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Pictured above, construction of the Strauss Performing Arts Center in July of 1972.

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

"Consider This" to Explore West Nile Virus

In Nebraska and Iowa, the summer of 2003 will be remembered for the influx of the West Nile virus. Doctors, scientists and patients have learned much since then, but a nagging question remains - why do some people become severely ill while others don't even know they've been infected?

Researchers at The Nebraska Medical Center are taking a closer look. The hospital is one of several sites for a new study that's being conducted in the United States and Canada. Dr. Mark Rupp, epidemiologist at The Nebraska Medical Center and professor of infectious diseases at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), will discuss the study on this week's "Consider This" with host Andrew McMaster. The program will air Friday, July 28, on KYNE-TV Channel 26 at 11 p.m.

McMaster's second guest - Dr. Alison Freifeld, an infectious disease physician at UNMC - will discuss testing the medication Omr-IgG-am as a potential treatment for the West Nile virus.

The Nebraska Medical Center is currently enrolling adults diagnosed with the West Nile virus within the past four years to participate in Dr. Rupp's research study. For more information, call 552.2254 or 1.800.763.6858.

Patients with the West Nile virus are also needed for Dr. Freifeld's clinical trial. Health professionals who think their patients have West Nile virus and have questions about whether a patient would be eligible should contact research nurse coordinators Kimberly Bargenquast or Penny Hardiman at 402.559.8650.

This edition of the program will be rebroadcast according to the following schedule:

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, July 30
11:30 p.m.

NET2 (NET's cable network)
- Monday, July 31
1:30 p.m. (CT)

- Wednesday, Aug. 2
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

COS Open Lab Session for Grant Writers Aug. 4

The next Community of Science (COS) open lab session will be held Friday, Aug. 4, at noon in Room 207 of University Library.

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) hosts these monthly hour-long sessions to demonstrate the various online resources available to faculty and graduate students through COS. Reservations are not required.  For more information, contact Nancy Schlesiger at 554.2286.

2006 Faculty/Staff Picnic Set for Aug. 10

Food, fun and free prizes will take center stage on campus Thursday, Aug. 10, at the UNO Faculty/Staff Picnic. The event - sponsored by UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck, the Faculty Senate and the Staff Advisory Council - will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

Dr. Belck will deliver welcoming remarks at the event.

Registration forms must be submitted to Mary Overton in 115 Eppley Administration Building by Monday, Aug. 7, to be eligible for the prize drawings. No phone reservations will be accepted. To access a form, click on the following link:

2006 Faculty/Staff Picnic registration

For more information, contact Overton at 554.2409.

Homestay Hosts Sought for ILUNO Students

The UNO Intensive Language Program (ILUNO) is currently seeking homestay families and hosts for new international students arriving in mid- to late-August.

The students generally come from Colombia, Japan, Korea and Saudi Arabia six times per year, said Jennifer Stahl, international student adviser at UNO. "Most of these students come here to study English and learn about U.S. culture, and many plan to stay beyond their four- to 12-month language program to pursue degree programs at UNO," Stahl noted.

In conjunction with the program, English classes are held daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students also take lunch on campus those days. Hosts will receive a monthly homestay fee to cover room and/or meals.

"Hosts are encouraged not only to share their normal daily routines with students but also to help them learn English, see Omaha and experience American culture," she said.

If you are interested in hosting on a short- or long-term basis (one to six months), contact Lori Arias, Jennifer Stahl or Steve Hoiberg at 554.2293.

Participants Sought for Tech Day Sept. 6

Information Technology Services (ITS) will sponsor its annual Tech Day Wednesday, Sept. 6. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

ITS invites departments and organizations to promote their technology services at this event. Individuals who provide a technology service to students, faculty and staff and would like to participate in this event should contact Joyce Crockett at 554.3364 or by Friday, Aug. 11. Wireless connections are available.

Interested participants should provide the following information when registering:
- Department/organization name;
- Technology service offered;
- Number of tables needed;
- Number of electrical outlets needed; and
- If an Ethernet connection is needed instead of a wireless connection.

Summer Shuttle Service Schedule Notice

The summer shuttle service operates Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., excluding holidays. The shuttle services the north and south campuses only. There is no shuttle service to Crossroads Mall during the summer months.

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.