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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. 6, in honor of UNO retiree Mae Lucy Hawkins, who passed away Nov. 29 at the age of 74 years. Hawkins worked in UNO Food Services from 1953 to 1994.

Services will be held today at 10 a.m. at Pilgrim Baptist Church, 2501 Hamilton St.

UNO to Host Group from Ukraine Dec. 14

The UNO Center for Economic Education will host a seminar for a group of Ukrainians from the Donetsk region. The meeting is part of the Open World Program sponsored by the U.S. Library of Congress.

The seminar is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 14, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Chancellor's Conference Room in the Eppley Administration Building at UNO. Representatives from the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, and Public Affairs and Community Service will take part, along with faculty and staff from the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) and the Center for Economic Education (CEE). The NBDC and the CEE will be a part of a panel presentation for the seminar. The four Ukrainian representatives are visiting from the Donetsk State University and the city of Artemivsk.

The Open World Program is a unique, nonpartisan initiative of the U.S. Congress that builds mutual understanding between the emerging leaders of participating countries and their U.S. counterparts. It also exposes delegates to ideas and practices they can adapt for use in their own work.

Founded in 1999 with a focus on Russia, the program has, also in recent years, hosted delegations from Lithuania, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Delegates range from mayors to journalists, from nonprofit directors to small-business owners, and from political activists to high-court judges. More than 10,500 Open World participants have been hosted in all 50 U.S. states. The program's administering agency, the Open World Leadership Center, is a legislative branch entity with offices at the Library of Congress.

For more information about the Open World Program delegation from Ukraine and its visit, contact John Jeanetta, vice president of research and planning at the AIM Institute (345.5025, ext.127, or

Campus Holiday Open House This Afternoon

UNO's holiday open house is today, Dec. 6, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

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 all faculty and staff to attend.

Jazz Ensembles to Perform Dec. 7 in the MBSC

Do you like jazz? Then come see the UNO Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble II perform at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room!

The Vocal Jazz Ensemble is auditioning sopranos, tenors and basses for the spring 2007 semester. For more information, contact Kim Weiser at 1.605.670.1331.

The Vocal Jazz Ensemble is an auditioned ensemble of eight to 12 music majors and non-majors. In its second year of existence, it specializes in a variety of vocal jazz styles. The ensemble focuses on building musicianship and repertoire through improvisation, ensemble skills, stylistically authentic performance practices and jazz concepts. In the spring of 2007, the group will perform in the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival.

UNO Bookstore "Book Buy Back" Begins Today

The "book buy back" event in the UNO Bookstore begins today, Dec. 6, and continues through Friday, Dec. 15. Individuals must have a current university ID to participate. 

Bookstore hours during the book buy back period are as follows: 

Monday through Thursday 

7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.


7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 9
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, contact Jacinda Brooks at 554.2360.

Holiday Sale Under Way at UNO Bookstore

The annual holiday sale in the UNO Bookstore is going on now through Friday, Dec. 15.

Those who purchase one apparel item at regular price will receive their second item for half price. In addition, the UNO Bookstore also is offering 20 percent off the regular price of its selection of bestselling hardbound, paperback, children's and holiday books.

For more information, contact Jacinda Brooks at 554.2360.

72nd Street Food Fight Concludes Today

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Today, Dec. 6, is the final day to contribute to the 2006 72nd Street Food Fight, which helps stock the shelves of The Salvation Army's food pantry. Donations of non-perishable food items will be solicited through the end of the day.

Last year, more than 72,000 pounds of food were donated to this drive. For convenience, blue barrels with the Food Fight graphic are 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

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.

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.

myMAPP/Faculty Campus-wide Training Sessions to Be Offered

This semester, Information Technology Services (ITS) has hosted campus-wide training sessions for myMAPP/faculty. These hands-on training sessions 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.

The final session will be held Thursday, Dec. 7, from 2 to 3 p.m. in 007A Roskens Hall.

To register for the myMAPP training session, 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).

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.

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.