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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

National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

The first annual National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day will be observed today, March 21. The national 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.

UNO will host a movie and panel discussion tonight 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 become better informed.

All events are free and open to the public. To view the entire schedule of events and community sponsors - including the UNO Inter-Tribal Student Council - 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.

Maverick Football Squad Opens Spring Drills

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The Mavericks began their 15-practice spring drills March 20 at Caniglia Field.  The team will work out Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for three weeks, and Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday the final week.  A spring game is also planned for 1 p.m. Saturday, April 14. Weekday practices will begin at 3 p.m., with Saturday practice times to be determined.        

The Squad
The Mavericks return 47 lettermen, including 14 with starting experience from last year's 8-3 team that won its third straight North Central Conference (NCC) title.  UNO loses 16 lettermen, including 11 who started.  Eight offensive starters and six defensive starters return from last season.  A total of 94 players are on the spring roster.

The Records
UNO finished the season at 8-3 overall. The Mavericks were 7-1 and shared the North Central Conference championship, their third straight and eighth overall, with North Dakota.  UNO advanced to the NCAA II playoffs and received a first-round bye a second straight year.  The Mavericks lost, 38-35, to North Dakota in the playoff matchup.   

The Coach
Pat Behrns will be in his 14th season as the head coach, with a 95-52 record at UNO and a 131-79 record in 17 seasons as a collegiate head coach. Behrns is the all-time leader in wins at UNO.  He is a 1972 graduate of Dakota State. Under Behrns, the Mavericks have won NCC titles (1996, 1998, 2000, 2004, 2005 and 2006) and made their sixth NCAA II playoff appearance in 2006.  He has been named the NCC Coach of the Year three times.  Behrns' 146 games is the most of any UNO head coach. 

Key Returnees
The Mavericks return three first-team, all-NCC performers, including All-American Ben Hochstein, the league's most-valuable offensive lineman.  Quarterback Zach Miller was a Harlon Hill regional finalist - rushing for 1,098 yards and scoring a school-record 19 touchdowns.  On defense, junior cornerback Reed Taylor was all-NCC with two pass interceptions and 11 break-ups.  Free safety Randy Kush was second-team all-NCC, while offensive lineman Jake Krause and wide receiver Troy Kush earned honorable mention. 

For more information, contact Gary Anderson at 554.3387.

KVNO Spring Pledge Drive Under Way

As part of UNO and the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media (CCFAM), 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 fund-raising 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 CCFAM 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.

HR to Present Performance Evaluation Workshop

The UNO Office of Human Resources will present a performance evaluation workshop today, March 21. The event, which is designed for new and experienced supervisors, will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

Participants will learn to:

- Improve communication and lessen conflict between supervisors and employees;
- Address "problem" evaluations effectively; and
- Write objective, clear performance evaluations.

The trainer will be Mary Sweaney, assistant director and manager of employment in the UNO Office of Human Resources.

To register or for more information, call 554.2321.

EC UNO to Host Free Screening of "Power Trip"

The Environmental Club at UNO (EC UNO), in partnership with the UNO Environmental Film Cooperative and Sierra Club, will present a free showing of "Power Trip" on campus Thursday, March 22.

Join UNO's environmental student action group for an evening of inspiration and discussion. Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the free event, which will be held in 102 Eppley Administration Building at 4 p.m.

"Power Trip" focuses on an environment of pervasive corruption, assassination and street rioting - in which the story of chaotic post-Soviet transition is told through culture clash, electricity disconnections and blackouts. 

In the film, AES Corp. - the massive American "global power company" - has purchased the privatized electricity distribution company in Tbilisi (capital of the former Soviet Republic of Georgia). AES manager Piers Lewis must now train the formerly communist populace that, in this new world, customers pay for their electricity. The Georgians - meanwhile, from pensioners to the Energy Minister - devise ever more clever ways to get it free.  Amidst hot tempers and high drama, Lewis balances his love for the Georgian people with the hardships his company creates for them, as they struggle to build a nation from the rubble of Soviet collapse.

For more information, visit the EC UNO Web site at or contact Patrick Wheeler at 554.3921 or

HR Offering FMLA Workshops March 27, 29

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) obligates certain employers, such as the University of Nebraska, to provide family and medical leave to their employees.

As a result, Human Resources at UNO will present two separate overviews on the FMLA Act this month for supervisors and employees.

The trainer will be Esther Scarpello, fringe benefits manager in the UNO Office of Human Resources. Scarpello has more than 20 years of experience in the area of benefits and human resources. She is certified in Benefits and Compensation from World at Work.

Each workshop is free to all faculty and staff. Details are as follows:

Overview for Supervisors
Date: Tuesday, March 27
Time: 9 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) U Mon Hon Room
Description: The workshop will help supervisors understand the provisions of the FMLA Act, highlight the university's leave policies and procedures, and explain how to use the leave policies and supervisory tools that are available as they assist employees in balancing work and family needs. This session will also include a discussion of the partnership between Human Resources and supervisors who administer FMLA, the specific procedures at UNO and the forms that are used.

Overview for Employees
Date: Thursday, March 29
Time: 9 to 10 a.m.
Location: MBSC Student U Mon Hon Room
Description: The workshop will help employees understand the provisions of the FMLA Act and highlight the university's leave policies, procedures and forms used.

To register, contact Human Resources at 554.3665.

FEAP to Host March 29 "Internet Predators" Program

The Faculty Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) will host an informational program on "Internet Predators: How to Keep Your Children Safe" Thursday, March 29.  The event will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

"This program is crucial for any parent or professional who works with children and families," said Marlene Schneider, FEAP counselor.

Bridget Fitzpatrick, a crime prevention specialist with the Omaha Police Department, will lead the program. She will address the following topics:

- Signs that your child might be at risk online;
- What to do if you suspect your child is communicating with a sexual predator online; 
- What can be done to minimize the chances of an online exploiter victimizing your child; and
- How to determine when your child is Internet-ready.

Participants are invited to bring their lunches.  Refreshments will be provided.  For more information, contact FEAP at 554.3120 (UNO) or 559.5175 (UNMC).

Service-Learning Fair March 30

The Service-Learning Academy (SLA) will host a Service-Learning Fair Friday, March 30, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. 

The fair will provide an opportunity for UNO faculty members to meet and learn about some SLA non-profit community partners who may be good partners for service-learning projects. Participants are encouraged to develop a project "wish list" with their project ideas and contact information, and bring it to the fair - making networking easier. 

To R.S.V.P., call 554.2427 or send an e-mail to by Wednesday, March 28.

Economic Development Policy Expert to Speak at UNO April 5

The UNO School of Public Administration will host a presentation by nationally noted author R. Scott Fosler Thursday, April 5.

A reception for Fosler will be held at 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.  His talk, titled "Institutional Capacity for Economic Development," will begin at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Fosler - a visiting professor and the first Roger C. Lipitz Senior Fellow in the Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise at the University of Maryland - is an expert on economic development policy.  He also has served as vice president and director of government studies for the Committee for Economic Development and as president of the National Academy of Public Administration. 

Currently, Fosler is vice chair of the Montgomery County (Maryland) Working Group on the Agricultural Reserve and a board member of the Alliance for Regional Stewardship.  He has numerous publications, including the co-edited works The Challenge to New Governance in the Twenty-First Century: Achieving Effective Central-Local Relations and Public Private Partnership in American Cities.  Fosler also has chaired the National Civic League and has been active as a consultant to many governments, businesses, non-profit organizations, foundations and internal institutions worldwide.

Fosler received a bachelor of arts degree from Dickinson College and his master of public administration degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

The April 5 event is being co-sponsored by University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken and the UNO School of Public Administration.

For more information, call Rhonda Sheibal-Carver at 554.2625.

Speech Center to Host Student Lunch & Learn Workshop

The UNO Speech Center is sponsoring a free student Lunch & Learn Workshop on "Communication Across Cultures: Presentation Skills for Non-Native Speakers" Thursday, March 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. Free pizza and pop will be provided.

The session has been designed for non-native English speakers. Students are invited to learn more about tips for non-native English speakers presenting in English, how to adapt a presentation for multicultural audiences and how to avoid common cross-cultural miscommunications.

To register for the session, contact Marlina Howe at the Speech Consulting Center at 554.3201 or

Paul L. Beck Memorial Faculty/Staff Scholarships

The UNO Faculty Senate is now accepting applications for the Paul L. Beck Memorial Faculty/Staff Scholarships.  Both residents and non-residents may apply. 

Four scholarships (below) will be awarded: 
- One $800 full-time undergraduate scholarship
- One $400 part-time undergraduate scholarship
- One $800 full-time graduate scholarship 
- One $400 part-time graduate scholarship

Information on the scholarship history, criteria and application process - as well as the application form - can be found on the Faculty Senate Web site ( Applications are also available in the Financial Aid Office (103 Eppley Administration Building) or the Faculty Senate Office (105 Arts and Sciences Hall).  The application deadline is Friday, April 6.

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