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A Different Kind of Meet and Greet

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Chancellor John Christensen wasn't recruiting new students Oct. 31, but rather he was handing out Halloween treats to the UNO Child Care Center kids during their annual Costume Parade.  Approximately 90 children from the Center collected treats from UNO faculty and staff across campus.

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Members of the University of Omaha Women's Athletic Association congregate on the steps of Joslyn Hall during the fall of 1938.

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 Soccer to Host Central Regional


No. 1-ranked UNO will host the Central Regional Friday and Sunday, Nov. 3 and 5, in its quest to defend its NCAA II soccer title. The Mavericks learned Oct. 30 that they will host No. 4 seed Central Missouri State at 2 p.m. Nov. 3 at Ak-Sar-Ben Field. Washburn will face Missouri Southern at 11:30 a.m. in the first game of the meet.

The regional championship match will be held Nov. 5 at noon at Ak-Sar-Ben Field.

UNO (18-0-1) has not faced Central Missouri State, which is 12-4-3, since last season when the Mavericks posted a 2-1 win. UNO is 7-0-0 all-time vs. the Jennies.

Washburn (15-1-4) is the No. 2 seed in the regional, and Missouri Southern (11-4-4) is the No. 3 seed. 

The Mavericks defeated Missouri Southern 5-0 earlier this season and are 5-0-0 vs. the Lions all-time. UNO has not faced Washburn since the 2004 season and is 2-0-0 all-time.

Progressive Discipline Workshop to Be Held Today

Human Resources at UNO will present a workshop on the university's progressive discipline system this November. The event, which is designed for new and experienced supervisors, will be held today, Nov. 1, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

Mary Sweaney, trainer and assistant director and manager of employment in the UNO Office of Human Resources, will conduct the workshop. Sweaney has been with the university for more than 20 years in a variety of capacities including English instructor, ombudsperson and affirmative action/equal employment opportunity manager. She presents training programs for departments on campus and holds classes for community organizations.

The workshop will:
- Help supervisors correct behavior by following proper discipline procedures;
- Improve communication between supervisors and employees; and
- Give supervisors confidence in dealing with related difficult situations.

To register, contact Human Resources at 554.3665.

Gerontology Interest Group to Meet Nov. 3

The UNO Gerontology Interest Group will meet Friday, Nov. 3, at 8 a.m. in the Criss Library Cafe.

The guest speaker will be Mary Parsons, a UNO alumna and a member of the Creighton University nursing faculty. Parsons will speak about her study with Ann Loughlin regarding the impact on elders of relocation after the closing of the nursing home (Mercy Care).

The purpose of this informal group meeting is to discus topics related to aging. Upsilon Nu, the UNO chapter of Sigma Phi Omega (the national gerontology academic honor society) is sponsoring the event. 

For more information, contact Lyn Holley, faculty co-advisor, at 554.4814.

Blue Line Club Luncheon Nov. 3

The hockey season is here, as is the tradition of kicking off a Maverick hockey weekend with a Blue Line Club (BLC) luncheon. The next luncheon will be held Friday, Nov. 3, to commemorate the UNO vs. Alaska-Fairbanks series.

The featured UNO players will be Phill Angell and Mark Bernier. Head coach for Alaska-Fairbanks Tavis MacMillan will also speak at the luncheon.

The luncheon will be held at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. The buffet opens at 11:15 a.m., followed by a program 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, hockey fans will have an opportunity to hear from the opposing team's coach, watch highlight videos, obtain a scouting report on opponents and learn from 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.

November FEAP Schedule Announced

The Faculty/Staff Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) provides short-term counseling, assessment and referral services for faculty, staff, their spouses or significant others, and family members. FEAP offices are located in 206 Eppley Administration Building.

The November schedule is as follows:

- Nov. 7, 15, 17 and 30
8 a.m. to noon

- Nov. 10, 21 and 27
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Appointments are free and available by calling 554.3120 (UNO) or 559.5175 (UNMC).

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.

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 workshops are designed for departments 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

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.

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.

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.

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

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 UNO south campus. 

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