SKIP navigation
UNO eNotes Home Page
history photo

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

Finalists Named in UNO Chancellor Search

Editor's note: The following announcement was issued April 12 by the University of Nebraska Central Administration.

Four finalists have been named for the position of chancellor of the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Each of the finalists will make an official visit to the campus in the next two weeks, with public forums on campus scheduled to allow the community to meet each candidate.

The search committee was chaired by Dr. Shelton Hendricks, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at UNO. "I was very pleased with the quality of applicants for the position of Chancellor at UNO," Hendricks said. "The committee faced a challenging task selecting finalists from this outstanding group. We believe we are presenting UNO, the University of Nebraska System, and our community constituents an outstanding group of finalists."

The finalists and information about the public forums are as follows:

- Dr. John E. Christensen, interim chancellor of UNO, Monday, April 16, 4:30 p.m., Thompson Alumni Center. (News conference: 1:30 p.m. Milo Bail Student Center)

- Dr. Allen A. Mori, provost and vice president for academic affairs, California State University, Dominguez Hills, Wednesday, April 18, 4:30 p.m., Thompson Alumni Center. (News conference: 1:30 p.m. Milo Bail Student Center)

- Dr. John H. Frederick, executive vice president and provost, University of Nevada, Reno, Thursday, April 19, 4:30 p.m., Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. (News conference: 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 20, Milo Bail Student Center)

- Dr. Wilson G. Bradshaw, president, Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN, Monday, April 23, 4:30 p.m., Thompson Alumni Center. (News conference: 1:30 p.m. Milo Bail Student Center)

Christensen has served as interim chancellor of UNO since September 2006. He has been a faculty member and administrator at UNO since 1978, serving as chair of the Special Education and Communications Disorders Department, dean of the College of Education and vice chancellor for academic and student affairs. He is a graduate of Dana College in Blair, with a master's degree from UNO and a Ph.D. in speech pathology and audiology from the University of Kansas.

Mori has served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at California State University, Dominguez Hills, since 2003. From 1987-2003 he was dean of the Charter College of Education at California State University, Los Angeles, where he was also a professor in the Division of Special Education. Mori is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Penn. He received his master's degree in special education from Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, Penn., and his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Cal State Dominguez Hills is located in the Los Angeles area and has an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students.

Frederick has been executive vice president and provost of the University of Nevada, Reno, since 2001 and has also been a professor of chemistry there since 1988. He served as director of the Chemical Physics Ph.D. Program from 1990-2001, and chair of the Department of Chemistry from 1999-2001. Frederick earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry at Princeton in 1980 and his master's and Ph.D. degrees at Harvard. The University of Nevada, Reno, is the state's land grant institution with approximately 16,000 students.

Bradshaw was named president of Metropolitan State University in St. Paul in 2000, where he also holds a faculty appointment as professor of psychology. He previously held administrative positions at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Georgia Southern University, and Florida Atlantic University. He is a graduate of Florida Atlantic, where he received his bachelor's and master's degrees, and the University of Pittsburgh, where he received his Ph.D. in psychobiology. Metropolitan State University is one of seven universities in the Minnesota state system, serving nearly 9,000 students in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. 

Jim Young, CEO of Union Pacific and one of the community representatives on the search committee, said, "The caliber of candidates who applied for this position is a real tribute to the university and to the Omaha community. I believe we will see great things from UNO in the next few years."

Each of the candidates' campus visit will include a tour, meetings with a wide range of campus constituents including faculty, staff and students, a news conference and a public forum. Candidates will also meet with NU President James B. Milliken and other senior administrators. A number of opportunities will be available for the public to provide feedback on the candidates, including a comment form at Following the candidate visits, Milliken will make an appointment, subject to the approval of the Board of Regents. A special meeting of the Board will likely be held in May to consider the appointment. It is anticipated that the new chancellor will be in place by the start of the Fall 2007 semester.

For additional information, visit the Web at or call 554.3502.

UNO Honors Recital April 15

In conjunction with Honors Month, the UNO Department of Music will host its third annual UNO Honors Recital Sunday, April 15, in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

The UNO Honors Recital was established in 2005 to recognize talented UNO student-musicians who excel on the concert stage and in the classroom. To be eligible for this honor, students must possess a cumulative 3.0 G.P.A. or higher and audition for a panel comprised of UNO music faculty. The best of those performances are then selected to be performed at the UNO Honors Recital.

"The UNO Department of Music is proud to honor these talented young musician-scholars during UNO Honors Month and applauds them for their outstanding achievement in music performance and academic excellence," said Christine Erlander Beard, assistant professor of flute and coordinator of woodwind studies at UNO.

The seven soloists and two chamber ensembles listed below will be showcased on the 2007 Honors Recital:

- James Lowe, guitar;
- Gaston Bogomolni, tenor;
- Andrew Norris, clarinet;|
- Sara Renner, oboe;
- Megumi Tanokura, cello;
- Josh Lochner, piano;
- Adam Reidelbach, percussion;
- The UNO Woodwind Quintet (Anna Hall, flute; Andrew Norris, clarinet; Sara Renner, oboe; April Bishop, horn; and Matt Baldwin, bassoon); and
- The UNO Saxophone Quartet (Mason Milliken, Tim Stowe, Austin Sailors and Chris Bucher).

For more information, contact Dr. Beard at 554.2685.

Lecture on "Self-fulfilling Prophecy in Management" April 18

The UNO Industrial/Organizational Psychology Program will host a lecture Wednesday, April 18, by Dov Eden, professor of corporate leadership and social responsibility at Tel Aviv University.

Dr. Eden will lecture on "Pygmalion After a Quarter of a Century: What We Know About Self-fulfilling Prophecy in Management and What Remains to Be Discovered" from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in 204 Roskens Hall. The presentation will be followed by a discussion.

The talk will discuss managers and other leaders who are prophets and whose expectations influence their subordinates for better or for worse, and mostly unwittingly. A variant of self-fulfilling prophecy, this phenomenon is dubbed the "Pygmalion effect." This presentation will summarize the theory and research on the Pygmalion effect in management. Special emphasis will be placed on self-efficacy and means efficacy as mediators. Time permitting, some practical implications will be suggested.

Dr. Eden is a current Fellow of the Academy of Management, APA, and SIOP and is a member of the Israel Psychological Association and the Society for Research on Organizational Behavior. He has published a book titled Pygmalion in Management: Productivity as a Self-fulfilling Prophecy (Lexington Books, 1990).  Dr. Eden has served as a consultant for leading Israeli public and private corporations, municipalities, the Israel Defense Forces and kibbutz enterprises. His research interests include leadership, motivation, executive training, expectation effects and self-fulfilling prophecy, management training, and job stress and respite relief.

Those planning to attend should R.S.V.P. to

Saudi Officials to Celebrate Formation of UNO Saudi Social Club

Two officials from the Saudi Cultural Mission in Washington, D.C., will visit UNO Thursday, April 19, to celebrate the formation of a new Saudi Social Club on campus.

"This will be a special day for our students from Saudi Arabia and the entire campus," said John Christensen, UNO interim chancellor.  "This helps all of us to underscore the importance of international education exchanges between nations."

The two officials, Mayzed al Mayzed, the mission's cultural attaché, and Musaid Assaf, director of cultural and social affairs, will attend a morning-long set of events that will include a reading from the Koran, presentations from some of UNO's Saudi students and short speeches from campus officials.  The official visit begins at 9 a.m. in 102 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.  Mayzed and Assaf will also briefly tour campus.  UNO has more than 100 Saudi Arabian students.

"UNO is a well-known and highly regarded destination for Saudi students," said Tom Gouttierre, dean of International Studies for UNO and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC).  "Having these officials here to mark the start of this new club demonstrates the commitment of the Saudi Cultural and Education Mission to its students and the collaborative relationship between it and UNO."

For more information, call 554.3502.

SPO to Host "Divadiction" Poetry Event April 21

UNO's own Spoken Word artist, "Lizabet," will host "Divadiction" with HBO Def Poets Amelia Ortiz, Ishle Park and Bassey Ipki Saturday, April 21.  The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center.

A Spoken Word workshop with the artists will follow the show.

Admission costs $2 for UNO students, $4 for those with a college ID other than UNO, $6 for UNO faculty and staff, and $8 for the public. Tickets are available at the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Business Office.

This event is sponsored by the UNO Student Programming Organization.

For more information, call 554.2623.

Participants and Substitutes Sought for UNO Golf League

The UNO Golf League is looking for faculty and staff interested in forming a team or joining the golf league either as a substitute or regular member of a team.  The league will begin Thursday, May 10, with first tee times beginning at 4 p.m. 

For more information, call Mike Kult in Campus Recreation at 554.2539.

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.

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 on 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.

In the News

- Randall Adkins, political science, was interviewed April 8 on the KPTM (Fox 42) news. The segment discussed issues related to the 2008 elections.

- Theresa Barron-McKeagney, social work, was quoted in the April 3 edition of the Lincoln Journal Star about Arun Ghandi's recent visit to UNO.

- Brent Bowen, Aviation Institute, was quoted in the April 3 edition of the Omaha World-Herald.  The 2006 Airline Quality Ratings prompted a column by Michael Kelly that lamented and showcased local residents' airline troubles.

- Richard Fellman, political science, had a column published in the March 28 edition of the Omaha World-Herald.  His editorial discussed Sen. Chuck Hagel's possible presidential nomination.

- Connie O'Brien, physics, was interviewed April 9 on the KETV (Channel 7) newscast about the Aim for the Stars program.

- B.J. Reed, dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, was featured in the March 3 edition of the Omaha World-Herald.  The article highlighted the findings of a research project presented at the Brown-Black Coalition meeting.

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

Performances of "Our Country's Good" Continue on Stage
The UNO Department of Theatre will present the final production of its 2006-07 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.

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.

SPO to Host April 16 G. Love Performance
G. Love and Special Sauce will perform Monday, April 16, at the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC). The Student Programming Organization (SPO) will sponsor the 7 p.m. show, which will be held in the MBSC Nebraska Room.

Originally from Philadelphia, G. Love often tours with Jack Johnson, who signed G. Love to Brushfire Records. He has made appearances on the records of artists such as Slightly Stoopid and Donavon Frankenreiter.

Tickets cost $10 for the public and are free to UNO students. Those who attend must be 19 years of age or older, or have a valid MavCard ID. Tickets can be purchased in the MBSC Business Office or by calling 554.2979.

For more information, call 554.2711.

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.

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.

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 Dvoák'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.

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

ignorance Artwork on HPV Awareness to Open at Art Gallery
ignorance, artwork focusing on the human papilloma virus (HPV) and cervical cancer awareness, will be on display at the UNO Art Gallery April 20 through May 4.  ignorance is UNO student Molly Connolly's personal response to having HPV and the lack of knowledge on this life-changing, sometimes deadly, virus.  ignorance was designed to inform the public and allow her to share her experience with others.  Connolly states that "ignorance became not only an identity for cervical cancer and HPV, but also a release on my personal vendetta with having HPV."

As a UNO B.F.A. thesis candidate, ignorance is the culminating thesis project toward Connolly's degree.  She combines the two elements of art and public awareness through graphic design and product development.  Since graphic design is a part of many people's daily experience, this art form becomes a powerful and efficient way to avert others from HPV ignorance.  The work incorporates strong visual communication and playful puns, while remaining informative.  The products designed by Connolly - such as coasters, T-shirts and lighters - are for sale, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit women's cancer and gynecological research.

Connolly is one of six artists featured in the Spring 2007 Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition at the UNO Art Gallery.  The exhibition will open Friday, April 20, and run through Friday, May 4.  An opening reception will be held April 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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 689.0157.

Spring B.F.A. Thesis Exhibition Opens April 20
The UNO Art Gallery will present the work of six UNO B.F.A. thesis candidates at the Spring 2007 Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition.  The exhibition will open Friday, April 20, and run through Friday, May 4.  An opening reception will be held April 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the gallery.

This spring's thesis exhibition challenges tradition and features the work of Sarah Brogren, Molly Connolly, Shaun Kiel, Alex Myers, Cale Oglesby and Jenny Wagner.  Brogren's photography installation of constructed objects examines family history and personal memories.  Connolly uses graphic design to inform and expose the realities of the human papilloma virus (HPV).  Kiel searches for self-revelation through the refabrication of painting.  Myers explores the inherent tension of collage to elicit contemplation and meaning in meaninglessness.  Oglesby seeks identity through experimental portrayals of his physical and cerebral self.  Wagner's videos investigate time and place, and their impact on her own behavior.

Each B.F.A. candidate in studio art is also required to present a public thesis talk to articulate and defend the philosophical, aesthetic, historical, critical and technical aspects of their work.  Brogren, Connolly, Kiel, Myers, Oglesby and Wagner will be joined by bachelor of arts in art history candidates John Herzinger and Abby Sutter in these public presentations.  Each art history candidate will present a scholarly paper that addresses critical, creative and theoretical thinking and analysis of a specialized topic in their area of emphasis.  Spring 2007 thesis talks will be held April 23, 25 and 27 from noon to 1 p.m. in the UNO Art Gallery.

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.