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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

Maverick Mojo Creators to Speak on Campus

Ervin & Smith Advertising and Public Relations has developed a new advertising campaign aimed at educating college-bound high school students about the benefits of attending UNO.

Ervin & Smith created the "Maverick Mojo" campaign to promote school pride and reinforce the message that UNO is a traditional university offering students a complete college experience in the heart of Omaha.

The UNO campus community – students, faculty and staff – is invited to learn more about the campaign and meet the creators at two events set for Monday, Oct. 2, and Wednesday, Oct. 4. The locations and times are as follows:

Monday, Oct. 2
Milo Bail Student Center Fireside Lounge
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 4
The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute Atrium
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"Maverick Mojo" can be described as school spirit that cannot be contained - a confident attitude and the true essence of what it means to love your school. The Maverick Mojo ads feature college students in typical college situations exhibiting extraordinary school pride. The campaign appeals to teens by using irreverent humor and real UNO students.

"We used the lives of UNO students as the basis for the Maverick Mojo campaign because we felt it was important that kids be able to relate to the students in the ads," said Bill Ervin, creative director at Ervin & Smith Advertising and Public Relations. "We're also incorporating non-traditional advertising vehicles to reach teens, including online marketing, text messaging and guerilla tactics."

Ervin & Smith created a Web site specifically for the university's recruiting efforts. The Web site ( features interactive chats, photo galleries and video biographies of real UNO students having real college experiences. The campaign also includes radio, print ads, billboards, direct mail and television.

"Maverick Mojo was created to connect with high school students in the college selection process," said David Cicotello, director of UNO Recruitment Services. "But we believe it will also resonate with current UNO students, alumni and the entire community of Maverick supporters."

For more information, contact Sean Guilfoyle at 334.8043 ext. 243 or

"Consider This" to Explore UNMC Eppley Cancer Center

Doctors from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) will be guests on this week's "Consider This" with host Andrea McMaster.

Dr. Ken Cowan, director of the UNMC Eppley Cancer Center, will talk about the upcoming Ambassador of Hope Gala, a fundraiser set for Friday, Oct. 13, that will benefit the cancer center. Dr. Tony Hollingsworth, a UNMC researcher, will also discuss his latest research to help fight pancreatic cancer.

The program will air tonight, Sept. 29, on KYNE-TV Channel 26 at 11 p.m.

Legendary newscaster Tom Brokaw will be the keynote speaker at the Oct. 13 gala, which will be held at the Qwest Center Omaha. Brokaw's speech will be broadcast live to Sidney, Lexington and Norfolk, as each of these communities will be holding their own fund-raising events for the UNMC Eppley Cancer Center.

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

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, Oct. 1
11:30 p.m.

NET2 (NET's cable network)
- Monday, Oct. 2
1:30 p.m. (CT)

- Wednesday, Oct. 4
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

Oct. 8 "Step Afrika" Performances to Promote Diversity

This October, UNO faculty, staff and students will have an opportunity to learn traditional African dance and aspects of African culture. "Step Afrika," a Washington, D.C., dance troupe, will present two audience participation performances Sunday, Oct. 8, on the UNO campus.

Shows will be held at 2 and 4 p.m. in the UNO Dance Lab, located in 231 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. The events are free and open to the public.

"Step Afrika shows are not just entertaining because they require audience participation, but they are an educational experience as well," said Sharif Liwaru, director of Cultural Awareness Programs (CAP) at UNO. The troupe of six dancers will perform in traditional African tribal attire. Dancers will also discuss the origin and cultural roles of dances in relation to present times.

Step Afrika was founded in 1994 by C. Brian Williams, who is currently the group's executive director. The program began as a cultural dance exchange between Africans in Johannesburg, South Africa, and African Americans.

The Oct. 8 event is being sponsored by CAP in the Office of Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP), and The Moving Company (directed by Josie Metal-Corbin), in conjunction with the Student Programming Organization.

For more information about the event, contact SOLP at 554.2711.

Additional information about Step Afrika is available online at

Ecoutez! Season Continues Oct. 8 with Heinavanker


The 2006-07 Ecoutez! Series at UNO will continue Sunday, Oct. 8, with a performance by the Estonian vocal group Heinavanker. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall on the UNO campus.

"Ecoutez! is committed to bringing the highest caliber of established performers and emerging artists to the metropolitan area," said Roger Foltz, a professor of music at UNO and coordinator of the series. The word "ecoutez" is French for "listen." KVNO Classical 90.7 FM is the media sponsor for the series.

Heinavanker's namesake is the winged altar piece of epoch artist Hieronymus Bosch. The rare piece of art represents a huge wagonload of hay rolling throughout the world vexed by agony and greed towards destruction. However, beautiful music sounds atop the hay load.

Gregorian chants, early polyphony and Estonian sacred folk songs form the basis of Heinavanker's concerts. The ensemble has toured America, Finland, France, Germany, Poland and Switzerland. The group's recordings have been played on the Estonian, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish Broadcasting Companies.

Individual tickets are $15 for each performance. All students are admitted free of charge with the MavCard, the official ID card at UNO. Phone reservations for student tickets are recommended.

For more information, call 554.3427.

Members Sought for UNO Hockey Blue Line Club

Are a hockey fan who wants to show support for UNO Athletics? UNO faculty, staff and students are invited to join the UNO Hockey Blue Line Club, whose membership drive is currently under way.

The mission of the UNO Hockey Blue Line Club - a nonprofit booster club for Maverick hockey - is to support the Maverick ice hockey program through fund-raising activities, promote enthusiastic fan support of the program through a variety of membership activities and benefits, and to build greater interest and awareness of the sport of hockey throughout the local community with youth hockey activities and other related programs.

Since its inception, Blue Line Club members have purchased a lighted trophy case, established fifth year scholarship funds, produced a recruiting video and purchased a membership/merchandise booth.

Blue Line Club members are eligible for a variety of discounts and benefits:
- Membership card, which entitles member entrance to Blue Line Club functions;
- Membership pins/window cling schedule magnet;
- Monthly newsletter (students via e-mail only);
- Pre- and post-game discounts at the Hilton Omaha;
- Discounts on parking in the Hilton Omaha garage;
- Periodic discounts at the Blue Line Club booth at games;
- Discounts at local sponsors;
- E-mail updates, reminders and messages from players and coaches;
- Special rates to attend Blue Line Club luncheons; and
- Each adult Blue Line Club member will receive a voucher to attend a UNO men's or women's basketball game (may be used by member's family or friends).

A variety of membership levels are available, including $10 for students, $40 for power play level, $150 for hat trick level and $300 for corporate level. To access a Blue Line Club membership form, click on the link below:

Membership Form

Those who join by Monday, Oct. 23, will receive a voucher for two free tickets to the UNO vs. Bentley game Sunday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m.

For more information, contact Bev Sanders at 496.2644.

Emerging Leaders Nominations to Be Accepted Online Oct. 2

Starting Monday, Oct. 2, Emerging Leaders nominations will be accepted online through the Student Organizations and Leadership Programs Web site ( Nominations will be only be accepted by faculty and staff, and all student nominees must be freshmen or sophomores with a 2.5 G.P.A. to be accepted into the program.

Nominations are due by Friday, Oct. 20, at 5 p.m. For more information, contact Barb Treadway at 554.2711 or

"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 William 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

COS Open Lab Session Planned for Grant Writers

The next Community of Science (COS) open lab session will be held Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 9 a.m. in Room 207 of University Library.

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research hosts these hour-long sessions to demonstrate the various on-line resources available to faculty and graduate students through COS. Reservations are not required.

For more information, contact Nancy Schlesiger at 554.2286.

Annual UNO Health Fair Oct. 5

UNO spirit

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

The 2006 UNO Health Fair will be held Thursday, Oct. 5, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Milo Bail Student Center. It is open to all faculty, staff and students.

The event is sponsored by Student Health Services (SHS) and the Wellness Stampede, UNO's health promotion program.

The 2006 theme is "Discover the Treasure of Your Health." Approximately 30 vendors will offer a variety of free screenings, information and giveaways.

The free screenings will consist of a vision test, skin cancer examination, blood pressure checks, a body composition test and a chair massage.

Comprehensive blood draws will be available at the fair. They will include a cholesterol panel and thyroid, kidney, liver, blood sugar and diabetes screens. The cost is $22, and the confidential results will be mailed directly to participants' homes. For an additional $12, males can have a prostate cancer screen included in the blood results.

A 12-hour fast is required for all lab work. Registration must also be completed before the event. To register, call SHS at 554.2374.

For more information about the fair, call Lori Tostenson at 554.3917.

"The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada" Oct. 6

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.

In the News

In the News

- Winnie Callahan, executive director of The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI), was pictured in the Sept. 6 edition of the Opinion Tribune (Glenwood, Iowa). The accompanying article highlighted the development of a partnership between the Glenwood Community School District, PKI and potential participants from the private sector.

- John Christensen, interim UNO chancellor, was quoted in the Aug. 22 edition of the Pilot Tribune (Blair, Neb.) and the Aug. 24 edition of the Omaha Star. The articles announced that UNO is ranked in the top tier in the Midwest in U.S. News & World Report's 2007 edition of America's Best Colleges.

- Jerry Deichert, Center for Public Affairs Research, was quoted in the Aug. 23 edition of the Record (Chadron, Neb.). The article explored a continuing divide between urban and rural counties in Nebraska.

- Thomas Gouttierre, dean of international studies and programs, and director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies, was interviewed Sept. 22 on "The World Tonight" on CBC member station CHQR. His segment discussed the "Afghan-Canadian Relationship." Gouttierre also was featured on the Sept. 26 broadcasts of Radio Marti for a piece on the "Resurgence of Taliban in Afghanistan" and on KFAB with Tom Becka about the "State Visit of President Karzai with President Bush in Washington, D.C. - Why Have Conditions in Afghanistan Worsened?".

- Colleen Heavican, UNO Art Gallery, was cited in the Sept. 10 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article announced Heavican's appointment as director of the art gallery and mentioned the opening of three gallery exhibits.

- Mike Kemp, hockey, was quoted in the Sept. 12 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article explored the possibility of building an on-campus arena for UNO Maverick hockey.

- John Kretzschmar, William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies, was quoted in the Sept. 5 edition of the Telegraph (North Platte, Neb.). The article discussed the fading of the American dream for many U.S. citizens.

- Guy Matalon, philosophy and religion, was cited in the Sept. 1 edition of the Jewish Press. The article announced that Dr. Matalon would be a presenter at "Limmud Omaha, A Day of Learning," held Sept. 10 at the Jewish Community Center.

- Oliver Pollak, history, was quoted in the Sept. 12 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article explored individuals' travel plans on the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

- Amy Rodie, business administration, was cited in the Sept. 11 edition of the Omaha Daily Record. The article recognized Dr. Rodie as the collegiate relations chair of the Omaha Chapter of the 2006-07 American Marketing Association Board of Directors.

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

- Bruce E. Johansen, communication, had a letter to the editor, titled "Science Times," published in the Sept. 19 edition of The New York Times.

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

O'Connell Works Featured
Bonnie O'Connell, art and art history, currently has three works featured in the group exhibition Tugboat Presents: Laser Cobra at Wesleyan University's Elder Gallery in Lincoln, Neb. The exhibit, which includes Lincoln and Omaha artists and residency artists from the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, runs through Saturday, Sept. 30.

O'Connell's work is also included in But Is It a Book?: An Exhibit of Contemporary Artists' Books. The event, which will be on display through Sunday, Oct. 15, is curated by book artist/author Bea Nettles at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library.

For details, contact O'Connell at 554.2787 or

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.