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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

Fall Scholastic Children's Book Fair Concludes Today

Today, Nov. 29, is your last chance to visit the UNO Library Friends annual fall Scholastic Children's Book Fair.  It will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the main floor (center aisle) of 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 Door 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.

For more information, contact Cast at

Vern Raburn to Be Honored at Tonight's Durham Lecture Series

The UNO Aviation Institute will host its annual Charles W. Durham Distinguished Guest Lecture Series tonight, 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 dollars 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 seves 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 Tonight

Performances of the UNO Department of Theatre's production of William Shakespeare's tragedy "Hamlet, Prince of Denmark" continue on stage tonight, 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 "First Fridays" Spirit Day Set for Dec. 1

UNO spirit

Show your school pride! The UNO Spirit Committee will sponsor a campus spirit day the first Friday of every month. On that day, all UNO students, faculty and staff are invited to dress in Maverick gear.

"We have instituted this new idea to boost morale on campus," said Marie Lee, co-chair of the UNO Spirit Committee. "We invite all students, faculty and staff to wear your UNO colors/gear on ‘First Fridays.' Show your UNO pride by participating!"

The final "First Fridays" event of the semester is set for Friday, Dec. 1.

"If you don't have Maverick gear, then wear red, black or white, and show your UNO colors," said Kay Bret, co-chair of the UNO Spirit Committee.

For more information, contact Lee (554.2581 or or Bret (554.4841 or

R.S.V.P.s Due for Dec. 6 Campus Holiday Open House

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 the end-of-business day today, Nov. 29, to Bob Cairns at 554.2311 or

Holiday Card Program to Benefit Scholarship Funds

The Faculty Senate and Staff Advisory Council have teamed up once again this year to sponsor the annual Holiday Card Program.

All interested faculty and staff are encouraged to donate the money they would normally spend on greeting cards for colleagues to one of two scholarship funds at UNO – the William Gerbracht Memorial Scholarship Fund (recipients are children of faculty and staff) or the General Scholarship Fund. Additional donations are also welcome. In return, a seasonal greeting that acknowledges contributors will be distributed to all UNO departments Dec. 12.

Those who wish to donate should send a check (payable to UNO) to Cashiering/Student Accounts by Friday, Dec. 8. Donors should designate one of the two scholarship funds listed above and indicate the name or names they would like to appear on the seasonal greetings card.

To access a donation form, click on the following link:

Holiday Card Form

For more information, contact Rhonda Sheibal-Carver at 554.2625.

Cancer and Smoking Disease Research Funding Available

Faculty are invited to submit research proposals to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services for their cancer and smoking disease program. 

The deadline is Feb. 16, 2007. Grants not to exceed $40,000 may be requested for one-year research projects that will begin the summer of 2007. Areas of interest to UNO researchers include the following:

- Health Promotion Sciences (modifying personal, social, lifestyle and health care system factors);

- Applied Epidemiology (using epidemiologic methods to determine the association between exposure to an intervention and its impact on the disease); and

- Applications Research (modifying and adopting intervention programs and strategies from other research projects, and adoption of state and local health agency databases for cancer control planning and evaluation). 

For more information, interested researchers should contact the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research at 554.2286.

Exercise Physiology Lab to Offer Cholesterol Screening

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Exercise Physiology Lab will offer a cholesterol screening Wednesday, Dec. 13, for UNO faculty, staff and students.

The screening will be held in the Exercise Physiology Lab (103 HPER Building) from 7 to 11 a.m. The cost is $20. To schedule an appointment, call 554.3221.

Fidelity Representative Campus Visit Slated for Dec. 14

Fidelity representative Chad Anderson will be in Omaha Thursday, Dec.14, for individual counseling sessions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To make an appointment with Anderson, call 1.800.642.7131.

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.

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

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.

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 Miskec 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