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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

Australian Finches Aid UNO Professor's Research

by Deb Derrick

When it comes to studying human behavior, Rosemary Strasser gets a little help from her feathered friends. Colorful Australian Finches are helping Dr. Strasser - an assistant professor of psychology at UNO, who holds a courtesy appointment in biology - understand why we behave the way we do. ...continue

Flag Lowering

The UNO flags will be lowered to half-staff Saturday, Sept. 16, in honor of UNO retiree Orval Churchill. He passed away Sept. 12 at the age of 84.

Churchill, a custodian leader, retired from the university Feb. 24, 1989. He had been with the university for more than 15 years. Services will be held Sept. 16 at 11 a.m. at Cutler-O’Neill-Meyer-Woodring Funeral Home, 545 Willow Ave., in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Today's Seminar 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 today, 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

SPO to Host Sept. 19 Performance of "Voices of Louisiana"

The UNO Student Programming Organization (SPO) and the Voices Foundation will bring the "Voices of Louisiana" theatrical production to campus Tuesday, Sept. 19. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

The Evacuation Theatre Troupe of the Voices Foundation travels across the United States with its Louisiana-based production. Subject matter in the production spans from the Louisiana Purchase to the present. With humor, the troupe, recounts the events leading up to the Louisiana Purchase, as well as takes a poignant look at the contributions and recent hardships of Louisiana.

"Join SPO for a night of theatre that both entertains and educates," said Erin Cron, Student Organizations and Leadership Programs adviser at UNO. "Learn about the history and the people of Louisiana from natives of the state."

For more information, contact Cron at 554.2711 or

UNO ADP to Host Simulcast Lecture of Author Azar Nafisi

UNO's American Democracy Project will host a live simulcast lecture of national bestselling author Azar Nafisi Wednesday, Sept. 20, at UNO. It will be held at 7:15 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Nafisi will be speaking from Lincoln at the 11th Annual Governor's Lecture in the Humanities, co-sponsored by the Nebraska Humanities Council and the University of Nebraska E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues. She will lecture on her national-bestseller, Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books.

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books chronicles the Islamic revolution in Iran and how it affected one university professor and her students. Translated into 32 languages and winner of many literary awards, the book was on The New York Times bestseller list for more than 70 weeks.

"Dr. Nafisi was a wonderful choice, on the part of the Nebraska Humanities Council," said Jody Neathery-Castro, associate professor of political science and UNO liaison to the American Democracy Project. "Her book and talk should have wide appeal across the disciplines - literature, politics, women's studies and religious studies. They're all addressed in Nafisi's memoir. We're excited to be able to broadcast her lecture in real time here at UNO so that the Omaha community doesn't have to go to Lincoln to hear her."

Nafisi is the director of the Dialogue Project at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C., where she is a professor of aesthetics, culture and literature. She also teaches courses on the relation between culture and politics. Nafisi held a fellowship from Oxford and taught English literature at the University of Tehran, the Free Islamic University and Allameh Tabatabai University in Iran.

For more information, contact Jody Neathery-Castro at 554.3611 or

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 (

"Consider This" to Explore Nebraska's Missing Persons

In Nebraska, 329 people are listed on the Nebraska Missing Persons Web site, which is maintained by the Nebraska State Patrol.

This week on "Consider This," Kelly Jolkowski will join host Andrea McMaster to talk about the Missing Persons Clearinghouse, created on behalf of her son Jason. Lt. John Shelton with the Nebraska State Patrol will also discuss the investigation process when it comes to missing persons cases.

The program will air today, Sept. 15, on KYNE-TV Channel 26 at 11 p.m.

The state's Missing Persons Clearinghouse is an Internet Web site dedicated to helping Nebraskans find missing friends and family members. Jolkowski has been a missing person's advocate since her son, 19-year-old Jason Jolkowski, disappeared in Benson on his way to work June 13, 2001.

Law enforcement agencies, parents and relatives of the missing are encouraged to contact the Missing Persons Clearinghouse toll-free at 877-411-LOST.

The Nebraska Missing Persons Clearinghouse is available online at

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

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, Sept. 17
11:30 p.m.

NET2 (NET's cable network)
- Monday, Sept. 18
1:30 p.m. (CT)

- Wednesday, Sept. 20
8 a.m. (CT)

Institute for Collaboration Science to Host Sept. 22 Forum

The University of Nebraska Institute for Collaboration Science invites faculty, staff and students to attend a campus-wide forum Friday, Sept. 22. It will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

At the event, attendees will be able to meet people, hear the history and learn of future plans.

For more information, contact Marie Lee at 554.2581 or

School of Social Work Student Organization Garage Sale

The Student Social Work Organization (SSWO) will sponsor a 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

Latino Heritage Month Celebration Begins Sept. 16

A month-long celebration will begin Saturday, Sept. 16, at UNO to celebrate Latino heritage and culture. Events continue through Tuesday, Nov. 2, and are free and open to the public.

The schedule of events – ranging from live performances and a film screening to a Dia de los Muertos Celebration – is listed below. All activities will take place on the UNO campus.

Saturday, Sept. 16
México Sinfónico
7:30 p.m.
Strauss Performing Arts Center
(Sponsored by UNO Department of Music, Office of Latino/Latin American Studies – OLLAS – and the Mexican Consulate)

Wednesday, Sept. 20
Marímba Orquestra América
Noon to 1 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center Plaza
(Sponsored by UNO American Multicultural Student Agency, and Student Organizations and Leadership Programs)

Tuesday, Oct. 3
"Vygotsky and Funds of Knowledge: Appropriating Cultural Resources for Teaching and Learning"
Luis Moll
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center Bootstrapper Hall
(Sponsored by UNO College of Education and the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies)

Wednesday, Oct. 4
"I Love America," Lydia Ramirez's one-woman play
Noon to 1 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room
(Sponsored by UNO Student Programming Organization)

Friday, Oct. 6
OLLAS Charla/Film Series: "Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada"
6 p.m.
Eppley Administration Building Auditorium
(Sponsored by UNO Office of Latino/Latin American Studies, and Student Organizations and Leadership Programs)

Wednesday, Oct. 18
Ofrenda Workshop and Dia de los Muertos Ofrenda Installation (featuring Martín Gerardo Ramírez Correa)
5 p.m.
UNO Art Gallery (Weber Fine Arts Building, first floor)
(Sponsored by UNO Office of Latino/Latin American Studies)

Thursday, Nov. 2
Dia de los Muertos Celebration
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
UNO Art Gallery (Weber Fine Arts Building, first floor)
(Sponsored by UNO Office of Latino/Latin American Studies)

For more information, call 554.2711.

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

- Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, political science, was cited in the Aug. 17 edition of The Reader. The article examined the gathering of superintendents from the Douglas and Sarpy county school system to discuss issues relating to the new Learning Community Coordinating Council.

- Brent Bowen and Scott Vlasek, UNO Aviation Institute, were cited in the Aug. 30 and Sept. 1 editions of the Omaha World-Herald. The articles discussed a recent plane crash in Kentucky that killed 49 people.

- Jerry Deichert, Center for Public Affairs Research, was quoted in the Aug. 9 edition of the Post & News-Chronicle (Benkelman, Neb.), the Aug. 10 edition of the Enterprise (Arthur, Neb.), the Aug. 17 edition of the Daily Nebraskan and the Aug. 18 edition of the Journal-News (Fairbury, 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. 11 through an uplink in the KYNE-TV studio for the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC-TV). The segment focused on whether or not we're winning the war on terrorism.

- Jeremy Lipschultz, communication, and Deborah Smith-Howell, assistant vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, were cited in the June 2006 edition of Modulator. The article announced the recipients of 2006 Nebraska Broadcasters Association Foundation scholarships, including UNO student Laura Wapelhorst.

- Jennifer White, health, physical education and recreation, was quoted in the Aug. 28 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article highlighted new Women Bound to Be Active book clubs, which began this week at several locations around the Omaha area.

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

- Thomas Hutson, Center for Afghanistan Studies, had a column published in the Sept. 6 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The editorial focused on the need of one U.S. voice in times of a threat of war with Iran.

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

OMDC to Present "b*mod4" Tonight, Tommorrow
Omaha Modern Dance Collective (OMDC) will present a concert, "b*mod4", featuring the work of four local and regional choreographers tonight 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

Sept. 16 Concert to Commemorate Mexican Independence Day
UNO will kick off Hispanic Heritage Month activities Saturday, Sept. 16, on campus 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 artisit - 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

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

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

Fall Exhibition Under Way at the UNO Art Gallery
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 run through Sunday, Oct. 15 at 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.

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.