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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

Third Athletic Director Finalist on Campus March 26

The third candidate for the UNO athletic director position will be on campus Monday, March 26. Students, faculty, staff and the public will have an opportunity to meet Cliff Dochterman, senior associate athletic director at the University of California, Riverside, during a reception at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center starting at 5 p.m.

All candidates will meet with various campus groups, community groups and UNO Interim Chancellor John Christensen. There is no set date to make a final decision on the position. More than 70 applicant files were reviewed by the search committee, which is chaired by John Langan, dean of the UNO College of Education.

Legislative Forums Set for March 27 and 29

UNO Interim Chancellor John Christensen will host a pair of Legislative Forums March 27 and 29. Ron Withem, the University of Nebraska's director of government relations, and William Swanson, director of UNO Career Exploration and Outreach who also works in the government relations area, will also take part in the events.

"These are informational presentations and discussion on how the current Unicameral session is going," Dr. Christensen said. "Getting perspectives and input from the campus is important for the university system."

The March 27 forum will be held in the Dodge Room of the Milo Bail Student Center at 10 a.m. The March 29 forum is set for 3 p.m. in the Nebraska Room of the Milo Bail Student Center.

The forums are free and open to the campus community. For more information, call 554.3502.

Writing Center to Offer Final Workshop on APA Style

The Writing Center will offer its final workshop for the semester Tuesday, March 27. "How Do I Document This Source Using APA?" will be held from 11 a.m. to noon in the main Writing Center, located in 150 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH). The workshop presenter will be Carol Dillon.

For more information, contact Connie Eberhart, director of the UNO Writing Center, at 554.3322 or

Minnesota State Counselor to Present March 30 Lecture

Counselor Deborah Seaburg will be on campus Friday, March 30, to speak about "Applying Emotional Intelligence in the Classroom and Working with Students." The event will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

Dr. Seaburg is an associate professor and counselor at Minnesota State University Moorhead, where she developed and teaches a personal development course in emotional intelligence. Dr. Seaburg earned her degree in counseling psychology from the University of Minnesota.

As we learned from James Parker, Emotional Intelligence (EI) is as important to college success and persistence as academic intelligence. Self-awareness, interpersonal effectiveness, adaptability, stress tolerance, and self-motivation are some of the EI factors that may make the difference between student success and failure. Dr. Seaburg will follow Parker's UNO presentation with interpretation of the Emotional Intelligence Inventory (EQ-i) and how to apply emotional intelligence to teaching, learning and working with students.

Dr. Seaburg's lecture is being sponsored by the UNO Office of Academic and Student Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences, Freshman Year Experience Program and Center for Faculty Development.

Limited Seating – Please R.S.V.P. as soon as possible. To register, contact the Center for Faculty Development (220 Arts and Sciences Hall) at 554.2427 or Refreshments will be provided.

If you took the EQ-I, your individual results will be returned during the workshop. Please plan on attending in order to receive your results.

mySQL AB CEO to Speak at UNO April 2

The UNO College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T) will host Marten Mickos, the chief executive officer of mySQL AB - a major open source technology company, Monday, April 2.

Mickos will give his presentation in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Theatre at 1 p.m. His talk, free and open to the campus community and the public, will focus on the current state and future of the open source movement as a software development model. Time will be allotted for questions from the audience.

MySQL AB develops and markets a family of high performance, affordable database servers and tools using an open source development model. The company's database is used in more than 10 million installations ranging from large corporations to specialized embedded applications on every continent in the world. The database also runs on more than 20 platforms including Linux, Windows, and Mac OS/X.

"Having Mr. Mickos come to UNO is a great honor and opportunity for our community," said Deepak Khazanchi, UNO associate dean of IS&T. "The freedom of his company's open source model has allowed mySQL AB to gain market share from firms like Microsoft and Oracle."

IS&T started offering an undergraduate course, "Managing in a Digital World," last fall, based Thomas Friedman's best-selling book, The World is Flat, which highlights how technology is making the planet smaller in all facets, including business. Khazanchi team-taught the course with IS&T faculty members Ilze Zigurs and Stacie Petter. The course is now offered each semester. One of the case studies in the class focuses on mySQL AB and its open source model. Mickos was informed about the class and accepted an invitation to visit UNO and spend time with students.

Mickos has served as CEO at mySQL since January 2001. Prior to his appointment, he was CEO at MatchON Sports. He has a master's degree in engineering from Helsinki University of Technology in Finland.

While there is no cost to attend, seating is limited. Reservations can be made online at

Service Awards Date Change Announced

Human Resources announces a date change for the Annual Service Awards Luncheon. The 2007 luncheon will be held Monday, June 4, beginning at noon at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

All full-time regular and part-time regular UNO faculty and staff who have completed five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 or 40 years of service within the University of Nebraska between Oct. 1, 2006, to Sept. 30, 2007 will be honored at this year's event.

For more information, call HR at 554.3665.

Foundational Writing Courses to be Highlighted

"Foundational Writing Courses: What Happens in English 1150 and 1160?" will be the topic of a lecture by a trio from the UNO Department of English Tuesday, April 3. The discussion will be held from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. in Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

The faculty presenters will be Nora Bacon, Marsha Kruger and Dorianne Richards. For more than a century, first-year writing courses have been the most widely required courses at colleges and universities throughout the U.S. At UNO, students enroll in Composition I (English 1150 or 1154) and Composition II (English 1160 or 1164).

In this presentation, three teachers in UNO's first-year writing program explain the concepts covered and the tasks assigned in Composition I and Composition II. The presentation will help faculty in all departments understand the foundation upon which student writers build as they advance through the undergraduate curriculum.

Academic advisors and faculty who teach courses meeting the advanced writing requirement are especially encouraged to attend.

The event is being sponsored by Writing Across the Curriculum and the Center for Faculty Development.

To register, contact the Center for Faculty Development (220 Arts and Sciences Hall) at 554.2427 or Refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact the Center for Faculty Development (220 ASH) at 554.2427 or

Visual Literacy Campus Dialog Set for April 9

The Center for Faculty Development will host a campus dialog on visual literacy Monday, April 9. "Showing Them What You Mean: Visual Literacy and the University" will be held from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor Room.

The presenters will include Lisa J. Green, Information Technology Services, Jeremy Lipschultz, School of Communication, and Audrey DeFrank and Nora Hillyer, Criss Library.

Members of the UNO Partnership for Visual Literacy will conduct a short presentation on Visual Literacy followed by round table discussions on the following topics:

- Integrating Visual Literacy into Your Curricula;

- Software and Technical Resources to Assist Faculty;

- Applications/Techniques within Academic Disciplines;

- Critical Thinking Skills for Literacy – Visuals Interpretation; and

- Critical Issues and Ethics.

To register, contact the Center for Faculty Development (220 Arts and Sciences Hall) at 554.2427 or All those interested in attending are invited to bring their lunch. Desserts and drinks will be provided.

For more information, contact Nora Hillyer at

International Summer Seminar Opportunities Available

UNO Study Abroad Program announces the following summer seminar opportunities:

Topic: International Conflicts: Iraq, Darfur and the Arab-Israeli Dispute
Program Dates: May 12-26
Description: At the Washington Center's International Conflicts Seminar (Washington D.C.), participants will learn about the causes of some of the world's most intensive conflicts directly from those shaping what will happen on the ground. They will examine the ideological, religious, economic, ethnic, racial, and political divisions between and within nations in conflict - and the methods used to resolve them.
Application Deadline: April 15

Topic: Leaders on Leadership '07: Critical Issues In The Age Of Globalization
Program Dates: May 12-19
Description: An opportunity to explore how current and future leaders in Washington D.C. work to address important public policy issues that impact our society within a global context. Attendees will engage in guided, rigorous and scholarly discussions on the critical issues of our time. Through presentations by major speakers, site visits, tours, briefings, and personal interviews, participants directly explore their policy and career interests and investigate the nature of leadership within designated policy tracks.
Application Deadline: April 1

For more information, contact Krista Cupich, Study Abroad and international admissions advisor, at 554.2293.

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 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.

In the News

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 and include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

In Print

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

"7 Proven Methods of Controlling Free Speech" Exhibit
Criss Library will present the "7 Proven Methods of Controlling Free Speech," a seven-piece exhibition by recent UNO alumni, artist Jeff Halvin.

"You have to see it to understand it," said Steve Shorb, dean of Criss Library. "It's a powerful message, and one that libraries can relate to."

The exhibit will be on display through April 14. It will return to the library during the Fall 2007 semester, along with other banned book and censorship displays. Patrons are encouraged to leave their comments in a notebook located at the center of the gallery area.

For more information, contact Gayle Roberts at 554.3213.

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.