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In mid-August of 1983, UNO's College of Continuing Studies hosted a brown bag luncheon in the Peter Kiewit Conference Center. The focus of interest at the gathering was a free film highlighting the Maximillian-Bodner Western art collection at Joslyn Art Museum. The film, titled "Maximillian's Journey," showcased sketches and paintings of the land and animals along the Missouri River in the 1800s, created by Swiss artist Karl Bodner. Excerpts from the travel journals of German Prince Maximillian, a naturalist and explorer, narrated the film.

Date: Aug. 1983
Source: The Weekly
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

Maher Named Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Research

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UNO announced today that Harmon Maher will serve as the university's interim associate vice chancellor for research and creative activity. Dr. Maher, a UNO geology professor, will begin his new role with the start of the fall semester.

"Having Dr. Maher step into this role is important for our institution," said Sheri Rogers, interim senior vice chancellor for Academic Affairs.  "Research and creative activity on campus are both key to the future of UNO."

Dr. Maher has taught at UNO since 1983 and became a full professor in 1996.  He earned his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin in 1983.

"Taking on this new challenge is exciting. Research and creative activity are an integral part of our efforts here at UNO, linked to both teaching and service, and contributing to the welfare of both the city and state," Dr. Maher said.  "There is much to be proud of and to look forward to."

During the 2007 fiscal year, UNO received more than $9 million in external funding. 

UNO Professor Tom Bragg stepped down from the associate vice chancellor for research position earlier this year to return to full-time teaching and research with a special focus on his efforts to establish an Omaha-area environmental teaching and research facility at the university's Allwine Prairie Preserve.  The 160-acre prairie is located near 144th and State streets.

"Dr. Bragg's work as the associate vice chancellor for research has greatly benefited UNO and will be sorely missed, but the university regains his ability to make significant and valued contributions to its research and teaching mission," Dr. Maher said.

A national search will be conducted for the permanent associate vice chancellor for research position after the new senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs is selected.

For more information, call 554.3502.

Fall Parking Update

Parking at UNO during the 2007-08 academic year will take some extra thought and planning as the campus goes through a period of construction and development.  With that in mind, two new Web pages highlighting parking and construction have been created - and

"The two pages are a great resource for faculty, staff, students and the public," said Tim Kaldahl, director of University Relations. "As changes happen with construction and renovation, both sites will be updated with the latest information."

Ongoing construction of additional student housing, a parking garage and road work on the southwest corner of the Dodge location has meant 300 fewer student stalls being available when compared to a year ago. Off-site (and free) parking at Crossroads Mall provides an option for students, faculty and staff, said Paul Kosel, assistant manager for campus security.

"No one needs to buy a parking sticker to use the shuttle bus service from Crossroads," he said. "The buses come every 10 to 15 minutes and they drop people off at the high traffic points of campus. It's an excellent way to approach parking this year."

The Crossroads shuttle is available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. A second shuttle route runs from the Dodge location to the Pacific location from 6:30 a.m. until 10:30 p.m.

For people who want their vehicle on campus, arriving at UNO earlier than in years past and having patience is the best advice, Kosel said.

The first day of the fall semester is Monday, Aug. 27. For more information, call 554.3502.

Summer Hours Conclude Today

Summer hours at UNO conclude today, Aug. 17. Regular business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) will resume Monday, Aug. 20.

For more information, contact Human Resources at 554.2321.

Student Employment Fall Workshop for Supervisors and Hiring Managers

Three presenters will speak at a Student Employment Fall Workshop set for Tuesday, Sept. 18.  Hiring managers and student worker supervisors are encouraged to attend the event, which will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room.

The presenters will include Mary Sweaney, assistant director of human resources; Angelia Turner, counselor in financial aid; and Andres TraslaviƱa, manager of student employment in human resources. The trio will review procedures on how to create a requisition, file I-9 forms, hire international students, meet federal work study eligibility, calculate hours and student wages, and provide an overview of grievance procedures for student workers.

The registration deadline is Monday, Sept. 10. R.S.V.P. by sending an e-mail to or calling 554.2321.

ITS Announces myBlackboard Drop-in ASK? Classes

Information Technology Services (ITS) Customer Services invites all faculty and staff who are working on fall classes and have Blackboard questions to stop by ITS, located in 104 Eppley Administration Building, for assistance.

The schedule for drop-in assistance:

- Wednesday, Aug. 22
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

- Thursday, Aug. 23
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

- Friday, Aug. 24
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

As with all ITS drop-in sessions, no registration is required. For more information, call 554.HELP (4357).

Fall Writing Center Hours Announced

The UNO Writing Center, located in 150 Arts and Sciences Hall, begins its fall hours Monday, Aug. 27, the first day of classes at the university. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to noon on Friday.

The center offers free assistance with any writing project for UNO students, faculty and staff. Trained writing consultants can help at any point in the writing process, from brainstorming to organizing ideas to editing a final draft. Visit to schedule an appointment.

Criss Library will house a satellite Writing Center location Monday through Thursday from 1 to 3:30 p.m. for fall. No appointment is necessary for satellite consultations, but consultation time may be limited to 15 minutes if others are waiting.

Anyone with questions or faculty members interested in scheduling an orientation to introduce students and classes to the center can call the main Writing Center at 554.2946 or send an e-mail to Orientation takes about 20 minutes.

Faculty "Service-Learning 101" Workshop Offered

The UNO Service-Learning Academy will offer its two-hour workshop, "Service-Learning 101," four times this fall to help faculty design service-learning projects that meet genuine community needs.

The dates and times:

- Wednesday, Aug. 22
1 to 3 p.m.
286 Arts and Science Hall (ASH)
(political science conference room)

- Thursday, Aug. 23
286 ASH 

- Monday, Oct. 8
2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
286 ASH

- Tuesday, Oct. 9
2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
280-C ASH
(dean's conference room)

For many UNO faculty members, "community engagement" is service learning. For a class, service learning means integrating community service projects into coursework so that students apply course concepts, see their relevance to everyday life and gain the satisfaction of making a difference in the community.

Participants thinking about adding service learning to a particular course should bring that syllabus to the workshop.

The following components will be covered:
- Elements of good practice in service learning;
- Transforming the syllabus - integrating experiential learning;
- Developing a partnership;
- Dimensions of learning for students: Designing and evaluating project assignments;
- Reflection: Integrating experience and learning objectives;
- Closing the project experience: Presentations and celebration;
- Evaluating the project with partners/sustainability; and
- Action plans.

Faculty who are new to service learning and those with projects in development are welcome. To register, call the Service-Learning Academy at 554.6019 or send an e-mail to

For more information and to schedule a follow-up consultation, contact Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz at 554.2712 or

In the News

In the News

- KFAB (1110 AM) interviewed Randall Adkins, political science professor, Aug. 13 about Karl Rove's announcement that he is leaving his post at the White House.

- John Amend, director of facilities management and planning, was quoted in an Aug. 16 Omaha World-Herald article about campus construction projects and the status of parking this fall. The article appeared on the front page of the Midlands section and included a photo of University Village.

- KETV (ABC 7) spoke with Loree Bykerk, political science professor, Aug. 15 about Warren Buffett hosting a fundraiser in Omaha for presidential candidate Barack Obama.

- The Web site Diverse: Issues in Higher Education ran an Associated Press story on Division II athletics that included a quote from Chancellor John Christensen.  Diverse ran the story Aug. 14.  Several publications around the nation picked up the story earlier in the week, including newspapers in Montana and Alabama.

- WOWT (NBC 6) profiled the Summer Institute for European Student Leaders program, lead by Gary Duff, international programs, Aug. 8. The story showed the students visiting the Hope Center for Kids.

- The Midlands Business Journal interviewed Burch Kealey, accounting assistant professor, for a story on the current high job market demand for graduates with accounting degrees.  The story, which ran on July 13, included a prominent photo of Dr. Kealey.

- KFAB (1110 AM) interviewed Russell McKune, head athletic trainer, about how UNO football players coped with the recent heat and humidity during practice. The story aired Aug. 10.

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 and Native American studies, published a book chapter:

"A Sense of Place in Contemporary Native American Political Humour," in Joy Porter, ed. Place and Native American History and Culture. Oxford, U.K.: Peter Lang, 2007, pp. 197-220. This is a collection of papers presented at a conference of the same name during March 2006 at the University of Wales, Swansea. Dr. Johansen was a keynote speaker at the conference.

- Boyd Littrell, sociology professor, wrote a Midlands Voices article for the Omaha World-Herald's July 27 editorial page.  The article focused on how a national health care plan would address medical service problems.

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

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.