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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

Second Chancellor Search Candidate to Interview Today

Allen A. Mori will be interviewed on campus today, April 18, as a finalist for the position of chancellor. Mori - provost and vice president for academic affairs, California State University, Dominguez Hills - is one of four finalists.

Dr. Mori 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. Mori 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.

The two remaining chancellor candidates and their official UNO campus visit dates are listed below. Dr. John Christensen, UNO interim chancellor, was the first candidate to make a campus visit earlier this week.

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. Mori has served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at California State University, Dominguez Hills, since 2003. From 1987 to 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, Pa. He received his master's degree in special education from Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, Pa., 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.

For information on all of the candidates, visit 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.

2007 UNO Benefits Fair Today in the MBSC

Working at UNO is a good deal. To learn more, plan on attending the 2007 UNO Benefits Fair.

The event will be held today, 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.

Environmental Club Hosting Earth Week Events

The Environmental Club at UNO (ECUNO) is hosting a series of events through Saturday, April 21, to celebrate Earth Week. All students, faculty and staff are invited to attend. The schedule is as follows:

Today, April 18
- Film Screening: "Too Hot Not To Handle"
9 to 10 a.m. and 10 to 11 a.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Nebraska Room
The film is free and is 59 minutes long. During the past 100 years, the mass consumption of fossil fuels - especially in America - has contributed to a dangerous warming of the earth that has adversely impacted the way we live. This cautionary documentary offers a guide to the effects of global warming in the United States. It focuses on heat waves, melting glaciers, rising sea levels, catastrophic storms, migrating viruses and population displacement.

The film is sponsored by the Sierra Club and ECUNO.

- Presentation by Bill Moore, editor of EV World
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
MBSC Nebraska Room
Moore will give a presentation about electric cars (including electrics and hybrids - past, present and future). This event is an opportunity to learn more and ask questions.

- Ultimate Frisbee Game
1 p.m.
Pep Bowl (grassy area south of the Eppley Administration Building)
Take a break, and get outside. Just show up ready to play.

Thursday, April 19
- Film screening: "America's Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie"
4 p.m.
Eppley Administration Building Auditorium (102 EAB)

The free, award-winning film details the rich and complex history of one of the most astonishing alterations of nature in human history. The state of Nebraska is included in this alteration.

Prior to Euro-American settlement in the 1820s, one of the major landscape features of North America was 240 million acres of tallgrass prairie. Between 1830 and 1900 - in the space of a single lifetime - the tallgrass prairie was steadily transformed to farmland.

The drastic change in the landscape also brought about an enormous social change for Native Americans: in an equally short time, their cultural imprint was reduced - in essence - to a handful of place-names appearing on maps. The film examines the record of human struggle, triumph and defeat that prairie history exemplifies, including the history and culture of America's aboriginal inhabitants.

This film is co-sponsored by the UNO Department of Biology Allwine Prairie Preserve. For more information, visit http://www.lostlandscapefilm.com/lostland/.

Saturday, April 21
- Information Booth
Noon to 6 p.m.
Elmwood Park
ECUNO will have a booth at Omaha's Earth Day Celebration, which is presented by the Omaha Earth Day Coalition. The focus of 2007 Earth Day is sustainability.

For more information, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/ecuno or contact Leanne Martin (lmmartin@mail.unomaha.edu or 515.1665).

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.

"Come Together @ Your Library" Book Fair Ends Today

Come on over to Criss Library, and browse the many titles at the annual spring book fair. The "Come Together @ Your Library" buy-one-get-one-free book fair is being sponsored by Criss Library and the UNO Honors Program.

The event, which concludes today, April 18, will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The UNO Honors Program supports Liberty Elementary School, and books may be purchased and donated to the school's literacy program. For every item purchased, customers can choose a second book of equal or lesser value for free. Proceeds will benefit the UNO Library Juvenile Collection.

For more information, contact Melissa Cast, event organizer, at 554.3130 or mcast@mail.unomaha.edu.

Lecture on "Self-fulfilling Prophecy in Management" Today

The UNO Industrial/Organizational Psychology Program will host a lecture today, 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 also 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 thoulihan@mail.unomaha.edu.

Summer and Fall Book Order/Book Buy Back Reminder

The UNO Bookstore would like to remind instructors, who have not already done so, to submit their summer and fall book orders as soon as possible. In addition, the end-of-semester student book buy back will begin Wednesday, April 25.

For more information about book orders or the buy back, contact Scott Dickey at 554.2541.

Performances of "Our Country's Good" Continue

The UNO Department of Theatre will present the final production of its 2006-07 season - "Our Country's Good" - today 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 unoboxoffice@mail.unomaha.edu 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.

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:

- Today, April 18
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

- April 24
8 a.m. to noon

- April 27
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Appointments are free and available by calling 554.3120 (UNO) or 559.5175 (UNMC).

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.

Individuals are invited to participate in the event even if they weren't able to register for the prize drawings (The final day to register was 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!"

Summer Shuttle Schedule Begins May 7

Starting Monday, May 7, the summer shuttle service will operate Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., excluding holidays. The shuttle will service the north and south campuses only. There will be no shuttle service to Crossroads Mall during the summer months.

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.