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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

Flag Lowering

The UNO flags will be lowered to half-staff today, July 20, to honor the memory of UNO retiree James Kemp. He passed away June 3 at the age of 71.

Kemp, who worked in UNO Campus Security, retired in 1991 after more than 11 years of service to the university. At the time of his passing, he resided in Port Charlotte, Fla.

Milliken Announces Presidential Graduate Fellowships

University of Nebraska (NU) President James B. Milliken has announced the eight 2007-08 Presidential Graduate Fellowships recipients. The prestigious fellowships honor NU graduate students - four students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), two at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and two at UNO - on the basis of high scholastic performance, personal accomplishment and innovative research projects. This year, fellowships are presented in fields that include poetry and physics, pharmaceuticals and criminal justice, physical therapy and marketing.

"The Presidential Graduate Fellowships recognize dedication and excellence among graduate students who are conducting extraordinary research and scholarly activity on our campuses," Milliken said. "We are fortunate to have a level of private support that allows us to give students the opportunity to concentrate their efforts and complete their graduate work."

Fellows at UNL each receive an annual stipend of $24,000, and those at UNMC receive $21,000. At UNO, Ph.D. candidates receive $15,000, and M.A. candidates receive $12,000. Funding for the fellowships is provided through the University of Nebraska Foundation.

This year's Presidential Graduate Fellows are:

From UNO:
- William McCarty, Omaha, a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Criminal Justice
McCarty, a former co-president of the Graduate Student Organization in Criminology and Criminal Justice at UNO, is a graduate research assistant at UNO for the Nebraska Serious and Violent Offender Re-entry Initiative. He wrote his dissertation examining the social structural characteristics and individual traits related to criminal behavior. McCarty is a graduate of Creighton University and earned his master's degree at UNO.

- Joel Thomas, Omaha, a master's degree candidate in English
A graduate of UNO, Thomas currently serves as a graduate teaching assistant in the UNO Department of English, as well as a consultant for the Metropolitan Community College Writing Center. In his role as president of the English Graduates Organization, he coordinates academic and social support for his colleagues. The creative nonfiction field interests him most, and he is working on several projects for publication.

From UNL:
- Tonia Compton, Lincoln, a Ph.D. candidate in history
Compton's general field of expertise is women's history with emphasis on the 19th century, and her dissertation explores how marriage in the American West served as a primary vehicle for controlling land ownership. She is a founding member and executive chair for the Graduate Student Association at UNL and currently serves as vice president of the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students. A graduate of Columbia College of Missouri, Compton earned her master's degree at Texas A&M University.

- Jehanne Dubrow, Lincoln, a Ph.D. candidate in English
Dubrow received a Fling Fellowship in 2006-07, and she focused her time on professional development, including creating, editing and designing a special issue for the magazine Prairie Schooner that was dedicated to the concept of "yidishkayt," meaning Jewishness. Dubrow currently is developing a proposal that extends the concept to a book-length anthology. She has also completed a book of Holocaust poetry and been published in many prestigious literary journals. She earned her master's degree at the University of Maryland.

- John D. Burton, Lincoln, a Ph.D. candidate in physics and astronomy
Burton is currently a research assistant whose interest lies within the field of theoretical solid state physics, research that has potential applications in information technology. He has done extensive collaborative work with Seagate Technologies Corporation and has already published seven papers, all in highly-regarded international physics journals. His ultimate career goal is to continue basic research with technological applications.

- Amber Epp, Omaha, a Ph.D. candidate in business
Completing final requirements in the marketing doctoral program, Epp's primary research interest is family identity enactment and management. Selected as a representative for the 2006 AMA Sheth Foundation Doctoral Consortium, Epp also received the Marketing Department Award for Excellence in Research by a Graduate Student and served as president of the Marketing Doctoral Student Association. A graduate of Hasting College, Epp earned her master's degree at UNL.

From UNMC:
- Dawn Venema, Omaha, a Ph.D. candidate in medical sciences, interdepartmental area: physical therapy education
Venema has worked as a physical therapist at Methodist Hospital and is now working on an American Geriatrics Society-funded project with a UNMC vascular surgeon. Her dissertation research examines balance in individuals with total knee replacement. Venema has extensive teaching responsibilities at UNMC and twice has been invited to speak at Advances in Geriatric Care Conferences. She earned her master's degree at UNMC.

- Jasmine Davda, Omaha, a Ph.D. candidate in pharmaceutical sciences
Davda was invited to spend much of the summer of 2006 at the Ely Lilly Co. in Indianapolis, based on her extensive research on monoclonal antibodies. She has presented her work at local and national meetings, including the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, and has co-authored several publications. Davda is a graduate of the University of Mumbai in India and earned her master's degree at UNMC.

July 22 SIS/E-BRUNO Downtime Planned

The University of Nebraska mainframe, which houses the UNO SIS system, will be upgraded Sunday, July 22, from 4 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.

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.

Children Sought for ADHD Study at UNMC

If any of the following symptoms apply to your child, your son or daughter may suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a condition that affects more than two million children and adolescents.

Does he or she:

- Have difficulty paying attention or completing schoolwork?

- Fidget, squirm or seem overactive?

- Have difficulty organizing or completing tasks?

- Argue with adults?

- Blame others for his/her behavior?

- Deliberately do things that annoy others?

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Department of Psychiatry is searching for research volunteers, six to 12 years of age, to evaluate an investigational medication for ADHD with oppositional symptoms (i.e. argues, blames or annoys others).

Study evaluation and study medication will be provided at no cost to those that meet eligibility requirements for the 13-week study.

For more information, call 354.6885 or 354.7833, or send an e-mail to

In the News

In the News

- Robert Bernier, Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC), was quoted in the July 1 edition of the Lincoln Business Journal. The article focused on an increase in providing management and technical assistance to Nebraska businesses, and the ways the NBDC has influenced the growth.

- Loree Bykerk, political science, was quoted in the July 13 online edition of the Breaking News International magazine. The article highlighted Warren Buffet's decision to help Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama raise money for their campaigns and described the effect a formal endorsement by Buffet could have on the 2008 elections.

- Winnie Callahan, executive director of The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute, was quoted in the July 18 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article announced that UNO is housing a supercomputer, one of 50 in the world, and discussed the effects it will have on the development of UNO and Omaha.

- David Drozd, Center for Public Affairs Research, was quoted in the July 2 edition of the Tribune (Hastings, Neb.). The article explored the significance of a small decrease in Hastings' population and how it could influence the future.

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

- Bruce E. Johansen, communication, published a letter to the editor in the May 2007 edition of National Geographic. The letter cited Dubai's faux ski slope as not a "miracle in the desert of Arabia," as characterized by the magazine in January, but a "poster-child for global warming." The letter was published worldwide in National Geographic in several languages.

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

Communication Professor to Perform in "42nd Street" at the Chanticleer
Chris Allen, an associate professor in the UNO School of Communication, will perform in a production of "42nd Street" at the Chanticleer Theater in Council Bluffs. Dr. Allen will portray the role of Pat Denning.

The play opens tonight, July 20, with weekend showings through Sunday, Aug. 5. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets cost $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for children.

For more information, call 712.323.9955 or visit the Chanticleer Web site at

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 and Friday, Aug. 2-3, at 7:30 p.m. The final recital, featuring the symposium participants, is set for Saturday, Aug. 4, at 5:30 p.m. Tickets will cost $10 at the door 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

UNO Professors Take Part in O! Public Art Project
Two artists with UNO roots were recently selected to be part of the ongoing 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.

Best Moments in Omaha is located in the Old Market at 11th and Jackson streets. 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 the O! sculpture.

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.