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Employee of the Month

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Tim Kaldahl has been named the December Employee of the Month at UNO. Kaldahl is interim director of communications. Look for details in a future edition of eNotes. For more information on how to nominate individuals for Employee of the Month honors, visit the following link.

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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 Dec. 10, 1971, The Gateway reported that the Catholic, Lutheran, and United Protestant Campus Ministries were to hold a weekend retreat Jan. 7-9. Those who attended would participate in exercises that focused on building community, introspection and making decisions within everyday life. Although the majority of retreat attendees would be university students, the event would be open to the public, as well. The location of the retreat was the O' Donnell Center near Hummel Park in Omaha and it was sponsored by the University Religious Center.

Date: Dec. 10, 1971
Source: The Gateway
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

UNO Commencement Dec. 15 at the Civic

More than 900 students will graduate Friday, Dec. 15, during the UNO winter commencement ceremony. The event will be held at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave., beginning at 2 p.m.

Steve Massara, an Elkhorn, Neb., native, will present the student commencement address. He will receive a bachelor of science in education degree with an emphasis in exercise science. Massara will begin working in the Washington, D.C., office of Sen. Chuck Hagel in January and then enroll in the U.S. Air Force Officer Training School in July.

The commencement ceremony also will feature the following:

Magdalena García, founder and director of Omaha's El Museo Latino, will receive the UNO Alumni Association's Citation for Alumnus Achievement. García founded El Museo Latino in 1993. It is one of just 11 Latino museums in the country, and the only one between Chicago and Denver. Since 1997, attendance at the museum has topped 50,000 visitors annually. At El Museo Latino, García directs the museum's extensive community efforts, including educational programs, art classes, lectures, workshops, artist-in-residencies, teacher in-service workshops and dance classes. The museum also organizes and presents events during the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration in May and Hispanic Heritage Month in September.

For more information about the Dec. 15 commencement, call 554.2358 or 554.3502.

UNO Earns Carnegie Foundation Classification

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has included UNO among only 76 U.S. colleges and universities for its new Community Engagement Classification.

Unlike the Carnegie Foundation's other classifications that rely on national data, this is an "elective" classification - institutions are elected to participate by submitting required documentation describing the nature and extent of their engagement with the community, be it local or beyond. UNO has been a leader at the state, regional and national level in service-learning, said UNO Interim Chancellor John Christensen.

"As a metropolitan university, UNO is committed to building bridges between the campus and the community," he said. "The success of service learning and community engagement serves everyone – students, faculty and our state's citizens."

The "elective" classification approach enabled the Carnegie Foundation to address elements of institutional mission and distinctiveness that are not represented in the national data on colleges and universities.

"The Community Engagement Classification is an exciting move in Carnegie's work to extend and refine the classification of colleges and universities," said Alexander McCormick, who directs Carnegie's classification work. "It represents a significant affirmation of the importance of community engagement in the agenda of higher education."

Institutions were classified in one of three categories:

- Curricular Engagement, which describes teaching, learning and scholarship - which engage faculty, students and the community in mutually beneficial and respectful collaboration;

- Outreach and Partnerships, which describes two different but related approaches to community engagement. The first focuses on the application and provision of institutional resources for community use with benefits to both campus and community. The latter focuses on collaborative interactions with community and related scholarship for the mutually beneficial exchange, exploration and application of knowledge, information and resources; and

- Curricular Engagement and Outreach and Partnerships, which includes institutions with substantial commitments in both areas described above.

UNO was listed in the Curricular Engagement and Outreach and Partnerships category along with just 27 other public institutions and 34 private institutions. DePaul University, Michigan State University, New York University, Tufts University and the University of Pennsylvania are in the same category with UNO. UNO's category listing can be found online at

In order to be selected in any of the three categories, institutions had to provide descriptions and examples of institutionalized practices of community engagement that showed alignment among mission, culture, leadership, resources and practices.

Since 1998, the UNO Service-Learning Academy has served more than 200 community agencies, and thousands of UNO students have taken service-learning classes or worked on volunteers efforts that have had taken them out of the classroom and into Omaha's neighborhoods. Earlier this year, UNO was also included in the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

"Faculty at our university have embraced community engagement because it makes what they discuss in the classroom meaningful," said Paul Sather, director of the UNO Service-Learning Academy. "UNO is not a higher education ivory tower. We have faculty and students assisting at non-profit agencies, small businesses, community centers, even the county jail."

Sather said that UNO now has a community service tradition that even includes student vacation days. Low-income community renovation projects take place during both the fall and spring breaks. Hundreds of students from a cross section of majors take part.

"Finding new and better ways to connect with their communities should be a high priority for higher education institutions today," said Lee S. Shulman, president of the Carnegie Foundation. "The campuses participating in this elective classification provide useful models of engagement around teaching and learning and around research agendas that benefit from collaborative relationships."

The new Community Engagement Classification was developed as part of an extensive overhaul of the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and represents a second phase of work that began last year. Last November, Carnegie released five new classification schemes and, last February, released a revised version of the basic classification (the traditional framework was developed in 1970). The foundation has also created online tools that allow institutions and researchers to examine institutional classifications and generate custom listings.

The foundation, through the work of the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education, developed the first typology of American colleges and universities in 1970 as a research tool to describe and represent the diversity of U.S. higher education. The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education continues to be used for a wide range of purposes by academic researchers, institutional personnel, policymakers and others.

For more information, call 554.3502.

Faculty Senate to Meet Dec. 13

The UNO Faculty Senate will hold its regular monthly meeting Wednesday, Dec. 13, in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Dodge Rooms. The meeting will begin at 2:15 p.m.  All interested parties are invited.

For more information, contact Jim Shaw, Faculty Senate president (554.2225), or Sue Bishop, Faculty Senate coordinator (554.3598).

PRSSA Seeks Donations for Toys for Tots Drive

The UNO chapter of PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) is collecting new, unwrapped toys for needy children in the Omaha community.

The primary goal of the U.S. Marine's Toys for Tots drive is to deliver a message of hope to needy children in the area through a new toy. In 58 years, Toys for Tots has distributed more than 300 million toys to needy children. All toys should be new and unwrapped.

A collection bin will be available in the UNO School of Communication (140 Arts and Sciences Hall).

The goal of the PRSSA is to collect enough gifts to be able to provide 200 children in the Omaha community with a gift to open on Christmas morning. The donation deadline is Friday, Dec. 15.

For more information, contact Karen Weber, PRSSA faculty adviser, at 554.2246 or

Nominations Sought for Lamanna Award for Excellence

Individuals in the UNO community are being asked to nominate students, faculty or staff for the the Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's Studies. The award recognizes extraordinary service to the UNO program in Women's Studies. This noteworthy work may involve teaching, research/creative activity, service, or a combination of the three.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, Jan. 26.

To nominate individuals for the Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's Studies, submit the following to Christina Dando in 260 Durham Science Center:

- A one-to-two page nomination letter outlining the particular accomplishments and their relevancy to the UNO Women's Studies program. The nominator must also be connected to the Women's Studies program (student major/minor, faculty or staff).

- The nominator must solicit at least two supporting letters by colleagues or peers connected to the Women's Studies program (student major/minor, faculty or staff) who also know the accomplishments of the nominated person(s).

- The nominator must obtain the nominee's/nominees' résumé or curriculum vitae (CV).

- The nominator must submit a representative sample of the nominee's/nominees' work that is relevant to the award.

The person(s) being honored will receive the award at the annual Women's Studies luncheon. The 2007 luncheon will take place Friday, April 20. Robbin Ogle (criminal justice and Women's Studies) received the award in 2005, the first year in which the honor was conferred.

For more information, contact Dr. Dando at 554.3134

Library Hours Announced for Holiday Break and 2007

The Criss Library announces the following changes in its operating hours during the upcoming holiday break and January of 2007:

- Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 16-17

- Monday through Friday, Dec. 18-22
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Saturday through Sunday, Dec. 23-31
University closed (holiday break)

- Monday, Jan. 1
Closed (New Year's Day holiday)

- Tuesday through Friday, Jan. 2-5
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 6-7

- Monday, Jan. 15
Closed (Martin Luther King Day holiday)

Regular hours resume Jan. 8, 2007, according to the following schedule:

- Monday through Thursday
7 a.m. to midnight

- Friday
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Saturday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Sunday
Noon to midnight

For more information, contact the library's Circulation Desk at 544.3206.

PRSSA and School of Communication Unite for "Santa Paws"

The UNO chapter of PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) and the School of Communication will collaborate with The Bookworm for four-legged friends this holiday season.

Santa Paws will be held Sunday, Dec. 17, from noon to 3 p.m. at The Bookworm in Countryside Village, 8702 Pacific St.

Santa Paws will provide pet owners the chance to get their pets' picture taken with Santa Claus. The cost is $10 per pose. Funds raised at the event, will be donated to Merlin's Refuge, a no-kill animal shelter.

For more information, contact Karen Weber, PRSSA faculty adviser, at 554.2246 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Campus Security Offers Holiday Safety Tips

Campus Security would like to remind the campus community of some common sense safety tips to practice during the holiday season.

"With so many students, staff and faculty rushing to get shopping done or taking care of end-of-the-semester tasks, security issues may take a backseat," said Paul Kosel, assistant manager of Campus Security and traffic at UNO. "A few simple tips can make a big difference."

- When a person leaves his or her room or office, lock it up, even if it's only for a few minutes.

- Avoid leaving valuables or packages in plain view in a vehicle. Place them in the trunk or between the seats. When possible, do so before parking.

- During the holiday break, take valuables home from campus offices and residence halls.

- Anyone who is going to be working on campus late in the evening or when few people are around should consider advising Campus Security so that an officer can pay special attention to the area.

- Anyone entering a locked residence hall, apartment building or campus building should make sure the door closes completely. Strangers should not follow anyone into a secure building.

- Students who live on campus and are leaving town for the holidays should make sure they have someone keeping an eye on their residence and leave emergency contact information.

For more information, call Campus Security at 554.2648.

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

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).

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).

At home this week...

Friday, Dec. 15
- Men's basketball vs. Midland Lutheran
Sapp Fieldhouse
7 p.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at