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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

NU Cites Progress in Minority, Women Hiring

The University of Nebraska has made significant progress in the past decade in increasing the number of women on the faculty, according to a report issued by Linda Pratt, interim senior vice president and provost. "The University of Nebraska exceeds the average of our peer institutions in this measure," Dr. Pratt said. "Our percentage of minority faculty has also increased during the same period of time," she added, "however, we have not yet reached our desired benchmark of the average of all peer institutions."

The Nebraska legislature requires the university to report periodically on its progress in minority and gender equity. NU's 2006 Progress Report on Increasing Minority and Women Faculty, which was delivered to the legislature Aug. 10, included the following summary statistics:

- The number of female faculty as a percent of total at NU increased from 25.1 percent in 1995 to 32.5 percent in 2005, compared to a change from 24.8 percent to 30.8 percent at peer institutions.

- From 2004 to 2005, NU had net increases of 28 female faculty, a 4.3 percent gain, and nine minority faculty, a 3.3 percent gain, while total faculty decreased by one faculty member.

- The university has made great strides in closing the percentage gap on minority faculty compared to the peer average. Since 1995, the number of minority faculty as a percent of total at NU increased from 7.9 percent to 13.7 percent of the total faculty. The average change for peer institutions for the same time period was from 10.9 percent to 15 percent. The rate of increase at NU exceeds the rate for peers during the same time period.

- Seventy-four female faculty and 24 minority faculty were newly appointed between fall 2004 and fall 2005. Females made up 44.3 percent of all new appointments. This is higher than the current female representation at the university of 32.5 percent. The rate of new appointments for minorities was 14.4 percent, which is higher than the 13.7 percent current minority representation at the university.

- In FY04, diversity funding allocation at the university was changed to be based predominantly on net gains instead of recruitment success. This broadens the focus to include both recruitment and retention.

"We are continuing to make progress, but we have some challenges in Nebraska, especially in recruiting and retaining minority faculty," Dr. Pratt said. "We must ensure that our salaries, benefits and climate are competitive with our peers and other institutions."

The report is available online at

For more information, contact Sharon Stephan at 402.472.7554.

MavCard Services Recarding Reminder

If you have not already done so, all currently enrolled students, active faculty and staff members should stop by MavCard Services to receive the new MavCard.

MavCard, the official identification card at UNO, replaces the university's previous photo ID cards. Beginning Friday, Sept. 8, only newly issued MavCards will work on campus. The newly designed MavCard features the NU ID number, which is used for various services across campus.

MavCard Services is located on the second floor of the Milo Bail Student Center. Fall hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call 554.2100, or visit the Web at For information about the NU ID, visit the Web at

CPACS to Host Town Hall Meeting Aug. 17

The College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) faculty and staff will host a Town Hall meeting Thursday, Aug. 17. It will be held in Roskens Hall Auditorium (RH 010) at 2 p.m. All members of the campus community are invited to attend.

Discussion topics will include an update on the CPACS building, what has taken place during the summer, and what to expect during the fall and spring semesters.

Presenters will include:
- George Killian, facilities, management and planning;
- Clarence Lind, HDR architects; and
- Chris Johnson, W. Boyd Jones, construction manager @ Risk.

For more information, contact Sue Mininni at 554.3775.

Members Sought for University Chorus

Calling all singers - University Chorus is looking for you!

University Chorus, a mixed chorus of more than 70 singers, is open to all students, faculty and staff. The group meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 12:50 p.m. in 105 Strauss Performing Arts Center.

"This ensemble is designed to meet the music needs of singers who wish to continue their choral experience," said Matthew Harden, assistant professor of music at UNO. "It is a performing organization that has varied programming but emphasizes larger choral works."

The University Chorus performs two concerts a semester, and collaborations with other Omaha arts groups are constantly sought.

For more information, contact Dr. Harden at 554.3608 or

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.

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. 16 and 22
8 a.m. to noon

- Aug. 24 and 30
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Appointments are free and available by calling 554.3120 (UNO) or 559.5175 (UNMC).

Change in Library Hours Announced

University Library will be closed 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

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).

Biweekly 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.

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.


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