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Slumbering Outdoors for a Good Cause

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Members of Pi Kappa Alpha and Alpha Xi Delta are sleeping in the Pep Bowl this week to bring attention to the plight of the homeless. They are leading the challenge to collect canned food items for The Salvation Army Food Pantry and its North Omaha Feeding Program. Donations of food may be dropped off on the UNO campus through April 21 or at any local No Frills Supermarket through April 25. Blue Salvation Army barrels, identified with the organization's familiar red shield, are located on UNO's main campus and inside each No Frills Supermarket.

history photo

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

Omaha Neighborhood Scan to Be Honored Tonight

A unique neighborhood project involving the UNO School of Public Administration and the City of Omaha is being honored for its achievements.

Omaha Neighborhood Scan (ONS) received the Omaha Education Excellence Award from Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman April 17 as part of National Community Development Week.

ONS also will be recognized tonight, April 20, by the City of Omaha at another Community Development Week event. This program will be held in the W.H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center beginning at 6 p.m.

ONS is a partnership between the UNO School of Public Administration (SPA) and the City of Omaha. It offers a way for neighborhood residents to monitor and document local conditions. Using Pocket PCs and digital cameras, residents collect information in areas that are important to their neighborhoods and to the city.

"We're extremely honored to have the project recognized," said Russell Smith, UNO SPA director and the creator of ONS. "The information we have collected in different parts of the city has been valuable and helpful to both citizens and city planners."

National Community Development Week was started in 1986 to remind Congress of the value of the Community Development Block Grant program, which helps communities update city infrastructure, plan for future development and attract new jobs. To celebrate Community Development Week in Nebraska, Heineman presented several awards for outstanding efforts by communities in the areas of economic development and community revitalization.

Heineman highlighted ONS for working with area partners. He noted that more than 4,000 properties in six Omaha neighborhoods have been scanned. Property owners in those areas have received information on housing, safety, environmental concerns and a host of other issues.

As a result, neighborhoods are collaborating with the City of Omaha to address deterioration and blight concerns. One effort is focusing on increasing the proportion of Omaha properties with house address numbers to increase public safety. Known as "Address It Now!," the project will be providing information to Omaha residents as a part of the Salute to Safety Expo 2006 to be held at Westroads Mall Saturday, April 22.

The Thursday night program at the Alumni Center will feature Omaha City Council President Dan Welch. In addition to ONS receiving the Education Excellence Award, awards will be presented to the Community Planning and Development Division of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for governmental excellence, to Salem Baptist Church for neighborhood excellence and to the Omaha Community Foundation for foundation excellence.

2006 UNO Benefits Fair Today

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

Working at UNO is a good deal.

To learn more, plan on attending the 2006 UNO Benefits Fair. The event will be held today, 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.

This is the UNO Spirit Committee's 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.

Students to Read from Winning Religious Studies Essays Today

The three top finishers in the UNO Religious Studies Program's essay contest will read their entries today, April 20. The readings will take place in 306 Arts and Science Hall beginning at 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the campus community and the general public.

All three are undergraduate students at UNO. The winners and the titles of their essays are listed below.

First Place
"A Meditation on Buddhist Meditation" by Todd Daganaar

Second Place
"The Bhagavad Gita and War" by Mandy Randall

Third Place
"Darwinism and the Eastern Theology of St. Irenæus of Lyons" by Brian Linnell

For more information, call 554.2628.

University Library to Present An Evening of Poetry Tonight

University Library will present An Evening of Poetry featuring readings by Nebraska poets Jim Reese and Mark Scott tonight, 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). The NHC has awarded more than $100,000 in grants each year.

For more information about tonight's event, contact Marvel Maring at 554.2992 or mmaring@mail.unomaha.edu.

Wind Ensemble, University Concert Band to Perform April 23

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the University Concert Band will present their final campus performance of the semester Sunday, April 23. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center.

The U Band will open the program with Daydream by Timothy Mahr. Other works include English Suite by Clare Grundman, a new composition by Eric Whitacre - Lux Arumque and Alligator Alley by Michael Daugherty.

The wind ensemble will perform several selections planned for their tour to Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Norway in May, including Variations on a Korean Folk Song by John Barnes Chance and Gaudzia Trimitai Marsas by Jonusas, all arranged by James Saker, chair of the UNO Department of Music and faculty conductor. Other works will include Speil by Toch and An American Elegy by Frank Techli.

Senior music education majors Sarah Almquist, Zac Konrad and Kristen Petersen will be featured soloists. Conducting on the program will be Erica Neidlinger, assistant professor of music; Michael Pollock, student; and Dr. Saker.

Students, faculty and staff are admitted free of charge with a valid university ID. Tickets for the general public are $4 for adults, and $3 for students and seniors.

For more information, contact Kimberly Arrenhohltz, music events coordinator, at 554.3427.

Input Sought on HPER Facility Survey

Here's your chance to tell the administration what you think.

The university is currently evaluating the status of Campus Recreation sports programs, services and facilities to determine the need for improvements, as well as how to integrate Student Health Services into an expanded and renovated facility.

One of the key components of this evaluation is a Web-based survey at http://www.facilityplanners.com/survey/unomaha/hper/. All interested faculty and staff are encouraged to fill out the survey, which takes about 15 minutes to complete. Those who do will be entered into a drawing to win one of the following prizes:
- Three iPods;
- One CardioSport heart rate monitor donated by NOVA Health Equipment;
- Two Maverick Hockey hooded sweatshirts donated by Lawlor's Sporting Goods;
- Campus Recreation T-shirts, sweatshirts and water bottles; and
- Certificates for HPER guest passes, locker rental and personal training sessions.

Once you have completed the survey, you will be prompted to enter your e-mail address, which will make you eligible for the prizes.

UNO has retained the services of a nationally recognized independent consulting firm, Brailsford & Dunlavey, to administer the survey. For more information, contact survey@facilityplanners.com

The survey closes Monday, April 24. All the information you provide is strictly confidential. No individual responses will be identified, and your e-mail address will not be released to any organizations.

For more information, contact Wade Robinson at wrobinson@mail.unomaha.edu.

Retirement Reception for Cheryl Conn April 27

The university community is invited to attend a retirement reception for Cheryl Conn Thursday, April 27. The event will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

Conn has served as the administrative technician for the UNO Division of Continuing Studies (DCS) for the last eight years. She got her start at UNO 25 years ago in the engineering college and subsequently worked for purchasing, grants accounting, KVNO and facilities management before coming to the DCS.

For more information, call Dave Cassiday at 554.2371.

Nominations Sought for Del and Lou Ann Weber Award

The UNO Honors and Awards Committee is seeking nominations for the Del and Lou Ann Weber Award. The deadline is Wednesday, May 10.

The Del and Lou Ann Weber Award recognizes a current, full-time faculty member or administrator who has provided outstanding professional service to the community. Recipients have demonstrated success in extending the intellectual resources of the university beyond the campus by providing leadership, professional expertise or information to address important and relevant issues. The award is accompanied by a stipend of $2,000.

Nomination criteria and procedures are available by clicking on the following link:

Del and Lou Ann Weber Award

For more information, contact Lanyce Keel, chairperson of the University Committee on Honors & Awards, at lkeel@mail.unomaha.edu.

Douglas County Voters' Guide Available

The Douglas County Voters' Guide, published annually by the League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha, is an unbiased, non-partisan look at all candidates running in the May 9 Nebraska primary election.

Included are brief biographies of each candidate plus their answers on issues of current concern to voters. The guide is available on campus at the locations listed below.

University Affairs
108 Eppley Administration Building

UNO School of Communication
107 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH)

University Library
Circulation Desk

The guide is also available online at http://www.omahalwv.org/. For more information, contact Rita Shaughnessy in 107H ASH or at 554.6057.

Public Forum for IS&T Dean Candidate April 21

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, jfiene@mail.unomaha.edu), or Steve Shorb, dean of University Library, (554.3740, sshorb@mail.unomaha.edu).

SHS Offers Mumps Vaccinations This Week

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

Faculty and staff 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 age 49 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 at SHS for $35 to determine your immune status.

For more information, stop by SHS, or call 554.2374.

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.

Academic Regalia Notice for May 5 Commencement

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.

Communication Week April 24-27

The UNO School of Communication will celebrate Communication Week April 24-27 with a variety of events, culminating with the 51st annual Communication Awards Banquet April 27. The schedule is listed below.

Monday, April 24
- Native American Studies and Communication: Faculty Research Perspectives
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room
1 to 3 p.m.
Bruce Johansen, Teresa Lamsam and Hugh Reilly

Tuesday, April 25
- PRSSA Presentations
MBSC Dodge Room
4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Karen Weber
PowerPoint presentations featuring teams working for Habitat for Humanity and the NU Organ Donor and Tissue program.

Wednesday, April 26
- Interpersonal Conflict Presentations
MBSC Dodge Room
Shereen Bingham
Students will give presentations about their service-learning project at Boys and Girls Clubs of Omaha. The students will discuss their experiences as conflict coaches, what they learned, and what their clients at Boys and Girls Clubs learned about conflict. The event will be interactive with the Club members (ages 13-17) and will include role-playing exercises.

- Technical Communication Presentations
306 Arts and Sciences Hall
6:30 p.m.
Tracy Bridgeford
Nine students from Dr. Bridgeford's course will present their individual portfolios. These portfolios were written and designed for the job market and include work from the five technical communication courses. Six of nine students will be the first recipients of the Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication.

Thursday, April 2
- School of Communication Alumni Panel
MBSC Dodge Room
1 p.m.
Jeremy Lipschultz
Wendy Townley, Cox Communications
Reg Chapman, WNBC-TV
Christine Kasel, Omaha Magazine
Joan Lukas, Leslie Kline Lukas & Associates

- 51st annual Communication Awards Banquet
Scott Conference Center
6 to 9 p.m.

For more information about Communication Week, call 554.2600.

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 http://aid.unomaha.edu/.

Faculty/Staff MavCard Recarding Notice

Beginning this 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 http://mavcard.unomaha.edu.