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This Week in Campus History

On Jan. 29, 1982, Helen Hudson - an Australian-born professional singer and song writer - performed at UNO. Hudson's concert took place in the Student Center Ballroom and included country, cabaret, modern and folk music. The UNO Student Programming Organization sponsored the free event, which was held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and encouraged the audience to bring lunches.

Date: Jan. 29, 1982
Source: The Weekly Communicator
Compiled by Criss 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

New Benson-Ames Building/Land Use Database Formed

Five UNO graduate students have given the Benson-Ames Alliance a head start on revitalizing the region.

The group, all pursuing master's degrees in urban studies at UNO, has created a database of building and land use in the alliance area. "It's an incredibly valuable tool to have in our pockets as we begin marketing the alliance for future development and redevelopment projects," said Clarence Nichols, chair of the Benson-Ames Alliance Steering Committee.

The Benson-Ames Alliance was created in the fall of 2005 to plan for and implement the revitalization of the Benson-Ames area. Covering a portion of north central Omaha, roughly six miles in area, it contains more than 800 businesses - including schools, civic and religious organizations - and 15,542 households.

The five students - Annette Artherton, Kara Lafferty, Brandi O'Malley, Romaro Nelson and Jamise Williams - completed the project as part of the Community Organizing and Development class taught by Robert Blair, director of the Urban Studies Program and an associate professor of public administration at UNO.

The team reviewed five case study areas - 50th and Ames, 60th and Ames, Saddle Creek and Northwest Radial Highway, Downtown Benson, and 72nd and Military. Each area was outlined in the Benson-Ames Alliance plan, a comprehensive revitalization document that received unanimous approval from the Omaha City Council in November of 2006. The plan encourages mixed-use centers that blend retail, residential and office elements to achieve balanced and truly livable neighborhoods.

The database contains a full inventory of all buildings, personal and public, as well as lots in the Benson-Ames Alliance area. It also contains a section that identifies unoccupied and for-sale structures, as well as vacant lots in the five case study areas.

In addition to creating the database, the student group prepared recommendations on potential public financing options to encourage investment in each of the case study areas.

The Benson-Ames Alliance receives support services from Omaha by Design, the Neighborhood Center for Greater Omaha and the City of Omaha. Faculty, staff and graduate students from the UNO Urban Studies Program and Center for Public Affairs Research provide research support.

For more information about the Urban Studies Program at UNO, contact Dr. Blair at 554.3865 or

"Consider This" to Explore Developmental Disabilities Study

Researchers at UNO and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) are seeking infants to participate in an innovative and important study that will help teach researchers about motor control and developmental disabilities, in addition to their treatment options. Both healthy infants and infants who have been identified with motor delays are needed.

Join host Andrea McMaster and guests as they discuss the research study on the next edition of "Consider This." McMaster's guests will be Nick Stergiou, the principal investigator for the grant and a professor in the UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER), and Reggie Harbourne, a physical therapist at UNMC. The program will air on KYNE-TV tonight, Jan. 26, at 11 p.m.

"This is the kind of work that can make a tremendous difference," Dr. Stergiou said. "The more we learn, the earlier we can intervene when a child is experiencing delays, and the better their life will be. This work is so important."

The study, "Investigation of the Development of Sitting Postural Control in Infants with Cerebral Palsy or Motor Delays," is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The study will be ongoing for three years.

This week's "Consider This" will air according to the following schedule:

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, Jan. 28
11:30 a.m. (CT)

NET2 (NET's cable network)
- Monday, Jan. 29
1:30 p.m. (CT)

- Wednesday, Jan. 31
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

EC UNO to Host Free Screenings of "An Inconvenient Truth"

The Environmental Club at UNO (EC UNO), in partnership with the UNO Environmental Film Cooperative and Campus Climate Challenge, will present free screenings of "An Inconvenient Truth" on campus.

In the film, director Davis Gugenheim conveys the science of global warming, not as a story of despair but rather a rallying cry to protect the one Earth that all living creatures share.

Join UNO's newest student action group for an evening of inspiration and discussion. Students, faculty and staff at all four University of Nebraska campuses are welcome to attend.

All screenings are free and will be held in the Eppley Administration Building Auditorium (Room 102) according to the following schedule:

- Monday, Jan. 29
7:30 p.m.

- Thursday, Feb. 1
4 p.m.

- Friday, Feb. 2
6 p.m.

For more information, visit EC UNO's Web site at

Students Sought for Workforce Recruitment Program

A recruiter from the Army Corps of Engineers will be on campus Tuesday, Jan. 30, to interview students with disabilities for the Workforce Recruitment Program. The program offers summer internships in Omaha and across the country.

The program is searching for students with disabilities specifically because they believe in having a diverse workforce. All majors are welcome to apply. Several UNO students that participated in the past have gone on to full-time positions with the Corps of Engineers.

To request an information packet and application, contact Kate Clark at 554.2872.

General Education Facilitated Conversations Begin in February

Faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in a campus-wide conversation on what should be the goals and objectives of UNO's General Education program. A General Education Review Task Force was formed this past fall to facilitate a campus process to identify the learning outcomes the university expects all UNO students to complete upon graduation.

The purpose of the UNO General Education review is to articulate the overall educational goals or objectives, develop student learning outcomes for the goals/objectives, and use assessment results to improve student learning. The purpose of the task force is to facilitate and organize the general education review process, collect existing data, information and assessment results, and return information to the faculty for review and to change initiatives. However, the task force and review are not concerned with designing new curriculum or changing existing distribution requirements.

In order to capture as much input as possible from the UNO community, the General Education Review Task Force has partnered with the newly established UNO Institute of Collaboration Science. Faculty, students and staff are invited to attend brainstorming sessions, during which participants use collaboration software to anonymously capture and rate their opinions about the knowledge and skills UNO graduates should possess. This information will become the basis for the next steps in the general education review process.

More than 20 facilitated conversations will be scheduled from Friday, Feb. 2, through Wednesday, Feb. 28. The complete schedule will be available soon and will be posted on the General Education Review Web site. For more information on the process, results of the conversations and future plans, visit the UNO General Education Web site ( or contact the Task Force co-chairs Deborah Smith-Howell, associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs ( or 554.4849) or Shelton Hendricks, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences ( or 554.2338).

NCSB Call for Project Proposals Sought

The Nebraska Center for Structural Biology (NCSB) is requesting proposals for 2007. NCSB was established in 2004 with funding by the Nebraska Research Initiative (NRI). The center is a collaborative effort between experts at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) in protein crystallography and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. The center's purpose is to encourage the use of structural biology methods to solve important biomedical and biological problems.

Through the NRI, a laboratory has been created for the preparation of macromolecular samples for structural analysis that is available on a competitive basis to Nebraska researchers. The goal of NCSB is to collect the necessary, preliminary, proof-of-concept data for these projects that will make them competitive for external funding.

As the NCSB is now established and functioning, the center is converting to a NRI Core Facility and requesting proposals for projects that would be coordinated to begin with NRI Core funding. To be considered in this competition, complete the Web-based form on the NCSB homepage ( Proposals will be reviewed in February, and projects will begin in April.

For more information, contact any of the following NCSB co-investigators:

- Gloria Borgstahl ( or 559.8578);

- Joe Barycki ( or 402.472.9307); or

- Paul Sorgen ( or 559.7557).

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.

In the News

In the News

- Kris Berg, health, physical education and recreation, was quoted in the Jan. 22 edition of the Omaha World-Herald about the benefits of climbing stairs compared to using elliptical machines for physical health.

- Chris Decker, economics, was featured in a Jan. 21 KETV (Channel 7) news story on "terror-free" gas stations.  Omaha is one of the first cities in the nation to have this new kind of business.

- Paul Kosel, campus security, was featured Jan. 19 on KETV (Channel 7).  He talked about and demonstrated parking boots. The city of Omaha is beginning to use boots to deal with drivers who have unpaid parking tickets.

- Paul Williams, philosophy and religion, was quoted in the Jan. 20 edition of the Omaha World-Herald about the use of real wine in Christian religious rituals. Dr. Williams also was quoted in the Jan. 22 edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The article highlighted the public's seemingly increased fascination with "doomsday" and what might be the cause of the appeal.

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

Resonate Continues Jan. 28 with Wendy Eaton and Hal France
The Resonate Concert Series continues at UNO Sunday, Jan. 28, with mezzo-soprano Wendy Eaton and pianist Hal France. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. Tickets are available at the door and cost $5 for adults, and $4 for students and seniors. UNO faculty, staff and students will be admitted free with a current UNO MavCard.

Eaton and France, both artist-faculty members in the UNO Department of Music, will present a recital featuring songs by Mahler and De Falla. The duo will also perform the premiere of "Songs for Soul Mates," a new work by Christopher Stanichar, director of orchestral activities at UNO.

An active performer, Eaton has appeared locally as a soloist with many area arts organizations, including the Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Heartland Opera Theatre, the Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra, the Omaha Municipal Orchestra, the Omaha Chamber Music Society and the Concerts at the Castle (Joslyn). She is also a member of the Nebraska Arts Council Touring Program. Eaton holds a bachelor of music degree in voice performance from Florida State University and a master of music degree in voice performance and choral conducting from UNO.

France is sought after as a guest conductor for opera throughout the United States.  He has conducted productions for many companies, including Houston Grand Opera; New York City Opera; Florida Grand Opera; and the Cleveland, Santa Fe, Chautauqua, Glimmerglass, Wolf Trap, Portland, Central City and Orlando Operas. Outside the United States, he has conducted the Calgary Opera and the Royal Opera in Stockholm, Sweden. France also has served as resident and associate conductor for the Houston Grand Opera, music director of the Mobile Opera and Lake George Opera Festival, music director and artistic director of Opera Omaha, and music director of the Orlando Philharmonic. Additionally, he has served on the music staffs of the Glyndebourne Festival, Aspen Festival and Netherlands Opera.

For more information, call 554.3427.

Chamber Orchestra to Present "Romance and Roses" Feb. 10
The UNO Chamber Orchestra will present "Romance and Roses," a romantic evening of Viennese waltzes, Saturday, Feb. 10. The event will be held from 7:30 to 10 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Tickets are $25 for individuals, $40 for couples and $10 for students with ID. The proceeds will benefit the Friends of Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra Scholarship Fund.

"This will be a very romantic affair to celebrate Valentine's Day," said Christopher Stanichar, an assistant professor of music at UNO. "If you're looking for the perfect romantic event to surprise the love of your life, then look no further!"

Stanichar will conduct the program. An assortment of desserts and champagne is included in the ticket price. Those attending are encouraged to come early and learn to waltz from 7 to 7:30 p.m.

For tickets or more information, call 554.3427.

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.