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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

CPAR Report Outlines Population Divide Between Counties

A just-released report from The Center for Public Affairs Research (CPAR) at UNO that focuses on the population of Nebraska points to a continuing and expanding divide between urban and rural counties. In addition to increased urbanization, data from the 2005 Nebraska Population Report also shows that half of the state's counties are now recording more deaths than births each year.

"This report highlights trends that we have seen and documented over the past few years," said Jerry Deichert, CPAR director. "While there may not be any surprises here, we do see even more dramatically how people are moving away from smaller towns and cities to places like Omaha and Lincoln."

Sarpy County, just south of Omaha, had the largest growth rate from 2000 through 2005 at 13.7 percent. During the same period, Blaine County experienced the most pronounced decline at 17 percent. Twenty-three of the state's 93 counties grew between 2000 and 2005, with most of those counties tending to be located in the eastern one-third of Nebraska or along Interstate 80.

"It's been called a ‘fishhook,'" Deichert said. "When you see a state map with population increases highlighted, the counties that have gained population have that sort of shape."

The population estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau and compiled by CPAR also show that 18 counties that experienced growth during the 1990s have seen population declines during this decade.

Other highlights:

- The current rate of growth within Nebraska is about half of the overall U.S. growth rate. Since 2000, the state has averaged about .5 percent annual growth.

- Statewide, Nebraska continues to gain population through natural increase, as the annual number of births is larger than the number of deaths.

- Only half of Nebraska's counties experienced more births than deaths between 2000 and 2005. Again, increases tended to occur in the eastern one-third of the state and along counties located near Interstate 80, as well as some counties in the northwestern part of the state.

- Sex and age pyramids show that the White, non-Hispanic population is older than the state's minority population.

- Sixteen counties experienced increase via net migration between 2000 and 2005. Those counties tended to be located near Lincoln and Omaha.

- The percentage of county residents age 65 and over increases as the county type becomes increasingly rural. Those 65 and older comprise 10.4 percent of the population in metropolitan counties, 14.9 percent in non-metropolitan counties, 17.8 percent in counties having a city with at least 2,500 residents and 21.4 percent in counties without a city of 2,500 residents.

- Forty percent of Nebraska's cities and towns had fewer than 250 residents in 2005. The median size city in the state, Brule, had 334 citizens.

"People and communities can use this population report to help understand where their counties and communities stand and can look at how these trends have developed over time," Deichert said. "There's a wealth of information to draw from, and this should help communities and businesses with their planning."

The report is available online at A variety of state historical figures and population breakdowns by age, race and ethnicity are included.

For more information, contact Deichert at 554.2134 or David Drozd at 554.2132.

Electrical Curtailment Program Under Way on Campus

UNO, in conjunction with Omaha Public Power District (OPPD), is participating in a community-wide electrical curtailment program this summer. The goal is to provide the community with reliable electrical service during periods of peak electrical use in the summer months.

To accomplish this goal, large OPPD customers voluntarily reduce electrical use during extreme peak electrical usage periods, which normally occur on extremely hot and humid days. This summer, the curtailment periods will be noon to 2 p.m. and will last through the evening hours.

At UNO, the curtailment is accomplished partially through the reduction of lighting to minimal levels in several public corridors and hallways of most buildings. This program does not affect individual offices and classrooms.

UNO Facilities Management and Planning asks faculty and staff to participate in energy savings practices when possible, such as turning off lights or equipment that are not in use and shutting down computers and printers when users go home for the day.

Each day is evaluated by OPPD for the need to curtail electrical use in the community. At no time will safety be compromised.

For more information, contact Larry Morgan at 554.3735 or

Campanile Clock, Bells Out of Service Aug. 3

The Henningson Memorial Campanile clock and bells will be out of service Thursday, Aug. 3, so that a new television cable can be installed. The work is expected to be completed by 5 p.m. that evening.

For more information, contact Larry Morgan at 554.3735 or

Today's Office Professional Conference Oct. 13

The 2006 Today's Office Professional Conference is set for Friday, Oct. 13, at the Westside Community Center, 3534 S. 108th St. The event, presented by the Nebraska Business Development Center, will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The conference is designed for administrative assistants, secretaries, support staff and office managers. The enrollment fee is $149, which includes a continental breakfast, a gourmet lunch, training materials, a complimentary gift and parking.

Those who register by Sept. 22 will get a discount rate of $129. No other discounts apply. To enroll and access the list of speakers and presentations, visit the Web at

For more information, contact Chris Flott at 595.2900 or

The Nebraska Business Development Center is a unit of the UNO College of Business Administration.

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).

Parking Permit Renewal Process Under Way

Campus Security has distributed faculty and staff parking permit renewal forms 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.

Permits will be delivered 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.


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