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This Week in Campus History

The Feb. 18, 1938, issue of The Gateway reported that a fire had started in a janitor's room in the basement of Joslyn Hall during the previous week's Monday night classes. University of Omaha students and Omaha firefighters attempted to put out the fire while some on-lookers jokingly cried out: "Let 'er burn!" Although damages were not mentioned in the article, given the "apparent unconcern of people strolling through the smoke-filled halls," the newspaper guessed that they were probably minimal. It was also reported that last Tuesday's morning students were still greeted with a smoky odor hanging in the air.

Date: Feb. 18, 1938
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

Faculty/Staff Hockey Nights March 2-4 at Qwest


It's hockey playoff time in Omaha! Maverick hockey invites all UNO faculty and staff members to the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) home playoff series set for Friday through Sunday, March 2-4.

The Mavericks will host the best-of-three first round playoff series. All games will start at 7:05 p.m. at Qwest Center Omaha. The faculty/staff appreciation nights are being sponsored by the UNO Athletic Department.

The discounted faculty/staff price is $10 for all tickets. This offer is only valid through Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 5 p.m. Mention this offer to receive your discounted tickets by visiting the UNO Athletic Ticket Office at Sapp Fieldhouse from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weekdays); calling 554.MAVS (6287) or via e-mail at

Other playoff ticket prices are $9 for a child ticket and $3 for UNO students with an ID.

UNO ROTC to Host 44th Annual Drill Meet

The UNO Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Detachment 470 will hold its 44th Annual Drill Meet Sunday, Feb. 25. The event will involve 14 high schools from Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri.

More than 420 high school ROTC cadets will participate and more than 2,000 spectators are expected. The event will be held at the UNO Sapp Fieldhouse and in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. Competition starts at 9 a.m., and awards will be presented at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 960.3605 or send an e-mail to

PRSSA to Host "Relax in Caregiver Paradise" Event

A free health fair designed to offer caregivers a relaxing break will be held Sunday, Feb. 25, at the Christ Child Society.

One Comm., a team of public relations students from the School of Communication at UNO, is partnering with Christ Child Society to host "Relax in Caregiver Paradise." The event - designed to provide a relaxing, social and informative day for caregivers - will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Christ Child Society, 1248 S. 10 St.

Caregivers, anyone over the age of 18 providing free in-home care to a loved one over the age of 50, will be able to speak, one-on-one, with a variety of representatives from agencies like Northwestern Financial and United Way. Hy-Vee dieticians will also be on hand to answer questions. Massage students will be providing free massages to help caregivers relax.      

Bev Van Phillips, founder of Home Access Solutions and a licensed occupational therapist, will speak about the specific ways caregivers can make their lives easier in the home and will give a motivational talk at 3 p.m.        

The event is part of an annual competition known as the Bateman National Case Study Competition sponsored by the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). The client for this year's National Bateman Case Study Competition is "Family Caregiving: It's Not All Up to You!" It is a new, online-based organization started by the National Family Caregivers Association and the National Alliance for Caregiving.

For more information, contact Chris Larson, media relations director, at 306.6650 or

International Cultural Fair and Banquet Planned

International Student Services, a Student Government agency, will host the 35th annual International Cultural Festival Feb. 28 through March 1 and March 5 at UNO.

Activities will include an International Cultural Fair Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 28-March 1. This event is free and will include display tables presented by UNO international students from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom and Nebraska Room.

The International Banquet will take place Monday, March 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the MBSC Ballroom. The banquet will include an international dinner and entertainment. A dance, with music provided by DJ Glen Lewis, will follow the banquet in the MBSC Fireplace Lounge until midnight.

Tickets are $10 for students with a valid UNO ID, $25 for the general public (including faculty and staff), and $12 for children eight years of age and under. Tickets can be purchased in the MBSC Business Office.

For more information, contact Erin Cron at 554.2711.

Peace Corps Week Feb. 26 through March 2

International Studies and Programs will celebrate Peace Corps Week (Monday, Feb. 26 through Friday, March 2) at UNO in conjunction with International Student Services. Jennifer Marciniak - Peace Corps Recruiting Officer from the Denver Regional Office - along with other returned Peace Corps volunteers, will be on hand to speak with visitors at the Peace Corps table during the International Cultural Fair.

The event will be held Wednesday, Feb. 28, and Thursday, March 1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom.

"Celebrating Peace Corps Week during ISS's International Week works well because we're all about exploring other cultures," said ESL instructor Anne West-Leclou. "It's important to have someone to talk to, face to face, when you are researching options for overseas opportunities. That is why Jennifer comes to Omaha at least twice a year to talk about Peace Corps."

For more information about Peace Corps, call the International Programs Office at 554.2293.

Seven Days of Service Set for Spring Break

More than 500 UNO students will trade sandy beaches for hammers and paint brushes during spring break to refurbish six homes in north and south Omaha.

The project, "Seven Days of Service," gives students the opportunity to volunteer their services to improve Omaha neighborhoods. The event will be held Saturday, March 10, and then from March 12-17.

"This will be the fifth and most ambitious year for this project," said Kathe Oleson, program assistant in the UNO Service-Learning Academy (SLA). "We did four homes last year, but we've never attempted to refurbish six homes in one week."

The Wells Fargo Foundation will contribute more than $70,000 in grants to the project. The Omaha Housing Authority, Family Housing Advisory Services (FHAS) and the SLA are sponsoring Seven Days of Service. The project will make first-time home ownership possible for six new buyers.

UNO construction management students are estimating, preparing and designing makeovers for each of the six homes. They will coordinate the volunteers in repairing and refurbishing the homes.

The construction management students will also be working with other students from the School of Communication, the School of Social Work and the SLA to recruit and assign volunteers.

"The gift of Seven Days is having the different classes of students come together to facilitate the growing and strengthening of the community, and the extraordinary learning for all of our students in the process," Oleson said. "Everyone is better for this experience."

Upon completion of the Seven Days of Service, the six homes will be sold by Omaha 100 - a component of FHAS - to low-income families who qualify. Education classes will be offered by FHAS to prepare the first-time buyers for financial management of home ownership.

The Seven Days of Service hours run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Those interested in volunteering can sign up at the information desk in the Eppley Administration Building or in 220 Arts and Sciences Hall.

Gouveia to Speak at "Rural Nebraska and Immigration" Seminar

Lourdes Gouveia, director of the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies at UNO, will be a featured presenter and panelist Wednesday, March 7, at a first-of-its-kind seminar focusing on rural Nebraska and immigration. Dr. Gouveia is a nationally and internationally recognized expert on immigration issues.

The seminar's focus is based on the results from the 2006 Annual Nebraska Rural Poll. The poll surveyed nearly 2,500 residents from rural areas of the state on their perceptions and opinions about immigration. In particular, respondents were asked for their thoughts on the increase in immigration from Latin America to rural communities, immigration policies, and the impact of immigration on the state and its communities.

The seminar is free and open to students, university staff and faculty, and the public. The Center for Applied Rural Innovation, the Nebraska Rural Initiative at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) College of Arts and Sciences, and the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center are co-sponsoring the event. The seminar will run from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Great Plains Art Museum, Center for Great Plains Studies, 1155 Q St., in Lincoln.

Other featured panelists include:

- Raymond Aguilar, Nebraska state senator, District 35;

- Randy Cantrell, professor of sociology and community development specialist, Nebraska Rural Initiative, UNL;

- Miguel Carranza, professor of sociology and ethnic studies/Latino and Latin American studies, UNL;

- DiAnna Schimek, Nebraska state senator, District 27;

- Jose J. Soto, vice president for affirmative action/equity/diversity, Southeast Community College;

- Darcy Tromanhauser, director of the Immigrant Integration and Civic Participation program, Nebraska Appleseed;

- Tammy Ward, Lincoln district manager, Office of U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson; and

- Todd Wiltgen, state director, Office of U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel.

For more information, contact Tarik Abdel-Monem at (402) 472.3147 or, or visit

Tax Forms Available on Criss Library Web Site

Are you ready for tax season but still in need of a form? The Criss Library Web site ( contains links to PDF copies of the more commonly used 2006 IRS and Nebraska tax forms and instructions. Look for a link in the "News" column on the right side of the homepage or visit

"The files are hosted on our own server, so response times for our users will be faster then the IRS and Nebraska Web sites, especially during the busy months of March and April," said Jim Shaw, government documents librarian at UNO. "The IRS no longer distributes copies of federal tax forms or instructions to our library. This makes access from our Web site a valuable service to our patrons."

The Criss Library Web site will host these forms through Sunday, April 15.

In the News

In the News

- Interim UNO Chancellor John Christensen was quoted in the Feb. 16 edition of the Omaha World-Herald about the secrecy of applications submitted during the chancellor job search.

- Tom Gouttierre, dean of international studies and programs, and director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies, was featured on the Feb. 15 edition of the "Tom Becka Show" (KFAB 1110). Gouttierre discussed the current situation with Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan.

- Bob Moser, Aviation Institute, was interviewed on the Feb. 18 WOWT (Channel 6) and KPTM (Fox 42) newscasts about the cause of a small plane crash in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

- Michael Peterson, geography/geology, was featured on the Feb. 16 KETV (Channel 7) newscast. He discussed testing the accuracy of online maps.

- Mary Lynn Reiser, business administration, was featured in the Feb. 20 online edition of about a recent First National Bank credit card marketing incident.

- John Shroder, geography/geology, was quoted in the Feb. 18 edition of the Bryan-College Station Eagle (Bryan, Texas). The article discussed terrain in Afghanistan.

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

- Jeremy Lipschultz, communication, recently published "Framing Terror: Violence, Social Conflict, and the 'War on Terror'" in Electronic News, 1(1), 21-35. The article was developed from a paper presented two years ago at the UNO Global Studies Conference. Dr. Lipschultz is also a founding member of the journal's editorial board.

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" Under Way
The UNO Department of Theatre will present "Nickel and Dimed" tonight 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.

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.

WRC to Host "The Vagina Monologues" Benefit Feb. 23-25
The UNO Women's Resource Center will present its second annual benefit production of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" tonight through Sunday, Feb. 23-25.

The production, directed by Sonali Kumar, will be performed in the Eppley Administration Building Auditorium on the UNO Dodge Street campus. The house will open at 7 p.m., with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for Friday and Saturday performances. On Feb. 25, the house will open at 3 p.m., with a 3:30 p.m. curtain. The Sunday performance will be followed by a talk-back session with the director, designers and cast.

This year, more than 1,150 communities around the world are hosting V-Day benefits to raise funds and awareness toward ending violence against women. These events raised more than $4 million last year through performances of Eve Ensler's award-winning play, "The Vagina Monologues."

"Hot on the heels of their success, UNO has joined this global movement as part of the V-Day 2007 College Campaign," Kumar said. V-Day Omaha 2007 will benefit Siena/Francis House, an agency that provides a variety of services to protect children, help adults and strengthen families. Founded in Omaha in 1975, the agency serves thousands of families annually in the Omaha/Council Bluffs metropolitan areas.

UNO's benefit production of "The Vagina Monologues" is sponsored by the Women's Resource Center. All proceeds benefit Siena/Francis House. Tickets are a suggested donation of $10 and may be purchased at the door, by e-mail at or by calling 554.2730.

For more information, contact Tumelo Gobagoba in the Women's Resource Center at 554.2730.

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.

UNO Ensembles to Showcase Brahms' German Requiem March 3
The UNO Department of Music will showcase its ensembles and faculty during performances of Brahms' German Requiem Saturday, March 3, at the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. Performances will be held at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $5 for adults and $4 for students and seniors.

Three UNO ensembles will team up to perform this work. The groups - comprised of almost 200 students and community members - include the Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra, Concert Choir and University Chorus. Matt Harden has prepared the choirs for these concerts, and Christopher Stanichar, will conduct a performance with Theresa Dody, soprano soloist, and Chip Smith, baritone soloist.

"This will be the first time this massive work has been performed by the UNO Department of Music," said Dr. Stanichar, an assistant professor and director of orchestral activities in the UNO Department of Music. "Please plan on attending the performances of one of Brahms' most popular and moving works, based on scriptural passages sung in German."

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

"Hearts & Hands 2" Book Arts Exhibit at Criss Library
Criss Library is hosting "Hearts & 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 "Hearts & 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.