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On May 9, 1969, UNO students took part in a Ma-ie Day Carnival on the Pep Bowl, which included a dunking tank.

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 Today at the Civic

More than 1,200 students will graduate today, 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.

Graduates should assemble no later than 1:15 p.m. on the lower level of the Civic Auditorium Arena. Faculty members should assemble no later than 1:30 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall.

Shuttle buses for faculty, staff and individuals participating in the platform party will depart from UNO in front of the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) at 1 p.m. Following the ceremony, the shuttle will provide transportation back to the MBSC.

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

President Milliken to Address Faculty Senate May 9

The UNO Faculty Senate will hold its last regular monthly meeting of the academic year Wednesday, May 9, in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Dodge Rooms.

University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken is scheduled to speak at 2 p.m. The meeting will begin immediately following the presentation. All interested parties are invited to attend.

For more information, contact Jim Shaw, Faculty Senate president (554.2225), or Sue Bishop, coordinator (554.3598).

UNO Walkers to Participate in May 5-6 "Relay for Life"

Eleven teams of walkers from UNO will go around the clock to fight cancer during the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. The event will be held from 7 p.m. Saturday, May 5, until 7 a.m. Sunday, May 6. The UNO Sapp Fieldhouse will host the event.

More than 100 people, primarily students, will be taking part. Relay for Life is a fund-raising event that allows participants - including patients, medical support staff, corporations, civic organizations, churches, students and community volunteers - to join together to fight cancer. This is the first time UNO has had Relay for Life on campus.

"The funds raised will enable us to continue our investment in the fight against cancer through educational programs, research, advocacy and services to patients," said Holly Darby of the American Cancer Society.

For more information, call the Omaha chapter of the American Cancer Society at 393.5800.

Summer Group Ex Classes Begin May 7

Campus Recreation and the Wellness Stampede have teamed up to host a variety of Group Ex classes this summer at UNO. Session 1 will run from Monday, May 7, through Friday, June 29.

All classes will be held in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building.

Group Ex classes are free to all current students and Campus Recreation cardholders. Summer activity cards are available for $30 (faculty/staff only). Classes will not be held May 28 (Memorial Day).

Due to the annual pool closing, all Water Ex classes will not begin until Monday, June 4.

To access a schedule, click on the following link:

2007 Summer Session 1

To have a schedule faxed or mailed to your office, call University Affairs at 554.2358.

For more information, contact Dave Daniels at 554.2008.

"Consider This" to Explore Autism Disorders

Autism Spectrum Disorders often leave loved ones of the sufferers, and those treating them, puzzled. A program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) is helping to end the confusion and bring hope to many.

A major focus of the Autism Spectrum Disorders Program is severe behaviors. It will provide highly specialized services to children who display destructive behaviors such as aggression, self-injury, compulsive cravings to eat non-food items and property destruction. These problems occur in about 10 to 15 percent of children with autism, developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injury.

The Autism Spectrum Disorders program is modeled after the neurobehavioral programs at the Marcus and Kennedy Krieger Institutes at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The programs have been in existence for more than 20 years. Wayne Fisher, Ph.D., developed and directed these world-renowned programs before coming to UNMC

This week on "Consider This," host Andrea McMaster will be joined by guests Dr. Fisher and Gail Werner-Robertson, the founder and CEO of the GWR Wealth Management and parent of two sons with autism.

In 2000, Werner-Robertson and her husband, Scott, began their mission of supporting families affected by this debilitating disorder. At that time, the state of Nebraska ranked as low as 48th or 49th in the availability of autism-related services and reimbursement for those services. Hope was minimal and the need was great.

Since its inception, the GWR Sunshine Foundation has been changing the landscape of funding available for treatment options and programs offered to those affected by autism. From the funding of groundbreaking pilot projects designed to develop the social skills of middle and high school students, to contributing to the recruitment of a nationally recognized expert in behavioral science, the foundation has taken major steps forward in the battle against this debilitating disorder.

As the parents of four children, two of whom are autistic, Werner-Robertson and her husband started the organization with one goal in mind: "To be voices for these children that cannot be their own voice; advocates out in the broader world and in our community so these kids can become all that we know they can be."

The program will air according to the following schedule:

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, May 6
11:30 a.m. (CT)

NET2 (NET's cable network)
- Monday, May 7
1:30 p.m. (CT)

- Wednesday, May 9
8 a.m. (CT)

"Consider This" is a production of UNO Television. It also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For a list of days and times, visit the Web at Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at

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. Those wanting to wish him well are invited to attend this event.

For more information, call 554.2628.

Summer Hours Begin May 7

Summer hours at UNO begin Monday, May 7, and conclude Friday, Aug. 17. Regular business hours during this period are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

As was done last year, departments are asked to abide by one of the following plans:

- Remain open with a minimum staff until 5 p.m.;

- Have telephones forwarded to an office that is staffed until 5 p.m.; or

- Have a pre-recorded message on telephones that states university summer hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Human Resources at 554.2321.

Summer Shuttle Schedule Begins May 7

Starting Monday, May 7, the summer shuttle service will operate Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., excluding holidays. The shuttle will service the north and south campuses only. There will be no shuttle service to Crossroads Mall during the summer months.

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

Deadline May 7 for Annual Intercampus Golf Classic

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.

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

In the News

In the News

- Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, political science, was quoted in the April 27 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article explored the Third Cumbre of the Great Plains and multiple immigrant issues.

- Timothy Gaskin and Joanna LeFlore, UNO students, were featured on an April 27 KETV (Channel 7) newscast. The duo was involved with the launching of "Empower Omaha!" - an African-American youth group.

- Tom Gouttierre, dean of international studies and programs and director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies, was quoted in the May 1 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. Gouttierre helped create an annual award that honored an Oakland, Neb., man who was diagnosed with terminal cancer but has not given up working on his journalism career.

- Lourdes Gouveia, sociology, was quoted in the April 29 edition of the Columbus Telegram (Columbus, Neb.). The article cited Dr. Gouveia's support of Sen. Hagel's point system for immigrants.

- Sharif Liwaru, cultural awareness programs, was interviewed on an April 27 KETV (Channel 7) newscast about his work with "Empower Omaha!" - an Omaha African- American youth leadership group.

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 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 Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Stage

Symphonic Wind Concert Choir to Tour Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands
The UNO Concert Choir will travel to Europe this month. Tonight, May 4, the night before they leave, the choir will perform a 7 p.m. Bon Voyage Concert at Faithful Shepard Presbyterian Church, 165th and West Center Rd., in Omaha.

During their two-week tour, the choir will visit Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands, and perform several concerts in each country. Tonight's concert is free and open to the public.

The Concert Choir is under the leadership of recently appointed UNO Director of Choral Activities Matthew Harden. "One of the highlights of this tour will be a four-day visit to one of Omaha's Sister Cities, Braunschweig, Germany. There, we will perform three concerts and be honored with a reception hosted by the mayor of the city in the town hall," Harden said.

The Concert Choir is part of the UNO Department of Music, which enrolls more than 200 music majors. In addition, many students who are not music majors participate in music ensembles as they obtain degrees in other areas.

The 2007 program will include a variety of music by American composers, including a piece newly composed by Tim Vallier, a choir member and two pieces written by Kenton Bales, a UNO faculty member. The choir will also perform selections from "Mid-Winter Songs," by Morton Lauridsen, and several traditional American spirituals.

The UNO Concert Choir is the premier choral ensemble in the UNO Department of Music. This select group is comprised of approximately 40 singers, including both music majors and non-music majors. The Concert Choir has had three previous tours in Europe over the past 10 years, during which they performed in Austria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Slovakia and Sweden.

Harden joined the faculty at UNO in 2006 as the director of Choral Activities, where he directs the Concert Choir, University Chorus and teaches conducting, choral literature and choral methods. He came to UNO with more than 20 years of previous teaching and conducting experience. Harden has worked with a number of internationally recognized conductors, including Bruce Browne and Eph Ehly.

For more information, contact Shellie Harden, coordinator of music outreach and recruitment, at 554.2177 or

The Moving Company to Perform May 6
the nameThe 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 Josie 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

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 Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Exhibit

Spring B.F.A. Thesis Exhibition
Today, May 4, is the last day to view the work of six UNO B.F.A. thesis candidates at the Spring 2007 Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition.

The UNO Art Gallery, where the B.F.A Thesis Exhibition has been housed, 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 today will be from noon to 4 p.m.

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.

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 Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.