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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

Flag Lowering

The UNO flags will be lowered to half-staff Saturday, Sept. 2, in honor of UNO faculty member Dennis Roncek. He passed away Aug. 28 at the age of 59.

Dr. Roncek, a professor of criminal justice, had been with the university since July of 1994.

Services will be held Sept. 2 at 1 p.m. at Heafey-Heafey-Hoffman-Dworak-Cutler West Center Chapel, 78th and West Center. Memorials can be directed to the American Cancer Society or the Boy Scouts of America.

UNO Athletics Announces New Ticket Policy

MavericksMaverick faculty, staff and student fans will be introduced to a new ticket policy when UNO opens its football season Saturday, Sept. 2, at Caniglia Field against the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Game time is at 6 p.m., and the gates will open at 4:30 p.m.

Faculty, staff and students will be admitted free to all home athletic games with a valid UNO ID and game-day ticket, excluding hockey for faculty and staff. The spouses, significant others and children of faculty and staff also are admitted free.

In conjunction with the new policy -- while faculty, staff and students still will be admitted free -- everyone must have a ticket to enter the stadium. At the game, faculty, staff and students must present a valid MavCard ID to receive a ticket. The ticket will be good for general admission only.

This football season, Section CC (next to the UNO Band) will be designated as the UNO Student Section.

Tickets will be available on the day of the game at each home event. For more information, call 544.MAVS (6287).

Maverick Beef Club to Host Sept. 2 Game-day Fundraiser

The Maverick Beef Club, a nonprofit booster club for UNO football, will host a fund-raising event prior to the Saturday, Sept. 2, UNO vs. University of Nebraska at Kearney football game.

At the event, from 3 to 6 p.m., $5 donations will be accepted in exchange for parking and tailgating on the top level of the UNO parking structure. Parking will be free on the lower and middle levels of the parking structure.

The Maverick Beef Club provides funds for scholarships, weight room equipment, athletic equipment, fall camps, team travel suits, computers, video equipment and awards banquets.

For more information, contact Jason Bartling at 250.3958.

"Consider This" to Highlight 2-1-1 Service

Do you find you have a hard time figuring out whom to call if you are looking for a particular service, hotline or agency? If so, "2-1-1," the community's most extensive human service database, is the number to call.

Hear more about the resource service and the information available by calling "2-1-1" this week on "Consider This" with host Andrea McMaster. Jamie Moore with the United Way of the Midlands will be this week's guest. Moore also will share how to get involved and volunteer in the community.

The program will air tonight, Sept. 1, at 11 p.m. on KYNE-TV Channel 26.

This free service, provided by United Way of the Midlands, is also available online at by clicking on "2-1-1 Online" at the left.

This edition of the program will be rebroadcast according to the following schedule:

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, Sept. 3
11:30 p.m.

NET2 (NET's cable network)
- Monday, Sept. 4
1:30 p.m. (CT)

-Wednesday, Sept. 6
8 a.m. (CT)

"Consider This" is a production of UNO Television. It also airs on The Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For a list of days and times, visit the Web at Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at

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.

Maintenance Under Way on HPER Pool; Labor Day Hours

The UNO Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Pool will be closed for maintenance through Monday, Sept. 4. 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 p.m.

- Monday, Sept. 4

UNO ITS Tech Fair Sept. 6

Learn how to can your Spam! Information Technology Services (ITS) will sponsor its annual Tech Day Wednesday, Sept. 6. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

Stop by and try out the fair's Spam toss, and learn about the latest technology available on campus. New products from technology vendors will be on display, and attendees can enter a drawing to win one of several prizes. The grand prize will include a drawing for a Dell Printer or an iPod Nano.

For more information, contact Lanyce Keel at 554.2020.

Sept. 7 Audio Conference to Highlight Transgender Inclusion

UNO will host "Facing Transgenders: Inclusion, Advocacy and Empowerment" Thursday, Sept. 7. The event, an interactive audio conference, will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

Jessica Pettit, a professional trainer and facilitator, will be the presenter. Pettit is an authority on the following topics:
- teamwork in the workplace;
- change implementation;
- staff development;
- group facilitation;
- cross-cultural communication;
- white privilege;
- social justice;
- intersections of marginalized identities;
- specific communities like lesbian, gay, bisexual/fluidity, trans/gender variant, intersex condition and polyamorous relationships; and
- power dynamics.

Those who attend will:
- Increase their awareness of the existence of the transgender variant populations;
- Learn how to transfer this knowledge to proactively identify campus actions steps;
- Learn how to create more higher education administrator advocates for trans needs;
- Elevate their campus as a leader in serving trans populations;
- Learn about diverse populations on campus; and
- Be more inclusive for trans/gender variant students, faculty, staff, alumni and other community members.

For more information, contact Kent J. Lavene at 554.3008.

Participants Sought for "Women Bound to Be Active" Book Club

Attention all women: A UNO professor is searching for women who enjoy reading and would like to be more physically active.

Jennifer White, a faculty member in the UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation whose research and teaching efforts focus on fitness and wellness, will lead the "Women Bound to Be Active" book club.

If you answer "yes" to the questions below, Dr. White invites you to register for the book club:
- Do you enjoy book clubs?
- Are you interested in improving your quality of life?
- Do you start and stop physical activity programs?
- Do you want more education about physical activity?
- Would you like to get to know other women just like you?

Individuals are invited to choose from five different sites across the metropolitan area and attend at three different times in the evening. The book club will begin the week of Sept. 11 and costs $75, which includes books and materials.

For more information or to register, contact Becky Laferriere at 554.2670 or

Evening Yoga Class Announced

The Wellness Stampede and Campus Recreation announce the addition of an evening instructional Yoga Class.

Classes will be held Mondays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in 230 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. The cost is $15 for students, $20 for faculty and staff activity cardholders, and $25 for non-activity cardholders. The schedule is listed below.

Session One
- Sept. 11, 18 and 25
- Oct. 2, 9 and 23 (Class will not be held Oct. 16)

Session Two
- Oct. 30
- Nov. 6, 13, 20 and 27
- Dec. 4

The instructor will be Amy C. Anderson, a certified instructor with the Omaha Yoga and Bodywork Center. Anderson's class will cover relaxation and warm-up Yoga postures.

Individuals may sign up in 100 HPER. For more information, call 554.2539.

Discount Available to Strawberry Shortcake Premiere at The Rose

UNO faculty, staff and students are eligible for a ticket discount to the Saturday, Sept. 30, world premiere screenings of "Strawberry Shortcake: The Sweet Dreams Movie" at The Rose Theater. Showtimes are 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at The Rose, 2001 Farnam St.

In the movie, Strawberry Shortcake and her friends travel to the Land of Dreams to stop the Peculiar Purple Pie Man from stealing dreams. Before the show, individuals are invited to mingle with Strawberry Shortcake, herself, on the strawberry-red carpet. Many of the actors providing voice talent for the show will also be on-site before and after the movie.

To receive the discounted ticket price of $10 (regularly $16), fill out an order form and return it to The Rose Theater. Click on the link below to access the ticket order form. To have a form faxed to your office, call 554.2358.

Strawberry Shortcake Ticket Order Form

For more information, contact Lindy Aleksiak at 402.502.4625 or

In the News

- In the NewsRandy Adkins, political science, was quoted in the Aug. 13 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article discussed the Nebraska Senate race between Sen. Ben Nelson and challenger Pete Ricketts.

- David Corbin, health, physical education and recreation, was cited in the Aug. 4 edition of the Omaha Daily Record. The article announced that Dr. Corbin will present a breakout session titled "Successful Aging: Debunking the Myths" Friday, Oct. 13, at the 9th annual Omaha Women's Health and Wellness Conference.

- Jerry Deichert, Center for Public Affairs Research, was quoted in the Aug. 4 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article explored population growth in Nebraska due to a boost in the state's Hispanic population. Deichert also was quoted in the Aug. 1 edition of the Star-Herald (Scottsbluff, Neb.) and the Aug. 2 edition of the Guide & News (Gretna, Neb.). The articles discussed Nebraska's population in regard to urban and rural counties.

- Tom Gouttierre, dean of international studies and programs, and director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies, was interviewed Aug. 24 by Urbana, Ill., NPR affiliate WILL-AM for its Focus 580 Program. Gouttierre spoke on the topic "Afghanistan: An Update."

- Jack Heidel, mathematics, was quoted in the Aug. 14 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article explored the effect of all-girl math camps on the attraction of females to the mathematics field.

- Anne Hellbusch, KVNO/UNO TV, was cited in the Aug. 7 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article announced that Hellbusch was recently named marketing manager of KVNO/UNO TV.

- Steven Hoiberg, international studies, was quoted in the Aug. 5 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article explored the culture gap students from the Hiroshima College of Foreign Languages experienced this summer during their stay in Omaha.

- L.C. Menyweather-Woods, black studies, was cited in the July 2006 edition of One Magazine. The article announced that Menyweather-Woods received the Otto Swanson Spirit of Service Award at the National Conference for Community and Justice of the Midlands annual Humanitarian Dinner.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media – local, state, regional, national or international – we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.

In Print

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.

On Stage

ARTSaha! 2006 Festival Sept. 6-10 at UNO
ARTSaha!, Omaha's only new music festival, returns for a third year. Running from Sept. 6-10, ARTSaha! 2006 is a presentation of ANALOG arts ensemble, in partnership with UNO and with support from the Nebraska Humanities and Arts Councils. Most festival events will take place on the UNO campus, and all are free.

The festival kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 6, with a nine-hour performance of John Cage's organ composition As SLow aS Possible (ASLSP). The following day, ANALOG will present the festival's centerpiece, a chamber reduction of Jean-Philippe Rameau's 1739 opera-ballet The Festivities of Hebe. Veering from baroque to bluegrass and beyond, ANALOG's production, featuring mezzo-soprano Christina Carr delivering all of the roles, will bring one of Rameau's most glittering and richly layered scores to new life.

On the third day of the festival, ANALOG will present a showcase of the short plays of Samuel Beckett, in partnership with the Bluebarn Theatre's Witching Hour. Featuring rarely seen works like "Breath," "Not I" and "Rockaby," the production will highlight the kinship between Beckett and music's avant-garde. The Nobel laureate's estate has granted special permission for staged performances of two television plays, "Quad" and "Nacht und Träume," making this ARTSaha! event one of the most unique in the American celebration of the Beckett centenary.

On Saturday, Sept. 9, the public is invited to participate in the World's First Aeolian Kite-In at Immanuel Field, in front of Immanuel Hospital. A collaboration between ANALOG and Midwest Winds Kitefliers Club, the event will be a chance for attendees to attach a noisemaker to a kite and join in an interactive airborne sound installation.

That evening, the festival adjourns to the newly refurbished Mallory Kountze Planetarium on the UNO campus for a concert of electronic music, an ARTSaha! tradition. Berkeley native Heather Frasch will mount a sound diffusion scheme for a program that features classics of the genre along with world premieres of multimedia works.

The festival concludes with a collaborative performance of Terry Riley's minimalist masterpiece "In C." UNO students will join with ANALOG and local musicians for a free-ranging performance of one of the sacred texts of modern music in the UNO Pep Bowl.

The full schedule with dates and times is listed below:

Wednesday, Sept. 6
- ASLSP (As SLow aS Possible) - A marathon performance of John Cage's organ score
UNO Strauss Performing Arts Center
3 p.m. to midnight

- ANALOG Flutes - A recital by Marcia Kämper and Rachel Stornant, featuring the music of George Crumb, Toru Takemitsu and Elliot Carter
UNO Eppley Administration Building Auditorium
7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 7
- The Festivities of Hebe (or The Lyric Talents) - A chamber reduction of Rameau's complete opera-ballet
Strauss Performing Arts Center Auditorium
7:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 8
- Acting With a Metronome - A panel discussion of Samuel Beckett's work, featuring performers and scholars from UNO and the U.S. Naval Academy
UNO Experimental Black Box Theater (Weber Fine Arts Building)
6 p.m.

- The Short Plays of Samuel Beckett - A centenary celebration of the Nobel laureate
UNO Experimental Black Box Theater (Weber Fine Arts Building)
7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 9
- The World's First Aeolian Kite-In - An interactive performance piece open to anyone with an airborne noisemaker
Immanuel Field, Immanuel Hospital, N.72nd St. and Sorensen Parkway

- ANALOG Projections - An audio-visual extravaganza
UNO Mallory Kountze Planetarium
7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 10
- Back in Lisbon - A solo recital by Rudolf Kämper
First Central United Church of Christ (FCCC), 421 South 36th St.
4 p.m.

- In C - A performance of the minimalist milestone by ANALOG arts ensemble, UNO students and guests
UNO Pep Bowl
7:30 p.m.

For artist information, composer biographies, music and more details about the festival, visit For more information, call 554.3502.

Ecoutez! Season Opens Sept. 9 with Chiara String Quartet
The 2006-07 Ecoutez! Series at UNO will open Saturday, Sept. 9, with a performance by the Chiara String Quartet. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall on the UNO campus.

"Ecoutez! is committed to bringing the highest caliber of established performers and emerging artists to the metropolitan area," said Roger Foltz, a professor of music at UNO and coordinator of the series. The word "ecoutez" is French for "listen." KVNO Classical 90.7 FM is the media sponsor for the series.

The quartet consists of artists-in-residence at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music, where they are taking a lead in developing a groundbreaking program in music entrepreneurship. Chiara has trained at the Juilliard School and was a recipient of its Lisa Arnhold Quartet Residency.

The Chiara Quartet won first prize at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, and top prizes at the Premio Paolo Borciani International Competition, the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the Astral Artistic Services Audition. They have performed in major venues like Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall and the American Academy in Rome. At the heart of their educational work is the belief that great live performance is the best way to connect people to music.

The remainder of the 2006-07 Ecoutez! performance schedule is as follows:

- Sunday, Oct. 8
Heinavanker (Estonian Vocal Ensemble)

- Thursday, Feb. 8
Trombones de Costa Rica

- Saturday, Feb. 24
Hubert Laws (flute)

All performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. The doors will open 30 minutes prior to each concert.

Individual tickets are $15 for each performance. All students are admitted free of charge with the MavCard, the official ID card at UNO. Phone reservations for student tickets are recommended.

For more information, call 554.3427.

OMDC to Present "b*mod4" Sept. 15-16
Omaha Modern Dance Collective (OMDC) will present a concert, "b*mod4", featuring the work of four local and regional choreographers Friday and Saturday, Sept. 15-16, at Creighton University's Lied Education Center for the Arts, 24th and Cass St. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. each night.

The event will feature dances created by Omaha choreographers Susan Dickson Matsunami, Kelly Holcombe Hanneman and Mary Waugh Taylor of the UNO Moving Company, as well as former Lincoln resident Sara Semonis.

"We brought together these four choreographers because they have produced full bodies of work and are currently at the peak of their creativity," said producer Taffy Howard, director of the sponsoring Omaha Modern Dance Collective (OMDC.) "Anyone who comes to the concert will find out why we're calling it 'an explosion of creative energy!'"

The concert's unusual name, "b*mod4", reflects the variety of the choreographers' work and the diversity of modern dance, Howard said. "‘b*mod4' can have several meanings," she said. "Be modern, body modern, four modern choreographers... It's like modern dance itself, which often has multiple layers of meaning and challenges the viewer to find his or her own interpretation."

The concert marks a rebirth of sorts for OMDC, a group that has worked to support modern dance since 1980 but has been out of the public eye recently, Howard said.

"For the past several years, we've taken a break from producing concerts," she said. "We'll have some absolutely electrifying dancers onstage – many of them trained in our own classes – and some with professional backgrounds in both modern and ballet."

The "b*mod4" is being presented with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and is open to the public. Tickets will be $15 for adults, and $12 for students and senior citizens. Reservations are available by calling 551.7473. For more information about the concert, send an e-mail to

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.

On Exhibit

Falun Gong Exhibit Continues at UNO Art Gallery
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 Sept. 3. The UNO Art Gallery is 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.

Peter Szto Photography Exhibition Opens Sept. 8 at UNO Art Gallery
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, "The Floating Population in Guangzhou, China: A Visual Study," documents this mass movement of people.

The exhibit 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/Anthropology.

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

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.