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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

Performance Evaluation Workshops Oct. 18 and 19

Giving performance evaluations is one of the most dreaded tasks for anyone - few like to give them, and fewer like to receive them!

This workshop teaches the process of evaluating an employee's performance in a more concrete, more objective and less threatening way for all involved. Evaluators will learn techniques to give them more confidence and clarity in the performance evaluation process. Program objectives include:
- Improving communication and lessening conflict between supervisors and employees;
- Addressing "problem" evaluations effectively; and
- Helping supervisors write objective, clear performance evaluations using the NU Values forms.

Wednesday, Oct. 18
2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
MBSC Gallery Room

Thursday, Oct. 19
2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
MBSC Gallery Room

For more information or to register, contact Human Resources at 554.2321.

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 invited 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

"Know Your Boundaries" Domestic Violence Event Oct. 19

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

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

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

13th Annual UNO Bell Tower Challenge

The 13th annual UNO Bell Tower Challenge is set for Wednesday, Oct. 18.

At noon, teams of students, faculty and staff will compete to stack as many food cans as possible while the bells of the Henningson Memorial Campanile chime. Awards will be presented to the teams that stack the most cans, the most creative teams and the most enthusiastic teams.

The event is sponsored each year by Eta Sigma Gamma, a health education honorary at UNO.

"We would love to set a new record this year," said David Corbin, event founder and a professor in the UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. "That means we need to collect more than 5,700 pounds of food."

All canned goods will be donated to the Omaha Food Bank ( More than 33,000 pounds of food have been collected for the food bank since the event's inception.

For more information, contact Corbin at 554.2670 or or visit the Web at

Brown-bag Workshop to Address Oral Presentations

Would you like to incorporate oral presentations into a course? Do you need help on how to do it more effectively or how to provide effective feedback on oral presentations? If so, plan to attend the faculty brown-bag workshop on "Incorporating Student Presentations Into Your Class," set for Friday, Oct. 20. It will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in 143 Arts and Sciences Hall.

Presented by Marlina Howe, Speech Center Consulting coordinator, this workshop will introduce the UNO Speaking Across the Curriculum program and resources available to assist faculty through the new Speech Consulting Center. The center provides free speech consulting services for faculty, staff and students.

The faculty brown-bag will highlight:
- Incorporating student presentations into a course;
- Providing effective feedback to students on their presentations; and
- Using evaluation criteria for grading presentations.

To register for the session or for more information, contact Howe at the Speech Consulting Center (554.3201 or Those interested in attending are invited to bring their lunch. Desserts and refreshments will be provided.

UNO Philosophy Lecture to Feature Diane Jeske

Diane Jeske, an associate professor at the University of Iowa, will speak at UNO Friday, Oct. 20 at 2:30 p.m. 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.

For more information contact Marlene Schneider at 554.3120 (UNO) or 559.5175 (UNMC). To reserve a seat, call Kristy Johnson at 554.2321.

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.

Fidelity Representative on Campus Oct. 19, Nov. 16

Fidelity representative Chad Anderson will be on campus for individual counseling sessions Thursday, Oct. 19, and Thursday, Nov. 16, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, call 1.800.642.7131.

Borders and Waldenbooks to Offer Educator Discount

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

Call for UCAT Grant Proposals for 2006-07

The UNO University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) is 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

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.


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