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On display on the first floor of Criss Library is the new exhibit, "The Architectural Studies of H. A. Raapke," featuring works produced during H. A. Raapke's student years, circa 1899-1907. Many of these drawings were part of his coursework for two schools in Paris: Altier Préparatoire D'Architecture and École Nationale des Beaux-Arts.

Sixteen of Raapke's original drawings are on display in the windows of the Archives and Special Collections area of Criss Library. The exhibit will run through the end of April 2016. All 59 extant drawings in the library's collection may be viewed in the Criss Library Online Exhibit space at http://unomaha.omeka.net/exhibits/show/raapke.

On display in Archives and Special Collections at Criss Library is Charles Timothy Hagel: A Life in Photographs, a biographical exhibit spanning the life of U.S. Secretary of Defense and U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel. A more in-depth version of the exhibit with some different photographs can be viewed online at: http://hagel.omeka.net/exhibits/show/chuckhagelbiography.

This exhibit coincides with the opening of the first portion of the U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel Archives to the community. Researchers may now browse and search inventories of Hagel Photographs, Artifacts, Grant Files, and Schedules in the Archives and Speical Collections database at http://unomaha-public.lyrasistechnology.org/repositories/4/resources/508.

Game Night at Criss Library will be onFebruary 21 from 6-9pm! Game Night will continue on the 3rd Sunday of each month throughout the rest of the semester! Bring your own board games, or use ours. Everyone is welcome, so mark your calendars, and bring a friend! If you have questions, contact Claire Chamley at cchamley@unomaha.edu.

International bestselling author of The Forgotten Girls, Sara Blaedel, will visit Omaha on her U.S. tour for her new book The Killing Forest with an event co-sponsored by UNO Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library and the Danish American Archive & Library. Blaedel will speak at UNO's Criss Library on Saturday, February 6th at 1pm. Light refreshments will be served. Sara Blaedel is the author of nine bestselling crime fiction novels published in twenty three countries, translated into over thirteen languages, and optioned for film rights.

Blaedel's latest thriller The Killing Forest takes readers on a journey back through detective Louise Rick’s past as she reconnects with the principal investigator at the Hobaek Police Department, her former in-laws, a fanatic religious cult, and her longtime close friend, journalist Camilla Lind. As she navigates through the small town’s cramped network of deadly connections, Louise unearths toxic truths left unspoken, and dangerous secrets. The book is full of fascinating details about ancient Nordic religions.

Criss Library recently purchased the JSTOR "full house", and UNO now has access to all fourteen Arts & Sciences collections, and the Life Science collection. The JSTOR collections stand among the most important archives of academic journals, and the "full house" brings over 2,100 additional journals to the library's JSTOR account.

As is standard with the JSTOR archives, a three-to-five year "moving wall" governs access to articles. Depending on the license negotiated with each journal publisher, articles are released into the archival collections three to five years after publication. More recent articles may be available through the library's current subscriptions, and researchers may check the All eJournals A-Z directory to confirm this. The library catalog also includes records for journal subscriptions and even many individual articles.

For more information about these new resources, please contact Jim Shaw at jshaw@unomaha.edu or (402)554-2225.

  

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Criss Library and University of Nebraska - Omaha gratefully acknowledge
the Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Memorial Foundation and Dr. Guinter Kahn
as a primary benefactors of our expanded and renovated library.

Dr. CC & Mabel L. Criss

Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss

The insurance industry giant that is today's Mutual of Omaha began in 1909 in the mind of a young Creighton University medical student who sold insurance part-time to help finance his studies.  That student was C.C. Criss, who envisioned the need for more comprehensive health and accident coverage than the limited policies then available.  In 1910, while still in school, Dr. Criss and his wife Mabel bought the year-old charter of the Mutual Benefit Health and Accident Association.  Serving first as treasurer and later as president and chairman of the company that became Mutual of Omaha, Dr. Criss pioneered the simplified, liberal policies to minimize liability from accident or illness.

Mabel Criss provided the organizational and business management skills that enabled the young company to grow and gain a reputation for superior customer service.  Beginning as stenographer and office manager, she became Mutual of Omaha's fist woman officer and a director of the company.  She oversaw construction of the original Mutual of Omaha home office and is credited with the company's family-oriented culture and emphasis on service to customers and the community.

The Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Memorial Foundation was established in 1978.  The foundation has generously supported educational and scientific purposes, including higher education, cultural, youth, and social service activities.  To honor the Criss's legacy, a gift from the foundation establishes the expanded and renovated Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. 

Dr. Guinter Kahn

Dr. Guinter Kahn

Guinter Kahn was born May 11, 1934, in Trier, Germany.  The second son of a cattle trader, he and his family suffered from economic hardships and anti-Semitic persecution. In the late 1930s the Kahn family fled to the United States and eventually moved to Omaha.  Dr. Kahn graduated from Central High School in 1951 and then enrolled at Omaha University (now UNO), graduating cum laude three years later.  He was accepted at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s College of Medicine and graduated with honors in 1958.

In 1968, Dr. Kahn began teaching at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.  There, he became aware that patients in an experimental study were growing unwanted hair as a side effect of the drug minoxidil, taken orally for hypertension. Kahn reasoned that a topical solution might have the same effect and produce a "cure" for baldness.  Positive results led to a patent in 1974 and development of the product known as Rogaine.  

For the past three decades, Dr. Kahn has practiced dermatology in Miami. A committed philanthropist, he has given generously of his resources and his time to help make the world a better place. Dr. Kahn has extensively traveled the world, lecturing on the horrors of the Holocaust and advocating tolerance and justice.

Dr. Kahn also has generously invested in educational excellence at his alma mater and specifically the university’s information hub — the library. He has provided major gifts to benefit the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Leon S. McGoogan Library of Medicine. The library’s main floor is named for Dr. Kahn to recognize his generosity and his belief in the central role of the library. He also has received an honorary doctorate of science from UNMC for his contributions to dermatology.  

In 2004, the year he celebrated 50 years since graduating from Omaha University, Dr. Kahn made an extraordinary gift to support the UNO Library and its expansion project. To recognize his belief in higher education and passion for tolerance, understanding and knowledge, the University of Nebraska at Omaha has named the library addition  — the Dr. Guinter Kahn Addition — to honor his commitment.

We also thank the following people and organizations for their gifts to the Criss Library:

  • Adah and Leon Millard Foundation Boardroom - Group Study Room 119
  • Alan and Marcia Baer Family Charitable Trust - Individual Study Room 102G
  • Courtesy of Steve and Gale Shorb - Individual Study Room 102L
  • Courtesy of The Nelson Family - Individual Study Room 102N
  • Eugene S. and Sunny M. Thomas Learning Laboratory - Group Study Room 239
  • H. Don and Connie J. Osborne Family Gallery - Room 227
  • In Memory of Doug Loewens - Individual Study Room 102H
  • In Memory of Dr. John W. Flocken - Individual Study Room 201C
  • Marion E. and Barbara B. Tritsch Garden
  • Robert H. Storz Foundation Learning Laboratory - Group Study Room 244
  • University Library Friends Advanced Learning Center - Classroom 231
  • UNO Alumni Association Learning Laboratory - Group Study Room 243