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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

National Anthem Project Continues Today

UNO faculty, staff, students and the Collegiate Chapter of the National Association of Music Educators will sing the national anthem today, Sept. 14, at 9 a.m. at the Henningson Memorial Campanile as part of the National Anthem Project. All are invited to attend the celebration.

"September 14th is an important day in our nation's history. On this day, Francis Scott Key penned ‘The Star-Spangled Banner' after witnessing American forces defend Fort McHenry from British troops," said Melissa Berke, associate professor of music at UNO. "The members of the National Association for Music Education (MENC) - our nation's music teachers - want all Americans to know our national anthem and take pride in singing it together."

The National Anthem Project has been designed to raise awareness about the importance of supporting and funding school music programs. Schools across the country will be joining together at 9 a.m. to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner."

For more information on the National Anthem Project, visit the Web at, or contact Dr. Berke at 554.3609 or

2007-2008 Teaching Circles/Research Triangles Kick Off

The Center for Faculty Development Teaching Circles/Research Triangles Kick Off today, 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 who want to register for a Teaching Circle or Research Triangle are asked to fill out the "TC/RT Registration and Renewal Form" and e-mail it to To acccess a "TC/RT Registration and Renewal Form," click on the following link and include the following information:

"TC/RT Registration and Renewal Form"

- 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

Latino Heritage Month Events Begin Sept. 17 at UNO

The annual Latino Heritage Month celebration at UNO kicks off Monday, Sept. 17. All events are free and open to the public, and will take place on the UNO campus.

The schedule - which includes a variety of music, food and presentations - is listed below.

Monday, Sept. 17
- Musical performance by SABOR, the South Omaha Arts Institute's Latin rhythm band
Noon to 1 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Plaza

Wednesday, Sept. 19
- Poetry reading and talk by Latino-American poet and scholar Francisco X. Alarcón (A book signing will be held with Alarcón immediately following his talk.)
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center

Tuesday, Oct. 2
- Latin Culture Mixer (featuring food, games and socializing)
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
MBSC Dodge Room

Friday, Oct. 12
- "True Stories of ‘Illegal' Border Crossings: Narrating the Non-Nation"
Presentation by Marta Caminero-Santangelo, associate professor of English and founder of Latino Studies at the University of Kansas
(This event is being held in conjunction with the UNO Office of Latino/Latin American Studies Charla Series.)
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
MBSC Nebraska Room

For more information, call 554.2711.

Criss Library to Host Constitution Day Speaker

Celebrate Constitution Day at the Criss Library on Monday, Sept. 17, when Carson Holloway, assistant professor of political science at UNO, presents "Executive Privilege and the Constitution." The 7 p.m. event is free and open to the public.

"We're honored to have Dr. Holloway speak to us on this timely topic," said Jim Shaw, government documents librarian. "Consitution Day gives us a great opportunity to examine meaningful political issues and hold great discussions relevant today."

During 2005-06, Dr. Holloway was a William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life in Princeton University's James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. His books include All Shook Up: Music, Passion, and Politics and The Right Darwin? Evolution, Religion and the Future of Democracy. He is currently at work on a book on the thought of John Paul II and modern political philosophy, which will be published by Baylor University Press.   

For more information, contact Shaw at 554.2225 or

ITS Announces Graphics Workshops

Information Technology Services' (ITS) Academic Partnership for Instruction (API) will offer two informative, hands-on sessions designed to help faculty and staff enhance graphics for classroom instruction, training or marketing. All UNO faculty and staff are invited to attend.

- Basic Photoshop CS3
Tuesday, Sept. 18
10 a.m. to noon
204 Criss Library
In this class attendees will become familiar with the Photoshop CS3 Interface, Workspace and Toolbars and how to manipulate image layers and basic graphic file types.

- Optimizing Graphics
Thursday, Sept. 20
10 a.m. to noon
204 Criss Library
This is a hands-on workshop to assist faculty and staff in refining images that are visually appealing, effective and consumer friendly. Participants will cover basic image optimization techniques by Utilizing Photoshop C3, and will learn techniques to enhance, compose and compress images for use in printed media, on video displays and in Web sites. The session will also provide training in Create Once, Publish Everywhere (COPE), a technique used to refine a single master graphic so it can be published to print and electronic media

To sign up for these courses a faculty or staff member needs to:

- Go to

- Select September from the drop down menu on the right and click "Go."

- Enter their SAP personnel number (This is the five-digit number on the UNO photo ID. It is also on university check stubs.)

- Click "Sign Up."

- Click "Ok" to confirm the personnel number.

- An e-mail will be sent to confirm registration.

A minimum of five people need to be signed up by 2 p.m. the day prior to the class for it to be held. An e-mail notification will be sent the day before if the class is cancelled.

For problems registering, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (554.4357).

Fall Faculty Recruitment Workshop Schedule

The UNO Office of Academic and Student Affairs and the UNO Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity have four remaining Fall Faculty Recruitment Workshops scheduled for late September through early November.

The workshops are designed for departments or schools anticipating a faculty search within two years. Participants might include deans, directors, chairs, faculty and administrative assistants. The workshops will assist departments/schools in search processes that reflect UNO's commitment to faculty, staff and student diversity.

Prior to all faculty searches, faculty involved in the search must either attend one of the workshops or have a meeting of the search committee with Deborah Smith-Howell, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of graduate studies, Sharon Ulmar, director of the office of diversity and equal opportunity, or Kristine Bell, assistant to the vice chancellor for academic and student affairs. Faculty participating in searches must also attend a workshop once every two years.

All of the Fall Recruitment Workshops will provide information on recruitment strategies, the UNO People Admin System and EEO guidelines and requirements. All workshops will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC). The remaining workshop dates and times are listed below.

- Wednesday, Sept. 19
10 to 11:30 a.m.
MBSC Chancellor's Room

- Monday, Sept. 24 (Note date change: Event was previously scheduled for Sept. 28.)
1 to 2:30 p.m.
MBSC Chancellor's Room

- Tuesday, Oct. 2
1 to 2:30 p.m.
MBSC Gallery Room

- Wednesday, Nov. 7
10 to 11:30 a.m.
MBSC Gallery Room

For more information about the workshops, contact Dr. Smith-Howell (554.4849 or, Bell (554.2262 or or Ulmar (554.2872 or

Research Study for Children with ADHD

Children ages five or six are being recruited to participate in a research study for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in the University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Psychiatry. Eligible children will receive an evaluation and study treatment at no charge.

For more information, call 552.6239.

In the News

In the News

- Political science Professor Loree Bykerk was interviewed by CNN Radio Sept. 8 about Sen. Chuck Hagel's political future.

- UNO student Tom Gutterman appeared on WOWT (NBC 6) Sept. 5. Gutterman was interviewed about a fund-raiser hosted by his fraternity, Theta Chi.

- Music Professor Matthew Harden appeared on KFAB (1110 AM) Sept. 7 about the passing of legendary opera singer Luciano Pavarotti.

- John Kretzschmar, director of the William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies, was mentioned in a Sept. 3 article in the North Platte Telegraph (North Platte, Neb.). Kretzschmar discussed labor unions in America.

- Jeremy Lipschultz, director of the School of Communication, was quoted in a Sept. 8 Omaha World-Herald article about Cox Communications' dispute with Hearst-Argyle, the parent company of KETV.

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

- School of Communication Professors Jeremy Lipschultz, Michael Hilt and Hugh Reilly recently co-authored "Organizing the Baby Boomer Construct: An Exploration of Marketing, Social Systems, and Culture." The 2007 article appeared in the Educational Gerontology, 33(9), 759-773. To view the article, visit the Web at this link.

- Sam Walker, professor emeritus of criminal justice, has published a Korean language edition of Popular Justice: A History of American Criminal Justice, second edition, originally published by Oxford University Press.

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

UNO Theatre Season Tickets Available
Season tickets are on sale for the UNO Department of Theatre's 2007-2008 season, which opens with Yasmina Rezia's "Art" on Thursday, Oct. 11.

"Art" performances will run Oct. 11-13 and 17-20. The season also includes Jean Giraudoux's "The Madwoman of Chaillot," Nov. 15-17, 28-30 and Dec. 1; "NU Ways/NU Works Festival," Feb. 28, March 1 and 5-8; and "The Birds," a world premier musical by D. Scott Glasser and Jeffrey Bell based on the play by Aritophanes, April 17-19 and 23-26.

The UNO Department of Theatre is home to a faculty with more than 150 years of combined professional theatre experience. In addition, alumni from both the undergraduate and graduate programs at UNO are working professionally in theatres across the country. The department provides professional-quality theatre at discounted season ticket prices.

For season ticket information, contact Tawanna Hollins, UNO Theatre Department secretary, at 554.2406.

ARARTSaha Festival Continues Tonight
Festivities continue tonight, Sept. 14, for ARTSaha - an annual event focused on live musical performances - with Go Figaro! An Ecoutez! Concert. ARTSaha ends on Saturday, Sept. 15, with a concert in UNO's Mallory Kountze Planetarium.

ARTSaha, has been produced by the ANALOG arts ensemble and UNO. Concerts took place primarily on the UNO campus, as well as in the Old Market and midtown Omaha. More information is available at

Details on the remaining two events:

Go Figaro! An Ecoutez! Concert
Tonight, 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, September 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.

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.

On Exhibit

UNO Art Gallery Hosts Three Exhibitions
The UNO Art Gallery currently has three exhibitions on display - "Travis Conrad Erion: Symbols of the Soul," "Giedre Montvila: Take a Look" and "Ann Weiner: To Bear Witness."

Katharine T. Carter & Associates organized all three exhibitions, which will remain on view through Saturday, Oct. 13. The details of each exhibit follow.

"Travis Conrad Erion: Symbols of the Soul" - Erion's still life paintings represent common everyday items. While beautifully rendered in a realistic manner, the arrangement of objects possesses a narrative full of humor, wit and social commentary. The titles, like the still lifes, describe what is observed, but much is left unsaid.

"Giedre Montvila: Take a Look" - Montvila paints how people live, love and desire as influenced by the media, while at the same time her work critiques the ubiquitous culture of the media and advertisers who use beauty to manipulate. Working from images culled from glossy fashion magazines, Montvila creates impeccably rendered drawings in colored pencil, which are then incorporated into painted collages.

"Ann Weiner: To Bear Witness" - Weiner's work utilizes lenticular technology - a sophisticated imaging technique that merges different images - to create enigmatic pictures that "morph" into other images. Emphasizing the moment, she focuses on simultaneous layers of reality, the concrete and the intangible. The most striking aspect of Weiner's lenticular images is the way in which they change, depending on where and how the viewer is standing.

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 noon to 4 p.m.; Thursday noon to 8 p.m.; and Saturday 1 to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 554.2796.

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

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, 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.