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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. 16, 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

"Consider This..." to Highlight Peace Corps

This year, the Peace Corps marks its 45th anniversary. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy commissioned the organization to promote world peace and friendship. Since then, nearly 200,000 Americans have served through the Peace Corps in 138 developing nations throughout the world.

This week on "Consider This..." host Carol Schrader will interview two former Peace Corps volunteers. Steve Rothe, now with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, headed off to Kenya in 1976. Tom Gouttierre, who currently serves as dean of International Studies and Programs at UNO, volunteered in Afghanistan. The program will air today, Feb. 20, at 1:30 p.m. on NET2, statewide cable, in Nebraska.

Rothe and Gouttierre will talk about their experiences and what they and other former Peace Corps volunteers think of the program and its mission today.

This edition of the program will be rebroadcast Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 8 a.m. on NET2. "Consider This..." a production of UNO Television, also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. Check the Knowledge Network Web site at for days and times. Archived editions of the program are available on the UNO Television Web site at

Open Forum for Final C-CFAM Dean Candidate Today

The final candidate for the position of dean of the UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media will interview on campus this week. A brief bio for the candidate is listed below, along with the dates of his respective visit. The campus visit will include an open forum, which all interested students, faculty and staff are invited to attend.

Candidate: Edward Inch
Campus Visit: Today and Tuesday, Feb. 20-21
Open Forum: Today, 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.

Proofing of Undergraduate Course Catalog Under Way

The 2006-07 undergraduate catalog is available for proofing in 108 Eppley Administration Building today, 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.

This Week's Black History Month Events

The UNO community is celebrating Black History Month with a variety of events. This week's schedule is listed below. For more information, call 554.2711.

Through Tuesday, Feb. 28
- Black History Month Display
University Library Foyer
This informative display celebrates the history, culture, icons and contributions of African Americans.
Sponsored by University Library

Wednesday, Feb. 22
- Seku Neblett, African Drummer
Noon to 1 p.m.
MBSC Ballroom
An African born in America, Neblett has studied African cultural forms in North America, South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Europe. He encourages individuals to seek information concerning African culture and its realities.
Sponsored by Student Organizations and Leadership Programs/Cultural Awareness Programs

Openings Still Available for Feb. 28 TIAA-CREF Visit

A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus Tuesday, Feb. 28, to conduct individual retirement planning sessions for faculty and staff.

To schedule an appointment, call Louella Williams at 402.548.3610 or visit the Web at .

UNL to Host Grant-Writing Seminar March 10

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Office of Research & Graduate Studies will host a grant-writing seminar Friday, March 10, in Lincoln. The event, "Getting Started as a Successful Grant Writer & Academician," will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at UNL's Campus Union. All UNO faculty are invited to attend at no charge.

This seminar is geared to graduate students, post docs, research fellows, pre-tenure and assistant professors. Those interested in attending must complete an online registration form at

For more information, call 402.472.2851, or contact Mary Laura Farnham at 554.2286.

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.

ITS to Offer Drop-In myMAPP ASK? Class Feb. 21

Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer a drop-in ASK? class Tuesday, Feb. 21, for myMAPP/faculty. It will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. in 104 Eppley Administration Building. Registration 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.

For more information, contact Pat Dargantes at 554.4357.

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.

Final "Saving Faces" Event 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. The final event of the series, 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.

The event 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.

PRSSA Launches Campaign to Help Habitat for Humanity

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 today, 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

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.

Nominations Sought for 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 (in each of three categories: students, faculty and staff) 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.

Award guidelines and nomination forms are available on the Web at

For more information, contact Sharif Liwaru at 554.2711.

February FEAP Hours Offered

The Faculty/Staff Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) provides short-term counseling, assessment and referral services for faculty, staff, their spouses or significant others, and family members. FEAP offices are located in 206 Eppley Administration Building.

The February schedule is as follows:

Feb. 20 and 28
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Feb. 23
8 a.m. to noon

Appointments are free and available by calling 554.3120 (UNO) or 559.5175 (UNMC).

Maverick Watch

Go Mavs! Support your Mavericks by attending their home events.

the nameFaculty and staff are admitted free to all home athletic games with a valid UNO ID and game-day ticket, excluding hockey. The spouses, significant others and children of faculty and staff also are admitted free. At the game, faculty and staff must present a valid UNO ID to receive a ticket. Tickets are available on the day of the game at each home event. For more information, call 554.MAVS (6287).

At home this week…

Thursday, Feb. 23
- Women's basketball vs. Minnesota Duluth
Sapp Fieldhouse
6 p.m.

- Men's basketball vs. Minnesota-Duluth
Sapp Fieldhouse
8 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 24
- Tennis vs. Augustana
3200 Ed Creighton Ave.
6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 25
- Women's basketball vs. Minnesota State, Mankato
Sapp Fieldhouse
6 p.m.

- Men's basketball vs. Minnesota State, Mankato
Sapp Fieldhouse
8 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 26
- NCAA II North Central Region Wrestling Tournament
Sapp Fieldhouse
10 a.m.
Cost is $8 for students, $12 for adult general admission and $15 for reserved seating.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at