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A Nov. 9, 1956, homecoming bonfire rally takes place northwest of the University of Omaha Field House.

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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

The impact of Initiative 423 on the University of Nebraska

Editor's note: The following announcement was issued Oct. 17 by the University of Nebraska Central Administration.

NOTE: University employees are permitted to express their personal opinions in regard to ballot issues, including urging their passage or defeat. However, university personnel, resources, property or funds may not be used for the purpose of urging a vote for or against a ballot question. The university may also prepare and disseminate factual information regarding the potential impact of a ballot question as long as the information does not urge a vote for or against the question.

Next month, Nebraska voters will consider ballot initiative 423, also known as the spending lid or SOS (Stop OverSpending) Nebraska. The following analysis of how a spending limit would impact the University of Nebraska was prepared by the NU Budget Office.

A.  Background

Initiative 423 seeks to limit state spending increases to the combined rate of inflation plus population growth. According to an analysis done by the Legislative Fiscal Office, under Initiative 423 the average allowable budget growth over the past 10 years would have been 3%. 

B.  What would the University of Nebraska look like today had a 3% annual spending lid been imposed a decade ago?

Based on assumptions that total state spending would have grown 3% per year from 1997-2007 as allowed under the lid, and that the budget category of "state aid to individuals," which contains mandated programs including Medicaid, would have grown at its actual rates during these years (an average of 7.9%), the impacts would be:

1. Higher education would be less affordable for Nebraskans.

- If reductions in state appropriations had to be offset with tuition dollars, tuition at UNO would have increased nearly 300 percent – from $68.50 per credit hour in 1997 to $258 in 2007 for a resident undergraduate student. As a result, a full-time undergraduate student at UNO would now pay approximately $7,700 per year in tuition compared to the actual 2007 cost of $4,380.

2.  Fewer dollars would be spent educating students, conducting research and providing service and outreach to Nebraskans.

- At a minimum, the appropriation to the University of Nebraska for FY 2006-07 would be $134 million less than it is (actual = $454 million; under the lid = $320 million).

- Historically, during times of budget stress, higher education has taken a larger share of budget cuts than state agencies or aid to local governments, so it is likely that the reduction would be significantly more than $134 million. In the budget-cutting period from 2001-03, the state budget was reduced 2%, while the university budget was reduced 10%.

- This amount ($134 million) is more than double the total amount of state support of the University of Nebraska at Omaha for FY 2007 ($54 million).

C.  If Initiative 423 is approved, what would be the long-term impact on the University of Nebraska?

Based on assumptions that total state spending would grow 3% per year from 2007-2035 as allowed under the lid, and that state aid to individuals, which includes mandated programs including Medicaid, would continuing growing at 7.9 percent, and that allocations to higher education and state agencies are reduced to offset increases in state aid to individuals, the impacts would be:

- Appropriations to the university begin to decline in 2009 and continue at an increasing pace until 2025, when funding is completely depleted.

- Without state support, it is likely that the university will lose key faculty … and they will take other faculty and research dollars with them.

- Each $1 million in lost research funding = 34 jobs lost in the state of Nebraska

- Tuition – now the only source of funds for the state-aided budget –increases to $900 per credit hour for resident undergraduate students at UNO in FY 2025. The annual cost of tuition alone for a full-time undergraduate resident student is $27,000.

13th Annual UNO Bell Tower Challenge Today

The 13th annual University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Bell Tower Challenge is set for today, 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 Dr. Corbin at 554.2670 or, or visit the Web at

Voter Registration Events Today and Tomorrow at UNO

Have you registered to vote or moved and need to change your polling place?

The voter registration deadline for Nebraska residents is Friday, Oct. 19.

In conjunction with the university's American Democracy Project (ADP), voter registration tables will be set up today through Thursday, Oct. 18-19, on campus. Deputy registrars representing the Douglas County Election Commission will be on hand to help faculty, staff and students register to vote.

The UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) will sponsor the following voter registration tables. For more information, contact Joyce Crockett at 554.3364 or

The schedule is as follows:

Date: Today, Oct. 18
Event: Voter Registration Table
Time: 10 a.m. to noon
Location: Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building

Date: Today, Oct. 18
Event: Voter Registration Table
Time: 10 to 11 a.m.
Location: Criss Library

Date: Thursday, Oct. 19
Event: CCSW Domestic Violence Event
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room

Most Frequently Asked DS Staff Questions

October is Disability Awareness Month. The following is the third installment in a series of informational articles designed to raise awareness of disability-related issues on campus. The articles have been provided by the UNO Department of Disability Services (DS).

Week Three: Most Frequently Asked DS Staff Questions
A question frequently asked by professors to DS staff is as follows: "A student is asking for accommodations but I didn't get a notification e-mail. What should I do?'" Normally, the Disability Services office coordinator - Kate Clark, notifies their professor via Lotus Notes e-mail about a specific student's needs. A detailed list of the student's accommodations is provided along with other helpful information including contact phone numbers and e-mail addresses. (Those who do not use Lotus Notes, are asked to turn on the "Out of Office" agent so that DS staff can redirect the e-mail to the proper address.)

However, it is not unusual for students to request an accommodation directly from their professor without having registered with Disability Services. In this case, please refer the student to Disability Services in EAB 117 for assistance.  If the student qualifies for accommodations, the instructor or faculty will receive a notification e-mail and would begin providing accommodations from that point forward.

Donations Sought for Annual Mav Kids Halloween Party

Campus Recreation will host its 14th annual Mav Kids Halloween Party Saturday, Oct. 28, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. This event is free and open to kids of all ages.

The Halloween bash will consist of a haunted house, candy, games and prizes. The haunted house will be open from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Candy donations and volunteers are currently being sought for the event.  Donations can be dropped off in 100 HPER. Those interested in volunteering for games or the haunted house should, contact Erin or Lisa at 554.2539.

Bucknell Geographer to Discuss "Women, Religion and Space" Nov. 3

Throughout her teaching career, Karen Morin has worn many hats - as a scholar, teacher, and student of travel, gender and empires. Throughout, her focus has been trained on women and religions in geographic space and place.

Dr. Morin will lecture on "Women, Religion and Space" Friday, Nov. 3, at 3:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

Her lecture will explore ways that religions regulate women's use of space, and how religious women negotiate and define places. The talk also will highlight the ways women develop senses of themselves in space and place.

Dr. Morin is an associate professor of geography at Bucknell University, Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on the connections between British and American imperialisms, North American historical geography, and women's travel writing. She has also served as a Fulbright lecturer to Nizhni Novgorod State University, Russia, in the fall of 2002.

"I am delighted that we can bring a scholar of Karen's caliber to our campus," said Karen Falconer Al-Hindi, director of the UNO Women's Studies Program and associate professor of geography. "Her talk is sure to engage a wide range of people. There are many students, staff, faculty and community friends with interests in this fascinating and important area."

The Nov. 3 lecture is sponsored by the UNO Women's Studies Program and the UNO Department of Geography/Geology. A reception will follow the presentation.

For more information, contact Dr. Falconer Al-Hindi at 554.3834 or

Walkers Sought for Oct. 22 NCCJ "Walk as One" Walk-a-thon

The National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) - with support from UNO and area businesses - will sponsor a community walk Sunday, Oct. 22. The event will be held rain or shine beginning with opening ceremony at 2 p.m.  and the 1.5 mile walk at 2:30 p.m. at the Heartland of America Park, 8th and Douglas.

NCCJ is a nonprofit human relations organization that promotes understanding and respect among all races, religions and cultures. The "Walk as One" Walk-a-thon raises funds to support diversity for youth leadership programs and celebrate inclusion in the community.

Faculty and staff are invited to join UNO's "Walk As One" team.

Interested walkers should contact one of the following team captains:

-Sharon Ulmar or Pam Gilmore at 554.2872;

-Sheri Rogers or Jerri Maxwell at 554.2262;

-Kathy Menke at 554.4832;

-David Kimble at 554.2539;

-Connie Sorensen-Birk at 554.3492

-Mary Sweaney at 554.2321.

For more information, contact Sharon Ulmar at 554.2311, or visit the NCCJ Web site at

Andréa Stanislav: The Unenchanted Opens Oct. 20 at Art Gallery

This fall, the UNO Art Gallery is presenting a fantastical sculpture and installation exhibition. Andréa Stanislav: The Unenchanted Opens will open Friday, Oct. 20, and run through Sunday, Nov. 19.  An opening reception will be held Oct. 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the gallery.

The solo exhibition will feature various work by Andréa Stanislav, an assistant professor of art at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus.  Stanislav practices a multimedia approach to art making, inspired by the language of film, architecture and pop culture.  Scientific studies in the psychology of perception inform her work, as well.  Her multimedia installations and sculptures combine formalism, concept and interactivity to create an experiential environment that explores worlds we can and can't see, but intuitively know are real.

Andréa Stanislav: The Unenchanted Opens focuses on Stanislav's mythic creatures and environments constructed to play with viewers' perceptions.  Her fantasy landscapes are enhanced through the use of alternative media, including glitter and fur, and sound and video elements that produce a multi-sensory experience. 

"I am interested in constructing fantasies of ambiguity and disorientation.  My work begins in dreams and intuitions," Stanislav said.  "By making tangible a dreamscape, I intend to offer a subversive dialogue that the visitor self-initiates in an attempt to order their perceptions in an environment of sense and nonsense."

Stanislav received an MFA from Alfred University and a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago.  She worked on the design and production of Matthew Barney's Film "Creamaster 3" and has had numerous residencies, including two at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha; Flax Art Studios in Belfast, Northern Ireland; and Lab-Site at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.  Her work has been exhibited widely in national and international exhibitions, and she has currently begun a public art commission for the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis.

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.

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.

Members Sought for UNO Hockey Blue Line Club

Are you a hockey fan who wants to show support for UNO Athletics? UNO faculty, staff and students are invited to join the UNO Hockey Blue Line Club, whose membership drive is currently under way.

The mission of the UNO Hockey Blue Line Club - a nonprofit booster club for Maverick hockey - is to support the Maverick ice hockey program through fund-raising activities, promote enthusiastic fan support of the program through a variety of membership activities and benefits, and to build greater interest and awareness of the sport of hockey throughout the local community with youth hockey activities and other related programs.

Since its inception, Blue Line Club members have purchased a lighted trophy case, established fifth year scholarship funds, produced a recruiting video and purchased a membership/merchandise booth.

Blue Line Club members are eligible for a variety of discounts and benefits:

- Membership card, which entitles member entrance to Blue Line Club functions;

- Membership pins/window cling schedule magnet;

- Monthly newsletter (students via e-mail only);

- Pre- and post-game discounts at the Hilton Omaha;

- Discounts on parking in the Hilton Omaha garage;

- Periodic discounts at the Blue Line Club booth at games;

- Discounts at local sponsors;

- E-mail updates, reminders and messages from players and coaches;

- Special rates to attend Blue Line Club luncheons; and

- Each adult Blue Line Club member will receive a voucher to attend a UNO men's or women's basketball game (may be used by member's family or friends).

A variety of membership levels are available, including $10 for students, $40 for power play level, $150 for hat trick level and $300 for corporate level. To access a Blue Line Club membership form, click on the link below:

Membership Form

Those who join by Monday, Oct. 23, will receive a voucher for two free tickets to the UNO vs. Bentley game Sunday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m.

For more information, contact Bev Sanders at 496.2644.