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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

On June 7, 1974, The Weekly Communicator reported that William Gaines, interim dean of international affairs at UNO, would leave the university to become president of the Institute of European Studies in Chicago. The Institute encourages American university students to study abroad during their junior year and operates seven study centers in six countries in Europe. Dean Gaines was scheduled to begin his new duties on September 1.

Date: June 7, 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, June 5, to honor the memory of UNO student Shelly Thompson. Thompson, a freshman in the University Division and UNO volleyball player, passed away May 31 at the age of 18. Services were held June 3 in Lincoln, Neb.

Lot A and University Drive West Closed Today

Lot A and the two north bound lanes at Dodge Street and University Drive West will be closed today, June 5, for a construction project. Contractors will be installing new monument signs at this location.

For more information, contact Walt Burr at wburr@mail.unomaha.edu or 554.2582.

IS&P Summer Hosting Opportunities Available

International Studies and Programs (IS&P) at UNO is bringing in several international groups this summer, and is offering several outstanding short-term hosting opportunities as a result. They are:

Japanese Students from the Hiroshima College of Foreign Languages (HCFL)
Hosting period: July 21- Aug. 6
Stipend: Approximately $225/student for the 17-day hosting period.
Fee includes all meals. IS&P asks that they be allowed to participate and function as a member of your family for the hosting period and transportation to and from the university on weekdays.
English proficiency: Varies from very low to advanced.
Note: Please specify if you can (and would prefer to) host more than one student, and the preferred gender.

Japanese Students from Shizuoka University (one of Omaha's sister cities)
Hosting period: Aug. 17-26
Stipend: Approximately $145 for the 9-day hosting period.
Fee includes all meals. IS&P asks that they be allowed to participate and function as a member of your family for the hosting period and transportation to and from the university on weekdays.
English proficiency: Generally is good.
Note: Please specify if you can (and would prefer to) host more than one student, and the preferred gender.

European Student Leaders (Grant-funded Program in leadership development)
Hosting period: Aug. 11-16 or 17
Stipend: $25/day/student fee
Fee includes all meals. IS&P asks that they be allowed to participate and function as a member of your family for the hosting period and transportation to and from the university on weekdays.
English proficiency: Is assumed to be very high.
Note: Seeking 10 hosts who will agree to take two students each. Please specify preferred gender. IS&P will try to place two people from different countries with each host. Participating countries include England, Germany, Denmark, Spain and France.

English Teachers from Braunschweig, Germany (one of Omaha's sister cities)
Hosting period: Aug. 7-28
Stipend: There is no stipend for this program as it's viewed as a sister-city exchange.
IS&P asks that the teachers be allowed to eat with you, and to participate and function as a member of your family for the hosting period. The group may have some limited transportation, but will likely need help with rides to and from UNO
English proficiency: Is assumed to be very high.
Note: Seeking 5-6 hosts who'll agree to take from one to two teachers each.

If interested in hosting opportunities, contact Steven Hoiberg, IS&P advisor, at shoiberg@mail.unomaha.edu or 554.2293.

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 http://bbtest.unomaha.edu. 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 unohelpdesk@mail.unomaha.edu

Summer Group Ex Session 2 Begins

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 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.

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 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 H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. Those who plan to attend should R.S.V.P. to 554.2303 or sbollich@mail.unomaha.edu.

June FEAP Schedule Announced

The Faculty/Staff Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) provides short-term counseling, assessment and referral services for faculty, staff, their spouses or significant others, and family members. FEAP offices are located in 206 Eppley Administration Building.

The June schedule is as follows:

June 6, 14 and 16
8 a.m. to noon

June 8, 18 and 22
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Appointments are free and available by calling 554.3120 (UNO) or 559.5175 (UNMC).

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 http://www.auctionbill.com/06-10standley.html.

For more information, contact Tony Snider at 554.2222.