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Seven Days of Service

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

More than 500 UNO students spent their spring break volunteering in the fifth annual Seven Days of Service Program. Last week, the students worked on six homes in north and south Omaha. The project will make first-time home ownership possible for six new buyers.

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Staff and students pitch in to fix a pinball machine in the UNO Student Center game room during the fall of 1972.

This Week in Campus History

The March 1961 issue of That You May Know reported that the University of Omaha (OU) faculty recital group planned to present an evening of music March 19 by Philip Bezanson, a professor of music at Iowa State University. Professor Bezanson planned to conduct the faculty recital group himself, which included OU staff members James Taggart, James Peterson, James Price, Helena Bell and Mildred Slocum. The recital was free of charge and was scheduled to be held in the student center at 7 p.m.

Date: March 1961
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

ICS Distinguished Lecture Series Continues

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

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

National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

The first annual National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day will be observed Wednesday, March 21. The event aims to increase awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians.

Native communities selected March 21 to commemorate National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day because it marks the start of spring, a time of beginnings and change. All events are free and open to the public.

On March 21, UNO will host a movie and panel discussion on "Circle of Warriors." The film will be screened at 6 p.m. in the Eppley Administration Building Auditorium. It will focus on Native American women and men living with HIV/AIDS and discussing the topic so others may benefit.

To view the entire schedule of events and community sponsors - including the UNO Department of Psychology - click on the link below:

March 21-24 Events

To have a schedule faxed or mailed to your office, call University Affairs at 554.2358

For more information, contact Jessiline Anderson at 554.4811.

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 Ambassadors Program Seeks Applicants

The UNO Ambassadors Program is recruiting for the 2007-08 academic year. Twelve student Ambassadors will be selected based on their academic achievement, leadership and communication skills. Faculty and staff are asked to identify and encourage qualified students to apply for the program.

Ambassadors represent the university at a variety of social and business functions, which are hosted by the chancellor, vice chancellors, deans and other individuals and organizations on campus. They wear UNO blazers or business casual UNO polo shirts to activities, and receive a $200 scholarship for the academic year in which they serve. Two non-scholarship alternate members of the program will also be chosen.

Criteria for selection include 27 credit hours earned at UNO by May 2007, a 2.5 G.P.A., full-time student status in the 2007-08 academic year, superior communication skills and a strong interest in service to the university.

Applications are available in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs (202 Eppley Administration Building) or online at The application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, April 6. Overall, 25 applicants will be interviewed.

For more information, call 554.2779.

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.

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.

"Lights, Camera, Career" Workshop Set for March 22

Students will meet with professionals Thursday, March 22, at a communication career-development workshop in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

The "Lights, Camera, Career" workshop will provide students with an opportunity to speak informally with professionals from public relations, advertising, event planning, print media, television, radio, and training and development. The session will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Professionals will offer advice on résumés, portfolios and other materials students may have. Students may bring items for critique and can talk one-on-one, or in small groups, with the professionals. Individuals may come and go as they please.

The participating professionals are:
- Carly Barth, project coordinator, Vic Gutman & Associates;
- Cathy Beeler, assignment manager, KETV;
- Jeff Carney, assistant managing editor, Omaha World-Herald;
- Nicole Frazier, account director, Bozell;
- Patricia Harrold, president, Career and Life Mentoring;
- Tessa Jeffers, assistant managing editor, The Reader;
- Megan King, senior internal communication specialist, Cassling Diagnostic Imaging;
- Steve Kline, president, Leslie Kline Lukas & Associates;
- Kurt Luchs, general manager, Waitt Radio Networks;
- John Melingagio, director of public relations, Girls and Boys Town;
- Andrew Norman, assistant managing editor, The Reader; and
- Genevieve Shaw, account executive, Redstone Communications.

Recent UNO graduates who will attend to offer advice are:
- Julian Ivey, Web coordinator, Journal Broadcast Group;
- Kristin Logan, marketing specialist, Cox Communications;
- Josefina Loza, reporter, Omaha World-Herald; and
- Julia McConahay, public relations account executive, Envoy.

Michelle Perone and Molly Kruger from the UNO Career Exploration and Outreach Office will attend to critique résumés.

The workshop is sponsored by the Ad Club, Public Relations Student Society of America, Society of Professional Journalists and the School of Communication. Information on internships and communication student organizations also will be available. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Sherrie Wilson at 554.3677 or

Masters and Music Series Continues March 25

"Explorations into Musical and Literary Forms," the next installment in the Masters and Music series at UNO, will be held Sunday, March 25. The event will begin at 5 p.m. in the UNO Art Gallery.

The series, which is sponsored by Friends of Art, blends artistic imagery and musical composition. The March 25 installment will feature Rivkah Sass, executive director of the Omaha Public Library, and musician Joe Todero.

Sass will discuss "You Never Know What You're Going to Find." She also will talk about her years as a librarian and what she views as the true interdisciplinary institution of the 21st Century - the library. She will share her view on the connection between the literary world and artistic world with assistance from Todero.

The UNO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building. The presentation will be followed by a reception with the artists. Tickets cost $15 per person and $3 for students with ID. All proceeds will benefit the Friends of Art Scholarship Fund. Friends of Art is a support group for the UNO Department of Art and Art History.

For more information or to make a reservation, call Shari Hofschire at 554.2402.

"Research Compliance" Brown Bag Session March 27

Faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to attend a brown bag session on research compliance Tuesday, March 27. Hosted by the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR), the event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

Panelists will provide guidance regarding the protection of human subjects and animals in research, the use of biohazardous agents in research, and overall campus environmental health and safety. The speakers will include Joe Brown and John Hill, Institutional Review Board representatives; Jeff French and LaReesa Wolfenbarger, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee representatives; Tom Weber, Institutional Biosafety Committee representative; and Patrick Wheeler, UNO Chemical and Radiation Safety Specialist.

Participants are invited to bring their lunch, and SPR will provide beverages and dessert. Reservations are not required.

For more information, call SPR at 554.2286 or visit the Web at

LGBTQ Ally Training Set for March 29

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) ally training will be offered Thursday, March 29, in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center Centennial Hall.

Two training sessions will be offered, although participants need only attend one. The first session will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, and the next session will be repeated from 1 to 4 p.m. Participants are asked to arrive 15 minutes early to check in and enjoy refreshments.

The three-hour program will explore bias, discuss how anti-LGBTQ bias hurts others and offer specific techniques to be an ally. The training will be facilitated by members of the UNO Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Allies (LGBTQIA) Dialogue Group and the ally training committee.

Space will be limited for each session. To reserve a spot, contact Kent Lavene at or 554.3008.

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.

CCSW Announces 2007 Award Winners

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) at UNO announces the 2007 winners of its Outstanding Achievement Award, Community Service Award and Student Scholarship Award. These awards recognize individuals and organizations for outstanding service to women.

This year's honorees are:

Outstanding Achievement Award
Lanyce Keel, director of outreach and distance education with information technology services

Community Service Award
Omnium Worldwide Inc.

Student Scholarship Award
Jennifer Machacek, UNO student

The recipients will be honored at the annual CCSW Awards Luncheon scheduled for Thursday, April 5. The event will be held from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. A reception for the award recipients will be held prior to the luncheon from 11 to 11:30 p.m. in the MBSC Chancellor's Room.

The luncheon cost is $12 for staff, faculty and the public, and $9 for students. Tickets are on sale in the MBSC Business Office or by contacting Gina Hotaling at 554.2979 or

For more information about the luncheon, contact Marvel Maring (554.2992 or or Emily Muckerheide (554.4830 or

April 6 Symposium at UNO to Feature Address by Gandhi

Carol Windrum will receive the 2007 Gandhi Award Friday, April 6, at the 10th annual UNO School of Social Work Gandhi Symposium and Award Luncheon. An ordained minister, the Rev. Windrum is being recognized for her concern for the environment, peace and justice throughout the world.

The daylong event - featuring Arun Gandhi, the grandson of Mohandas K. "Mahatma" Gandhi - will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center on the UNO campus. At the event, Arun Gandhi will give a keynote address titled "Lessons Learned from Grandfather."

Space is limited, so those interested in attending are invited to pre-register for the events immediately. No on-site registrations will be accepted the day of the event.

The UNO School of Social Work Gandhi Award honors individuals and organizations that exemplify Mahatma Gandhi's principles of nonviolence, selfless service and social action - which are consistent with social work values. This is the 10th anniversary of the award.

For more than 20 years, Windrum has championed the Peace with Justice Ministries in the Nebraska Conference of the United Methodist Church. She continues to travel throughout the state in tireless support of the organization, which she founded.

Windrum serves on the national board of the Peace Tax Fund, representing the United Methodist Church, and actively works with the rural community and college intern programs. She traveled to Scotland in 2005 to represent Bread for the World, an organization that seeks justice for the world's hungry.

She organized an extensive grassroots lobbying process within the Nebraska Methodist Women organization, through which Methodist women urged state and national representatives to support peace- or justice-related issues in pending legislation. Windrum is the recipient of the 2005 "Peacemaker of the Year" Award by Nebraskans for Peace.

The cost to attend the April 6 symposium (which includes the luncheon) is $50 for students and $100 for non-students. The cost to attend just the luncheon is $25. Pre-registration is required for both events.

For more information, call 554.2792 or 554.2793.

Student Employee of the Year Award Reception April 9

The Student Employee of the Year will be announced Monday, April 9, at the Student Employment Reception. The event, which also will recognize the other award nominees and all student workers, will begin at 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Those planning to attend should R.S.V.P. by Monday, April 2, to Student Employment Services at 554.2321.

UCR Funding Announcement

The University Committee on Research (UCR) announces that the final faculty projects for the January deadline have been awarded. There are no further funds available this academic year for faculty minigrant proposals.

The UCR thanks faculty members for the time and effort expended to submit minigrants and full proposals this year, and congratulates those faculty members who competed successfully for these funds. The availability of UCR funds for next year will not be determined until the beginning of the 2007-08 academic year. Faculty members should refer to the Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) Web page ( after the beginning of the fall semester.

The UCR reports that a small amount of funding remains available for UCR student proposals. This funding was made possible by a one-time allocation of funds specifically for student proposals. The next deadline for these proposals is Monday, April 2. For guidance regarding submissions, refer to the Sponsored Programs (SPR) Web page (

For more information, contact SPR (554.2286 or

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

Henry Doorly Zoo Membership Drive Under Way

The annual Henry Doorly Zoo membership drive is under way at UNO.

The zoo is offering memberships to university employees and students at the annual rate of $68 per household. The cost includes unlimited admission for two adults and dependent children or grandchildren under age 21, discounted admission to more than 100 zoos throughout North America and the Lozier IMAX Theater, discounts on children's classes and more.

Memberships cost $68 until April 1 and $75 after that date. To access an order form, click on the following link:

Zoo Membership Form

For membership inquiries, contact Interim Chancellor John Christensen or Kris Bell at 554.2262.

Maverick Watch

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Go Mavs! Support your Mavericks by attending their home events.

Faculty, staff and students are admitted free to all home athletic games with a valid MavCard ID and game-day ticket, excluding hockey for faculty and staff. The spouses, significant others and children of faculty, staff and students also are admitted free, excluding hockey. At the game, faculty, staff and students must present a valid MavCard ID to receive a ticket. Tickets will be available the day of the game at each home event. For more information, call 554.MAVS (6287).

Wednesday, March 21
- Softball vs. Emporia State
Claussen-Westgate Field, 8121 D. St.
3 p.m. and 5 p.m. (double header)

Saturday, March 24
- Tennis vs. Rockhurst
Hanscom Park
3200 Ed Creighton Ave.
3 p.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at