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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

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

Summer Group Ex Session 2 Begins July 9

Campus Recreation and the Wellness Stampede have teamed up to host a variety of Group Ex classes this summer at UNO. Session 2 will run from Monday, July 9, through Friday, Aug. 3.

All classes will be held in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building (HPER). Group Ex classes are free to all current students and Campus Recreation cardholders. Summer activity cards are available for purchase.

To access a schedule, click on the following link:

2007 Summer Session 2

To have a schedule faxed or mailed, call University Relations at 554.2358.

For more information, contact Dave Daniels at 554.2008.

Sexual Harassment in the Office Program Offered

Staff who are interested in learning more about the issue of sexual harassment are invited to participate in a program Wednesday, July 18. This event will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

The focus of the program is geared toward staff and the office environment. Highlights will include identifying sexual harassment and understanding the legal obligations of Title VII Civil Rights Laws. Sharon Ulmar, assistant to the chancellor and equal opportunity, will conduct the program.

Those interested in attending should R.S.V.P. at 554.2872. For more information, contact Ulmar at

Confidentiality Reminder for Business Systems

The following is a reminder from Human Resources and can be found in the Managerial/Professional and Office/Service Staff Handbook.

Confidential Information
As part of access to the university's Business Systems, each employee must understand and accept the responsibility of working with confidential information, including - but not limited to - social security numbers, checking and savings account numbers, non-published telephone numbers, personnel appraisals, educational records, medical history and insurance coverage. UNO employees who have access to confidential, sensitive or private information are obligated to keep it confidential and use it only for work-related purposes.

Each employee will be held accountable for the appropriate use of the information to which they have access contained within the University of Nebraska SAP system, University of Nebraska Personal Service Ledger (PSL) and/or the University of Nebraska Data Warehouse (nulook/mynulook) and any future information systems that may contain similar confidential information.

For more information, call 554.2321.

Criss Library Garden Open

The public and the UNO community can now enjoy the garden area of the Criss Library, which will be open for the rest of the summer and into the fall.

The garden located on the north side of the library, will generally be open daily until October or November, weather permitting. It will be closed when the forecasted high is below 50 degrees, and during severe weather warnings and rain.

Wireless Internet services is available in the garden area. Patrons may bring library materials into the garden but are asked to keep materials off the ground and return them inside the library as they exit the area.

Like the rest of the library, smoking or other tobacco products will not be allowed in the garden area.

Entry to the garden is on the lower level of the Kahn addition. For more information, contact the Circulation Desk at 554.3206.

In the News

In the News

- Leon Dappen, education, was profiled in the June 6 edition of the Omaha World-Herald.  Dr. Dappen died May 30. The article included how he made a mark on the community, and a quote from John Hill, chairman of educational administration, on how much Dr. Dappen will be missed.

- James Johnson, music, was interviewed July 3 on KFAB about his July 4 carillon concert at the Henningson Memorial Campanile. The event was featured July 4 on KETV (Channel 7) and in the July 5 edition of the Omaha World-Herald.

- David Ogden, communications, was quoted in the June 6 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article covered the effort to encourage and recruit North Omaha children to join Little League baseball teams. Dr. Ogden said the effort was needed and necessary.

- Cindy Melby Phaneuf, theatre, was quoted in the June 21 edition of the Omaha World-Herald.  The article, in the "Go!" section, covered this year's Shakespeare on the Green, and the complexities of the play, "Henry V."

- Oliver Pollak, history, and Les Valentine, library archivist, were featured in the June 1 edition of the Jewish Press and the May 24 edition of the Omaha Star.  The articles profiled the new book University of Nebraska at Omaha, which was authored by Dr. Pollak and Valentine. 

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 Johansen, communications, published "Friendly Skies a Distant Memory," in the May 4 edition of the Connecticut Post Op-Ed page. Dr. Johansen also published "Scandinavia Gets Serious on Global Warming," in the July 2007 edition of the Progressive magazine.

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) will stage both of "Henry V" and "Love's Labour's Lost" during the final four days of Shakespeare on the Green 2007 tonight through Sunday, July 6-8, in Elmwood Park. 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 begins 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 final performance dates are:

- "Love's Labour's Lost"
July 6 and 8

- "Henry V"
July 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

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.

On Exhibit

O! Public Art Project
Two artists with UNO roots were selected to be part of the on-going O! Public Art 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 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.