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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. 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

"Colombian Mobile Consulate" at UNO Sept. 22-24

The Colombian Consulate in Chicago will visit the UNO campus Friday through Sunday, Sept. 22-24, to offer a variety of services to citizens, including ID cards, passports, visas to Colombia and more. The costs and conditions related to the services are available on the Web at

The "Colombian Mobile Consulate in Omaha" will be held Sept. 23 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sep. 24 from 8 a.m. to noon. All services will be held in 106 Arts and Sciences Hall (Conference Room). A short program titled "Colombia Unite Us" ("Colombia Nos Une") is planned for Sept. 22. It will begin at 5:30 p.m. in 100 Arts and Sciences Hall and is free and open to the public.

The events are being sponsored by the Colombian Consulate in Chicago; the Colombia United in Nebraska Association (COLNEB); the UNO Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS); and the network of Colombians of Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Payments for passports and other services will only be accepted via cash or money order made payable to the Consulado General de Colombia.

For more information, contact Juan C. Picón with COLNEB at 402.536.2107, or the Colombian Consulate General in Chicago at 312.923.1196, ext. 27, or

Fall Convocation Set for Oct. 11

Mark your calendars for the 2006 UNO Fall Convocation. The event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 11, in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall at 10 a.m. Interim UNO Chancellor John Christensen will deliver his state-of-the-university address. All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

The convocation will be followed by a processional to University Library for a dedication ceremony, and a reception will be held at the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom following the library event.

CCSW to Distribute Resource Referral Card

Balancing the demands of school, work and home life can be difficult, but the Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) at UNO has found a way to help ease the load through the creation of a referral card.

The card is a source of information about services available to students in need, both on and off campus. Issues that individuals can receive help with include drug and alcohol abuse, sexual violence and depression, among others.

A referral card will be distributed to all faculty and staff at UNO to help guide students to the appropriate services and resources available to them at little or no cost.

For more information about the referral card or the CCSW, contact Marvel Maring (554.2992 or or Esther Scarpello (554.3660 or

The CCSW serves as an advisory council to the chancellor and other university administrators on issues that relate to women faculty, staff and students. The commission's goal is to provide a forum for women at UNO in conjunction with the organization's core themes of A, B, C – Awareness of women's issues, Balance in women's lives, and the Community and women's roles.

15-Passenger Van Training Session Sept. 27

Individuals who plan to drive a 15-passenger van for a university-sponsored trip this semester are required to attend a safety awareness class. The first class this semester will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, in the International Studies Conference Room, located in 241 Arts and Sciences Hall.

Those planning to attend should contact Stan Schleifer at 554.3596.

Group Ex Instructor Prep Course Offered

Interested in becoming a Group Ex instructor? If so, here's your chance.

UNO Campus Recreation will host a Group Ex instructor prep course Saturday, Sept. 23, and Sunday, Sept. 24, at the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

Classes will be held both days from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $25 for current students and $30 for other UNO activity cardholders.

To register, stop by 100 HPER. For more information, call 554.2539.

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.

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

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

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