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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

Christensen to Address SAC Today

Interim Chancellor John Christensen will address the Staff Advisory Council (SAC) today, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

"Staff, of course, are encouraged to attend and learn how they can be of assistance to Dr. Christensen," said Mary Sweaney, SAC president.

For more information, contact Sweaney at 554.3668.

Simulcast Lecture of Author Azar Nafisi Tonight

UNO's American Democracy Project (ADP) will host a live simulcast lecture of national bestselling author Azar Nafisi tonight, 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 a 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 ADP. "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 (

NASA Nebraska Space Grant Consortium Earns Grant

NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) has selected the NASA Nebraska Space Grant Consortium to receive a $34,000 grant. The award will fund four student internships with local and national aerospace companies.

The NASA Nebraska Space Grant Consortium is housed in the UNO Aviation Institute. The program administers NASA scholarships and fellowships to college and university students throughout the state.

Honeybee Robotics in New York City and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., will host one intern each. The selected students will work on robotic components for the next Mars Phoenix Lander. Local internships are being established with aerospace companies in the Bellevue, Neb., area. NASA hopes the student internship opportunities lead to retaining the best and brightest in the aerospace career field. Additionally, the grant will provide supplies and support for undergraduate senior design courses.

The NASA review panel commented on Nebraska's "strong record of placing students in ESMD-relevant positions within the industry." 

For more information, call 554.3502.

UNO Soccer Pancake Feed Sept. 24

Join the Maverick soccer team and community supporters Sunday, Sept. 24, for the team's annual Pancake Feed. 

Sponsored by the Pancake Man, Espresso Mary's and No-Frills Grocery, the event will run from 9 a.m. to noon at Espresso Mary's, 51st & Leavenworth. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for kids 12 and under.

All proceeds go to the UNO soccer program to help with travel expenses throughout the year. For more information, contact Coach Don Klosterman at 554.4962.

Writing Center to Offer Fall Workshops

TThe UNO Writing Center will offer six free workshops this semester on writing skills. All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend. Reservations are not required.

All workshops will be held at the center's 150 Arts and Sciences Hall location. For more information, call 554.2946.

Wednesday, Oct. 4
Session: Rein In Runaway Sentences: Comma Splices,
Run-on Sentences and Fragments
Time: 1 to 2 p.m.
Presenter: Connie Eberhart

Wednesday, Oct. 11
Session: Getting from Point A to Point B: Creating Good Transitions
Time: 1 to 2 p.m.
Presenters: Al Kammerer and Bobbi Olson

Thursday, Oct. 19
Session: Battle Royale:  Active Voice vs. Passive Voice
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Presenter: Kate Gaskin

Tuesday, Oct. 24
Session: How Do I Document This Source Using MLA?
Time: 11 a.m. to noon
Presenter: Carol Dillon

Thursday, Oct. 26
Session: Blood, Sweat, and Tears: Writing a Timed Essay Exam
Time: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Presenters: Joel Thomas and Kim Schwab

Tuesday, Oct. 31
Session: How Do I Document This Source Using APA?
Time: 11 a.m. to noon
Presenter: Carol Dillon

Speaking Across the Curriculum Brownbag Workshop

UNO faculty and staff are invited to attend a Speaking Across the Curriculum workshop Friday, Sept. 29. The event will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in 143 Arts and Sciences Hall.

"For decades, speaking across the curriculum programs have provided support for instructors who want to integrate effective oral communication practices into their classrooms," said Marlina Howe, a consulting coordinator with the UNO Speech Center. "In this brownbag session, you will learn about all the services that this program and the Speech Center offer faculty, staff and students at UNO."

The UNO Speech Center provides free speech consulting services for faculty, staff and students. Howe will conduct the Sept. 29 workshop.

Participants will learn about:
-  the UNO "Speaking Across the Curriculum" Program;
- Oral Communication General Education assessment for accreditation (AQIP); and
- the UNO Speech Center: The Speech Consulting Room and services for faculty.

To register for the session or for more information, contact Howe at 554.3201 or Those interested in attending are invited to bring their lunch.  Desserts and refreshments will be served.

Migrant Worker Documentary Screening Set for Sept. 21

In conjunction with the screening of the film "Dying to Live: A Migrant's Journey," UNO professors Lourdes Gouveia and Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado will be speaking at Creighton University Thursday, Sept. 21.

The 33-minute documentary focuses on the reasons why Mexican migrants risk their lives to come to the United States. The film provides both a look at the human face of the Mexican immigrant, including scenes of the harrowing journey migrants undertake to cross the U.S. border, and a discussion of the social, economic, political and religious issues involved.  The film will start at 7 p.m. in the Creighton University Student Ballroom.

Dr. Gouveia serves as the director of UNO's Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS), and Dr. Benjamin-Alvarado is the OLLAS assistant director.  The duo will speak after the presentation, along with the film's producer, the Rev. Daniel Groody, and Darcy Tromanhauser, a representative from the Nebraska Appleseed Project. The film and after-film presentation and discussion are free and open to the public. 

For more information, e-mail

UNO Fall Job Fair Sept. 27

Career Exploration and Outreach will host a fall job fair Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. The job fair will feature employers who are actively seeking candidates for open positions and internships.

Professional interview attire is expected, and students can pre-register to attend the fair through Friday, Sept. 22.

To register for the job fair, students must have a profile on the UNO CareerConnect system. Students can visit the Web at and scroll over the "CareerConnect" link to create a profile and register for the fair.

For more information about the job fair, CareerConnect and other services, contact Career Exploration and Outreach at 554.3672 or stop by 211 Eppley Administration Building.

Job fair sponsors are Union Pacific, Applied Underwriters, FirstComp, Streck, Walgreens, ConAgra, First National Bank of Omaha, Gallup, National Indemnity, US Bank, UPS, Northwestern Mutual, Interpublic Group, PayPal, Alegent Health and Enterprise.

ITS to Offer Informational Session on UNO Web Templates

Are you interested in redesigning your college or department Web site?

Stuart Wheat, Web designer in Information Technology Services (ITS), has developed a series of Web templates that are available for use by the UNO campus.

ITS will host an informational session on the UNO Web templates Thursday, Sept. 28. It will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

Those who attend will:
- Learn more about the UNO Web templates;
- See examples of how other UNO departments have implemented the Web templates; and
- Find out how you can use the templates to redesign your Web site.

To R.S.V.P., send an e-mail to For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.4357 or

Library Friends to Host "Dessert and Java with Kava" Sept. 28

To celebrate the One Book One Nebraska Project, the UNO Library Friends are sponsoring an event featuring acclaimed and bestselling Omaha author, Alex Kava.

Hear Kava share her experiences in the writing of One False Move at "Dessert and Java with Kava" Thursday, Sept. 28. The evening will start with dessert and coffee at 7 p.m. at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. The cost of the event is $15, and proceeds will benefit the UNO library. Books will be available to purchase and for Kava to sign.

"It promises to be a robust blend of mystery and conversation," said Kathy Tooker, president of the UNO Library Friends board.

To make a reservation or for more information, contact Diane Rockhold at 554.3205 or A reservation form is also available on the Web at

TIAA/CREF Campus Visits Announced for November

A representative from TIAA-CREF will be on campus each Tuesday in November for individual counseling sessions for employees. The dates are Nov. 7, 14, 21 and 28.

To schedule an appointment, call Louella Williams at 402.548.3610 or visit the Web at