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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

Fall University Honors Ceremony Today

UNO Interim Chancellor John Christensen will host the first Fall Honors Ceremony today, Nov. 16, to recognize departments and individuals for a variety of extraordinary contributions to the university.

"It is truly a privilege to work with the talented men and women who comprise our campus community," Dr. Christensen said.  "UNO has the most dedicated, accomplished and distinguished faculty and staff a chancellor could ask for."

The ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.  The different areas of recognition include:

- Departments which have represented UNO as part of the University of Nebraska's Departmental Teaching Award Selection process;

- The new Step Up Award, given to 12 individuals or teams who have gone above and beyond their normal responsibilities to truly "step up" and make great things happen at UNO; and

- The recipients of the UNO Strategic Planning Awards, who have demonstrated particular creativity or responsiveness in support of focusing on students, promoting academic excellence or community engagement.

The Fall Honors Ceremony is free and open to the entire campus community and public. A reception will follow the event.

For more information, call 554.3502.

School of Communication Senate Ads Forum Today

A panel of political and media experts will offer a post-election analysis of the political ads in the 2006 Nebraska Senate race today, 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.

Today's 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

72nd Street Food Fight Officially Kicks Off Tonight

UNO spiritThis event has been designated a UNO spirit event.

UNO is joining 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.

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

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 Thursday, Dec. 7.  Donations will also be sought at future Maverick sporting events.  

If 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

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.

Immigration Reform Event Set for Tonight

The myths and facts of immigration reform will be the focus of a presentation at UNO tonight, 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 with party numbers. For more information, contact OLLAS at 554.3825.

"Hamlet, Prince of Denmark" Opens Tonight

The UNO Department of Theatre will open its production of William Shakespeare's tragedy "Hamlet, Prince of Denmark" with a preview performance tonight, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. Additional showtimes are set for Nov. 17-18 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.

Nov. 17-18 Lotus Notes Downtime Announced

Information Technology Services (ITS) announces that the UNOMail servers will experience a downtime Friday through Saturday, Nov. 17-18, from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. This planned downtime will be used to upgrade the servers to the latest IBM Domino server software - Version 7.0.2.

A number of fixes will be implemented by this upgrade, and a number of mail and calendaring features will become available. For more information on the fixes, contact ITS Customer Services at An article containing information on several new features in Lotus Notes 7.0.2 can be found by clicking on this link.

SPR Report

The SPR Report details the results of UNO's efforts to obtain external funding in support of its teaching, research, service and outreach efforts. The report is designed to keep the university community informed as to externally funded projects on campus and bring recognition to those faculty and staff who have worked to generate these resources.

For the period of Oct. 17 through Nov. 10, those receiving grant awards totaling $276,428 are as follows:

Name: Hesham Ali and Mark Pauley
Unit: College of Information Science and Technology - computer science
Title: Construction of a Targeted Rhesus Macaque Microarray
Sponsor: University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)

Name: Michael Cortese
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences - psychology
Title: Collaborative Research: Construction and Utility of a Large Semantic Priming Database
Sponsor: Montana State University

Name: Jerome Deichert
Unit: College of Public Affairs and Community Service - Center for Public Affairs Research
Title: OPPD/UNO Energy Saving Potential Program (ESP): NEAN Assessment
Sponsor: OPPD

Name: David Herbster
Unit: Athletics
Title: Expansion of NCAA Division II Championship Activities in Omaha 2006/2007
Sponsor: Douglas County

Name: Pete Madsen
Unit: College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media - music
Title: Jim Widner Big Band Registry
Sponsor: Nebraska Arts Council

Name: Peter Simi
Unit:  College of Public Affairs and Community Service - School of Criminal Justice
Title: The Operation and Structure of Right-Wing Extremist Groups
Sponsor: National Institute of Justice

Name: James Thomas
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences - psychology
Title: Police Sergeant Promotional Exam - 2007
Sponsor: City of Lincoln

For support and assistance with research activities, call the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research at 554.2286, or visit the Web at

HPER Thanksgiving Hours Announced

The following hours will be observed in conjunction with the Thanksgiving holiday at the Health, Physical Education Recreation (HPER) Building.

- Wednesday, Nov. 22
6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

- Thursday, Nov. 23

- Friday, Nov. 24
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

- Saturday, Nov. 25
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

- Sunday, Nov. 26
Noon to 8 p.m.

For more information, call 554.2539.

Academic Regalia Notice for Dec. 15 Commencement

Commencement for December graduates will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave. Faculty members are asked to assemble no later than 1:30 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall.

Faculty who plan to attend the ceremony are asked to order their academic regalia from the UNO Bookstore (554.2336) by Friday, Nov. 17.

ITS Announces Lotus Notes Storage Increase

Information Technology Services (ITS) announces an increase in the standard quota for individual Lotus Notes e-mail accounts. The quota has been increased 100 MB, from 500 to 600.

For more information, contact Dean Hayes, manager of ITS Customer Services, at 554.4357 or

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

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.