Remembering Jane Ferguson

Jane A. Ferguson, 59, of Omaha, Neb., passed away on Thursday, March 22, at her home in Omaha, Neb.

Jane was born on March 19, 1958, to Robert and Leota (Storz) Ferguson in Council Bluffs.

Jane graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs. She attended college at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, earning a bachelor’s degree in science. In college, Jane was a member of the marching band.

Jane had a very creative mind and wrote several manuscripts. She loved the University of Nebraska football.

Read her full obituary in the Missouri Valley Times News.

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Archives Afternoons

Archives Afternoons at 1PM in the Adele Coryell Hall Learning Commons

The University Libraries will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Archives and Special Collections with a series of presentations.

1892 Cadet Band

February 15th is about the history of the Cornhusker Marching Band. All presentations are 1 to 2 p.m. in the Adele Hall Learning Commons in Love Library North.

The presentations will feature a member of the University Archives team available to discuss a topic from university history and answer questions. Each Archives Afternoon will feature photographs, artifacts and documents. Members of the university community are encouraged to stop in at any time during the hour-long chats.

Archives Afternoons will be offered every third Thursday of the month in the spring and fall semesters. Scheduled dates and topics in the series include:

  • Jan. 18 — Student organizations
  • Feb. 15 — Cornhusker Marching Band
  • March 15 — Women in agriculture
  • April 19 — Collecting Willa Cather
  • August — Date and topic to be announced
  • Sept. 20 — Husker athletics
  • Oct. 18 — Scrapbooks
  • Nov. 15 — Storage media

Learn more about Nebraska’s Archives and Special Collections.

To see video and images of the Cornhusker Marching band, visit the UNL Libraries Image & Multimedia Collections.

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The 2018 Reunion Weekend will be September 14-15, 2018. The game is UNL vs. Troy. Game time is not set and now that we have the date, we’ll begin to plan the Friday night pep rally. Please visit our website or Facebook page for updates. Registration should be open after July 1, 2018.

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Remembering Jim Condon

James L. Condon

James L. Condon, age 70 years, passed away January 14, 2018 in Republican City. Jim was born on July 6, 1947, in Aurora, to John and Hazel (Olsen) Condon. He graduated from Aurora High School Class of 65 and University of Nebraska with a Degree in Chemical Engineering. Every year he enjoyed marching with the UNL alumni band. In 1970, after graduating from UNL, Jim and Shirley Moller were married and they spent 47 years together.

Jim served as a military intelligence officer in the United States Army, four years on active duty, and ultimately retired after 30 years as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Reserves and National Guard. In recent years he was actively involved with ROTC and the Pershing Rifle alumni to encourage increased student participation in these important programs.

Jim had recently celebrated 40 years at the job he loved with the engineering and design firm Olsson Associates where he served as Vice President, Public Relations in the area of water and wastewater. He had significant volunteer service and involvement in the Water Environment Federation including the Public Communications and Outreach Committee, Chair, Stockholm Junior Water Prize, and the National Boy Scouts of America Jamboree. He was also a member of the Nebraska Water Environment Association and the American Water Works Association.

Jim loved being with people and that carried from his professional face-to-face interaction with clients to a very full social life. He was known by so many for his times with the Eagles, Elks, American Legion, VFW, and Old Dominion Boat Club. He was an avid supporter of statewide shuffleboard and pool tournaments and activities. Jim also had a passion for the outdoors and loved fishing, boating and golf.

Jim is survived by his wife Shirley of Lincoln, daughter Micki (husband Bill) Fowler of Lincoln, son Michael (wife Julie) Condon of Portland, OR, 2 grandchildren Starr Fowler and Kinsley Condon, sisters Sharon Nell of Satellite Beach, FL and Cindy (husband John) Powers of Kapolei, HI, mother-in-law Marilyn Moller Brennan, nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials are suggested to University of Nebraska Foundation/ROTC Stockholm Jr. Water Prize.

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Russ Swanson Outstanding Bandsman Award Presented

The 2017 Russ Swanson Outstanding Bandsman Award was presented this year to Paige DeDecker! This award was renamed in 2012 in Russ Swanson’s honor. Russ was a french horn player in the marching band and was a part of the 1941 Rose Bowl Band. He was also a WWII veteran serving on an air bomber crew. He was a charter member of the Band Alumni Association in 1974 and was on the board until a little over a year before he died in 2011. He and his wife were dedicated volunteers for activities of the BAA board.

Paige DeDecker is a percussionist from Flower Mound, Texas. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Percussion Performance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). She has been in the Cornhusker Marching Band all four years during her time at UNL, and she has had the privilege of being rank leader for the Front Ensemble for three years and the section leader for the Drumline during her senior year.

She has also had the opportunity to perform in UNL’s Wind Ensemble under the direction of Carolyn Barber and Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Dave Hall and Tony Falcone, which most recently performed at the 2016 Percussive Arts Society International Convention as a winner of the International Percussion Ensemble Competition’s Call for Tapes. Paige was also a member of the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps Front Ensemble from 2014 to 2016, and the percussion section was the recipient of the Fred Sanford High Percussion Award in 2014 and 2016.

After graduation, Paige will attend graduate school to continue her study with percussion performance, and ultimately, she hopes to perform in a chamber ensemble or work for a nonprofit arts organization.

Congratulations, Paige!

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