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Pictured above, sunshine on OU Fieldhouse commencement cermonies, Spring, 1958.

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

Flag Lowering

The UNO flags will be lowered to half-staff today, May 25, in honor of UNO retiree Carl Vittitoe. He passed May 20 at the age of 81.

Vittitoe, an equipment manager in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building, retired from the university in January 1989. He had been with UNO for more than 25 years.

Funeral services for Vittitoe will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at Bellevue Memorial Chapel, 22nd and Hancock, in Bellevue, Neb.

Town Hall Meeting on America's Energy Future Tonight

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. Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey and representatives from the business, faith, conservation and farming communities will come together tonight, May 25, 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 Ballroom. 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.

Library to Close May 27-29 for Memorial Day Holiday

University Library will be closed Saturday, May 27, through Monday, May 29, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Summer hours will resume Tuesday, May 30, at 7 a.m.

For a complete schedule of library hours, visit the Web at

Free Tickets to Theatre Conference Available

Free tickets to the Great Plains Theatre Conference in Omaha are available on a first-come, first-served basis in University Affairs, 108 Eppley Administration Building. Supplies are limited.

The event, hosted by Metropolitan Community College, will be held May 27 through June 3 at various Omaha locations.

SPR to Host COS Demonstration June 1

The next Community of Science (COS) information session will be held Thursday, June 1, at 9 a.m. in Room 207 of University Library.

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) hosts these monthly hour-long sessions to provide faculty and graduate students with information about the various online resources available through Community of Science.

Reservations are not required. For more information, contact Nancy Schlesiger at 554.2286.

Annual Aviation Institute Golf Tournament June 5

The UNO Aviation Institute will host its annual golf tournament Monday, June 5, at Shoreline Golf Course. The registration fee is $65, which includes 18 holes of golf, a golf cart, lunch, dinner, a tournament gift and prizes.

For more information, visit the Web at or contact Scott Vlasek at 554.3785 or

Carillon Concert Series Continues May 30

The bells on the UNO campus will ring Tuesday, May 30, to commemorate the birthday of Rose P. Henningson.

The event is part of the Henningson family birthday carillon concert series at UNO. The bells will ring from 11:45 a.m. to noon.

The Henningson Memorial Campanile, rising 168 feet over the UNO campus, is one of only 180 such structures in the United States. It was donated to UNO in 1989 by Margre Henningson Durham and her husband, Chuck, as a standing memorial to Margre's father, mother and sister.

The carillon is a four-octave, acoustically balanced instrument. It consists of 47 bronze bells cast by the bellfoundry of Paccard-Fonderie de Cloches in Annecy, France. The largest of the bells weighs 4,397 pounds and measures five feet in diameter by four feet in height. The combined weight of the 47 bells is 24,408 pounds.

The carillon is played manually from an ivory keyboard within the tower or from an electrical keyboard and computer system located in the Strauss Performing Arts Center. An automatic stair descends from the tower, permitting access to the elevator that rises to the carillon studio directly under the bells at the top of the structure.

For more information about the birthday concert series, call 554.2762.

Fidelity Representative on Campus June 14

Fidelity representative Chad Anderson will be on campus for individual counseling sessions Wednesday, June 14, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, call 1.800.642.7131.

Submissions Sought for Online Calendar of Events

Are you planning a campus event?

University Affairs is seeking submissions for its online calendar of events.

Located on the Web at, the calendar can be viewed by day, week, month or category. Categories include athletics, exhibitions, films, lectures, meetings, miscellaneous and performance. Links to the calendar have been created on the UNO home page at under "Today at UNO" in the left-hand column and graphically in the tool bar at the top of the page.

"The UNO Calendar of Events is designed to promote campus-related events that are open to the campus community and/or the general public," said Teresa Gleason, director of communications at UNO.

An example of an item that would not be posted on the calendar is a biology departmental meeting. However, if the biology department is hosting a speaker and the event is open to the campus community/general public, the item would be posted.

The calendar is administered by University Affairs, located in 108 Eppley Administration Building. Beverly Newsam is the calendar administrator. All items must be submitted electronically with a contact name, phone number and e-mail. Training on how to submit items is available for any interested party by calling Newsam at 554.2358.

"We encourage all colleges and units to make use of the calendar by submitting appropriate items to it," Gleason said. "The goal is to maintain a centralized listing of public events that is easily accessible."

The UNO Calendar of Events is not a means for scheduling rooms or submitting information to other existing calendars on the Web. Reservations for meeting facilities still must go through appropriate channels in the Milo Bail Student Center.

For more information or to learn how to submit items to the calendar, contact Newsam at 554.2358.