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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

Holland Gift Ushers in "Next Generation" for PKI

Construction has begun on the new Holland Computing Center at The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI). The center is made possible, in large part, by a significant lead gift from local philanthropist Richard Holland. Not only is this gift significant in size, but it also serves to "kick off" the institute's 10th anniversary year by setting the stage for PKI's second decade.

"Dick Holland has always been on the forefront of education and providing opportunities to area students," said Walter Scott, chair of the Institute's Board of Policy Advisors. "But, with this new project, he has truly outdone himself. When I think about the size and scope of this development, and where it has the potential to place PKI internationally, I think Dick has shown once again why Omaha is developing into a hotspot for technological innovation and growth."

Holland's contribution to PKI has led to the creation of the largest educational computing resource in the history of Nebraska. When completed, the center will house high-performance computing capability that will be, potentially, in the top one percent of all like systems in the world and will place the University of Nebraska system at the forefront of the technological boon in the Midwest, as highlighted by Internet giant Google's announced complex last month.

In addition to computing power, the center will feature fully donated American Power Conversion (APC) InfraStruXure data center configuration modules, which combine power, cooling, humidity control, rack management and security into one seamless solution. This revolutionary product in data center construction is slated to be the Midwest demonstration center for the company and is larger than similar developments at Carnegie Melon University and Harvard Medical School.

"Mr. Holland's generosity has provided us with computing capacity that we could have only dreamed of 10 years ago," said Winnie Callahan, executive director at PKI. "When we look at some of the centers and universities that we are now comparable with, it is amazing how far we have come technologically, not only as an institute, but as a community."

The Holland Computing Center will feature a computer cluster from Dell Computers, with processor technology from AMD, and networking from Cisco and Force10 Networks; all of which will work toward making the Holland Center an international high-performance computing magnet. As one industry insider stated, "… This does not just make [PKI] relevant, this makes them a target because this type of sudden growth is extraordinary in the market. Everyone wants to know how PKI could have pulled this off, and everyone will now want to duplicate the effort at their own centers."

Initially, the plan for the center calls for the super computing facility to complement several new academic developments in both the UNO College of Information Science and Technology and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Engineering. It will involve industry partnerships with defense, medicine and life science entities, as well as growing academic programs of telecommunications, information assurance and cyber security, simulation and parallel computing.

"The Holland Computing Center provides exceptional research and educational opportunities to the university," said University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken. "This important resource brings an exciting new dimension to our faculty's research capabilities, our students' learning opportunities and our ability to collaborate in leading partnerships."

Construction on the Holland Computing Center will continue through September, with several additional industry partnership announcements and technological advancements in regard the center expected within the month. National and international periodicals also have features planned, detailing the equipment build-out and the community spirit that has led to the creation of the first stage to PKI's second decade.

"It is hard to quantify the degree to which Dick Holland's gift could propel us in a technological sense," Scott said. "With the tremendous growth already within the colleges, this literally takes us to a whole new plateau in terms of what we can do in research with industry and the type of opportunities we can provide students and faculty. Dick's gift has taken a 25-year growth plan and accelerated it by nearly 20 years."

"PKI is an excellent resource that's helping advance our economic development goals for our state, and it's clear that this gift will open new doors as the institute continues to grow," said Gov. Dave Heineman. "I'm excited to see what's next for PKI, and I offer my congratulations on all they've achieved during their first 10 years."

For more information, contact Callahan at 554.3333.

2007 Faculty/Staff Picnic Set for Aug. 20

Food, fun and free prizes will take center stage on campus Monday, Aug. 20, at the UNO Faculty/Staff Picnic. The event - sponsored by UNO Chancellor John Christensen, the Faculty Senate and the Staff Advisory Council - will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

Chancellor Christensen will deliver the welcoming remarks at this event.

R.S.V.P. registration forms must be submitted to Marie Lee in 347 Arts and Sciences Hall by Monday, Aug. 13, to be eligible for the prize drawings. University IDs will be checked at the door. To access a form, click on the following link:

2007 Faculty/Staff Picnic registration

For more information, contact Rhonda Sheibal-Carver at 554.2625.

"Consider This" to Highlight Findings from Nursing Study

This week on UNO Television's "Consider This," host Andrea McMaster will interview board members and nurses from The Nebraska Center for Nursing about the nursing shortage in Nebraska.

Nurses will be in short supply as Nebraska's population continues to age and more people access health care systems, according to a new study released by The Nebraska Center for Nursing. "The Supply and Demand for Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses in Nebraska Report" studied workforce needs, demand and supply from 2006 through 2020. The study, prepared for the center by David I. Rosenbaum, is the first, comprehensive Nebraska-specific information on future nursing workforce supply and demand. Results indicate smaller shortages in the next few years, with a widening gap in later years.

Nebraska's aging population, the retirement of current nurses and the continued out-migration of younger nurses to other states are among the major factors creating Nebraska's shortage, according to the late 2005 study. While the number of Nebraska nurses will grow from the current 15,293 registered nurses (RNs) to 16,491 during the next 15 years, the demand will exceed the supply by nearly 4,000 nurses by 2020.

The study shows that Nebraska is projected to gain only 1,200 additional nurses by 2020. That increase is only 20 percent of the projected demand. The number of Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) is almost 23 percent. It is expected that many nurses will make career changes, and some of the state's highest educated and most experienced nurses will retire. Other studies show that a shortage of nursing faculty and clinical sites also will contribute to the shortage.

"Our previous experience and other studies have shown peaks and valleys in nursing workforce supply and demand," said Judy McGee, RN, chairman of The Nebraska Center for Nursing and nurse executive at Jefferson Community Health Center in Fairbury, Neb. "This study identified specific factors contributing to the nursing shortage."

McGee said an increase in nursing students has reduced the overall shortage in Nebraska for the next few years, but shortages will reach a critical point by 2020 unless action is taken now. "We need to implement a number of aggressive and innovative ideas to combat this issue now if we are to be ready by 2020." The average age of Nebraska's current nurses is 45 years. Twenty-seven percent of Nebraska's nurses will reach retirement age in the next 10 years. "At our current rate, as these nurses retire, there won't be enough new nurses to replace them," McGee said.

"We must continue to recruit more men and women to nursing, as well as figure out how to stop them from leaving the state. We need to look at ways to delay their projected retirement or career changes, or there won't be enough nurses to handle the future healthcare load," said Charlene Kelly, RN, and Ph.D., executive director of The Nebraska Center for Nursing. "Some experts believe that a 140 percent increase in the number of nursing students across the country will be needed to make up national shortages."

Kelly said a large part of the problem is the lack of qualified nursing faculty, who also are aging and facing retirement. "Many nursing education programs have had to limit their enrollments because we don't have enough qualified faculty," she said. "To further compound the problem, there aren't enough clinical sites where nursing students can gain practical experience before obtaining their licenses."

McMaster will speak with Kelly; Marilyn Valerio, RN and chair of Nebraska Center for Nursing; and Larry Rennecker, Nebraska Center for Nursing board member, during the show. It will air tonight, July 19, at 11 p.m. on KYNE-TV.

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

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, July 22
11:30 a.m. (CT)

NET2 (NET's cable network)
- Monday, July 23
1:30 p.m. (CT)

- Wednesday, July 25
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

Poetry Reading July 20 at The Sheldon

Criss Library announces that Rich Wyatt, a library staff member, will read his poetry at the Sheldon Connections Poetry Reading Friday, July 20, in Lincoln. The reading will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Ethel S. Abbott Auditorium.

Featured speakers include 2006 Nebraska Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship awardees Kelly Madigan Erlandson, non-fiction, from Lincoln; Richard David Wyatt, poetry, from Omaha; and Mary K. Stillwell, poetry, from Lincoln. Open microphone time will follow the featured speakers.

The Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery is located at 12th and R streets on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus.

For more information, contact Gayle Roberts at 554.3213.

Summer Group Ex Session 2 Under Way

Campus Recreation and the Wellness Stampede have teamed up to host a variety of Group Ex classes this summer at UNO. Session 2 will run through Friday, Aug. 3.

All classes are held in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. All current students and Campus Recreation cardholders can take Group Ex classes for free. Summer activity cards are available for purchase.

To access a schedule, click on the following link:

2007 Summer Session 2

To have a schedule faxed or mailed to your office, call University Relations at 554.2358.

For more information, contact Dave Daniels at 554.2008.

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.