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On March 8, 1957, The Gateway reported that a 1942 University of Omaha alum was working hard to bring American art and literature to Cuba. Francis Donahue was employed as the American cultural attaché at the U. S. Embassy in Cuba. OU professor Christobal Espinosa had kept in contact with Donahue and reported to The Gateway that the OU Spanish major had written pamphlets in Spanish about famous American writers that hopefully would be used in schools throughout Cuba.

Date: March 8, 1957
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

Students and Faculty to Visit India During Spring Break

Now through March 18, 32 UNO and University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) students - along with seven UNO faculty and staff members - will experience Indian society first-hand.  The group will visit India to learn about the impact and process of globalization.

The students will be exposed to Indian society, culture, history, business practices, government and have conversations with some of the emerging thought leaders from a variety of sectors of the Indian industry.  The visit to India will also include a stop at UNO's sibling university, the Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur (IIT-Kharagpur) ( - which is jointly hosting the trip with UNO and infoUSA

The students are only responsible for 80 percent of the cost of airfare from Omaha to Delhi, passport and visa fees, and travel insurance. All other costs - a $200 subsidy per student, local airline travel within India, ground transportation, hotels and meals - are being underwritten by a major grant from infoUSA and in-kind sponsorship from some Indian corporate hosts.

"Even with better communication throughout the world, it remains vitally important to make face-to-face connections," said Tom Gouttierre, dean of International Studies and Programs at UNO and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC).  "InfoUSA has done a tremendous amount to foster good will between Nebraska and India."

In 2006, 50 students from IIT-Kharagpur came to UNO for a week of meetings on campus and with Omaha business leaders.  An infoUSA grant also covered the expenses associated with that visit, except for airfare.

"The students from here and the students in India understand that the world truly is getting smaller," said Vin Gupta, infoUSA Inc. chairman and CEO.  Gupta has been the driving force behind the two student exchanges. 

"These exchanges are starting points for collaboration and dialogue," he said. "I know they will pay dividends for years and years to come."

The Nebraska student delegation consists of a number of first-generation college students who represent a diverse group of 17 women and 15 men. The students are predominantly juniors or seniors and represent a wide variety of majors ranging from computer engineering, computer science/bioinformatics, construction engineering, architectural engineering, international studies, accounting, mechanical engineering, journalism, management information systems, chemical engineering, biology and sociology.

The trip began March 6, with stops in Bangalore, Mysore, Kolkata (Calcutta), Kharagpur, Delhi and Agra. There will be many opportunities for the group to interact with Indian university students and faculty at IIT-Kharagpur and the Jaypee Institute of Information Technology (, a privately funded university system near Delhi.

Students will also visit with corporate executives, government officials, explore historical sites from the Mughal and British era to the modern times, and experience rural and urban parts of India. The group will also visit emerging biotech firms such as Biocon ( and Infosys ( Tom Friedman, the author of the best-selling The World is Flat, featured Infosys and its leadership in his book.  Other companies and organizations that will be visited by the delegation include the Infovision group (, Japypee Industries Limited ( and Chaterjee Biochem Limited.

To follow the Nebraska student delegation's travels via their live daily blog/journal from India, completely updated by students, visit  

SLA to Host March 8 Brown Bag on Community Partnerships

Maria Anderson Knudtson, an instructor in the UNO Department of English, will present on "Developing and Sustaining Community Partnerships" Thursday, March 8, at UNO.  The Service-Learning Academy (SLA) brown bag seminar will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room.

In the past 15 years, Knudtson has worked in partnership with the education department at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo.  Her classes have brought many valuable resources to the zoo's education department - accomplishing projects such as researching and writing species training manuals for zoo docents, creating marketing materials for zoo education programs, and researching and developing community education materials about environmental issues and endangered species. 

At the March 8 brown bag, she will discuss the development of her partnership with the zoo and how it changed over time.  She will also give an overview of the projects she and her students accomplished throughout the years - discussing the benefits gained, from both the zoo's and the students' perspectives.

Refreshments and dessert will be provided. Contact Alice Woll at 554.2427 or to R.S.V.P.

Nebraska Day of Percussion March 10 at UNO

Drum roll, please.

The fifth annual Nebraska Day of Percussion is set for Saturday, March 10, at UNO.  The event, sponsored by the Nebraska Percussive Arts Society and the UNO Department of Music, will be held in the Strauss Performing Arts Center on the UNO campus.

Hundreds of percussionists throughout the region are expected to attend the day's activities, which will feature clinics and performances by top-notch drummers and percussionists.  All interested members of the public are invited to attend.  

The day's events will conclude with a finale concert/clinic featuring internationally renowned drummer Steve Smith, who played in Journey and Vital Information.

"If you're into drumming, UNO is definitely the place you'll want to be March 10," said event organizer Tomm Roland, coordinator of percussion studies and multicultural music at UNO.

Areas of percussion covered this year include drum set, Brazilian percussion, electronics, concert percussion, jazz percussion and keyboard percussion.  In addition, there will be activities for select Omaha area high school percussionists, a fundamentals clinic geared for beginning drummers and an opportunity to meet Steve Smith.  The finale concert will begin at 7 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

The day also will include vendor and percussion displays, along with chances to win prizes.

All-day tickets, which include the evening clinic by Steve Smith, cost $15 for the public and $10 for Percussive Arts Society members. 

For more information or a complete schedule of events, contact Roland at 554.3155 or

Criss Library Announces Spring Break Hours

Criss Library announces the following hour changes for Spring Break:

 - Sunday, March 11
Noon to 9 p.m.

- Monday, March 12, through Thursday, March 15
8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

- Friday, March 16
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Regular hours will resume Saturday, March 17.  For more information, contact the library circulation desk at 554.3206.

Biweekly Payroll Notice

March has three biweekly paydays (March 1, 15 and 29). Therefore, no standard deductions will be taken from the March 29 biweekly payroll.  Regular biweekly paid employees will not have NUCREDITS included or standard deductions, such as insurance or parking, withheld.  Federal and state taxes, Social Security and Medicare taxes, retirement and credit union deductions will be taken. 

For more information, contact Payroll at 554.2325.

Library Friends to Hold Discussion on Founding Brothers March 8

The Friends of the UNO Criss Library Book Club will host a discussion of Founding Brothers by Joseph Ellis Thursday, March 8, at 7 p.m. in Room 100 of Criss Library. The discussion leader will be Kent Kirwan, UNO emeritus professor of political science.

In his book, Ellis explores how a group of greatly gifted, but deeply flawed, individuals - Hamilton, Burr, Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, Adams and Madison - confronted the overwhelming challenges before them to set the course of a nation.

For more information, call 554.3205.

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 8, 12, 14, 27 and 30
8 a.m. to noon

- March 19 and 22
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

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

NU Tech Day Set for March 14

The 2007 NU Technology Day will be held Wednesday, March 14, at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. NU Tech Day is a one-of-a-kind event, attracting an audience of highly skilled campus and system-level professionals who are knowledgeable about and interested in the integration of emerging technologies into teaching, learning and research.

NU Tech Day attendees are often early adopters and represent the most innovative and creative areas on their campuses. Attendees range from IT executives, mid-level IT managers, faculty and specialists in technologies - such as digital video, Web and instructional design, cybersecurity, application development, networking, streaming, animation and graphics.

Those planning on attending the event are asked to register on the NU Tech Day Web site (  Keep checking the Web site for up-to-date information.

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