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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

Campus Security Offers Advice on Magazine Solicitors

Like clockwork, as the fall semester approaches, magazine solicitors arrive in the metropolitan area. This year is no exception.

Campus Security encourages the UNO community to be cautious and use common sense when dealing with potential magazine solicitation scams.

The typical magazine solicitors are in their late teens or early twenties, both male and female, said Paul Kosel, assistant manager of UNO security and traffic. Again this year, some have claimed to be working on a fund-raising project for the UNO School of Communication.

The Omaha City Code requires a solicitor to obtain a permit to solicit within the city limits. Magazine solicitors rarely, if ever, have the necessary permit and, as of yet, have never been given permission to solicit on UNO property, Kosel said.

"In most cases, magazine subscription solicitors work as independent contractors or for contractors, but not for the company for whom they solicit," he said. "The potential customer may or may not actually receive a magazine subscription and runs the risk of being scammed."

In past years, solicitors have tried to sell on campus. So far, they are not known to have been on UNO property this summer.

"I'd strongly encourage everyone at UNO not to speak with these solicitors," Kosel said.

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

UNO Web Site Downtime Set for July 29

The main UNO Web site ( and other campus Web sites will be unavailable Sunday morning, July 29, from 6 to 8 a.m. The campus Web server, "Avalon," will undergo scheduled hardware and software maintenance to improve security.

Anyone experiencing difficulties in accessing Avalon after 8 a.m. on July 29 can send an e-mail to for assistance. For more information after July 29, contact the UNO Help Desk at 554.HELP (554.4357) or

Faculty Commencement Regalia Orders Due Today

Today, July 27, is the deadline for faculty members to order academic regalia for August commencement from the UNO Bookstore (554.2336).

Commencement for August graduates will be held Friday, Aug. 10, at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave., at 2 p.m. Faculty are asked to assemble no later than 1:30 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall.

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 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.

COS Open Lab Session Planned for Grant Writers

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) will host a Community of Science (COS) open lab session Thursday, Aug. 9, at 10 a.m. in Room 204 of the Criss Library.

The monthly hour-long sessions demonstrate the various online resources available to faculty and graduate students through COS. Reservations are not required.

For more information, call Nancy Schlesiger at 554.2286.

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

In the News

In the News

- Randall Adkins, political science, was featured on the July 23 KPTM (Fox 42) newscast. Dr. Adkins commented on the rise in Nebraska deaths, per capita, being higher than 45 other U.S. states due to troop deployment.

- UNO Chancellor John Christensen was quoted in the June 15 edition of the Midlands Business Journal. The article explored the growth and expansion of Omaha's higher education institutions and discussed Dr. Christensen's future plan for UNO, both physically and fiscally.

- Bruce Johansen, communication, was quoted in the July 25 edition of the Independent (Grand Island, Neb.). The article examined the effects of global warming on Nebraska temperatures.

- Paul Kosel, campus security, was featured on the July 25 WOWT (Channel 6) newscast. The segment discussed a magazine sales scam in Council Bluffs.

- Bob Moser, Aviation Institute, was quoted in the July 14 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. In the editorial, columnist Mike Kelly highlighted a July 17 UNO performance by Moser's band, the Avi8tors, and profiled his career path.

- Oliver Pollack, history, and Les Valentine, archives, were featured in the July 5 edition of The Reader. The article profiled the duo's work on their book, University of Nebraska at Omaha, and explained how they chose the concept.

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

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, is portraying the role of Pat Denning in a production of "42nd Street" at the Chanticleer Theater in Council Bluffs.

The production runs through Sunday, Aug. 5, with show times at 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, assistant 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 are 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. All of the sculptures will remain on display through next spring.

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.