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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

Professors to Take on Student Role in South O Seminar

UNO professors from a variety of disciplines will step away from their roles as teachers to become students in the second "South O Seminar: A Service-Learning Project for Professors." Three days of meetings and tours of the South Omaha community start Monday, May 8.

Nine faculty members are set to take part, said Paul Sather, director of the UNO Service-Learning Academy. The three-day workshop will allow the group to study the history and culture of South Omaha while complementing that study with visits to community-based organizations.

"The seminar we held last year was a major success," Sather said. "Our goal this time is similar. We want to give this group an understanding of the community, its composition and culture so they can return to UNO and create more service-learning courses that are responsive to South Omaha's issues."

At UNO, academic service-learning brings the talents and energy of university students into the service of the metropolitan community. After the first seminar, classes were created that brought UNO students into South Omaha to work with new immigrant groups and small business owners.

A major focus of the first South O seminar was on new immigrants from Mexico and Central America. A new addition to this seminar's schedule is a visit to Grace Lutheran Church in South Omaha to learn about Sudanese immigrant resettlement.

"South Omaha has always been and continues to be the city's melting pot," Sather said. "Creating classes that involve issues of immigration can make a tremendous impact on both the community and our students."

Faculty participants for the seminar are Melanie Bloom, foreign languages; Patty Carlson, School of Social Work; Judy Harrington, Goodrich Program; Lyn Holley, gerontology; Nydia Jeffers, foreign languages; Wilma Kuhlman, teacher education; Tatyana Novikov, foreign languages; Cynthia Robinson-Moore, School of Communication; and Jessica Tschirren, UNO/University of Nebraska Medical Center Master of Public Health Program.

For more information about the workshop, contact Sather at 554.2850 or

The Service-Learning Academy at UNO was established in the spring of 1999 with a grant from the Nebraska Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education. Its goals are to coordinate UNO's service-learning effort by providing a central point of contact between the campus and community-based organizations; to encourage, assist and recruit faculty members interested in developing service-learning courses; to provide professional development opportunities in service-learning; to maintain and provide a library of the most current service-learning resources for faculty and community personnel; to make information about service-learning available to students; and to cultivate continuing professional working relationships among the stakeholders in service-learning – faculty, students and community.

Six Receive Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication

Six students have been awarded the first graduate certificates in technical communication at UNO.

Capstone Students

The inaugural recipients are Brad Simmons, Amanda Linder, Ed Poppleton, Kim Bultsma, Jennifer Mullins and Victoria Stamm.

The graduate certificate in technical communication, launched at UNO in 2003, is designed for graduate students and industry professionals seeking a foundation in the theory and practice of technical communication. It is offered through the UNO Department of English in conjunction with the UNO School of Communication.

"It provides students with the kind of competencies expected from technical communication professionals, including writing, design, editing and technology," said Tracy Bridgeford, program director and associate professor of English at UNO.

Technical communicators compose print and online documents about technical subjects from a variety of fields such as software, networking, telecommunications, semiconductors, aerospace, science, medicine, government, the armed forces and manufacturing. "They are also trained to analyze the social, organizational and societal impact of technology and design," Dr. Bridgeford said.

For more information about the graduate certificate in technical communication at UNO, contact Dr. Bridgeford at 554.3312 or

Pictured above from left to right are students who participated in the Technical Communication Capstone Course Presentations in conjunction with Communication Week at UNO – Brad Simmons, Nate Kaufman, Amanda Linder, Ed Poppleton, Jodi Hume, Sarah Wrobkeski, Kim Bultzma, Jennifer Mullins and Victoria Stamm.

Commencement Shuttle Bus Available

More than 1,260 students will receive degrees Friday, May 5, during UNO's spring commencement ceremony. The event will begin at 2 p.m. at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave. Faculty members should assemble no later than 1:30 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall.

Shuttle buses for faculty, staff and individuals participating in the platform party will depart from UNO in front of the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) at 1 p.m. Following the ceremony, the shuttle will provide transportation back to the MBSC.

FFFF to Feature Mark Wohar

Mark Wohar will be featured on KVNO Classical 90.7 FM's "First Friday Faculty Focus" Friday, May 5.

"First Friday Faculty Focus" is an interview series that highlights the many contributions of individual faculty members to UNO and the greater community, said Cheril Lee, KVNO news director.

Dr. Wohar is a professor of economics in the UNO College of Business Administration. Lee's interview with Dr. Wohar will air during the 8 a.m., noon and 4 p.m. newscasts May 5.

For more information about the interview series, contact Lee at 554.2516.

HPER Aquatic Center to Close for Repairs

The Campus Recreation Aquatic Center in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building will close for annual maintenance today, May 4, at 1 p.m. Repairs are expected to take three to four weeks.

For information about aquatic programs, regular updates regarding maintenance progress and the re-opening date, call 554.2223.

Information about upcoming summer programs is available on the Web at

"Just Can It" Numbers In

A recent food drive organized by UNO students collected more than 6,600 cans and food items for the Salvation Army. The third annual "Just Can It" event ran during the week of April 17.

"This was the most successful drive yet," said Lt. Colonel William Harfoot, the divisional commander of the Salvation Army in Omaha. "The young people involved with this did a terrific job, and this helps our food pantry and the North Omaha feeding program tremendously."

Members of UNO's Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and Alpha Xi Delta sorority led the effort. No Frills Supermarkets, Tenaska, Two Men and a Truck and Channel 94.1 all served as sponsors. Donations were dropped off on the UNO campus and at local No Frills Supermarkets.

For more information about the Salvation Army's food pantry and North Omaha feeding program, visit the Web at

Parking Structure Maintenance Begins This Weekend

The campus parking structure will close for maintenance Saturday, May 6, through Wednesday, June 14. During that time, the middle faculty/staff level and lower student level will be closed. Maintenance will involve sand blasting, drilling, column repair and surface repair.

All vehicles must be removed from the lower and middle levels. The top level will remain open, and the entry gates to the top level will remain open until completion.

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

Parking Lots Maintenance Schedule Announced

Starting Saturday, May 6, UNO parking lots will undergo regularly scheduled maintenance. Due to the unpredictable weather conditions, the schedule is subject to change without notice, and lots will be closed as needed.

The tentative schedule is as follows:

May 8-10
Lots N and A closed for seal coating, crack filling and striping.

May 11-12
Lots C and W closed for crack sealing, seal coating and striping.

For more information, contact Walt Burr at 960.9819 or Campus Security at 554.2648.

Milliken to Address Faculty Senate May 10

The UNO Faculty Senate will meet Wednesday, May 10, at 2:15 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Nebraska Room. University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken will give a short presentation beginning at 3:15 p.m. All interested members of the campus community are invited to attend.

For more information, contact Hollis Glaser, Faculty Senate president, at 554.4896, or Sue Bishop, coordinator, at 554.3598.

Multimedia Equipment Delivery Scheduling Notice

The last day of the spring semester was Friday, April 28. Automatic delivery of multimedia equipment for classroom use ceases on the last day of classes.

If multimedia equipment is needed during finals week, it can be ordered by calling ITS Customer Services at 554.4357.

Scheduled delivery of equipment for instructional use will begin again Monday, May 8, with the start of the first evening session.

For more information, call 554.4357.

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.

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

Monday, May 22
9 to 11 a.m.

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

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

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

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.

May FEAP Hours Available

The Faculty/Staff Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) provides short-term counseling, assessment and referral services for faculty, staff, their spouses or significant others, and family members. FEAP offices are located in 206 Eppley Administration Building.

The May schedule is as follows:

May 12, 18 and 26
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

May 10, 16, 24 and 31
8 a.m. to noon

Appointments are free and available by calling 554.3120 (UNO) or 559.5175 (UNMC).

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

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 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 use the Council for the Advancement for Standards 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.

"The Learning Horizon" Workshop Set for May 15

Faculty Development, Information Technology Services (ITS) and the UNO College of Education will host a daylong 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.

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, follow the instructions listed below.

- 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 picture ID and paycheck statement).
- Click "Sign Up," and then click "OK" to confirm your personnel number.
- 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).

Tornado Evacuation Procedures Available Online

The university's tornado evacuation procedures are available on the Web at They also can be found on pages 106-107 of the 2006 Employee Telephone Directory.