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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

New Program Targets Special Education Needs in Area

A new program offered by UNO will address a critical local, state and national need for special education teachers beginning this spring. The Certification Alternative Reaching Exceptional Students (CARES) program is an intense, 18-month program for non-teachers who already hold bachelor's degrees in content areas such as English, mathematics, science and social sciences.

"Our Teacher Academy Project (TAP) gave us an excellent model to work from," said John Langan, dean of the UNO College of Education (COE). "We're looking for professionals who not only want a change in their own careers, but are looking to make a difference in the lives of special education students and their families."

Currently, there is a critical need for special education teachers in the metropolitan area. TAP, created six years ago, was UNO's first alternative certification program that sought out professionals looking to become secondary education teachers in high demand subject areas. CARES is a next step, Dr. Langan said.

"Special educators are always in high demand," he said.  "We created CARES with the input of the Metropolitan Omaha Education Consortium (MOEC). The area school districts are very excited by this."

The MOEC school districts are: Bellevue Public Schools, Council Bluffs Community Schools, Millard Public Schools, Omaha Public Schools, Papillion/LaVista Public Schools, Ralston Public Schools and Westside Community Schools.

Tartuffe Opens Tonight

The UNO Department of Theatre production of Richard Wilbur's translation of Tartuffe by Moliére opens tonight, Feb. 23, at UNO.

Performances continue Feb. 24-25 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.

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 tonight, 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.

Tonight, 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 Short
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 on the UNO campus. 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.

Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra to Perform Feb. 28

UNO's Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a "Smörgåsbord" of symphonic favorites from Scandinavia Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

Tickets are $5 for adults, and $4 for students and seniors.

Amy Sims, concertmaster of the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, will join the orchestra for a performance of the Violin Concerto by Sibelius. Christopher Stanichar, an assistant professor of music at UNO, will conduct the ensemble. The program will also include Sibelius' Finlandia and Grieg's Symphonic Dances.

For tickets or more information, call 554.3427.

Informational Session for Web Templates March 1

Are you interested in redesigning your college or department Web site?

Stuart Wheat, web designer in Information Technology Services (ITS), has developed a series of Web templates that are available for use by the UNO campus.

ITS will host an informational session on the UNO Web templates Wednesday, March 1. It will be held in the Welcome Center, 111 Eppley Administration Building, at 10:30 a.m.

Those who attend will:

- Learn more about the UNO Web templates;

- See examples of how other UNO departments have implemented the Web templates; and

- Find out how you can use the templates to redesign your Web site.

Those who plan to attend should R.S.V.P. to  For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.4357 or

Retirement Planning Education Series Continues March 10

Human Resources at UNO will continue its retirement planning education series Friday, March 10. It will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. All interested faculty and staff are invited to attend.

Wendy Becker from TIAA-CREF will lead the March 10 seminar, titled "Women's Retirement Planning Seminar." Retirement planning concerns of women of all ages will be discussed. A representative from Social Security will also be a presenter.

The seminars are scheduled monthly from September through April. For more information, contact Esther Scarpello at 554.3660.

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.

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

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

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.

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. Deadline for registration is March 2.

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