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Soccer Regional This Afternoon

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UNO senior Beth McGill and the Maverick soccer team will try to extend their scoring and winning records today, Nov. 3, at 2 p.m. The Mavericks will host the Central Regional today and Sunday, Nov. 5, at Ak-Sar-Ben Field. Washburn faces Missouri Southern at 11:30 a.m. in the first game, and UNO hosts Central Missouri at 2 p.m. In UNO's Oct. 29 5-1 victory over Minnesota-Mankato, McGill scored three second-half goals.

history photo

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

NU Board of Regents to Meet Today in Lincoln

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet today, Nov. 3, at Varner Hall, 3835 Holdrege St., in Lincoln.

The day will begin at 8 a.m. with committee and task force meetings, and the board meeting will start at 1:30 p.m.

The agenda is available on the Web at http://www.nebraska.edu.

Blue Line Club Luncheon Today

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 today, 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.

"Women, Religion and Space" Talk Today

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 today, 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 kfalconeralhindi@mail.unomaha.edu.

Members Sought for Backboard Bunch

Do you crave fast-paced action and plenty of competition? If so, then why not sign up to be a Backboard Bunch member? The Backboard Bunch is the booster club for the UNO women's basketball team.

The mission of the group is to support the women's basketball team in achieving their goals for academic and athletic excellence, and to promote the sport of women's basketball in the community.

"Whether you are a parent of a player, an alumnus or just an avid supporter of women's basketball, please join us in showing our support to the team and coaches by becoming a member of the Backboard Bunch," said John Jensen, Backboard Bunch member.

There are several levels of membership, which are highlighted below:

1. First-round Playoff ($25 per year) includes:
- Newsletter
- Press guide
- Invitation to tip-off event
- Invitation to basketball banquet
- Invitation to Hall of Fame Banquet
- Half-time Hospitality area

2. Second-round Playoff ($50 per year) includes:
- One general admission ticket book
- All items from the First-round level

3. Sweet 16 ($75 per year) includes:
- Autographed team poster
- All items from the Second-round level

4. Elite Eight ($150 per year) includes:
- General admission ticket books
- All items from the Sweet 16 level

5. Final Four ($200 per year) includes:
- Commemorative Maverick gift
- All items from the Sweet 16 level

6. National Champs ($500 + per year) includes:
- Four general admission ticket books
- All items from the Final Four level

Memberships can be payroll deducted for university employees. For more information, contact Lyn Connor in the UNO Athletic Department at 554.4965.

ITS to Offer SPSS Training

International Technology Services (ITS) at UNO will offer training in the latest version of statistical software package (SPSS) Tuesday, Nov. 7, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The session will be repeated Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. for individuals who are interested but unable to attend the earlier event.  Both sessions will be held in 007A Roskens Hall. All UNO faculty and staff are welcome to attend.

Topics to be covered will include SPSS file creation and management, storage and printing options, and some simple statistics.

To sign up for a SPSS training courses on campus, follow the prompts below:
- Go to http://sapphire.nebraska.edu.
- On the left panel, select Training Tools > Training Registration.
- Select UNO, and click on the triangle for the session.
- Select the session link by date.
- Check for a reminder e-mail.
- Enter your SAP personnel number. (This is the five-digit number on your picture ID and is also on you check stub.)
- Click "Sign Up" and "OK" to confirm your personnel number.
- An e-mail will be sent to you to confirm the registration.

If you have problems registering or questions concerning this training, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (554.4357).

Pathways to Harmony Program is Nov. 7

The next Pathways to Harmony program is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 7. It will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room from 12:30 to 4 p.m.

"This professional development program about diversity represents part of the strategic planning objectives set for the UNO community," said Sharon Ulmar, assistant to the chancellor for diversity and equal opportunity. "It will help to enhance respectful relationships and create an open and constructive dialogue about diversity on the UNO campus." All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend.

To register, call 554.2896 or send an e-mail to mkclark@mail.unomaha.edu. Seating is limited.

Omaha Peace Corps to Visit Campus Nov. 9-10

The campus community is invited to speak with a returned Peace Corps volunteer and recruiter about the tangible and intangible benefits of the Peace Corps service Thursday and Friday, Nov. 9-10, in Omaha.

Two events are scheduled at the dates and times below:

City of Omaha Peace Corps Information Meeting
Thursday, Nov. 9
6 to 8 p.m.
W. Dale Clark (Main) Library, Rooms 2 and 3
215 S. 15th St. (between 14th and 15th, and Douglas and Farnam Streets) Parking is available underneath the library near the ramp entrance on 14th Street.

Peace Corps Information at UNO
Thursday and Friday, Nov. 9-10
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center south entrance

For more information, contact Anne West-Leclou, international studies and programs, at 554.3822 or awest-leclou@mail.unomaha.edu.

International Education Week Set for Nov. 13-17 at UNO

International education will be showcased at UNO this month in conjunction with the observance of U.S. International Education Week.

"International education enriches the lives of everyone who becomes involved culturally, academically and socially," said Thomas Gouttierre, dean of International Studies and Programs at UNO and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). "However, one of the most important contributions is the mutual understanding that results among those who participate in international exchanges, and the potential this has for global stability and peace."

This past year, there were more than 1,300 international students at UNO.  The three countries sending the greatest number of students were India, Japan and Saudi Arabia. In all, 116 countries, ranging from Azerbaijan to Zambia, are represented on campus.

Below is a listing of the 2006 International Education Week events at UNO, including dates, times and locations.

Nov. 8-17
Photo Contest and Exhibit
Criss Library
The fourth annual "Eyes Into The World" Photo Contest and Exhibit is open to all UNO faculty, staff and students. Entries will be on display in Criss Library, and all students, faculty and staff members will be able to vote for their favorites.  The deadline for submitting an entry is today, Nov. 3.  Winners will be announced Tuesday, Nov. 14, at Café Internationale.  Instructions on how to submit a photo and entry forms are available in 241 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH).

Nov. 13-17
Ethnic Foods Menu
As part of the International Education Week celebration, the Maverick Buffet and food services on the UNO south campus will serve a variety of ethnic foods according to the schedule below.

- Maverick Buffet, Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Food Court
Monday, Nov. 13 - Tandoori Chicken Masala
Tuesday, Nov. 14 - Tacos and Spanish Rice
Wednesday, Nov. 15 - Stir Fry and Fried Rice
Thursday, Nov. 16 - Wiener Schnitzel and German Potato Salad
Friday, Nov. 17 - Moroccan Chicken

- The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (south campus)
Monday, Nov. 13 - Pasta Bar
Tuesday, Nov. 14 - Taco Bar
Wednesday, Nov. 15 - Kung Pao Chicken with Rice

Monday, Nov. 13
International Bake Sale
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
MBSC south entrance
Students and faculty members will have a chance to purchase a wide variety of baked treats prepared from recipes from around the world. Proceeds from this sale will go to the International Student Emergency Loan Fund.

Bethsaida Exhibit Tours
9 a.m. to noon; 3 to 5 p.m.
343 ASH
Excavations at Bethsaida, situated on the northeast coast of the Sea of Galilee, began in 1987 under the direction of UNO professor Rami Arav.  The project includes archaeological, geographical and geological surveys aimed at reconstructing the environment and landscapes in ancient times.

Special exhibits during International Education Week include:
- "Silent Spectators of the Sacred"
The exhibition of 1st century stones from Herod's Temple Mount in Jerusalem is on loan from the Israel Antiquities Authority.

- "Ancient Writing in the Mediterranean World"
The exhibit - a collection of ancient writing implements, coins, Egyptian scarabs and figurines, and inscriptions in Mesopotamian cuneiform, Aramaic, Hebrew, Latin and Coptic - was donated by the Museum of Archeology and Biblical History in Albuquerque, N.M.

Study Abroad Displays
10:30 a.m. to 1p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center, south entrance
Information about study abroad opportunities will be available at the display tables. Stop by to ask questions regarding available study abroad programs, and learn how to incorporate study abroad into your academic plans.

Tuesday, Nov. 14
Café Internationale Open House
2 to 4 p.m.
241 ASH
Sample international foods from around the world, and join UNO's international students as they showcase their cultures through displays, presentations and musical performance. Those in attendance will also have the opportunity to visit the recently renovated Study Abroad Library during its grand reopening.

International Career Seminar: Preparing for Global Business and International Careers
1 to 2:15 p.m.
206 Roskens Hall
Join students in Rachel Wilson's "Entrepreneurial Foundations" class and learn from the experience of three successful executives who are active in today's global business community. The speakers will share their experience, ideas and advice on entrepreneurship. After the presentation, the speakers will be available to answer questions from members of the audience. The speakers will include Steve Kuhl, CEO, Currency Logix; Sven Jasinski, CEO, Aero-Tec Inc.; and Stephanie Healy, CEO, Vente Inc.

Wednesday, Nov. 15
International Education Week Luncheon
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
MBSC Dodge Room
Graduating international students, graduating international studies majors and sponsored exchange students will be recognized at this invitation-only event.

Bethsaida Exhibit Tours
9 a.m. to noon; 3 to 5 p.m.
343 ASH
Excavations at Bethsaida, situated on the northeast coast of the Sea of Galilee, began in 1987 under the direction of UNO professor Rami Arav.  The project includes archaeological, geographical and geological surveys aimed at reconstructing the environment and landscapes in ancient times.

Special exhibits during International Education Week include:
- "Silent Spectators of the Sacred"
The exhibition of 1st century stones from Herod's Temple Mount in Jerusalem is on loan from the Israel Antiquities Authority.

- "Ancient Writing in the Mediterranean World"
The exhibit - a collection of ancient writing implements, coins, Egyptian scarabs and figurines, and inscriptions in Mesopotamian cuneiform, Aramaic, Hebrew, Latin and Coptic - was donated by the Museum of Archeology and Biblical History in Albuquerque, N.M.

Thursday, Nov. 16
Study Abroad Displays
10:30 a.m. to 1p.m.
MBSC south entrance
Information about study abroad opportunities will be available at the display tables. Stop by to ask questions regarding available study abroad programs and learn how to incorporate study abroad into your academic plans.

Friday, Nov. 17
International Outreach
2 to 3:30 p.m.
Crestridge Elementary School
UNO international students will visit UNO's Omaha Public Schools Adopt a School partner, Crestridge Elementary School, to meet students and participate in a school-wide assembly. This performance will feature entertainment from around the globe, including singing, dancing and instrumental music.

For more information, call 554.2293.

Inclement Weather Announcement

When inclement weather arises locally, access the UNO Weather Announcements Web site at http://www.unomaha.edu/news/weather.php for the latest university closing information. Remember to hit the reload or refresh button on your Web browser first.

You also can dial 554.CALL (554.2255) for the latest weather announcements, and KVNO Radio 90.7 FM will also announce UNO closing information.

In the News

In the News

- UNO Interim Chancellor John Christensen was quoted in the Oct. 11 edition of the Omaha World-Herald.  The article discussed the future of UNO athletics.  Dr. Christensen also was quoted in the Sept. 26 edition of the Daily Nebraskan along with David Herbster, athletics, about the state of the university and UNO athletics.

- Jerry Deichert, Center for Public Affairs Research (CPAR), was quoted in the Sept. 27 edition of the Clipper Herald (Lexington, Neb.).  The article examined a report CPAR completed on the population of Nebraska.

- Thomas Gouttierre, dean of international studies and programs, and director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies, was quoted in the Oct. 6 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article highlighted the recent Omaha visit of Reza Pahlavi, the former crown prince of Iran.

- Colleen Heavican, UNO Art Gallery, was featured in the Sept. 28 edition of The Reader.  The article profiled Heavican and her plans for this year's season of art gallery exhibits.

- Shari Hofschire, art and art history, was quoted in the Oct. 2 edition of the Hub (Kearney, Neb.).  The article explored the benefits of the arts and getting students involved with learning.

- B.J. Reed, dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, was quoted in the Oct. 4 edition of the Omaha World-Herald.  The article explored studies of the city of Omaha's police and fire systems.

- Peter Szto, sociology, was quoted in the Sept. 28 edition of The Reader.  The article highlighted "The Floating Population in Guangzhou, China" an exhibition Dr. Szto had on display in the UNO Art Gallery this fall.

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 enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

In Print

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 enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Stage

Department of Theatre to Present "The Ostrich Project: A Show for Children"
Students from the UNO Department of Theatre will present "The Ostrich Project," an interactive children's play based on Augusto Boal's techniques of forum theatre at UNO.

Performances will be held in the Eppley Administration Building Auditorium Saturday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., and Saturday, Nov 5, at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

"This play is based on the themes of how to communicate with a friend who has lost a family member," said Erin Mulvany, director of The Ostrich Project.

In the production, it is Oscar's first day back at school since his dad died. His friends don't know what to say to him. He doesn't know what to say to his friends. To make things worse, what his teacher says to him doesn't help. What's an ostrich to do? Will his friends ever be normal around him again? Since this is an audience participation show for children, it is up to the audience to decide. Audience members will be invited on stage to help resolve the situation.

This play is being produced by three UNO graduate theatre students: S. Dale Alden (playwright), Erin Mulvany (director) and Bethany Elliott-Merkling (costume designer).

For more information, contact Mulvany at emulvany@mail.unomaha.edu.

Artist-in-Residence Program to Feature Big Band Nov. 8-9
The UNO Department of Music and a grant from the Nebraska Arts Council are sponsoring 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.

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 enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

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 mmaring@mail.unomaha.edu.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.