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A Visual Study

photo courtesy of Peter Szto

A photography exhibition by Peter Szto, "The Floating Population in Guangzhou, China: A Visual Study," will open Friday, Sept. 8, in the UNO Art Gallery. The exhibit, which documents the mass movement of people in China, will run through Oct. 16. See story below for details. Pictured above: Szto's picture shows a woman pleading for mercy because she is hungry, without work and distraught. She is asking for help and to also support her return to her home village.

history photo

Pictured above: Omaha University students congregate south of Arts and Sciences Hall between classes in the fall of 1946.

This Week in Campus History

On Sept. 3, 1982, The Weekly Communicator reported that the Dance Theatre of Harlem was scheduled to perform later that month at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Omaha. The UNO Student Programming Organization, performing artists/Omaha, the UNO College of Fine Arts and the Milo Bail Student Center sponsored the performance. Members of the UNO community who purchased tickets for this event were invited to a reception following the performance where they could meet the dancers. The Dance Theatre of Harlem was also scheduled to teach a master class in ethnic class in the UNO Health, Physical Education and Recreation dance lab.

Date: Sept. 3, 1982
Source: The Weekly Communicator
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

ReadeNotes Option Now Available

It's back! Starting today, Sept. 5, eNotes users will be able to sign up to receive a daily eNotes reminder message sent to their Lotus Notes account.

"University Affairs received feedback from users that they missed this feature, so we worked with Information Technology Services to bring it back," said Becky Bohan Brown, assistant director of internal communications and editor of eNotes. "As before, if you have Internet access, you can read eNotes daily on the Web. Each edition is available online after 12:01 a.m. daily."

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If you experience difficulties in registering, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (554.4357) or

HR to Host Identity Theft Discussion Today, Tomorrow

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

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

Sept. 15 Faculty Workshop to Focus on Learning Instead of Grades

Saundra McGuire, director of the Center for Academic Success (CAS) at Louisiana State University, will be the speaker at an interactive workshop titled "Get Students to Focus on Learning Instead of Grades: Teach them HOW to Learn!" Friday, Sept. 15, at UNO.

The workshop is sponsored by a National Science Foundation STEP Grant awarded jointly to UNO and Metropolitan Community College, and by the UNO Center for Faculty Development. It will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Dodge Room.

This interactive workshop will introduce participants to cognitive science findings that can be used to improve teaching and learning. This workshop will also provide a variety of strategies that can be used to help all students experience meaningful, transferable learning.

To register, contact the UNO Center for Faculty Development at 554.2427, or stop by 220 Arts and Sciences Hall. For more information about the event, visit the Web at

Additional UNO/MCC STEP Grant information is available online at

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 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.

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.

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

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.

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

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. Students are invited to attend. All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

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.

Peter Szto Photography Exhibition Opens Sept. 8

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.

Ecoutez! Season Opens Sept. 9 with Chiara String Quartet

ChiaraThe 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.

Writing Center Hours and Locations Announced

UNO faculty, staff and students 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

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.

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 at a variety of times. 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

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).

IPD Discussion Partners Sought

The program for International Professional Development (IPD) is once again looking for discussion partners for its student body of international business professionals. IPD is designed to give participants rigorous instruction in intensive English, as well as American business practice and ethics.

The discussion class provides this group with an opportunity to converse casually with native speakers on an array of topics. All students are high-intermediate to advanced speakers of English.

"Volunteering to be a discussion partner is an excellent way to learn about other cultures and languages, while at the same time serving as a cultural ambassador for Omaha and for the United States," said Steven Hoiberg, IPD adviser. "It also makes for an outstanding and meaningful volunteering project."

There is currently one discussion class scheduled each week on Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon in 123 Roskens Hall. All are welcome, and interested participants can attend any class. Volunteer parking passes can also be arranged.

For more information, contact Hoiberg at or 554.2293.

Maverick Watch

MavericksGo Mavs! Support your Mavericks by attending their home events.

Faculty and staff are admitted free to all home athletic games with a valid UNO ID (MavCard ID) and game-day ticket, excluding hockey. The spouses, significant others and children of students also are admitted free. At the game, students must present a valid MavCard ID to receive a ticket. Tickets will be available on the day of the game at each home event. For more information, call 554.MAVS (6287).

At home this week...

Saturday, Sept. 9
- Soccer vs. Texas Woman's University
UNO Soccer Field at Ak-Sar-Ben
1 p.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at


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