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The 1945 University of Omaha (OU) Student Council and OU Dean of Students John W. Lucas.

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

Townley Joins UNO University Relations

UNO has hired Wendy Townley as an assistant director of University Relations.  She will manage media relations for the university.

The assistant director for media relations position was vacated by Tim Kaldahl, who was promoted to director of the department earlier this year.

Townley has worked as a public affairs specialist for Cox Communications, as well as an account executive for Leslie Kline Lukas & Associates, a local public relations firm.

Townley is also a board member of the Omaha Press Club and the Nebraska chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

Prior to joining Leslie Kline Lukas & Associates, Townley worked as a staff writer for the Bellevue Leader, Papillion Times and La Vista Sun newspapers.

Townley earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from UNO in 2002. During her time as a UNO student, she also served as editor in chief of The Gateway, the campus' student newspaper.

For more information, call 554.2762.

Telephone Downtime Set for Aug. 10

The UNO telephone system will be down for maintenance for approximately 15 minutes this Friday, Aug. 10, starting at 4:30 p.m. All areas of the Dodge location will be randomly affected. For more information, contact Dick May at 554.2854 or

COS Open Lab Session Planned for Grant Writers

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) will host a Community of Science (COS) open lab session Thursday, Aug. 9, at 10 a.m. in 204 Criss Library.

The monthly hour-long sessions demonstrate the various online resources available to faculty and graduate students through COS. Reservations are not required.

For more information, call Nancy Schlesiger at 554.2286.

Commencement Shuttle Bus Available

More than 550 students will graduate Friday, Aug. 10, during UNO's commencement. The event will begin at 2 p.m. at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave. Faculty members who plan to attend commencement should assemble no later than 1:30 p.m. in the Civic Auditorium Exhibition Hall.

A shuttle bus for faculty/staff and individuals participating in the platform party will depart from UNO in front of the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) at 1 p.m. Following the ceremony, the shuttle will provide transportation back to the MBSC.

Online "Preventing Sexual Harassment" Program

In an effort to support UNO's commitment to maintain a positive, productive work environment that is free from any form of harassment or bias, the Office of Diversity continues to offer an online professional development program - "Preventing Sexual Harassment."

Located on the Web at, the program will take approximately 45 minutes to complete.

"'Preventing Sexual Harassment' is an active learning process that enables you to review materials at your own leisure in a practical and convenient way," said Sharon Ulmar, director of Office of Diversity and coordinator of the program.  "The program is located on the Web with accessibility 24 hours a day."

To assist users in completing the online program, instructions are highlighted below:

- Select the appropriate module (faculty, non-supervisory, student or visitor), and proceed.

- The test will be automatically scored.  A score of 80 percent or higher satisfies the program requirement and completion.

- Once completed, there will be an option to print a certificate.

For more information, contact Ulmar at 554.2872 or

Annual CPAR Summer Data Conference Aug. 16

The UNO Center for Public Affairs Research (CPAR) will host the 18th annual Nebraska State Data Center Summer Data Conference Thursday, Aug. 16. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Girls and Boys Town Conference Center, 14100 Crawford St.

The latest data products, methods of access and applications will be featured. The conference sessions will include:

- Workforce, wage and unemployment data census basics;

- Immigration and the foreign born population;

- The American Community Survey;

- A look at poverty;

- Aging statistics and trends among the elderly; and

- State and local population trends.

The cost is $50 for registrations on or before Friday, Aug. 10 ($60 after Aug. 10), and includes conference materials, lunch and refreshments. For more information, contact Melanie Kiper at 561.7585 or Registration is available online at

2007 Faculty/Staff Picnic Aug. 20

Food, fun and free prizes will take center stage on campus Monday, Aug. 20, at the UNO Faculty/Staff Picnic. The event - sponsored by UNO Chancellor John Christensen, the Faculty Senate and the Staff Advisory Council - will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

Chancellor Christensen will deliver the welcoming remarks at the event.

R.S.V.P. registration forms must be submitted to Marie Lee in 347 Arts and Sciences Hall by Monday, Aug. 13, to be eligible for the prize drawings. University IDs will be checked at the door. To access a form, click on the following link:

2007 Faculty/Staff Picnic registration

For more information, contact Rhonda Sheibal-Carver at 554.2625.