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The portico for the old Engineering Building has been torn down to make way for a new entrance to the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Building.  Groundbreaking ceremonies will be held today, April 2, at 10:30 a.m. on the north side of the structure.  See story below for details.

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Shown above, players from the 1913 University of Omaha baseball team .

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

Groundbreaking Ceremonies Today for New CPACS Building

Groundbreaking ceremonies for the new UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Building will be held today, 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 1,973 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 the UNO 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

CPACS to Host Alumni Awards Celebration Today

The UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) will present its 2007 Alumni Awards today, April 2, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. 

CPACS will honor 13 alumni at the event and will present the 2007 Hubert Locke Award for Distinguished Service. The recipients have distinguished themselves through their professional service and community stewardship. 

Those being honored include:

- Ron Bartee, a 1976 UNO criminal justice graduate and former member of the Nebraska State Parole Board.

- Toba Cohen-Dunning, who received a master of social work degree from UNO in 1999 and a master of public administration degree in 2000.  Cohen-Dunning was appointed associate executive director of the Omaha Schools Foundation in September 2006.

- Robert Dahlquist, chief of the Omaha Fire Department. Dahlquist earned an associate degree in fire protection technology from UNO and a bachelor of general studies degree in 2002.

- Sen. Gwen Howard earned a master of social work degree in 1974.  She was elected to the Nebraska Legislature in 2004.

- Connie Kudlacek received a bachelor of general studies degree with concentrations in gerontology and psychology from UNO. She recently retired as executive director of the Alzheimer's Association Midlands Chapter after serving in that capacity for more than 20 years.

- Rod Kush graduated from UNO with a criminal justice degree.  He played football at UNO and with the Buffalo Bills and Houston Oilers of the NFL before opening a furniture business.

- Patricia Lamberty received her degree in public administration from UNO in 1976.  She was appointed District Court Judge of the Fourth Judicial District in 1998.

- Keri Lyn Spencer earned a master of public administration degree from UNO with a specialization in aviation administration.  She is an airport compliance specialist at the Federal Aviation Administration.

- Erin Sullivan received her master of social work and master of public administration degrees from UNO in 2001. She works full time as a litigation support specialist at an Omaha law firm.

- Bill Wakefield received a bachelor's degree in sociology, psychology and music in 1965, and is a professor in the UNO School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

- Harriette Washington graduated from the Goodrich Scholarship Program with a bachelor's degree in political science in 1982 and earned a master of science in urban studies degree from UNO in 2001.  She is an officer with the U.S. Courts/District of Nebraska.

- Peter Young earned a master of public administration degree with a specialization in state and local government from UNO in 1983.  Young occupies the E. W. Blanch, Sr. Chair in Risk Management at the University of St. Thomas College of Business. He is currently an external scholar and senior advisor at the European Institute for Risk Management in Copenhagen Denmark.

The 2007 Hubert Locke Distinguished Service Award will be presented to John Scott, vice president and foundation advisor for the William and Ruth Scott Family Foundation.  He is vice chair of the board of directors of the Omaha Community Foundation and has chaired its grant committee for six years.  Scott is a founding member of the board of directors of the Metropolitan Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless (MACCH).  The Locke award is named after Hubert Locke, the first permanent dean of CPACS (from 1972-76).  It honors an individual who has demonstrated exemplary commitment to the ideals of public service.

Following the awards luncheon, there will be a special "Reflections of CPACS" panel starting at 1 p.m. at the Alumni Center. The event will feature former emeritus deans Hubert Locke (1972-1976), John Kerrigan (1976-1985) and David Hinton (1985-2000), as well as current dean B.J. Reed.  The deans will discuss their perspectives on CPACS' history and growth, contributions and future.

For more information, contact Sara Woods at 554.3914.

Open Forum Today for University Affairs Finalist Candidate

The search committee for the director of University Affairs position invites members of the UNO community to an open forum with the committee's first finalist candidate - David Wahlberg. Dr. Wahlberg is executive director for strategic communications at North Dakota State University.  The forum will be held today, April 2, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U mon hon Room. 

For more information, contact Gail Baker 554.2232.

Deadline Today for CCSW Luncheon Tickets

Today, April 2, is the deadline to register for the 2007 UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) luncheon, which is set for Thursday, April 5.

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

The 2007 winners of the CCSW Outstanding Achievement Award, Community Service Award, Student Scholarship Award and Special Recognition Award are listed below. These awards recognize individuals and organizations for outstanding service to women.

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

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

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

"Come Together @ Your Library" Poetry Event April 11

April is National Poetry Month! Criss Library will mark the occasion Wednesday, April 11, with a free public reading, reception and book signing featuring celebrated poet John McKernan. The event will begin at 7 p.m., and books will be available for purchase.

The April 11 "Come Together @ Your Library" event is being sponsored by Criss Library, The Backwaters Press and the UNO Department of English. 

McKernan has Nebraska ties and is currently a professor at Marshall University.  He will read from his most current book, Resurrection of the Dust, which was a finalist in more than a dozen poetry contests before its publication. 

In conjunction with the month-long celebration, bards are invited to post their poetry on the panels found in the center aisle of the library's main floor.  The panels will remain up through Monday, April 30. 

For more information, contact Rich Wyatt at 554.3206 or Gayle Roberts at 554.3213.

Foundational Writing Courses to Be Highlighted

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

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 United States.  At UNO, students enroll in "Composition I" (English 1150 or 1154) and "Composition II" (English 1160 or 1164). 

During the presentation, three teachers in the UNO first-year writing program will 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 (CFD).

To register or for more information, contact the CFD (220 Arts and Sciences Hall) at 554.2427 or

Today's Office Professional "Spring Fling" April 3

The Today's Office Professional "Spring Fling" is set for Tuesday, April 3, at the ESU #3 (6949 South 110th St.). The topic for the event is "Dealing With Difficult People." It will be led by Sherry Sivey and Janet Tschudin with the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC).

The three-hour workshop will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and costs $59 (price includes a continental breakfast). Groups who register four or more at the same time will receive a 10 percent discount on registration fees.

To reserve a seat, visit the Web at or call 595.2900.

The NBDC is a cooperative program of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the UNO College of Business Administration. The NBDC Business and Technology Solutions Division is a leading provider of results-based, interactive professional development programs. The program serves the citizens of Nebraska and has trained more than 65,000 people at more than 750 companies.

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

Call for UCAT Grant Proposals for Spring 2007

The UNO University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of travel grants for designated themes to increase capacity building in teaching and learning.

Applications are encouraged for both interdisciplinary conferences focusing on teaching and learning, as well as for disciplinary conferences with tracks or sessions focusing on one or more of the following themes. The applications should reflect UCAT's mission for enhancement of teaching and student learning processes at UNO, and focus on one or more of the following designated themes:

- Seamless transitions (P-20 transitions from pre-kindergarten through graduate school);

- Portfolio-based assessment;

- Recruitment and retention;

- Active learning;

- Facilitation of interdisciplinary collaboration;

- Learning communities;

- Diversity; and

- Scholarship of teaching.

The committee is accepting proposals on a monthly basis, from August through April, or until funds are expended. UCAT will fund grants up to $750 for each award. Proposals are due by the 21st of each month.

Application forms are available on the Center for Faculty Development (CFD) Web site ( Applicants must submit one hard copy and an electronic submission of the application. Electronic submissions should be in "rtf" or "MS Word" document formats, and should be sent as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll (

Hard copy submissions should be sent to the CFD in 220 Arts and Sciences Hall. For reference, examples of successful models of applications are available on the CFD/UCAT Web site (

For more information, contact Teresa Lamsam, associate professor of communication and the 2006-07 chair of UCAT (554.4853 or

Maverick Watch

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).

Tuesday, April 3
- Baseball vs. Washburn
The Ballpark at Boys Town, 137th and West Dodge Road
1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (double header)

Friday, April 6
- Tennis vs. Creighton
Hanscom Park Tennis Center, 3200 Ed Creighton Ave.
1 p.m.

Sunday, April 8
- Softball vs. Minnesota Duluth
Claussen-Westgate Field, 8121 D. St.
Noon and 2 p.m. (double header)

- Baseball vs. St. Cloud State
The Ballpark at Boys Town, 137th and West Dodge Road
Noon and 2 p.m. (double header)

Monday, April 9
- Softball vs. St. Cloud State
Claussen-Westgate Field, 8121 D. St.
Noon and 2 p.m. (double header)

- Baseball vs. St. Cloud State
The Ballpark at Boys Town, 137th and West Dodge Road
Noon and 2 p.m. (double header)

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at