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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

Durango Days Under Way through Aug. 18

A variety of activities are planned for Durango Days today and Friday, Aug. 17-18, to welcome new students to UNO and help acclimate them to the campus environment. 

Events will be held at UNO on both the north and south campuses and will include a combination of academic-centered sessions in addition to social activities.  Items on tap range from sessions on balancing school and work, how to navigate the library and career services, and a campus recreation fun night and movie night.

Durango Days is an opportunity for students to:
- meet other students;
- become familiar with campus;
- make a successful transition to UNO;
- speak with returning students; and
- learn about student services available on campus.

For more information, visit the Web at or call 554.6281.

ITS Launches New myMail AntiSpam Service

On Aug. 8, UNO Information Technology Services (ITS) implemented a new myMail AntiSpam service. This solution is an award-winning hardware and software combination (Barracuda Networks) that identifies the majority of spam before it even gets to the UNO e-mail servers. According to ITS, current statistics show that 87 percent of the e-mail received by UNO is spam, viruses, phishing or worms.

All students, faculty and staff will have this service available and enabled by default. Users will be able to customize their personal settings, including requesting notification of quarantine messages, various e-mail delivery preferences, and opting out of having any e-mail quarantined or held for later review. Through individual control, the myMail AntiSpam service will help users to receive only wanted messages. A point to remember: No matter what precautions are put into place, some spam will get through. That is the nature of Internet e-mail.

The myMail AntiSpam Service Information Support Web site is located online at The site includes "frequently asked questions" (FAQ's) and a general "how to" guide.

The first time AntiSpam quarantines an e-mail intended for the new user, the system will send the participant a greeting message with a subject line of "User Quarantine Account Information." Note: This e-mail is not spam.

E-mail messages left in a user's quarantine inbox more than 14 days will be automatically deleted.

Users can access the myMail AntiSpam service in two ways:

1. A daily quarantine summary message is sent to the user's inbox with the subject line of "Spam Quarantine Summary." Open this message, scroll to the bottom of message, and click on the link to access full functionality of the myMail AntiSpam service.

2. Access the AntiSpam service online at A current faculty, staff or student UNO NetID will be needed to access the site. This will open the user's myMail AntiSpam inbox.

For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (4357) or

CPACS to Host Town Hall Meeting Today

The College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) faculty and staff will host a Town Hall meeting today, 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.

SPR Report

The SPR Report details the results of UNO's efforts to obtain external funding in support of its teaching, research, service and outreach efforts. The report is designed to keep the university community informed as to externally funded projects on campus and bring recognition to those faculty and staff who have worked to generate these resources.

For the period of July 22 through Aug. 11, those receiving grant awards totaling $1,180,682 are as follows:

Name: Michael Bishop
College: Arts and Sciences
Title: Climate Forcing and Glaciers in the Western Himalaya: Assessing Glacier Fluctuations using ASTER Data
Sponsor: NASA

Name: Brent Bowen
College: Public Affairs and Community Service
Title: Engaging Nebraska Citizens in NASA's Higher Education Strategy
Sponsor: NASA

Name: Parvathi Chundi
College: Information Science and Technology
Title: Temporal Mining of Text Documents
Sponsor: NSF

Name: Jeffrey French
College: Arts and Sciences
Title: Baboon Model for Primate Maternal Behavior
Sponsor: Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research

Name: Alan Kolok
College: Arts and Sciences
Title: Microarrays in Fathead Minnows and Bass
Sponsor: Ecoarray, LLC

Name: Pete Madsen
College: Communication, Fine Arts and Media
Title: Carlos Figueroa Residency
Sponsor: Nebraska Arts Council

Name: Guy Matalon
College: Arts and Sciences
Title: Partnership with the Center for Jewish Education
Sponsor: Jewish Federation of Omaha

Name: June Mecham
College: Arts and Sciences
Title: Sacred Vision, Sacred Voice: Performative Piety and Female Monastic Devotion in Late Medieval Germany
Sponsor: University of Notre Dame

Name: Michael Peterson
College: Arts and Sciences
Title: Call 10 Infrastructure for Emergency Management Website
Sponsor: U.S. Dept of Defense/Army Corps of Engineers

Name: Roni Reiter-Palmon
College: Arts and Sciences
Title: Graduate Assistantship in I/O Psychology
Sponsor: SilverStone Consulting

Name: T. Hank Robinson
College: Public Affairs and Community Service
Title: State Incentive Cooperation Agreement (SICA) Evaluation
Sponsor: Otoe County Coalition for Children, Youth and Families

Name: Nick Stergiou
Units: College of Education; School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation
Title: Evaluation of Gait Abnormalities in Geriatric Patients Induced by Peripheral Arterial Disease Utilizing Advanced Biomechanical Measure
Sponsor: UNMC

For support and help with research activities, call the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research at 554.2286, or visit the Web at

TIAA-CREF Schedule through October Announced

TIAA-CREF announces its campus visit schedule for August through October. A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus for individual appointments on the following dates:
- August 22 and 29;
- September 5, 12, 19 and 26; and|- October 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31.

Appointments for one-on-one counseling sessions can be made by calling Louella Williams at the TIAA-CREF office in Omaha at 548.3610 or by visiting the Web at

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.