edition of the Omaha Star. The article previewed the 49th annual Missouri Valley History Conference set for March 2-4 in Omaha.

- Yano Jones, recruitment services, was cited in the Jan. 11 edition of the Daily News (Norfolk, Neb.). The article announced that Jones would be the featured guest speaker at a Jan. 17 Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at Wayne State College.

- Joan Latchaw, English, was cited in the Jan. 20 edition of the Daily Nonpareil. The article announced that Dr. Latchaw would lead discussions at a Jewish literature series being held at the Council Bluffs Public Library.

- Connie O'Brien, Aim for the Stars, was quoted in the Jan. 12 edition of the Omaha Star. The article announced the expansion of the Aim for the Stars program to include an after-school pilot program.

- Samuel Walker, emeritus professor of criminal justice, was quoted in the Jan. 12 edition of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. The article explored a plan designed to change the way misconduct investigations of deputies are handled. Dr. Walker also was quoted in the Dec. 28 edition of the Village Voice (New York). The article discussed an increase of lost property reports from 1997 to 2004 in New York.

- Ethel Williams, public administration, was cited in the Jan. 15 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. Dr. Williams attended an informative meeting held Jan. 14 by the NAACP.

- Paul Allen Williams, philosophy and religion, was quoted in the Feb. 2 edition of the Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.). The article discussed the religious and philosophical implications of the film "Groundhog Day."

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

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

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

"Illumine" at Simpson College
New work by Russ Nordman and Jody Boyer, art and art history, is featured in "Illumine" at the Farnham Galleries on the campus of Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, through Feb. 28. A closing reception will be held Thursday, Feb. 16, at 6 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 515.961.1761.

"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.

savingfacesThe 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. 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.

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.

book arts"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

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.