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Last Blooms of the Spring

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

The campus trees are showing off their last blossoms. With rain forecast for the next several days, many of the blossoms will be brought to the ground by the rain.

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 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

"Consider This..." To Explore Teen Suicide and Dating Violence

Suicide and dating violence are difficult topics, especially when they occur among adolescents at an alarming rate. The statistics tell a grim tale:
- suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15- to 24-year olds;
- suicide is the fourth leading cause of death for 10- to 14-year olds;
- surveys indicate dating violence is commonplace among today's adolescents.

This week's "Consider This..." program focuses on the issues surrounding teenage suicide, and provides information for identifying date violence and providing support for abuse victims.

This week on "Consider This..." host Andrea McMaster speaks with David Carlson, surviving father of a teen suicide victim, and Dr. Patricia Newman, RESPECT Program. The program will air today, Apr. 28, at 11:00 p.m. on NET2, statewide cable, in Nebraska.

This edition of the program will be rebroadcast Sunday, April 30 at 11:30 a.m. on NET1, on Monday, May 1 at 1:30 p.m. and on Wednesday, May 3 at 8:00 a.m. (CT) on NET2. "Consider This…," a production of UNO Television, also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. Check the Knowledge Network Web site at for days and times. Archived editions of the program are available on the UNO Television Web site at

Library Day at the Ballpark! April 29

University Library will be cheering on the Maverick baseball team Saturday, April 29, in conjunction with "Library Day at the Ballpark."

UNO will take on the University of North Dakota with games at noon and 3 p.m. at the ballpark at Boys Town, 137th and West Dodge Road.

Those who stop by the library booth at the doubleheader will receive a goodie bag and a coupon to waive an existing library fine. Some restrictions apply. For details, visit the Web at

"We'd like to see the bleachers full, so we're waiving library fines for all in attendance," said University Library Dean Steve Shorb.

For more information, contact the circulation desk at 554.3206 or

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

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.

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

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.

"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.

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

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.

HPER Pool and Sundeck Hours Announced

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building Pool and its sundeck are available for use by students and Campus Recreation activity cardholders.

Casual or sunbathing attire is required. Only water beverages are permitted, and no food is allowed. The pool and sundeck schedule through May 5 is as follows:

Monday through Friday
6:30 to 9 a.m.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
4 to 7 p.m.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (sundeck opens at 11 a.m.)
1 to 3 p.m.

3 to 7 p.m.

Hours may change due to weather, holidays or other activities. The pool and sundeck will be closed for maintenance beginning May 5 for three to four weeks. For more information, contact Eric Shanks at 554.2223.

In the News

- Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, political science, was quoted in the April 10 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article discussed issues surrounding April 10 protests in Omaha and Lincoln. Dr. Benjamin-Alvarado also was quoted in the April 14 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article looked at issues presented at an April 13 forum featuring U.S. Senate candidates.

- Richard Breaux, black studies, was quoted in the April 2 edition of the Lincoln Journal Star. The article explored the issue of race as a qualifying standard for teaching.

- Maria Arbelaez, history; Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, Latino/Latin American Studies; Gustavo Cano, political science; and Lourdes Gouveia, Latino/Latin American Studies; were quoted in the March 23 edition of El Perico. The article discussed the immigrant history of America and Nebraska.

- Loree Bykerk, political science, was quoted in the March 30 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article explored the crossover appeal of political candidates.

- Wanda Ewing, art and art history, was cited in the March 23 edition of the Omaha Star. The article announced the annual Joslyn Art Museum Association Student Art Exhibition, which was held March 24 through April 2.

- James Freeman, multicultural affairs, was cited in the March 16 edition of the Reader. The article recognized Freeman as a recipient of an African-American Leadership Award.

- Karen Hayes, educational administration/supervision, was quoted in the March 23 edition of the Omaha Star. The article announced the annual Chancellor's Commission on Multicultural Affairs Diversity Awards reception would be held April 12.

- Shelton Hendricks, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, was cited in the April 4 edition of the Journal (Falls City, Neb.) and the April 9 edition of the Lincoln Journal Star. Both articles 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.

- Dan Sullivan, chemistry, was cited in the March 22 edition of the Fremont Tribune (Fremont, Neb.). The article highlighted Science Exploration Day, which was held March 16 at Fremont Middle School. Dr. Sullivan gave a Chemistry and Physics on Wheels (CAPOW!) demonstration at the event.

- Mary Waugh-Taylor, The Moving Company, was cited in the March 23 edition of the Omaha Star. The article previewed the spring 2006 performance of the Creighton Dance Company, which showcased choreography by Creighton dance students, Waugh-Taylor and UNO students.

- Jennifer White, health, physical education and recreation, was cited in the March 17 edition of the Midlands Business Journal. The article announced that Dr. White would be presenting April 19 at the ICAN Women's Leadership Conference at the Qwest Center.

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

- Neal Grandgenett, teacher education, had two software reviews published in the January 2006 edition of Mathematics and Computer Education (Old Bethpage, N.Y.). The editorials examined the CoolMath and NoteBook systems.

- Bruce E. Johansen, communication and Native American studies, authored an article in Polish entitled "Zolta Smierc: Wysoka Cena Uranu na Ziemiach Nawahow i Dene" ("Navajos, Uranium, and the Yellow Death") which appeared in the Spring, 2006 edition of Tawacin (Poznan, Poland).

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

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

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.

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.

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.