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February 5, 1996
Moeser just wants to listen and learn
By Julie Sobczyk
. For James Moeser, being a listener
and an observer are among his top
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Moeser to listen before I
make any announcements,” Moeser
He should have many opportuni
ties to look around and listen, he said.
As he looks ahead to his first week
on campus, Moeser said, his schedule
“The first few weeks I’m going to
primarily be getting more fully ac
quainted and learning,” Moeser said.
“There’s a lot of people to get to
And business will be non-stop for
much of the semester, he said.
“The number of people I have to
see and the number of places I have to
go is large,” Moeser said. “It will be
several months before I can say I’m in
a normal routine.”
Moeser said he may run into some
minor road blocks in getting that rou
tine established, such as getting lost or
having his last name mispronounced
(it’s pronounced “MEE-zer”.)
“I’m sure both will happen, al
though no one has said my name wrong
yet,” he said. “The media has been
good with phonetic spellings.”
To help him get into a groove, he
said, he’s looking to Joan Leitzel, who
served as interim chancellor, for guid
“Joan Leitzel has done a wonderful
job,” he said. “We’ve been in touch
over the past few weeks, and I think
we’re already in the mood of working
By listening and learning his first
few weeks, Moeser said, he’ll be able
to tackle major issues at UNL.
One way to commit to education
excellence, he said, is to build a stron
ger honors program at UNL.
Another priority is to make UNL
the university of choice for Nebraska’s
high school students, Moeser said.
Creating more undergraduate
scholarships and increasing the num
ber of National Merit Scholars who
attend UNL are other ways to succeed
in excellence, he said.
Moeser will be joined in Lincoln
by his wife, Susan Dickerson Moeser.
“I want to continue to expand the academic
excellence at UNL. I want UNL to be seen as
efficiently run, and a university that cares about
its students. ”
She also was looking forward to com
ing to Nebraska, he said.
Moeser said his wife would be look
ing into a position at UNL’s School of
Music next fall. Both Moeser and his
wife are music lovers and avid organ
Before coming to UNL, Moeser
was provost and vice president at the
University of South Carolina. He was
on the music faculty at the University
of Kansas, where he served 11 years
as dean of the School of Fine and
Although he spent many years at
Kansas, becoming a Nebraska
Comhusker fan won’t be too difficult,
He watched NU play basketball
against the Kansas Jayhawks last week
end on TV, he said, and he didn’t have
a hard time cheering for the Huskers.
“It won’t be hard becoming a
Husker,” Moeser said.
Vice chancellor plans
for long stay at UNL
By Julie Sobczyk
Melvin Jones says he’s ready to get
down to business.
And he will — starting today as
UNL’s new vice chancellor for busi
ness and finance.
“I’m looking for it to be a very
productive working relationship and
moving UNL further to the forefront
of academic institutions,” Jones said.
Jones will take over at the Univer
sity of Nebraska-Lincoln for Paul
Carlson, interim vice chancellor for
business and finance.
Jones was vice chancellor for fi
nancial affairs and treasurer at
Marquette University in Milwaukee
for 4 1/2 years.
As he begins his duties, Jones says
no single area stands out as a top
“All priorities arc important,” he
said. “I’ll be involved with managing
the financial operations and buildings
and ground facilities.”
His first week on the job will be a
little hectic, he said. He has meetings
with incoming chancellor James
Moeser and other members of his staff.
“It will be a gefto-know-yoti*Ses
sion,” Jones said. ‘‘I’ll get to plan
directly with the new administration
of Chancellor Moeser.”
Making the transition from
Marquette to UNL won’t be too diffi
cult, he said.
“I’m excited,” Jones said. “It’s the
kind of school spirit — the students,
faculty and staff — that people all
around the country look to.”
And Jones’ wife, Colleen, will be
joining him in Lincoln this summer.
She is now a business professor at
Suffolk University in Boston and will
join the UNL faculty next fall.
Living apart from his wife for four
years has been difficult, Jones said.
“Commuting marriages are always
quite difficult,” he said. But, he said,
the couple tried to spend four or five
days of the week together.
While he’s been at Marquette, Jones
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Candidate would strive
for minority involvement
By Julie Sobczyk
Creating a campus that welcomes
minorities should be a top goal for
UNL, an affirmative action and diver
sity director can
of affirmative ac
tion and assistant
to the president at
the University of
the University of
Powell last week.
“Bringing minorities and women
on campus for faculty and staff posi
tions is a priority, as well as bringing
minority students,” Powell said.
At Houston, she said, her biggest
accomplishment was turning a small
affirmative action office into one that
was larger, efficient and successful.
“I was charged with an office that
had only an interim director and a
secretary,” Powell said. “I laid plans
for affirmative action and diversity on
a campus where that was nonexist
Key issues at UNL are similar to
those in Houston, she said.
More minorities and women need
to be a part of the campus, she said,
and UNL is ready to move in that
“There are people here who are
receptive to the idea of affirmative
action and diversity,” she said. “They
can say ‘We need to improve, and
we’re looking for someone to be a
resource and give direction.’”
If chosen as the new director,
Powell said she would need to make
more evaluations before implement
ing affirmative action or diversity
“I’m not a person who will come in
on Monday and change everything by
Tuesday,” she said. “I’d need to as
sess issues and make a thrust on cam
pus where we can be seen.”
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Joy Creations Card Co. Prefsterisco-ownerof the company, which reflects Midwestern life
in its designs.
Senator combines business with art
By Ted Taylor
Ask Sen. Don Preister of Omaha
the best way to say “Merry Christ
mas,” “Happy Birthday,” or “I Love
You,” and he’ll probably draw a
He’d rather leave that to you.
That’s why the greeting card
company he’sco-owned since 1988
leaves the insides of its cards blank.
“By leaving the insides blank,”
he said, “we allow the people who
buy the cards to put their own emo
tions into the card. We want them to
be part of the creative process.”
The company called Joy Cre
ations Greeting Cards is based in
The 60-design line of cards fea
tures reproductions of original art
work that primarily reflects the
beauty of life in the Midwest. Most
of the work is done by Nebraska
Co-owner Mary Ann Krzemien
said the cards had given her and
Preister the opportunity to get the
word out about Nebraska artists.
“Doing this gives Don Preister
and myself, and the three area rep
resentatives, great pride in present
ing work of some of the outstanding
artists in the state,” she said.
“We’re convinced that you don’t
need to look to the West Coast or
the East Coast to find great talent.”
But Preister said environmental
issues also had a great deal to do
with the inception of the company.
“It started with a concern with
the environment and the artist,” he
said. “It just worked out that we
were able to combine the two con
Each card is printed with soy ink
on recycled, acid-free paper with
the hope that it will be framed in
stead of sent to the landfill.
Proceeds from the sales go to the
Nature Conservatory and assist with
planting trees, Preister said.
“We’re not just using the re
sources,” he said, “we’re also re
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