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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

"Funds of Knowledge" Talk Set for Today

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 today, 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

29th Annual Global Studies Conference Oct. 5-6

Numerous academics from across the globe will converge upon the UNO campus Thursday and Friday, Oct. 5-6, for the 29th annual Global Studies Conference.  The event will feature a variety of panels and presentations, in addition to a keynote speech by His Majesty Prince Reza Shah Pahlawi of Iran.

All activities will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) on the UNO campus.  All events, except for the Oct. 5 dinner and keynote address, are free to UNO faculty, staff and students.  To register for the conference, call 554-2376.

The conference schedule is listed below:

Thursday, Oct. 5
Keynote Speech by His Majesty Prince Reza Shah Pahlawi of Iran
- 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. (MBSC Ballroom)
Social Hour - 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (MBSC Chancellor's Room)
Dinner - 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. (MBSC Ballroom - dinner costs $30 per person)

Friday, Oct. 6
SESSION ONE: 9 to 10:15 a.m.
Panel 1 - Themes in African Literature
(MBSC Gallery Room)
Chair: Owen G. Mordaunt, English, UNO
- "Between Heartbeats: Terror and Trauma in Michael Ondaatje's Anil's Ghost" by James F. Sullivan, English, Mount Marty College
- "Nation Building and Identity in Juan Tomas Avila Laurel's Awala Cu Sangui" by Ana I. Carballal, foreign languages, UNO
- "Negotiating Culture in Mariama Ba's Novels" by Catherine A. Kapi, English and modern languages, Longwood University

Panel 2 - Reflections on Malaysia and Puerto Rico (MBSC Council Room)
Chair: Maria Arbelaez, history, UNO
- "Gender Issues in the Developing World" by Md. Muniruzzaman, political science, International Islamic University of Malaysia
- "Restructuring Society in Malaysia – an Example of A Successful Strategy in Nation Building" by Manuel Yonggar, business, Northwestern State University
- "Economic Developments in Puerto Rico: Post 936" by Frank P. LeVeness, government and politics, St. John's University

SESSION TWO: 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.
Panel 3 - Political Realism and the War on Terrorism (MBSC Council Room)
Chair: Joong-Gun Chung, political science, UNO
- "On the Moralizing of Political Realism and the War on Terrorism" by Rory J. Conces, philosophy and religion, UNO
- "Comments on Conces" by Paul Kriese, political science, Indiana University East

Panel 4: Native Americans – Facets of Native American Studies (MBSC Gallery Room)
Chair: Judith Boss, English, UNO
- "Jewell James and the Healing Poles Project" by Barbara Robins, English and Native American Studies, UNO
- "A Person Under the Law: The Omaha Newspapers & the Trial of Standing Bear, April–May 1879" by Hugh Reilly, communication, UNO

Panel 5: Reflections on Malaysia II (MBSC Redick Room)
Chair: Maria Arbelaez, history, UNO
- "Squatter Settlements in Third World Countries: A Challenge for Mega Cities and Local Government Administrators: The Case of Kuala Lampur, Malaysia" by Dayang Suria Mulia, social studies, University of Malaysia Sabah
- "Strategy in Education Allocation Opportunities in Malaysia" by Manuel Yunggar, business, Northwestern State University of Louisiana

SESSION THREE: 1:30 to 2:45 p.m.
Panel 6: Facets of Contemporary Politics (MBSC Council Room)
Chair: Rory J. Conces, philosophy and religion, UNO
- "Islamic Growth in South Africa" by Thomas S. Kolasa, political science, Washington University
- "Iran: Getting a Piece of the Action" by Emma Frigeri, political science, Rome
- "Reforming the United Nations": Movement from High Moral Principles to Concrete Effective Actions" by Jason Oshiokpekhai, sales and marketing, Arrowsight Inc.

Panel 7: Topics in Economics (MBSC Gallery Room)
Chair: Manuel Yunggar, business, Northwestern State University of Louisiana
- "The Quest for Macroeconomic Stability in Africa: The Euro Factor" by Godwin C. Duru, economics, Ohio Dominican University
- "The World Trade Organization (WTO): Why and How It Came Up" by Munir Hassan, business, Claflin University

SESSION FOUR: 3 to 4:15 p.m.
Panel 8: Explorations of the Political Landscape (MBSC Council Room)
Chair: Paul Kriese, political science, Indiana University East
- "Five Major Reasons Why Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Is Encountering Such Troubled
Times in Her Administration" by Ceferina Hess, political science, Lander University (Emeritus)

Panel 9: Internet Collaborative Efforts (MBSC Gallery Room)
Chair: Paul A. Williams, philosophy and religion, UNO
- "Role of Online Collaborative Projects" by Sharifa Djurabaeva, education, Physical-Technical Institute of Tashkent

Panel 10: Ethics of Globalization (MBSC Redick Room)
Chair: Rory J. Conces, philosophy and religion, UNO
- "Ethics of Globalization" by Nels H. Granholm, biology, South Dakota State University (and Samantha Arnold and Greg Peterson)

For more information about the Global Studies Conference, visit the Web at or call 554.2947

"Greening Our Campus - Greening Our Minds" Event Oct. 10

How can individuals make the campus and community more sustainable?  All faculty, staff and students are invited to ask questions such as this and share ideas at a forum titled "Exploring Sustainability - The Next Step" Tuesday, Oct. 10, at UNO. The forum will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

At the event, survey results will be discussed, and sector action groups will be formed in the following areas:
- Energy;
- Transportation;
- Water use;
- Green building (and smart growth);
- Landscape and maintenance;
- Water use;
- Solid and hazardous waste and recycling;
- Food services; and
- Other areas participants are interested in.

A five-minute survey is also available online at

For more information, contact Patrick Wheeler at 554.3921.

KU Professor to Present Low Back Pain Lecture Oct. 13

Sara Wilson, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Kansas, will present "Sense and Stability in the Lumbar Spine: An engineer's perspective on low back pain" Friday, Oct. 13, at UNO. 

Her talk will begin at 1 p.m. in Room 200 of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. The event, hosted by the HPER Biomechanics Laboratory, is free and open to the public. All interested members of the campus community are invited to attend.

Dr. Wilson teaches in the areas of biomechanical systems and the dynamics of control systems. She leads the Human Motion Control Laboratory within the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Kansas. She currently has received grants from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, and the Whitaker Foundation.

Her Oct. 13 presentation will focus on how humans control and stabilize motion, and the dynamic behavior of the human body in regard to low back pain.

"One example of her research focuses on how jobs which have a lot of vibration, i.e., truck driving, can alter the body's control system sensors," said Lisa Holst, project assistant for the HPER Biomechanics Laboratory. "If the body's sense of where the back is at - in relation to objects around it - is altered, that person becomes prone to low back pain. Solutions to this problem are the subject of some of Dr. Wilson's research."

For more information, contact Holst at 554.3075 or

"Join the Herd" Oct. 14 for UNO Homecoming 2006

UNO faculty and staff are invited to "Join the Herd" Saturday, Oct. 14, at UNO Homecoming 2006.  The event is being hosted by the UNO Alumni Association.

UNO alumni, faculty and staff will gather for a library tour, picnic and the Mavericks' football game against nationally ranked North Dakota. The cost is $10 per adult and $6 per child (age 12 and under). Children of UNO alumni can attend the picnic and football game for free.

The price includes food and beverages at the picnic, as well as a reserved-section ticket to the game. To register, visit the Alumni Association's Web site at and download a PDF registration form. Complete the form and return it to the Alumni Association with payment by Friday, Oct. 6.

The 2006 Homecoming lineup is highlighted below:

9 a.m.
Tours (University Library)
Guided tours will be given of the UNO library's recently completed renovation and addition.

11 a.m.
Picnic (William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center)
- Food and beverages
- Games, prizes and Mav Brands (tattoos) for the kids
- Pep talk from Coach Pat Behrns
- UNO Mascot Durango
- Amazing Arthur with magic and balloon art

1 p.m.
UNO vs. North Dakota Football Game (Al F. Caniglia Field)
- Watch the Mavs try for their 10th win. (The Mavs have been victorious in nine of the past 11 homecomings.)

The campus shuttle service will be available for trips between the alumni center and the UNO library, and from the alumni center to the game.

For more information, contact Sheila King, director of activities, at 554.4802 or

Call for UCAT Grant Proposals for 2006-2007

The UNO University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of travel grants for designated themes to increase capacity building in teaching and learning.

Applications are encouraged for both interdisciplinary conferences focusing on teaching and learning, as well as for disciplinary conferences with tracks or sessions focusing on one or more of the following themes:
- Seamless transitions (P-20 transitions from pre-kindergarten through graduate school);
- Portfolio-based assessment;
- Recruitment and retention;
- Active learning;
- Facilitation of interdisciplinary collaboration;
- Learning communities;
- Diversity; and
- Scholarship of teaching.

The committee is accepting proposals on a monthly basis, from August through April, or until funds are expended. UCAT will fund grants up to $750 for each award. Proposals are due by the 21st of each month.

Application forms are available on the Center for Faculty Development Web site ( Applicants must submit one hard copy and an electronic submission of the application. Electronic submissions should be in "rtf" or "MS Word" document formats, and should be sent as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll (

Hard copy submissions should be sent to the Center for Faculty Development in 220 Arts and Sciences Hall. For reference, examples of successful models of applications are available on the Center for Faculty Development/UCAT Web site ( For more information, contact Teresa Lamsam, associate professor of communication and the 2006-07 chair of UCAT (554.4853 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.

"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

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.

Collaborating Center Open House Oct. 11

The UNO community is invited to attend an open house Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Collaborating Center for Public Health and Community Service, 115 S. 49th Ave. The event will celebrate five years of promoting the health and development of Nebraska's populations and communities.

"The Collaborating Center is a unique place where the UNO and UNMC campuses and the communities we serve come together, and it is home to more than 15 community agencies and several university programs," said Melanie Kiper, community service associate with the Center for Public Affairs Research.

Programs housed at the center include the Neighborhood Center for Greater Omaha, UNMC/UNO Master in Public Health Program, Family Economic Success Initiative, Nebraska Municipal Clerk Institute, Certificate in Fundraising Management Program, UNMC Department of Pediatrics Section on Child Health Policy and CityMatCH.

Those interested in attending should R.S.V.P. by Oct. 9 to Michele at 561.7580 or, or complete an online form at For more information, contact Kiper at 561.7585.

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 the book 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.

UCR Deadlines Announced

The University Committee on Research (UCR) is accepting applications for the 2006-07 academic year. This year, the committee will provide support for both pre-tenure and post-tenure faculty, as well as students.

The faculty submission deadlines are Monday, Nov. 6, and Monday, Jan. 29. The UCR will also consider both faculty mini-grant requests and student proposals monthly, beginning in October. New guidelines and forms are available on the Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) Web site ( 

Sharon Sobel, current chair of the UCR, will also facilitate a brown bag on "Tips for Preparing a UCR Grant Proposal." The time, date and location will be announced at a later date.  Watch eNotes for details.

People: Students to Be Honored at Tonight's OWH Banquet

Seven UNO students will be recognized for their achievements tonight, Oct. 3, at the Omaha World-Herald Honors Scholarship Banquet.  The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom at UNO.

Lyn Wallin Ziegenbein, executive director of The Peter Kiewit Foundation, will be the keynote speaker at the event.

The scholarship recipients are among the many high school seniors from Nebraska and Iowa who took part in the UNO Distinguished Scholarship competition last spring.  The scholarships are used each year to attract top scholars to the university. 

The two Omaha World-Herald Honors Scholarships and five Distinguished Scholarships were awarded earlier this fall.  Each is valued at $25,710 to $31,710 over a four-year period.  Funds for the Omaha World-Herald Honors Scholarships are provided by a grant from the Omaha World-Herald Foundation, combined with Regents Scholarships through the University of Nebraska Board of Regents. 

This year's scholarship recipients are listed below.

Omaha World-Herald Honors Scholarships:
- Veda M. Darling
Darling, the daughter of Sharon Darling of Ralston, Neb, is a graduate of Ralston High School.  A member of the National Honor Society, she received a letter in academics and the Outstanding Senior English Award, and was named the Edward Jones Academic Student of the Month.  She is a freshman in the UNO College of Arts and Sciences.

- David A. Loscutoff
Loscutoff, the son of Mark and Jeanette Loscutoff of Omaha, graduated from the Prairie Home School in Omaha before becoming an Early Entry student at UNO.  Loscutoff earned college-level credits at Metropolitan Community College, where he received a NASA Space Grant Scholarship, and has been named a National Merit Scholarship finalist.  He is a computer science major at UNO.

Distinguished Scholarship recipients and their donor organizations:
-  Matthew J. Pinnt, Scottish Rite Foundation of Omaha
Pinnt, the son of Jeff and Ilene Pinnt of Omaha, is a graduate of Omaha North High School.  He was a member of the National Honor Society, received the Air Force Recruiting Service Math and Science Award, and was a member of the Omaha Area Youth Symphony.  He is a computer science major at UNO.

Axelle F. Verboon, Isaacson Trust Fund
Verboon, the daughter of Roger and Lori Verboon of Omaha, is a homeschooled student who participated in the UNO Honors Orchestra for high schoolers and played viola for the UNO Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra.  She volunteered at Methodist and Children's Hospitals, and attended youth mission conferences in California and the Dominican Republic.  She is a music performance major at UNO.

-  Austin M. Zach, Isaacson Trust Fund
Zach, the son of Steve and Marie Zach of Columbus, Neb., is a graduate of Scotus Central Catholic School.  He was an Academic All-Conference student who received top honors in several subjects, was a member of the National Honor Society and lettered four years in soccer, band, cross country and basketball.

Ashley M. Hamernik, UNO Alumni Association
Hamernik - the daughter of Frank and Barb Hamernik of Omaha - graduated from Millard South High School, where she received a first-year academic letter and was named the school's Language Arts Student of the Year.  She also lettered in band, was a three-year member of the gold honor roll and a gold medal recipient, and received Honorable Mention at the Omaha Summer Arts Festival's Young Artist Exhibition.  She is majoring in creative writing at UNO.

- Ann E. Stenehjem, Helen Hansen Fund
Stenehjem, the daughter of Eric and Jody Stenehjem of Kearney, Neb., is a graduate of Kearney High School.  She held membership in the National Honor Society, received the President's Educational Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence and was named to the honor roll throughout high school.  Stenehjem also was active with Habitat for Humanity and as a Literacy Council Tutor.  She is majoring in finance, social work and Spanish at UNO.

For more information, call 554.2779.

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