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Pictured above: Omaha University students congregate south of Arts and Sciences Hall between classes in the fall of 1946.

This Week in Campus History

On Sept. 3, 1982, The Weekly Communicator reported that the Dance Theatre of Harlem was scheduled to perform later that month at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Omaha. The UNO Student Programming Organization, performing artists/Omaha, the UNO College of Fine Arts and the Milo Bail Student Center sponsored the performance. Members of the UNO community who purchased tickets for this event were invited to a reception following the performance where they could meet the dancers. The Dance Theatre of Harlem was also scheduled to teach a master class in ethnic class in the UNO Health, Physical Education and Recreation dance lab.

Date: Sept. 3, 1982
Source: The Weekly Communicator
Compiled by University Library Archives

James Peters

Finding His Way

by Sonja Carberry

Back in Omaha after a seven-month trek through South America, UNO grad James Peters has cut the hair he let grow into an unruly mop and trimmed his bushy beard to a midnight shadow. In a yellow button-down shirt and crisp jeans, he looks very 20-something Omaha.

But part of Peters is still south of the border. ...continue

Athletics Update on Sept. 8 Board of Regents Agenda

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet at Varner Hall (3835 Holdrege St.) in Lincoln Friday, Sept. 8. The board meeting will be preceded by an update on UNO athletics, including initial recommendations from the university's internal review and a report from former U.S. Sen. David Karnes, who chairs a planning effort on athletics.

A complete agenda is available online at

The meeting schedule is listed below:

8 a.m. - UNO Athletics Update

9 a.m. - Strategic Framework Update
James B. Milliken, University of Nebraska president
Topics: Work Plan 2006-07, Consideration of Accountability Measures

10:30 a.m. - Academic Affairs Committee
Topic: "Math in the Middle"
Strategic Framework and Budget Request: P-16 and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
Presenter: Jim Lewis, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL)

"Math in the Middle" is a partnership between UNL, Educational Service Units and local school districts. Its goal is to improve K-12 student achievement in mathematics by developing an accomplished teacher workforce capable of engaging all students in challenging mathematics courses.

11:30 a.m. - Business Affairs Committee
Topic: Disaster Planning
Presenters: Deb Thomas, assistant vice president-administration

The board meeting will commence at 12:30 p.m. Highlights of the meeting will include:

- University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Facilities Development Plan 2006-2015. Long-range plans for the development of the UNMC-Nebraska Medical Center facilities in Omaha, as well as UNMC facilities statewide.

- Establish a Department of Emergency Medicine at UNMC

- Discontinue the UNL Panhandle Learning Center (PLC) in Scottsbluff, Neb.  Programs and services provided by the PLC are no longer needed or are available by other means. Developments in technology and the expansion of programs at Western Nebraska Community College have diminished the need for on-site classrooms and the demand for non-credit educational programs. The director of the Panhandle Research and Extension Center has met with community leaders and reports that they do not object. Cost savings will be invested in priority programs at the PLC.

- Approve program statements for the renovation of Poynter Hall at UNMC, the South Stadium Office Building Renovation for Computer Science and Engineering at UNL, and the Barkley Memorial Center addition at UNL.

- Approve the selection of the team of Perkins & Will/Bahr, Vermeer & Haecker of Lincoln to provide design services for the Physical Sciences Replacement Building at UNL. This $34.5 million facility is one of the projects authorized under LB 605.

- Approve the selection of Alley Poyner Architecture of Omaha to provide design services for the renovation of Bennett Hall at UNMC. This $8.9 million renovation is one of the projects authorized under LB 605.

UNO ITS Tech Day Today

Learn how to can your Spam! Information Technology Services (ITS) will sponsor its annual Tech Day today, Sept. 6. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. All students are invited to attend.

Stop by and try out the fair's Spam toss, and learn about the latest technology available on campus. New products from technology vendors will be on display, and attendees can enter a drawing to win one of several prizes. The grand prize will include a drawing for a Dell Printer or an iPod Nano.

For more information, contact Lanyce Keel at 554.2020.

UNO Art Gallery Announces Fall Exhibitions

The UNO Art Gallery has announced three exhibitions that will be on display this fall on campus.  K.C. Kauffman: Making the Invisible Visible; J.J. L'Heureux: Etichette; and "The Floating Population in Guangzhou, China: A Visual Study" will open Friday, Sept. 8, and run through Sunday, Oct. 15.  An opening reception for all three displays will be held Sept. 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the gallery.

- K.C. Kauffman: Making the Invisible Visible
K.C. Kauffman's "Muscle Movement" series records the subtle shifts of the body in hand-painted color photographs.  Each series of images focuses on a particular body part - a finger, a neck, an elbow - and traces its movement. 

This intense focus on the part, rather than the whole, transforms the human body into distinct abstract forms of light and dark.  Contrasting action and stillness, these images capture the strength and power of the human body, making the invisible visible. K.C. Kauffman: Making the Invisible Visible was organized through Katharine T. Carter & Associates.

- J.J. L'Heureux: Etichette
In her Etichette series, Los Angeles-based artist J.J. L'Heureux combines form and color in lyrical, almost pop art, collages constructed of etichette ("labels" in Italian) from Italian cheese wrappers.  The etichette are part of a visual tradition being replaced by digital media due to standardization in the marketplace. 

By making use of a species of commercial illustration that is endangered, L'Heureux redeems the often-overlooked beauty of these labels by elevating them into aesthetic objects with an inherent attractiveness in their own right.  The artist re-presents the labels in a lively environment, creating abstract objects that evoke personal feelings and responses. J.J. L'Heureux: Etichette was organized through Katharine T. Carter & Associates.

- "The Floating Population in Guangzhou, China: A Visual Study"
In the summer of 2005 - with grant support from the University Committee on Research - Peter Szto, a professor of social work at UNO, conducted a visual study on the streets of Guangzhou, China, that focused on the "Floating Population".  This "floating population" refers to the illegal residency status of 150-200 million peasants that have mass-migrated since the 1980s from China's rural areas to major urban centers in search of work, economic freedom and material prosperity. 

Szto's photographs provide a visual typology of how and where these people exist, and document some of their often-extreme survival strategies.  These images combine academic research with the communicative power of photography to educate and persuade.  Szto will present a lecture about his research and photographic study Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. in the UNO Art Gallery.

The UNO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building.  The exhibitions are free, handicapped accessible and open to the public.  Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from noon to 4 p.m.; Thursday from noon to 8 p.m.; and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.

For more information, call 554.2796.

Sept. 11 Remembrance Planned

Campus Ministries at UNO will host an all-day event Monday, Sept. 11, to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The event will be held from 8:50 a.m. to 4:10 p.m. at the Henningson Memorial Campanile. All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

The event will be led by a team of campus pastors from UNO Campus Ministries. From 10 minutes to the hour to 10 minutes past the hour, there will be four stations set up at the campanile. At the stations, those in attendance will be invited to pray one-on-one with a campus minister, light a candle, journal or read sacred text (Qu'ran, Hebrew Scripture and New Testament Scripture). 

"Everyone is welcome to stop by and remember the terrible events of that day," said Marty Kalkowski, campus minister.

For more information, contact Kalkowski at 898.3221.

Sept. 12 COS Demonstration Planned for Grant Writers

The next Community of Science (COS) information session will be held Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 11 a.m. in Room 100 of University Library.

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) hosts these hour-long sessions to provide faculty and graduate students with information about the various "finding funding" resources available through COS.

Reservations are not required. For more information, contact Nancy Schlesiger at 554.2286.

Library Friends to Host "Dessert and Java with Kava" Sept. 28

To celebrate the One Book One Nebraska Project, the UNO Library Friends are sponsoring an event featuring acclaimed and bestselling Omaha author, Alex Kava.

Hear Kava share her experiences in the writing of One False Move at "Dessert and Java with Kava" Thursday, Sept. 28. The evening will start with dessert and coffee at 7 p.m. at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. The cost of the event is $15, and proceeds will benefit the UNO library. Books will be available to purchase and for Kava to sign.

"It promises to be a robust blend of mystery and conversation," said Kathy Tooker, president of the UNO Library Friends board.

To make a reservation or for more information, contact Diane Rockhold at 554.3205 or A reservation form is also available on the Web at

New Book Clubs to Focus on Fitness for Women

Five new book clubs for women starting up the week of Sept. 11 will offer more to participants than a chance to read good books and meet people. The clubs may also impact the health and wellness of the readers.

The UNO professor organizing the clubs knows from past experience that there is a large audience of women looking for information and camaraderie.

"What we are setting up are book clubs that offer enjoyment, social support and education," said Jennifer White, a faculty member in the UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation whose research and teaching efforts focus on fitness and wellness.  "A lot of what is going to be focused on is providing good fitness options and relapse prevention."

The book clubs, "Women Bound to be Active," will run for about nine months. The meeting days, times and locations of the clubs are listed below:

Monday, Sept. 11
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (will meet on Mondays)

Tuesday, Sept. 12
- Urban League Family Resource Center, 3040 Lake St.
6 to 7 p.m. (will meet on Tuesdays)

- W. Dale Clark Library, 215 S. 15th St.
6 to 7 p.m. (will meet on Tuesdays)

- Maple Street YMCA, 7502 Maple St.
6 to 7 p.m. (will meet on Tuesdays)

Thursday, Sept. 14
- Shape Express, 2449 S. 132nd St.
6 to 7 p.m. (will meet on Thursdays)

Meetings will be weekly at first and then taper off to a less frequent schedule. 

"We've had a great deal of success with previous book clubs in Omaha and in the surrounding counties," White said.  "It's been an exciting project and one that continues to grow and expand."

Up to 20 women can enroll in each book club, for a total of 100 women.  The cost is $75 and covers books, pedometers and cholesterol screenings before and after the program.  Thanks to grants funding, the book club meeting at the Urban League Family Resource Center will be free for participants.

"The women who are interested need to be in generally good health and may have started and stopped a previous exercise program," White said. The age range in existing clubs runs from 19 to 70.

"I wish we could take everyone who wanted to join," White said.  "We're looking to match up women who most need this kind of support."

For more information, call 554.2670 or e-mail

Nominations Sought for Strategic Planning Awards

The UNO Strategic Planning Steering Committee is currently accepting nominations. These awards are designed to recognize units, both academic and non-academic, and cross-disciplinary initiatives that exemplify a commitment to furthering UNO's strategic goals. UNO faculty, staff and students are invited to submit nominations for the Strategic Planning Awards.

"Please nominate units that you feel are deserving of these awards, as well as encourage faculty and staff to nominate units or apply for a 2006 Strategic Planning Award," said Lindy Gustafson, graduate assistant supporting the committee.

The nomination/application form can be found on the UNO Strategic Planning Web site ( and is due by Monday, Sept. 18. Past recipients are also listed online at

For more information, contact B.J. Reed ( or Deborah Smith-Howell (, co-facilitators of the UNO Strategic Planning Steering Committee.

IS&T 10th Anniversary Celebration Set for Sept. 12

A reception will be held Tuesday, Sept. 12, at UNO in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the UNO College of Information Science & Technology (IS&T). The event will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center Centennial Hall. Members of the UNO community are invited to attend.

The event will feature a program at 5 p.m. and special recognition of former IS&T dean David Hinton.

Those interested in attending should R.S.V.P. to Kay Johnson at or 554.2380, by Friday, Sept. 8.

Fidelity Representative on Campus Sept. 13

Fidelity representative Chad Anderson will be on campus for individual counseling sessions for employees Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, call 1.800.642.7131.

Concept Papers Sought for Energy Savings Program

UNO, in collaboration with the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD), is soliciting concept papers (two to three pages in length) pertaining to the Energy Savings Potential (ESP) Program now through Friday, Sept. 15. The mission of the ESP Program is to support and deliver collaborative research efforts to develop mutually beneficial results and projects dealing with energy efficiency and effective use of energy in residential and small commercial sectors, with focus being placed on roadblocks to the implementation of energy efficiency measures.

According to B.J. Reed, dean of the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS), activities conducted in accordance with the ESP Program will more than likely "form the basis for public benefit activities and programs to use energy more effectively in the future."

Adrian Minks, vice president of marketing and support services for OPPD, agrees. "OPPD has tried various strategies over the years to help our residential and small commercial customers be more energy efficient, with little success. So we sought the help of the academic resources of faculty and students at UNO," Minks said. "Our hope is that this initiative will develop creative and effective ideas to help achieve lower energy bills and more efficient use of energy for our customers. We believe that success in this area will also benefit consumers by delaying the need for OPPD to build expensive power generating plants."

Concept papers should emphasize changing behavior, eliminating barriers, and stimulating the utilization of energy-efficient techniques and technologies among a wide range of stakeholders, including small business owners, residential users, landlords, home builders, home repair contractors, commercial building owners, realtors and others who have a direct ability to apply such techniques and technologies.

The papers also may include evaluations of existing efforts, an identification of existing best practices, the development and evaluation of pilot projects/model testing, and the examination of barriers to the adoption of technology, as well as the assessment of policy and financial options and alternatives that might lead to energy-efficient activities. However, in all cases, grant activities must focus on the application of technology to improve energy efficiency among residential and small business owners.

There will be four concept paper submission deadlines each year, with the first deadline set for Friday, Sept. 15. Once submitted, concept papers will be assessed by a designated review panel with final approval coming from the advisory board. Upon approval, finalists will then be invited to submit a full proposal within one month of being notified of the paper's acceptance.

Evaluation criteria for concept papers will include:
- Relevance to stated ESP Program priorities;
- Potential impact;
- Cost efficiency/effectiveness; and
- General budget estimates.

Grants will range from $25,000 to $75,000, and larger proposals will also be considered depending upon their scope and likely impact. Private and non-profit partners may participate in proposals. However, the principal investigators must be members of the UNO faculty or staff and must include significant participation by UNO faculty, staff and/or students with preference being provided to proposals that are interdisciplinary, include students, demonstrate an ability to leverage additional external resources and have the potential for immediate application.

To access additional guidelines and paper information, click on the link below.

Call for Concepts Paper

For more information, contact Gary Anderson at 554.2765 or

UNO Representatives Sought for Ad Campaign

SnitilyCarr, a Lincoln-based advertising agency, is searching for representatives from the UNO community to participate in a Nebraska Tourism advertising campaign.

The agency will conduct a photo shoot Friday, Sept. 15, from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Omaha. Professional attire is expected, and those interested in participating can pre-register by e-mailing As many as 24 participants are needed (both male and female, from all ethnic backgrounds). Participants will form an "audience" as part of the event.

A shuttle bus for individuals participating in the photo shoot will depart from UNO in front of the Eppley Administration Building (EAB) at 3:45 p.m. Following the event, the shuttle will provide transportation back to the EAB.

UNO Fall Job Fair Sept. 27

Career Exploration and Outreach will host a fall job fair Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. The job fair will feature employers who are actively seeking candidates for open positions and internships.

Professional interview attire is expected, and students can pre-register to attend the fair through Friday, Sept. 22.

To register for the job fair, students must have a profile on the UNO CareerConnect system. Students can visit the Web at and scroll over the "CareerConnect" link to create a profile and register for the fair.

For more information about the job fair, CareerConnect and other services, contact Career Exploration and Outreach at 554.3672 or stop by 211 Eppley Administrative Building.

Job fair sponsors are Union Pacific, Applied Underwriters, FirstComp, Streck, Walgreens, ConAgra, First National Bank of Omaha, Gallup, National Indemnity, US Bank, UPS, Northwestern Mutual, Interpublic Group, PayPal, Alegent Health and Enterprise.