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The March 1951 issue of That You May Know reported that Edward H. Winter, a prominent ceramics artist spoke at a university convocation regarding "Fine Arts and Business." Winter encouraged art students to become a part of their community instead of hermits confined to their studios. He also asserted that artists who wished to start in the Omaha area had as much a chance of becoming famous as if they moved to New York. His enamel on metal work had been showcased in 43 European and American museums. Winter's message to local artists was encouraging: "The artist of today is designing steamships, planes, buses and trains. There is a great future in this profession."

Date: March 1951
Source: That You May Know
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

International Cultural Fair Begins

International Student Services, a Student Government agency, will begin hosting the 35th annual International Cultural Festival today, Feb. 28, at UNO.

Activities will include an International Cultural Fair today 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 Saturday, March 3, 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 Under Way through March 2

International Studies and Programs will celebrate Peace Corps Week (Feb. 26 through 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 today, 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.

CCSW to Sponsor Heart Health Coffeehouse

Did you know that heart disease is now the leading cause of death for women? Do you know the warning signs of a heart attack for women? All UNO faculty, staff and students (male and female) are invited to attend the "Heart Health for Women" Susan B. Anthony Coffeehouse to learn more about women and heart disease, and what can be done to promote heart health.

The UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) is sponsoring today's, Feb. 28, coffeehouse event that will feature Geri Moore from Creighton University. The coffeehouse will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 100 of Criss Library at UNO. The library café will also be open, and attendees are invited to bring their lunches.

For more information, call 554.3660.

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.

Performances of "Nickel and Dimed" Continue Tonight

The UNO Department of Theatre will present "Nickel and Dimed" tonight, Feb. 28, through Saturday, 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.

Eppley Electrical Outage Set for March 1

The Eppley Administration Building (EAB) will undergo an electrical outage Thursday, March 1, from 1 to 2 a.m. so work can be done to connect a new electrical switchgear.

UNO EAB Data Center servers and UNO campus network/Internet, including network connections between buildings, will be without electrical power. UPS units will be unplugged from midnight to 2 a.m.

In conjunction with the outage, Eppley staff members are being reminded to turn off and unplug all computers, printers, copiers and fax machines.

For more information, call Don Smith at 554.3734.

Faculty/Staff Hockey Nights March 2-4 at Qwest

It is 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 Bowling Green Falcons in a 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 today, 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.

March 2 HR Seminar Series to Focus on Women's Retirement

Wendy Becker, a TIAA-CREF consultant, will be on campus Friday, March 2, to offer advice and answer questions about women's retirement planning at the next installment of the Human Resources Informative Seminar Series.

The event will be held March 2 from 10 to 11 a.m. and will be repeated Friday, March 9, at the same time in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mon Hon Room. The seminar will focus on the unique retirement planning concerns of women of all ages.

The UNO seminar series is scheduled monthly from September through April. Topics will include personal financial management, social security and retirement planning.

For more information, contact Esther Scarpello at 554.3660.

CCMA to Host Annual Diversity Awards Reception April 12

The Chancellor's Commission on Multicultural Affairs (CCMA) at UNO will host its annual Diversity Awards reception Thursday, April 12. The event will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Chancellor's Room.

At the reception, the CCMA will recognize the 2007 Diversity Awards recipients. The awards recognize current UNO faculty, staff, students, departments, colleges or organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to diversity on the university campus or in the community through mentoring, outreach initiatives or other activities that advance the institution's goal of inclusion.

The program will begin at 2:30 p.m. with remarks from Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, associate professor of political science at UNO.

The Diversity Awards provide an opportunity for faculty, staff and students involved in initiatives - both inside and outside the university - to gain recognition for their efforts.

The CCMA serves as an advisory to the chancellor and other university administrators on issues that relate to diversity on campus. The commission's goal is to recognize individuals that exemplify a commitment to diversity and to meeting the Diversity Action Plan goals.

Those interested in attending should R.S.V.P. by calling 554.2872, before April 6. For more information about the reception, contact Karen Hayes at 554.3240 or

Participants Sought for ADA Tour de Cure

Looking for an opportunity to get involved in the UNO and Omaha communities?

This June, the American Diabetes Association's (ADA) Tour de Cure is coming (for the first year) to the Sarpy County Fairgrounds in Springfield, Neb. The event will feature a 20-mile ride for novice riders and a 50-mile ride for experienced riders. 

"Most of us have family and/or friends (or maybe even yourself) who are suffering with diabetes," said Suzanne Sollars, the UNO team organizer and an associate professor of psychology at UNO. "There are 20.8 million Americans with diabetes - approximately 97,000 in Nebraska. Diabetes is the largest healthcare expense in the U.S.A.  On average, every 21 seconds, someone is diagnosed with diabetes."

To register for the bike ride, visit and sign up as an individual or register a team. Each rider must raise $150 and will receive a complimentary breakfast from Gandolfo's Deli, lunch from Carabba's and wine at Soaring Wings Vineyard at the after-event party. There will be prizes and rest stops with snacks and beverages along both rides. 

"I hope you will consider riding in this event. Together, we can help increase the progress toward finding the cause and a cure for diabetes, and have a great time meeting fellow UNO students, faculty and staff!" Dr. Sollars said.

Monies raised will go to ADA research, education and advocacy programs.

For more information, contact Dr. Sollars at 554.3981 or