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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.

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On Aug. 7, 1987, The Gateway reported that UNO had made significant improvements in its health care services. A new, part-time medical doctor was hired to work a combination of morning and afternoon hours four days a week. In addition, a new student health insurance plan was initiated. This plan required students to be seen at the school health center before an outside referral was made. These steps, along with the hiring of a registered nurse six months prior, made the UNO Student Health Center a more flexible and effective option for students.

Date: Aug. 7, 1987
Source: The Gateway
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

Foundation Promotes Byrne to Lead UNO Fundraising

byrneThe University of Nebraska Foundation recently named Lori Byrne as associate vice president of development for UNO. In her new position, Byrne directs all foundation fund-raising activities related to the Omaha campus. She works closely with UNO leadership and the foundation's UNO development team to strategize and execute fund-raising initiatives.

Byrne assumed the position in early July when Clark Rosenlof became vice president of capital projects and major gifts in the foundation's Lincoln office.

Byrne brings tremendous experience to her new position. Previously, she served as director of the foundation's corporate relations. Her work resulted in an 80 percent increase in corporate giving and a 22 percent increase in the number of corporate donors in four years.

Prior to joining the foundation in 2002, Byrne spent five years at Moore North America. She served as director of the healthcare field sales, among other positions. She also worked at Airborne Express in a number of capacities, including district sales manager.

Byrne earned a degree in marketing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is a graduate of Leadership Omaha Class 26 and serves as a class liaison on the organization's alumni board.

Byrne is located in the foundation's Omaha office. She can be reached at 502.4920 or

Amanda Linder Receives Presidential Graduate Fellowshiplinder

Amanda Linder, a technical consultant in the UNO Writing Center, is one of six recipients of the 2006-07 Presidential Graduate Fellowships.

The fellowships recognize and reward graduate students who are engaged in innovative research projects – one at UNO, three at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and two at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC).

"These students are involved in research that has great promise," said University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken. "We are fortunate to have a level of private support that allows us to encourage academic achievement and recognize some of our outstanding graduate students."

Fellows at UNL receive an annual stipend of $16,500, and those at UNMC receive $21,000. At UNO, Ph.D. candidates receive $15,000, and M.A. candidates receive $12,000. Funding for the fellowships is provided through the University of Nebraska Foundation.

This year's Presidential Graduate Fellows are listed below.

Amanda Linder, master's degree candidate in English, UNO
A graduate of UNO, Linder is a technical consultant in the UNO Writing Center. She also has been a Web designer for the Center for Faculty Development, has taught Web and graphic design, and is a published writer. Linder's degree program is in technical communication.

Brandy Clarke, Ph.D. candidate in educational psychology, UNL
Clarke's research focuses on the negative effects of poverty, and the value of early identification and intervention for at-risk children and families. Working with Sue Sheridan and Carolyn Pope Edwards, Clarke has participated in a major grant project centered on Head Start programs. She intends to pursue a career as a researcher and clinician working with young children and families, especially those families living in poverty.

Sarah Hayes, Ph.D. candidate in psychology, UNL
Preparing for a career as an academic clinical psychologist, Hayes has focused her research on anxiety disorders and the role of therapy in treating these disorders. Hayes is a 2001 graduate of Dartmouth College and earned her master's degree at UNL. She is a recipient of a highly competitive National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Mental Health.

Christine Elizabeth Stewart-Nunez, Ph.D. candidate in English, UNL
Stewart-Nunez is already a widely published poet whose work has, in her words, "emerged from the intersections of creative writing, composition studies and women's studies." She has been an editorial assistant to Presidential Professor Ted Kooser, working with his "American Life in Poetry" project. Stewart-Nunez plans an academic career that combines her interests in teaching and writing.

Helga Helgadóttir, Ph.D. candidate in nursing, UNMC
Helgadóttir is a native of Iceland, where she has taught pediatric nursing and worked as a staff nurse in pediatrics. She is a graduate of the University of Akureyri in Iceland and holds a master's degree from the University of Florida. She plans to continue her career at the University of Iceland, teaching pediatric nursing and conducting research in pain management in children.

Janel Kopp, Ph.D. candidate in cancer research, UNMC
Kopp is a graduate of South Dakota State University whose research interests include molecular research and the regulation of genes involved in mammalian development, as well as cancer and other diseases. Kopp's research has been published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry and the Journal of Cellular Physiology. She plans a career in cancer research.

Heineman Appoints Robert Phares to Board of Regents

Gov. Dave Heineman has announced his appointment of Robert Phares of North Platte, Neb., to the University of Nebraska Board of Regents. The District 7 seat, which represents most of western and west-central Nebraska, was vacated following a July 7 decision by the Nebraska Supreme Court. Phares will be sworn in later this month.

"Bob Phares has dedicated a lifetime of service to Nebraska, and I could not have asked for a more capable, qualified person to represent the best interests of western Nebraska residents and those of Nebraska's university," Heineman said. "He has knowledge of the issues facing our towns, farms and ranches, and has earned a strong reputation from many years of engaged and active service at every level of civic leadership. This position provides an opportunity for Bob to bring his vast experience to bear in working with his fellow regents to chart a strong future for the University of Nebraska."

Phares was first elected mayor of North Platte at the age of 28, which at the time made him the youngest person ever elected to run a Nebraska city of the first classification. He served two terms as mayor. He is president and owner of Phares Financial Services Inc., a financial planning and services firm in North Platte.

He is currently a member of the University of Nebraska President's Advisory Council and is the former board president of the Kearney State College Foundation, a past member of the Mid-Plains Community College Foundation, and served as a public representative on the University of Nebraska presidential search committee.

Phares is a past president of the League of Nebraska Municipalities and former board chairman of the North Platte Chamber of Commerce. He is the former director of the North Platte Development Corporation, NEBRASKAland Days Inc. and the North Platte United Way Fund. He has been involved with the Great Plains Regional Medical Center for more than 20 years, and served eight years as chairman of its board of directors. He is a past president of the North Platte Rotary Club and served as district governor from 1996 to 1997.

Phares is 66. He was born in Atlantic, Iowa, and was raised in North Platte. He received his degree in business administration, graduating with honors in 1962 from Kearney State College, now the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK). He was honored for contributions to his alma mater in 1984 when he received the UNK Distinguished Service and Outstanding Alumni Award.

Regents Extend Resident Tuition Eligibility to Nebraska Veterans

Veterans of all branches of the U.S. armed services will be eligible to attend the University of Nebraska at in-state (resident) tuition rates under an amendment to the university's tuition policy approved by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents July 28.

Any individual who graduates from a Nebraska high school, is honorably discharged from the military and returns to Nebraska to establish a home now qualifies for in-state tuition without having to first meet the 12-month domicile rule. The policy is effective immediately.

"The policy was changed to allow men and women who have honorably served their country to return to Nebraska and attend college at in-state rates without having to re-establish residency," said University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken. The policy from which veterans are now exempt requires that an individual must live in the state for a minimum of 12 months to establish residency and qualify for in-state tuition.

The University of Nebraska's tuition policy already grants resident tuition status to active members of the armed services who have been assigned a permanent duty station in Nebraska, as well as their spouses and dependents.

Regent Drew Miller proposed the policy change. "We want to welcome Nebraska veterans home and encourage them to begin or continue their college studies here in Nebraska," Miller said.

Change in Library Hours Announced

University Library will be closed the weekends of Aug. 12-13 and Aug. 19-20. Fall hours will begin Aug. 21. The fall schedule is as follows:

Monday through Thursday
7 a.m. to midnight

7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Noon to midnight

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 families 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 15th and Cuming, 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 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.

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.

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).


Peggy Jones
- Peggy Jones, black studies, received the Leota Norton Emergency Services Award for Disaster Service June 8 from the Heartland Chapter of the American Red Cross. The award recognized volunteer services Jones provided during the past year, including extensive assistance with the Civic Center shelter that was set up in Omaha for Hurricane Katrina evacuees. Norton, the award's namesake, retired from the Red Cross in 1969 after a life of public service and many years of extensive volunteer work in the Omaha metro area.

Jones has been an active Red Cross volunteer since 2004 and also teaches disaster-related courses. She is currently working with Michael Carroll – UNO Goodrich Program, Paul Sather – Service Learning Academy, and Jono Anzalone - director of emergency services with the Red Cross, to create a "Campus Community Disaster Educators" group from students who are interested in service projects with the Red Cross.

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