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Employee of the Month

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Les Valentine has been named the August Employee of the Month at UNO. Valentine is an archivist at University Library. Look for details in a future edition of eNotes. For more information on how to nominate individuals for Employee of the Month honors, visit the Web at

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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

UNO Commencement Today at the Civic

Note: Faculty members who plan to attend commencement should assemble no later than 1:30 p.m. in the Civic Auditorium 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.

More than 480 students will graduate today, Aug. 11, during the summer commencement ceremony at UNO. The event will be held at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave., beginning at 2 p.m.

rogersSheri Rogers, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at UNO, will receive the Chancellor's Medal. Dr. Rogers began her tenure at UNO in 1994 as an assistant professor of teacher education in the College of Education. She directs the Center for ePortfolio Based Assessment and campus accreditation, facilitates the Academic Quality Improvement Program task force leaders and oversees the myMAPP (Mapping Academic Performance through ePortfolios) initiatives. In addition, she coordinates PK-16 initiatives, including the Dual Enrollment Program and the Omaha Public Schools/UNO Early Entry Pilot.

aspen wildDarcy Aspen Wild, an Omaha native, will present the student commencement address. She will receive a bachelor of arts degree in communication with an emphasis in speech communication. Aspen Wild is interested in pursuing a career in public relations, training or event planning.

The commencement ceremony also will feature the following:

mclarneyMike McLarney will receive the Order of the Tower, UNO's highest non-academic award. He has been president and CEO of United Way of the Midlands (UWM) since 1989. An avid supporter of UNO, McLarney has actively engaged the campus community in the design and implementation of the research, policy and program development activities of UWM. Under his leadership, UNO faculty and researchers collaborated in the creation of a comprehensive report that is playing a key role in focusing culturally appropriate social and human services programming for Hispanic youth in the community.

denneyMike Denney will receive the UNO Alumni Association's Citation for Alumnus Achievement. He has been head wrestling coach at UNO since 1979. Denney recently led the Mavericks to three consecutive NCAA Division II national championships, and his 1991 team also won a national championship. The 2005-06 team also received the school's third national dual meet title. UNO has posted 14 top-three finishes in the past 16 years and has not finished lower than eighth place since 1980. The Mavericks have garnered more top-10 finishes (26) than any other Division II school. The 2004-05 Mavericks were academic national champions, the first time a team has won both the academic and team championships in the same year.

For more information about today's commencement, call 554.2358 or 554.3502.

New Online Ordering Feature Available for UNO Business Cards

Printing Services has recently updated its online ordering process for business cards. The new feature will allow clients to place entire orders from start to finish on the Web.

Online ordering instructions are as follows:

- Visit the Web at;
- Click on "place and order";
- Select "UNO business cards";
- Enter entire information in fields exactly as it should appear on the printed card; and
- A PDF proof will be generated. This proof will represent how it will be printed.

"This will speed up time and accuracy as the cards will no longer need to be typeset, thus reducing typing errors. Printing Services customers will no longer have to wait for a proof as the proof is viewable right when they place the order," said Lori Fuller, graphics customer service supervisor. "Business cards will still need to adhere to university guidelines, but this process should make ordering easier and faster."

For assistance navigating the Web site or for more information, call 559.5883.

"Consider This" to Explore Caregiving Options

According to a recent survey by the National Alliance for Caregiving and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP): An estimated 22.4 million U.S. households - nearly one in four - now are providing care to a relative or friend age 50 or older or have provided care during the previous 12 months.

Host Andrea McMaster will explore the option of caring for parents at home, as well as placing a loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility on this week's "Consider This." McMaster's guests will be Mary Lou Brasee with the Visiting Nurses Association and Cindy Kadavy with Nebraska's Long-Term Care Ombudsman program.

The program will air tonight, Aug. 11, on KYNE-TV Channel 26 at 11 p.m.

The state Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program serves as the advocate for long-term care facility residents. Ombudsmen investigate any concern on behalf of a long-term care facility resident and mediate and negotiate to resolve the complaint to the resident's satisfaction. The program doesn't have the authority to remove residents, revoke licenses of the facility or any personnel, or restrict admissions. It serves solely as the "voice" of the resident. It's the only state program that is totally devoted to the concerns of the long-term care facility resident. Hear more about how this program works this week on "Consider This".

This edition of the program will be rebroadcast according to the following schedule:

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, Aug. 13
11:30 p.m.

NET2 (NET's cable network)
- Monday, Aug. 14
1:30 p.m. (CT)

-Wednesday, Aug. 15
8 a.m. (CT)

"Consider This" is a production of UNO Television. It also airs on The Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For a list of days and times, visit the Web at Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at

Change in Library Hours Announced

University Library will be closed the weekends of Aug. 12-13 and Aug. 19-20. Fall hours will begin Monday, 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

Summer Hours Conclude Today

Summer hours at UNO conclude today, Aug. 11. The fall semester for both day and evening classes begins Monday, Aug. 21. For more information, contact Human Resources at 554.2321.

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- Hesham Ali, dean of the College of Information Science and Technology, was cited in the July 19 edition of the Omaha Daily Record. The article announced the naming of Dr. Ali to his current post.

- John Bartle, public administration, was quoted in the July 16 edition of the Star-Herald (Scottsbluff, Neb.). The article announced UNO's expansion of its online master of public administration program.

- Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, political science, was quoted in the July 23 and July 24 editions of the Omaha World-Herald. The articles highlighted a voter registration event held July 22 in Omaha.

- UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck was quoted in the July 22 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article announced the promotion of Hesham Ali to dean of the College of Information Science and Technology. Dr. Belck also was pictured in the July 2006 edition of Metro Magazine. The accompanying article highlighted a gala held May 11 to celebrate and benefit the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival.

- Winnie Callahan, executive director of the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute, was quoted in the July 12 edition of the Creighton News (Creighton, Neb.). The article explored the Summer Scholars program held at UNO.

- Jerry Cederblom, Goodrich Program, was quoted in the July 24 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article explored the importance of the UNO Goodrich Program in the success of minority students.

- Tom Gouttierre, dean of international studies and programs, and director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies, was quoted in the July 9 edition of the Contra Costa Times (Contra Costa, Calif.). The article profiled Mohammad Qayoumi, the new president of Cal State East Bay.

- L.C. Menyweather-Woods, black studies, was pictured in the July 2006 edition of Metro Magazine. The accompanying article listed winners of the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) Humanitarian Awards, including Menyweather-Woods.

- Sheri Rogers, associate vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, was cited in the July 24 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article recognized Dr. Rogers as the 2006 recipient of the Del and Lou Ann Weber Award of Excellence.

- David Volkman, finance, banking and law, was cited in the July 2006 edition of Metro Magazine. The article explored the UNO Maverick Investment Camp.

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 Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.

In Print

- Samuel Walker, emeritus professor of criminal justice, had editorials published in the July 4 edition of the Forum (Fargo, N.D.) and the July 5 edition of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The columns both discussed a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that cited one of Dr. Walker's criminal justice policy books.

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 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

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 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

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 Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.