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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

Today's Coffeehouse Event to Discuss Sexual Assault

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) at UNO invites all students, faculty and staff to join in the latest Susan B.'s Coffeehouse discussion. Today's event is in honor of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

The coffeehouse will be held from noon to 1 p.m. today, April 17, in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mon Hon Room. Those attending are invited to bring their lunch, and light refreshments will be provided.

Community educators from the Omaha YWCA and the Methodist Hospital Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner's office will be on hand to share information and facilitate discussion on sexual assault.

For more information, call 554.3660.

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 begin at 8:30 a.m., and the board meeting will begin at 1 p.m.

The morning session will feature a presentation about the importance of improving entrepreneurship education, training and outreach for the University of Nebraska, and how it relates to one of the six major priorities in the strategic framework: building a talented, competitive workforce and knowledge-based economy in Nebraska. During the afternoon board meeting, a panel of Nebraska entrepreneurs will explain how the university has served as a significant catalyst for helping them develop their grassroots businesses.

In another morning session, John Wiltse, senior associate general counsel for the university, will provide an update on the situation at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with illegal downloading complaints from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Also in the morning, Weldon Sleight, dean of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA) at Curtis, will make a presentation about the two-year college and describe an April 20 event in which NCTA students are invited to visit UNL and learn about the opportunities at NU to finish their four-year degrees.

Board members will take a noon break Friday and join the NCTA students in the Arboretum area of East Campus for lunch.

The agenda for morning committee meetings is as follows:

Business Affairs Committee
8:30 a.m.
- Topic: Budget/Legislative Update
Presenters: Chris Kabourek, director of Budget, University of Nebraska, and Ron Withem, associate vice president and director of Governmental Relations

- Topic: Review of Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Requests
Presenter: John Wiltse, senior associate general counsel

Strategic Framework Task Force
9:30 a.m.
Topic: Entrepreneurship
Presenter: Pete Kotsiopulos, vice president for University Affairs

Academic Affairs Committee/Strategic Framework Taskforce
11 a.m.
- Topic: NU: Washington Perspectives
Presenters: President James B. Milliken and Matt Hammons, Federal Relations coordinator

- Topic: NCTA
Presenter: Weldon Sleight, dean of NCTA
NCTA Picnic at the East Campus Arboretum

Highlights of the afternoon board meeting include:
- Approval of a program and budget statement for renovation of the Animal Science Complex at UNL - a project that will upgrade heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems, address fire and safety needs, and fund other deferred maintenance issues.

- Approval for a program and budget statement for the Keim Hall renovation project at UNL, which involves significant maintenance work.

- Approval of a bachelor of arts in foreign language at UNO, a restructured and consolidated major to replace the existing B.A. degree in the individual languages of French, German and Spanish. The restructured major represents a carefully crafted response to the increasing need for a multilingual and a multiculturally competent workforce and citizenry.

- Approval of a Graduate Certificate Program in Global Information Operations at UNO - a program designed to address the recognized and growing need for a broad-based understanding of international religions, communication, politics, security and related issues.

- Approval of a project to renovate and add a classroom addition to the College of Law Auditorium in McCollum Hall at UNL.

- Accept donations to help fund construction and operation of the new Holland Computing Center, a new computing and data center at The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute at UNO.

Communication Week to Showcase Student/Faculty Work

The UNO School of Communication will showcase the nationally recognized work of its students and faculty, as well as pay tribute to alumni and local communication professionals April 19-26 during Communication Week.

The weeklong celebration will begin Thursday, April 19, with the school's annual high school journalism contest. The school will present awards at 1 p.m. to local high school students for their work on student newspapers, yearbooks and broadcasts. Jane Kirtley, a professor of journalism at the University of Minnesota, will speak at the event and also offer a campus lecture at 3 p.m.

Throughout the week, student organizations from the School of Communication will present their award-winning work.

The week will culminate Thursday, April 26, at 6 p.m. with the 52nd annual School of Communication Awards Banquet at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. The school will present awards to the following alumni and local communication professionals:
- Rising Star Award: Julia McConahay, Omaha public relations professional;
- Alumni Community Service: Howard Marcus, Omaha World-Herald;
- Communication Achievement Award: Molly Skold, manager of the O! campaign;
- Alumni Achievement Award: Mark Allan, reality show producer and casting director for ABC-TV;
- Lifetime Achievement Award: Larry Boersma, wildlife photographer whose work appeared in the movie "The Truth About Cats and Dogs" and in various books and magazines; and
- Distinguished Service to the School Award: The custodial staff of UNO Arts and Sciences Hall.

For more information, call 554.3502.

Applications Available for Summer Taiwan Scholarships

What are you doing this summer? Interested in learning a new language? Have you ever thought about Chinese? This summer, why not?

A summer scholarship provides a stipend of $800 per month for two months (July and August) for students to study in Taiwan. Two UNO students were recipients in 2006 and, this year, it could be you!

The stipend covers tuition, room and board, and other expenses, except airfare. Learn more about the receiving institution, the Taiwan National Ping-Tung University of Education, at

Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship (only U.S. citizens may apply) and possessing full-time undergraduate or graduate status, and a 3.0 G.P.A. Chinese language proficiency is not required.

Students selected for a scholarship are required to have a pre-departure medical examination and provide proof of health insurance. Emergency medical evacuation and repatriation insurance is also required.

For more information, contact Krista Cupich at 554.2293.

UNO Band Department to Present "Into the Air" April 27

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble and University Concert Band at UNO will conclude their 2006-07 season with "Into the Air" Friday, April 27. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center (SPAC) Recital Hall.

Tickets will be available at the door at a cost of $4 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, and free to those with a UNO MavCard. Parking for this performance is available adjacent to the SPAC.

The Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dr. James Saker, will open the performance with compositions that explore a variety of representations of flight, beginning with Timothy Mahr's "Into the Air."

Next on the program is award-winning composer Eric Ewazen's three movement work, "Flight," followed by English composer Eric Coates' march, "The Dam Busters." "The Dam Busters" was composed for the 1955 motion picture depicting the Royal Air Force's efforts to bomb the German Power plants during WWII.

Paul Bissell's "The Alabados Song" will feature marimba soloist Analynn Fassler, a UNO graduate student who earned a bachelor of music degree at the University of Arizona.

University Band Conductor Dr. Erica Neidlinger will lead that ensemble in a performance of Bruce Yurko's "Night Dances," Franz Biebl's "Ave Maria" and Ralph Vaughn Williams' "Sea Songs." Graduate assistant Conductor Holly Campbell will conduct Percy Grainger's "Australian Up Country Tune."

The concert will conclude with a special tribute to two giants of the band world who recently passed away, Alfred Reed and Frederick Fennell. Guest Conductor Dr. Bruce Moss will lead the combined ensembles in a performance of Reed's setting of the Bach chorale prelude "My Jesus, Oh What Anguish" and close with Fennell's edition of the Henry Fillmore march "The Klaxon." Dr. Moss is the director of bands at Bowling Green State University (Ohio), the president of the North Central Division of the College Band Director's National Association, and frequently is a guest conductor of collegiate and professional wind bands throughout the country.

For more information, contact the University Bands office at 554.3352.

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 is 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.

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.

National and Global Youth Service Day Set for April 21

Hundreds of local students will gather Saturday, April 21, to clean four city parks to launch Omaha's first National and Global Youth Service Day.

Students from Western Hills Elementary School and UNO will be cleaning Elmwood, Memorial, Fontenelle and Benson parks with the help of Keep Omaha Beautiful.

"This is the beginning of an annual event," said Kathe Oleson, a lecturer from the UNO American Humanics Program. "We are honored to be collaborating with Western Hills Magnet Center in meaningful service to the community."

Service Day events will begin with registration at 9 a.m. at Western Hills Elementary, 6523 Western Ave. Oleson said that students from all school districts are welcome to register. Buses will shuttle students to and from the parks every half hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Interactive booths teaching the importance of recycling and conservation will be on display at Western Hills. Ms. Frizzle, the Magic School Bus series character, will also be at the event. The day of service will conclude with a 5 p.m. ceremony at the school.

Students participating in National and Global Youth Service Day will join youth in more than 120 countries that will also be celebrating the event.

"This is connecting Omaha to the global event," Oleson said. "There are 800,000 youth across the world serving their communities and learning about conservation and the environment."

In preparation for the event, students from the Service-Learning Academy at UNO are conducting leadership and entrepreneurial workshops for fourth, fifth and sixth grade honor students at Western Hills. The participating parks are listed below.

Park Locations
- Elmwood Park
808 S. 60th St.

- Memorial Park
5700 Dodge St.

- Benson Park
7002 Military Ave.

- Fontenelle Park

4405 Fontenelle Blvd.

For more information, contact Oleson at 554.2427.

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.

ALAS Banquet April 29

All members of the UNO community are invited to attend the UNO Association of Latino American Students (ALAS) 2007 Banquet Sunday, April 29. This year's theme is "The Progression: Past, Present and Future."

"Please join us in celebrating the many accomplishments of ALAS and learn more about the group at our end-of-the year banquet," said Gabriel Passo, president of ALAS.

The event will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. Tickets for the banquet cost $20 for faculty/staff and the public, and $10 for students.

To R.S.V.P. or for more information, contact Jackie Soto at 659.0450 or The registration deadline is Monday, April 23.

SPR to Offer Grant Writing Workshop

Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) will offer a Grant Writing Workshop that 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.

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.

Safe Space Program to Offer Ally Training

The UNO Safe Space Program will be offering two ally training sessions on campus. The events are intended for staff, faculty and students who wish to identify themselves as allies of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and inter-sex persons. Those interested only need to attend one training session.

Details on the training sessions are listed below.

Ally Training Session 1
Date: Wednesday, May 9
Time: 9 a.m. to noon
Location: 111 Eppley Administration Building (EAB) (Welcome Center)
Attendees are asked to arrive 15 minutes early for registration.

Ally Training Session 2
Date: Thursday, May 10
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
Location: 111 EAB (Welcome Center)
Attendees are asked to arrive 15 minutes early for registration.

For more information or to R.S.V.P., contact Kent Lavene at 554.3008.


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