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Pictured above: Omaha University students congregate south of Arts and Sciences Hall between classes in the fall of 1946.

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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

Nominations Sought for University of Nebraska Awards

Nominations are currently being accepted for six awards that will be presented to members of the University of Nebraska community and those who collaborate with the university. Details about the awards and nominating procedures are available on the Web at A brief description of each award is highlighted below.

Innovation, Development and Entrepreneurship Award (IDEA)
The IDEA honors members of the University of Nebraska faculty who have extended their academic expertise beyond the boundaries of the university in ways that have enriched the broader community.

Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Award (ORCA)
The ORCA honors members of the University of Nebraska faculty who have conducted outstanding research or creative activity of national or international significance.

Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award (OTICA)
The OTICA honors members of the University of Nebraska faculty who have developed meritorious and sustained records of excellence in teaching and creativity related to teaching.

University-wide Departmental Teaching Award (UDTA)
The UDTA honors a department or unit of the University of Nebraska that has outstanding esprit de corps in its dedication to the education of students at the undergraduate, graduate or professional levels.

Peter Kiewit Student Entrepreneurial Award
The Peter Kiewit Student Entrepreneurial Award honors University of Nebraska students who have directed their energies, ideas and talents toward community and business improvements with the creative and innovative use of information technology.

Walter Scott Entrepreneurial Business Award
The Walter Scott Entrepreneurial Business Award honors an existing business with a presence in Nebraska that has created partnerships and links with the University of Nebraska in the area of technology.

For more information, contact Jeanne Holdren at or 402.472.5242.

66th and Dodge Street Entrance Closed

Facilities Management and Planning announces the closing of the university's 66th and Dodge street entrance. The entrance will be closed at 7:30 a.m. today, Sept. 26, and will remain closed until further notice.

During this time, the city will be repairing a sewer line in the vicinity. To accommodate the city, the 66th street entrance located north of the Durham Science Center will be closed.

For more information, contact Butch Baker, manager of maintenance and operations at UNO, at 554.2269.

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, and 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.

Pulses Series: Library to Celebrate Opening of New Addition

Do you know what services your library has to offer? The following is the fourth 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 highlights activities planned for the dedication of the library's new addition.

Mark Your Calendars - Library Celebrates New Addition!
University Library is gearing up to celebrate the new Dr. Guinter Kahn Addition with a week's worth of festivities.

"This is a great time for us to thank our patrons - the students, staff, faculty and community members - for their patience during construction, and for making us a vital part of the campus," said University Library Dean Steve Shorb. He noted that more than 600,000 people visit the library each year and, with the new addition opening, he expects that number to top one million.

Festivities begin with an invitation-only donor reception sponsored by the University Foundation. Other events will include:

Wednesday, Oct. 11
- Dedication Ceremony, library main floor
11 a.m.

- Yellow Barn Press Exhibit Opening
7 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 12 ("Tours & Technology Day")
- UNO Library Friends and UNO Child Care Center Reception
2 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 13 ("Student Appreciation Day")
- Free Lunch @ your library café
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

- Alumni Tour - Class of 1956
1 p.m.

- Community Appreciation Event
3 to 6 p.m.

Speaking Across the Curriculum Faculty/Staff 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

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. in University Library. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Women of Wisdom Nominations Sought

Organizations and individuals in the Omaha metropolitan area are invited to nominate senior women for the 2007 UNO Women of Wisdom Awards. Awards will be given next spring to three women over the age of 50 who exemplify the spirit of community contribution while providing a meaningful example of successful aging.

Nomination forms are available online at or by calling 554.4897 or 554.2292, and are due Nov. 1, 2006.

The minimum nomination requirements include:
- Name, age, address and phone number of the nominee;
- The nominator's relationship to the nominee;
- Information on the nominee's actions, activities and involvement in the community and its results;
- Reasons why the nominee's work or advocacy was significant and identification of who benefited (individuals or groups); and
- Any other additional information that effectively creates a strong picture of the nominee's accomplishments.

"PWSA is grateful for the work of senior women who make significant contributions to our community," said Patricia Adams, director of the UNO Program for Women and Successful Aging (PWSA), the sponsor of the Women of Wisdom Awards. "We know that many older women creatively devote their time to bettering the lives of others, and we need to publicly celebrate the value they add to Omaha. Highlighting these efforts is a blast, and we look forward to finding out more about this year's nominated unsung heroes."

Award recipients will be honored at a luncheon and community-wide program, "Celebrate: Women of Wisdom Because Aging Is a Lifetime Event," set for April 18, 2007. The keynote speaker will be Lorna Landvik, the bestselling author of Patty Jane's House of Curl and Angry Housewives Eating BonBons. The April 18 event is the 3rd Annual Celebrate: Women of Wisdom luncheon.

"PWSA has always been about helping women enjoy and understand the concept of aging well," Adams said. "These awards fit that mission perfectly. We look forward to honoring another group of remarkable women who embody successful aging."

The luncheon event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Central. Tickets are $40 per person; $35 for seniors over the age of 60. Corporate tables are available, and prices begin at $500.

For more information, call 554.4897 or 554.2292, or e-mail


- Shereen Bingham, Barb Pickering and Deb Smith-Howell, School of Communication, will be presenting their paper, "Contested Meanings: Public Perceptions of Feminist Ideology in the Clinton-Jones-Lewinsky Scandal" at the National Communication Association (NCA) Convention in November.  Their paper was selected as one of the top four papers in the political communication division. Their paper was in competition with 110 other individual papers submitted to this division.

- Thomas Gouttierre, dean of international studies and programs, and director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies, gave two presentations Sept. 13: one for the Kiwanis Club on "Who is Winning the War of Ideas" and another for the Optimist Club about an "Update on War on Terrorism and Afghanistan."  Gouttierre also gave a talk on "Why Is the News from Iraq and Afghanistan Getting Worse? Is There Still Reason to Hope?" Sept. 21 at the annual meeting of the Pinnacle Bank Corporation.

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