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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

Town Hall Meeting on America's Energy Future May 25

With gas prices skyrocketing and concern about rapidly accelerating global warming on the rise, Americans are asking hard questions about the country's energy future. On Thursday, May 25, Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey and representatives from the business, faith, conservation and farming communities will come together for a town hall meeting to discuss solutions for global warming and America's oil dependence.

The event, the first in a series of national town hall meetings, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center. All interested members of the UNO community are invited to attend. Refreshments will be provided.

The featured panelists include Rev. Dr. Bob Edgar, general secretary of the National Council of Churches; Tim Wagner, commissioner, Nebraska Department of Insurance; Dan Lashof, Climate Center Science Director, Natural Resources Defense Council; and John Hansen, president, Nebraska Farmers Union.

They represent a unique cross section of perspectives that support Re-Energize America, a nonpartisan campaign that calls for cutting American oil use by 2.5 million barrels a day within a decade.

"The solutions to our gas price and energy problems can be found right here in Nebraska," said Fahey, who is hosting the event. "These are universal issues that beg important questions and demand serious answers."

B.J. Reed, dean of the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service, will moderate the panel discussion.

The town hall meeting is sponsored by the National Council of Churches, Interchurch Ministries of Nebraska, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service.

For more information, contact Tim Kaldahl at 554.3502.

Electrical Curtailment Test Today

UNO, in conjunction with OPPD, will participate in a preseason electrical curtailment test today, 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

Open Computer Labs Closed May 27-29

All open computer labs on campus will be closed Saturday, May 27, through Monday, May 29, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

The labs are located in the Milo Bail Student Center Elmwood Room, 158A The Peter Kiewit Institute, University Library, 104 Durham Science Center, 300 Arts and Sciences Hall, 401 Roskens Hall and 211 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building.

For more information, contact John C. Adams, computer lab manager, at 554.2018.

Fidelity Representative on Campus July 20

Fidelity representative Chad Anderson will be on campus for individual counseling sessions Thursday, July 20, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, call 1.800.642.7131.

HPER Pool Closed for Annual Maintenance

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation Aquatic Center is closed for annual maintenance. The pool is scheduled to re-open Tuesday, May 30, at 6:30 a.m.

For information about aquatic programs and regular updates regarding progress, contact Campus Recreation Aquatics at 554.2223.

Information about upcoming summer programs is available on the Web at

NASA Nebraska Space Grant Scholarships Available

The NASA Nebraska Space Grant Office has research and service scholarship opportunities available for all graduate and undergraduate students. The application deadlines are May 31.

Scholarships are available to all students enrolled for fall 2006 regardless of major. Women, minorities and students with disabilities are strongly urged to apply.

Application forms are available on the Web at

For more information, contact Melissa Wurdeman at 554.3772 or

Applicants Sought for Kolasa Scholarships

The UNO chapter of AAUP will award the Bernie Kolasa Memorial Scholarships to UNO graduates entering a graduate program during or after the summer of 2006. Students who graduated from UNO during the summer or fall of 2005 or the spring of 2006 are eligible to apply.

There are two awards of $1,000 each. Dr. Kolasa, a political science professor, was a longtime leader in the UNO chapter of AAUP.

Interested graduates should submit a letter of application and a copy of their resume. The letter should include the student's grade point average (GPA), his or her proposed area of study and the reasons for interest in this area. Other areas of consideration will include potential for success in graduate school and profession, leadership qualities – especially in the area of community service and activities that would indicate the student's breadth of interest beyond the chosen field of study.

Although the awards will be predicated upon the student's acceptance into a graduate program, acceptance need not be shown at the time of application.

In support of the application, two or more letters of recommendation should be sent from persons familiar with the applicant. These should address the areas of consideration outlined above.

The UNO chapter of AAUP awards at least two $1,000 scholarships each year to students who are graduating from UNO and are going to attend graduate school at any accredited college or university.

All materials should be sent to:

AAUP Scholarship Committee
c/o Dr. Sandra Squires
115J Kayser Hall

The deadline for receipt of applications is June 15. Awards will be given at a luncheon honoring the scholarship recipients in late June or July.

For more information, contact Dr. Squires at

Information Sought on UNO-Published Scholarly Journals

Does your academic department or unit at UNO publish a scholarly journal?

University Affairs is seeking information on all scholarly journals published by UNO academic departments and units, including both online and print versions. The following information is sought: name of journal, URL (if applicable), synopsis of scope, distribution method, editor and contact information for the editor.

This information can be sent via e-mail to Teresa Gleason at Include the word "journal" in the subject line. For more information, call 554.2762.

Viewbooks Available

Recruitment Services has campus viewbooks available for interested departments. The publication features a one-pocket folder, and includes pictures and information on every UNO college.

For available quantities, contact Monica Bayles at 554.2977 or These viewbooks will be available through July 1.