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This Week in Campus History

On Aug. 10, 1977, Al Caniglia Field hosted the inaugural "Drums Across the Midlands," a national championship Drum and Bugle Corps tournament. The judges in the six-team competition based their decisions on performance in a number of categories, including formation choices, music quality and precision of execution. Although no Nebraska teams vied for championship honors, several participated in exhibitory routines, including the Crimson Cadets of Norfolk, the Nebraska Admirals of Lincoln, and Omaha's Union Pacific Drum and Bugle Corps. Tickets to the event cost $3 and $5, with profits benefitting the UNO Music Scholarship Fund.

Date: Aug. 10, 1977
Source: The Gateway
Compiled by Criss Library Archives

Changing Faces

Changing Faces

by Don Kohler

When Kathleen (Aipperspach) Massara was a senior at Omaha Benson High School in the mid-1970s, her parents made the difficult decision of selecting the right college much easier for their teenage daughter.

"They didn't want me to go away to college," recalls Massara. ...continue

UNO Commencement Aug. 10 at the Civic

More than 550 students will graduate Friday, Aug. 10, during the UNO summer commencement ceremony. The event will be held at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave., beginning at 2 p.m.

Paul Sather, director of the Service-Learning Academy (SLA) and American Humanics Program at UNO, will receive the Chancellor's Medal. He is dedicated to creating and maintaining partnerships between the university and Omaha communities. Sather joined the university in 1992 and has served as a faculty member and associate director of the UNO School of Social Work. In July of 2004, he was named interim co-director of the SLA and worked in that capacity until May of 2005, when he became director.

Sally A. Gutschow - a South Sioux City, Neb., native - will present the student commencement address. She will receive a bachelor of science in journalism (public relations/advertising) degree with a minor in marketing. Gutschow, a full-time public relations employee of Envoy, Inc. since May, plans to continue working in public relations after graduation.

The commencement ceremony also will recognize the following:
- Vard Johnson, a partner at Broom, Johnson, Clarkson and Lanphier since 1982, will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters. A devoted public servant, he has been a longtime advocate for the underrepresented. Throughout his years of practice, Johnson has worked to improve jail conditions, ensure due process rights for tenants and welfare recipients, and guarantee the right to legal counsel for poverty-stricken individuals in parental rights termination cases.

- Robert Whitehouse, a member of the University of Nebraska Board of Regents and coordinator of the Nebraska Educational Leadership Institute, will receive the Alumnus Achievement Award. For 40 years, Whitehouse has made countless contributions to the field of education and numerous professional organizations. He has served as principal or assistant principal of several metropolitan area schools, including Omaha South High School, Omaha Bryan Junior High School and Omaha Bryan Senior High School.

For more information about the Aug. 10 commencement, call 554.2358 or 554.3502.

August FEAP Schedule Announced

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 listed below:

- Aug. 7, 10, 20 and 29
8 a.m. to noon

- Aug. 16, 22 and 27
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Appointments are free and available by calling 554.3120 (UNO) or 559.5175 (UNMC).

Submissions Sought for Online Calendar of Events

Looking for a way to publicize a campus event? The UNO Calendar of Events can help.

University Relations is seeking submissions for its online calendar of events. Located on the Web at, the calendar can be viewed by day, week, month or category.

"The calendar is designed to promote campus-related events that are open to the campus community and the public," said Tim Kaldahl, director of University Relations at UNO. "There have been some dedicated submitters, and we need more of them. If it's happening on campus, this is a great - and easy - way to get the word out."

Submission categories include athletics, exhibitions, films, lectures, public meetings, performances and miscellaneous. Links to the calendar have been created on the UNO home page at, under "Today at UNO" in the left-hand column and graphically in the tool bar at the top of the page.

"UNO offers a wide variety of cultural events, and letting people know about them on and off campus is important," Kaldahl said. "More items in the calendar make it an even more valuable resource. We're asking UNO to help us keep our campus community and metropolitan area informed."

The calendar is administered by University Relations, located in 108 Eppley Administration Building (EAB). Beverly Newsam is the calendar administrator. All items must be submitted electronically through the Calendar of Events Web site ( and include a contact name, phone number and e-mail address.

To submit an item to the UNO Calendar of Events, follow the instructions below:
(Note: The process may vary slightly, depending on the Internet browser used.)
1. Go to
2. Click on the "Logon" button.
3. Enter "post" in the "Username" box and "event" in the "Password" box.
4. Click on the "Update Event" button to access a submission form.
5. Fill out the form for the event you are submitting.
6. Click the "Submit event for approval" button when done.
7. Fill out another form as before if submitting more events.
8. Click "Done" when finished submitting events.
9. To log off, click "Post." Then, click "Logoff" and "OK."

"It only takes a few minutes to enter events into the calendar," Newsam said. "Those with questions are invited to call or stop by 108 EAB for assistance."

For more information, call 554.2129.

Children Sought for ADHD Study at UNMC

If any of the following symptoms apply to your child, your son or daughter may suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a condition that affects more than two million children and adolescents.

Does he or she:
- Have difficulty paying attention or completing schoolwork?
- Fidget, squirm or seem overactive?
- Have difficulty organizing or completing tasks?
- Argue with adults?
- Blame others for his/her behavior?
- Deliberately do things that annoy others?

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Department of Psychiatry is searching for research volunteers, six to 12 years of age, to evaluate an investigational medication for ADHD with oppositional symptoms (i.e. argues, blames or annoys others). Study evaluation and study medication will be provided at no cost to those who meet eligibility requirements for the 13-week study.

For more information, call 354.6885 or 354.7833, or send an e-mail to


- Christine Beard, assistant professor of flute and coordinator of woodwind studies, presented a lecture, "The Golden Age of the Solo Piccolo: 1880-1930," at the 36th international meeting of the American Musical Instrument Society, held June 27 to July 1 at Yale University in New Haven, Conn.

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