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Students show their school spirit Sept. 12 at UNO's 29-19 football season-opening win against the University of Nebraska at Kearney. School pride will continue this week with a variety of homecoming activities, as well as the Fall Convocation, a library dedication and a Maverick Mojo event. See stories below for homecoming details.

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

This Week in Campus History

On Oct. 15, 1937, The Gateway reported that the University of Omaha library was so overstocked with books that space for students was becoming sparse. There was room for optimism, however, because construction of the new campus building at 60th and Dodge was well under way. The new library, on the first and second floors of the northeast wing, provided more than double the current space for study and reading, as well as sufficient shelving space for the thousands of volumes currently located in off-site storage.

Date: Oct. 15, 1937
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

Homecoming 2006 Begins Today at UNO

The Student Programming Organization (SPO) is rolling out the red carpet for a movie-themed homecoming week of events today through Saturday, Oct. 9-14, at UNO. This year's theme is "Homecoming 2006: The Reel Life!"

All events are free and open to all faculty, staff and students.

The weeklong schedule of events is listed below.

Today, Oct. 9
- Hypnotist Jim Wand
11:30 a.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom

Tuesday, Oct. 10
- Edmonds Comedy Variety Game Show featuring comedian Grant Edmonds
MBSC Nebraska Room

Wednesday, Oct. 11
- Voting for Homecoming Royalty
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
MBSC south doors

- "Star Wars" Spirit Cup Night
5:30 p.m.
UNO Pep Bowl (grassy area directly south of the Eppley Administration Building)

Thursday, Oct. 12
- Voting for Homecoming Royalty
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
MBSC south doors

- Bloody Mary, movie makeup artist
MBSC Nebraska Room

Friday, Oct. 13
- Voting for Homecoming Royalty
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
MBSC south doors

- Scary Movie Night
9 p.m.
William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center Bootstrapper Hall
Co-sponsored by International Student Services

Saturday, Oct. 14
-Homecoming Football Game vs. North Dakota
(Homecoming royalty will be crowned at halftime, and Spirit Cup winners will be announced.)
1 p.m.
Caniglia Field

For more information, contact Erin Cron 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 tonight, 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.

Free UNO Hockey Parking and Shuttle Service Available at inPlay

New this hockey season, free parking will be available for all home UNO hockey games at inPlay, located downtown at 15th and Cuming St.

inPlay is offering free parking and shuttle service from its parking lot to the Qwest Center Omaha for all UNO home hockey games, beginning with the Tuesday, Oct. 10, UNO vs. Manitoba game. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m.

Shuttle service is available for all UNO hockey fans. A shuttle ticket is required to receive free transportation. Tickets will be available for fans at the counter inside inPlay.

inPlay, the ultimate entertainment complex, offers interactive games, an indoor rock climbing wall and inZone Sports Bar with pool, darts and a full menu.

For more information, contact Bob Flannery, assistant director of athletic marketing, at

Oct. 11 Parking Restrictions Notice

On Wednesday, Oct.11, parking lots E and M will be reserved for the library dedication. The lots will be closed before 6 a.m. and will not re-open until after 11:30 a.m.

Faculty and staff who usually park in lots E and M before 11:30 a.m. will need to find other available faculty/staff parking. The Crossroads Mall and south campus shuttle services are options, as is the middle level of the parking structure. A Campus Security officer will also be available to let valid faculty/staff and graduate teaching assistant permit holders into lot U, if necessary.

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

SSWO to Host Free Self-Defense Class Oct. 11

The Student Social Work Organization (SSWO) will sponsor a free self-defense class in recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month this October. The class will be held Wednesday, Oct. 11, from noon to 1 p.m. in 110 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building. All are invited to attend.

Instructors will be from the United Martial Arts Academy. Those in attendance will receive self-defense instruction, information about local resources and tips on self-safety.

Participants are invited to bring a friend and a non-perishable food item. SSWO will be collecting donations at this event and throughout the end of October. Donated food items will be given to Phoenix House, a local domestic violence shelter and program.

For more information, contact Sarah Cox, SSWO president, at or Nancy Kelley-Gillespie, SSWO faculty advisor, at 554.4886 or

Faculty Senate to Meet Oct. 11

The UNO Faculty Senate will meet Wednesday, Oct. 11, in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Rooms. Presentations will begin at 2 p.m. with the meeting immediately following.

Bill Swanson, assistant to the vice chancellor for administration and director of the UNO Office of Career Exploration and Outreach, will present information on Initiative 423. He will also discuss career exploration's "Don't Cancel That Class" program. All are invited to attend.

For more information, contact Jim Shaw, Faculty Senate president, at 554.2225 or Sue Bishop, Faculty Senate coordinator, at 554.3598.

New Maverick Mojo Campaign and Tailgate Event

For many, homecoming is a big deal at UNO. This year's homecoming, set for Saturday, Oct. 14, will - in part - be a showcase designed especially for high school students and their parents who are making higher education decisions.

The UNO Homecoming Open House will run from 8:30 a.m. to noon and will feature UNO campus tours, chats with professors and experts from a variety of departments, a question-and-answer session with current UNO students and tours of campus housing. A free breakfast and lunch will be provided. Parents and students can also take part in sessions on financial aid and the admission process.

The open house will also feature information about "Maverick Mojo," a new campaign at UNO. "‘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 also resonates with current UNO students, alumni and the entire community of Maverick supporters."

While the open house specifically addresses high school students and their parents, additional Maverick Mojo offerings open to prospective students and the public will include a live radio remote with Channel 94.1, free activities and food set up in a large tent in the UNO Pep Bowl near Caniglia Stadium. Free mechanical bull rides will also be available.

Mojo activities will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the UNO vs. North Dakota football game starts at 1 p.m. UNO Interim Chancellor John Christensen will attend the tailgate event at about 12:30 p.m.

"It's the best tailgate event in Omaha, period," said Tim Kaldahl, interim director of University Affairs at UNO. "We're also showing off an innovative way for students and members of the public to get more information about campus through text messaging. It's high-tech and very, very cool."

Anyone using a cell phone can now check out UNO by texting the word "Mojo" to 72466.

"Try it, answer the questions and see what happens," Kaldahl said. Those who text message will be entered into drawings for an iPod, Mojo gear and UNO hockey tickets.

Ervin & Smith Advertising and Public Relations created a special Web site specifically for UNO'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.

"It's full day of fun, food and information," Cicotello said. "And just punch ‘Mojo' into that cell phone. We want to hear from you."

For more information, call 554.3502.

ITS Nerd Social to Host NUCIA Senior Research Fellow Today

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

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.

"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

Fall Convocation 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.

Library Dedication Events Set for Oct. 11-13

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 gave me 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 to invest in the advancement of knowledge and the library as an information center. I have the highest regard for scholarship and hope the outcomes realized through the expansion of the UNO library help 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 in attendance.

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.

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.

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

Maverick Watch


Go 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).

inPlay, located downtown at 15th and Cuming St., will offer free parking and shuttle service from its parking lot to the Qwest Center Omaha for all UNO home hockey games, beginning with the Tuesday, Oct. 10, UNO vs. Manitoba game. Shuttle service is available for all UNO hockey fans. A shuttle ticket is required to receive free transportation. Tickets will be available for fans at the counter inside inPlay.

At home this week...

Monday, Oct. 9
- Hockey Media Day
Qwest Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St.
2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 10
- Volleyball vs. South Dakota
Sapp Fieldhouse
7 p.m.

- Hockey vs. Manitoba (Exhibition)
Qwest Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St.
7:05 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 13
- Volleyball vs. Minnesota Duluth
Sapp Fieldhouse
7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 14
- Swimming and Diving vs. Kansas
Health, Physical Education and Recreation Pool
11 a.m.

- Football vs. North Dakota (Homecoming)
Caniglia Field
1 p.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at