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New KANEKO-UNO Library Opens

Omaha news media got a sneak peek Friday (Feb. 20) at the new KANEKO-UNO Library located at 12th & Jones in Omaha's Old Market. The new venue represents a partnership between UNO and KANEKO. The library plays a key role in supporting KANEKO programming as well as serving UNO students and faculty. The library's collection features journals and books in fields that focus on creative input, such as science, engineering, business, the humanities and the arts. Sixty-inch, wall-mounted plasma television screens equipped with video conferencing technology will facilitate participation in seminars, meetings and distance learning opportunities throughout the world.


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Snow Impressions

As snow crews worked away on Saturday, February 14, to shovel and brush away the snow, some areas of the campus and Elmwood Park remained untouched and pristine. There were animal tracks and happy faces in the snow and while in the park there was running water, ducks and snowy stairways.



Chuck Hagel Accepts UNO Visiting Professorship

Former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel has accepted a special appointment to the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) as a UNO Distinguished Centennial Visiting Professor.  CPACS Dean B.J. Reed said Hagel will be on campus periodically to guest lecture, participate in forums and seminars and meet with faculty and students.   Read more.

New Heating/Cooling Policy Adopted for UNO Buildings

UNO has adopted a new policy on building temperature for heating and cooling of offices, classrooms and other public spaces. 

"The purpose of this policy is to establish thermal guidelines for our facilities that are consistent with established norms while prudently managing our energy consumption and costs," said Bill Conley, vice chancellor for Business and Finance. 

The policy allows for exceptions, for example rooms that house animals, equipment, laboratories and other situations. 

"A key component of having such a policy is for the campus community to inform Facilities Management and Planning (FMP) staff of areas where the temperature cannot be maintained within the guidelines," Conley said.  "That will enable FMP staff to investigate and to work on solutions."

The policy defines "Heating Season" as, generally, mid-October to mid-April.  "Cooling Season" runs the opposite, from mid-April to mid-October.  When indoor areas are being heated, the expected temperature should be as close to 68 degrees as possible.  For cooling, the temperature goal is 78 degrees.  The temperature guidelines are meant to provide an environment that is comfortable when coupled with seasonally-appropriate attire.  

The policy also calls for space heaters to not be used on campus unless approved by FMP.  Due to energy and safety implications space heaters should only be used if specifically approved and as a last step if heating levels cannot be sufficiently adjusted.

The new Building Temperature Policy can be found at

Henry Doorly Zoo Membership Drive Under Way

The annual Henry Doorly Zoo membership drive has started at UNO.  The zoo offers memberships to university employees and students at the annual rate of $73 per household.  The membership includes unlimited admission for two adults and dependent children or grandchildren under the age of 21, discounted admission to the Wildlife Safar, and Lozier IMAX Theater, discounts on children's classes and other benefits.

Memberships remain $73 until Sunday, April 5, and increase to $83 after that date. To access an order form, click on this link.

Memberships are being sold in the Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, 202 Eppley Administration Building.  For more information, contact Christine Hoffman at 554.2263 or

Faculty Senate to Meet March 11

The UNO Faculty Senate will meet Wednesday, March 11, in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. 

Linda Mannering, director of Institutional Research, will give a short presentation on "Class Scheduling Preferences Survey" beginning at 2 p.m. The meeting will begin immediately following the presentation. All are invited to attend.

For more information, contact Sue Bishop at 554.3598.

Maverick Productions Welcomes Poet March 13

Poet Desmond Egan will read samples of his work at noon Friday, March 13, at the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

The event, hosted by Maverick Productions, is free and open to the campus community.

Egan is a full-time writer, who has authored 18 books of poetry, one book of prose and two translations of Greek plays. Eighteen collections of Egan's poetry have been published in translation in France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Russia, Japan, Czech Republic, Romania, Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary and China.

Egan also served as the artistic director of The Hopkins International Conference, a literary festival in Ireland. Two books have been published in the U.S. about his work: Desmond Egan: the Poet and his Work, edited by Hugh Kenner; and Desmond Egan, written by Brian Arkins.

For more information on Egan's visit to UNO, call 554.2711.

UNO Writers Series Begins March 26 at Writing Center

The UNO Writing Center's new Writing Series will highlight the works of UNO students and alumni this semester.

The first Writers Series event will take place on Thursday, March 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the Writing Center, 150 Arts and Sciences Hall. It will feature three UNO student authors, including Travis Heermann, a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of English, who will read from his 2009 novel Heart of the Ronin. Publisher's Weekly calls this first volume of Heermann's trilogy "A fusion of historical fiction and adventure fantasy. . . a page-turning folkloric narrative of epic proportions."   All UNO students, faculty and staff are invited to attend.

For information, contact the UNO Writing Center 554.2946 or

Applications Sought Paul L. Beck Memorial Faculty/Staff Scholarships

The Faculty Senate is now accepting applications for the Paul L. Beck Memorial Faculty/Staff Scholarships. Both residents and non-residents may apply. Four scholarships will be awarded: 

- One $900 full-time undergraduate scholarship;
- One $450 part-time undergraduate scholarship;
- One $900 full-time graduate scholarship; and   
- One $450 part-time graduate scholarship.

Information on the scholarship history, criteria, application process and the application form can found on the Faculty Senate's Web site at

Applications are also available at the Financial Aid Office, 103 Eppley Administration Building, or the Faculty Senate Office, 105 Arts and Sciences Hall. The application deadline is Friday, April 10.

Surplus Property Available

Surplus property has furniture available for department use.

Items include:
- Two and four drawer file cabinets;
- Bookcases;
- Desks;
- Five foot whiteboards; and
- Small bulletin boards.

All items are available for viewing at Mail Services, 106 Eppley Administration Building. To set up a viewing appointment, call Tom Feldman at 554.2222.

Retirement Planning Education Series Continues March 13

Human Resources will continue its retirement planning education series with "A Woman's Money, A Woman's Future" on Friday, March 13. It will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. All interested faculty and staff are invited to attend.

The seminar will focus on key aspects of managing one's finances while incorporating issues that are of particular interest to women. Retirement planning concerns of women of all ages will be discussed.

The seminars are scheduled monthly from September through April. For more information, contact Esther Scarpello at 554.3660.

Lifelong Learning Initiative to Celebrate Women's History Month

The UNO Lifelong Learning Initiative (LLI), formerly the Program for Women and Successful Aging (PWSA), will celebrate Women's History Month in conjunction with the Omaha Public Library. The "Women Who Keep Learning" reception will take place Sunday, March 8, from 3 to 5 p.m. on the fourth floor of the W. Dale Clark Library, 215 S. 15th St.  Read more.

"Students with Disabilities in the Classroom and Online" March 12

The Center for Faculty Development (CFD) will sponsor a Thursday, March 12, presentation on accommodating students with disabilities who are pursuing higher education. Kate Clark, disability services coordinator, will speak from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

According to statistics, the number of students with disabilities pursuing higher education is rising, and faculty often have questions about how to accommodate their needs in the classroom and in online courses.

This session will include a discussion of the following topics:

- Universal Design for Learning theory;

- How to anticipate and plan for disability needs;

- How to make specific course components accessible before the class begins; and

- How to avoid foreseeable accommodation problems.

Attendees also will learn:

- How to create a course that is "universally designed" and requires little changes if a student with a disability enrolls;

- Instructional methods that take into consideration students with disabilities; and

- Specific ways to apply methods to tests, lectures, activities, Power Points and online course components.

To register, contact the CFD, 202 Arts and Sciences Hall, at 554.2427 or  Those who attend are invited to bring their lunches.  Desserts and drinks will be provided.

For more information, contact Clark at 554.2872.

"Researching and Citing Sources: Preventing Plagiarism" Student Lunch and Learn March 31

"Researching and Citing Sources: Preventing Plagiarism" is planned for Tuesday, March 31, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. 

Students who attend the event will learn about how to evaluate the documents they are using, effectively cite sources when delivering a presentation and learn how to avoid common research mistakes.

Space is limited so students must register in advance by contacting the Speech Consulting Center at 554.3201 or Free pizza and pop will be provided.

In the News

In the News

- KETV (ABC 7), KPTM (Fox 42), KMTV (CBS 3) and WOWT (NBC 6) all covered a Feb. 21 graffiti-removal project by UNO faculty and students. Those interviewed included Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, Department of Political Science; Patty Carlson, School of Social Work; Crystal Rhoades, College of Public Affairs and Community Service; and student Jessica Ryan.

- KPTM (Fox 42) interviewed Loree Bykerk, Department of Political Science, Feb. 24 about the approval rating of President Barack Obama.

- Kenneth Deffenbacher, College of Arts and Sciences, was mentioned in the Feb. 27 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about a pay raise for UNO professors.

- A recent report by the Center for Public Affairs Research on Nebraska's immigrant population was covered by the following media outlets, often quoting David Drozd: Hastings Tribune, Fremont Tribune, Columbus Telegram, Lincoln Journal Star, KPTM (Fox 42), Nebraska TV (Kearney); and in Iowa: KMEG, KCAU and KTIV.

- The Feb. 27 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article about President Barack Obama's weatherization plan, quoting Jerry Deichert, Center for Public Affairs Research. Deichert discussed census data as part of the article.

- Jennifer Forbes-Baily, College of Business Administration, was a guest on the morning newscast of KMTV (CBS 3) Feb. 27. She promoted a performance by the Omaha International Folk Dancers at an event sponsored by Methodist Health System.

- Weiyu Guo, College of Business Administration, was mentioned in a March 5 Associated Press article about a new task force designed to solve Omaha's pension shortfall. Dr. Guo is a group member.

- Peggy Jones, Department of Black Studies, was mentioned in the Feb. 12 issue of the Grand Island Independent. Jones served as a guest speaker at February's "Collection Connection" event at the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney.

- The Feb. 23 issue of the Omaha World-Herald quoted Dave Kriegler, Department of Physics, about a newly discovered comet.

- Julie Masters, Department of Gerontology, was quoted in the February 2008 issue of New Horizons, the monthly publication of the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging. The article provided an overview of the department. Also mentioned in the article were Karl Kosloski and James Thorson.

- Rebecca Morris, College of Business Administration, was quoted in the Feb. 1 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about job seekers who consider the social responsibilities of their potential employers.

- The Jan. 29 issue of The Reader profiled Bonnie O'Connell, Department of Art and Art History, about her latest exhibition at the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney.

- The Feb. 17 issue of the Omaha World-Herald quoted Greg Petrow, Department of Political Science, about a new Web site that allows Nebraskans to compare various tax-relief plans.

- The Feb. 21 issue of the Lincoln Journal Star quoted Hank Robinson, Juvenile Justice Institute, about proposed violent crime bills in Nebraska.

- Steve Shultz, Real Estate Research Center, was quoted in the Feb. 15 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about a report the center released recently on Omaha's housing market. The study was also written about in the Feb. 7 issue of the Kearney Hub.

- Mark Wohar, College of Business Administration, was quoted in the March 1 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the recent letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, written by Warren Buffett. Dr. Wohar was also quoted in the Feb. 15 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about Nebraska's workforce.

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

- Michael Skau, Department of English, published an article titled "The Makings of Paradise" in the new book What's Your Road, Man? Critical Essays on Jack Kerouac's On the Road. It appears on pp. 155-168.  Hilary Holladay and Robert Holton edited the 2009 book, published by Carbondale, Southern Illinois UP. Dr. Skau has also published a poem, Adam, in Westview: A Journal of Western Oklahoma's Spring-Summer 2008 issue on p. 39.

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

Annual Double Reed Day Evening Recital March 6
UNO will host the second annual Double Reed Day on Friday, March 6, at the Strauss Performing Arts Center. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Recital Hall. 

Tickets are $10 for general admission and free for UNO students and faculty with a current MavCard ID.

The evening recital will feature oboist Rebecca Henderson – professor of oboe at the University of Texas at Austin and former visiting principal oboist of the National Symphony Orchestra; oboist and English hornist Susan Hatch Tomkiewicz – instructor/artist of oboe at UNO; and bassonist Nathanial Zeisler – professor of bassoon at Bowling Green State University. The recital will include works by Andre Previn, Richard Henderson and Russell Pinkston.

Concerts Planned for UNO Virtual Music Week 2009
Artificial Music Initiative (A.M.I.), the computer music ensemble at UNO, will present two concerts of interactive computer music, eight-channel works, integrated media works and traditional fixed media works with live performers as part of Virtual Music Week at UNO.

The Spire Foundation, the UNO Department of Music and the College of Information Science and Technology will present Virtual Music Week 2009. The first concert is 3 p.m. Saturday, March 7, in 105 Strauss Performing Arts Center.  It will feature works diffused over an eight-channel system, as well as integrated media works and fixed media works with live performers.  The second concert will take place in the atrium of the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) on Sunday, March 8, at 7 p.m.  The PKI concert will include interactive works and fixed media works by Steve Reich.

Both concerts are free and both concerts will feature works by Virtual Music Week Artist-in-Residence Robert Hamilton, a sought after computer music researcher and composer specializing in networked game audio.

Virtual Music Week runs from Friday, March 6, through Thursday, March 12.  In addition to the two concerts, other events include lectures, demos and workshops focusing on research in the area of networked video game environments optimized for music and audio.

Virtual Music Week and Ensemble A.M.I. are components of the music technology curriculum in the Department of Music and a component of multimedia programs in the College of Information Science and Technology. 

For more information, contact, Jeremy Baguyos at 554.3947 or

Masters and Music Series Continues March 8 with "Rhythm and Hues"
The Masters and Music series at UNO continues Sunday, March 8, with a tribute to textiles and "Loom." "Rhythm and Hues" will begin at 5 p.m. in the UNO Art Gallery.

Friends of Art, a support group for the UNO Department of Art and Art History, sponsors Masters and Music. The series blends artistic imagery and musical composition.

Tickets are $15 per person, $3 for students with ID and all proceeds benefit the Friends of Art Scholarship Fund.

Artist presenters will include Mary Zicafoose, a textile artist, and "loom" creators Brent Crampton and Jay Kline. Zicafoose owns a fiber studio in Omaha and her tapestries include rugs and other signature woven pieces.  She is past recipient of the Nebraska Individual Artists Fellowship Award.  The creation of Crampton and Kline, for two and a half years loom has been a monthly dance event at Espana Tapas restaurant in downtown Benson.

For more information or to make a reservation, contact Shari Hofschire at 554.2402.

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

Spring 2009 Student Art Exhibition Under Way
The Spring 2009 UNO Student Art Exhibition at the UNO Art Gallery runs through Friday, April 3.

The Spring 2009 UNO Student Art Exhibition is a juried exhibition open to participation by UNO students enrolled in studio art classes. Submitted artworks come from a variety of media, including two-dimensional, three-dimensional and intermedia. Art and art history majors in UNO's College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media are also eligible for the Bertha Mengedoht Hatz Memorial Scholarship Awards.    

The Spring 2009 UNO Student Art Exhibition will also present the Hexagon Installation Program. The facility features a unique, hexagon-shaped gallery and each spring semester UNO art students compete to create an "installation‚" in the space. The installation is a site-specific artwork that emphasizes interaction between the viewer and the artwork. This year the Hexagon Installation will feature Anne Thome. Thome will create an eerie garden with palm-sized wooden structures.    

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 through Friday from noon to 4 p.m. 

For more information, contact 554.2796 or Kara Wentworth at

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.