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CPACS Aerial View

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

An architectural aerial view of the new College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Building looks to the southeast past the Henningson Memorial Campanile. The completed building will feature a new north entrance opening onto the campus walkway, as well as a new addition built onto the southern portion of the existing structure. The completion date for the building is scheduled for August of 2008. See story below for details.

history photo

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 1949 issue of That You May Know reported that Chi Omega, a nationally recognized sorority, wished to pledge 45 students from the local University of Omaha (OU) chapter of Pi Omega. This was the university's "first affiliation with national social sororities," and OU President Milo Bail optimistically predicted that more national Greek organizations would arrive on campus by the fall semester.  The official induction of young women into Chi Omega was scheduled to take place on campus April 1.

Date: March 1949
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

UNO to Break Ground on New CPACS Building April 2

Groundbreaking ceremonies for the new UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Building will be held Monday, April 2, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony will take place on the north side of the old Engineering Building, which is being redesigned, modernized and expanded for CPACS.

The building will bring together all of the college's units for the first time since the college was started in 1973. The units include the UNO Aviation Institute; Department of Gerontology; Schools of Social Work, Public Administration, and Criminology and Criminal Justice; the Goodrich Scholarship Program; the Center for Public Affairs Research; William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies and the Division of Continuing Studies. Approximately 150 faculty and staff work in the college, and student enrollment was 2,294 last fall.

Built in 1957, the Engineering Building has housed a variety of departments, classrooms and offices since the College of Engineering moved into The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute on UNO's Pacific Street campus. During the last few months, much of the building has been gutted, and work is under way for two new additions that will add 20,000 square feet of space to the structure.

The renovation work will cost approximately $14.2 million and is funded with state allocations. The two additions, one on the north and the second on the south side of the building, will cost approximately $4.5 million and are being funded by private donations. Donors who have made lead gift commitments to the University of Nebraska Foundation to benefit this project are The Peter Kiewit Foundation, The Lozier Foundation, Mammel Family Foundation, William and Ruth Scott Family Foundation, and Weitz Family Foundation. Work is scheduled to be completed in August of 2008.

"The culture of our college focuses on collaboration, the value of community, diversity, transparency and communication, the value of research and academic excellence," said B.J. Reed, CPACS dean. "This project reflects the mission of the college - to foster a comprehensive, high-quality learning environment, conduct research and provide professional services to the community. We are grateful to the donors whose generosity has allowed us to proceed with this significant effort."

The building design includes open areas that allow for increased student access to faculty, spaces to promote collaboration between the departments and faculty, students and the community; and the incorporation of community open spaces that lead to labs and classrooms, Reed said. The interior of the building will be made up of open, interactive areas, seminar and meeting rooms, and multi-use classrooms and offices where the emphasis will be on space separated by little more than light and glass.

"We are a Ph.D.-granting college with many award-winning programs," Reed said. "We want the building to be an open, interactive environment that emphasizes our commitment to academic excellence, research and outreach."

HDR, Inc. has provided the architectural design for the CPACS Building, and W. Boyd Jones Construction Co. is the construction manager.

The University of Nebraska Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization that has been raising private gifts to support the University of Nebraska for more than 70 years. Last year, more than $87 million was provided for students, faculty, academic programs, research and campus capital improvements. More information is available at

Shires to Receive Recognition Award at CCSW Luncheon

Rose Shires, head UNO volleyball coach and interim senior women's administrator (SWA) for women's athletics, will receive accolades Thursday, April 5, at the 2007 Chancellor's Commission on Status of Women (CCSW) Awards Luncheon

The commission will honor Shires with the Special Recognition Award for 2007.

"The award is in expression of our appreciation for Coach Shires' outstanding leadership and dedicated contribution to the promotion of women's athletics at UNO," said Esther Scarpello, CCSW co-chair.

As the current SWA, Shires represents UNO at North Central Conference (NCC) and NCAA meetings, oversees the athletic gender equity plan and serves as liaison to the Maverick Women's Executive Board. She is also responsible for coordinating the April 21 UNO Diet Pepsi Women's Walk, the principal fund-raiser for women's athletics.

Other 2007 awards that will be presented at the luncheon include the CCSW Outstanding Achievement Award, Community Service Award and Student Scholarship Award. These awards recognize individuals and organizations for outstanding service to women.

The award recipients (listed below) will be honored at the April 5 luncheon. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom.

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

Special Recognition Award
Rose Shires, head volleyball coach and SWA for women's athletics

Monday, April 2, is the deadline to register for the April 5 luncheon. The luncheon cost is $12 for staff, faculty and the public, and $9 for students. Tickets can be purchased 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

"Consider This" to Explore Foster Care in Nebraska

Every year, hundreds of children and youth in our community are removed from their families because of neglect and abuse. While these families heal, their children need a safe, loving, home-like atmosphere with minimal judgment and abundant patience. Communities in Nebraska greatly need foster parents to care for these youth - especially for older, school-age children.

Host Andrea McMaster will explore the Nebraska foster care system and the need for foster parents on this week's "Consider This." McMaster's guests will be Stephanie Kidd, Children's Services Outreach coordinator for Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska; Eleshia Teet, a foster mother; and Teet's foster daughter, Katie.

The program will air tonight, March 30, on KYNE-TV (Channel 26) at 11 p.m.

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

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, April 1
11:30 p.m.

NET2 (NET's cable network)
- Monday, April 2
1:30 p.m. (CT)

-Wednesday, April 4
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

Teams Sought for Hoops for Healing Basketball Tourney

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Student Life Center (40th and Emile St.), will be the site for this year's 10th Annual Hoops for Healing 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament. The tournament - set for Sunday, April 15 - will be hosted by the UNMC Gamma Epsilon Chapter of the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, whose membership consists of UNO and UNMC students.

All donated proceeds will benefit "Camp Floyd Rogers," a summer camp for children with diabetes.

Those with all skill levels are welcome to register. Tournament details are listed below:

- Double Elimination Tournament (two games guaranteed);

- One men's and one women's bracket;

- The entry fee is $50 per team (four players maximum), which includes T-shirts and door prizes; and

- The winning teams receive $100 and will be reimbursed for their entry fee.

Entry forms are available at the UNMC Student Life Center or by contacting Nick Crites at 203.1694 or Registration is due by April 2.

Deadline April 2 for Student Employee of the Year Reception

Monday, April 2, is the deadline to R.S.V.P for the 2007 Student Employee of the Year reception which is set for Monday, April 9.

The reception will be held 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.

The nominees (listed below) will be honored, and the 2007 Student Employee of the Year recipient will be revealed at the campus reception.

2007 nominees:
- Tracy Abler, College of Business Administration, Dean's Office;

- Aja Anderson, Multicultural Affairs;

- Caleb Applebaum, Department of English, Writing Center;

- Christopher Bridges, Air Force ROTC;

- Jamie Erb, Facilities Management and Planning;

- Jennie Gaston, Criss Library, Circulation Desk;

- Seth Goeken, Facilities Management and Planning;

- Nikhil Hardikar, Facilities Management and Planning;

- Sean Jacobs, College of Engineering, Dean's Office;

- Jordan Kuhl, Campus Recreation;

- Catherine Mass, Department of Computer Science;

- Amanda Micek, Cashiering, Student Accounts;

- Nowell Milks, Project Achieve;

- Abby Supenski, Division of Continuing Studies;

- Destiny Watkins, Academic and Student Affairs; and

- London Yang, College of Information, Science and Technology, Lewis and Clark Project.

Service-Learning Project Brown Bag April 4

The Service-Learning Academy (SLA) will sponsor a Brown Bag Wednesday, April 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room. Desserts and drinks will be provided.

At the SLA Brown Bag, Tracy Bridgeford - associate professor of English at UNO - will give a presentation on peer evaluation strategies for students working on service-learning project teams.

To register, contact the SLA (220 Arts and Sciences Hall) at 554.6019 or send an e-mail to

Service Awards Date Change Reminder

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.

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

In the News

- Jeffrey French, psychology, was featured in the March 27 edition of the New York Times. The article highlighted the ongoing findings of his study of marmoset DNA and genetic trees.

- Tom Frette, interim athletic director, was featured in a March 23 broadcast on KETV (Channel 7). The segment discussed a memorial service held for former UNO wrestler R.J. Nebe.

- Al Kammerer, English, and Benjamin Graber, a UNO theatre student, were cited in the March 18 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article announced the selection of area playwrights selected to read their works at this year's Great Plains Theater conference.

- Rose Shires, head coach of women's volleyball, was quoted in the Feb. 27 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article addressed how far women's athletics have come and Omaha's participation in furthering the success.

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

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 Department of Theatre to Present "Reckless" Tonight
The UNO Department of Theatre will present "Reckless" by Craig Lucas tonight through Saturday, March 30-31. Directed by Amy Lane, performances will run for three nights before touring to Holdrege, Neb.

Performances will be held in the Directing Lab (Room 006 in the Weber Fine Arts Building). The doors will open at 7 p.m., and curtain is set for 7:30 p.m.

"Reckless," a twisted Christmas fable that is one part "It's a Wonderful Life" and one part "Alice in Wonderland," is a story of fantasy, dark comedy and revelation that follows Rachel Fitsimmons on her journey through several Christmases as she encounters killers, liars, a paraplegic and her destiny.

The production will mark Lane's directing debut at UNO, where she is an adjunct professor in the UNO Department of Theatre.

"The message of this play is not one of despair, but of hope as Lucas invites us to celebrate the glorious resiliency of the human spirit," Lane said.

Tickets cost $5 at the door or are free with the purchase of season tickets. No advance reservations are available, and seating is limited.

For more information, contact Ron Zank, UNO Department of Theatre secretary, at 554.2406.

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.