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University of Omaha Band Convocation in the Arts and Sciences Hall auditorium, February 1956, under the direction of OU Assistant Professor of Music Arthur R. Custer.

This Week in Campus History

On Aug. 2, 1974, the Weekly Communicator reported that Don Leahy, Ak-Sar-Ben Coliseum activities director, had been named the new UNO director of athletics. Former UNO Athletic Director Clyde Biggers had recently left UNO for a position at the University of Richmond. Leahy previously had been the head football coach and athletic director at Omaha Creighton Prep.

Date: Aug. 2, 1974
Source: The Weekly Communicator
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

SPR Report

The SPR Report details the results of UNO's efforts to obtain external funding in support of its teaching, research, service and outreach efforts. The report is designed to keep the university community informed as to externally funded projects on campus and bring recognition to those faculty and staff who have worked to generate these resources.

From the period of July 1-21, those receiving grant awards totaling $373,451 are as follows:

Name: Ron Abdouch
College: Public Affairs and Community Service
Title: Neighborhood Center for Greater Omaha
Sponsor: Mammel Foundation

Name: Paul Clark
College: Education
Title: OPS Digital Student Portfolio Development Project
Sponsor: Omaha Public Schools

Name: Tom Gouttierre
Unit: International Studies and Programs
Title: Summer Institute for European Student Leaders
Sponsor: U.S. Department of State

Name: Lourdes Gouveia
College: Arts and Sciences
Title: Rural People, Rural Policy
Sponsor: Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest

Name: Nick Stergiou
College: Education
Title: Nonlinear Analysis of Postural Function in Infants
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health

Name: Jennifer White
College: Education
Title: Women Bound to be Active
Sponsor: Melpomene Institute

For support and help with research activities, call the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research at 554.2286, or visit the Web at

Maverick Football to Open Practice Aug. 8

The Mavericks will open football practice for the 2006 season Tuesday, Aug. 8, on the Caniglia Field turf. Media Day interviews will be held at 2:30 p.m. that afternoon.


The Mavericks are ranked among nearly all the pre-season Top 20 polls in NCAA Division II after posting an 8-3 mark last year when UNO shared its second straight North Central Conference (NCC) title.

The Mavericks will open the 89th season of collegiate football Saturday, Sept. 2, at Caniglia Field versus instate rival the University of Nebraska at Kearney at 6 p.m. UNO will play seven home games, including two night games, during the 2006 season.

The 2006 Maverick football schedule is listed below. All home games are highlighted in bold.

- Sept. 2
University of Nebraska at Kearney
6 p.m.

- Sept. 9
at Northwest Missouri State
1 p.m.

- Sept. 16
at Western Washington*
1 p.m.

- Sept. 23
6 p.m.

- Sept. 30
at Minnesota State
1 p.m.

- Oct. 7

- Oct. 14
North Dakota (homecoming)*
1 p.m.

- Oct. 21
at Minnesota Duluth*
1 p.m.

- Oct. 28
St. Cloud State*
1 p.m.

- Nov. 4
South Dakota*
2 p.m.

- Nov. 11
Central Washington*
1 p.m.

*Indicates NCC games

Deadline for Academic Regalia Orders Today

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 today, July 31.

Smokers Sought for UNMC Study

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Pulmonary Clinical Studies Unit is seeking people who wish to quit smoking for enrollment in a yearlong study that will use nicotine vaccine (NicVAX®) and smoking cessation counseling. There will be four to five vaccine injections over a six-month period.

To be eligible, individuals must:
- Be at least 19 years of age;
- Smoke at least 15 cigarettes per day;
- Be in good general health;
- Have a hard-wired phone at home to transmit electronic diary information; and
- Be able to make visits every one to two weeks during the first 16 weeks of the study.

Eligible subjects will receive compensation for participation. For more information, call 559.8296, or send an e-mail to

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.

Fall Faculty Workshops Set for Aug. 14-17

The 2006 Faculty Workshops, sponsored by the UNO Center for Faculty Development (CFD), will be held Aug. 14-17.

The New Faculty Workshop will be held Monday afternoon, Aug. 14, and Tuesday morning, Aug. 15. The Graduate Teaching Assistant Workshop will be held Monday afternoon, Aug. 14, and will feature a new, one-day format.

The Part-Time Faculty Workshop, open to new and experienced part-time faculty, will be offered the evenings of Aug. 16 and 17. This workshop is being offered twice so part-time faculty can choose the evening most convenient for them.

The workshops have been a tradition at UNO for more than 30 years. They provide new faculty and teaching assistants with an opportunity to meet one another in an informal setting while learning about UNO. Discussion topics will include UNO's metropolitan mission and strategic goals, students, academic support services and faculty development opportunities.

For more information about the workshops, contact the Center for Faculty Development (554.2427 or or Deborah Smith-Howell, assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs (554.4849 or

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

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."

In conjunction with the program, English classes are held daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students also eat 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.