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What a Wind Up!

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

UNO will open play in the eight-team NCAA II North Central Regional tournament today, May 11, in Emporia, Kan. Pictured above is junior pitcher Cheris Kuster on the mound for the No. 3 Mavericks. Kuster will take the team into the tournament with her record UNO career strikeouts of 538.  See article elsewhere in this issue for details.

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

This Week in Campus History

On May 14, 1971, The Gateway reported that Greg Knudsen, UNO Student Senate vice president, was to travel to Yugoslavia during the summer. A double major in speech and broadcasting and political science, Knudsen planned to stay with a host family for four weeks and submerge himself in the culture of Yugoslavia. Although one member of his host family spoke English, Knudsen was expected to know enough Serbo-Croatian to communicate with locals. Expenses for this trip were paid for by The Experiment in International Living. In turn, Knudsen agreed to speak about his experiences to Omaha-area organizations and schools.

Date: May 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

Flag Lowering

The UNO flags will be lowered to half-staff today, May 11, to honor the memory of UNO retiree John V. Blackwell. He passed away recently at the age of 87.

Dr. Blackwell, chairperson and assistant professor of art, retired in 1985 after more than 27 years of service to the university. After retirement, he served as an emeritus professor of art at UNO. At the time of his passing, he resided in Phoenix, Ariz.

Mavericks in Emporia for Regional

The UNO softball team will meet Missouri Western in the first round of the NCAA Division II North Central Regional today, May 11, at 10 a.m. in Emporia, Kan. The brackets were announced early May 8 for the eight-team field, which will be hosted by Emporia State.


Coach Jeanne Scarpello's Mavericks are the No. 3 seed at 45-11. Missouri Western is the No. 6 seed at 39-18.

In other first-round games, Southwest Minnesota State will play Augustana, Northwest Missouri State will play Concordia-St. Paul, and Emporia will meet Washburn. The tournament continues through Monday, May 15.

Spire Celebration of Keyboard Arts Begins Tonight

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 tonight, 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.

Tonight, 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, call 554.3427.

Pathways to Harmony Part 2 May 26

Members of the UNO community who have participated in Pathways to Harmony in the past are invited to attend Pathways to Harmony, Part 2. The workshop is scheduled for Friday, May 26, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

This program is only available to those who have already attended the first Pathways seminar. The program focuses on how to interrupt insensitive and inappropriate behavior effectively and will help participants create a deeper understanding and awareness of diversity and differences.

Seating is limited. To register, contact Kate Clark at 554.2896 or

Fidelity Representative on Campus June 14

Fidelity representative Chad Anderson will be on campus for individual counseling sessions Wednesday, June 14, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-642-7131.

HPER Colloquia to Feature Andrew Gardner

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."

The event – hosted by Sing-Jye Chen and Nick Stergiou in the UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) – will begin at 1:15 p.m. in 206 HPER Building. It is free and open to the public.

Dr. Gardner received his Ph.D. in exercise science from Arizona State University in 1990. Since then, he was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Medicine at The University of Vermont and a research professor in the Division of Gerontology in the Department of Medicine at the University of Maryland at Baltimore. He also held 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 (Okla.) 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. He has had continuous research grant support from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) since 1991 and currently has a five-year R01 grant from NIA, as well as a three-year grant from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, studying the effects of exercise on peripheral arterial disease patients with intermittent claudication. Dr. Gardner plans to extend this work with research applications examining vascular and metabolic function in obese and diabetic children.

For more information, contact Lisa Holst at 554.3075 or Additional information on Dr. Gardner and the HPER Biomechanics Laboratory can be found at

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 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.

"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 and 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 picture 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).

May FEAP Schedule Announced

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

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

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.