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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. 13, 1976 the Weekly Communicator reported on efforts by the UNO Music Department to organize a Choir Union. Plans for fall and spring performances included The Creation by Haydn and Requiem by Berlioz. The Choral Union would "perform the major choral repertoire with orchestral accompaniment," and rehearsals were scheduled to begin August 30 and continue every Monday evening.

Date: Aug. 13, 1976
Source: 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

Concord Coalition Official to Address National Debt

The national policy director for the Concord Commission and three former Nebraska congressmen will be the featured speakers and presenters at a free public event that will address the growing federal budget deficit. The College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) at UNO will host the meeting Sunday, Aug. 20, starting at 3 p.m. at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

CPACS hosted a major Concord Coalition event in Nebraska, the Coalition's Fiscal Wake-up Tour, last spring that brought hundreds of people to UNO. The upcoming event is a follow-up to that, said R.K. Piper, coordinator for research and development for the CPACS Nebraska Policy Choice Office.

"The issue of the federal deficit is one that crosses political lines and impacts both the local Nebraska and national economies," Piper said. "We know from last April that not only policymakers, but the general public is very interested in learning more about what can be done to improve the fiscal policy of the country."

The Concord Coalition is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to informing the public about the need for generationally responsible fiscal policy. Former U.S. Sens. Warren B. Rudman (R-NH) and Bob Kerrey (D-NE) serve as co-chairs of the Concord Coalition.

Ed Lorenzen, the national policy director for the Concord Coalition, will represent the organization at the Aug. 20 event. Lorenzen worked on Capitol Hill for 14 years, focusing primarily on fiscal and economic policy before joining the commission in 2005.

The three former Nebraska congressmen, all from Nebraska's second congressional district, slated to attend include John Cavanaugh (served 1977-81), Hal Daub (1981-89) and John McCollister (1971-77).

"Getting this group together shows how important the issue of fiscal responsibility is," Piper said. "Cavanaugh served as a Democrat; Daub and McCollister served as Republicans. They all see the national debt as something that needs more attention."

For more information, call 554.6065. The Concord Coalition Web site is

New in the Library for Fall 2006

In order to more efficiently serve the campus community, University Library will institute the following changes effective today, Aug. 14.

NU ID Number
The UNO community will now use the new NU ID number from the MavCard for library services, both on-campus and remotely. Users should present their MavCard at the Circulation Desk to check out materials and will use their eight-digit NU ID number to access library resources from the library's Web site. MavCards can also be used to purchase copies from the library's photocopying and print centers.

Renewal-Free Library Accounts
Currently enrolled/employed UNO students, faculty and staff are no longer required to renew their library registration each semester. Shortly after enrollment, students will be automatically entered into the Integrated Library System. Accounts are matched to current registrar and personnel data. "Needing to re-register every semester was too inconvenient, so we worked with ITS and the registrar's office to streamline the process," said Steve Shorb, dean of University Library.

E-mail Communication
Effective fall 2006, the library will exclusively use campus e-mail addresses ( to communicate information regarding library accounts and related services.

Wireless Printing
Wireless printing is now available throughout the library. Visit the Reference Desk for assistance in setting up your laptop for printing to the Network Print Center. Only PC platforms are currently available.

Travel and Transport Fee Notice

Effective Aug. 1, all airline transactions fees booked through Travel and Transport, the University of Nebraska travel agency, have been standardized at $10 for on-line bookings and $20 for bookings through a travel agent. For more information, contact Ken Hultman at 554.3514 or Teresa Carlson at 554.4937.

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.

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

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.

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.

Smokers Sought for UNMC Study

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Pulmonary Clinical Studies Unit is seeking people who wish to quit smoking for enrollment in a yearlong study that will use nicotine vaccine (NicVAX®) and smoking cessation counseling. There will be four to five vaccine injections over a six-month period.

To be eligible, individuals must:
- Be at least 19 years of age;
- Smoke at least 15 cigarettes per day;
- Be in good general health;
- Have a hard-wired phone at home to transmit electronic diary information; and
- Be able to make visits every one to two weeks during the first 16 weeks of the study.

Eligible subjects will receive compensation for participation. For more information, call 559.8296, or send an e-mail to