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National Day of Mourning

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

The UNO campus community remembers Virginia Tech victims during a memorial service held in their honor April 20. Campus ministries held the multi-faith event, which allowed the university community time to pray or reflect on the national tragedy.

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Shown above, players from the 1913 University of Omaha baseball team.

This Week in Campus History

In late April 1950, the University of Omaha (OU) Board of Regents approved the creation of the College of Education. The new college combined the departments of Education, Physical Education for Women and Physical Education for Men.  Increases in enrollment and greater demand for qualified teachers prompted the action.  The new college was to coordinate all activities pertaining to the primary, secondary, physical and special education fields.  Majors in all of the above areas worked towards a B.S. in education.  Dr. Frank H. Gorman, head of the OU Department of Education since 1948, was named the first dean of the OU College of Education.

Date: April 1950
Source: That You May Know
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

Fourth Chancellor Search Candidate to Interview Today

Dr. Wilson G. Bradshaw will be interviewed on campus today, April 23, as a finalist for the position of chancellor.  Dr. Bradshaw, president of Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, Minn., is one of four finalists. 

Dr. Bradshaw will give a press conference in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mon Hon 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. Bradshaw 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 three other chancellor candidates have all completed their visits.  Those candidates are:

- Dr. John Christensen, UNO interim chancellor;

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

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

Dr. Bradshaw was named president of Metropolitan State University in St. Paul in 2000, where he also holds a faculty appointment as professor of psychology. He previously held administrative positions at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Georgia Southern University and Florida Atlantic University. He is a graduate of Florida Atlantic, where he received his bachelor's and master's degrees, and the University of Pittsburgh, where he received his Ph.D. in psychobiology. Metropolitan State University is one of seven universities in the Minnesota state system, serving nearly 9,000 students in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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.

Safety Notice for On-Campus Incidents

The following information from Campus Security outlines the university's safety and emergency procedures, along with other services provided by Campus Security, located in 100 Eppley Administration Building.

Incident Reporting
Incidents requiring immediate action include fire, environmental spills, medical conditions, property damage, disruptive behavior and crimes in progress. Persons involved with or observing these types of incidents should call Campus Security at 554.2911. Campus Security will dispatch officers to the scene and, if required, contact 911.

Faculty and staff can call 911 directly, but then they also should notify Campus Security to help coordinate the response and expedite travel to the emergency scene. Emergency information provided by the caller should include the building, floor, room number, call back number and nature of the emergency.

Faculty and staff should assist with room and building evacuations, and be aware of those needing special assistance. All employees should become familiar with the designated rally points for their buildings, which are listed in the back of the telephone directory under "Emergency Procedures."

Personal Threats and Harassment
Disruptive behavior on campus will not be tolerated. Threats or acts of violence should be reported to Campus Security. If the act appears to represent an immediate threat or harm to the individual, it should be reported at once to Campus Security or 911.

Personal Escorts
The escort service is available 24-7 for individuals on campus. Contact Campus Security to arrange for an escort.

Personal Safety Checks
Individuals who may be working alone outside normal working hours are encouraged to contact Campus Security. Security officers will periodically check on your safety while you are here.

Personal Property
The university is not responsible for personal property. Individuals are responsible for safeguarding their own property. Loss of personal property should be reported to Campus Security.

Alert System
A system to help facilitate emergency communications has been installed on the north and south campus. Announcements are distributed from Campus Security to building public address systems or speakers located in building corridors. When announcements are made, strobe lights will flash to notify the hearing impaired to seek assistance.

The system will be particularly helpful during tornado warnings. The announcement will alert building occupants to seek shelter and again later when the warning has ended. The alert system also can be used to announce university closings, confirm evacuations for fire or chemical release, or other emergency conditions.

More information on campus emergency procedures can be found in the UNO Employee Telephone Directory beginning on page 111. For more information about Campus Security procedures related to campus emergencies, contact Stan Schleifer at 554.3596 or Paul Kosel at 554.2648.

Communication Week to Showcase Variety of Works

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, through Thursday, April 26, during Communication Week.

The weeklong celebration began April 19 with the school's annual high school journalism contest. The school presented awards to local high school students for their work on student newspapers, yearbooks and broadcasts at the event.

Throughout the week, student organizations and alumni from the School of Communication will present their award-winning work and will be honored according to the following schedule:

Today, April 23
- PRSSA and Ad Club Presentations
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.

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.

"Consider This" to Examine Stress Management

April is National Stress Awareness Month, and two professionals that work with stress management in Nebraska will share their experiences on this week's "Consider This."  Host Andrea McMaster will explore how both adults and children can deal with stress in their daily lives.

Joining McMaster will be guests Brent Kahn, director of the stress management center at Clarkson College, and Ronda Harvey-Shaheen, a counselor at Florence Elementary in the Omaha Public School District.

The program will air on NET2 today, April 23, at 1:30 p.m. and Wednesday, April 25, at 8 a.m.

CCSW to Host Omaha YWCA Clothesline Project Display

In observance of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, UNO will be the Tuesday, April 24, stop for a commanding exhibit from the Omaha YWCA. The UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) is bringing the exhibit, "Omaha YWCA Clothesline Project Display," to campus.

The exhibit will be available for viewing from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Fireplace Lounge. The Clothesline Project will be on display as the final CCSW event for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

The Clothesline Project is a visual display that bears witness to the violence against women. During the public display, a clothesline is hung with shirts. Each shirt is decorated to represent a particular woman's experience, by the survivor herself or by someone who cares about her. Families and friends of women who have died as a result of violence also have shirts on display to express their deep loss.  

"The Clothesline Project puts a human face on the statistics of violence against women," said Elizabeth Keller, event organizer and CCSW member. "It helps increase awareness of the impact of violence against women, celebrates a woman's strength to survive and provides an avenue for her to courageously break the silence. Students, faculty and staff are invited to stop by and bear witness to this powerful display."

Informational literature on the display and additional information from the Omaha YWCA and other agencies will be available to answer questions.

For more information, contact Keller at 554.3317 or

The CCSW serves as an advisory council to the chancellor and other university administrators on issues that relate to women faculty, staff and students. The commission's goal is to provide a forum for women at UNO in conjunction with the organization's core themes of A, B, C - Awareness of women's issues, Balance in women's lives, and the Community and women's roles. For more information about the CCSW, visit the Web at

Third Annual Cumbre of the Great Plains Set for April 27-29

Demetrios Papademetriou, president of the Migration Policy Institute, and Alejandro Portes, director of the Center for Migration and Development at Princeton University, will deliver keynote addresses at an Omaha conference this month that will focus on immigration and Latino communities.

Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel also will speak at the conference, the Third Cumbre of the Great Plains, which is organized by the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at UNO. The conference will be held Friday through Sunday, April 27-29, at the Embassy Suites Omaha Downtown/Old Market. 

This year's conference will again feature a number of national and international scholars, policy-makers, community practitioners and advocates.  It is cosponsored by La Red de Migración y Desarrollo, a prestigious network of international scholars and immigrant organizations ( headquartered in Zacatecas, Mexico.

The conference offers academics and non-academics alike a unique opportunity to learn about how other world regions are experiencing and managing the growth and integration of immigrant populations. The opening plenary directly addresses the connections between U.S. and world economic policies, the widening gap between rich and poor countries, and migration.  The rest of the Friday, April 27, morning sessions explore these issues up close.

Immigration policy is the prominent theme during the Friday afternoon sessions, beginning with Papademetriou's keynote address "U.S. Immigration Policy in the Era of Mobility."

"Dr. Papademetriou is an engaging speaker whose profound knowledge of world migration provides us with a desperately needed corrective to misinformed views about immigration," said Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS at UNO. 

Papademetriou's most recent books include Europe and its Immigrants in the 21st Century: A New Deal or a Continuing Dialogue of the Deaf? (2006, editor) and Secure Borders, Open Doors: Visa Procedures in the Post-September 11 Era (2005, co-author).  His talk will start at 12:15 p.m. in the Missouri Room of the Embassy Suites Hotel.

The keynote will be immediately followed by Sen. Chuck Hagel's "Immigration Policy Update" at 2 p.m. in the Missouri Room. 

Friday afternoon sessions continue the conversation with the public about immigration policy, development and emerging Latino political mobilization.  Steve Taylor, from Sen. Hagel's office, will contribute comments during the afternoon plenary session, titled "Immigration Policies, Latino Political Mobilization and Democracy in Immigrant America," will feature world-class scholars and start at 2:35 p.m. in the Council Bluffs Room.

The Saturday, April 28, keynote address by Alejandro Portes is titled "No Margin for Error: Determinants of Achievement Among Disadvantaged Children of Immigrants."  His most recent books include Immigrant America and Legacies: The Story of the Immigrant Second Generation.

"Portes' address should be of special interest to everyone concerned with the future of our state and our city, and how that future is greatly dependent on having ‘no margin for error' in our efforts to educate and fully integrate the most disadvantaged kinds into our society," said Mary Ann Powell, co-author of a recent OLLAS report on Nebraska's second generation of immigrants.  The talk will begin at 11:50 a.m. in the Missouri Room.  The session is cosponsored by the UNO Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

Saturday, April 28, offers a rich array of sessions starting with a plenary about the impact of immigration on religion.  It will be moderated by the Rev. Damian Zuerlein of Omaha.  Gabriel Escobar, from the PEW Hispanic Center, will discuss a forthcoming report on religion and immigrants. Harvard scholar Peggy Levitt will also share her work on the transnational dimensions of religion.  The session will start at 8:30 a.m. in the Council Bluffs Room.

Susan Oboler, a Peruvian-American, and Anani Dzidzienyo, originally from Ghana, will hold a conversation with their audience about the relationship between African-Americans and Latinos. Their talk is based on their recently published book, Neither Enemies Nor Friends: Latinos, Blacks and Afro-Latinos.

OLLAS wishes to send (and has sent) a special invitation to members of the Latino, African-American and Nebraska communities at large to participate in this important conversation, Gouveia said.  The session is cosponsored by the UNO Department of Black Studies and the UNMC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

Roundtables in the afternoon will offer a conversation with the audience about Latino and immigrants' integration, as well as educational challenges.  The Omaha Public Schools and other school district students, teachers and administrators from the area have registered in large numbers for several of these sessions.

Other featured speakers for the three-day conference include:

- Luis E. Guarnizo, from the University of California, and Raul Delgado Wise, from the Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas and executive director of La Red Internacional de Migración y Desarrollo, who will speak during the opening plenary, Friday, April 27, at 8:45 a.m. in the Council Bluffs Room. Chuck Hassebrook, director of the Center for Rural Affairs and a member of the University of Nebraska Board of Regents, will contribute with a local perspective.

- Luin Goldring, from York University in Canada; Karthick Ramakrishnan, from the University of California, Riverside; and Helen Marrow, from Harvard University; will participate in a plenary on immigration policy and Latino political mobilization.  The plenary is scheduled for 2:35 p.m. in the Council Bluffs Room.

For more information, call the OLLAS office at 554.3835 or Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, OLLAS assistant director, at 554.4859. For the latest information, including highlights, biographies, main sponsors and changes to the program, visit the Web at  

The conference is free and open to the public, except for the luncheon keynotes.  However, everyone must register, even if attending only the free sessions.    Registration forms are on-line and participants must indicate whether they will be attending either of the luncheon keynotes.  Payment for the luncheons (each cost $18) was due by April 20. Those who do not wish to attend the luncheons can register April 27 and 28 during the conference.

Dan Sullivan Retirement Reception May 1

The UNO Department of Chemistry announces the retirement of Dan M. Sullivan at the end of the 2007 spring term. The department invites the university community to a Tuesday, May 1, reception for Dr. Sullivan that will recognize the and celebrate his 45 years of award-winning service to UNO and his leadership in science education. The reception will be held in William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center Bootstrapper Hall from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

"We look forward to your participation wishing Dan well as he makes the transition from professor to emeritus professor and from his regular teaching schedule to his other activities," said Roger Hoburg, professor of chemistry at UNO.

For more information, contact Dr. Hoburg at 554.2653.

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.

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 today, 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

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 is available by clicking on the following link:

April 28 Surplus Auctions

For more information, call 554.2337.

Michigan Professor to Lecture on Evidence-based Practices

The UNO School of Social Work invites all faculty, students and community members to hear Matthew O. Howard - professor of social work/psychiatry with the University of Michigan - speak about evidence-based practice and policy.  Dr. Howard's presentation will be held at the William H. and Dorothy Alumni Center Wednesday, May 9, from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Dr. Howard has given numerous presentations on evidence-based practice and has authored/co-authored several books on the subject. His publications include Teaching Evidence-Based Practice: Toward a New Paradigm for Social Work Education; Mental Health Practice Guidelines: Panacea or Pipedream?; Barriers to Development, Utilization, and Evaluation of Social Work Practice Guidelines: Toward and Action Plan for Social Work; and Clinical Practice Guidelines: Should Social Work Develop Them?.

To R.S.V.P. or for more information, contact the School of Social Work at 554.2793.

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

Maverick Watch


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).

Tuesday, April 24
- Baseball vs. University of Nebraska at Kearney
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