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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

By order of Gov. Dave Heineman, U.S. flags will be lowered to half-staff today, Dec. 7, in observance of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. This year commemorates the 65th anniversary of the Dec. 7 attack on Pearl Harbor.

Director of School of Criminology and Criminal Justice Named

John Crank has been named the permanent director of the UNO School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Dr. Crank has served as interim director of the school since August.

Dr. Crank has had a varied career, in and out of academics. After serving in Thailand in the U.S. Army in 1969 and 1970, he received his master's in sociology in Tucson, Ariz., in 1974 and in public administration in Springfield, Ill., in 1976. From 1976 to 1985, he worked in construction, framing houses in Colorado Springs, Colo. He returned to school at the University of Colorado in 1984 and received his Ph.D. in 1987.

As an academic, Dr. Crank has held posts at Illinois State University, Washington State University, University of Nevada at Las Vegas (where he was chair of the department), Boise State University and, most recently, Florida Atlantic University. He has published primarily in the area of organizational culture and structure, focusing on the police and parole and probation.

Also active in grant writing, Dr. Crank is the recipient of a variety of grants, including two from the National Institute of Justice. He also has published in the areas of criminal justice theory and counter-terrorism, including more than 40 articles in scholarly journals and five books - two of which are in their second edition. He received the "Outstanding Book Award" in 2004 from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences for his book Imagining Justice.

SPR Report

The SPR Report details the results of UNO's efforts to obtain external funding in support of its teaching, research, service and outreach efforts. The report is designed to keep the university community informed as to externally funded projects on campus and bring recognition to those faculty and staff who have worked to generate these resources.

For the period of Nov. 11-Dec. 4, those receiving grant awards totaling $495,166 are as follows:

Name: Patricia Adams
Unit: College of Public Affairs and Community Service - Program for Women and Successful Aging
Title: Celebrate: Women of Wisdom
Sponsor: Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Memorial Foundation

Name: Marcia Adler
Unit: Academic Affairs, Health Services
Title: Counseling, Testing, Referral and Partner Counseling and Referral Services (CTR/PCRS)
Sponsor: Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

Name: Debra Aliano
Unit: College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media - KVNO
Title: Giger Fdn: KVNO u/w 1/08
Sponsor: Paul and Oscar Giger Edu

Name: Prithviraj Dasgupta
Unit: College of Information Science and Technology - Computer Science
Title: Cooperative Multi-agent Swarm for automatic Target Recognition using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (COMSTAR-UAV) - Phase II
Sponsor: 21st Century Systems Inc.

Name: Neal Grandgenett
Unit: College of Education
Title: UNO Evaluation of the UNL/NSF 4H Robotics Project
Sponsor: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Name: T. Hank Robinson
Unit: College of Public Affairs and Community Service - School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Title: PSN Anti-Gun Grant
Sponsor: Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

Name: Vyacheslav Rykov
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences - Department of Mathematics
Title: Innovation of screening system for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N1 virus
Sponsor: EPSCoR/NSF

Name: Jeannette Seaberry
Unit: College of Education - Department of Counseling
Title: AmeriCorps COE
Sponsor: Council of Great City Schools

Name: Sara Woods
Unit: College of Public Affairs and Community Service - Dean's Office
Title: Family Economic Success Initiative
Sponsor: United Way of the Midlands

Name: Qiuming Zhu
Unit: College of Information Science and Technology - Computer Science
Title: HICIN- Hybrid Intrinsic Cellular Inference Network
Sponsor: 21st Century Systems Inc.

For support and assistance with research activities, call the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research at 554.2286, or visit the Web at

Mileage Reimbursement Rate Announced

Effective with travel occurring on or after Jan. 1, 2007, all mileage reimbursements for approved travel by personal automobile will be at the rate of 48 and one-half cents ($.485) per mile. This rate should also be used when reimbursing visiting personnel or students for their travel.

All mileage from Jan. 1, 2006 through Dec. 31, 2006, should be reimbursed at the rate of 44 and one-half cents ($.445) per mile.

For more information, contact UNO Accounting Services at 554.2320.

The UNO Speech Center Launches New Web Site

The UNO Speech Center's Web site ( has a new look and feel.

The center recently launched the new site to provide users with an updated, user-friendly resource of information on its consulting, workshops and hours of operation.

The Speech Center invites all UNO students, faculty and staff to seek assistance in preparing oral presentations and/or incorporating effective presentational skills into their courses. For details, visit the new site at

For more information, contact Marlina Howe at 554.3263 or

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.

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.

December FEAP Hours 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. 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).

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