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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

Third Annual Cumbre of the Great Plains 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.

Retirement Reception Today for Emily Muckerheide

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 today 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

Customer Appreciation Sale Under Way at Bookstore

The UNO Bookstore is hosting a customer appreciation sale through Friday, May 4. Customers who buy one UNO or Maverick apparel item at regular price will receive a second item for half price. The second item must be of equal or lesser value.

Bookstore hours during the sale are Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, contact Jacinda Brooks at 554.2360 or

Senior Design Showcase Tomorrow at PKI

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Department of Computer and Electronics Engineering will present a Senior Design Showcase Friday, April 27. All interested members of the campus community are invited to attend the showcase.

The event, featuring works of current students, will be held from noon to 2 p.m. in the lobby of The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute.

Featured projects will include:
- GPS-Enabled Gun Safety s ystem
- Personal Tactical Information Communication System
- Wireless PC Media Controller
- Mobile Doppler Radio Direction-Finding System
- Personal Belongings Tracker

For more information, call 554.3618.

Retirement Reception for Angela Valle May 1

The UNO Department of Foreign Languages invites friends and colleagues to attend a retirement reception for professor Angela Valle. A reception will be held Tuesday, May 1, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

For more information, contact Kay Bret at 554.4841 or

HPER Biomechanics Journal Club to Host Lecture

Michel Ladouceur from the Department of Exercise Science at the University of Iowa will speak at UNO Friday, May 11. His presentation is titled "The neural control of walking in spinal cord injured participants with an incomplete motor function loss" and will begin at 1 p.m. in 206 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

The event - sponsored by the HPER Biomechanics Journal Club - is free and open to the community.

While earning his bachelor's degree in physical activity science and master's in kinesiology from the Université de Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada, Dr. Ladouceur was a teaching or research assistant/lecturer. He also was a computer system administrator for seven years during his doctoral studies at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. There he obtained his doctorate in rehabilitation science in 1999.

His first Ph.D. appointment was as a research assistant at Aalborg University in Denmark. For three years, he was part of Aalborg University's Center for Sensori-Motor Interaction.

Next, he became an assistant professor in Kinesiology at Brock University in Ontario, Canada. While at Brock, he became a member of the Brock University Institute for Electrophysiological Research (BIER) and had a cross appointment with the Department of Biological Sciences.

Currently, he is assistant professor at the University of Iowa. He is also a faculty member of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience. The Neuroscience Program is interdisciplinary in nature with a diverse faculty. There are currently 50 graduate students in the program at all stages of study.

The mission of Dr. Ladoucer's laboratory at the University of Iowa is to investigate the neural mechanisms involved in the control and learning of motor skills. Specifically, he studies the processes involved in the rehabilitation of walking following neurological impairment. This main focus can be sub-divided into two topics: 1) the therapeutic effect of functional electrical stimulation (FES) assisted walking and 2) the segmental and suprasegmental neural control of walking.

Some of his studies were conducted with spinal cord injured patients walking over an obstacle on a treadmill to study the control mechanism(s) of the anticipatory locomotor adjustment in the spinal cord. Dr. Ladoucer has been externally funded almost continuously since 1999. His grants are from Canadian and Denmark sources. In 2003, he was an Ad Hoc External Reviewer for NSERC and CIHR, two of Canada's primary sources for research funding.

For more information, contact Lisa Holst, project assistant for the HPER Biomechanics Laboratory, at 554.3075 or

Campus Recreation to Offer "Fly Fishing 101"

Campus Recreation will offer a "Fly Fishing 101" class this spring in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

There are three opportunities to attend, and no equipment or experience is needed. Due to the length of class, participants are invited to bring a snack or sack lunch. Each class is limited to eight participants to allow for individualized instruction. Pre-registration is required.

Additional information on the class is highlighted below:

- Saturday, April 28
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

- Sunday, May 6
Noon to 6 p.m.

- Saturday, May 12
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mike Kelly, FFF Certified casting instructor since 1997 and NGPC Certified casting instructor since 2003

$80 for UNO students; $100 for UNO activity cardholders and $120 for non-activity cardholders/the public

HPER Building

For more information, contact Dave Daniels at 554.2008.

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.

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.