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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

UNO PRSSA Team Wins National Competition

A group of UNO public relations students won first place in a national competition to promote organ donor awareness.

The competition is sponsored annually by the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter of Rowan University. The UNO team of Erika Berg, Katie Curran, Sally Gutschow, Katie Kassebaum and Sarah Legg will receive the award and $400 for UNO's PRSSA chapter Nov. 13 at the national PRSSA conference in Salt Lake City.

"The team produced a very impressive campaign and plans to start a Students for Organ Donation chapter on UNO's campus to carry on their work," said Karen Weber, the group's adviser.

The team's campaign, titled "License to Give: We Card," featured a barbecue on the student plaza, an organ donor "Jeopardy" game and a presentation from Brian Holcomb, a 23-year-old liver transplant recipient and president of the Northern Utah chapter of Donor Dudes, a national organization dedicated to increasing organ donor awareness among college students.

The weeklong events were attended by more than 750 students who showed their organ donor cards and 105 new registered donors.

"The UNO School of Communication is very proud of PRSSA and this national recognition," said Jeremy Lipschultz, the school's director. "The team did amazing work on the organ donor awareness campaign, and they again demonstrated why the public relations/advertising program at UNO is so strong."

A team of UNO students also placed first in the 2004 national competition.

For more information about PRSSA at UNO, contact Weber at 554.2246 or kweber@mail.unomaha.edu.

"Consider This" to Explore Anti-Meth PSA Campaign

The Omaha Federation of Advertising and Partners for Methamphetamine Prevention have launched an anti-meth public service advertising campaign aimed at preventing teens from trying the drug.

The campaign, "Meth: It's Getting Ugly," will be examined on this week's edition of "Consider This." The program will air tonight, May 26, on KYNE-TV Channel 26 at 11 p.m.

The campaign features ads that tell the story of Angela Fatino, an Iowa girl who started taking meth at age 12 and ended her life at age 15 as a result of her drug addiction. They include shocking before and after photos as Fatino transforms from a pretty pre-teen into a meth addict.

The ads will air on the program. Host Andrea McMaster will discuss the overall campaign with Keelia Thurber and Greg Ahrens.

Thurber represents Partners for Methamphetamine Prevention, a group of more than 20 metro area organizations that have teamed up to put a stop to local meth use. The group is made up of local social service agencies, law enforcement, health care and public safety organizations.

Ahrens is the public service committee chair for the Omaha Federation of Advertising (OFA). He led the team of local advertising executives who created the "Meth: It's Getting Ugly" public service campaign. Each year, the OFA develops a pro-bono PSA campaign for a local nonprofit organization. This year's choice to support meth prevention was unanimous.

This edition of the program will be rebroadcast according to the following schedule:

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, May 28
11:30 p.m.

NET2 (NET's cable network)
- Monday, May 29
1:30 p.m. (CT)

- Wednesday, May 31
8 a.m. (CT)

"Consider This" is a production of UNO Television. It 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.

Employee/Dependent Scholarship Program Moving to ESS

Beginning Thursday, June 1, the Employee and Dependent Scholarship program will be moved to the Employee Self Service (ESS) Web site at http://ess.nebraska.edu/. For security purposes, employees will no longer use their Social Security number but instead will use their ESS ID and password to access the system.

For more information, visit ESS Help (http://esshelp.nebraska.edu/) or SAPPHIRE (http://sapphire.nebraska.edu/nav/).

UNO to Close for Memorial Day May 29

UNO will be closed Monday, May 29, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. The 2006 holiday schedule is available online at http://www.nebraska.edu/hr/hr_holidays.shtml.

For more information, contact Human Resources at 554.2321.

Flag Lowering

By order of Gov. Dave Heineman, all U.S. and Nebraska flags will be lowered to half-staff Monday, May 29, until noon in observance of Memorial Day.

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, honors those who have died in the nation's service. In 1971, it was declared a national holiday to be held on the last Monday in May.

Campus Recreation to Close for Memorial Day May 29

Campus Recreation will be closed Monday, May 29, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. For more information, visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/.

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 http://library.unomaha.edu/aboutthelibrary/hours/.

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.

HPER Pool Set to Re-Open May 30

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation pool is scheduled to re-open Tuesday, May 30, at 6:30 a.m.

For information about aquatic programs, contact Campus Recreation Aquatics at 554.2223.

Information about upcoming summer programs is available on the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr.

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. 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 jasmyn84@msn.com or Karen Weber, faculty adviser, at 554.2246 or kweber@mail.unomaha.edu.

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 sbollich@mail.unomaha.edu.

In the News

In the News- Randall Adkins, political science, was pictured and quoted in the May 1 edition of the Omaha Daily Record. The article discussed the impact of 9/11 on the Bush Administration.

- Marcia Adler, health services, was quoted in the May 2 editions of the Daily Sun (Beatrice, Neb.), the Independent (Grand Island, Neb.), the Tribune (Hastings, Neb.) and the Omaha World-Herald, as well as the May 3 edition of the Lincoln Journal Star. The articles highlighted the requirement of getting mumps immunizations before attending classes at UNO.

- UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck was pictured in the March 2006 edition of Metro Magazine. The photograph was taken at the Friends of Lied gala in Lincoln. Dr. Belck also was quoted in the April 6 edition of the Omaha Star. The article highlighted Girls Inc. being honored with the UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women's Community Service Award. Dr. Belck also was featured in the May 2006 edition of New Horizons. The article profiled the growth of UNO as a metropolitan university under her leadership.

- Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, political science, was quoted in the April 14 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article examined the 2006 Senate race. Dr. Benjamin-Alvarado also was cited in the April 13 edition of El Perico on the same topic. He also was pictured in the April 26 edition of the Omaha World-Herald, and an accompanying article in the same edition highlighted a meeting Dr. Benjamin-Alvarado had with Fidel Castro during a recent trip to Cuba.

- Loree Bykerk, political science, was quoted in the April 23 edition of the Lincoln Journal Star. The article discussed new faces in the 2006 election for the Legislature. Dr. Bykerk also was quoted in the April 29 edition of the Lincoln Journal Star. The article explored the race for governor between Tom Osborne and Dave Heineman.

- David Conway, education, was quoted in the April 17 editions of the Telegram (Columbus, Neb.), the Independent (Grand Island, Neb.) and the Daily News (Norfolk, Neb.). The articles looked at a consideration by the state Board of Education and Department of Education to recognize American Sign Language as an official world language for the K-12 schools in Nebraska.

- Lourdes Gouveia and Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, Latino/Latin American Studies, were quoted in the April 5 edition of City Weekly. The article explored the issue of immigration and law enforcement. Dr. Gouveia also was quoted in the April 23 editions of the Oakland Tribune (Oakland, Calif.), the Sunday Chronicle (San Francisco) and the Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, Calif.). The articles discussed hazards and tensions in the meatpacking industry despite reforms.

- Linda Value, UNO Bookstore, was pictured with UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck in the May 2006 edition of New Horizons. Value received the Employee of the Month Award for April 2006.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media – local, state, regional, national or international – we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.

In Print

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.

On Stage

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.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.

On Exhibit

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.