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This Week in Campus History

On Saturday, Aug. 4, 1979, the UNO Department of Campus Recreation sponsored a program for children of university students, faculty and staff. Mini-golf was offered, and children had an opportunity to design, construct and play on their own course on the Sapp Fieldhouse floor. The event was held from 9 a.m. to noon, and parents were invited to attend. Children were asked to bring shoeboxes for the construction of the miniature golf course.

Date: Aug. 4, 1979
Source: The WK
Compiled by Criss Library Archives

Changing Faces

Changing Faces

by Don Kohler

When Kathleen (Aipperspach) Massara was a senior at Omaha Benson High School in the mid-1970s, her parents made the difficult decision of selecting the right college much easier for their teenage daughter.

"They didn't want me to go away to college," recalls Massara. ...continue

Flag Lowering

Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey has requested that Omaha citizens lower their U.S. flags today, July 30, in honor of Petty Officer 1st class Jeffrey Chaney, who was killed last week while serving in Iraq. Services for Chaney will be held today at 11 a.m. at the Bellevue Christian Center, 1400 Harvell Dr., in Bellevue.

July Employee of the Month: Carmen Mattes

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For a shining example of someone with tremendous dedication to the mission of UNO and contagious university pride, look no farther than Carmen Mattes, administrative assistant in student affairs. A longtime employee, she has been a vital component of the campus community for more than 30 years.

"Carmen is a great asset to Academic and Student Affairs," one nominator wrote. "She is very knowledgeable and works well with all constituencies."

Being able to collaborate with a variety of people and projects is a job perk for Mattes, who said she enjoys the many personalities she encounters. In addition to her many duties, she coordinates the fall Omaha World-Herald scholarship banquet and organizes tryouts for the student commencement speakers. She also has been an integral part of planning for the yearly Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honor society fall membership selection and induction.

Mattes - a native of Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, in Brazil - moved to Omaha in the mid 1970s and sought employment at UNO. Working at the university must have been fate, as a job opportunity immediately presented itself upon her arrival.

"The position of administrative assistant in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Educational and Student Services just happened to open the day before I applied for a job," she said. "I took it and have been here ever since."

In addition to the UNO community, Mattes also worked in Lincoln for a decade in similar positions with the offices of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Dean of the College of Education, Bureau of Sociological Research and Department of Management. Working with the Bureau of Sociological Research gave her the opportunity to practice her editing skills with the Sociological Inquiry journal and to translate articles from Portuguese research.

She said her experiences with the UNL Department of Management have been beneficial to her work at UNO. "The management department, in the 70s, was on the forefront of creating programs, classes and seminars for women in management - the beginning of the progressive trend," Mattes said. "Being in the middle of all that, while working on a second degree, was exciting."

Co-workers at UNO appreciate Mattes' caring demeanor and all that she brings to the university. "Students love and trust her," another colleague said. "All projects are done meticulously, and we all depend on her."

Mattes said she is thankful for the welcoming environment in which she works. "Despite the university's growth and many changes throughout the last 30 years, I have always felt the sense of the ‘UNO family," created by an atmosphere of team spirit and trust," she said. "Besides working with/for great people, I have gained a lot from the personal communication with students, faculty, staff and community members that my position provides."

Being named the July Employee of the Month has been a fun experience for Mattes, and she said the "surprise" is the best part of the honor. "I am touched by the recognition for doing something I love to do," she said.

She plans to retire from UNO in August and will be missed by many. "Her work with events like the Omaha World-Herald banquet, ODK and the UPFF/student fee process has always been tremendous," another colleague said. "I am not sure what we are going to do without her."

During retirement, Mattes will have time to enjoy more of her favorite hobbies, which include gardening, reading, preparing Brazilian dishes for company, and attending concerts and plays. She said retiring is a very bittersweet moment.

"I plan to volunteer in the community after traveling a bit or just hanging out," she said. "I will miss my work, my co-workers, the energetic atmosphere and our great students."

As Employee of the Month, Mattes will receive a plaque, portrait and monetary award. All UNO faculty, staff and students are eligible to nominate individuals for the honor. Nomination forms are available in Human Resources, 205 Eppley Administration Building.

(Pictured above: UNO Chancellor John Christensen and Mattes.)

For more information, call 554.2321.

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

UNO Greek Life to Host "Take a Peek at the Greeks"

Women who are currently enrolled at UNO or plan to be enrolled as college freshmen, sophomores or juniors this fall are invited to learn more about Greek Life Sunday, Aug. 5, at "Take a Peek at the Greeks." The event will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Dodge Room from 1 to 3 p.m.

Those who attend will receive information about this year's Fall Sorority Recruitment Week (set for Aug. 21-25) and fashion show, meet the 2007 Recruitment Team and learn about the four Panhellenic sororities on UNO's campus. "Take a Peek at the Greeks" will also feature free food and music.

"We're very excited to host ‘Take a Peek' again this year," said Emilee Harvey, head of the Greek Recruitment Team at UNO. "We believe that, for many women, joining a sorority is not only an incredible way to make new friends, but it also gives them an opportunity to become involved in various philanthropic efforts and to develop and grow on a personal level."

The Panhellenic Council is the governing body of all national sororities. For more information about fall recruitment, visit the UNO Greek Life Web site at

For more information on "Take a Peek at the Greeks" and sorority recruitment at UNO, contact Kate Zielinski at 554.2711.

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.

CPAR to Host 18th Annual Summer Data Conference Aug. 16

The UNO Center for Public Affairs Research (CPAR) will host the 18th annual Nebraska State Data Center Summer Data Conference Thursday, Aug. 16. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Girls and Boys Town Conference Center, 14100 Crawford St.

The latest data products, methods of access and applications will be featured at the conference, and sessions will discuss:
- Workforce, wage and unemployment data census basics;
- Immigration and the foreign-born population;
- The American Community Survey;
- Poverty;
- Aging statistics and trends among the elderly; and
- State and local population trends.

The cost to register is $50 on or before Friday, Aug. 10 ($60 after Aug. 10) and includes conference materials, lunch and refreshments.

For more information, contact Melanie Kiper at 561.7585 or Registration is available online at

Maverick Watch

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