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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

KVNO Fall Pledge Drive Begins Oct. 11

You may already know that Classical 90.7 KVNO seeks to serve and enrich the community and university through quality classical music programming that enlightens, entertains and informs. But did you know that KVNO relies on community support for more than half of its annual operating budget? Classical 90.7 KVNO's Fall Pledge Drive will officially begin Wednesday, Oct. 11. The drive will run through Friday, Oct. 20. 

"Please consider helping us celebrate our 35th year of service by showing your support," said Molly Nicklin, associate development manager.

Pledges may be made through the following options:
- Call KVNO at 559.5866;
- Visit and click on the "donate now" button to access the secure Web pledge page;
- Stop by the KVNO studios (102 Engineering Building) during the fund drive; or
- Visit our volunteer pledge takers around campus at the following locations:

Wednesday, Oct. 18
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Strauss Performing Arts Center (northwest main level)

Thursday, Oct. 19
1 to 3 p.m.
Strauss Performing Arts Center (lobby)

For more information, visit or call Kim Balkovec at 559.5866.

SAC to Meet This Morning

The Staff Advisory Council will meet today, 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 Today

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" today, 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.

Pulses Series: Library to Host Oct. 13 Student Appreciation Day

Do you know what services your library has to offer? The following is the fifth in a series of informational articles designed to introduce students to services and activities at University Library. Library staff is providing the Pulses articles. The topic of this week's article highlights the library's upcoming Student Appreciation Day event.

Student Appreciation Day @ Your Library
Student Appreciation Day at the library will be held Friday, Oct. 13, at UNO. Come celebrate the opening of the new Dr. Guinter Kahn Addition at the library, and have a free hot dog and soda at the new library café. 

"We really enjoy our students…they're the real reason we're here, and they make our library a vital part of campus," said University Library Dean Steve Shorb. "We're excited about our new space and our new café; it all is part of increasing our services to our students."

Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the café. Student I.D. will be required.

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.

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.

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.

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

UNO Theatre Season Continues Oct. 11 with "Man of La Mancha"

The UNO Department of Theatre season continues Wednesday, Oct. 11, 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. 12-14, 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.

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.

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

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

Nominations Sought for Who's Who Among Students

UNO has been invited to participate in the 2006 Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges program by nominating outstanding students on the basis of scholarship, leadership, citizenship, service to the university and potential for future achievement.

Student Organizations and Leadership Programs is seeking faculty and staff to nominate juniors, seniors and graduate students for this honor. Nominees must have completed more than 58 hours and earned a minimum 2.5 cumulative G.P.A.

A nomination review committee will select the recipients. Nominees cannot have been selected in previous years. If you would like to confirm whether or not your nominee has been selected in the past, contact Erin Cron, chair of the nominating committee, at 554.2711.

To recommend eligible students, fill out the Who's Who Student Appraisal Form online at All recommendations must be made by 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27.



- The UNO chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) presented a check for $400 to Habitat for Humanity Omaha Sept. 21 as part of a national campaign held last spring.

Five students in the School of Communication took part in the PRSSA National Bateman Case Study competition. During the competition chapters from across the country designed and launched a public relations campaign to assist the local Habitat affiliates.

The team's campaign with the slogan "Tools for Life" held events to raise money and volunteers for Habitat. Members of the team were seniors: Jenny Caveye, Courtne Dugdale, Jonnie Horner, Dawn Kreikeimeier and Alex May.

Pictured above are Karen Weber, PRSSA faculty adviser; Jenny Caveye, PRSSA project leader; Tina Hubbell, Habitat for Humanity Omaha, director of development and Jeremy Lipschultz, UNO School of Communication director.

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