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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

Interim Chancellor to Appear on Today's KIOS Noon Forum

UNO Interim Chancellor John Christensen will be on the radio over the noon hour today, Nov. 28. Dr. Christensen spoke to the Omaha Press Club Nov. 15, and KIOS (91.5 FM) taped his presentation for its noon forum series.

Dr. Christensen spoke about the past summer at the university, university athletics and the future direction of UNO.  Chris Allen, an associate professor in the UNO School of Communication, moderated the forum.

For more information, call 554.3502.

"Leveraging Resources" Brown Bag Today

Faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to attend a brown bag session on "leveraging resources" today, 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

AIDS Awareness Day Event Set for Nov. 30 at UNO

The Women's Resource Center will host an AIDS Awareness Day event Thursday, Nov. 30, in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"The event is designed to bring STD/HIV awareness to the community at UNO," said Tumelo Gobagoba, director of the Women's Resource Center.

At the event, the Nebraska AIDS project will be conducting free on-site HIV testing. Free food and refreshments will also be served.

For more information, contact Gobagoba at 554.2730 or

Kwanzaa Celebration Dec. 1 at UNO

The UNO community is invited to a Kwanzaa program set for Friday, Dec. 1. The free event, including food and a guest speaker, will begin at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Carlos Carr and the Omaha Community Kwanzaa Group will give a presentation focusing on the principles of unity and collective work, and responsibility.

Kwanzaa, a holiday that celebrates African traditions and American customs, was created in 1966. The name Kwanzaa comes from a Swahili phrase meaning "first fruits." In ancient Africa, the time to harvest fruits and grains was a time of celebration.

The UNO event is designed to share the basic concepts of, and answer questions about, this cultural tradition celebrated Dec. 26-Jan. 1. "We strive to educate our students about the traditions and cultures of others to see that our differences give us grounds for knowing more about each other rather than distancing from one another," said Sharif Liwaru, cultural awareness programs adviser at UNO. "Celebrations like this make it possible to celebrate family, community and culture."

For more information about the Dec. 1 event, contact Liwaru at 554.2711.

November Employee of the Month: Lowell Neuhaus


In the past 18 years, the UNO landscape has experienced a variety of conditions - from rain and snow, to warm breezes and humid summers - as well as construction and numerous renovations.  Throughout it all, Lowell Neuhaus, manager of environmental services, has been at the ready to help keep the campus in top form.

"Over the years, as UNO grew and continues to grow, Lowell has met the challenges of changing department support methods without incident," one nominator wrote.  "He is, and always has been, focused on the concept of what UNO is as a metropolitan university."

His ability to adapt to an ever-evolving environment is one of many reasons friends and colleagues have nominated Neuhaus as Employee of the Month for November.  "Lowell demonstrates astute leadership characteristics," another co-worker said.  "Withstanding all elements of weather, sun or darkness, he has weathered many a storm to ensure campus operational interruptions under his responsibility are held to a minimum."

Neuhaus regularly begins his workday by assessing overnight occurrences and preparing for the routine meeting with his crew.  "We have our morning meeting and set the balance of the workday, as well as discuss with the supervisors what they want to accomplish the rest of the week," he said.

There are 20 full-time employees in Neuhaus' unit, and the variety of work often differs depending upon the season.  Among the most common duties are caring for the turf, trees and shrub beds, as well as their installation and maintenance.

The landscape crew also takes care of trash and litter removal, recycling and the sports field turf, and snow and ice removal.  Of the many jobs Neuhaus takes part in, he said that installing a landscape from start to finish is one of the most exciting.  He also enjoys watching the areas mature throughout the years.

Neuhaus said he has always been inspired by the outdoors and agriculture, and it greatly influenced his career.  "I came from a farm background," he said.  "I went to UNL and graduated with an agriculture/horticulture degree.  In the late 70s and early 80s, as the Ag economy was slowing down, I made a move to the horticultural field."

In the early 1980s, Neuhaus joined UNO as a grounds supervisor.  He later was hired by the Metro Community College Fort Omaha Campus and worked in the same capacity.  He also had a stint as a grounds foreman at the University of Nebraska Medical Center before returning to UNO.

During his time with UNO, Neuhaus has come up against many challenges, including the expansion of the campus from one, to two, to three properties - an exciting undertaking, in his opinion.  "The Ak-Sar-Ben campus and the surrounding area to be developed will be a tremendous positive for Omaha and will present new challenges for the UNO landscape department," he said.

Although he stays busy at UNO, Neuhaus said he finds time away from campus to complete his duties as a member of the board of directors for a non-profit cemetery.  He also is involved with a sports car club.

The time Neuhaus has spent working at UNO is invaluable to him, as he is proud of all that he has been able to accomplish with his co-workers.  "The landscape crew is the best group of people I have ever worked with," he said.  "I'm blessed to be a part of it.  I appreciate the support of the administration and my manager for the program we now have.  I believe the aesthetics of the campus contribute to a successful learning environment."

Although he is the one being recognized, Neuhaus wants to show his appreciation for his colleagues.  "My name may be on this honor, but it is an honor earned by the landscape crew as a whole," he said.  "Each person on this crew brings his/her individual talents to UNO - no matter what the climate is or the time of day or night."

As Employee of the Month, Neuhaus will receive a plaque, portrait and monetary award.  Nominations for the Employee of the Month Award at UNO are accepted year-round.  All UNO faculty, staff and students are eligible to nominate individuals for the honor.  Nomination forms are available in Human Resources, 205 Eppley Administration Building. 

(Pictured above: Neuhaus and Interim UNO Chancellor John Christensen.)

For more information, call 554.2321.

Women's Studies to Host Fall Reception Nov. 30

The UNO Women's Studies Program will host a fall reception Thursday, Nov. 30. The event will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. in 311 Arts and Sciences Hall.

"Join us for refreshments and conversation," said Karen Falconer Al-Hindi, director of the Women's Studies Program. "All students, faculty, staff and program friends are invited!"

For more information, contact Dr. Falconer Al-Hindi at 554.3834 or

NBDC January-April 2007 Winter Catalogs Available This Week

The new Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) January-April 2007 winter catalog will be available this week.  Watch your campus mailbox for the catalog, including the new workshops listed below.

- Becoming an Effective Supervisor
- Access 2003 Application Development
- Introduction to MySQL
- Web sites from A to Z
- Quickbooks Pro 2006
- Introduction and Intermediate Crystal Reports XI

UNO employees receive substantial savings for NBDC workshops. For more information, visit the Web at or call 595.2900. 

NBDC Business and Technology Solutions is a leading provider of results-based, interactive professional development programs. The NBDC is a cooperative program of the U.S. Small Business Administration and the UNO College of Business Administration.

COS Open Lab Session Planned for Grant Writers

The next Community of Science (COS) open lab session will be held Friday, Dec. 8, at noon in Room 207 of Criss Library.

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research hosts these monthly hour-long sessions to demonstrate the various on-line resources available to faculty and graduate students through COS. Reservations are not required.

For more information, call Nancy Schlesiger at 554.2286.

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:

- 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

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

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

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.

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 holiday

Those planning to attend should R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, Nov. 29, to Bob Cairns at 554.2311 or


- Wilson Receives "Entrepreneurship 101 Award"
Rachel Wilson, marketing and management, is the recipient of the "Entrepreneurship 101 Award."  She was recognized for her leadership and creativity in bringing entrepreneurship education to the school environment at the 24th annual Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education (CEE) FORUM, held Nov. 3-7 in Phoenix.  The award also included a full scholarship for Dr. Wilson to attend the event. 

Dr. Wilson received the honor for her work with the 2006 Maverick High School Entrepreneurship Institute, which was held at the UNO College of Business Administration last summer.  The summer institute for rising high school seniors was promoted across the state of Nebraska and taught students commercialization, budgeting, human resource planning and strategic positioning skills.  The students used these skills to develop their own business concepts into feasible ideas over the week-long program. 

A grant by First National Bank of Omaha allowed the Entrepreneurship Institute program to be extended to a residential setting overnight, exposing students to campus life at UNO.  Ryan Hunter, a teacher with Omaha Public Schools, was instrumental in recruiting students from the local market to attend the institute and also served as an overnight advisor.

The CEE is a national membership association of 85 organizations that advocate entrepreneurship education as a lifelong learning process and provide programs for youth and adults.  The conference in Phoenix brought more than 350 teachers together to share program ideas and establish nationwide networks.  Another priority of the 2006 conference was to plan for EntrepreneurshipWeek USA, set for Feb. 24-March 3, 2007.

In recognition of the need for teachers to have the opportunities for professional development in teaching entrepreneurship, 110 teacher scholarships costing $70,000 were sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the Coleman Foundation, Verdict Systems, National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, Mark-ED/Career Paths, DECA Inc., FBLA-PBL, Business Professionals of America, NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation, CFED-REAL, National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Ohio Council on Economic Education, College of Entrepreneurship - Phoenix,  Phoenix Area Planning Committee and the Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education.

For more information, call 554.3332.

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