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Spotlight on Student Employment

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Pictured at work (left to right) are November Spotlight on Student Employment recipients Nikhil Hardikar, Jamie Erb, Seth Goeken and Tom Martinez. The students work in the UNO Department of Facilities Management and Planning. See story below for details on the Spotlight on Student Employment recognition program.

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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 Dec. 2, 1988, The Gateway reported that the second annual "Dickens in the Market" was host to a special feature created by the UNO chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers. Ten members of the organization were arranged into teams of two to grace five buildings in the downtown Omaha Old Market area with window displays. The owners of the stores supplied the necessary materials or gave the students a budget for the display. The top three windows were awarded cash prizes - with the winner receiving $200, second place receiving $100 and third place receiving $50. Half of the money won was required to be donated to the chapter. "We think this will be good advertising for the chapter and a way to raise money for doing the Symphony Showcase in the spring," said Jennifer Johnson, a UNO senior majoring in interior design.

Date: Dec. 2, 1988
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

Hosts Sought for 2007 Friends of Shakespeare Parties

The UNO Friends of Shakespeare 2007 Dinners Committee is searching for volunteers to serve as hosts for its 2007 dinner season. As a result, a Host Planning Party for UNO Friends of Shakespeare Dinners will be held Thursday, Nov. 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the home of Mary Lynn Reiser, an associate director in the UNO College of Business Administration.

"The host planning party will provide information to assist potential hosts with party planning, invitations, guest lists, themes, etc.," said Deborah Smith-Howell, committee member and assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs at UNO. "For information on what it takes to be a host, the numerous benefits for you and your guests, and the assistance available to you in planning your party, plan on attending."

If you answer "yes" to the questions below, the committee invites you to become a host for 2007:
- Been planning to throw a party and looking for a theme?
- Been meaning to get friends and colleagues together?
- Been looking for a fun way to get involved in Shakespeare on the Green?

"We will have names and addresses of potential guests, so come ready to develop your guest list or bring your complete or partial guest list with you," Dr. Smith-Howell said. "The host planning party will be a great place to have a little fun, learn more about the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival and the Friends Dinners."

For 2007, Janet Pol (business administration), Lynn Harland (marketing and management), Reiser (business administration) and Dr. Smith-Howell (academic affairs) will serve on the UNO Friends of Shakespeare 2007 Dinners Committee.

If planning to attend the Host Planning Party, contact Reiser at 554.2357 or

Those interesting in becoming a host or co-host who cannot attend the host planning party are invited to contact Dr. Smith-Howell at 554.4849 or

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:

- Today, 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).

Annual Fall Scholastic Children's Book Fair Begins Today

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:

- Today, 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

November Spotlight on Student Employment

Is your work area a better place because of student employees? Student Employment Services (SES) thinks the following student employees from the UNO Department of Facilities Management and Planning are stellar and selected them as the November Spotlight on Student Employment recipients.

The November Spotlight on Student Employment recipients include:
- Nikhil Hardikar, a management information system major from Dombivli, India;
- Seth Goeken, an architectural engineering major from Norfolk, Neb.;
- Jamie Erb, a criminal justice major from Irwin, Neb.; and
- Tom Martinez, a pre-architecture major from Omaha, Neb.

"Our department must be able to respond quickly and adjust to multiple departments and personalities in a professional setting and manner. Seth does this with an attitude of ‘how can I be of help,'" said George Killian, architectural department manager.

Deb Ekeler, supervisor and network coordinator, also appreciates the students' work. "Nikhil continues to be a reliable, dedicated worker meeting the requests of users and performing his job very well," she said. "Nikhil works with all people with respect and has excellent communication skills."

Goeken said it's not just the departments that benefit from student workers.

"At Facilities Management and Planning, the emphasis is placed on hands-on learning and comprehension of the construction industry rather than just completing the work without fully understanding it…I think I can speak for all the student workers here at facilities when I say that we are gaining priceless experience and knowledge in our chosen field of study in a relaxed office setting that is geared toward helping further our education," he said.

SES is featuring student employees from a new department each month through April. Featured departments will be entered in a drawing for an end-of-the-year party.

Departments also are featured on the Human Resources Student Employment Job Board on the first floor of the Eppley Administration Building. For more information about the program, contact Emily Muckerheide at

Students seeking work experience during school can gain assistance through SES, located in Human Resources, 205 Eppley Administration Building. On-campus student worker, work-study and graduate assistant positions are posted on the SES Job Board on the first floor of the Eppley Administration Building and online at

Native American Heritage Month Celebration Concludes This Week

The history and culture of Native Americans will be highlighted in two events this week on campus. The events will conclude a month-long celebration of Native American Heritage Month.

Both events are free and open to the public and are listed below.

Tuesday, Nov. 28
Michael Murphy (folk singer-songwriter/guitar and Native American flute player)
11:30 a.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Dodge Room
Sponsored by UNO Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP)

Thursday, Nov. 30
Bear Butte Panel Discussion (featuring panelists Sheila Rocha and John Pappan)
11:30 a.m.
MBSC Ballroom
Sponsored by SOLP, UNO Native American Studies (NAS) and the UNO Intertribal Student Council (ISC).

For more information, call 554.2711.

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

"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

Vern Raburn to Be Honored Nov. 29 at Durham Lecture Series

The UNO Aviation Institute will host its annual Charles W. Durham Distinguished Guest Lecture Series Wednesday, Nov. 29, in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. The featured speaker will be Vern Raburn, president and CEO of Eclipse Aviation Corporation.

A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m., followed by Raburn's lecture at 7:30 p.m.

Since its inception in 1998, Raburn has led Eclipse Aviation Corporation to achieve numerous advancements in its quest to change the way people travel. To date, the company has raised nearly half a billion in capital and has made significant progress toward the certification and delivery of its flagship product, the Eclipse 500 jet.

With more than 25 years of experience as a senior executive in the information technology industry, Raburn is a successful entrepreneur who has also helped to shape the course of the information technology revolution and the high technology industry. In the mid 1970s, Raburn opened one of the nation's first computer stores, the Byte Shop of Westminster. Shortly thereafter, he joined Bill Gates as one of the first employees at Microsoft Corporation. He served at Microsoft as president of the Consumer Products Division and was responsible for the company's entry into the retail channel.

During the past 25 years, Raburn has consistently taken companies to the highest levels of success. Following his tenure at Microsoft, he served as executive vice president and general manager of Lotus Development Corporation, where he played an integral role in the successful launch of Lotus 1-2-3. He has also served as chairman and CEO of Symantec Corporation and Slate Corporation. Prior to founding Eclipse, Raburn worked as president of the Paul Allen Group, overseeing high technology investments for Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

Raburn's passion for high technology is exceeded only by his love of aviation. Since he first learned how to fly as a teenager, he has accumulated more than 6,500 hours of flight time and has earned his multi-engine, instrument, commercial and rotary ratings. He holds type ratings in more than 15 aircraft types, ranging from WWII bombers to piston airliners to modern corporate jets. He serves on the board of directors of the Experimental Aircraft Association; the Executive Council to the FAA's Research, Engineering and Development Advisory Committee (REDAC); and the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Presidential Advisory Board

The Charles W. Durham Guest Lecture Series and Scholarship Program was established by the Aviation Institute to thank Charles Durham for his inspiration as the lead co-founder of the UNO Aviation Institute. The Aviation Institute holds the Durham Lecture every year and presents the guest speaker with the William F. Shea Distinguished Contribution to Aviation Award. This award is given in honor of the Aviation Institute's founding director, William F. Shea, and is presented to those who have impacted the aviation industry during their varied aviation careers.

For more information or to receive free tickets to this event, call Vida Hill at 554.3424.

"Hamlet, Prince of Denmark" Continues on Stage This Week

Performances of the UNO Department of Theatre's production of William Shakespeare's tragedy "Hamlet, Prince of Denmark" continue on stage Wednesday, Nov. 29. Additional showtimes are set for Nov. 30-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.

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.

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.

Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra to Present "Omaha y Xalapa"

Bienvenidos! The Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra (UNO's symphony orchestra) invites the Omaha community to a concert titled "Omaha y Xalapa" Sunday, Dec. 3. It will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

Xalapa is the Mexican sister city of Omaha, and the concert will feature one of the city's musical celebrities: Mexican conductor Maestro Antonio Tornero. He will lead the UNO Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra at the event.

The concert will also feature international favorites, including Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio Espagnol and Beethoven's Seventh Symphony. Maestro Tornero is the music director of the Youth Orchestra at the State of Verzcruz and is highly regarded as a conductor and music educator in Xalapa. UNO student Miriam Freeman, winner of the UNO Concerto-Aria Competition, will also be featured with the orchestra in a performance of Prokofiev's Third Piano Concerto.

Tickets are $5 for adults, and $4 for students and seniors.

The Consulate of Mexico in Omaha is sponsoring this event. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 554.3427.

Donations Still Sought for 72nd Street Food Fight

UNO spirit

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.

food fight

- 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.

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

Maverick Watch


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...

Tuesday, Nov. 28
- Men's basketball vs. Peru State
Sapp Fieldhouse
7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 1
- Mutual of Omaha Swimming and Diving Invite
Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building Pool
10 a.m.

Saturday, Dec. 2
- Mutual of Omaha Swimming and Diving Invite
HPER Building Pool
10 a.m.

- Women's Basketball vs. Adams State (Doubletree Downtown Classic)
Sapp Fieldhouse
4 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 3
- Women's basketball vs. Hawaii-Hilo (Doubletree Downtown Classic)
Sapp Fieldhouse
2 p.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at