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On July 17, 1970, The Gateway reported that Barbara Coffey was selected by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents as assistant dean of UNO Student Personnel, thus making her the university's first African-American administrator. Coffey suggested that UNO follow up with students in African-American schools after their initial college bound counseling and hoped that the university would look in African-American neighborhoods for scholars and not just athletes.

Date: July 17, 1970
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

CPAR to Host 18th Annual Summer Data Conference

The UNO Center for Public Affairs Research (CPAR) will host the 18th annual Nebraska State Data Center Summer Data Conference Thursday, Aug. 16. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Girls and Boys Town Conference Center, 14100 Crawford St.

The latest data products, methods of access and applications will be featured. The conference sessions will include:
- Workforce, wage and unemployment data census basics;
- Immigration and the foreign born population;
- The American Community Survey;
- A look at poverty;
- Aging statistics and trends among the elderly; and
- State and local population trends.

The cost is $50 for registrations on or before Friday, Aug. 10 ($60 after Aug. 10), and includes conference materials, lunch and refreshments.

For more information, contact Melanie Kiper at 561.7585 or Registration is available online at

SPR Report

The Sponsored Programs and Research Report (SPR) Report details the results of UNO's efforts to obtain external funding in support of its teaching, research, service and outreach efforts. The report is designed to keep the university community informed as to externally funded projects on campus and bring recognition to those faculty and staff who have worked to generate these resources.

From the period of June 5 through July 4, those receiving grant awards totaling $548,864 are:

Name: Marcia Adler
Unit: Academic Affairs, Health Services
Title: An Effort by UNO to Reduce High-Risk Drinking
Sponsor:University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Name: John Bartle
Unit: College of Public Affairs and Community Service, Public Administration
Title: Revenue Planning Study
Sponsor: City of Omaha

Name: Ann Fruhling
Unit: College of Information Science and Technology, Information Systems & Quantitative Analysis
Title: Public/Private Laboratory Integration Oklahoma STATPack
Sponsor: State of Oklahoma

Name: Thomas Gouttierre
Unit: International Studies and Programs
Title: USDA Borlaug Fellows Program
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Name: Neal Grandgenett
Unit: Education, Teacher Education
Title: Earth System Science Education Alliance Coursework in Nebraska: Building Upon Excellence and Interest
Sponsor:Institute for Global Environmental Studies

Name: Donald Green
Unit: Education, School of Health, Education and Recreation
Title: Omaha Recreational Trails User Survey
Sponsor: National Park Service

Name: Kenneth Kriz
Unit: College of Public Affairs and Community Service, Public Administration
Title: Financial Aid and Tax Incentives for Energy Conservation
Sponsor: OPPD

Name: Guy Matalon
Unit: Arts and Sciences
Title: Partnership with the Center for Jewish Education
Sponsor:Jewish Federation of Omaha

Name: Roni Reiter-Palmon
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences, Psychology
Title: Development of Promotional Exams for Douglas County Corrections
Sponsor:Douglas County

Name: T. Hank Robinson
Unit: College of Public Affairs and Community Service, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Title: Risk Assessment Evaluation of Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center Youth
Sponsor:Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services

Name: Steven Shultz
Unit: College of Business Administration, Economics
Title: Improving estimates of the value of irrigated land in the Republican Watershed
Sponsor:University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Name: Russell Smith
Unit: College of Public Affairs and Community Service, Center for Public Affairs Research
Title: An Evaluation of City of Omaha Expanded After School/Out-of-School Programs
Sponsor:City of Omaha

Name: Nicholas Stergiou
Unit: College of Education, School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation
Title: Assessing the ambulatory disability incurred by peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and the effect of revascularization utilizing advanced biomechanical techniques and functional outcomes
Sponsor: University of Nebraska Medical Center

Title: Nonlinear Analysis of Postural Function in Infants
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health

For support and help with research activities, call the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research at 554.2286, or visit the Web at

Free Select Surplus Property Items Available

UNO Surplus Property has a small inventory of better quality and popular office equipment available for viewing.

Items include:
- Eight four-drawer file cabinets;
- 10 televisions and stands;
- Library carts;
- A variety of chairs; and
- Metal supply cabinets.

The items, which are free for university-related use only, can be viewed by appointment. To schedule an appointment, contact Tony Snider, surplus property, at 554.2222.

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.

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 this 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.

MavCard Notice for July 18 Food Services' Locations

Due to cash register and server replacement in Food Services, the MavCard will not be available as a form of payment Wednesday, July 18, in the Food Court, Library Café or the Maverick Summer Grill.

For more information, call 554.3923.

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 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).

Participants Sought for UNMC Depression Study

Individuals experiencing depression are being recruited by the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Department of Psychiatry to participate in a research study that uses marketed antidepressant medications.

Participants must be 19 to 65 years of age and in good general medical health. All study procedures and medications will be provided.

For more information, call 354.6868 or send an e-mail to

Maverick Watch

To stay current on the latest UNO Mavericks news or to keep tabs on players during the summer hiatus, visit the Web at