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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

Western Hills

A Model of Success: UNO-Western Hills Partnership Thrives at Six Years

by Tim Kaldahl

They think big at Western Hills Elementary and they sure like UNO.

The full name for the school near 66th Street and Western Avenue is, in fact, Western Hills University Partnership Magnet Center. ...continue

2007-2008 Teaching Circles/Research Triangles Kick Off

The Center for Faculty Development Teaching Circles/Research Triangles Kick Off on Friday, Sept. 14, will let participants register their existing groups, add new members and form new Circles or Triangles. The event will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Dodge Room.

Sponsors of the Kick Off include the Center for Faculty Development, Graduate Studies, Office of Sponsored Programs and Academic and Student Affairs. The meeting will also explain the rewards and incentives available for 2007-2008 active participants.

Participants wishing to register a Teaching Circle or Research Triangle should e-mail the "TC/RT Registration and Renewal Form" making sure to include:

- Name of the Teaching Circle or Research Triangle (usually three or more members);

- Name and department of the facilitator;

- Members' names and departments; and

- A brief description of its purpose.

If unable to attend the Kick Off, faculty can still register for a Teaching Circle or Research Triangle by filling out a form and e-mailing it to Forms are due Monday, Sept. 21. Check the listings for 2006-2007 Teaching Circles/Research Triangles ( for ideas and contacts. To sign up for an existing group, contact the Center for Faculty Development to be added to a topic.

For more information, contact the Center for Faculty Development at 554.2427 or

UNO Professor to Have Art Exhibition in Nebraska City

The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, Neb., will hold an opening reception for UNO Professor David Helm's "Yankee Doodle" exhibition Saturday, Sept. 15, from 3 to 6 p.m.  The reception coincides with Nebraska City's Apple Jack Festival.        

Helm's work will be on display at the center through Thursday, Oct. 25. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Helm, chair of the UNO Art and Arts History Department, explores archaic and absurd circumstances in this exhibit, according to the center's press release.   His work is designed to reference a time other than now, his contraptions and diagrams investigate introspective, and nostalgic, approaches to flight, alchemy, energy and experimentation.  Since the 1980s, Helm has exhibited large-scale installations at museums and galleries in New York, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and Omaha.

The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center Gallery is located at 801 3rd Corso in Nebraska City, Neb., and is open Monday through Thursday and the first and third Saturdays of each month from noon to 4 p.m. Appointments at other times are welcome.

For more information, call 402.874.9600.  The center's Web site is

UNO Plans Constitution Week Events

A theatre presentation of the U.S. Constitution will kick off Constitution Week at UNO.

The UNO Civic Participation Project is sponsoring the three-day event that begins next week. The organization seeks to engage the university community to better understand and participate in activities designed to increase civic engagement.

On Monday, Sept. 17, the Reader's Theatre will present the U.S. Constitution, performed by the UNO Forensics Team and speech students. The presentation is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Fireplace Lounge.

A civil liberties panel presentation is set for Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Durham Western Heritage Museum, 801 S. 10th St. The discussion, "Balancing the Protection of Public Safety and the Preservation of Civil Liberties in a Time of Terror," will feature UNO Political Science professors Steve Bullock, Carson Holloway and Olga Lagotska. Admission to the panel discussion is free.

"We The People: New Generation Expressions" will be presented in the MBSC Ballroom from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19. Faculty and students from Western Hills University Partnership Magnet School will showcase their art pieces on popular sovereignty.

Next month the UNO Civic Participation Project will host "By the People: Dialogues in Democracy." In collaboration with Nebraska Educational Telecommunications and the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center, the event will feature 100 Omaha residents who will discuss immigration in Nebraska, and how the state should address the issue. "By the People: Dialogues in Democracy" will be held on the UNO campus Sunday, Oct. 14.

Omaha is one of 11 cities across the country that will participate in the "By the People" project this year.  A television special on the discussion will air later on NET Television.

The 11 discussions will culminate in a national town hall meeting at the House of Burgesses in Colonial Williamsburg. The program will air on PBS later this year.

Call 554.3196 for more information. Visit for more information about the "By the People" project.

"Consider This" to Feature What Happy Women Know Author

Dan Baker, the co-author of What Happy Women Know: How New Findings in Positive Psychology Can Change Women's Lives for the Better, will join host Andrea McMaster this week on UNO Television's "Consider This" to talk about his new book. This show originally aired Aug. 2.

Baker, who lives in Lincoln, holds a doctorate in psychology. What Happy Women Know shows that there are vast differences in the way the male and female brain deal with communication and emotion. The book also delves into the evolutionary roots of emotions and the role that evolution plays a person's emotional life. Rodale published Bakers' book this past May.

The show will air tonight, Sept. 13, at 11 p.m. on KYNE-TV.

The program will also be rebroadcast according to the following schedule:

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, Sept. 16
11:30 a.m. (CT)

NET2 (NET's cable network)
- Monday, Sept. 17
1:30 p.m. (CT)

- Wednesday, Sept. 19
- 8 a.m. (CT)

"Consider This" is a production of UNO Television. It also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For a list of days and times, visit the Web at Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at

UNO Job Fair to Offer Two-day Fall Event

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 25 and 26, Career Exploration and Outreach will host a job fair featuring more than 110 employers who are actively seeking candidates for open positions and internships. The event, both days, runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom.

Day One Sept. 25, is primarily dedicated to organizations that are non-profit, government, healthcare and university related. Day Two Sept. 26, is reserved for-profit organizations. Professional interview attire is expected and students should bring copies of their résumé. For more information about the job fair and other services, contact Career Exploration and Outreach at 554.3672 or stop by 211 Eppley Administration Building.

The Fall 2007 Job Fair is sponsored by the following: ACI Worldwide, Applied Underwriters, Farm Bureau Financial Services, First Comp Insurance, First National Bank, Gallup, Union Pacific, Securities America, Alegent Health, ConAgra, Interpublic, National Indemnity, Northwestern Mutual, PayPal, Streck, Waddell & Reed, InfoUSA, Enterprise, Walgreens, UPS and Exxon Mobil.

The Thompson Alumni Center

UNO colleges, departments and student groups can use the Thompson Alumni Center for meetings, conferences, seminars, luncheons and other university-related events at no cost (excluding revenue-generating functions).

The Thompson Center is among Omaha's most versatile event facilities with multiple-use spaces that can accommodate groups large and small. Its hi-tech offerings include ceiling-mounted projectors, an audio and video distribution system, free Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet access. UNO groups also can utilize an affordably priced catering menu.

A 10-percent discount on room rental for personal events such as wedding receptions, graduation parties or professional/community group functions is also available to UNO faculty and staff.

Revenues help the UNO Alumni Association's mission of supporting UNO.

Visit to see room descriptions, pictures, catering menus and prices. For more information, contact Greg Trimm, director of facilities, at 554.3368 or

TIAA-CREF Schedule through October Announced

A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus for individual appointments with employees this September and October. 

The dates are:
- Sept. 18 and 25
- Oct. 9 and 30

Appointments for one-on-one counseling sessions can be made by calling Gennie Pettit at the TIAA-CREF office in Omaha at 548.3610 or by visiting the Web at

UNO Spirit Days Set for Friday

UNO spirit

Every Friday is Spirit Day at UNO. The UNO Spirit Committee encourages members of the UNO community to wear Mav colors (red and black) and show Mav pride.

For more information, contact Marie Lee, co-chair of the UNO Spirit Committee, at 554.2581 or

Speech Center Consulting Room Fall Hours

The UNO Speech Center Consulting Room, located in 185 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH), has started its fall hours. Hours are generally 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To make an appointment, call 554.3201 or stop by 185 ASH.

The UNO Speech Center assists all UNO students, faculty and staff at any point in preparing oral presentations and/or incorporating them into their courses.  Visit to find out more information.  Call 554.3201 or send an e-mail to to schedule an appointment.

Anyone with questions or faculty members interested in scheduling a consultant to come to classrooms to introduce students to the center and to talk about presentation skills can call the Speech Center at 554.3201 or send an e-mail to