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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

Heartland Refugee Resettlement Benefit Begins Nov. 13

A partnership between a non-profit fund-raising class at UNO and Heartland Refugee Resettlement (HRR) aims to raise refugee awareness and funds for area refugees starting Monday, Nov. 13. The two groups will conduct a raffle event, "Omaha: A Place to Call Home," through Thursday, Nov. 16.

Students have collected more than $3,000 worth of donations from local businesses and individuals, said Paul Sather, director of the UNO Service-Learning Academy and American Humanics. Prize packages run the gamut from memberships to restaurant meals, to even an original painting, he said.

"Heartland Refugee Resettlement does great work in our community," Sather said. "Getting our students involved and thinking through fundraising makes this a real-world experience for them."

The prize packages being raffled are listed below.

Calling All Couples ($500 value): a $20 gift card to Roja, admission for four to The Funnybone, two sandwiches at Honey Baked Ham, an autographed copy of the book Send Me Tulips by Kathe Oleson (with artwork by Kristin Pluhacek), a free tuxedo rental from Randall's Formal Wear and a Fontenelle Forest membership package.

Eat Free for a Month ($400 value): $20 to Moe's Southwest Grill, two free appetizers at Red Robin, $15 to Cheeseburger in Paradise, $25 to Sam & Louie's New York Pizzeria, $25 to Red Lobster, five free Chipotle burritos, six free meals at Schlotzsky's, two free Outback Bloomin' Onions, five free meals at Runza, $15 to Chili's, $100 to Cheeburger Cheeburger, $25 to Old Chicago, four free meals at Fazoli's and $15 to Famous Dave's.

Family Fun ($500 value): a Dairy Queen 8-inch cake, a YMCA six-month family membership, a $250 Dirkschneider photography package, four UNO Maverick hockey tickets and a parking pass, and five Swimtastic family swimming passes.

Feel the Music ($450 value): an MP3 player courtesy of Best Buy and four hours of Baseline Studio recording studio time.

What's Cookin' ($250 value): a Junior League Toast to Omaha cookbook, a crystal-embellished apron, a Williams-Sonoma gift basket, a Come on Into my Kitchen cooking class, a $40 HuHots gift card and a $25 Gift Card to Nestle Tollhouse.

Get Your Game On ($550 value): a Susan Ann Koenig one-hour life coaching session, a YMCA six-month individual membership, one yoga class at the Omaha Yoga School, an autographed Nebraska Cornhusker football, Creighton basketball tickets and an Ashley Lynn's tanning package.

Constellation ($500 value): a Ron Garvais original painting.

Raffle tickets may be purchased in any combination for the available packages. The cost is $2 for one ticket, $5 for three tickets, $10 for eight tickets and $20 for 20 tickets. All proceeds will benefit HRR.

The gift packages will be on display, and tickets will be on sale in the Milo Bail Student Center Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 13-14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They also will be available in Criss Library Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 15-16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Representatives from HRR will also be on hand to answer questions about their organization and mission. A drawing for the winners of each package will be conducted Thursday, Nov. 16.

For more information, contact Sather at 554.6019 or

Politicization of Research Brown Bag Nov. 14

The UNO School of Social Work is sponsoring a brown bag on the politicization of research Tuesday, Nov. 14. The event, "The Politicization of Research: Bringing Awareness into the Classroom to Bring About Action for Change," will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room. It is free and open to interested faculty and staff.

Nancy Kelley-Gillespie, assistant professor of social work at UNO, will facilitate the discussion. "The hope is that the discussion can lead to ways to bring awareness to this sensitive issue in the classroom and help our students become better informed," she said.

The brown bag will feature information Dr. Kelley-Gillespie gained last summer at the 2006 Policy Conference, which she attended in conjunction with a University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) travel grant.

For more information, call 554.4886.

Third Cumbre of the Great Plains Set for April 26-29

Submissions are currently being accepted for individual papers and presenters for The Third Cumbre of the Great Plains. The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at UNO is hosting the conference April 26-29 at Embassy Suites in Omaha. The event's theme is "Understanding Immigration and the Changing Communities of the Americas: Lessons from New Destinations across the Globe."

The third annual conference will bring together scholars, policy-makers, and non-governmental and community representatives interested in exchanging views about the failures and successes of immigration policy reforms, as well as immigrant integration efforts across the country and around the globe.

Featured speakers include:
- Demetrios Papademetriou, president of the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), a Washington-based think tank dedicated exclusively to the study of international migration;
- Alejandro Portes, an internationally recognized sociologist of migration and development from Princeton University; and
- Luis E. Guarnizo, from the Universidad Autónoma of Zacatecas and University of California Davis.

While the focus of the cumbre continues to be on Latino/Latin American populations, the organizers have placed increased emphasis on presentations that contribute to the comparative and transnational understanding of immigration issues across receiving and sending nations, localities, history and population groups like Latin Americans, Africans or Arabs in Europe.

Some topics of interest at the 2007 conference will include:
- Immigration policy across the globe;
- Immigrant integration and the role of governments, communities and institutions;
- Criminalization and social exclusion of ethnic minorities;
- Transnational labor and Latinos;
- Immigrants, economic impact, and wealth creation in sending and receiving countries;
- Immigrants and the demise of rural economies in receiving and sending countries; and
- Immigrants' identities and political mobilization.

The deadline for paper proposals is Wednesday, Nov. 15. Interested participants should submit proposals via e-mail attachment in Word format to Proposals must be 500 to 800 words in length and indicate thematic area of preference, as well as the author's name, institutional affiliation, contact information and a short biographical sketch (250 words maximum).

The 2007 Third Cumbre of the Great Plains will feature Papademetriou. He holds a doctorate in comparative public policy and international relations (1976) and has taught at the Universities of Maryland, Duke, American and New School for Social Research. He has also published more than 200 books, articles, monographs and research reports on migration topics, and advised senior government and political party officials in more than 20 countries.

"Having someone of Dr. Papademetriou's stature at the cumbre is important for us," said Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS at UNO. "His work is thought provoking, and he brings a wealth of experience and expertise on migration issues."

Papademetriou's most recent books include Europe and its Immigrants in the 21st Century: A New Deal or a Continuing Dialogue of the Deaf? (2006, editor), and Secure Borders, Open Doors: Visa Procedures in the Post-September 11 Era (2005, co-author).

For more information, call 554.3835. For the latest information on the conference, visit the Web at

"Clickers in the Classroom" Brown Bag Event Nov. 15

A brown bag event, "Clickers in the Classroom - Results of a Pilot Study," is planned for Wednesday, Nov. 15, at UNO to introduce the use of clicker systems in the classroom. The session will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

Presenters will include Ted Turgeon, Information Technology Services; Jonna Holland, marketing and management; and Dana Richter-Egger, chemistry. The event is being sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development (CFD).

At the brown bag, individuals will have a chance to:
- Learn how a Classroom Response (Clicker) System works;
- Hear from faculty who have used clicker systems in their classrooms; and
- Discuss issues related to campus-wide implementation.

Those interested in attending are invited to bring their lunch. Desserts and drinks will be provided.

To register for the event, contact the CFD at 554.2427 or

For more opportunities, visit the CFD ( or FacConnect ( Web sites.

Performances of "Hamlet, Prince of Denmark" Open Nov. 17

The UNO Department of Theatre will open its performances of William Shakespeare's tragedy "Hamlet, Prince of Denmark" Friday, Nov. 17. A preview performance will be held Thursday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m., with additional showtimes set for Nov. 18 and Nov. 29-Dec. 2.

The performances - all directed by Cindy Melby Phaneuf - will be held in the UNO Theater, located in the Weber Fine Arts Building. The house opens at 7 p.m., with a 7:30 p.m. curtain time. An interactive talk-back session with the director, designers and cast will be held immediately following the Friday, Dec. 1, show.

"Hamlet" is regarded by many as Shakespeare's most powerful play. Actors love it; academics are engrossed by it; audiences are challenged by it; and directors want to direct it. Audiences often find the story compelling and the young prince one of Shakespeare's most sympathetic tragic characters.

From the moment audiences see Hamlet standing - dressed in black, mourning his father's death - they are able to empathize with his anguish. Hamlet endures as the object of universal identification because his central moral dilemma transcends the Elizabethan period, making him a man for all ages. In his difficult struggle to act within a corrupt world yet maintain his moral integrity, Hamlet ultimately reflects the fate of all human beings.

Tickets for "Hamlet" are currently on sale at the UNO Theater box office, located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building. Ticket prices are $15 for general admission, and $12 for students and seniors. They may be purchased in person, via e-mail at, or by calling 554.2335.

For more information, contact Ron Zank, UNO Department of Theatre secretary, at 554.2406.

Women of Wisdom Nomination Deadline Extended

The deadline to nominate senior women for the 2007 UNO Women of Wisdom Awards has been extended to Thursday, Nov. 30. Awards will be given next spring to three women over the age of 50 who exemplify the spirit of community contribution while providing a meaningful example of successful aging.

Nomination forms are available online at or by calling 554.4897 or 554.2292.

The minimum nomination requirements include:
- Name, age, address and phone number of the nominee;
- The nominator's relationship to the nominee;
- Information on the nominee's actions, activities and involvement in the community and its results;
- Reasons why the nominee's work or advocacy was significant, and identification of who benefited (individuals or groups); and
- Any other additional information that effectively creates a strong picture of the nominees' accomplishments.

"We know that many older women creatively devote their time to bettering the lives of others, and we need to publicly celebrate the value they add to Omaha," said Patricia Adams, director of the UNO Program for Women and Successful Aging (PWSA), the sponsor of the Women of Wisdom Awards.

Award recipients will be honored at a luncheon and community-wide program, "Celebrate: Women of Wisdom Because Aging is a Lifetime Event," set for April 18, 2007. The keynote speaker will be Lorna Landvik, the bestselling author of Patty Jane's House of Curl and Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons.

For more information, call 554.4897 or 554.2292.

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

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.

"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 (SPR), 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. SPR will provide beverages and dessert.

For more information, call SPR at 554.2286 or visit the Web at

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.

A variety of events are planned for Monday through Friday, Nov. 13-17, to give international students an opportunity to share their heritage with the rest of the campus community. Most activities are free and open to the public, except where noted.

"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 benefit 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 1 p.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 1 p.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.

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 (CFD) 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 CFD in 220 Arts and Sciences Hall. For reference, examples of successful models of applications are available on the CFD/UCAT Web site (

For more information, contact Teresa Lamsam, associate professor of communication and the 2006-07 chair of UCAT (554.4853 or