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This Week in Campus History

On May 24, 1974, "topping out" ceremonies were held for a new classroom office building, now known as Roskens Hall. For several days prior to the event, the final steel beam in the building's construction had been placed on a walkway near the structure. The beam had been painted white, and felt tip pens were available for those who wished write a message or sign their names. Following brief remarks by UNO Chancellor Ronald Roskens, the beam was hoisted to the top of the framework of the building and set into place. The master of ceremonies for this event was William Muse, dean of the UNO College of Business Administration.

Date: May 24, 1974
Source: The Weekly Communicator
Compiled by University Library Archives

Karen Dwyer

Calming the Anxious

by Tim Fitzgerald

Almost everyone suffers from it. Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy and Barbara Walters have had it and overcome it. The "it" is a fear of public speaking, and one University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) faculty member has focused her teaching and research career on curing this problem in college students.

Recently, UNO's Karen Dwyer was honored for her work with the University of Nebraska's Outstanding ...continue

Campus to Participate in Electrical Curtailment Test

UNO, in conjunction with OPPD, will participate in a preseason electrical curtailment test Wednesday, May 24, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The test will involve reducing electrical power consumption on campus by turning off lights and equipment in predetermined locations.

At no time will classrooms or offices be impacted by this program.

UNO, along with several other large OPPD customers, participates in the OPPD electrical curtailment program each year. Its goal is to provide the community with reliable electrical service during periods of peak electrical use in the summer months.

To accomplish this goal, these large OPPD customers voluntarily reduce electrical uses during extreme peak electrical usage periods, which normally occur on extremely hot and humid days.

For more information, contact Larry Morgan at 554.3735 or

PRSSA Students to Host Kids 'N' Cans Carnival June 6

A group of UNO public relations students will host a children's carnival Tuesday, June 6, in Elmwood Park to boost donations for the Omaha Food Bank.

The UNO chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) will host the first Kid's ‘N' Cans Carnival from 1 to 4 p.m. as part of its ongoing efforts to help the Omaha Food Bank.

For each can a child brings to the event, he or she will receive three tickets to be used on any of several contests or games. Those who do not bring a food donation can purchase tickets.  The cost is three for $1.

Event attractions will include "Bucket Bonanza," face painting/tattoos, the moon bounce, balloon darts, floating ducks, ring toss and "Kiddie Idol." The carnival also will feature several contests, including a three-legged race, a pie-eating contest, a water balloon toss, musical chairs and dodge ball. The contests will take place twice during the carnival in two separate age categories – ages 5 to 7 and ages 8 to 11.

"Our goal is to gather at least 1,500 non-perishable items for the Omaha Food Bank," said Jasmyn LeFlore, PRSSA president. "PRSSA has such a good relationship with them that we want to do anything we can to maintain that."

The Kids ‘N' Cans Carnival is sponsored by the Omaha Food Bank in conjunction with the UNO School of Communication.

In the event of rain, the Kids ‘N' Cans Carnival will be held at the William and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center's Bootstrapper Hall.

For more information, contact LeFlore at 639.6225 or or Karen Weber, faculty adviser, at; 554.2246 or

Bookstore Closed for Annual Inventory through May 26

The UNO Bookstore will be closed for its annual inventory today through Friday, May 23-26. Regular summer hours are as follows:

Monday and Tuesday
7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday through Friday
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Jacinda Brooks at 554.2360 or

LSAT Preparation Session Today

An LSAT preparation session will be held today, May 23, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in 205 Arts and Sciences Hall, the conference room in the UNO Department of Philosophy and Religion. Any student is welcome to attend.

The review session will include an overview of the test and a discussion of strategies for the logic-based portions of the exam. Those planning to attend should contact Laura Grams at 554.2629 or for more information. Students may come late or leave early as needed.

For more information about the LSAT, visit the Web at For more information about pre-law studies at UNO, visit the Web at

Stan Hille, Kim Sosin Retirement Reception June 8

Louis Pol, dean of the UNO College of Business Administration (CBA), invites all UNO faculty and staff to an open house retirement reception for two CBA faculty - Stan Hille, professor of marketing/management and former CBA dean, and Kim Sosin, professor and chair of economics.

The event will be held Thursday, June 8, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the William and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. Those who plan to attend should R.S.V.P. to 554.2303 or

Openings Available for TIAA-CREF Summer Campus Visits

A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus Tuesday, June 6, to conduct individual retirement planning sessions for faculty and staff.

Sessions also can be scheduled on the following dates: June 13, 20 and 27 and July 1, 18 and 25.

Appointments for individual counseling sessions can be scheduled online at or by calling Louella Williams at 402.548.3610.

Eppley Display Window Available to Sanctioned Groups

The display window on the second floor of the Eppley Administration Building is available to UNO academic units, administrative units and sanctioned organizations on a monthly basis.

Openings in 2006 include July, August, September, November and December. Those interested in reserving a month should contact Beverly Newsam at 554.2358 or

CWS General Admission Ticket Booklets On Sale

The 2006 College World Series (CWS) is set for June 16-26 at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha. CWS general admission ticket booklets are currently on sale in the UNO Athletic Department. The cost is $60 for a booklet of 10 tickets while supplies last.

To purchase a booklet or for more information, contact Geri Backora at 554.2506 or


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