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Men's Pancake Champion Crowned

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Dave Siderewicz, maintenance and operations, was declared the winner of the men's division in the pancake eating championship Oct. 27 at the Milo Bail Student Center. Siderewicz polished off 22 pancakes, and his maintenance crew won the team championship after downing 75 pancakes. The winner of the women's division, having eaten nine pancakes, was Kay Grant of the College of Education. The event was part of the 6th Annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Free Pancake Breakfast sponsored by the UNO wrestling team and coaches. Wrestling Coach Mike Denney said it was the largest attendance ever, with more than 300 taking part.

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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 Nov. 1, 1950, The Gateway reminded the University of Omaha community that the World Affairs Institute would continue the following evening with a talk in the auditorium by political scientist Eric Kollman, titled "Germany in the Perspective of History." Dr. Kollman was a graduate of the University of Vienna and had recently taught at the University of Michigan and the University of Chicago.

Date: Nov. 1, 1950
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 Orchestras to Present "Hauntcert" Tonight

The Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra at UNO will present the campus' annual "Hauntcert" tonight, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door ($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 orchestras, conducted by Dr. Stanichar, will present the concert in costume.

For tickets or more information, call 554.3427.

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

Today, 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.

Native American Heritage Month Celebration Begins

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" (free film screening)
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.

Tuesday, Nov. 28
Michael Murphy (folk singer-songwriter/guitar and Native American flute player)
11:30 a.m.
MBSC Dodge Room
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.

Donors Sought for Nov. 2 Student Government Blood Drive

UNO spirit

This blood drive has been designated 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 Nebraska Room (MBSC).

"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 the code 009129 at, or sign-up in the Student Government Office, located on the first floor of the MBSC.

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 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.

UNO "First Fridays" Spirit Day Set for Nov. 3

UNO spirit

Show your school pride! New this semester, the UNO Spirit Committee will sponsor a campus spirit day the first Friday of every month. On that day, all UNO students, faculty and staff are invited to dress in Maverick gear.

"We have instituted this new idea to boost morale on campus," said Marie Lee, co-chair of the UNO Spirit Committee. "We invite all students, faculty and staff to wear your UNO colors/gear on ‘First Fridays.' Show your UNO pride by participating!"

The next "First Fridays" is set for Friday, Nov. 3.

"If you don't have Maverick gear, then wear red, black or white, and show your UNO colors," said Kay Bret, co-chair of the UNO Spirit Committee.

For more information, contact Lee (554.2581 or or Bret (554.4841 or

'96 Volleyball Team to Be Honored at Hall of Fame Banquet


The 1996 UNO volleyball team that won the NCAA Division II championship will be honored as one of the school's greatest teams Wednesday, Nov. 1, at the 31st annual UNO Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet.  The event will be held at the DoubleTree Downtown, located at 1616 Dodge St.

Three former Maverick athletes who made their mark nationally will also be inducted into the Hall of Fame that night. Two-time football All-American Chris Bober, career baseball-games-played leader Greg Geary and track All-American Sheila Brown Geil will be the featured honorees at the banquet.

The event is open to the public at $50 per person or $500 for a table of 10. Reservations may be made by calling the UNO Athletic Office at 554.2506. The social hour will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and a program at 8 p.m.

The 2006 inductees are as follows:

1996 UNO Volleyball Team
Coach Rose Shires, who was named the national coach of the year, guided the 1996 volleyball team to a 35-2 mark.  The team had first-team All-American Amy Steffel and second-team selections Tanya Cate and Erin Shafer.  UNO's only losses were to North Dakota State and St. Cloud State, and the Mavericks won their last 11 matches, including a five-game championship decision over Tampa.

Chris Bober 
Bober earned first-team All-American honors as an offensive lineman in 1998 and 1999 to become the university's first two-time first-team All-American in football since Bill Englehardt in 1955-56.  An outstanding blocker and pass-protector, Bober redshirted in 1995, played as a part-time starter in 1996 and then started full-time for three seasons. UNO won two NCC titles and made three NCAA II playoff appearances during his career.  He was all-NCC twice, each time being named the most valuable offensive lineman.  Drafted by the New York Giants, he became a starter in the NFL and later signed with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2004.

Greg Geary      
A four-year baseball starter, Geary set numerous season and career records during his 1994-97 career.  He led the nation in bases on balls as a freshman in 1994 with 51 and set the career record at UNO with 145.  He also is the career leader for the Mavericks in games played and at-bats and runs scored.   He was a three-time all-North Central Conference player as an outfielder and infielder from 1995-97.  As a senior, he set records for games played, at-bats and hits, while leading the team with seven home runs and 52 RBIs.  In addition, he was a two-time selection to the NCC All-Academic team.  Geary joins his wife, Toni Novak Geary, in the Hall of Fame.  Toni, an All-American softball player, was inducted in 2004.

Sheila Brown Geil        
Brown Geil set four records and was an All-American in track and cross country during her 1984-87 Maverick career.  She also won four North Central Conference titles, setting two meet records in the process.  She earned All-American honors on the track in 1985 as a member of the 1,600-meter relay team.  In 1987, she became UNO's first NCC cross country champion and went on to earn All-American honors.  In addition to her athletic accomplishments, Brown Geil also was a three-time NCC All-Academic team selection in both cross country and track, receiving her broadcasting degree cum laude.

Parking Lot Closure Notice

Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 31, and running through September of 2009, Lot N will be partially closed for the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Engineering Building Remodeling Project.

During this time, additional parking may be found at Crossroads Mall and on south campus, which offers free shuttle service to north campus. Additional handicapped parking stalls may be found on the east side of Lot E.

For more information about the lot closure, contact Bob Fuder, UNO Facilities Management and Planning, at 554.2284.

HR Seminar Series Continues Nov. 3 with Medicare Topic

Volunteers with Intervening for Equity will be on campus Friday, Nov. 3, to answer questions about Medicare at the third installment of the Human Resources Informative Seminar Series.

The event will be held Nov. 3 from 10 to 11 a.m. and will be repeated Friday, Nov. 10, at the same time in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mon Hon Room. The seminar will cover Medicare A, B, C and D, as well as Medicare supplement policies.

The UNO seminars are scheduled monthly from September through April. Topics will include personal financial management, social security and retirement planning.

For more information, contact Esther Scarpello at 554.3660.

Restore Omaha Conference to Be Held Nov. 3-5

This November, UNO will host Restore Omaha, the Midwest's only conference dedicated to preserving and restoring older buildings, both residential and commercial.

Information sessions, home tours and hands-on workshops will be included in the three-day conference, which is planned Friday, Nov. 3, through Sunday, Nov. 5. The conference will be held at three locations, including Saturday, Nov. 4, at UNO from 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. Nationally known old house experts Bob Yapp and John Leeke will be available to answer questions and offer tips and demonstrations.

To view a full conference schedule or to register for the entire conference or individual workshops, visit the Web at

The fee schedule breakdown is as follows:

- Entire conference, $57;
- Conference only, $27;
- Midtown tour only, $5;
- Saturday box lunch, $7;
- Sunday workshop (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.), $30; or
- Sunday workshops (10 a.m. to noon), $20.

The UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service is a conference sponsor. This year's benefit partner is Friends of Joslyn Castle.

For more information, contact Cate Kratville at 554.3447.

Bucknell Geographer to Discuss "Women, Religion and Space"

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

Artist-in-Residence Program to Feature Big Band Nov. 8-9

The UNO Department of Music will sponsor an artist-in-residence program featuring the Jim Widner Big Band Nov. 8-9 on campus. The residency will include a concert and series of free clinics. The clinics are aimed at college and high school music students and teachers. 

The Jim Widner Big Band will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. Prior to their concert, members of the band will present an improvisation clinic to UNO students while Jim Widner works with the Metropolitan Area Youth Jazz Orchestra (MAYJO). Darren Pettit, a saxophone professor at UNO, directs MAYJO, an auditioned group made up of Omaha's finest high school musicians. 

At 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, Widner and members of his band will present instrument masterclasses to UNO music students. The masterclasses are free and open to the public.

An alumnus of the Stan Kenton, Woody Herman and Glenn Miller Big Bands, Widner is a graduate of the University of Missouri and holds a master's degree from Memphis State University. He has performed with a variety of well-known artists - including Clark Terry, Louis Bellson and Marilyn Maye - and made an appearance before former President Bill Clinton.  Currently, Widner is artist in residence/director of jazz studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

"The Jim Widner Big Band is one of only a handful of professional big bands that actively records, performs and tours throughout the country," said Pete Madsen, coordinator of jazz studies at UNO. "The purpose of his visit to UNO is to support jazz and jazz education by providing the opportunity for the campus community and the public to attend a professional jazz concert," Madsen said.  "The concert and clinics will give students a learning opportunity outside of the traditional classroom."

Tickets for the concert are $15 for the general public and $10 for students. For more information about the clinics, contact Madsen at 554.2297. To order tickets, call 554.3427.

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

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.

Mavericks Asked to Unite for 72nd Street Food Fight

UNO spirit

This food drive has been designated a UNO spirit event.

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 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.

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- 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.

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.

Maverick Watch


Faculty, staff and students are admitted free to all home athletic games with a valid MavCard ID and game-day ticket, excluding hockey for faculty and staff. The spouses, significant others and children of faculty, staff and students also are admitted free. At the game, faculty, staff and students must present a valid MavCard ID to receive a ticket. Tickets will be available 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. Shuttle service is available for all UNO hockey fans. A shuttle ticket is required to receive free transportation. Tickets will be available for fans at the counter inside inPlay.

At home this week...

Friday, Nov. 3
- Hockey vs. Alaska-Fairbanks
Qwest Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St.
7:05 p.m.

- Soccer NCAA Division II First Round

Saturday, Nov. 4
- Volleyball vs. St. Cloud State
Sapp Fieldhouse
4 p.m.

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

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at