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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. 25, 1943, The Gateway reported that the University of Omaha (OU) and the United States office of Education were offering 23 tuition-free war training classes on campus that semester. Nine of these classes had never before been offered, including engineering and drafting for women, wood technology and food dehydration. According to OU Applied Arts & Sciences Dean Carl Helmstadter, all of these courses were designed to "provide college level training in needed occupations today for men and women whose contribution to the war effort can be increased by short, intensive courses." These classes were fully funded by the government and were offered both days and evenings every few weeks to accommodate student schedules.

Date: Oct. 22-28, 1943
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

Mavericks Asked to Unite for 72nd Street Food Fight

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UNO will join forces with five Omaha organizations this holiday season for the third annual 72nd Street Food Fight, which will help stock the shelves of The Salvation Army's food pantry.

UNO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska, the College of St. Mary, Omnium Worldwide Inc., Travel and Transport, and First Data Corp. will be competing against one another to collect the most food during the campaign.

At UNO, donations of non-perishable food items will be solicited Oct. 23-Dec. 7.

Donations will also be sought at the Oct. 28 home football game (UNO vs. St. Cloud State), the Nov. 4 home hockey game (UNO vs. Alaska Fairbanks) and at future Maverick sporting events.

The campaign will officially kick off at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, during the Salvation Army's annual Tree of Lights ceremony at American National Bank, located at 90th and Dodge St.

If they are able, faculty, staff and students are encouraged to pick up a few extra items for the Food Fight during the next few weeks while grocery shopping and bring them to campus. For convenience, blue barrels with the Food Fight graphic will be available in all campus buildings for food donations.

The Salvation Army is requesting the items listed below. No glass containers will be accepted.
- Canned meats
- Dry cereals
- Canned fruits
- Tomato products
- Dry boxed items
- Canned soups
- Canned vegetables
- Disposable diapers
- Hygiene products

Last year, more than 72,000 pounds of food were donated to this drive. In addition to its corporate partners, The Salvation Army would like to thank the "Food Fight" sponsors: HyVee and Payless Office Products.

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Future Food Fight notices will be published in upcoming editions of eNotes, The Gateway and UNO What's Up.

To find out how your UNO organization can get involved in the Food Fight, contact Rita Henry at 554.2779 or John Jensen at 554.3382.

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.

Nebraska Shakespeare Festival to Sponsor Cirque du Soleil Workshops

In conjunction with the Cirque du Soleil performances of Delirium at the Qwest Center Omaha Oct. 24-25, the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival (NSF) is sponsoring three workshops at UNO. The workshops will be 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 Coover Gay and Walsh 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.

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 (SSWO) 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.

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.

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.

Writer's Workshop to Host Poetry Reading Oct. 26

Poet Greg Kosmicki will be the guest reader for the Midwest Best Reading Series Thursday, Oct. 26, at the Reading Grounds Bookstore. The reading will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Kosmicki is the author of six chapbooks and two books of poetry. His most recent book, the Patron Saint of Lost and Found, was published by Lone Willow Press in 2003. Another of his book's, Some Hero of the Past, was just published by Word Press. Kosmicki is the editor and publisher of the Backwaters Press in Omaha.

The Midwest Best Reading Series is sponsored by UNO Writers' Workshop and CROP. The series features authors monthly at The Reading Grounds, located on the corner of 40th and Farnam streets.

For more information, contact Cindy Collins at 502.2008 or visit the Web at http: //

SHS to Host Flu Shot Clinic on Campus

UNO Student Health Services (SHS) will host a flu shot clinic on campus this fall.

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

The 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.

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

Throughout her teaching career, Karen Morin, an associate professor of geography at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, has worn many hats - as a scholar, teacher and student of travel, gender and empires. She will share her focus on women and religions in geographic space and place at a lecture set for Friday, Nov. 3 at UNO.

Her talk, titled "Women, Religion and Space," will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

The 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's research focuses on the connections between British and American imperialisms, North American historical geography and women's travel writing. She also served as a Fulbright lecturer to Nizhni Novgorod State University in 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

Andréa Stanislav: The Unenchanted Exhibit at Art Gallery

This fall, the UNO Art Gallery is presenting a fantastical sculpture and installation exhibition. Andréa Stanislav: The Unenchanted will run now through Sunday, Nov.19.

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.

Maverick Watch

Go Mavs! Support your Mavericks by attending their home events.

Students are admitted free to all home athletic games with a valid UNO ID (MavCard) and game-day ticket. The spouses, significant others and children of students also are admitted free. At the game, students must present their MavCard to receive a ticket. Tickets will be available on 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 in the 2006-07 season. Shuttle service is available for all UNO hockey fans, but a shuttle ticket is required to receive free transportation. Tickets will be available for fans at the counter inside inPlay.

At home this week...

Tuesday, Oct. 24
- Volleyball vs. Upper Iowa
Sapp Fieldhouse
7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 27
- Soccer vs. Minnesota Duluth
UNO Soccer Field at Ak-Sar-Ben
3 p.m.

- Swimming and Diving vs. the University of Nebraska at Kearney
Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building Pool
6 p.m.

- Hockey vs. Western Michigan
Qwest Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St.
7:05 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 28
- Football vs. St. Cloud State
Caniglia Field
1 p.m.

- Hockey vs. Western Michigan
Qwest Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St.
7:05 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 29
- Soccer vs. Minnesota State, Mankato
UNO Soccer Field at Ak-Sar-Ben
1 p.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at