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"Nebraskans say NO to nuclear arms race" were the words on a banner strung up across the pedestrian overpass on Dodge St. in a picture accompanying a Sept. 12, 1984, Gateway article.  "National Freeze Friday" was to protest the nuclear arms race taking place during the 1980s. The purpose of the event was to encourage Omahans to take an anti-nuke stance on Election Day by voting for candidates in favor of a nuclear arms freeze. Responses by drivers were mostly positive as many honked their horns, cheered or gave a "thumbs up" sign to the protestors.

Date: Sept. 25, 1984
Source: The Gateway
Compiled by Criss Library Archives

Brandi Yosten

Orientation Leader Represents UNO with Exuberance

by Becky Bohan Brown

Orientation leaders are the "Wal-Mart Greeters" of the university. They interact with students, parents and other campus visitors on a different level than most. Brandi Yosten may look like any other orientation leader seen giving a tour across campus, but she has gone above and beyond ...continue

UNO Chancellor's Scholarship Swing to Raise $50,000

The UNO Alumni Association will host the 27th annual UNO Chancellor's Scholarship Swing today, Sept. 10, at Tiburon Golf Club.

The Swing is expected to raise more than $50,000 for student scholarships. That will push the tournament's total to more than $450,000 since the Alumni Association began hosting it 12 years ago.

Nearly 200 golfers will play in the tournament, supported by 97 sponsors, including 51 course sponsors.

The money raised helps support various association-sponsored student scholarships, including the UNO Alumni Legacy Scholarships. These $1,000 grants, instituted in 2000, are awarded only to children of UNO graduates. More than $320,000 in UNO Alumni Legacy Scholarships has been awarded since the program's start, including $43,000 issued for 2007-08.

"This is the association's biggest single-day fundraiser for the UNO campus," said Sheila King, director of Alumni Programming and Activities. "But numerous people work numerous days to ensure its success. I'm especially thankful to our Swing Committee, which has logged invaluable time and expertise throughout the past year."

UNO graduates Jim Garbina ('87) and Kevin Munro ('86) chair the committee that oversees the tournament's organization. Other committee members include UNO graduates Jim Czyz ('71), Larry Gomez ('71), Mark Grieb ('81), Jamie Herbert ('95, '00), Mike Jones ('66), Cookie Katskee ('80), Dan Koraleski ('86) and John Wilson ('78). Earl Leinart also serves on the committee.

Two student groups, the Air Force ROTC Cadets and the UNO Ambassadors, will provide assistance during the tournament.

Course sponsors and prize winners will be recognized after play during a buffet dinner at Tiburon.

For more information, contact Anthony Flott at or 554.2989.

Rights and Responsibilities Under the State Government Effectiveness Act

Officials in UNO Human Resources would like to remind employees of the Rights and Responsibilities Under the State Government Effectiveness Act. 

The Act prohibits agencies of state government from retaliating against employees who report wrongdoing in state government to proper authorities, and provides certain protections for employees who are "whistleblowers" covered by the act. This protection generally applies to any university employee who makes a report of "wrongdoing" to the Nebraska Ombudsman's Office or to any elected state official.

"Any employee who experiences retaliation from the university for making a report of wrongdoing that is covered under the Act may make a complaint to the Nebraska Ombudsman's Office," said Rod Oberle, director of Human Resources. "Policies emanating from the Act and procedures for contacting the State Ombudsman's Office can be found on the Human Resources Web site."

To access the information, follow the prompts:

- Go to;

- Select "Employment" tab;

- Scroll to "Rights and Responsibilities of Employees"; and

- Click on "State Government Effectiveness Act".

For more information, contact Oberle in the UNO Human Resources Office at 554.2321.

Male Singers Sought for UNO Vocal Jazz Ensemble

The UNO Vocal Jazz Ensemble, a mixed chorus of eight to 12 singers, is looking for male singers. The group is open to all students, faculty and staff. The ensemble meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 to 1:50 p.m. in 105 Strauss Performing Arts Center.

"This ensemble is designed to meet the music needs of singers who have an interest and/or background in jazz and who wish to continue their choral experience," said Kim Weiser, the ensemble's director. 

The UNO Vocal Jazz Ensemble will perform once this semester in collaboration with the Jazz Combos.

Anyone interested in singing with the ensemble should attend an upcoming rehearsal - today, Sept. 10, or Wednesday, Sept. 12 - and sing with the group.  This will be considered an audition.

For more information, contact Weiser at 605.670.1331 or

UNL to Host Architecture Lecture Series

A University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) lecture series - Architecture in 18th- and 19th-Century Historical Fiction (Literature, Film, Theater and Art) - starts tonight, Sept. 10, in Lincoln. 

Sponsored by the College of Architecture and other UNL units, the Monday lecture series will continue on Sept. 24, Oct. 8, 29 and Nov.12 at the UNL City Campus Union Auditorium. All presentations begin at 6 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

The lectures will show how depictions of buildings were incorporated into 18- and 19-century historical fiction. The series will feature five prominent scholars from Great Britain who specialize in architecture, literature, theater, film and art.

For more information, visit the Web at, or contact James Potter at or 402.472.9240.

ARTSaha Festival Continues This Week

Festivities continue tonight, Sept. 10, for - ARTSaha - an annual event focused on live musical performances. Tonight's offering - John Cage's "As Slow As Possible." Details follow below.

ARTSaha, which is produced by the ANALOG arts ensemble and UNO, runs through Saturday, Sept. 15. Concerts will take place primarily on the UNO campus, as well as in the Old Market and midtown Omaha. Most events are free. Tickets to select events range between $10 and $15 and are available for purchase at the door. More information is available at

The remaining schedule:

Tonight, Sept. 10, midnight to 11:59 p.m. (mid-concert talk begins at 6 p.m.)
First Central Congregational Church of Christ, 421 S. 36th St.
Free: No tickets required.
Drop in and Zen out at this marathon performance of John Cage's famously long composition "As Slow As Possible." The ANALOG arts ensemble will surpass its previous 9- and 12-hour performances with this midnight to midnight performance. The public can come by at any time to witness the power of the First Central Church's organ and contemplate the intersection of music, time and space.

Iron Composer Omaha: Competition and Concert
Tuesday, Sept. 11, 7:30 p.m. (pre-concert talk begins at 7 p.m.)
Strauss Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $10; available at the door.
Judge who is the "Iron Composer." Five student composers will go pen to pen as they battle to compose a winning piece of music using a secret musical ingredient within only five hours. The results will be performed in front of a live audience and panel of judges. The winner walks away with a cash prize and the title "Iron Composer Omaha." After the judging, the concert will continue with music by Luciano Berio, Virgil Thomson, Wayne Shorter and Radiohead.

For Whom The Bell Tolls
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m. (pre-concert talk begins at 7 p.m.)
Henningson Memorial Campanile
Free: No tickets required.
These aren't the usual carols of the bells as ANALOG takes over the bell tower for an evening of unexpected music. The bronze bells of the UNO carillon will ring out across the campus as songs from Iron Maiden and Martin Luther mix with John Cage's "Music for Carillon" and other eclectic tunes. Audience members can bring a lawn chair and kick back for this relaxing and enjoyable outdoor concert.

Found Sounds & Field Recordings
Thursday, Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m. (pre-concert talk begins at 7 p.m.)
Artists' Co-op Gallery, 405 S.11th St.
Free: No tickets required.
Experience how even the oddest sounds can be turned into music at the Found Sounds & Field Recordings concert. Having debuted earlier this year in Los Angeles and Brooklyn, this program makes use of accidental musical material such as street noise, coffee percolating and cell phones, and will include a mix of original music and works by contemporary composers including Steve Reich and Samuel Beckett.

Go Figaro! An Ecoutez! Concert 
Friday, Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m. (pre-concert talk begins at 7 p.m.; box office opens at 6:30 p.m.)
Strauss Performing Arts Center, UNO
Tickets: $15 for general public; Free for students with ID.
ANALOG will kick off UNO's acclaimed Ecoutez! concert series with this collection of classical music pieces that were ahead of their time. The ANALOG arts ensemble will present their groundbreaking version of Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring," a piece considered the birthplace of the Modern - plus new takes on familiar works from Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven, to Busoni Schoenberg and Moondog.

Cowardly Old World: An Electronic Music Concert
Saturday, Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m. (pre-concert talk begins at 7 p.m.)
Mallory Kountze Planetarium
Free: No tickets required.
Take an audio-visual journey through time to visit various visions of the future – from Nostradamus to Al Gore to Jules Verne to the Italian Futurists. Visual projections within UNO's Mallory Kountze Planetarium will complement this program of electronic music, including several new compositions.

Faculty Senate to Meet Sept. 12

The UNO Faculty Senate will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 12, in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Dodge Rooms.  

Steve Shorb, dean of Criss Library, will speak at 2 p.m., with the meeting immediately following his presentation. All interested parties are invited to attend. 

For more information, contact Scott Tarry, Faculty Senate president (554.3190), or Sue Bishop, coordinator (554.3598).

HR to Present I-9 Informational Session

Human Resources will present an informational session on "Completing I-9s: Complying with the Law" Thursday, Sept. 13. It will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room from 9 to 10 a.m.

The one-hour class will give participants clear, concise instructions for completing the I-9 form.  For more information, contact the Human Resources Office at 554.2321.

HR Seminar Series Kicks Off Sept. 14

UNO Human Resources will kick off a yearlong series of informative seminars for all interested faculty and staff Friday, Sept. 14, with "Understanding Basic Investment Concepts." The session will run from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

The seminar will cover methods for basic investment choices, including some strategies and concepts used to plan for retirement. Discussion topics will include understanding investment risks, asset classes, basic types of investments, and distinctions between mutual funds and annuities.

The monthly seminars will run through April. Topics will include personal financial management, identity theft, Social Security and retirement planning.

For more information, contact Esther Scarpello at 554.3660.

Swing, Ballroom and Latin Dance Lessons Begin Sept. 16

Want to learn how to "Dance Like the Stars?" Campus Recreation and the Mav-Rec Wellness Stampede are teaming up to host Swing, Ballroom and Latin dance sessions beginning Sunday, Sept. 16.

All classes will be held in 230 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. The schedule and cost information:

- Session One (Sundays): Sept. 16, 23 and Oct. 14, 28

- Times: Swing - 1 to 2 p.m.; Ballroom/Latin – 2 to 3 p.m.

- Cost: Activity cardholders - $15 and $13 for a friend; non-activity cardholders - $18 and $15 for a friend. Those wishing to take both classes should add $5 per person per additional class.

To register, stop by 110 HPER. For more information, call Campus Recreation at 554.2539.

Maverick Watch


Support the Mavericks by attending their home events. Faculty, staff and students are admitted free to all home athletic games with proper ID (excluding hockey). The spouses and children of students, faculty and staff are also admitted free.

At home this week...

Saturday, Aug. 15
- Football vs. Western Washington
Caniglia Field, Dodge location

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at