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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

Public Forum April 21 for IS&T Dean Candidate

UNO faculty, staff and students will have the opportunity to meet a candidate for the position of dean of the UNO College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T) at a public forum set for Friday, April 21.

The forum, which will feature candidate Krishna Kavi, will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute atrium.

Dr. Kavi currently serves as chair and professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of North Texas. He received his Ph.D. in computer science and engineering from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and his B.S. in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Science in India.

David Hinton, dean of the UNO College of IS&T, will retire this spring after more than 34 years of service to the university.

For more information, contact John Fiene, associate vice chancellor of academic affairs-technology, (554.3670,, or Steve Shorb, dean of University Library, (554.3740,

SHS Offers Mumps Vaccinations

In response to the recent outbreak of mumps in the Midwest, Student Health Services (SHS) will offer MMR vaccinations this week on campus.

Faculty and staff members between the ages of 23 and 49 who have not had two MMR vaccinations can visit SHS through Friday, April 21, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and receive an MMR booster for $45.  SHS is located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center.

According to SHS staff, persons over age 23 did not routinely receive a second MMR with their completed childhood immunization series. Persons over 49 years of age are deemed to be immune due to having had the disease in early childhood.

If you are unsure of your immunity to mumps, a blood draw can be done for $35 at SHS to determine your immune status.

For more information, stop by SHS or call 554.2374.

Electronic Portfolios Satellite Broadcast Today

The UNO community is invited to attend a live satellite broadcast today, April 19. The event - "The Electronic Portfolio: A Mirror and a Map Practical Approaches for Learning, Reflection, Assessment and Professional Development" - will be held in Allwine Hall from 1 to 2 p.m.

The broadcast will include practical stories from students and educators in elementary schools, colleges and universities that have successfully integrated e-portfolio technology into their curriculum. National experts will also present related research and field questions during the program.

This program will:

- Provide virtual field trips to experience the best practices using electronic portfolios;

- Demonstrate the use of new electronic portfolio tools for interviewing and assessment;

- Connect the examples to findings from the National Coalition for Electronic Portfolio research and future research around documenting out-of-classroom learning; and

- Allow individuals to interact with the panelists during the live question-and-answer sessions.

This event is being videotaped and will be available for checkout.

For more information, contact Joyce Crockett at 554.3364 or

SPR's Nancy Schlesiger Meets Her Hero

To say that Nancy Schlesiger was on top of the world recently would be an understatement. Schlesiger, assistant director of sponsored programs at UNO, had the opportunity to meet and visit with the former president of Poland, Lech Walesa.

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Walesa was in Omaha to speak at Creighton University and Schlesiger, who serves as secretary for the Polish Heritage Society of Nebraska, was invited to present Walesa with an honorary membership in the Polish society.

"On that night, it was cool to be Polish," Schlesiger said. "I had always pictured him as one of my heroes…the blue-collar guy who took on the communists."

In 1980, Walesa led the Gdansk shipyard strike against Polish authorities. A year later, he was elected Solidarity Chairman, and in 1983 he received the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1990, Walesa was elected president of Poland, a post that he held for the next five years.

Schlesiger said it wasn't logical for the Solidarity Movement to be successful, but it was. "His message to us last week was that Poland looks to the United States to be the moral and military leader of the world," she said. "He also said it is now up to us (the children of the Polish immigrants) to help build a new Poland and a secure world."

"My great-grandparents arrived in Omaha illiterate Polish peasants, and three generations later here I am meeting the former president of Poland! That was pretty humbling and sobering for me, and it was a thrill to meet such a heroic man," Schlesiger said.

Pictured above: Nancy Schlesiger with Lech Walesa at Creighton University.

CCSW Contest to Benefit Women's Walk This Week

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 today, April 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the 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.

Public and Nonprofit Job Fair Today

Career Exploration and Outreach will host a Public and Nonprofit Job Fair today, April 19. The event will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 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.

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.

Today, 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

OWH Writer to Speak at Journalism Conference Today

the nameHenry 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 today, 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 Tonight

The UNO circle of Omicron Delta Kappa will host a spring dialogue titled "Volunteer: Your Community, Your Help" tonight, 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

Performances of "The Arabian Nights" Continue Tonight

The UNO Department of Theatre's performances of Mary Zimmerman's "The Arabian Nights" will continue on stage tonight, April 19. It will run April 20-22 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. Tonight's 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.

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 received a liver 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

"20 Days in April" Incentive Program Under Way

Campus Recreation's group exercise program, known as Group Ex., has launched an incentive program in conjunction with its Mav Tracks program.

"20 Days in April" will reward individuals for attending various Group Ex. classes during the month of April. Classes are running five days a week for the next four weeks. The program began April 3 and concludes Friday, April 28.

Individuals who convince a friend to sign up for the Mav Tracks program will receive 20 hoof print points.  New participants also will receive 20 hoof print points for joining.

Those interested can pick up a "20 Days in April" Challenge Chart with the complete set of rules.  Charts are available in 100 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building or from any Group Ex. instructor.

"Don't take a post-spring break break from your health – come try a new class or two in April," said Dave Daniels, assistant director for fitness/wellness and instructional programs at UNO.

For more information, contact Daniels at 554.2008 or

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 sup√©èrieure, 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.

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.

Symposium Call for Papers

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) International Quilt Study Center will sponsor a symposium titled "Traditions and Trajectories: Education and the Quiltmaker" March 1-3, 2007. The deadline for paper and panel proposals is Aug. 15, 2006. Details and guidelines are available on the symposium Web site at

For more information, contact Kathy Moore, symposium coordinator, at 402.472.7232, ext. 1.