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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

ARTSaha! 2006 Festival Sept. 6-10 at UNO

ARTSaha!, Omaha's only new music festival, returns for a third year. Running from Sept. 6-10, ARTSaha! 2006 is a presentation of ANALOG arts ensemble, in partnership with UNO and with support from the Nebraska Humanities and Arts Councils. Most festival events will take place on the UNO campus, and all are free.

The festival kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 6, with a nine-hour performance of John Cage's organ composition As SLow aS Possible (ASLSP). The following day, ANALOG will present the festival's centerpiece, a chamber reduction of Jean-Philippe Rameau's 1739 opera-ballet The Festivities of Hebe. Veering from baroque to bluegrass and beyond, ANALOG's production, featuring mezzo-soprano Christina Carr delivering all of the roles, will bring one of Rameau's most glittering and richly layered scores to new life.

On the third day of the festival, ANALOG will present a showcase of the short plays of Samuel Beckett, in partnership with the Bluebarn Theatre's Witching Hour. Featuring rarely seen works like "Breath," "Not I" and "Rockaby," the production will highlight the kinship between Beckett and music's avant-garde. The Nobel laureate's estate has granted special permission for staged performances of two television plays, "Quad" and "Nacht und Träume," making this ARTSaha! event one of the most unique in the American celebration of the Beckett centenary.

On Saturday, Sept. 9, the public is invited to participate in the World's First Aeolian Kite-In at Immanuel Field, in front of Immanuel Hospital. A collaboration between ANALOG and Midwest Winds Kitefliers Club, the event will be a chance for attendees to attach a noisemaker to a kite and join in an interactive airborne sound installation.

That evening, the festival adjourns to the newly refurbished Mallory Kountze Planetarium on the UNO campus for a concert of electronic music, an ARTSaha! tradition. Berkeley native Heather Frasch will mount a sound diffusion scheme for a program that features classics of the genre along with world premieres of multimedia works.

The festival concludes with a collaborative performance of Terry Riley's minimalist masterpiece "In C." UNO students will join with ANALOG and local musicians for a free-ranging performance of one of the sacred texts of modern music in the UNO Pep Bowl.

The full schedule with dates and times is listed below:

Wednesday, Sept. 6
- ASLSP (As SLow aS Possible) - A marathon performance of John Cage's organ score
UNO Strauss Performing Arts Center
3 p.m. to midnight

- ANALOG Flutes - A recital by Marcia Kämper and Rachel Stornant, featuring the music of George Crumb, Toru Takemitsu and Elliot Carter
UNO Eppley Administration Building Auditorium
7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 7
- The Festivities of Hebe (or The Lyric Talents) - A chamber reduction of Rameau's complete opera-ballet
Strauss Performing Arts Center Auditorium
7:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 8
- Acting With a Metronome - A panel discussion of Samuel Beckett's work, featuring performers and scholars from UNO and the U.S. Naval Academy
UNO Experimental Black Box Theater (Weber Fine Arts Building)
6 p.m.

- The Short Plays of Samuel Beckett - A centenary celebration of the Nobel laureate
UNO Experimental Black Box Theater (Weber Fine Arts Building)
7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 9
- The World's First Aeolian Kite-In - An interactive performance piece open to anyone with an airborne noisemaker
Immanuel Field, Immanuel Hospital, N.72nd St. and Sorensen Parkway

- ANALOG Projections - An audio-visual extravaganza
UNO Mallory Kountze Planetarium
7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 10
- Back in Lisbon - A solo recital by Rudolf Kämper
First Central United Church of Christ (FCCC), 421 South 36th St.
4 p.m.

- In C - A performance of the minimalist milestone by ANALOG arts ensemble, UNO students and guests
UNO Pep Bowl
7:30 p.m.

For artist information, composer biographies, music and more details about the festival, visit For more information, call 554.3502.

Pulses Series on University Library Activities Begins

Beginning today, Aug. 23, eNotes will publish a series of informational articles on happenings at University Library. Library staff is providing the Pulses articles. The topic of this week's article is the new library addition.

Pulses: University Library Welcomes Students with Plenty of Change
University Library is greeting the fall semester with the opening of the new Dr. Guinter Kahn Addition. Each floor offers something new. High-tech group study rooms offer oversized, wall-mounted monitors, projectors and multi-media software. Current periodicals and newspapers are centralized on the first floor of the new addition for easier access. The main floor houses seating surrounding the new Library Café, and third floor now features graduate study carrels and the grand Jun Kaneko sculpture. Power for laptops is readily available, as is wireless connectivity. 

"We're excited about the changes and proud of what we're now able to offer the students," said Steve Shorb, dean of University Library. "The new space, along with the new SCOLA Center and Hubble Space Display (opening this fall), all increase our service to our patrons and to the university." The library has also increased its Saturday hours, opening at 9 a.m. instead of 10 a.m.

Shorb invites the campus community to stop by and check out the new features. The dedication of the library addition is scheduled for Oct. 11, 2006.

Openings Available for Today's Fidelity Visit

Fidelity representative Chad Anderson will be in Omaha today, Aug. 23, for individual counseling sessions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Several openings are still available.

To make an appointment with Chad, call 1.800.642.7131.

Campus Recreation to Offer Bike Classes

Campus Recreation and The League of American Bicyclists will offer Road I Bike Classes this September at UNO.

Classes will be held Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. The cost is $40 for students, $45 for UNO activity cardholders, and $50 for non-activity cardholders and the general public. The schedule is listed below.

Session One
Sept. 6, 13 and 20

Session Two
Sept. 14, 21 and 28

This basic nine-hour course is a primer for cyclists who wish to gain a full understanding of how to safely operate a bicycle in a variety of situations. Interactive discussion on bike skills practice and a student manual will be utilized. It will be a half-classroom/half-road practice format with individualized feedback provided. Participants must supply their own multi-speed bike and helmet.

Individuals may sign up in 100 HPER. Payment with cash, check or credit card will be accepted. For more information, call 554.2008 or visit the Web at

2006-07 Ombudspersons Named

The UNO Office of the Ombudsperson announces its trio of ombudspersons for 2006-07. They are:

- John McKenna, professor, UNO Department of English, 554.3328;
- Marti Rosen-Atherton, director, UNO Department of Counseling, 554.2409; and
- Rebecca Wymer, library technician, University Library, 554.3638.

The office, established at UNO in 1970, receives and investigates complaints. Students, staff, faculty and administrators may request this service.

"Although the ombudspersons cannot assure that everything sought or requested by an inquirer will or should be granted, they will try to assure that a fair resolution of a dispute or problem is found," said Sharon Ulmar, assistant to the chancellor with the UNO Office of Diversity. "Feel free to contact any ombudsperson for assistance."

The office receives and investigates complaints relating to faculty, staff and student grievances; inquiries about procedures; and inadequate or lack of communication, among other issues. Ulmar oversees the activities of the ombudspersons.

For more information, visit the Web at

Safety Notice for On-Campus Incidents

The following information from Campus Security outlines the university's safety and emergency procedures, along with other services provided by Campus Security.

Incident Reporting
Incidents requiring immediate action include fire, environmental spills, medical conditions, property damage, disruptive behavior and crimes in progress. Persons involved with or observing these types of incidents should call Campus Security at 554.2911. Campus Security will dispatch officers to the scene and, if required, contact 911.

Faculty and staff can call 911 directly, but then they also should notify Campus Security to help coordinate the response and expedite travel to the emergency scene. Emergency information provided by the caller should include the building, floor, room number, call-back number and nature of the emergency.

Faculty and staff should assist with room and building evacuations, and be aware of those needing special assistance. All employees should become familiar with the designated rally points for their buildings, which are listed in the back of the telephone directory under "Emergency Procedures."

Personal Threats and Harassment
Disruptive behavior on campus will not be tolerated. Threats or acts of violence should be reported to Campus Security and your supervisor. If the act appears to represent an immediate threat or harm to the individual, it should be reported at once to Campus Security or 911.

Personal Escorts
The escort service is available 24-7 for individuals on campus. Contact Campus Security to arrange for an escort.

Personal Safety Checks
Individuals who may be working alone outside normal working hours are encouraged to contact Campus Security. Security officers will periodically check on your safety while you are here.

Personal Property
The university is not responsible for personal property. Individuals are responsible for safeguarding their own property. Loss of personal property should be reported to Campus Security.

Alert System
A system to help facilitate emergency communications has been installed on the north and south campuses. Announcements are distributed from Campus Security to building public address systems or speakers located in building corridors.

When announcements are made, strobe lights will flash to notify the hearing impaired to seek assistance.

The system will be particularly helpful during tornado warnings. The announcement will alert building occupants to seek shelter and again later when the warning has ended. The alert system also can be used to announce university closings, confirm evacuations for fire or chemical release, or other emergency conditions.

More information on campus emergency procedures can be found in the UNO Employee Telephone Directory beginning on page 106. For more information about Campus Security procedures related to campus emergencies, contact Stan Schleifer at 554.3596 or Paul Kosel at 554.2648.

This Week's UNO Bookstore Hours

In conjunction with the start of the fall semester, the UNO Bookstore will observe the following schedule:

Aug. 21-26
- 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.

MavCard Services Recarding Reminder

If they have not already done so, all currently enrolled faculty, staff and students 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. Extended hours will be offered during the first week of the fall semester. The hours will be:

- Monday, Aug. 21, through Thursday, Aug. 24
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

- Friday, Aug. 25
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

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.

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.