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Belltower Challenge

If Only It Were Real

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Wouldn't it be nice to have palm trees growing on campus? This "portable" palm tree was used Oct. 18 as part of the Campus Recreation team's Belltower Challenge competition. During the annual event, canned goods were stacked, judged and donated to the Omaha Food Bank by a variety of UNO organizations.

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, 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

UNO Collaboration Science Institute Receives Contract

The new Institute for Collaboration Science (ICS) at UNO has been awarded a $120,000 contract from the U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) for developing long-range infrastructure strategies for the military agency. The contract is the first to be received since the institute was founded by Omaha investor Steve Wild.

The UNO portion is part of an $800,000 contract with Omaha's Spiral Solutions and Technologies, located at the Scott Technology Center. "We will focus on new work practices for USSTRATCOM," said Robert Briggs, director of academic affairs for the institute. "We'll provide the tools and how to use them, and we will design work practices that need to be redesigned."

Briggs will serve as principal investigator for the project. He will be assisted by two UNO doctoral students and faculty members from the six UNO colleges.

The ICS was established July 6. It brings together faculty from all of UNO's colleges to focus on working to solve problems and train students in collaboration. The institute initially received $350,000 from Wild, $125,000 from the University of Nebraska Foundation and $50,000 from the university's technology fee.

"With this new contract, we now have the seed money and hope this is the start of a good relationship with USSTRATCOM," Briggs said.

Services provided by the ICS include:
- Creating scientific knowledge in the area of collaborative science;
- Providing community outreach with organizations that have collaboration needs; and
- An educational component working to create classes in collaboration.

For more information, contact Briggs at 554.2972.

Blue Line Club Luncheon Season Kicks Off Today

The hockey season is here, and the tradition to kick off a Maverick hockey weekend is to start with a Blue Line Club (BLC) luncheon. The first luncheon will be held today, Oct. 20, to celebrate the start of the 2006-2007 season and Maverick Stampede.

All luncheons will be held at the UNO William and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. The buffet opens at 11:15 a.m. and the program will be from 11:40 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Purchase an eight-lunch season ticket for $125 (and receive a free UNO hockey media guide) or attend a single lunch for $20 (BLC member) or $25 (non-member).

No reservation is required to attend a luncheon, and tickets can be used for any luncheon during the 2006-07 season.

"That means you can attend eight lunches yourself, or bring seven friends with you to one lunch," said Rich Buckingham, event chair.

At the luncheon, hear from the opposing coach, watch highlight videos, get a scouting report on opponents, and learn from great guest speakers. Previous speakers include NHL scouts, player agents, referees and former college players and coaches.

2006-2007 BLC luncheon dates:

- Oct. 27
Western Michigan

- Nov. 3

- Nov. 24
Notre Dame / Parents' Weekend

- Jan. 12
Bowling Green

- Jan. 26
Northern Michigan

- Feb. 2
Michigan State/Omaha Hockey Hall of Fame

- Feb. 16
Ohio State/Honoring the Maverick seniors

For more information, contact Shirley Fey at 554.3422.

Chair Massage Service Available in HPER Today

The Wellness Stampede and Campus Recreation will offer a chair massage session today, Oct. 20.

A station will be set up in 213 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Andrea Porter, a certified massage therapist, will administer the massages. The cost is $10 for a 15-minute session. Walk-ins will be accepted if time permits. The service will also be available Nov. 17 and Dec. 15.

To schedule an appointment, call 554.2539 or stop by 100 HPER.

Andréa Stanislav: The Unenchanted Opens Tonight at Art Gallery

This fall, the UNO Art Gallery is presenting a fantastical sculpture and installation exhibition. Andréa Stanislav: The Unenchanted will open tonight, Oct. 20, and run through Sunday, Nov. 19. An opening reception will be held tonight 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 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.

Nebraska Shakespeare Festival Cirque du Soleil Workshops

In conjunction with the Cirque du Soleil performances of Delirium at the Qwest Center Omaha Oct 24-25, Nebraska Shakespeare (NSF) is sponsoring three workshops led by NSF and UNO alumnus Karen Coover Gay, the director of public, social and cultural affairs for Cirque's Resident Show Divisions and her colleague, Joe Walsh, general stage manager for Cirque du Soleil's "O."

The workshops will be held Thursday, Oct. 26 in the UNO Theatre, located on the lower level of the Weber Fine Arts Building. Cirque video clips and a question-and-answer session will be included in all sessions. Workshops are free and open to the public.

The schedule is as follows:

Session 1
- The History, Philosophy and Mission of Cirque du Soleil
10 to 11:15 a.m.
This session will include a general overview of the history and philosophy of Cirque, its mission, artistic vision and social consciousness, as well as the roles Karen and Joe play in the organization.

Session 2
- Creative Processes
1 to 2:15 p.m.
This session will discuss the creative process of developing new material with an international company, including the generation of ideas, casting, training, reworking material and cultural challenges. Resident Shows and Touring Productions also will be discussed.

Session 3
- Directing, Design and Technical Challenges
2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
The focus of this session will be on directing, design, and technical challenges for productions that combine circus, theatre, street performance, original music, and elements such as water, fire, and massive rigging. This session will also discuss how Cirque builds a new theatre for the particular needs of each resident show.

For more information, contact Kasey Brandt, director of education, at 554.3072.

SHS to Host Flu-Shot Clinic on Campus

Student Health Services (SHS) will host a Flu-Shot Clinic on campus this season.

The cost is $15 for student and $20 for faculty and staff. Clinics will be set up at the following locations:

University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute
Monday, Oct. 30
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building
Tuesday, Oct. 31
10 a.m. to noon

Scott Village
Tuesday, Oct. 31
12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

University Village
Wednesday, Nov. 1
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Student Health Services
Thursday, Nov. 2
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information contact SHS at 554.2374

CCSW to Host Faculty and Staff Networking Reception Oct. 24

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) will host a networking reception for UNO faculty and staff Tuesday, Oct. 24. It will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Criss Library Senior Scholar's Room, located on the southeast corner of the third floor.

At the event, meet and greet new faculty and staff and get reacquainted with other colleagues from across campus. All are invited to also take a tour of the new library addition.

"Everyone is welcome – so don't miss this opportunity to network with other UNO faculty and staff," said Esther Scarpello, CCSW co-chair.

Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Scarpello at 554.3660 or Marvel Maring, CCSW co-chair, at 554.2992.

SSWO to Host Oct. 24 Voter Awareness Panel Discussion

Mid-term elections are less than a month away. Do you think that you are an informed voter?

The UNO Student Social Work Organization (SWWO) and the Nebraska chapter of the National Association of Social Workers will host a panel presentation Tuesday, Oct. 24, at UNO. The event, titled "Voter Awareness: Be Informed Before You Vote," will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

At the event, individuals will have an opportunity to gain insights about social issues and the politics behind them, as well as find out how to obtain information about political candidates' positions on issues.

"Come to this event, and learn how to become a more informed voter," said Nancy Kelley-Gillespie, assistant professor of social work and SSWO faculty advisor. "Child welfare, education, peace, aging, workforce and sexual minorities issues will also be discussed."

For more information, contact Kelley-Gillespie at 554.4886.

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.

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.

In the News In the News

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

- The 2007 edition of the annual Communication and the Law textbook is being published this month. Jeremy Lipschultz, communication, has authored the "New Communications Technology" chapter for more than seven years.

- Michael Hilt and Jeremy Lipschultz, communication, have written "KOZN, ‘The Zone.' Omaha, Nebraska: ‘Unsportsmanlike Conduct" for the book Sports-Talk Radio in America: Its Context and Culture (2006). The book, published by the Haworth Press, is an analysis of media markets across the nation. Long-time Program Director Neil Nelkin collaborated on the book chapter by providing a behind-the-scenes view of the sports talk format. Dr. Hilt and Dr. Lipschultz conducted a content analysis of a series of shows as the University of Nebraska football team was making coaching changes.

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

UNO Music Department to Present "Songs of Democracy" Oct. 22

The Omaha Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir and University Chorus at UNO will open their 2006-07 season Sunday, Oct. 22, with "Songs of Democracy." The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

Tickets are available at the door and cost $4 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. The event is free for those who present a valid UNO MavCard.

The concert will open with Morton Gould's "American Salute." The Symphonic Wind Ensemble is conducted by James Saker, and the Concert Choir and University Chorus are under the leadership of Matthew Harden, who recently was appointed director of choral activities at UNO. Erica Neidlinger, associate conductor of the Wind Ensemble, will lead the group in Aaron Copland's "Old American Songs," featuring Soprano Teresa Dody, who joined the faculty this year as professor of voice.

The program will include a variety of compositions celebrating American heritage. Both choral groups will perform several works, including William Billings' "Chester" and William Steffe's "Battle Hymn Of The Republic." Two pieces - "The Music Makers" by James Curnow and "Song of Democracy" by Nebraska native Howard Hanson - will feature the combined talents of more than 150 student musicians from all three ensembles.

Special guest conductor Mark Kelly, emeritus director of bands at Bowling Green State University, will conduct the Wind Ensemble on John Philip Sousa's "Semper Fidelis," Pierre LaPlante's "Prospect" and Thomas Knox's "American Pageant." In addition to building one of the finest collegiate band programs in the country, Kelly has served in leadership roles for numerous professional organizations and as president of the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, held annually in Chicago.

For more information, call 554.3427.

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