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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. 29, 1974, The Gateway announced that UNO was to serve as a training site for five senior members of the Afghanistan government. Three of these government officials were from the Afghan Ministry of Education and the others were from the Ministry of Planning. UNO was selected to host these Afghan officials by the United States Agency for International Development. According to Christian L. Jung, UNO Afghanistan Studies and Research program director, the visitors would attend workshops and courses in public administration and management.

Date: Aug. 29, 1974
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

Track/Cross Country Coach Tim Hendricks to Retire

the nameUNO track and cross country coach Tim Hendricks has announced that he will retire after 19 years as the head of the program. UNO athletic director David Herbster said that assistant coach Steve Smith will become the interim head coach for the remainder of the 2006-07 school year.

"This is a step that I've been exploring for some time,"Hendricks said. "I decided that it would be best for myself, the program and the student-athletes to retire now, before we get into the season. It hasn't been an easy decision to make, but I do believe that's it's the right decision for me. I know Steve will do a great job in every way."

Herbster said, "I respect Tim's desire to step away at this time. He has done a great job of building this program into one of the very best in Division II."

The 60-year-old Hendricks led the Mavericks to an eighth-place finish in the indoor nationals and ninth in the outdoor national meet in 2006. He has been named the North Central Conference coach of the year five times and has produced more than 120 All-American performances, including two national champions. He received the 2001 Distinguished Service Award by the NCAA II Coaches Association.

An Omaha native, Hendricks was the 1964 Class A state cross country champion and won the 1966 Junior National AAU Marathon.He is a 1967 graduate of Peru State and earned his master's degree from UNO in 1987. He finished fifth in the 1970 Senior National Marathon and was a member that year on the U.S. cross country team that competed in France.  He also ran in the 1972 U.S. Olympic trials. He finished his career in 1976 with a second-place finish in the marathon at the U.S. track and field championships.

He was inducted into the Peru State Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990.

Hendricks took over the cross country program in 1987, when UNO did not sponsor track and field. After three seasons of building the foundation for the program, UNO began fielding a track team in 1991. Over the past 10 years, the team has finished in the top three for nine of 10 years indoors and in the top three outdoors for five straight years.

Smith joined the Maverick program last winter after serving as an assistant track and field coach and physical education instructor at Barton County Community College in Kansas since 2002. He also was an assistant from 1993-2002 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL).

Barton County captured eight national team titles under Smith, winning the men's and women's indoor and outdoor titles in 2003 and 2004, while producing 73 National Junior College Athletic Association All-Americans.

At UNL, Smith helped coach Cornhusker teams that won 23 conference team titles and finished among the top 10 in national meets 10 times. He was the head track coach for Ralston Public Schools in 1992-93 before joining the staff at UNL.

Smith also was an assistant coach at Wichita State from 1984-86 and was an assistant and graduate assistant coach at Pittsburg State (Kansas) from 1978-84. He earned his bachelor's degree from Pittsburg State in 1981 and his master's from the same school in 1984.

Nominations Sought for Strategic Planning Awards

The UNO Strategic Planning Steering Committee is currently accepting nominations. These awards are designed to recognize units, both academic and non-academic, and cross-disciplinary initiatives that exemplify a commitment to furthering UNO's strategic goals. UNO faculty, staff and students are invited to submit nominations for the Strategic Planning Awards.

"Please nominate units that you feel are deserving of these awards, as well as encourage faculty and staff to nominate units or apply for a 2006 Strategic Planning Award," said Lindy Gustafson, graduate assistant supporting the committee.

The nomination/application form can be found on the UNO Strategic Planning Web site ( and is due by Monday, Sept. 18. Past recipients are also listed online at

For more information, contact B.J. Reed ( or Deborah Smith-Howell (, co-facilitators of the UNO Strategic Planning Steering Committee.

Writing Center Satellite at University Library

University Library announces its partnership with the Writing Center to provide professional writing consultations at the library.

"We are continually striving to offer valuable services to UNO students," said Audrey DeFrank, director of Public Services. "This is a great opportunity for students to do their research and get writing assistance at one location in the library."

The Writing Center Satellite Desk is located on the main floor adjacent to the Reference Desk. No appointment is necessary, and writing consultants are available from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Sessions vary from 15 to 30 minutes but will be limited to 15 minutes if others are waiting.

"Hopefully, students working on their papers, in the library, will find the Writing Center satellite convenient for quick questions about writing or documentation," said Carol Dillon, UNO English instructor and Writing Center consultant.

For more information about the Writing Center, visit the Web at or contact the library's Reference Desk at 554.2661.

Loper/Maverick Football Live on NET

Intrastate NCAA Division II football rivals the UNO Mavericks and the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) Antelopes will open their seasons with a gridiron match-up between the two schools Saturday, Sept. 2, at 6 p.m. CT on NET1 and in high definition on NET-HD.

MavericksTelecast live from UNO's Al Caniglia Field, broadcaster Larry Punteney will provide play-by-play, with former Husker I-back Damon Benning offering color analysis during the three-hour broadcast. John Bishop will provide sideline reports.

The North Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Mavericks, who were 8-3 last year and conference co-champions, will be aiming for an 11th straight winning season, while the Lopers, 9-3 last year, are hoping for a second straight championship in their Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

The football game is also viewable live on NET's Web site ( To view the webcast, access to the Internet and Windows Media Player are needed. Webcasting of the competition is a free service of NET.

This program is a production of NET Sports. NET1 and NET-HD are part of NET Television, a service of NET. For a complete program schedule, visit the Web at, and click on "Television."

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 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.

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 Trä 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.

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.


- Anna Monardo, associate professor and chair of the Writer's Workshop, will give a reading from her recently published novel, Falling In Love with Natassia (Doubleday), Tuesday, Sept. 19. The event will begin at 7 p.m. at Borders Books, 72nd and Dodge streets.

Monardo will also appear at the Omaha Lit Fest Saturday, Sept. 16.Her presentation, "Mum's the Word: The Panel on Writing and Motherhood," is set for 3 to 3:50 p.m. at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, 724 S. 12th St.

For more information, contact Monardo at 554.2960.

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