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It's Monarch Time Again

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

The Monarch butterflies are passing through campus again on their journey south. This butterfly flew from flower to flower Aug. 29 on the campus walkway.

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

UNO to Open Gallery Season Sept. 8 with Photo Exhibit

Since the 1980s, an estimated 150 to 200 million people have migrated from China's rural areas to its major urban centers in search of work, economic freedom and material prosperity.

A compelling photography exhibition by Peter Szto that documents this mass movement of people will open the 2006-07 art gallery season at UNO. "The Floating Population in Guangzhou, China: A Visual Study" will run Sept. 8 through Oct. 16 in the UNO Art Gallery. An opening reception – including a performance of traditional Chinese music – is set for Friday, Sept. 8, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Szto, coordinator of the bachelor of science in social work program in the UNO School of Social Work, was born and raised in New York City. At an early age, the plight of the city's dispossessed and downtrodden impressed upon him the need to help. His current research involves documentary photography to study social welfare problems in China.

In the summer of 2005, with grant support from the University Committee on Research, Szto conducted a visual study of this floating population on the streets of Guangzhou, formerly Canton. The term "floating population" reflects their illegal residency status.

Szto's work, captured in a series of 20 images, depicts a visual typology of what the floating population looks like, where they live and what strategies they rely on to survive. The presentation philosophy, which contrasts with the "mount, matte and frame" format consistent with gallery showings of photography, is intended to foster the educational spirit of the exhibition. Each of the images is mounted on blocks of wood two inches thick to promote interaction between image and viewer.

"I hope my photographs motivate people to want to help, as they moved me to want to tell their story," Szto said.

Szto also hopes educators will use the exhibition as the impetus for meaningful dialogue on the issues it addresses. Instructors and community groups are encouraged to use the gallery space for these discussions.

"The Floating Population in Guangzhou, China: A Visual Study" is made possible, in part, by support from the Nebraska Arts Council and the following UNO units: College of Public Affairs and Community Service, School of Social Work, International Studies and Programs, Black Studies, Cultural Awareness Programs, Foreign Languages and Sociology.

The UNO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building on the west end of the UNO campus. Admission is free 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, call 554.2796, or visit the Web at

Maintenance Begins on HPER Pool; Labor Day Hours

The UNO Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Pool will be closed for maintenance today, Aug. 31, starting at 1:15 p.m. It will reopen Tuesday, Sept. 5, at 6:30 a.m. Also, in conjunction with the Labor Day holiday, Campus Recreation will observe the following schedule:

- Saturday, Sept. 2
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

- Sunday, Sept. 3
Noon to 6 pm

- Monday, Sept. 4

September FEAP Schedule Announced

The Faculty/Staff Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) provides short-term counseling, assessment and referral services for faculty, staff, their spouses or significant others, and family members. FEAP offices are located in 206 Eppley Administration Building.

The September schedule is as follows:

- Sept. 1, 8, 14, 22 and 26
8 a.m. to noon

- Sept. 5, 11, 20 and 28
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Appointments are free and available by calling 554.3120 (UNO) or 559.5175 (UNMC).

Participants Sought for Faculty/Staff Drop-in Volleyball League

Volleyball, anyone?

The faculty/staff drop-in volleyball league is currently seeking additional players. All skill levels are welcome.

The league meets Fridays in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building from noon to 1 p.m. It is free for all Campus Recreation activity cardholders.

For more information, call Mike Kult at 554.2539.

Pre-Law Orientation Set for Sept. 6

Professors Carson Holloway (political science) and Laura Grams (philosophy and religion) will host a pre-law orientation Wednesday, Sept. 6, at UNO. It will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room A.

Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Mary Dunn at 554.2624 or visit the Web at

UNO Representatives Sought for Ad Campaign

SnitilyCarr, a Lincoln-based advertising agency, is searching for representatives from the UNO community to participate in a Nebraska Tourism advertising campaign.

The agency will conduct a photo shoot Friday, Sept. 15, from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Omaha. Professional attire is expected, and those interested in participating can pre-register by e-mailing As many as 24 participants are needed (both male and female, from all ethnic backgrounds). Participants will form an "audience" as part of the event.

A shuttle bus for individuals participating in the photo shoot will depart from UNO in front of the Eppley Administration Building (EAB) at 3:45 p.m. Following the event, the shuttle will provide transportation back to the EAB.

Nominations Sought for Strategic Planning Awards

The 2006 Strategic Planning Awards in the areas of student focus, academic excellence and community engagement will be presented at the Fall Convocation Wednesday, Oct. 11, at UNO.

The UNO Strategic Planning Steering Committee is currently accepting nominations. These awards are designed to recognize units, both academic and non-academic, and cross-disciplinary initiatives that exemplify a commitment to furthering UNO's strategic goals. UNO faculty, staff and students are invited to submit nominations for the Strategic Planning Awards.

"Please nominate units that you feel are deserving of these awards, as well as encourage faculty and staff to nominate units or apply for a 2006 Strategic Planning Award," said Lindy Gustafson, graduate assistant supporting the committee.

The nomination/application form can be found on the UNO Strategic Planning Web site ( and is due by Monday, Sept. 18. Past recipients are also listed online at

For more information, contact B.J. Reed ( or Deborah Smith-Howell (, co-facilitators of the UNO Strategic Planning Steering Committee.

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

Swing, Ballroom and Latin Dance Lessons Begin Sept. 17

Want to learn how to "Dance Like the Stars?" Campus Recreation and the Mav-Rec Wellness Stampede are teaming up to host Swing, Ballroom and Latin dance sessions beginning Sunday, Sept. 17. All classes will be held in 230 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. The schedule is as follows:

Session One (Sundays): Sept. 17, 24 and Oct. 1, 8

Times: Swing - 1 to 2 p.m.; Ballroom – 2 to 3 p.m. and Latin – 3 to 4 p.m.

Cost: Activity cardholders - $15 and $13 for a friend; non-activity cardholders - $18 and $15 for a friend. Those wishing to take multiple classes should add $5 per person per additional class.

To register, stop by 110 HPER. For more information, call Campus Recreation at 554.2539.

Omaha America's Walk for Diabetes Seeking Participants

Looking for a great opportunity to get involved in the UNO and Omaha Communities?

The Omaha America's Walk for Diabetes will be held Saturday, Sept. 23, at Lake Zorinsky, 156th and F St.

"Most of us have family and/or friends (or maybe even yourself) who are suffering with diabetes," said Suzanne Sollars, the UNO team organizer and an associate professor of psychology at UNO. "There are 20.8 million Americans with diabetes, approximately 97,000 in Nebraska. Diabetes is the largest healthcare expense in the United States. On average, every 21 seconds, someone is diagnosed with diabetes."

To sign up as a team member, visit the Web at and follow the prompts listed below:
- Go to "Join a Team" and then search for the "UNO - University of Nebraska Omaha" team name;
- Select the team name, and "Join;" and
- Plug in your information.

Family and friends not directly affiliated with UNO may also sign up under the UNO team name. There will be a party at the finish line with food and goody bags. Children are welcome at the walk and party.

"I hope you will consider joining the team. Together, we can help increase the progress toward finding cause and cure for diabetes, and have a great time meeting other UNO students, faculty and staff!" Sollars said.

Monies raised will go toward the American Diabetes Association (ADA) research, education and advocacy programs.

For more information, contact Sollars at