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During the fall of 1946, University of Omaha students hang out between classes, east of the current Arts and Sciences Hall.

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

Criss Library to Host Lecture on Afghan Maps Tonight

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 tonight, 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

Bowling League Members Sought

There's still time to join in the fun with the Faculty/Staff Bowling League.  Bowlers of all skill levels are welcome. The league bowls on Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m., at West Lanes, 72nd and Dodge streets.

Teams consist of four bowlers with at least two UNO current or retired administrative/faculty/staff members including spouses, immediate family or significant others. Graduate teaching assistants are also eligible. New teams or individuals who would like to be placed on a new or existing team are welcome. Bowlers must, however, be at least 18 years old.

League bowlers unable to arrive at 4:30 p.m. each week have until the end of their team's fifth frame to join the first game of the evening.

To learn more about the league, contact Lisa Adams at or 554.2859, or Christy Tilford at or 554.3546.

Sponsored Programs and Research Report

The Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) Report details the results of UNO's efforts to obtain external funding in support of its teaching, research, service and outreach efforts. The report is designed to keep the university community informed as to externally funded projects on campus and bring recognition to those faculty and staff who have worked to generate these resources.

For the period of June 21 through Aug. 20, those receiving grant awards totaling $2,351,326 are:

Name: Robert Bernier
Unit: College of Business Administration, Nebraska Business Development Center
Title: Nebraska Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Sponsor:  Nebraska Department of Economic Development

Name: Michael Bishop
Unit: College of Arts and Science, Geography/Geology
Title: Climate Forcing and Glaciers in the Western Himalaya: Assessing Glacier
Fluctuations using ASTER Data, Nebraska Information Consortium of Information Assurance
Title: High Assurance Software
Sponsor:  U.S. Department of Defense/Air Force

Name: Renae Church
Unit: Athletics
Title: Expansion of NCAA DI/DII Championship Activities in Omaha 2007-2008
Sponsor:  Douglas County

Name: Michael Hilt
Unit: College of Communication Fine Arts and Media/KYNE
Title: UNL: CPB: CSG 6/30/2008
Sponsor:  University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Name: Susan M. McWilliams
Unit: College of Education, Teacher Education
Title: Poetry and Latino-American Memoir with Francisco Alarcon
Sponsor:  Nebraska Arts Council

Name: Susan M. McWilliams
Unit: College of Education, Teacher Education
Title: Nuestra communidad, Our Community--Stories of New Nebraskans with Alma
Flor Ada and Isabel Campoy
Sponsor:  Nebraska Humanities Council

Name: Connie O'Brien
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences, Physics
Title: UNO Board of Regents, Aim for the Stars Liberal Arts Outreach for Fourth - Eighth Graders
Sponsor:  Nebraska Arts Council

Name: Mary Lynn Reiser
Unit: College of Business, Economics
Title: Kazanjian Web Project
Sponsor:  Kazanjian Economics Foundation

Name: T. Hank Robinson
Unit: College of Public Affairs and Community Service, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Title: Country Planning Initiative
Sponsor:  Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

Name: Steven Shultz
Unit: College of Business, Economics
Title: Payment Incentives Required for Irrigation Retirement Programs
Sponsor:  U.S. Department of Agriculture

For support and help with research activities, call SPR at 554.2286, or visit the Web at

HPER Pool Hours Announced for Fall

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Pool is now open. The schedule for fall:

- Monday
6:30 to 9 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 9 p.m.

- Tuesday
6:30 to 9 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m.

- Wednesday
6:30 to 9 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 9 p.m.

- Thursday
6:30 to 9 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m.

- Friday
6:30 to 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 1pm

- Saturday
1 to 4 p.m.

- Sunday
2 to 7 p.m.

Multicultural Affairs to Host Sept. 5 Welcome Breakfast

Multicultural Affairs will host its annual Welcome Breakfast on Wednesday, Sept. 5, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center, first floor. Students will have the opportunity to meet other students and the staff of Multicultural Affairs. Staff will be available to answer questions regarding the office's programs and services available to students.

The office provides a variety of academic and personal support, such as academic skills development, career counseling, resume writing and scholarship application assistance. Traditionally, Multicultural Affairs also hosts programs such as Master Success, honors recognition, Black Executive Exchange Program and Summer Scholars.

For more information, contact Monica Green 554.2248 or

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. Visit for more information.

Group Ex Classes Under Way

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

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

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.

September FEAP Schedule Announced

The Faculty/Staff Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) provides short-term counseling, assessment and referral services for faculty, staff, their spouses or significant others, and family members. FEAP offices are located in 206 Eppley Administration Building.

The September schedule is:

- Sept. 5, 18 and 26
8 a.m. to noon

- Sept. 7, 13, 21 and 24
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Appointments are free and available by calling 554.3120 (UNO) or 559.5175 (UNMC).

R.S.V.P. Deadline Sept. 10 for Student Employment Fall Workshops

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. To R.S.V.P. e-mail or call 554.2321.

Women Research Participants Sought

Women are currently being sought for a research study geared to increase physical activity and improve health behaviors.

Jennifer White, an assistant professor in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, leads the study, which will randomize women into one of three groups. The study runs from Monday, Sept. 24, until late April.

Women interested in participating, can e-mail or call 554.2670.


- James Saker, director of bands, has been elected to a three-year term as president of the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association (NSBA) "Past Presidents Council."  The group is responsible for coordinating the NSBA Scholarship and Awards Programs, and serves in an advisory and mentorship capacity to the officers of the association. 

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