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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

CBA Signs Memorandum of Understanding with IMT

The UNO College of Business Administration (CBA) recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Institute of Management Technology (IMT) in Ghaziabad, India. The institution is one of the top 10 business schools in India.

"This is an exciting development for both UNO and IMT," said Louis Pol, dean of the CBA. "Creating these connections between Omaha and India will be tremendously beneficial for years and years to come."

The memorandum of understanding calls for future:
- Student exchanges;
- Faculty exchanges;
- Collaborative research; and
- Organization of joint international conferences and workshops.

IMT was founded in 1980 and offers graduate and doctoral programs. The main campus at Ghaziabad has more than 500 students. IMT's management education program, in particular, has been recognized in India and abroad as a center of excellence.

Phani Tej Adidam, a professor of executive management education at UNO, has been a driving force in connecting UNO with IMT, Dr. Pol said. Adidam, originally from Kanpur, India, received his master's in business administration from IMT. He began talking with officials at IMT last fall about exchanges between the two institutions.

"Business students in Omaha or India have many of the same concerns," Adidam said. "We have a growing world economy, and finding new ways to develop business means connecting with people and organizations across the globe."

The memorandum of understanding was signed Aug. 17. Adidam said a pair of IMT faculty members will likely arrive at UNO during the summer of 2007, followed by two or three IMT students in the fall. "My hope is we could have two or three IMT students here every year going forward from that point," Adidam said.

Details on when UNO faculty and students could go to India have not yet been worked out, but a 20-day UNO CBA-sponsored study tour of India is being planned for next summer. IMT is definitely an institution the tour will be visiting, Adidam said.

IMT has three campuses. In addition to Ghaziabad, a second campus in Nagpur, India, was established in 2004. A third campus - located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and focused on international education - will open this month.

For more information, call 554.3502.

UNO Ambassadors Available for Campus Activities

Do you need help with a University event? The UNO Ambassadors are ready and willing to represent the university.

Twelve UNO Ambassadors are available during the fall and spring semesters to assist at campus functions hosted by the chancellor and other UNO dignitaries and organizations.

Members of this select group wear UNO blazers or polos and act as official hosts and hostesses at a variety of events, interacting with guests to enhance a positive image of the university. All ambassadors maintain full-time student status, but the group strives to honor as many requests as possible.

For more information or to obtain a request form, contact Christy Tilford (554.3546 or or Mary Dobrauc (554.2220 or Requests should be made a minimum of two weeks prior to an event.

SPR Report

The SPR Report details the results of UNO's efforts to obtain external funding in support of its teaching, research, service and outreach efforts. The report is designed to keep the university community informed as to externally funded projects on campus and bring recognition to those faculty and staff who have worked to generate these resources.

For the period of Aug. 12-31, those receiving grant awards totaling $1,311,878 are as follows:

Name: John Bartle
College: Public Affairs and Community Service
Title: University of Nebraska SMART Transportation, Project Evaluation Plan
Sponsor: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Name: Blaine Burnham
College: Information Science and Technology
Title: Information Assurance Scholarship Program
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Defense/ NSA

Name: Ken Dick
College: Information Science and Technology
Title: Lewis and Clark and Beyond
Sponsor: National Park Service

Name: Ann Fruhling
College: Information Science and Technology
Title: Public/Private Laboratory Integration - Kansas STATPack
Sponsor: Kansas Hospital Education and Research Foundation

Name: Thomas Gouttierre
Unit: International Studies and Programs
Title: Afghanistan School Administrators Project II
Sponsor: U.S. Department of State

Name: Thomas Gouttierre
Unit: International Studies and Programs
Title: USDA Borlaug Fellows Program
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Name: Alan Kolok
College: Arts and Sciences
Title: Contaminants from Wastewater Treatment Plants: Occurrence and Potential Effects on Local Fish Populations
Sponsor: Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality

Name: Claudette Lee
College: Public Affairs and Community Service
Title: Partnership Practicum Program
Sponsor: Social Work Leadership Institute

Name: Constance O'Brien
College: Arts and Sciences
Title: UNO's Women of Science Club
Sponsor: Women's Fund of Greater Omaha

Name: Michael Peterson
College: Arts and Sciences
Title: Call 11, Update Hazards, Toxic and Radioactive Waste XC Center Expertise Web site
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Defense/Army Corps of Engineers

Name: T. Hank Robinson
College: Public Affairs and Community Service
Title: Metropolitan Community Justice Recidivism Reduction Center Study
Sponsor: Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

Name: Renat Sabirianov
College: Arts and Sciences
Title: Coarse Graining and Dynamic Multiscale Simulations in Magnetism
Sponsor: UNL

Name: John Shroder
College: Arts and Sciences
Title: Afghanistan Atlas Scanning
Sponsor: EROS Data Center

Name: Pete Szto
College: Public Affairs and Community Service
Title: Floating Population - Guangzhou, China: A Visual Study
Sponsor: Sam's Club

Name: Peter Szto
College: Public Affairs and Community Service
Title: Floating Population - Guangzhou, China: A Visual Study
Sponsor: Nebraska Arts Council

Name: Jennifer White
Units: College of Education; School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation
Title: Club Possible
Sponsor: Douglas County

For support and help with research activities, call the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research at 554.2286, or visit the Web at

Women of Wisdom Nominations Sought

Organizations and individuals in the Omaha metropolitan area are invited to nominate senior women for the 2007 UNO Women of Wisdom Awards. Awards will be given next spring to three women over the age of 50 who exemplify the spirit of community contribution while providing a meaningful example of successful aging.

Nomination forms are available online at or by calling 554.4897 or 554.2292, and are due Nov. 1, 2006.

The minimum nomination requirements include:
- Name, age, address and phone number of the nominee;
- The nominator's relationship to the nominee;
- Information on the nominee's actions, activities and involvement in the community and its results;
- Reasons why the nominee's work or advocacy was significant and identification of who benefited (individuals or groups); and
- Any other additional information that effectively creates a strong picture of the nominee's accomplishments.

"PWSA is grateful for the work of senior women who make significant contributions to our community," said Patricia Adams, director of the UNO Program for Women and Successful Aging (PWSA), the sponsor of the Women of Wisdom Awards. "We know that many older women creatively devote their time to bettering the lives of others, and we need to publicly celebrate the value they add to Omaha. Highlighting these efforts is a blast, and we look forward to finding out more about this year's nominated unsung heroes."

Award recipients will be honored at a luncheon and community-wide program, "Celebrate: Women of Wisdom Because Aging Is a Lifetime Event," set for April 18, 2007. The keynote speaker will be Lorna Landvik, the bestselling author of Patty Jane's House of Curl and Angry Housewives Eating BonBons. The April 18 event is the 3rd Annual Celebrate: Women of Wisdom luncheon.

"PWSA has always been about helping women enjoy and understand the concept of aging well," Adams said. "These awards fit that mission perfectly. We look forward to honoring another group of remarkable women who embody successful aging."

The luncheon event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Central. Tickets are $40 per person; $35 for seniors over the age of 60. Corporate tables are available, and prices begin at $500.

For more information, call 554.4897 or 554.2292, or e-mail

Audio Conference to Highlight Transgender Inclusion

UNO will host "Facing Transgenders: Inclusion, Advocacy and Empowerment" today, Sept. 7. The event, an interactive audio conference, will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. Students are invited to attend. All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

Jessica Pettit, a professional trainer and facilitator, will be the presenter. Pettit is an authority on the following topics:
- teamwork in the workplace;
- change implementation;
- staff development;
- group facilitation;
- cross-cultural communication;
- social justice;
- intersections of marginalized identities;
- specific communities like lesbian, gay, bisexual/fluidity, trans/gender variant, intersex condition and polyamorous relationships; and
- power dynamics.

Those who attend will:
- Increase their awareness of the existence of the transgender variant populations;
- Learn how to transfer this knowledge to proactively identify campus actions steps;
- Learn how to create more higher education administrator advocates for trans needs;
- Elevate their campus as a leader in serving trans populations;
- Learn about diverse populations on campus; and
- Be more inclusive for trans/gender variant students, faculty, staff, alumni and other community members.

For more information, contact Kent J. Lavene at 554.3008.

UNO Health Fair Oct. 5

Mark your calendar for the fall UNO Health Fair. The 2006 event will be held Thursday, Oct. 5, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

The event is free for all students, faculty and staff. A comprehensive blood draw will also be available at a low cost through Student Health Services.

Watch eNotes for more information as the event nears or contact Lori Tostenson at 554.3917.

MavCard Services Recarding Reminder

If they have not already done so, all currently enrolled students should stop by MavCard Services to receive the new MavCard.

MavCard, the official identification card at UNO, replaces the university's previous photo ID cards. Beginning Friday, Sept. 8, only newly issued MavCards will work on campus. The newly designed MavCard features the NU ID number, which is used for various services across campus.

MavCard Services is located on the second floor of the Milo Bail Student Center. Fall office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call 554.2100, or visit the Web at For information about the NU ID, visit the Web at

Ecoutez! Season Opens Sept. 9 with Chiara String Quartet

the nameThe 2006-07 Ecoutez! Series at UNO will open Saturday, Sept. 9, with a performance by the Chiara String Quartet. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall on the UNO campus.

"Ecoutez! is committed to bringing the highest caliber of established performers and emerging artists to the metropolitan area," said Roger Foltz, a professor of music at UNO and coordinator of the series. The word "ecoutez" is French for "listen." KVNO Classical 90.7 FM is the media sponsor for the series.

The quartet consists of artists-in-residence at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music, where they are taking a lead in developing a groundbreaking program in music entrepreneurship. Chiara has trained at the Juilliard School and was a recipient of its Lisa Arnhold Quartet Residency.

The Chiara Quartet won first prize at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, and top prizes at the Premio Paolo Borciani International Competition, the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the Astral Artistic Services Audition. They have performed in major venues like Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall and the American Academy in Rome. At the heart of their educational work is the belief that great live performance is the best way to connect people to music.

The remainder of the 2006-07 Ecoutez! performance schedule is as follows:

- Sunday, Oct. 8
Heinavanker (Estonian Vocal Ensemble)

- Thursday, Feb. 8
Trombones de Costa Rica

- Saturday, Feb. 24
Hubert Laws (flute)

All performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. The doors will open 30 minutes prior to each concert.

Individual tickets are $15 for each performance. All students are admitted free of charge with the MavCard, the official ID card at UNO. Phone reservations for student tickets are recommended.

For more information, call 554.3427.

September 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 September schedule is as follows:

- Sept. 8, 14, 22 and 26
8 a.m. to noon

- Sept. 11, 20 and 28
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

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

Writing Center Hours and Locations Announced

UNO students, faculty and staff now have three ways to get help with their writing. In addition to the main Writing Center, located in 150 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH), members of the campus community can visit a Writing Center Satellite in University Library or access an online Writing Center via the Web.

The hours for each location are listed below:

Writing Center (150 ASH)
- Monday through Thursday
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
(Closed Wednesdays from 3 to 4 p.m. for staff meetings)

- Friday
9 a.m. to noon
Thirty-minute and one-hour appointments are available. Walk-ins are accepted, or individuals can book appointments at

Writing Center Satellite (University Library)
- Monday through Thursday
12:30 to 3 p.m.
No appointments are accepted in advance, and sessions are limited to 15 minutes when others are waiting.

Writing Center Online (
- Sunday through Wednesday
7 to 9 p.m.

- Thursday
5 to 7 p.m.
No appointments are accepted in advance, and sessions are limited to 15 minutes when others are waiting.

For more information, contact Connie Eberhart, director of the UNO Writing Center, at 554.3322 or

Participants Sought for Faculty/Staff Drop-in Volleyball League

Volleyball, anyone?

The faculty/staff drop-in volleyball league is currently seeking additional players. All skill levels are welcome.

The league meets Fridays in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building from noon to 1 p.m. It is free for all Campus Recreation activity cardholders.

For more information, call Mike Kult at 554.2539.

Swing, Ballroom and Latin Dance Lessons Begin Sept. 17

Want to learn how to "Dance Like the Stars?" Campus Recreation and the Mav-Rec Wellness Stampede are teaming up to host Swing, Ballroom and Latin dance sessions beginning Sunday, Sept. 17. All classes will be held in 230 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. The schedule is as follows:

Session One (Sundays): Sept. 17, 24 and Oct. 1, 8

Times: Swing - 1 to 2 p.m.; Ballroom – 2 to 3 p.m.; and Latin – 3 to 4 p.m.

Cost: Activity cardholders - $15 and $13 for a friend; non-activity cardholders - $18 and $15 for a friend. Those wishing to take multiple classes should add $5 per person per additional class.

To register, stop by 110 HPER. For more information, call Campus Recreation at 554.2539.