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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

"Lights, Camera, Career" Workshop Today

Students will meet with professionals at a communication career-development workshop today, March 22, 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

Borders and Waldenbooks Offering Educator Discount

Borders and Waldenbooks are extending a 25 percent educator discount on select store merchandise to UNO employees today, 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 this Friday, March 23, from 4 to 8 p.m.

For sale details, visit the Web at

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

Language Teaching Colloquia March 24

The UNO Master of Arts in Language Teaching program will host its first-ever "Colloquia on Language Teaching" Saturday, March 24, on the UNO campus. The event, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to noon, will be free and open to the public.

The colloquia will begin with a coffee meet-and-greet at 8:30 a.m. on the third floor of the Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH). Susan Mayberger, supervisor of English as a Second Language (ESL) for Omaha Public Schools, will deliver the keynote address at 9 a.m. in 304 ASH, and concurrent sessions will follow.

Presentations will be held on the following topics:
- Language teaching/learning strategies;
- Language learning styles;
- Pedagogical innovations in language teaching;
- Assessment and evaluation;
- Language and culture;
- Language and technology;
- Applied linguistics; and
- Sociolinguistics.

For more information, contact Melanie Bloom at or 554.4989.

UNO Job Fair to Offer Two-day Spring Event

New this spring, Career Exploration and Outreach will host a two-day Job Fair at UNO. The event will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, March 27-28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom.

The job fair will feature more than 110 employers who are actively seeking candidates for open positions and internships. Day one (March 27) will be primarily dedicated to organizations that are non-profit, government, healthcare and university related. Day two (March 28) will be reserved for those organizations that are for-profit. Students can view the list of employers that will be attending on the Career Exploration and Outreach online job posting system - UNO CareerConnect ( Professional interview attire is expected, and students should bring copies of their résumé.

For more information about the job fair and other services, contact Career Exploration and Outreach at 554.3672 or stop by 211 Eppley Administration Building.

"Students with Disabilities in the Classroom" Brownbag

The Center for Faculty Development (CFD) will sponsor a brownbag session on "Students with Disabilities in the Classroom" Tuesday, March 27. It will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. Beverages and desserts will be provided.

Kate Clark, disability services coordinator at UNO, will answer questions regarding students with disabilities at the brownbag session.

Topics of discussion will include:
- The role of faculty in accommodating students with disabilities;
- Relevant laws and their implications;
- The importance of upholding academic performance standards for students with disabilities;
- Steps students must take to obtain accommodations; and
- Common pitfalls to avoid.

To register, contact the CFD (220 Arts and Sciences Hall) at 554.2427 or For more information, call Clark at 554.2872.

April TIAA-CREF Campus Visit Postponed

The April 17 TIAA-CREF campus visit has been postponed. Other individual counseling sessions are still available at the dates below (all are Tuesdays):

- March 27
- April 3, 10 and 24
- May 1

To schedule an appointment with representative Louella Williams, call 548.3610 or visit the Web at

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

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.

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.

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.