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This Week in Campus History

On April 29, 1946, The Gateway reported that the University of Omaha (OU) had presented producer David O. Selznick's 1940 academy award winning film, "Rebecca," with a citation for Outstanding Motion Picture Achievement. "Rebecca" was directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starred Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine.  OU President Rowland Haynes presented the award to Laura Wells, a representative of Selznick, at an off-campus luncheon attended by numerous radio and newspaper reporters. Due to intense local public support for "Rebecca," Selznick's office had announced that the film would be re-played April 26 in downtown Omaha at the Orpheum Theater.

Date: April 29, 1946
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 Commencement May 4 at the Civic

More than 1,200 students will graduate Friday, May 4, during the UNO spring commencement ceremony. The event will be held at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave., beginning at 2 p.m.

Justin Ptacnik, a Blair, Neb., native, will present the student commencement address. He will receive a bachelor of science degree in management information systsems. Ptacnik will begin working in the Management Trainee Program at First National Bank following graduation and plans to pursue an M.B.A.

The commencement ceremony also will recognize Timothy Hart, senior vice president and treasurer of First National Bank of Nebraska (FNN). Hart will receive the Alumnus Achievement Award for his distinguished banking career and extensive service to the community. With more than $16 billion in assets and millions of customers across the United States, FNN is the largest, privately held bank holding company in the country.

For more information about the May 4 commencement, call 554.2358 or 554.3502.

Retirement Reception Today for Angela Valle

The UNO Department of Foreign Languages invites friends and colleagues to attend a retirement reception for professor Angela Valle. A reception will be held today, 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

Dan Sullivan Retirement Reception Today

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 today's (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.

Summer Permit Parking Available in Church Lot

UNO employees with faculty/staff parking permits can park in the St. Margaret Mary's Church parking lot at 6116 Dodge St. this summer. Parking will be available there in UNO-designated lots May 7 through Aug. 24.

During the fall and spring semesters, parking in this location is limited to student permit holders. Night-only permits will not be honored until after 12:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

COS Open Lab Session Planned for Grant-Writers

The next Community of Science (COS) open lab session will be held Tuesday, May 8, at noon in Room 207 of the Criss Library. 

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) hosts these monthly hour-long sessions to demonstrate the various on-line resources available to faculty and graduate students through COS. 

Reservations are not required.  For more information contact Nancy Schlesiger at 554.2286.

14th Annual Intercampus Golf Classic May 14

Registration is under way for the 14th annual University of Nebraska Intercampus Golf Classic. The event will be held Monday, May 14, at the Kearney Country Club in Kearney, Neb., with an 11 a.m. shotgun start.

The event is open to all University of Nebraska employees (faculty, staff and graduate teaching/research assistants). Golfers of all skill levels are encouraged to play.

The four-person scramble emphasizes fellowship, fun and interacting with new people from other campuses. The tournament committee will assign individuals into playing foursomes based on skill level. Every attempt will be made to match players from different campuses. Requests for specific playing partners cannot be accommodated. Pairings will be available Thursday, May 3.

Flights will be determined after completion of the round. Eight shots will be required from each member of the group over the 18 holes. Additional rules will come with registration confirmation. Awards and pin prizes will be given for team and individual play.

The registration fee is $50 per golfer and includes an 18-hole green fee with cart, driving range with unlimited balls, team awards, individual pin prizes and a sack lunch. The deadline for registration is Monday, May 7.

Registration forms are available by clicking on the link below. Payment should be made to "UNL Campus Recreation." 

Registration form

For more information, contact Mark Powell at 402.472.4772 or

Cost of Postage Stamps to Increase May 14

UNO Mail Services would like to remind faculty, staff and students of the recent postage rate increase, in which the postal rate commission approved a two-cent price hike for stamps.

"On Monday, May 14, the cost will be increased from 39-cent to 41-cent stamps," said Sandy Walling, manager of UNO Mail Services. "Two-cent stamps will be available for customers to use with their 41-cent stamps at Mail Services."  Those stamps will not be available until the date the postage rate hike takes effect.

UNO Mail Services is located in 106 Eppley Administrative Building. For more information, call 554.2337.

Retirement Reception May 6 for Dale Stover

After 39 years of service to UNO, Dale Stover, professor of philosophy and religion, will be retiring from UNO at the end of this academic year.

A retirement reception for Dr. Stover will be held Sunday, May 6, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. All persons wanting to wish him well are welcome to attend this very special event.

For more information, call 554.2628.

Honors Program Seeks Information on Undergraduate Research

The Honors Program, with the support of the Office of Academic Affairs, is preparing the 2006-2007 report on Undergraduate Research on the UNO campus. Once again, Honors Program staff are asking for the cooperation of the UNO faculty and staff to help discover as many projects and activities as possible.  Project reports from capstone courses, senior creative projects and senior design projects are sought.

Participants are asked to fill in the form as completely as possible. One form should be submitted for each student and his or her undergraduate project. Research projects that have not been previously reported in the UGR Survey are also needed. To access the form, visit the Web at

For more information, call M. Christine McIvor, assistant to the director of the Honors Program, at 554.2696.  Return this survey to the Honors Program, ASH 105, or e-mail the completed copy to

Research information from 2006-2007 and prior years may be sent to the Honors Program, ASH 105, as soon as it is available.

The Moving Company to Perform May 6


The Moving Company, the UNO modern dance group, will be premiering new works Sunday, May 6.

The group's May 6 performance will be The Moving Company's 2007 Spring Showcase at 4 p.m.  The American Dance Legacy Project works will 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

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.

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.

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


21st Century Systems wins University's top entrepreneurial award
University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken today announced that 21st Century Systems, Inc. has been named the 2007 recipient of the Walter Scott Entrepreneurial Business Award.

"21st Century Systems, Inc. serves as a premier example of the best in public-private partnerships between business and the University of Nebraska," Milliken said. "Maintaining a collaborative relationship with the University, the company offers internships to our students, works in partnership with our faculty, brings research dollars into our state and is always eager to offer expertise to small businesses throughout Nebraska."

The Walter Scott Award recognizes companies that create innovative opportunities for students, create partnerships that enable the University to develop the skills needed to meet the technology demands of Nebraska businesses, and provide assistance to the University for building a strong entrepreneurial community partnership. The honor is presented to a business with a presence in Nebraska that has established partnerships and links with the University of Nebraska specifically in the area of innovation and technology. It carries a cash award of $10,000 to be used for the promotion or creation of student work experiences in the fields of information science, technology, and engineering.

21st Century was founded in 1996 by a faculty member at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and is now a nationally acclaimed company headquartered at the Scott Technology Center on the UNO campus. With a three-year growth rate of more than 500 percent and offices in nine states, 21st Century produces computer-based decision support systems now used by a growing list of civilian and military customers – from satellites in space, to soldiers and marines in the field.

21st Century hires many top UNO graduates, and offers UNO students real world experiences in an innovative internship program tailored to individual strengths and interests.

The company also has teamed with UNO on research and development for a wide variety of high-tech projects. Having successfully participated in many Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) programs, 21st Century hosted the 2005 Small Business Innovative Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Conference in Omaha, where it brought together private enterprise and federal agencies.

The award will be presented at a luncheon in Omaha on May 8.

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