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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. 15, 1986, This Week announced that Russell Smith had been named director of the Center for Applied Urban Research (CAUR) in the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS). Dr. Smith, who had been director of the Governmental Research Bureau at the University of South Dakota, planned to emphasize policy-relevant research and outreach to local government and economic development groups. CPACS Dean David Hinton commented on Dr. Smith's appointment at UNO, saying, "He brings considerable experience and talent to CAUR, and we anticipate a broader role for the center with his attention."

Date: Sept. 15, 1986
Source: This Week
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

Milliken Accepts Resignation of Chancellor Belck

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University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken accepted the resignation of UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck Sept. 12; her resignation is effective immediately.  Milliken commended Dr. Belck for "her decision to put the best interests of the University of Nebraska above her own interests."

Milliken said, "Dr. Belck has provided thoughtful and energetic leadership for the University of Nebraska at Omaha for the past nine years. She has guided the campus during a period of significant growth and accomplishment, mobilizing university and community leaders in a common effort to develop and implement a strategic vision for UNO. "

Milliken cited several examples of accomplishments during Belck's tenure, including The Peter Kiewit Institute's growing reputation as one of the most innovative and competitive programs in the nation in information science and technology, and UNO's new role as a centerpiece of central Omaha revitalization efforts. He said, "UNO students have the benefit of new academic programs, innovative internships with Nebraska businesses, expanded on-campus housing, unique international experiences, and other opportunities that have been initiated or strengthened during Dr. Belck's tenure."

Jim McClurg, chairman of the Board of Regents, said, "Dr. Belck's decision to step down at this time demonstrates that her concern for the community, the state and the university supersedes her own interests. Her accomplishments as chancellor will have a lasting impact on the campus and have greatly benefited the faculty and students of UNO."

Milliken named John Christensen, UNO vice chancellor of academic and student affairs, as interim chancellor. Milliken said, "The immediate task at hand is to recapture UNO's momentum and turn our attention to important priorities and opportunities for the campus. Dr. John Christensen is a seasoned administrator and a man of great integrity, and I am confident that he will provide the leadership needed now to move UNO forward."

A search will begin this fall for a permanent replacement for Dr. Belck, Milliken said.

Missouri Valley Reading Series Begins Tonight

UNO Writer's Workshop and the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media will host The Missouri Valley Reading Series this fall. Four poets and two novelists will read from their recent publications. All events are free and open to the public.

Poet Nance Van Winckel will open this year's series tonight, Sept. 13, with a reading from Beside Ourselves (Miami University Press, 2003), as well as work from her fifth collection. Her newest works will appear from the University of Washington Press in early 2007. The Sept. 13 event will begin at 7 p.m. in the UNO Theater, located in the Weber Fine Arts Building.

The remainder of the series schedule is listed below:

- Wednesday, Oct. 4
Poet Erin Belieu will read from her new collection, Black Box (Copper Canyon, 2006)
7 p.m.
UNO Art Gallery

- Wednesday, Oct. 11
Internationally acclaimed South African novelist and winner of the Koret Jewish Book Award Tony Eprile will read from his novel, The Persistence of Memory (W.W. Norton & Company, 2004)
7 p.m.
UNO Art Gallery

- Wednesday, Nov. 11
Poet Megan Gannon will read from her collection White Nightgown, and poet Miles Waggener will read from Phoenix Suites (The Word Works, 2003), winner of the Washington Prize. 
7 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Dodge Room

- Wednesday, Nov. 15
UNO Writer's Workshop professor and celebrated novelist Anna Monardo will close this year's Missouri Valley Reading Series by reading from her novel Falling in Love with Natassia (Doubleday, 2006).  At the event, there will also be a viewing of the short film "The Yellow Bird," based on a short story by Margie Lukas. 
MBSC Dodge Room
7 p.m.

For more information, contact Ron Zank at or 554.2406.

Sustainability Topic to Be Addressed at Today's Event

What is "sustainability"? How can we make our campus and our community more sustainable?  How can I get involved?  All faculty, staff and students are invited to come find answers to these questions at a seminar titled "Exploring Sustainability: Greening our Campus - Greening our Minds" today, Sept. 13, at UNO.  The seminar will be held from noon to 12:50 p.m. in 301 Allwine Hall.

At the event, the following topics will be discussed:

- Identifying opportunity sectors;
- Improving campus operations;
- Teaching sustainable concepts;
- Expanding research and outreach;
- Grant availability; and
- Determining levels of interest.

A survey is available online at for those who are interested but unable to attend.

For more information, contact Patrick Wheeler at 554.3921.

Faculty Senate to Meet Today

The UNO Faculty Senate will hold its regular monthly meeting today, Sept. 13, in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Dodge Rooms. All interested parties are invited to attend.

Beginning at 2 p.m., John Christensen, interim chancellor and vice chancellor of academic and student affairs, will speak. The meeting will begin immediately following the presentations.

For more information, contact Jim Shaw, Faculty Senate president (554.2225), or Sue Bishop, Faculty Senate coordinator (554.3598).

Migrant Worker Documentary Screening Set for Sept. 21

In conjunction with the screening of the film "Dying to Live: A Migrant's Journey," UNO professors Lourdes Gouveia and Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado will be speaking at Creighton University Thursday, Sept. 21.

The 33-minute documentary focuses on the reasons why Mexican migrants risk their lives to come to the United States. The film provides both a look at the human face of the Mexican immigrant, including scenes of the harrowing journey migrants undertake to cross the U.S. border, and a discussion of the social, economic, political and religious issues involved.  The film will start at 7 p.m. in the Creighton University Student Ballroom.

Dr. Gouveia serves as the director of UNO's Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS), and Dr. Benjamin-Alvarado is the OLLAS assistant director.  The duo will speak after the presentation, along with the film's producer, the Rev. Daniel Groody, and Darcy Tromanhauser, a representative from the Nebraska Appleseed Project. The film and after-film presentation and discussion are free and open to the public. 

For more information, e-mail

TIAA/CREF Campus Visits Announced for November

A representative from TIAA-CREF will be on campus each Tuesday in November for individual counseling sessions for employees. The dates are Nov. 7, 14, 21 and 28.

To schedule an appointment, call Louella Williams at 402.548.3610 or visit the Web at

Singers Sought for Sept. 14 National Anthem Project

The UNO Collegiate Chapter of the National Association of Music Educators invites students, faculty and staff to join in the singing of the national anthem Thursday, Sept. 14, at 9 a.m. at the Henningson Memorial Campanile as part of the National Anthem Project. All are invited to attend the celebration.

"September 14th is an important day in our nation's history. On this day, Francis Scott Key penned ‘The Star-Spangled Banner' after witnessing American forces defend Fort McHenry from British troops," said Melissa Berke, associate professor of music at UNO. "The members of the National Association for Music Education (MENC) - our nation's music teachers - want all Americans to know our national anthem and take pride in singing it together."

The National Anthem Project has been designed to raise awareness about the importance of supporting and funding school music programs. Schools across the country will be joining together Sept. 14 at 9 a.m. to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner."

For more information on the National Anthem Project, visit the Web at, or contact Dr. Berke at 554.3609 or

UNO Representatives Still 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 photoshoot 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.

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.

Office Product Show Set for Sept. 27

Save the date! The UNO purchasing department, in cooperation with Office Depot, will host its annual Office Products Show Wednesday, Sept. 27.

The show will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. in Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. For more information, watch eNotes for details as the event nears or contact Office Depot at

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

ITS to Offer Informational Session on UNO Web Templates

Are you interested in redesigning your college or department Web site?
Stuart Wheat, Web designer in Information Technology Services (ITS), has developed a series of Web templates that are available for use by the UNO campus.

ITS will host an informational session on the UNO Web templates Thursday, Sept. 28. It will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

Those who attend will:
- Learn more about the UNO Web templates;
- See examples of how other UNO departments have implemented the Web templates; and
- Find out how you can use the templates to redesign your Web site.

To R.S.V.P., send an e-mail to For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.4357 or