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photo by Tim Fitzgerald

The tulips planted near the Henningson Memorial Campanile show off their annual beauty.

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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 25, 1980, The Gateway reported on UNO Earth Day '80 activities. Displays in the Milo Bail Student Center included those prepared by the Nebraska Solar Office, the UNO Passive Solar Research Group, the Sierra Club and the Audubon Society. The event also included several speakers concerned with conservation and alternative energy sources. UNO Earth Day '80 festivities were just some of many held throughout the nation to advertise "the continuing need for organized efforts to improve the environmental quality of this planet and enhance its natural resources."

Date: April 25, 1980
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

Homelessness Plight to be Highlighted On Campus

A group of UNO students will discover what it might be like to be homeless this week on campus.

Members of Pi Kappa Alpha and Alpha Xi Delta 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 third annual food drive known as "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.Blue Salvation Army barrels, identified with the organization's familiar red shield, will be located on UNO's main campus and inside each No Frills Supermarket. No Frills will accept donations from the public through April 25.

About 25 to 30 UNO students will be "homeless" outdoors in the 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 canned food items.

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 this week through April 21.

The food drive will officially kick off during a brief ceremony on the Henningson Plaza south of the 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.

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 collected by "Just Can It" will be matched by dollars from the foundation.

The Salvation Army Food Pantry and North Omaha Feeding Program provide food to hungry individuals, families and children in Omaha who might otherwise go without.The public is encouraged to contribute nonperishable 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. They may be sent to:
The Salvation Army
3612 Cuming St.
Omaha, NE 68131

Those interested can donate online at

Book Fair Under Way at University Library

University Library and the UNO Honors Program will host a "buy one, get one free" book fair today through Wednesday, 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.

Today, 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

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" Continue April 19-22

The UNO Department of Theatre's performances of Mary Zimmerman's "The Arabian Nights" continue April 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.

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.

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.

On Thursday, April 20, 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 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, contact Catharine Dixon at

Public and Nonprofit Job Fair April 19

Career Exploration and Outreach will host a Public and Nonprofit Job Fair Wednesday, April 19. The event will be held from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. Representatives from local and national organizations will be available to discuss employment and volunteer opportunities with students and alumni.

For more information about the fair and other services offered by Career Exploration and Outreach, call 554.3672, or stop by 211 Eppley Administration Building.

OWH Writer to Speak at Journalism Conference

Henry Cordes, an award-winning reporter with the Omaha World-Herald, will be the featured speaker at the UNO School of Communication's annual high school journalism conference Wednesday, April 19.

Cordes will present "Why Journalism Is a Great Gig" at 12:30 p.m. in the W.H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center's Bootstrapper Hall. UNO students, staff and faculty members are welcome to attend.

Cordes is a senior reporter for the Omaha World-Herald. The 1981 Central High School graduate and 1985 UNO journalism graduate is in his 25th year at the paper. He worked his first four years in sports and has since covered crime, courts, politics, the military and the legislature, including six years as the paper's bureau chief in Lincoln. He has won numerous state awards and is a two-time winner of the Thomas C. Sorensen Award for Nebraska's most-distinguished journalism.

The program also will include a recognition ceremony for the winners of a high school journalism and broadcasting contest sponsored by the UNO School of Communication.

For more information, contact Sherrie Wilson at 554.3677 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

UNO spiritEditor’s note: The UNO Spirit Committee has designated this activity as a UNO spirit event.

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 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.

Join the UNO Spirit Committee for the last spirit event of the semester. Stop by the UNO Spirit Committee table at the April 20 fair and register for the drawing. Several prizes will be awarded. Participants do not have to be present to win. A list of winners will be featured on the Staff Advisory Council board on the first floor of the Eppley Administration Building. For more information, contact Becky Bohan Brown at 554.2243 or Mary Sweaney at 554.3668.

School of Communication to Host National Conference

The UNO School of Communication will host the annual conference of the National Association of Communication Centers Friday and Saturday, April 21-22, at the Milo Bail Student Center.

Karen Kangas Dwyer, professor of communication and public speaking course director in the UNO School of Communication, is the chair and conference planner. The 2006 theme is "Technology and Assessment at the Center."

The two-day event will offer several interactive sessions on a number of topics, including research at the centers; technology uses; assessment practices and procedures; promoting growth, momentum and acclaim at centers; starting new centers to support general education requirements and accreditation; staffing and training; consulting with faculty; incorporating Speaking Across the Curriculum programs; developing workshops for students or faculty; and great instructional strategies and teaching tips.

Deborah Smith-Howell, assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs at UNO, will be the keynote speaker at the April 21 evening banquet. Dr. Smith-Howell was instrumental in launching the UNO Speech Center, which opened in January 2006.

"The conference will be a terrific experience for all participants, including faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students from universities across the nation," Dr. Dwyer said. "All 65 presenters on the program represent colleges or universities where they are active directors, administrators or tutors in communication centers that support a general education public speaking requirement. They are all committed to helping campus speech centers provide quality instruction and assistance to all students."

Jeremy Lipschultz, director of the UNO School of Communication, said the growing interest in and support for speech centers and communication labs reveals the importance of research and instruction in this area.

"We are proud of the UNO Speech Center, its designation as a priority program of excellence and UNO's administrative commitment to our Speaking Across the Curriculum efforts," Dr. Lipschultz noted. "The conference offers a diverse and interesting agenda that will be helpful at any state of program development."

For more information about the conference, contact Dr. Dwyer at 554.2253 or

OTICA Video on the Web

Karen Kangas Dwyer, professor of communication and public speaking fundamentals program director in the UNO School of Communication, was honored April 6 at a reception and ceremony recognizing the 2006 winners of the University of Nebraska's most prestigious awards for research and teaching. The event, hosted by University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken, was held at the W.H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

Dr. Dwyer is one of two recipients of the 2006 Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award (OTICA) for the entire University of Nebraska system, which recognizes individual faculty members for sustained records of excellence in teaching.

To view a video showcasing Dr. Dwyer's teaching philosophy, click on the following link:

Faculty/Staff MavCard Recarding Update

Beginning this June, all active faculty and staff 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

Liver Transplant Recipient to Promote Organ Donation April 20

A 23-year-old organ recipient will share his story with UNO students at an event Thursday, April 20, to help raise awareness of the need for organ donation.

Brian Holcomb of Payson, Utah, who underwent a liver transplant in the fall of 2004, is president of the Utah chapter of Donor Dudes. This is a student-run organization created by Chris Klug, a 2002 Olympic snowboarding bronze medalist and liver transplant recipient.

The event is part of a national organ donor awareness campaign created by five public relations students from the UNO School of Communication. The team, in conjunction with the Nebraska Organ Recovery System, plans to launch the first Students for Organ Donation chapter in Nebraska.

"In order for Nebraskans to continue to benefit from organ donation, our campaign must educate students and show them how register and become a donor," said Erika Berg, project leader.

The team's slogan, "License to Give: We Card," stresses the importance of becoming an organ donor. Team members are asking students and faculty to show proof of organ donor registration to enter the April 20 event. Those who are not organ donors can sign a donor card at the event in order to participate.

Holcomb's speech will begin at 10:15 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. Following the speech, students will compete in an organ donation rendition of the "Jeopardy" game. Refreshments will be served.

Research shows that people age 18 to 25 are most receptive to organ donation. The team's campaign targets this age group.

The UNO students are entering their campaign in a national competition sponsored by the Rowan University chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America.

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

University Library to Host An Evening of Poetry April 20

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.

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

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

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…

Tuesday, April 18
- Softball vs. Minnesota State, Mankato
Claussen-Westgate Field, 8121 D. St.
3:30 and 5:30 p.m. (double header)

Wednesday, April 19
- Baseball vs. Winona State
The Ballpark at Boys Town, 137th and West Dodge Road
Noon and 2 p.m. (double header)

Saturday, April 22
- Baseball vs. Augustana
The Ballpark at Boys Town, 137th and West Dodge Road
Noon and 3 p.m. (double header)

- Red vs. White Football Spring Game
Caniglia Field
1 p.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at