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VOL. 96 UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-LINCOLN SINCE 1901
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By Erin Gibson
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University of Nebraska at Omaha Chancellor
I Del Weber, 64, announced Wednesday he would
U retire from his position June 30, after almost 20
f years at the university.
Weber’s term was
‘ longest of any chancellor
: UNO’s history.
r Smith said Weber has spen
! two decades buildingqual
l ity at UNO, and will leav<
the university well-prepara
~i for the 21st
tremendous job of building
t UNO into a first-rate met
ropolitan university,” Smith said. “He’s moved
the campus forward quite dramatically.”
Although he said he has enjoyed helping
| UNO “come of age” since his start at the school
in 1977, Weber said both he and the university
will benefit from his retirement.
“If you check your gut, something says, ‘Hey,
it’s time,”’ Weber said. “I think the campus will
benefit from a new infusion of leadership.”
The Columbus native became the university’s
chancellor after holding administrative positions
at Arizona State University and Cleveland State
He graduated from Midland Lutheran Col
lege in Fremont in 1954 before earning his
master’s degree and doctorate from the Univer
sity of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Regent Nancy O’Brien of Waterloo said
Weber’s leadership has been crucial to UNO’s
growth, especially in the controversial fight to
bring the College of Information Science and
Technology to the university.
Weber said his greatest accomplishment at
UNO was not a specific program or project, but
an enhanced sense of campus pride that had de
veloped during the last 20 years.
And Weber is reluctant to take credit.
“I didn’t create it,” he said. “It just happened.”
But O’Brien said Weber can be credited with
the higher level of prestige UNO now commands.
“UNO has been very well served by his lead
ership,” she said. “I’m certainly sorry to see Del
retire.” 4, ■
Weber “deserves some time to call his own”
after his long reign at UNO, O’Brien said. The
timing of his departure will not impede current
progress in enhancing the UNO campus and its
programs* she said.
Although Weber’s retirement as chancellor
is permanent, he said his departure from UNO
will only be temporary. Weber will take leave
from UNO between July 1 and January 1998,
afterward returning to the university as a spe
cial assistant to the president.
Smith said the university will now begin a na
tionwide search to find a replacement for Weber.
But finding a true replacement for the popu
lar chancellor will be difficult, said university
officials, including Brandon Steenson, speaker
of the UNO student senate.
Weber has been incredibly successful in mak
ing UNO a more well-known university,
‘We love him.”
I think the campus will benefit from a new infusion
WIMEMASTER THi MOORE, left, aadowaef Jamas Jeffarasiaad hi frost of sea of the fotmenUng
leMsss mi the sew complex that wHI house a wtoo-tastlag facility.
Winery uncorked in Nebraska
By Jim Goodwin
\ RAYMOND—In a state where
people would rather pop the top of
a Budweiser than uncork the fruiti
ness of a Fum6 Blanc, two entre
preneurs are turning cornfields into
But don’t think for a moment it’s
as hard as turning water into wine.
: . t
James Jeffers, owner of James
Arthur Vineyards pfcar Raymond, said
that as Nebraskans develop more so
phisticated tastes, “wine will work into
With its first batches of honey wine
and Nouveau next summer, James
Arthur Vineyards will become the
state’s second licensed winery.
According to The Wine Institute, a
trade organization representing more
than 400 California wineries, Nebras
kans consumed an average 1.5 gal
lons of wine per person in 1995.
Although that’s two and a half
glasses below the national average,
the statistic is of little concern to
Jeffers and Tim Moore, who plan
to market their wines only in Ne
To make the venture successful,
Jeffers and his partner, Moore, are
Please see WINE on 6
should stress progress
By Erin Schulte
Ever since the establishment of its
unicameral Legislature, Nebraska has
been a leader among states, Gov. Ben
Nelson said in his State of the State
But to keep its edge, Nebraska must
change its attitude, take risks and de
velop new technology, he said.
“The comfort zone is a place of no
growth,” Nelson said, “a place that ai
lows others to pass you by.”
Nebraskans need to look at the
state’s progress in a positive light, he
“Progress is defined in terms of
negatives,” Nelson said. “We hear
about unemployment and not about
those who are employed ... we hear
about government inefficiency and
waste but not about individuals, orga
nizations and agencies that are work
ing together to save taxpayer dollars.”
Please see STATE on 6
Moeser to decide soon
on vice chancellor post
By Erin Gibson
One man’s decision is all that re
mains in the choice of die second-high
est administrator at the University of
The search committee for the new
senior vice chancellor fen: academic af
fairs has completed interviews and
made a recommendation to Chancel
lor James Moeser, said Dale Forster,
chairman of the search committee,
“The committee reached a remark
able level of consensus” on one candi
date, Forster said. “The ball is in the
chancellor’s court now.”
The chancellor will soon decide
who will be the second-highest mem
ber of the UNL administration, Forster
The 12-member search committee
began its search last summer and chose
four final candidates last December af
ter hosting a series of off-campus in
terviews, Forster said. The final four
candidates were invited for on-campus
interviews at the end of last semester.
Candidates Harvey Perlman, dean
of the UNL law college, and Richard
Edwards, dean of the University of
Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences,
were called back for a second round of
interviews, Forster said.
- Other final candidates are RisaDeen
Palm, dean of the University of
Oregon’s College of Arts and Sciences
in Eugene, and Daniel Fallon, profes
sor of both psychology and public af- .1
fairs at the School of Public Affairs at -
the University of Maryland in College
The search committee has submit
ted to Moese'r comments on the
strengths and weaknesses of each can
didate, Forster said, but he could not
rule out any candidates for the posi
The vice chancellor position has
been vacant since Joan Leitzel resigned
to become president of the University
of New Hampshire in Durham last sum
mer. The selected candidate will replace
interim Vice Chancellor Irv Omtvedt.
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