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This Week in Campus History

On Jan. 21, 1972, The Gateway announced that the latest renovations to the Milo Bail Student Center would soon be completed. Renovation plans were drawn up by the Space Utilizations Committee and the main objective was to find the best use for the space left by the relocation of the Bookstore. Committee members considered several suggestions from members of the university community for the best use of this space and the results included a student services area, a coffee house, a record store, a gift-boutique and a TV lounge area.

Date: Jan. 21, 1972
Source: The Gateway
Compiled by University Library Archives

Gail Baker

A Job Well Done

by Beverly Newsam

Recognition is often shown in a variety of ways - from a pat on the back, to a high-five or just a simple "way to go." Gail Baker's kudos are in the form of a golden statuette known as an Emmy. ...continue

UNMC Announces New College of Public Health

Less than six months after it was approved by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents, the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) is now fully operational. The announcement was made Jan. 18 at a news conference at UNMC. UNO Interim Chancellor John Christensen took part in the event.

"We have been working extremely hard to make this happen," said Jay Noren, M.D., dean of the College of Public Health. "We now have the only public health college in Nebraska and the only one in a large north central section of the country, spanning 1,400 miles east-west and 800 miles north-south. This is truly a landmark event for our state to celebrate."

Although there are 125 academic medical centers in the United States, similar to UNMC, only 38 of these centers have accredited schools or colleges of public health. UNMC's college will be the 39th when it is fully accredited. It is the first new college at UNMC since 1968.

Dr. Noren said public health education, research, and practice have become critical issues to ensure a healthy future in the United States, particularly given the national concerns about pandemic disease, childhood obesity, health care costs, improved methods for prevention of major chronic diseases (Alzheimer's/dementia, heart disease, cancer and stroke), environmental health risks, bioterrorism preparedness and health disparities.

"UNMC is well positioned to be an important regional and national player through the growth of the new College of Public Health," said Harold M. Maurer, M.D., UNMC chancellor. "The college will enhance access to additional federal and state resources and programs that are typically only available to colleges of public health. It is a very important addition that gives UNMC all the assets it needs to achieve its goal of becoming a world-class academic medical center."

As the College of Public Health has become operational, Dr. Noren said several key developments have taken place or will occur in the near future. These include:

- Bringing together all faculty, staff, programs, space and budgets of the Department of Preventive and Societal Medicine, the Rural Health Education Network, the Health Professions Tracking Center, Center for Health Services Research (including Centers for Rural Health Research and Rural Health Policy Analysis), Center for Health Disparities, and the UNMC components of the Center for Biosecurity and Center for Biopreparedness Education into the College of Public Health.

- The joint Master of Public Health Program involving UNMC and UNO will transfer to the new college and continue as a joint effort of the two campuses.

- UNMC will assign initial space for the college in newly acquired facilities in the campus area.

- Within the next few years, the college will be housed in a new building - which is the top priority on UNMC's facilities expansion plan.

- New, expanded relationships are emerging with the joint Environmental Toxicology Center involving UNMC and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

- Additional partnerships are developing with UNO faculty in public administration, sociology, gerontology, social work, health education and other elements of the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

- Enhanced partnerships with the Nebraska Health and Human Services System (HHSS).

Dr. Noren said the college hopes to recruit 10 new faculty in the next two years and 20 new faculty in the next four years. "Our goal is to have at least six new faculty in place for the fall 2007 semester," he said. "This is very ambitious, but we're optimistic we can get it done. The ads for the faculty positions have already been placed."

In addition, Dr. Noren said an external advisory council has been established by the College of Public Health. The External Advisory Council presently includes 30 people from around the state – many with public health expertise. Being connected to individuals and organizations around the state is the norm for colleges of public health, Dr. Noren said.

"Public health is very much a multidisciplinary endeavor. It's vital that we establish strong ties in the state with experts in many different areas, including medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, all allied health areas, public administration, education, government, behavioral sciences, political science, social work, law and communications," he said. "We also will be dealing extensively with colleagues in health and human services and education institutions throughout the community."

"Nebraska, along with the rest of the nation, is experiencing a public health workforce shortage," said Joann Schaefer, M.D., chief medical officer for the Nebraska Health and Human Services System. "One of the most difficult challenges facing our state today is ensuring there are enough people to respond to public health threats. The UNMC College of Public Health will bring much-needed people into our public health pipeline."

Dr. Noren said three new doctoral programs are planned – Health Services Research/Health Administration, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research, and Environmental Health Sciences – and the college plans to implement these programs by the fall 2008 semester.

In addition, the College of Public Health plans to provide several expanded areas of specialization in the existing Master of Public Health Program with UNO. These expanded areas include biostatistics/epidemiology, health promotion/ disease prevention and environmental health, which will be additions to the existing specializations in community health education and public health administration.

"This is an exciting day for the entire university system. This new college will be paying ongoing dividends to our city, our state, the region and the nation," Dr. Christensen said. "Public health practice is important to all of us. The work and research in the college will contribute to overall better health and to the potential reduction in costs for critical care."

Dr. Christensen added that the UNO-UNMC relationship on public health policy development, thanks to work already being done in the Master of Public Health Program, will only be strengthened as the new college grows. Collaboration naturally leads to innovation when different academic professionals concentrate on an issue, he said.

Dr. Maurer noted the potential economic impact of the college. Among the current 38 colleges of public health, nationally, the average external grant funding is $38 million. As the new UNMC College of Public Health develops, its external grant funding will increase and could result in as much as $30 million in new funds - resulting in a $67.5 million boon to the state's economy, which equates to about 700 to 750 new jobs.

UNMC's planned investment in establishing the College of Public Health is estimated at approximately $12 million in the first five years. These expenses will be met by reallocating nearly $3.5 million in existing resources from several UNMC departments, infusing more than $5 million in state and university funds, and bringing in more than $3.5 million in extramural grants, contracts and gifts.

The College of Public Health is initially being housed in existing campus facilities where current faculty work. Rubens Pamies, M.D., vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of graduate studies, said UNMC hopes to eventually consolidate all the college's activities into a new facility that would be located on 40th Street, just to the south of the UNMC Eye Clinic on Dewey Avenue.

MavCard Discounts Available

Again this semester, UNO Student Government is sponsoring the Student Savings Club.

Student Savings Club is a program where, currently, 19 local businesses are offering discounts and deals to individuals who present their MavCard. It is free for all students, faculty and staff.

"I've been working on it for a year – it's finally up and running," said James Hulstein, vice president for Student Government. "All you need to do is show your MavCard, and you will save!"

To find out which local businesses are participating, check the Web at and find UNO under "For students - offers and discounts."

For more information, contact Hulstein at 554.6023.

"Consider This" to Commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

As the nation commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this week, two guests will share their insights on refugees living in Nebraska on the next edition of "Consider This" with host Andrea McMaster. The program will air on KYNE-TV tonight, Jan. 19, at 11 p.m.

McMaster's guests will be David Chand, an associate professor of political science at UNO, and Valda Boyd Ford, the director of the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)/Nebraska Medical Center Community and Multicultural Affairs.

"Many people may not know or have forgotten that Dr. King had a great interest in world events, especially the conditions of the world's colored peoples. He was personally invited by his friend Kwame Nkrumah, president of Ghana, to that nation's inauguration in 1958 as the first black independent nation on the African continent in the 20th century," said Boyd Ford.

Today, Nebraska is the home of people who speak more than 67 languages. An estimated 9,000 Sudanese refugees have settled in Omaha. Sudanese refugees have been in the Omaha area since 1997. Many fled their African home due to the 25-year civil war and recent violence in the Darfur region of Sudan. They were then placed in refugee camps in neighboring African countries. After months in these camps, they were relocated to countries of asylum, such as the United States, where they are constantly adjusting to a new culture.

This edition of the program will be rebroadcast according to the following schedule:

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, Jan. 21
11:30 a.m. (CT)

NET2 (NET's cable network)
- Monday, Jan. 22
1:30 p.m. (CT)

- Wednesday, Jan. 24
8 a.m. (CT)

"Consider This" is a production of UNO Television. It also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For a list of days and times, visit the Web at Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at

Nominations Sought for Faculty Service-Learning Award

Each year, the Service-Learning Academy recognizes one UNO faculty member who exemplifies the effective practice of service learning in his or her work. This year, the recognition will come with an honorarium of $500.

To be nominated, a faculty member must:
- Have demonstrated the ability to develop and teach an effective service-learning course;
- Have been supportive of service learning at UNO (i.e. through attendance at faculty/student presentations, Teaching Circles and mentoring faculty/students, etc.);
- Have demonstrated the capability of developing reciprocal, collaborative relations with community partners and have a thorough understanding and appreciation of community agency issues (i.e. professionalism and cultural competency); and
- Hold a full- or part-time teaching appointment with UNO.

The award will be presented at the Faculty Honors Convocation Thursday, April 12, at 7 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Nominations must be delivered to the Service-Learning Academy no later than Friday, Jan. 26. Nomination forms are available for download on the Service-Learning Academy Web site at For more information, contact Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz at 554.2712 or

Nominations Sought for Student Service-Learning Award

Each year, the Service-Learning Academy recognizes one UNO student who has gone above and beyond the required community engagement in the context of a service-learning class. This year, the recognition will come with an honorarium of $250.

To be nominated, a student must have demonstrated, and upheld in an outstanding way, the key principles of effective academic service learning, including:
- Establishing and maintaining a reciprocal relationship with a community partner;
- Providing a useful and meaningful community service; and
- Mastering the course's academic objective(s), as related to the service performed.

The award will be presented at the Student Honors Convocation Friday, April 13, at 3 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center.

Nominations must be delivered to the Service-Learning Academy no later than Friday, Jan. 26. Nomination forms are available for download on the Service-Learning Academy Web site at For more information, contact Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz at 554.2712 or

Discount Available to Omaha Symphony Pops Series

The Omaha Symphony is offering a 20 percent discount on tickets to UNO faculty and staff interested in attending the symphony's Pops Series Concert featuring UNO alumna Karrin Allyson. The discount is available on tickets to the performances set for Friday through Sunday, Feb. 16-18, at the Holland Performing Arts Center.

To order tickets, visit and enter the promo code "enote." The discount is valid on tickets purchased by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14.

A force on the jazz music scene since 1992, Allyson has recorded 10 CDs - including her most recent Grammy®-nominated effort, Footprints - and has been compared to jazz legends Ella Fitzgerald and Shirley Horn. For more information about Allyson, visit

For more information about the concert and future Omaha Symphony events, visit or call 342.3560.

Service Learning Research Brown Bag Jan. 31

A service learning research brown bag will be held Wednesday, Jan. 31, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Council Room (third floor).

Barbara Dewey, assessment specialist with the Service-Learning Academy, will present service learning research findings with discussion about implications for teaching service-learning classes.

To register, send an e-mail to or call 554.6019.

TIAA-CREF Tuesday Schedule Announced through February

TIAA-CREF announces its campus visit schedule for January and February. A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus for individual appointments on the following Tuesdays:

- Jan. 23 and 30; and
- Feb. 13 and 27.

Appointments for one-on-one counseling sessions can be made by calling Louella Williams at the TIAA-CREF office in Omaha at 548.3610 or by logging onto the Web at

Faculty Wikipedia Brown Bag Jan. 25

On Thursday, Jan. 25, faculty will have an opportunity to discuss Wikipedia as a source of information for academic papers. The brown bag session will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room. All faculty who regularly assign papers requiring research are encouraged to attend.

In this workshop, faculty will learn about the history of Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia. In particular, the structure of the site, its potential and its hazards for student writers. The workshop, led by UNO librarians Greg Sunderman and Melissa Cast, will prepare faculty to guide students in the judicious use of Wikipedia, and it will raise larger questions about the Internet's challenge to assumptions about knowledge-making, expertise and intellectual property.

For more information, contact Writing Across the Curriculum coordinator Nora Bacon ( To register, contact the Center for Faculty Development (ASH 220) at 554.2427 or Those interested in attending are invited to bring their lunch. Desserts and drinks will be provided.

In the News

In the News

- Richard Breaux, black studies, was quoted in the Jan. 15 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article explored a racist restriction in the selling or leasing of a house to anyone other than a Caucasian and how Dr. Breaux has incorporated the subject into his teachings.

- Thomas Gouttierre, dean of international studies and programs, and director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies, was interviewed for a Jan. 11 news story on KPTM (Channel 42). The segment previewed a presidential address focused on increasing the military presence in Iraq.

- Lourdes Gouveia, Latino/Latin American Studies, and Mary Ann Powell, sociology, were quoted in the Jan. 11 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article highlighted a study the duo recently completed on the generational increase of degrees attained in high school and college among second- and third-generation Hispanics. The report, "Second-Generation Latinos in Nebraska: A First Look," was distributed nationwide by the Migration Policy Institute.

- Sharif Liwaru, Student Organizations and Leadership Programs, was featured in a Jan. 15 news story on KETV (Channel 7). The segment focused on the volunteer efforts of UNO students taking part in the Martin Luther King Day of Service project.

- B.J. Reed, dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, was quoted in the Jan. 17 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article discussed the future of the Omaha Civic Auditorium and the viability of a potential on-campus hockey arena.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media – local, state, regional, national or international – we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

In Print

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Stage

Auditions Set for Shakespeare on the Green 2007
Auditions for the professional company of artists to perform in Shakespeare on the Green 2007 will be held Saturday, Jan. 27, in the Weber Fine Arts Building, Room 333.

This year's Nebraska Shakespeare Festival (NSF) company will consist of 11 men and seven women. The company is professional, and there are a limited number of Equity contracts available. An internship program is available for young artists. All actors are encouraged to audition, and rehearsals begin May 21.

Shakespeare on the Green 2007 will present two plays this summer. "Henry V," directed by Cindy Melby Phaneuf, founding NSF artistic director and UNO professor of theatre, is set for June 21-24 and July 5 and 7. "Love's Labour's Lost," directed by D. Scott Glasser, UNO assistant director of theatre, will run June 28-July 1 and July 6 and 8.

Additional information is available at, or contact Kasey Brandt, NSF director for Production/Education, at 554.3072 or

NSF is a non-profit organization that produces Shakespeare on the Green in cooperation with Creighton University, UNO and the City of Omaha. The plays are offered free of charge to the public, made possible through contributions and through memberships in the Friends of Shakespeare and the Bard's Club.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Exhibit

"UNO Studio Art Faculty Exhibition 2007" Under Way
The UNO Studio Art Faculty Exhibition 2007" is currently on display in the UNO Art Gallery through Saturday, Feb. 17.

"UNO Studio Art Faculty Exhibition 2007" will feature 22 artists (full- and part-time faculty) from the Department of Art and Art History in the UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media. The exhibition will focus on the process and practice of art making.

To augment the mission of the Department of Art and Art History to prepare students for a professional life in fine arts, each artist's work will be accompanied by an artist statement discussing their influences and artistic methods. Artists also are urged to include sketches and inspirations for their works to illustrate the creative process.

Participating artists include Jody Boyer, Larry Bradshaw, Gary Day, Carole DeBuse, Wanda Ewing, Mark Gilbert, David Helm, Alisa (Al) Holen, Susan McGilvrey, Russ Nordman, Bonnie O'Connell, Nicholas Pella, Dan Perry, Matt Peterson, Caroline Schmitz, Doug Schroder, Barbara Schroeder, Henry Serenco, Barbara Simcoe, Bryce Speed, Lori Tatreau and Frances Thurber.

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 Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 554.2796.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.