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This Week in Campus History

On Nov. 8, 1968, The Gateway encouraged readers to attend a free all-Beethoven piano concert by pianist Alfred Brendel in the Administration Building auditorium. Brendel had received wide acclaim for his Beethoven recordings and had played with the Montreal Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Brendel's visit to the University of Omaha was sponsored by the Friends of Music, an organization which raises funds to bring such concerts to campus.

Date: Nov. 8, 1968
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

Faculty Senate to Meet Nov. 8

The UNO Faculty Senate will meet Wednesday, Nov. 8, in Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Dodge Rooms. Linda Mannering, director of UNO Institutional Research, will speak on the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The presentation will begin at 2 p.m. with the meeting immediately following. All interested parties are invited to attend.

For more information contact Jim Shaw, Faculty Senate president, at 554.2225, or Sue Bishop, Faculty Senate coordinator, at 554.3598.

ITS to Offer SPSS Training

Information 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
- 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).

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.

Sustainability Forums to Be Held on Campus

This November, UNO will be the site of two events focusing on sustainability. The details are listed below.

Sustainability Forum
The first event, a forum titled "Exploring Sustainability," will be held on the UNO south campus Friday, Nov. 10, from 11 a.m. to noon in Room 256 of The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute. This forum, similar to two events held earlier this year on the UNO north campus, is open to all faculty, staff and students.

The event will address the following questions:
- What is sustainability?
- How can individuals make the campus and community more sustainable?
- How can I get involved?

"If you missed the first couple of events, this is your chance to catch up!" said Patrick Wheeler, event organizer.

The event will also include discussions in the areas of energy and water use, transportation, green building (and smart growth), landscape and maintenance, solid and hazardous waste, and recycling, food services, student projects and grant availability.

Sustainability Discussion
This event will feature a continued discussion on sustainability topics. It will be held Tuesday, Nov. 14, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

"All levels of expertise, faculty, staff and students are welcome to participate," Wheeler said. "We welcome your interest and enthusiasm, and look forward to putting our ideas into action."

At the event, participants will be asked to identify their top two ideas for improvement in one or more of the following topical areas: energy and water use, transportation, green building (and smart growth), landscape and maintenance, solid and hazardous waste, and recycling and food services. All ideas will be compiled and listed on a sustainability Web page, which is currently under construction.

"The top two priorities will be identified in each area, as well as those used to demonstrate how we can best begin to implement sustainable practices," Wheeler said. "The time has come for us to share our expertise and enthusiasm to ÔGreen Our Campus and Green Our Minds!'"

For more information on both events, contact Wheeler at 554.3921 or Shannon Bartelt-Hunt at 554.3868.

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 Nov. 11-12

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

"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.

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

Native American Heritage Month Festivities Continue Nov. 10

Native American Heritage Month activities will continue Friday, Nov. 10, with a Poetry Slam. It will begin at 6 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. The Poetry Slam is free and open to the public.

At the Poetry Slam, Native American youth will speak about contemporary Native issues. UNO Native American Studies and Omaha Public Schools are sponsoring the event.

For more information, call 554.2711.

Free Screening of "Les Choristes" Nov. 12

The UNO Department of Foreign Languages and the Nebraska Association of Teachers of French will present the French film "Les Choristes" Sunday, Nov. 12, at UNO.

The free screening will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Eppley Administration Building Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 554.2862.

Spring 2007 Book Orders Due

The UNO Bookstore would like to remind faculty that spring 2007 book orders are now due and should be submitted as soon as possible. Please contact Scott Dickey at if you have questions regarding your book order.

Library Friends to Host Talk on New Technologies and the Law

The UNO Library Friends will hold a discussion on new communication technologies and the law Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. Jeremy Lipschultz, director of the UNO School of Communication, will be the featured speaker.

The meeting will be held in Room 100 of Criss Library, and the discussion is free and open to the public.

Some of the questions to be discussed will include:
- How will new telephone and digital television services challenge existing laws and regulation?
- How has the Internet redefined communication law and regulation?
- What role have the courts played in interpreting digital law?
- How have recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions set Cyberlaw precedents?

Dr. Lipschultz is also the Robert Reilly Diamond Professor in the School of Communication. He co-authored Mass Media, An Aging Population and the Baby Boomers (2005) and Crime and Local Television News (2002), and he is also co-editor of Studies in Media & Information Literacy Education ( SIMILE). As author of Broadcast Indecency: F.C.C. Regulation and the First Amendment (1997) and Free Expression in the Age of the Internet (2000), Lipschultz is often called upon by national news media as a source for stories on the issue of broadcast indecency.

For more information, contact Diane Rockhold at 554.3205 or


Maverick Watch

Go Mavs! Support your Mavericks by attending their home events.

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...

Saturday, Nov. 11
- Football vs. Central Washington
Caniglia Field
1 p.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at