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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. 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

HR Seminar Series Kicks Off Sept. 5

Human Resources at UNO will kick off a yearlong series of informative seminars for all interested faculty and staff Tuesday, Sept. 5.

The first installment in the series, co-sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council, is titled "Identity Theft – Panel Discussion." It will be held Tuesday, Sept. 5, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and will be repeated Wednesday, Sept. 6, from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mo Ho Room. The seminar will cover methods you can use to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft.

The seminars are scheduled monthly from September through April. Topics will include personal financial management, social security and retirement planning.

For more information, contact Esther Scarpello at 554.3660.

UNO Bookstore Hours Announced

In conjunction with the start of the fall semester, the UNO Bookstore will observe the following schedule:

Aug. 14-20
Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

- Saturday and Sunday
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Aug. 20-27
- Monday through Thursday
7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

- Friday
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Saturday
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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.

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.

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