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On Friday, June 24, 1994, The Gateway reported that 50 UNO students planned to volunteer their time on Saturday to assist the Siena House (women and children's shelter) and the Francis House (men's shelter) merge together to form the Siena/Francis House at 17th and Nicholas in Omaha. The new facility boasted 80 beds and a larger kitchen with more seating. UNO graduate and president of Siena/Francis House, Sherry Kennedy Brownrigg, was the emcee of the opening ceremonies for the new facility.

Date: June 24, 1994
Source: The Gateway
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

OLLAS to Attend National Rural Assembly June 25-27

Lourdes Gouveia, director of the UNO Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS), will attend the first National Rural Assembly in Washington, D.C., Monday through Wednesday, June 25-27.

The event will bring together rural leaders and Rural People Rural Policy (RPRP) Initiative participants from across the country who will gather to initiate a dialogue at the federal level about the critical issues facing rural America. OLLAS and Nebraska Appleseed have been extensively involved in the creation of the RPRP, a new national policy network, organized and funded by the W.F. Kellogg Foundation. The goal of the RPRP is to bring together a diverse group of academic and non-academic leaders knowledgeable about rural issues, from across the country, to create a meaningful voice for rural Americans on local, state and national policy.

"This conference will bring together a variety of different viewpoints from around the nation to examine the various important issues facing rural America," Dr. Gouveia said. "The issue of immigration, both where we are today and in the future, will be very much part of the discussion."

OLLAS and Appleseed were selected to participate in the RPRP based on their ongoing efforts to promote integration and civic participation among new immigrants settling in rural communities across Nebraska. As a new gateway state, rural communities in Nebraska face new challenges that affect newcomers' access to education, healthcare, housing, economic opportunity and justice.

To learn more about the W.F. Kellogg Foundation's Rural People Rural Policy Program, click on this link.

For more information about Nebraska Appleseed, visit For more information on OLLAS, visit

Bank of the West Concert June 29; Free Parking at UNO

The annual "Bank of the West Celebrates America" concert is set for Friday, June 29, at Memorial Park from 6 to 10 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and UNO will provide free parking for concertgoers.

This year's entertainment includes FortyTwenty, Little River Band and KC & The Sunshine Band. The performances will be followed by a fireworks finale at 10 p.m. New this year, donations of non-perishable food items and toiletries will be accepted by the Omaha Food Bank.

In addition to surface parking lots, UNO's multi-level parking garage will be open to concertgoers after 4 p.m. Event organizers encourage those who park at UNO to use the pedestrian overpass when crossing Dodge Street.

Shuttle service between the UNO Dodge and Pacific locations stops at 6 p.m. during the summer. As a result, people who park at the Pacific location for the June 29 concert will not be able to take the shuttle back to their cars after 6 p.m.

The outdoor concert and fireworks finale is sponsored by Bank of the West in cooperation with the city of Omaha. For more information, visit the Web at

Free Financial Education Workshop June 30

Two Greek organizations at UNO, along with the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Nebraska Inc., will present a free financial education workshop for citizens in the Omaha metro area Saturday, June 30.

The event, "Where Did My Paycheck Go?," will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at First National Bank's North Omaha Financial Service Office (1701 N. 24th St., Suite 105). Members of the alumni and UNO chapters of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority are sponsoring the event and will be among the presenters at the workshop.

The sessions will focus on the following:
- Effective financial plans;
- Simple ways to make money last;
- Banking services;
- Ways to keep track of money; and
- Investing basics.

"This workshop is just one example of the many community service activities conducted each year by students involved in Greek life at UNO," said Sharif Liwaru, an adviser with Student Organizations and Leadership Programs.

The morning sessions will be followed by a complimentary lunch and a question-and-answer session from noon to 1 p.m. The afternoon session will cover credit basics and understanding credit reports.

Those who pre-register for the event will be eligible to receive a free three-in-one credit report that can be analyzed by a banking professional. In addition, all registered attendees will be eligible to win one of three drawings for a prepaid Visa gift card in amounts of $25, $50 and $75. The registration deadline is Tuesday, June 26.

For more information, call 952.5923.

Criss Library to Close July 4

Criss Library will be closed Wednesday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

For more information, call 554.3206.

English Department Alumni Night This Evening

Alumni and friends are invited to join UNO Department of English faculty, staff and students tonight, June 22, for the department's second annual Alumni Night at Shakespeare on the Green. The festivities will start at 6:30 p.m. in Elmwood Park, with a curtain time of 8 p.m.

"This year, ‘we happy few' will be enjoying ‘King Henry V,' so bring your blankets and some food and drink to share. Don't forget the bug spray," said Joe Price, coordinator of administration with the English department. "Look for the big white and green English department banner."

For more information about Shakespeare on the Green 2007, visit For more information about Alumni Night, contact Price at 554.3476.

Submissions Sought for Online Calendar of Events

Looking for a way to publicize a campus event? The UNO Calendar of Events can help.

University Relations is seeking submissions for its online calendar of events. Located on the Web at, the calendar can be viewed by day, week, month or category.

"The calendar is designed to promote campus-related events that are open to the campus community and the public," said Tim Kaldahl, director of University Relations at UNO. "There have been some dedicated submitters, and we need more of them. If it's happening on campus, this is a great - and easy - way to get the word out."

Submission categories include athletics, exhibitions, films, lectures, public meetings, performances and miscellaneous. Links to the calendar have been created on the UNO home page at, under "Today at UNO" in the left-hand column and graphically in the tool bar at the top of the page.

"UNO offers a wide variety of cultural events, and letting people know about them on and off campus is important," Kaldahl said. "More items in the calendar make it an even more valuable resource. We're asking UNO to help us keep our campus community and metropolitan area informed."

The calendar is administered by University Relations, located in 108 Eppley Administration Building (EAB). Beverly Newsam is the calendar administrator. All items must be submitted electronically through the Calendar of Events Web site ( and include a contact name, phone number and e-mail.

To submit an item to the UNO Calendar of Events, follow the instructions below:
(Note: The process may vary slightly, depending on the Internet browser used.)

1. Go to

2. Click on the "Logon" button.

3. Enter "post" in the "Username" box and "event" in the "Password" box.

4. Click on the "Update Event" button to access a submission form.

5. Fill out the form for the event you are submitting.

6. Click the "Submit event for approval" button when done.

7. Fill out another form as before if submitting more events.

8. Click "Done" when finished submitting events.

9. To log off, click "Post." Then, click "Logoff" and "OK."

"It only takes a few minutes to enter events into the calendar," Newsam said. "Those with questions are invited to call or stop by 108 EAB for assistance."

For more information, call 554.2129.

In the News

In the News

- Rami Arav, Bethsaida Excavations Project, was featured on the June 16 KPTM (Fox 42) newscast. Dr. Arav discussed the Bethsaida archeological dig taking place this summer in Israel.

- Doug Bahle, The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute Career Resource Center, was quoted in the June 18 edition of the Des Moines Register (Des Moines, Iowa). The article focused on a possible working relationship between UNO and the Google corporation, which is establishing a facility in Council Bluffs.

- UNO Chancellor John Christensen and B.J. Reed, dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, were quoted in the June 18 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article discussed the future of the Omaha Civic Auditorium and the probability of UNO athletics using the facilities.

- Bethany Fischer, a UNO student, was featured in the June 13 edition of the Papillion Times. The article welcomed Fischer as one of three summer interns at the newspaper.

- Tom Gouttierre, dean of international studies and programs, and director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies, was quoted in the June 14 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article memorialized Zakiyah Zaki, a woman from Afghanistan who frequently visited and spoke in Omaha. Zaki was recently assassinated for her efforts to further women's freedom in post-Taliban Afghanistan. Gouttierre also was interviewed June 19 by El Mercurio (Santiago, Chile) about Iranian influence in Afghanistan and discussed the possibility of Iran arming the Taliban.

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

- Kris Berg and former colleague Richard Latin, health, physical education and recreation, authored Essentials of Research in Health, Physical Education, Exercise Science, and Recreation (3rd ed.), Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2007. The book will be published later this summer.

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 at Elmwood Park
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. The seminars will 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

Action/Interaction: Book/Art on Display in Chicago
Bonnie O'Connell, art and art history, has curated a collection of regional artists' books for the exhibition Action/Interaction: Book/Art, a survey of more than 500 contemporary works from book arts centers across the United States.

The exhibition, held in conjunction with a June 8-10 national book arts conference of the same title, runs through Saturday, July 7, at the Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts. The gallery is located on the second floor of the 1104 South Wabash Building in Chicago. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

The Nebraska Book Arts Center (NBAC) is represented by UNO Fine Arts Press students Frances Osugi, Ashley Vak, Katrina Pierce, Leslie Carter, Chloe Jones, Jeong Ah Kim and Nancy Forbesk. Regional fine printer/book artists affiliated with the NBAC include Denise Brady, Joseph Ruffo, Neil Shaver, Floyd Pierce, Bonnie O'Connell and Karen Kunc.

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 sculptures 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.

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 of the UNO Writer's Workshop, collaborated on Best Moments in Omaha. Their sculpture is located in the Old Market at 11th and Jackson streets. 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.