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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

Flag Lowering

Gov. Dave Heineman reminds Nebraskans to fly state and U.S. flags at half-staff in honor of the victims of the tragedy at Virginia Tech University. President George W. Bush issued a proclamation April 17 calling for flags to be flown at half-staff through Sunday, April 22, as a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated April 16 at Virginia Tech.

Third Chancellor Search Candidate to Interview Today

John H. Frederick will be interviewed on campus as a finalist for the position of chancellor today and Friday, April 19-20. Dr. Frederick, executive vice president and provost at the University of Nevada, Reno, is one of four finalists.

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

In addition to the two public events, Dr. Frederick 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 remaining chancellor candidate - Dr. Wilson G. Bradshaw, president at Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, Minn. - will interview on the UNO campus Monday, April 23.

Dr. John Christensen, UNO interim chancellor, and Dr. Allen A. Mori, provost and vice president for academic affairs, California State University, Dominguez Hills, had their official candidate visits earlier this week.

Dr. 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 to 2001, and chair of the Department of Chemistry from 1999 to 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.

For information on all of the candidates, visit

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.

UNO Campus Ministries to Offer Memorial Service April 20

Several campus ministries at UNO are joining together to host a memorial service Friday, April 20, at 11 a.m. at the Henningson Memorial Campanile.

Multiple faith groups are cooperating in this endeavor as a way to offer hope to the campus following the violence on the Virginia Tech campus. All students, staff and faculty are invited to attend this service.

"There will be time for readings, prayers and reflection in this time of fear, horror, conflict and confusion," said Fred Richart, campus minister for United Christian Ministries in Higher Education (UCMHE).

At the event, there will also be a large banner available for participants to write their thoughts and expressions of condolences to the Virginia Tech University campus.

For more information, contact Dr. Richart at or 659.5795.

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 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

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 or contact Leanne Martin ( or 515.1665).

Donations Sought through April 20 for "Just Can It" Drive

Members of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and Alpha Xi Delta sorority are leading the "Just Can It" 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 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 through Tuesday, April 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 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

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

For more information, call 554.3502.

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.

2006-07 Teaching Circle/Research Triangle Celebration

The Teaching Circle and Research Triangle participants will lead an informal presentation describing the highlights and accomplishments during the past year. The event will be held Friday, April 20, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Chancellor's Room.

Organizers hope to have representatives from all university Teaching Circles and Research Triangles in attendance. The event is sponsored by the UNO Center for Faculty Development, Graduate Studies, Office of Sponsored Programs, and Academic and Student Affairs.

For more information, contact Deborah Smith-Howell at 554.4849 or

SPO to Host Free "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.

This event, sponsored by the UNO Student Programming Organization, is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 554.2623.

Annual Women's Studies Spring Luncheon April 27

Mark your calendars! The annual Women's Studies Spring Luncheon will be held Friday, April 27, at noon.

At this year's event, Susan Maher will receive the Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's Studies. The cost to attend the luncheon is $9 per person, and reservations can be made by contacting Mary Dunn at 554.2624.

Additional details on the April 27 event will be posted in a future edition of eNotes.

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.

Children Sought for ADHD Study at UNMC

If any of the following symptoms apply to your child, your son or daughter may suffer from Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a disorder that affects more than two million children and adolescents.

Does he or she:
- Have difficulty paying attention or completing schoolwork?
- Fidget, squirm or is overactive?
- Have difficulty organizing or completing tasks?
- Argue with adults?
- Blame others for his/her behavior?
- Deliberately do things that annoys others?

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Department of Psychiatry is searching for research volunteers, six to 12 years of age, to evaluate an investigational medication for ADHD with oppositional symptoms (i.e. argues, blames or annoys others).

Study evaluation and study medication will be provided at no cost to those that meet eligibility requirements for the 13-week study.

For more information, call 354.6885 or 354.7833, or send an e-mail to