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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

Submissions Sought for "ReGenerations" Contest

Students are urged to enter "ReGenerations," a juried exhibition of quilts and quilted garments open to all University of Nebraska students. The exhibition encourages students to take the basic quilt form - layers of fabric or fabric-like materials that are attached with stitches - and to blend it with their own ideas and backgrounds to produce a fresh, creative expression.

Students may enter work individually or as collaborative teams. Prizes will be awarded for the most outstanding work created.

The deadline for entries is Wednesday, Dec. 20. Visit, and click on "Symposium" for full details.

The ReGenerations contest and exhibition is part of the International Quilt Study Center 2007 Symposium, which will be held in March. "Traditions and Trajectories: Education and the Quiltmaker," will investigate the many contexts in which the quilt-making art is learned, studied, applied and passed on.

The International Quilt Study Center and the Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery are located on the east campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. For hours, directions and more information, call 402.472.6549 or visit Both are part of the Department of Textiles, Clothing and Design in the College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Library Café to Offer Temporary Sunday Hours

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 through Friday, Dec. 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, contact Sue Baker at 554.2400.

Nominations Deadline Is Dec. 11 for 2007 UNO WOC Awards

Organizations and individuals in the Omaha area are being asked to nominate women of color for the 2007 UNO Women of Color (WOC) Awards. The awards will recognize women of color for outstanding contributions in six categories - arts/humanities, business/entrepreneurship, education, community service, science and technology, and youth leadership. Nomination forms, which are available online at, are due Monday, Dec. 11.

"These awards recognize women of color who have done extraordinary work on their own in these categories, as well as mentoring others in these fields," said Sharon Ulmar, WOC committee co-chair and assistant to the chancellor in the UNO Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity. "We encourage people from the metropolitan community to nominate women of color they believe should receive accolades for their selfless efforts."

Award recipients will be honored Wednesday, March 7, at the 2007 UNO Women of Color Awards Luncheon. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the DC Centre, 11830 Stonegate Circle. The theme for 2007 is "Healthy Women."

The guest speaker will be Alabama physician Dr. Regina Benjamin. Known for her contributions in rural and family medicine, Dr. Benjamin attended Xavier University in New Orleans and was a member of the second class of Morehouse School of Medicine. She received her medical degree from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, and completed her residency in family practice at the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon. She also holds a master's in business administration from Tulane University.

After graduation, Dr. Benjamin chose to return to the region in which she grew up, starting a family practice in Bayou la Batre, Ala. Made famous from the motion picture "Forrest Gump," Bayou la Batre is a small shrimping village located along the gulf coast. After several years of moonlighting in emergency rooms and nursing homes to keep her practice open, she converted her medical office into a small rural health clinic dedicated to serving the large poverty-stricken population in her community. Like many others in the gulf coast, Dr. Benjamin had to deal with the rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Katrina destroyed the town's only clinic.

In 1995, she became the first African-American woman, and the first person under 40, to be elected to the American Medical Association (AMA) Board of Trustees. Dr. Benjamin also serves on the Board of Physicians for Human Rights. She is a 1998 Mandela Award Winner, a former Kellogg National Fellow, has been featured as ABC Television's "Person of the Week" and, in 1996, was chosen by "CBS This Morning" as "Woman of the Year."

A panel of judges from the WOC Awards Recognition Planning Committee will select the 2007 winners based on nominations submitted by Dec. 11. The committee is comprised of women from area schools – UNO, the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Metropolitan Community College; local nonprofit businesses – Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, ICAN, Omaha Housing Authority and Omaha Community Action; and local for-profit businesses – AHL Consulting Inc., State Farm Insurance, Journal Broadcasting Group, Wells Fargo Bank and Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society Inc.

Award recipients will be invited to participate in community speaking events, and to serve as role models and mentors for various university-related programs and activities.

To request nomination forms, call 554.2779 or send an e-mail to For more information or to access online nomination forms, visit the WOC Web site at

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.

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.

In the News

In the News

- Rami Arav, Bethsaida Excavations Project, was cited in the Nov. 28 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article traced the history of the Bethsaida Excavations Project.

- David Chand, international studies, was quoted in the Dec. 4 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The story discussed a recent clash in Sudan and the possibility of civil war.

- Thomas Gouttierre, dean of international studies and programs, and director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies, was quoted in the Nov. 29 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article highlighted the enrollment of non-U.S. students and the importance and effect a drop in attendance has had on Nebraska.

- Lourdes Gouveia, Latino/Latin American Studies, was cited in the Dec. 6 edition of QCTimes. The article explored a report on an immigrant surge in Iowa.

- Lynn Harland, marketing and management, was interviewed Dec. 7 by WOWT (Channel 6). The segment compared messy and neat desks and their reflection on productivity in the workplace.

- Cate Kratville, Recruitment Services, was quoted in the Nov. 10 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article discussed efforts a local preservation group has made to retain a century-old archive of information on Omaha buildings.

- Jeremy Lipschultz, communication, was interviewed Dec. 5 by WOWT (Channel 6) about the future of education and the evolution of the learning community created by the legislature.

- Sam Walker, professor emeritus of criminal justice, was quoted in the Dec. 5 edition of the San Francisco Chronicle. The article explored an incident at a San Francisco theater complex where police were forced to use excessive force.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media – local, state, regional, national or international – we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

In Print

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Stage

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.

"Bootstrappers' Christmas" on Stage at Grande Olde Players
Want a glimpse into Christmas past at former Omaha University? If so, plan on attending "Bootstrappers' Christmas," the latest production on stage at the Grande Olde Players Theatre through Sunday, Dec. 17.

The theatre's founders, Mark Manhart and Bonnie Gill, wrote the musical. The duo also directs the nostalgic glimpse into the university's relationship with the former Strategic Air Command. In 1951, Gen. Curtis LeMay initiated "Operation Bootstrap" with Omaha University President Milo Bail. This action commissioned and gave officers the means to finish their post-secondary degrees. Due to Omaha's central location, students were sent from Offutt and other bases from all over the world to attend Omaha University.

"For a while, we claimed we were second only to West Point in the number of general officers that had graduated from our institution," said Jim Leslie, president emeritus of the UNO Alumni Association.

Gen. LeMay and Bail are depicted in the production, as well as a cast of other characters. The plot revolves around a bootstrapper who befriends a Cold War widow coed and other students to remodel the campus Snack Shack in time for a holiday show. 1950s-era rock and traditional Christmas music are included throughout the production.

The Grand Olde Players Theatre is located at 2339 N. 90th St. Performances will be held at the following times through Dec. 17.

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
7:30 p.m.

2 p.m.

The cost is $5 for children, $14 for senior citizens and $15 for general admission. For tickets, call 397.5262.

The play was produced in association with the Criss Library Archives and the UNO Alumni Association.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.