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Spotlight on Student Employment

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Pictured at work (left to right) are October Spotlight on Student Employment recipients Charles Foxhoven and Michael Fagan. Not pictured are Sarah Hochstein and Kelsey Sercl. The students work in the UNO Office of Financial Aid. See story below for details on the Spotlight on Student Employment recognition program.

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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

Native American Heritage Month Begins Oct. 31

The history and culture of Native Americans will be highlighted in a month-long event that will kick off Tuesday, Oct. 31, at UNO.

Activities will range from a film screening and panel discussion to live music and a poetry slam. The celebration is free and open to the public. The schedule of events is listed below.

Tuesday, Oct. 31
Fred Leroy - Ponca Restoration Day Discussion: Past, Present and Future
11:30 a.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Dodge Room
Sponsored by UNO Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP), UNO Native American Studies (NAS) and the UNO Intertribal Student Council (ISC).

Thursday, Nov. 2
Steve Hendricks - "The FBI vs. American Indians"
This event will feature a talk by Hendricks, author of The Unquiet Grave.
11:30 a.m.
MBSC Ballroom
Sponsored by SOLP, NAS and the ISC.

Friday, Nov. 3
"Pow Wow Highway"
6 p.m.
Eppley Administration Building Auditorium
Sponsored by UNO Multicultural Affairs, SOLP and the ISC.

Friday, Nov. 10
Poetry Slam
At this event, Native American youth will speak about contemporary Native issues.
6 p.m.
MBSC Dodge Room
Sponsored by NAS and Omaha Public Schools.

Tuesday, Nov. 14
Native Faculty Panel (featuring Native American mascots)
11:30 a.m.
MBSC Nebraska Room
Sponsored by SOLP, NAS and the ISC.

Wednesday, Nov. 15
From Cooperation to Conflict: Indian and Emigrant Relations on the Overland Trails (1840-1860)
This event will feature a presentation by Mike Tate.
11:30 a.m.
MBSC Gallery Room
Sponsored by SOLP, NAS and the ISC.

Wednesday, Nov. 29
Michael Murphy (folk singer-songwriter/guitar and Native American flute player)
11:30 a.m.
MBSC Fireplace Lounge
Sponsored by SOLP.

Thursday, Nov. 30
Bear Butte Panel Discussion (featuring panelists Sheila Rocha and John Pappan)
11:30 a.m.
MBSC Ballroom
Sponsored by SOLP, NAS and the ISC.

For more information, call 554.2711.

HPER Pool to Close Today for Meet

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building Pool will be closed today, 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.

October Spotlight on Student Employment

Is your work area a better place because of student employees? Student Employment Services thinks the following student employees from the UNO Office of Financial Aid are stellar and selected them as the October Spotlight on Student Employment recipients.

"They are the ones in the office that do the jobs that keep the office floating. I happen to have four great people as work studies. They get along with everyone, are fun to be around and do a tremendous amount of work for us," said John Jensen, supervisor and administrative technician with financial aid. "Our work studies do the little things in our office that allow the full-time people the time to concentrate on their jobs, which in turn helps other students to get the best service available to them."

The October Spotlight on Student Employment recipients include:

- Michael J. Fagan, an architectural engineering major from Hampton, Neb.;
- Charles Foxhoven, an architectural engineering major from Norfolk, Neb.;
- Sarah Hochstein, a public relations/journalism major from Hartington, Neb.; and
- Kelsey Sercl, a secondary education major from Monument, Colo.

"The convenience of having a job on campus with flexible scheduling, great co-workers and authority figures who help to put a face on the university is wonderful. My older sister worked here for a few years and I have for a few years, so the people I work with seem like a big family. It's amazing how much fun you can have while working with the right people," Fagan said.

Human Resources is featuring student employees from a new department each month through April. Featured departments will be entered in a drawing for an end-of-the-year party.

Departments also are featured on the Human Resources Student Employment Job Board on the first floor of the Eppley Administration Building. For more information about the program, contact Emily Muckerheide at

Students seeking work experience during school can gain assistance through Student Employment Services (SES), located in Human Resources, 205 Eppley Administration Building. On-campus student worker, work-study and graduate assistant positions are posted on the SES Job Board on the first floor of the Eppley Administration Building and online at

"Consider This" to Feature Author Alex Kava

Alex Kava, award-winning suspense novelist from Omaha, will join host Andrea McMaster on this week's "Consider This." The program will air Friday, Oct. 27, at 11 p.m. on KYNE-Channel 26.

Kava is the author of the international, bestselling series featuring FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell and the critically acclaimed thriller One False Move. Her novels have sold almost two million copies and have been published in 20 countries. The novels also have appeared on The New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. Kava often writes about Nebraska cities in her books. Hear how this author invents the plots for her stories this week on "Consider This."

Kava recently joined 30 of today's most popular authors for Thriller: Stories to Keep You Up All Night. The anthology, which includes 30 tales of suspense, is the premiere publication for the newly formed International Thriller Writers Inc., a professional organization dedicated to the craft of thriller writing.

This edition of the program will be rebroadcast according to the following schedule:

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, Oct. 29
11:30 p.m.

NET2 (NET's cable network)
- Monday, Oct. 30
1:30 p.m. (CT)

-Wednesday, Nov. 1
8 a.m. (CT)

"Consider This" is a production of UNO Television. It also airs on The Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For a list of days and times, visit the Web at Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at

Fall Faculty Recruitment Workshop Schedule Announced

Fall Faculty Recruitment Workshops - sponsored by the UNO Office of Academic and Student Affairs, and the UNO Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity - will be held at UNO this November and December.

The workshop is designed for department or schools anticipating a faculty search within two years, as well as deans, directors, chairs, faculty and administrative assistants.

"The workshop will assist departments/schools in search processes that reflect UNO's commitment of faculty, staff and student diversity," said Deborah Smith-Howell, assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs.

Prior to all faculty searches, faculty involved in the search must either attend one of the workshops or have a meeting of the search committee with Dr. Smith-Howell, Sharon Ulmar or Kristine Bell. Faculty participating in searches must attend a workshop once every two years.

The Fall Recruitment Workshop will provide information on recruitment strategies, the UNO People Admin System and EEO guidelines and requirements. It is being offered three times this semester so individuals can choose the date and time most convenient for them. All workshops will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. Workshop dates and times are listed below.

Friday, Nov. 3
10 to 11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 21
2 to 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 13
10 to 11:30 a.m.

For more information about the workshops, contact Dr. Smith-Howell (554.4849 or, Bell (554.2262 or or Ulmar (554.2872 or

SPR Report

The SPR Report details the results of UNO's efforts to obtain external funding in support of its teaching, research, service and outreach efforts. The report is designed to keep the university community informed as to externally funded projects on campus and bring recognition to those faculty and staff who have worked to generate these resources.

For the period of Sept. 28-Oct. 16, those receiving grant awards totaling $374,418 are as follows:

Name: Debra Aliano
Unit: College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media/KVNO
Title: CPB: HD Radio Conversion 10/07
Sponsor: Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Name: Robert Bernier
Unit: College of Business Administration/Nebraska Business Development Center
Title: Nebraska Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Sponsor: Nebraska Department of Economic Development

Name: Robert Egan
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences/Biology
Title: An Inventory of the Parmeliaceae sensu lato of Mexico
Sponsor: Arizona State University

Name: Mary Friehe
Unit: College of Education/Special Education
Title: ASHA Convention
Sponsor: Sertoma International

Name: Paul Sather,
Unit: Service-Learning Academy
Title: National and Global Youth Service Day: Lead Agency 2007 Initiative
Sponsor: Youth Service America

Name: Richard Yoder
Unit: College of Business Administration/Nebraska Business Development Center
Title: Support for Sustainable Development Course at the University of Nebraska
Sponsor: U.S. EPA

For support and assistance with research activities, call the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research at 554.2286, or visit the Web at

Donors Sought for Nov. 2 Student Government Blood Drive

UNO spirit

This blood drive has been designated as a UNO spirit event.

Student Government will sponsor a blood drive Thursday, Nov. 2. Donors are needed for the event, which will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Nebraska Room.

"Our goal is to have 100 people give blood, and we can't meet that quota without your help," said Steve Massara, student body president/regent for UNO.

Those wishing to donate blood can schedule an appointment by entering code 009129 at or by visiting the Student Government Office, located on the first floor of the MBSC.

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.

UNO to Celebrate Day of the Dead Nov. 2

The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies of the Great Plains (OLLAS) at UNO will host a Day of the Dead celebration Thursday, Nov. 2. The event, a pre-Columbian tradition, will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the UNO Art Gallery in the Weber Fine Arts Building. It is free and open to the public.

The Day of the Dead tradition, later mixed with Catholic rituals, is celebrated throughout the Americas, said Lourdes Gouveia, OLLAS director and associate professor of sociology at UNO. In Mexico and Central America, people build elaborate altars in honor of a particular person or group. They then fill the altars with items that the honored person or group enjoyed in life. This year's altar pays special homage to Latina/Latin American U.S. and local artists.

The Nov. 2 celebration will feature an altar in the art gallery and refreshments -Day of the Dead bread and traditional Mexican hot chocolate. A brief presentation on the history and the contemporary manifestations of the tradition will begin at noon.

For more information, call 554.3835.

In the News

In the News

- Don Baum, economics, was featured in the Sept. 22 edition of the Jewish Press. The article profiled Dr. Baum's career in economics.

- David Corbin, health, physical education and recreation, was cited in the Oct. 2 edition of Healthwise. The article announced that Dr. Corbin would be leading a breakout session titled "Successful Aging: Debunking the Myths" Oct. 13 at the Omaha Women's Health and Wellness Conference.

- Thomas Gouttierre, dean of international studies and programs, and director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies, was interviewed Oct. 13 by Fox News TV for a segment on current and prospective terrorist training sites.

- Matthew Harden, music, was cited in the Sept. 15 edition of the Midlands Business Journal. The article announced that Dr. Harden had been named the new artistic director of the Nebraska Choral Arts Society and director of choral activities at UNO.

- Melodee Landis, teacher education, was cited in the Sept. 21 edition of the Breeze (Wauneta, Neb.). The article previewed Baby Needs Shoes, a concert held Sept. 24 in Imperial, Neb. Dr. Landis co-produced the event.

- Guy Matalon, philosophy and religion, was pictured in the Sept. 22 edition of the Jewish Press. The accompanying article highlighted Matalon's duties with the Center for Jewish Education.

- L.C. Menyweather-Woods, black studies, was cited in the Sept. 14 edition of The Reader. The article announced that Menyweather-Woods would be facilitating a panel Sept. 27 on "The New American Dilemma: Immigration, Welcoming the Unwelcome."

- Becky Pasco, education, and Karen Hein, Criss Library, were pictured in the Sept. 29 edition of the Daily News (Norfolk, Neb.). The accompanying article discussed opportunities a library science degree can provide.

- B.J. Reed, dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, was quoted in the Oct. 1 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article examined the development of the Aksarben Village in relation to nearby college campuses.

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

- Bruce E. Johansen, communication, published columns on global warming in the Oct. 18 and Oct. 20 editions of The Connecticut Post (Bridgeport, Conn.).

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 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 will be available at the door They cost $5 for adults, $4 for students and seniors, and are 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 orchestras, conducted by Dr. Stanichar, will present the concert in costume.

For tickets or 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

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.

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