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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

Carillon Concert Today

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

The event is part of the Henningson family birthday carillon concert series at UNO. It will begin at 11:45 a.m. and conclude at 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.

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.

PWSA Call for Poetry

The Program for Women and Successful Aging (PWSA) at UNO is currently accepting original works of poetry and/or short prose for review and possible publication in Celebrate: A Collection of Women's Writings. The eleventh volume of the Celebrate book will be released and presented at the Rites of Spring, an annual event that features an art exhibit, poetry reading, storytelling and other projects.

Submission forms are available on the Web at All submissions should be sent to the following address by Friday, July 14.

Annex 24
6001 Dodge St.
Omaha, NE 68182-0202

For more information, contact the PWSA office at 554.4897.

Pathways to Harmony Set for June 28

The next Pathways to Harmony program is scheduled for Wednesday, June 28, from 12:30 to 4 p.m. It will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend.

"This professional development program about diversity represents part of the strategic planning objectives set for the UNO community," said Sharon Ulmar, assistant to the chancellor for diversity and equal opportunity. "It will help to enhance respectful relationships and create an open and constructive dialogue about diversity on the UNO campus."

To register, call 554.2896 or send an e-mail to Seating is limited.

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

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 H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center's Bootstrapper Hall.

For more information, contact LeFlore at 639.6225 or or Karen Weber, faculty adviser, at554.2246 or

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 H. 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 13, to conduct individual retirement planning sessions for faculty and staff.

Sessions also can be scheduled on the following dates: June 6, 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 and November. 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 .

People: Aliano Named NMA Manager of the Year

Debbi Aliano, general manager of KVNO Classical 90.7 FM and UNO Television, has been named Manager of the Year by the Midlands Chapter of the National Management Association (NMA). She will be honored Thursday, June 15, at the chapter's installation dinner.

Criteria for the award include:
- Dedication to the principles of the American enterprise system and demonstrated evidence of promoting this system in the community;
- Being a top manager in a business, industry, government or non-profit activity;
- Demonstrated community leadership through significant contribution and participation in outside professional and civic activities;
- Having a reputation as a fair, impartial and ethical manager in dealings with subordinates, peers and associates; and
- Demonstrated strong managerial leadership by applying generally recognized management principles to achieve success.

"This recognition of the management profession will encourage those with managerial responsibility to increase their competency and improve the quality of management, not only in their own organizations, but in the community as well," said Andy Melville, president of the Midlands Chapter of the NMA.

For more information, call 554.2716 or 504.7353.

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