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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

University of Nebraska Foundation Awards Grants to UNO

UNO is the recipient of two grants from the University of Nebraska Foundation to bolster promising programs on campus. The Institute for Collaboration Science and the Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics Laboratories were awarded a total of $243,900 from the foundation's grants committee.

Proposals for funding, including the two winning proposals submitted by UNO Chancellor John Christensen, carried the theme of "academic excellence through collaboration and service" to align with overarching campus priorities.

"This and other support we receive through the University of Nebraska Foundation has a profound impact on the attainment of our academic goals by helping elevate the educational experience for students and faculty," Chancellor Christensen said. "Because it can be challenging to obtain outside funding for core research infrastructure, these grants are especially important in helping us attract and build support from other agencies."

The programs funded:

Institute for Collaboration Science ($125,000):
This grant represents the second year of funding from the grants committee. The investment in the Institute for Collaboration Science has generated significant activity, including matching grant awards; more than $8 million in research proposals under review by the government, military and industry organizations; published papers in peer reviewed academic journals; and the development of the first academic course, Principles of Collaboration.

"We are again grateful for the funding that allows us to work toward the goal of becoming a national center of expertise on collaboration processes, methods and technologies," said Gert-Jan de Vreede, managing director of the Institute for Collaboration Science and professor of information systems and quantitative analysis. "Our accomplishments to date have already positioned the university as a recognized leader in this area, which is the subject of growing academic enquiry worldwide."

Plans were started for the institute in 2005 with the belief that to be successful and profitable in an ever-changing marketplace, organizations must master the art and science of collaboration. It draws upon experts from across UNO, including business, information science, psychology, communication, education and public administration.

Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics Research Programs ($118,900):
Much of this award will be used to purchase new laboratory equipment for two scientific research laboratories in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. The Exercise Physiology Laboratory, directed by Kris Berg and Jessica Meendering, and the Biomechanics Research Laboratory, directed by Nicholas Stergiou, will combine their expertise to address issues of quality of life by studying how to improve the physical capacity of a variety of different populations, particularly those with chronic health problems.

"These complementary programs (exercise science and biomechanics) are in position to expand their research capabilities to meet the needs of an aging population and to leverage future research funding opportunities," Dr. Berg said.

Dr. Meendering added, "This funding will allow us to purchase the equipment needed to conduct research on some upcoming hot topics in our field."

Dr. Stergiou, the Isaacson Professor, said the grant from the NU Foundation will also help to attract funding from other sources. "The award allows us to acquire new research equipment that will broaden the research capabilities of these laboratories and will better enable us to attract additional funding," he said.

Eight grants funded across NU
The University of Nebraska Foundation's grants committee awarded eight grants, including the UNO grants, across the university totaling $1.16 million for 2007-2008. Much of the annual grant resources are made available from unrestricted donations to the foundation.

"The quality of the research and educational activities conducted by the University of Nebraska continues to achieve higher levels of excellence," said Grants Committee Chairwoman Veronica Haggart, a University of Nebraska graduate and St. Paul, Neb., native. "The programs selected for funding by the grants committee will benefit students and faculty while also helping to bring national recognition to the university and the state."

Grant applications were submitted to James B. Milliken, president of the University of Nebraska, from each campus chancellor, who were instructed that grant proposals must be tied to campus priorities and the university-wide strategic framework. It was then the job of the foundation grants committee to make final recommendations to the foundation's board of directors.

The University of Nebraska Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization raising private gifts to support the University of Nebraska for more than 70 years. More than $87 million was provided last year for students, faculty, academic programs, research and building and campus capital improvements. More information is available at

For more information, contact Robb Crouch, University of Nebraska Foundation at 402.458.1142 or

"First Friday Faculty Focus" Today

Gail Baker, dean of the College of Communications, Fine Arts and Media, will be the first guest of 2007-08 on KVNO Classical 90.7 FM's "First Friday Faculty Focus" today, Sept. 7.

"First Friday Faculty Focus" is an interview series that highlights the many contributions of individual faculty members to UNO and the greater community, said Cheril Lee, KVNO news director.

Dr. Baker came to UNO in 2006. She received her doctorate in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Prior to arriving in Omaha, she had held several positions at the University of Florida, including vice president for public relations and director of communications. She has published on cross-cultural communications, ethnic public relations, reputation management, and advertising and marketing. Lee's interview with Dr. Baker will air during the 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

For more information about the interview series, contact Lee at 554.2516.

Chickasaw Poet to Present Talk Tonight at UNK

Linda Hogan, a Chickasaw poet, novelist, essayist and playwright, will present her work as part of the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) Reynolds Series today, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. in Room 142 of UNK's Copeland building.

UNO students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend. The presentation is free and open to the public. A reception precedes and a book signing will follow the presentation.

Hogan's books include: The Book of Medicines (poetry); Mean Spirit (novel); Dwellings, A Spiritual History of the Land and The Woman Who Watches Over the World: A Native Memoir (nonfiction). She has, with Brenda Peterson, written Sightings, The Mysterious Journey of the Gray Whale for National Geographic Books; edited several anthologies on nature and spirituality; and written the script "Everything Has a Spirit," a PBS documentary on American Indian religious freedom.

Hogan has also been involved for 13 years with the Native Science Dialogues and the new Native American Academy. Her honors and awards include Guggeheim and Lannan Fellowships. She is a recent inductee to the Chickasaw Hall of Fame for Literary Excellence.

For more information about this presentation, contact Allison Hedge Coke at 308.865.8672.

Male Singers Sought for UNO Vocal Jazz Ensemble

The UNO Vocal Jazz Ensemble, a mixed chorus of eight to 12 singers, is looking for male singers. The group is open to all students, faculty and staff. The ensemble meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 to 1:50 p.m. in 105 Strauss Performing Arts Center.

"This ensemble is designed to meet the music needs of singers who have an interest and/or background in jazz and who wish to continue their choral experience," said Kim Weiser, the ensemble's director.

The UNO Vocal Jazz Ensemble will perform once this semester in collaboration with the Jazz Combos.

Anyone interested in singing with this ensemble should attend an upcoming rehearsal - Monday, Sept. 10, or Wednesday, Sept. 12 - and sing with the group. This will be considered an audition.

For more information, contact Weiser at 605.670.1331 or

Swing, Ballroom and Latin Dance Lessons Begin Sept. 16

Want to learn how to "Dance Like the Stars?" Campus Recreation and the Mav-Rec Wellness Stampede are teaming up to host Swing, Ballroom and Latin dance sessions beginning Sunday, Sept. 16.

All classes will be held in 230 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. The schedule and cost information:

- Session One (Sundays): Sept. 16, 23 and Oct. 14, 28

- Times: Swing - 1 to 2 p.m.; Ballroom/Latin - 2 to 3 p.m.

- Cost: Activity cardholders - $15 and $13 for a friend; non-activity cardholders - $18 and $15 for a friend. Those wishing to take both classes should add $5 per person per additional class.

To register, stop by 110 HPER. For more information, call Campus Recreation at 554.2539.

In the News

In the News

- Music professor Kenton Bales appeared on the Sept. 7 episode of Omaha Living on KPTM (Fox 42). Bales discussed the week-long ARTSaha music event on campus and throughout Omaha.

- Loree Bykerk, political science professor, was interviewed by KETV (ABC 7) Sept. 5 about the Nebraska Democratic Party.

- Bing Chen, computer and electronic engineering professor, appeared on KETV (ABC 7) Sept. 4 about using robots in the classroom.

- Bing Chen, computer and electronic engineering professor, Neal Grandgenett and Elliot Ostler, education professors, were mentioned in a Sept. 4 Omaha World-Herald article about robot technology.

- Marti Rosen-Atherton, director of the UNO Counseling Center, appeared on KETV (ABC 7) Sept. 4. Rosen-Atherton spoke about student depression on college campuses.

- Criminal Justice emeritus professor Sam Walker was mentioned in a Sept. 1 Omaha World-Herald article and on KPTM (Fox 42) about a report on gun safety he prepared for the City of Omaha.

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

- Bill Wakefield, professor with the UNO School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, published Criminal Justice In England and the United States, with David Hirschel, University of Massachusetts-Lowell and Scott Sasse, Dana College. Jones-Bartlett Publishers published the 2007-second edition text.

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 Begins Tonight
ARTSaha, an annual event focused on live musical performances, gets officially under way tonight, Sept. 7.

The week-long event, which is produced by the ANALOG arts ensemble and UNO, runs through Saturday, Sept. 15. Concerts will take place primarily on the UNO campus, as well as in the Old Market and midtown Omaha. Most events are free. Tickets to select events range between $10 and $15 and are available for purchase at the door. More information is available at

The complete event schedule:

Mr. Marinetti's Curiosity Cabinet
Tonight, Sept. 7, 7:30 p.m. (pre-concert talk begins at 7 p.m.)
First Central Congregational Church of Christ, 421 S. 36th St.
Free: No tickets required.
ARTSaha kicks off with this musical curio from the ANALOG arts ensemble. The piece explores futurist themes in a light-hearted presentation of intimate modern music that will be performed throughout the First Central Church's campus. The program includes pieces by Henry Cowell, Charles Wuorinen, Olga Neuwirth and others.

Ballet Mécanique
Saturday, Sept. 8, 7:30 p.m. (pre-concert talk begins at 7 p.m.)
Strauss Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $10; available at the door.
This will be only the fourth U.S. performance to date of the 1924 abstract short film "Ballet Mécanique" along with its original score by George Antheil. The chaotic and rhythmically complex composition calls for multiple computer-synchronized player pianos, multiple xylophones, electric bells, sirens, drums, more pianos and even a propeller in an explosion of sound. The other half of the program will include music for mechanical pianos from modern composers.

Monday, Sept. 10, midnight to 11:59 p.m. (mid-concert talk begins at 6 p.m.)
First Central Congregational Church of Christ, 421 S. 36th St.
Free: No tickets required.
Drop in and zen out at this marathon performance of John Cage's famously long composition "As Slow As Possible." The ANALOG arts ensemble will surpass its previous 9- and 12-hour performances with this midnight to midnight performance. The public can come by at any time to witness the power of the First Central Church's organ and contemplate the intersection of music, time and space.

Iron Composer Omaha: Competition and Concert
Tuesday, Sept. 11, 7:30 p.m. (pre-concert talk begins at 7 p.m.)
Strauss Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $10; available at the door.
Judge who is the "Iron Composer." Five student composers will go pen to pen as they battle to compose a winning piece of music using a secret musical ingredient within only five hours. The results will be performed that evening in front of a live audience and panel of judges. The winner walks away with a cash prize and the title "Iron Composer Omaha." After the judging, the concert will continue with music by Luciano Berio, Virgil Thomson, Wayne Shorter and Radiohead.

For Whom The Bell Tolls
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m. (pre-concert talk begins at 7 p.m.)
Henningson Memorial Campanile
Free: No tickets required.
These aren't the usual carols of the bells as ANALOG takes over the bell tower for an evening of unexpected music. The bronze bells of the UNO carillon will ring out across the campus as songs from Iron Maiden and Martin Luther mix with John Cage's "Music for Carillon" and other eclectic tunes. Audience members can bring a lawn chair and kick back for this relaxing and enjoyable outdoor concert.

Found Sounds & Field Recordings
Thursday, Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m. (pre-concert talk begins at 7 p.m.)
Artists' Co-op Gallery, 405 S.11th St.
Free: No tickets required.
Experience how even the oddest sounds can be turned into music at the Found Sounds & Field Recordings concert. Having debuted earlier this year in Los Angeles and Brooklyn, this program makes use of accidental musical material such as street noise, coffee percolating and cell phones, and will include a mix of original music and works by contemporary composers including Steve Reich and Samuel Beckett.

Go Figaro! An Ecoutez! Concert
Friday, Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m. (pre-concert talk begins at 7 p.m.; box office opens at 6:30 p.m.)
Strauss Performing Arts Center, UNO
Tickets: $15 for general public; Free for students with ID.
ANALOG will kick off UNO's acclaimed Ecoutez! concert series with this collection of classical music pieces that were ahead of their time. The ANALOG arts ensemble will present their groundbreaking version of Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring," a piece considered the birthplace of the Modern - plus new takes on familiar works from Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven, to Busoni Schoenberg and Moondog.

Cowardly Old World: An Electronic Music Concert
Saturday, September 15, 7:30 p.m. (pre-concert talk begins at 7 p.m.)
Mallory Kountze Planetarium
Free: No tickets required.
Take an audio-visual journey through time to visit various visions of the future - from Nostradamus to Al Gore to Jules Verne to the Italian Futurists. Visual projections within UNO's Mallory Kountze Planetarium will complement this program of electronic music, including several new compositions.

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 Art Gallery Hosts Three Exhibitions
The UNO Art Gallery currently has three exhibitions on display - "Travis Conrad Erion: Symbols of the Soul," "Giedre Montvila: Take a Look" and "Ann Weiner: To Bear Witness."

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.