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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

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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

Aviation Institute to Host Tonight's AVI8ORS Concert

A concert to honor military pilots of the past and present will take place at UNO tonight, 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 the proceeds from 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.

Intergenerational Dialogue to Address Graffiti

Nine UNO graduate students and nine teens from the South Omaha Boys and Girls Club will lead an "Intergenerational Dialogue" Thursday, July 19, on neighborhood graffiti and "tagging" with area community representatives.  The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club, 5051 S. 22nd St.

The UNO students have taken on the service-learning project as part of a teacher education course titled "Language, Culture and Power" and taught by Gigi Brignoni, assistant professor of English as a Second Language and literacy.  The teenagers who will attend the dialogue have formed a group called Teens Against Graffiti.  More than 40 South Omaha business and local community members have received invitations to take part.

"We hope this dialogue can be a starting point for new ideas that address the graffiti problem," Brignoni said.  "Bringing our students, the teens from the Girls and Boys Club, and this range of people from the community together will be a first."

A grant from the Midwest Consortium for Service Learning in Higher Education will fund the dialogue.

"I'm excited about this undertaking," said Paco Fuentes, director of the South Omaha Boys and Girls Club.  "I have a lot of faith in my Teen Club members and I think, collectively, they - along with the UNO students, faculty and community members - can really make strides in addressing this age-old problem of graffiti and vandalism." 

For more information, contact Brignoni at 554.2604 or Fuentes at 733.8333.

Former Maverick Key to U.S.A. Football Championship Win


Former UNO running back Kyle Kasperbauer rushed for two touchdowns July 15 as the United States rallied to defeat Japan, 23-20, in the title game of the 2007 World Championship of American Football at Todoroki Stadium in Japan. The double overtime U.S. win was the first loss for Japan in World Championship competition.

Kasperbauer rushed for 41 yards July 15 and was named the most valuable player of the tournament. In three games, he rushed for 168 yards and three touchdowns.

"The biggest thing was to come out here and represent our country, and we did a good job of that," Kasperbauer said. "When Craig [Coffin] kicked that ball through the uprights, it was bliss. You couldn't ask for a better ending."

The tournament victory is the first for the United States, which made its first appearance in the world championship this year. Japan had won the previous two tournaments in 1999 and 2003 and was looking for a threepeat on its home turf.

For details on the win, visit the UNO Athletics Web site at

ITS Announces SIS/E-BRUNO Downtime

The University of Nebraska mainframe, which houses the UNO SIS system, will be upgraded this month. The upgrade will take place Sunday, July 22, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. During this time, SIS, E-BRUNO and WebFOCUS will be unavailable.  Notices will be posted on the homepages of all affected services to inform users of the service interruption.

For more information, contact Information Technology Services (ITS) at 554.HELP (4357).

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.

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.