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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

Nine UNO Graduate Programs Cited Nationally

Nine graduate programs at UNO are cited in U.S. News and World Report's 2007 edition of America's Best Graduate Schools.

"As a campus, we are pleased that these graduate programs continue to rank well on the national scene," said John Christensen, vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at UNO.

UNO's ranked programs are listed below.

In the Public Affairs rankings, which were initially announced in the 2005 edition, UNO ranks 26th, up from 31st in 2004, among 253 similar programs. The Public Affairs program ranks 18th nationally among public institutions. Specialty areas within the overall Public Affairs category were ranked individually. Specialty areas at UNO were ranked as follows:

- Information science and technology ranks eighth nationally among 12 similar programs and fifth nationally among public universities.

- Public management administration ranks 27th nationally among 37 similar programs and 18th nationally among public universities.

- City management and urban policy ranks 29th nationally among 32 similar programs and 22nd nationally among public universities.

- Public finance and budgeting ranks 21st nationally among 33 similar programs and 15th nationally among public universities.

In the Social Sciences and Humanities disciplines, UNO's doctoral program in criminal justice ranks ninth nationally among 33 similar programs and third nationally among metropolitan universities.

In the Health disciplines, social work ranks 70th nationally out of 101 similar programs and 49th nationally among public universities. Also, speech-language pathology ranks 62nd nationally, up from 81st in 2004, among 124 similar programs and 56th nationally among public universities.

UNO also was listed in a table of teacher preparation programs at the education schools surveyed by U.S. News. No rankings were made in this category.

This year, U.S. News updated rankings of professional-school programs in business, education, engineering, law and medicine. These rankings are based on two types of data – expert opinion about program quality, and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research and students. For the rankings in all five areas, indicator and opinion data come from surveys of more than 1,200 programs and some 9,600 academics and professionals conducted in the fall of 2005.

U.S. News also ranks programs in the sciences, social sciences and humanities. These rankings are based solely on the ratings of academic experts, as are the health specialties in the professional-school section.

University Leaders to Tout Biotechnology

A team of more than 25 Nebraska businesspeople, scientists, university leaders and economic development experts will head to Chicago for the BIO 2006 Annual International Convention April 9-12, telling more than 18,000 international visitors that "Bio's Hot in Nebraska."

Nebraska will showcase its biotechnology enterprise to the world's largest gathering of biotech executives, investors, journalists, policymakers and scientists from more than 60 countries. BIO 2006 will be held at Chicago's McCormick Place Convention Center.

The Nebraska contingent includes representatives from the University of Nebraska, the Bio Nebraska Life Sciences Association, the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, the Omaha Public Power District, the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, the University of Nebraska Technology Park and its Technology Development Corp., UNeMed Corp. and a number of Nebraska life science businesses.

The convention is the place to be if you're serious about being a part of the biotechnology industry, said Julie Karavas, director of the Bio Nebraska Life Sciences Association. Bio Nebraska was formed in 2005 to coordinate and expand life sciences in the state.

"Partnerships among the private sector, government and education are essential to Nebraska's economic development – including, in particular, life sciences," said University of Nebraska President James Milliken. "Bio 2006 is an opportunity to demonstrate that Nebraska is serious about biotech, and that we have the research and the environment to attract and build biosciences companies."

Some of the biotechnology/industry research collaborations under way at the University of Nebraska to be highlighted at the Chicago convention include the miniature surgical robot; a bioceramic bone, teeth and hard tissue replacement material; a navigated surgical system being developed to guide bone replacement surgery; and a creatine monohydrate and a polymerase chain reaction tool to conduct rapid testing in molecular genetics.

"The importance of continued growth in the biosciences sector cannot be overstated," said Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman. "Given the diversity of interests and the presence of a prominent agricultural industry, Nebraska is positioned well to take advantage of this important part of the 21st century economy. The key is setting the proper environment to show others that we are open for business, and it is also vital that we set the stage for rewarding local innovation with the means to succeed."

For more information, visit the Web at

School Receives Kappa Tau Alpha Chapter

The UNO School of Communication has been granted a chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha (KTA), the seventh oldest national honor society. UNO received overwhelming approval, said KTA Executive Director Keith Sanders. Chris Allen, associate professor in the UNO School of Communication, developed the proposal.

The emblem of KTA is the key, the oldest symbol of knowledge and communication. The Greek letters mean "The Truth Will Prevail."  The letters also suggest three English words: knowledge, truth and accuracy. The society's colors are light blue, significant of truth, and gold, emblematic of worth and high standards.

KTA is a college honor society that recognizes academic excellence and promotes scholarship in journalism and mass communication. Membership must be earned by excellence in academic work at one of the colleges and universities that have chapters. Selection for membership is a mark of highest distinction and honor.

KTA was founded at the University of Missouri and is one of 67 Association of College Honors Society members. The society, as part of its efforts to promote scholarship, co-sponsors the Kappa Tau Alpha-AEJMC Awards luncheon at the annual convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Since 1945, it has presented an annual award for the best research-based book published on journalism/mass communication.

Last Chance to View Women's History Museum

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

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

Aviation Institute to Host Honors Convocation Tonight

The UNO Aviation Institute will host its annual honors convocation tonight, April 5, in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. A reception will begin at 7 p.m., and the convocation will follow at 7:30 p.m.

All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend the event, which recognizes the accomplishments of UNO Aviation Institute students, student organizations and scholarship winners. To R.S.V.P., contact Vida Hill at 554.3424.

R.S.V.P. Deadline Today for Student Reception

The nominees for the 2006 Student Employee of the Year at UNO have been announced. They 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 & 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 today, April 5. To R.S.V.P. for the reception, contact Emily Muckerheide at 554.2321 or

ITS to Host Mac Users Meeting April 10

Information Technology Services (ITS) invites Mac users from across campus to attend an informational meeting Monday, April 10. The event will be held in 200 Eppley Administration Building at 9:30 a.m.

Discussion topics include UNO's partnership with Apple, the Intel Transition and ITS services and support.

For more information, call ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (4357).

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.

Call for UCAT Conference Grant Proposals

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of travel grants for designated themes to increase capacity building in teaching and learning.

The applications should reflect UCAT's mission of enhancing teaching and student learning processes at UNO and focus on one or more of the following designated themes:

- Seamless transitions (P-20 transitions from pre-kindergarten through graduate school);

- Portfolio-based assessment;

- Recruitment and retention;

- Active learning;

- Facilitation of interdisciplinary collaboration;

- Learning communities;

- Diversity; and

- Scholarship of teaching.

The committee is accepting proposals on a monthly basis until funds are expended. The committee will fund grants of up to $750 for each award. Proposals are due by the 21st of each month.

Application forms are available on the Web at Applicants must submit one hard copy and an electronic submission of the application. Electronic submissions should be in "rtf" or "MS Word" document formats and should be sent as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll at Hard copy submissions should be sent to the Center for Faculty Development in 110 Engineering.

Emory Computing Lab Web Seminar April 10

UNO will be the site of a Web seminar titled "Adventures in Space Design: Building and Supporting a Collaborative Computing Lab" Monday, April 10. It will be broadcast in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room from noon to 1 p.m.

In the spring of 2001, a project group composed of lab managers, audio visual specialists, interior designers and architects met to begin planning Emory University's first collaborative computing lab – the Computing Center at Cox Hall. This Web seminar will tell the story of the facility, from design to production, highlighting essential strategies for building, enabling and living with one vision of a next-generation computing center.

Since its inception at Emory, student use has grown from 5,000 users a month to more than 15,000, with both undergraduate and graduate students gravitating to the new ways of researching, working and learning together that the center supports.

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

As an EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) member, the UNO community has access to ELI documents and events at First-time users are required to create a profile. ELI is an EDUCAUSE initiative focused on the advancement of teaching, learning and technology. ELI presents monthly Web seminars that are screened live in the MBSC. Past seminars can be viewed on the Web at

For more information, contact Jay Killion at 554.3758 or

The Crop to Promote National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month. The Crop, a student organization in the Writer's Workshop at UNO, has planned several campus activities in conjunction with the event.

The group's main project is titled "Poetsmatter." In order to bring attention to poetry, members of The Crop will "smatter" bulletin boards and kiosks on campus with short poems.

During the week of April 10-14, The Crop will host sidewalk chalkings in which students will be invited to create poetry on the sidewalks outside and around University Library and the Milo Bail Student Center.

On Wednesday, April 19, The Crop – in collaboration with the UNO Department of English – will host a poetry reading from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC). Students and faculty will read a poem or two from one of their favorite authors. The rain location is the MBSC Fireplace Lounge.

For more information, contact Catharine Dixon at

ABC Breakfast Series Continues April 12

the nameThe UNO Academy, Business and Community (ABC) Breakfast Speaker Series continues 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, the National Association of Educators, New Balance Athletic Shoes, the 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

Employment Discrimination Program April 18

Sharon Ulmar, assistant to the chancellor for diversity, will conduct a professional development discrimination program Tuesday, April 18. The event will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Umonhon Room. All interested faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

The session is designed to familiarize individuals with employment discrimination laws as they relate to race, color, sex, national origin, disability, religion, age and sexual orientation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Laws.

To register, contact Pamela Gilmore at 554.2872 or Ulmar at

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

Application Deadline for Cyber Corps Scholarships April 21

Applications for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Cyber Corps Scholarship for Service (SFS) at UNO are due Friday, April 21.

This program provides scholarship funding in exchange for service at a federal agency as an information assurance professional. While participants complete their studies, they will gain practical experience working with a federal agency as a summer intern. Once they graduate, their hands-on experience in information assurance at a federal agency will continue as they serve in a full-time position in the federal government.

Student participants receive scholarship funding for up to two years in exchange for service at a federal agency for the period equivalent to the length of the scholarship or one year, whichever is longer.

Application materials and instructions on how to apply are available at

Full program details are available at