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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

NU Foundation Hires Fund-raiser for UNO

The University of Nebraska Foundation announced it has hired Terry Hanna as a full-time fund-raiser for UNO. He is currently the assistant tournament director for the Cox Classic, an official PGA Tour event. Hanna, a UNO graduate, will focus on fundraising for athletic programs.

"Terry has strong ties in the Omaha community and solid experience in both athletics and fundraising," said Lori Byrne, the foundation's associate vice president and director of development for the UNO campus. "We are glad to have him join our UNO fund-raising team."

Byrne said Hanna's position is an upgrade of an existing position that had split time between fundraising for the UNO College of Business Administration and the athletics department.

"The preliminary master plan that UNO presented to the Board of Regents in June calls for relocating the College of Business Administration, as well as development of athletic fields on the former Chili Greens property recently acquired by the university," she said. "The foundation believes it will be necessary, looking at that 20-year plan, to dedicate full-time fund-raisers to both the business college and athletics department."

In his position as assistant tournament director for the Cox Classic, Hanna assisted with marketing and sales for the tournament, which has seen an increase in both sponsorship and attendance.

For more information, contact Hanna at 402.502.4106 or 800.432.3216, or by e-mail at

The University of Nebraska Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization raising private gifts to support the University of Nebraska for more than 70 years. More than $77 million was provided last year for students, faculty, academic programs, research and campus capital improvements. More information is available online at

UNO Health Fair Today in the MBSC

This event has been designated as a UNO Spirit Committee event.

UNO spiritThe 2006 UNO Health Fair will be held today, 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 students, faculty and staff.

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 41 vendors will offer a variety of free screenings, information and giveaways.

Blue Bunny and Merrigold will be on hand to serve free ice cream to fairgoers. Andrea Porter, a certified massage therapist, will also administer free massages courtesy of the Wellness Stampede and Porter.

All participants will be eligible for door prizes. Those who register at the door will have their names put in a drawing for the following prizes:
- One Diamond brand recumbent bicycle (donated by Push Pedal Pull);
- UNO/Maverick apparel (donated by Lawlor's Sportswear);
- Autographed UNO women's volleyball;
- Autographed UNO women's basketball; and
- Autographed item signed by former Husker All-American Lineman and Outland Trophy Winner Aaron Taylor.

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

UNO Theatre Season Opens Tonight with "Man of La Mancha"

This October, the UNO Department of Theatre will kick off its season with the beloved Broadway musical "Man of La Mancha" by Dale Wasserman, with lyrics by Joe Darion and music by Mitch Leigh.

D. Scott Glasser, assistant professor of theatre in the UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media (CCFAM), will direct the UNO production. All performances will be held at the UNO Theater in the Weber Fine Arts Building. The theatre opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for all evening performances.

There will be a preview performance held tonight, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m. Additional performances will run Oct. 6-7 and Oct. 11-14, with a special matinee show Saturday, Oct. 14, at 3 p.m. The Wednesday, Oct. 11, performance will be ASL-interpreted, and an interactive talk-back session with the director, designers and cast will follow the Friday, Oct. 13, show.

"Man of La Mancha" tells the story of the classic novel Don Quixote as a play within a play, performed by author Miguel de Cervantes and other prisoners as he awaits a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition. The production is the story of a knight's romantic and noble journey as he strives to right all wrongs and win the heart of a good woman while dueling windmills along the way. "Man of La Mancha" is the classic comic tragedy of mankind's struggle to defeat all odds to dream impossible dreams.

Ticket prices are $15 for general admission, and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased in person at the box office (located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building), by e-mail at or by phone at 554.2335. For more information, contact Ron Zank, UNO Department of Theatre Department secretary, at 554.2406.

ITS Nerd Social to Host NUCIA Senior Research Fellow Oct. 9

Are you a "nerd"? Do you enjoy "nerdy" things? If so, join the Nerd Social at its next monthly event set for Monday, Oct. 9.

This month's presenter will be Nebraska University Consortium on Information Assurance (NUCIA) Senior Research Fellow Matt Payne. His Oct. 9 talk will focus on "Hands-on Intro to OVAL and XCCDF using FISMAScout." The discussion will begin at 2 p.m. in the Welcome Center Presentation Room, 111 Eppley Administration Building. All students, faculty and staff are invited to attend.

Topics will be discussed monthly on various "nerdy" things such as Groovy Language, Adobe Premier, Clickers, Using PHP in a Servlet Container and many others.

Sponsored by Information Technology Services, the Nerd Social is Community of Practice (CoP) ( organized around technology issues at UNO for the purpose of sharing and learning across the various technology-related disciplines that span the campus.

For more information on presenting, contact Matt Morton at 554.2283 or Additional information about the Nerd Social can be found on the Web at, or use the RSS feed (

UNO PRSSA to Host Night of Italian Dining Fundraiser

The UNO chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) will hold its third annual "Italian Night" fundraiser Friday, Oct. 13, to raise money for student travel, national and regional competitions, and community service projects.

"Italian Night" will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. at Apple Creek Clubhouse, 14010 Dorcas Plaza (just north of 1440th Street and West Center Road). A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Omaha Food Bank. The event is open to the public.

All menu items will be provided by Omaha-area Italian restaurants. Students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to try Italian specialties such as spaghetti with meatballs, sausage and peppers, spinach cannelloni, other pasta dishes, pizza and garlic bread sticks. Those with a sweet tooth can try desserts like biscotti, gelato and tiramisu.

Proceeds from the event will help send six of the organization's officers to the PRSSA National Conference in Salt Lake City Nov. 10-14. At the event, the UNO Chapter team will conduct a chapter development session on PRSSA and partnerships, one of only eight schools selected. The chapter will also accept a first-place award for the 2006 National Organ Donor Awareness Competition.

The fundraiser will also pay for other students to attend the regional conference in April and compete in the PRSSA 2007 Bateman National Case Study Competition.

Tickets for "Italian Night" will be available for purchase at the door. The cost is $10 for students or $20 for adults. Tickets are also available for purchase from Karen Weber, PRSSA adviser. For more information, contact Weber at 554.2246 or

Children Sought for UNMC Depression Study

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Department of Psychiatry is searching for research volunteers, ages seven to 13, to participate in a depression rating scale study.

For more information, contact Diane May (354.6885 or or Shelby Pracht (354.7833).

UNO Spirit Day Set for Oct. 6

UNO spiritShow your school pride! New this semester, the UNO Spirit Committee will sponsor a campus spirit day the first Friday of every month. On that day, all UNO students, faculty and staff are invited to dress in Maverick gear.

"We have instituted this new idea to boost morale on campus," said Marie Lee, co-chair of the UNO Spirit Committee. "Starting this month, eNotes will announce to all faculty, staff and students that ‘First Fridays' are wear your UNO colors/gear days. Show your UNO pride by participating!"

"First Fridays" will officially kick off this Friday, Oct. 6.

"If you don't have Maverick gear, then wear red, black or white, and show your UNO colors," said Kay Bret, co-chair of the UNO Spirit Committee.

For more information, contact Lee (554.2581 or or Bret (554.4841 or

Participants Sought for "Healthy Lifestyles" Program

Attention all faculty, staff and students: A new exercise program on campus is seeking participants who would like to become more active.

Dave Daniels, assistant director for fitness/wellness and instructional programs at UNO, and senior exercise science students will lead the "Healthy Lifestyles" program. Nutrition, stress management and physical activity will be covered.

If you answer "yes" to the questions below, Daniels invites you to register for the "Healthy Lifestyles" program:
- Would you like to learn how to become more active?
- Are you interested in eating better?
- Do you want to become more conscious about the foods you eat?
- Could you use a little stress management?

"This program was created by senior exercise science students to help students, faculty and staff lead a healthier life," Daniels said.

Interested individuals are invited to stop by the program's table at the UNO Health Fair today, Oct. 5, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. The program officially starts Tuesday, Oct. 10, and those who attend will receive a free water bottle.

For more information or to register, contact Dave Daniels at 554.2008 or, or Lori Tostenson at 554.3917 or

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

HeinavankerThe 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.

"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.

Those planning to attend are asked to fill out a five-minute survey. The survey, which is optional, is available online at

For more information, contact Patrick Wheeler at 554.3921

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 Thursday, Oct. 12. It will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room at 11:30 a.m. At the brown bag, Sobel will moderate a panel of former UCR chairs and successful grant recipients. For more information, contact Sobel at 554.3630.

Members Sought for UNO Hockey Blue Line Club

Are you 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.

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.