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On March 14, 1973, The Gateway reported on the activities of the University Swing Choir. For many years, as the University Chamber Choir, the group had sung "stuffy stuff" and choir director John Bohrer thought a new look was in order. Last fall, the group's repertoire began to include more popular numbers like "Hello Dolly," "It Had to be You" and "Rain Drops Keep Fallin.'" Choir costumes had been updated, as well, and included polka-dot shirts complimented by white pants for the men and red-ruffled body shirts along with black palazzo pants for the women. The UNO Swing Choir had recently performed for the Nebraska Legislature, the NU Board of Regents and the Ak-Sar-Ben Scholarship Banquet.

Date: March 14, 1973
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

Borders and Waldenbooks to Offer Educator Discount

Borders and Waldenbooks are extending a 25 percent educator discount on select store merchandise to UNO employees Thursday, March 22, through Tuesday, March 27.

To obtain the discount, individuals must present their university ID. In conjunction with the bi-annual Educator Appreciation Event, all Omaha Borders locations will host a reception Friday, March 23, from 4 to 8 p.m.

For sale details, visit the Web by clicking on this link.

For additional information, contact Melissa Davidson, educational sales coordinator, at 926.3693.

Library Friends to Host Discussion by Anna Monardo

The Friends of the UNO Criss Library Book Club will host a presentation by Anna Monardo - chair of the UNO Writer's Workshop - Thursday, March 29, at 7 p.m. at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

Monardo will discuss research for her book, Falling in Love with Natassia. Her stories, essays and poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Sun, Indiana Review, Redbook, Other Voices, Clackamas Review, Birmingham Poetry Review and McCall's. The works also have been anthologized in A Different Plain: Contemporary Nebraska Fiction Writers (University of Nebraska Press) and The Dream Book Anthology of Writing by Italian-American women (Schocken Books).

For more information, call 554.3205.

Submission Deadline for Reimbursement Accounts March 30

The deadline to submit 2006 expenses for employee health care and dependent care reimbursement accounts is Friday, March 30. Any claims for reimbursement for 2006 expenses received after March 30 will not be processed.

For more information, contact Esther Scarpello at 554.3660 or Jacque Christenham at 554.3659.

Concept Papers Sought for Energy Savings Program

The Omaha Public Power District (OPPD), in collaboration with UNO, is issuing a call for concept papers pertaining to its Energy Savings Potential (ESP) Program.

The goal of the ESP Program is to support and deliver collaborative research efforts to develop mutually beneficial results and projects dealing with improving energy efficiency in residential and small commercial sectors. The primary focus of ESP is roadblocks to the implementation of energy efficiency measures. Activities conducted in accordance with the program will form the basis for public benefit activities and programs to use energy more effectively.

Private and nonprofit partners may participate in proposals; however, the principal investigators must either be UNO faculty or staff members, and include significant participation by UNO faculty, staff and/or students. Final notification of concept paper acceptance, rejection or modification (where necessary) will be made by the advisory board with additional input provided by an ad hoc panel of reviewers from OPPD and UNO. If the concept paper is accepted, principal investigators may later be invited to submit a full proposal that describes, in more detail, the nature of the proposed project.

Once approved, grant proposals will be reviewed on at least a quarterly basis (January, April, July and October) but more frequently if necessary. The amount of the grant awards will generally range between $25,000 and $75,000 - with indirect charges being limited to no more than 10 percent - but larger proposals will also be considered depending upon their scope and likely impact. In the event that a proposal is accepted, funding may be approved for the life of the entire project or for specific time periods, as determined by the advisory board.

Concept papers will be reviewed in the order they are received, and there is no set deadline for submissions. To access additional guidelines and paper information, click on the links below.
- Concept Paper Information (
- Concept Paper Submission Form (
- Reviewer Sheet Template (

For more information, contact Gary Anderson at 554.2765 or

ICS Distinguished Lecture Series Continues March 19

Bruce J. Avolio will be the speaker at the next University of Nebraska Institute for Collaboration (ICS) Science Distinguished Lecture Series. He will lecture on "Linking Leadership, Ownership and Sustainable Organizational Performance" Monday, March 19, at 11:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mon Hon Room.

Dr. Avolio is Clifton Chair in Leadership at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) College of Business Administration, and director of the Gallup Leadership Institute at UNL.

At the lecture, he will examine how leadership creates a sense of ownership in followers of organizations and the impact such ownership has on enhancing sustainable performance. Dr. Avolio has published nine books and more than 100 articles on leadership and related areas. His newest books include Leadership Development in Balance: Made/Born (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates February 2005), The High Impact Leader: Moments Matter in Authentic Leadership Development (McGraw-Hill 2006) and Psychological Capital: Developing the Human Competitive Edge (Oxford Press 2007), with Fred Luthans and Carolyn Youssef.

A pizza lunch will be served at the event. To R.S.V.P., send an e-mail to

2007 UNO Art Student Exhibition Under Way

The UNO Art Gallery is presenting the 2007 UNO Art Student Exhibition through Friday, April 6.

The 2007 UNO Art Student Exhibition is the largest student art exhibition featured by the UNO Art Gallery in the 2006-07 academic year. It is juried and open to participation by any UNO student currently enrolled in studio art classes. Art and art history majors in the UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media also are eligible for Bertha Mengedoht Hatz Memorial Scholarship Awards. Submitted artworks are executed in a variety of media and include two-dimensional, three-dimensional and intermedia.

The juror of the 2007 UNO Art Student Exhibition is Amy Nelson. A Midwesterner, Nelson was raised in Sioux City, Iowa, and received her bachelor of fine arts degree from Creighton University. She received her master of fine arts degree in studio art with an emphasis in critical theory, postmodern discourse and ceramic studio practice from the School of Art and Design at East Carolina University.

Her artwork is concept driven and manifests itself through installation, community involvement and, foremost, through the use of artistic practice as a vehicle for political change. Currently, Nelson is a resident assistant professor at Creighton University, where she teaches ceramics and drawing.

For the run of the 2007 UNO Art Student Exhibition, the UNO Art Gallery also will present the Hexagon Installation Program. The facility features a unique, hexagon-shaped gallery and, each spring semester, UNO art students compete to create an "installation" in the space. The installation is a site-specific artwork that emphasizes interaction between the viewer and the artwork. This year, the Hexagon Installation will feature the work Meander by Jason Pierce. Pierce will build a wall of light that winds through the gallery, interacting with and, at times, engulfing the viewer.

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.

"Using iTunes to Manage Teaching Content" Session March 23

The Center for Faculty Development (CFD) is sponsoring a session on using iTunes to manage a variety of teaching content. The event will be held Friday, March 23, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mon Hon Room.

Jeremy Lipschultz, director of the School of Communication, will present "Classroom Video: Using iTunes to Manage Teaching Content." The session will explore how to download video from the Web, import it into the iTunes interface and employ meta data to search vast content.

By organizing video, cued segments may be delivered to students via a laptop computer and projection system. The latest media technology opens the door to advanced teaching, research and service possibilities involving digital video.

To register, contact the CFD (220 Arts and Sciences Hall) at 554.2427 or Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact the CFD or Dr. Lipschultz at 554.4856 or

March FEAP Hours Available

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

- March 27 and 30
8 a.m. to noon

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