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This Week in Campus History

The first Omaha School for Presbyterian Pastors was held July 17-24, 1957, at the Eppley Conference Center at the University of Omaha. Sponsored in part by the Council on Theological Education of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., this program brought together pastors from 11 Midwestern states to discuss relevant theological issues. Faculty for this special course of study included scholars from the University of Chicago, the Western Theological Seminary and the Board of National Missions. Attendance at the event was strictly by invitation only, and visiting pastors were housed at the Sheraton-Fontenelle in downtown Omaha. Financial support to participants was provided by the Omaha Seminary, and a special library of selected religious resource texts was made accessible to the pastors for the duration of their stay.

Date: July 27, 1957
Source: Cupola Columns
Compiled by University Library Archives

James Peters

Finding His Way

by Sonja Carberry

Back in Omaha after a seven-month trek through South America, UNO grad James Peters has cut the hair he let grow into an unruly mop and trimmed his bushy beard to a midnight shadow. In a yellow button-down shirt and crisp jeans, he looks very 20-something Omaha.

But part of Peters is still south of the border. ...continue

Regents to Meet July 28 in Grand Island

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will hold its annual greater Nebraska community visit and board meeting Friday, July 28, at Central Community College in Grand Island.

"These visits allow us to draw more focus on the interests of Nebraska communities and their relationship with the University of Nebraska," said Jim McClurg, chairman of the board.

Activities include a community breakfast, panel discussions on regional economic development and workforce development, and tours of two local businesses – Hornaday Manufacturing and Chief Industries.

The board meeting agenda includes approval of budget and capital requests for the 2007-09 biennium and the proposed College of Public Health. The July 28 community visit schedule and agenda is listed below.

8 a.m. - Community breakfast and dialogue with President James B. Milliken
The breakfast and dialogue are open to the public. To register, call 800.542.1602.

9:30 to 10:45 a.m. - Education Issues: Developing Nebraska's Talent for the 21st Century
Facilitator: Joe Rowson, coordinator, Nebraska P-16 Initiative.
Panelists: Steve Joel, superintendent, Grand Island Public Schools; Lynn Cronk, president, Grand Island School Board; and Dan Naranjo, Community Education Leader, Grand Island.

10:45 to noon - Economic Development Issues: Progressive Regional Economic Development
Facilitator: Pete Kotsiopulos, vice president for University Affairs.
Panelists: Marlan Ferguson, president, Grand Island Economic Development Corporation; Jeff Kelly, president, Kelly Supply Company, Grand Island; Tami Slater, president, Chief Automotive, Grand Island; and Duane Kristensen, manager, Chief Ethanol Plant, Hastings.

1 p.m. - Board meeting
Highlights of the meeting are listed below.

Proposed College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
The proposed new college will address the increased need for public health services, education and professionals in Nebraska. Critical issues of biosecurity, emerging diseases, and health risks such as obesity and substance abuse will be addressed through interdisciplinary initiatives that leverage existing programs at UNMC, UNO, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Nationally, there are only 38 accredited colleges or schools of public health, with a huge void in the north central region of the United States. The potential for additional collaborations across state lines is significant.

2007-09 Biennial Capital Budget Request
The university's capital requests, totaling $28.5 million, include a new Student Information System that will serve all undergraduate, graduate and professional students on all four campuses, and four greater Nebraska agricultural-related projects, which are listed below.

- The High Plains Agricultural Laboratory at Sidney, a world-class dry-land crop research and extension venue. Field-based research facilities are in excellent condition, but expanded laboratory, office and classroom space is needed. There is significant potential for large-scale educational events at this location, such as the annual Crop Management School.

- Renovation of the Haskell Building at the Northeast Research and Extension Center at Concord is needed to address structural deficiencies.

- Both the Ag Research and Development Center at Mead's Dairy Research Unit and its Swine Facilities would be replaced with modern facilities that will enhance research that benefits Nebraska swine and dairy producers. These include a milking parlor; a calving, loafing and nutrition barn; new feed storage buildings; offices and research space; and a modern 850-sow farrow-to-finish facility. Facilities will be designed to address waste management and environmental issues faced by Nebraska swine producers.

FY 2008 and FY 2009 Biennium Budget Request
The biennium budget request reflects a 6.5 percent increase in state funding for FY 2008 and a 4.0 percent increase in FY 2009. The request includes funds for faculty salary initiatives designed to move University of Nebraska faculty salaries to the mid-point of the peer institutions of each campus. It also includes a $3 million request for "Investing in Nebraska's Future" initiatives in the areas of public health, agriculture, life sciences and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) educational programs at the K-college levels. The budget request reflects additional investment in student and faculty diversity and in the university's Programs of Excellence. The budget request does not include salary and benefit increases, which will be submitted in January 2007. Revenue projections do not include changes in tuition.

LB 605 Financing
This represents the first phase of financing, which will create $175 million of facilities improvements and renovations covering all four campuses. This major strategic initiative of the board will encompass 17 buildings and infrastructure projects, and greatly enhances the ability of the university to meet its teaching, research and outreach missions, and are key in recruitment and retention of students, faculty and staff.

Other items of interest
- Discontinue the UNL Panhandle Learning Center in Scottsbluff. Programs and services delivered at the PLC are no longer needed due to new program delivery technologies or are available through other sources.

- Approve the reappointment of Howard L. Hawks to serve on the Ak-Sar-Ben Future Trust Board of Directors as the University of Nebraska's representative for a term of two years.

To access the full agenda, visit the Web at

MPH Capstone Presentation July 27

Anna Odipo-Nyambok, a University of Nebraska Medical Center/UNO joint Master of Public Health (MPH) student, will deliver her service learning/capstone experience oral presentation Thursday, July 27.

She will speak from 11 a.m. to noon in 4003 Durham Research Center on the University of Nebraska Medical Center campus. Her presentation is titled "Needs Assessment to assess knowledge, cultural beliefs, attitudes, sexual practices and policy issues in heterosexual women aged 19 years and older in the Sudanese and Bantu Somali women living in Omaha, Nebraska."

Interested members of the campus community are invited to attend. To R.S.V.P. or for more information, contact Jumoke Omojola at or 561.7567.

The UNMC/UNO Master of Public Health (MPH) program is a specialized professional master's degree program designed to prepare graduates for work in public health. MPH program courses are taught by nearly 40 faculty from a wide range of departments, colleges and schools across the campuses of the university, including medicine, nursing, public administration, social work, business administration, sociology and health, physical education and recreation.

Parking Permit Renewal Process Under Way

Campus Security has distributed faculty/staff parking permit renewals for the 2006-07 academic year via campus mail. If you did not receive a renewal form, stop by Campus Security, 100 Eppley Administration Building, or call 554.2648.

Faculty/staff parking permits are being distributed via campus mail. When people receive the 2006-07 parking permit, they may begin using it, said Paul Kosel, assistant manager of security and traffic.

Access cards for the parking structure must be renewed before Aug. 15 or they will not be valid starting Aug. 21, the first day of the fall semester.

Commencement Aug. 11 at the Civic

Commencement for August graduates will be held Friday, Aug. 11, at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave., at 2 p.m.

Faculty members are asked to assemble no later than 1:30 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall. Faculty who plan to attend should order their academic regalia from the UNO Bookstore (554.2336) by Monday, July 31.

Summer HPER Pool, Sundeck Hours Available

Are you looking for a way to beat the heat?

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building Pool and its sundeck are available for use by Campus Recreation activity cardholders and students.

Casual or sunbathing attire is required. Only water beverages are permitted, and no food is allowed. The summer pool and sundeck schedule is as follows:

Monday through Friday
6:30 to 9 a.m.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
4 to 7 p.m.

Pool open from 1 to 3 p.m.
(Sundeck opens at 11:30 a.m.)

3 to 5:30 p.m.

Hours may change due to weather, holidays or other activities. For more information, contact Eric Shanks at 554.2223.


- Heather Overton, telecommunications, traveled to Washington, D.C., this spring to participate in the "Kids Speak Up, Speak Out" program of the Public Policy Institute. The event was held in conjunction with the annual National Epilepsy Conference. During her visit, she met with Nebraska's Rep. Lee Terry. Overton, who has epilepsy, encouraged the congressman to support a 2007 budget amendment that would reinstate $7 billion in medical funding and visit the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Nebraska Epilepsy Center in Omaha.

Since the visit, Rep. Terry traveled to The Nebraska Epilepsy Center to meet with Dr. Sanjay Singh, Overton and her mother, Mary, and The Nebraska Epilepsy Center staff. During the April 21 visit, Dr. Singh gave a presentation detailing how the program has evolved since he arrived in 2002. More than 1,600 epilepsy patients are currently being seen at the medical center.

Overton, with the help of Dr. Singh – director of The Nebraska Epilepsy Center at UNMC – has been seizure free for three years. In 2004, Overton and her mother, Mary – who also works at UNO in Counseling/University Division – started the only epilepsy support group in Nebraska. It meets the third Tuesday of each month on the UNMC campus in 3010 Wittson. Besides being a fulltime employee in UNO Telecommunications and a student in the UNO Division of Continuing Studies with an emphasis in business, she is also available to speak to metro community groups and schools about epilepsy.

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