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Criss Library Dedication

Library Ribbon Cutting

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

The giant scissors did the job again Oct. 11 for the official ribbon cutting of the Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library and the Dr. Guinter Kahn Addition. Taking part in the cutting ceremony were (left to right) James B. Milliken, president of the University of Nebraska; Dr. Ben Nachman, representing Dr. Guinter Kahn; Terry Fairfield, president of the University of Nebraska Foundation; Dr. Stanley Davis, representing the Criss Foundation; NU Regent Drew Miller and UNO Interim Chancellor John Christensen.

history photo

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

Nominations Sought for New "STEP UP" Award

Interim UNO Chancellor John Christensen has created a new STEP UP Award to recognize UNO faculty and staff efforts.

The award is intended to recognize individuals and groups of faculty or staff who, in the last year, volunteered to take on and complete unexpected university-related work that was above and beyond the scope of their normal responsibilities.

Nomination forms and guidelines are available by clicking on the following link:


For more information, contact Lanyce Keel, STEP UP Award committee chairperson, at

Fall Convocation to Be Re-Broadcast Oct. 13

Those who missed the 2006 Fall UNO Convocation will have a chance to see the event when it is rebroadcast Friday, Oct. 13, at 11 a.m. on Cox Communications Channel 17 and Qwest Channel 77. It also can be seen this weekend on Viewer's Choice, Cox Cable Channel 17.

The broadcast is a production of UNO Television. For more information, contact Jim Adams at 554.2516.

Stephen Marks to Present Goldstein Lecture Oct. 19

Stephen P. Marks, the director of the Program on Human Rights in Development at the Harvard School of Public Health, will be the featured speaker Thursday, Oct. 19, at the annual Goldstein Lecture on Human Rights at UNO.

The event is set for 7 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. It is free and open to the public.

Marks is also the Fran├žois-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of Health and Human Rights at Harvard and a Senior Fellow. His presentation is titled "Human Rights in Development: Competing Claims and Economic Empowerment."

Until July of 1999, Marks was the director of the United Nations (UN) Studies Program and co-director of the Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs Concentration at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University. He currently serves as the chair of the UN High Level Task Force on the Implementation of the Right to Development. His publications relate to human rights, public health, peacebuilding and international institutions.

The Shirley and Leonard Goldstein Lecture on Human Rights was established in 1997 through a significant gift from the Goldsteins. The couple believes it is important to focus attention on the plight of people around the world who suffer from the abuse of human rights. For more than 25 years, Shirley Goldstein devoted her life to promoting human rights around the world, especially in securing freedom for Soviet Jews. Each year, the Goldstein Lecture brings a distinguished scholar or leading expert on human rights to the UNO campus.

Representatives from the UNO Departments of Philosophy and Religion, Political Science and International Studies serve on the Goldstein Lecture Committee.

For more information about the Goldstein Lecture, call 554.2628 or visit the Web at

UCR to Host Brown Bag Today

The University Committee on Research (UCR) will host a brown bag titled "Tips for Preparing a UCR Grant Proposal" today, Oct. 12, at UNO. It will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room at 11:30 a.m.

Sharon Sobel, current chair of the UCR, will moderate a panel of former UCR chairs and successful grant recipients. Refreshments and dessert will be served.

For more information, contact Sobel at 554.3630, or Sponsored Programs and Research at 554.2286.

KVNO Fall Pledge Drive Under Way

UNO faculty, staff and students 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 is officially under way 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.

Borders and Waldenbooks to Offer Educator Discount

Borders and Waldenbooks are extending a 25 percent educator discount on select store merchandise to UNO employees today, Oct. 12, through Tuesday, Oct. 17.

To obtain the discount, individuals must present their university ID. In conjunction with the Educator Appreciation Event, Borders will host a reception Friday, Oct. 13, from 4 to 8 p.m. at its 72nd and Dodge St. location.

For sale details, visit the Web at

For additional information, contact Melissa Davidson, educational sales coordinator, at 926.3693.

Voter Registration Drive Continues This Week

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) at UNO will staff two voter registration tables this week.

Deputy registrars representing the Douglas County Election Commission will be on hand during the events listed below to help faculty, staff and students register to vote or change polling place information if a voter has moved.

The events are listed below.

Friday, Oct. 13
Library Student Appreciation Day
Criss Library
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 14
Homecoming Football Game
Al Caniglia Field
12:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Joyce Crockett (554.3364 or or Becky Bohan Brown (554.2243 or

This event is being held in partnership with UNO's American Democracy Project (ADP). The ADP at UNO seeks to increase the Civic Engagement of its students, staff, faculty and administrators. Its goal is to help fuel the development of an informed and contributing citizenry for the United States in the 21st century. For more information about the ADP at UNO, visit the Web at, or contact Paul Sather at 554.3196.

UNO Philosophy Lecture to Feature Diane Jeske

Diane Jeske, an associate professor at the University of Iowa, will speak at UNO Friday, Oct. 20. Her presentation, titled "The Unnatural Obsession with Naturalism in Ethics," will be held in 210 Arts and Sciences Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Jeske's published work in ethics addresses topics such as the grounds of special obligations to intimates, the nature of friendship and utilitarianism versus deontology. Her current teaching and research interests also include political philosophy, philosophy of law, personal identity and feminist ethics.

For more information, contact Kathy Cox Schwartz at 554.2628 or Information on this and other events sponsored by the UNO Department of Philosophy and Religion may be found on the Web at

FEAP to Offer Emotional Intelligence and Resiliency Workshop

Mark your calendar for the Emotional Intelligence and Resiliency Workshop, hosted by the Faculty/Staff Employee Assistance Program (FEAP). A morning session is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 24, and an afternoon session will be held Wednesday, Oct. 25.

The event is free for all faculty and staff. The dates and times are as follows:

Tuesday, Oct. 24
9 to 10 a.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room

Wednesday, Oct. 25
MBSC U Mon Hon Room
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Watch eNotes for more information as the event nears or contact Marlene Schneider at 554.3120 (UNO) or 559.5175 (UNMC).

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

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.

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