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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 Ranked 22nd by Institute for International Education

For the second year in a row, UNO has been ranked 22nd nationally among master's institutions in terms of international student enrollment for the 2005-06 academic year. It is the fifth consecutive year that UNO has either improved its rank or maintained that of the previous year.

The Institute of International Education (IIE) released the ranking information Nov. 13 in Washington, D.C. The rankings coincide with the national International Education Week celebration.

"The work being done at UNO has literally brought the world to Omaha," said Tom Gouttierre, dean of international studies at UNO and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. "International education builds understanding and opportunity for everyone involved."

For the current semester, there are 955 international participants at UNO. The five countries that are providing the greatest number of students are India (108 students), Saudi Arabia (100 students), China (97 students), Japan (70 students) and South Korea (65 students). In all, 111 countries - ranging from Azerbaijan to Zambia - are represented on campus. Top areas of study for UNO international students include management information systems, computer science, economics, international studies and business.

UNO established International Studies and Programs (IS&P) in 1973. Since then, UNO has developed an international reputation in particular for its Center for Afghanistan Studies and the Bethsaida (Israel) Excavations Project.

IIE provided the rankings after holding a press conference at the National Press Club that focused on international academic mobility, U.S. students abroad, and international students and scholars on U.S. campuses during 2005-2006. Miller Crouch, principal deputy assistant secretary for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State; and Allan E. Goodman, president of the IIE, were the opening speakers.

International Education Week activities are currently under way at UNO, on and off campus. For details, visit the Web at this link or call 554.2293.

For more information, call 554.3502.

Biomechanics Laboratory Cerebral Palsy Talk Today

Today, 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.

72nd Street Food Fight Officially Kicks Off Tonight

UNO spirit

This 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. 17, during the Salvation Army's annual Tree of Lights ceremony at American National Bank, located at 90th and Dodge St. The event is open to the public.

In conjunction with this year's event, a new Tree of Lights has been created for the Salvation Army by Brite Ideas. The new tree is 50 feet tall, has 543 giant starbursts, 6,000 pounds of steel and 54,800 LED lights.

"Please join us as we officially open the '72nd Street Food Fight' campaign," said Rita Henry, event organizer at UNO and assistant vice chancellor for student services.

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.

food fight

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

- 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 Dr. Henry at 554.2779 or John Jensen, co-event organizer, at 554.3382.

Lotus Notes Downtime Announced

Information Technology Services (ITS) announces that the UNOMail servers will experience a downtime tonight 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.

New SIS Interface Application Available

The Student Information System (SIS) now has a new, updated interface that all SIS users at UNO are required to install. The newest version is called "QWS3270 Secure."

"This new version of ‘QWS3270' is necessary to ensure communications with the Student Information System are secure, using encryption technology," said Dan McGowan, manager of student affairs information systems at UNO.

Beginning Friday, Dec. 22, UNO will require all users of SIS to upgrade their QWS3270, plus the program to the QWS3270 Secure Version. This will allow those users to continue to have access to the system for the spring semester.

QWS3270 Secure may be downloaded from the ITS Install Server via the following prompts:

- Visit the Web at;

- Log in with your UNO NetID username and password;

- Under the Microsoft Windows-based Software area, locate "QWS3270 Secure"; and

- Click on the software title to start the download. Be sure you read all the information in the "Comments" column, especially the note about removing any previously installed versions of "QWS3270+".

For more information, contact McGowan at

Library Copy Card Exchange Concludes Nov. 30

Remember the old library copy card - the green card with coins on it? The last day the library will issue vouchers redeeming the value of the old copy cards is Thursday, Nov. 30.

Check your coat pockets, desk drawers and billfolds, and turn those copy cards in for value on your MavCard. Any vouchers issued through Nov. 30 may be redeemed at the MavCard Business Office through Dec. 15. The office is located on the second floor of the Milo Bail Student Center.

For more information, contact the library circulation desk at 554.3206.

Retirement Reception for Joyce Redman Dec. 7

The university community is invited to attend a retirement reception for Joyce Redman Thursday, Dec. 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

Redman has worked for UNO for more than 18 years. She has been with the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) since 1999. For more information, contact Marjorie Misek at 554.4939.

Nominations Sought for 2007 UNO Women of Color Awards

Organizations and individuals in the Omaha area are being asked to nominate women of color for the 2007 UNO Women of Color (WOC) Awards. The awards will recognize women of color for outstanding contributions in six categories – arts/humanities, business/entrepreneurship, education, community service, science and technology, and youth leadership. Nomination forms, which are available online at, are due Monday, Dec. 11.

"These awards recognize women of color who have done extraordinary work on their own in these categories, as well as mentoring others in these fields," said Sharon Ulmar, WOC committee co-chair and assistant to the chancellor in the UNO Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity. "We encourage people from the metropolitan community to nominate women of color they believe should receive accolades for their selfless efforts."

Award recipients will be honored Wednesday, March 7, at the 2007 UNO Women of Color Awards Luncheon. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the DC Centre, 11830 Stonegate Circle. The theme for 2007 is "Healthy Women."

The guest speaker will be Alabama physician Dr. Regina Benjamin. Known for her contributions in rural and family medicine, Dr. Benjamin attended Xavier University in New Orleans and was a member of the second class of Morehouse School of Medicine. She received her medical degree from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, and completed her residency in family practice at the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon. She also holds a master's in business administration from Tulane University.

After graduation, Dr. Benjamin chose to return to the region in which she grew up, starting a family practice in Bayou la Batre, Ala. Made famous from the motion picture "Forrest Gump," Bayou la Batre is a small shrimping village located along the gulf coast. After several years of moonlighting in emergency rooms and nursing homes to keep her practice open, she converted her medical office into a small rural health clinic dedicated to serving the large poverty-stricken population in her community. Like many others in the gulf coast, Dr. Benjamin had to deal with the rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Katrina destroyed the town's only clinic.

In 1995, she became the first African-American woman, and the first person under 40, to be elected to the American Medical Association (AMA) Board of Trustees. Dr. Benjamin also serves on the Board of Physicians for Human Rights. She is a 1998 Mandela Award Winner, a former Kellogg National Fellow, has been featured as ABC Television's "Person of the Week" and, in 1996, was chosen by "CBS This Morning" as "Woman of the Year."

A panel of judges from the WOC Awards Recognition Planning Committee will select the 2007 winners based on nominations submitted by Dec. 11. The committee is comprised of women from area schools – UNO, the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Metropolitan Community College; local nonprofit businesses – Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, ICAN, Omaha Housing Authority and Omaha Community Action; and local for-profit-businesses – AHL Consulting Inc., State Farm Insurance, Journal Broadcasting Group, Wells Fargo Bank and Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society Inc.

Award recipients will be invited to participate in community speaking events, and to serve as role models and mentors for various university-related programs and activities.

To request nomination forms, call 554.2779 or send an e-mail to For more information or to access online nomination forms, visit the WOC Web site at

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

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

- Patty Adams, Program for Women and Successful Aging, was quoted in the October 2006 edition of New Horizons. The article announced a call for nominations for the 2007 UNO Women of Wisdom Awards.

- Rami Arav, Bethsaida Excavations Project, was quoted in the Oct. 13 edition of the Jewish Press. The article previewed the eighth annual Batchelder Biblical Archaeology Conference, which was held Nov. 9-11 at UNO.

- Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, Latino/Latin American Studies, was quoted in the Oct. 19 edition of the Lincoln Journal Star. The article discussed an immigration panel held Oct. 18 in Lincoln.

- John Callahan, information science and technology, was quoted in the Oct. 19 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article explored a computer program being used in Nebraska that is designed to help detect pandemics.

- David Cicotello, new student enrollment services, and Tim Kaldahl, university affairs, were quoted in the Oct. 12 edition of the Omaha Star. The article highlighted the 2006 Homecoming celebration at UNO, which showcased the university's new "Maverick Mojo" advertising campaign.

- Jerry Deichert, Center for Public Affairs Research, was quoted in the Oct. 13 edition of the Lincoln Journal Star. The article looked at the likelihood of the U.S. population reaching 300 million people within the week.

- Gert-Jan de Vreede, information systems and quantitative analysis, Jack Heidel, mathematics, and Roni Reiter-Palmon, psychology, were quoted in the Oct. 5 edition of the Omaha Star. The article discussed grants UNO received from the University of Nebraska Foundation.

- Jack Heidel, mathematics, was pictured in the Oct. 5 edition of the Nemaha Co. Herald (Auburn, Neb.). The accompanying article previewed Dr. Heidel's Oct. 8 appearance at the Brownville Lyceum Science Café in Brownville, Neb.

- Sharif Liwaru, cultural awareness programs, was quoted in the Oct. 5 edition of the Omaha Star. The article announced the UNO visit of African dance troupe "Step Afrika."

- B.J. Reed, dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, was quoted in the Oct. 5 edition of The Reader. The article discussed the veto of a public safety study for Omaha's police and fire departments.

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

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

"Hamlet, Prince of Denmark" Continues on Stage Tonight
Performances of the UNO Department of Theatre's production of William Shakespeare's tragedy "Hamlet, Prince of Denmark" continue on stage tonight, Nov. 17. Additional showtimes are 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.

NSF Announces 10th Annual Circle of Kent Dinner and Honorees
The Nebraska Shakespeare Festival (NSF) will induct two longtime volunteers -Gerry Phaneuf and Dalia Sudavicius - into its honorary Circle of Kent Sunday, Nov. 19.

Phaneuf, the festival's visual historian, has taken photos of the Shakespeare on the Green productions since it began in 1987. Phaneuf, husband of festival co-founder and artistic director Cindy Melby Phaneuf, also has helped with grant writing, organized support functions for the festival and served in many other ways. In addition to her role with the festival, Melby Phaneuf is also a UNO professor of theatre.

Sudavicius, a freelance artist, has donated artwork for the festival's program covers and posters since 1997.

The NSF Circle of Kent was created to thank and honor some of the artists, audience members, benefactors and board members who, through their service to the festival, have helped shape the history of the annual event. Named for Kent from Shakespeare's King Lear - whose loyalty, service, and devotion to his king stands as an example of someone giving far more of himself than ever was asked - this order honors individuals who have, over the years, given such service to the festival as to warrant a special place, a higher honor in the history of Shakespeare on the Green.

The induction dinner will be held at the Upstream Brewing Co., 171st St. and West Center Rd. To reserve a seat for the event, call Lenore Polack at 393.7304. A cash bar will open at 5 p.m., with dinner at 5:30 p.m. and a program at 6:15 p.m.

The festival is preparing for its 21st season of free Shakespeare plays, presented near UNO in Elmwood Park for three weekends in June and July. The 2007 shows will be "Henry V" and "Love's Labour's Lost."

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