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Game Winner!

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

UNO's Alex Nikiforuk won the faceoff and made his way through heavy Wolverine traffic to score the winning goal in the Mavericks' 4-3 win over Michigan Feb. 17 at the Civic. Nikiforuk's goal came with just 2:19 remaining in the game. UNO will be on the road this weekend at Western Michigan. The Mavericks need just two points to host a playoff series at the Qwest Center Omaha. With one victory or two ties this weekend, the Mavericks would get a weekend off and then host playoff games March 10-12.

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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

Betancourt Lecture, Screening, Installation This Week

Media theorist, video maker and installation artist Michael Betancourt will share his creative point of view in a series of events set for Feb. 23-26 at UNO.

Betancourt is a media artist in residence at UNO this spring in conjunction with Echotrope, a local arts group dedicated to expanding the presence of experimental art and digital literacy in the metro area. He has been making movies, site-specific installations and non-traditional art forms since 1992.

The events associated with the Betancourt residency are listed below. They are free and open to the public.

Thursday, Feb. 23
- Public Lecture
"Visual Music and the Birth of Abstract Art"
UNO Art Gallery

- Screening
Video Works by Michael Betancourt
7 p.m.
UNO Art Gallery
Q&A with the artist to follow the screening.

Saturday, Feb. 25, and Sunday, Feb. 26
- Installation by Michael Betancourt
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day
UNO Art Gallery

- Breakfast with Echotrope and Michael Betancourt
10 to 11 a.m. each day
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.

For more information about the Betancourt residency, send an e-mail to For more information about Betancourt, visit the Web at

National Sierra Club President to Speak March 8

The national president of the Sierra Club will discuss economics, business and the environment in America at a public forum set for Wednesday, March 8, at UNO.

Lisa Renstrom, a graduate of Westside High School and UNO, was elected the 51st president of the 750,000-member Sierra Club in May 2005. She will speak at 7 p.m. in Eppley Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public, and student groups are welcome.

"We are told so often today that we have to choose between a healthy environment and a strong economy. While environmental protection comes at some cost, most issues are not that simple," said John McCarty, a professor of biology and director of environmental studies at UNO. "Lisa Renstrom combines a strong background in the business world with a commitment to a healthy environment. I am looking forward to hearing the perspective she brings to the difficult environmental questions facing America today."

Renstrom received her B.S. in business administration from UNO in 1982. 

Dr. McCarty said the subject of Renstrom's address is timely for Omaha and the state, as both are concerned with attracting and keeping young professionals in Nebraska communities. In a survey of college students conducted by the Chronicle of Higher Education last fall, 75 percent identified better environmental protection as an important priority for them.

"Community leaders here in the midlands recognize that by investing in environmental protection and by helping to conserve natural habitats, they are not only helping the environment but are also making the metropolitan area more attractive to those young professionals our economy depends on," Dr. McCarty said.

The forum is sponsored by the UNO Environmental Studies Program, the UNO College of Business Administration and the Nebraska chapter of the Sierra Club.

For more information, contact Dr. McCarty at 554.2849 or

Criminal Justice Career Day Today

The UNO Department of Criminal Justice will host a criminal justice career day today, 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.

Sixth Annual Poker Run/Walk Feb. 22

Campus Recreation and the Wellness Stampede will host the sixth annual Poker Run/Walk Wednesday, Feb. 22. The start time is 12:15 p.m. at the Milo Bail Student Center Plaza.

All interested faculty, staff and students are invited to participate. There is no fee to take part in the run/walk. The event is being held in conjunction with the National Recreational Sports and Fitness Day, which celebrates the 1950 founding of the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) by 11 historically black colleges in New Orleans.

The 1.5-mile course will cover the UNO campus. At specific sites throughout the course, each contestant will receive a playing card. At the end of the course, all poker hands will be shown, and a winner will be revealed. No official time will be kept and prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place.

Participants should plan to arrive at noon the day of the run/walk to receive instructions. There will also be drawings for door prizes. Faculty, staff and students who participated in the run/walk are also eligible to receive 25 Mav Tracks in conjunction with the Wellness Stampede program.

In the event of inclement weather, the run/walk may be held in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building on the indoor jogging track. To register, call 554.2539 or stop by 100 HPER.

Mav Kids Climbing Wall Session Feb. 24

Campus Recreation will sponsor a night of "fun at the rock" Friday, Feb. 24.

The Mav Kids program will host an evening of climbing action, games, snacks and fun at the climbing wall in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

A climbing wall instructional session for children age five to 12 is planned, and parents also are invited to participate. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $10 for UNO activity cardholders and $15 for the general public. Registrations are being taken in 100 HPER.

For more information, call 554.4941.

Emerging Technologies Web Seminar March 6

Each year, the Horizons Report identifies six areas of emerging technology likely to have a significant impact on teaching, learning or creative expression in higher education over time.

UNO will be the site of a Web seminar highlighting this report Monday, March 6. The seminar, titled "Emerging Learning Technologies: The 2006 Horizon Report Web Seminar" will be broadcast in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room from noon to 1 p.m.

The areas of emerging technology cited for 2006 are:

- Social computing;

- Personal broadcasting;

- Cell phone-accessible educational content and services;

- Educational gaming;

- Augmented reality and enhanced visualization; and

- Context-aware environments and devices.

The seminar is sponsored by EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology.

For more information, contact Jay Killion at 554.3758 or

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.

For more information, contact Dr. Johansen at or 554.4851.

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. 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.

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.

International Banquet, Culture Fair First Week of March

UNO spiritThe March 2 Culture 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. Both the fair and banquet are sponsored by International Student Services (ISS), a Student Government agency. 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.

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 Friday; the premier of Nebraska Next! Friday evening, and a diverse panel of Omaha-area women leaders 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 the 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

Deadline for Reimbursement Accounts March 31

The deadline to submit 2005 expenses for employee health care and dependent care reimbursement accounts is Friday, March 31. Any claims for reimbursement for 2005 expenses received after March 31 will not be processed.

Questions about reimbursement accounts can be referred to Esther Scarpello at 554.3660 or Jacque Christenham at 554.3659.


UNO Forensics Team Tournament Results
The UNO Forensics Team traveled to Wayne, Neb., Feb. 11-12 to compete in the "Wildhawk," two forensics tournaments in one weekend hosted by Wayne State College and Northeast Community College. The team won 26 awards during the weekend and finished in fourth place. UNO also qualified one additional competitor and five additional events for competition at the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) later this year.

Individual results are listed below.

Feb. 11
The Mavericks placed fourth in the tournament sweepstakes. Channa Rench was the tournament champion in dramatic interpretation. Rench also placed second in prose interpretation and fourth in program oral interpretation. Marty Ertz finished third in communication analysis, after-dinner speaking and informative speaking. Buey Ruet placed third in program oral interpretation. Teresa Oberdorfer was fifth in program oral interpretation and, together with partner Matt Eledge, place fourth in duo interpretation. Rachel Samson placed fifth in prose interpretation and was named the top novice competitor in the event. Melissa Gubbels was seventh in extemporaneous speaking.

Feb. 12
UNO's team brought home fourth place in the tournament sweepstakes. Rench was the tournament champion in both dramatic interpretation and program oral interpretation. Ross Waldron placed third in dramatic interpretation and was the top novice competitor in the event. Ertz finished third in communication analysis and seventh in informative speaking. Samson was fourth in dramatic interpretation and sixth in program oral interpretation. She was also the top novice in the event. Oberdorfer placed fourth in prose interpretation and fifth in program oral interpretation. Gubbels was fifth in extemporaneous speaking.

These placings, combined with those from previous tournaments, have qualified Ertz to attend the AFA-NIET. Team members Rench and Ruet have each qualified for additional events for the national tournament. Together with Oberdorfer and Samson, they bring the total number of events UNO has qualified for national competition to nine.

Up next, the team will compete in the Nebraska Intercollegiate Forensics Association State Tournament.

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