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Opening Night April 13

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

The UNO Department of Theatre's production of "The Arabian Nights" opens April 13. Maria Rose Vacha (above) takes on the role of Scheherezade. For more information, see the accompanying article elsewhere in this issue.

history photo

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 14, 1972, The Gateway reported that Joseph F. Brooks, national minister for economic planning and development for the black separatist Republic of New Africa, would be speaking at UNO April 18. As reported in The Gateway, the Republic of New Africa was founded in Detroit, and its members believed that "land should be acquired for black people to create a nation." The lecture was sponsored by the Black Liberators for Action on Campus.

Date: April 14, 1972
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

UNO Among United Way's "Fab 50"

The United Way of the Midlands has recognized organizations, including UNO, that qualified for its 2005 Campaign Leaders recognition brochure. The publication was distributed at the organization's annual meeting.

The UNO community is acknowledged in the "Fab 50" category, which includes the top 50 companies that consistently raise more than $51,000 in employee, corporate and retiree gifts.

"We're proud of the accomplishments United Way achieved in 2005 with the help of dedicated donors, volunteers and staff," said Andy Kammerer, director of campaign initiatives with United Way. "In 2006, United Way of the Midlands continues its work to make measurable and lasting change in community conditions so individuals and families can achieve their full potential. Your company's participation makes it all possible, and we thank you."

SPR Report

The SPR Report details the results of UNO's efforts to obtain external funding in support of its teaching, research, service and outreach efforts. The report is designed to keep the university community informed as to externally funded projects on campus and bring recognition to those faculty and staff who have worked to generate these resources.

From the period of March 11 through April 1, those receiving grant awards totaling $261,071 are as follows:

Name – Hesham Ali
College – Information Science and Technology
Title – Center for Mobile Computing Research
Sponsor – EPSCoR/National Science Foundation

Name – Burch Kealey
College – Business Administration
Title – Costs of Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance
Sponsor – American Enterprise Institute

Name – Rosemary Strasser
College – Arts and Sciences
Title – Long-Term Maternal Effects on Developing Offspring
Sponsor – National Institutes of Health

Name – Jennifer White
College – Education
Title – Implementing Physical Activity in Culturally Diverse Populations
Sponsor – University of Nebraska-Lincoln/Midwest Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education

For support and help with research activities, call the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research at 554.2286, or visit the Web at

Community of Science Information Session Today

The next Community of Science (COS) information session will be held today, April 11, at 11 a.m. in Room 207 of University Library.

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) hosts these hour-long sessions to provide faculty and graduate students with information about the various online resources available through COS.

Reservations for the information session are not required. For more information, contact Nancy Schlesiger at 554.2286.

CCSW to Host Sexual Assault Mock Trial Today

In observance of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW), the Omaha YWCA and the UNO Pre-Law Association will sponsor a sexual assault mock trial and cell phone drive.

The mock trial will be held today, April 11, from noon to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. The event is designed for a mature audience, and it is free and open to the public. 

An actual case from the metro area will be used for the proceedings.  Participants will include a former judge, current Douglas and Sarpy County prosecutors, a sexual assault nurse examiner and a police officer. The jury pool will be chosen from those in attendance.

Donations of used cell phones will be collected through May 5 in University Affairs, 108 Eppley Administration Building, and phones also will be accepted at the mock trial.  All cell phones collected by the CCSW will be donated to the YWCA for women who need phones for emergencies.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Keller at 554.3317 or Becky Bohan Brown at 554.2243. For more information about pre-law at UNO, visit the Web at

The CCSW serves as an advisory council 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 CCSW, visit the Web at

Public Health Students to Present Capstone Projects

Three students from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)/UNO joint Master of Public Health (MPH) program will make oral presentations as part of their capstone projects before graduating.

Each of the presentations will take place on the UNMC campus in Room 4003 of the Durham Research Center.  All interested members of the campus community and general public are invited to attend.  The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday April 12
Jessica Clark
"Colorectal Cancer Screening in Nebraska: Assessment of Current Provider Practices and Current Capacity to Perform Colorectal Cancer Screenings"
10 a.m. to noon

Thursday April 13
Steve Jackson
"Access to Health Care for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Populations"
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tuesday April 25
Alicia Reinking
"Douglas County Health Disparities Report Card"
11 a.m. to 1 pm.

To R.S.V.P. or for more information, contact Jumoke Omojola at or 561.7567.

Organ Donor Awareness Barbecue April 18

When it comes to organ donation, people age 18 to 25 are most receptive to the idea, yet many are not registered donors.

To increase the number of registered donors at UNO, five public relations students from the School of Communication will host a barbecue Tuesday, April 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Milo Bail Student Center Plaza.

The event is part of a weeklong campaign to increase organ donation awareness on campus. Stoysich Meats has donated 750 hot dogs, and Rotella's Italian bakery has donated 700 buns for the event. Trick Magnet, a pop-rock band from Omaha, will play on the plaza at noon.

The campaign is part of the national organ donor awareness competition sponsored by the Public Relations Student Society of America chapter of Rowan University in New Jersey. The UNO team created its slogan, "License to Give: We Card," to stress the importance of becoming an organ donor. Team members are asking students and faculty to show organ donor identification to receive a free hot dog. Those who are not donors can sign a donor card at the event to receive food and refreshments.

The biggest hurdle the team faces is breaking down the myths surrounding organ donation, said Erika Berg, project leader. The most common myths involve religion and funeral planning. "We want students to realize all major religions approve of organ donation, and it's completely possible to have an open casket funeral," Berg said. "Organ donation won't delay a family's funeral arrangements at all."

Berg said working with local groups such as the Nebraska Organ and Tissue Coalition and the Nebraska Organ Recovery System has provided the team with community and professional support.

For more information, contact Sally Gutschow, media relations director, at 712.253.4862 or

Performances of "The Arabian Nights" Begin April 13

The UNO Department of Theatre will present Mary Zimmerman's "The Arabian Nights" April 13-15 and 19-22 in the UNO Theater. The production is directed by D. Scott Glasser.

The house opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for all performances. The April 19 performance will be ASL interpreted. A talkback session with the director, designers and cast will follow the April 21 performance.

Nebraska native Zimmerman's adaptation weaves ancient tales of wonder into a poetic testament to the transformational power of storytelling. Her trademark use of multiple stories that embody a common thread of human experience captivated audiences last season in UNO's performances of "Metamorphoses," a collection of tales from Ovid's "Metamorphoses" uniquely written to be staged in a pool of water. UNO's production was hailed as 2004's "Best College Production" by Omaha World-Herald reviewer Bob Fischbach.

The UNO Theater is located in the Weber Fine Arts Building, and the box office is now open. Ticket prices are $15, and $10 for students and seniors.  They may be purchased in person at the box office, by e-mail at or by phone at 554.2335.

For more information, contact Ron Zank at 554.2406.

OLLAS, LWV to Host U.S. Senate Candidate Forum April 13

The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at UNO and the League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha have partnered to host a U.S. Senate Candidate Forum Thursday, April 13. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at El Museo Latino, 4701 S. 25th St. It is free and open to the public.

Confirmed senate candidate participants are David Kramer and Pete Ricketts. The forum will be moderated by Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, assistant director of OLLAS and associate professor of political science at UNO. Spanish interpretation will be provided.

The forum is designed to allow the candidates to present their respective positions on a number of current issues, particularly those important to Nebraska's burgeoning population of Latino voters and to South Omaha residents in general, Dr. Benjamin-Alvarado said.

For more information, contact Lucy Garza, OLLAS project coordinator, at 554.3835 or

Retirement Planning Series Continues April 14

Human Resources at UNO will continue its retirement planning education series this April with two pre-retirement planning educational seminars. All interested faculty and staff are invited to attend.

The seminar details are highlighted below.

Friday, April 14
10 to 11 a.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room

This seminar will focus on the retirement planning needs and questions of employees who are planning to retire within the next 10 years.

Friday, April 28
10 to 11 a.m.
MBSC Gallery Room

This seminar will focus on helping employees plan for the emotional and social aspects of retirement. Marlene Schneider, a counselor in the UNO Faculty/Employee Assistance Program, will lead the program.

For more information, contact Esther Scarpello at 554.3660.

GLBTQ Dialogue April 13

Students, faculty and staff interested in making UNO a safe environment for members of the GLBTQ community are invited to participate in a campus dialogue Thursday, April 13. The event will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

Those interested in attending are invited to bring their lunch. For more information, contact Sharon Ulmar at 554.2872.

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

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. The event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in Room 100. This presentation is made possible by Nebraska Humanities Council grant funds.

In celebration of National Poetry Month, Reese and Scott will read from their work, sign books and answer questions from the audience.

Reese teaches in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of English 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. Poems from These Trespasses recently were 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 in Omaha. His first collection of poems, Tactile Values, was published by New Issues Press in 2000. He has two collections of poems, A Bedroom Occupation and The History Editor, currently being considered for publication. He is at work on a collection of prose.

In addition, UNO Book Arts students, under the direction of Bonnie O'Connell, will produce letterpress-printed broadsides commemorating the evening's readings, which 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, nonprofit organization governed by a volunteer board of public and academic members. The Nebraska Humanities Council funds programs that explore Nebraska's heritage, build community awareness, and strengthen ties to cultural traditions at home and abroad.

Any nonprofit group is eligible to apply for a grant from the NHC. The NHC staff is available for grant consultation and will read proposal drafts.

For a copy of Nebraska Humanities Council grant guidelines, contact the Council at:
215 Centennial Mall South
Suite 500
Lincoln, NE  68508
Ph: 402.474.2131
Fax: 402.474.4852

The entire grant guideline packet is available online at

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

Communication Week April 24-27

The UNO School of Communication will celebrate Communication Week April 24-27 with a variety of events, culminating with the 51st annual Communication Awards Banquet April 27. The schedule is listed below.

Monday, April 24
- Native American Studies and Communication: Faculty Research Perspectives
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room
1 to 3 p.m.
Bruce Johansen, Teresa Lamsam and Hugh Reilly

Tuesday, April 25
- PRSSA Presentations
PR Campaigns class: "Habitat for Humanity" and "NU Organ and Donor Tissue" Presentations
MBSC Dodge Room
4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Karen Weber
PowerPoint presentations featuring teams working for Habitat for Humanity and the NU Organ Donor and Tissue program.

Wednesday, April 26
- Interpersonal Conflict Presentations
Interpersonal Conflict Class Service-Learning: "Conflict Coaching Wrap-Up" session for Boys & Girls Clubs members
MBSC Dodge Room
Shereen Bingham
Students will give presentations about their service-learning project at Boys and Girls Clubs of Omaha. The students will discuss their experiences as conflict coaches, what they learned, and what their clients at Boys and Girls Clubs learned about conflict. The event will be interactive with the Club members (ages 13-17) and will include role-playing exercises.

- Technical Communication Presentations
Capstone Course in Technical Communication Presentations
306 Arts and Sciences Hall
6:30 p.m.
Tracy Bridgeford
Nine students from Dr. Bridgeford's course will present their individual portfolios. These portfolios were written and designed for the job market and include work from the five technical communication courses. Six of nine students will be the first recipients of the Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication.

Thursday, April 27
- School of Communication Alumni Panel
MBSC Dodge Room
1 p.m.
Jeremy Lipschultz
Wendy Townley, Cox Communications
Reg Chapman, WNBC-TV
Christine Kasel, Omaha Magazine
Joan Lukas, Leslie Kline Lukas & Associates

- 51st annual Communication Awards Banquet
Scott Conference Center
6 to 9 p.m.

For more information about Communication Week, call 554.2600.

Commencement Set for May 5

Commencement for May graduates will be held Friday, May 5, at Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave., at 2 p.m. Faculty members are asked to assemble no later than 1:30 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall.

Faculty who plan to attend the ceremony are asked to order their academic regalia from the UNO Bookstore (554.2336) by April 21.


- Bruce E. Johansen, communication and Native American Studies, gave a plenary presentation March 30 at the University of Wales/Swansea in conjunction with the 27th annual European American Indian Studies Workshop titled "Place in Native American History, Literature and Culture." His presentation was titled "A Sense of Place in Native American Contemporary Humor."

- Lina Traslavina, recruitment services, has been invited to become part of the Education and Development Committee of the Nebraska Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The institution was first established in 2005 to promote the leadership and economic development of Hispanic businesses, as well as professionals and people that are a part of the enterprising Latin community in Nebraska.

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