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Art on the Sidewalk

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

With a beautiful fall day on hand, why not leave the drawing room and head outdoors? A class of UNO drawing students staked out the sidewalk near the Weber Fine Arts Building recently to hone their skills.

history photo

A Nov. 9, 1956, homecoming bonfire rally takes place northwest of the University of Omaha Field House.

This Week in Campus History

On Oct. 4, 1988, The Gateway reported that Lorie Fridell, a professor of criminal justice at UNO, had been appointed to the Omaha Police Policy Advisory Committee. Dr. Fridell's first official committee meeting was Sept. 21, and she told Gateway reporters that she planned to focus her efforts on policies concerning suspect pursuit and use of firearms to detain suspects.

Date: Oct. 4, 1988
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 Today

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:

Today, 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 Marian McDonald at 554.3674, or

UNO Television to Broadcast Tonight's Gubernatorial Debate

Who will be sitting in the Nebraska Governor's chair in January 2007?

Voters will gain insight to help them make their decision about who to vote for in the November election as gubernatorial candidates Gov. Dave Heineman, R-Neb.; David Hahn, D-Neb.; and Nebraska Party candidate Barry Richards face off Monday, Oct. 2, in a live debate broadcast across the state.

Sponsored by Omaha radio station KKAR (1290 AM), the hour-long debate will be broadcast from the studios of UNO Television at 7 p.m. on NET1 and KKAR. NET Radio will broadcast the debate in its entirety beginning at 7:30 p.m.

"We're excited about this broadcast from the UNO Television studio. This will be a great opportunity for our student crew to be a part of this campaign's only live, statewide broadcast debate," said Jim Adams, assistant general manager at UNO Television.

The debate will also air on NET2 (Cox 16) at the following times:

- Wednesday, Oct. 4
11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

- Saturday, Oct. 7
6 p.m.

- Sunday, Oct. 8
2 p.m.

- Monday, Oct. 9
8 p.m.

The debate can also be seen live via the Internet at and will be archived online at

The debate on NET Television is being broadcast in partnership with KKAR and is produced by UNO Television.

Annual Policies and Crime Statistics Report Available

The annual Campus Security Policies and Crime Statistics Report has been mailed to all currently enrolled students, faculty and staff at UNO.

This information is also available on the Web at

For additional copies of the report, contact Campus Security at 554.2648, or stop by 100 Eppley Administration Building.

Latino Heritage Month Celebration Continues This Week

A month-long celebration is under way at UNO to celebrate Latino heritage and culture. Events continue through Tuesday, Nov. 2, and are free and open to the public.

This week's schedule of events is listed below. All activities will take place on campus.

Tuesday, Oct. 3
"Vygotsky and Funds of Knowledge: Appropriating Cultural Resources for Teaching and Learning"
Luis Moll
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center Bootstrapper Hall
(Sponsored by UNO College of Education and the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies)

Wednesday, Oct. 4
"I Love America," Lydia Ramirez's one-woman play
Noon to 1 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room
(Sponsored by UNO Student Programming Organization)

Friday, Oct. 6
OLLAS Charla/Film Series: "Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada"
6 p.m.
Eppley Administration Building Auditorium
(Sponsored by UNO Office of Latino/Latin American Studies, and Student Organizations and Leadership Programs)

For more information, call 554.2711.

Actress Lidia Ramirez to Present "I Love America" Oct. 4

"I Love America," a one-woman show that tells the story of immigrants at sea, will be held Wednesday, Oct. 4, at UNO. The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

Each year, hundreds of Dominican Republic citizens risk their lives in the 74 miles of water that separate the country's shores from Puerto Rico. Their goal is to pass as Puerto Ricans in the hopes of gaining entry to the United States.

Actress Lidia Ramirez will perform a one-hour production of "I Love America," detailing the accounts of those heroic men, women and children. In the voices of seven characters, Ramirez will portray the courage, optimism and resilience the journey requires.

"We hear what people are willing to leave behind - home, family and friends - in exchange for the promise of a better life," said Mar誕 Isabel Garza, education specialist with multicultural affairs at UNO.

The Oct. 4 performance, which is being sponsored by the UNO Student Programming Organization, pays tribute to those who made it, as well as those who are part of the tragic and anonymous drowned-at-sea statistics of the government record books. The event is also being held in conjunction with a month-long celebration of Latino Heritage Month activities at UNO.

For more information, contact Garza at 554.2248 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.

"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

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

"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.

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 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, a professor in the UNO School of HPER), 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.

"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

Maverick Watch

MavericksGo 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 the day of the game at each home event. For more information, call 554.MAVS (6287).

At home this week...

Tuesday, Oct. 3
- Volleyball vs. Northwest Missouri State
Sapp Fieldhouse
7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 6
- Soccer vs. Augustana
UNO Soccer Field at Ak-Sar-Ben
4 p.m.

- Black vs. Red Intrasquad Swimming and Diving Meet
Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building Pool
6 p.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at