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In July of 1987, UNO alumnus Stephen Roberts was presented with an opportunity to display his artwork at the Joslyn Art Museum. The 1979 graduate, a realist artist with subjects ranging from life-sized nudes to still life paintings of fruit, earned a living through the sale of his paintings. His work also appeared in a New York gallery. According to Roberts, "Omaha is not a great place to sell art." However, he doubted that he would ever be able to move to New York City, America's art hotspot.

Date: July 10, 1987
Source: The Gateway
Compiled by Criss Library Archives

Moshe Gershovich

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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

Former Maverick on Final U.S.A. Football Roster

MavericksLast week, U.S.A. Football Executive Director Scott Hallenbeck and Head Coach John Mackovic announced the final 45-man Team U.S.A. roster for the 2007 World Championship of American Football. Former UNO running back Kyle Kasperbauer is one of 10 NCAA Division II players selected to the team. There have been four roster changes since the original 45-man roster was announced May 23.

This is the first time the United States will take part in the international event. The six-country tournament will be held July 7-15 in Kawasaki, Japan. This year's event is the third staged by the International Federation of American Football (IFAF). Team U.S.A. will face Germany and Korea in pool play. Another pool will consist of host and two-time defending champion Japan, along with Sweden and France. The team is training through today, July 3, at San Jose State University. Team U.S.A. will depart for Japan Wednesday, July 4.

The 45 players were selected from a pool of 2006 college seniors and represent all levels of college football. NCAA and NAIA schools were asked by U.S.A. Football to nominate up to two seniors during the season. That list was pared down by the Team U.S.A. coaching staff through film evaluation.

Team U.S.A. Breakdown
By division
I-A- 12; FCS- 11; Division II- 10; Division III- 10; and NAIA- 2

By conference
Thirty-three NCAA and NAIA conferences are represented.

3- Big 10, North Central and Wisconsin Intercollegiate

2- Atlantic Coast, Big South, Great Plains Athletic, Ivy League, MAC and Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference

1- American Southwest, Atlantic 10, Big East, Big Sky, Big 12, Gateway, Gulf South, Great Lakes Intercollegiate, Great West, Liberty League, MIAA, Mountain West, NESCAC, North Coast, Ohio Athletic Conference, Ohio Valley, Pac-10, Patriot League, Rocky Mountain, Southern Collegiate, Southland, USA South, WAC and West Virginia Intercollegiate

By home state
Twenty-four states are represented.

6- Wisconsin; 4- Ohio and Texas; 3- Florida and Virginia; 2- Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Nebraska; 1- Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Washington

U.S.A. Football is a non-profit organization leading the development and growth of youth, high school and international amateur football.  In its role as the national governing body, U.S.A. Football provides programs and resources to inspire participation and improve the quality of the sport.  U.S.A. Football was endowed by the NFL and NFL Players Association in 2002.

For more information, visit the Web at

UNO to Close for Independence Day

UNO will be closed Wednesday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday. The 2007 holiday schedule is available online at

For more information, contact Human Resources at 554.2321.

Criss Library to Close for July 4 Holiday

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

No Group Ex Classes the Week of July 2

Campus Recreation announces that no Group Ex classes will be held the week of July 2 due to the Independence Day holiday. The Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building will be open as usual, with the exception of closing Wednesday, July 4, for Independence Day.

Session two of Group Ex classes will begin Monday, July 9. For more information, call 554.2008

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.

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.


- Doug Paterson, theatre, traveled to Ramallah, Palestine, June 23-28 to conduct Theatre of the Oppressed workshops for Palestinian teachers.

- Robert Woody, psychology, received the Certificate of Completion in Officer Survival Training from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The Nebraska State Patrol also named Dr. Woody a certified instructor for the Nebraska Concealed Handgun Permit Act.

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