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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

Chastain, Mavericks to Host Soccer Clinic March 7

the nameTwo-time Olympic gold medalist Brandi Chastain and the 2005 NCAA Division II champion Mavericks will team up to host a free soccer clinic Tuesday, March 7, at Sapp Fieldhouse.

Chastain will be the featured speaker at the 2006 Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk Kick-Off Luncheon. The event will be held Wednesday, March 8, at 11:30 a.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Omaha.

The March 7 clinic is free for soccer players of all ages. However, tickets must be obtained in advance at any of the following locations:

- The UNO Athletic Ticket Office (Sapp Fieldhouse lobby);
- Lawlor's Custom Sportswear, Westroads location; or
- Soccer Internationale, 132nd and Center streets.

You must have a ticket to gain entry to the soccer clinic.

The March 7 event will begin at 5:30 p.m. Various activities will be featured, including kicking and dribbling. Attendees can have their photographs taken with the NCAA Division II championship trophy, and the Maverick players will be available for an autograph session. Chastain also will be available on a limited basis for autographs.

The clinic will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. It will feature Chastain, the Mavericks and Don Klosterman, the national NCAA Division II Women's Coach of the Year.

Free parking will be available on the UNO south campus at 67th and Pacific streets with free shuttle service to Sapp Fieldhouse. On-campus parking will be limited.

Tickets for the March 8 luncheon are $55 per person and may be reserved by calling 554.2533.

CFD to Host Collaborative Learning Workshop

The Center for Faculty Development (CFD) will host "Using Blackboard Groups to Monitor and Evaluate Collaborative Learning" Friday, March 3. The workshop will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room.

Jeremy Lipschultz, Robert T. Reilly Diamond Professor and director of the UNO School of Communication, will discuss the nature of student online interaction and how it influenced presentations in their classes.

Last semester, Dr. Lipschultz used the groups function within Blackboard for group projects in his Computer-Mediated Communication course. Student groups were evaluated on their in-class and online behavior.

For more information, contact Dr. Lipschultz at 554.2563 or

To register for the workshop, contact the CFD at 554.2427 or

University of Nebraska IT Day March 15 in Lincoln

The Nebraska University Technology Group and the Computing Services Network Group will sponsor a University of Nebraska Information Technology (IT) Day Wednesday, March 15. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Kauffman Center at the JD Edward's Honors Program on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus.

University staff and faculty will be able to learn about IT projects and initiatives from across the university and their strategic importance to the mission and goals of the campuses and the university. For details or to register for the event, visit the Web at

For more information, contact UNO campus representative Bret R. Blackman at

PWSA to Host Eighth Annual Rites of Spring March 18

The creative expression of older women throughout the Omaha area will be highlighted Saturday, March 18, at Rites of Spring, an annual celebration sponsored by the Program for Women and Successful Aging (PWSA) at UNO.

The event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the O'Keefe Elevator Company Gallery, 1402 Jones St. Artists Pat Davis and Sue Pickering will be featured. Tricia Currans-Sheehan, an English professor at Briar Cliff College, will be a special guest at the event. Her first book, a collection of short stories titled "The Egg Lady and Other Neighbors," has won the Headwaters Literary Competition Award. She will read the feature story from the collection and discuss aging and creativity.

The cost to attend is $15 per person and includes a copy of Celebrate, A Collection of Women's Writings, a book of poetry and prose published by the PWSA. PWSA poets also will read current selections from the 10th issue of "Celebrate" during the event. Refreshments will be served.

For more information or to register for the event, contact the PWSA at 554.4897.

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.

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 in 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.

UNO spiritInternational Banquet, Culture Fair First Week of March

The March 2 Cultural Fair has been designated as a UNO Spirit Committee event.

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.

Those in attendance at the March 2 Culture Fair will be eligible to receive a "Spirit Ticket" from the UNO Spirit Committee. A drawing for a basket of international food will take place. Participants do not have to be present to win. For more information, contact Becky Bohan Brown at 554.2243 or Mary Sweaney at 554.3668.

13th Annual No Limits Conference March 3-4

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

In the News

- Patty Adams, Program for Women and Successful Aging (PWSA), was quoted in the Jan. 13 edition of the Jewish Press. The article announced a call for nominations for the 2006 UNO Women of Wisdom Awards, which are sponsored by the PWSA.

In the News- UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck; David Hinton, dean of the College of Information Science and Technology; Deepak Khazanchi, information systems and quantitative analysis; and Louis Pol, dean of the College of Business Administration; were quoted in the Jan. 25 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article explored an expanding partnership between UNO and the Indian Institute of Technology.

- Robert Blair, public administration, was quoted in the Jan. 20 edition of the Daily Nebraskan. The article discussed the commonality of mayors attending city council meetings.

- Thomas Gouttierre, dean of international studies and programs, and director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies, was quoted in the Jan. 25 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article explored a boom in students from India who return home upon completion of schooling in the United States.

- Sharif Liwaru, cultural awareness programs, was quoted in the Jan. 13 edition of the Jewish Press. The article announced the Jan. 18 Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at UNO.

- Samuel Walker, emeritus professor of criminal justice, was quoted in the Jan. 18 edition of City Weekly. The article highlighted a 10-movie series being held at Josyln Art Museum. Dr. Walker also was quoted in the Jan. 15 edition of the Tennessean (Nashville, Tenn.). The article explored the purchase of police property by employees who confiscated it.

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

- David Corbin, health, physical education and recreation, had an editorial published in the Jan. 22 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article stressed the importance of including health as an issue in school district debates.

- Richard Fellman, political science, had an editorial published in the Jan. 20 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The piece explored switching Nebraska's Legislature from a one-house system.

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

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 Molière 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.

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. The exhibition contains a three-channel video installation titled "Science Fictions" by Nordman and 16 new works combining encaustic painting and digital imaging by Boyer. It was featured in the Feb. 16 edition of the Des Moines Register at A gallery lecture by Nordman and Boyer is set for Monday, Feb. 27, at 6 p.m. The exhibition is supported in part by a grant from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. 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
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.

savingfacesBringing 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 one presentation remains in conjunction with the speaker series. The final event, which is free and open to the public, is highlighted below.

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.

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.

oconnell"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.