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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

Spring Commencement Today

More than 1,260 students will graduate today, 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.

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 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.

splittgerberJane Splittgerber, an Omaha native, will present the student commencement address. She will graduate with a bachelor of science 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:

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.

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.

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.

Difficult Dialogues Core Group to Convene May 15

Starting Monday, May 15, a core group of UNO faculty, staff and administrators will convene to begin the process of creating opportunities for open, productive dialogues on issues of religion, sexuality and race.

The meeting, which kicks off a weeklong workshop, is part of the Ford Foundation's Difficult Dialogues initiative created in response to reports of growing intolerance and efforts to curb academic freedom at colleges and universities. More than 600 institutions of higher education submitted proposals for programs to encourage dialogue, and UNO was one of 27 to receive funding.

The two-year project at UNO is titled "Breaking Silence: Difficult Dialogues at the University of Nebraska at Omaha." The effort is directed by a team of UNO faculty – Nora Bacon, associate professor in the UNO Department of English; Shereen Bingham, professor in the UNO School of Communication; and Hollis Glaser, associate professor in the UNO School of Communication. Cynthia Robinson-Moore, assistant professor in the UNO School of Communication, is scheduled to join the team when Dr. Glaser leaves UNO to assume a new post in New York City at the end of May.

"The Difficult Dialogues program dares each of us at UNO to take a risk," Dr. Bingham said. "It invites us to participate in dialogue with others who may think very differently than we do on sensitive and controversial issues, at this moment in history, when our community is divided on issues of race, religion and sexuality. Participating in genuine dialogue on difficult issues requires courage: it opens the possibility of learning something new that might change what we think or who we know ourselves to be."

The Difficult Dialogues core group at UNO includes 20 faculty, 10 staff and three administrators. They represent diverse departments, disciplines and programs whose work is particularly important to creating an inclusive campus, Dr. Bacon said.

The weeklong workshop, scheduled for May 15-19 at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center, will be facilitated by Stephen Littlejohn and Leslie Fagre, consultants from the Public Dialogue Consortium and experts in dialogue theory and practice.

Participants will learn to:

- Understand how people construct social realities in communication with others;

- Understand the moral and values basis of difficult issues;

- Identify typical patterns of communication used when encountering contentious, difficult issues and the limitations of these;

- Appreciate dialogue as a form of communication that enables constructive exploration of difficult issues;

- Use a variety of models for dialogue;

- Frame issues and ask questions in a way that makes constructive communication possible;

- Facilitate dialogue, especially in the classroom; and

- Teach dialogue to students.

They then will have the summer to incorporate what they have learned into their plans for teaching or co-curricular activities for the 2006-07 academic year. A core group reunion is set for Aug. 17 at which participants can share their ideas with others.

The core group members and the areas they represent are as follows: Lori Arias, International Studies and Programs; Meredith Bacon, Political Science; Frank Bramlett, English; Mike Carroll, Goodrich Program; Maggie Christensen, English; Kate Clark, Disability Services; Ana Cruz, Communication; Carol Dillon, English; Karen Falconer Al-Hindi, Women's Studies; Carolyn Fiscus, Native American Studies; Jim Freeman, Multicultural Affairs; Farooka Gauhari, Biology; Rita Henry, Student Services; Peggy Jones, Black Studies; Teresa Lamsam, Communication; Kent Lavene, Student Affairs; Sharif Liwaru, Cultural Awareness Programs; Carol Lloyd, Teacher Education; Bonnie O'Connell, Art and Art History; Patty Patton Shearer, Athletics; David Peterson, English; Kathy Pettid, Counseling/University Division; Joe Price, English; Shireen Rajaram, Sociology; Dori Richards, English; Barbara Robins, English; Lisa Sample, Criminal Justice; Thomas Sanchez, Sociology; Connie Sorensen-Birk, Project Achieve; Mary Sweaney, Human Resources; Peter Szto, Social Work; Barb Treadway-Janousek, Student Organizations and Leadership Programs; and Paul Williams, Religion. Sarah Moulton, English, is the project's graduate assistant.

For more information about the Difficult Dialogues initiative at UNO, contact Dr. Bacon at 554.3318 or, Dr. Bingham at 554.4857 or, and Dr. Glaser at 554.4846 or

"Consider This" to Explore Ethanol, Gas Prices

This week on "Consider This," guests Steve Sorum from the Nebraska Ethanol Board and Chris Decker, a professor of economics at UNO, will join host Andrea McMaster to discuss issues surrounding ethanol, oil and gasoline prices.

The program will air tonight, May 5, on KYNE-TV Channel 26 at 11 p.m. This edition of the program will be rebroadcast according to the following schedule:

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, May 7
11:30 p.m.

NET2 (NET's cable network)
- Monday, May 8
1:30 p.m. (CT)

- Wednesday, May 10
8 a.m. (CT)

"Consider This" is a production of UNO Television. It also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For a list of days and times, visit the Web at Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at

Parking Structure to Close for Maintenance May 6-June 14

The campus parking structure will be closed 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.

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

ITS Announces New Apple Agreement

Information Technology Services (ITS) Customer Services has announced that UNO is now an authorized campus reseller for Apple hardware and software.

Those who wish to purchase Apple products at the educational discount should consult with ITS Customer Services to place an order.

For campus customers who already know what they want, then can visit and create a college or university proposal. The purchasing agent's email address should be listed as Once a proposal has been received, ITS will contact the campus customer for a cost object number.

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

HPER Biomechanics Colloquia May 12

Andrew Gardner, a professor of exercise physiology at the University of Oklahoma, will speak at UNO Friday, May 12. His presentation is titled "Exercise rehabilitation for intermittent claudication: Current evidence and future directions." It will begin at 1:15 p.m. in Room 206 of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. The event is free and open to the public. This presentation is hosted by Shing-Jye Chen and Nick Stergiou.

Dr. Gardner received his Ph.D. in exercise science from Arizona State University in 1990. Since then, he has held positions as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Medicine at The University of Vermont and as a research professor in the Division of Gerontology, Department of Medicine, University of Maryland at Baltimore, in which he had a concurrent joint appointment as a research health scientist at the Baltimore VA Medical Center.

In 2002, he joined The University of Oklahoma as a professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science on the Norman campus and served in that capacity through June 2005. He holds current positions as director of the exercise physiology facility of the new CMRI Metabolic Research Center and as director of the Applied Physiology and Human Performance Core in the General Clinical Research Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Gardner, who also holds the Hobbs-Recknagel Endowed Chair in Pediatrics, has an active research program in exercise rehabilitation of peripheral arterial disease patients and on exercise physiology issues as they relate to older adults.

For more information, contact Lisa Holst at 554.3075 or For more information on Dr. Gardner and the HPER Biomechanics Laboratory, visit the Web at

Six-Week Yoga Session Begins May 15

Campus Recreation and the Wellness Stampede will offer two six-week Yoga sessions this summer.

Classes will be held Mondays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 231 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. The cost is $30 for students, $40 for faculty and staff activity cardholders, and $50 for non-activity cardholders. The schedule is listed below.

Session One
May 15 through June 21
(Class will not be held May 29)

Session Two
June 23 through Aug. 2

The instructor will be Amy C. Anderson, a certified instructor with the Omaha Yoga and Bodywork Center. Anderson's class will cover relaxation, warm-up and Yoga postures.

Individuals may sign up in 100 HPER. For more information, call 554.2539.

Summer Permit Parking Available in Church Lot

UNO employees with faculty/staff parking permits can park in the St. Margaret Mary's Church parking lot at 6116 Dodge St. this summer. Parking will be available there in UNO-designated lots May 8 through Aug. 18.

During the fall and spring semesters, parking in this location is limited to student permit holders. Night-only permits will not be honored until after 12:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

Parking Lot 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.

University Library Announces Summer Hours

University Library will observe the following 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.

- Saturday
Noon to 5 p.m.

- Sunday
Noon to 9 p.m.

Summer Shuttle Service Schedule Begins May 8

Starting Monday, May 8, the summer shuttle service will operate Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., excluding holidays. The shuttle will service the north and south campus only. There will be no shuttle service to Crossroads Mall during the summer months.

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

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.

In the News

In the News- Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, political science, was quoted in the April 12 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article discussed LB 1024 and whether or not it promotes segregation in Omaha Public Schools.

- Brent Bowen, Aviation Institute, was quoted in the April 3 editions of the Omaha World-Herald and Times-Herald (Alliance, Neb.), and the April 4 editions of the Baltimore Sun, the Daily Sun (Beatrice, Neb.) and the Seattle Times. The articles announced the 2005 Airline Quality Rating survey results.

- Thomas Gouttierre, dean of international studies and programs and director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies, was quoted in the March 30 edition of the Denver Post. The article explored religion and politics in Afghanistan.

- Carson Holloway, political science, was quoted in the March 22 edition of the Washington Times (Washington, D.C.). The article focused on Dr. Holloway's book, titled "The Right Darwin: Evolution, Religion and the Future of Democracy."

- James Johnson, political science, was quoted in the April 11 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article examined efforts by Bellevue residents to shrink the Bellevue City Council from 10 members to six.

- John Langan, dean of the College of Education, was quoted in the March 2006 edition of Nuestro Mundo. The article highlighted a new program at UNO that targets special education needs in the area.

- Carol Mitchell, teacher education, was featured in the March 16 edition of the Omaha Star and the April 10 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The articles announced that Dr. Mitchell would be the keynote speaker at the Solomon Girls Center scholarship award brunch.

- B.J. Reed, dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, was quoted in the April 3 and April 4 editions of the Omaha World-Herald. The article explored the U.S. deficit crisis in relation to the "Fiscal Wake-Up Tour" held April 4 at the Scott Conference Center. Dr. Reed also was quoted in the April 5 and April 6 editions of the Omaha World-Herald. The articles announced a partnership between OPPD and UNO that will focus on helping Nebraskans conserve energy.

- Mary Lynn Reiser, Center for Economic Education, was quoted in the April 10 edition of the Lincoln Journal Star. The article examined an ongoing savings program at the Clinton School Bank, which has been teaching students about personal finance and economics for the past three years.

- The UNO Wrestling Team, which captured its third straight NCAA Division II title in March, was featured April 22 on the CBS show "Championships of the NCAA." Interviews with Maverick coach Mike Denney and four-time national heavyweight champion Les Sigman were part of the feature.

- Samuel Walker, emeritus professor of criminal justice, was quoted in the April 8 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article discussed police officer training in response to a nationwide influx of immigrants and refugees. Dr. Walker also was quoted in the May 2 edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer. The article explored a rise in shootings by Philadelphia police officers.

- Ilze Zigurs, information science and technology, was quoted in the April 9 edition of the Lincoln Journal Star. The article highlighted Experimental Programs to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), a Nebraska program designed to help Nebraska receive its share of research money.

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

- Thomas Hutson, Center for Afghanistan Studies, had a column published in the April 5 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The editorial focused on religious intolerance in Afghanistan.

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 Concludes Today
The Spring 2006 BFA Thesis Exhibition concludes today, May 5, in the UNO Art Gallery.

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 today are from noon to 4 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.