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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

2006 Faculty/Staff Picnic Today

Food, fun and free prizes will take center stage on campus today, 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.

Belck will deliver welcoming remarks at the event.

Faculty/staff photo ID will be required for admittance. To be eligible for prize drawings, employees had to pre-register by Aug. 7.

For more information, contact Mary Overton at 554.2409.

Commencement Shuttle Bus Available

More than 480 students will receive degrees Friday, Aug. 11, during UNO's summer commencement ceremony. The event will begin at 2 p.m. at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave. Faculty members should assemble no later than 1:30 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall.

Shuttle buses for faculty, staff and individuals participating in the platform party will depart from UNO in front of the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) at 1 p.m. Following the ceremony, the shuttle will provide transportation back to the MBSC.

TIAA/CREF Campus Visits Available for August

A representative from TIAA-CREF will be on campus each Tuesday in August for individual counseling sessions for employees. The remaining dates are Aug. 15, 22 and 29.

To schedule an appointment, call Louella Williams at 402.548.3610 or visit the Web at

Fidelity Representative on Campus Sept. 13

Fidelity representative Chad Anderson will be on campus for individual counseling sessions for employees Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, call 1.800.642.7131.

Students to Host Summit on Oil Dependence, Climate Change

The UNO chapter of Americans for Informed Democracy (AID) will host a national summit this month to examine the issues of oil independence and climate change.

The event, titled "Oil Dependence and Climate Change: We Do Have a Choice," will be held Saturday, Aug. 12, on the UNO campus. It will bring together student leaders from across the United States for a day of workshops, speakers and discussions on how young people can take positive action to reduce U.S. oil dependence and preserve the global environment.

Participants will hear from top experts and then be immersed in breakout sessions where they will have the chance to weigh in with their own view on how the United States can ensure a secure energy future. They will learn strategies for talking about global environmental issues with Americans and techniques for organizing town hall meetings in their communities as part of a national series on oil dependence and climate change.

"The students also will have the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with a diverse group of young leaders, equipping them with the knowledge, support and structure to implement these ideas in their neck of the woods," said Jenn Piatt, president of the UNO chapter of AID. Piatt is a junior majoring in political science at UNO.

Confirmed speakers at the summit include:

- Bill Moore, publisher and editor of EV World. Moore, an expert on issues of vehicle technology and sustainable transportation, is a former writer for Discover, Popular Science and Air & Space Smithsonian.

- Robert Kuzelka, associate professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resource Sciences. He is a former staff member at the University of Nebraska Water Center, Nebraska State Office of Planning and Programming, and the City of Tulsa Model Cities Agency.

The summit is being funded with support from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Open Society Institute, the Ford Foundation and the Hewlett Foundation. It is designed for college students, but high school students with a special interest in the topic are eligible to apply.

For more information, contact Piatt at, or visit the Web at

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.

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 St., 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 corporate 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.