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This Week in Campus History

On Sept. 15, 1986, This Week announced that Russell Smith had been named director of the Center for Applied Urban Research (CAUR) in the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS). Dr. Smith, who had been director of the Governmental Research Bureau at the University of South Dakota, planned to emphasize policy-relevant research and outreach to local government and economic development groups. CPACS Dean David Hinton commented on Dr. Smith's appointment at UNO, saying, "He brings considerable experience and talent to CAUR, and we anticipate a broader role for the center with his attention."

Date: Sept. 15, 1986
Source: This Week
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

Season Tickets Available to 2006-07 Theatre Productions

Season tickets for the UNO Department of Theatre's 2006-07 productions are now available for purchase. The cost is $40 for the general public, and $30 for UNO faculty, staff, students and senior citizens.

The 2006-07 season is as follows:

- "Man of LaMancha" by Dale Wasserman, Joe Darion and Mitch Leigh
Oct. 5-7, 11-14

- "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare
Nov. 16-18, Nov. 29-Dec. 2

- "Nickel and Dimed" by Joan Holden
Feb. 22-24, Feb. 28-March 3

- "Student Showcase"
March 29-31 (free to subscribers)

- "Our Country's Good" by Timberlake Wertenbaker
April 12-14, 18-21

To purchase tickets, call 554.2406 or stop by 315A Weber Fine Arts Building. For more information, visit the Web at

Pathways to Harmony, Part 2 Oct. 24

Pathways to Harmony, Part 2 will be offered Tuesday, Oct. 24, to interested faculty, staff and students.

This program is only available to those who have already attended the first Pathways seminar.

The Pathways to Harmony, Part 2 program extends to the next level of diversity professional development. It focuses on how to interrupt insensitive and inappropriate behavior effectively and helps participants create a deeper understanding and awareness of diversity and differences.

To register for Pathways, Part 2, contact Kate Clark at 554.2896 or Seating is limited.

Friends of Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra Fundraiser

The Friends of Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra have entertainment books available for purchase. The cost is $25 and a portion of the proceeds benefits the Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra, UNO's Concert Orchestra.

The entertainment books offer numerous deals for Omaha-area restaurants, travel and entertainment. The Friends of Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra is a support group for the orchestral program at UNO, which assists in raising scholarship funds for music students.

To purchase a book, contact Christopher Stanichar, director of UNO Orchestral Activities, at 554.2768 or

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 (MCC), 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, or stop by 220 Arts and Sciences Hall. For more information about the event, visit the Web at

Chair Massage Service Available in HPER Sept. 15

The Mav-Rec Wellness Stampede and Campus Recreation will offer the first chair massage session of the fall semester Friday, Sept. 15.

A station will be set up in 213 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Andrea Porter, a certified massage therapist, will administer the massages. The cost is $10 for a 15-minute session. Walk-ins will be accepted if time permits. The service will also be available Oct. 20, Nov. 17 and Dec. 15.

To schedule an appointment, call 554.2539 or stop by 100 HPER.

Sept. 16 Concert to Commemorate Mexican Independence Day

UNO will kick off Hispanic Heritage Month activities on campus Saturday, Sept. 16, with México Sinfónico 2006. The concert, which commemorates Mexican Independence Day, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. It is free and open to the public.

The UNO Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Christopher Stanichar, will perform selections by Latino composers. The concert will feature a guest artist - guitarist Javier Castellote, who is also a UNO Department of Music alumnus.

The concert – sponsored by the UNO Department of Music, the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) and The Mexican Consulate – will be followed by a reception sponsored by La Mesa Mexican Restaurant. Partial funding for this event has been provided by OLLAS through the U.S. Department of Education.

For more information, contact Lucy Garza at 554.3835 or

UNO to Celebrate Constitution Day the Week of Sept. 18-22

UNO will celebrate the creation of the U.S. Constitution Sept. 18-22 with a variety of activities.

Constitution Day, which falls on Sept. 17, marks the date the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document and present it to the American public.

The following events are free and open to the public:

Monday, Sept 18
Topic: "An Uncertain Defense: An Examination of Presidents and Civil Liberties, From Woodrow Wilson to George W. Bush" (lecture and discussion)
Presenter: Sam Walker, professor emeritus of criminal justice at UNO and author of In Defense of American Liberties: A History of the ACLU (1990)
Time/Location: 7 p.m. in University Library (Free cookies and punch will be served, and the Library Cafe will be open until 7 p.m.)

Tuesday, Sept. 19
Topic: "Pushing the Limits: Your First Amendment Rights in the New Century" (panel discussion)
Time/Location: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Dodge Room
Sponsored by Pi Gamma Mu and the UNO Honors Program

Wednesday, Sept. 20
Topic: "Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books" (simulcast and post-lecture discussion)
Presenter: Azar Nafisi, director of the Dialogue Project, Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University SAIS
Time/Location: 7:15 p.m. in the MBSC Ballroom
Sponsored by the Nebraska Humanities Council with simulcast promoted by the American Democracy Project

Thursday, Sept. 21
Topic: "It Is Broken but No One Wants to Fix It: A Call for Constitutional Reform" (lecture and discussion)
Presenter: Alan Gibson, associate professor of political science at California State University, Chico
Time/Location: 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the MBSC Gallery Room

Friday, Sept. 22
Topic: "Our Constitution - A Conversation with Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Stephen Breyer" (campus telecast and discussion)
Time/Location: 2 to 4 p.m. in the MBSC Council Room
Sponsored by the UNO American Humanics Program

For more information, call 554.3502.

This event is being held in partnership with UNO's American Democracy Project (ADP). The ADP at UNO seeks to increase the civic engagement of its students, staff, faculty and administrators. Its goal is to help fuel the development of an informed and contributing citizenry for the United States in the 21st century. For more information, visit the ADP Web site (

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

UNO Ambassadors Available for Campus Activities

Do you need help with a University event? The UNO Ambassadors are ready and willing to represent the university.

Twelve UNO Ambassadors are available during the fall and spring semesters to assist at campus functions hosted by the chancellor and other UNO dignitaries and organizations.

Members of this select group wear UNO blazers or polos and act as official hosts and hostesses at a variety of events, interacting with guests to enhance a positive image of the university. All ambassadors maintain full-time student status, but the group strives to honor as many requests as possible.

For more information or to obtain a request form, contact Christy Tilford (554.3546 or or Mary Dobrauc (554.2220 or Requests should be made a minimum of two weeks prior to an event.

Writing Center Hours and Locations

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

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.