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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. 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

Flag Lowering

The UNO flags will be lowered to half-staff today, Nov. 7, to honor the memory of UNO retiree Donald "Don" Skeahan. He passed away Nov. 3 at the age of 72.

Skeahan, former director of the Milo Bail Student Center and assistant vice chancellor for student academic services, retired in 1994 after more than 21 years of service to the university. At the time of his passing, he resided in Bella Vista, Ark.

A memorial service will be held today at 1:30 p.m. at Northwest Hills United Church of Christ, 93rd and Fort St., in Omaha.

As Skeahan was an avid supporter of UNO Athletics, the family requests - in lieu of flowers - that memorials be sent to the Don Skeahan Athletic Scholarship c/o University of Nebraska Foundation, 8712 West Dodge Road, Suite 100, Omaha, NE 68114.

Douglas County Voters' Guide Available

The Douglas County Voters' Guide, published annually by the League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha, is an unbiased, non-partisan look at all candidates running in today's Nov. 7 General Election.

Included are brief biographies of each candidate, plus their answers on issues of current concern to voters. The guide will be available, while supplies last, on campus at the locations listed below.

University Affairs
108 Eppley Administration Building

UNO School of Communication
107 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH)

Criss Library
Circulation Desk

For more information, contact Rita Shaughnessy in 107H ASH or at 554.6057.

Planetarium to Offer Glimpse of Nov. 8 Transit of Mercury

The UNO planetarium and observatory will open its doors this Wednesday, Nov. 8, so students, faculty and staff can observe the transit of the planet Mercury live or via the Internet.

The observatory and planetarium will be open at 1 p.m., and there is no cost to attend. Both are located in the Durham Science Center.

"The transit or passage of a planet across the face of the Sun is a relatively rare occurrence," said David Kriegler, a UNO physics lecturer. "From Earth, only transits of Mercury and Venus are possible. There are approximately 13 transits of Mercury each century. This is a rare event."

For more information, call 554.3502.

Immigration Reform Event Set for Nov. 16

The myths and facts of immigration reform will be the focus of a presentation at UNO Thursday, Nov. 16. Milo Mumgaard, executive director of Nebraska Appleseed and director of the Appleseed Immigrant Policy Program, will discuss comprehensive and "common sense" reform options that can occur when mainstream voters insist.

"Common Sense and Immigration Reform: What People Really Want" will begin at 7 p.m. at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.  It is free and open to the public.

"The talk will focus on the 109th Congress' election-year passage of legislation to build a 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexico border and increase workplace enforcement, and how this presently passes for immigration ‘reform, '" Mumgaard said.

The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha, the UNO Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) Charla Series, and the Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law and the Public Interest are cosponsoring the event.

The Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest, Inc. is a non-profit, non-partisan law project. Nebraska Appleseed addresses problems such as limited access to legal representation, unfair legislation and public policy.

For groups of five or more, contact Lucy Garza at lgarza@mail.unomaha.edu with party numbers.  For more information, contact OLLAS at 554.3825.

Campus Holiday Open House Dec. 6 in the MBSC

Interim Chancellor John Christensen and Interim Vice Chancellors Julie Totten and Sheri Rogers, along with Faculty Senate President Jim Shaw and Staff Advisory Council (SAC) President Jennifer Forbes-Baily, invite faculty and staff to attend UNO's annual holiday open house. The event will be held Wednesday, Dec. 6, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

To view a special invitation from Dr. Christensen, the vice chancellors, and the Faculty Senate and SAC presidents, click on the following link:

Open House Invitation

Those planning to attend should R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, Nov. 28, to Bob Cairns at 554.2311 or rcairns@mail.unomaha.edu.

HPER Biomechanics Laboratory to Host Cerebral Palsy Talk

On Friday, Nov. 17, the UNO Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Biomechanics Laboratory will feature a presentation by G. Bradley Schaefer, M.D.  His presentation, titled "The Medical, Genetic and Legal Aspects of Cerebral Palsy," will begin at 1 p.m. in 200 HPER.  The event is free and open to the public.

"This talk will focus on the difficulties of diagnosing an infant with cerebral palsy," said Lisa Holst, project assistant for the HPER Biomechanics Laboratory. "While our lab focuses on a biomechanical prognostic test, Dr. Schaefer will give us a broader understanding of why the medical community hesitates to give a diagnosis of CP, and give us details of any genetic and legal aspects which hinder this diagnosis."

Dr. Schaefer received his B.S. and M.D. degrees from the University of Oklahoma (OU). He also completed a pediatric residency and a fellowship in genetics, endocrinology and metabolism at the OU Health Sciences Center. Dr. Schaefer is currently the Omaha Scottish Rite, Masonic Professor of Child Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is the director of the Hattie B. Munroe Center for Human Genetics and the associate director of the Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation.

He has achieved board certification in pediatrics, human genetics and pediatric endocrinology. A founding fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Schaefer has authored more than 200 scientific articles, book chapters and invited reviews. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Child Neurology and is a member of the National Advisory Board for the Sotos Syndrome Support Association.

His clinical practice focuses on the genetics of neurologic conditions, neurosensory abnormalities and craniofacial malformations. His research centers on human clinical genetics, with an emphasis on neurogenetics and neurodevelopmental disabilities. This research utilizes computerized image analysis to quantify developmental changes in the brain, the face and the inner ear.

For more information, call Holst at 554.3075.

"Leveraging Resources" Brown Bag Session Nov. 28

Faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to attend a brown bag session on "leveraging resources" Tuesday, Nov. 28.  Sponsored by the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research, the event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) U mon hon Room. 

Three expert project directors will talk about their success in maximizing grant funding and university resources to achieve their project goals. The speakers will include Alan Kolok, biology; Jack Shroder, geography/geology; and Rick Yoder, Nebraska Business Development Center.

Participants are invited to bring a lunch. Sponsored Programs and Research will provide beverages and dessert.

For more information, call Sponsored Programs and Research at 554.2286, or visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/spr.

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 today, 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).

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.

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 has been extended to Friday, Nov. 10. 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.

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.

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 unooaa@mail.unomaha.edu.

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).

People: School of Communication Holds First KTA Ceremony

The UNO School of Communication held its first Kappa Tau Alpha (KTA) breakfast Oct. 25 and welcomed its inaugural chapter members into the seventh oldest national honor society.

Rebekah Klitzke, Ryan Rakowsky, Stephanie Hearn and Sally Gutschow attended the breakfast ceremony. Other new members include Bethany Carlberg, Shannon McGuire, Stephanie Monge, Stacy Seier, Katherine Stewart, Abby Supenski, Maggie Susemihl, Laura Wapelhorst and James Wood.

The UNO chapter, the 93rd in the nation, was one of few receiving unanimous approval following a rigorous nine-month review process, said Chris Allen, advisor and associate professor of communication.

Gail F. Baker - dean of the UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media, and the event's keynote speaker - noted the pride and significance associated with the recognition. "We are passing the light of truth to you," Baker said. "Through you, I believe, the lofty ideals that are KTA are in the absolute best of hands."

Thirteen journalism and mass communication upper-class majors in the top 10 percent of their class received KTA honors.

Have you done something noteworthy in your profession? E-mail "People" items to bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu. "People" appears in the Tuesday edition of eNotes.