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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

Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk Passes $3 Million

The 2007 edition of the Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk passed another milestone April 21 when the 850-plus participants raised nearly $335,000 to push the 22-year total over $3 million. 

"The response of everyone involved was remarkable again," said Rose Shires, UNO senior woman administrator.  "It was a great event, and the addition of the University of Nebraska Medical Center Health Fair just added to the overall success."

The money raised by the walk is used for scholarships for UNO's female student-athletes and is the primary fundraiser for women's athletic scholarships.

Longtime community volunteer Marian Andersen was the 2007 chairman of the walk. 

The walk, which began in 1986, has now raised more than $3.2 million. 

To view a slide show of the event, visit the Web at  For more information, contact the Women's Walk Office at 554.2533.

CCSW to Host Today's Clothesline Project Display

In observance of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, UNO will be today's 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

Friends of Japan Seeks Donations for Japanese Patient

Friends of Japan members will host a bake sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, April 24, in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC). 

Students will collect donations for Haruka, a four-year-old girl who has contracted restrictive cardiomyopathy, a rare and serious illness requiring a heart transplant.  Because children under 15 years of age cannot be organ donors in Japan, the only option is to travel to Loma Linda University Hospital in California for surgery.  The cost of travel, surgical fees and the various other ensuing expenses needed to stay in the area as she recovers has resulted in a cost of $926,000.  In order to save Haruka, UNO students with the Friends of Japan are asking for everyone's support.

In order to help Haruka's family, the "Save Haruka Association" has been created in Japan ( and is promoting various fund-raising activities. Friends of Japan will join the effort to show Haruka that there are people who care about her outside of Japan.  Donations are also accepted online at

For more information, stop by the bake sale or contact Reiko Take Loukota at 554.3548 or

Chamber Orchestra to Perform "Creatures of the Forest"

The UNO Chamber Orchestra will perform "Creatures of the Forest" tonight, 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.

The Moving Company Set to Perform April 29, May 6

The Moving Company, the UNO modern dance group, will be performing twice in upcoming weeks and premiering new works.

The company's first performance will be Sunday, April 29, at the "Day of the Arts" at the Holland Center for Performing Arts.   Dancers will take the stage at 12:45 p.m. and will premiere two etudes from the American Dance Legacy Project, including Donald McKayle's "Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder" and Anna Sokolow's "Rooms."

"This is a wonderful and exciting venue for us," said Josie Metal-Corbin, director for The Moving Company.  "We're very pleased to be part of the ‘Day of the Arts' and to bring dance to that stage."

The American Dance Legacy Institute at Brown University provided both etudes.  The institute is dedicated to enabling all individuals to participate, as primary collaborators, in the creation and perpetuation of America's dance heritage. 

"Rainbow Etude," created by African-American choreographer Donald McKayle, is based on his 1959 classic, "Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder."  Members of The Moving Company traveled to the University of California at Long Beach to learn the piece from McKayle.  The solo contains quintessential elements of the larger work and includes specific gestures, steps and images from the dance, Metal-Corbin said.

"Rooms Etude" is a six-minute piece based on choreographer Anna Sokolow's "Rooms" and arranged by Lorry May.  Metal-Corbin said it is a study in character and intention.  Sokolow was a social activist and a distinguished Jewish-American.

Day of the Arts is free and runs from 1 to 5 p.m.  In addition to dance, the day features painting, origami, costumes and chalk drawing.  More information is available at

The group's second performance will be The Moving Company's 2007 Spring Showcase Sunday, May 6, at 4 p.m.  The American Dance Legacy Project works will again be featured, along with works by Mary Waugh-Taylor, Fritha Pengelly, David E. Corbin, and Anna Monardo and Kyan Unstad with J.B. Ferguson.

Monardo, chair of the UNO Writer's Workshop, will read from her novel, Falling in Love with Natassia, during the performance.

"Selected text from Anna's book about modern dancers has been set to dance and percussion, and the piece will add an exciting dimension to the Spring Showcase," Corbin said.  "Having her unique voice present with us has been a great experience for our dancers."

The May 6 performance will be held in the UNO Dance Lab (231 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building).  General admission tickets cost $5 and will be sold at the door.

For more information about The Moving Company, contact Metal-Corbin at 554.3239.

The Moving Company, UNO's modern dance performing group, operates under the auspices of the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation in the UNO College of Education. The company was established in 1935 and is committed to preserving historical dance, as well as creating new, contemporary works. For more information, contact Metal-Corbin at 554.3239, or visit the Web at

Volunteers Sought for KVNO "The Thrill of the Grill"

Wild Oats Natural Marketplace, 7801 Dodge St., will be the site for the Classical 90.7 KVNO "The Thrill of the Grill" fund-raising event. It will be held Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Volunteers are needed for three-hour shifts from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers will be responsible for the following duties:

- Setting up tables and chairs;

- Greeting guests;

- Serving food;

- Cleaning up paper plates;

- Emptying trash;

- Tearing down and put away tables and chairs; and

- Other possible tasks.

All proceeds will benefit Classical 90.7 KVNO FM. To volunteer, call 559.5866.

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

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.

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.

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 condition 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 annoy 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


Connie Claussen to Be Inducted into Omaha Sports Hall Fame
Connie Claussen, retired associate director of athletics at UNO, will be one of the first 10 inductees in the new Omaha Sports Hall of Fame. Claussen is also the only woman to be inducted into this prestigious Hall of Fame. She will be honored at the official opening of the Omaha Sports Hall of Fame Wednesday, May 23, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Omaha. The event will begin with a 6:30 p.m. social hour, followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m.  

Claussen nurtured the growth of women's athletics at UNO as volleyball and softball coach, and coached the 1975 National Softball Champions and gold medal softball team at the Pan-American Games.  She has been one of the strongest advocates for women's athletics in Omaha.  In the mid 1980s, budget cuts at UNO threatened to end the women's athletic program. Claussen was not going to let that happen and, with the help and encouragement of a small but very determined group of women, she founded the Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk.   

Durham Western Heritage Museum will be the host site for the Omaha Sports Hall of Fame.  Under development at the Durham Western Heritage Museum, the new institution will include interactive displays where visitors can review video highlights, photographs, artifacts and documentation of the athletes and their careers.

Tickets for the May 23 event cost $125. Those interested in attending or who want more information should contact the Women's Walk Office at 554.2533.

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