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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

Board of Regents to Meet Today

The agenda for the University of Nebraska Board of Regents meeting in Grand Island set for today, July 28, has been expanded to include three new items and one revised item. One item has been withdrawn until the September meeting. The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. today at Central Community College.

In addition, University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken has asked UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck to provide the board with a brief report on the planning process put in place to address current issues in the UNO Department of Athletics.  Topics to be addressed include the budget, conference affiliation and division membership.

Milliken also has asked Dr. Belck to provide a more detailed report of plans and possible recommendations at the board's next regular meeting in September. "UNO athletics are a vital component of the campus and the community," Milliken said. "We need to be focused on how to move forward with a balanced budget and continued success for our programs and student athletes."

Agenda changes
The board will consider a three-year extension of Milliken's contract to July 31, 2010. Milliken was hired in 2004. His original three-year contract called for a performance review before the end of the second year; that review has been completed under the direction of the board's executive committee. Following the review, the executive committee recommended that Milliken's contract be extended three additional years, and that his salary for 2006-07 be increased by 4.5 percent to $293,436.

"J.B. has provided exemplary leadership, and both the university and the state are fortunate to have him," said board chair Jim McClurg. "The university's strategic framework, which was developed under his guidance, has set the vision for building a greater university, and he has actively engaged the whole state in his leadership."

The board also will vote on program statements for the 2007-09 capital construction budget requests, a new university-wide student information system, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) greater Nebraska projects to upgrade three agricultural research and extension facilities. Program statements must be submitted to the Coordinating Commission on Post-Secondary Education with the budget requests. (The agenda had previously included the budget requests but not the program statements.) The budget request for the greater Nebraska projects (addendum X-B-1) also has been changed, reflecting an increase from $13.5 million to $14.3 million.

An agenda item to discontinue the UNL Panhandle Learning Center has been moved to the September board agenda.

To access the full agenda, visit the Web at http://www.nebraska.edu/board/board_agendas.shtml.

UNO Participants Sought for Corporate Cup

All UNO employees and their families are invited to participate in the 26th annual Omaha Corporate Cup Run/Walk. The 10k run or 2-mile walk will be held Sunday, Sept. 17, at 8:15 a.m. at the Omaha Civic Auditorium.

The cost is $14 for UNO employees who are Campus Recreation activity cardholders, and $18 for family members of activity cardholders and UNO employees without an activity card. This year, participants can choose from the 10k run or 2-mile walk. New to the event is RaceDay @ InPlay, located at 15 and Cuming St., where there will be oral and silent auctions, a children's raffle and more.

The registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 1, at noon. To register, stop by 100 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. For more information, contact Mike Kult at 554.2539.

All participants will receive a UNO corporate team T-shirt, an American Lung Association cup, and food and drink before and after the race. Interested runners can participate in a 15-week 10K training program for beginners. For details, stop by Campus Recreation, 100 HPER.

August FEAP Schedule Announced

The Faculty/Staff Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) provides short-term counseling, assessment and referral services for faculty, staff, their spouses or significant others, and family members. FEAP offices are located in 206 Eppley Administration Building.

The August schedule is as follows:

- Aug. 11, 16 and 22
8 a.m. to noon

- Aug. 14, 24 and 30
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Appointments are free and available by calling 554.3120 (UNO) or 559.5175 (UNMC).

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.

In the News

In the News

- John Bartle and Alice Schumaker, public administration, were cited in the June 7 edition of the Keith Co. News (Ogallala, Neb.). The article announced that the duo would be presenting June 8 at the annual Nebraska City Managers Association Summer Conference.

- Gary Day and Russ Nordman, art and art history, and Anthony Trecek-King, music, were cited in the June 7 edition of the City Weekly. The article highlighted the first major comprehensive exhibition of video art in the state, which continues at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in downtown Omaha through Aug. 12.

- Lourdes Gouveia, Latino/Latin American studies, was interviewed July 17 by National Public Radio for a segment on immigration reform. 

- Al Kammerrer, UNO Writing Center, and David Peterson, English, were cited in the June 7 edition of the City Weekly. The article discussed the Great Plains Theatre Conference.

- Jeremy Lipschultz, communication, was quoted in the June 8 edition of the Des Moines Register (Des Moines, Iowa). The article explored the raising of fines by the Federal Communications Commission for the broadcast of indecent material.

- Guy Matalon, philosophy and religion, was featured on the KPTM-Fox 42 9 p.m. newscast July 18 and 20. Dr. Matalon discussed the Middle East crisis.

- Nick Stergiou, biomechanics, was cited in the July 2 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article discussed guidelines for purchasing a proper pair of running shoes.

- Samuel Walker, emeritus professor of criminal justice, was quoted in the June 2 edition of the Wichita Eagle (Wichita, Kan.). The article discussed the issue of DNA collecting and disposal.

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 enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.

In Print

Bruce E. Johansen, communication and Native American studies, recently published the following articles:
- "Jack Abramoff: Hazard Kultura Korupcji" ("Jack Abramoff: Corrupter of Native American Culture"). Tawacin (Poland, in Polish), Summer 2006, 34-43.
- "The Paul Revere of Global Warming." The Progressive, August 2006, 26-28.

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 enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.

On Stage

Auditions for Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra Aug. 14-18

The Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra (MUS 4130-001) and Chamber Orchestra (MUS 2730-001) will hold auditions for the 2006-07 season Aug. 14-18 at the Strauss Performing Arts Center.

The Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra, the official concert orchestra at UNO, is open to students, faculty and staff. Rehearsals will take place each Monday from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

"It is one of the most venerable and well-respected orchestras in Omaha with a history dating back to its founding in the 1920s," said Christopher Stanichar, director of orchestral activities. "The orchestra allows community members to continue to hone their musical talents by playing favorite works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich and many others."

This year, Dr. Stanichar will celebrate his fifth year as conductor of the ensemble. Those interested in auditioning should call 554.2251. Details also are available on the Web at http://music.unomaha.edu.

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 enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.

On Exhibit

Nordman's Works on Display at the Bemis

The work of Russ Nordman, art and art history, is featured in an exhibition at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in downtown Omaha.

The exhibition, SIGNAL CHANNEL, is the first major comprehensive exhibition of video art in the state. As a true multi-faceted exhibition, SIGNAL CHANNEL explores video art as a medium and demonstrates the video artist's power to experiment, explore and test the parameters of conventional art-making practices. It runs through Aug. 12.

Gallery hours at the Bemis are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 341.7130, or visit the Web at http://www.bemiscenter.org/.

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 enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.