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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

NU Board of Regents to Meet Sept. 6

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet on Thursday, Sept. 6, at Varner Hall, 3835 Holdrege St., Lincoln.

Committee meetings begin at 8 a.m. and the board meeting begins at 1 p.m.

David E. Shulenburger, vice president for Academic Affairs for the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC), will address the Regents in their afternoon meeting about the Voluntary System of Accountability, a project that resulted from a partnership between the two leading public higher education associations: NASULGC and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).

Shulenburger's work at NASULGC spans the range of national higher education academic issues but the initial focus of his work has been on accountability. Together with NASULGC President Peter McPherson, he has proposed to public universities a model system of accountability for undergraduate education. The Voluntary System of Accountability involves publicly releasing information about a college's performance with data that includes: graduation and retention rates, financial aid, tuition and other costs, and the development of a variety of approaches to the assessment of student learning.

During the board's morning committee sessions, Regents will hear a presentation about a proposed new Fire Safety and Protection Policy that would require all four campuses to follow rules that include:  sprinkling of university-sanctioned housing by 2017; designation of a campus fire safety officer; establishment of student conduct regulations; and confirmation of inspections to assure compliance with state law and Regents policies.

During the morning session Regents also will hear about the proposed NanoScience facility at UNL, which would be constructed as a north addition to the new Physical Sciences Building located on the west side of 16th Street between W and Vine streets.

The agenda for morning committee meetings:

8 a.m. Academic Affairs
Topic: Strategic Framework Reports
Presenters: Gender/Minority Faculty Equity, Kristin Yates, associate director of Institutional Research at the University of Nebraska
Student Learning Assessment, Linda Pratt, executive vice president and provost at the University of Nebraska

Topic: Institutional Affiliation Agreement between University of Nebraska Medical Center and Children's Hospital
Presenters: John Gollan, dean of the College of Medicine at UNMC

Topic: Report on I-80 Commission
Presenters: Pete Kotsiopulos, vice president for University Affairs at the University of Nebraska

9:30 a.m. Report from the chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Minority Faculty Equity

10:15 a.m. Business Affairs Committee
Topic: Updates
Presenter: Tuition, Regent Bob Phares
Program Statement Review, University President James B. Milliken
Licensed Professionals and Construction Services, President Milliken

Topic: Debt Financing
Presenter: David Lechner, vice president for Business and Finance at the University of Nebraska

Topic: Capital Project Review: NanoScience Facilities at UNL
Presenter: Prem Paul, UNL vice chancellor for Research and dean of Graduate Studies

Topic: Fire Safety and Protection Policy
Presenter: Rebecca Koller, assistant vice president and director of Facilities Planning and Management at the University of Nebraska

Highlights of the day's morning and afternoon meetings include:

- Approval of an Institutional Affiliation Agreement between the University of Nebraska Medical Center's College of Medicine and Children's Hospital to establish a partnership in the delivery of health care services to children, and to strengthen the ability to educate medical students and residents.

- Approval of a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Athletic Training at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

- Approval of selection of Sinclair Hille Architects to provide design services for the Whittier Building Renovation, a project to renovate and update the 85-year-old structure near UNL to operate a modern research laboratory, office, and child care facility for use by UNL faculty, staff and students.

- Approval of Davis Design to provide architectural design services for the renovation of the UNMC College of Dentistry building on the East Campus of UNL.

- Consider the report and recommendations from the Academic Freedom and Tenure-B Committee at UNL, and render a decision in the case of John A. Belot, a UNL faculty member in the Department of Chemistry.

Art Gallery to Host Fall CFAM Arts Fair

To kick off the 2007-08 school year, the UNO Art Gallery will host the Fall 2007 Communication, Fine Arts and Media (CFAM) Arts Fair Thursday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event gives UNO students the opportunity to learn more about arts on campus and in the Omaha community. Students will meet area arts professionals and learn what Omaha arts organizations offer college students, including event information, ticket sales, memberships, student discounts and internships.

UNO participants at the fair include The Crop, Department of Art and Art History, Fine Arts University Student Theatre (FAUST), Friends of Art, KVNO Radio/UNO TV, Music Department, Organization for the Advancement of the Arts (OAA), School of Communication, Fine Arts and Media, Theatre Department, UNO Art Gallery and Writer's Workshop.

The following Omaha arts organizations will also be present: the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Dick Blick, El Museo Latino, Film Streams, Joslyn Art Museum, Nebraskans for the Arts, Omaha Community Playhouse and Opera Omaha.

The UNO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building. The event is free, and UNO students are encouraged to attend.

For more information, visit or call 554.2796.

MSLC to Open Its Doors This Week

A new center on campus - the Math-Science Learning Center (MSLC) - will open its doors this week.

The MSLC will offer free drop-in tutoring, academic consultation, study group facilitation and supplemental instruction in 107 Durham Science Center (DSC). Services are available for students, faculty and staff - free of charge - in the math and science disciplines.

Key to the center's success is that it is a peer-supported environment where model students serve as tutors, supplement instruction leaders (SI leaders) and study group facilitators. These students, all trained to assist their peers in achieving academic success, have already taken the courses that will be covered.

Annual funding for the center is provided by University Excellence Funding with one-time startup funding provided by the University of Nebraska Foundation and the National Science Foundation (NSF) STEM Talent Expansion Program (STEP). The NSF STEP grant runs through May 2009.

The mission of the Math-Science Learning Center is to increase student learning achievement in math and science through direct support of these students and faculty.  The center seeks to foster sustained learning through a methodology of continuous assessment, experimentation, communication and revision.

"The center will strive to aid the entire spectrum of UNO students, even or especially if they initially ‘hate' math or science.  Trying to get more UNO math and science students not only to persist, but succeed and thrive is the center's ultimate goal," said Dana Richter-Egger, assistant professor of chemistry and director of MSLC.  "Central to accomplishing this goal is the utilization of a peer-supported environment where model students serve as tutors, facilitators and leaders."

The MSLC is located in the former DSC vending lounge, and there is ample space for independent studying, as well as one-on-one tutoring and group discussion. Drop-in tutoring will be provided for chemistry, geology, math and physics. The center will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The DSC site also offers meeting alcoves with white boards, study tutorial space, workstations, tutorial computers and reserve study materials.

For more information, contact Dr. Richter-Egger at 554.3643 or

HR Seminar Series Kicks Off Sept. 14

Human Resources at UNO will kick off a yearlong series of informative seminars for all interested faculty and staff Friday, Sept. 14.

The first installment, titled "Understanding Basic Investment Concepts," is set for Friday, Sept. 14, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. The seminar will cover methods for basic investment choices, including some strategies and concepts used to plan for retirement. Discussion topics will include understanding investment risks, asset classes, basic types of investments, and distinctions between mutual funds and annuities.

The monthly seminar will run through April. Topics will include personal financial management, identity theft, social security and retirement planning.

For more information, contact Esther Scarpello at 554.3660.

Participants Sought for Faculty/Staff Drop-in Volleyball League

Volleyball, anyone?

The faculty/staff drop-in volleyball league meets Fridays in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building from noon to 1 p.m. Additional players of all skill levels are welcome. The league is free for all Campus Recreation activity cardholders.

For more information, call Mike Kult at 554.2539.

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, as well. 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.

The Moving Company to Perform Off Campus Sept. 7 and 9

Dance goes everywhere. UNO's modern dance group, will perform at the Joslyn Art Museum, the Omaha Public Library and the Henry Doorly Zoo during September. 

"We're keeping a busy schedule, but it's an exciting time for the company," said Josie Metal-Corbin, director for The Moving Company.  "Being out in the community and bringing dance to different places is a wonderful experience."

Mary Waugh-Taylor will choreograph a site-specific work for four dancers at the Henry Doorly Zoo on Friday, Sept. 7, in conjunction with 2007 Zoofari, "Butterflies Are Not Free."  The event is invitational only.  Zoofari is the zoo's largest annual fundraiser.

On Sunday, Sept. 9, the company will respond to "Spared from the Storm: Masterworks from the New Orleans Museum of Art," an exhibition at the Joslyn.  The exhibit features works rescued during Hurricane Katrina.  The Moving Company's formal 30-minute concert in the Joslyn's Witherspoon Concert Hall starts at 2 p.m.  The group's appearance is part of the museum's Family Fun Day, which is free and open to the public.

Another community celebration – the announcement of this year's book choice for "Omaha Reads:  O! What a Book" – is Friday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m. The Moving Company will perform in front of the downtown W. Dale Clark Library.


"We also had a salon in the UNO Dance Lab when ‘Fahrenheit 451' was the book during the first ‘Omaha Reads' program in 2004," Metal-Corbin said.  "Being part of this city-wide celebration shows the connections between literature and dance."     

Metal-Corbin will choreograph an intergenerational cast of 14 dancers who will interpret the city's book selections for both adults and children.  David Corbin, guitarist/vocalist/songwriter, and Christina Allred, cellist, will provide the live accompaniment for a 15-minute dance program that will take place on the steps of the library and in the middle of 14th Street.  Lora Kaup will be the costumer.  The program will also serve as an opening event for the (downtown) lit fest.

In addition, The Moving Company, the (downtown) lit fest, the Friends of Omaha Public Library and Millard Lumber have commissioned Jeff Curtis, to create a dance film connected to "Omaha Reads."  The film will focus on the ups and downs of romance and relationships.  Curtis' films have been screened worldwide, most recently at the "Dança em Foco 07 Festival International de video & dança" in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  The film will be shown at several libraries on the following dates:

- W. Dale Clark on Saturday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m.;

- Millard branch, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2 p.m.;

- Milton R. Abrahams branch, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2 p.m.;

- Milton R. Abrahams branch, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2 p.m.;

- Benson branch, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m.; and

- Willa Cather branch, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2 p.m.

For more information, call 554.3502.

(Photo by Jim Williams, courtesy of the Joslyn Art Museum).

UNO Ambassadors Available for Campus Activities

Twelve UNO Ambassadors are ready, willing and available during the fall and spring semesters to assist at campus functions hosted by the chancellor, other UNO dignitaries and organizations.

Members of this select group wear UNO blazers or polos and act as official hosts and hostesses at a variety of events, interacting with guests to enhance a positive image of the university. All ambassadors maintain full-time student status, but the group strives to honor as many requests as possible.

"This is a great UNO organization with a rich tradition," said Mary Dobrauc, UNO Ambassadors coordinator.  "These students do a wonderful job at every event they assist with."

For more information or to obtain a request form, contact Dobrauc (554.2220 or or Chris Liewer (554.3520 or Requests should be made a minimum of two weeks prior to an event.

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.