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Tartuffe Takes to the Stage

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

The UNO Department of Theatre will present Richard Wilbur's translation of Tartuffe by Moliére Feb. 23-25 and March 1-4 in the UNO Theater. Tickets are currently for sale at the Weber Fine Arts Building Box Office. See article elsewhere in this issue for details.

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

This Week in Campus History

On Feb. 16, 1983, The Gateway announced that the UNO Women's Resource Center (WRC) was offering a series of free seminars and discussion groups on self-esteem and assertiveness that semester in the student center. In addition to occasional seminars, the center maintained a library of information about women's issues and offered private counseling to those in need. WRC assistant director Rachel Powers described the center as "a port in the storm," a place where both men and women could go to "take refuge from campus lines and crowds."

Date: Feb. 6, 1983
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

Flag Lowering

Longtime UNO faculty member Richard Latin passed away recently at the age of 52.

Dr. Latin, a professor in the UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER), had been with the university for more than 23 years. UNO flags will be lowered to half-staff Wednesday, Feb. 15, in his honor.

A campus memorial service will be held Feb. 15 in 231 HPER Building at 11:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the College of Education Scholarship Fund.

PRSSA Launches Habitat for Humanity Campaign

Habitat for Humanity's Omaha affiliate plans to build 16 homes this year for low-income families, but that goal could fall short by five to six homes because of a lack of local funding and support.

Public relations students from the UNO School of Communication hope to remedy that problem. The students are planning a week of awareness activities beginning Feb. 20 that target 18- to 25-year-olds on campus.

The campaign's main events, set for Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will feature a roof-decorating contest for on-campus organizations that will be judged by a panel of local celebrities, including WOWT-Channel 6 sports anchor Dave Webber, and a forum on Habitat for Humanity. All events will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

"Habitat in Omaha built 12 homes in 2005, but four more could not be finished because of a lack of funds," said Alex May, media relations director for UNO's chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). "Habitat officials say it takes approximately $89,000 and 450 volunteers to build a single-family dwelling."

Nearly all of the funds must come from local support because the national office can only contribute $3,500 to the local affiliate. "Local support is everything," said Tina Hubbell, director of resource development for Habitat Omaha. "It's our volunteer base; it's our funding."

The UNO students are working with area businesses to raise money and increase the number of volunteers age 18 to 25. Hubbell said a majority of the volunteers fall within that age bracket.

The public relations campaign is part of the national Bateman Case Study competition sponsored by PRSSA. Students across the country who are competing in the competition were given the choice to work for the international organization or its local affiliate.

Habitat for Humanity has provided more than 200,000 homes in 3,000 communities around the world since its founding in 1976.

For more information, contact May at 630.2250 or

NCGO, Wells Fargo Launch Ambassadors Program

They're committed to making their community safe, healthy and strong. They're easily identified by their navy blue blazers with gold insignias and Wells Fargo pins. And they're coming to a neighborhood near you.

"They" are Ambassadors, members of a new program launched by the Neighborhood Center for Greater Omaha (NCGO) in partnership with Wells Fargo.

"The Ambassadors program will bring together proven neighborhood leaders and neighborhood associations seeking help," said Ron Abdouch, executive director of the NCGO. "It will enable those selected to share their expertise and enthusiasm with the community, and will give area neighborhoods the opportunity to receive personalized assistance and mentoring."

The Ambassadors will be trained to help neighborhood groups with a number of tasks, Abdouch said, such as starting a new group, revitalizing older associations, drafting bylaws, recruiting association members, applying for and managing grants, and one-on-one mentoring. 

A total of 10 comprise the program's first class. They are Carol Haas, Leavenworth Neighborhood Association; Jack and Eve Dempsey, Fairfax Neighborhood Association; Athena Ramos and Dorothy Patach, South Omaha Neighborhood Association; B.J. Reed and Cate Kratville, Dundee Memorial Park Neighborhood Association; Jeannie Dickes, Orchard Hill Neighborhood Association; Russ Smith, UNO; and Chamith Wasage, Neighborhood Center student assistant.

Ambassadors will receive training from the NCGO on community issues, the role of the NCGO and the technical resources it offers neighborhood groups. In addition, Wells Fargo will provide the Ambassadors with information on financial literacy.

Each Ambassador will serve a two-year term. They will assist the NCGO on an as-needed basis with activities and requests. They also will represent the NCGO at community functions.

At present, the group is involved with Neighborhood Builders 2006, a program that helps develop neighborhood leaders in Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie counties. The program began Feb. 4 and continues Feb. 18 and 25 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Creighton University Medical Center, 601 N. 30th St. More than 50 community members are attending the four-week training. The topics include:

- Building on Neighborhood Assets;

- Utilizing Community Resources;

- Planning and Organizing; and

- Effective Problem Solving.

Funding for the Ambassadors program is made possible by a grant from Wells Fargo.

For more information about the Ambassadors program or the NCGO, contact Abdouch at 561.7582 or, or visit the Web at

The Neighborhood Center for Greater Omaha was established in 2001 by funding from The United Way of the Midlands; a consortium of the Lozier, Mammel, and William and Ruth Scott Family Foundations; and the Omaha Community Foundation's Fund for Omaha.  Its mission is to build capacity and strengthen neighborhoods throughout Douglas, Pottawattamie and Sarpy counties.  UNO and the College of Public Affairs and Community Service serve as the center's administrative and fiscal agent.

CFD to Host Instructional Design Workshop Today

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

For more information, contact Killion at

University Library to Host Sanchez Reception Tonight

University Library will host a welcome reception honoring award-winning poet, playwright, essayist and educator Sonia Sanchez tonight, 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, which will be held Feb. 15-16 at UNO.

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

ITS to Offer Drop-In myMAPP ASK? Classes This Month

Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer a series of drop-in ASK? classes for myMAPP/faculty this month. Sign up is not required.

The ASK? classes will give faculty with specific questions about myMAPP an opportunity to receive additional hands-on assistance. Those who plan to attend should bring their annual review, and ITS will assist them with any problems they may have encountered.

All sessions will be held in 104 Eppley Administration Building. The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, Feb. 15

1 to 4 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 17

9 a.m. to noon

Tuesday, Feb. 21

1 to 3 p.m.

For more information, contact Pat Dargantes at 554.4357.

Writing Center to Offer Workshop Feb. 15

The UNO Writing Center is offering eight free workshops this semester on writing skills. All students, staff and faculty are invited to attend. Reservations are not required.

This week's workshop, "Hmmm? What is My Main Point? - Developing Effective Thesis Statements," will be held Wednesday, Feb. 15, from 3 to 4 p.m. in 150 Arts and Sciences Hall. The presenter is Dani Bojanski.

For more information, call 554.2946.

Criminal Justice Career Day Feb. 21

The UNO Department of Criminal Justice will host a criminal justice career day Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. 

All students, regardless of major, are invited to attend to discuss career opportunities with representatives from federal, state and local criminal justice agencies.

For more information, contact Steve Culver, academic adviser, at 554.2610.

HR to Present Performance Evaluation Workshop Feb. 21

The UNO Office of Human Resources will present a performance evaluation workshop Tuesday, Feb. 21. The event, which is designed for new and experienced supervisors, will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

Participants will learn to:

- Improve communication and lessen conflict between supervisors and employees;

- Address "problem" evaluations effectively; and

- Write objective, clear performance evaluations.

The trainer is Mary Sweaney, assistant director and manager of employment in the UNO Office of Human Resources.

To register or for more information, call 554.3665.

UNO Theatre to Present Tartuffe Feb. 23-25, March 1-4

The UNO Department of Theatre will present Richard Wilbur's translation of Tartuffe by Moliére Feb. 23-25 and March 1-4 in the UNO Theater. The house opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for all performances.

The religious fraud Tartuffe has wormed his way into the affections and household of Orgon, a rich merchant, with pantomime piety and counterfeit zeal. So comprehensively has he hoodwinked Orgon that he looks set to succeed in driving away Orgon's son, marrying his daughter, seducing his wife and imprisoning Orgon himself.

The production is directed by Douglas Paterson, professor of theatre at UNO.

The March 1 performance will be ASL interpreted. A talk-back session with the director, designers and cast will follow the March 3 performance.

The box office is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building. Ticket prices are $15 for the general public and $10 for UNO students, UNO faculty, UNO staff and senior citizens. Tickets may be purchased in person, by e-mail at or by phone at 554.2335.

For more information, contact Ron Zank at 554.2406.

International Banquet, Culture Fair First Week of March

The annual UNO International Banquet and Culture Fair will be held the first week of March. The fair will be held Wednesday and Thursday, March 1-2, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom and Nebraska Room. The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature student displays representing their respective countries of origin.

The banquet, featuring international cuisine and performances, will be held Saturday, March 4. The doors will open at 6 p.m., and the event will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Banquet tickets are currently available. The cost is $10 for students, and $20 for faculty, staff and community members. Tickets can be purchased in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Business Office or by calling 554.2979.

The banquet will be followed by a free dance in the MBSC Fireplace Lounge until midnight. Both the fair and banquet are sponsored by International Student Services (ISS), a Student Government agency.

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

UNO Job Fair March 8

Career Exploration and Outreach will host a job fair Wednesday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. The event will feature employers who are actively seeking candidates for open positions and internships.

Professional interview attire is expected, and students can pre-register to attend the fair through Friday, March 3.

To register, students must have a profile on the UNO CareerConnect system. Visit and click on the "CareerConnect" link to create a profile and register for the fair.

For more information about the job fair, CareerConnect and other services offered by Career Exploration and Outreach, call 554.3672, or stop by 211 Eppley Administration Building.

Male Participants Sought for UNO Study

Adolescents who are in grades seven, eight, 10 and 11 grade are sought for participation in a study being conducted by the UNO Department of Psychology.

The study is aimed at understanding adolescent perceptions and interpretations of parental control in the context of everyday situations. Participants will fill out a questionnaire asking for their interpretations of hypothetical interactions between parents and an adolescent. Participation takes approximately 30 minutes to one hour. Movie passes or a check will be provided to participants.

For more information, contact Fumiko Kakihara (554.2592; or Lauree Tilton-Weaver (554.3848;

Nominations Sought for 2006 CCSW Awards

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) is currently seeking nominations for its Outstanding Achievement Award, Community Service Award and Scholarship Award. These awards recognize individuals and organizations at UNO and in the metropolitan community for outstanding service to women.

This year's recipients will be honored Thursday, March 9, at the CCSW Awards Luncheon. The criteria for each award and its past recipients are listed below.

Outstanding Achievement Award

Nominees for the CCSW Outstanding Achievement Award should have brought attention to women's issues at UNO and/or advanced women's issues internally or externally through any or all of the following:
- Advising, mentoring or educating;
- Service;
- Presentations, publications and research; and
- Other leadership activities.

1987 - Mary Ann Lamanna
1988 - Jacqueline D. St John
1989 - Connie Claussen
1990 - Deana Liddy and H. Carl Camp
1991 - William Blizek and Josie Metal-Corbin
1992 - Gloria Rial
1993 - Joanne Lofton and Diane Gillespie
1994 - Sonia R. Green
1995 - Barbara Hayhome and Mary Mudd
1996 - Marilyn Leach
1997 - Barbara Hewins-Maroney
1998 - Lenore Kuo and Frances Thurber
1999 - Shirley Waskel
2000 - Claudette Lee
2001 - Sandra Squires
2002 - Karen Falconer Al-Hindi
2003 - Cherri Mankenberg
2004 - Deborah Smith-Howell
2005 - Marcia Adler

To access additional guidelines and a nomination form, click on the following link:

2006 Outstanding Achievement Award

To have a form faxed or mailed to your office, call Marvel Maring at 554.2992.

Community Service Award

Nominees for the annual CCSW Community Service Award should have brought attention to women's issues and/or advanced women's issues at UNO or elsewhere through any or all of the following:
- Service;
- Mentoring;
- Leadership; and
- Financial support (i.e. scholarships, internships, distinguished professorships, continuing education programs, support services, etc.).

1990 - YWCA
1991 - US West Communications
1992 - The Women's Development Center
1993 - Cox Cable Omaha Inc.
1994 - Pepsi-Cola of Omaha
1995 - Hy-Vee Food Stores Inc.
1996 - First National Bank
1997 - Sears
1998 - Lozier
1999 - CalEnergy Inc.
2000 - ICAN
2002 - First Data
2003 - Qwest Women
2004 - Union Pacific
2005 - Omaha Business and Professional Women

To access a nomination form, click on the following link:

2006 Community Service Award

To have a form faxed or mailed to your office, call Marvel Maring at 554.2992.

Nominations must be returned by Monday, Feb. 20, to:

Marvel Maring
Fine Arts and Humanities Reference Librarian
University Library

Scholarship Award

Applicants for the annual CCSW Scholarship Award must:
- Be currently enrolled undergraduate students who will graduate after fall 2006;
- Have made a significant contribution toward addressing gender issues or improving the status of women in their academic work or activities; and/or
- Be academically excellent in fields where women are underrepresented.

Scholarship applications are available online at

Applications must be returned by Monday, Feb. 20, to:
Phyllis Adcock
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
522E Kayser Hall

For more information about the CCSW Scholarship Award, call 554.3484, or send an e-mail to

The CCSW serves as an advisory council 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.


- UNO Department of History Professors Michael Tate and Oliver B. Pollak have succeeded William Pratt and Bruce Garver as the holders of the Martin Chair in History endowed by Charles and Mary Martin. Drs. Tate and Pollak will hold these positions for the academic years 2005-07.

- Janice Tompkins, assistant professor in the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) School of Allied Health Professions, recently was awarded the "Outstanding Student Abstract Award" at the American Public Health Association's annual meeting in Philadelphia.

Competition for this award was limited to new presenters, new investigators and for work performed as a student. Tompkin's award was based on the curriculum she developed for the Central Nebraska Area Health Education Center (CN-AHEC) in Grand Island, Neb., for training medical interpreters and to introduce health care providers in the CN-AHEC area to cultural competency. The project was part of a Robert Wood Johnson "Hablamos Juntos" grant.

Tompkins graduated from the UNO/UNMC Masters in Public Health Program in 2004. She currently coordinates the distance education degree completion option for the UNMC School of Allied Health Professions. For more information, call 554.3502.

- Forensics Qualifies Fourth For Nationals
On Jan. 28-29, UNO's forensics team attended its fifth and sixth tournaments this semester at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Kansas State University. Students from schools representing five states attended, and UNO's team won numerous awards.    

Individual results are listed below.

Jan. 28
UNO won five awards. Rachel Samson finished third in persuasive speaking. Buey Ruet was fifth in persuasive speaking, and Channa Rench was fifth in prose interpretation and program oral interpretation. Teresa Oberdorfer placed seventh in prose interpretation.

Jan. 29
The team won fifth place in the overall tournament sweepstakes and won four individual awards. Channa Rench placed third in program oral interpretation and second in dramatic interpretation. Teresa Oberdorfer finished fourth in prose interpretation and was the tournament champion in dramatic interpretation. Oberdorfer also tied for fourth place in quadrathon, an award given to the best speaker across four different events. Oberdorfer has qualified to represent UNO at the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament held later this spring. Oberdorfer is the fourth team member to qualify.  

The forensics team's next tournament is the Wildhawk Invitational hosted by Wayne State College and Northeast Community College.

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