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Joan Bell has been named the October Employee of the Month at UNO. Bell is manager of technology in the UNO College of Arts and Sciences. Look for details in a future edition of eNotes. For more information on how to nominate individuals for Employee of the Month honors, visit the following link.

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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

Message from Interim UNO Chancellor John Christensen

I would like to extend a note of appreciation to the campus community for participating in Wednesday's Fall Convocation and library dedication. Once again, these events demonstrated the closeness of this UNO family and the pride we have in the campus. Congratulations to Dean Shorb and the Criss Library faculty and staff for a series of spectacular opening events. Our benefactors were well served, as will be all those who enter this beautiful and highly functional facility.

Also, please accept my personal invitation to take part in this weekend's Homecoming festivities, capping off a truly special week for UNO. Many thanks to everyone who has worked so hard to make all of our Homecoming events successful. Go Mavs!

Extended Downtime Scheduled for myFolder/myWeb

Information Technology Services (ITS) announces that an extended downtime will be experienced Oct. 13-16 for the myFolder/myWeb (Home directory) systems.

The extended downtime will begin tonight, Oct. 13, at 11:30 p.m. and should be finished the day of Monday, Oct. 16. During this extended downtime, the "myFolder/myWeb / H:\ (Home directory)" systems will be unavailable and unusable.

The purpose for this extended downtime will be to improve storage reliability and to provide remediation for some issues recently experienced by ITS.

For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (554.4357) or stop by 104 Eppley Administration Building during normal business hours.

UNO NBDC Receives National Accreditation

The UNO Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) has received full accreditation from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Of the 63 state and regional business development centers in the nation, the NBDC was one of only six that received accreditation without conditions.

"This is a rare distinction, and this was the first time that the U.S. SBA honored this by having a special presentation," said Robert Bernier, assistant dean of the UNO College of Business Administration and state director of the NBDC.

UNO was joined in the recognition by the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Georgia and programs in Oklahoma, Vermont and Puerto Rico. The NBDC had to meet requirements of strategic planning, professional development of programs, and people and outcome measures in order to gain accreditation.

Steven Preston, the new administrator of the SBA, recently presented plaques to the honored programs at the Association of Small Business Development Centers meeting in Houston. Previously, Preston was a senior vice president for First Data in Omaha.

The UNO center is one of five original centers established across the nation in 1977. It provides consulting and educational services to small businesses throughout Nebraska.

"We're very proud of this distinction achieved by less than 10 percent of the small business development centers," Bernier said. "NBDC is poised for coming changes in the accreditation process that will emphasize outcomes as well as inputs."

Bernier said the NBDC traditionally tracks the number of jobs created by its assistance and the amount of investment in new business and business expansions enabled by its capital access programs. In 2005, more than 3,800 jobs were created, and $44.8 million was invested in new and expanding business with the help of the NBDC.

For more information, call 554.2521.

CCMA to Meet Today

The Chancellor's Commision on Multicultural Affairs (CCMA) will meet today, Oct. 13. The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Conference Room. Karen Hayes (educational administration/supervision) and Sharif Liwaru (Student Organizations and Leadership Programs) co-chair the organization.

For more information, contact Dr. Hayes (554.3240) or Liwaru (554.2711).

Assessment of Learning Spaces Web Seminar Oct. 16

UNO will host a Web seminar titled "Assessment of Learning Spaces" Monday, Oct. 16. It will be broadcast in the 111 Eppley Administration Building Welcome Center from noon to 1 p.m.

The seminar is sponsored by EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology.

Presenters will be Molly Schaller and Sawyer Hunley, assistant professors from the University of Dayton Department of Counselor Education and Human Services.

The Web seminar will examine the following:
-Theoretical perspectives of learning spaces;
-A guide for developing an assessment plan;
-Specific examples of assessment instruments; and
-A brief discussion of results from the University of Dayton's assessment of learning spaces.

As an EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) member, the UNO community has access to ELI documents and events at First-time users are required to create a profile. ELI is an EDUCAUSE initiative focused on the advancement of teaching, learning and technology.

ELI presents monthly Web seminars that are screened live in the Milo Bail Student Center. Watch the FacConnect calendar for updates on future dates. Past seminars can be viewed on the Web at

For more information on EDUCASE, visit the Web at and go to EDUCAUSE ELI Web seminars, or contact Jay Killion (554.3758 or

5th Annual Diversity Fair Set for Oct. 25

The UNO section of the National Council of Negro Women will host its 5th Annual Diversity Fair Wednesday, Oct. 25. The event will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. The 2006 theme is "Collision of Cultures."

The diversity fair art gallery and organization information tables will be set up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The gallery will feature artwork from various UNO and community artists.

The fair also will include cultural performances between noon and 1 p.m.

For more information or to participate in this event, call 554.2711.

SPR Report

The SPR Report details the results of UNO's efforts to obtain external funding in support of its teaching, research, service and outreach efforts. The report is designed to keep the university community informed as to externally funded projects on campus and bring recognition to those faculty and staff who have worked to generate these resources.

For the period of Sept. 1-27, those receiving grant awards totaling $637,207 are as follows:

Name: Debra Aliano
Unit: College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media - KVNO
Title: CPB: CSG/NPPAG 09/30/08
Sponsor: Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Name: Brent Bowen
Unit: College of Public Affairs and Community Service - Aviation Institute
Title: Engaging Nebraska Citizens in NASA's Higher Education Strategy
Sponsor: NASA

Name: Carolyn Fiscus
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences - Native American Studies
Title: Little Priest Tribal College American Indian Studies Program and Curriculum Development
Sponsor: Little Priest Tribal College

Name: Ann Fruhling
Unit: College of Information Science and Technology - Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis
Title: Public/Private Laboratory Integration - KSU - servers
Sponsor: Kansas State University

Name: Thomas Gouttierre
Unit: International Studies and Programs
Title: USDA Borlaug Fellows Program
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Name: Jack Heidel
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences - Mathematics
Title: MCC Graduate Assistantship
Sponsor: Metropolitan Community College

Name: Lisa Kelly-Vance
Unit: Unit: College of Arts and Sciences - Psychology
Title: State-wide Response to Intervention Consortium for Training and Evaluation
Sponsor: UNL

Name: Jeannette Seaberry
Unit: College of Education - Counseling
Title: AmeriCorps COE
Sponsor: Council of Great City Schools

Name: Nicholas Stergiou
Unit: College of Education - School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation
Title: Investigation of the Dynamics of Development of Sitting Postural Control in Infants with Cerebral Palsy
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Education

Name: Mahadevan Subramaniam
Unit: College of Information Science and Technology - Computer Science
Title: Collaborative Research: SAIL: An Integration of SAT Solver and Inductive Prover
Sponsor: NSF

For assistance with research activities, call the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research at 554.2286, or visit the Web at

Exercise Physiology Lab to Offer Screenings Oct. 24, 26

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Exercise Physiology Lab will offer two health screenings this semester for UNO faculty, staff and students.

The schedule is as follows:

Cholesterol Screening
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 24
Time: 7 to 11 a.m.
Where: 103 HPER Building (Exercise Physiology Lab)
Cost: $25
This screening requires a 12-hour fasting period. To schedule an appointment, call 554.3221.

Free Blood Pressure Screening
Date: Thursday, Oct. 26
Time: 7:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: HPER Building
No appointment necessary.

UNO to Host Batchelder Archaeology Conference Nov. 9-11

The Bethsaida Excavations Project at UNO will host the eighth annual Batchelder Biblical Archaeology Conference and Reunion starting Thursday, Nov. 9.

Scholars from all over the world will meet to discuss and present their research on the 2006 dig season at Bethsaida, an ancient city located near the north coast of the Sea of Galilee in Israel. Bethsaida was the capital city of the forgotten biblical kingdom of Geshur. It is one of the most frequently mentioned towns in the New Testament and the purported place where Jesus performed several of his major miracles.

Archaeologist Gideon Avni, director of the excavations and surveys department of the Israel Antiquities Authority, will deliver the opening keynote address Thursday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. His keynote address is titled "Between the Temple Mount and the Holy Sepulchre-Recent Archaeological Discoveries in Jerusalem."

Dr. Avni is also a lecturer at the Institute of Archaeology at Hebrew University and served as the Head Archaeologist of Jerusalem from 1989 to 2000. In that position, he was the coordinator of the "Jerusalem Archaeological Park," which includes the largest archaeological excavations around and within the Old City of Jerusalem.

Conference activities will continue at the alumni center Friday, Nov. 10, and conclude Saturday, Nov. 11. All events, including the keynote presentation, are free and open to the public.

"Over the years, the Batchelder Conference for Biblical Archaeology has gained the prestige of a high-quality international conference that attracts scholars and laypeople from around the world," said Rami Arav, director of the Bethsaida Excavations Project at UNO. "It brings to a large audience the most updated discoveries and thoughts."

Participants are also invited to view two exhibitions of antiquities at UNO. Both are on display in 343 Arts and Sciences Hall. Details are listed below

"Silent Spectators of the Sacred"
An exhibition of 1st century building stones from Herod's Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The exhibit is on loan from the Israel Antiquities Authority.

"Ancient Writing in the Mediterranean World"
A collection of ancient writing implements, coins, Egyptian scarabs and figurines, and inscriptions in Mesopotamian cuneiform, Aramaic, Hebrew, Latin and Coptic. The exhibit was donated by the Museum of Archaeology and Biblical History in Albuquerque, N.M.

In 1991, the Consortium of the Bethsaida Excavations Project (CBEP) was formed and has been housed at UNO since its inception. Its mission is to excavate the ancient city of Bethsaida, research the data discernible from the remains, and disseminate the conclusions to both academic and popular audiences.

The conference is co-sponsored by International Studies and Programs at UNO, and the Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford.

To register or for more information and a complete schedule of events, contact Steve Reynolds, Bethsaida Excavations Project coordinator, at 554.3108.

For more information about the Bethsaida Excavations Project, visit the Web at

TIAA-CREF Schedule through December Announced

TIAA-CREF announces its campus visit schedule for October and November. A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus for individual appointments with employees on the following dates:

- Oct. 17, 24 and 31
- Nov. 7, 14, 21 and 28
- Dec. 5, 12 and 19

Appointments for one-on-one counseling sessions can be made on the Web at or by calling Louella Williams at the Omaha TIAA-CREF office at 548.3610.

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.

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.

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

In the News

In the News

- Patty Adams, Program for Women and Successful Aging, was quoted in the September 2006 edition of New Horizons and the Sept. 14 edition of the Omaha Star. The articles announced a call for nominations for the 2007 UNO Women of Wisdom Awards.

- Phani Adidam, marketing and management, was quoted in the Sept. 23 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article explored the first year of Gary Rodkin's employment at ConAgra as foods chief executive.

- John Christensen, interim UNO chancellor, was quoted in the Sept. 24 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article profiled Dr. Christensen and his hopes for the future of UNO.

- Yuriko Doku, Latino/Latin American Studies, was pictured in the Sept. 22 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article previewed the recent Nebraska visit of the Colombian consulate.

- Moshe Gershovich, history, was cited in the Sept. 21 edition of the Omaha Star. The article previewed a book discussion Dr. Gershovich led Oct. 12 on A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz.

- Thomas Gouttierre, dean of international studies and programs, and director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies, was interviewed Oct. 7 by FOX TV about the impact of Taliban resurgence in Afghanistan.

- Marty Kalkowski, campus ministries, was quoted in the Sept. 15 edition of The Catholic Voice. The article explored the addition of Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) outreach activities at UNO Campus Ministries events.

- Erica Neidlinger, music, was cited in the Sept. 21 edition of the Nemaha Co. Herald (Auburn, Neb.). The article highlighted a recent performance the UNO Marching Band gave at an Auburn vs. Ashland-Greenwood football game.

- Becky Pasco, education, was quoted in the Sept. 20 edition of the Star-Herald (Scottsbluff, Neb.). The article announced recruiting road trips Dr. Pasco organized to highlight Nebraska library science education programs.

- B.J. Reed, dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, was quoted in the Sept. 28 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article explored the possibility of privatizing ambulance service in Omaha.

- Sam Walker, professor emeritus of criminal justice, was cited in the Sept. 22 edition of the Omaha Daily Record. The article discussed a lecture Dr. Walker gave Sept. 18 at UNO on "An Uncertain Defense: An Examination of Presidents and Civil Liberties, From Woodrow Wilson to George W. Bush"

- Paul Williams, philosophy and religion, was quoted in the Sept. 23 edition of the Star-Herald (Scottsbluff, Neb.). The article profiled an Islam course being taught by Dr. Williams.

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

- Jack Heidel, mathematics, had an editorial published in the Sept. 22 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The column discussed taking a more traditional approach to teaching mathematics.

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

"Man of La Mancha" Continues Tonight
The UNO Department of Theatre season continues tonight, Oct. 13, with the beloved Broadway musical "Man of La Mancha" by Dale Wasserman, with lyrics by Joe Darion and music by Mitch Leigh. An interactive talk-back session with the director, designers and cast will follow tonight's show.

Performances will conclude with a special matinee showing Saturday, Oct. 14, at 3 p.m.

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.

"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.

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" Under Way
The Criss Library at UNO is the site of an exhibition of Neil Shaver's private presswork titled The Yellow Barn Press "A Typographic Adventure." The exhibition will run through Dec. 15, and the exhibition is free and open to the public.

Since 1978, Shaver has printed more than 30 titles, all of which will be on display. The exhibition at UNO opened Oct. 11 with a presentation by Shaver.

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 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.