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Football and Fireworks

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

UNO will present a fireworks show for fans this Saturday, Sept. 23, following the UNO vs. Augustana football game. The show will start 15 minutes after the game ends. The 12-minute aerial display will be shot off from the parking lot of the Elwood Park swimming pool. See the story below for details.

history photo

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

Interim Chancellor to Appear on Next "Consider This"

How does the university move forward after the recent controversy surrounding the handling of finances in the athletic department?

UNO's Interim Chancellor, John Christensen, will address this topic and others when he joins host Andrea McMaster on this week's "Consider This."

The program will air tonight, Sept. 22, on KYNE-TV Channel 26 at 11 p.m.

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

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, Sept. 24
11:30 p.m.

NET2 (NET's cable network)
- Monday, Sept. 25
1:30 p.m. (CT)

- Wednesday, Sept. 27
8 a.m. (CT)

"Consider This", a production of UNO Television, also airs on The Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. Visit the Web at for dates and times. Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at

Mav Kids to Host "End of Summer" Event Tonight

Campus Recreation will sponsor an event celebrating the "End of Summer" tonight, Sept. 22.

The Mav Kids program will host an evening of swimming, games, crafts, movies and snacks in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Children ages five to 12 years old are invited to attend.

Pre-registration is required. The cost is $10 for UNO activity cardholders and $15 for the general public. Registrations can be made in 100 HPER or by calling 554.2539.

Fireworks to Follow Sept. 23 Augustana Football Game

Fireworks will follow football Saturday night, Sept. 23, when the Mavericks host North Central Conference (NCC) rival Augustana College. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. at Caniglia Field, with a fireworks show taking place 15 minutes after the completion of the game.

At the start of the fireworks program, traffic will be restricted on University Drive East. Vehicles will not be able to leave the lower or middle levels of the parking structure because that portion of Drive East is in the "fallout zone." Normal traffic flow will resume at the conclusion of the program.

In conjunction with the Augustana game, UNO fans can receive up to four general admission tickets to the football game for $10 by showing their Cox Communications cable bill at the ticket booth. The regular ticket price is $7 per person.

Faculty, staff and students are admitted free to all home athletic games with a valid MavCard ID and game-day ticket, excluding hockey for faculty and staff. The spouses, significant others and children of faculty, staff and students also are admitted free. At the game, faculty, staff and students must present a valid MavCard ID to receive a ticket. Tickets will be available on the day of the game at each home event.

For more information, call 554.MAVS (6287).

"Colombian Mobile Consulate" at UNO through Sept. 24

The Colombian Consulate in Chicago will visit the UNO campus today 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 today 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 today, 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

Institute for Collaboration Science to Host Forum Today

The University of Nebraska Institute for Collaboration Science invites faculty, staff and students to attend a campus-wide forum today, 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 of collaboration science and learn about the institute's future plans.

For more information, contact Marie Lee at 554.2581 or

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.

Speaking Across the Curriculum Faculty Brownbag

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.

"Service-Learning 101" Offered This Fall

What does "community engagement" mean? What does it look like? Why does the university 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

In the News

In the News- Patricia Adams, Program for Women and Successful Aging, was quoted in the Sept. 4 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article announced a call for nominations for the third annual Women of Wisdom Awards, which will be presented next spring.

- Hesham Ali, dean of the College of Information Science and Technology, was cited in the Sept. 3 edition of the Lincoln Journal Star. He also was quoted in the Aug. 14 edition of the Southern Illinoisan (Carbondale, Ill.). The articles explored the possibility of bringing free wireless Internet to parts of Omaha.

- Loree Bykerk, political science, was quoted in the Sept. 5 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article looked at voter fatigue in regard to the 2006 election.

- Thomas Gouttierre, dean of international studies and programs, and director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies, was quoted in the Sept. 10 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article discussed the resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan on UNO programs there. He also was interviewed Sept. 8 by KFAB about practical timetables and challenges relating to indigenous forces in Afghanistan and Iraq assuming responsibility for internal security in each respective country. In addition, Gouttierre was interviewed Sept. 14 by KFAB about the neo-Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan.

- James Thorson, gerontology, was quoted in the Sept. 2 edition of the Lincoln Journal Star. The article discussed the psychological process involved in aging and dying.

- Samuel Walker, professor emeritus of criminal justice, was quoted in the Aug. 15 edition of the Macon Chronicle-Herald (Macon, Mo.). The article explored a rise in police-involved shootings in Las Vegas.

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

- Chantel Crockett, a senior in the School of Communication, has published "University of Nebraska at Omaha's PRSSA Chapter Fights Hunger with Laughter" in the Public Relations Student Society of America's (PRSSA) national newspaper, the Forum, 39(1), p. 6 (Fall 2006). The article and photos chronicle the UNO chapter's Kids 'n' Cans Elmwood Park fundraiser held June 6. The newspaper offers ideas to chapters on other campuses. The UNO chapter will be sending a group of students to the PRSSA national conference in Salt Lake City in November to make a presentation and receive a top award for their National Organ Donor Awareness campaign - the second such national first-place in three years.

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

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.