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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

The Performing Arts Center Recital Hall hosted the first Midwest production of the opera "Yehu" Dec. 3, 1975, under the direction of Robert Ruetz, professor of music at UNO. To broaden the appeal of the opera, there were both an evening and matinee performance. The matinee showing was designed to interest children. Admission to the evening performance was free to UNO students and $1.50 for the general public, but there was a 50-cent charge for the matinee.

Date: Dec. 3, 1975
Source: The Weekly Communicator
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

Gov. Dave Heineman has ordered all U.S. and Nebraska flags to be flown at half-staff today, Dec. 4, in honor of former state Sen. and Nebraska Lt. Gov. Bill Nichol, who recently passed away.

Holiday Choral Concert Dec. 5 at UNO

Ring in the holiday season with the UNO choral department as they present a concert Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door and will cost $5 for adults, $4 for students and seniors, and are free to those with a UNO MavCard.

The Nebraska premiere of UNO alumnus R. Douglas Helvering's A Festival For Christmas, featuring the collective force of 140 voices, will close the concert. Helvering's work will be performed by the combined forces of the UNO Concert Choir, University Chorus, Vocal Jazz Ensemble and percussion and brass players under the baton of Matthew Harden, director of choral activities at UNO.

The program also will include such holiday favorites as Leo Nestor's Silent Night, Peter J. Wilhousky's arrangement of Carol of the Bells, Franz Biebl's Ave Maria and David McCollum's arrangement of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. The singers will be directed by graduate students Morgan Olsen and Keefer Peterson for several of the selections. In addition to the University Chorus and Concert Choir, the UNO Vocal Jazz Ensemble - directed by Kimberly Weiser - will perform Phil Mattson's Christmas Carol Collection.

For tickets or more information, call 554.3427.

"Study Sundays" Kicks Off Dec. 3 at Criss Library

Stressing out about finals? Are final papers coming due? Criss Library, Student Health Services (SHS) and UNO Food Services announce "Study Sundays" to help students get through the next two weeks, which can be trying.

In conjunction with "Study Sundays," the Library Café will be open for business, and the library will host its first ever "Stress Free Zone" Sunday, Dec. 10. At the location, students are invited to receive a free stress kit, enter a drawing and discover how to relax.

To receive a free kit, visit the library's "Stress Free Zone" from 2 to 8 p.m. The "zone" will be located by the stairway on the main floor.

"We know that this can be a stressful time for students," said Marcia Adler from SHS. "We're thrilled to partner with the library on this student focused activity. Our stress kit is just one way we can be of service to the students this time of year."

Library dean Steve Shorb offers some advice to student patrons: "There's no doubt this will be a busy two weeks for our students. Sometimes, a short break and a little diversion can help you refocus on your studies."

UNO Food Services and the Library Café will also offer Sunday hours during prep and finals weeks.

Located on the main floor of Criss Library, the Library Café offers an assortment of menu items. It features Starbucks coffees, espressos and soft drinks throughout the day. Homemade muffins, breads and pastries are available every morning, and an assortment of sandwiches, salads and soups are offered in the afternoon. A limited supper special will be offered in conjunction with the temporary Sunday evening hours.

The café will be open Dec. 3-15 according to the following schedule:

Monday through Thursday
7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

2 to 8 p.m.

For more information, call 554.3213.

"Consider This" to Explore Nebraska's Missing Persons

In Nebraska, 329 people are listed on the Nebraska Missing Persons Web site, which is maintained by the Nebraska State Patrol.

This week on "Consider This," Kelly Jolkowski will join host Andrea McMaster to talk about the Missing Persons Clearinghouse, created on behalf of her son Jason. Lt. John Shelton with the Nebraska State Patrol will also discuss the investigation process when it comes to missing persons cases.

The program will air today, Dec. 4, at 1:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 8 a.m. on NET2, statewide cable, in Nebraska

The state's Missing Persons Clearinghouse is an Internet Web site dedicated to helping Nebraskans find missing friends and family members. Kelly has been a missing persons' advocate since her son, then 19 years old, disappeared in Benson on his way to work June 13, 2001.

Law enforcement agencies, parents and relatives of the missing are encouraged to contact the Missing Persons Clearinghouse toll-free at 877-411-LOST.

The Nebraska Missing Persons Clearinghouse is available online at

72nd Street Food Fight Concludes Dec. 6

UNO spirit

This event has been designated a UNO spirit event.

Only a few days remain to contribute to the 2006 72nd Street Food Fight, which helps stock the shelves of The Salvation Army's food pantry. At UNO, donations of non-perishable food items will be solicited through Wednesday, Dec. 6.

Last year, more than 72,000 pounds of food were donated to this drive. For convenience, blue barrels with the Food Fight graphic will be available in all campus buildings for food donations through the end of the day Dec. 6. 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

The other five Omaha organizations UNO joined forces with this holiday season for the third annual 72nd Street Food Fight include Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska, the College of St. Mary, Omnium Worldwide Inc., Travel and Transport, and First Data Corp. During the campaign, each school and company is competing against one another to collect the most food.

For more information, contact Rita Henry at 554.2779 or John Jensen at 554.3382.

Members Sought for University Chorus

Calling all singers - University Chorus is looking for you!

University Chorus, a mixed chorus of more than 80 singers, is open to all students, faculty and staff. The group meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 12:50 p.m. in 105 Strauss Performing Arts Center.

"This ensemble is designed to meet the music needs of singers who wish to continue their choral experience," said Matthew Harden, assistant professor of music at UNO. "It is a performing organization that has varied programming but emphasizes larger choral works."

The University Chorus performs two concerts a semester, and collaborations with other Omaha arts groups and are constantly sought. The chorus will perform Ein Deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms with the UNO Concert Choir and Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra in March, and will join with NCAS Masterworks for a performance of Missa in tempore belli by Franz Joseph Haydn in late April.

For more information, contact Dr. Harden at 554.3608 or

Flu Shots Still Available

Student Health Services (SHS) will be offering flu shots through Wednesday, Dec. 20. After this date, flu vaccinations will not be available again until the fall of 2007.

No appointment is necessary. The cost is $15 for students and $20 for faculty and staff. SHS is located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center.

For more information, call SHS at 554.2374.

Mav Kids to Host Dec. 10 "UNO Hockey Day" at Qwest Center

New this season, Mav Kids will host "UNO Hockey Day" Sunday, Dec. 10, at Qwest Center Omaha. Children ages six to 16 years old and their parents are invited to attend the 2 p.m. UNO vs. Bentley hockey game.

Festivities will begin at 1 p.m. with a bus ride from the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building (HPER) parking lot to the Qwest Center Omaha for the 2 p.m. game. The bus will return to HPER at 6 p.m., following the game.

The cost (per person) is $18 for student or activity cardholders, or $22 for the public.

The price includes the following:
- Game ticket;
- Transportation;
- Meal coupon (hotdog or nachos, chips and drink);
- Post-game "Meet and Greet with the Team";
- Maverick bull horns headpiece; and
- Qualified staff supervision.

The registration deadline is Tuesday, Dec. 5. To register, stop by 100 HPER or call 554.2859.

Food Services to Host Free Concerts in the Maverick Buffet

UNO Food Services will host two free concerts by the UNO Low Down Brass Ensemble and Trumpet Ensemble Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 4-5.

To wish Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) customers a happy holiday season, faculty, staff and students who dine in the Maverick Buffet will be serenaded by the sounds of the ensembles from noon to 1 p.m. The buffet is located on the second floor of the MBSC.

The ensembles consist of trombone, euphonium and tuba, as well as trumpet, players from UNO. Under the direction of Pete Madsen, the ensemble plays a variety of literature, including transcriptions, student compositions, original works for low brass ensemble, and jazz and pop tunes.

For more information, call Sue Baker at 554.2400.

Final HPER Expansion and Renovation Talk Set for Dec. 7

The last presentation on the proposed Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building expansion and renovation will be held on campus Thursday, Dec. 7. The talk will begin at 4 p.m. in 203 HPER.

Information on the proposed expansion is available at For more information, call 554.2856.

Prevailing Winds Concert to Be Held at UNO Dec. 10

The December winds may be blowing cold and gusty outside, but they will be warmer in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall when the university bands present their annual Prevailing Winds concert Sunday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door at a cost of $4 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, and free to those who present a UNO MavCard.

John Philip Sousa's The Gallant Seventh, Percy Grainger's Ye Banks and Braes O'Bonnie Doon, George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, Clare Grundman's The Blue and the Gray and Vaughan Williams' Linden Lea are some of the works that will be featured in the program. The concert is the culmination of the fall semester's work for the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Jazz I, Jazz II, University Band and Omaha Area Youth Wind Ensemble. The concert will be conducted by UNO faculty members James Saker, Erica Neidlinger, Peter Madsen and Barry Ford, and Jennifer Boomgaarden from the Omaha Area Youth Orchestra.

For tickets or more information, call 554.3427.

Gay Men Sought for Participation in UNO Study

Single and partnered gay men, ages 19 to 65, are sought for participation in a study conducted by researchers in the UNO Department of Psychology.

The goal of the study is to investigate the physiology of romantic relationships and commitment in gay men. Participants are asked to provide a saliva sample for testosterone analysis and answer an online questionnaire from the privacy of home. No personally identifying information (name, phone number, address, etc.) will be collected from participants.

Participation requires less than 30 minutes, and all participants will receive a free bottle of water.

For more information, contact Jeffrey French (554.2558 or or Jeffrey Fite (554.3094 or

Fall 2006 BFA Thesis Exhibition Under Way

The UNO Art Gallery is presenting 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 run through Friday, Dec. 15, at 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.

Campus Sidewalk Construction Reminder

As of Nov. 30, the sidewalk west of the Durham Science Center at UNO will be closed for a minimum of one week due to sewer maintenance.

As a safety precaution, pedestrians are asked to use alternate routes - such as detouring through a neighboring building like the Weber Fine Arts Building - during the construction.

For more information, call Butch Baker at 960.9817.

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.

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).

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, Dec. 5
- Women's basketball vs. Peru State
Sapp Fieldhouse
6 p.m.

- Men's basketball vs. York
Sapp Fieldhouse
8 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 8
- Hockey vs. Bentley
Qwest Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St.
7:05 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 9
- Women's basketball vs. York
Sapp Fieldhouse
6 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 10
- Hockey vs. Bentley
Qwest Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St.
2 p.m.

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