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UNO's J.D. Naig had his nose bent out of shape Feb. 10, but scored a reversal and near fall in the final 15 seconds to upset the No. 1 wrestler in the nation, Mankato's Travis Krinkie. The 174-pound Naig's bout capped a Maverick string of six straight decisions in the 22-12 win over Minnesota State, Mankato. UNO holds onto the No. 1 spot in the nation and will take on Augustana tonight in Sioux Falls, S.D.

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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

Malcolm X Festival Begins Today

The fifth annual Malcolm X Festival at UNO will feature the contributions of African-American women during two days of lectures, presentations and discussions today and Thursday, Feb. 15 and 16. Internationally known poet and playwright Sonia Sanchez will be present for the first day of the event.

"We're extremely honored to have Sonia Sanchez at this year's festival," said Peggy Jones, the festival's coordinator and a visiting assistant professor in the UNO Department of Black Studies. "For decades now, she has been an original, serious voice who movingly describes the African-American experience."

The title of this year's festival is "The Black Woman: Past, Present and Future." The UNO Department of Black Studies will sponsor the two-day event, in addition to a grant from the Nebraska Arts Council.

Sanchez will give a presentation today, Feb. 15, at 10 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC). Her presentation – as well as all other festival events – is free and open to the public.

Sanchez received the Robert Frost Medal In Poetry in 2001. Themes in her work often show the conflict between black people and white people, between cultures and between the sexes.

"Her work and life have been influenced by Malcolm X," Jones said. "After reading and learning more about Malcolm, her focus increasingly shifted to her black heritage."

Other presentations today are listed below.

- Amara Tabor Smith, Urban Bush Women, a dance troupe. Her presentation, which begins at 11 a.m., will be interactive.

- Deborah Bunting, a local Omaha artist, and Wanda Ewing, UNO assistant professor of art and art history, will present "The Art of Black Women" at 1 p.m.

- Helen Fountain, an educational specialist in the UNO Office of Multicultural Affairs, will present "Black Women's Literature" at 2 p.m.

Presentations on Feb. 16 are listed below.

- Roslyn Teborg-Penn, professor of history at Morgan State University, will present "Voter Education and Black Women in the Women's Suffrage Movement" at 10 a.m.

- Two faculty members from the University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana, Jennifer Hamer and Helen Neville, will present "Black Women Activism" at 1 p.m.

- UNO students Genevieve Williams and Angela Drakeford will present "Addressing Issues of Race in Women's Studies" at 2:30 p.m.

All presentations will be held in the MBSC.

For more information, contact Felicia Dailey at 554.2412.

University Library Offers New Online Image Feature

UNO students, faculty and staff can now search and display actual images of The New York Times articles dating back to 1851. This new service is available via the University Library Web site and can be accessed from on- and off-campus.

Full-image service on ProQuest The New York Times joins the existing Lexis-Nexis service to provide online coverage up to the current day's issue. "Having instant access to the photographs and illustrations, even the advertisements as originally, printed really enhances the information available in the text," said Steve Shorb, dean of University Library. 

To access The New York Times images, check under the full list of databases on the library home page at

Echotrope's Spring Film Series Begins Feb. 23

UNO will host an experimental film and media series this spring on campus.

The series, which kicks off Thursday, Feb. 23, is sponsored by Echotrope, a local arts group dedicated to expanding the presence of experimental art and digital literacy in the metro area, and the UNO Art Gallery.

Echotrope was founded by the wife and husband team of Jody Boyer and Russ Nordman, both art and art history faculty members at UNO. Boyer serves as the group's curator/organizer, and Nordman is Echotrope's technical director. All screenings are free and open to the public. The schedule is listed below.

Thursday, Feb. 23
Video works by media theorist, video maker and installation artist Michael Betancourt
7 p.m.
UNO Art Gallery
Q&A with the artist to follow the screening.
Michael Betancourt is a multi-disciplinary artist, curator and avant-garde theorist. He has been making movies, site-specific installations and non-traditional art forms since 1992. Betancourt is a media artist in residence at UNO this spring. For more information about activities related to his UNO residency, send an e-mail to

Thursday, March 30
"Apparation of the Eternal Church"
57 minutes – Paul Festa (director/producer/editor)
7 p.m.
UNO Art Gallery
Like the proverbial blind man describing an elephant, the cast of this documentary puts words to the experience of hearing Olivier Messiaen's monumental organ work, "Apparition of the Eternal Church." The resulting conversation dwells in hilarity and the profane before it yields its insights into the personal and the sublime. This film contains adult language.

Friday, April 28
Echotrope and the Visuals present: Spring Shorts
7 p.m.
UNO Art Gallery
An evening of contemporary video, film and media co-curated by Jen Lukas and the Visuals.

Friday, May 5
Echotrope and the Visuals present: Spring Shorts
7 p.m.
The Mary Reimpa Ross Theater, Lincoln, Neb.
An evening of contemporary video, film and media co-curated by Jen Lukas and the Visuals.
The UNO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building on the UNO campus. For more information about the spring series, contact Boyer at For more information about Echotrope, visit the Web at For more information about the UNO Art Gallery, call 554.2796.

History Candidate to Present Lecture Feb. 16

Patricia Rogers, a candidate for a tenure-track position in the UNO Department of History, will present a lecture titled "Nova Scotian Planters and the Fault Lines of Anglo-American Identity" Thursday, Feb. 16, at 3:45 p.m. in 378 Arts and Sciences Hall.

The presentation is open to the campus community. For more information, contact Mark Scherer in the UNO Department of History at 554.2835.

Chair Message Service Available in HPER Feb. 17

The Wellness Stampede and Campus Recreation will offer the first chair massage session of the spring semester Friday, Feb. 17.

A station will be set up in 213 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A certified massage therapist will administer the massages. The cost is $10 for a 15-minute session. Walk-ins will be accepted if time permits. The service will also be available March 24, April 21 and May 19.

To schedule an appointment, call 554.2359, or stop by 100 HPER.

UNO Muslim Students Association to Host Lecture Feb. 19

Author and translator of Islamic works Jalal Abualrub will present a lecture titled "Muhammad: Prophet of Mercy" Sunday, Feb. 19. The lecture will begin at 6 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. It is free and open to the public.

Abualrub's Muhammad: Prophet of Mercy is a series of books that refute anti-Muslim critics. His other works include the modern translation of Tafsir ibn Kathir, as well as the translation of the monumental work Zaad ul Maad of Ibnul Qayyim.

The lecture is sponsored by the UNO Muslim Students Association.

For more information, call 475.0475 or send an e-mail to

13th Annual No Limits Conference March 3-4 at UNO

Women's issues will be spotlighted March 3-4 during the 2006 No Limits Conference at UNO. The two-day event will include a variety of presentations and discussions on topics ranging from women's history and sexuality to feminism.

The conference, themed "Riding the Waves: Feminism Across Generations, Difference, and Community," will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC).

There is no conference registration fee, although registration is required either in advance or on site. Attendees desiring a luncheon meal Saturday, March 4, must pre-register by Friday, Feb. 24. Registration forms are available on the Web at On-site registration begins Friday, March 3, at 10:30 a.m. The conference is free and open to the public.

Undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates, will explore a wide range of topics related to women's lives, history, cultures, feminism and women's studies. The issues will be explored through the presentation of academic papers, creative writing, film, music, performance and visual arts.

"Participants will enjoy a wide variety of presentations, including oral adaptations of attendees' works, research papers and theatrical performances," said Karen Falconer Al-Hindi, director of the UNO Women's Studies Program. "We are especially excited about three keynote events: Ms. Valda Ford's address on Friday; the premier of Nebraska Next! Friday evening, and a diverse panel of Omaha-area women leaders on Saturday."

Valda Ford, director of the community and multicultural affairs office of community partnership at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), will give the March 3 keynote address, titled "Lessons Learned in the Refugee Camps: Living in Multiple Places without Losing Your ‘Self'."

A panel discussion titled "Generations, Difference and Community: A Discussion" will be held Saturday, March 4, from 1 to 2:10 p.m. The panelists will include a variety of diverse, intergenerational Omaha-area women who will speak on their work for change in the past, present and future.

Two theatrical performances also will be featured at this year's conference. "Nebraska Next!" featuring the Angels Theater Company of Lincoln, Neb., will be performed March 3 in the MBSC Dodge Room. Written by playwright Carson Becker, it unveils the moral dilemma at the bottom of the suffrage question - who is taking care of the home if women are taking care of the community?

The play uses monologue, dialogue and audience participation to recreate the suffrage battles waged in Nebraska within the last century. A forum and guided discussion will follow the March 3 performance. The play is sponsored by the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Humanities Council.

The conference will culminate with a 7:30 p.m. performance of "Vagina Monologues" directed by UNO graduate student Sonali Kumar. The UNO production will feature metro area talent in Eppley Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $8 for students and conference goers, and $10 for the general public. This event is sponsored by the UNO Women's Resource Center.

The inaugural No Limits Conference was held in 1994. The event rotates among the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Nebraska at Kearney and UNO campuses.

This year's sponsors include the UNO Women's Studies Program; the Nebraska Arts Council; the Nebraska Humanities Council; the UNO College of Arts and Sciences; the UNO Departments of Political Science, English and Sociology/Anthropology; the Goodrich Program; Cultural Awareness Programs; the Women's Resource Center and the UNO Art Gallery.

The No Limits Conference is best suited for mature audiences (high school juniors/seniors and older). To access a complete conference schedule, click on the link below.

No Limits 2006

For more information, contact Dr. Falconer Al-Hindi at 554.3834, or visit the Web at

2006 Public Health Day Luncheon Set for April 6

The second annual Public Health Day Luncheon will be held Thursday, April 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Scott Conference Center. 

This awards luncheon and lectureship will be held in conjunction with National Public Health Week and World Health Day. During the luncheon, the second Robert D. Sparks Award in Public Health & Preventive Medicine will be presented. The recipient of this award is honored for excellence, innovation, collaboration and impact on health promotion, disease prevention, and/or advancement of effective public health approaches. This year's recipient of the Carruth J. Wagner, M.D., Scholarship for Outstanding Public Health Graduate Student also will be honored.

As part of Nebraska's local engagement in the "Rx for Child Survival" national campaign, Dr. Allan Rosenfield, dean of Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, will present the lecture, which will focus on leading global health issues facing women and children.

For more information, contact Dr. Magda G. Peck at 561.7500 or

Proofing of Undergraduate Course Catalog Feb. 20-24

The 2006-07 undergraduate catalog is available for proofing in 108 Eppley Administration Building beginning Monday, Feb. 20, through Friday, Feb. 24.

All departments are asked to send a representative to proof the area that pertains to their respective departments. No major changes to the content can be processed at this point.

For more information, contact Marian McDonald at 554.3674.

Nominations Sought for 2006 CCMA Diversity Awards

The UNO Chancellor's Commission on Multicultural Affairs (CCMA) Awards Committee is seeking nominations for its 2006 Diversity Awards. The deadline is Wednesday, March 1.

The CCMA Diversity Awards will recognize those who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity on the university campus or in the community through mentoring, outreach initiatives or other activities that advance the institution's goal of inclusion.

Awards will be presented in three categories – students, faculty and staff.

Award guidelines and nomination forms are available on the Web at

For more information, contact Sharif Liwaru at 554.2711.

UNO Spring Sports Luncheon Feb. 22

It's time to take your spring 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 coming 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, a side salad and a choice of tea or coffee. Schedule cards, posters and media guides also will be available.

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

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.

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.