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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

Native American Heritage Month Festivities Continue

Native American Heritage Month activities will continue today, 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.

SAC to Meet Nov. 14

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) will meet Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 9 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room. All faculty and staff are invited.

For more information, contact Mary Sweaney, SAC president, at 554.3668 or

Geography Lecture on Sudanese Nov. 15

David Chand will present the 2006 Geography Awareness Week lecture on "The War in Sudan and Sudanese Migration to Omaha" Wednesday, Nov. 15. The lecture - which is open to all faculty, staff and students - will begin at 7 p.m. in 115 Durham Science Center (DSC).

Dr. Chand is an associate professor of political science at UNO. He has also served as executive director of the South Sudan Institute of Peace and Development (SSIPD) in South Sudan (1999-2001), and as ambassador and director of the Peace and Human Rights Department for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Khartoum (1997-99). Dr. Chand is also a founding member of the South Sudan Independence Movement/Army (SSIM/A).

For more information, contact Christina Dando in the Department of Geography/Geology at 554.3134.

School of Communication to Host Forum on Senate Ads

A panel of political and media experts will offer a post-election analysis of the political ads in the 2006 Nebraska Senate race Thursday, Nov. 16, at UNO.

"The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Political Advertising in the Nelson-Ricketts Senate Race" will include discussion focusing on television advertising from each campaign and provide a question-and-answer session for audience participation.

The event will be held from 10 to 11:15 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Chris Allen, associate professor in the UNO School of Communication, will moderate the forum. Panelists will include:

- Anne Boyle, Nebraska Public Service Commissioner and Democratic activist;

- Carlos Castillo, campaign manager for Gov. Dave Heineman;

- Henry Cordes, Omaha World-Herald staff writer;

- Nancy Hultquist, communications and public relations consultant at Hultquist Communication; and

- Joe Jordan, KMTV Action 3 News reporter.

The forum is sponsored by the following UNO School of Communication student organizations: Ad Club, Society of Professional Journalists, and the Public Relations Student Society of America.

"This has been the most expensive political campaign in Nebraska history and the most divisive, as well," said Hugh Reilly, associate professor in the School of Communication. "The lessons learned from examining this campaign will reverberate for years to come."

For more information, contact Karen Weber, PRSSA adviser, at 554.2246 or

Participants Sought for Nov. 28 Strategic Planning Focus Group

The UNO Strategic Planning Steering Committee and its Environmental Issues and Strategies Task Force are sponsoring a focus group Tuesday, Nov. 28. It will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

Faculty and staff are invited to discuss six prioritized issues that were identified at the May 2006 Strategic Planning Advance. The issues involve a variety of topics including course delivery methods, growing competition in the recruitment of students, affordability of a UNO education, enrollment of students from underrepresented populations, recruitment and retention of faculty and staff, as well as employers' expectations of college graduates. The focus group will provide input to assist the campus and units in developing strategies for addressing the issues.

The task force encourages participation at the forum, which will provide a means to voice opinions on a number of critical issues UNO is facing.

Box lunches and drinks will be provided for all participants. Those planning to attend are asked to R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, Nov. 22, to graduate assistant Lindy Gustafson (554.2535 or For more information, contact Gustafson or Environmental Issues and Strategies Task Force Chair Bill Swanson (554.2612 or

UNO Sorority to Raise Funds for Breast Cancer Research

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

"Pink Out Day"
"Pink Out Day" will be held 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"
The annual "Big Man on Campus" male beauty pageant will be held Sunday, Nov. 12, to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. It will begin 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.

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 co-sponsoring 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 with party numbers. For more information, contact OLLAS at 554.3825.

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.

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.

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

In the News

In the News

- Phani Adidam, marketing and management, was quoted in the Oct. 14 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article explored the upcoming holiday season and seasonal workers.

- Randall Adkins, political science, was quoted in the Oct. 16 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article looked at mudslinging in relation to the 2006 U.S. Senate race.

- Gustavo Cano, political science, was pictured in the Oct. 5 edition of The Reader. The article discussed a Sept. 27 forum at the Metropolitan Community College Fort Omaha Campus. Panelists, including Cano, discussed "The New American Dilemma: Immigration, Welcoming the Unwelcome."

- UNO Interim Chancellor John Christensen was quoted in the Oct. 12 editions of the Omaha World-Herald, Tribune (Fremont, Neb.), Lincoln Journal Star and the Gazette (McCook, Neb.) about the state of the university and UNO athletics. Dr. Christensen was also quoted in the Oct. 13 editions of the Tribune (Hastings, Neb.) and the Daily News (Norfolk, Neb.) on the same subject.

- David Corbin, health, physical education and recreation, was cited in the Oct. 18 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. Dr. Corbin was recognized for leading "Gateway to Active Living and Healthy Eating," a program that aims to fight childhood obesity by promoting bicycle riding, bike safety and nutrition.

- Wanda Ewing, art and art history, was cited in the Oct. 14 edition of Neighborhood Extra (Lincoln, Neb.). The article announced that Ewing would be displaying her woodcut prints in the exhibition "No Body" at the Lux Center for the Arts.

- Matthew Harden, music, was quoted in the Oct. 12 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article highlighted the start of the 2006-07 season of the Nebraska Choral Arts Society.

- Oliver Pollak, history, was quoted in the Oct. 13 edition of the Jewish Press. The article announced that Neil Shaver's private presswork would be on display at the UNO Criss Library through Dec. 15.

- Stephen Shorb, Criss Library, was quoted in the Oct. 12 edition of the Daily Nebraskan in the Oct. 13 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The articles highlighted the newly renovated Criss Library at UNO. Shorb and UNO Interim Chancellor John Christensen also were quoted in the Oct. 11 edition of City Weekly on the same subject.

- Julie Totten, interim vice chancellor for administration, and David Herbster, athletics, were quoted in the Oct. 4 edition of the Daily Nebraskan. The article explored the transition to new leadership at UNO.

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 Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

In Print

- Janet West, economics, co-published an editorial in the Oct. 19 edition of the Omaha World-Herald with F. Gregory Hayden, a professor of economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL); Allan Jenkins, a professor of economics at the University of Nebraska at Kearney; and Linda V. Ruchala, a professor in the School of Accountancy at UNL. The article explored David Hahn's proposal for property-tax reform.

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 Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Stage

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.

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.

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 Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Exhibit

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