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

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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

Library Dedication Events Set for Oct. 11-13

The heart of a university is often its library. UNO will celebrate the expansion and renovation of its library Oct. 11-13 with a variety of events, including a dedication and naming program.

"Students, faculty and staff have all had positive, wonderful things to say," said Steve Shorb, dean of University Library. "This doesn't just update a facility. This reinvents how our library looks, feels and works. Our doors are open to all on campus and the surrounding community, and now everything looks and feels tremendously welcoming."

Ground was broken Aug. 8, 2005, on the three-story Dr. Guinter Kahn Addition on the library's north side. The facility expanded by 31,000 square feet, and renovation work has included improved lighting, technology support, group studies, a student lounge, improved instructional spaces, consolidated services and updated furnishings. The work was largely completed by the start of the current semester.

The library now houses a café, which has become a popular meeting and break spot. "People are just more productive when they can have a cup of coffee and a place to put their feet up," Shorb said.

The total cost of the expansion is $6.9 million. Among the donors for the project, The Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Foundation and Dr. Guinter Kahn, a 1954 graduate of UNO, have made lead gifts to the University of Nebraska Foundation. While fundraising for the addition is complete, the NU Foundation continues to seek private gifts for ongoing support of the library.

The dedication and naming program is set for Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 11 a.m., immediately following the annual UNO Fall Convocation. Faculty, staff and students, other University of Nebraska personnel and a variety of metropolitan area dignitaries are expected to attend. The library will be renamed the Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library.

"The Criss Foundation and Dr. Kahn and his family have been wonderfully supportive and generous," Shorb said. "Placing their names so prominently on our campus is an honor."

Jake Strasheim - senior vice president at US Bank, which serves as a corporate trustee of the Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Foundation - said the foundation's interest in supporting the library reflects the Criss' commitment to advancing education during their lifetimes and beyond.

"Dr. and Mrs. Criss believed libraries facilitate the discovery of new knowledge and nurture improved individual performance, growth and excellence," Strasheim said. "The foundation saw this project not only as an opportunity to further the Criss' support of education, but as a means to benefit the university community and people of Omaha, as well."

Dr. Kahn made his gift on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his graduation from UNO - then known as Omaha University.

"The library project gaveme the opportunity to support my alma mater and recognize the outstanding education I received as I began pursuing a career in medicine," Dr. Kahn said. "It also allowed me toinvest intheadvancement ofknowledge and the library as an information center. I have the highest regard for scholarship and hopethe outcomes realized through the expansion of theUNO libraryhelp encourage a similar appreciation among today's students."

Also on Oct. 11, an exhibition of printing and bookmaking from the Yellow Barn Press will officially open in the library at 7 p.m.

Additional events are listed below:

Thursday, Oct. 12
- All Day
"Tech and Tour Day"
Free tours will be held to highlight the library's new Satellite Communications for Learning (SCOLA) Language Learning Center and video feed from the Hubble Space Telescope. SCOLA is a non-profit educational organization that receives and re-transmits television programming from around the world in more than 30 native languages. Four large flat screens will stream in SCOLA programming to the library. Audio for the shows will be routed through wireless FM headphones. The NASA video feed covers a variety of earth and space science topics and is also displayed on a large LCD monitor.

University archival displays and items from the library's Afghanistan collection will be displayed on the main level.

- 2 p.m.
The UNO Library Friends will present $25,000 for the library's juvenile collection. Children from the UNO Child Care Center will be on hand.

Friday, Oct. 13
- 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
"Student Appreciation Day Lunch"
A free lunch will be available to all UNO students.

- 1 p.m.
Members of the Golden Circle Alumni Group (class of 1956) will tour the library.

- 3 to 6 p.m.
Any member of the community can sign up for a Library Friends membership at no-cost. The usual cost is $25 per individual. Not only do UNO Library Friends receive expanded check-out privileges, but they also may use interlibrary loan.

For more information, call 554.3740.

"Consider This" to Explore Methamphetamine Report

Researchers from the UNO Juvenile Justice Institute report that the supply of methamphetamine in Nebraska should gradually decline, but that the state's need for expanded substance abuse treatment will remain for years to come. Hear more about the new UNO report on how to better address methamphetamine abuse this week on "Consider This" with host Andrea McMaster.

McMaster's guests will include the authors of the Institute's The Methamphetamine Treatment Study. Guests will include Hank Robinson, director of the UNO Juvenile Justice Institute, and Nicole Kennedy, a representative with the UNO Substance Abuse Treatment Initiative.

The program will air tonight, Oct. 6, on KYNE-TV (Channel 26) at 11 p.m.

The report was conducted for the Community Corrections Council. It states that Nebraska must develop effective substance abuse treatment throughout the state. The projected drop in methamphetamine can be attributed to tighter controls on the sale and distribution of pseudoephedrine, the key ingredient in methamphetamine, Robinson said.

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

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, Oct. 8
11:30 p.m.

NET2 (NET's cable network)
- Monday, Oct. 9
1:30 p.m. (CT)

- Wednesday, Oct. 11
8 a.m. (CT)

"Consider This" is a production of UNO Television. It also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For a list of days and times, visit the Web at Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at

UNO Television Gubernatorial Debate Rescheduled

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. 9, 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:

- Thursday, Oct. 12
11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

- Saturday, Oct. 14
6 p.m.

- Sunday, Oct. 15
2 p.m.

- Monday, Oct. 16
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.

ITS Cyber Awareness Series Highlights NU Identification

October is National Cyber Security Month. During this time, UNO Information Technology Services (ITS) and other organizations nation wide will be working together to heighten the awareness of personal information security.

UNO's SPIDER security team will be presenting material to the campus community through the SPIDER Web site at Information detailing cyber security, videos, brochures and a four-part series of articles will be available each week to convey the essence of cyber awareness.

The weekly articles will address phishing, anti-spam and baseline security for Windows XP systems. The first in the series, "NU Identification," is available online at

For more information, contact

SAC to Meet Oct. 10

The Staff Advisory Council will meet Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 9 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room. Guest speakers will include Bill Swanson, career exploration and outreach; Ron Withem, Central Administration; and David Cicotello, recruitment services. All interested members of the UNO community are invited to attend.

For more information, contact Mary Sweaney, SAC president, at 554.3668.

Fall Convocation Set for Oct. 11

Mark your calendars for the 2006 UNO Fall Convocation. The event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 10 a.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

Interim UNO Chancellor John Christensen will deliver his state-of-the-university address. Dr. Christensen's address is titled "A Snapshot in Time: The State of the University, October 2006." All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

The University Choir and University Wind Ensemble are scheduled to perform at the convocation. Academic regalia will not be required or practiced as part of this year's convocation event.

The convocation will be immediately followed by a dedication ceremony at University Library at 11 a.m. To culminate the occasion, a reception will be held at the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom following the library event.

UNO Students Set to Volunteer During Fall Break

About 150 UNO students will be volunteering three days of their time later this month to assist in the renovation of the South Omaha Arts Institute (SOAI).

Students will work during fall break - Oct. 14, 16 and 17 - from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the institute, located at 2630 N St. The project is intended to promote student involvement through the university's Service Learning Academy, which has served 144 community agencies since 1998.

"We hear all the time about service projects, as well as volunteer projects; however, this is not the same," said Arturo Miranda, a coordinator for the project. "This is a multi-disciplinary service-learning project in which students from different disciplines participate by implementing their classroom learning objectives in real action."

Volunteers include students studying engineering, social work, public relations and public administration. Some of the tasks include weather proofing, cleaning, doing duct work, framing and drywall work, and reorganizing the performance hall.

The SOAI, also known as "Casa de la Cultura," is a non-profit agency that is devoted to cultural preservation and education for youth and adults interested in Latino arts. The institute offers classes in music, voice, acting, playwriting, dance, photography, contemporary arts and traditional visual arts.

"We noticed the results and the impact that the South Omaha Arts Institute was making in the life of these kids," Miranda said. "We realized that these kids were learning life skills in this facility and that the facility needed a lot of improvements. Therefore, we decided to get involved and help this organization."

Those interested in volunteering can sign up at the information desk in the Eppley Administration Building or at the Service Learning Academy office, located in 220 Arts and Sciences Hall. For more information, contact Melissa Kline at 490.8534.

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-organized (CoP, 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 (

In the NewsIn the News

- John Christensen, interim UNO chancellor, was quoted in the Sept. 14 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article highlighted Dr. Christensen's plans for the future of UNO, which were recently included in a talk he gave at a UNO Faculty Senate meeting. He also was quoted in the Sept. 16 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article explored ways the StratCom Global Innovation and Strategy Center, housed at UNO, is working to combat terror threats.

- David Drozd, Center for Public Affairs Research, was quoted in the Sept. 19 edition of the Lincoln Journal Star. The article discussed poverty in relation to the gap between urban and rural populations.

- Thomas Gouttierre, dean of international studies and programs, and director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies, was interviewed Sept. 28 by Western Standard, a Canadian news magazine located in Calgary, Alberta. The interview discussed "What Should Be Canada's Role in Afghanistan?". Gouttierre also was interviewed Sept. 28 for a segment for "In Depth" on KCBS, a weekly news program in San Francisco. The interview focused on the "Current State of Affairs in Afghanistan: Are We Losing the War There?".

- David Kriegler, physics, was quoted in the Sept. 1 edition of the Creightonian. The article discussed the demotion of Pluto from a planet to a "dwarf planet."

- Cliff Mosteller, Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC), was quoted in the Sept. 1 edition of the Midlands Business Journal. The article announced the addition of loan packaging services at the NBDC's Omaha location.

- Louis Pol, dean of the College of Business Administration (CBA), and Phani Tej Adidam, marketing and management, were quoted in the Sept. 7 edition of the Omaha Star. The article explored the signing of a recent agreement between the CBA and the Institute of Management Technology, a top business school in Ohaziabad, India.

- Barbara Simcoe, art and art history, was quoted in the Sept. 6 edition of City Weekly. The article examined "Retracing," a selection of paintings and drawings done by Simcoe that was on display in September at the Hillmer Art Gallery.

- Peter Szto, social work, was cited in the Aug. 30 edition of City Weekly. The article highlighted Szto's photography exhibition, "The Floating Population in Guangzhou, China: A Visual Study," currently on display in the UNO Art Gallery.

- Jennifer White, health, physical education and recreation, was quoted in the Sept. 7 edition of the Omaha Star. The article announced several new book clubs that focus on fitness for women.

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

- William Corcoran, economics, had an editorial published in the Sept. 15 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The column discussed the rise in cost for students pursuing higher education and how UNO has consistently been ranked among Midwest schools whose increases in tuition are considerably lower than the national average.

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

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.

Performances will run Oct. 6-7 and Oct. 11-14, with a special matinee showing 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.

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, 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.

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

The Yellow Barn Press "A Typographic Adventure" Opens Oct. 11
University Library at UNO will host an exhibition of Neil Shaver's private presswork Oct. 11 through Dec. 15. on the UNO campus. Since 1978, Shaver has printed more than 30 titles, all of which will be on display.

The exhibition, The Yellow Barn Press "A Typographic Adventure," will open Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. with a presentation by Shaver, The Yellow Barn Press proprietor, and his collaborator and book collector, Jack Walsdorf. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Shaver's connection to UNO started in 1978 when he took his first printing class led by Harry Duncan. Shaver also produced his first book, Metanoia, during that time. In 1983, Shaver met wood engraver John DePol, and they began a collaboration that lasted until DePol's death in 2004. Many of DePol's distinctive wood engravings grace the pages of a number of The Yellow Barn Press books.

Walsdorf, the author of more than a dozen books relating to the history of the printing and bibliography, will reflect on his experiences with Shaver and The Yellow Barn Press.

The Yellow Barn Press, originally based in rural Iowa near Council Bluffs, is significant not only for the high-quality craftsmanship exhibited in the printing, but also for the attention given to printing books about books and printing. "Neil's craftsmanship makes paper and print a thrilling tactile and visual experience, and that is even before you get to the quality of the content," said Oliver Pollak, a professor of history at UNO. "He shows that the book arts preserve a half-millennium-old way of communication that is still vital in the age of rapidly developing electronic print technology."

Marvel Maring, fine arts and humanities reference librarian at UNO, also is impressed with the handiwork of the display. "The Yellow Barn Press books are gorgeous examples of traditional, hand-set letterpress printing produced with a sensitivity to elegant title pages and page layout, paper choice, cover design, illustrations and binding," she said. "The additions of John DePol's wood engravings add to the richness. We are fortunate to have this collection and delighted to feature it this fall."

For more information about the exhibition, contact Maring at 554.2992 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.