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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

NU President to Speak at April 10 SAC Meeting

University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken will be a guest speaker at the UNO Staff Advisory Council (SAC) meeting Tuesday, April 10. This is the first time in the 30-year history of SAC that the university system's president will address the organization.

"We are excited to host President Milliken," said Jennifer Forbes-Baily. "This is a great opportunity for our campus to visit with him."

Milliken will give a short address and then will take questions. SAC meetings are open to the campus community. However, because of the uniqueness of this visit, those planning on attending are asked to R.S.V.P. to Forbes-Baily at 554.3419.

"We anticipate a great response and interest," she said. "We want to be sure that we can have room for everyone."

The SAC meeting will start at 9 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Rooms. Milliken's presentation is the first agenda item.

"Consider This" to Explore Tornado Dos and Don'ts

Tornadoes are nature's most violent storms. Spawned from powerful thunderstorms, tornadoes can cause fatalities and devastate a neighborhood in seconds. A tornado appears as a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground with whirling winds that can reach 300 miles per hour. Damage paths can be in excess of one mile wide and 50 miles long. Every state is at some risk from this hazard.

This week on "Consider This," host Andrea McMaster will explore Nebraska's risk. McMaster's guest will be Ken Dewey, regional climatologist with the High Plains Regional Climate Center.

The program will air tonight, April 6, on KYNE-TV (Channel 26) at 11 p.m.

Dewey will discuss what to do before, during and after a tornado. He'll share some of his storm chasing photos before the Hallam tornado on May 22, 2004. He'll discuss what he learned about tornadoes after viewing the aftermath of this devastating storm.

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

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, April 8
11:30 p.m.

NET2 (NET's cable network)
- Monday, April 9
1:30 p.m. (CT)

-Wednesday, April 11
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

UNO Faculty Honors Convocation Set for April 12

Faculty excellence in teaching, research and service will be recognized Thursday, April 12, as part of the 2007 UNO Faculty Honors Convocation. The event will begin with a buffet breakfast at 7 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Jody Neathery-Castro will be presented with the University Excellence in Teaching Award. Nominators wrote that Neathery-Castro's teaching displays a unique combination of personal involvement with students while upholding a rigorous model of liberal arts education. She served as the First Year Experience academic advisor from 2002 through 2006, helped coordinate and lead American Democracy Project events at UNO, and has sponsored a two-week student study trip to Britain since 2004. Her goal as a professor has been to make her subjects accessible and politics exciting.

Roni Reiter-Palmon, psychology, will be presented with the Faculty Award for Outstanding Graduate Mentor. Reiter-Palmon is a strong believer in and an advocate for her graduate students, helping them in the pursuit of internships, academic publication and contact work. She routinely involves students in her research and has co-authored 40 articles with students or former students. One student nominator wrote that Reiter-Palmon "places her students first and defines her success through the career accomplishments of her students."

David Ogden, communication, will be presented with the Award for Outstanding Faculty Service-Learning. Ogden has been a tireless, thoughtful and creative leader in the use of service-learning pedagogy for eight years. Hundreds of students in Ogden's "Principles of Public Relations" class have developed comprehensive public relations plans and strategies for dozens of diverse community organizations, such as Social Settlement Association, City Sprouts, the Raptor Recovery Center, the Chicano Awareness Center and many others.

Two UNO faculty members will be honored with the UNO Distinguished Research and/or Creative Activity Awards:

- Zhenyuan Wang, math, is a world-class researcher in fuzzy measure theory, data mining, nonlinear integration and optimization. Colleagues described his work as important, pioneering and profound. He has co-authored a book on measure theory and has published more than 100 research papers. In addition to publishing his work, he also serves as an associate editor or a member of an editorial board for two international math and AI journals. His expertise has helped place UNO on the world stage of mathematics.

- Richard Box, public administration, has been extremely prolific as a scholar in his field. He has written three books and edited one, all of which are significant in the field of public administration. Two years ago, Box's book Citizen Governance: Leading American Communities Into the 21st Century was translated into Chinese. Since 2000, he has also served as the editor for a leading public administration journal, Administrative Theory and Praxis. Even with his research work, he has remained engaged with community practitioners throughout Nebraska and the nation.

Nine faculty members will be honored with the Alumni Outstanding Teaching Award (see story below for details):

- Phani Tej Adidam, marketing and management;
- Randall Adkins, political science;
- Ann Fruhling, information systems and quantitative analysis;
- Neal Grandgenett, teacher education;
- Gary L. Krause, civil engineering;
- Dora Matache, mathematics;
- Jody Neathery-Castro, political science;
- Barbara Pickering, communication; and
- Lisa Sample, criminology and criminal justice.

The following faculty members will be recognized for 2006-07 named professorships:

- Phani T. Adidam, marketing/management, Executive Management Education Professorship;
- Jack L. Armitage, accounting, Union Pacific Professor of Accounting;
- Catherine Y. Co, economics, Ward L. and George T. Lindley Professorship;
- Arthur M. Diamond, economics, John Lucas Diamond Professorship;
- Richard G. File, accounting, Major Thomas A. and Beverly Ward Spencer Professorship;
- Bruce E. Johansen, communication, Kayser Chair;
- Karl D. Kosloski, gerontology, Harry Reynolds Professorship;
- Jay D. White, public administration, Harry Reynolds Professorship;
- Daniel Wilkins, physics, Milo Bail Chair in Physics; and
- Mark Wohar, economics, Enron Foundation Distinguished Professorship in Business Administration.

For more information about the UNO Faculty Honors Convocation, call 554.2262.

Alumni Association 11th Annual Outstanding Teaching Awards

The UNO Alumni Association marks the 11th year of its Alumni Outstanding Teaching Awards program when it presents the honor to nine faculty members at the UNO Faculty Honors Convocation Breakfast Thursday, April 12.

Association President Lee Denker will present the awards, established in 1997 to honor distinguished teaching in the classroom. Peer committees in each college chose recipients, each of whom receives a $1,000 award. Denker will present recipients with commemorative tablets during the convocation breakfast in the Milo Bail Student Center. With the 2007 awards the association will have issued $95,000 in AOTAs since the program's start in 1997.

The 2007 UNO Alumni Outstanding Teaching Award recipients are:

Phani Tej Adidam
Dr. Phani Tej Adidam is the executive management education professor and chairman of the marketing and management department in UNO's College of Business Administration. Adidam's prime focus is in the area of global marketing and sales strategies. He teaches in the MBA, Executive MBA and undergraduate programs, and has given seminars in Competitive Intelligence Strategies to MBA students in more than 15 universities around the world. He was voted UNO's Executive MBA Distinguished Professor of the Year in 2005, 2004 and 2000. In 2000 he also was voted UNO's Outstanding MBA Professor of the Year. Adidam received a bachelor of commerce degree in accounting from Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, India, graduating with honors. He earned an MBA from the Institute of Management Technology in Ghaziabad, India, and his Ph.D. in marketing from Texas Tech University in 1996.

Randall Adkins
Dr. Randall Adkins is chair of the graduate program in UNO's department of political science. He teaches courses on American government and politics, including campaigns and elections, the presidency, and the Congress. This year his students traveled to the Harry S. Truman Museum and Library, where they toured the museum, met with archivists and participated in the White House Decision Center. Adkins also organized a visit from the bipartisan Congress to Campus program, which brought two former members of Congress (Andy Jacobs, D-IN, and Manuel Lujan, R-NM) to campus to discuss civic issues with students for three days. These projects were funded through grants from UNO's Civic Participation Project. Additionally, Adkins is a consultant for the College Board's Advanced Placement Program, advising high school instructors teaching U.S. Government. Adkins received his BS in political science from Marshall University in 1991, graduating cum laude. He earned his MA (1992) and Ph.D. (1995) in political science from Miami University.

Ann Fruhling
Dr. Fruhling's primary focus is management information systems education. She is a recognized expert in user interface design and usability, agile system development methods using eXtreme Programming, and designing emergency response systems for public health laboratories. Fruhling has provided many opportunities for students to work with her on information technology solutions, projects, and research through grant funding of more than $1 million. She received her BSBA in computer information systems from Colorado State University in 1983. She also earned an MBA (1991) from UNO and a Ph.D. (2003) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Neal Grandgenett
Dr. Grandgenett's primary focus at UNO is mathematics education. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the methods of teaching mathematics, as well as educational research. He also co-directs the College of Education's Office of Internet Studies, which facilitates various online courses and teacher professional development activities funded by organizations such as NASA and the National Science Foundation. He earned BS (1983) and MS (1986) degrees from UNO in math education and a Ph.D. in education/curriculum from Iowa State University in 1989.

Gary L. Krause
Dr. Krause's primary focus is on effective teaching and learning of structural engineering concepts. He has been a teacher at national workshops on effective teaching, where he has mentored approximately 100 engineering faculty from around the country. Krause also has led effective teaching circles at UNO. He has been awarded 10 teaching awards in the past 12 years at the University of Nebraska. His most recent efforts have focused on planning and implementing the curriculum for structures option students in the architectural engineering program at the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute. Krause earned his BS (1982) and MS (1986) in civil engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He earned a Ph.D. in from the University of Michigan in 1990.

Dora Matache
Dr. Matache's primary focus is the learning of mathematics. She teaches a wide variety of mathematics courses at UNO at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She also is involved in mathematics research projects with students, leading to several published papers in specialty journals. Each April, Matache also is involved with UNO's Mathematics Awareness Month, whose activities include a symposium for students working on research with faculty in the mathematics department, and a mathematics contest for area high school students. She also is involved in the development of online testing of mathematics at UNO and the Problem of the Week contest for students who want to improve their mathematics. Matache also regularly facilitates meetings/connections between students and potential employers. She earned an MA in mathematics from the University of Timisoara, Romania, in 1991. She also earned an MS (1998) and Ph.D. (2000) in applied mathematics, both from the University of Kansas.

Jody Neathery-Castro
Dr. Neathery-Castro is a comparative politics scholar and former academic coordinator of the First Year Experience (FYE) program at UNO. Her pedagogical research has focused on civic engagement in the first year of college and service learning opportunities in women's studies. Her non-pedagogical research has examined the politics of identity and culture in a globalized economy. A European politics specialist and former exchange student herself, Neathery-Castro carries on the experiential learning tradition by taking her British Politics class to the United Kingdom for 15 days each spring. She earned a BA in political science (1990) from Texas Christian University. She also has an MA (1996) and Ph.D. (1998) from Rice University.

Barbara Pickering
Dr. Pickering is an associate professor in UNO's School of Communication. Her primary focus is rhetoric and social influence, specifically in political communication and gender communication. Courses she teaches range from the undergraduate course in argumentation and debate to the master's level foundation seminar in speech communication. Her 25 years in education also have included coaching competitive debate at the high school and collegiate levels. In 2001 she was coach of the National Communication Association's International Debate team. During its 21-day tour of Japan she lectured on argumentation theory and rhetorical strategies in American politics. She also was a guest critic for Japanese student debates. Pickering initiated DebateWatch 2004 at UNO, which brought more than 425 students and community members to campus to watch and discuss the presidential and vice-presidential campaign debates. Pickering earned a BS (1980) and an MA (1987) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Ph.D. (1992) from the University of Southern California.

Lisa Sample
Dr. Sample's primary academic focus is criminal and juvenile justice policy. She has taught several different courses in these areas at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In these courses, and through independent studies, Sample often uses her grant research on substance abuse or prisoner reentry as teaching tools to help give students hands-on training and to help them apply what they have learned. She also has mentored numerous graduate students through her involvement on their dissertation and thesis committees and currently is developing new courses in the areas of program evaluation and media and crime. Sample earned an associate's degree in criminal justice (1994) from St. Charles County Community College. She has three degrees in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Missouri-St. Louis (BS, 1996, summa cum laude; MA, 1998; Ph.D., 2001).

Energy Savings Potential Program Brown Bag April 12

Faculty and staff are invited to attend a brown bag session on the Energy Savings Potential (ESP) Program Thursday, April 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mon Hon Room.

Panelists will provide information pertaining to possible grant funding opportunities along with the program's purpose, structure and review processes. In addition, Jerry Deichert, director of the Center for Public Affairs Research, will speak about his project, which recently received funding in conjunction with the program.

Those attending the event are invited to bring their lunches. Beverages and dessert will be provided, and reservations are not required.

For more information, contact Gary L. Anderson at 554.2765 or at

April Is National Mathematics Awareness Month

Since 1991, April has been the month for celebrating mathematics and its applications. This year the theme of Mathematics Awareness Month (MAM) is "Mathematics and the Brain." The UNO Department of Mathematics will celebrate this event through activities, including the Mathematics Symposium "MAM at UNO" this month.

The schedule of events is listed below.

Friday, April 13
"MAM at UNO"
Symposium and student poster session
8:30 to noon a.m.
256 Durham Science Center (DSC)
Students from the Kerrigan research mini-grants program will present the results of their research in mathematics under the supervision of mathematics faculty members.

Friday, April 27
Problem-solving contest for high school students
1 to 3 p.m.
110 and 165 DSC
The high-school students will be awarded individual prizes and the school with the highest overall score will be awarded a traveling trophy.

"We hope you will join us in the celebration of mathematics and encourage your students to attend the events," said Dora Matache, assistant professor of mathematics at UNO.

For more information about MAM at UNO visit the Web at For more information regarding the Kerrigan research minigrants program visit

April FEAP Schedule Announced

The Faculty/Staff Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) provides short-term counseling, assessment and referral services for faculty, staff, their spouses or significant others, and family members. FEAP offices are located in 206 Eppley Administration Building.

The April schedule is as follows:

- April 16 and 24
8 a.m. to noon

- April 18
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

- April 12 and 27
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Appointments are free and available by calling 554.3120 (UNO) or 559.5175 (UNMC).

UNO Organizations to Take Part in Peace and Justice Expo

Six UNO organizations will be taking part in the third Omaha Peace and Justice Expo Sunday, April 15. The event will take place from 1 to 5:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center and will involve more than 50 organizations.

Organizers recently announced that Voces, a dramatic presentation, will be performed at 4 p.m. The presentation, directed by Sheila Rocha, tells the untold stories of courage and perseverance that makes the Americas a rich amalgam of human "voices." The show is touring the Omaha area thanks to a grant from the Nebraska Arts Council and the support of the Omaha Theater Company.

The keynote presenter for the expo is nationally known anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan. Sheehan's son, Army Specialist Casey A. Sheehan, was killed in action in Iraq. In August of 2005, Cindy Sheehan protested outside of President Bush's home in Crawford, Texas, and demanded an audience with the president. Her address will start at 2 p.m.

The six UNO organizations taking part in events are Americans for Informed Democracy-UNO Chapter, Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, Nebraskans for Peace UNO, the UNO Student Social Work Organization and United Christian Ministries in Higher Education.

For more information on participating organizations, the expo schedule, workshops and flyers, visit the 2007 Omaha Peace and Justice Expo Web site ( or call 312.7546.

Discounted Tickets Available to "The Barber of Seville"

Faculty, staff and students have the opportunity to purchase tickets to the April 25, 27 and 29 Opera Omaha performances of Rossini's "The Barber of Seville" at discounted prices. All performances will be held at the Orpheum Theater Slosburg Hall, located at 409 S. 16th St.

In 18th-century Seville, the lovely Rosina is kept under lock-and-key by the disagreeable elderly bachelor, Dr. Barolo, who is also her guardian. Not only that, he intends to marry her with the help of the unscrupulous priest, Don Basilio, who is also Rosina's music teacher. If this double talk is not enough to set silliness in motion, along comes the handsome and eligible Count Almaviva, who has fallen madly in love (from a glance) with Rosina. Disguised as a poor and simple student named Lindoro, he serenades her, and it works!

Figaro, the town's jack-of-all-trades barber, agrees to play cupid for Almaviva/Lindoro and free Rosina from the clutches of the grouchy Bartolo. To gain access to Bartolo's house, and Rosina, Almaviva/Lindoro takes on yet two more unlikely identities until Figaro, at last, saves the day.

Discounted tickets are available to the following shows:

- Wednesday, April 25
7:30 p.m.

- Friday, April 27
7:30 p.m.

- Sunday, April 29
2 p.m.

To purchase tickets, fill out the form below and return it to the Opera Omaha Box Office. The deadline to purchase discounted tickets is Friday, April 20.

The Barber of Seville Order Form

For more information, contact Maggie Wood at 402.346.4398, ext. 102, or To have an order form faxed to your office, call 554.2358.

SPR to Offer Grant Writing Workshop

Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) will offer a Grant Writing Workshop, which is open to all UNO faculty and staff. The workshop will be held Friday, May 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the UNO Alumni House Centennial Room. Lunch will be provided.

The workshop presenter will be Lynn Miner, founder and CEO of Miner and Associates Inc. Dr. Miner provides grant writing and fund-raising training for nonprofit organizations, including public universities. Since founding Miner & Associates Inc. in 1992, Dr. Miner has trained more than 10,000 successful grantseekers and fundraisers. With more than 22 years of grant seeking experience, his areas of expertise include proposal planning and writing, and research design. He also reviews proposals for government and foundation sponsors. Dr. Miner has co-authored two books on successful grantseeking.

Participants will learn how to identify a funding program, plan an effective project, and write a competitive proposal. Space is limited. There is no charge for the workshop, but registration by April 27 is required. Visit the SPR Web site to register

In the News

In the News

- Brent Bowen, Aviation Institute, was featured in the April 2 editions of various newspapers and telecasts across the nation for his work with the 2006 Airline Quality Rating. Some news outlets that featured the story include the Detroit News, the Miami Herald, Pacific Business News (Honolulu), KMBC (Channel 9) in Kansas City, Mo., and KETV (Channel 7) in Omaha.

-David Drozd, Center for Public Affairs Research, was quoted in the March 23 edition of the Sioux City Journal (Sioux City, Iowa) about the waning of the rural population of Nebraska.

-Lourdes Gouveia, sociology, was quoted in the April 2 edition of the Columbus Telegram (Columbus, Neb.) about the effect of recent cuts made in immigration aid.

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

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.