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Mavs Tie for Second in Conference

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

With the Mavericks' win Oct. 31 over Augustana, UNO moved into a tie for second place in the North Central Conference. The Mavericks' Carlie Christensen helped in the 3-0 victory. UNO ends the regular season this Saturday, Nov. 4, as they host St. Cloud State at 4 p.m. in the Sapp Fieldhouse.

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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 to Celebrate Day of the Dead Today

The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies of the Great Plains (OLLAS) at UNO will host a Day of the Dead celebration today, 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.

Today's 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.

NU Board of Regents to Meet Nov. 3

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet Friday, Nov. 3, at Varner Hall in Lincoln (3835 Holdrege St.). Committee and task force meetings begin at 8 a.m., and the board meeting will start at 1 p.m.

Linda Pratt, interim executive vice president and provost at the University of Nebraska, will lead a presentation on "Charting the Future of U.S. Higher Education," a national report appointed by U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings. This document focuses on accountability, access and affordability of higher education across the nation.

In another presentation, Richard Baier, director of the State Department of Economic Development, will address the regents about a report on aligning academic programs at the university with workforce opportunities throughout Nebraska. Baier will speak during the committee meetings at 8:30 a.m.

The agenda for committee meetings is as follows:

Strategic Framework Task Force
8 a.m.
Topic: Strategic Framework
Presenters: Regent Howard Hawks and President James B. Milliken

Economic Development and Outreach Task Force
8:30 a.m.
Topic: Workforce Development
Presenters: Richard Baier, director of the State Department of Economic
Development; Linda Pratt, interim executive vice president and provost; and
Pete Kotsiopulos, vice president for university affairs

Business Affairs Committee
9:30 a.m.
Topic: Update on the overall Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Project, which includes the integration of data and processes into a single, unified system
Presenter: Walter Weir, chief information officer

Topic: Disease Management
Presenter: Deb Thomas, assistant vice president for administration

Topic: Ak-Sar-Ben Future Trust Development Plans
Presenter: Regent Howard Hawks

Academic Affairs Committee
11 a.m.
Topic: Workforce Development: Nursing Needs and Potential Regional Approach
Presenter: Dean Virginia Tilden, UNMC College of Nursing

Topic: UNO Dual Enrollment Project
Presenter: Steve Bullock, coordinator, UNO

Highlights of the board meeting will include:

- An update and timetable on LB605, which provides state funds for extensive renovation and replacement of aging facilities throughout the university system.

- Approval of extending the PreK-16 Initiative's Dual-Enrollment Program, which allows high school students to earn college credits from UNO. A report on this program also is included in the morning committee meeting for Academic Affairs.

- Approval of the Program Statement and Budget for the new Multicultural Center set to be constructed east of the Nebraska Union on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) City Campus. The center's purpose is to provide a supportive atmosphere for bringing together the diverse student body at UNL, to develop programs and services that foster an understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity, and to enhance the recruitment and retention of minorities.

- Approval of $3.4 million in capital improvements for the Nebraska Union on the UNL City Campus, the East Campus Union and university housing facilities. The money will pay for improvements in carpeting, security systems, lighting, furniture, windows, exterior building and roof repairs.

- Approval of a $2.5 million increase in the project budget for building the $18.6 million Ken Morrison Life Sciences Research Center at UNL, the new Nebraska Center for Virology. The increase will provide a larger shell space to allow for additional researchers.

- Approval of the purchase of 1,280 acres of land in Keith County, which will allow the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources West Central Research, and Extension Center to relocate and expand research into water use and water efficiency in cropping and livestock production systems. The purchase price is $1.2 million.

The board also will receive reports on the 2006 fall enrollment, student credit hours, and the design development report for the South Stadium Office Building renovation for computer science and engineering at UNL.

2nd Annual Heritage Ball Nov. 10

The UNO and Omaha sections of the National Council of Negro Women Inc. will host the organization's 2nd Annual Heritage Ball Friday, Nov. 10. The event will be held from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

The Heritage Ball is a formal social event that celebrates the rich heritage of the African-American culture.

"This annual event supports unity of the African-American people by allowing the community a chance to gather, socially connect with one another and celebrate life through music, food and dance," said Sharif Liwaru, cultural awareness programs/organizations adviser at UNO.

Formal attire is required. The cost is $7 for UNO students and $10 for the general public. For ticket information, call 578.5992 or e-mail

UNO Sorority to Raise Funds for Breast Cancer Research

Zeta Tau Alpha at UNO will host two events on campus this month in support of breast cancer research.

"Pink Out Day"
The UNO sorority will host "Pink Out Day" Saturday, Nov. 11, at the UNO vs. Central Washington football game.

The sorority is inviting Maverick fans to participate in the event by wearing pink to support the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Pink shirts will also be sold game day at the gates.

All donations and proceeds from the Nov. 11 event will benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

In conjunction with the event, breast cancer survivors will be honored at half time. Those interested in being honored should contact Mandy Beal at

"Big Man on Campus"
Zeta Tau Alpha will host its annual "Big Man on Campus" male beauty pageant Sunday, Nov. 12, to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. It will be held at 7 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Men from UNO are eligible to participate for the chance to win the title and prizes. The registration fee is a donation of $25.

The pageant will include swimwear, formal attire, a question-and-answer section and a talent competition. Donations of $2 will be accepted at the door.

Those interested in participating in the pageant should contact Karen Speckmeir at 660.7309 or Kelly Campell at 427.4159.

UNO OAA to Present "The Red Chair Show"

The UNO Organization for the Advancement of the Arts (OAA) will hold "The Red Chair Show" - an exhibition of art, music and poetry from local college students - Saturday, Nov. 18.

The one-night-only event will run from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Bemis Underground, 724 Leavenworth St. The event is free and open to the public.

OAA will be accepting student work Thursday and Friday, Nov. 16-17, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Bemis Underground. There is a $5 fee for all entries, with a limit of six entries per person.

For more information regarding rules and regulations, contact Alex Myers at

Nov. 22-24 Library Hours Announced

On Wednesday, Nov. 22, Criss Library will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additionally, the library will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 23-24, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

For more information, contact Gayle Roberts at 554.3213.

Public Health Students to Give Presentations Nov. 27-28

Two University of Nebraska Medical Center/UNO joint Master of Public Health (MPH) students will be making Service Learning/Capstone Experience presentations in late November.

Kristina Volkmer will speak Monday, Nov. 27. Her topic is "A Behavioral Assessment Tool of Tai Chi Participants and Potential Participants 65 years and Older Involved in the Fall Intervention Reaching Seniors Together (F1RST) Program at deFreese Manor (Omaha) and the Senior Center (Council Bluffs, Iowa), and Insight to Program Management – National Safety Council, Greater Omaha Chapter." Her presentation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in Durham Research Center, Room 4003, at UNMC.

Nicole Carritt will give her presentation - "Tobacco-free Policy Development in Rural Harrison County Iowa" - Tuesday, Nov. 28. Her talk will run from 10 a.m. to noon in Durham Research Center, Room 8003.

Interested members of the campus community are invited to attend the presentation. To R.S.V.P. or for more information, contact Jumoke Omojola at or 561.7567.

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

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

Bookstore "Spooktakular Sale" Under Way

The UNO Bookstore is currently offering discounts during its Oct. 23-Nov. 3 "Spooktakular Sale." During the sale, individuals who purchase any regular-priced sweatshirt will 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

Jim Leslie Retirement Reception Nov. 15

UNO faculty and staff are invited to attend a retirement reception for Jim Leslie, president emeritus of the UNO Alumni Association. Leslie will retire in December after 33 years as the association's president.

The reception will be held Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. A short program recognizing Leslie will begin at 5:30 p.m. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Those planning to attend the reception should R.S.V.P. to Sheila at 554.4802 or

Call for UCAT Grant Proposals for 2006-07

The UNO University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of travel grants for designated themes to increase capacity building in teaching and learning.

Applications are encouraged for both interdisciplinary conferences focusing on teaching and learning, as well as for disciplinary conferences with tracks or sessions focusing on one or more of the following themes:
- Seamless transitions (P-20 transitions from pre-kindergarten through graduate school);
- Portfolio-based assessment;
- Recruitment and retention;
- Active learning;
- Facilitation of interdisciplinary collaboration;
- Learning communities;
- Diversity; and
- Scholarship of teaching.

The committee is accepting proposals on a monthly basis, from August through April, or until funds are expended. UCAT will fund grants up to $750 for each award. Proposals are due by the 21st of each month.

Application forms are available on the Center for Faculty Development Web site ( Applicants must submit one hard copy and an electronic submission of the application. Electronic submissions should be in "rtf" or "MS Word" document formats, and should be sent as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll (

Hard copy submissions should be sent to the Center for Faculty Development in 220 Arts and Sciences Hall. For reference, examples of successful models of applications are available on the Center for Faculty Development/UCAT Web site ( For more information, contact Teresa Lamsam, associate professor of communication and the 2006-07 chair of UCAT (554.4853 or