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This Week in Campus History

On April 15, 1966, The Gateway reported that prominent Harvard Professor of Psychology Burrus F. Skinner was the keynote speaker at the annual University of Omaha Honors Convocation, held on campus at the Eppley Conference Center. The topic of Skinner's convocation address was "Utopia Now?," which focused on his book Walden Two and the theories behind Utopian societies. Declared OU's "Distinguished Visiting Professor for 1965-66," Dr. Skinner had spent the previous four days presenting various lectures to students, faculty and members of the Omaha community.

Date: April 15, 1966
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 Chancellor Search Candidate to Interview Today

UNO Interim Chancellor John Christensen will be interviewed on campus today, April 16, as a finalist for the position of chancellor. Dr. Christensen is one of four finalists.

Dr. Christensen will give a press conference in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room at 1:30 p.m. A campus forum and reception will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

In addition to the two public events, Dr. Christensen will meet with a wide range of campus constituents, including faculty, staff and students. Off campus, he will meet with a variety of University of Nebraska officials. His campus visit concludes Wednesday morning, April 18.

The three other chancellor candidates and their official UNO campus visit dates are listed below.

Wednesday, April 18
- Dr. Allen A. Mori, provost and vice president for academic affairs, California State University, Dominguez Hills

Thursday, April 19
- Dr. John H. Frederick, executive vice president and provost, University of Nevada, Reno

Monday, April 23
- Dr. Wilson G. Bradshaw, president, Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, Minn.

Dr. Christensen has served as interim chancellor of UNO since September of 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, Neb., with a master's degree from UNO and a Ph.D. in speech pathology and audiology from the University of Kansas.

For more information on all of the candidates, visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/chancellorsearch/.

A special meeting of the University of Nebraska Board of Regents 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.

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 third finalist candidate - Tim Kaldahl, the current interim director of University Affairs at UNO. The forum will be held today, April 16, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room.

For more information, contact Gail Baker at 554.2232.

NU Board of Regents to Meet April 20

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet Friday, April 20, at Varner Hall, 3835 Holdrege St., in Lincoln. Committee and task force meetings will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the board meeting will start at 1 p.m.

March Employee of the Month: Jim McIntosh

Jim McIntosh

Thirteen may be an unlucky number to some, but for Jim McIntosh - an engineer with UNO Television - it signifies the many memorable years he has been a part of the campus community.

"I have been at UNO since 1994," he said. "I worked part time for UNO Television, from February of 1994 through February of 1996 - when I was hired full time. The terrific people I work with make my job enjoyable. I could not imagine working anywhere else."

During his years of service, McIntosh has been a part of many projects and appreciates the opportunities. "What I really like about my position is the variety of jobs, and I am constantly learning more about my job and new technology," he said.

Before joining UNO, McIntosh said he trained racehorses and was in the U.S. Army. While studying electronics engineering technology at UNO, he said he was excited to learn of an opening at UNO Television.

In his time with the university, he has been called on in a variety of capacities with the operations of UNO Television. Among his duties are serving as master control operator, maintaining broadcast equipment, and overseeing CCTV installations and computer maintenance.

Additionally, McIntosh recently took on the role of firefighter when smoke was detected near the KYNE transmitter room. He and Dennis Wallen, a technician with UNO Television, investigated and took action to extinguish the blaze.

One nominator said, "Dennis and Jim are to be congratulated for keeping cool heads, working together and calmly extinguishing a recent fire which, if unattended for much longer, would have caused extensive damage and probable injury to many."

McIntosh said he is humbled by being named Employee of the Month. "I didn't think that what I did merited the honor of EOM," he said. "The fact that my friends and co-workers thought I deserved this honor means a lot to me."

In his spare time, the Council Bluffs, Iowa, native is an avid reader and likes to attend rodeos, watch football, work on cars and help friends solve their computer problems.

As Employee of the Month, McIntosh will receive a plaque, portrait and monetary award. All UNO faculty, staff and students are eligible to nominate individuals for the honor. Nomination forms are available in Human Resources, 205 Eppley Administration Building.

(Pictured above: McIntosh and Interim UNO Chancellor John Christensen.)

For more information, call 554.2321.

Come Together @ Your Library Continues

The schedule of this week's Come Together @ your library events is listed below.

April 16-20 Is National Library Week
Criss Library invites faculty, staff and students to stop by this week, April 16-20, to celebrate National Library Week. Displays showcasing library services and programs will be available for public viewing throughout the week.

"This is an exciting week for us," said Dean Steve Shorb. "Particularly Wednesday, when our focus is library science education and the celebration of National Library Workers' Day."

The topical displays are scheduled as follows:

- Today, April 16
Services at the Library

- Tuesday, April 17
Technology

- Wednesday, April 18
Library Science Educational Opportunities and National Library Workers' Day

- Thursday, April 19
Collections - A Look Inside Our Holdings

- Friday, April 20
The Library Community

For more information, contact Gayle Roberts, promotions and marketing specialist, at 554.3213.

Buy-One-Get-One-Free Book Fair
Come on over to Criss Library, and browse the many titles at the annual spring book fair. Criss Library and the UNO Honors Program will host a "buy-one-get-one-free" book fair April 16-19.

The UNO Honors Program supports Liberty Elementary School, and books may be purchased and donated to the school's literacy program. For each item purchased, customers can choose a second book of equal or lesser value for free. The book fair schedule is listed below.

- Today, April 16
5 to 9 p.m.

- Tuesday and Wednesday, April 17-18
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Proceeds will benefit the UNO Library Juvenile Collection. For more information, contact event organizer Melissa Cast at 554.3130 or mcast@mail.unomaha.edu.

Library Day at the Ballpark
Join Criss Library in cheering on the UNO Mavericks Baseball team for "Library Day at the Ballpark!" Stop by the library table at the doubleheader, Sunday, April 22, to receive a goody bag and a coupon to waive an existing library fine (Some restrictions apply. Visit http://library.unomaha.edu/news/2007spring/ballpark.php for details.).

Watch the Mavericks take on the Augustana Vikings at games scheduled for 1 and 3 p.m. at the Boys Town Ballpark.

"We'd like to see the bleachers full, so we're waiving library fines for all in attendance," said Dean Shorb.

For more information, contact the Circulation Desk at 554.3206.

SPO to Host G. Love Performance Tonight

G. Love and Special Sauce will perform tonight, 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.

Campus Construction/Renovation Projects Update

Construction, renovation and remodeling projects at UNO will take place at several locations on campus this spring and summer.

"We already have a major project under way in the new College of Public Affairs and Community Service," said John Amend, director for UNO Facilities Management and Planning. "This summer's project will further the great work being done to expand and improve campus."

The summer projects listed below will start in May and finish in August. The work being done will include:
- The Milo Bail Student Center Food Court will be renovated and remodeled beginning the week after the May 4 commencement. Food service on campus will not be disrupted;
- Renovation and maintenance on the current parking structure will be ongoing this summer. While one level of the garage may be closed at a time, other levels will be open for use; and
- University Drive road work on the west end of the Dodge Street campus will restrict traffic and access at times. The drive near parking lots J and I will be most affected.

In addition to the summer work, longer-term construction of new university housing and the new parking structure, located on the west end of the Dodge Street campus, will begin in May. Amend said the goal is for the new housing and parking to be in place for the fall semester of 2008.

Another goal for the summer is to begin a major infrastructure update to the Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library. The update, which will take place over two years, will bring the entire library's physical plant up to par with the recently completed Dr. Guinter Khan Library Addiction.

"We're asking our campus community, and the community that often visits UNO, to have patience with all of this work," Amend said. "We're going to have some growing pains going forward, but the final result is going to benefit our university for decades to come."

For more information, call George Killian at 554.2500.

"Greening Our Campus - Greening Our Minds" Event April 17

Clay Nesler, with Johnson Controls, is returning to UNO Tuesday, April 17, to present the results of the Sustainability Navigator Session conducted Feb. 13.

The session will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room and will be followed by a question-and-answer period.

There were 47 participants (students, faculty, staff, alumni and other interested parties) who took part in one of two sessions Feb. 13 that were designed to help identify sustainability priorities (Needs Assessment) and how effectively UNO officials thought they were addressing them (Practices Assessment).

On April 17, Nesler will present the results of the Feb. 13 sessions and compare the results to those of other universities to help identify logical steps that will bring the campus closer to where UNO officials determined it should be.

For more information, contact Patrick Wheeler at 554.3921.

Book Donations Sought for World Literacy Project

Help spread world literacy by donating used textbooks (up to 10 years old)! A book drive will be held Monday, April 23, through Friday, May 4, to collect the books.

The event is being sponsored by the UNO Honors Program, UNO Women's Studies and Tri Beta Honor Society.

For more information, contact Tony Swirczek at aswirczek@mail.unomaha.edu.

University Surplus Auction Set for April 28

A public auction for the sale of university surplus property is planned for Saturday, April 28. Standley Auction & Realty Co. will handle the sale, which will take place at the warehouse at 3805 N. 16th St.

The doors will open at 8 a.m., and the auction will start at 10 a.m. A full listing of the items will appear in the Omaha World-Herald and the Gateway.

For more information, call 554.2337.

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.

HPER Expansion and Renovation Talks Scheduled

Presentations on the proposed Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building expansion and renovation will be held on campus according to the following schedule:

- Wednesday, April 18
10:30 a.m.
MBSC Gallery Room

- Thursday, April 19
3 p.m.
203 HPER

Information on the proposed expansion is available at http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/renovation.php. For more information, call 554.2856.

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
Noon

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

Monday, April 23
- PRSSA and Ad Club Presentations
MBSC
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.

Students to Create Homelessness Awareness with "Just Can It"

UNO students will discover what it might be like to be homeless the week of April 16 during "Just Can It."

Members of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and Alpha Xi Delta sorority are leading the challenge to collect thousands of canned food items for The Salvation Army Food Pantry and its North Omaha Feeding Program. No Frills Supermarkets, Tenaska, Two Men and a Truck, and Channel 94.1 are sponsoring the fourth annual food drive.

The drive runs Monday, April 16, through Friday, April 20. Donations of food may be dropped off on the UNO campus or at any local No Frills Supermarket. Salvation Army blue barrels, identified with the Army's red shield, will be on UNO's main campus and inside each No Frills Supermarket. No Frills will accept donations from the public April 11-24.

About 25 to 30 UNO students will be "homeless" outdoors in the UNO Pep Bowl, just north of Caniglia Field, each night of the collection week. Their homes will be converted cardboard boxes. Students have planned a variety of activities to attract interest and donations of food.

The Tenaska Business Challenge, a corporate effort to collect food for The Salvation Army, will again be held this year. Employees of Tenaska and designated neighboring businesses will collect donations from April 16-20.

The food drive will officially kick off Monday, April 16, during a brief ceremony on the UNO Henningson Plaza (south of the Milo Bail Student Center) at noon. UNO Interim Chancellor John Christensen will attend the event along with a representative from Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey's office, Salvation Army divisional commander Col. William Harfoot, other event sponsors and several Salvation Army representatives.

During the ceremony, the Pancake Man will serve hotcakes to the crowd. Students will be accepting donations all day April 16 and each day and night the rest of the week. Special activities will take place each night, including a house-building contest, skits, flag football, a scavenger hunt, kickball and the "Golden Can" competition.

The Salvation Army is participating in the Feinstein Foundation's challenge to help fight hunger. Donations of food (valued at 50 cents per can) and cash to "Just Can It" will be matched by dollars from the foundation. For more information, visit http://www.feinsteinfoundation.org.

The Salvation Army's food pantry and North Omaha feeding program provide food to hungry individuals, families and children in Omaha who might otherwise go without. The Army encourages the public to contribute non-perishable foods such as beans, pasta, tuna, peanut butter, baby food, diapers, canned fruits and vegetables, cereal and soup. Monetary donations provide the most flexibility to purchase what is needed most and may be sent to The Salvation Army, 3612 Cuming St., Omaha, NE, 68131. Donations are accepted online at http://givesalvationarmy.org.

For more information, call 554.3502.

Bike to Campus Day Set for April 19

How would you like to take part in a free, new healthy and inspiring event on campus? Students from the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Organization and "Administration of Physical Activity" class are planning and organizing the university's first-ever Bike to Campus Day Thursday, April 19.

"We want you to take part in this brand-new event," said Wesley Gehring, student event organizer with the class. "This is a special day to encourage students, faculty and staff at UNO to travel to school by any ‘alternate' means of transportation."

"Alternate" includes riding your bike, walking, carpooling or parking at the Pacific Street campus and walking through Elmwood Park.

A morning reception will be held from 7 to 9 a.m. in Elmwood Park at a reserved picnic area. The April 19 reception will include free food and a raffle for a wide variety of prizes, including a bike rack.

To register, stop by 100 HPER or visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/biketocampus. The last day to register is Tuesday, April 17.

"Although you do not need to be registered to participate in this event, you do need to register to be entered into our raffle and for a chance to win a prize," Gehring said. "We look forward to seeing you at the event!"

UNO Golf League Teams Now Forming

The UNO Golf League is searching for faculty and staff who are interested in forming a team or joining the golf league - either as a sub or a regular member of a team. The league begins Thursday, May 10, with first tee times beginning at 4 p.m.

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

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 grant seekers 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 grant seeking.

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 http://www.unomaha.edu/spr.

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.

2007 Study in Sweden Program Available

The Summer Language program in Lund, Sweden, offers students an opportunity to learn Swedish and experience the sunny Swedish summer. The program provides intensive language instruction along with museum visits, cultural excursions and guest lectures. Undergraduate students are eligible to receive transfer credits for the academic experience.

Program details are listed below:

Dates: June 24-July 15 and July 17-August 3
Cost: $942 plus travel and accommodations
Application Deadline (must be received in Sweden): May 15

For more information, call Krista Cupich at 554.2293.

Maverick Watch

Mavericks

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).

Monday, April 16
- Golf
Ironwood Collegiate Classic
Ironwood Country Club
TBA

Wednesday, April 18
- Baseball vs. Missouri Western
The Ballpark at Boys Town, 137th and West Dodge Road
1 and 3 p.m. (doubleheader)

Friday, April 20
- Tennis
NCC Tournament
Hanscom Park
TBA

Saturday, April 20
- Tennis
NCC Tournament
Hanscom Park
TBA

Sunday, April 22
- Baseball vs. Augustana
The Ballpark at Boys Town, 137th and West Dodge Road
1 and 3 p.m. (doubleheader)

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at http://gomavs.unomaha.edu/.