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On July 11, 1986, The Gateway reported that two UNO students 1st Lt. Jan Harrington and Sgt. Laura Mruz became part of the first all-female flight crew in the Army National Guard. The soldiers served in the 24th Medical Air Ambulance Company. Mruz was a secondary education major with hopes of becoming a teacher and had no plans to leave the National Guard. Harrington planned to graduate from UNO with a bachelor's degree in general studies with a concentration in political science and also planned to continue to serve in the National Guard.

Date: July 11, 1986
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

UNO Television Wins National Award

The UNO Television production "Conservation vs. Survival" has received a Silver Telly statuette, the highest honor of the Telly Awards. The Telly Awards recognize the best local, regional and cable television programs and commercials.

A one-hour documentary, "Conservation vs. Survival," details the struggle Madagascar faces as it tries to balance feeding a growing population with preserving endangered habitats. The program highlights the work of Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo.

A UNO Television production team traveled to Madagascar and followed zoo personnel, local experts and graduate students from Madagascar to produce the film. Actor Danny Glover narrated the documentary and musician Peter Buffett composed the original music. The program was recorded and produced in high definition. Sponsors of the film include the Theodore F. and Claire M. Hubbard Family Foundation, From the Top and HunTel Communications.

In its 28th annual season, the Telly Awards receive more than 13,000 entries annually, from producers like Discovery Education, The History Channel, ESPN Classic, HGTV, The Hallmark Channel, Harpo Studios, American Movie Classics, Sinclair Broadcasting Group and The Outdoor Channel. This year's Telly Awards were announced in late June.

UNO Television provides television production, program distribution, and educational services to a diverse group of users on a local, regional and national level. It is the Omaha Production Center for Nebraska Educational Telecommunications. UNO Television serves and enriches the community through television programming that educates, entertains and informs. As an integral part of the university, the station also provides a laboratory for UNO broadcasting students, offering "hands-on" instruction utilizing professional broadcast equipment from professors and professionals in the industry.

Located on the UNO campus, UNO Television is a unit of the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media at UNO. UNO Television is the managing partner of The Knowledge Network. TKN is a non-profit corporation designed to provide educational services using local broadcast and cable television.

For more information, call 554.2516.

Foreign Liability Coverage Available for 2007-08

UNO is in the process of extending foreign liability insurance for the 2007-08 fiscal year. The university's foreign liability coverage policy requires clarification regarding upcoming travel, according to UNO Risk Management.

Those who anticipate foreign travel in the coming year are asked to provide estimates of the information listed below. Estimates are needed as soon as possible and should be sent to Risk Management in 209 Eppley Administration Building.

Employee Travel
(Information is necessary for each employee traveling, even if more than one person will be going to the same country at the same time.)

1. UNO unit/department.

2. Name of employee traveling. (Identify as employee #1, #2, etc., if individual has not yet been assigned.)

3. Whether or not the employee traveling is a U.S. citizen. (If not, identify country of citizenship.)

4. Country or countries traveled.

5. Purpose of the trip. (Conference, field trip, consulting, etc.)

6. Number of days of trip.

7. Whether or not the employee is stationed out of the country. (Usually out of the country for more than 30 days.)

8. Payroll information for any employee stationed out of the country. (Identify the payroll for the period or indicate the annual salary.)

Student Travel
(Information is necessary for each student traveling, even if more than one person will be going to the same country at the same time.)

1. UNO unit/department.

2. Departmental contact.

3. Contact phone number.

4. Country or countries traveled.

5. Purpose of the trip. (Conference, field trip, educational coursework, etc.)

6. Number of students anticipated for the trip.

7. Number of days of trip.

For more information or to receive an electronic spreadsheet to populate, contact Laura VanNordstrand at 554.2322 or

CPACS Beam Deadline July 15

Time is running out to leave a "mark" on the College of Public Affairs and Community Services' (CPACS) history! The CPACS and UNO communities are invited to sign the crossbeam for the new CPACS building through Sunday, July 15.

No appointment is necessary. The beam will be available for signing at ground level by the southwest entrance to the building.

For more information, contact Sara Woods at 554.3914 or

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 and 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

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 always needs and seeks 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."

University Relations, located in 108 Eppley Administration Building (EAB), administers the calendar. 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.


- The UNO Sports Information Department earned five Best in the Nation honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for 2006-07 media guides. The department, which includes director Gary Anderson and associate director Steve Field, also earned two fourth-place awards. The department has earned 21 Best in the Nation awards over the last five years.

The volleyball and soccer media guides each took top honors, while the soccer, football and track guide covers were winners. The football guide and the hockey guide each placed fourth in the competition.

Field is in charge of production and design of the guides. Anderson and graduate assistant Ashley King contributed to the writing and editing of the publications. Tim Fitzgerald, manager of photography services in University Relations, took the media guide photos.

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