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This Week in Campus History

On Sept. 22, 1967, The Gateway reported that KYNE-TV, Channel 26 had recently hired two University of Omaha graduates: James Cox as production/traffic manager and Virginia Thomas as producer/director. The newspaper also announced that a TV Classroom series titled "American School Systems" would air on KYNE-TV on Monday evenings that fall.

Date: Sept. 15, 1986
Source: The Gateway
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

Network for disAbled Students to Host Disability Days

Faculty, staff and students from UNO will discover what it might be like to have a disability this week. Members of the Network for disAbled Students at UNO will host Disability Days Tuesday, Sept. 19, through Thursday, Sept. 21, at UNO.

"The three-day event will encompass a game day, a lecture and a hands-on activity," said Erin Cron, Student Organizations and Leadership Programs adviser at UNO. "Participants will get to experience what it is like to live and perform day-to-day activities with a disability."

The activities are highlighted below:

Tuesday, Sept. 19
- Game Day
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Nebraska Room
Play board games and meet new friends.

Wednesday, Sept. 20
- Lecture Day
MBSC Nebraska Room
Mike Kult, assistant director of facilities, intramural sports and special events with UNO Campus Recreation, will discuss his experiences playing sports with a disability.

Thursday, Sept. 21
- A Walk in My Shoes Event
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
MBSC Nebraska Room
Through wheelchair games and other activities, participants will have an opportunity to experience what it's like to have a disability.

For more information, contact Cron at 554.2711 or

SPO to Host Tonight's "Voices of Louisiana"

The UNO Student Programming Organization (SPO) and the Voices Foundation will bring the "Voices of Louisiana" theatrical production to campus tonight, 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

Nebraska Peace Corps Recruiter to Visit Campus Sept. 20

Jennifer Marciniak, the state of Nebraska recruiter for Peace Corps, will be on campus Wednesday, Sept. 20, to talk with UNO students about the program.

Marciniak will be available at a Peace Corps-sponsored table from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center. Students are invited to stop by and visit with Marciniak about Peace Corps opportunities. She will also be available to talk to classes for increments of five minutes to one-hour. Those interested in a classroom presentation should contact Marciniak directly at

While in Omaha, Marciniak will also conduct a Peace Corps Information Meeting Thursday, Sept. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St. A video presentation will accompany her Sept. 21 talk.

For more information about Marciniak's UNO visit, call 554.2293.

Voter Registration Drive Continues on Campus Sept. 20

The November mid-term elections are almost here. The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) at UNO will staff a voter registration table Wednesday, Sept. 20, in conjunction with the Azar Nafisi simulcast event. At the live simulcast, which will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom at 7:15 p.m., Nafisi will discuss her best-selling book, Reading Lolita in Tehran.

Deputy registrars representing the Douglas County Election Commission will be on hand before and after the event to help faculty, staff and students register to vote or change polling place information if a voter has moved.

The voter registration table is being held in conjunction with the CCSW Susan B.'s Coffeehouse Series and will help commemorate the life of Susan B. Anthony, the champion of women's suffrage.

For more information, contact Joyce Crockett (554.3364 or or Marvel Maring (554.2992 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 about the ADP at UNO, visit the Web at, or contact Jody Neathery-Castro at 554.3611.

"Service-Learning 101" Offered This Fall

What does "community engagement" mean?  What does it look like?  Why do we value it?

For many UNO faculty, community engagement means service learning:  integrating community service projects into coursework so that students apply course concepts, see their relevance to everyday life and gain the satisfaction of making a difference in the community.

To help faculty design service-learning projects that meet genuine community needs, the Service-Learning Academy will offer "Service-Learning 101," a 90-minute workshop, twice this fall. The sessions will be held Tuesday, Oct. 10, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Political Science Conference Room, located in 286 Arts and Sciences Hall.  

Faculty new to service learning and those with projects in development are invited to attend. To register, contact the Service-Learning Academy at 554.2427 or

UNO Library Friends to Host Oct. 12 Book Discussion

The UNO Library Friends will host a discussion on A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz Thursday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m.  Moshe Gershovich, a UNO Department of History associate professor, will lead the discussion.

Publishers Weekly describes the book as "a powerful, nimbly constructed saga of a man, a family and a nation forged in the crucible of a difficult, painful history."  The story is primarily set in Oz's childhood in Jerusalem during the 1940s and 50s.

Gershovich earned a bachelor's degree from Tel Aviv University in Jewish and Middle Eastern history, and a doctorate in history and Middle Eastern studies from Harvard University. He taught Middle Eastern history at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from 1995 to 1998 and then received a Senior Scholar Fulbright Scholarship to teach and conduct research in Morocco.  He also taught at Al-Akhawayn University in Ifrane from 1998 to 2000.  In 2001, he joined the UNO faculty, where he has been teaching modern Middle Eastern history.

Gershovich published a book  titled French Military Rule over Morocco: Colonialism and its Consequences (Cass, 2000), as well as numerous scholarly articles in journals such as Middle Eastern Studies, Journal of Military History, Maghreb Review and Journal of North African Studies.

For more information, call 554.3205.

Undergraduate Catalog Changes Due Oct. 31

The deadline to submit changes for the 2007-08 UNO Undergraduate Catalog is Tuesday, Oct. 31. The changes should be submitted to Marian McDonald, 108 Eppley Administration Building.

For more information, call 554.3674.

Strategic Planning Awards Deadline Extended

The UNO Strategic Planning Steering Committee has extended the deadline for the 2006 Strategic Planning Awards nominations until Monday, Sept. 25.

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 students are also 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 ( 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.

Pulses Series: Library Café Open for Business

Do you know what services your library has to offer? The following is the third in a series of informational articles designed to introduce students to services and activities at University Library. Library staff is providing the Pulses articles. The topic of this week's article is the new Library Café.

Pulses: Coffee, Caesar Salad, Colas and More - All at the Library Café!
Come visit the new Library Café, located on the main floor of University Library.  Quench your thirst with a variety of soft drinks or a Starbucks Cappuccino. Have a snack, or order a panini sandwich for lunch.

The café is open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Fresh salads, soups, signature wraps and your choice of five grilled panini sandwiches are all served throughout the day, along with a light breakfast fare of pastries, bagels and breads.

"This is great news for my study group," said Sarah Wenzl, a senior at UNO. "We're always trying to find time to eat before we gather at the library.  Now we can have dinner there!"

A sample menu can be found at University Library Dean Steve Shorb invites comments from the campus community on the Café and its offerings.  "This is a new experiment for the library," Shorb said. "And we're open to all comments and feedback."

September FEAP Schedule Available

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. 20 and 28
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

- Sept. 22 and 26
8 a.m. to noon

Appointments are free and available by calling 554.3120 (UNO) or 559.5175 (UNMC).

Office Product Show Set for Sept. 27

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 the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. Factory representatives will be on hand to offer free samples and productivity enhancements to those in attendance. Refreshments also will be served.

For more information, contact Office Depot at

Today's Office Professional Conference Oct. 13

The 2006 Today's Office Professional Conference is set for Friday, Oct. 13, at the Westside Community Center, 3534 S. 108th St. The event, presented by the Nebraska Business Development Center, will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The conference is designed for administrative assistants, secretaries, support staff and office managers. The enrollment fee is $149, which includes a continental breakfast, a gourmet lunch, training materials, a complimentary gift and parking.

Those who register by Sept. 22 will get a discount rate of $129. No other discounts apply. To enroll and access the list of speakers and presentations, visit the Web at

For more information, contact Chris Flott at 595.2900 or

The Nebraska Business Development Center is a unit of the UNO College of Business Administration.


- Frank Brasile, a professor in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER), has been named the new Commissioner of the Intercollegiate Division of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA). He also has been appointed a member of the International Competition Committee of the NWBA.  Dr. Brasile is a former international and intercollegiate coach and was recently inducted into the NWBA and Intercollegiate Division Halls of Fame.

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