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"Our Country's Good" Takes to the Stage

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Thespians from the UNO Department of Theatre's final production of the season, "Our Country's Good," will take to the stage this week at UNO. Performances will run Friday through Saturday, April 13-14, and Wednesday through Saturday, April 18-21, at 7:30 p.m. in the UNO Theater in the Weber Fine Arts Building. 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

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

First UNO Careers in Aging Research Fair April 12

The entire UNO community is invited to the first-ever UNO Careers in Aging Week Aging Research Fair Thursday, April 12. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.  

UNO faculty and students from different schools and departments will display and discuss their work to expand knowledge about aging.  The research fair will include a bake sale (to benefit the Dora Bingel Senior Center), games and prizes, and opportunities to network and explore new career possibilities. 

Round tables in the center of the room will be available for students and other participants to use as "home base" while they are at the fair. 

The fair is sponsored by the UNO Department of Gerontology and the School of Social Work.  For more information, contact Lyn Holley or Nancy Kelly-Gillespie by e-mail ( or or phone (871.3047).

Performances of "Our Country's Good" Begin April 12

The UNO Department of Theatre will present the final production of its 2006-2007 season - "Our Country's Good" - Friday through Saturday, April 13-14, and Wednesday through Saturday, April 18-21, on campus. The production, written by Timberlake Wertenbaker, will be directed by D. Scott Glasser, assistant professor of theatre. A preview performance will be held Thursday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m.

All performances will start at 7:30 p.m. and will be held at the UNO Theater in the Weber Fine Arts Building (WFAB). The house opens at 7 p.m., with a 7:30 p.m. curtain.

In the production - set in June of 1789 - a marine lieutenant decides to put on a play to celebrate the king's birthday in the penal colony that was to become the city of Sydney, Australia. He casts the play with English convicts who populate the prison camp.  The leading lady is scheduled to be hanged, and few of them can read, let alone act.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office (located on the first floor of the WFAB), via e-mail at or by calling 554.2335. Tickets cost $15 for general admission, and $12 for students and seniors.  The cost to attend the preview performance is $5.

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

"Dos and Don'ts of Job Interviewing" Event Today

Students are invited to attend "Rules of the Game: The Dos and Don'ts of Job Interviewing" today, April 11, at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Fireplace Lounge.

Students will learn valuable tips from experienced professionals and practice their skills in a mock interview. 

The workshop is a component of the Black Executive Exchange Program (BEEP) through the Office of Multicultural Affairs. BEEP's mission is to share learning experience across generations, cultivate new leaders, and inspire achievements "beyond the possible" through committed involvement and operational excellence.  

For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 554.2248.

UNO Childcare Center Pancake Fundraiser April 13

C.H.A.M.P.S., the UNO Child Care Center parent group, will host a fund-raising event - "Eating on the Flip Side With the Pancake Man" - Friday, April 13. It will be held at Lewis and Clark Middle School, 6901 Burt St., from 5 to 7 p.m.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the UNO Child Care Center building fund.

Advanced tickets cost $4.50 for children age 10 and under, and $6.50 for adults.  Tickets will also be available at the door at a cost of $6.50 for children age 10 and under, and $8.50 for adults. No refunds will be offered.

To purchase tickets or for more information, call the UNO Child Care Center at 554.3398.

Ninth Annual Inter-Tribal Student Council Pow Wow April 14

Tribal drums will sound on the UNO campus Saturday, April 14, for the ninth annual UNO Inter-Tribal Student Council Pow Wow. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at Sapp Fieldhouse beginning at noon.

Representatives from a variety of tribes will be on hand to promote unity, and provide academic support and awareness through traditional Native-American dance, drum groups and singing. Staff and dancers for the event are from the Omaha/Council Bluffs and local region of Native America.  All dancers and drummers are welcome.

Registration for participating dancers and vendors will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the grand entry at noon.  Dinner will be served at the Milo Bail Student Center Food Court at 3:30 p.m.

The event will feature the following individuals:

- Head man dancer - Will Simmons (Omaha/Yankton);
- Head woman dancer - Ruby Alice Wright (OtoeMissouria/Ponca);
- Host Southern drum - Sheridan Boyz;
- Lead - Antoine Edwards Jr. (Lakota/Omaha);
- Host Northern drum - Young Nations;
- Master of Ceremonies - Jeramie Colvin (Oklahoma Seminole) and Taneesha Conner (Santee Sioux);
- Color Guard - Warrior Society of Omaha (Omaha); and
- Arena Director - Andre Fast Horse (Lakota).

Event sponsors include the Nebraska Arts Council, UNO Native American Studies, UNO Inter-Tribal Student Council, UNO Office of Latino/Latin American Studies, UNO Office of Recruitment and the UNO Office of Student Affairs

For more information, contact 554.2758.

Indian Musical Group Set to Play at UNO April 16

The Indian musical group Sankara will perform at UNO Monday, April 16, at 8 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center.  Tickets cost $15 for the public and $7 for students and seniors.

Sankara is currently touring the United States and features T.H. Subash Chandran on ghatam and konnakol.  The ghatam is a clay pot from South India that is played as an instrument with fingers, hands and fingernails.  Konnakol is the art of vocal percussion. 

Sankara's April 16 appearance is part of the UNO Department of Music's Resonate Concert series. 

"This is a unique opportunity to hear some amazing music from a master musician," said Tomm Roland, coordinator of percussion studies and multicultural music at UNO.  The ensemble also includes keyboards, violin, thavil (a barrel-shaped percussion instrument) and kanjira (Indian tambourine).

For more information, call 554.3155.

SPR Report

The SPR Report details the results of UNO's efforts to obtain external funding in support of its teaching, research, service and outreach efforts. The report is designed to keep the university community informed as to externally funded projects on campus and bring recognition to those faculty and staff who have worked to generate these resources.

From the period of Feb. 20 through April 4, those receiving grant awards totaling $1,019,377 are as follows:

Name: Ronald Abdouch
Unit: College of Public Affairs and Community Service
Title: Neighborhood Center for Greater Omaha
Sponsor: City of Omaha

Name: Robert Bernier
Unit: College of Business Administration - Nebraska Business Development Center
Title: Nebraska Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Sponsor: Nebraska Department of Economic Development

Name: Robert Blair
Unit: College of Public Affairs and Community Service
Title: Energy Efficiency and Sustainability: A Neighborhood-Based Approach to Improving Aging Housing Stock in Omaha
Sponsor: OPPD

Name: Jack Heidel
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences - Math
Title: UNO and MCC STEPping Together
Sponsor: NSF

Name: Rita Henry
Unit: Student Affairs, Academic Affairs
Title: National Tobacco Symposium on Young Adults
Sponsor: Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

Name: Teresa Lansam and Jennifer Mullins
Unit: College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media - School of Communication
Title: X's and O's: A Look at How Military Spouses Employ Relational Maintenance Strategies in Communication Channels During Deployment
Sponsor: JF Milne Publications

Name: Thomas Lorsbach
Unit: College of Education
Title: Context Processing in Children and Young Adults
Sponsor: NIH

Name: Robert Pawloski
Unit: College of Information Science and Technology
Title: Nebraska Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission Legacy Report
Sponsor: Friends of Nebraska Lewis and Clark Bicentennial

Name: John Shroder
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences - Geology
Title: Assessing Glacier Dynamics Across the Himalaya
Sponsor: National Geographic Society

Name: Scott Snyder
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences - Biology
Title: RUI: Collaborative Research: Parasites of Australian Turtles: Unknown Aspects of Biodiversity
Sponsor: NSF

Name: Rosemary Strasser and Jenny Snyder
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences - Psychology
Title: Predicting Parental Care: An Analysis of Individual Differences in Hormone Levels, Stress Levels & Aggression
Sponsor: Psi Chi Honor Society

Name: James Thomas
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences - Psychology
Title: 2007 Promotional Exam for Lincoln Fire and Rescue Captain position
Sponsor: City of Lincoln

Name: Victor Winter
Unit: College of Information Science and Technology - Computer Science
Title: Score Processor Work
Sponsor: Sandia National Labs

Name: Sara Woods
Unit: College of Public Affairs and Community Service
Title: Metropolitan Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless Administration
Sponsor: Metropolitan Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless

For assistance with research activities, call the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) at 554.2286, or visit the Web at

Chamber Orchestra to Perform "Creatures of the Forest"

The UNO Chamber Orchestra will perform "Creatures of the Forest" Tuesday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.  Tickets cost $4 for adults and $3 for students and seniors.   

Works in the program are inspired by the sounds of the forest, including Debussy's Afternoon of the Faun and Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf.  James Johnson, professor of piano at UNO, will join the orchestra in a performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto in A major, K. 488.  Christopher Stanichar, director of UNO Orchestral Activities, will conduct the program, which also includes the American premiere of Barry Ford's Essay No. 2. Ford is a faculty member with the UNO Department of Music.

For tickets or more information, call 554.3427.

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).

SPR to Offer Grant Writing Workshop

Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) will offer a free grant-writing workshop Friday, May 11. The workshop, open to all UNO faculty and staff, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Centennial Room at the William H. and Dorothy Alumni Center. 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 for the workshop is limited and, although there is no charge to attend, registration by April 27 is required. Visit the SPR Web site ( to register.

For more information, call 554.2286.