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During the fall of 1946, University of Omaha students hang out between classes, east of the current Arts and Sciences Hall.

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

Art Gallery to Host Fall CFAM Arts Fair Today

To kick off the 2007-08 school year, the UNO Art Gallery will host the Fall 2007 Communication, Fine Arts and Media (CFAM) Arts Fair today, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event gives UNO students the opportunity to learn more about arts on campus and in the Omaha community. Students will meet area arts professionals and learn what Omaha arts organizations offer college students, including event information, ticket sales, memberships, student discounts and internships.

UNO participants at the fair include The Crop, Department of Art and Art History, Fine Arts University Student Theatre (FAUST), Friends of Art, KVNO Radio/UNO TV, Music Department, Organization for the Advancement of the Arts (OAA), School of Communication, Theatre Department, UNO Art Gallery and Writer's Workshop.

The following Omaha arts organizations will also be present: the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Dick Blick, El Museo Latino, Film Streams, Joslyn Art Museum, Nebraskans for the Arts, Omaha Community Playhouse and Opera Omaha.

The UNO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building. The event is free, and UNO students are encouraged to attend.

For more information, visit http://www.unoartgallery.org or call 554.2796.

"Consider This" to Highlight Ad Campaign for Youth

This week on UNO Television's "Consider This," host Andrea McMaster will interview a former homeless teen, the executive director for Youth Emergency Services (YES) and a member of the Omaha Federation of Advertising (OFA) about a new public service campaign that highlights the issue of teen and youth homelessness in the metropolitan area. This show originally aired July 12.

OFA and YES, a non-profit organization that serves Omaha's homeless and at-risk youth, have launched the multi-media effort with the aim of increasing donations to YES. Last year, more than 229 homeless and at-risk teens spent at least one night in the YES Shelter.

The campaign urges people to "Help Take Homeless Kids Off the Streets Before Something Else Does." Campaign materials feature teens in front of a wall that is covered by pictorial graffiti. The graffiti represents the dangers that homeless youth face every day.

"We wanted an image that startled people – something that transcended a typical photo of a homeless teenager. We feel this series of photos does just that. Hands and arms within the graffiti are actually reaching out to pull the teens into the wall. It's a nightmare come true," said Kathleen Durkin, OFA public service chair.

The billboards, print ads, television and radio commercials urge people to contribute by visiting the Web site at YESomaha.org or by calling 402.345.5187.

McMaster will speak with Durkin, Bob Storey, executive director of YES, and a former homeless teen, Katy O'Grady, during the show, which will air tonight, Sept. 6, at 11 p.m. on KYNE-TV.

"Unfortunately, many people don't believe that homeless youth are a problem in Omaha," said Angelica Carl, YES board member and communications liaison. "But, we do. And it's our mission at YES to intervene before these at-risk teens become irretrievably lost to the streets or in the system. Hopefully, this campaign will draw attention to the problem of homelessness among the young and compel people to donate to Youth Emergency Services to help support our efforts."

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

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, Sept. 9
11:30 a.m. (CT)

NET2 (NET's cable network)
- Monday, Sept. 10
1:30 p.m. (CT)

- Wednesday, Sept. 12
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 http://www.tknomaha.org. Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at http://www.unotv.unomaha.edu.

UNO Spirit Days Set for Fridays

UNO spirit

Every Friday is Spirit Day at UNO. The UNO Spirit Committee encourages members of the UNO community to wear Mav colors (red and black) and show Mav pride.

For more information, contact Marie Lee, co-chair of the UNO Spirit Committee, at 554.2581 or clee@mail.unomaha.edu.

Chemistry Student Welcome Launch This Friday

The UNO Department of Chemistry will hold its "Chemistry Student Welcome Launch" on Friday, Sept. 7, at 5 p.m. in 115 and 116 Durham Science Center. This start of the academic year gathering is for chemistry majors, minors, those considering chemistry as a major and pre-pharmacy students.

Faculty and staff will be in attendance to acquaint students with the department, explore undergraduate opportunities and career options, provide information about scholarships and to introduce Chem Club activities.  Food and drinks will be served, and there will be demonstrations and drawings for prizes, including an iPod Shuffle.

For more information, call 554.2651 or e-mail mbattle@mail.unomaha.edu.

National Geographic Photographer Joel Sartore to Make Appearance at NU

National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore is the first guest speaker for "Changing Nature," the 2007-2008 E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The event brings national speakers to the Lied Center for Performing Arts, 301 N. 12th St., in Lincoln this month through April. All six presentations begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

Sartore, a lifelong Nebraskan, speaks Thursday, Sept. 13. His presentation is "Grounded: A Reflection on the Use of Life and Land." His work in National Geographic often focuses on conservation, endangered species and land use. Time, Life, Newsweek and Sports Illustrated have also published Sartore's photos.

All presentations will be broadcast live inside the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. No tickets are necessary and the public is invited to attend. Each presentation will also be available live at http://www.unl.edu.

Other speakers during the "Changing Nature" forum are below. Visit http://enthompson.unl.edu/ for additional information.

- "Ethanol: Fueling Debate" Monday, Oct. 15. Douglas Durante and Jerry Taylor will speak. Durante is founder and executive director of the Clean Fuels Development Coalition. Taylor is a senior fellow with the Cato Institute.

- "Changing Nature in an Unequal World," Monday, Nov. 12. Sunita Narain, director of the Centre for Science and Environment and a native of New Delhi, India, will serve as guest speaker.

- "Winning the Oil Endgame" Tuesday, Feb. 12. Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute will speak. Lovins is the institute's co-founder, chairman and chief scientist of the institute.

- "For God's Sake" Monday, Feb. 25. The guest speaker is Richard Cizik, vice president for governmental affairs for the National Association of Evangelicals.

- "Corporate Environmentalism – Bridging the Communication Gap" Tuesday, April 22. William K. Reilly, president and CEO of Aqua International Partners, will speak.

For additional information, contact Paul Sather at psather@mail.unomaha.edu or 554.3196.

ITS Announces SIS/E-BRUNO Downtime

The University of Nebraska mainframe, which houses the UNO SIS system, will receive an upgrade this month. The upgrade will take place on Sunday, Sept. 16, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.  During this time, SIS, E-BRUNO, SAP and WebFOCUS will be unavailable.  Notices will be posted on the home pages of all services that are affected to inform users of the interruption of service.  For questions, contact Information Technology Services Customer Service at 554.HELP (4357).

ARTSaha Music Festival Begins This Week

ARTSaha, an annual event focused on live musical performances, gets under way Friday, Sept. 7.

The week-long event, which is produced by the ANALOG arts ensemble and UNO, runs through Saturday, Sept. 15. Concerts will take place primarily on the UNO campus, as well as in the Old Market and midtown Omaha. Most events are free. Tickets to select events range between $10 and $15 and are available for purchase at the door. More information is available at http://www.artsaha.org.

The complete event schedule:

Mr. Marinetti's Curiosity Cabinet
Friday, Sept. 7, 7:30 p.m. (pre-concert talk begins at 7 p.m.)
First Central Congregational Church of Christ, 421 S. 36th St.
Free: No tickets required.
ARTSaha kicks off with this musical curio from the ANALOG arts ensemble. The piece explores futurist themes in a light-hearted presentation of intimate modern music that will be performed throughout the First Central Church's campus. The program includes pieces by Henry Cowell, Charles Wuorinen, Olga Neuwirth and others.

Ballet Mécanique
Saturday, Sept. 8, 7:30 p.m. (pre-concert talk begins at 7 p.m.)
Strauss Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $10; available at the door.
This will be only the fourth U.S. performance to date of the 1924 abstract short film "Ballet Mécanique" along with its original score by George Antheil. The chaotic and rhythmically complex composition calls for multiple computer-synchronized player pianos, multiple xylophones, electric bells, sirens, drums, more pianos and even a propeller in an explosion of sound. The other half of the program will include music for mechanical pianos from modern composers.

ASLSP
Monday, Sept. 10, midnight to 11:59 p.m. (mid-concert talk begins at 6 p.m.)
First Central Congregational Church of Christ, 421 S. 36th St.
Free: No tickets required.
Drop in and zen out at this marathon performance of John Cage's famously long composition "As Slow As Possible." The ANALOG arts ensemble will surpass its previous 9- and 12-hour performances with this midnight to midnight performance. The public can come by at any time to witness the power of the First Central Church's organ and contemplate the intersection of music, time and space.

Iron Composer Omaha: Competition and Concert

Tuesday, Sept. 11, 7:30 p.m. (pre-concert talk begins at 7 p.m.)
Strauss Performing Arts Center|
Tickets: $10; available at the door.
Judge who is the "Iron Composer." Five student composers will go pen to pen as they battle to compose a winning piece of music using a secret musical ingredient within only five hours. The results will be performed that evening in front of a live audience and panel of judges. The winner walks away with a cash prize and the title "Iron Composer Omaha." After the judging, the concert will continue with music by Luciano Berio, Virgil Thomson, Wayne Shorter and Radiohead.

For Whom The Bell Tolls
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m. (pre-concert talk begins at 7 p.m.)
Henningson Memorial Campanile
Free: No tickets required.
These aren't the usual carols of the bells as ANALOG takes over the bell tower for an evening of unexpected music. The bronze bells of the UNO carillon will ring out across the campus as songs from Iron Maiden and Martin Luther mix with John Cage's "Music for Carillon" and other eclectic tunes. Audience members can bring a lawn chair and kick back for this relaxing and enjoyable outdoor concert.

Found Sounds & Field Recordings 
Thursday, Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m. (pre-concert talk begins at 7 p.m.)
Artists' Co-op Gallery, 405 S.11th St.
Free: No tickets required.
Experience how even the oddest sounds can be turned into music at the Found Sounds & Field Recordings concert. Having debuted earlier this year in Los Angeles and Brooklyn, this program makes use of accidental musical material such as street noise, coffee percolating and cell phones, and will include a mix of original music and works by contemporary composers including Steve Reich and Samuel Beckett. 

Go Figaro! An Ecoutez! Concert 
Friday, Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m. (pre-concert talk begins at 7 p.m.; box office opens at 6:30 p.m.)
Strauss Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $15 for general public; Free for students with ID.
ANALOG will kick off UNO's acclaimed Ecoutez! concert series with this collection of classical music pieces that were ahead of their time. The ANALOG arts ensemble will present their groundbreaking version of Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring," a piece considered the birthplace of the Modern - plus new takes on familiar works from Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven, to Busoni Schoenberg and Moondog.

Cowardly Old World: An Electronic Music Concert
Saturday, September 15, 7:30 p.m. (pre-concert talk begins at 7 p.m.)
Mallory Kountze Planetarium
Free: No tickets required.
Take an audio-visual journey through time to visit various visions of the future – from Nostradamus to Al Gore to Jules Verne to the Italian Futurists. Visual projections within UNO's Mallory Kountze Planetarium will complement this program of electronic music, including several new compositions.

Accessibility Statements for Publications

When planning events and programs, officials in UNO Diversity Services ask that organizations keep in mind that people with disabilities may wish to attend.

"Equal opportunity is best achieved when individuals with disabilities are aware that accommodations and adjustments are available at campus programs and events," said Kate Clark, Diversity Services Coordinator. "It is strongly recommended that the following alternative format and accommodation statements be used on all publications such as flyers, pamphlets and Web sites which advertise a UNO-sponsored event."

The statement:

"Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access may contact (telephone number of the sponsor) or UNO Disability Services at 554.2872 or mkclark@mail.unomaha.edu in advance of the program."

For more information, visit the UNO Disability Services Web site (http://www.unomaha.edu/disability/) or contact Clark in Disability Services at 554.2872 or mkclark@mail.unomaha.edu.

"Aim for the Stars" Saturday 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).

September FEAP Schedule

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

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

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