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Books for the Eager Readers

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

UNO's Kathy Danielson and student Leyla Lillard enjoy a brand new book Oct. 12 at Omaha's Central Park Elementary School. Danielson and Wilma Kuhlman, both from the UNO College of Education, helped distribute free books to the Central Park library. Publishers donated books in order to gain feedback from the young readers.

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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, 1971, The Gateway reported that Pulitzer Prize-winning author N. Scott Momaday was scheduled to lecture at the University of Nebraska at Omaha Oct. 18. Dr. Momaday, a Kiowa Indian, spent his formative years on a Kiowa reservation and received the 1969 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for House Made of Dawn. Momaday's UNO speech, titled "The American Indian in Modern Society," was scheduled for the Eppley Conference Center auditorium.

Date: Oct. 15, 1971
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

Assessment of Learning Spaces Web Seminar Today

UNO will host a Web seminar titled "Assessment of Learning Spaces" today, 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 EDUCAUSE, visit the Web at and go to EDUCAUSE ELI Web seminars, or contact Jay Killion (554.3758 or

myFolder/myWeb Extended Downtime Reminder

Information Technology Services (ITS) reminds Web uses of an extended downtime for the myFolder/myWeb (Home directory) systems.

The extended downtime will conclude sometime today, 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.

"Know Your Boundaries" Domestic Violence Event Oct. 19

The UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) and the UNO Women's Studies Program will host a campus event in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month Thursday, Oct. 19, at UNO.

The event, "Know Your Boundaries," will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Nebraska Room. All students, faculty and staff are invited to attend. The event is free and open to the public.

Speakers from both on and off campus, including the YWCA Omaha, the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council and multiple campus organizations, are scheduled to appear. The event will highlight the issues of intimate partner violence, healthy relationship skills, and the resources on campus and in the community that are available for addressing these issues.

"Students, faculty and staff are welcome to drop in or stay for the entire event," said Elizabeth Keller, event organizer and CCSW member.

Those interested in attending are invited to bring their lunch. For more information, contact Dr. Keller at 554.3317 or

The CCSW serves as an advisory council to the chancellor and other university administrators on issues that relate to women faculty, staff and students. The commission's goal is to provide a forum for women at UNO in conjunction with the organization's core themes of A, B, C – Awareness of women's issues, Balance in women's lives, and the Community and women's roles. For more information about the CCSW, visit the Web at

UNO to Host Conference on Meth Treatment Strategies Nov. 2-3

A conference focusing on the best practices for treating methamphetamine addiction will be held at UNO Nov. 2-3 for substance abuse and mental health professionals. The conference, "Refining Treatment Strategies: Laying the Foundation for Successful Meth Treatment," is sponsored by the UNO Substance Abuse Training Initiative and the Alegent Health Community Benefit Trust.

The College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) at UNO recently launched the Substance Abuse Training Initiative (SATI) to address the need for increased treatment capacity in Nebraska. By providing education and training to treatment providers, SATI hopes to increase the number of Nebraskans who can receive effective substance abuse treatment.

The two-day conference will begin Thursday, Nov. 2, with a welcoming address from Kermit Brashear, the former speaker of the Nebraska Unicameral and chair of the Community Corrections Council. Thursday's sessions include an overview of the Methamphetamine Treatment Study, which was completed by CPACS in May of 2006, and an introduction to motivational interviewing.

On Friday, Nov. 3, Sam Minsky, a trainer from the Matrix Institute in Los Angeles, will be speaking about the Matrix Model and how it can be used to address the clinical challenges in treating meth addiction. The Matrix Model has been identified as the best evidenced-based practice for treating methamphetamine addiction.

"We have received a positive response from treatment providers regarding this conference," said Nicole Kennedy, program coordinator for SATI. "Research shows that recovery from meth addiction is possible when appropriate treatment is available to users. Thanks to Alegent, this conference is the first step in getting effective meth treatment in place."

Both days, the conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. All sessions will be held at the Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine St., on the UNO south campus. The conference registration fee is $15. Mental health and drug and alcohol continuing education units are available.

For conference or registration information, call 554.3844.

Discounted Memberships Available to Joslyn Art Museum

All UNO faculty and staff are eligible for a discounted educator membership to Joslyn Art Musuem, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. The annual Joslyn Art Museum membership drive is under way through Thursday, Nov. 9.

A MavCard ID is required to receive the educator membership discount. The costs are listed below.

- Educator family membership (will admit two adults with children up to age 18 for an entire year)

- Educator individual membership

To access an application form or for more details on the educator membership benefits, click on the link below.

2006 Educator Membership

To have an order form faxed or mailed to your office, call University Affairs at 554.2358.

For more information, contact the Joslyn Membership Department at 661.3858.

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

HR Seminar Series Continues Oct. 20 with Social Security Topic

A Social Security representative will be on campus Friday, Oct. 20, to answer questions at the second installment of the Human Resources Informative Seminar Series.

The presentation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mon Hon Room. All interested faculty and staff are invited to attend.

Tonya Freeman will present general information about Social Security, as well as answer attendees' questions. Those who pre-register prior to the event are eligible to receive a personalized Social Security printout.

The UNO seminars are scheduled monthly from September through April. Topics will include personal financial management, social security and retirement planning.

For more information, contact Esther Scarpello at 554.3660.

Department of Mathematics to Host Lecture on Epidemics

The UNO Mathematics Department will host a lecture Wednesday, Oct.18, on "Modeling Influenza Epidemics Across Small-world Networks" by Gregg Hartvigsen, associate professor of biology at SUNY Geneseo. The talk will take place from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in 256 Durham Science Center. Interested faculty, staff and students are invieted to attend.

"Small-world networks (or scale-free networks) are common mathematical models in computer, social, genetic, neural or physical networks, in which most of the nodes have few connections and a few nodes are highly connected," said Dora Matache, assistant professor of mathematics at UNO. "Recently, there has been a lot of interest in using these mathematics models for modeling the spread of epidemics."

For more information, visit the Web at

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 Offering Educator Discount

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

To obtain the discount, individuals must present their university ID. For sale details, visit the Web at

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

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 François-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

FEAP to Offer Emotional Intelligence and Resiliency Workshop

The Faculty/Staff Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) will offer a free workshop titled "Emotional Intelligence and Resiliency." A morning session is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 24, and an afternoon session will be held Wednesday, Oct. 25. All faculty and staff are invited to attend.

The presenters will be Marlene Schneider, counselor at UNO and the University Nebraska Medical Center FEAP, and Sandra McKenzie, staffing consultant at UNMC Human Resources. The duo will discuss factors necessary to become emotionally intelligent and resilient.

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.

For more information, contact Marlene Schneider at 554.3120 (UNO) or 559.5175 (UNMC).

Call for UCAT Grant Proposals for 2006-07

The UNO University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of travel grants for designated themes to increase capacity building in teaching and learning.

Applications are encouraged for both interdisciplinary conferences focusing on teaching and learning, as well as for disciplinary conferences with tracks or sessions focusing on one or more of the following themes:
- Seamless transitions (P-20 transitions from pre-kindergarten through graduate school);
- Portfolio-based assessment;
- Recruitment and retention;
- Active learning;
- Facilitation of interdisciplinary collaboration;
- Learning communities;
- Diversity; and
- Scholarship of teaching.

The committee is accepting proposals on a monthly basis, from August through April, or until funds are expended. UCAT will fund grants up to $750 for each award. Proposals are due by the 21st of each month.

Application forms are available on the Center for Faculty Development Web site ( Applicants must submit one hard copy and an electronic submission of the application. Electronic submissions should be in "rtf" or "MS Word" document formats, and should be sent as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll (

Hard copy submissions should be sent to the Center for Faculty Development in 220 Arts and Sciences Hall. For reference, examples of successful models of applications are available on the Center for Faculty Development/UCAT Web site ( For more information, contact Teresa Lamsam, associate professor of communication and the 2006-07 chair of UCAT (554.4853 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. 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...

Friday, Oct. 20
Mutual of Omaha Stampede
Hockey vs. Niagara
Qwest Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St.
7:05 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 21
Mutual of Omaha Stampede
Hockey vs. UMass-Lowell or Northern Michigan
Qwest Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St.
4:05 p.m. or 7:05 p.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at