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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

Spring Advance to Focus on Community Outreach

Community engagement and accountability at UNO will be the focus of the 2006 Spring Strategic Planning Advance set for Monday, May 8. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. All interested members of the campus community are invited to attend.

University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken will discuss the NU Strategic Framework and the assessment process for each of the University of Nebraska campuses. He also will address external factors that affect the university.

Other scheduled activities include presentations and posters on UNO's community engagement and assessment initiatives, as well as a preview on planning for the UNO Centennial.

For more information or to R.S.V.P., contact Lindy Gustafson at 554.2535 or

University Library Extends Hours

University Library is now open until midnight Sunday through Thursday. This permanent increase in hours takes effect immediately and will become part of the normal schedule for next fall and beyond. Additionally, the library will increase both evening and weekend hours during the summer sessions.

The hours have been expanded at the request of Student Government.

"Steve Massara came to us with a proposal to expand our hours, and he made a pretty good case," said University Library Dean Steve Shorb. "With new on-campus housing coming soon and the library addition opening by fall of 2006, we felt it was time to offer more hours."

"I'm ecstatic," said Massara, student body president/regent at UNO. "The students have been asking for this for a long time, and it's gratifying that the library was able to respond."

The new schedule is listed below.

- Monday through Thursday
7 a.m. to midnight

- Friday
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Saturday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Sunday
Noon to midnight

Summer Hours (May 8 through August 11):
- Monday through Thursday
7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

- Friday
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Saturday
Noon to 5 p.m.

- Sunday
Noon to 9 p.m.

Organ Donor Awareness Barbecue Today

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 today, 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 Rowan University chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. 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

Opening Reception for "The Meow of Art" April 21

The UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media (CCFAM) will host "The Meow of Art" April 21 through May 5 in the Sugar Shaft Gallery.

The show will feature art created by the children of CCFAM fine arts faculty and staff. Participants include Abby Cameron, Bevan Breaux, Shaun Zuk, Nolan Williams, Leo Monardo and Metta Nordman.

An opening reception is set for Friday, April 21, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The Sugar Shaft Gallery is located in the second floor hallway of the Weber Fine Arts Building. For more information, contact Katie Cameron at 554.2238.

MAM Activities Under Way

The UNO Department of Mathematics is sponsoring a variety of activities this April in conjunction with National Mathematics Awareness Month (MAM). The 2006 theme is "Mathematics and Internet Security."

The remaining schedule of events is listed below.

Friday, April 21
Problem-solving contest for high school students
1 to 3 p.m.
164 and 165 Durham Science Center (DSC)

Wednesday, April 26
"T-10 division on Theoretical Biology & Biophysics"
Lecture by David Torney, Los Alamos National Laboratory
2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
255 DSC

"Since 1991, April has been the month for celebrating mathematics and its applications," said Dora Matache, assistant professor of mathematics at UNO. "We hope you will join us in the celebration of mathematics and encourage your students to attend the events."

For more information about MAM activities at UNO, visit the Web at

CCSW Contest to Benefit Women's Walk

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women is hosting a contest on campus this week to benefit the 2006 Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk.

For $1, participants may guess the number of jellybeans in a jar. The jar will be set up each day this week in 260 Arts and Sciences Hall with Kim Volpone in the Air Force ROTC Office from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and again from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Those who locate Volpone's office without contacting her for assistance will receive one free bonus guess. For more information, contact Volpone at 554.2318.

The jar also will be set up over the lunch hour at the times and locations listed below.

Tuesday, April 18
Noon to 2 p.m.
University Library

Wednesday, April 19
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center

One person may purchase more than one guess. A tiebreaker will be used as needed to select two winners from among the most accurate guesses. One winner will receive two season passes to UNO Theatre productions, and a second winner will receive a $20 gift certificate for Crossroads Mall.

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women 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.

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. Tickets also can be purchased by phone at 554.2979 through Monday, April 24.

The April 26 luncheon menu is listed below.

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.

TIAA-CREF Summer Campus Visit Schedule Announced

TIAA-CREF has set its UNO campus visit schedule for May, June and July. The dates are listed below.

2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 (Tuesdays)

6, 20 and 27 (Tuesdays)

11, 18 and 25 (Tuesdays)

Appointments for individual counseling sessions can be scheduled online at or by calling Louella Williams at 402.548.3610.

Free Screening of "The Silent Killer" April 28

The Omaha chapter of Americans for Informed Democracy will host a screening of "The Silent Killer: The Unfinished Campaign Against Hunger" Friday, April 28. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

A discussion will follow the movie. For more information, visit the Web at

UNO Students to Make Global Night Commute April 29

Imagine living in the country and having to 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 take part in a "night commute" Saturday, April 29, to bring attention to the situation in Uganda.

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 is 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

Commencement Set for May 5

Commencement for May graduates will be held Friday, May 5, at the 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.

"Talking History" to Feature Samuel Walker

Samuel Walker, emeritus professor of criminal justice at UNO, will be featured on "Talking History" the week of April 24.

"Talking History" is a nationally syndicated 30-minute weekly radio interview program sponsored by the Organization of American Historians. It is syndicated on the Public Radio Satellite System and airs overseas on the "Voice of America."

Dr. Walker's interview on presidents and civil liberties will air on "Voice of America" April 22 and 23. It also will be available as a podcast and archived on the Web at


UNO Aviation Institute Honors Convocation
The recipients of more than $70,000 in scholarships and fellowships were recognized April 5 at the annual UNO Aviation Institute Honors Convocation. Among those honored were aviation students who have earned scholarships, Dean's List distinction, fellowships, flight achievements, memberships in academic organizations and more.

The 2006 Otto F. Bauer Distinguished Service Award was presented to Chris White, vice president of safety and regulatory compliance for Midwest Airlines. White serves as an advisory board member and offered tours of Midwest Airlines headquarters for students last June.

Ryan Goertzen received the 2006 Distinguished Alum honor for his service to the UNO Aviation Institute and his career accomplishments. He is the maintenance training manager for Air Wisconsin.

The following students were recognized as scholarship recipients:

- Joel Young, Densel K. and Melba J. Acheson Student Enrichment Fund;

- Cody Oshel, Alpha Eta Rho Scholarship;

- Cassi Vanhorn, Aviation Student of the Year;

- Karly Kolden, Kenneth and Patrick Chambers Memorial Scholarship;

- Dustin Babb, Charles W. Durham Undergraduate Scholarship;

- Beth Flynn, Lois Durham Women in Aviation Scholarship;

- Joel Young and Richard Buesing, Chris A. Hawks Memorial Scholarship;

- Lucas Stritt, David L. Lamar Memorial Scholarship;

- Dustin Babb, Richard Buesing, Kailey Dwyer and Lucas Stritt, Nebraska Business Aviation Association Scholarship;

- Leigh Hedrick, Donald Smithey in Aviation Administration Scholarship;

- Kailey Dwyer, UNO Aviation Institute Golf Classic Scholarship; and

- Dustin Babb, Robert E. and Rosita C. Wolsmann Memorial Scholarship.