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Fond Farewell

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Outgoing UNO Faculty Senate President Hollis Glaser received accolades from UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck May 2 at the Faculty Senate/Staff Advisory Council recognition dinner. A "Resolution of Appreciation to President Glaser" was read to those in attendance. She was hailed as an eloquent facilitator who articulately and passionately represented her colleagues and the university in conversations with the chancellor and vice chancellors, the Board of Regents, the university president, the legislature and the media. Dr. Glaser, associate professor of communication, recently stepped down from her post and teaching position at UNO to return to New York.

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

This Week in Campus History

In mid-May of 1967, Harry Reynolds, director of the University of Omaha Urban Studies Center, attended a two-day conference in Cleveland, Ohio. The meeting was devoted to the study of urban violence and was sponsored by the Ford Foundation and the American Political Science Association. Participants in the conference included 30 scholars of American urban administration and politics.

Date: May 20, 1967
Source: Faculty Staff Bulletin
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

Papillion Native Chosen to Head UNO Alumni Association

The UNO Alumni Association found its new president and CEO more than 1,200 miles away, but his Nebraska and UNO ties are much closer to home.

Lee DenkerLee Denker, executive director of the Boise State University Alumni Association in Boise, Idaho, will assume the UNO alumni post July 1. Denker was chosen from among nearly 50 applicants and three finalists. The UNO Alumni Association Board of Directors affirmed his hiring during its April 18 board meeting.

Denker will replace Jim Leslie, president of the association since 1973. Leslie announced his impending retirement in November 2005. After Denker's arrival, Leslie will remain with the association in a fund-raising capacity until retiring in December, when he turns 65.

"Following a legend like Jim Leslie will not be easy," Denker said. "He has done so much for UNO and the alumni association through the years. That is one of the things that attracted me to this job."

Denker said that attraction grew during his visit to campus in mid-March. "The alumni leadership, led by Chairman Mike Kudlacz, and the university administration, led by Chancellor Belck, is outstanding. There is a very talented staff in place, and the university administration is extremely supportive of alumni programs. I'm confident that we'll all be able to work together to keep moving in the right direction."

Denker was born and raised in Papillion, Neb., graduating from Papillion-LaVista High School in 1988. He earned a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1992 and a master's degree in communication in 2000 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). He has been at his Boise State University post since 2001. Prior to that, Denker was manager of university relations for, a division of the web portal He was director of campus relations for the UNL Alumni Association from 1996 to 2000.

"The Alumni Board of Directors feels fortunate to have an individual with Lee Denker's experience and enthusiasm coming in to fill the void created by Jim Leslie's retirement," said Kudlacz, 2006 association chairman of the board. "Jim will be a tough act to follow, but Lee's experience in alumni affairs and his ties to Nebraska made him a great fit for the position. We are looking forward to working with him."

Like UNO, Boise State University is a metropolitan university in a growing city. In five years with the Boise State Alumni Association, Denker redesigned its dues-paying membership program and established a lifetime membership endowment fund. He also completed fundraising on the association's alumni center campaign. A student relations program launched under his direction earned national recognition from the Association of Student Advancement Programs.

Denker also oversaw revenue-generating affinity programs and an alumni center, introduced various programming activities and served on the advancement management team for university development activities. He serves on the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District 8 Board of Directors representing membership in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Western Canada.

"Lee Denker not only has an impressive alumni relations background, but is even more impressive in person," said UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck. "The UNO Alumni Association has found a tremendous leader as the university looks ahead to its centennial and far beyond. We are excited to have Lee back in Nebraska."

Though he is a UNL grad, Denker took undergraduate classes at UNO during summers. He also began his graduate studies at UNO before completing that program at Lincoln. His ties to Nebraska and to UNO extend to other family members as well. His wife, Julie, is a native of Holdrege, Neb., where her family still farms. She completed her dietetic internship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in 1994 and worked at UNMC as a clinical dietitian until 1996. The couple's first home was just blocks from what now is UNO's south campus.

Denker's grandfather, Ernie Gorr, was a teacher and coach at Omaha University for more than 20 years. Denker's parents currently live in Papillion, Neb.

"We are Nebraskans who couldn't be happier about bringing our family back home," said Denker, who has three children – Sadie, 10; Sam, 8; and Sophie, 4. "There is just something special about Nebraska that never leaves you. After five years away, our kids are so excited to be around their grandparents and cousins again. They are also eager to start cheering on the Mavericks.

"I sensed from everyone I visited with that UNO is on the verge of even greater things. I can't wait to be a part of the team."

Jim Shaw Assumes Faculty Senate Presidency

Jim Shaw, professor, University Library, has assumed the 2006-07 presidency of the UNO Faculty Senate. The move occurred May 10 at the organization's last meeting of the academic year.

Shaw joined the UNO faculty in 1992. He received his M.A. in 1987 from the University of Northern Iowa, his M.S.L.S. from the University of North Carolina in 1985 and his B.A. in 1983 from Sonoma State University.

Hollis Glaser, the 2005-06 president of the UNO Faculty Senate, completed her term May 10 and is leaving the university to pursue other academic opportunities in New York City.

"President Glaser led the Faculty Senate through a productive year, and I hope we can continue in kind this next year," Shaw said. "We have several projects under way, such as designing an instrument for course evaluations that would provide consistent, comparable information campus-wide and an investigation of faculty perceptions of the campus climate relative to gender and diversity concerns. I am already very grateful for the goodwill and initiative of colleagues who have volunteered to chair committees and participate in the work of the Faculty Senate."

The UNO Faculty Senate Retreat is set for Wednesday, Aug. 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mahoney State Park. The organization meets the second Wednesday of the month during the fall and spring semesters.

For more information, contact Sue Bishop, Faculty Senate coordinator, at 554.3598.

Difficult Dialogues Core Group to Convene Today

Starting today, 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 Today

Campus Recreation and the Wellness Stampede have teamed up to host a variety of Group Ex classes this summer at UNO. Session 1 runs from today, 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.

Six-Week Yoga Session Begins Today

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

Classes will be held Mondays and Wednesdays 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 and warm-up Yoga postures.

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

Tribute to Malcolm X May 19

"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 the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

Charles EverettThe 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.

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 Sharif 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.

"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. Only a limited number of walk-ins will be accepted.

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

Parking Structure Closed through June 14

Portions of the campus parking structure will be closed for maintenance 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.

Maverick Watch

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