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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. 26, 1994, The Gateway reported on the new UNO Criminal Justice doctorate program. The fourteen students enrolled in the program were required to complete 90 additional credit hours after receiving their bachelor's degree. Vince Webb, chairperson of the UNO Criminal Justice Department, was very optimistic as the program began: "We're feeling really comfortable and hope to recruit a variety of students and expect great things from them."

Date: Aug. 26, 1994
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

Walkers Sought for Oct. 22 NCCJ Walk-a-thon

The National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) - with support from UNO and area businesses - will sponsor a community walk Sunday, Oct. 22. The event will be held rain or shine beginning with an opening ceremony at 2 p.m.  and the 1.5 mile walk at 2:30 p.m. at the Heartland of America Park, 8th and Douglas.

NCCJ is a nonprofit human relations organization that promotes understanding and respect among all races, religions and cultures. The "Walk as One" Walk-a-thon raises funds to support diversity for youth leadership programs and celebrate inclusion in the community.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for UNO faculty, staff and students to show a truly united front in support of the essential work of the NCCJ," said UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck. "The monies raised by the walk will go toward three NCCJ youth programs – Camp Anytown, Unitown, and Different and the Same."

Faculty and staff are invited to join UNO's "Walk As One" team.

Interested walkers should contact one of the following team captains:

-Sharon Ulmar or Pam Gilmore at 554.2872;
-Sheri Rogers or Jerri Maxwell at 554.2262;
-Kathy Menke at 554.4832;
-David Kimble at 554.2539;
-Connie Sorensen-Birk at 554.3492; and
-Mary Sweaney at 554.2321.

Anyone interested in becoming a team captain should contact Ulmar at 554.2311. For more information on the NCCJ, visit the Web at

IPD Discussion Partners Sought

The program for International Professional Development (IPD) is once again looking for discussion partners for its student body of international business professionals. IPD is designed to give participants rigorous instruction in intensive English, as well as American business practice and ethics.

The discussion class provides this group with an opportunity to converse casually with native speakers on an array of topics. All students are high-intermediate to advanced speakers of English.

"Volunteering to be a discussion partner is an excellent way to learn about other cultures and languages, while at the same time serving as a cultural ambassador for Omaha and for the United States," said Steven Hoiberg, IPD adviser. "It also makes for an outstanding and meaningful volunteering project."

There is currently one discussion class scheduled each week on Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon in 123 Roskens Hall. All are welcome, and interested participants can attend any class. Volunteer parking passes can also be arranged.

For more information, contact Hoiberg at or 554.2293.

Six-Week Yoga Session Begins Sept. 6

Campus Recreation and the Wellness Stampede will offer two six-week Yoga sessions this semester.

Classes will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 230 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. The cost is $30 for students, $40 for faculty and staff activity cardholders, and $50 for non-activity cardholders. The schedule is listed below.

Session One
Sept. 6 through Oct. 11 (Class will not be held Sept. 4)

Session Two
Oct. 23 through Nov. 29 (Class will not be held Nov. 22)

The instructor will be Amy C. Anderson, a certified instructor with the Omaha Yoga and Bodywork Center. Anderson's class will cover relaxation and warm-up Yoga postures.

Individuals may sign up in 100 HPER. For more information, call 554.2539.

Institute for Collaboration Science to Host Distinguished Lecturer

The University of Nebraska Institute for Collaboration Science will host an inaugural speaker for its Distinguished Lecture Series Wednesday, Aug. 23, at UNO.

Howard M. Brown will lecture and hold a dialogue on "Critical Thinking, Collaborative Learning, and Computers: An Iconoclast's View of Classroom Dynamics." The lecture will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Brown currently works with the State Education Agency for Adult Education at the University of the District of Columbia. At the university, he is developing and implementing programs to improve the literacy skills of incoming university freshmen and other adult learners in the District of Columbia. He is also a Fellow of the Center for the Management of Information at the University of Arizona.

On Aug. 23, he will lead audience discussions on various topics about learning, including the following:

- "Is content irrelevant?";
- "Should we ask the learners what they want to learn?"; 
- "Would the best class have no lectures and no exams"; and
- "Should we stop preparing students for the future?"

For 34 years, Brown served in the District of Columbia Public Schools, first as a teacher, then as an administrator, program manager and director. He pioneered strategies for appropriate technology to support learning in the early 1980s and installed the first local area network in the D.C. Public Schools in 1988 to deliver remedial instruction in reading and mathematics for high school students.

He championed the use of electronic collaboration for students engaged in problem solving, and showed the effect of such collaboration and learner-vested interest in improving student performance on standardized tests, dramatically reducing the dropout rate. He developed an innovative school-to-work program for teen mothers that became a model for similar efforts across the nation. 

Brown earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from Wesleyan University, a master of arts degree in education from Catholic University and a master's in information systems from George Washington University.

For more information, contact Robert O. Briggs at 554.2972.

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 (all Tuesdays):

- Aug. 22 and 29;
- Sept. 5, 12, 19 and 26; and
- Oct. 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

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 fall 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).

August FEAP Schedule Available

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:

Today, Aug. 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).

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 Mon Hon 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.

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.

Today's Office Professional Conference Oct. 13

The 2006 Today's Office Professional Conference is set for Friday, Oct. 13, at the Westside Community Center, 3534 S. 108th St. The event, presented by the Nebraska Business Development Center, will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The conference is designed for administrative assistants, secretaries, support staff and office managers.The enrollment fee is $149, which includes a continental breakfast, a gourmet lunch, training materials, a complimentary gift and parking.

Those who register by Sept. 22 will get a discount rate of $129. No other discounts apply. To enroll and access the list of speakers and presentations, visit the Web at

For more information, contact Chris Flott at 595.2900 or

The Nebraska Business Development Center is a unit of the UNO College of Business Administration.


- Sam Walker, professor emeritus of criminal justice, conducted a two-day training session for the Chicago Police Department Aug. 14-15 regarding early intervention systems for officers with performance problems.

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