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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

UNO to Host NCEPR Meeting Today through March 3

UNO will host a meeting of Inter/National Coalition for Electronic Portfolio Research (NCEPR) today, March 1, through Saturday, March 3, in the Milo Bail Student Center. Discussion groups and presentations of research findings will be facilitated throughout the three-day event.

UNO is currently an NCEPR institutional participant and has become a leader in the field of electronic portfolio research nationwide.

The NCEPR offers the following to its participant institutions:
- National exposure for significant research;
- The opportunity to work with other institutions committed to electronic portfolio programs;
- The ability to connect practice with research and theory;
- The opportunity to document findings in a systematic way; and
- Access to experienced consultants.

Meeting participants and the institutions they represent are listed below:

Arizona State University-Polytechnic Campus
- Gary Kleemann, Office of the Vice Provost, academic affairs
- Michael Mader, assistant dean of students
- Duane Roen, head of humanities, arts and English

California State University
- Ruth Cox, ePortfolio project coordinator
- Mary Jo Gorney-Moreno, associate vice president of academic technology and interim director of the Center for Faculty Development
- Helene T. Mandell, systemwide director of CalStateTEACH

Clemson University
- Benjamin R. Stephens, professor and undergraduate coordinator of the Department of Psychology

Florida State University
- Candace Ford, graduate assistant
- Sarah Lucas Hartley, career development coordinator
- Jill Lumsden, project coordinator for Career Portfolio

Framingham State College
- Sue Dargan, Department of Sociology
- Irene Foster, Department of Consumer Sciences
- Karen Perman, Department of Economics and Business Administration

George Mason University
- Darren Cambridge, assistant professor

New Century College
- Juliet Blank-Godlove, director, leadership education and development
- Emily Dahlkamp, student and project research assistant
- Kara Danner, director, portal communications
- Kimberly Eby, associate professor of integrative and interdisciplinary studies, and faculty affiliate for women's studies and psychology
- Heather Hare, associate director of the Center for Service and Leadership
- Amy Snyder, assistant dean, university life
- Mary E. Zamon, assistant director, Office of Institutional Assessment

Kapiolani Community College
- Kelli Goya
- Lisa Kanae
- Judi Kirkpatrick
- Tanya Renner

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
- Lynne Groves, South Central College
- Lynette Olson, Office of the Chancellor
- Barb Lee Schueppert, Northwest Technical College
- Paul Wasko, Office of the Chancellor

Ohio State University
- Steve Acker

Pennsylvania State University
- Glenn Johnson, project manager, e-Portfolio Initiative

San Jose State University
- Kathryn Sucher, professor and DI director, Department of Nutrition and Food Science

Sheffield Hallam University
- Karen Elder, Employability CETL assistant, Centers for Excellence in Teaching and Learning City Campus
- Damien Fitzgerald, associate director (employability), Centers for Excellence in Teaching and Learning City Campus
- Ben Haywood, Employability CETL assistant, Centers for Excellence in Teaching and Learning City Campus

Thomas College
- Thomas S. Edwards, vice president for academic affairs
- Colleen J. Burnham, information resource specialist

University of Georgia
- Christy Desmet, Department of English
- Deborah Church Miller, Department of English

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Peter Mortensen, associate provost fellow

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
- Timothy Shea, professor, decision and information sciences

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- June Griffin, Department of English

- Paul Clark, assessment coordinator, College of Education
- Bob Goeman, technology coordinator, College of Education
- Sheri Rogers, acting vice chancellor for student and academic affairs
- Neal W. Topp, Varner Professor, Department of Teacher Education

University of San Diego
- Carole Huston, professor of communication studies and director of the Center for Learning and Teaching
- Merrick Marino, assistant dean of students

University of Waterloo
- Katherine Lithgow
- Tracy Penny Light

Washington State University
- Ashley Ater-Kranov, assistant director, The Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology
- YoonJung Cho, post doctoral research associate, The Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology

For more information, call 554.3502.

March FEAP Hours Announced

The Faculty/Staff Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) provides short-term counseling, assessment and referral services for faculty, staff, their spouses or significant others, and family members. FEAP offices are located in 206 Eppley Administration Building.

The March schedule is as follows:

- March 2, 6, 19 and 22

12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

- March 8, 12, 14, 27 and 30

8 a.m. to noon

Appointments are free and available by calling 554.3120 (UNO) or 559.5175 (UNMC).

International Cultural Festival Continues Today, March 5

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

An International Cultural Fair will be held today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom and Nebraska Room. The event is free and will include display tables presented by UNO international students.

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.

50th Annual Missouri Valley History Conference Begins Today

History enthusiasts, scholars and students from across the Omaha metropolitan area, Nebraska, the Midwest and the nation are invited to participate in and celebrate the 50th Annual Missouri Valley History Conference (MVHC).

The conference will be held today, March 1, through Saturday, March 3, at the Embassy Suites Old Market/Downtown, 555 S. 10th St.All areas of history will be discussed during 52 panel sessions. Special emphasis will be placed on local and regional history. Scholars and students of history from around the country will be presenting new areas of research in the discipline.

The UNO Department of History has been hosting the event since 1958. "It is one of the largest and oldest history conferences in existence in the country," said Moshe Gershovich, associate professor of history at UNO and the 2007 MVHC program coordinator. "We're excited to be celebrating its 50th."

To receive a copy of the conference program, contact Dr. Gershovich at 554.3175 or The program is also available online at

Numerous special events are planned to commemorate this year's milestone event. On Friday evening, March 2, from 7 to 9 p.m., the MVHC will celebrate its golden jubilee at a reception hosted by UNO Interim Chancellor John Christensen. The event will be held at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center on the UNO Dodge Street campus. Numerous veterans of the MVHC will be on hand to share their memoirs of the conference's history.

John Wunder, professor of history at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will be the guest speaker at today's Phi Alpha Theta luncheon, set for 1 p.m. His talk is titled "On Comparative History: Two Treaties." Phi Alpha Theta is a history honor society at UNO. The Nebraska Chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta Society will hold its own annual conference Friday and Saturday, March 2-3, in conjunction with the MVHC.

Fred Donner, professor of history at the University of Chicago and a notable scholar of early Islamic history, will be the featured speaker at the March 2 MVHC luncheon. His talk is titled "New Views on the Origins of Islam."

A special presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be held today at the Embassy Suites from 8 to 9 p.m. Tim McNeese from York College will present "John Wesley Powell and his 1869 Exploration of the Grand Canyon."

An extensive book and media exhibit - featuring several commercial publishers and university presses, as well as regional historical museums and societies - will also be on display at the conference.

Registration costs $60 and covers the Friday receptions, but it does not include the two conference luncheons. The cost to attend the Phi Alpha Theta and/or MVHC luncheon is an additional $20 for each.

Students from area high schools, colleges and universities are admitted free with ID (excluding meals) and are encouraged to register. Also, the UNO Department of History Dual Enrollment Committee has provided funding for all Omaha Public Schools (OPS), Millard and District 66 teachers to attend the conference free of charge. Teachers should show their identification badges for entry into the conference.

For more information, call Dr. Gershovich at 554.3175.

The Missouri Valley History Conference Inc. is a non-profit corporation in the state of Nebraska. The 50th Annual MVHC is sponsored by MVHC Inc. and the UNO Department of History.

COS Open Lab Session Planned for Grant Writers

The next Community of Science (COS) open lab session will be held Thursday, March 8, at 9 a.m. in Room 207 of Criss Library.

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research hosts these monthly, hour-long sessions to demonstrate the various online resources available to faculty and graduate students through COS. Reservations are not required.

For more information, contact Nancy Schlesiger at 554.2286.

Difficult Dialogues to Host Discussion March 8

Talking about race can be difficult, but a UNO discussion planned for early March aims to conduct an open and honest dialogue about the topic of race on the UNO campus and in the metropolitan area.

"What Omaha Do You Live In?: Talking Openly About Identity and Race," organized by the UNO Difficult Dialogues Project, will be held Thursday, March 8, at 2:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. Faculty, students and staff are invited to attend the free event.

The Difficult Dialogues project is directed by Nora Bacon, UNO associate professor of English; Shereen Bingham, UNO professor of communication; and Cynthia Robinson-Moore, UNO assistant professor of communication. It is funded by a grant from the Ford Foundation.

"The event and the Difficult Dialogues Project are unique," Dr. Bingham said. "We're hoping to get 200 people to talk honestly about identity and race in our city."

A short opening presentation will be followed by smaller, guided group discussion led by members of the Difficult Dialogues core group. Robinson-Moore said the topic of race is often avoided in the campus community because of fear. "It's fear of saying something ignorant or offensive, or saying something that might hurt someone else's feelings," she said. "Our facilitators have received training that should make our discussion productive, open and safe."

The Difficult Dialogues core group at UNO includes 20 faculty, 10 staff and three administrators. They represent diverse departments, disciplines and programs whose work is particularly important to creating an inclusive campus.

The Ford Foundation launched the national Difficult Dialogues project in 2005 by inviting proposals from all accredited, degree granting, non-profit institutions with general undergraduate programs. UNO was one of just 27 institutions to receive funding. "What Omaha Do You Live In?" is the largest event the UNO Difficult Dialogues group has organized.

"People will truly be listening to each other when we get together. It should be an informative, eye-opening afternoon," Dr. Bingham said. "Race has been a divisive issue everywhere, including Omaha. In part, we are asking what kind of city you want Omaha to be five years, 10 years, 20 years from now."

For more information, call 554.4857.