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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

5th Annual Diversity Fair Today

The UNO section of the National Council of Negro Women will host its 5th Annual Diversity Fair today, 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, call 554.2711.

Medieval/Renaissance Events on Campus Today, Tonight

The UNO medieval/Renaissance studies minor and the UNO Department of English will host two events on campus today and tonight, Oct. 25.

The events are highlighted below.  Both are free and open to the public.

- Medieval Weapons and Armor Display/Fight Choreography from "Hamlet"
Attendees are invited to browse a medieval weapons and armor display in a medieval-style pavilion today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Plaza.

A resident expert will be on hand to demonstrate the art of creating chain mail armor. In addition, watch Hamlet and Laertes (from the upcoming UNO Department of Theatre's production of "Hamlet") demonstrate their medieval fencing skills as the duo performs their final fight scene.

Refreshments will be provided. In the case of rain, the event will take place in the MBSC Fireside Lounge.

- Free Screening of "A Knight's Tale"
Join UNO medieval/Renaissance students and faculty for a screening of the recent film "A Knight's Tale," starring Heath Ledger, tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. in 438 Arts and Sciences Hall.

Lisabeth Buchelt, English; Christian Raffensperger, history; and Robert Darcy, English; will provide insight into the film's historical accuracy, its historical context and its "rock 'n' roll" medievalism.

A short panel discussion will follow the screening. Refreshments will be provided. 

For more information on both events, contact Robert Darcy at 554.2638.

Photo Exhibit on Display at Criss Library

A photographic exhibit by Bruce Richardson, titled "Images of War, Afghanistan 1979-1992," is currently on display at Criss Library.

"Images of War, Afghanistan 1979-1992" is a photographic exhibit from the Soviet/Afghan War and the subsequent Najibullah period. The "Images of War" photo collection is permanently housed in Criss Library's Arthur Paul Afghanistan Collection. The exhibit will be on display on the main floor of the library through Monday, Nov. 6.

Richardson is a prominent photojournalist who traveled to Afghanistan and worked closely with the mujahideen, or freedom fighters, during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. During that time, he prepared documentary photographs of the Soviet/Afghan war. In 1986, he conducted photo workshops for the various Afghan News Bureaus under the aegis of the USIA's "Afghan Media Project."

Richardson has authored several books, including his 1986 publication Afghanistan, Ending the Reign of Soviet Terror, which has been translated into Pashto and Dari editions. Numerous articles and photographs have been published by Newsweek, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, US News and World Report, and Guardian.

For more information, contact Shaista Wahab, Arthur Paul Afghanistan Collection librarian, at 554.2404.

HPER Pool to Close for Oct. 27 Meet

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building Pool will be closed Friday, Oct. 27, at 1 p.m., for a swim meet. At 6 p.m., UNO women's swimming and diving will compete against the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

For more information on the pool closing, contact Eric Shanks at 554.2223.

UNO Child Care Center Costume Parade Set for Oct. 31

The UNO Child Care Center will host its annual costume parade Tuesday, Oct. 31, beginning at 9 a.m.

Approximately 90 children will start the parade at the Child Care Center. They will proceed along the north side of campus (facing Dodge Street) and arrive at Kayser Hall at approximately 9:20 a.m., then return to the Child Care Center via the Henningson Memorial Mall at the center of campus.

All UNO faculty, staff and students are invited to greet the children as they process through the center of campus. The UNO Child Care Center requests that no peanut products, suckers or hard candy be handed out, as they are a choking hazard to the younger children participating in the festivities.

In the case of inclement weather, the Child Care Center asks that the candy be delivered to the center, where the children will have a party.

For more information, call 554.3398.

Mav-Rec Aquatics Event Nov. 18

Campus Recreation will host a Mav-Rec Aquatics event titled "November Harvest 2006" Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building Pool.

The Masters Short Course Swim Meet will consist of warm-ups at 8:30 a.m. and a meet at 9 a.m. The cost is $2 for students and $10 for the general public.

Mav-Rec Aquatics will also offer youth swim lessons Oct. 21-Nov. 18 at the HPER pool. The cost for youth lessons is $30 for students, faculty and staff, and $35 for the general public.

For more information, contact Pat Philippi at 554.2223 or 554.2539, or

Participants Sought for Acoustics Research Study

The University of Nebraska's architectural engineering program is searching for volunteers to participate in an acoustics research study.

Participants must be at least 19 years old and have a minimum of three years of musical experience including instrument, singing lessons and participation in bands (ensembles, orchestras or choirs).

The testing will take one hour and 30 minutes, and will involve listening to musical tracks over headphones and rating them on various qualities. The compensation is $15.

Sponsored by the University of Nebraska's architectural engineering program, the experiment will take place at The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute, located on the south campus. 

For more information or to schedule a testing time, contact Sunil Patel at or Michelle Vigeant at 554.2038.

NSF to Sponsor Oct. 26 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.

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 books 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 books, Some Hero of the Past, was just published by Word Press. Kosmicki is the editor and publisher of the Backwaters Press in Omaha.

The UNO Writer's Workshop and its student organization, The Crop, will sponsor the Midwest Best Reading Series. 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

Candy 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. Candy 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.

Undergraduate Catalog Changes Due Oct. 31

The deadline to submit changes for the 2007-08 UNO Undergraduate Catalog is Tuesday, Oct. 31. The changes should be submitted to Marian McDonald, 108 Eppley Administration Building.

For more information, call 554.3674.