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This Week in Campus History

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

KVNO Spring Pledge Drive Under Way

As part of UNO and the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media (CFAM), Classical 90.7 KVNO has a mission to build creative community relationships that transform and improve the lives of constituents, the region, and the nation. Serving more than 40,000 weekly listeners (Arbitron Fall 2006), the station is doing just that!

KVNO kicked off its Spring 2007 On-Air Pledge Drive March 14. The drive will continue until the fundraising goal of $80,000 is reached.

"This event represents a real-time opportunity for the community to participate in sustaining this unique public service," said Kim Balkovec, membership manager.

Broadcasting live 24 hours a day, KVNO is locally programmed for all but one hour per week and provides a number of academic opportunities for CFAM students focusing on broadcasting, journalism and music.

To pledge your support, call 559.5866 or visit and click on the "donate now" button to access the secure Web pledge page.

UNO Ranks in Top Five of Director's Cup Standings


Grand Valley State is holding strong to its lead in the first winter U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings for Division II, tallying 555.5 points after a third place finish in women's track and field, and an eighth-place showing in men's track and field. The Lakers are looking for their fourth straight Directors' Cup title in 2006-07. Jumping from 18th to fifth place is UNO with 299.75 total points. The Mavericks were third overall in wrestling and 10th in women's track and field.

Adams State jumped from sixth to second in the first winter standings with 420 points. The Grizzlies finished fourth in men's track and field, and were fifth overall in both women's track and field, and men's wrestling.

Abilene Christian moved up from fourth to third with 374 points after a runner-up finish in men's track and field, and a fourth-place showing in women's track and field.

Tied for third with the Wildcats is Western State. The Mountaineers were 10th in wrestling, 14th in men's track and field, 18th in skiing, had a National Collegiate championship and placed 36th overall in women's track and field.

For more information, visit the Web at

"Consider This" to Rebroadcast Bird Flu Preparedness Episode

Those who missed the recent "Consider This" program on bird flu preparedness will have a chance to see the episode when it is rebroadcast on KYNE-TV today, March 16, at 11 p.m.

Host Andrea McMaster will speak with Sharon Medcalf, associate director of the Center for Biopreparedness Education at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and The Nebraska Medical Center.

Medcalf travels the state educating people on how to be prepared during disasters. Her talks now focus mostly on bird flu. The center - funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) - is a joint endeavor of UNMC and Creighton University Medical Center.

"You could dwell on all the info about bird flu (H5N1), but we don't know how deadly it will be until it becomes a pandemic. That won't happen until the virus mutates and becomes easily transmissible from human to human. There are so many things we don't know until it begins," Medcalf said.

"We're tasked with educating responders for any disaster, whether intentional or unintentional," she said. "We're very involved with educating anyone who wants to be educated."

Medcalf has given her bird flu pandemic presentation more than 200 times since the center was formed in 2002. She presents for forums, church groups, professional organizations, associations, business and civic organizations, and to retirees of organizations and junior high schools. She speaks about ways individuals can prepare themselves and their families.

This edition of the program will be rebroadcast according to the following schedule:

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, March 18
11:30 a.m. (CT)

NET2 (NET's cable network)
- Monday, March 19
1:30 p.m. (CT)

- Wednesday, March 21
8 a.m. (CT)

"Consider This" is a production of UNO Television. It also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For a list of days and times, visit the Web at Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at

Civic Participation Projects Forum Set for March 20

This year's project grant awardees will be summarizing their projects and achievements at a forum set for Tuesday, March 20. The event will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

Grants will be awarded for up to $1,500 for Civic Participation Projects and $650 toward travel grants relating to Civic Participation. To register for this event, e-mail Alice Woll at or call 554.2427.

Projects are under way in a variety of fields like music, education, political science and foreign languages, as well as in the UNO Colleges of Business and Information Science and Technology. Displays and briefs will be given on projects that received funding.

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

- Randall Adkins, political science, was interviewed March 12 by the Omaha World-Herald and the Lincoln Journal Star, and was an on-air guest on KFAB (1110 AM). The interviews highlighted a political announcement Sen. Chuck Hagel made that day at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

- Loree Bykerk, political science, was interviewed March 12 by WOWT (Channel 6) about a political announcement Sen. Chuck Hagel made at UNO.

- Krista Cupich, international programs, was quoted in the Kolkata Newsline (India). Approximately 40 UNO students, faculty and staff are participating in an ongoing visit to various Indian universities and businesses.

- John Langan, dean of the College of Education, was interviewed March 15 by WOWT (Channel 6) about the importance of teacher experience in area schools.

- The annual UNO Day of Percussion, held at UNO March 10, was the subject of an editorial in the March 13 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The column recognized UNO faculty members who organized the event.

- The UNO Seven Days of Service project was featured on the March 10 edition of the KETV (Channel 7) news. Three segments were broadcast live from a home being renovated in South Omaha.

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

- Oliver B. Pollak, history, is the author of a forthcoming book by Carolina Academic Press: To Educate and Serve: The Centennial History of Creighton University School of Law, 1904-2004. He also wrote an article on "The Death of John A. Creighton," which appeared in the Spring 2007 issue of Creighton magazine.

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

UNO Symphonic Wind Ensemble to Present "Bandemonium" March 25
The Symphonic Wind Ensemble at UNO will be presenting a concert, "Bandemonium," Sunday, March 25, at 3 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. Tickets will be available at the door at a cost of $4 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, and are free with a UNO MavCard. The performance will include the regional premiere of Roger Cichy's composition "Pandemonium," which was commissioned by a consortium of collegiate concert bands, including UNO.

The Wind Ensemble, conducted by James Saker and associate conductor Erica Neidlinger, will begin their program with Jack Stamp's "Cloudsplitter Fanfare." Other pieces on the program include "The Seasons" by Philip Sparke, Eric Whitacre's "October" and Henry Fillmore's famous circus march, "Rolling Thunder." A performance of a masterwork for winds, "Sunday in Mexico" by American composer Robert McBride, will conclude the program.

The guest conductor for the concert will be Lt. Col. Alan L. Bonner, who served as the commander and conductor of the U. S. Air Force Band in Washington, D.C., for four of his 26 years in the Air Force. Prior to this appointment, Lt. Col. Bonner was the commander and conductor of the band at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.

Though he is now retired from the Air Force, Lt. Col. Bonner serves as the national executive director for Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma National Band Honor Fraternity and Sorority at their headquarters in Stillwater, Okla., and serves frequently as a guest conductor of collegiate and professional wind bands throughout the country.

The newest members of the "UNO Bands Hall of Fame" will be inducted at the conclusion of the concert. A complimentary reception honoring the inductees and the guest conductor will be held following the performance.

For 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

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.

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.