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“Nickel and Dimed” Takes to the Stage

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Thespians from the UNO Department of Theatre production of "Nickel and Dimed" will take to the stage this week at UNO. Performances will run Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23-24, and Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 28 to March 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the UNO Theater in the Weber Fine Arts Building. See story below for details.

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University of Omaha Fieldhouse interior undergoes construction in 1949.

This Week in Campus History

The Feb. 18, 1938, issue of The Gateway reported that a fire had started in a janitor's room in the basement of Joslyn Hall during the previous week's Monday night classes. University of Omaha students and Omaha firefighters attempted to put out the fire while some on-lookers jokingly cried out: "Let 'er burn!" Although damages were not mentioned in the article, given the "apparent unconcern of people strolling through the smoke-filled halls," the newspaper guessed that they were probably minimal. It was also reported that last Tuesday's morning students were still greeted with a smoky odor hanging in the air.

Date: Feb. 18, 1938
Source: The Gateway
Compiled by Criss Library Archives

Alexander Williams

At Your Service

by Beverly Newsam

While some of his fellow students are still snug in their beds, Alexander Williams is on campus preparing for the day. It is just one of many changes he has faced during his transition to student body president/regent at UNO. ...continue

Undergraduate Course Catalog Proofing Feb. 19-23

The 2007-08 undergraduate catalog will be available for proofing in 108 Eppley Administration Building Monday, Feb. 19, through Friday, Feb. 23.

All departments are asked to send a representative to proof the area that pertains to their respective departments. No major changes to the content can be processed at this point.

For more information, contact Marian McDonald at 554.3674.

SHS to Host Annual "Healthy Heart Day" Feb. 19

UNO Student Health Services (SHS) invites faculty, staff and students to attend "Healthy Heart Day" Monday, Feb. 19. The event, which will offer free giveaways, will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

Cholesterol and blood sugar tests will be available for a cost of $20 and require a fasting period. For details, call 554.2374. Free blood pressure screens, body mass index screens, Mav-Tracks and a Hy-Vee dietician will also be available.

SHS is located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center. For more information, call 554.2374.

Spring Dialogue on "The Future of UNO" Set for Feb. 20

The UNO circle of Omicron Delta Kappa will host a spring dialogue titled "Do You Know the Future of UNO" Tuesday, Feb. 20. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

The discussion will focus on the future of UNO. The following people will serve as panelists:

- John Amend, director of Facilities Management and Planning, will speak on "The Development of the Dodge Campus."

- Jay Noddle, developer and CEO of Noddle Companies, will speak on "Ak-Sar-Ben Village and Development that will Impact the Pacific Campus."

- Tom Frette, interim athletic director, will speak on "The Future of Athletics at UNO."

- Bob Whitehouse, University of Nebraska Regent, will speak on "UNO's Latest Developments."

Omicron Delta Kappa is a national leadership honor society. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 554.2779.

UNO Spring Sports Luncheon Feb. 21

MavericksIt's time to take your spring Maverick gear out of the closet.

The annual spring sports luncheon, hosted by UNO Athletics, is set for Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the Venice Inn (6910 Pacific St.), beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Maverick spring sports coaches will report on their respective seasons and coming schedules. The following coaches will be on hand for the Feb. 21 event:

- Jeanne Tostenson
Maverick Softball

- Bob Herold
Maverick Baseball

- Bill Nichols
Maverick Tennis

- Tim Nelson
Maverick Golf

- Bill Nichols
Maverick Track and Field

Schedule cards, posters and media guides also will be available.

Tickets for the luncheon cost $10 and can be purchased at the door. For more information, contact Geri Backora 554.2506.

Seventh Annual Poker Fun Walk/Run Feb. 22

In 1950, 11 black colleges and universities met in New Orleans and formed an association to govern intramural sports. Throughout the years, this association has grown and is now the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA), of which UNO is a member institution.

"Please help Campus Recreation celebrate this historic anniversary by doing something active," said David Daniels, assistant director for fitness/wellness and instructional programs at UNO.

In conjunction with this year's anniversary, the Seventh Annual Poker Fun Walk/Run will be held (weather permitting) Thursday, Feb. 22, at noon on the Milo Bail Student Center Plaza. All interested faculty, staff and students are invited to participate. There is no fee to take part in the run/walk.

"There are no prizes or awards for being fast," Daniels said. "The best three Poker hands from five cards distributed on the 1.5-mile course win prizes."

The 1.5-mile course will cover the UNO campus. At specific sites throughout the course, each contestant will receive a playing card. At the end of the course, all poker hands will be shown, and a winner will be revealed. No official time will be kept, and prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place.

Participants should plan to arrive at noon the day of the run/walk to receive instructions. There will also be drawings for door prizes.

In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held on the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building indoor track (no running will be allowed). To sign up, call the Campus Recreation Office at 554.2539.  Registration also will be available at the event.

Performances of "Nickel and Dimed" Begin Feb. 22

The UNO Department of Theatre will present "Nickel and Dimed" Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23-24, and Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 28 to March 3, on campus. The production - written by Joan Holden and based on Barbara Ehrenreich's book, Nickel and Dimed, on (Not) Getting by in America - will be directed by Doug Paterson, UNO professor of theatre. A preview performance will be held Thursday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m.

All performances will start at 7:30 p.m. and will be held at the UNO Theater in the Weber Fine Arts Building (WFAB). The house opens at 7 p.m., with a 7:30 p.m. curtain. There will be an interactive, talk-back session with the director, designers and cast immediately following the Friday, March 2, show.

Adapted from Ehrenreich's best-selling book about the working poor, this investigative seriocomedy follows a character based on the author's journey into minimum wage America. "Nickel and Dimed" asks "Can a middle-aged, middle-class white woman make it on minimum wage in middle America?"

Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office (located on the first floor of the WFAB), via e-mail at or by calling 554.2335. Tickets cost $15 for general admission, and $12 for students and seniors.

For more information, contact Ron Zank, UNO Department of Theatre secretary, at 554.2406.

Family Fun Center Offers Tokens Discount for Mavericks

The Family Fun Center has been a sponsor of Maverick Hockey for the 2006-2007 season and, as the hockey season is coming to a close, they would like to present a special offer to all UNO students, faculty and staff.

With the offer, receive 20 free tokens with the purchase of 20 tokens, now through the end of the 2007 hockey playoffs. Simply show your UNO ID at the main counter to receive the offer. This special - Coupon Code MAV07JW - is not valid with any other offers. It is limited to one use per family per day and has no cash value. The offer will expire Saturday, March 31..

The Family Fun Center is located west of UNO at 71st and Dodge St. More details are available online at or by calling 554.1925.

Geography Lecturer to Discuss Social Justice Feb. 23

Don Mitchell, distinguished professor of geography and chair of the Geography Department at Syracuse University, will present a lecture on "New Axioms for Reading the Landscape: Paying Attention to Political Economy and Social Justice" Friday, Feb. 23. It will begin at 3:30 p.m. in 115 Durham Science Center.  The lecture is free and open to UNO students, faculty and staff. 

At the Feb. 23 lecture, Dr. Mitchell will focus, particularly, on struggles over the border and migrant work in California, as well as argue for a better account of understanding the landscape as the place where social justice is given form.  Attending to the relationships between mobility and status, and among processes operating at different scales, allows for a fuller view into how landscapes are formed, what they mean and how the struggle for a more just society can be advanced. 

Dr. Mitchell is the author of The Lie of the Land: Migrant Workers and the California Landscape (1996), Cultural Geography: A Critical Introduction (2000), and The Right to the City: Social Justice and the Fight for Public Space (2003) - as well as numerous articles on the geography of homelessness, labor, urban public space, and contemporary theories of culture. Dr. Mitchell is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. He is the founder and director of the People's Geography Project ( and a member of the Syracuse Hunger Project.

Dr. Mitchell's visit is sponsored by the UNO Department of Geography/Geology, the UNO Geography Club and the Visiting Geographical Scientists Program of the Association of American Geographers. It is being held in conjunction with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Anthropology and Geography. 

For more information, contact Christina Dando at 554.3134.

WRC to Host The Vagina Monologues Benefit Feb. 23-25

The UNO Women's Resource Center will present its second annual benefit production of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues Friday through Sunday, Feb. 23-25.

The production, directed by Sonali Kumar, will be performed in the Eppley Administration Building Auditorium on the UNO Dodge Street campus. The house will open at 7 p.m., with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for Friday and Saturday performances. On Feb. 25, the house will open at 3 p.m., with a 3:30 p.m. curtain. The Sunday performance will be followed by a talk-back session with the director, designers and cast.

This year, more than 1,150 communities around the world are hosting V-Day benefits to raise funds and awareness toward ending violence against women.  These events raised more than $4 million last year through performances of Eve Ensler's award-winning play, The Vagina Monologues.

"Hot on the heels of their success, UNO has joined this global movement as part of the V-Day 2007 College Campaign," Kumar said. V-Day Omaha 2007 will benefit Siena/Francis House, an agency that provides a variety of services to protect children, help adults and strengthen families. Founded in Omaha in 1975, the agency serves thousands of families annually in the Omaha/Council Bluffs metropolitan areas.

UNO's benefit production of The Vagina Monologues is sponsored by the Women's Resource Center. All proceeds benefit Siena/Francis House. Tickets are a suggested donation of $10 and may be purchased at the door, by e-mail at or by calling 554.2730.

For more information, contact Tumelo Gobagoba in the Women's Resource Center at 554.2730.

Ecoutez! Continues Feb. 24 with Flutist Hubert Laws

The 2006-07 Ecoutez! series at UNO will continue Saturday, Feb. 24, with a performance by jazz flutist Hubert Laws. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall on the UNO campus.

Tickets will be available at the door and cost $15. All students are admitted free of charge with identification. The doors will open 30 minutes prior to each concert. Phone reservations for student tickets are recommended.

"Ecoutez! is committed to bringing the highest caliber of established performers and emerging artists to the metropolitan area," said Roger Foltz, a professor of music at UNO and coordinator of the series. The word "ecoutez" is French for "listen." KVNO Classical 90.7 FM is the media sponsor for the series.

Laws will play with the UNO Faculty Jazz Combo and the UNO Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Pete Madsen, coordinator of jazz studies and assistant professor of trombone at UNO.

Internationally renowned flutist Laws is one of the few classical artists who has also mastered jazz, pop and rhythm-and-blues genres; moving effortlessly from one repertory to another. He has 20 albums in his discography, and his recordings have won three Grammy nominations.

He has performed with the New York Philharmonic and with the orchestras of Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, Cleveland, Amsterdam, Japan and Detroit, and with the Stanford String Quartet. Laws also has given annual performances at Carnegie Hall and has performed sold-out performances in the Hollywood Bowl. He obtained his degree at the Juilliard School of Music.

Laws is appearing at UNO in conjunction with the 35th annual UNO Great Plains Jazz Festival, which is set for Feb. 23-24. Thirty-seven high school and middle school bands from Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri will be honing their craft during the two-day event on the UNO campus.

For more information, call 554.3427.

Black History Month Celebration Continues with Spike Lee Film

Black History Month activities continue Thursday, Feb. 22, with the screening of Spike Lee's film "Malcolm X." It will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Eppley Administration Building Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

Black History Month at UNO is being sponsored by Student Organizations and Leadership Programs, the UNO Department of Black Studies, African American Organization, the American Multicultural Students Agency and a grant by the Nebraska Arts Council.

For more information or for special needs or accommodations, call 554.2711 (TTY 554.3799) one week in advance.

Speech Center to Offer Student Workshop on Speech Anxiety

The UNO Speech Center will sponsor a free Student Lunch and Learn workshop titled "Banish Those Butterflies: Overcoming Speech Anxiety" Wednesday, Feb. 28. It will be held from 11 a.m. to noon in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room.

Students are invited to learn more about how to recognize the source of nervous habits, learn strategies to reduce speech anxiety and enhance self-confidence. Free pizza and pop will be provided. 

To register for this session, contact Marlina Howe at the Speech Consulting Center at 554.3201 or Space is limited so participants must register at least three days in advance.

"Adventures in Forensic Anthropology" Talk Feb. 28

"Tales Dead Men Tell: Adventures in Forensic Anthropology" will be the topic of discussion at a lecture by Timi Barone Wednesday, Feb. 28. It will be held from noon to 12:45 p.m. in 101 Arts and Sciences Hall. Those interested in learning about the world of anthropology are invited to attend.

Dr. Barone is an associate professor of anthropology at UNO with a specialization in medical anthropology. She currently teaches "Introduction to Anthropology," "Introduction to Physical Anthropology," "Nonwestern and Alternative Medicines," "Ethnomedicines of the Americas," "Applied Anthropology," and "Sex, Evolution and Society."

Event sponsors are the UNO Student Anthropology Society and the UNO Department of Sociology/Anthropology.

For more information, contact

CCSW to Sponsor Heart Health Coffeehouse Feb. 28

Did you know that heart disease is now the leading cause of death for women? Do you know the warning signs of a heart attack for women? All UNO faculty, staff and students (male and female) are invited to attend the "Heart Health for Women" Susan B. Anthony Coffeehouse to learn more about women and heart disease, and what can be done to promote heart health.

The UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) is sponsoring the Wednesday, Feb. 28, coffeehouse event that will feature Geri Moore from Creighton University. The coffeehouse will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 100 of Criss Library at UNO. The library café will also be open, and attendees are invited to bring their lunches.

For more information, call 554.3660.

Participants Sought for "Seven Days of Service"

Looking for something to do during spring break that will benefit you and the community?

Seven Days of Service offers UNO students a chance to improve their community by refurbishing homes for low-income families.

From March 10 to 17, students and other volunteers will be working on six homes in south Omaha. The UNO Service-Learning Academy directs the project, and the Family Housing Advisory Services in Omaha will sell the renovated homes to low-income families.

Students can sign up to help with Seven Days of Service at the Information Desk in the Eppley Administration Building (first floor) or in 220 Arts and Sciences Hall. Public administration students will also have a sign-up booth in the lower level of the Milo Bail Student Center through Friday, Feb. 23, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

For more information, call the Service-Learning Academy at 554.6019.

50th Annual Missouri Valley History Conference March 1-3

History enthusiasts, scholars and students from across the Omaha metropolitan area, Nebraska, the Midwest and the nation are invited to participate in and celebrate the 50th Annual Missouri Valley History Conference (MVHC).

The conference will be held Thursday, March 1, through Saturday, March 3, at the Embassy Suites Old Market/Downtown, 555 S. 10th St.  All areas of history will be discussed during 52 panel sessions.  Special emphasis will be placed on local and regional history.  Scholars and students of history from around the country will be presenting new areas of research in the discipline.

The UNO Department of History has been hosting the event since 1958.  "It is one of the largest and oldest history conferences in existence in the country," said Moshe Gershovich, associate professor of history at UNO and the 2007 MVHC program coordinator.  "We're excited to be celebrating its 50th."

To receive a copy of the conference program, contact Dr. Gershovich at 554.3175 or The program is also available online at

Numerous special events are planned to commemorate this year's milestone event.  On the eve of the conference (Wednesday, Feb. 28), the Douglas County Historical Society and First National Bank will host an anniversary reception.  It will be held on the Executive Level (40th floor) of First National Tower from 7 to 9 p.m. and feature First National Bank's private collection of Western art.  The collection includes paintings and sculpture by Ted Long, Frederick Remington and Charles Bodmer, as well as artifacts and architectural elements.  Pre-registration for the reception is required and will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.  To register, contact Dr. Gershovich at 554.3175 or

On Friday evening, March 2, from 7 to 9 p.m., the MVHC will celebrate its golden jubilee at a reception hosted by UNO Interim Chancellor John Christensen.  The event will be held at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center on the UNO Dodge Street campus.  Numerous veterans of the MVHC will be on hand to share their memoirs of the conference's history.

John Wunder, professor of history at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will be the guest speaker at the March 1 Phi Alpha Theta luncheon, set for 1 p.m.  His talk is titled "On Comparative History: Two Treaties."  Phi Alpha Theta is a history honor society at UNO.  The Nebraska Chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta Society will hold its own annual conference Friday and Saturday, March 2-3, in conjunction with the MVHC.

Fred Donner, professor of history at the University of Chicago and a notable scholar of early Islamic history, will be the featured speaker at the March 2 MVHC luncheon.  His talk is titled  "New Views on the Origins of Islam."

A special presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be held March 1 at the Embassy Suites from 8 to 9 p.m.  Tim McNeese from York College will present "John Wesley Powell and his 1869 Exploration of the Grand Canyon." 

An extensive book and media exhibit - featuring several commercial publishers and university presses, as well as regional historical museums and societies - will also be on display at the conference.

Registration for the MVHC is $60 and available at the door. The registration fee covers both the Wednesday and Friday receptions, but it does not include the two conference luncheons.  The cost to attend the Phi Alpha Theta and/or MVHC luncheon is an additional $20 for each.

Students from area high schools, colleges and universities are admitted free with ID (excluding meals) and are encouraged to register.  Also, the UNO Department of History Dual Enrollment Committee has provided funding for all Omaha Public Schools (OPS), Millard and District 66 teachers to attend the conference free of charge.  Teachers should show their identification badges for entry into the conference.

For more information, call Dr. Gershovich at 554.3175.

The Missouri Valley History Conference Inc. is a non-profit corporation in the state of Nebraska. The 50th Annual MVHC is sponsored by MVHC Inc. and the UNO Department of History.

UNO Ensembles to Showcase Brahms' German Requiem March 3

The UNO Department of Music will showcase its ensembles and faculty during performances of Brahms' German Requiem Saturday, March 3, at the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. Performances will be held at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $5 for adults and $4 for students and seniors.

Three UNO ensembles will team up together to perform this work. The groups - comprised of almost 200 students and community members - include the Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra, Concert Choir and University Chorus. Matt Harden has prepared the choirs for these concerts, and Christopher Stanichar, will conduct a performance with Theresa Dody, soprano soloist, and Chip Smith, baritone soloist.

"This will be the first time this massive work has been performed by the UNO Department of Music," said Dr. Stanichar, an assistant professor and director of orchestral activities in the UNO Department of Music. "Please plan on attending the performances of one of Brahms' most popular and moving works, based on scriptural passages sung in German."

For tickets or more information, call 554.3427.

Single and Partnered Gay Men Sought for Study

Single and partnered gay men, ages 19 to 65, are sought for participation in a study being 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. The study was featured in the Jan. 19 edition of The Gateway (click here for article).

Participants are asked to provide an anonymous saliva sample for testosterone analysis and answer an anonymous online questionnaire from the privacy of home. No personally identifying information (name, phone number, address, etc.) is collected from participants. Participation requires less than 30 minutes.

For more information, contact Jeffrey French at 554.2558 or, or Jeffrey Fite at 554.3094 or

Inclement Weather Announcement

When inclement weather arises locally, access the UNO Weather Announcements Web site at for the latest university closing information. Remember to hit the reload or refresh button on your Web browser first.

You also can dial 554.CALL (554.2255) for the latest weather announcements, and KVNO Radio (90.7 FM) will also announce UNO closing information.

Maverick Watch

There are no Maverick home games this week. To catch up on the latest statistics or keep tabs on your favorite team on the road, visit the Web at