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O! What a Campus

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

The Pacific location is the new site of a three-dimensional, six-foot O! sculpture - titled This is Omaha and constructed by Craig Roper. See "On Exhibit" story for details.

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Construction begins, in 1964, to the southwest addition of the Engineering Building.

This Week in Campus History

In mid-June of 1960, Cupola Columns announced that applications were being accepted for a special "science institute" being held during the upcoming fall semester. The National Science Foundation provided a $16,850 grant to pay the tuition and travel expenses for 60 regional high school science and math teachers to take one of three Omaha University College of Adult Education courses. The courses, worth six semester hours of college credit each, focused on modern developments in the fields of biology, physical science and math. To be considered for this institute, applicants had to have a bachelor's degree and at least one year of teaching experience.

Date: June 1960
Source: Cupola Columns
Compiled by Criss Library Archives

Moshe Gershovich

MVHC @ 50

Leo Adam Biga

For UNO Associate Professor Moshe Gershovich, history "is like a big jigsaw puzzle. One of my hobbies is jigsaw puzzles. You open the box and you find all these pieces which appear unrelated and each one by itself is really meaningless. Only once you start putting them together do you get the picture." ...continue

UNO Invited to July 5 Shakespeare on the Green Picnic

UNO faculty, staff and students are invited to the UNO Alumni Association's annual Shakespeare on the Green picnic set for Thursday, July 5, at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

The event will begin with a picnic from 6 to 7:15 p.m. followed by a performance of "Henry V." The cost is $12 per person, which includes a picnic buffet, reserved seating at the play and a "Henry V" preview by Cindy Melby Phaneuf, professor of theater at UNO, who is directing the production. Registration is available through June 30.

Join UNO alumni, King Henry and his "band of brothers" July 5! For more information and a registration form, visit this link.

Summer "First Friday" Spirit Day Begins

UNO spirit

Show university pride! New this summer, the UNO Spirit Committee will sponsor a campus spirit day each Friday. Today, June 15, all UNO students, faculty and staff are invited to dress in Maverick gear.

"We have re-instituted this initiative over the summer to boost morale on campus," said Marie Lee, co-chair of the UNO Spirit Committee. "Starting this month, eNotes will announce to all faculty, staff and students that ‘First Fridays' are 'wear your UNO colors/gear days.' Show your UNO pride by participating!"

"First Fridays" officially kicks off today.

"If you don't have Maverick gear, then wear red, black or white, and show your UNO colors," said Kay Bret, co-chair of the UNO Spirit Committee.

For more information, contact Lee (554.2581 or, Bret (554.4841 or or Marsha Vance (554.3702 or

IS&P Summer Hosting Opportunities Available

International Studies and Programs (IS&P) at UNO is bringing several international student groups to Omaha this summer and is offering several short-term hosting opportunities to the community.

Hosts should note the following:

- For all programs, the hosting stipend includes all meals. IS&P asks that students be allowed to participate and function as a family member for the hosting period and that transportation be provided to and from the university on weekdays.

- Please specify if it is possible to host more than one student and note the preferred gender.

Hosts are needed for the following individuals:

Japanese students from the Hiroshima College of Foreign Languages (HCFL)
Hosting Period: July 20 through Aug. 2 (two weeks)
Stipend: Approximately $238 per student or $476 for two students
English Proficiency: Varies from very low to intermediate English

Japanese students from Shizuoka University (one of Omaha's Sister Cities)
Hosting period: Aug. 16-25
Stipend: Approximately $145 for the nine-day hosting period
English Proficiency: Varies from very low to intermediate English

European Student Leaders (Grant-funded Program in Leadership Development)
Hosting Period: Aug. 3-18 (two weeks)
Stipend: Approximately $255 per student or $510 for two students
Participating Countries: Denmark, England, Germany, Spain, France, United Kingdom and Norway

Anyone interested in hosting for any of these programs should contact Rebecca Privitera at

Fidelity Representative Campus Visits Set

Fidelity representative Chad Anderson will be in Omaha for individual counseling sessions June 28, July 26 and Aug. 9.

Employees can call 1.800.642.7131 to make an appointment with Anderson.

In the News

In the News

- Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, political science, was quoted in the May 3 edition of El Perico. The article highlighted the third Cumbre of the Great Plains, "Understanding Immigration and the Changing Communities of the Americas: Lessons from New Destinations Across the Globe."

- Gary Duff, international programs, was cited in the May 3 edition of the Independent (Oakland, Neb.). The article discussed hosting teachers from Afghanistan universities in Oakland.

- Jonna Holland, marketing and management, was featured on the June 12 WOWT (Channel 6) newscast. The segment explored the shift of local companies to a more "women-centric" way of doing business.

- Jeremy Lipschultz, communication, was quoted in the June 11 edition of the L.A. Times. The article highlighted a recent court ruling that eased restrictions on inadvertent broadcasting obscenities.

- David Miller, athletics, was cited in the May 18 editions of the Daily Sun (Beatrice, Neb.), Tribune (Fremont, Neb.), Independent (Grand Island, Neb.), Gazette (McCook, Neb.) and Star-Herald (Scottsbluff, Neb.). The articles highlighted Miller being appointed athletic director.

- Desarae Mueller-Fichepain, Nebraska Business Development Center, was quoted in the May 5 edition of the Midlands Business Journal. The article explored businesses that strive to develop and strengthen international trade and commerce, and the best ways to get started and stay productive in this area.

- Paul Van Vliet, information systems and quantitative analysis, was quoted in the June 7 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article focused on the exclusivity of the new iPhone's availability with AT&T and through Apple stores.

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

Shakespeare on the Green Opens June 21
The Nebraska Shakespeare Festival (NSF) will bring productions of "Henry V" and "Love's Labour's Lost" to Elmwood Park this June and July in conjunction with Shakespeare on the Green 2007. The free festival, celebrating its 21st anniversary season this year, is presented each summer in cooperation with UNO, Creighton University and the city of Omaha. All performances are free and open to the public.

Performances will begin at 8 p.m. The greenshow - which features Elizabethan music, dancing, singing and juggling - will begin nightly at 7 p.m. Nightly seminars will start at 6 p.m. and provide the audience with an opportunity to discuss the plays and meet the directors, actors and scholars associated with the 2007 company.

The performance dates are:
- "Henry V"
June 21-24 and July 5 and 7

- "Love's Labour's Lost"
June 28-30 and July 1, 6 and 8

For more information about Shakespeare on the Green or other Nebraska Shakespeare programs, contact Mike Markey at 280.2391 or, 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

O! Public Art Project Visits Campus
The O! Public Art Project unites art, health and community spirit to beautify and celebrate the metropolitan area with 22 three-dimensional, six-foot O! sculptures artistically designed by commissioned area artists. One of the 22 scultpures is on display at the university's Pacific location. This is Omaha, by Craig Roper, is located on the corner of 67th and Pacific streets - north of The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute.

This celebratory and informational piece is about the city and the O! form itself. Roper incorporates historical, contemporary and visual information to engage interest and express Omaha's vibrant qualities. He downloaded numerous photos that depict satellite images of Omaha and used a decoupage technique to adhere them in a grid-like arrangement. Broad horizontal stripes unify the work and add decorative pizzazz. The artist also incorporated black-and-white photos of Omaha sights, neighborhoods and points-of-interest, as well as words, historical facts and doodling to round out the piece.

All O! sculptures are prominently placed in public gathering areas throughout the metro community to celebrate all that Omaha is and hopes to become. The O! Public Art Project invited area artists to submit proposals to design the fiberglass O!s. The project's Artist Selection Committee, comprised of accomplished artists and art educators, chose 22 area artists to bring their designs to life and exemplify the region's wealth of artistic talent.

Two artists with UNO roots were also selected to be part of the project. Gary Day, professor of art and art history at UNO, and Anna Monardo, associate professor with the UNO Writer's Workshop, collaborated on Best Moments in Omaha. Their sculpture is located in the Old Market at 11th and Jackson St. For the piece, Monardo asked residents who relocated to Omaha from other countries to describe their favorite moments in the city. Day painted the participants' stories, recorded in 20 different languages, onto their O!.

The O! Public Art Project is sponsored by Alegent Health in partnership with the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and Omaha's O! Campaign.

For more information on the project and O! sculpture locations, visit the Web at or contact Molly Skold at or 978.7933.

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.