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This Week in Campus History

On Nov. 14, 1968, The Gateway, reported that first-year University of Omaha (OU) students were expected to dazzle students and faculty at the Freshman Talent show that morning in the auditorium. A variety of musical acts were planned, including a solo, a duet, a pianist, and even an accordion. The event had also scheduled dance numbers by Chi Omega and Zeta Tau Alpha sororities. The talent show was sponsored by the OU student council and the officers of the freshman class. Classes were not dismissed for the event.

Date: Nov. 14, 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

UNO to Celebrate International Education Week Nov. 13-17

International education will be showcased at UNO today through Friday, Nov. 13-17, in conjunction with the observance of U.S. International Education Week.

A variety of events are planned to give international students an opportunity to share their heritage with the rest of the campus community. Most activities are free, 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 schedule of 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. Winners will be announced Tuesday, Nov. 14, at Café Internationale.

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 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.

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. Wilson is a UNO assistant professor of management and the director of the Maverick Entrepreneurship Institute. The speakers will share their experience, ideas and advice on entrepreneurship. After the presentation, the speakers will be available to answer questions from 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.

NU Flex Enrollment Under Way through Dec. 1

NU Flex enrollment materials will be distributed to all UNO employees starting today, Nov. 13. The enrollment deadline is Friday, Dec. 1.

"The electronic enrollment will be available through Employee Self Service (ESS) during this year's enrollment period," said Esther Scarpello, fringe benefits manager in the UNO Office of Human Resources. "Lab sessions will be available for those not familiar with the process."

ESS is a Web application service available to all University of Nebraska benefits-eligible employees online at http://ess.nebraska.edu. ESS allows employees to interact with their own SAP data, such as pay advices and current benefits options. It is designed to be a more convenient and secure method for employees to get information without the hassle of forms or lines.

To access the site, employees need their ESS ID and password. If you are a SAP user, your ESS ID and password are the same as your SAP login. If you are not a SAP user, your ID is the letter "O" followed by a zero "0" and your 5-digit SAP personnel number. If you cannot locate your ESS password, contact the UNO Helpdesk at 554.4357 or send an e-mail to unohelpdesk@mail.unomaha.edu.

In conjunction with this year's annual enrollment period, three campus events will be held according to the schedule below:

NU Flex Enrollment Meeting
Explanation of enrollment materials and Q&A will be available.
- Wednesday, Nov. 15
2 to 3 p.m.
U Mon Hon Room

Lab Sessions
To help familiarize faculty and staff with Employee Self Service.
- Friday, Nov. 17
10 to 11 a.m. or 3 to 4 p.m.
406 Roskens Hall

To access the enrollment schedule click on the link below:

Annual Nu Flex Enrollment Schedule

For packet-related questions, contact Scarpello at 554.3660.

Heartland Refugee Resettlement Benefit Raffle Begins

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 today, 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 psather@mail.unomaha.edu.

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 drockhol@mail.unomaha.edu.

Native American Heritage Month Celebration Continues This Week

Native American Heritage Month activities will continue this week with a panel discussion and presentation.

Both events are free and open to the public. This week's schedule is listed below.

Tuesday, Nov. 14
Native Faculty Panel (featuring Native American mascots)
11:30 a.m.
MBSC Nebraska Room
Sponsored by Student Organization and Leadership Programs (SOLP), UNO Native American Studies (NAS) and the UNO International Student Council (ISC).

Wednesday, Nov. 15
From Cooperation to Conflict: Indian and Emigrant Relations on the Overland Trails (1840-1860)
This event will feature a presentation by Mike Tate.
11:30 a.m.
MBSC Gallery Room
Sponsored by SOLP, NAS and the ISC.

For more information, call 554.2711.

Geography Awareness Week Lecture on Sudanese Migration

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.

GLBT Dialogue Nov. 15

Students, faculty and staff interested in making UNO a safe environment for members of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) community are invited to participate in a campus dialogue Wednesday, Nov. 15. The event will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

All those interested in attending are invited to bring their lunch. For more information, contact Sharon Ulmar at 554.2872.

School of Communication to Host Forum on Political 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 kweber@mail.unomaha.edu.

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.

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 msweaney@mail.unomaha.edu.

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 King at 554.4802 or sking@mail.unomaha.edu.

Maverick Watch

Mavericks

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).

At home this week...

Saturday, Nov. 18
- Wrestling (Kaufman-Brand Open)
Sapp Fieldhouse
9 a.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at http://gomavs.unomaha.edu/.