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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

FFFF to Feature Dr. de Vreede Today

the nameGert-Jan de Vreede will be featured on KVNO Classical 90.7 FM's "First Friday Faculty Focus" today, Aug. 4.

"First Friday Faculty Focus" is an interview series that highlights the many contributions of faculty to UNO and the greater community, said Cheril Lee, KVNO news director.

Dr. de Vreede is a professor in the UNO College of Information Science and Technology's Department of Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis.

Lee's interview with Dr. de Vreede will air during the 8 a.m., noon and 4 p.m. newscasts Aug. 4. For more information about the interview series, contact Lee at 554.2516.

Mentors Sought for Emerging Leaders

Student Organizations and Leadership Programs is currently seeking mentors for the Emerging Leaders Class of 2006. Mentors serve as a resource and advocate for students in the program.

If you are interested in serving as a mentor or for more information about the program, contact Barb Treadway-Janousek at 554.2711 or btreadway@mail.unomaha.edu.

UNO Child Care Center Anniversary Carnival Today

The UNO Child Care Center will celebrate its 20th anniversary today, Aug. 4, with a family-style carnival, food, fun and games. Activities will take place from 4:30 to 7 p.m. outside the center in parking lot H.

All members of the campus community are invited to attend and help celebrate 20 years of quality education for UNO's youngest students. For more information, call 554.3398.

Payroll Notice

August has three biweekly paydays (Aug. 3, Aug. 17 and Aug. 31). Therefore, no standard deductions will be taken from the Aug. 31 biweekly payroll. Regular biweekly paid employees will not have NUCREDITS included or standard deductions, such as insurance and parking, withheld. Federal and state taxes, Social Security and Medicare taxes, and retirement and credit union deductions will be taken.

For more information, contact payroll at 554.2325.

Royals Tickets Available While Supplies Last

Free general admission tickets to the Aug. 16 Omaha Royals game at Rosenblatt Stadium are available to interested UNO faculty, staff and students while supplies last.

The Royals take on Albuquerque at 7:05 p.m. The tickets may be picked up in University Affairs, 108 Eppley Administration Building. For more information, call 554.2762.

ITS Data Center Fall Hours Under Way

The Information Technology Services (ITS) Data Center, located in 008 Eppley Administration Building, is now open according to the following schedule:

Monday through Friday
7 a.m. to 10:45 p.m.

Weekends
7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This schedule will remain in place throughout the fall semester.

For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (554.4357).

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.

In the News

- In the News Jim Buck, vice chancellor for administration, and John Christensen, vice chancellor for academic affairs, were quoted in the July 13 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article discussed the possibility of a video scoreboard project at Caniglia Field.

- Winnie Callahan, executive director of The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute, was quoted in the June 23 edition of the Midlands Business Journal. The article examined opportunities available to women in the information technology field.

- Gary Day, art and art history, was pictured in the July 2006 edition of Joslyn Art Museum Quarterly. The article recognized Day as a recent visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome.

- James Freeman, multicultural affairs, was quoted in the June 22 edition of the Omaha Star. The article explored the UNO Summer Scholars Program.

- Maria Garza, multicultural affairs, was quoted in the July 7 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article discussed the Summer Scholars Program at UNO.

- Russ Nordman, art and art history, was quoted in the July 23 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article highlighted the first comprehensive video art show being screened at the Bemis Center. Nordman also was quoted in the July 23 edition of the South Bend Tribune (South Bend, Ind.). The article highlighted installations on display at the South Bend Regional Museum of Art, including "Paramnesia," a work Nordman completed with his wife, Jody Boyer. In addition, "Echotrope," a local arts group founded by Nordman and Boyer that is dedicated to expanding the presence of experimental art and digital literacy in the metro area, was featured in the July/August 2006 edition of Omaha Magazine.

- Lou Pol, dean of the College of Business Administration (CBA), was quoted in the June 22 edition of the Omaha Star. The article highlighted the CBA's commitment to the Black Executive Exchange Program.

- B.J. Reed, dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, was quoted in the June 22 edition of the Omaha Star. The article announced the formation of a School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at UNO.

- David Volkman, finance, banking and law, was quoted in the June 23 edition of the Midlands Business Journal. The article explored a Latino financial summer camp held at UNO.

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 n

In Print

The following papers by members of the recently founded Institute for Collaboration Science at UNO were just accepted for publication:

- Gruenbacher, P., Seyff, N., Briggs, R.O., In, H.P., Kitapci, H., and Port, D. Making every student a winner: The WinWin approach in software engineering education. Journal of Systems Science. In Press; and

- Briggs, R.O., Reinig, B.R., and Vreede, G.J. de. Meeting Satisfaction for Technology Supported Groups: An Empirical Validation of a Goal-Attainment Model. Small Group Research. In Press.

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

Work of Nordman 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.