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First Goal of the Season

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Sophomore Amanda Iwansky gets the Mavs off on the right foot Aug. 24 as she scores the first goal of the 2006 season. The national champions started off the season with a 9-0 win over Minnesota-Crookston. The next home game for the Mavericks will be Saturday, Sept. 2, at 1:30 p.m. when they host Truman State at UNO Soccer Field at Ak-Sar-Ben.

history photo

University of Omaha Band Convocation in the Arts and Sciences Hall auditorium, February 1956, under the direction of OU Assistant Professor of Music Arthur R. Custer.

This Week in Campus History

On Aug. 29, 1974, The Gateway announced that UNO was to serve as a training site for five senior members of the Afghanistan government. Three of these government officials were from the Afghan Ministry of Education and the others were from the Ministry of Planning. UNO was selected to host these Afghan officials by the United States Agency for International Development. According to Christian L. Jung, UNO Afghanistan Studies and Research program director, the visitors would attend workshops and courses in public administration and management.

Date: Aug. 29, 1974
Source: The Gateway
Compiled by University Library Archives

James Peters

Finding His Way

by Sonja Carberry

Back in Omaha after a seven-month trek through South America, UNO grad James Peters has cut the hair he let grow into an unruly mop and trimmed his bushy beard to a midnight shadow. In a yellow button-down shirt and crisp jeans, he looks very 20-something Omaha.

But part of Peters is still south of the border. ...continue

Concept Papers Sought for Energy Savings Program

UNO, in collaboration with the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD), is soliciting concept papers (two to three pages in length) pertaining to the Energy Savings Potential (ESP) Program now through Sept. 15. The mission of the ESP Program is to support and deliver collaborative research efforts to develop mutually beneficial results and projects dealing with energy efficiency and effective use of energy in residential and small commercial sectors, with focus being placed on roadblocks to the implementation of energy efficiency measures.

According to B.J. Reed, dean of the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS), activities conducted in accordance with the ESP Program will more than likely "form the basis for public benefit activities and programs to use energy more effectively in the future."

Adrian Minks, vice president of marketing and support services for OPPD, agrees. "OPPD has tried various strategies over the years to help our residential and small commercial customers be more energy efficient, with little success. So we sought the help of the academic resources of faculty and students at UNO," Minks said. "Our hope is that this initiative will develop creative and effective ideas to help achieve lower energy bills and more efficient use of energy for our customers. We believe that success in this area will also benefit consumers by delaying the need for OPPD to build expensive power generating plants."

Concept papers should emphasize changing behavior, eliminating barriers, and stimulating the utilization of energy-efficient techniques and technologies among a wide range of stakeholders, including small business owners, residential users, landlords, home builders, home repair contractors, commercial building owners, realtors and others who have a direct ability to apply such techniques and technologies.

The papers also may include evaluations of existing efforts, an identification of existing best practices, the development and evaluation of pilot projects/model testing, and the examination of barriers to the adoption of technology, as well as the assessment of policy and financial options and alternatives that might lead to energy-efficient activities. However, in all cases, grant activities must focus on the application of technology to improve energy efficiency among residential and small business owners.

There will be four concept paper submission deadlines each year, with the first deadline set for Friday, Sept. 15. Once submitted, concept papers will be assessed by a designated review panel with final approval coming from the advisory board. Upon approval, finalists will then be invited to submit a full proposal within one month of being notified of the paper's acceptance.

Evaluation criteria for concept papers will include:
- Relevance to stated ESP Program priorities;
- Potential impact;
- Cost efficiency/effectiveness; and
- General budget estimates.

Grants will range from $25,000 to $75,000, and larger proposals will also be considered depending upon their scope and likely impact. Private and non-profit partners may participate in proposals. However, the principal investigators must be members of the UNO faculty or staff and must include significant participation by UNO faculty, staff, and/or students with preference being provided to proposals that are interdisciplinary, include students, demonstrate an ability to leverage additional external resources and have the potential for immediate application.

To access additional guidelines and paper information, click on the link below.

Call for Concepts Paper

For more information, contact Gary Anderson at 554.2765 or

UNO Campus Food Policy Reminder

Food Services at UNO has the responsibility to ensure proper handling of food and beverages with regard to the health and safety of all individuals on campus. As always, Food Services can assist you with all of your catering needs. With the start of the fall semester, Food Services would like to remind students, faculty and staff of the UNO food policy (below).

UNO Food Policy
All food served on campus must be furnished by the University Food Services due to health safety concerns. Exception(s) to this policy must have the approval of the Manager of Food Services or the Director of the Student Center, or their designees. This policy relates to the entire campus with the exceptions of the Alumni Center and Student Housing.

Bringing in food and beverages, from any outside source, for meetings (including potlucks) is prohibited. It is not the intent of such a policy to prohibit anyone from "brown bagging" for personal consumption. This policy prohibits the sale or giveaway of food items on campus unless it is for an approved bake sale.

Food Services may, however, grant exceptions to the policy on a case-by-case basis. Those wishing to serve food at UNO that was purchased off campus will be required to fill out a food policy exception form and submit it to Food Services, located on the second floor of the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC).

Exceptions to the policy will be considered if:
- The function is internal to a department or organization with no outside or other involvement;
- Food Services is satisfied that the group knows and adheres to health department regulations; and
- The group has an approved exception form.

To access an application for exception to the food policy, click on the link below. Exceptions to the campus food policy must have the approval of the manager of Food Services, the director of the MBSC or their designees.

Application for Exception to UNO Food Policy

For more information call 554.2400.

Writing Center Hours and Locations Announced

UNO students, faculty, and staff now have three ways to get help with their writing. In addition to the main Writing Center, located in 150 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH), members of the campus community can visit a Writing Center Satellite in University Library or access an online Writing Center via the Web.

The hours for each location are listed below:

Writing Center (150 ASH)
- Monday through Thursday
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
(Closed Wednesdays from 3 to 4 p.m. for staff meetings)

- Friday
9 a.m. to noon

Thirty-minute and one-hour appointments are available. Walk-ins are accepted, or individuals can book appointments at

Writing Center Satellite (University Library)
- Monday through Thursday
12:30 to 3 p.m.

No appointments are accepted in advance, and sessions are limited to 15 minutes when others are waiting.

Writing Center Online (
- Sunday through Wednesday
7 to 9 p.m.

- Thursday
5 to 7 p.m.

No appointments are accepted in advance, and sessions are limited to 15 minutes when others are waiting.

For more information, contact Connie Eberhart, director of the UNO Writing Center, at 554.3322 or

Honors Program Seeks Information on Undergraduate Research

The UNO Honors Program, with support from the Office of Academic Affairs, is preparing the 2005-06 report on undergraduate research at UNO.

Once again, the offices are requesting the help of UNO faculty and staff to help discover as many senior capstone projects and activities as possible. The report form is available online at, and may be submitted electronically or printed and mailed to 105 Arts and Sciences Hall.

For more information, call M. Christine McIvor, assistant to the director of the Honors Program, at 554.2696.

CCSW to Sponsor Jessica O'Grady Fundraiser

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW), in conjunction with the O'Grady family, will sponsor a fundraiser for Jessica O'Grady Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 28-30, at UNO. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Henningson Memorial Plaza outside the Milo Bail Student Center.

Family, friends and authorities have been searching for 19-year-old UNO student Jessica O'Grady since she came up missing May 9 in Omaha. CCSW members, along with O'Grady's family and friends, will staff a table at the fundraiser. Buckets with her picture on the outside will be on hand to collect donations.

For more information, contact Esther Scarpello at 554.3660 or Marvel Maring at 554.2992.

UNO to Close for Labor Day Holiday

UNO will be closed Monday, Sept. 4, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. The 2006 fall calendar is available online at

University Library Announces Labor Day Holiday Schedule

University Library will be closed Sunday through Monday, Sept. 3-4, in conjunction with the Labor Day holiday. Normal hours will resume at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5.

MavCard Services Recarding Reminder

If they have not already done so, all currently enrolled students should stop by MavCard Services to receive the new MavCard.

MavCard, the official identification card at UNO, replaces the university's previous photo ID cards. Beginning Friday, Sept. 8, only newly issued MavCards will work on campus. The newly designed MavCard features the NU ID number, which is used for various services across campus.

MavCard Services is located on the second floor of the Milo Bail Student Center. Fall office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call 554.2100, or visit the Web at For information about the NU ID, visit the Web at

Falun Gong Exhibit at UNO Art Gallery through Sept. 3

The UNO Art Gallery and Daniel Wilkins, professor of physics at UNO, will present artwork created by Chinese Falun Gong practitioners in a show titled "Toward Spiritual Freedom: The Art of Falun Gong" through Sept. 3.

"Truth, Compassion, Tolerance" explores the practice of Falun Gong - an ancient Chinese tradition of meditation and self-improvement - and the ban and oppression of its practice in China. Wilkins has practiced Falun Gong and been interested in its role in China since 2001.

The 17 featured artworks - paintings and pastel images - focus on personal courage and the cruelty and persecution that Falun Gong practitioners have faced in the People's Republic of China. "The artwork illustrates the inhumanity of religious persecution, while at the same time portraying the extraordinary power of people and belief," said Colleen Heavican, director of the UNO Art Gallery. "Some of the artwork focuses on torture, and is visually arresting and disturbing at the same time."

The exhibit runs through Sunday, Sept. 3, in the UNO Art Gallery, located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building. The exhibition is free, handicapped accessible and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from noon to 4 p.m.; Thursday from noon to 8 p.m.; and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Heavican at 554.2796.

32nd CMIT Round Table Sept. 1

Dirk Mattfield from UNO's sister university in Germany, Technical University of Braunschweig, is visiting Omaha and will visit the UNO College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T) Friday, Sept. 1. Dr. Mattfield will be presenting his work on "IT-Integration of Terminal Operations Planning" at the 32nd Center for Management of Information Technology (CMIT) Round Table. It will be held in 164 The Peter Kiewit Institute from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

For more information on CMIT's upcoming research round tables, visit the Web at Those wishing to attend must R.S.V.P to Sue Fienhold at 554.3770 or by today, Aug. 28. Pizza will be provided.

HR Seminar Series Kicks Off Sept. 5

Human Resources at UNO will kick off a yearlong series of informative seminars for all interested faculty and staff Tuesday, Sept. 5.

The first installment in the series, co-sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council, is titled "Identity Theft – Panel Discussion." It will be held Tuesday, Sept. 5, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and will be repeated Wednesday, Sept. 6, from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mon Hon Room. The seminar will cover methods you can use to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft.

The seminars are scheduled monthly from September through April. Topics will include personal financial management, social security and retirement planning.

For more information, contact Esther Scarpello at 554.3660.

Campus Recreation to Offer Bike Classes

Campus Recreation and The League of American Bicyclists will offer Road I Bike Classes this September at UNO.

Classes will be held Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. The cost is $40 for students, $45 for UNO activity cardholders, and $50 for non-activity cardholders and the general public. The schedule is listed below.

Session One
Sept. 6, 13 and 20

Session Two
Sept. 14, 21 and 28

This basic nine-hour course is a primer for cyclists who wish to gain a full understanding of how to safely operate a bicycle in a variety of situations. Interactive discussion on bike skills practice and a student manual will be utilized. It will be a half-classroom/half-road practice format with individualized feedback provided. Participants must supply their own multi-speed bike and helmet.

Individuals may sign up in 100 HPER. Payment with cash, check or credit card will be accepted. For more information, call 554.2008 or visit the Web at

Fidelity Representative on Campus Sept. 13

Fidelity representative Chad Anderson will be on campus for individual counseling sessions for employees Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, call 1.800.642.7131.

Maverick Watch

MavericksFall sports are officially under way at UNO. Support your Mavericks by attending their home events. Students are admitted free to all home athletic games with proper ID. The spouses and children of faculty and staff also are admitted free.

At home this week...

Saturday, Sept. 2
- Cross Country
UNO and Creighton University Invitational
Chalco Hills Recreation Area, 8901 S. 154 St.
10 a.m.

- Soccer vs. Truman State
UNO Soccer Field at Ak-Sar-Ben
1:30 p.m.

- Football vs. University of Nebraska at Kearney
Caniglia Field
6 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 3
- Soccer vs. Missouri Southern
UNO Soccer Field at Ak-Sar-Ben
1:30 p.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at