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Pictured above, construction booms on campus during April of 1969. In the foreground, the southeast addition of the second floor of the Eppley Administration Building with Allwine Hall under construction in the background.

This Week in Campus History

On April 2, 1993, The Gateway reported on the success of the recent UNO Conference for Romance Writers and Readers. Event organizer Mary Macchietto, a university program development specialist, had the idea for the conference following a similar event she had attended for Mystery aficionados. According to Macchietto, many fans of romantic fiction felt that they were looked down upon by the rest of the literary world, and the UNO conference studied this genre from a scholarly point of view. The conference keynote speaker was best-selling romance author Jill Marie Landis.

Date: April 2, 1993
Source: The Gateway
Compiled by University Library Archives

Jeff Bundy

Shot of a Lifetime

by Nick Schinker

It was just the first full day of a 45-day assignment when Jeff Bundy shot the photograph of a lifetime.

"Ramadi is the most dangerous city in the most dangerous country in the world, and we were embedded in a combat unit," recalls Bundy, an Omaha World-Herald photographer who was documenting stories about Nebraskans serving in Iraq. ...continue

2006 Honors Month Celebration Kicks Off This Week

April is Honors Month at UNO. Three university-wide events will be spotlighted this week - the Student Honors Symposium, the Faculty Honors Convocation and the Student Honors Convocation - followed by numerous college, departmental and organizational events throughout the week and month.

At the Student Honors Symposium April 4 and 5, UNO students will present their honors theses and undergraduate research presentations.

The Faculty Honors Convocation features the recipients of the university's outstanding teaching, research and creative activity, mentoring, service-learning and distinguished professorship awards. The event will be held Thursday, April 6, at 7 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

The Student Honors Convocation recognizes outstanding undergraduate and graduate students with the graduate scholarships, undergraduate major honorees, and deans, vice chancellor, service-learning and outstanding student athlete awards. The event will be held Friday, April 7, at 3 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

The convocations are opportunities for all campus units to celebrate together the extraordinary accomplishments of faculty and students throughout the university, said Deborah Smith-Howell, assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs at UNO. Faculty, students, staff, alumni and friends of the university are also encouraged to participate in the many college, department and organization events that showcase and celebrate faculty, student and staff achievements, she noted.

For more information about the 2006 Faculty Honors Convocation and Student Honors Convocation, contact Dr. Smith-Howell at 554.2262 or

For more information about the 2006 Student Honors Symposium, contact Rosalie Saltzman, director of the UNO Honors Program, at 554.2598.

EntrepreneurShop Opening Today

University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken and Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman will attend the opening of the EntrepreneurShop at 13006 West Center Road today, April 3. Milliken will give the event's opening remarks at 7:30 a.m. The EntrepreneurShop will be celebrating its opening from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Desarae Mueller Fichepain is the director of the EntrepreneurShop, which houses four business assistance partners – the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, the U.S. Department of Commerce Export Assistance, the Nebraska Economic Development Corporation and the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC). Fichepain said a wide variety of tools are available at the EntrepreneurShop to help businesspeople achieve their goals.

"Our consultants here will be able to help anyone decide which books, software or audio/video programs could best help them achieve what they would like to do," Fichepain said. "The staff here can also help evaluate a business idea or write a business plan."

Also during the opening, the Small Business Exporter of the Year Award will be presented to Oxbow Pet Products by the Small Business Administration (SBA). Oxbow, based near Murdock, Neb., provides premium nutrition and supportive care for small animals. It is the first Nebraska company to receive this SBA national award.

Ron Parks, the author of Manager's Mentor, also will be at the event signing copies of his book.

For more information, call 554.2521 or 595.1158.

UNO Nabs NCC Wrestling Honors

the nameUNO senior Les Sigman has been named the North Central Conference (NCC) Wrestler of the Year by a vote of league coaches. The coaches also selected UNO's Cody Garcia as the Freshman of the Year and UNO's Mike Denney as the Coach of the Year.

Sigman, a native of Sturgis, S.D., became only the fourth NCAA Division II wrestler to win four national championships when he claimed his fourth NCAA Division II Wrestling Championship in the heavyweight division. He compiled a 23-0 collegiate record and a 24-0 mark in open competion this season with 18 occuring by fall. He won nine tournaments this season and finished his career with a 179-7 mark, a new UNO school record for career wins. Sigman was a four-time regional and four-time North Central Conference champion. In his four trips to the national tournament, he never allowed an offensive point to be scored on him.

Garcia, a native of Hutchinson, Kan., finished the season with a 39-4 record and won the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championship and NCAA Division II North Central Region championship in the 125-pound weight class. During the season, he won six of eight tournaments and reached the finals in seven of the eight. His only Division II loss of the season occurred in double overtime. He recorded 19 wins by fall and is a member of the NWCA academic first team.

Denney led UNO to NCAA Division II national, NCAA Division II North Central Region and North Central Conference championships. The NCAA II championship, the third straight and fourth for the school, marked the 14th top-three finish in the past 16 years. The Mavericks have finished lower than third just twice in the past 16 years and have not finished lower than eighth place since 1980. The Mavericks also won their third National Dual Meet title this year. UNO scored a school-record 117 points at the national tournament with national champions Garcia, J.D. Naig and Sigman, and second-place finisher Shane Unger. Denney, in his 27th year, was named the Coach of the Year at the NCAA Division II North Central Regional.

For more information, contact Gary Anderson at 554.3387.

Student Honors Symposium April 4-5

Some of the university's finest student research and creative activity will be showcased Tuesday and Wednesday, April 4-5, during the annual Honors Symposia of Senior Theses. The two-day event, hosted by the University Honors Program, will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. All faculty and staff are invited to attend.

The schedules and listing of student participants are highlighted below:

Tuesday Symposium
MBSC Ballroom and Nebraska Room
5 p.m.
Senior participants: Kari Burdick-Caves, Nesrin Elsawi, Kacie Johansen, Megan Jones, Nathan Lab, Shang-Jun Meng, Cassandra Nespor, Frances Osugi, Meghan Posey and Tierney Schutte.

Wednesday Symposium
MBSC Ballroom
- 10 a.m. to noon
Senior participants: Kevin Bisanz, Teri Brink, Jeffrey Chalkley, Rose Fredrick, Donald Green, Edward Hamilton, Blake Huseman, Chelsea Majerus, Phon Nguyen and Bart Vargas.

- 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Senior participants: Anna Mulcahy, Jason Boche, Rebecca Shively, Chad Meyer, Anne Marie Robbins, Tammi Owens, Jessica Errett and James Wingert.

For more information, contact Christine McIvor at 554.2696.

Maddy Kent Dychtwald to Speak at April 12 ABC Breakfast

Maddy Kent DychtwaldThe UNO Academy, Business and Community (ABC) Breakfast Speaker Series will continue Wednesday, April 12, with generational marketing expert Maddy Kent Dychtwald.

The event will be held at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, 72nd and Grover streets. The doors will open at 7 a.m. for a breakfast buffet. Tickets are $12.50 each and may be purchased by calling 554.2981.

An active participant in analyzing and forecasting lifestyle and consumer marketing trends for the past 17 years, Kent Dychtwald co-founded Age Wave Inc. in 1986 with her husband, Ken Dychtwald. Age Wave is the nation's premier think-tank and strategic consulting group focused on baby boomers and the mature market. In its first decade of existence, the company was transformed into a multi-million dollar enterprise, among the best in its field

In 1997, she researched and wrote Cycles: How We Will Live, Work, and Buy, which was named book of the year by the Community Colleges Association. Kent Dychtwald also has been a featured speaker at numerous engagements, presenting to more than 200,000 business leaders worldwide. Some of her clients have included Allstate Insurance, Blue Cross of California, Chevron, National Association of Educators, New Balance Athletic Shoes, Washington Wine Commission and Touchstone Mutual Funds.

Kent Dychtwald received her degree magna cum laude from New York University. She currently serves as senior vice president of Age Wave.

The ABC Breakfast Speaker Series is celebrating its 31st season in 2005-06. It is one of the nation's longest running speaker series.

For more information, call 554.2981, or visit the Web at

University Library to Present An Evening of Poetry

University Library will present An Evening of Poetry, featuring readings by Nebraska poets Jim Reese and Mark Scott, Thursday, April 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Room 100. This presentation is made possible by Nebraska Humanities Council grant funds.

Reese and Scott will provide an evening of poetry in celebration of National Poetry Month. Both poets will read from their work, sign books and answer questions from the audience.

Reese teaches in the English department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and works on the editorial staff of the Prairie Schooner. His work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including New York Quarterly, South Dakota Review, Plains Song Review, Poetry Motel and others. His full-length collection of poetry, These Trespasses, was published by Backwaters Press in 2005, and poems from These Trespasses were recently nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Scott received his doctorate in English from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and he currently teaches English at the College of Saint Mary. His first collection of poems, Tactile Values, was published by New Issues Press in 2000, and he has two collections of poems, A Bedroom Occupation and The History Editor, currently being considered for publication. He is working on a collection of prose.

In addition, UNO Book Arts students, under the direction of Bonnie O'Connell, director of the Nebraska Book Arts Center and associate professor of art and art history at UNO, will produce letterpress-printed broadsides commemorating the evening's readings that will be available as a keepsake for audience members.

An Evening of Poetry is one of many grants funded by the Nebraska Humanities Council (NHC). NHC has awarded more than $100,000 in grants each year.

Created in 1973 as a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the NHC is an independent, non-profit organization governed by a volunteer board of public and academic members. NHC funds programs that explore Nebraska's heritage, build community awareness and strengthen our ties to cultural traditions at home and abroad.

Any non-profit group is eligible to apply for a grant from the NHC. The NHC staff is available for grant consultation and will read proposal drafts. Contact the NHC office if you need assistance with a project idea.

For a copy of NHC grant guidelines, contact the NHC at 215 Centennial Mall South, Suite 500, Lincoln, NE 68508, or at 402.474.2131, fax 402.474.4852 or The entire grant guideline packet is also available online at

For more information on the April 20 event, contact Marvel Maring at 554.2992 or

SPO to Host Benefit Concert April 3

UNO spiritThe UNO Spirit Committee has designated this activity as a UNO spirit event.

The Student Programming Organization (SPO) has announced plans to host a concert Monday, April 3, featuring The Rocket Summer to benefit the "UNO to UNO Hurricane Relief Project."

The free concert, featuring pop/rock bands The Rocket Summer and Epic Hero, will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room and Ballroom from 7 to 10 p.m. The doors will open at 6 p.m.

While the concert is free to UNO students and the public, SPO is asking for an optional donation, the proceeds of which will go to the University of New Orleans.

"We have had the ‘UNO to UNO' containers at most of our events," said T.J. Jones, the student director of SPO, "But we thought we should plan a show that would put the spotlight on the fundraiser."

Hailed as one of Alternative Press Magazine's "100 Bands to Know in 2006," The Rocket Summer is the piano/guitar driven, pop/rock brainchild of multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter Bryce Avery.

Since the release of his first album in 2003, Avery has toured as The Rocket Summer with Something Corporate, Hellogoodbye, Reliant K, Mae, Sugarcult, Jimmy Eat World and The All American Rejects, among others. His newest CD, "Hello, Good Friend," was released in May 2005.

"UNO to UNO" was set up in the fall of 2005, following Hurricane Katrina's destruction of New Orleans. The project is raising money to help those in the Louisiana UNO community who lost so much rebuild. The fundraiser will conclude in May at the end of the academic year.

For more information, contact Erin Cron at 554.2711 or

Those in attendance at the April 3 concert will be eligible to receive a "Spirit Ticket" from the UNO Spirit Committee. A drawing for one Island Tropics bath and body care gift set 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.

SHS to Host Alternative Contraception Discussion

Student Health Services (SHS), along with Organon Pharmaceuticals, will host a discussion on alternative contraception with speaker Marilyn Lowe, R.N.C., C.N.M., Tuesday, April 4. It will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

Lunch will be provided. To R.S.V.P., call Stacy Hlavac at 402.980.2876 or SHS at 554.2374.

SPR to Host Faculty Brown Bag April 4

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) will host a faculty brown bag Tuesday, April 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Council Room.

The program, titled "Research Compliance," will feature faculty members who represent UNO on three regulatory committees: Joe Brown and John Hill on the Institutional Review Board (IRB), Jeff French and LaReesa Wolfenbarger on Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and Tom Weber on the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC). Participants are invited to come with your questions and listen to experts discuss compliance issues involving research with human subjects, vertebrate animals and biohazards.

Dessert and beverages will be provided. For more information, contact SPR at 554.2286.

Women's History Museum Set for April 4-5

The Women's Resource Center at UNO will host its annual Women's History Museum Tuesday and Wednesday, April 4-5. The event, which features information displays about notable women and their accomplishments, will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Fireplace Lounge from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.

All interested members of the UNO community are invited to stop by the museum. For more information, contact Tumelo Gobagoba at or 554.2730.

Recipients of CCMA Diversity Awards Announced

The Chancellor's Commission on Multicultural Affairs (CCMA) has announced the winners of its 2006 CCMA Diversity Awards. The recipients will be recognized at a reception set for Wednesday, April 12, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

The program will begin at 2:30 p.m. with remarks by Mel Clancy, director of Project Achieve at UNO.

The awards recognize current UNO faculty, staff and students 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. The 2006 honorees are listed below.

College of Education faculty.

Judith Monarrez Diaz-Kelsey, recruiter and adviser for the UNO College of Information Science and Technology.

Shereece Dendy, Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) and president of the African American Organization.

The CCMA serves as an advisory to the chancellor and other university administrators on issues that relate to diversity on campus. The commission's goal is to recognize individuals that exemplify a commitment to diversity and meet the Diversity Action Plan goals.

Those interested in attending should R.S.V.P. by calling 554.2872 before April 5. For more information about the reception, contact Dr. Hayes at 554.3240 or

R.S.V.P. Deadline April 5 for Employee of the Year Reception

The nominees for the 2006 Student Employee of the Year at UNO have been announced and are listed below. All nominees will be honored at a campus reception set for Wednesday, April 12.

- Angela Aday, Landscape Services
- Samantha Alba, University Library/Circulation
- Traci Berry, UNO Department of Black Studies
- Carol Casper, Undergraduate Admissions
- Kalpana Chaudhary, Information Technology Services
- Beth Flynn, Aviation Institute
- Kimberly Gallion-Exum, Goodrich Scholarship Program
- Eriko Horii, University Library/Cataloging
- Shannon Jackson, College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media/Dean's Office
- Rebecca S. Lance, Center for Faculty Development/Service-Learning Academy
- Amy M. McAlpine, UNO Department of Chemistry
- Jennifer McQuinn, Cashiering/Student Accounts
- Jessica O'Neel, Campus Recreation
- Amanda Sendgraff, Honors Program
- Yuki Setoguchi, University Library/Acquisitions
- Laura Wapelhorst, MavCard Services

The registration deadline is Wednesday, April 5. To R.S.V.P. for the reception, contact Emily Muckerheide at 554.2321 or

Brooks Lecture to Feature Rabbi Sandmel April 6

Rabbi David Sandmel will deliver the 2006 Rabbi Sidney H. Brooks Lecture Thursday, April 6. The title of his presentation is "Theology, Identity and Politics: Jews, Christians and Israel in the 21st Century?". The event will be held at 7 p.m. in the W.H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. It is free and open to the public.

Rabbi Sandmel serves the K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Congregation in Chicago and is the Crown-Ryan Professor of Jewish Studies at the Catholic Theological Union. From 1998 to 2001, he served as the Jewish Scholar at the Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies in Baltimore. There, he directed the National Jewish Scholars Project, a major initiative to promote a new discussion within the Jewish community and between Jews and Christians about the differences and similarities between the two traditions. He lectures widely on contemporary issues in Jewish-Christian relations and foundations of Judaism and Christianity in antiquity.

The annual lecture series is sponsored by the UNO Religious Studies Program, the UNO College of Arts and Sciences, and Temple Israel. It is named in honor of Sidney H. Brooks, who played an integral role in the religious life of the Omaha community for more than 40 years. He served as rabbi of Temple Israel for 33 years before his retirement in 1985. He died in 1999 at the age of 79. Throughout his life, Brooks was recognized for his pursuit of social justice and relations between people of other faiths, including Jews and Christians.

For more information, contact Kathy Cox Schwartz at 554.2628.

Symposium, Gandhi Award Luncheon April 7

The UNO School of Social Work will host its ninth annual symposium and Gandhi Award Luncheon Friday, April 7. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the W.H. Thompson Alumni Center. The luncheon will get under way at noon.

Ako Abdul-Samad, founder and CEO of Creative Visions Human Development Institute, will facilitate this year's symposium, titled "What is America Losing…?". Alberto "Beto" Gonzales from the Omaha Boys and Girls Club will deliver the luncheon address, titled "The Truth About Gangs."

During the luncheon, the ninth annual Gandhi Award will be presented to longtime Nebraska peace activist Frances Mendenhall for her dedication to using nonviolent methods and her work in peace and justice.

Established in 1996, the Gandhi Award honors individuals and organizations that exemplify Mahatma Gandhi's principles of nonviolence, selfless service and social action, which are consistent with social work values. Since 1999, the Gandhi Award has been presented annually during the UNO School of Social Work Symposium.

"The award luncheon and daylong symposium are excellent opportunities for social workers, youth agency workers, alternative and secondary school teachers, social activists, mental health practitioners and other human service professionals to come together for learning and celebration of our collective commitment to social justice," said Ashlie Hurt, event organizer in the UNO School of Social Work.

On-site registration will be conducted on a space-available basis. Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota social workers may receive 6.0 CEUs for attending the symposium. Some scholarships are available for full-time social work students to attend the symposium.

To access the registration forms or for more information, visit the Web at, or contact Hurt at 554.3057 or

Spring 2006 BFA Thesis Exhibition Opens April 7

The Spring 2006 BFA Thesis Exhibition opens Friday, April 7, at UNO. A reception will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the UNO Art Gallery.

The work of Frances Osugi, Brandon Liebig, Kym Johnson Rutledge, Jonathan Sours and Alexia Thiele will be featured.

Osugi's thesis, "Hand Produced Books from the Monku-Monku Press," showcases edition printing in letterpress, woodblock, intaglio and photolithography. "The portraits and stories come from my life and my imagination," she said.

Rutledge's thesis is titled "Who am I? I am Everyman." This series of paintings is based on contemporary characters from "Everyman," a medieval morality play written in the 15th century. "Each character is a personification of a virtue or vice, and each embodies a part of me," Rutledge said. "My painting style expresses the movement of wet paint in order to bring life to a static state, as breath is to the body."

Jonathan D. Sours titled his painting and drawing series "Ten Accounts of Three Figures." It features three figures that are examined and deconstructed through repetition.

The exhibition runs through May 5. The UNO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building. Admission is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are as follows: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, noon to 4 p.m.; Thursday, noon to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m.

For more information, call Deborah-Eve Lombard at 554.2796.

TIAA-CREF Sessions Available This Spring

A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus this spring to conduct individual retirement planning sessions for faculty and staff.

Openings are available for TIAA-CREF campus visits on the following dates:
- April 4, 11 and 25; and
- May 9, 16, 23 and 30.

To schedule an appointment, call Louella Williams at 548.3610, or visit the Web at

UNO Ambassadors Program Seeks Applicants

The UNO Ambassadors Program is recruiting for the 2006-07 academic year. Twelve student Ambassadors will be selected based on their academic achievement, leadership and communication skills. Faculty and staff are asked to identify and encourage qualified students to apply for the program.

Ambassadors represent the university at a variety of social and business functions, which are hosted by the chancellor, vice chancellors, deans and other individuals and organizations on campus. They wear UNO blazers or business casual UNO polo shirts to activities, and receive a $200 scholarship for the academic year in which they serve. Two non-scholarship alternate members of the program will also be chosen.

Criteria for selection include 27 credit hours earned by May 2006 and a 2.5 G.P.A., full-time student status in the 2006-07 academic year, superior communication skills and a strong interest in service to the university.

Applications are available in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs (202 Eppley Administration Building). The application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, April 7. Twenty-five applicants will be interviewed.

For more information, call 554.2779.

Service-Learning Fair April 19

UNO faculty are invited to attend a service-learning fair Wednesday, April 19. The event, co-sponsored by the UNO Service-Learning Academy and Agencies and Communities Together (ACT), will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

The event will allow faculty to:
- Learn how academic service learning can benefit a community agency;
- Meet agency members interested in collaborating with UNO faculty;
- Meet service-learning faculty and staff from Omaha-area colleges and universities; and
- Share ideas for service-learning projects.

Participants should bring business cards and a wish list of possible service-learning projects to exchange.

To register, call 554.6019, or send an e-mail to

Maverick Watch

the nameGo Mavs! Support your Mavericks by attending their home events.

Faculty 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…

Wednesday, April 5
- Softball vs. Augustana
Claussen-Westgate Field, 8121 D. St.
3 p.m. and 5 p.m. (double header)

- Tennis vs. South Dakota
Koch Family Tennis Center at Tranquility Park, 125th and W. Maple Road
4:30 p.m.

Friday, April 7
- Ironwood Collegiate Golf Classic
Ironwood Country Club, 126th and Pacific St.
9:30 a.m.

- Softball vs. North Dakota
Claussen-Westgate Field, 8121 D. St.
1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (double header)

Saturday, April 8
- Ironwood Collegiate Golf Classic
Ironwood Country Club, 126th and Pacific St.
1 p.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at