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SAC Recognition

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Becky Bohan Brown, assistant director of internal communications in University Affairs, was recognized by the Staff Advisory Council (SAC) May 2 with the SAC Recognition Award. The honor is presented annually to a UNO faculty or staff member who has demonstrated exemplary support to UNO staff members. Pictured above, Bohan Brown (center) accepts the award from UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck (pictured right) and Mary Sweaney, SAC president (pictured left).

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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 12, to honor the memory of UNO retiree Frank Coopersmith. He passed away May 6 at the age of 70.

Coopersmith, a program specialist for KVNO Radio, retired in 2001 after more than 11 years of service to the university. Coopersmith started at KVNO in 1990 as an evening announcer, moving into the afternoon drive-time slot in 1992. He started KVNO's "That's Really Entertainment" in 1996.

UNO Researchers Issue New Report on Meth

Researchers from UNO report that the supply of methamphetamine in Nebraska should gradually decline but that the state's need for expanded substance abuse treatment will remain for years to come.

The methamphetamine treatment study's final report to the Community Corrections Council states that Nebraska must develop effective substance abuse treatment throughout the state.

The projected drop in methamphetamine can be attributed to tighter controls on the sale and distribution of pseudoephedrine, the key ingredient in methamphetamine, said Hank Robinson, director of the UNO Juvenile Justice Institute.

Laws restricting the sale of over-the-counter medications have forced meth cooks to go outside Nebraska to acquire sufficient quantities of ingredients. As the federal government and more states tighten retail restrictions and drug manufacturers move to medications that do not contain pseudoephedrine, the legitimate demand for it diminishes. If other countries fighting methamphetamine epidemics of their own follow the U.S. lead, the worldwide production of pseudoephedrine will drop.

"The impact to methamphetamine trafficking could be significant over the next few years," Dr. Robinson said. "If the United States and international community can choke off the large-scale production of pseudoephedrine – and law enforcement and prosecutors maintain their aggressive interdiction and prosecution strategies – we will win the war against methamphetamine."

Dr. Robinson is careful, though, to add, "That does not mean we have won the war against addiction."

UNO's research team estimates that approximately 20,000 Nebraskans abuse or are dependent on methamphetamine. When meth users numbers are combined with the estimated number of alcoholics and other drug addicts, Nebraska requires substance abuse treatment services for more than 100,000 people.

Research cited in the report indicates that meth users frequently succeed in abstaining from methamphetamine use but increase their reliance on alcohol and marijuana. The report insists that to sustain a lifetime of successful recovery, people will need years of treatment and support services.

Drug traffickers also may try to exploit the vacuum left by the reduction in meth supplies by shifting to alternative drugs. Nebraska's "drug pipeline" will not likely go unused, Dr. Robinson said. "One of the worst legacies of the meth epidemic is the degree to which it pushed drug distribution networks into every city and county in the state."

The absence of the meth is not the absence of a problem. "An addict needs treatment," Dr. Robinson said. "Removing drugs is not treatment." Every county in Nebraska needs some sort of substance abuse treatment available if the goal is to decrease substance abuse problems, he said. However, Nebraska does not have enough psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors and other mental health and substance abuse professionals to meet the demand.

"Our first report stressed the importance and the great need for more community-based treatment," he said. "Community-based treatment lets addicts and their families recover in a supportive and realistic environment." The final report highlights just how fractured treatment options can be and outlines programs and services that can be implemented statewide to address the need for substance abuse treatment within Nebraska.

The report recommends that Nebraska develop ways to attract qualified substance abuse and mental health professionals to the state. The report also encourages Nebraska to explore the ways in which technology could be used to provide treatment in underserved areas.

The research team has added a section to the final report on the truths and myths of methamphetamine abuse to help educate policy makers and the public.

"Many half-truths and complete untruths about methamphetamine use are accepted as fact," Dr. Robinson said. "We want Nebraskans to know that people can and do recover from meth addiction. Investment in community-based, non-residential treatment is well spent."

Both reports were commissioned by the Nebraska Legislature through the state's Community Corrections Council. The initial report, "Moving Past the Era of Good Intentions: Methamphetamine Treatment Study," came out in December of 2005.

The latest full report is available online at

For more information, call 554.3494.

"Consider This" to Explore ACLU Nebraska

Chances are you've heard of ACLU Nebraska. The Nebraska Civil Liberties Union was founded in 1966 as a nonprofit, non-partisan organization devoted to the defense and promotion of individual rights.

This week on "Consider This," guests Joseph Brown, ACLU board member, and Tim Butz, former executive director of ACLU, will join host Andrea McMaster to discuss what the ACLU can and can't do for Nebraskans, how citizens can get involved and what the group is working on this year.

The program will air tonight, May 12, on KYNE-TV Channel 26 at 11 p.m.

Butz led the ACLU Nebraska for six years and watched both membership and the budget double under his leadership. During his tenure, ACLU Nebraska undertook a high-profile lawsuit challenging the City of Plattsmouth over a Ten Commandments monument in a city park. The suit claimed the marker violated the separation of church and state. A federal appeals court ruled last year that the marker could stay. More recently, the organization joined in a challenge of Nebraska's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. A federal court ruled against the amendment and the case is now on appeal.

This edition of the program will be rebroadcast according to the following schedule:

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, May 14
11:30 p.m.

NET2 (NET's cable network)
- Monday, May 15
1:30 p.m. (CT)

- Wednesday, May 17
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

Tribute to Malcolm X May 19

charles"A Tribute to the Life and Times of Malcolm X," a one-man performance depicting the life of civil rights activist Malcolm X, will be held Friday, May 19, at UNO. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

The performance will feature noted scholar and speaker Charles Everett Pace. Pace has toured Africa with this presentation. The tours were sponsored by the United States Information Agency and the State Department as part of a cultural exchange program with Africa. The tribute follows Omaha native-born Malcolm Little who became known worldwide as Malcolm X and dedicated his life to the Nation of Islam and to civil rights. He was assassinated in 1965 in Harlem at age 39.

The May 19 program covers the three major phases in the historical and psychological evolution of Malcolm X: the apolitical Malcolm Little; Malcolm X, the national minister of the Nation of Islam; and El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. Pace also presents Malcolm's views on African-American history and culture, the role of Africa and slavery in the African psychosocial consciousness, and his vision for the future of Africans in American society.

"Through his thorough research and grasp of Malcolm X's essence, Pace gives audiences the rare opportunity to meet and speak with Malcolm X ‘in person' with his portrayal of ‘Malcolm X Speaks,'" said Sharif Liwaru, Malcolm X Memorial Foundation president.

The UNO performance is sponsored by the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation, the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity at UNO, the NFUZN Salon One LLC and the Nebraska Arts Council.

The program will be followed by poetry readings and a reception with the artist.

Tickets for the May 19 performance can be obtained through the Aframerican Bookstore, 32226 Lake St., or by calling Liwaru at 216.3695. As all proceeds benefit the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation, tickets are a suggested donation of $10 or $5 for students.

For more information, contact Liwaru at 216.3695.

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

Summer Group Ex Classes Begin May 15

Campus Recreation and the Wellness Stampede have teamed up to host a variety of Group Ex classes this summer at UNO. Session 1 will run from Monday, May 15, through Thursday, June 1.

All classes will be held in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building. Group Ex classes are free to all current students and Campus Recreation cardholders. Summer activity cards are available for $30. Classes will not be held May 29 (Memorial Day).

To access a schedule, click on the following link:

2006 Summer Session 1

To have a schedule faxed or mailed to your office, call University Affairs at 554.2358.

For more information, contact Dave Daniels at 554.2008.

In the News

In the News- UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck and John Christensen, vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, were quoted in the March 30 edition of the Omaha Star. The article announced that Gail Baker was named dean of the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media. Dr. Baker will begin her new duties July 1. Dr. Belck also was featured on the cover of the April 2006 edition of Business to Business. An article in the same edition highlighted her receipt of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce's ATHENA Award, in addition to her many endeavors to promote education and develop the Women's Leadership Institute.

- Brent Bowen, Aviation Institute, was quoted in the April 4 editions of the Herald (Miami), Daily Record (Baltimore, Md.), Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.), Times Union (Albany, N.Y.), Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh) and the Deseret Morning News (Salt Lake City). He also was quoted in the April 6 edition of the Ledger (Hemingford, Neb.). The articles highlighted the 2005 Airline Quality Rating survey.

- David Conway, education, was quoted in the April 17 edition of the Daily Press & Dakotan (Yankton, S.D.). The article explored teaching sign language as a foreign language.

- Jerry Deichert, Center for Public Affairs Research, was cited in the April 5 editions of the Rustler (Deshler, Neb.), Sentinel (Friend, Neb.) and the Journal-Register (Hebron, Neb.). The articles explored higher education tuition rates and funding.

- Thomas Gouttierre, dean of international studies and programs, and director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies, was interviewed April 1 by WCCO Radio in Minneapolis concerning the political situation in Iran, including Iranian plans to develop nuclear capabilities. He also was interviewed for the evening news May 1 by CBC-TV regarding reports about an upsurge in terrorist violence in Afghanistan and the effectiveness of reconstruction efforts there. Gouttierre also participated in a Minnesota Public Radio one-hour interview and call-in talk show May 11 about the reconstruction of Afghanistan.

- Shelton Hendricks, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, was cited in the March 28 edition of the Press Tribune (Auburn, Neb.) and the April 7 edition of the Nemaha Co. Herald (Auburn, Neb.). The articles previewed a presentation Dr. Hendricks would be giving April 9 as part of the Brownville Lyceum Science Cafe in Brownville, Neb.

- Ashlie Hurt, social work, was quoted in the March 30 edition of the Omaha Star. The article highlighted the April 7 Gandhi Award Luncheon.

- Tom Hutson, Center for Afghanistan Studies, was pictured in the March 29 edition of the Chief (Red Cloud, Neb.). Hutson attended a program on Afghanistan March 26 at the Red Cloud Opera House.

- Rebecca Morris, marketing and management, and James Saker, music, were quoted in the April 2006 edition of Business to Business. The article discussed the benefits of sister city relationships.

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

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

Rich Wyatt to Present Reading at the Holland Today
Rich Wyatt, University Library, will be a guest poet/reader at the Holland Performing Arts Center in downtown Omaha today, May 12, from noon to 1:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Wyatt is the recent recipient of a $5,000 Independent Artist Fellowship in Literature Award from the Nebraska Arts Council. The award is intended to support Wyatt in his career, work and personal growth.

For more information, contact Wyatt at 554.3206.

Spire Celebration of Keyboard Arts Continues 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 through Sunday, May 14, at UNO.

The series of recitals continues tonight, May 12, 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 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.

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

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.