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On Tuesday, April 13, 1982, The Gateway reported that a group of UNO students met in the Milo Bail Student Center to discuss ways of halting the creation and use of nuclear weapons. The group, loosely known as UNO Freeze, took motivation from U. S. Senate Joint Resolution 163, sponsored by Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), which called for a halt to the arms race with the Soviet Union. Besides working with similar city, state and national movements, UNO Freeze planned an educational campaign. This campaign included a discussion by a panel of UNO instructors on the topic "The Effect of Nuclear Arms on Society."

Date: April 13, 1982
Source: The Gateway
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 SAC Meeting Today

University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken will be a guest speaker at the UNO Staff Advisory Council (SAC) meeting Tuesday, April 10. His presentation time has been changed to 9:30 a.m. 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 9:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Rooms. Milliken's presentation is the first agenda item.

Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra to Perform April 29

The UNO Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra will perform its final program of the season Sunday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.  Tickets cost $5 for adults, and $4 for students and seniors.   

"Come and celebrate the one-hundredth anniversary of Shostakovich's birth with his dazzling ninth symphony," said Christopher Stanichar, assistant professor of music and director of UNO Orchestral Activities.

The orchestra will also play Barber's School for Scandal Overture.  Anna Speed, a senior at UNO and the winner of this year's Concerto-Aria Contest, will perform Dvo├ík's Cello Concerto.

"Attending Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra concerts are a great way to hear orchestral masterworks performed by talented students and community members at UNO," Dr. Stanichar said.

For tickets or more information, call 554.3427.

Michigan Professor to Lecture on Evidence-based Practices

The UNO School of Social Work invites all faculty, students and community members to hear Matthew O. Howard - professor of social work/psychiatry with the University of Michigan - speak about evidence-based practice and policy.  Dr. Howard's presentation will be held at the William H. and Dorothy Alumni Center Wednesday, May 9, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. 

Dr. Howard has given numerous presentations on evidence-based practice and has authored/co-authored several books on the subject. His publications include Teaching Evidence-Based Practice: Toward a New Paradigm for Social Work Education; Mental Health Practice Guidelines: Panacea or Pipedream?; Barriers to Development, Utilization, and Evaluation of Social Work Practice Guidelines: Toward and Action Plan for Social Work; and Clinical Practice Guidelines: Should Social Work Develop Them?

To R.S.V.P. or for more information, contact the School of Social Work at 554.2793.

"Madagascar - Conservation vs. Survival" Premiere April 11

The UNO campus premiere of "Madagascar - Conservation vs. Survival" will be Wednesday, April 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.  The film will be shown in high definition.

A production of UNO Television, "Madagascar - Conservation vs. Survival" details the struggle the country faces as it tries to balance feeding a growing population with preserving endangered and globally unique habitats.  The program highlights how the Henry Doorly Zoo is cooperating with local organizations in Madagascar to meet these conflicting goals.

Rapidly declining rainforests on the island of Madagascar are threatening the existence of the country's unique ecosystem. Researchers from the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha are working to preserve the island's endangered plants and animals.

Major funding for "Madagascar - Conservation vs. Survival" was provided by the Theodore F. and Claire M. Hubbard Family Foundation. Additional support was provided by the National Public Radio program "From The Top" and HunTel Communications Inc.

Actor Danny Glover narrates the documentary, and musician Peter Buffett composed the original music. The program was recorded and produced in high definition.

For more information, contact Jim Adams at 554.2516.

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 a.m. to noon
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
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

2007 UNO Benefits Fair April 18

Working at UNO is a good deal.

To learn more, plan on attending the 2007 UNO Benefits Fair. The event will be held Wednesday, April 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. All faculty and staff are invited to attend, and refreshments will be served.

"The fair is a great opportunity to learn more about the fringe benefits associated with being a UNO employee," said Esther Scarpello, manager of benefits in human resources at UNO.  "New this year, the Douglas County Extension Service will attend and conduct healthy cooking demonstrations, as well as provide samples."

Participating vendors include Blue Cross Blue Shield, Caremark, Eye Med, Fidelity, TIAA-CREF, the Social Security Administration, the UNO Employee Assistance Program and Human Resources.

Student Health Services (SHS) will also offer preventive health screenings at the fair. Free blood pressure screenings will be available. SHS also will offer screens for cholesterol and diabetes from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on a walk-in basis. No appointments are necessary. Both screens require a fast (abstaining from food and drink) for 12 hours. The cost is $15.

For more information, contact Scarpello at 554.3660.

Communication Week Set for April 19-26

The UNO School of Communication will celebrate Communication Week (April 19-26) with a variety of events culminating April 26 with the 52nd annual Communication Awards Banquet. The schedule is listed below.

Thursday, April 19
- High School Student Tours
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Dodge Room
10:30 a.m.

 - High School Journalism Conference
MBSC Ballroom

- Presentation by Jane Kirtley, University of Minnesota professor
439 Arts and Sciences Hall
3 p.m.

Monday, April 23
- PRSSA and Ad Club Presentations
4 p.m.

Tuesday, April 24
- Forensics Presentations
102 Eppley Administration Building
4 p.m.

Wednesday, April 25
- Persuasion Presentations
MBSC Dodge Room
1 p.m.

Thursday, April 26
- Alumni Panel
MBSC Dodge Room
1 p.m.

- Wine and Cheese Alumni Reception
Weber Fine Arts Building Art Gallery
5 p.m.

- 52nd Annual School of Communication Banquet
William H. and Dorothy Alumni Center
6 p.m.

For more information about Communication Week, call 554.2600.

COS Open Lab Session Planned for Grant Writers

The next Community of Science (COS) open lab session will be held Friday, April 20, at 2 p.m. in Room 207 of Criss Library.

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) hosts these monthly hour-long sessions to demonstrate the various online resources available to faculty and graduate students through COS.  Reservations are not required.

For more information, contact Nancy Schlesiger at 554.2286.

Retirement Reception for Emily Muckerheide April 26

After 17 years of service to UNO, Emily Muckerheide - manager of on-campus student employment - will be retiring from UNO at the end of April.  She and her family are moving to Minnesota in May.

A retirement reception for Muckerheide will be held Thursday, April 26, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

For more information, contact Stella Watts at 554.2321 or

Commencement Set for May 4

Commencement for May graduates will be held Friday, May 4, at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave., at 2 p.m. Faculty members are asked to assemble no later than 1:30 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall.

Faculty who plan to attend the ceremony are asked to order their academic regalia from the UNO Bookstore (554.2336) by April 13.

Campus Recreation to Offer "Fly Fishing 101"

Campus Recreation will offer a "Fly Fishing 101" class this spring in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

There are three opportunities to attend, and no equipment or experience is needed.  Due to the length of class, participants are invited to bring a snack or sack lunch. Each class is limited to eight participants to allow for individualized instruction. Pre-registration is required.

Additional information on the class is highlighted below:

- Saturday, April 28
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

- Sunday, May 6
Noon to 6 p.m.

- Saturday, May 12
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mike Kelly, FFF Certified casting instructor since 1997 and NGPC Certified Casting Instructor since 2003

$80 for UNO students; $100 for UNO activity cardholders; and $120 for non- activity cardholders and the public

HPER Building

For more information, contact Dave Daniels at 554.2008


2007 Faculty Honors Convocation Recipients
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 and 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.

2007 Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Awards Recipients
The UNO Alumni Association will mark the 11th year of its Alumni Outstanding Teaching Awards (AOTA) 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 who will receive 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 the UNO College of Business Administration. Adidam's prime focus is in the area of global marketing and sales strategies. He teaches in the M.B.A., Executive M.B.A. and undergraduate programs, and has given seminars in Competitive Intelligence Strategies to M.B.A. students in more than 15 universities around the world. He was voted UNO's Executive M.B.A. 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 M.B.A. 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 the UNO Department of Political Science. He teaches courses on American government and politics, including campaigns and elections, the presidency and 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 the UNO Civic Participation Project. Additionally, Adkins is a consultant for the College Board's Advanced Placement Program, advising high school instructors who teach U.S. Government. Adkins received his B.S. in political science from Marshall University in 1991, graduating cum laude. He earned his M.A. (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 B.S.B.A. in computer information systems from Colorado State University in 1983. She also earned an M.B.A. (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 B.S. (1983) and M.S. (1986) degrees from UNO in math education and a Ph.D. in education/curriculum from Iowa State University (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 B.S. (1982) and M.S. (1986) in civil engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He earned a Ph.D. 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, which led to several published papers in specialty journals. Each April, Matache also is involved with Mathematics Awareness Month activities at UNO, including 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 M.A. in mathematics from the University of Timisoara, Romania, in 1991. She also earned an M.S. (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 B.A. in political science (1990) from Texas Christian University. She also has an M.A. (1996) and Ph.D. (1998) from Rice University.

Barbara Pickering
Dr. Pickering is an associate professor in the UNO School of Communication. Her primary focus is rhetoric and social influence, specifically in political communication and gender communication. Courses she teaches range from an undergraduate course in argumentation and debate to a 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 a 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 B.S. (1980) and an M.A. (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 re-entry 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 (B.S., 1996, summa cum laude; M.A., 1998; and Ph.D., 2001).

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