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Ecoutez! Series Begins

photo courtesy of Chiara String Quartet

The 2006-07 Ecoutez! Series at UNO will officially open Saturday, Sept. 9, with a performance by the Chiara String Quartet. The quartet consists of artists-in-residence at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music. Pictured from left to right are quartet members Jonah Sirota, Julie Yoon, Gregory Beaver and Rebecca Fischer. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. See story below for details.

history photo

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

Ecoutez! Season Opens Sept. 9 with Chiara String Quartet

The 2006-07 Ecoutez! Series at UNO will open Saturday, Sept. 9, with a performance by the Chiara String Quartet.  The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall on the UNO campus. 

"Ecoutez! is committed to bringing the highest caliber of established performers and emerging artists to the metropolitan area," said Roger Foltz, a professor of music at UNO and coordinator of the series.  The word "ecoutez" is French for "listen."  KVNO Classical 90.7 FM is the media sponsor for the series.

The quartet consists of artists-in-residence at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music, where they are taking a lead in developing a groundbreaking program in music entrepreneurship.  Chiara has trained at the Juilliard School and was a recipient of its Lisa Arnhold Quartet Residency. 

The Chiara Quartet won first prize at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, and top prizes at the Premio Paolo Borciani International Competition, the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the Astral Artistic Services Audition.  They have performed in major venues like Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall and the American Academy in Rome.  At the heart of their educational work is the belief that great live performance is the best way to connect people to music.

The remainder of the 2006-07 Ecoutez! performance schedule is as follows:

- Sunday, Oct. 8
Heinavanker (Estonian Vocal Ensemble)

- Thursday, Feb. 8
Trombones de Costa Rica

- Saturday, Feb. 24
Hubert Laws (flute)

All performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.  The doors will open 30 minutes prior to each concert.

Individual tickets are $15 for each performance.  All students are admitted free of charge with the MavCard, the official ID card at UNO.  Phone reservations for student tickets are recommended.

For more information, call 554.3427.

IS&T 10th Anniversary Celebration Set for Sept. 12

A reception will be held Tuesday, Sept. 12, at UNO in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the UNO College of Information Science & Technology (IS&T). The event will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center Centennial Hall. Members of the UNO community are invited to attend.

The event will feature a program at 5 p.m. and special recognition of former IS&T dean David Hinton.

Those interested in attending should R.S.V.P. to or 554.2380.

UNO Fall Job Fair Sept. 27

Career Exploration and Outreach will host a fall job fair Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. The job fair will feature employers who are actively seeking candidates for open positions and internships.

Professional interview attire is expected, and students can pre-register to attend the fair through Friday, Sept. 22.

To register for the job fair, students must have a profile on the UNO CareerConnect system. Students can visit the Web at and scroll over the "CareerConnect" link to create a profile and register for the fair.

For more information about the job fair, CareerConnect and other services, contact Career Exploration and Outreach at 554.3672 or stop by 211 Eppley Administrative Building.

Job fair sponsors are Union Pacific, Applied Underwriters, FirstComp, Streck, Walgreens, ConAgra, First National Bank of Omaha, Gallup, National Indemnity, US Bank, UPS, Northwestern Mutual, Interpublic Group, PayPal, Alegent Health and Enterprise.

Group Ex Classes Under Way

Campus Recreation and the Wellness Stampede have teamed up to host a variety of group exercise classes this fall at UNO.

All classes will be held in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. Group Ex classes are free to all students and current Campus Recreation activity cardholders.

To access the full Fall Group Ex Weekly Schedule, click on the following link:

Fall Group Ex Schedule

Classes will not be held Sept. 4, Oct. 16-17 and Nov. 22-24.

To have a schedule faxed or mailed to your office, call University Affairs at 554.2358. For more information, contact Dave Daniels at 554.2008.

Falun Gong Exhibit at UNO Art Gallery through Sept. 3

The UNO Art Gallery and Daniel Wilkins, professor of physics at UNO, will present artwork created by Chinese Falun Gong practitioners in a show titled "Toward Spiritual Freedom: The Art of Falun Gong" through Sept. 3.

"Truth, Compassion, Tolerance" explores the practice of Falun Gong - an ancient Chinese tradition of meditation and self-improvement - and the ban and oppression of its practice in China. Wilkins has practiced Falun Gong and been interested in its role in China since 2001.

The 17 featured artworks - paintings and pastel images - focus on personal courage and the cruelty and persecution that Falun Gong practitioners have faced in the People's Republic of China. "The artwork illustrates the inhumanity of religious persecution, while at the same time portraying the extraordinary power of people and belief," said Colleen Heavican, director of the UNO Art Gallery.

"Some of the artwork focuses on torture and is visually arresting and disturbing at the same time," Wilkins said.

The exhibit runs through Sunday, Sept. 3, in the UNO Art Gallery, located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building. The exhibition is free, handicapped accessible and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from noon to 4 p.m.; Thursday from noon to 8 p.m.; and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Heavican at 554.2796.

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. Fall office hours are Monday through Friday, 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

Pathways to Harmony Program Is Sept. 20

The next Pathways to Harmony program is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. It will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

"This professional development program about diversity represents part of the strategic planning objectives set for the UNO community," said Sharon Ulmar, assistant to the chancellor for diversity and equal opportunity. "It will help to enhance respectful relationships and create an open and constructive dialogue about diversity on the UNO campus."

All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend. To register, call Kate Clark at 554.2896 or send an e-mail to Seating is limited.

TIAA-CREF Schedule through October Announced

TIAA-CREF announces its campus visit schedule through October. A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus for individual appointments on the following dates (all Tuesdays):
- 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

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.

Walkers Sought for Oct. 22 NCCJ "Walk as One" 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 a 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