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Chairs in shadow

A View from the Accountant’s Window

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

The wrought iron furniture of the Thompson Alumni Center cast strong shadows on the patio’s brickwork.

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Pictured above, sunshine on OU Fieldhouse commencement cermonies, Spring, 1958.

This Week in Campus History

On April 30, 1982, The Gateway reported on the success of "Freebody", a 145-pound concrete canoe constructed by UNO engineering students to compete in the 8th annual concrete canoe race held in Manhattan, KS. Eleven other schools took part in the competition, including the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. "Freebody" came in first in the women's and sixth in the men's competitions. The concrete canoe races were sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Date: April 30, 1982
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

UNO Spring Commencement May 5 at the Civic

More than 1,260 students will graduate Friday, May 5, during the spring commencement ceremony at UNO. The event will be held at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave., beginning at 2 p.m.

Mary Laura FarnhamMary Laura Farnham, director of the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research at UNO, will receive the Chancellor's Medal. The office is responsible for providing support and guidance to faculty and staff as they pursue external support for research, service and scholarly activities. Under Farnham's leadership, the university's awards and submissions to external funding agencies have more than doubled. In January of 2005, the University of Nebraska Board of Regents passed a resolution recognizing the exceptional work of Farnham and her staff.

Jane SplittgerberJane Splittgerber, an Omaha native, will present the student commencement address. She will graduate with a bachelor of science degree in education. Her endorsements in K-12 physical education and coaching will be put to use when she begins teaching at Bryan High School in Omaha later this year.

The commencement ceremony also will feature the following:

Stephen WildStephen Wild will receive the Order of the Tower, UNO's highest non-academic award. Wild has been chairman and founder of First Financial Group Inc., Financial Dynamics Inc., Securities America Inc. and chairman of Quantum Alliance (QA³) since 1979. Additionally, he is a former general partner of American Asset Advisors. Wild has been involved with several University of Nebraska search committees and has been supportive of the Institute for Collaboration Science at UNO, which trains students, promotes research and teamwork between individuals and organizations, and teaches how to train others in collaborative techniques.

Jun KanekoJun Kaneko will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters. Kaneko, a sculptural ceramics artist, has made considerable contributions to the arts, both internationally and locally. He established his third studio in Omaha in 1990, where he primarily works. His pieces have been exhibited around the world in solo shows and public collections. He is often influenced by Asian aesthetic sensibilities and Zen ideology, and experiments with building, glazing and firing.

Michael JonesMichael D. Jones will receive the UNO Alumni Association's Citation for Alumnus Achievement. He has been a partner with the law firm Ellick, Jones, Buelt, Blazek & Longo for more than 30 years. Jones handles estate planning and probate and trust work, in addition to acquisitions and mergers. He is a member of the Omaha, Nebraska State and American Bar Associations, and has been a national member of the Transfer Tax Committee since 1995. A fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel from 1997 to 2003, he also has been listed among the "Best Lawyers in America" each year since 1989.

For more information about the May 5 commencement, call 554.2358 or 554.3502.

Rebecca Lance Named Student Employee of the Year

Rebecca LanceRebecca Lance is the 2006 Student Employee of the Year at UNO. She received the honor April 12 at the annual Student Employment Reception.

Lance, a teacher education major in the UNO College of Education, is employed in the Center for Faculty Development (CFD) and the Service-Learning Academy/American Humanics (SLA/AH) office. She was one of 16 finalists for the award. The event also recognized the other award nominees and all student workers.

As the senior work-study student Lance, helps maintain the offices' five web sites and also assists in training other student workers with this task. She also creates PowerPoint presentations for use at UNO, in the Omaha community and at conferences for various service-learning teams and the director.

"Rebecca approaches her work with a smile and 'CAN DO' attitude," said one nominator. "This holds over to be true in Rebecca's academic life." She has been in the Honors program since the fall of 2002 and a Golden Key Honor Society member. Lance has served on the Honors Program Student Advisory Board the past two years and currently serves as newsletter designer/editor. She also is a member of the University Chorus.

In conjunction with her coursework, Lance has worked with elementary students for the last four years. She has assisted with reading, art classes, working on language arts skills to teaching lessons in language arts this current academic year. She will be conducting her student teaching this fall and expects to graduate in December 2006.

For more information, contact Student Employment Services at 554.2321.

Pictured above, Rod Oberle, UNO's director of human resources, presented Rebecca Lance with her Student Employee of the Year award.

Farewell reception for Hollis Glaser May 2

The university community is invited to attend a farewell reception for Dr. Hollis Glaser, May 2. The event will be held at 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor Room.

The School of Communication will be celebrating the teaching, research and service of Dr. Glaser as she prepares to leave UNO and return to New York.

SPR to Host COS Information Session May 3

The next Community of Science (COS) information session will be held Wednesday, May 3, at 2 p.m. in Room 207 of University Library.

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) hosts these monthly hour-long sessions to provide information to faculty and graduate students about the various on-line resources available through COS. Reservations are not required.

For more information, contact Nancy Schlesiger at 554.2286.

Summer Hours Begin May 8

Summer hours at UNO begin Monday, May 8, and conclude Friday, Aug. 11. Regular business hours during this period are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Departments are asked to abide by one of the following plans:
- Remain open with a minimum staff until 5 p.m.;
- Have telephones forwarded to an office that is staffed until 5 p.m.; or
- Have a pre-recorded message on telephones that states university summer hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Human Resources at 554.2321

Book Orders Needed for Summer, Fall Courses

The UNO Bookstore would like to remind all faculty who have not yet submitted their course materials adoptions for the summer and fall semesters to do so as soon as possible.

"The earlier that we have adoption forms in hand, the more used books we can obtain from the students through buyback, which began Wednesday, April 26," said Scott Dickey, course materials manager at UNO.

For more information, contact Dickey at 554.2541 or

HPER Pool Maintenance Scheduled

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Aquatic Center will close for annual maintenance on Thursday, May 4 at 1:00 p.m. Repairs are expected to take 3-4 weeks.

For information about aquatic programs, regular updates regarding progress and the re-opening date, contact Campus Recreation Aquatics at 554.2223.

Information about upcoming summer programs is available on the Campus Recreation Web page at

Registration Begins for 13th Annual Intercampus Golf Classic

Registration is under way for the 13th annual University of Nebraska Intercampus Golf Classic. The event will be held Wednesday, May 24, at the Arbor Links Golf Club in Nebraska City, Neb., with an 11 a.m. shotgun start. It is open to all University of Nebraska employees (faculty, staff and graduate teaching/research assistants). Golfers of all skill levels are encouraged to play.

The 2006 Classic is a four-person scramble with an emphasis on fellowship, fun and interacting with new people from other campuses. The tournament committee will assign individuals into playing foursomes based on skill level. Every attempt will be made to match up players from different campuses. Requests for specific playing partners cannot be accommodated. Awards and pin prizes will be given for team and individual play.

Flights will be determined after completion of the round. Eight shots will be required from each member of the group over the 18 holes. Additional rules will come with registration confirmation.

The registration fee is $49 per golfer and includes an 18-hole green fee with cart, driving range with unlimited balls, team awards and individual pin prizes, and a sack lunch while on the course. The deadline for registration is Wednesday, May 17.

Registration forms are available in the Campus Recreation office, HPER 100. Payment should be made to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

For more information, contact Mark Powell at 402.472.4772 or

NASA Nebraska Space Grant Scholarships Available

The NASA Nebraska Space Grant office has research and service scholarship opportunities available for all graduate and undergraduate students. The application deadline is May 31.

Scholarships are available to all students enrolled for fall 2006, regardless of major. Women, minorities and students with disabilities to are strongly urged to apply.

Application forms are available on the NASA Nebraska Space Grant Web site at

For further information, contact Melissa Wurdeman at 402.554.3772 or

Host Families Sought for Afghan Education Program

International Studies and Programs 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.

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

Customer Appreciation Sale Under Way at Bookstore

The UNO Bookstore is hosting a customer appreciation sale through Friday, May 5. Customers who buy one UNO or Maverick apparel item at regular price will receive a second item for half price.

Bookstore hours during the sale are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Jacinda Brooks at 554.2360 or

Symposium Call for Papers

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

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

Viewbooks Available

Recruitment Services has campus viewbooks available for interested departments. The publication features a one-pocket folder, and includes pictures and information on every UNO college.

For available quantities, contact Monica Bayles at 554.2977 or These viewbooks will be available through July 1, 2006.

Maverick Watch

There are no Maverick home games this week. To catch up on the latest statistics or keep tabs on your favorite team on the road, visit the Web at