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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

Free Blood Pressure Screening Offered Today in HPER

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Exercise Physiology Lab will host a free blood pressure screening today, Oct. 26, from 7:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will be held in the HPER Building, near the first floor entrance. It is open to all faculty, staff and students.

For more information, contact the Exercise Physiology Lab at 554.3221.

Blue Line Club Luncheon Oct. 27

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 next luncheon will be held Friday, Oct. 27, to commemorate the UNO vs. Western Michigan series.

The luncheon will be held at the William H. 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. The cost is $20 for BLC members or $25 for non-members. No reservation is required to attend.

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.

For more information, contact Shirley Fey at 554.3422.

Soccer Booster Club to Host "Brats, Beverages and Soccer"

Join the UNO Soccer Booster Club for an afternoon of "Brats, Beverages and Soccer" Sunday, Oct. 29, at Aksarben Field.

The tailgate event will take place at the Aksarben Field parking lot from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will be held prior to the UNO vs. Minnesota State, Mankato women's soccer game. Tailgate participants are invited to stay for the 1 p.m. game and cheer on the Mavericks for senior day.

Faculty, staff and students are admitted free to all home soccer games with a valid MavCard ID and game-day ticket. The spouses, significant others and children of faculty, staff and students also are admitted free.

Donations will be accepted for the tailgate. For more information, contact Coach Don Klosterman at 554.4962.

UNO Film Society to Present UNO Film Festival Nov. 16

The UNO Film Society will hold its fourth annual UNO Film Festival Thursday, Nov. 16. The festival will showcase short films from local college students and will be held at Westwood Cinema, 2809 S. 125th Ave. (Westwood Plaza, 120th and Center St.). The event is free and open to the public.

The UNO Film Society is accepting student work until 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3. Boxes and entry forms for submissions are available in 205 Arts and Sciences Hall and 315B Weber Fine Arts Building.

For more information regarding rules and regulations, contact Monica Yoo at

Batchelder Biblical Archaeology Conference Nov. 9-11

The Bethsaida Excavations Project at UNO will host the eighth annual Batchelder Biblical Archaeology Conference and Reunion starting Thursday, Nov. 9.

Scholars from all over the world will meet to discuss and present their research on the 2006 dig season at Bethsaida, an ancient city located near the north shore of the Sea of Galilee in Israel. Bethsaida was the capital city of the forgotten biblical kingdom of Geshur. It is one of the most frequently mentioned towns in the New Testament and the purported place where Jesus performed several of his miracles.

Gideon Avni, an archaeologist and director of the Excavations and Surveys Department of the Israel Antiquities Authority, will deliver the opening keynote address Thursday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. His keynote address is titled "Between the Temple Mount and the Holy Sepulchre-Recent Archaeological Discoveries in Jerusalem."

Dr. Avni is also a lecturer at the Institute of Archaeology at Hebrew University and served as the Archaeologist of Jerusalem from 1989 to 2000. In that position he was the coordinator of the "Jerusalem Archaeological Park," which includes the largest archaeological excavations around and within the Old City of Jerusalem.

Conference activities will continue at the alumni center on Friday, Nov. 10. Rami Arav, director of the Bethsaida Excavations Project at UNO, will present the second keynote address "A Milestone: Twenty Years of Excavations at Bethsaida" at 7:30 p.m. The conference will conclude Saturday, Nov. 11. Registration for the conference is $75 per day. Keynote events are free and open to the public.

"Over the years, the Batchelder Conference for Biblical Archaeology has gained the prestige of a high-quality international conference that attracts scholars and laypeople from around the world," Dr. Arav said. "It brings to a large audience the most updated discoveries and thoughts."

Participants are also invited to view two exhibitions of antiquities at UNO. Both are on display in room 343 Arts and Sciences Hall:

- "Silent Spectators of the Sacred"
An exhibition of 1rst century building stones from Herod's Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The exhibit is on loan from the Israel Antiquities Authority.

- "Ancient Writing in the Mediterranean World"
A collection of ancient writing implements, coins, Egyptian scarabs and figurines, and inscriptions in Mesopotamian cuneiform, Aramaic, Hebrew, Latin and Coptic. The exhibit is on loan from the Museum of Archaeology and Biblical History in Albuquerque, N.M.

In 1991, the Consortium of the Bethsaida Excavations Project (CBEP) was formed and has been housed at UNO since its inception. Its mission is to excavate the ancient city of Bethsaida, research the data discernible from the remains, and disseminate the conclusions to both academic and popular audiences.

The conference is co-sponsored by International Studies and Programs at UNO, and the Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford.

To register, or for more information and a complete schedule of events, contact Steve Reynolds, Bethsaida Excavations Project coordinator, at 554.3108, or visit the Web at

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Pancake Breakfast Oct. 27

The sixth annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Pancake Breakfast will be held Friday, Oct. 27, at UNO. The event, sponsored by the UNO wrestling team and coaches, will be held from 7 to 9 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Maverick Buffet.

It is open to all UNO faculty and staff. The menu includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, syrup, coffee, orange juice and milk. A women's and men's pancake eating contest will also take place.

For more information, call Geri Backora at 554.2506.

Bookstore "Spooktakular Sale" Under Way

The UNO Bookstore is currently offering discounts during its Oct. 23-Nov. 3 "Spooktakular Sale." During the sale, buy any regular priced sweatshirt and receive any regular priced T-shirt or cap for half price.

Bookstore sale hours are as follows:

Monday through Thursday
7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Jacinda Brooks at

Nominations Due Oct. 27 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. People who would like to confirm whether or not a potential nominee has been selected previously should, 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.

Candy Sought for Oct. 28 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.

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.

UNO Orchestras to Present Oct. 30 "Hauntcert"

The Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra at UNO will present the orchestras' annual "Hauntcert" Monday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. Tickets are available at the door for $5 for adults, $4 for students and seniors and free with a MavCard.

"Hauntcert," an audience favorite, will feature an exciting program of spooky music and guests," said Christopher Stanichar, director of orchestral activities at UNO. "Everyone is invited to attend this family-friendly event and come dressed in costumes."

The program will feature works by Mendelssohn and Mussorgsky, Holst's "Mars" and favorite show tunes. The orchestra, conducted by Dr. Stanichar, will present the concert in costume.

For tickets or more information, call 554.3427.

COS Open Lab Session Planned for Grant-Writers

The next Community of Science (COS) open lab session will be held Thursday, Nov. 2, at 3 p.m. in Room 207 of the Criss Library.

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) hosts these monthly hour-long sessions to demonstrate the various on-line resources available to faculty and graduate students through COS.

Reservations are not required. For more information, contact Nancy Schlesiger at 554.2286.