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Pictured above, the Eugene C. Eppley Library cornerstone ceremony was held March 29, 1955. Today, it's the site of the Eppley Administration Building.

This Week in Campus History

The University of Northern Iowa (UNI) acknowledged UNO Chancellor Ronald W. Roskens, a UNI graduate, with an achievement award during the school's spring commencement ceremonies. The award was presented to Dr. Roskens by the UNI Alumni organization for "outstanding leadership in the profession of the alumnus, bringing credit to the alumnus and the university."

Date: May 29, 1973
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 Lowerings

The UNO flags will be lowered to half-staff today, June 2, and Monday, June 5, in honor of two UNO community members who passed away recently.

Today's flag lowering honors the passing of Anderson Dearborn Sr., 77, retired catering manager and assistant food manager. He worked at UNO from 1980 to 1992. Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 3, at 4 p.m. at Westlawn-Hillcrest, 5701 Center St.

The June 5 flag lowering will honor the passing of Shelly Thompson, 18, a freshman student-athlete. Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 3, at 10:30 a.m. at Southwood Lutheran Church, 5511 S. 27th St., in Lincoln, Neb.

"Consider This" to Explore Nebraska Tourism

If you're planning on traveling this summer, you don't have to leave the state to find some good vacation spots. This week on "Consider This," host Andrea McMaster's guest will be Mary Ethel Emanuel of the Nebraska Tourism Division. They will discuss some of the popular hot spots as well as a few hidden destination treasures in Nebraska.

The program will air tonight, June 2, on KYNE-TV Channel 26 at 11 p.m.

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

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, June 3
11:30 p.m.

NET2 (NET's cable network)
- Monday, June 5
1:30 p.m. (CT)

- Wednesday, June 7
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 Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at

Summer Group Ex Session 2 Begins June 5

Campus Recreation and the Wellness Stampede have teamed up to host a variety of Group Ex classes this summer at UNO. Session 2 will run from Monday, June 5, through Friday, Aug. 4.

All classes will be held in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building. Group Ex classes are free to all current students and Campus Recreation cardholders. Summer activity cards are available for $30. Classes will not be held July 4.

New this summer to the Group Ex line up is Mav Pump, a 60-minute barbell group exercise program. The program strengthens all the major muscles using music and tempo-based exercise sequences. All ages and fitness levels are welcome.

To access a schedule or information on the new Mav Pump program, click on the following links:

2006 Summer Session 2

Mav Pump Program

To have a schedule faxed or mailed to your office, call University Affairs at 554.2358.

For more information, contact Dave Daniels at 554.2008.

myUNO to Be Upgraded to Version 7.1

Information Technology Services (ITS) is planning to upgrade myUNO from Version 6.3 to Version 7.1 the weekend of July 8-9.

The upgrade will include new features and enhancements. The most noticeable improvements will involve the "Discussion Board" and "Grade Book" areas. This upgrade also will fix many problems ITS experienced with Blackboard 6.3.

To help faculty prepare for the new version, ITS is offering a variety of opportunities to learn more about Blackboard 7.1. Special assistance also will be provided to faculty using Blackboard to teach a summer course. The opportunities are listed below.

- Brown Bag Lunch Demonstrations
For those using Blackboard this summer or fall, ITS highly recommends attending one of these demonstrations. Registration is not required.

June 5
100 University Library (lower level)
Noon to 1 p.m.

June 13
217 Arts & Sciences Hall
Noon to 1 p.m.

June 22
160 The Peter Kiewit Institute
Noon to 1 p.m.

- Documentation
Two documents have been added to the "Instructor Help Tab" within myUNO to familiarize faculty with the upgrade. The first document is a summary of the new features, while the second document is the instructor manual from Blackboard. This manual is the same information that can be found online in the "myUNO Control Panel."

- Test Drive
Faculty can "test drive" Blackboard 7.1 by pointing their Web browser to They should use the same login and password as they do in the current version. Course content was copied to this test box in February 2006, so faculty will not see the most current course information.

- Hands-On Training
Watch eNotes for additional training opportunities in July and August.

For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (4357) or

Discount Coupons Available for Disney's "Aladdin Jr."

Discount coupons for the June 9-18 performances of The Rose's production of Disney's "Aladdin Jr." are available in 108 Eppley Administration Building.

The discount is applied when coupons are redeemed by calling The Rose Box Office at 345.4849. This offer is good through Sunday, June 18.

For more information, contact Mindy Bush at 391.2625.

Public Sale of University Surplus Property June 10

A public auction of university surplus property will be held Saturday, June 10, at Chili Greens Golf and Sports Dome, 6808 Spring St. Standley Auction and Reality Co. will handle the sale. Items may be viewed at 8 a.m. on the sale date, and the auction will start at 10 a.m.

A full listing of items is available online at

For more information, contact Tony Snider at 554.2222.

PWSA Call for Poetry

The Program for Women and Successful Aging (PWSA) at UNO is currently accepting original works of poetry and 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, a 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, call 554.4897.

In the News

In the News- Marcia Adler, health services, was quoted in the May 2 editions of the Times-Herald (Alliance, Neb.) and the Tribune (Fremont, Neb.). The articles announced that incoming UNO students are required to follow a more stringent immunization policy in light of recent mumps outbreaks.

- Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, political science, was quoted in the May 1 edition of the Omaha Daily Record. The article highlighted an immigration demonstration many Hispanic workers took part in April 10 in downtown Omaha. Dr. Benjamin-Alvarado also was featured in a segment about the current Omaha Public Schools debate on the May 31 edition of the "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer."

- Brent Bowen, Aviation Institute, was quoted in the April 3 editions of the Sitka Daily Sentinel (Sitka, Ark.), the Wichita Eagle (Wichita, Kan.), the Park City Daily News (Bowling Green, Ky.), the Herald (Jasper, Ind.) and the Gillette News-Record (Gillette, Wyo.). Dr. Bowen also was quoted in the April 4 editions of the Times Record (Fort Smith, Ark.), the Fayetteville Morning News (Springdale, Ark.), the Republican-American (Waterbury, Conn.), the Pensacola News Journal (Pensacola, Fla.), the Palm Beach Post (West Palm Beach, Fla.), the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Wichita Eagle (Wichita, Kan.), the Lansing State Journal (Lansing, Mich.), the Poughkeepsie Journal (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.), the Record (Troy, N.Y.), the Philadelphia Inquirer, State (Columbia, S.C.), the Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, S.D.) and the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin (Walla Walla, Wash.). The articles all highlighted the 2005 Airline Quality Rating survey results.

- Steve Bullock, political science, was quoted in the May 1 edition of the Omaha Daily Record. The article explored the qualifications of Supreme Court justices.

- Blaine Burnham, information science and technology, and Dwight Haworth, information systems and quantitative analysis, were quoted in the April 19 edition of the Daily Nebraskan. The article discussed Internet safety techniques.

- Loree Bykerk, political science, was quoted in the May 2 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article explored voters who switched parties to vote in the May 9 primary election. Dr. Bykerk also was featured in the May 1 edition of the Omaha Daily Record. The article discussed political action taken by the public or a segment of the population that disagrees with a decision made by the U.S. Supreme Court.

- Chris Decker and Mark Wohar, economics, were featured guests on the May 27 broadcast of "Grow Omaha." The duo shared their perceptions of global, national and local economic conditions.

- Lourdes Gouveia, Latino/Latin American Studies, was quoted in the April 23 edition of the Argus (Fremont, Calif.). The article compared meatpacking conditions today to those of the early 1900s.

- B.J. Reed, dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, was quoted in the April 16 edition of the Daily Nonpareil. The article explored construction projects on metro-area campuses.

- Anthony Trecek-King, music, was cited in the April 19 edition of the Bellevue Leader. The article highlighted Bryan High School's music program and collaboration with the UNO Concert Choir.

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 Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.

In Print

- Bruce E. Johansen, communication, published Global Warming in the 2lst Century (Westport, CT: Praeger) May 30. At three volumes (900 pages), this set is considered the most complete treatment of the global-warming issue for non-specialists in the English language.

- Samuel Walker, professor emeritus of criminal justice, contributed chapters 1 and 2 to Citizen Oversight of Law Enforcement published by the American Bar Association Section on State and Local Government.

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 Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.

On Stage

Discounted Tickets Available for The Rose Theater Season
The Rose Theater is offering UNO faculty, staff and students the opportunity to purchase tickets for the 2006-07 season at a discounted price. This season's shows include "Old Yeller," "Hans Christian Andersen," "Holiday Time Around the World," "Coppelia," "Stinky Cheese Man," "Dancers' Confetti" and "Miss Nelson Has a Field Day."

A $75 family membership includes:
- Up to four tickets to seven member shows;
- Discounts and first opportunity to reserve tickets for premium events, including "The Nutcracker," "Madeline's Christmas" and Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella";
- Discounts on drama and dance classes, summer camps and costume rental;
- Invitations to member-only events; and
- Additional season performance tickets for $10 each ($6 off the regular box office price).

Click on the link below to download an order form, or call 554.2358 to have a sheet faxed to your office. The offer is good through Friday, June 30.

Rose Discount Tickets

For more information, contact Lindy Aleksiak at 502.4625 or

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 Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.