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Playoffs This Weekend

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

UNO will host the second-round NCAA Division II football playoff game this Saturday, Nov. 25. Kickoff is set for 12:05 p.m. at Caniglia Field. Above, No. 24 Pagel Williams goes airborne to score during the Mavericks' 48-14 Nov. 11 win against Central Washington. See story below for playoff ticket information.

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Members of the University of Omaha Women's Athletic Association congregate on the steps of Joslyn Hall during the fall of 1937.

This Week in Campus History

On Nov. 20, 1971, the Faculty Staff Bulletin reported that students from UNO, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and Nebraska Wesleyan University teamed together to stage a kidnapping of Omaha Mayor Eugene Leahy. The mayor was taken to the UNO Student Center Ballroom, where he was held for "ransom" to help raise money for Meyer Children's Rehabilitation Institute. Students from Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity and Sigma Kappa sorority took collections throughout the Omaha area to free the mayor.

Date: Nov. 20, 1971
Source: Source: Faculty Staff Bulletin
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

Football Playoff Tickets Still Available

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Tickets are currently on sale for UNO's second-round NCAA Division II football playoff game, set for 12:05 p.m., Nov. 25.

In the playoff, the Mavericks will host the winner of the Nov. 18 first-round game between North Dakota and Winona State. Kickoff on Nov. 25 is set for noon at Caniglia Field.

Ticket prices are $15 for reserved seats in the west stadium. General admission prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Fans may purchase tickets in advance in the athletic business office, located in the lobby of the Lee and Helene Sapp Fieldhouse or by phone at 554.MAVS (6287).

UNO to Close for Thanksgiving Holiday

UNO will be closed Thursday through Friday, Nov. 23-24, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The 2006 holiday schedule is available online at

For more information, contact Human Resources at 554.2321.

Scott Downing Retirement Reception Set for Nov. 30

After 37 years of service to UNO, Scott Downing of the UNO Department of Mathematics will be retiring at the end of this semester.

A retirement reception for Dr. Downing will be held Thursday, Nov. 30, from 3 to 5 p.m. The reception will be held at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center in Centennial Hall East. The mathematics department invites the campus community to stop by and wish Dr. Downing good luck in his retirement.

For more information, contact Peggy Mainelli in the mathematics department at 554.3430 or

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.

UNO to Present "Works in Progress" Colloquium Nov. 30

Poetry and nonfiction are the focus of "Works in Progress," a fall faculty colloquium planned for Thursday, Nov. 30, at UNO. The event will feature UNO English professors Michael Skau and Susan Maher.

The colloquium will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. It is free and open to the public.

Dr. Skau will present "Conversations with the Old Poets: New Poems," while Dr. Maher will showcase "Conversations with the Landscape: Deep Map Country on the Great Plains."

For more information, call 554.2772.

Thanksgiving Open Computer Labs Hours Announced

The open computer labs on campus will operate according to the following schedule during the Thanksgiving holiday (Nov. 22-26).

- 300 Arts and Sciences Hall
Wednesday through Sunday, Nov. 22-26

- 104 Durham Science Center
Wednesday through Sunday, Nov. 22-26

- 211 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building
Wednesday, Nov. 22
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 23

Friday through Saturday, Nov. 24-25
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 26

- Criss Library
Wednesday, Nov. 22
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday through Friday, Nov. 23-24

Saturday, Nov. 25
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 26
Noon to 12 a.m.

- Milo Bail Student Center Elmwood Room
Wednesday, Nov. 22
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 23-25

Sunday, Nov. 26
Noon to 12 a.m.

- 158A The Peter Kiewit Institute
Wednesday through Sunday, Nov. 22-26

- 401 Roskens Hall
Wednesday through Sunday, Nov. 22-26

Criss Library Catalog Downtime Set for Nov. 21

The Criss Library catalog will be down Tuesday, Nov. 21, starting at 1 p.m. for software upgrades. The downtime will last approximately five hours. Off-campus access to electronic resources will be affected.

"While the library attempts to schedule these routine maintenance tasks during intersessions and breaks, this is not always possible when working with our vendor. We hope the inconvenience will be minimal," said Karen Hein, director of library operations. Patrons may contact the Reference Desk at 554.2661 for assistance.

For more information, contact Hein at or 554.2144.

Campus Security Offers Holiday Safety Tips

Campus Security would like to remind the campus community of some common sense safety tips to practice during the holiday season.

"With so many students, staff and faculty rushing to get shopping done or taking care of end-of-the-semester tasks, security issues may take a backseat," said Paul Kosel, assistant manager of Campus Security and traffic at UNO. "A few simple tips can make a big difference."

- When a person leaves his or her room or office, lock it up, even if it's only for a few minutes.

- Avoid leaving valuables or packages in plain view in a vehicle. Place them in the trunk or between the seats. When possible, do so before parking.

- During the holiday break, take valuables home from campus offices and residence halls.

- Anyone who is going to be working on campus late in the evening or when few people are around should consider advising Campus Security so that an officer can pay special attention to the area.

- Anyone entering a locked residence hall, apartment building or campus building should make sure the door closes completely. Strangers should not follow anyone into a secure building.

- Students who live on campus and are leaving town for the holidays should make sure they have someone keeping an eye on their residence and leave emergency contact information.

For more information, call Campus Security at 554.2648.

HPER Thanksgiving Hours Announced

The following hours will be observed in conjunction with the Thanksgiving holiday at the Health, Physical Education and 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.

Thanksgiving Library Hours Announced

On Wednesday, Nov. 22, Criss Library will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additionally, the library will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 23-24, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

For more information, contact Gayle Roberts at 554.3213.

Donations Still Sought for 72nd Street Food Fight

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This event has been designated a UNO spirit event.

Each year, many families in Douglas County go without a holiday meal. However, an annual event that started three years ago is working to help solve the problem.

UNO has joined 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.

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.

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- Canned meats
- Dry cereals
- Canned fruits
- Tomato products
- Dry boxed items
- Canned soups
- Canned vegetables
- Disposable diapers
- Hygiene products

Last year, more than 72,000 pounds of food were donated to this drive. In addition to its corporate partners, The Salvation Army would like to thank the "Food Fight" sponsors: HyVee and Payless Office 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.

Annual Fall Scholastic Children's Book Fair Nov. 27-29

Wild about books? Like to share your treasures with others? Then come visit the UNO Library Friends annual fall Scholastic Children's Book Fair Nov. 27-29 in Criss Library!

Books for children of all ages, holiday titles, instructional materials, games, videos and toys will be available for purchase. Proceeds from the sale benefit Criss Library's juvenile book collection.

"It's always fun to come do some holiday shopping at the book fair," said Melissa Cast, education and reference librarian. "The book fair will also continue its support of local literacy efforts. Donations for the Open World Mission and the One World Community Health Center will be accepted." This summer, the Criss Library was recognized for putting more than 700 books in the hands of Omaha children.

The fair will be located on the main floor in the center aisle of Criss Library. Dates and times for the event are as follows:

- Monday, Nov. 27
5 to 9 p.m.

- Tuesday, Nov. 28
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

- Wednesday, Nov. 29
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, contact Cast at

"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 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

Maverick Watch

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Go Mavs! Support your Mavericks by attending their home events.

Students are admitted free to all home athletic games with a valid UNO ID (MavCard) and game-day ticket. The spouses, significant others and children of students also are admitted free, except to hockey. At the game, students must present their MavCard to receive a ticket. Tickets will be available on the day of the game at each home event. For more information, call 554.MAVS (6287).

inPlay, located downtown at 15th and Cuming St., will offer free parking and shuttle service from its parking lot to the Qwest Center Omaha for all UNO home hockey games in the 2006-07 season. Shuttle service is available for all UNO hockey fans, but a shuttle ticket is required to receive free transportation. Tickets will be available for fans at the counter inside inPlay.

At home this week...

Tuesday, Nov. 21
- Men's Basketball vs. Missouri Western
Sapp Fieldhouse
7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 24
- Women's basketball vs. Colorado Mines (Howard Johnson Thanksgiving Classic)
Sapp Fieldhouse
6 p.m.

- Hockey vs. Notre Dame
Qwest Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St.
7:05 p.m.

- Men's basketball vs. Chadron State (Homewood Suites Thanksgiving Classic)
Sapp Fieldhouse
8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 25
- Football NCAA II 2nd Round Playoff
Caniglia Field
12:05 p.m.
Cost: Ticket prices are $15 for reserved seats in the west stadium. General admission prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

- Women's basketball vs. Caldwell (Howard Johnson Thanksgiving Classic)
Sapp Fieldhouse
6 p.m.

- Hockey vs. Notre Dame
Qwest Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St.
7:35 p.m.

- Men's basketball vs. Quincy (Homewood Suites Thanksgiving Classic)
Sapp Fieldhouse
8 p.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at