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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

SPR Report

The SPR Report details the results of UNO's efforts to obtain external funding in support of its teaching, research, service and outreach efforts. The report is designed to keep the university community informed as to externally funded projects on campus and bring recognition to those faculty and staff who have worked to generate these resources.

From the period of April 2-21, those receiving grant awards totaling $277,357 are as follows:

Name - Ronald Abdouch
College - Public Affairs and Community Service
Title - Neighborhood Center for Greater Omaha
Sponsor - City of Omaha

Name - Robert Blair
College - Public Affairs and Community Service
Title - Research Activities for Benson Neighborhood Alliance Projects
Sponsor - City of Omaha

Name - Carolyn Fiscus
College - Arts and Sciences
Title - Little Priest Tribal College American Indian Studies Program and Curriculum Development
Sponsor - Little Priest Tribal College

Name ­- Ann Fruhling
College - Information Science and Technology
Title - Public/Private Laboratory Integration Oklahoma STATPack
Sponsor - State of Oklahoma

Name - Robert Graham
College - Arts and Sciences
Title - First Data Western Union Foundation/Aim for the Stars Partnership 2006
Sponsor - First Data Western Union Foundation

Name - John McCarty
College - Arts and Sciences
Title - Cooperative Agreement between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge and the University of Nebraska at Omaha: Land Use Effects on Birds Modification 4
Sponsor - U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Name - Sheri Rogers
Unit - Academic and Student Affairs
Title - UNO EPSCoR Minority Program
Sponsor - EPSCoR/National Science Foundation

Name - James Thomas
College - Arts and Sciences
Title - Lincoln Fire and Rescue Deputy Chief Promotional Exam-2006
Sponsor - City of Lincoln

Name - Victor Winter
College - Information Science and Technology
Title - Development of a Suite of Tests that Tests the Capabilities of SSP Verification
Sponsor - Sandia National Labs

For support and help with research activities, call the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research at 554.2286, or visit the Web at

SPR to Host COS Information Session Today

The next Community of Science (COS) information session will be held today, 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.

"Tolkien Extravaganza" Today

The campus community is invited to attend an end-of-term "Tolkien Extravaganza!" today, May 3. The event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Castle of Perseverance. The rain location is the Eppley Administration Building 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.

2006 Spire Celebration of Keyboard Arts May 11-14

Some of the region's top emerging pianists will share the stage with award-winning faculty and private teachers in conjunction with the 12th annual Robert M. Spire Celebration of Keyboard Arts May 11-14 at UNO.

The series of recitals begins Thursday, May 11, in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

"This is an opportunity to hear, in recital, the winners of prestigious regional and national keyboard competitions," said James Johnson, the Spire Professor of Music and coordinator of keyboard studies at UNO.

All concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. The performance schedule is listed below.

Thursday, May 11
UNO Graduates and Undergraduates

Friday, May 12
An Evening of Classics

Saturday, May 13
Nathan Green in Recital
(Winner of the Spire Competition Grand Scholarship Prize)

Sunday, May 14
An Evening of Concerti

Tickets are $5 for general admission, and $3 for seniors and students. Proceeds will benefit the UNO Department of Music.

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

"Discoveroke Omaha" at UNO May 20

UNO will be the site of "Discoveroke Omaha" Saturday, May 20. The karaoke contest will begin at 7 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

Cash and prizes will be awarded to the top 10 performers. The grand prize will include a performance and recording contract. This event, presented by The Hang Inc., is sponsored by Spotlight Entertainment and the UNO College of Business Administration.

Individual admission tickets are $10. The participant entrance fee is $15. The doors will open 30 minutes prior to the contest.

For more information or an entry form, contact Tom Hughes, event coordinator, at 706.0614 or

University Library Announces Summer, Intercession Hours

University Library has announced its schedule for regular summer hours. The schedule is listed below, along with closings through the end of May.

Summer Hours (May 8 through Aug. 11)

- Monday through Thursday
7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

- Friday
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Noon to 5 p.m.

Noon to 9 p.m.

The library will close on the following dates in May:
- Saturday and Sunday, May 6 and 7;
- Saturdays, May 13 and 20; and
- Saturday through Monday, May 27-29 (Memorial Day Weekend).

ITS to Offer May myUNO Sessions

Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer training sessions for faculty on myUNO ( this May.

All sessions will be held in 104 Durham Science Center. The first "Getting Started" class will be held Saturday, May 6. Classes will run through May 24. Handouts for the courses can be found under the "Instructor Help" tab in myUNO ( Those who plan to sign up for a class are encouraged to read the handouts before attending.

To sign up for courses from a campus computer, follow the prompts below.
- Go to
- On the left panel, select "Training Tools" > "Training Registration."
- Select "UNO."
- Click on the triangle for the session.
- Select the session link by date.
- Check for reminder e-mail.
- Enter your SAP personnel number (a five-digit number on your university ID or on your pay statement).
- Click "Sign Up."
- Click "OK" to confirm your personnel number.
- An e-mail will be sent confirming this registration. Add the class to your calendar.

ITS requires that a minimum of five people are registered by 2 p.m. the day prior to the class to offer it. An e-mail notification will be sent if the class is cancelled. No minimum is required for the ASK? sessions. The schedule is listed below.

Saturday, May 6
Getting Started with Blackboard
8:30 a.m. to noon
Suggested handouts: Getting Started with Blackboard and Adding Documents

Tuesday, May 9
Getting Started with Blackboard
8:30 a.m. to noon
Suggested handouts: Getting Started with Blackboard and Adding Documents

Wednesday, May 10
9 to 11:30 a.m.
Suggested handouts: Assignments

Thursday, May 11
9 to 11:30 a.m.
Suggested handouts: Quiz, Pool, Survey

Friday, May 12
9 to 11 a.m.

Tuesday, May 16
9 to 11:30 a.m.
Suggested handouts: Gradebook

Wednesday, May 17
Discussion Board/Chat
9 to 11:30 a.m.
Suggested handouts: check later

Thursday, May 18
External Links/Interactive Feedback/.pdf
9 to 11:30 a.m.
Suggested handouts: check later

Monday, May 22
9 to 11 a.m.

Tuesday, May 23
HTML/Smaller Documents
9 to 11:30 a.m.
Suggested handouts: check later

Wednesday, May 24
Add Powerpoint/E-BRUNO faculty
9 to 11:30 a.m.
Suggested handouts: check later

For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (4357).

SPR to Host May 19 Grant Writing Workshop

Sponsored Programs and 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 today, May 3. For more information or to register, contact SPR at 554.2286, or visit the Web at

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.

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.; and 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.