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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

Open Forum for C-CFAM Dean Finalist Today

The remaining two finalists for the position of dean of the UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media will interview on campus this month. A brief bio for each candidate is listed below, along with the dates of his or her respective visit. Each campus visit will include an open forum. All interested students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the open forums.

Candidate: John Fritch
Campus Visit: Today and Friday, Feb. 16-17
Open Forum: Today, Feb. 16, 4 p.m., Thompson Alumni Center East Boot Hall
Dr. Fritch received his Ph.D. in communication studies from the University of Kansas in 1994, his M.A. in communication studies from the University of Kansas in 1991 and his B.A. in speech communication from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1987. He has been head of the University of Northern Iowa Department of Communication Studies since 2002. Dr. Fritch has been involved in the National Debate Tournament since 1996 and was appointed director in 2004. Prior to his current position, Dr. Fritch was director of forensics at Southwest Missouri State University from 1992 to 2002.

Candidate: Edward Inch
Campus Visit: Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 20-21
Open Forum: Monday, Feb. 20, 4 p.m., Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom
Dr. Inch received his Ph.D. in speech communication from the University of Washington-Seattle in 1992, his M.S. in rhetoric and communication from the University of Oregon in 1984 and his B.A. in speech communication from Western Washington University-Bellingham in 1982. He has been a professor in the Pacific Lutheran University Department of Communication & Theatre since 1986, chair of that department since 1994 and acting dean of the School of the Arts since 2003. Prior to his current position, Dr. Inch taught at Western Washington University and the University of Washington.

For more information about the candidates or the campus visits, contact the Office of Academic and Student Affairs at 554.2262.

History Candidate to Present Lecture Today

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" today, 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.

Final "Saving Faces" Events Tonight and Feb. 22

Time is running out to view "Saving Faces: Art and Medicine" at the UNO Art Gallery.

This unique art exhibition 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.

Bringing the art exhibition to Omaha has been a cooperative venture between UNO and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC).

The exhibit runs through Friday, Feb. 24, at the UNO Art Gallery. It has been accompanied by a speaker series to highlight issues related to healing that are raised by the paintings. Only two dates remain in conjunction with the speaker series, which is free and open to the public.

The remaining dates, titles of the programs, speakers and locations for the series are listed below.

Tonight, Feb. 16
"Healing and Its Relationship to the Depiction of Illness"
7 p.m.
UNO Art Gallery
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.

Wednesday, Feb. 22
"A Public Health Response to Saving Faces"
6:30 p.m.
UNO Art Gallery
Panel discussion headed by moderator David E. Corbin, professor, UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation; Paul Carter, specialist, student/community relations, Student and Community Services, Omaha Public Schools; William Mulherin, vice president, court services, Occupational Safety & Health, National Safety Council, Greater Omaha Chapter; Athena Ramos, president, Metro Omaha Tobacco Action Coalition; and Diane Riibe, executive director, Project Extra Mile.

This added presentation to the series will include topics such as the effectiveness of awareness campaigns; school and community responses to bullying (especially related to appearance); community, court and coalition responses to intentional and unintentional injuries; and the importance of prevention programs. The presentation will end with a live performance of the song "Don't Laugh at Me" by Dr. Corbin. For more information, contact Dr. Corbin at 558.6419.

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, call 554.2796.

SPR to Host Faculty Brown Bag Feb. 22

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) will host a faculty brown bag session Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room.

The program, titled "Project Management," will feature Andrea Zardetto-Smith, assistant professor of psychology; Nick Stergiou, professor with the UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation; and Carol Mitchell, associate professor of teacher education. The trio will discuss their experiences in project management, from the oversight of multiple sponsored projects to the management of complex, multi-faceted grants. Dessert and beverages will be provided.

For more information, contact SPR at 554.2286.

Update Your Banking Information on ESS

Employee Self Service (ESS) provides benefit-eligible employees online access to their personal data stored in SAP, the university's administrative computing system. Through the ESS Web site, employees can display, add or change their bank information as maintained on their personnel record. ESS allows employees easy access to update their information to include secondary accounts to deposit their payroll funds plus a separate account to deposit their employee expense reimbursements.

Employees need their employee personnel ID and password to access their information. If an employee has forgotten their password, they can reset it by using the "Forgotten your password?" feature on the ESS logon screen.

Contact the security coordinator at 554.2322 if you have problems accessing your account.

To learn more about ESS, visit the Web at

CFD to Host Workshop on Teaching First Years Feb. 28

The Center for Faculty Development (CFD) will host a workshop on teaching first-year students Tuesday, Feb. 28. The event, titled "They Aren't Broken - Engaging, Motivating and Teaching First Year Students," will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

CFD staff and Joseph Brown, associate professor of psychology at UNO, will lead a discussion on helpful tips and techniques for teaching first-year students.

For more information, contact Dr. Brown at 554.2313 or

To register, contact the CFD at 554.2427 or

Registration for Mav Kids Summer Day Camp Under Way

Registration for the annual Mav Kids Summer Day Camp is under way. Camp activities will run from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Session dates, themes and costs are as follows:

June 5-9
Session One: Some Assembly Required

June 12-16
Session Two: Hip Health Hurray!!!

June 19-23
Session Three: Wide World of Sports

June 26-30
Session Four: Beyond Your Backyard

July 10-14
Session Five: Winter in July

July 17-21
Session Six: H2Whoa!!!

July 24-28
Session Seven: Last, but Not Least

The camp fee is $110 per week for UNO students, faculty, staff and Campus Recreation activity cardholders, and $120 per week for the general public. A $40 deposit is required for each week, which goes toward the camp balance.

Registration forms are available in 100 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building or by calling 554.2539. For more information, contact Lisa Adams at 554.2859 or Erin Sheckells at 554.4941.

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:

Today, 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.

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 event 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

Spring Sessions of "Service-Learning 101" Feb. 20-21

Faculty members who are interested in service-learning at UNO are invited to attend "Service-Learning 101" this month.

Two offerings of the same session will be held Monday, Feb. 20, and Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in 116 Engineering Building. Those who plan to attend should bring a syllabus of a course they would consider teaching with a service-learning component. A portion of the session will deal with working on syllabus revision.

To register, contact the UNO Service-Learning Academy at 554.6019 or

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.

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.

UNO Women of Color Awards Luncheon March 1

A musician, a director, a community activist, a librarian, a researcher and a student are the 2006 recipients of the UNO Women of Color (WOC) Awards.

The group will be honored at a luncheon Wednesday, March 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Central, 72nd and Grover streets.

UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck will be in attendance at the fourth annual luncheon to congratulate the nominees and winners. This year's theme is "Connections."

"Since 2003, UNO has honored outstanding women of color for their profound contributions in the metropolitan community, as well as to their discipline," Dr. Belck said. "This year we will again take time during Women's History Month to applaud all nominees and award recipients for their exceptional efforts."

The 2006 award winners are as follows:

- Geraldine Tyrance, musician, is the recipient of the Arts and Humanities Award;

- Terrie Jackson Miller, director of the minority economic development council, Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, is the recipient of the Business/Entrepreneurship Award;

- Athena Ramos, president of the Metro Omaha Tobacco Coalition, is the recipient of the Community Service Award;

- Debra Paris, librarian/media specialist at Benson High School, is the recipient of the Education Award;

- Dr. Oluwatoyin Asojo, assistant professor of pathology and biology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, is the recipient of the Science and Technology Award;

- Georgianna Lee, a student at Creighton University, is the recipient of the Youth Leadership Award.

the nameThe luncheon speaker is Lisa See, author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. In her fourth novel, See uncovers the mystery of nu shu, a writing that has been used as a form of communication for more than 1,000 years by Chinese women in a remote southern Hunan providence. The Organization of Chinese American Women named her the 2001 National Woman of the Year. Magda Peck, founding director of the University of Nebraska's Master in Public Health (MPH) program, will serve as the mistress of ceremonies.

The luncheon will include a book-signing event to celebrate See's newest novel.

The luncheon is open to the public, and tickets are $25 per person. Organizations can reserve tables of 10 for $250. The event is sponsored by UNO, ConAgra Foods Inc., State Farm Insurance and the Nebraska Arts Council.

To access luncheon registration forms online or for more information about the event, visit the Web at The deadline for registrations is Monday, Feb. 20. For more information, call 554.2779.

Copies of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan will be sold at the luncheon. They also will be available at The Bookworm, 8702 Pacific St.

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

Honors Month 2006 Set for April

Honors Month at UNO is set for April 2006. The celebration begins with three university-wide events the first week in April - the Student Honors Symposium, the Faculty Honors Convocation and the Student Honors Convocation - followed by numerous college, departmental and organizational events the remainder of the month.

"The academic accomplishments of our students, faculty, alumni and community partners are so exemplary that we have expanded to an entire month instead of the traditional week," said Deborah Smith-Howell, assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs at UNO.

The University Honors Week Committee, chaired by Dr. Smith-Howell, is responsible for the three university-wide Honors Month events that kick off Honors Month festivities. This year, the Student Honors Convocation will be held Friday afternoon, April 7.

Listed below is the schedule of events to date.

Tuesday, April 4, and Wednesday, April 5
Student Honors Symposium
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC)

Thursday, April 6
Faculty Honors Convocation
Breakfast – 7 a.m.
Convocation – 7:30 a.m.

Friday, April 7
Student Honors Convocation
3 p.m.
Strauss Performing Arts Center

To add an event to the calendar, contact Christine Hoffman at with the name of the event, time, date, location and contact person.

For more information about Honors Month at UNO, visit the Web at