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Lisa See

Apprentice Writers Get a Visit

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Author Lisa See made an appearance at the UNO Writer’s Workshop March 1. See shared insight with the students about the writing process and the publishing process. See served as the keynote speaker at the fourth annual UNO Women of Color (WOC) Awards luncheon earlier that day. At the luncheon, a book signing took place to celebrate Lisa See’s newest novel - Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. For a list of the 2006 WOC winners, visit the Web at

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Pictured above, Alpha Sigma Lambda's "In War and Peace" float at the University of Omaha's 1946 May Day Parade.

This Week in Campus History

On Feb. 27, 1974, The Gateway announced that the Feminist Symposium would begin that morning in the student center with speeches by former Democratic National Committee Chair Jean Westwood and Texas Congressperson Sissy Farenthold. Westwood was scheduled to speak on "Feminist Politics" and Farenthold on "The Role of Men in Society." The symposium, which continued through March 4, was sponsored by the UNO Student Programming Organization.

Date: Feb. 27, 1974
Source: The Gateway
Compiled by University Library Archives

Lisa Renstrom

Standing Tall with Sierra

by Shelly Steig

Whenever Lisa Renstrom sees a Hummer in a parking lot, she stops her Honda Insight - a space-age-looking hybrid that gets up to 70 miles per gallon - climbs out of the car and pulls a sticker from her purse. The sticker proclaims 'I WILL EVOLVE," including a picture of a tiny car. Renstrom doesn't remove the sticker's backing, but she does slip it under the much larger vehicle's windshield wiper. ...continue

CCSW Awards Recipients Announced

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. 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 through Monday, March 6.

At the luncheon, the CCSW will recognize the 2006 Awards recipients. The awards recognize individuals and organizations for their outstanding service to women. The 2006 honorees include:

Outstanding Achievement Award
Mary Sweaney, assistant director of Human Resources at UNO

Scholarship Award
Jessica O'Neel

Community Service Award
Girls Incorporated of Omaha

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.

For more information about the luncheon, contact Marvel Maring at 554.2992 or

Psychology Candidate to Present Lectures This Week

Todd Savage, a candidate for a position in the UNO Department of Psychology, will present a pair of lectures during his campus visit this week. Dr. Savage is an assistant professor of school psychology at New Mexico State University.

The presentations are open to the campus community and the general public. The schedule is listed below.

Today, March 2
Colloquium Talk: "School Psychology and Issues of Sexual Orientation: Attitudes, Beliefs and Knowledge"
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Omaha Room
2:30 p.m.
A reception will follow in the MBSC Council Room

Friday, March 3
Teaching Talk: "Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender issues: Implications for the School Psychologist"
310 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH)
10 a.m.

For more information, contact Marie Lee at 554.2581.

International Culture Fair Continues Today, Banquet March 4

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

The annual UNO International Culture Fair continues today, March 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 annual international 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.

UNO spiritBoth the fair and banquet are sponsored by International Student Services (ISS), a Student Government agency.

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.

Student Art Exhibition Opens Friday

The Spring 2006 UNO Art Student Exhibition opens Friday, March 3, in the UNO Art Gallery with a reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

This juried exhibition will feature the 2006 recipients of the Bertha Mengedoht Hatz Memorial Awards. The juror is Aaron Holz, an assistant professor of art and art history at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Admission to the UNO Art Gallery is free, and the exhibit is open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from noon to 4 p.m.; Thursday from noon to 8 p.m.; and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.

The gallery is located at the north end of the Weber Fine Arts Building. For more information, call 554.2796.

First Friday Faculty Focus March 3

Anne York will be the featured guest on KVNO Classical 90.7 FM's "First Friday Faculty Focus" Friday, March 3. Dr. York is an associate professor of marketing and management in the UNO College of Business Administration and director of its Maverick Entrepreneurship Institute.

"First Friday Faculty Focus" is an interview series that highlights the many contributions of individual faculty members to UNO and the greater community, said Cheril Lee, KVNO news director.

Lee's interview with Dr. York will air during the 8 a.m., noon and 4 p.m. newscasts March 3. For more information about the interview series, contact Lee at 554.2516.

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

Regents to Meet March 3

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet Friday, March 3, at Varner Hall in Lincoln, 3835 Holdrege St. Committee and task force meetings will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the board meeting will begin at 1 p.m.

A highlight of the meeting will be a presentation by Mark Drabenstott, vice president of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank and a national expert in rural economic development. He will speak at the task force meeting at 8:30 a.m.

The agendas for the committee meetings are listed below.

8:30 a.m. – Economic Development and Outreach Task Force
Topic - The New Role of Universities in 21st Century Regional Development
Presenter - Mark Drabenstott, vice president and director for the Study of Rural America, Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank

Topic – Update on EPSCoR Research Expo and Innovation Forum
Presenter - Pete Kotsiopulos, vice president for University Affairs, University of Nebraska

10 a.m. – Academic Affairs Committee
Topic - Advanced Placement Testing
Presenters - Jay Noren, executive vice president and provost, University of Nebraska, and Sheri Rogers, associate vice chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs, UNO

Topic – National Innovation and Competitiveness Issues in Higher Education
Presenters – James B. Milliken, president, University of Nebraska, and Jay Noren, executive vice president and provost, University of Nebraska

11 a.m. – Business Affairs Committee
Topic – Nebraska Center for Virology
Presenter - Charles Wood, professor, School of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL)

Topic - President's Health Care Committee Update
Presenter - Deb Thomas, assistant vice president for administration, University of Nebraska

Topic - Utilities and Mead Deficit Request Update
Presenter – David Lechner, vice president for business and finance, University of Nebraska

The board will be asked to approve the items listed below.
- The appointment of Juan N. Franco as vice chancellor for student affairs and professor of educational psychology at UNL.
- A new policy to allow flexibility in course terms for distance education courses, which would make courses more attractive to non-traditional students and thus make the university more competitive with private institutions.
- An agreement with the University of Nebraska Foundation to accept a gift of design services, land and construction for the International Quilt Study Center on East Campus, UNL, made possible by a generous gift of the Robert and Ardis James Foundation.
- An increase of $5.5 million in the project budget and a revised program statement for the Center for Virology building at UNL, which will allow for the completion of space that was originally intended to be left unfinished, but is now needed due to recent success in recruiting and research.
- Authorization for the president to negotiate an agreement for high-speed fiber optic connectivity between UNL and the Internet2 backbone network in Kansas City, and from Kansas City to the Fermi Lab in Chicago. High-speed internet access is essential to research being conducted at UNL to analyze data from CERN in Switzerland, the world's largest particle physics laboratory.
- Naming of the Center for Health Science Education at UNMC as the Michael F. Sorrell Center for Health Science Education. A native of Syracuse, Neb., Dr. Sorrell is known nationally and internationally for his expertise in liver disease and transplantation, and gastrointestinal disorders. He has received numerous university and national awards for his research, teaching and service and is routinely named as one of the top physicians in the United States. Dr. Sorrell is a professor of internal medicine at UNMC.

The board also will receive reports on the strategic framework, spring enrollment and the renovation of the Temple Building at UNL.

The full agenda can be accessed via the Web at

UNO Library Friends to Host Faculty Author Talk March 7

The UNO Library Friends will host an evening with faculty author Steven Bullock Tuesday, March 7. He will present a lecture titled "Playing for Their Nation: Baseball and the American Military during World War II" at 7 p.m. in 100 University Library.

Dr. Bullock joined the UNO Department of Political Science in 2005 after spending two years in the UNO Department of History. His research and teaching interests include political thought of the Founding Era, Constitutional history, and the intersection of politics and sport in the contemporary period. Dr. Bullock has written or edited several books, including Playing for their Nation: Baseball and the American Military during World War I and a two-volume work titled The Founding Principles of the United States with Carson Holloway. He is currently working on a biography of Ty Cobb, which will be published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2008.

For more information, call 554.3205.

Information Session on Volunteering at Bethsaida March 8

Have you ever wanted to put your hands on history, literally?

International Studies and Programs will host an information session on volunteering with the Bethsaida Excavations Project Wednesday, March 8. The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 6 p.m. in 216 Arts and Sciences Hall.

The Bethsaida Excavations Project is an archaeological site located near the Sea of Galilee in Israel. Bethsaida was the capital city of the forgotten biblical kingdom of Geshur. It is one of the most frequently mentioned towns in the New Testament and the purported place where Jesus performed several of his major miracles.

Rami Arav, director of excavations and research, will discuss the history of Bethsaida and how those interested can volunteer to dig at the site.

For more information about the March 8 information session, contact Steve Reynolds at 554.3108. For more information about the Bethsaida Excavations Project, visit the Web at

CCHA Playoff Tickets on Sale

the nameTickets for the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) playoffs are on sale in the UNO Ticket Office (554.MAVS).

UNO, the No. 5 seed in the CCHA Playoffs, will host No. 12 seed Bowling Green in a best-of-three first round playoff series March 3-5 at the Qwest Center Omaha. The start times for all three games is 7:05 p.m.

The ticket prices are $16 for the lower bowl and $13 for upper bowl. A $9 student ticket will be available, which pertains to any K-12 or college student with a valid ID.

UNO students can buy a $3 ticket, which must be purchased at the Qwest Center Omaha on the day of the game.

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, titled "Getting Started as a Successful Grant Writer and 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, and pre-tenure and assistant professors. Those interested in attending must complete an online registration form at

For more information, call 472.2851, or contact Mary Laura Farnham at 554.2286.

Input Training Available for Online Calendar of Events

In an effort to create a centralized source of information for promoting campus events that are open to the public, University Affairs maintains an online calendar of events.

Located on the Web at, the calendar can be viewed by day, week, month or category. Categories include athletics, exhibitions, films, lectures, meetings, miscellaneous and performance. Links to the calendar have been created on the UNO home page at under "Today at UNO" in the left-hand column and graphically in the tool bar at the top of the page.

"The UNO Calendar of Events is designed to promote campus-related events that are open to the campus community and/or the general public," said Teresa Gleason, director of communications at UNO.

An example of an item that would not be posted on the calendar is a biology departmental meeting. However, if the biology department is hosting a speaker and the event is open to the campus community/general public, the item would be posted.

The calendar is administered by University Affairs, located in 108 Eppley Administration Building. Beverly Newsam is the calendar administrator. All items must be submitted electronically with a contact name, phone number and e-mail. Training on how to submit items is available for any interested party by calling Newsam at 554.2358.

"We encourage all colleges and units to make use of the calendar by submitting appropriate items to it," Gleason said. "The goal is to create a centralized listing of public events that is easily accessible."

The UNO Calendar of Events is not a means for scheduling rooms or submitting information to other existing calendars on the Web. Reservations for meeting facilities still must go through appropriate channels in the Milo Bail Student Center.

For more information or to learn how to submit items to the calendar, contact Newsam at 554.2358.