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Carmen Mattes has been named the July Employee of the Month at UNO. Mattes is an administrative assistant in the Office of Academic and Student Affairs. Look for details in a future edition of eNotes. For more information on how to nominate individuals for Employee of the Month honors, visit the Web at this link.

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In 1913, University of Omaha students pose on the Redick Hall driveway.

This Week in Campus History

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

NU Board of Regents to meet in Fremont Today

University of Nebraska Board of Regents members will hold their annual community visit and meeting today, July 13, in Fremont, Neb.

The day will begin with a community breakfast highlighted by comments from Gov. Dave Heineman and University President James B. Milliken, followed by morning panel presentations featuring Fremont community leaders who will discuss education and economic development issues.

The brief afternoon meeting will deal with approval of the purchase of a low-temperature scanning tunneling microscope for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL).

The microscope will be the key instrument in the UNL Department of Physics and Astronomy for continuing research into the structure, electronic properties and magnetism of nanostructures.

Today's events and activities will take place at the Midland Lutheran College Event Center, 900 North Clarkson, in Fremont.

The agenda for the day follows:

8 a.m. Community Breakfast
Dialogue with University President James B. Milliken and Gov. Dave Heineman

10 to 11 a.m. Panel Discussion on Education Issues
Topic: Developing Talent for the 21st Century
Facilitator: Marty Mahler, coordinator, Nebraska P-16 Initiative
Panelists: Steve Sexton, superintendent, Fremont Public Schools
Joann Lehman, educator, Fremont Public Schools
Rod Koerber, president, Fremont Public School Board
Todd Hansen, executive director, Fremont Area Center for Metropolitan Community College

11 a.m. to Noon Panel Discussion on Economic Development Issues
Topic: Progressive Regional Economic Development
Facilitator: Pete Kotsiopulos, vice president for University Affairs,
University of Nebraska
Panelists: Russ Peterson, president, Nye Senior Services Inc.
Bart Qualsett, executive vice president, Fremont National Bank
Bob Hartwig, city administrator, city of Fremont
Steve Leonard, president, McDonald's and Leonard Management Inc.

Lunch break

1 p.m. Board of Regents meeting

The full agenda for the July meeting is posted on the University of Nebraska Web site at

Scott Parse Signs with Los Angeles Kings


UNO's all-time leading scorer in hockey, Scott Parse, has signed a two-year contract with the National Hockey League's Los Angeles Kings. Parse, a two-time Hobey Baker Award finalist, was a sixth-round choice of the Kings in 2004.

Parse elected to remain with the Mavericks and finished his four-year career with 79 goals and 118 assists in 159 career games. He was a three-time, all-Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) selection and led the league in scoring as a junior, when he was the league's player of the year. As a freshman, the CCHA named him to its all-rookie team.

Last season, Parse scored a career-best 24 goals and added 28 assists in 40 games. He played a school-record 159 straight games in his career before missing the last two games of the season with an injury.

The six-foot, 180-pound wing from Portage, Mich., was a first-team All-American in 2005-06 and a second-team pick in 2006-07.

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 today, 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 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.

Aviation Institute to Host AVI8ORS Fund-raising Concert

A concert to honor military pilots of the past and present will take place at UNO Tuesday, July 17. The UNO Aviation Institute is a co-sponsor of "A Tribute to Freedom's Fliers," which will feature Omaha's AVI8ORS Ensemble. The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center.

The performance will honor the WWII-era Air Army Corps and modern day U.S. Air Force. Tickets will be available at the door for $10.

"If you've not heard the group before, The AVI8ORS perform a ‘true to life' WWII USO-style show with the vintage music of the 1940's big band era," said Robert Moser, Aviation Institute flight instructor.

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning will speak at the concert and WOWT's Malorie Maddox will emcee.

The AVI8ORS will also perform at an international airshow and convention in Oshkosh, Wis., later this year. "A Tribute to Freedom's Fliers" is fully sponsored by various aviation organizations in Omaha, so all of the ticket sales will go to cover travel and production costs to get the group and its equipment to Wisconsin, Moser said.

"The concert on campus will be exactly like the one performed in Oshkosh so the folks back in the Omaha area can experience it too," Moser said. "If the concert is a sellout, more than $2,000 will also be donated to the nonprofit Omaha aviation group, EAA Chapter 80."

For more information, contact Moser at 554.3842.

Lot G Renovation Notice

Lot G is undergoing a renovation that will include the addition of a gate to separate University Village parking from the campus general public lots. Approximately 20 additional stalls will be added to Lot G.

Facilities Management and Planning will leave the lot open during construction. The contractor will only barricade the areas being worked on. The project will be completed by Wednesday, Aug. 15.

For more information, call 554.2582.

Commencement Aug. 10 at the Civic

Commencement for August graduates will be held Friday, Aug. 10, at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave., at 2 p.m.

Faculty members are asked to assemble no later than 1:30 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall. Faculty who plan to attend should order their academic regalia from the UNO Bookstore (554.2336) by Friday, July 27.

In the News

In the News

- Paul Kosel, campus security, spoke with the Omaha World-Herald about the Omaha Police Department training at UNO. The story ran July 12. The training, held in the Strauss Performing Arts Center, focused on "active shooter" and hostage situations. KETV (Channel 7), WOWT (Channel 6) and KMTV (Channel 3) also attended the media briefing about the training session and ran stories on July 11 newscasts.

- KMTV (channel 3) featured Beth McGill, former UNO student athlete, on newscasts July 9. McGill is going to Africa to help teach children.

-Renat Sabirianov, physics, was featured in May 21 edition of M2 wireless news online. The article covered grants awarded by the National Science Foundation to teams of the Nanoelectronic Research Institute, of which Sabirianov was a member.

-Samuel Walker, criminal justice, addressed the issue of adjustments that armed civilian groups now must make to higher standards now required of them in the June 27 edition of the Christian Science Monitor. The article was also quoted in the July 10 edition of the Capital Gazette (Annapolis, MD.) The story dealt with policy accountability.

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

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

The Moving Company to Perform at Sheldon Art Gallery
Josie Metal-Corbin, a professor of health, physical education and recreation at UNO, and six members of The Moving Company dance group will perform today, July 13, at the opening reception of "Arrhytmy," an interactive kinetic sound installation, at 5 p.m. at the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery in Lincoln.

Artist Jamie Burmeister created "Arrhytmy," which is described as exploring his "want of rhythm." He received a bachelor's degree in exercise science from Creighton University in 1992, a master's degree in health education from UNO in 1995 and a master of fine arts degree in sculpture from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) in 2005.

"This is a unique opportunity for The Moving Company because the Sheldon rarely hosts dance in the gallery," Metal-Corbin said. "I am excited to be creating a piece in response to Jamie Burmeister's interactive art installation."

Metal-Corbin and The Moving Company dancers will perform three times during the 5 to 7 p.m. reception.

Burmeister's sculptures have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the Midwest, including the Des Moines Art Center in Des Moines, Iowa; the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha; the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock, Ark.; and the Sioux City Art Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

He has also produced sculpture for various public sculpture exhibits, including "Washburn University Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition" in Topeka, Kan., and "Wind and Water" and "Elements" in Omaha. The Nebraska Arts Council recently honored him with a $5,000 Distinguished Artist Award.

The Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery is located at 12th and R streets on the UNL campus. For more information, call 402.472.2461.

The Moving Company, UNO's modern dance performing group, operates under the auspices of the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation in the UNO College of Education. The company was established in 1935 and is committed to preserving historical dance, as well as creating new, contemporary works. For more information, contact Metal-Corbin at 554.3239, or visit the Web at

For more information on Burmeister's work, visit

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 will travel from across the United States and Canada for the three-day event to participate in performance classes, seminars and recitals. Guest artists 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.