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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

The UNO flags will be lowered to half-staff today, Dec. 5, in honor of Suk Ki Shin, who passed away Dec. 1 at the age of 66 years.

Shin - an instructor in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation - had been with the university since August of 1982.

Services were held Dec. 4 at Heafey-Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak-Cutler West Center Chapel. Memorials will be directed by the family.

Hi-tech Classroom Reimaging Set for Dec. 18

In order to update software, ITS (Information Technology Services) has announced a routine reimaging of computers in more than 120 hi-tech classrooms across campus. Beginning Monday, Dec. 18, all computers in ITS hi-tech classrooms will be reimaged (or returned to their original configuration). During reimaging, any programs or files that may have been added to the computer during the semester will be deleted.

To safeguard files, Tony Baker, manager of multi-media technologies in ITS, recommends that faculty and staff utilizing hi-tech classrooms should create a backup of all data via myFolder or a flash drive by Friday, Dec. 15.

If you are not sure if your classroom will be affected, a list of ITS hi-tech classrooms can be found at

For more information concerning the hi-tech classrooms or operational training, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (4357).

December FEAP Schedule Announced

The Faculty/Staff Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) provides short-term counseling, assessment and referral services for faculty, staff, their spouses or significant others, and family members. FEAP offices are located in 206 Eppley Administration Building.

The December schedule is as follows:

- Dec. 5, 8 and 21

8 a.m. to noon

- Dec. 11, 14 and 19

12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Appointments are free and available by calling 554.3120 (UNO) or 559.5175 (UNMC).

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.

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.

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.

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


Karen Garver- Karen Garver, UNO Division of Continuing Studies, recently received the 2006 Emeritus Award from the Association of Continuing Higher Education (ACHE) at the organization's annual meeting in Los Angeles. The award recognizes association members who have displayed a significant degree of leadership within the ACHE over a period of time.

Dr. Garver's service to ACHE includes serving as the chairperson of Region 8, establishing the Chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda at UNO, serving on the editorial board of the Journal of Continuing Higher Education and serving as editor of the Proceeding of Annual Meetings from 1995 to 1997. In addition, Dr. Garver was an active member of many ACHE committees and attended all of the annual and regional ACHE meetings for the past 25 years.

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