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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

University Library Launches Partnership with SCOLA

Building on previous cooperation between Satellite Communications for Learning (SCOLA) and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Computer and Electronics Engineering at The Peter Kiewit Institute, University Library will serve as a SCOLA partner in developing access to four video channels of foreign language educational programming.

SCOLA is a nonprofit educational organization that receives and re-transmits television news programming from around the world in more than 80 native languages.

University Library will cooperate with the UNO Department of Foreign Languages to create new ways for UNO students to acquire and sharpen their language skills. "It's exciting to have access to so many authentic language sources," said Carolyn Gascoigne, chair of the UNO Department of Foreign Languages. "The timeliness of the topics should provide relevant and interesting learning opportunities for our students."

Online access to SCOLA video streams is available under the research tools heading on the library home page at Future plans include development of a SCOLA viewing center, and University Library will be a founding partner in SCOLA's project to create a permanent video archive of daily news broadcasts.

"We're pleased to have UNO as a partner in our mission to help the people of the world learn about one another; their cultures, their languages and their ideologies," said Francis Lajba, president and CEO of SCOLA. "We feel university libraries are a great place to pursue this mission, and the UNO library will be a great place to start."

For more information, contact Gayle Roberts at 554.3213.

UNO Spring Sports Luncheon Today

the nameIt's time to take your spring Maverick gear out of the closet.

The UNO Department of Athletics will host its annual spring sports luncheon today, 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 today's event: Jeanne Scarpello, softball; Bob Herold, baseball; Bill Nichols, tennis; Tim Nelson, golf; and Tim Hendricks, track and field.

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

SPR to Host Faculty Brown Bag Today

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

Sixth Annual Poker Run/Walk This Afternoon

Campus Recreation and the Wellness Stampede will host the sixth annual Poker Run/Walk today, Feb. 22. The start time is 12:15 p.m. on 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 National Recreational Sports and Fitness Day, which celebrates the 1950 founding of the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association 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. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place.

Participants should plan to arrive at noon the day of the run/walk to receive instructions. There also will be drawings for door prizes. Faculty, staff and students who participate 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.

Final "Saving Faces" Event Tonight

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.

Tonight, 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.

OAA to Host Free Movie Night Feb. 24

The Organization for the Advancement of the Arts (OAA) will host a free movie night for all UNO students Friday, Feb. 24. The evening, which begins at 7 p.m. in Eppley Auditorium, will include the screening of experimental shorts by Stan Brakhage, Bruce Conner, Bill Viola and others.

The event is sponsored by the OAA and the UNO Film Society.

For more information, contact the OAA at

Benefit Production of Vagina Monologues March 3-5

The UNO Women's Resource Center will present a benefit production of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues in conjunction with the 2006 No Limits Conference March 3-5 at UNO.

The production, directed by Sonali Kumar, will be performed in Eppley Auditorium Friday through Sunday, March 3-5. The house will open at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for all performances. The March 5 performance will be ASL interpreted. A talk-back session with the director, designers and cast will follow the March 4 performance.

This year, more than 1,150 communities around the world are hosting V-Day benefits to raise funds for ending violence against women. More than $4 million was raised last year through performances of The Vagina Monologues.

"Hot on the heels of their success, UNO has joined this global movement as part of the V-Day 2006 College Campaign," Kumar said. V-Day Omaha 2006 will benefit Heartland Family Service, which provides a variety of services to protect children, help adults and strengthen families. Founded in Omaha in 1875, the agency serves 40,000 people annually in 12 Nebraska counties.

Tickets for the March 3-5 performances can be obtained through the UNO Women's Resource Center on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center. As all proceeds benefit Heartland Family Service, tickets are a suggested donation of $10. They may be purchased at the door, by e-mail to or by calling 554.2730.

For more information about the production, contact Tumelo Gobagoba at 554.2730.

For more information about the 2006 No Limits Conference, visit the Web at

Concert Featuring Transcontinental Duo March 8

The music and culture of Bulgaria and America will join forces in a unique concert set for Wednesday, March 8, at UNO.

"Dan and Daniella: A Transcontinental Musical Merger" will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. The event will feature Bulgarian-born Daniella Ganeva and American Dan Moore. Both are internationally known musicians.

Ganeva is a classically trained musician who champions contemporary music. Moore is known for his work in jazz and ethnic music. "Together, they generate a repertoire that defies classification in an elegant evening of distinctive music for melodic percussion," said Tomm Roland, event organizer and coordinator of percussion studies/multicultural music at UNO.

The performance will include selections from their individual solo repertoire as well as compositions and arrangements specially created for the duo.

The concert is sponsored by Yamaha, Innovative Percussion, Sabian, LP, Mike Balter, Grover Percussion and the University of Iowa. Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for all students. They can be purchased in advance by calling 554.3427 or at the door.

For more information, contact Dr. Roland at 554.3155 or

PKI to Host Technical Career Brown Bag Lecture Feb. 23

The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) will host a brown bag lecture featuring James Jamison, business area manager of IBM Global Services, Thursday, Feb 23. The event will be held in 279 PKI from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Jamison will present "Navigating a Technical Career Using Effective Relationships and Relevant Innovation." Seating is limited. To register, call 554.3333, or stop by 301 PKI.

UNO Circle K Club to Hold Drive Week Feb. 27-March 3

Five organizations will benefit from the UNO Circle K Club's "Drive Week" set for Monday, Feb. 27, through Friday, March 3. Circle K International is a collegiate service organization sponsored by Kiwanis.

"We will be showcasing each charity that we're working with," said Ann Philbrick, UNO Circle K secretary. "We're hoping to educate the campus about what each organization does for the community and why donating is so important."

The organizations involved in "Drive Week" and the dates they will be featured are listed below.

Monday, Feb. 27
Food drive for the Omaha Food Bank

Tuesday, Feb. 28
Clothing drive for the Open Door Mission

Wednesday, March 1
Book drive for Books for Africa

Thursday, March 2
Eyeglass drive for a mission trip to the Dominican Republic

Friday, March 3
Personal care item drive for Youth Emergency Services

Donations will be accepted every day of "Drive Week" and can be dropped off in the Milo Bail Student Center at either the Student Organizations and Leadership Programs Office or the first floor information desk and in the entry to University Library.

For more information, call 554.3502.

SLA Announces May South Omaha Seminar

Between May 8 and May 12, a dozen UNO professors will step into the role of students to study the history, cultural diversity and vitality of South Omaha. In addition, each professor will be partnered with a community agency to work on a service-learning project for a day during the week.

The UNO Service Learning Academy (SLA) staff expects that new service-learning partnerships and courses will be the outcome of this experience.

Faculty members who are interested in learning more about participating in the May South Omaha Seminar are invited to attend one of two orientation meetings. Two identical sessions will be held Wednesday, March 1, and Thursday, March 2, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in 116 Engineering. The SLA staff will provide information on seminar goals, the application process and faculty stipends. Applications for the May South Omaha Seminar will be distributed at the sessions.

To register, contact the SLA at 554.6019 or

ABS Technology Showcase March 2

Alternative Business Systems (ABS) will host a technology showcase Thursday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Rooms.

Several UNO departments are currently using ABS for their copier and printer needs. ABS will offer demonstration seminars featuring copiers, mfps and software from Konica Minolta. Seminars highlighting scanning basics and the paperless office will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. A drawing for a digital camera also will be held at the event.

Refreshments will be served. Those who plan to attend should R.S.V.P. to Marcia Blair at 592.2222 or

CFD to Host Blackboard 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, the 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 his 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

UNO Job Fair March 8

Career Exploration and Outreach will host a job fair Wednesday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. The event will feature employers who are actively seeking candidates for open positions and internships.

Professional interview attire is expected, and students can pre-register to attend the fair through Friday, March 3.

To register, students must have a profile on the UNO CareerConnect system. Students can visit the Web at and click on the "CareerConnect" link to create a profile and register for the fair.

For more information about the job fair, CareerConnect and other services offered by Career Exploration and Outreach, call 554.3672, or stop by 211 Eppley Administration Building.

PWSA to Host 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.