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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

Flag Lowering

The UNO flags will be lowered to half-staff today, Nov. 21, to honor the memory of UNO retiree Bertram "Bert" Kurth. He passed away Nov. 18 at the age of 91. During his 22 years at UNO, he served as intramural director in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

Services will be held today at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 7020 Cass St.

Criss Library Catalog Downtime Begins Today

The Criss Library catalog will be down today, 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.

HPER Expansion and Renovation Talks Scheduled on Campus

Presentations on the proposed Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building expansion and renovation will be held on campus according to the following schedule:

- Tuesday, Nov. 21
3 p.m.
203 HPER

- Wednesday, Nov. 29
10 a.m.
Milo Bail Student Center Council Room

- Thursday, Dec. 7
4 p.m.
203 HPER

Information on the proposed expansion is available at

For more information, call 554.2856.

National Service Learning Expert to Present Nov. 30

Barbara Holland, Ph.D., director of the National Service Learning Clearinghouse and a nationally known expert on service learning, will give a free presentation at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Thursday, Nov. 30. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Holland will present "Building University and Community Partnerships Through Engagement" starting at noon in Room 1004 of the Durham Research Center. She is also a Senior Scholar at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and an adjunct professor at University of Western Sydney and Australian Catholic University.

The event is being co-sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation through the Engaged Institutions Initiative for the Elimination of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, and the joint Master of Public Health (MPH) program at UNMC/UNO in the College of Public Health.

For more information, contact Alice Schumaker, MPH program director, at

Fall 2006 BFA Thesis Exhibition Opens Dec. 1

The UNO Art Gallery will present the work of four UNO bachelor of fine arts (BFA) thesis candidates in Speculatio Verto: Observation Interpreted, the Fall 2006 BFA Thesis Exhibition. The exhibition will open Friday, Dec. 1, and run through Friday, Dec. 15. An opening reception will be held Friday, Dec. 1, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the UNO Art Gallery.

The thesis exhibition is a thought-provoking display of observations that features the work of UNO students Jeff Halvin, Dan Lowe, Katrina Pierce and Bart Vargas. Halvin's photographs of ready-made and fabricated elements construct photo-narratives to make ideas credible through the power of visual imagery. Lowe uses video installation to invite viewers to reflect on childhood memories to break down barriers and incite an emotive response. Pierce actively explores space and printmaking through the examination of a 99.9 percent germ-free, clean environment to expose the things that exist all around us, regardless of whether we can see them or not. Vargas' sculpture installation examines the ambiguity of the self to find its specific origin.

It is the mission of the UNO Department of Art and Art History to prepare artists to enter into their field with the skills necessary to make significant contributions to the practice of art. The BFA with studio emphasis degree provides an extensive, well-rounded, performance-oriented background that not only equips students with intense knowledge of their practice and broad critical understanding of visual culture, but also prepares students for entry into a competitive art community and/or pursuit of higher degrees. After two semesters of rigorous independent study and a final semester of focused, individually-designed concentration in their selected area of emphasis, BFA candidates are required to participate in the thesis exhibition as the culminating element of their study.

Each BFA candidate in studio art is also required to present a public thesis talk to articulate and defend the philosophical, aesthetic, historical, critical and technical aspects of their work. Halvin, Lowe, Pierce and Vargas will be joined by bachelor of arts in art history candidates Elise Brazeal, Elizabeth Mostek and Tammi Owens in these public presentations. Each art history candidate will present a scholarly paper that addresses critical, creative and theoretical thinking, and analysis of a specialized topic in their area of emphasis. Fall 2006 thesis talks will be held Dec. 4, 6 and 8 from noon to 1 p.m. in the UNO Art Gallery.

The UNO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building. The exhibitions are free, handicapped accessible and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from noon to 4 p.m.; Thursday from noon to 8 p.m.; and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.

For more information, call 554.2796.

myMAPP/Faculty Campus-wide Training Sessions to Be Offered

Information Technology Services (ITS) announces campus-wide training sessions for myMAPP/faculty. These hands-on training sessions will include a brief overview of the portfolio process, how to collect and enter information, and how to reflect on those entries using the myMAPP/faculty system.

The sessions are designed for faculty who may have missed their departmental myMAPP training, but all UNO faculty and staff are welcome to attend. Registration for this training is required.

Sessions will be held on the following dates:

- Monday, Nov. 27
1 to 2 p.m.
007A Roskens Hall (RH)

- Monday, Dec. 4
11 a.m. to noon
104 Durham Science Center

- Thursday, Dec. 7
2 to 3 p.m.
007A RH

To register for one of the myMAPP training sessions, from on campus, follow the process below:
- Go to;
- On the left panel, select "Training Tools > Training Registration";
- Select "UNO" and click on the triangle for the session;
- Select the session link by date;
- Check for a reminder e-mail;
- Enter your SAP Personnel number (This is the five-digit number on your picture ID. It is also on your check stub.); and
- Click "Sign Up" and click "OK" to confirm your personnel number.
- An e-mail will be sent to confirm this registration.

If you have problems registering or have questions concerning this training, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (4357).

OLLAS Report Emphasizes Importance of Hispanic Vote

A new report issued by the UNO Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) points to a future where Hispanic voters will likely play a larger role in deciding elections at both the local and state level.

Nebraska currently has a population of 1.7 million, and more than 122,500 of its citizens are Latino. The report's author, Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado – an associate professor of political science at UNO - cites census figures that point to the state's Latino population as tripling in the next 25 years, from seven percent to more than 20 percent.

"You can certainly turn an election if people are voting as a group," Dr. Benjamin-Alvarado said.

The report, "Latino Political Participation in Nebraska: The Challenge of Enhancing Voter Mobilization and Representation," also highlights how the recent immigration debate and its backlash have brought Nebraska Latinos closer together.

"Prior thinking pointed to Latinos being diverse - from different nations and backgrounds - and prevented them from having a unified political outlook," he said. "The immigration rallies from last spring and summer, the rise of anti-immigrant groups and, finally, this fall's authorization of a 700-mile-long border fence between the U.S. and Mexico have changed that. The importance of the Latino voter has grown and continues to grow."

The estimated 32,000 to 38,000 eligible Latino voters in Nebraska are projected to increase to between 42,000 and 66,000 in 2016, according to the report. By 2030, eligible Latino voters are expected to make up about 15 percent of the Nebraska electorate, up from four percent. In some communities, the importance of Latino voting will be seen much sooner.

"Because sizable concentrations of Latinos, verging on the majority, already live in communities such as South Omaha, Lexington, Schuyler and Grand Island, the possibilities to articulate Latino political interests and, perhaps, elect Latino officials are highly probable," Dr. Benjamin-Alvarado said.

He also said that Nebraska must make an effort to bring Latinos into the political process for the overall good.

"No one wants to see an underclass of people who are disenfranchised. It serves absolutely no one well," Dr. Benjamin-Alvarado said. "Latinos are here to stay, and everyone wins when they are part of the system."

For more information, call 554.4859. The report is available online at

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.

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


Nov. 28 Strategic Planning Focus Group Event Postponed

The UNO Strategic Planning Steering Committee faculty/staff focus group event set for Tuesday, Nov. 28, has been postponed. Watch for the new date and time in a future edition of eNotes.

For more information, contact Lindy Gustafson at 554.2535 or

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

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 at 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.

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

Discount Coupons Available for "The Nutcracker"

Discount coupons for the Nov. 30 through Dec. 3 Omaha Theater Ballet performances of "The Nutcracker" are available in 108 Eppley Administration Building. All shows will be held at the Orpheum Theater in Omaha.

The discount is applied when the coupons are redeemed by calling Ticket Omaha at 345.0606 or presented in person at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 13th and Douglas.

For more information about the discount, contact Mindy Bush at 391.2625.


UNO PRSSA Chapter Garners Three National Awards

Teams from the UNO Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) won three awards at the national PRSSA conference, which was held Nov. 10-14 in Salt Lake City. Details about the honors are listed below.

- National Community Service Award ($300) - First Place

The UNO chapter won the 2006 F. H. Teahan National Chapter Award for outstanding community and university service. The chapter won both the NODAC and the Teahan first place awards in 2004.

- First Annual Ethics Advocacy Award ($500 to chapter and $100 to adviser) - Third Place

UNO took third place honors in the first National Ethics Advocacy Awards, sponsored by the Betsy Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations. The chapter based its entry on a public relations writing class project. Karen Weber, an instructor in the UNO School of Communication and the UNO PRSSA chapter adviser, teaches the class. With the assistance of David Odgen, a UNO associate professor in the School of Communication, the students presented crisis communication plans based on the recent UNO Athletic Department funding situation and the resignations of former UNO Vice Chancellor James Buck and former UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck.

- National Organ Donor Awareness - First Place

The 2006 National Organ Donor Awareness Competition was sponsored by Rowan University in New Jersey. Five UNO students conducted a campaign, "Licensed to Give: We Card," that was designed to increase the number of registered organ donors on campus.

"I am so proud of all of our students in the 2005-06 school year that helped make winning the national community and university service award and the ethics advocacy award possible," Weber said. "Our students continue the legacy of distinction that make our chapter very special."

The UNO chapter of PRSSA is an active organization on campus and in the community. Its mission is to enhance knowledge in the field of public relations by networking locally and nationally.

For more information about PRSSA at UNO, contact Karen Weber at 554.2246 or

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