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The 1945 University of Omaha (OU) Student Council and OU Dean of Students John W. Lucas.

This Week in Campus History

At 1730 hours on Sunday, Aug. 27, 1972, UNO's new fine arts radio station KVNO 90.7 FM, began its initial broadcast from a studio located on the third floor of the Storz Mansion, at the west end of campus. It had been hoped that the station would be KUNO, but that call designation was reserved by a station in Corpus Christi, Texas. The KVNO airtime schedule was Sunday through Thursday 4 p.m. to midnight. The station was operated under supervision of the UNO Radio-TV Department and its chairperson Paul Borge and was staffed primarily by advanced broadcasting students. The KVNO format included jazz, opera, folk and classical music. It was policy to pre-empt regularly scheduled features in order to provide live coverage of special UNO occasions, such as concerts and Maverick sporting events.

Date: Aug. 27, 1972
Source: The Gateway
Compiled by Criss Library Archives

Brandi Yosten

Orientation Leader Represents UNO with Exuberance

by Becky Bohan Brown

Orientation leaders are the "Wal-Mart Greeters" of the university. They interact with students, parents and other campus visitors on a different level than most. Brandi Yosten may look like any other orientation leader seen giving a tour across campus, but she has gone above and beyond ...continue

Flag Lowering

The UNO flags will be lowered to half-staff today, Aug. 31, to honor the memory of UNO retiree Wayne Wheeler. He died Aug. 26 at the age 85.

Dr. Wheeler, a professor with the UNO Department of Sociology/Anthropology, retired in 1993 after more than 26 years of service to the university. After retirement, he served as an professor emeritus of sociology/anthropology.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Kunel Funeral Home, 131 W. 12th St., in Crete, Neb. A campus memorial will be held in September. For more information on the campus memorial, watch eNotes or contact Sharon Hudson at 554.2626 or

Shizuoka Students to Give Art and Music Presentation Today

The UNO Departments of Art and Art History and Music invite everyone to attend a free, informal presentation of art and music by eight exchange students from UNO's sister institution in Shizuoka, Japan. The event today, Aug. 31, will be held from 3 to 3:45 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. A reception will follow in the foyer of the building.

This presentation is the result of a program that was added several years ago to the annual Shizuoka Summer Tour sponsored by UNO International Studies and Programs.

"The fine art students have remained at UNO for an additional week to study and work in arts programs designed specifically for their interests," said Junko Konishi, an associate professor of music education at Shizuoka University and group leader.

The eight students participating have been in Omaha since early August studying English along with 15 other Shizuoka students.

For more information, contact Shellie Harden at 554.2641.

Criss Library to Hold Lecture on Afghan Maps

The Criss Library currently has on display "Land of Bones: Afghanistan in Historic Maps," a magnificent collection of historic maps and artifacts representing the land and the people of Afghanistan.

In conjunction with the exhibit, a public presentation by Nigel J.R. Allan, "Passland and Plants: Mapping Afghanistan by the British and the Nazis," will be held Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m. Both the presentation and the exhibition are free and open to the public.

Allan, professor emeritus at the University of California-Davis, is a cultural geographer who has dedicated his life and research to the intercultural zone where South Asia meets Central Asia and the Middle East. His more recent research has taken him into northern Pakistan, Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh state of India, Nepal, China's Tibet and Xinjiang provinces and Tajikistan. Since 9/11, Allan has provided interviews and assistance to a wide variety of media and scholarly sources including, Fox TV, NBC TV, BBC TV, USA Today, Time and National Public Radio.

"Afghanistan is rich in history that is unknown to many Americans, and we are excited to bring this exhibit and Professor Allan's presentation to the UNO Campus," said Steve Shorb, dean of the UNO Criss Library. "Our presenter, Nigel Allan, is a fascinating speaker and the evening of the 4th promises to be interesting, informative and entertaining. It will be a great chance to see the ‘Land of Bones' exhibit, which includes 300-year-old maps, and some unique military and cultural artifacts"

Attendees will also have the opportunity to speak with Afghanistan experts after the program.

"We've lined up a group of experts including Nigel Allan, Thomas Gouttierre, Jack Shroder and Shaista Wahab," Shorb said. "People will be able to speak with them informally and, between the four of them, no Afghanistan question should go unanswered."

Refreshments will be served. "Land of Bones" will be on display at the Criss Library through Monday, Sept. 17.

For more information about the exhibition and program, contact Shaista Wahab, Afghanistan Collections librarian, at 554.2404 or e-mail

Annual Visual Storytelling and Data Visualization Seminar Series Begins Sept. 7

The third annual Visual Storytelling and Data Visualization Seminar Series begins Friday, Sept. 7, with an innovative presentation on business data by a nationally known expert on brand strategies. Gerald Wagner, a UNO senior research fellow in the College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T), coordinated the series.

"This has been popular with the business community," Dr. Wagner said. "We would enjoy seeing more members of the academic community attend, too. Students are also welcome."

The Sept. 7 presentation with Roger Meyer, who has managed the brand solutions agency Level M since 1996, starts at 7:30 a.m. on the Gallup University campus in downtown Omaha. His presentation is titled "New Ways to Visualize Analytic Insight."

Seven other speakers will take part in the series. All of the presentations will take place at Gallup Fridays at 7:30 a.m. The cost to attend each individual session is $20. Package discounts are available. Details are available at

The presentation titles, speakers and dates are:

- "Color Design: From Seeing Red To Feeling Blue," presented by Maureen Stone on Sept. 14. Stone has worked in digital color, graphics, perception and the tools for information display for almost 30 years and is principle of StoneSoup Consulting.

- "Turning Complex Data into Useful Information," presented by Dan Boyarski on Sept. 21. Boyarski is a professor and the head of the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University. His research covers time-based communication and visualizing complex data.

- "Capturing Insight & Delight in Data Visualization & Storytelling," presented by Parrish Hanna on Sept. 28. Hanna has experience in the world of digital business solution and brand experience development. He and his team are responsible for defining Motorola's experiential strategies for emerging mobile interaction paradigms across social, market and technology change.

- "Impact of Emotions on Learning, Performance, and Achievement," presented by Maggie Martinez on Oct. 5. Martinez is CEO of The Training Place Inc. She has worked extensively in instructional psychology and design, information and technology for the past 20 years.

- "The Impact of Emotion on Decision Making as a Designer and as an End User," presented by Frank Spillers on Nov. 2. Spillers developed new research methods for assessing the influence of time, emotion and cognition on user perception.

- "Using Design Thinking to Solve Business Problems," presented by Jeremy Alexis on Nov. 9. Alexis spent the majority of his professional career leading interdisciplinary teams tasked with defining next generation products, services and business models. (In addition to the series, Alexis will also host a day-long session, "The Innovation Scorecard Workshop," Nov. 8 at Gallup University. Cost is $195 as a stand-alone event, but special package rates are available when combined with the Seminar Series.)

- "The Ideal Reality," presented by Michelangelo Capraro on Nov. 16. Capraro has designed innovative user experiences for more than 10 years with clients that include ad agencies, business-to-business firms, operating system companies, software makers, consumer entertainment giants and mobile device manufacturers.

The AIM Institute is a not-for-profit membership organization that provides information technology leadership to Nebraska and the surrounding region. For more information, visit

Accessibility Statements for Publications

When planning events and programs, officials in UNO Diversity Services ask that organizations keep in mind that people with disabilities may wish to attend.

"Equal opportunity is best achieved when individuals with disabilities are aware that accommodations and adjustments are available at campus programs and events," said Kate Clark, Diversity Services Coordinator. "It is strongly recommended that the following alternative format and accommodation statements be used on all publications such as flyers, pamphlets and Web sites which advertise a UNO-sponsored event."

The statement:

"Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access may contact (telephone number of the sponsor) or UNO Disability Services at 554.2872 or in advance of the program."

For more information, visit the UNO Disability Services Web site ( or contact Clark in Disability Services at 554.2872 or

Durango Days Service-Learning Slide Show Online

UNO student Jeffrey Lipschultz has posted a slide show of photos from the 2007 Durango Days Service-Learning project online at

The UNO Service-Learning Academy and American Humanics organized four service activities for incoming freshmen just prior to the start of the semester on Aug. 24. Students rode buses to four community agencies in Omaha - Social Settlement, the South and North Omaha Boys and Girls Clubs and Turning Point - where they participated in a variety of volunteer projects, which included painting, weeding, tree trimming, developing trivia games and playing with children.

For more information, call 554.3502.

UNO Calendar of Events Adds New Listings

The UNO Calendar of Events now includes Maverick athletic events for fall. All home games and invitationals for volleyball, football, soccer, hockey, wrestling and cross country through November are listed.

"We've asked the campus community to get event information into the calendar, and the response has been great," said Tim Kaldahl, director of University Relations. "The addition of athletic events is important. Faculty, staff, students and the public have a convenient place to check to find the ‘when' and ‘where' information they need."

The range of material currently entered on the calendar also includes displays at the Criss Library, conferences, non-credit courses and concerts. Earlier this summer, MavRadio provided a complete listing for a set of fund-raising events the student organization held.

"The more information the better," Kaldahl said. "UNO is a dynamic place, and this calendar needs to capture more and more of what is being planned and offered."

The calendar is administered by Beverly Newsam, public relations technician in University Relations, located in 108 Eppley Administration Building (EAB). All items must be submitted electronically through the Calendar of Events Web site ( and include a contact name, phone number and e-mail address.         

To submit an item to the UNO Calendar of Events, follow the instructions below. (Note: The process may vary slightly, depending on the Internet browser used.)

1. Go to

2. Click on the "Logon" button.

3. Enter "post" in the "Username" box and "event" in the "Password" box.

4. Click on the "Update Event" button to access a submission form.

5. Fill out the form for the event you are submitting.

6. Click the "Submit event for approval" button when done.

7. Fill out another form as before if submitting more events.

8. Click "Done" when finished submitting events.

9. To log off, click "Post." Then, click "Logoff" and "OK."

"It only takes a few minutes to enter events into the calendar," Newsam said. "Those with questions are invited to call or stop by 108 EAB."

For more information, call 554.2129.

Classical 90.7 KVNO to Present "Composer Spotlight"

New this fall, Classical 90.7 KVNO is presenting a new series of programs, titled "Composer Spotlight." Each Sunday night, from 7 to 8 p.m., a different composer will be featured with an hour of music and biographical glimpses into that composer's life.

KVNO music director James Arey writes "Composer Spotlight." The show is hosted by Otis Twelve and produced by Josh Krohn.

The remaining program schedule:

- Sept. 2
Amy Beach

- Sept. 9
Antonin Dvorak

- Sept. 16
Georges Bizet

For more information, contact Arey at 559.5866.

UNO to Close for Labor Day Holiday

UNO will be closed Monday, Sept. 3, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. The 2007 fall calendar is available online at

Criss Library Labor Day Holiday Schedule Reminder

The Criss Library will be closed Sunday through Monday, Sept. 2-3, for the Labor Day holiday. Normal hours will resume at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Group Ex Classes Kick Off Sept. 4

Campus Recreation and the Wellness Stampede will team up to host a variety of group exercise classes this fall at UNO. Classes will run Tuesday, Sept. 4, through Friday, Dec. 14.

All classes will be held in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. Group Ex classes are free to all students and current Campus Recreation activity cardholders.

To access the full fall Group Ex weekly schedule, visit the Web at

Classes will not be held Oct. 22-23 and Nov. 21-23.

For more information, contact Dave Daniels, at 554.2008.

In the News

In the News

- Tom Becka of KFAB (1110 AM) chatted with John Amend, director of facilities management and planning, about parking on campus. The interview aired Aug. 24.

- Loree Bykerk, political science professor, appeared on KMTV (CBS 3) Aug. 27 discussing Sen. Chuck Hagel's political plans.

- David Cicotello, director of new student enrollment services, spoke with WOWT (NBC 6) Aug. 24 about Welcome Week activities, as well as freshmen retention at UNO. KFAB (1110 AM) also interviewed Cicotello Aug. 27 about Welcome Week activities.

- Tim Kaldahl, director of university relations, was a guest on KSRZ (104.5 FM) Aug. 24. He discussed parking and construction projects at UNO. Kaldahl was also interviewed during a live broadcast Aug. 27 during KETV's (ABC 7) morning news broadcast.

- Campus minister Fred Richart was quoted in an Aug. 28 Omaha World-Herald article about local groups who aided in cleanup following Hurricane Katrina.

- The Omaha World-Herald quoted Steven Rodie, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln landscape horticulture specialist, in its Aug. 27 issue. Rodie, who is based at UNO, discussed aging trees that were damaged during recent thunderstorms.

- Stan Schleifer, manager of environmental health, safety and security, spoke with morning show hosts on KQBW (96.1 FM) Aug. 24 about campus construction and parking projects. KETV (ABC 7) also interviewed Schleifer on Aug. 24. He discussed parking at UNO this semester.

- Newsweek magazine's Sept. 3 cover story mentions John Shroder, geography/geology professor. The article examines the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

- Wendy Townley, assistant director of university relations, appeared on Omaha Living on KPTM (Fox 42) Aug. 24 to discuss parking and construction at UNO.

- WOWT (NBC 6) interviewed Jonathan Orlich, Scott Village property manager, and UNO student Matt Nash Aug. 29 about fire safety in student housing.

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

- Christopher M. Kelley, assistant professor of gerontology at UNO, and Ishan Canty Williams, assistant professor of gerontology at the University of Virginia, co-authored "Providing Dementia-Specific Services to Family Caregivers: North Carolina's Project C.A.R.E. Program." The article appeared in the Journal of Applied Gerontology, 26 (4), pages 300-412. To access a copy of the article online visit

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

ARTSaha Music Festival to Present Musical Concerts
ARTSaha, an annual event produced by the ANALOG arts ensemble and UNO, will take place primarily on the UNO campus Friday, Sept. 7, through Saturday, Sept. 15. Some events will also take place in the Old Market and midtown Omaha.

Most ARTSaha events are free. Tickets to select events range between $10 and $15 and are available for purchase at the door.

Major events include:

- A rare performance of "Ballet Mecánique" along with a simultaneous screening of the abstract short film for which it was written, complete with an orchestra of computer-synchronized player pianos and a battery of percussion;

- Iron Composer Omaha, a competition where five students will be presented with a musical secret ingredient the afternoon of Tuesday, Sept. 11, and then have five hours to pen an original piece to be performed that night;

- An audio-visual showcase of various visions of the future, presented in the state-of-the-art UNO planetarium; and

- A 24-hour marathon performance of John Cage's organ piece "As Slow as Possible."

The festival Web site - - includes the complete event schedule, bios of composers and performers, plus a resource kit explaining Futurism and offering the latest Futurist news.

ARTSaha is supported by the Nebraska Humanities Council.

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

Three Exhibitions Open Tonight at UNO Art Gallery
The UNO Art Gallery will open three exhibitions tonight, Aug. 31 - "Travis Conrad Erion: Symbols of the Soul," "Giedre Montvila: Take a Look" and "Ann Weiner: To Bear Witness."

An opening reception will run tonight from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., as well. Katharine T. Carter & Associates organized all three exhibitions, which will remain on view through Saturday, Oct. 13. The details of each exhibit follow.

"Travis Conrad Erion: Symbols of the Soul" - Erion's still life paintings represent common everyday items. While beautifully rendered in a realistic manner, the arrangement of objects possesses a narrative full of humor, wit and social commentary. The titles, like the still lifes, describe what is observed, but much is left unsaid.

"Giedre Montvila: Take a Look" - Montvila paints how people live, love and desire as influenced by the media, while at the same time her work critiques the ubiquitous culture of the media and advertisers who use beauty to manipulate. Working from images culled from glossy fashion magazines, Montvila creates impeccably rendered drawings in colored pencil, which are then incorporated into painted collages.

"Ann Weiner: To Bear Witness" - Weiner's work utilizes lenticular technology - a sophisticated imaging technique that merges different images - to create enigmatic pictures that "morph" into other images. Emphasizing the moment, she focuses on simultaneous layers of reality, the concrete and the intangible. The most striking aspect of Weiner's lenticular images is the way in which they change, depending on where and how the viewer is standing.

The UNO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building. The exhibitions are free, handicapped accessible and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday noon to 4 p.m.; Thursday noon to 8 p.m.; and Saturday 1 to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 554.2796.

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.