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On Friday, June 24, 1994, The Gateway reported that 50 UNO students planned to volunteer their time June 25 to help the Siena House, a women and children's shelter, and the Francis House, a men's shelter, merge to form the Siena/Francis House at 17th and Nicholas streets in Omaha. The new facility featured 80 beds and a larger kitchen with more seating. Sherry Kennedy Brownrigg, a UNO graduate and president of the Siena/Francis House, 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

Flag Lowering

The UNO flags will be lowered to half-staff today, June 26, in honor of UNO student Martin Wright, who passed away June 21 at the age of 38.

Wright was currently enrolled in the Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) Program at UNO. Memorials should be directed to Habitat for Humanity.

Mavericks Join MIAA Conference in 2008-09


University presidents have unanimously agreed to accept UNO's application to become a member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA).  UNO will become the 11th member of the NCAA Division II league and will begin competition in August of 2008.

The 15 UNO men's and women's intercollegiate athletic teams have been in the North Central Conference (NCC) since 1976. The NCC, which currently has seven schools, will dissolve following the 2007-08 season.

"This is a significant day for our school and our athletic program," said David Miller, UNO athletic director. "We're honored to be a part of the MIAA and look forward to establishing new traditions and rivalries, and rekindling old rivalries."

The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association was first organized in 1912 as the Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association. The MIAA has gained the reputation of being one of the top NCAA Division II conferences in the nation. MIAA student-athletes have won 13 national team championships and more than 100 individual national titles.

The MIAA currently conducts conference championships in eight men's and eight women's sports. Men's championships include football, cross country, basketball, indoor and outdoor track and field, baseball, tennis and golf. Women's champions are determined in volleyball, soccer, cross country, basketball, indoor and outdoor track and field, softball and tennis.

UNO will have some history to draw from when it joins Pittsburg State, Emporia State, Fort Hays State and Washburn in the MIAA.  Those schools and Omaha University/UNO were members of the Central Intercollegiate Conference from 1959-68 and later formed the Plains Division of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference from 1968-72 and the Great Plains Athletic Conference in 1972-73.

The Mavericks have enjoyed some long-standing rivalries on the field with several of the MIAA schools, particularly Northwest Missouri State in football.  UNO has met the Bearcats in football eight times since 1996, six in the regular season.  UNO and Northwest Missouri State are scheduled to play Sept. 8 in Omaha this season.

International Piccolo Symposium Aug. 2-4 at UNO

The sounds of the piccolo will emanate throughout the halls of the Strauss Performing Arts Center Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 2-4, during the first-ever International Piccolo Symposium (IPS).

"This is the first event of its kind in the world, focusing specifically on the piccolo, and it will feature guest artists," said Christine Beard, professor of flute at UNO.

Flutists are traveling from across the United States and Canada for the three-day event to participate in performance classes, seminars and recitals. Guest artists will include Nicola Mazzanti, piccoloist of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra in Italy; Lois Herbine from Orchestra 2001 in Philadelphia; and Dr. Beard, the Roy Seaman Piccolo Artist at UNO.

Concerts featuring the guest artists will be performed in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Thursday through Friday, Aug. 2-3, at 7:30 p.m.  The final recital, featuring the symposium participants, is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 4, at 5:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door for $10 for individual concerts or $25 for all three events.

The symposium is sponsored by Gemstone Musical Instruments, The Flutist Network, project Piccolo Rebirth, and UNO.

For more information, contact Dr. Beard at 554.2685 or For a complete schedule of information, artist biographies and updates, visit the IPS Web site at

Installation Begins for New Campus Vending Machines

Treat America is the new vendor of cold food, snack and coffee machines at UNO. Installation of the Treat America machines begins this week on campus.

"We hope this new vendor will provide better service and selection for students, faculty and staff," said Brian Bollich, assistant director of the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC).

For more information, contact the MBSC Business Office at 554.2981.

Criss Library to Close for July 4 Holiday

University Library will be closed Wednesday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.  For more information, call 554.3206.

Fall Faculty Workshops Set for Aug. 20-23

The 2007 Faculty Workshops, sponsored by the UNO Center for Faculty Development (CFD), will be held again this fall according to the following schedule.

- New faculty workshop
Monday afternoon, Aug. 20, and Tuesday morning, Aug. 21

- Graduate teaching assistant workshop (featuring a new, one-day format)
Monday, Aug. 20

- Part-time faculty workshop (open to new and experienced part-time faculty)
Evenings of Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 22-23

Note: The same workshop will be offered twice so part-time faculty can choose the evening most convenient for them.

The workshops have been a tradition at UNO for more than 30 years and provide new faculty and teaching assistants with an opportunity to meet one another in an informal setting while learning about UNO. Discussion topics will include UNO's metropolitan mission and strategic goals, advice/skills for success at UNO, active classroom ideas, academic support services and faculty development opportunities.

For more information about the workshops, contact the CFD (554.2427 or or Deborah Smith-Howell, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs (554.4849 or


UNO Student Participates in United Nations Global Forum
UNO student Sarvinoz Shamsutdinova attended the "Global Forum on Global Warming and Climate Change," organized by the Alliance Towards Harnessing Global Opportunities (ATHGO) International, held June 6-8 at the United Nations in New York.  Shamsutdinova was one of more than 300 students and young professionals from around the world who took part.

"This is a great honor for Sarvinoz and UNO," said Tom Gouttierre, dean of International Studies and Programs at UNO and the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  "The issue of global warming will continue to grow in importance for all of us."

ATHGO International is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization whose mission consists of "cultivating an interest in diplomacy" among youth by hosting various events at the headquarters of international organizations where young professionals can be a part of the decision-making process by interacting with diplomats and foreign policy specialists. Shamsutdinova, an international studies major, earned a full scholarship to the forum from Sigma Iota Rho, the honor society for International Studies.

While at the United Nations, attendees heard Al Gore's Climate Project presentation, went to a variety of speaker series and panel discussions, and drafted group policy proposals.  On the final day of the forum, participants drafted a resolution that was submitted to several U.N. offices and all the U.N. Permanent Missions.

For more information, call 554.3502.

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