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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

At 1730 hours on Sunday, Aug. 27, 1972, UNO's new fine arts radio station KVNO 90.7 FM, began its initial broadcast from a studio located on the third floor of the Storz Mansion, at the west end of campus. It had been hoped that the station would be KUNO, but that call designation was reserved by a station in Corpus Christi, Texas. The KVNO airtime schedule was Sunday through Thursday 4 p.m. to midnight. The station was operated under supervision of the UNO Radio-TV Department and its chairperson Paul Borge and was staffed primarily by advanced broadcasting students. The KVNO format included jazz, opera, folk and classical music. It was policy to pre-empt regularly scheduled features in order to provide live coverage of special UNO occasions, such as concerts and Maverick sporting events.

Date: Aug. 27, 1972
Source: The Gateway
Compiled by Criss Library Archives

Brandi Yosten

Orientation Leader Represents UNO with Exuberance

by Becky Bohan Brown

Orientation leaders are the "Wal-Mart Greeters" of the university. They interact with students, parents and other campus visitors on a different level than most. Brandi Yosten may look like any other orientation leader seen giving a tour across campus, but she has gone above and beyond ...continue

ARTSaha Music Festival to Present Musical Concerts

A number of live musical performances are scheduled for ARTSaha, an annual event produced by the ANALOG arts ensemble and UNO, this September.

Concerts will take place primarily on the UNO campus, as well as in the Old Market and midtown Omaha, Friday, Sept. 7, through Saturday, Sept. 15. Most events are free. Tickets to select events range between $10 and $15 and are available for purchase at the door. 

Major events include:

- A rare performance of "Ballet Mecánique" along with a simultaneous screening of the abstract short film for which it was written, complete with an orchestra of computer-synchronized player pianos and a battery of percussion;

- Iron Composer Omaha, a competition where five students will be presented with a musical secret ingredient the afternoon of Tuesday, Sept. 11, and then have five hours to pen an original piece to be performed that night;

- An audio-visual showcase of various visions of the future, presented in the state-of-the-art UNO planetarium; and

- A 24-hour marathon performance of John Cage's organ piece "As Slow as Possible."

The festival Web site – – includes the complete event schedule, bios of composers and performers, plus a resource kit explaining Futurism and offering the latest Futurist news.

ARTSaha is supported by the Nebraska Humanities Council.

"Aim for the Stars" Camps Begin Sept. 8

Fans of UNO's "Aim for the Stars" summer science and math camps can enjoy the events a little longer, starting Saturday, Sept. 8. The organization will offer activities Saturdays this fall.  A different topic will be explored each week. 

The fall camps will be held in Council Bluffs at Wilson Junior High School, 715 N. 21st St., from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Transportation to and from Wilson will be available by bus from the Micah House, the Phoenix House and Walnut Grove and Rue Elementary Schools.

The Saturday camps are open to Pottawattamie County (Iowa) families, and a nominal fee will be charged per person.  Grant assistance is available for those who receive free and reduced priced school lunches.

Funded through a grant from the Iowa West Foundation, the camps are designed to enlighten, inspire and educate camp participants.  Parents are invited, but not required, to attend with their children.

For more information, including the transportation schedule and fees, call 554.4999 or 1.877.UNO.CAMP (1.877.866-2267).

"Consider This" to Highlight The Arc of Omaha

This week on UNO Television's "Consider This," host Andrea McMaster will interview participants from The Arc of Omaha, which is devoted to improving the lives of people with developmental disabilities.

McMaster will speak with Laurie Ackermann, executive director of The Arc of Omaha, and Mary McHale, the mother of a child with Down syndrome. The show will air tonight, Aug. 30, at 11 p.m. on KYNE-TV.

Previously known as the Greater Omaha Association for Retarded Citizens and The Ollie Webb Center, the organization was originally formed by parents and interested professionals to address the problems of overcrowding and inhumane practices in institutions, and the lack of public education for people with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities. Later it started educational, residential and vocational programs in the community. Today, the Arc of Omaha still offers services that are not provided by the public sector and continues to pioneer new programs that improve and enrich the lives of the people it serves.

The program will also be rebroadcast according to the following schedule:

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, Sept. 2
11:30 a.m. (CT)

NET2 (NET's cable network)
- Monday, Sept. 3
1:30 p.m. (CT)

- Wednesday, Sept. 5
8 a.m. (CT)

"Consider This" also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For a list of days and times, visit the Web at Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at

UNO Ambassadors Available for Campus Activities

Twelve UNO Ambassadors are ready, willing and available during the fall and spring semesters to assist at campus functions hosted by the chancellor, other UNO dignitaries and organizations.

Members of this select group wear UNO blazers or polos and act as official hosts and hostesses at a variety of events, interacting with guests to enhance a positive image of the university. All ambassadors maintain full-time student status, but the group strives to honor as many requests as possible.

"This is a great UNO organization with a rich tradition," said Mary Dobrauc, UNO Ambassadors Coordinator.  "These students do a wonderful job at every event they assist with."

For more information or to obtain a request form, contact Dobrauc (554.2220 or or Chris Liewer (554.3520 or Requests should be made a minimum of two weeks prior to an event.

Deadline Sept. 1 for UNO Corporate Cup Participants

Time is running out to participate in the 27th annual Omaha Corporate Cup Run/Walk. The 10K run or 2-mile walk will take place Sunday, Sept. 16, at 8:15 a.m. at the Omaha Civic Auditorium. All UNO students, employees and their families are invited to participate in the event. To register, stop by 100 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building before the Saturday, Sept. 1, noon registration deadline.

UNO students and employees with Campus Recreation activity cards can sign up for $15. The cost is $19 for families of activity cardholders and UNO students and employees without an activity card. Participants can choose from the 10K run or 2-mile walk.

All participants will receive a UNO corporate team T-shirt, an American Lung Association cup, and food and drink before and after the race. A post race brunch at InPlay, 1502 Cuming St., is also available at $6 per person.

For more information, contact Dave Daniels at 554.2008 or Jessica Dozark at 554.3917.

UNO to Close for Labor Day Holiday

UNO will be closed Monday, Sept. 3, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. The 2007 fall calendar is available online at

Criss Library Labor Day Holiday Schedule Reminder

The Criss Library will be closed Sunday through Monday, Sept. 2-3, for the Labor Day holiday. Normal hours will resume at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4.

September 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 September schedule is as follows:

- Sept. 5, 18 and 26
8 a.m. to noon

- Sept. 7, 13, 21 and 24
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

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

ITS to Phase Out Technology Delivery to the Classroom this Fall

Since 2001, Information Technology Services (ITS) has partnered with UNO colleges to provide permanently installed technology in more than 180 classrooms. Because these installations address more than 98 percent of all room-related technology requests, ITS will begin to phase out the classroom delivery and check-out of mobile technology this fall.

As always, faculty or staff with classroom technology requirements should work with their department's room scheduler and the UNO Registrar Office to arrange for a room with permanently installed technology. Instructors in classrooms where a TV and DVD or VCR player are needed, may request to have one of the carts permanently installed/secured in the room.  To request a cart be permanently installed or to use equipment such as a slide projector, overhead projector or audio tape player/recorder, contact the individual department technology support person. If required, arrangements can be made through ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP or

Participants Sought for UNMC Teen Depression Study

Teens experiencing depression are being recruited by the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Department of Psychiatry to participate in a research study that uses marketed antidepressant medications.

Adolescent depression symptoms may include:

- often being sad, unhappy or in a bad mood;
- trouble sleeping or staying asleep;
- change in appetite;
- loss of interest or motivation, decreased energy; and
- feelings of emptiness or worthlessness.

Study evaluation and medication are provided at no cost to those that meet eligibility requirements. To participate, adolescents must be 12 to 17 years of age. To learn more about this UNMC clinical research study, call 552.6240 or 552.6241.