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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

Board of Regents to Meet Today

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet today, April 21, at Varner Hall, 3835 Holdrege St., in Lincoln. Committee meetings begin at 8:30 a.m., and the board meeting will begin at 1 p.m.

The agenda includes:

- A proposed five-year memorandum of understanding between UNO and the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) to develop projects dealing with energy conservation and effective use of energy. OPPD has agreed to provide $2.5 million ($500,000 per year) to fund the collaborative research.

- A proposal to create a new Center for Energy Sciences Research, a partnership between the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) to conduct research in such areas as wind generation, biodiesel and hydrogen fuel development, and energy conservation. The $5 million center, with funding of $1 million per year for five years from NPPD, represents an interdisciplinary approach to developing renewable energy sources, increasing energy efficiency and creating new business partnerships.

- Establishment of the Nebraska Transportation Center, a nearly $6 million center that will bring together a wide range of transportation research, education and outreach programs currently in place on all four NU campuses. These include programs in roadside safety, bridge and infrastructure research, aviation and rural safety issues. At least $5.5 million of the first-year funding will be derived from research grants and the federal government. Creation of a university-wide center will better position the university to compete for future federal funding.

- The proposed 2006-2015 Physical Master Plan for UNL. The plan addresses UNL's needs for academic/research facilities, "campus life" (recreation, housing, student unions, dining facilities) space, open/green space, athletics, institutional services and parking over the next 10 years. The plan addresses changes to City Campus resulting from the Antelope Valley project, creation of a "research campus" on the former Textron/Cushman plant site, 10 potential academic/research building sites on both City Campus and East Campus, and changes to entrances and access to both campuses.

- Construction of a new 10-level research laboratory at UNMC, a $74-million structure that will support research in the College of Medicine, College of Pharmacy and Eppley Cancer Center, and provide support for NU's Center for Biosecurity.

- An agreement between Iowa State University and NU for a cooperative program in veterinary medical education. This represents a final step in establishing the program.

The agenda for the board's Business Affairs Committee meeting, which begins at 8:30 a.m., includes preliminary discussion of the 2007 operating budget and the 2008-09 biennial budget request.

The agenda for the board's Academic Affairs Committee meeting, which begins at 10 a.m., includes a discussion of student learning and success outcomes, the proposed Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research and an agreement between the Omaha Public Power District and UNO.

To access a full agenda, visit the Web at

Public Forum for IS&T Dean Candidate Today

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 today, 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,

CPACS Alumni Honored at Annual Awards Ceremony

Eight alumni from the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) and Alvin M. Goodwin, former president of the Omaha Economic Development Corporation (OEDC), were recognized for their achievements in a variety of fields during a ceremony held April 12 at the W.H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel was one of the alumni honored.

The annual Alumni Awards for Excellence in Public Service and the Hubert Locke Award for Distinguished Service recognize the best in integrity, stewardship, volunteerism, leadership and commitment to social justice in the public and community service arena.

B.J. Reed, dean of CPACS, presented the Locke Award, which honors a person who has demonstrated exemplary commitment to the ideals of public service, to Goodwin. Goodwin has been a key architect in creating and channeling opportunities for investments to promote economic growth and community revitalization in Omaha.

Through Goodwin's leadership, OEDC implemented the Kellom Heights Redevelopment Program. This program was developed in seven phases and includes the Kellom Heights Shopping Center, affordable housing for senior citizens and six affordable housing developments in the Kellom Heights community. Not only has the development created jobs, but it has also provided needed goods and services in the area.

In all, OEDC leveraged its $5.6 million equity contribution in 19 program areas into nearly $37 million of capital invested in northeast Omaha. OEDC ventures created more than 100 jobs and generated $1.6 million in annual taxes through property, payroll, and personal income and sales tax revenues. Goodwin also serves on numerous local and national boards involved in housing, economic and business development programs.

The Locke Award was established four years ago and is named for Hubert Locke, who served as the first permanent dean of CPACS from 1972 to 1976.

The following briefs outline the eight Alumni Award winners and note their degrees and year of graduation from UNO. "We are proud to recognize the unique accomplishments of these individuals. On a national, state, local and individual level, each has made substantial and positive contributions to society and to our overall quality of life," Dr. Reed said.

The Alumni Award winners are:

- Carlos Barrientos graduated from the Goodrich Scholarship Program with a bachelor of general studies degree in 1977. While a student, Barrientos began working at WOWT-Channel 6. Following graduation, he became a WOWT full-time photographer and covered various news-making events, including fires, papal and presidential visits, and numerous natural disasters. He retired in 2004. He now contributes his skills and talents to Ixim, a Catholic-based organization that operates bi-yearly missions to Guatemala to assist with rural medical needs, children's educational needs and causes of women.

- Connie Benjamin earned a bachelor of social work degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a gerontology specialization from UNO in 1975. She has served as the Nebraska director of the American Association of Retired Persons since November 2000. Prior to that, she served as executive director of the YWCA of Lincoln, deputy director of the Nebraska Department on Aging and as an adult protective services specialist for the Nebraska Department of Social Services.

- Chuck Hagel earned a bachelor of general studies degree from UNO in 1971. Elected to the U.S. Senate for the first time in 1996, Hagel is now serving his second term and is the senior U.S. senator for Nebraska. His substantial participation in civic, educational and charitable organizations has included serving on the board of directors of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, serving as chairman of the 10th Anniversary Vietnam Veterans' Memorial, and serving as a member of the board of directors and national advisory committee of the Friends of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

- Terri S. Harder earned a bachelor of science in criminal justice degree from UNO in 1981 and graduated summa cum laude. She received her law degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 1985. She joined the law firm of Jacobsen, Orr, Nelson, Wright, Harder and Lindstrom in Kearney, Neb., in 1985 and had a general practice of law with that firm for 14 years. In 1999, Gov. Mike Johanns appointed her to the District Bench for the Tenth Judicial District, which includes Adams, Franklin, Harlan, Kearney, Phelps and Webster counties in Nebraska.

- Kim Kern earned a bachelor's degree from Midland Lutheran College in 1984 and a master of social work degree from UNO in 1986. The assistant director for social work at Mary Lanning Behavioral Services since 2003, she is responsible for assisting in the management of three outpatient psychiatric clinics, a 26-bed adult inpatient unit, an emergency community support program, on-call crisis services and the geriatric outreach program.

- Pat Kern earned a bachelor of social work degree from St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn., in 1983 and a master of social work degree from UNO in 1985. The director of social services at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital in Hastings, Neb., since 1987, he is responsible for staff supervision, hospital-wide discharge planning and case management. In this role, he provides social work services to acute care medical units, the emergency room and the rehabilitation, hospice and dialysis units of the hospital.

- Ann O'Connor earned a master of public administration degree from UNO in 1994. She is currently vice president for Nebraska community services at Heartland Family Service. She is responsible for the operation of many of the agency's centers and programs, including two children's emergency centers, the Solomon Girls Center, neighborhood emergency services in North Omaha and Sarpy County, the North Omaha Resource Center, the Career Clothing Closet, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, domestic abuse services in Sarpy and Cass County, Intensive Family Preservation, and school and family enrichment programs.

- Douglas Russell, M.D., graduated from the Goodrich Scholarship Program with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry in 1987. He found his vocation and his wife, Anne, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Medicine. He and partner Steve Freeman, M.D., founded Oakview Internal Medicine, where they enjoy a successful medical practice. Dr. Russell also is a teaching faculty volunteer at UNMC, Clarkson College and Creighton University Medical Center for medical students, nurse practitioners and other students, and is also a volunteer practitioner at Creighton.

"UNO to UNO" End of Year T-Shirt Sale

As the spring semester comes to a close, the UNO campus community has one more opportunity to help the University of New Orleans campus community recover from the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

In the fall of 2005, students, staff and faculty at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) launched the UNO to UNO Hurricane Relief Project, a sustained fund-raising effort aimed at providing relief to their colleagues at the University of New Orleans (UNO).

T-shirts bearing the "UNO to UNO Hurricane Relief Project" mark are on sale for $5 through the end of the spring semester in University Affairs, 108 Eppley Administration Building.

The T-shirts also will be sold outside the UNO Bookstore according to the following schedule:

Monday April 24
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thursday, April 27
Time TBA

All funds raised at the Nebraska UNO during the fall and spring semesters will be earmarked for a recovery fund established by Tim Ryan, chancellor of the Louisiana UNO, for members of his university community who lost everything.

For more information, contact Rita Henry at 554.2779.

April Spotlight on Student Employment

spotlightIs your office a better place because of student employees?

Student Employment Services thought so and chose the student employees from the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Business Operations/MavCard Services as the April Spotlight on Student Employment recipients.

The UNO students are:

- Amber Mantzey, undeclared Arts and Sciences major, Bellevue, Neb.;
- Laura Wapelhorst, broadcasting major, Scribner, Neb.; and
- Venu Chintareddy, computer science major, Piduguralla, India.

"Venu is friendly to work with and is also a fast learner. I feel fortunate to have chosen such a technologically talented student worker," said Mike Boettcher, supervisor and MBSC technology coordinator.

Wapelhorst said she enjoys the office's work environment. "My coworkers make this a fun and laid-back office. It's a joy to come to work every day," she noted.

Human Resources has featured student employees from a new department each month during the fall and spring semesters. Featured departments are entered in a drawing for an end-of-the-year party.

Departments also are featured on the Human Resources Student Employment Job Board on the first floor of the Eppley Administration Building. For more information about the program, contact Emily Muckerheide at

Students seeking work experience during school can gain assistance through Student Employment Services (SES) located in Human Resources, 205 Eppley Administration Building. On-campus student worker, work-study and graduate assistant positions are posted on the SES Job Board on the first floor of the Eppley Administration Building and online at

Pictured at work are Amber Mantzey and Laura Wapelhorst.

MPH Students to Present Capstone Projects

Two students in the Master of Public Health Program (MPH) will give oral presentations on their capstone projects at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) April 25 and 26.

Noel Johnson will present "Evaluation of a Telehealth Consultation System for State Public Health Laboratories" Tuesday, April 25, at 8 a.m. in Room 4006 of the UNMC Durham Research Center.

Nizar Wehbi will present "Assessment of SimplyWell Customized Employer Based Health Program" Wednesday, April 26, at 1 p.m. in Room 4003 of the UNMC Durham Research Center.

Interested members of the campus community are invited to attend the presentations. To R.S.V.P. or for more information, contact Jumoke Omojola at or 561.7567.

The UNMC/UNO Master of Public Health (MPH) Program is a specialized professional master's degree program designed to prepare graduates for work in public health. MPH program courses are taught by nearly 40 faculty from a wide range of departments, colleges and schools across the campuses of the university, including medicine, nursing, public administration, social work, business administration, sociology and health, physical education and recreation.

Tolkien Extravaganza Set for May 3

The campus community is invited to attend an end-of-term Tolkien Extravaganza! Wednesday, May 3, at the Castle of Perseverance. This art installation event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. The rain location is Eppley Auditorium.

Students in Frank Bramlett's "The Language and Literature of Tolkien" class will present one-act plays inspired by the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. The students wrote original plays and translated them into Quenya, the most fully-developed of Tolkien's invented languages, and the students will perform them in the Elvish language. Audience members will be given synopses of the plays as well as scripts in Quenya and English to follow.

The Castle of Perseverance is located between University Library and the Durham Science Center.

For more information, contact Dr. Bramlett at 554.3313.

Host Families Needed for Afghan Program Participants

International Studies and Programs (IS&P) is seeking host families for Afghan educators who will be arriving in Omaha May 6.

This group of Afghan school administrators will be participating in a short-term program to enhance their skills in educational leadership, computers and English. Since November 2002, 85 Afghan women educators have participated in similar programs at UNO.

"As you might imagine, Omaha is well-known in Afghanistan," said Charity Stahl, coordinator of the host families for the UNO Afghan Teacher Education Project. "It is known for its excellent partnership in training teachers and is also known for its kind, generous and compassionate people."

To volunteer as a host family, contact Stahl at 554.3168 or

SPR to Host May 19 Grant Writing Workshop

Sponsored Programs & Research (SPR) will host a grant writing workshop on federal funding opportunities and nonfederal sources Friday, May 19. It will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

The featured presenters are Marcia Landen and Mike McCallister. Both work as professional research administrators at institutions of higher education. They also provide grant consulting services to faculty, staff and others involved in sponsored projects at colleges and universities across the country. The duo will discuss the various components of a grant and provide advice on how to work with sponsors before and during development.

At the workshop, participants will learn how to identify a funding program, plan an effective project and write a competitive proposal to a sponsor.

The registration deadline is Wednesday, May 3. For more information or to register, contact SPR at 554.2286, or visit the Web at

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, titled "From Transcendental Wissenschaftslehre: Fichte's Modification of Kant's Idealism," will be held in 310 Arts and Sciences Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Zöller is 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 and held research appointments at Brown University, Queen's College, Oxford, the University of Töbingen, Harvard University and the Ecole normale supèèrieure, Paris.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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 team substitutes.

For more information, contact Mike Kult at 554.2539.

In the News

In the News- Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, Latino/Latin American Studies, was cited in the April 13 edition of the Omaha Daily Record. The article announced that he would moderate an April 13 U.S. Senate Candidate Forum at El Museo Latino.

- Jerry Deichert, Center for Public Affairs Research, was quoted in the March 22 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article highlighted a growth in local Latino-owned businesses from 1997 to 2002. Another article looked at population growth in Nebraska counties.

- Lourdes Gouveia, Latino/Latin American Studies, was quoted in the March 28 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article explored a boom in Latino entrepreneurs in the Omaha area. Dr. Gouveia also was pictured in the April 13 edition of the Omaha Daily Record. The accompanying article discussed the Law Enforcement and New Immigration Conference held April 7 in Omaha.

- Shelton Hendricks, dean of the UNO College of Arts and Sciences, was cited in the March 24 edition of the News-Press (Nebraska City, Neb.). The article announced that Dr. Hendricks would be making a presentation on the biological basis of sexual orientation at the April 9 Brownville Lyceum Science Café in Brownville, Neb.

- Heather Overton, telecommunications, was pictured in the Spring 2006 edition of Kindness Creating Miracles, a publication of The Nebraska Medical Center. The article highlighted Overton's triumph over epilepsy and her efforts to maintain the first epilepsy support group in Nebraska.

- Todd Samland, swimming/diving, and Eric Shanks, aquatic activities, were cited in the March 2006 edition of Her Magazine. The article focused on an ex-smoker who excelled in an Ironman triathlon.

- Anthony Trecek-King, music, was quoted in the March 23 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article highlighted the Celebration of Women Festival held March 24-25 at UNO.

- Jason Tuller, Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC), was interviewed April 10 by KRVN Radio in Lexington, Neb. He discussed the new location of the North Platte (Neb.) NBDC office, as well as the services the NBDC provides to the area.

- Samuel Walker, emeritus professor of criminal justice, will be featured on "Talking History," a nationally syndicated 30-minute weekly radio interview program sponsored by the Organization of American Historians. The program is syndicated on the Public Radio Satellite System and airs overseas on the "Voice of America." His interview on presidents and civil liberties can be heard on "Voice of America" April 22-23. "Voice of America" also will be available as a podcast and archived on the Web at

- Paul Williams, philosophy and religion, was cited in the March 10 edition of the Jewish Press. The article announced that Dr. Williams was a facilitator of a study group on Judaism and Christianity recently held by the Anti-Defamation League.

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

- Thomas Hutson, Center for Afghanistan Studies, had an editorial published in the March 17 edition of the Omaha World-Herald that focused on the death of Slobodan Milosevic and resulting recollections.

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 and Saturday, April 21-22, 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. 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.

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.

Department of Music to Celebrate Mozart's Birthday with Tribute
The UNO Chamber Orchestra and Concert Choir 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.

The UNO 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 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 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
The UNO Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra will perform its 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 that 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 or more 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

Opening Reception for "The Meow of Art" Tonight
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 this evening, 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.

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 is 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
Ventilation, 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.

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.