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Birthday Tribute with Bells

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

The bells on the UNO campus will ring Sunday, April 30, to commemorate the birthday of the late Margre Henningson Durham. For details, see article elsewhere in this issue.

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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 14, 1971, The Gateway reported that the Kinks had cancelled their April 17 Omaha Civic Auditorium rock concert due to the illness of lead singer Rick Davies. The UNO Student Activities Association, sponsor of the event, planned to bill the Kinks for expenses incurred promoting the concert. It was hoped that with the money saved from the Kinks cancellation another concert could be organized in the near future, perhaps highlighting Van Morrison or Kool & the Gang.

Date: April 14, 1971
Source: The Gateway
Compiled by University Library Archives

Reg Chapman

The Kid's Doing All Right

by Warren Francke

In Danville, Ill., they boast of native sons: Donald O'Connor, Gene Hackman, Dick and Jerry Van Dyke. Now another son of the Illinois-Indiana border, Reg Chapman, is making a name - in television news with WNBC in New York City.

But Chapman, 37, got his start in Omaha, where he is kid brother to John Chapman, weekend sports anchor at WOWT-TV. ...continue

Safe Space Program Launched

A committee of UNO students, faculty and staff have collaborated to launch UNO's Safe Space program.

This program helps identify members of the UNO community dedicated to making the campus safe and welcoming for all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, said Sharon Ulmar, assistant to the chancellor for diversity and equal opportunity.

The most visible part of the program, the Safe Space sticker, is an original design chosen from submissions. It incorporates elements of the UNO community, symbolism from the broader gay and lesbian community, and a brief text identifying the bearer of the sticker as an ally for persons who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and ally. Display of this sticker indicates a place of safety for LGBTQIA persons, Ulmar said.

People interested in obtaining a Safe Space sticker may do so at any of the following distribution points on campus:

- 176 Peter Kiewit Institute (Advising Office)

- 280 Arts and Sciences Hall (Dean's Office)

- 117 Eppley Administration Building (Office of Diversity)

- University Library (Dean's Office)

- Milo Bail Student Center (Office of Student Organizations and Leadership Programs)

- 100 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building (Campus Recreation)

- Scott Village

- University Village

Safe Space ally training will begin this fall. Any member of the UNO campus community may attend these sessions in order to become better educated about LGBTQIA issues.

For more information, contact Ulmar at 554.2872 or Frank Bramlett at 554.3313.

Carillon Concert April 30

The bells on the UNO campus will ring Sunday, April 30, to commemorate the birthday of the late Margre Henningson Durham.

UNO carilloneur James Johnson will perform works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Franz Joseph Haydn and George Clement beginning at 11:45 a.m. The event – hosted by the UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media – is free and open to the public. Attendees are invited to bring their lawn chairs, as seating will be available on the grassy area between University Library and the Strauss Performing Arts Center.

The Henningson Memorial Campanile, rising 168 feet over the UNO campus, is one of only 180 such structures in the United States. It was donated to UNO in 1989 by Margre Henningson Durham and her husband, Chuck, as a standing memorial to Margre's father, mother and sister.

"The carillon provides a specialized instrument for our students to learn to play, an instrument that few campuses possess, as well as opportunities for a diverse series of concerts," said Robert Welk, dean of the UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media. "The July 4th concert is well known to the community, especially the immediate Dundee neighborhood. It is hoped that the new series of Henningson family birthday concerts will become as popular."

The carillon is a four-octave, acoustically balanced instrument. It consists of 47 bronze bells cast by the bellfoundry of Paccard-Fonderie de Cloches in Annecy, France. The largest of the bells weighs 4,397 pounds and measures five feet in diameter by four feet in height. The combined weight of the 47 bells is 24,408 pounds.

The carillon is played manually from an ivory keyboard within the tower or from an electrical keyboard and computer system located in the Strauss Performing Arts Center. An automatic stair descends from the tower, permitting access to the elevator that rises to the carillon studio directly under the bells at the top of the structure.

Dr. Johnson, the Spire Professor of Music at UNO, performs regularly scheduled carillon concerts each year.

For more information about the April 30 concert, call 554.2232 or 554.2762.

"Jazza on the Plaza" This Week

The sixth annual "Jazza on the Plaza" is taking place on the Milo Bail Student Center Plaza this week through Friday, April 28.

The award-winning UNO Jazz Ensembles and Jazz Combos will play at noon on the plaza between Allwine Hall and the Milo Bail Student Center in honor of Jazz Appreciation Month.

The UNO Jazz Ensembles are under the direction of Pete Madsen, assistant professor of trombone and coordinator of jazz studies at UNO.

"Bring a lunch and a friend, and enjoy spring weather and live jazz," Dr. Madsen said.

For more information, contact Dr. Madsen at 554.2297 or

April Employee of the Month: Linda Value

If you frequent the UNO Bookstore, chances are you've come in contact with Linda Value, retail assistant and the April Employee of the Month at UNO. Her ability to provide top-notch customer service to the campus community led to her newfound honor.

"Linda is a great asset to our customer service staff," one nominator wrote. "She communicates in a very professional and effective manner. She is organized and conscientious, and is able to express herself to others in all types of retail situations. Linda is very dependable and works well with supervisors, co-workers and the university community."

Value is among 12 full-time employees and six student workers who help staff the bookstore and convenience store on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center. Her daily routine regularly includes assisting customers with purchases, returns, faxes and making copies. She also is responsible for ordering reference and study aid books for students, creating window displays and ordering caps and gowns for students and faculty members taking part in commencement.

One of the reasons Value excels at her position is because she enjoys it. "I love helping people," she said.

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No matter what task is at hand, co-workers say she completes it with ease. "Linda handles all of her responsibilities with a smile and friendly attitude," another individual said. "She does a good job of handling any problems that may come up by maintaining her positive attitude and working through the problem, whether it is a wrong-colored tassel or a gown that is too short. The bottom line is that Linda cares about the students at UNO and helps make their shopping experience at the UNO Bookstore a positive time."

In July, Value will celebrate her five-year anniversary at UNO. Her years of service have all been with the bookstore.

Before joining the campus community, she worked in retail in a variety of locations. "I spent 27 years as an assistant store manager and operation manager in Nebraska and on the East Coast," Value said. "Both jobs enabled me to incorporate my previous skills into the position I have today."

Currently, Value said she is pursuing a degree in art at UNO. Her artistic talents have been put to good use already, as she helped design two award-winning window displays that were recognized by the National College Store Magazine in 2002 and 2006.

Working at UNO has been an enjoyable experience for Value thus far, and she said the recent Employee of the Month designation has all but rendered her speechless. "It has been a blessing that I will treasure all of my life. I work with the greatest group of people."

As Employee of the Month, Value will receive a plaque, portrait and monetary award. Nominations for the Employee of the Month Award at UNO are accepted year-round. All UNO faculty, staff and students are eligible to nominate individuals for the honor. Nomination forms are available in Human Resources, 205 Eppley Administration Building. For more information, call 554.2321.

Pictured above: Value and UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck.

Kemp Signs 4-Year Contract

Mike Kemp, the only head coach UNO's NCAA Division I hockey program has had in its nine years of existence, has signed a four-year contract. The contract runs from July 1, 2006, to June 30, 2010.

"I am happy to announce that Coach Kemp has signed a contract that will keep him at UNO as our head hockey coach for the next four years," said David Herbster, UNO athletic director. "He has built a strong foundation for the program and one that we will continue to move forward with Mike at the helm."

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Kemp guided the Mavericks to their first-ever NCAA tournament appearance last month after a 20-15-6 season in which they tied for fourth in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. He has a nine-year record of 144-171-37 and has led the Mavericks to the CCHA semifinals twice and the championship game once in the seven seasons UNO has been in the conference. He was the CCHA coach of the year in 2005 and three times has been a finalist for the national coach of the year award. The program has produced three All-Americans and six players who have performed in the National Hockey League.

In 2005, the Mavericks were the most improved team in college hockey. This season, UNO had the CCHA player of the year, Scott Parse, and the league's scholar athlete of the year, Mike Eickman. In 2001, UNO's Jason Cupp won the Hockey Humanitarian Award.

"I am thrilled with the opportunity to continue the growth and development of this program that we started with its inception in 1996," Kemp said. "We have experienced tremendous development in a short amount of time, and I look forward to guiding the program to greater heights. I appreciate the confidence and support that David Herbster has shown in our staff and look forward to working with him to make Maverick hockey the premier sporting event in the city."

UNO launched its Division I hockey program May 1, 1996, and Kemp, who coached the school's club hockey program in 1974-75, was named head coach in June of 1996. UNO played its first game Oct. 17, 1997.

The 53-year-old Kemp is a native of Duluth, Minn., and a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. He spent 13 years as an assistant coach for the University of Wisconsin before coming to UNO.

Free Blood Pressure Screening Today

The Fitness Center will host a free blood pressure screening today, April 25, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building near the center's bulletin board on the first floor. It is open to all faculty, staff and students.

For more information, contact the Exercise Physiology Lab at 554.3221.

Deadline Extended for Discounted Tickets

UNO faculty, staff and students can purchase discounted tickets to the final production of Opera Omaha's spring 2006 season. "The Abduction from the Seraglio" runs May 3, 5 and 7 at the Orpheum Theater.

The discount deadline is Tuesday, May 2. For a discounted ticket order form, visit the Web at

For more information, contact Steve Grupe at 346.4398, ext. 109, or

Several events will be held in celebration of the coming production. The schedule is listed below.  Activities are free and open to the public unless noted otherwise.

Today, April 25 
- Meet the Artists and Hear them Sing: Lunchtime Previews
Featuring performances by cast members with commentary by artistic director Stewart Robertson
Westroads Mall, Von Maur Court

- "Food for Thought"
6 p.m.
Mid-Eastern food tasting (Free for Opera Omaha Counsel members, $35 for non-members)
Reservations are required for the food tasting and can be made by sending an e-mail to or by calling 346.4398, ext. 111.

7 p.m.
Lecture on "Mozart and The Turks"
Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

Wednesday, April 26
- Meet the Artists and Hear them Sing: Lunchtime Previews
Featuring performances by cast members with commentary by artistic director Stewart Robertson
Orpheum Theater
(Lunch can be ordered for $5 by calling 346.4398, ext. 203, or sending an e-mail to

For more information, contact Steve Grupe at 346.4398, ext. 109, or

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.

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.

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

Heartland Philharmonic to Perform April 30

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.

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

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. 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.

"Tolkien Extravaganza" May 3

The campus community is invited to attend an end-of-term "Tolkien Extravaganza!" Wednesday, May 3. The event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Castle of Perseverance.  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 Durham Science Center.

For more information, contact Dr. Bramlett at 554.3313.

Advance to Focus on Community Outreach, Accountability

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

Instruction and Technology Workshop May 15

Faculty Development, Information Technology Services (ITS) and the UNO College of Education will host a day-long workshop titled "The Learning Horizon: Shining the Light on Instruction and Technology" Monday, May 15. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center. It is open to all UNO faculty and graduate assistants.

The workshop will include opening and lunch plenary, and breakout sessions. Breakout sessions will be offered in four tracks: instructional design, assessment, technology tools and knowing your learner. 

Lunch will be provided, and a door prize drawing for an iPod Nano will be conducted at the end of the day. For more information on the breakout sessions, visit the Web at

To sign up for workshop:

- Go to;

- On the left panel, select "Training Tools" > "Training Registration" > and "UNO";

- Click on the triangle next to the "Learning Horizon Workshop";

- Select the date, and check for a reminder e-mail;

- Enter your SAP personnel number (this is the five-digit number on your photo ID and paycheck statement);

- Click "Sign Up," and then click "Ok" to confirm your personnel number; and

- Add the class to your calendar when you receive the e-mail confirming this registration.

If you have problems registering, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (554.4357).

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

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

For more information, contact Rita Shaughnessy in 107H ASH or at 554.6057.


Religious Studies Honors its Own

Students and alumnus were recognized April 20 at the annual UNO Religious Studies Honors and Awards Dinner. Michael Homan was named as the Distinguished Alumnus at the dinner.

The Ron Burke Scholar for 2005-06 is Tegan Matteo. Hanna Wanzenried and Tammi Owens were named as recipients of the Ron Burke Memorial Scholarships.

Also recognized at the dinner were Todd Daganaar, Religious Studies Honour Student; Tammi Owens, a religious studies major who was the honour student in her department; and Karen Kempkes, a religious studies major who was the honour student in the Division of Continuing Studies.

Graduating seniors who are religious studies majors and minors were recognized, as were the winners of the program's 2006 essay contest.

UNO Forensics Team

Six UNO students participated in the recent American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) hosted by the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla.

UNO's team placed 32nd out of 92 teams. This ranking represents a jump of 16 spots from last year's 48th place finish.

The students attending the competition were senior Channa Rench, juniors Teresa Oberdorfer and Marty Ertz, sophomore Buey Ruet, and freshmen Matthew Eledge and Rachel Samson.

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