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On Feb. 12, 1988, a story appeared in The Gateway, detailing "How to Buy Art", a new UNO College of Continuing Studies non-credit course. The three-session class was taught by Thomas Majeski, professor of art at UNO, and Myriel Hiner, a local independent art agent. The cost was $45 per person, and was held Tuesday nights in the UNO Art Gallery. Although the purchase of art as an investment was covered, the instructors thought it more important to discuss "how and where to buy art and what is good vs. what is bad." The idea was to expose students to art fundamentals and increase their art literacy so they may determine what types and styles of art they prefer. As Hiner stated: "if a piece of artwork is purchased, it should be enjoyed."

Date: Feb. 12, 1988
Source: The Gateway
Compiled by Criss Library Archives

Alexander Williams

At Your Service

by Beverly Newsam

While some of his fellow students are still snug in their beds, Alexander Williams is on campus preparing for the day. It is just one of many changes he has faced during his transition to student body president/regent at UNO. ...continue

"Caps for Cancer" Set for Feb. 17 Hockey Game

Senior captain Mike Eickman and the UNO Red Army will sponsor "Caps for Cancer" at the Saturday, Feb. 17, hockey game at the Civic Auditorium.

Hockey fans are invited to bring a new, unused hat to the Feb. 17 Ohio State game. During the second intermission, participants will be asked to throw their hats onto the ice. The hats will be collected and donated to the Eppley Cancer Institute.

Only new hats will be accepted. Maverick hats can be purchased at the Lawlor's stand at the game at a five dollar discount. For each cap sold, Lawlor's will donate one dollar to the Eppley Cancer Institute.

For more information, call Ashley King at 554.2140.

Seventh Annual Poker Fun Walk/Run Feb. 22

In 1950, 11 black colleges and universities met in New Orleans and formed an association to govern intramural sports. Throughout the years, this association has grown and is now the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA), of which UNO is a member institution.

"Please help Campus Recreation celebrate this historic anniversary by doing something active," said David Daniels, assistant director for fitness/wellness and instructional programs at UNO.

In conjunction with this year's anniversary, the Seventh Annual Poker Fun Walk/Run will be held (weather permitting) Thursday, Feb. 22, at noon on the Milo Bail Student Center Plaza. All interested faculty, staff and students are invited to participate. There is no fee to take part in the run/walk.

"There are no prizes or awards for being fast," Daniels said. "The best three Poker hands from five cards distributed on the 1.5-mile course win prizes."

The 1.5-mile course will cover the UNO campus. At specific sites throughout the course, each contestant will receive a playing card. At the end of the course, all poker hands will be shown, and a winner will be revealed. No official time will be kept, and prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place.

Participants should plan to arrive at noon the day of the run/walk to receive instructions. There will also be drawings for door prizes.

In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held on the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building indoor track (no running will be allowed). To sign up, call the Campus Recreation Office at 554.2539. Registration also will be available at the 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.

From the period of Jan. 9 through Feb. 1, those receiving grant awards totaling $255,646 are as follows:

Name: Ronald Abdouch
College: Public Affairs and Community Service
Title: Neighborhood Center for Greater Omaha
Sponsor: Omaha Community Foundation

Name: Robert Egan
College: Arts and Sciences
Title: Lichens of the Big Thicket National Preserve, Texas
Sponsor: Big Thicket Association

Name: Shari Hofschire
College: Communication, Fine Arts and Media
Title: Iowa Education Arts Outreach
Sponsor: Iowa West Foundation

Name: T. Hank Robinson
College: Public Affairs and Community Service
Title: Sarpy County Juvenile Day/Evening Reporting Center
Sponsor: Sarpy County

Name: Lisa Sample
College: Public Affairs and Community Service
Title: Nebraska's Serious and Violent Offender Re-entry Program
Sponsor: Nebraska Department of Corrections

Name: Paul Sather
Unit: Academic Affairs
Title: Meeting the Needs of Youth in Disadvantaged Circumstances: A Service-Learning Approach
Sponsor: University of Nebraska-Lincoln/Midwest Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education

Name: Becky Schnabel
College: Education
Title: Attracting Excellence to Teaching
Sponsor: Nebraska Department of Education

Name: Richard Yoder
College: Business Administration
Title: 2006 P2Rx (PPIN) Proposal from P2RIC
Sponsor: U.S. EPA

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

"Adventures in Forensic Anthropology" Talk Feb. 28

"Tales Dead Men Tell: Adventures in Forensic Anthropology" will be the topic of discussion at a lecture by Timi Barone Wednesday, Feb. 28. It will be held from noon to 12:45 p.m. in 101 Arts and Sciences Hall. Those interested in learning about the world of anthropology are invited to attend.

Dr. Barone is an associate professor of anthropology with a specialization in medical anthropology at UNO. She currently teaches "Introduction to Anthropology," "Introduction to Psychical Anthropology," "Nonwestern and Alternative Medicines," "Ethnomedicines of the Americas," "Applied Anthropology," and "Sex, Evolution and Society."

Event sponsors are the UNO Student Anthropology Society, UNO Native American Studies and the UNO Department of Sociology/Anthropology.

For more information, contact

Nominations Sought for 2007 CCSW Awards

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) is currently seeking nominations for its Outstanding Achievement Award, Community Service Award and Undergraduate Scholarship Award ($500).

These awards recognize individuals at UNO and in the community for outstanding service to women. Award recipients will be honored Thursday, April 5, at the 2007 CCSW Awards Luncheon.

Nominations are due Wednesday, Feb. 28. The criteria for each award, deadlines, nomination forms and a list of past award recipients are available on the Web at

Nominations should be returned to Marcia Adler in Student Health Services, located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center, or to Jeanne Harrington in 522D Kayser Hall. Scholarship applications also should be returned to Dr. Harrington. For more information, contact Adler ( or 554.2743) or Dr. Harrington (

The CCSW serves as an advisory council to the chancellor and other university administrators on issues that relate to women faculty, staff and students. The commission's goal is to provide a forum for women at UNO in conjunction with the organization's core themes of A, B, C - Awareness of women's issues, Balance in women's lives, and the Community and women's roles.

In the News

In the News

- Brett Blackman, information systems and technology, was interviewed Feb. 13 on WOWT (Channel 6) about the options consumers have to block unwanted spam e-mails on their computers.

- Joseph Brown, psychology, was interviewed Feb. 12 on KDUH/ABC (Cheyenne, Wyo., and Scottsbluff, Neb.) about his study on cognitive abilities necessary for driving a car and the unique distractions a cellular phone creates. Dr. Brown was also quoted in the Feb. 12 edition of the Columbus Telegram (Columbus, Neb.) on the same subject.

- Scott Copple, accounting, was interviewed Feb. 11 by KETV (Channel 7) about tax preparation tips. He also was featured in the Consumer Watch section on the KETV Web site.

- Paul Williams, philosophy and religion, was quoted in the Jan. 20 edition of the Omaha World-Herald about the use of alcohol in the ritual of Holy Communion. Dr. Williams was also quoted on the same subject in the Jan. 21 edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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

Performances of "Nickel and Dimed" Begin Feb. 22
The UNO Department of Theatre will present "Nickel and Dimed" Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23-24, and Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 28 to March 3, on campus. The production - written by Joan Holden and based on Barbara Ehrenreich's book, Nickel and Dimed, on (Not) Getting by in America - will be directed by Doug Paterson, UNO professor of theatre. A preview performance will be held Thursday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m.

All performances will start at 7:30 p.m. and will be held at the UNO Theater in the Weber Fine Arts Building (WFAB). The house opens at 7 p.m., with a 7:30 p.m. curtain. There will be an interactive, talk-back session with the director, designers and cast immediately following the Friday, March 2, show.

Adapted from Ehrenreich's best-selling book about the working poor, this investigative seriocomedy follows a character based on the author's journey into minimum wage America. "Nickel and Dimed" asks "Can a middle-aged, middle-class white woman make it on minimum wage in middle America?"

Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office (located on the first floor of the WFAB), via e-mail at or by calling 554.2335. Tickets cost $15 for general admission, and $12 for students and seniors.

For more information, contact Ron Zank, UNO Department of Theatre secretary, at 554.2406.

Ecoutez! Continues Feb. 24 with Flutist Hubert Laws
The 2006-07 Ecoutez! series at UNO will continue Saturday, Feb. 24, with a performance by jazz flutist Hubert Laws. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall on the UNO campus.

Tickets will be available at the door and cost $15. All students are admitted free of charge with identification. The doors will open 30 minutes prior to each concert. Phone reservations for student tickets are recommended.

"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.

Laws will play with the UNO Faculty Jazz Combo and the UNO Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Pete Madsen, coordinator of jazz studies and assistant professor of trombone at UNO.

Internationally renowned flutist Laws is one of the few classical artists who has also mastered jazz, pop and rhythm-and-blues genres; moving effortlessly from one repertory to another. He has 20 albums in his discography, and his recordings have won three Grammy nominations.

He has performed with the New York Philharmonic and with the orchestras of Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, Cleveland, Amsterdam, Japan and Detroit, and with the Stanford String Quartet. Laws also has given annual performances at Carnegie Hall and has performed sold-out performances in the Hollywood Bowl. He obtained his degree at the Juilliard School of Music.

Laws is appearing at UNO in conjunction with the 35th annual UNO Great Plains Jazz Festival, which is set for Feb. 23-24. Thirty-seven high school and middle school bands from Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri will be honing their craft during the two-day event on the UNO campus.

For 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" Concludes This Weekend
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.

"Hearts & Hands 2" Book Arts Exhibit at Criss Library
Criss Library is hosting "Heart & Hands 2" - a national juried student book art exhibition - through Thursday, March 15.

The event will showcase the best examples of the broad range of books being made by graduate and undergraduate students in accredited academic institutions. It is free and open to the public during regular library business hours.

Books completed in book arts, graphic design, photography, printmaking and writing courses will be featured, including works from UNO graduate Frances Osugi. The juror was internationally known book artist Tim Ely, proprietor of the Planetary Collage book arts studio in Colfax, Wash.

Ely's work is exhibited internationally, and he is the recipient of an NEA Visual Arts Fellowship, as well as many other honors. He reviewed 70 entries and selected 40 based on what he calls "a core of substance" and "a search for intention." He also evaluated the books on their merits, including craftsmanship, technical proficiency (they must open well!), "optical awareness" and access (physical, mechanical and metaphorical).

Each book in the exhibition "invited a close look" from the juror, and he said the best work made him "inspired to return to his studio re-energized."

For more information about the "Heart & Hands 2" exhibition at UNO, contact Marvel Maring at 554.2992 or

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.