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Faculty Honors

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Karen Dwyer receives accolades from John Christensen, vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, at the April 6 Faculty Honors Convocation. Dr. Dwyer, associate professor of communication in the School of Communication, is the recipient of the university's Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award (OTICA). The OTICA recognizes individual faculty members for sustained records of excellence in teaching. Honors Month activities continue tonight with the UNO Department of Music's Honors Recital. For more information, see the accompanying article elsewhere in this issue.

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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 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

2006 Service Awards Luncheon June 7

The efforts of faculty and staff at UNO will be celebrated Wednesday, June 7, at the 2006 Service Awards Luncheon. The event will be held at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Listed below are the retirees and award recipients.

Ella Jane Bailey, Cheryl Diane Conn, Stanley James Hille, David W. Hinton, Bruce J. Horacek, Julien Lafontant, Robert D. Schmidt and Kim Sosin.

45 Years
Rosalie Saltzman.

40 Years
Roger Hoburg and John W. Wanzenried.

35 Years
Kris E. Berg, Joong-Gun Chung, John F. Shroder Jr. and Richard H. Stasiak.

30 Years
W. Meredith Bacon, Daniel Blanke, Judith Boss, Bruce Garver, Susan K. Gerding, Julien Lafontant, Carmen D. Mattes, Suzanne Moshier, Dave M. Shapiro, Rita L. Sterkel and Stanley Wileman.

25 Years
Ann Antlfinger, Alva Barnett, Kevin L. Barton, Marvin J. Barton, Walter E. Burr, George Camper, James Czarnecki, Jennifer L. Forbes-Baily, Patricia L. Gillenwater, James Hagen, Judith Harrington, Wayne Harrison, Jocelyn L. Hopkins, Marsha Kruger, Eric Manley, Joan M. McCullough, Alice I. Noonan, Michael J. O'Hara, Douglas Paterson, Ora B. Prince, Kim Sosin, Sandra Squires, Frances Thurber Talmadge and Sandra M. Walling.

20 Years
Janice Sue Boyer, Frank D. Burton, LaRon Chatmon, Theresa Crocker, Marilyn J. Curran, Arthur M. Diamond, Karen Kangas Dwyer, Barbara E. Ericson, Steven G. From, Maria Knudtson, Brian Stephen Kolbe, Susan Maher, Owen G. Mordaunt, Gayle A. Peterson, Louis George Pol, Randall Arthur Rose, Russell Lane Smith, Joanne Elaine Sowell and Lynn A. Stephenson.

15 Years
Ronald J. Bauers, Ben B. Blackwell Jr., Deborah B. Derrick, Shirley Ann Fey, John L. Fiene, Scott K. Hays, Janette Jones, Russell E. Kleeb, M. Christine McIvor, Meuang Mychackavane, Angela Renae Patton, Karen A. Povondra, Yong Shi, Glenn Allen Sowell, David M. Thorndike, Gregory Duane Trimm and Sharon Ulmar.

10 Years
Frances L. Addy, Phani T. Adidam, Lawrence L. Adler, Chris W. Allen, Amy C. Anderson, Ronald L. Bartzatt, Monica L. Bayles, Becky Bohan Brown, Patricia M. Carlson, Craig Chytil, Cynthia M. Crossley, Gary L. Duff, Stephen W. Field, Jarene Fluckiger, Stanley James Hille, Jonna L. Holland, Laura Ilcisin, Kathy M. Johnson, Michael O. Kemp, JoAnn Kratky, Margaret Mainelli, James L. McIntosh, David L. Miller, John M. Noble, Georgine E. Olson, Jean M. Padrnos, Robert W. Pawloski, Julie Marie Powell, Shelley R. Schafer, Maury W. Schooff, Rita A. Shaughnessy, Nicholas Stergiou, Barbara E. Treadway, Sherrie Lea Wilson, Richard Wyatt and Richard M. Yoder.

5 Years
Jessiline Anderson, Theodore M. Anderson, Catherine A. Beck, Catherine A. Bosiljevac, Tracy B. Bridgeford, Thomas B. Bruning, Michael T. Burton, Juan F. Casas, Melissa A. Cast, Michala Cimino, Kenya D. Crandell, Felicia Danelle Dailey, Prithviraj Dasgupta, Christopher S. Decker, Scott A. Dickey, Carol Ann Dillon, Jerry A. Doctor, Samuel L. Edwards, Sarah K. Edwards, Dirk E. Ekleberry, Susan D. Fienhold, Mary J. Friehe, Klaidas Gelumbauskas, Moshe Gershovich, Derek Geschwender, Laura W. Grams, Lisa J. Green, Dorest G. Harvey, Darrell D. Hayes, Lawrence J. Heck, Linda L. Helmig, Jill L. Hensley, Lisa R. Hofmann, Heather A. Jensen, Colleen Kadleck, Burch T. Kealey, Erin K. King, Michael J. Kocanda, Martin P. Kostecki, Michael J. Kros, Jeffrey D. Kuskie, Mary Levesque, Karen L. Lund, Julie L. Masters, Mihaela T. Matache, Richard H. May Jr., John P. McCarty, Michael Messerole, Gary L. Meyer, Marjorie A. Miskec, Matt G. Morton, Johnny L. Murray, David C. Ogden, Sandra R. Peavy, David J. Peterson, Barbara A. Pickering, Ted Pruitt Jr., Hugh J. Reilly, Dana L. Richter-Egger, Gayle Roberts, Cynthia Robinson-Moore, Troy A. Romero, Carey S. Ryan, David S. Sample, Lisa L. Sample, Kathryn A. Schwartz, Stanley J. Siderewicz, Ramie V. Smith, Scott D. Snyder, Suzanne I. Sollars, Christopher Stanichar, Daniel J. Stoysich, Patsy G. Stradling, Gregory J. Sunderman, Rachmad Suwondo, Kristine J. Swain, Tracy A. Tafoya, Robert J. Tisdel, Rachel Jane Tomcak, Joseph J. Toppi Jr., Linda Kay Value, Tim M. Vidas, Gerald R. Wagner, Zhenyuan Wang, Marsha J. Watson, Paul A. Williams, Timothy M. Williams, Rachel Collins Wilson, Eric L. Wingert, Victor L. Winter, Lillian  Wolfenbarger, Kathy Yates, Chi Zhang, Ilze Zigurs and Michael F. Zimmerman.

For more information, contact Human Resources at 554.2321.

Foreign Language Department Offering New Teaching Degree

The UNO Department of Foreign Languages announced today a new sequence of graduate courses that culminates in a Master of Arts in Language Teaching (MALT) degree. The degree is a new and unique offering in Nebraska.      

MALT is a multidisciplinary, 36 credit hour graduate program that will involve foreign language faculty and the UNO Departments of English and Education. The sequence of courses focuses on language, language acquisition and teaching methods designed to reinforce and build upon the language skills and knowledge of language educators. The majority of classes will be offered evenings and during UNO summer sessions.

"The MALT degree will draw from current faculty who teach French, German, Spanish, English, linguistics, literature, culture, foreign language methods, education, instructional technology and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)," said Carolyn Gascoigne, chair of foreign languages at UNO. "Students who complete the course work will greatly enhance their knowledge and be much better prepared to teach foreign languages and/or English as a second or other language."

Students will select one of four possible MALT concentrations – French, German, Spanish or TESOL. Basic admission requirements include having an undergraduate degree with a minimum 3.0 G.P.A. and letters of recommendation. Specific admission requirements differ for students interested in the foreign language concentrations, TESOL or for nonnative speakers of English.

"We know there is a tremendous need for this kind of degree," Gascoigne said. "The United States needs more people who are fluent in other languages and many, many more language teachers. MALT will help our city, state and region."

For more information on MALT, including admission requirements, visit or call 554.4841.

UNO Women In Aviation Chapter Receives Award

The UNO Women in Aviation "Maverick" Chapter received the 2005-06 Outstanding Organization Award from Student Organizations and Leadership Programs.

The "Maverick" Chapter received this award for its dedication to community outreach and education through numerous projects. The most recent project the chapter was involved with was "Operation American Hope - Project Walter Reed." The organization assisted in making blankets and raising funds for the material.  It is also providing funding to ship the blankets to the Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C.

In conjunction with the UNO Aviation Institute, the Women in Aviation Chapter worked with the Mid America Council's Exploring Program. The purpose of the program is to educate high school students on the aviation industry and numerous career opportunities. The chapter set up and attended tours of various aviation businesses with the Explorers.

The group also assisted in raising funds to purchase nearly 500 school supplies for Liberty Elementary School, attended a dozen educational career days at elementary schools and participated in the Women's Career Roundtable, sponsored by Northeast Community College last summer. In addition to providing support for each other and educational sessions for younger generations, the chapter is very active in networking and working on professional development.

For more information, contact Beth Flynn at 554.3386.

University of New Orleans Student to Speak at UNO

A student from the University of New Orleans will discuss what life on her campus is like post Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in a series of events set for April 13-14 at UNO.

Chevita Phifer will be the keynote speaker at UNO's annual Greek Week Banquet Friday, April 14. The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

The UNO Greek Week Planning Committee has adopted the "UNO to UNO Hurricane Relief Project" as its philanthropy during Greek Week 2006, which is under way through April 14. In the fall of 2005, UNO students, faculty and staff launched the "UNO to UNO Hurricane Relief Project," a sustained fund-raising effort aimed at providing relief to their colleagues at the University of New Orleans.

All funds raised by the Nebraska UNO during the course of the year will be earmarked for a recovery fund established by Tim Ryan, chancellor of the Louisiana UNO, for members of his university community who lost everything.

Throughout Greek Week, students will be selling raffle tickets and "UNO to UNO" bracelets, as well as hosting a silent auction.

Phifer will be honored at a reception today, April 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Student Organizations and Leadership Programs Office. All interested UNO faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

The 2006 Greek Week Banquet is the culmination of a week of competitive events in the Greek community.

For more information, call 554.2711.

Performances of "The Arabian Nights" Begin Tonight

The UNO Department of Theatre will present Mary Zimmerman's "The Arabian Nights" on stage tonight, April 13. It will run April 14-15 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.

Department of Music to Host Honors Recital Tonight

In conjunction with Honors Month, the UNO Department of Music will host its second annual UNO Honors Recital tonight, April 13. The event will be held in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall beginning at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

The UNO Honors Recital was established in 2005 to recognize talented UNO student musicians who excel on the concert stage and in the classroom. To be eligible for this honor, students must possess a cumulative 3.0 G.P.A. or higher and audition for a panel comprised of UNO music faculty. The best of those performances are then selected to perform at the UNO Honors Recital.

The following students will be showcased at the 2006 Honors Recital: Diana Arp, guitar; Britania Corbett, soprano; Jason Domonkos, percussion; Anna Hall, flute; Erika Jeck, piccolo; Brent Lndaman, trumpet; Michael Pollock, marimba; Sara Renner, oboe; Michael Shuman, piano; and Alex Wimmer, percussion.

"The UNO Department of Music is proud to honor these talented young musician-scholars during UNO Honors Month and applauds them for their outstanding achievement in music performance and academic excellence," said Christine Beard, assistant professor of flute and coordinator of woodwind studies at UNO.

For more information, contact Dr. Beard at 554.2685.

University Library Closing for Easter Holiday

In observance of the Easter holiday, the University Library will be closed Sunday, April 16. For additional hours, visit the Web at

Faculty/Staff MavCard Recarding Update

Beginning in June, all active faculty and staff members at UNO will be able to replace their current photo ID with the new MavCard.

Once the date has been established, all UNO employees will be notified via eNotes about when they can stop by MavCard Services to receive their new Mavcard.

For more information, contact MavCard Services at 554.2100, or visit the Web at

UNO Philosophy Colloquia to Feature Günter Zöller

Günter Zöller, a professor of philosophy at the University of Munich, will speak at UNO Monday, April 24. His presentation is titled "From Transcendental Wissenschaftslehre: Fichte's Modification of Kant's Idealism."

Zöller is also a general editor of the Bavarian Academy Edition of Fichte's Collected Works and a member of the Fichte Commission of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences. He taught philosophy for 16 years in the United States, most of them at the University of Iowa where he also served as chair of the Department of Philosophy. He had a visiting appointment at Princeton University (1993) and held research appointments at Brown University (1993), Queen's College, Oxford (1994), the University of Töbingen (1994), Harvard University (1995) and the Ecole normale supéèrieure, Paris (1996).

The colloquia presentation will be held in 310 Arts and Sciences Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Kathy Cox Schwartz at 554.2628 or

The Philosophy Colloquia Series is sponsored by the Philosophy Program in the UNO Department of Philosophy and Religion. Information on this and other events sponsored by the UNO Department of Philosophy and Religion may be found on the Web at

Department of Music to Celebrate Mozart's Birthday with Tribute

The UNO Chamber Orchestra and University Chorus will perform a tribute to Mozart Tuesday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for students and seniors.

UNO's Department of Music will celebrate Mozart's 250th birthday with a performance of his Overture to the Marriage of Figaro. The orchestra will also play Grandjany's Symphonic Poem with faculty artists Kathleen Wychulis (harp) and Ross Snyder (horn).

The centerpiece of the program will be Mozart's awesome and majestic Requiem. Christopher Stanichar, an assistant professor of music at UNO, will conduct this program. Dr. Stanichar will be joined by the voices of the UNO's Concert Choir (directed by Scott Miller), and vocal soloists Shannon Salyards, Wendy Eaton, Scott Miller and Derek Parks.

For tickets or more information, call 554.3427.

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

2006 HPER Banquet April 21

The UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) will host the 2006 HPER Banquet Friday, April 21. The event, designed to celebrate the students and their accomplishments of the past year, will be held at Anthony's Restaurant, 72nd and F streets.

Presidents of various student organizations within the UNO School of HPER are organizing the event. Reservations are due by Friday, April 14, and tickets are $19 each.

For more information or to make reservations, contact Beverly Sutherland or Becky Scronce in 207 HPER, or call 554.2670.

Administrative Professionals Day Luncheon April 26

The Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) and Food Services will host a special luncheon Wednesday, April 26, to honor office professional staff on campus for the work they do all year.

The event will be held at noon in the MBSC Ballroom. Tickets are $12.50 each and can be purchased in the MBSC Business Office, located on the second floor of the MBSC. Tickets also can be purchased by phone at 554.2979 through Monday, April 24.

The April 26 luncheon menu is as follows:

Italian shrimp bisque and mini penne.

Thai butter lettuce salad with Asian dressing and peanut sauce.

Chicken breast Diane, cilantro lime rice timbale and sesame citrus asparagus.

Hazelnut craquant and chocolate ganache.

For more information, call Sue Baker at 554.2400.

Experimental Gallery Invites Exploration through May 5

Ventilation, an experimental gallery created by studio art students in the UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media, is currently on display in the southeast corner of the UNO Sculpture Lab.

The purpose of this laboratory space is to create a forum for exploratory technical and conceptual practice, said David Helm, associate professor and chair of the UNO Department of Art and Art History. A series of six weekly exhibits is taking place through May 5. This semester's work includes video installation, environmental transformation, political commentary and nostalgic feminist documentary.

"By using artwork, students seek to establish a significant dialogue between the campus and the community," Helm said. "Ventilation is an open atmosphere that welcomes people interested in investigating the boundaries of human expression."

Parking is available outside the UNO Sculpture Lab. Opening receptions are taking place each Monday from noon to 1 p.m., and closing receptions are taking place each Friday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Helm at 554.2207.

April FEAP Hours Offered

The Faculty/Staff Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) provides short-term counseling, assessment and referral services for faculty, staff, their spouses or significant others, and family members. FEAP offices are located in 206 Eppley Administration Building.

The April schedule is as follows:

April 14, 17, 20 and 26
8 a.m. to noon

April 24
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Appointments are free and available by calling 554.3120 (UNO) or 559.5175 (UNMC).

Summer Shuttle Schedule Begins May 8

Starting Monday, May 8, the summer shuttle service will operate Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., excluding holidays. The shuttle will service the north and south campus only. There will be no shuttle service to Crossroads Mall during the summer months.

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.