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Volleyball Home at Last

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

After a lengthy series of road games, UNO's volleyball team was home Sept. 21, where they defeated the University of Nebraska at Kearney at the Sapp Fieldhouse. The No. 17 Mavericks defeated the No. 22 Lopers in four games.

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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. 24, 1971, The Gateway reported that Irwin Schlass had been hired as a new instructor in the UNO Drama Department. Schlass had received his B.A. from the City College of New York and his M.A. from the University of Denver, where had had specialized in directing. Prior to arriving at UNO, he taught a directing seminar at the Colorado State Penitentiary. According to Schlass he had enjoyed working with the inmates: "There are a lot of creative people in prison. They have an innate sense of conflict. Conflict is the essence of drama."

Date: Sept. 24, 1971
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

Speech Center to Offer Fall Brownbags for Faculty/Staff

The UNO Speech Center will offer two free brownbags this semester on incorporating student presentations into your classes, as well as information on services offered by the Speech Consulting Center. All faculty and staff are invited to attend.

All workshops will be held in the 143 Arts and Sciences Hall. To register for a session or for more information, contact Marlina Howe at the Speech Consulting Center at 554.3201 or All those interested in attending are invited to bring their lunch. Desserts and refreshments will be provided.

The fall Brownbags are listed below:

Friday, Sept. 29
Session: Speaking Across the Curriculum Brownbag
Time: Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Discussion will include:
- UNO's "Speaking Across the Curriculum" Program;
- Oral Communication General Education assessment for accreditation (AQIP); and
- UNO's Speech Center: The Speech Consulting Room and services for faculty.

Friday, Oct. 20
Session: Incorporating Student Presentations Into Your Class Faculty Brownbag
Time: 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Discussion will include:
- Incorporating student presentations into a course;
- Providing effective feedback to students on their presentations; and
- Using evaluation criteria for grading presentations.

"Funds of Knowledge" Talk Set for Oct. 3

Luis Moll, associate dean for academic affairs and a professor of language, reading and culture at the University of Arizona College of Education, will visit the UNO campus Tuesday, Oct. 3, to lead a discussion on connecting funds of knowledge and classroom learning.

The event will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the W.H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center Bootstrapper Hall. It is free and open to the public, but groups of five or more are asked to send an e-mail with their attendance numbers to

Dr. Moll will share video depicting brief segments of families in action and ask for the audience's perspective from a "funds of knowledge" viewpoint, examining the accumulated bodies of knowledge of households that reflect the social, political, economic, historical and cultural contexts of families.

His presentation will provide background in the theoretical framework and methodological issues related to his research of the connection among culture, psychology and education – especially as it relates to the education of Latino children in the United States.

An elected member in the National Academy of Education, Dr. Moll has also published a co-edited volume titled Funds of Knowledge: Theorizing Practices in Households, Communities, and Classrooms (Erlbaum).

For more information, contact Carol Lloyd at 554.3471 or

Writing Center to Offer Fall Workshops

The 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 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

Charla Series Opens Oct. 6 with Film/Discussion

The Charla Series at UNO will open it's 2006-07 season Friday, Oct. 6, with a film screening of "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada."

The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 6 p.m. in the Eppley Administration Building Auditorium. A discussion with Steven Torres, an assistant professor of foreign language and literature at UNO, will follow the film.

"The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada" - starring Tommy Lee Jones - features ranch hand Pete Perkins, who looks to fulfill a promise to his recently deceased best friend by burying him in his hometown in Mexico. The film highlights Perkins' dangerous and quixotic journey into Mexico.

The event is sponsored by the UNO Office of Latino and Latin American Studies (OLLAS), the U.S. Department of Education, and UNO Student Organizations and Leadership Programs.

For more information, call 554.3835.

Teams Sought for 13th Annual UNO Bell Tower Challenge

The 13th annual UNO Bell Tower Challenge is set for Wednesday, Oct. 18.

At noon, teams of students, faculty and staff will compete to stack as many food cans as possible while the bells of the Henningson Memorial Campanile chime. Awards will be presented to the teams that stack the most cans, the most creative teams (which can include costumes) and the most enthusiastic teams.

The event is sponsored each year by Eta Sigma Gamma, a health education honorary at UNO.

"We would love to set a new record this year," said David Corbin, event founder and a professor in the UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. "That means we need to collect more than 5,700 pounds of food."

All canned goods will be donated to the Omaha Food Bank ( More than 33,000 pounds of food have been collected for the food bank since the event's inception.

Dr. Corbin cited a recent Omaha World-Herald article, which highlighted the Food Banks need for community assistance. It stated: "The higher energy prices over the past year are forcing more working families to seek emergency assistance from Omaha's food pantries."

The Omaha Food Bank distributes food to about 360 agencies in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa, and the demand is up according to the Omaha World-Herald: "During the first seven months of 2005, it (the food bank) had distributed nearly three million pounds of food. Through July of this year, the food bank exceeded that number by more than 300,000 pounds."

The deadline to register for the Bell Tower Challenge is Friday, Oct. 13, at noon. To access the entry form or more details about the event, visit the Web at

For more information, contact Dr. Corbin or Shandalee Ramet, Eta Sigma Gamma representative, at 554.2670 or

Office Product Show 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

UNO spiritUNO Fall Job Fair Sept. 27

Editor's note: The UNO Spirit Committee has designated this activity as a UNO spirit event.

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 should have already pre-registered to attend the fair. To register for the job fair, students must have a profile on the UNO CareerConnect system at

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.

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.

"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

MavericksMaverick Watch

Go Mavs! Support your Mavericks by attending their home events.

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).

At home this week...

Wednesday, Sept. 27
- Soccer vs. Wayne State (Neb.)
UNO Soccer Field at Ak-Sar-Ben
4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 29
- Soccer vs. St. Cloud State
UNO Soccer Field at Ak-Sar-Ben
1 p.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at