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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

UNO Campus Ministries to Offer Memorial Service Today

Several campus ministries at UNO are joining together to host a memorial service today, 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 Viriginia 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 frichart@cox.net or 659.5795.

NU Board of Regents to Meet Today

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet today, 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 full April agenda is available online at http://www.nebraska.edu/board/board_agendas.shtml.

22nd Annual Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk April 21

The nation's largest walk of its kind - the 22nd annual Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk - is set for Saturday, April 21, at UNO. The event will be held at Sapp Fieldhouse rain or shine. The doors will open at 8:30 a.m., and the 30-minute walk begins at 10 a.m.

All money raised through this event directly benefits female student-athletes via the UNO Athletics Scholarship Program. More than 126 young women received scholarships as a result of the 2006 walk. The theme of the 2007 walk is "Women Helping Women Athletes."

In 1985, the UNO women's athletic director, Connie Claussen, had to come up with a way to raise the necessary funds for women's athletics following major budget cuts. "I got the idea for a women's walk from a fundraising magazine," Claussen said. "That first year, we had 84 walkers, most of whom were UNO faculty and staff. We had a $5,000 goal, ended up raising $12,000, and I personally sent thank you notes to anyone who gave $5 or more."

On April 21, the UNO Department of Athletics expects the 22nd Annual Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk to reach the three million dollar mark. At the event, a Women's Health Fair, sponsored by the Nebraska Medical Center will offer screening and information booths for walkers. All faculty, staff and students are invited to participate.

This year's schedule is as follows:

- 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Check in at UNO Sapp Fieldhouse
Free massages

- 9:30 to 10 a.m.
Welcome and announcements

- 10 a.m.
Walk begins

- 10:30 a.m.
Continental breakfast and awards ceremony

If you are unable to walk but would like to make a donation, contact the UNO Women's Walk Office at 554.2533 or visit the Web at https://www.nufoundation.org/Shop/showDivision.sp?cat=214.

ZTA to Host Benefit Kickball Tournament April 21

The Gamma Mu chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha will host its annual Kick Out Cancer Kickball Tournament to raise money for breast cancer research and education Saturday, April 21. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Elmwood Park, 808 S. 60th St.

The day will include raffles, game-day style food and kickball. Teams of 10 or more are sought to participate. The registration fee is $50 per team.

There is no fee to attend as a spectator.

For more information, contact Karen Speckmeier at 660.7309 or kspeckmeier@mail.unomaha.edu.

Library Day at the Ballpark! April 22

Join Criss Library in cheering on the UNO Mavericks baseball team Sunday, April 22, at "Library Day at the Ballpark!". Stop by the library booth at the doubleheader to receive a goody bag and a coupon to waive an existing library fine. Some restrictions apply.

The Mavs will take on the Augustana Vikings at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at The Ballpark at Boys Town, 137th and West Dodge Road.

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

This is a "Come Together @ Your Library" sponsored-event. For more information, contact the circulation desk at 554.3206.

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.

In the News

In the News

- Brian Dinkle and Katie Elasser, UNO students, were interviewed on the April 17 KETV (Channel 7) newscast. The duo commented on security reactions in relation to the shooting rampage at Virginia Tech.

- Shelton Hendricks, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, was a guest on the April 13 KFAB-AM radio show. The segment focused on a conference dealing with same-sex issues and the impact of nature vs. nurture.

- Paul Kosel, campus security, was featured on the April 17 WOWT (Channel 6) newscast. Kosel commented on campus security in light of the Virginia Tech shootings.

- Michael Smith, UNO student, was interviewed on the April 17 KETV (Channel 7) newscast about the campus "Just Can It" food drive.

- Lori Tostino, UNO student, was interviewed on the April 14 KMTV (Channel 3) newscast. Tostino spoke about her involvement with the renovation of a Girls Inc. workout center.

- Sam Walker, emeritus professor of criminal justice, was featured on the April 16 KETV (Channel 7) newscast. Dr. Walker commented on Omaha Police training during an open public forum.

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 enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. 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 enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. 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" - today through Saturday, April 20-21, 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.

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.

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 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 enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Exhibit

ignorance Artwork on HPV Awareness Opens Tonight
ignorance, artwork focusing on the human papilloma virus (HPV) and cervical cancer awareness, will be on display at the UNO Art Gallery tonight, 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 tonight and run through Friday, May 4. An opening reception will be held tonight 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 Tonight
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 tonight, April 20, and run through Friday, May 4. An opening reception will be held tonight 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 enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.