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Difficult Dialogues

Difficult Dialogues Participants

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Barbara Robins and Maggie Christensen, both faculty members in UNO's English Department, were two of the more than 30 participants taking part this week in the Difficult Dialogues workshop. The week long workshop is designed to create opportunities for open and productive dialogues on issues of religion, sexuality and race.

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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

Carillon Concerts Today and May 30

The bells on the UNO campus will ring this month to commemorate the birthdays of Helen Henningson Grimes today, May 18, and Rose P. Henningson Tuesday, May 30.

The events are part of the Henningson family birthday carillon concert series at UNO. They will begin at 11:45 a.m. and conclude at noon both days.

The Henningson Memorial Campanile, rising 168 feet over the UNO campus, is one of only 180 such structures in the United States. It was donated to UNO in 1989 by Margre Henningson Durham and her husband, Chuck, as a standing memorial to Margre's father, mother and sister.

The carillon is a four-octave, acoustically balanced instrument. It consists of 47 bronze bells cast by the bellfoundry of Paccard-Fonderie de Cloches in Annecy, France. The largest of the bells weighs 4,397 pounds and measures five feet in diameter by four feet in height. The combined weight of the 47 bells is 24,408 pounds.

The carillon is played manually from an ivory keyboard within the tower or from an electrical keyboard and computer system located in the Strauss Performing Arts Center. An automatic stair descends from the tower, permitting access to the elevator that rises to the carillon studio directly under the bells at the top of the structure.

For more information about the birthday concert series, call 554.2762.

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.

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.

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.

Eppley Display Window Available to Sanctioned Groups

The display window on the second floor of the Eppley Administration Building is available to UNO academic units, administrative units and sanctioned organizations on a monthly basis.

To reserve a month between July and December 2006, contact Beverly Newsam at 554.2358 or

Submissions Sought for Online Calendar of Events

Are you planning a campus event?

University Affairs is seeking submissions for its online calendar of events.

Located on the Web at, the calendar can be viewed by day, week, month or category. Categories include athletics, exhibitions, films, lectures, meetings, miscellaneous and performance. Links to the calendar have been created on the UNO home page at under "Today at UNO" in the left-hand column and graphically in the tool bar at the top of the page.

"The UNO Calendar of Events is designed to promote campus-related events that are open to the campus community and/or the general public," said Teresa Gleason, director of communications at UNO.

An example of an item that would not be posted on the calendar is a biology departmental meeting. However, if the biology department is hosting a speaker and the event is open to the campus community/general public, the item would be posted.

The calendar is administered by University Affairs, located in 108 Eppley Administration Building. Beverly Newsam is the calendar administrator. All items must be submitted electronically with a contact name, phone number and e-mail. Training on how to submit items is available for any interested party by calling Newsam at 554.2358.

"We encourage all colleges and units to make use of the calendar by submitting appropriate items to it," Gleason said. "The goal is to maintain a centralized listing of public events that is easily accessible."

The UNO Calendar of Events is not a means for scheduling rooms or submitting information to other existing calendars on the Web. Reservations for meeting facilities still must go through appropriate channels in the Milo Bail Student Center.

For more information or to learn how to submit items to the calendar, contact Newsam at 554.2358.

HPER Pool Closed for Annual Maintenance

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation Aquatic Center is closed for annual maintenance. The pool is scheduled to re-open May 30 at 6:30 a.m.

For information about aquatic programs and regular updates regarding progress, contact Campus Recreation Aquatics at 554.2223.

Information about upcoming summer programs is available on the Web at

Safety Notice for On-Campus Incidents

Each member of the UNO community has a role in helping maintain a safe and secure campus. The university's safety and emergency procedures are listed below, along with other services provided by Campus Security.

Incident Reporting
Incidents requiring immediate action include fire, environmental spills, medical conditions, property damage, disruptive behavior and crimes in progress. Persons involved with or observing these types of incidents should call Campus Security at 554.2911. Campus Security will dispatch officers to the scene and, if required, contact 911.

Faculty and staff can call 911 directly, but then they also should notify Campus Security to help coordinate the response and expedite travel to the emergency scene. Emergency information provided by the caller should include the building, floor, room number, call back number and nature of the emergency.

Faculty and staff should assist with room and building evacuations, and be aware of those needing special assistance. All employees should become familiar with the designated rally points for their buildings, which are listed in the back of the telephone directory under "Emergency Procedures."

Personal Threats and Harassment
Disruptive behavior on campus will not be tolerated. Threats or acts of violence should be reported to Campus Security and your supervisor. If the act appears to represent an immediate threat or harm to the individual, it should be reported at once to Campus Security or 911.

Personal Escorts
The escort service is available 24-7 for individuals on campus. Contact Campus Security to arrange for an escort.

Personal Safety Checks
Individuals who may be working alone outside normal working hours are encouraged to contact Campus Security. Security officers will periodically check on your safety while you are here.

Personal Property
The university is not responsible for personal property. Individuals are responsible for safeguarding their own property. Loss of personal property should be reported to Campus Security.

Alert System
A system to help facilitate emergency communications has been installed on the north and south campuses. Announcements are distributed from Campus Security to building public address systems or speakers located in building corridors. When announcements are made, strobe lights will flash to notify the hearing impaired to seek assistance. In the case of a tornado warning, the system will alert building occupants to seek shelter and again later when the warning has ended. The alert system also can be used to announce university closings, confirm evacuations for fire or chemical release, or other emergency conditions.

More information on campus emergency procedures can be found in the UNO Employee Telephone Directory beginning on page 106. For more information about Campus Security procedures related to campus emergencies, contact Stan Schleifer at 554.3596 or Paul Kosel at 554.2648.

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.