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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

Artist-in-Residence Big Band at UNO Today, Tomorrow

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 today and Thursday, 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. tonight, 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.

Center for Faculty Development to Host Discussion Today

The Center for Faculty Development will host a faculty discussion on "The Importance of Dispositions and Appearances of Teacher Candidates for Community Schools" today, Nov. 8. It will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

The presenters will be Phyllis Adcock, an associate professor in the UNO Department of Education, and Leon Dappen, an associate professor in the UNO Department of Educational Administration and Supervision.

The duo will discuss the subject matter listed below:
- A study conducted in local schools about appropriate dispositions and appearance of teacher candidates for interviews;
- What principals are looking for in teacher candidates; and
- The perception of recent candidates interviewed for teacher positions.

To register for the event, contact the Center for Faculty Development at 554.2427 or, or stop by 220 Arts and Sciences Hall. Those interested in attending are invited to bring their lunch.  Desserts and drinks will be provided.

For more Information, contact Dr. Adcock at 554.3484.

Registration Under Way for 2007 Nebraska Semester Abroad

Students needed! International Studies and Programs (IS&P) is currently accepting student applications for the 2007 Nebraska Semester Abroad program.

The cost for the semester program is $6,500 and includes tuition, flight, travel, excursions, room and most meals. Applications are available in the Study Abroad Library, located in 241 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH). The deadline to apply is Friday, Nov. 10.

"The Nebraska Semester Abroad program began in Omaha in 1992 as a program for Nebraska university students to study abroad under the guidance of a Nebraska university faculty member," said Krista Cupich, study abroad advisor.

Students from UNO, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK), Wayne State College and Nebraska Wesleyan are eligible to participate in Nebraska Semester Abroad. A Nebraska university faculty member will supervise the courses, and local experts will provide additional instruction.

The 2007 program will consist of the following:

Language of Instruction: English, with basic language courses in Czech.

Program Dates: 10-week program offered each spring semester from mid-March to June.

2007 Cost:  $6,500 (includes pre-departure orientation, 12 hours of UNK tuition, round-trip airfare from Omaha, room and most meals, insurance and course field trips to surrounding countries).

Financial Aid: Aid is available to those who qualify.

Host City: Many UNO students have traveled to Olomouc, either with Nebraska Semester Abroad or on individual study programs.  Halfway between Prague and Vienna, Austria, Olomouc is a walled medieval city located in northern Moravia.  For more information on Olomouc and the university, visit the Web sites below:




- International Studies Institute 444
Eight credit hours
Lectures and field trips will allow students to explore Central Europe: the history, culture, language, art, literature and politics. Also included are field trips in Prague and the Czech Republic, Poland (including Auschwitz) and Budapest, Hungary. An extended field trip through Austria to Munich concludes the program.

- Directed Readings 490
Four credit hours
A personalized course of study will be initiated before departure with the home college and accompanying Nebraska faculty. Advance readings will be required in preparation for the field project in Europe that will be supervised by accompanying faculty.

UNO Credits:
International Studies 3000
One to six additional UNO credits in international studies are also possible.  Visit the UNO Office of Study Abroad for more information. The UNO credits are not included in the tuition price listed above.

For more information about the Nebraska Semester Abroad program, contact Krista Cupich (554.2293 or, or stop by 242 ASH and visit with a peer advisor.

Chamber Orchestra to Perform "Slides" Concert Nov. 12

The UNO Chamber Orchestra will perform a program titled "Slides" Sunday, Nov. 12, at All Saints Episcopal Chuch, located at 9302 Blondo St. The 3 p.m. concert is free and open to the public.

Under the baton of Christopher Stanichar, the program will feature Mendelssohn's Fingal's Cave.  The orchestra will also be joined by Pete Madsen, professor of trombone at UNO, for a performance of Wagenseil's rarely heard trombone concerto. The concert concludes with the first serenade by Johannes Brahms.

For more information call 554.3427.

India Spring Break Opportunity Available for Students

During Spring Break 2007, 35 University of Nebraska students will have the opportunity to visit India to learn about Indian society and culture.

The trip is scheduled to start March 7, 2007, with Omaha and Lincoln students returning to Omaha March 19.

The spring break trip will be combined with an educational visit to UNO's sibling university, the Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur (considered the MIT of India). It will also include visits to Delhi, Calcutta, Bangalore or Pune, and Agra. There will be many opportunities to interact with locals, corporate executives, government officials and nonprofit agencies.

An information session will be held Friday, Nov. 17, to discuss the trip. All interested students are invited to attend. The session will be held in 241 Arts and Sciences Hall at 4 p.m.

"This is a unique opportunity! Any undergraduate major may apply," said Krista Cupich, study abroad advisor at UNO. "Students cover only the cost of airfare from Omaha to Delhi, passport and visa fees, plus travel insurance. All local costs associated with travel with India, including hotels and meals, will be underwritten by infoUSA."

The application deadline for this program is Friday, Dec. 1. Sponsors for the program include UNO, infoUSA and the Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur.

For more information, plan on attending the Nov. 17 information session or contact Cupich (554.2293 or

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.

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

HR Seminar Series Continues Nov. 10 with Medicare Topic

Volunteers with Intervening for Equity will be on campus Friday, Nov. 10, to answer questions about Medicare at the third installment of the Human Resources Informative Seminar Series.

The event will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mon Hon Room. The seminar will cover Medicare A, B, C and D, as well as Medicare supplement policies.

The UNO seminars are scheduled monthly from September through April. Topics will include personal financial management, social security and retirement planning.

For more information, contact Esther Scarpello at 554.3660.

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
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 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 ‘Green Our Campus and Green Our Minds!'"

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

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

Donations Sought for 72nd Street Food Fight

UNO spirit

This food drive has been designated a UNO spirit event.

UNO will join forces with five Omaha organizations this holiday season for the third annual 72nd Street Food Fight, which will help stock the shelves of The Salvation Army's food pantry.

UNO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska, the College of St. Mary, Omnium Worldwide Inc., Travel and Transport, and First Data Corp. will be competing against one another to collect the most food during the campaign.

At UNO, donations of non-perishable food items will be solicited through Dec. 7. Donations will also be sought at future Maverick sporting events.  

The campaign will officially kick off at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, during the Salvation Army's annual Tree of Lights ceremony at American National Bank, located at 90th and Dodge St.

If they are able, faculty, staff and students are encouraged to pick up a few extra items for the Food Fight during the next few weeks while grocery shopping and bring them to campus. For convenience, blue barrels with the Food Fight graphic will be available in all campus buildings for food donations.

The Salvation Army is requesting the items listed below. No glass containers will be accepted.

food fight

- Canned meats
- Dry cereals                      
- Canned fruits
- Tomato products                          
- Dry boxed items                           
- Canned soups
- Canned vegetables                      
- Disposable diapers                       
- Hygiene products

Last year, more than 72,000 pounds of food were donated to this drive. In addition to its corporate partners, The Salvation Army would like to thank the "Food Fight" sponsors: HyVee and Payless Office Products.

Future Food Fight notices will be published in upcoming editions of eNotes, The Gateway and UNO What's Up.

To find out how your UNO organization can get involved in the Food Fight, contact Rita Henry at 554.2779 or John Jensen at 554.3382.