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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

Bank of the West Concert Tonight; Free Parking at UNO

The annual "Bank of the West Celebrates America" concert is set for tonight, 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.

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 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. People who park at the Pacific location for tonight's 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

June Employee of the Month: Andrew Taylor


Staying current on telecommunications technology can be exhausting for some, but Andrew Taylor - telecom analyst I with UNO Telecommunications - enjoys the opportunities it provides.

"I like the new challenges that test my abilities in telecommunications," he said.

An eight-year member of the UNO community, Taylor previously did contract work at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). There he was responsible for installing and maintaining the phones on the entire campus and cabling communication infrastructures for university phones and computers.

Taylor transferred to UNO after speaking with a friend. "I came to campus on a recommendation from a co-worker at UNMC," he said.

UNO Telecommunications consists of a four-person crew, and the time of year often dictates which tasks the unit will be occupied with. "During the start of a semester, there can be quite a few changes and phone moves," Taylor said.

For many campus projects, Taylor said the focus is on moving an entire department from its current area to a new location, reviewing blueprints for upcoming remodels and making sure contractors are completing on time. Of the jobs he works on, programming, installing and maintaining phones on the three UNO campuses keeps him busiest. He also helps maintain the computers and databases within the departments.

Colleagues are impressed with the quality of service Taylor provides. "Andy is a key player in keeping buildings online during construction and remodels," a co-worker said. "His expertise helps ensure services like telephones, security systems, camera surveillance and fire alarm systems are maintained with minimal interruption. Many times, Andy needs to work on weekends to avoid service outages during normal campus hours."

For Taylor, the Employee of the Month honor was a nice surprise. "Being nominated and recognized as an outstanding individual is neat," he said.

Away from UNO, Taylor likes to spend time with his wife and newborn daughter. He also volunteers as an EMT and firefighter for the Carson Iowa Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department.

An avid woodworker, Taylor also enjoys constructing things. "There is nothing like building something that you design," he said.

As Employee of the Month, Taylor will receive a plaque, portrait and monetary award.  All UNO faculty, staff and students are eligible to nominate individuals for the honor.  Nomination forms are available in Human Resources, 205 Eppley Administration Building. 

(Pictured above: Taylor and UNO Chancellor John Christensen.)

For more information, call 554.2321.

Benefits Home Page Adds New Feature

There's something new on the Human Resources' Benefits home page. Several links to articles from the Wellness Council of America Web site have been added.

"The Wellness Council of America publishes several newsletters on a variety of health, wellness and financial planning issues that might be of interest to faculty and staff," said Esther Scarpello, fringe benefits manager at UNO. "This new feature will allow faculty and staff to keep apprised of this subject matter."

Each item will be linked to an article about a particular health and wellness or financial planning topic. The articles will be available in a PDF format and can be printed for future reference. The links will also be updated each month.

This month's topics range from managing headaches to how to plan for a great vacation. Faculty and staff can access the site and the articles at

For more information, contact Scarpello at 554.3660.

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.

Deadline Today for Alumni Shakespeare on the Green Picnic Night

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 deadline for registration is today, June 30.

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.

Join UNO alumni, King Henry and his "band of brothers" July 5! For more information and a registration form, visit the Web at

In the News

In the News

- Robert Bernier, Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC), was quoted in the May 10 edition of the Hub (Kearney, Neb.). The article featured a celebration highlighting the 30-year tenure of the NBDC.

- UNO Chancellor John Christensen was featured in the June 6 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article announced Dr. Christensen's appointment to the Building Brighter Futures initiative, which supports low-income children from birth through college.

- Gary Duff, international programs, was pictured in the May 10 edition of the Independent (Oakland, Neb.) The photos focused on a yearly welcome event for Afghan women teachers and their Oakland host families.

- Linda Mannering, institutional research, was quoted in the June 26 online edition of the Lincoln Journal Star ( The article discussed a new database aimed at making college searches easier for campus-bound students and their families.

- David Miller, athletic director, was interviewed on the June 23 KETV (Channel 7) and KPTM (Channel 42) newscasts. The segments highlighted UNO's admittance into the MIAA conference.

- Steve Shultz, economics, was quoted in the June 16 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article focused on the rejection of a UNO dam study offer.

- Samuel Walker, emeritus professor of criminal justice, was quoted in the June 1 edition of the Mercury-News (San Jose, Calif.). The article explored the use of stun guns on the police force.

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

- Bruce E. Johansen, communication and Native American Studies, published two books in May and June from Praeger Publishers: The Praeger Handbook on Contemporary Issues in Native America and Silence! Academic Freedom, Scientific Inquiry, and the First Amendment Under Siege in America.

- Dennis Hoffman, criminal justice, had a column published in the May 10 edition of the Omaha Star. The editorial discussed how a man's death left behind an unfinished story.

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 Continues Tonight
The Nebraska Shakespeare Festival (NSF) is bringing productions of "Love's Labour's Lost" and "Henry V" 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 of "Love's Labour's Lost" will begin at 8 p.m. tonight, June 29. 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:

- "Love's Labour's Lost"
June 29-30 and July 1, 6 and 8

- "Henry V"
July 5 and 7

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

Carillon Concert Set for July 4 at UNO
The bells on the UNO campus will ring in honor of America Wednesday, July 4, in conjunction with a carillon concert set for 9 a.m.

UNO carilloneur James Johnson will perform a 30-minute concert of patriotic melodies. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are invited to bring their lawn chairs, as seating will be available on the grassy area between Criss Library and the Strauss Performing Arts Center.

The audience will be able to watch Dr. Johnson at work in the tower via live video. A viewing screen at the base of the carillon will carry the live images.

The Henningson Memorial Campanile, rising 168 feet over the UNO campus, is one of only 180 such structures in the United States. It was donated to UNO in 1989 by the late Margre Henningson Durham and her husband, Chuck, as a standing memorial to Margre's father, mother and sister.

"The July 4th concert, played by the carilloneur on a mechanical keyboard at the top of the tower, annually recognizes Margre's love for her country and desire to share her blessings with her hometown community," said Gail Baker, dean of the UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media.

The carillon is a four-octave, acoustically balanced instrument. It consists of 47 bronze bells cast by the bellfoundry of Paccard-Fonderie de Cloches in Annecy, France. The largest of the bells weighs 4,397 pounds and measures five feet in diameter by four feet in height. The combined weight of the bells is 24,408 pounds.

Dr. Johnson, UNO professor of music, performs regularly scheduled carillon concerts each year. He has earned a distinguished international reputation through his piano recordings and performances with the Royal Philharmonic in London, the Leningrad Philharmonic, the Prague Chamber Soloists, the Slovenian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony and the Boston Pops.

For more information about the July 4 concert, call 554.3502.

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

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, O'Connell and Karen Kunc.

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.