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CPACS Beam Raising

Photo by Karen Ressegieu

It's officially up! Members of the university community had the opportunity to be part of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service's (CPACS) new building's foundation. A beam autographed by community members was installed July 23.

history photo

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

This Week in Campus History

On July 23, 1971, the Faculty Staff Bulletin announced that an upcoming program for public school personnel from Nebraska and Western Iowa was designed to examine problems associated with school desegregation. The program, "An Institute To Deal With Educational Problems Occasioned by Desegregation and the Need for Multi-Cultural Education," was scheduled to run from July 26 to Aug. 20 at the UNO Center for Urban Education, 3805 N. 16th St., in Omaha. The institute was supported by a $98,000 federal grant and was directed by Walter M. Calinger, assistant professor of education at UNO.

Date: July 23, 1971
Source: Faculty Staff Bulletin
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

Information Assurance Degree Now Offered at UNO

The Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education (CCPE) approved a new UNO undergraduate degree in information assurance at the group's July 17 meeting in South Sioux City, Neb.

The UNO College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T) will offer the bachelor of science in information assurance as an interdisciplinary major that will prepare students for positions in industry and research in information assurance as well as provide them with the foundation necessary for success in graduate programs. Information assurance, an emerging and rapidly expanding area of study, addresses problems in the fundamental understanding of the design, development, implementation and support of secure information systems. The need for secure information systems has become a paramount concern as the computer-enabled, Internet-connected, digital-based global society of the 21st century emerges, said Hesham Ali, dean of IS&T.

"It's often said that businesses and organizations that do not concern themselves with computer security and information assurance will not be in business for long. We know that to be true," Dr. Ali said. "The resources and faculty we have in place will make this a popular major almost immediately."

Undergraduate concentrations in information assurance were first offered at UNO in the fall semester of 2003. Between fall 2003 and fall 2006, 24 students have completed an information assurance concentration in either the undergraduate computer science or the information systems degree program. Additionally, courses that will serve as the foundation for the new degree have seen strong and increasing enrollments in the past few years.

The new degree is also consistent with and benefits from the current resources of UNO's well-established Nebraska University Consortium on Information Assurance (NUCIA). NUCIA is recognized as a National Security Agency (NSA) Center of Academic Excellence and also offers National Science Foundation's Cybercorp scholarships for UNO students pursuing an information assurance degree or concentration. Blaine Burnham serves as the director for NUCIA and is an IS&T senior research fellow who, prior to coming to the university, worked in a variety of information assurance roles at the NSA, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia Laboratory.

"Many of our students working in this area have been sought out to work at area businesses and government agencies while still taking classes," Dr. Ali said. "Having them out in the community has been tremendously positive for our college and the university."

Dr. Ali said the degree is consistent with the University of Nebraska's Strategic Framework, the UNO strategic plan, and the mission of IS&T and the Peter Kiewit Institute.

"This new degree not only gives our students a new and compelling education option, but it will provide much needed experts for our area and regional businesses, agencies and governments," he said.

For more information, call 554.3502.

MavCard Reminder for Food Services Locations

Due to cash register and server replacement in Food Services, the MavCard will not be available as a form of payment today, July 26, in the Food Court, Library Café or the Maverick Summer Grill.

For more information, call 554.3923.

"Consider This" to Highlight Susan G. Komen for the Cure

This week on UNO Television's "Consider This," host Andrea McMaster will interview participants from the Nebraska affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, an organization supporting breast cancer research.

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. Komen died in 1980. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer awareness movement.

Today, Komen for the Cure is the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure, the organization has invested nearly $1 billion to fulfill its promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. One of the largest Komen affiliate groups is in Omaha under the direction of Executive Director Lynette Farhart.

McMaster will speak with Farhart, along with breast cancer survivor Kate Sommer and her doctor, Robert Langdon, M.D., an oncologist and assistant medical director of the Methodist Cancer Center. The show will air tonight, July 26, at 11 p.m. on KYNE-TV.

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

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, July 29
11:30 a.m. (CT)

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

- Wednesday, Aug. 1
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

Criss Library Summer Hours

The Criss Library hours of operation through Friday, Aug. 10, are as follows:

- Monday through Thursday
7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

- Friday
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Saturday
Noon to 5 p.m.

- Sunday
Noon to 9 p.m.

2007 Faculty/Staff Picnic Planned 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 the 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.

Fall Faculty Workshops Set for Aug. 20-23

The 2007 Faculty Workshops, sponsored by the UNO Center for Faculty Development (CFD), will be held again this fall according to the following schedule.

- New faculty workshop
Monday afternoon, Aug. 20, and Tuesday morning, Aug. 21

- Graduate teaching assistant workshop (featuring a new, one-day format)
Monday, Aug. 20

- Part-time faculty workshop (open to new and experienced part-time faculty)
Evenings of Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 22 and 23

Note: The same workshop will be offered twice so part-time faculty can choose the evening most convenient for them.

The workshops have been a tradition at UNO for more than 30 years and provide new faculty and teaching assistants with an opportunity to meet one another in an informal setting while learning about UNO. Discussion topics will include UNO's metropolitan mission and strategic goals, advice/skills for success at UNO, active classroom ideas, academic support services and faculty development opportunities.

For more information about the workshops, contact the CFD (554.2427 or or Deborah Smith-Howell, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs (554.4849 or