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Psychology faculty participated in "Pie Your Professor" April 12 in the UNO Pep Bowl. Joe Brown, associate professor of psychology, takes it to the face at the event. All the proceeds raised benefited the student scholarship fund.

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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

UNO Students to Bring Awareness to Homelessness

Students from UNO will discover what it might be like to be homeless during the week of April 17. Members of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and Alpha Xi Delta sorority are leading the challenge to collect thousands of canned food items for The Salvation Army Food Pantry and its North Omaha Feeding Program. No Frills Supermarkets, Tenaska, Two Men and a Truck and Channel 94.1 are sponsoring the 3rd annual food drive, "Just Can It."

The drive runs from Monday, April 17, through Friday, April 21. Donations of food may be dropped off on the UNO campus or at any local No Frills Supermarket. Salvation Army blue barrels, identified with the Army's familiar red shield, will be on UNO's main campus and inside each No Frills Supermarket. No Frills will accept donations from the public April 12-25.

About 25 to 30 UNO students will be "homeless" outdoors in the UNO Pep Bowl, just north of Caniglia Field, each night of the collection week. Their homes will be converted cardboard boxes. Students have planned a variety of activities to attract interest and donations of food.

New this year is the Tenaska Business Challenge, a corporate effort to collect food for The Salvation Army. Employees of Tenaska and designated neighboring businesses will collect donations from April 17–21.

The food drive will officially kick off during a brief ceremony on the UNO Henningson Plaza (south of Milo Bail Student Center) Monday, April 17, at noon. Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey and UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck, along with event sponsors and Salvation Army representatives, will be present at the ceremony.

During the ceremony, the Pancake Man will serve hot cakes to the crowd. Students will be accepting donations all day Monday and each day and night of the week. Special activities will take place at 10:30 p.m. each night, including a house-building contest, skits, flag football, a scavenger hunt, kickball, and the "Golden Can" competition.

The Salvation Army is participating in the Feinstein Foundation's challenge to help fight hunger. Donations of food (valued at 50 cents per can) and cash to "Just Can It" will be matched by dollars from the foundation.  For more information, visit

The Salvation Army's food pantry and North Omaha feeding program provide food to hungry individuals, families and children in Omaha who might otherwise go without. The Army encourages the public to contribute non-perishable foods such as beans, pasta, tuna, peanut butter, baby food, diapers, canned fruits and vegetables, cereal and soup. Monetary donations provide the most flexibility to purchase what is needed most and may be sent to The Salvation Army, 3612 Cuming St., Omaha, NE, 68131. Donate online by visiting

For more information, call 554.3502.

UNO Students to Make Global Night Commute April 29

Imagine that you live in the country and must walk miles into town each night just to get a good night's sleep. It's a reality for thousands of children in the war-torn country of Uganda who face the threat of abduction into the rebel army if they remain in their homes.

More than 100 students from 29 organizations at UNO will be taking part in a "night commute" Saturday, April 29, to bring attention to the situation in Uganda in hopes of ending the devastation.

Individuals will gather at 5 p.m. at Creighton University in the parking lot near 30th and Cuming streets. At 6 p.m., the group will begin its "commute" to the Omaha/Douglas Civic Center at 1819 Farnam St., where they will spend the night and participate in a variety of activities.

Omaha is one of more than 136 locations across the nation to host such an event in conjunction with Invisible Children Inc., a nonprofit organization established in 2004 that is committed to ending the war in northern Uganda where children are forced to fight as soldiers. Invisible Children was the result of a trip to Africa by three southern California filmmakers who documented their findings of children who are the weapons and the victims.

Pauline Mburu, a UNO student and organizer of the April 29 commute, said this event is very important because it helps shed light on an issue that many in the United States may not be aware of or consider a problem. Earlier this year, UNO students had the chance to view a film made by Invisible Children. After watching the presentation, Mburu said she was motivated to aid in the cause.

"I was moved to do something in hopes of dispelling the myth that the situation in Uganda is just ‘the way Africa is,'" she said. "I was born and raised in Kenya, and I never saw or experienced what the children in Uganda are undergoing. I am demanding that the U.S. government help put an end to the longest-running war in Africa and one of the worst crises in the world today."

Those joining UNO in the commute include students from Creighton University and Lewis Central High School (Council Bluffs), as well as participants from First Christian Church and Christ Community Church, among others.

For more information about the April 29 commute or how to become involved, contact Mburu or Sharif Liwaru in the UNO Office of Student Organizations and Leadership Programs at 554.2711, or visit the Web at

May 10 Audio Conference to Highlight Commuter Students

Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) will host "Understanding and Retaining Commuter Students" Wednesday, May 10. The event, an interactive audio conference, will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Welcome Center, 111 Eppley Administration Building.

John Garland, coordinator for the National Clearinghouse for Commuter Programs (NCCP) and interim coordinator for the Office of Commuter Student Involvement at the University of Maryland, College Park, will be the presenter. Garland is an authority on understanding the experiences of students living off-campus and American Indian college student retention.

Those who attend will learn:

- How to best define commuter students for your particular campus;
- Common needs and concerns of commuter students;
- Useful theoretical frameworks for working with commuter students;
- Strategies for promoting commuter student success;
- How to utilize the Council for the Advancement for Standards (CAS) guidelines for developing commuter student services on your campus; and
- Where to find resources and references for working with students living off campus.

For more information, contact Barb Treadway at 554.2711.

Participants Sought for UNO Faculty/Staff Golf League

Golf, anyone?

The UNO Faculty/Staff Golf League is seeking golfers to join its league. The league plays Thursday nights beginning May 11, and the first tee time starts at 4 p.m. The cost is dependent on the number of players per team. The league also is in need of individuals interested in serving as substitutes for teams.

For more information, contact Mike Kult at 554.2539.

Inter-Tribal Student Council Pow Wow April 15

The UNO campus will be filled with Native-American spirit Saturday, April 15, during the eighth annual pow wow event, which will run from noon to 6 p.m. at Sapp Fieldhouse.

The Grand Entry will begin at noon, and dinner will be served at 3:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Food Court. The event is free and open to the public. Registration for participating dancers and vendors will begin at 10 a.m. The first four drums to register will receive $100.

Native-American dance, drum groups and singing are among the activities planned for the pow wow. It will feature the participation of the following individuals from their designated tribes:

- Jeramie Colvin (Seminole) and Julia Wolf (Omaha), master and mistress of ceremonies;
- Lance Knudsen (Omaha), arena director;
- Ruben Zendejas (Omaha), hoop dancer;
- Thomas Hinman (Ponca), head boy;
- Shelly Hernandez (Omaha), head girl;
- Kristina Cantu (Omaha/Ponca), pow wow princess;
- Soldier Boys, host northern drum;
- Craig Cleveland Jr. (Winnebago), head singer;
- Young Generation, host southern drum;
- Neal Sheridan Jr. (Omaha), head singer; and
- Warrior Society, color guard.

The pow wow is being sponsored by the UNO Inter-Tribal Student Council and Native American Studies at UNO, and the Nebraska Arts Council.

For more information, contact Carolyn Fiscus at 554.3987.

University Library Closing for Easter Holiday

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

Book Fair April 17-19 at University Library

University Library and the UNO Honors Program will host a "buy one, get one free" book fair April 17-19. The UNO Honors Program is an associate sponsor of the event.

For every item purchased, customers can choose a second book of equal or lesser value for free. Proceeds will benefit the UNO Library Juvenile Collection. The book fair schedule is listed below.

Monday, April 17
5 to 9 p.m.

Tuesday and Wednesday, April 18-19
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

"The campus community has been so supportive of the book fair every year that we wanted to find a way to say thank you. The ‘buy one, get one free' sale is a great opportunity for the campus," said Steve Shorb, dean of University Library. "We're pleased to work with the UNO Honors Program on this spring event."

The UNO Honors Program supports Liberty Elementary School, and books may be purchased and donated to the school's program.

For more information, contact event organizer Melissa Cast at 554.3130 or

Spring Dialogue on Volunteerism April 19

The UNO circle of Omicron Delta Kappa will host a spring dialogue titled "Volunteer: Your Community, Your Help" Wednesday, April 19. The event will be held from 5:45 to 7:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

The discussion will focus on volunteerism efforts in the metropolitan community. The following people will serve as panelists:

- Scot Adams, Catholic Charities;
- Ellen Freeman-Wakefield, Heartland Family Services;
- Todd Landry, Child Saving Institute;
- Roger Lewis, Children's Hospital;
- Paul Sather, UNO Service-Learning Academy; and
- Sarah Price, Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Omicron Delta Kappa is a national leadership honor society. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Nicole Sturzenegger at or Carmen Mattes at

2006 UNO Benefits Fair April 20

Working at UNO is a good deal.

To learn more, plan on attending the 2006 UNO Benefits Fair. The event will be held Thursday, April 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. All faculty and staff are invited to attend.

"The fair is a great opportunity to learn more about the fringe benefits associated with being a UNO employee," said Esther Scarpello, manager of benefits in human resources at UNO.

Participating vendors include Blue Cross Blue Shield, Care Mark, Eye Med, Fidelity, TIAA-CREF, the Social Security Administration, the UNO Employee Assistance Program and Human Resources.

Student Health Services (SHS) will also offer preventive health screenings at the fair. Free blood pressure screenings will be available. SHS also will offer screens for cholesterol and diabetes from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on a walk-in basis. No appointments are necessary. Both screens require a fast (abstaining from food and drink) for 12 hours. The cost is $15.

Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Scarpello at 554.3660.

In the News

- In the News UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck was pictured in the March 6 edition of the Omaha Daily Record, the March 9 edition of the Omaha Star and the April 2006 edition of One Magazine. The accompanying articles profiled the recipients of the 2006 UNO Women of Color Awards.

- Jerry Deichert, Center for Public Affairs Research, was quoted in the March 21 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article explored a five-year rise in population in the Omaha metro area.

- Deb Denbeck, athletics, was pictured in the April 2006 edition of One Magazine. The accompanying article highlighted the 21st annual UNO Women's Walk kickoff luncheon featuring two-time women's soccer gold medalist Brandi Chastain.

- Jeremy Lipschultz and Dave Ogden, communication, and Wade Robinson, associate vice chancellor for student affairs, were quoted in the March 19 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article explored grade confidentiality in higher education.

- B.J. Reed, dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, was quoted in the March 9 edition of the Omaha Star. The article discussed the Fiscal Wake-Up Tour, a series of public forums focused on budgetary challenges that came to Omaha April 4.

- Paul Sather, Service Learning Academy, was quoted in the March 9 edition of the Omaha Star. The article highlighted this year's Seven Days of Service project, held March 13-17 in Omaha.

- John Shroder, geography/geology, was quoted in the March 2 edition of Nature (London). The article explored a deadly earthquake that occurred last fall in Pakistan and the effects it has had on the country.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media – local, state, regional, national or international – we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.

In Print

- Richard Stasiak, biology, published two fish species monographs through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service (Region 2). These are technical conservation assessments for the Finescale Dace and the Northern Redbelly Dace fish species. The reports can be found online at

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.

On Stage

Performances of "The Arabian Nights" Continue on Stage Tonight
The UNO Department of Theatre's production of Mary Zimmerman's "The Arabian Nights" will continue on stage tonight, April 14. It will run April 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 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.

Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra to Perform Final Program of the Season
UNO's Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra will perform their final program of the season Sunday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for students and seniors.

The theme of the program is "Sunday in the Park." The orchestra will play works which celebrate the pastoral nature of spring: Griffes' The White Peacock, Debussy's Rhapsody for Saxophone and Orchestra, and Beethoven's Symphony no. 6 ("Pastoral"). Christopher Stanichar, an assistant professor of music at UNO, will conduct this program.

For tickets and or additional information, call 554.3427.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.

On Exhibit

Spring 2006 BFA Thesis Exhibition On Display
The Spring 2006 BFA Thesis Exhibition is currently on display in the UNO Art Gallery through May 5.

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.

Thiele's thesis, "duplicate duplicate," is a reflection of life as a twin. It includes video, puzzles and collages.

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.

Experimental Gallery Invites Exploration through May 5
, 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.

Science Fictions, Illumine at Lang Gallery
The work of Jody Boyer and Russ Nordman, art and art history, is featured in an exhibition at the Lang Gallery at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, through April 18. The exhibition includes two new bodies of work. Nordman's Science Fictions is a three-channel video installation that juxtaposes scientific imagery, fabricated landscapes and historical timelines through mathematical randomization to create an ever evolving and transforming narrative environment. Boyer's Illumine combines the ancient art of encaustic painting with 21st century digital image making. The works explore landscape, memory and perception on an intimate scale and predominantly explore the artist's experience of the landscape of western Iowa, her home. Both bodies of work are supported in part by a grant from the Iowa Arts Council. Illumine is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.