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UNO's Amber Richardson takes to the air in last weekend's 1-0 victory over Truman State. Maverick soccer will be at home again Saturday, Sept. 9, at 1 p.m. as they host Texas Woman's University at the Ak-Sar-Ben Field.

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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

Enrollment Increases at University of Nebraska

Enrollment at the University of Nebraska increased for the second year in a row, with the major gains coming in first-time freshmen and non-resident enrollment. Total student enrollment increased by .8 percent, from 45,477 to 45,819, while total student credit hours increased by .8 percent. The number of first-time freshmen increased by 3.0 percent, and non-resident enrollment increased 3.4 percent.

"We've been successful in some important areas, including enrolling more first-time full-time freshmen, which is in keeping with our ongoing efforts to increase the college-going rate in Nebraska," NU President J.B. Milliken said. He added, "The fall enrollment figures show some encouraging trends, including increases in non-resident students and in the number of graduate and professional students university-wide. However, the total increase of less than one percent clearly reflects a need to strengthen our efforts in recruiting and retaining students."

With the governor's leadership, the university and others in education, government and the private sector are partnering to develop strategies to increase Nebraska's college-going rate. According to the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, 2004 (high school) and 2002 (college-going) data: Nebraska ranks 17th in the U.S. in the percentage of high school graduates who go on to college (58.8 percent) - despite being ranked 5th in high school graduation rates (83.8 percent).

"Nebraska's future depends on an educated workforce," Milliken said, “As the state's demographics change, it will become increasingly important for the university to ensure affordable access to a quality education for all Nebraskans."

Quick enrollment statistics include:

Total undergraduate enrollment: + 0.1%
First-time freshmen: + 3.0%
Graduate enrollment: + 3.2%
Professional enrollment: + 0.5%
Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA) enrollment: + 3.8% Non-resident enrollment: + 3.4%
Resident enrollment: + 0.2%
UNL total enrollment: + 2.0%
UNMC total enrollment: + 2.2%
UNO total enrollment: - 1.3%
UNK total enrollment: + 0.4%

For individual institution results, click on the link below:
Enrollment Statistics Chart

For more information, contact University Affairs at 554.3502.

Board of Regents to Meet in Lincoln Today

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet at Varner Hall (3835 Holdrege St.) in Lincoln today, Sept. 8. The board meeting will be preceded by an update on UNO athletics, including initial recommendations from the university's internal review and a report from former U.S. Sen. David Karnes, who chairs a planning effort on athletics.

A complete agenda is available online at

UNO Library Science Education Program Takes to the Road

Becky Pasco, coordinator of Library Science Education programs at UNO, will be providing information in four communities around the state about the diverse array of library science education programs available to Nebraskans who would like to work in academic, public, special or school libraries. Her message? There has never been a more exciting time to work in a library or information agency.

"There is currently a huge need at the state, regional and national level for people who have the technical and human relations skills necessary to work in today's dynamic 21st century libraries," Dr. Pasco said. "Do you enjoy working with people? Do you enjoy technology? Do you want to make a difference in your school, on your campus, or in your community by connecting people with the information and ideas that support their personal and professional needs and growth?" If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, Dr. Pasco recommends considering a career in libraries!

Dr. Pasco has organized two "Recruiting Road Trips" to highlight the Library Science Education programs available in Nebraska, which include both undergraduate and graduate programs at UNO, the Community College Library Technical Assistant program, the UNO/Missouri cooperative master of arts in library science degree program, and the upcoming UNO/Chadron State Masters of Education/School Library Media endorsement program set to begin in the fall of 2007.

The Road Trip itinerary is listed below:

Wednesday, Sept. 20
- 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the North Platte Public Library, North Platte, Neb.
- 4 to 6 p.m. at the Scottsbluff Public Library, Scottsbluff, Neb.

Thursday and Friday, Sept. 21-22
- 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the South Dakota Library Association Annual Conference, Rapid City, S.D.

Wednesday, Sept. 27
- 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Norfolk Public Library, Norfolk, Neb.
- 4 to 6 p.m. at the Valentine Public Library, Valentine, Neb.

Thursday, Sept. 28
- 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Wyoming Library Association Annual Conference, Gillette, Wyo.

"We've been getting wonderful support from the librarians in the areas we will be visiting," she said. "It's also important for us to go to Wyoming and South Dakota as neither state has a graduate library science program and those citizens need good library and information professionals too!"

For more information on the "Recruiting Road Trips" and about careers in library science, call 554.2119 or 1.800.858.8648, ext. 2119, or e-mail

Sept. 15 Seminar at UNO to Provide Tips on Mastering Learning

Saundra McGuire, director of the Center for Academic Success (CAS) at Louisiana State University, will be the featured speaker at an event designed to help individuals improve their academic performance. The seminar, titled "Metacognition: The Key to Acing Chemistry Courses (and Everything Else)!", will be held Friday, Sept. 15, at UNO.

The seminar is sponsored by a National Science Foundation STEP Grant awarded jointly to UNO and Metropolitan Community College (MCC), and by the UNO Department of Chemistry. It will be held from 11 a.m. to noon in 115 Durham Science Center (DSC). All students are invited to attend.

Dr. McGuire earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Southern University, a master of arts degree in chemistry education from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in chemical education from the University of Tennessee. As a chemical educator and director of CAS, her efforts involve engaging students in active learning in order to facilitate learning. The center was recognized as the "2004 Outstanding Learning Center in the Nation" by the National College Learning Center Association.

"She will speak to students on how to ‘immediately and dramatically improve academic performance' - especially in science," said Jack Heidel, chair of the UNO Department of Mathematics. "She has been invited to UNO to help us set up our own Science and Mathematics Learning Center, which has recently been funded by NU."

The hour-long seminar will introduce students to cognitive science findings that can be used to improve learning. Dr. McGuire will teach students how to learn, as well as provide concrete strategies that can be implemented to immediately improve academic performance.

For more information, contact the UNO Department of Chemistry at 554.3641, or stop by 337 DSC.

Additional UNO/MCC STEP Grant information is available online at

School of Social Work Student Organization Garage Sale

The Student Social Work Organization (SSWO) will sponsor a huge garage sale Saturday, Sept. 16, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will be held at 6929 Seward St., in Omaha. The proceeds will benefit SSWO and the Open Door Mission. Items not sold will be donated to Goodwill.

"We welcome your patronage and support!," said Nancy Kelley-Gillespie, SSWO faculty advisor.

For more information, contact Dr. Kelley-Gillespie at 554.4886 or, or Sarah Cox, SSWO president, at

Office Product Show Set for Sept. 27

Save the date! The UNO Purchasing Department, in cooperation with Office Depot, will host its annual Office Products Show Wednesday, Sept. 27.

The show will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. in Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. For more information, watch eNotes for details as the event nears or contact Office Depot at

Sept. 11 Remembrance Planned

Campus Ministries at UNO will host an all-day event Monday, Sept. 11, to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The event will be held from 8:50 a.m. to 4:10 p.m. at the Henningson Memorial Campanile. All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

The event will be led by a team of campus pastors from UNO Campus Ministries. From 10 minutes to the hour to 10 minutes past the hour, there will be four stations set up at the campanile. At the stations, those in attendance will be invited to pray one-on-one with a campus minister, light a candle, journal or read sacred text (Qu'ran, Hebrew Scripture and New Testament Scripture).

"Everyone is welcome to stop by and remember the terrible events of that day," said Marty Kalkowski, campus minister.

For more information, contact Kalkowski at 898.3221.

Sept. 12 COS Demonstration Planned for Grant Writers

The next Community of Science (COS) information session will be held Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 11 a.m. in Room 100 of University Library.

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) hosts these hour-long sessions to provide faculty and graduate students with information about the various "finding funding" resources available through COS.

Reservations are not required. For more information, contact Nancy Schlesiger at 554.2286.

Nominations Sought for Strategic Planning Awards

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.

In the News

In the News

- Hesham Ali, dean of the College of Information Science and Technology, was quoted in the Aug. 13 edition of the Omaha World-Herald and the Aug. 14 editions of the Journal (Sioux City, Iowa), Times-Herald (Alliance, Neb.), Tribune (Fremont, Neb.), Independent (Grand Island, Neb.), Tribune (Hastings, Neb.), Hub (Kearney, Neb.) and the Lincoln Journal Star. The articles explored the possibility of bringing free wireless Internet to parts of Omaha.

- Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, political science, was quoted in the Aug. 11 edition of the Catholic Voice. The article discussed a need for cheap labor in the United States and fear of terrorism in relation to immigration.

- David Corbin, health, physical education and recreation, was cited in the Aug. 10 edition of the Omaha Star. The article announced that Dr. Corbin will present a session titled "Successful Aging: Debunking the Myths" 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. 3 edition of the Omaha Star, the Aug. 14 editions of the Citizen (Holdrege, Neb.) and the Lincoln Journal Star, and the Aug. 15 editions of the Hub (Kearney, Neb.) and Star-Herald (Scottsbluff, Neb.). The articles highlighted a recent report that shows a decline in Nebraska rural county populations and an increase in ubanization.

- Tom Gouttierre, dean of international studies and programs, and director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies, was interviewed Sept. 6 by Al Jazeera International TV. The segment focused on the implications of a recent meeting of Pakistani President Parvayz Musharraf and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai. Gouttierre also was cited in the Aug. 11 edition of the Air Pulse. He spoke to the Association of Old Crows, Daedalians and Air Force Association Aug. 17 at the Patriot Club.

- Christopher Stanichar, music, was cited in the Aug. 3 edition of the Omaha Star. The article announced auditions for the Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra, which Dr. Stanichar has directed for the past five years.

- Daniel Wilkins, physics, was cited in the Aug. 24 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article previewed the opening of fall exhibitions at UNO, Creighton University and the College of St. Mary art galleries.

- Kathy Yates, UNO Bookstore, was quoted in the Aug. 7 edition of the Daily Nebraskan. The article highlighted the use of vending machines on campuses to sell supplies like pens, notebooks and electronics.

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 Continues through Sept. 10 at UNO
ARTSaha!, Omaha's only new music festival, returns for a third year. Running through Sept. 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.

ANALOG will present a showcase of the short plays of Samuel Beckett, in partnership with the Bluebarn Theatre's Witching Hour tonight, Sept. 8. 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 remaining schedule with dates and times is listed below:

Tonight, 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.

chiaraEcoutez! 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

UNO Art Gallery Announces Fall Exhibitions
The UNO Art Gallery has announced three exhibitions that will be on display this fall on campus. K.C. Kauffman: Making the Invisible Visible; J.J. L'Heureux: Etichette; and "The Floating Population in Guangzhou, China: A Visual Study" will open Friday, Sept. 8, and run through Sunday, Oct. 15. An opening reception for all three displays will be held Sept. 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the gallery.

K.C. Kauffman: Making the Invisible Visible
K.C. Kauffman's "Muscle Movement" series records the subtle shifts of the body in hand-painted color photographs. Each series of images focuses on a particular body part - a finger, a neck, an elbow - and traces its movement.

This intense focus on the part, rather than the whole, transforms the human body into distinct abstract forms of light and dark. Contrasting action and stillness, these images capture the strength and power of the human body, making the invisible visible. K.C. Kauffman: Making the Invisible Visible was organized through Katharine T. Carter & Associates.

J.J. L'Heureux: Etichette
In her Etichette series, Los Angeles-based artist J.J. L'Heureux combines form and color in lyrical, almost pop art, collages constructed of etichette ("labels" in Italian) from Italian cheese wrappers. The etichette are part of a visual tradition being replaced by digital media due to standardization in the marketplace.

By making use of a species of commercial illustration that is endangered, L'Heureux redeems the often-overlooked beauty of these labels by elevating them into aesthetic objects with an inherent attractiveness in their own right. The artist re-presents the labels in a lively environment, creating abstract objects that evoke personal feelings and responses. J.J. L'Heureux: Etichette was organized through Katharine T. Carter & Associates.

"The Floating Population in Guangzhou, China: A Visual Study"
In the summer of 2005 - with grant support from the University Committee on Research - Peter Szto, a professor of social work at UNO, conducted a visual study on the streets of Guangzhou, China, that focused on the "floating population". This "floating population" refers to the illegal residency status of 150-200 million peasants that have mass-migrated since the 1980s from China's rural areas to major urban centers in search of work, economic freedom and material prosperity.

Szto's photographs provide a visual typology of how and where these people exist, and document some of their often-extreme survival strategies. These images combine academic research with the communicative power of photography to educate and persuade. Szto will present a lecture about his research and photographic study Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. in the UNO Art Gallery.

The UNO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building. The exhibitions are 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, call 554.2796.

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.