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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

Belck Takes Post at Institute for Study Abroad

Former UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck has accepted a position as president of the Institute for Study Abroad at Butler University (IFSA-Butler) in Indianapolis.

IFSA-Butler is a nonprofit organization founded at Butler University in 1988. Its primary goal is to provide overseas study opportunities, plus academic and personal support services, for qualified North American undergraduates seeking to earn academic credit through study abroad. While the institute is affiliated with Butler University, it is not a department of the university.

IFSA-Butler currently operates programs in Argentina, Australia, Chile, Costa Rica, England, Mexico, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Peru, the Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Spain and Wales. Nearly 3,200 students from 350 universities in the United States and Canada participated in nearly 90 IFSA-Butler programs this past year.

Dr. Belck came to UNO in 1997 and resigned in September 2006.

Steve Rowley Retirement Reception Today

Steve Rowley will retire from the University of Nebraska after 29 years of service. A reception will be held for Rowley today, July 12, from 8 to 10 a.m. in the Human Resources conference room (EAB 205). Rowley worked in UNO Human Resources for more than 20 years before accepting a post in Central Administration in 2001. In Lincoln, his main duties included overseeing SAP.

For more information, call 554.2321.

Water Shutdown Notice

Kiewit Building Group has scheduled a water service shutdown for today, July 12, from 4 p.m. to midnight. This will affect the entire Weber Fine Arts Building and University Village complex.

For more information, call 554.2249.

"Consider This" to Highlight Ad Campaign for Youth

This week on UNO Television's "Consider This," host Andrea McMaster will interview a former homeless teen, the executive director for Youth Emergency Services (YES) and a member of the Omaha Federation of Advertising (OFA) about a new public service campaign that highlights the issue of teen and youth homelessness in the metropolitan area.

OFA and YES, a non-profit organization that serves Omaha's homeless and at-risk youth, have launched the multi-media effort with the aim of increasing donations to YES. Last year, more than 229 homeless and at-risk teens spent at least one night in the YES Shelter.

The campaign urges people to "Help Take Homeless Kids Off the Streets Before Something Else Does." Campaign materials feature teens in front of a wall that is covered by pictorial graffiti. The graffiti is a nightmarish representation of the many dangers that homeless youth face every day.

"We wanted an image that startled people – something that transcended a typical photo of a homeless teenager. We feel this series of photos does just that. Hands and arms within the graffiti are actually reaching out to pull the teens into the wall. It's a nightmare come true," said Kathleen Durkin, OFA public service chair.

The billboards, print ads, television and radio commercials urge people to contribute by visiting the Web site at or by calling 402.345.5187.

McMaster will speak with Durkin, Bob Storey, executive director of YES, and former homeless teen, Katy O'Grady during the show, which will air tonight, July 12, at 11 p.m. on KYNE-TV.

"Unfortunately, many people don't believe that homeless youth are a problem in Omaha," said Angelica Carl, YES board member and communications liaison. "But, we do. And it's our mission at YES to intervene before these at-risk teens become irretrievably lost to the streets or in the system. Hopefully, this campaign will draw attention to the problem of homelessness among the young and compel people to donate to Youth Emergency Services to help support our efforts."

The program will also be rebroadcast according to the following schedule:

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, July 15
11:30 a.m. (CT)

NET2 (NET's cable network)
- Monday, July 16
1:30 p.m. (CT)

- Wednesday, July 18
8 a.m. (CT)

"Consider This" also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For a list of days and times, visit the Web at Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at

Child Care Center to Host Alex's Lemonade Stand Fundraiser

Inspired by one child - Alex Scott - volunteers from the UNO Child Care Center's Transition Class will host a service-learning fundraiser event to benefit children with cancer. Alex's Lemonade Stand will be held Friday, July 13, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Child Care Center Parking Lot (Lot H).

"Each year, more than 14,000 kids are diagnosed with some form of cancer, but research into treatment for cancer in kids is still limited," said Dawn Hove, manager of the Child Care Center. "We hope the UNO community will join us in raising awareness and monetary support for this cause."

Faculty, staff and students are invited to enjoy some lemonade at the stand. Free will donations will be accepted. All donations will go to the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.

Alex's Lemonade Stand was founded by a young cancer patient, Alexandra "Alex" Scott. For four years, despite her deteriorating health, she held an annual lemonade stand to raise money for childhood cancer research.

Following her inspirational example, thousands of lemonade stands have been held across the country by children, schools, businesses and organizations, all to benefit the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. Today, her national campaign has raised more than $ 6 million for pediatric cancer research. Scott passed away in August 2004. Her family remains committed to continuing with her legacy through her foundation, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation until a cure for all childhood cancers is found.

For more information, visit the Web at or call 554.4936.

ITS Brown Bag Lunch Prepares Campus for Microsoft Office 2007

Information Technology Services (ITS) is adding Microsoft Office 2007 to all of its computer labs and hi-tech rooms this fall. This means that all of those computers will have both Office 2003 and Office 2007. To help prepare for this transition, ITS will host three campus-wide Office 2007 Brown Bag lunch sessions in July to orient users to the new Office 2007 Suite. Users will get an overview of some of the changes in the new software at these sessions.

All UNO faculty and staff are welcome and those interested in attending are invited to bring their lunch. No registration is required.

- Wednesday, July 18
11 a.m. to noon
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room

- Monday, July 23
Noon to 1 p.m.
MBSC Chancellor's Room

- Tuesday, July 31
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
MBSC Chancellor's Room

For more information, call Shelley Schafer at 554.3475.

July FEAP Hours Announced

The Faculty/Staff Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) provides short-term counseling, assessment and referral services for faculty, staff, their spouses or significant others, and family members. FEAP offices are located in 206 Eppley Administration Building.

The July schedule is as follows:

- July 13, 16 and 26
8 a.m. to noon

- July 18 and 25
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Appointments are free and available by calling 554.3120 (UNO) or 559.5175 (UNMC).

Fidelity Representative on Campus July 26

Fidelity representative Chad Anderson will hold individual counseling sessions on campus Thursday, July 26, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, call 1.800.642.7131.