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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 Today at the Civic

More than 550 students will graduate today, Aug. 10, during the UNO summer commencement ceremony. The event is at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave., 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 served as a faculty member and associate director of the UNO School of Social Work. In July 2004, he was named interim co-director of SLA and worked in that capacity until May 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. will work in public relations after graduation.

The commencement ceremony also will recognize:

- 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 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 today's commencement, call 554.2358 or 554.3502.

Parking Notice for Platform/Commencement Staff

The upper surface parking lot on the west side of the Civic Auditorium will not be available for use today, Aug. 10, for commencement. The platform party, their guests and commencement staff normally use this lot for shuttle drop-off and pick-up, as well as for materials delivery.

The following adjustments have been made:

- The lower surface lot is for faculty parking only.

- The 19th Street and Capitol Avenue entrances will be open for the platform party and their guests, as well as for commencement staff parking.

- Commencement shuttle: After leaving the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) at 1 p.m., the shuttle will drop off passengers on Capitol Avenue, near the main Civic Auditorium entrance. This is also the location to board the shuttle back to campus. The MBSC Business Office encourages the platform party and commencement staff to use this service.

For more information, call 554.2383.

"Walk for Inclusion" Captains and Walkers Sought

The Conference for Inclusive Communities, formerly known as the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) of the Midlands, will once host its annual walk in downtown Omaha this September.

"Although the name has changed, the original values, traditions and ideals for NCCJ remain," said Sharon Ulmar, director of Office of Diversity. "The Conference for Inclusive Communities is re-dedicating itself for the purpose of building communities where every man, woman and child can live in dignity, peace, and mutual respect. "

The 1.5-mile walk is set for Saturday, Sept. 30, rain or shine, at the Heartland of America Park (8th and Douglas streets). The opening ceremony is at 2:30 p.m., and the 1.5-mile walk is at 2:45 p.m.

"As in the past, UNO will need team captains to help gather pledges or recruit walkers," Ulmar said. "Please help in spreading the word as we would like UNO to have a presence."

Pledge forms and posters are available for those interested in sponsoring a UNO team. Interested captains should stop by the Office of Diversity, located in 117 Eppley Administration Building.

For more information, contact Ulmar at 554.2872.

Fire Alarm Tests Today

The campus fire alarm system will be tested today, Aug. 10. Alarms will sound, and strobe lights will be activated briefly during each building inspection.

For more information regarding the process or procedures, contact Stan Schleifer at 554.3596 or Campus Security at 554.2648.

Evening Telephone Downtime Reminder

The UNO telephone system will be down for maintenance for approximately 15 minutes today, Aug. 10, 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

Summer Hours Conclude Aug. 17

Summer hours at UNO conclude Friday, Aug. 17. Regular business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) will resume Monday, Aug. 20.

For more information, contact Human Resources at 554.2321.

Biweekly Payroll Notice

August has three biweekly paydays (Aug. 2, 16 and 30). As a result, no standard deductions will be taken from the Aug. 30 biweekly payroll.

Regular biweekly paid employees will not have NUCREDITS included or standard deductions, such as insurance or parking, withheld. Federal and state taxes, Social Security and Medicare taxes, retirement and credit union deductions will be taken.

For more information, contact Payroll at 554.2325.

In the News

In the News

- The Reader interviewed UNO students Matt Beat and Melissa Letak about UNO MavRadio for a story that ran July 12. The story also previewed a fund-raising event for the station.

- The Omaha World-Herald ran a front-page story Aug. 2 on growing air travel problems that quoted Brent Bowen, Aviation Institute. Dr. Bowen said airline delays and cancellations are the worst they have been since 1995. WOWT (Channel 6) also aired a story on the same issue with Dr. Bowen on Aug. 6. The story, "Getting There by Air," is available online at

- Winnie Callahan, executive director of The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI), was interviewed by the Omaha World-Herald about the donation of $1.5 million in computer equipment for the new high-performance computer being built for the Holland Computing Center. The story on the donation from American Power Conversion ran Aug. 8.

- B.J. Reed, dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS), talked with KFAB (1110 AM) radio host Tom Becka about a recent study on Omaha public safety on Aug. 3. Reed co-authored the study. Omaha's television stations WOWT (Channel 6), KETV (Channel 7) and KMTV (Channel 3) also ran stories on the study Aug. 1 and 2.

- Amy Rodie, business administration, discussed a recent study focusing on childhood awareness of advertising and branding with the KFAB (1110 AM) morning news team. The live interview took place Aug. 8 and particularly discussed McDonald's restaurants.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

In Print

- Bruce E. Johansen, communication and Native American studies, was lead editor of the four-volume, 1,500-word Encyclopedia of American Indian History, published in August by ABC-CLIO. This set is being advertised as the most comprehensive encyclopedia of Native American history in the English language. Dr. Johansen also wrote more than 90 entries (100,000 words) of the work's textual matter.

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Stage

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number.

On Exhibit

UNO Professors Take Part in O! Public Art Project
Two artists with UNO roots are part of the ongoing O! Public Art Project. Gary Day, professor of art and art history at UNO, and Anna Monardo, associate professor of the UNO Writer's Workshop, collaborated on Best Moments in Omaha.

Best Moments in Omaha is located in the Old Market at 11th and Jackson streets. For the piece, Monardo asked residents who relocated to Omaha from other countries to describe their favorite moments in the city. Day painted the participants' stories, recorded in 20 different languages, onto the O! sculpture.

The O! Public Art Project is sponsored by Alegent Health, in partnership with the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and Omaha's O! Campaign. All of the sculptures will remain on display through next spring.

For more information on the project and O! sculpture locations, visit the Web at or contact Molly Skold at or 978.7933.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.