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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

Sheri Rogers to Receive Weber Award of Excellence

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Sheri Rogers, the 2006 recipient of the Del and Lou Ann Weber Award of Excellence at UNO, has spent her entire academic career as an advocate for education in the classroom.

Dr. Rogers, associate vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at UNO, will be recognized for her efforts Wednesday, June 7, at the university's annual service awards luncheon.

Named in honor of former UNO Chancellor Del Weber and his wife, Lou Ann, the award recognizes an individual from UNO who provides outstanding professional service at the local, regional or national level. The award includes a stipend of $2,000.

"I am honored to receive the Del and Lou Ann Weber Award of Excellence," Dr. Rogers said. "Chancellor emeritus Weber and Lou Ann's continuing contribution to the community, state and nation are legendary, and I am humbled by this recognition."

Dr. Rogers began her career as an English teacher in 1981 at Decatur County Community School in Oberlin, Kan. Before coming to UNO in August of 1994, Dr. Rogers was an instructor in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She began her UNO career as an assistant professor of teacher education in the UNO College of Education. She was promoted to associate and then full professor status in the same department.

From 2000 to the present, Dr. Rogers has held her current position in the UNO Office of Academic and Student Affairs. Among her current duties at UNO, she is responsible for the Center for ePortfolio-Based Assessment (CeBA), campus accreditation, guiding the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) task force leaders and overseeing the myMAPP (Mapping Academic Performance through ePortfolios) initiatives. She is also responsible for PK-16 initiatives, including the Dual Enrollment Program and the Omaha Public Schools/UNO Early Entry Pilot.

She has published extensively in academic journals and has presented at countless conferences across the United States on her discipline. She is an active member of several UNO committees and professional organizations. Since 2001, Dr. Rogers has served as the state coordinator for the American Council on Education (ACE) Office of Women in Higher Education. From 1997 to 2003, she also was a member of the Millard Board of Education.

She received her bachelor's in English and secondary education; her master's in administration, curriculum and instruction; and her Ph.D. in administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The Del and Lou Ann Weber Award of Excellence is presented annually to a current, full-time faculty member or administrator at UNO. 

For more information, call 554.2243.

Students to Host Summit on Oil Dependence, Climate Change

The UNO chapter of Americans for Informed Democracy (AID) will host a national summit this summer to examine the issues of oil independence and climate change.

The event, titled "Oil Dependence and Climate Change: We Do Have a Choice," will be held Saturday, Aug. 12, on the UNO campus. It will bring together student leaders from across the United States for a day of workshops, speakers and discussions on how young people can take positive action to reduce U.S. oil dependence and preserve the global environment.

Participants will hear from top experts and then be immersed in breakout sessions where they will have the chance to weigh in with their own view on how the United States can ensure a secure energy future. They will learn strategies for talking about global environmental issues with Americans and techniques for organizing town hall meetings in their communities as part of a national series on oil dependence and climate change.

"The students also will have the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with a diverse group of young leaders, equipping them with the knowledge, support and structure to implement these ideas in their neck of the woods," said Jenn Piatt, president of the UNO chapter of AID. Piatt is a junior majoring in political science at UNO.

Confirmed speakers at the summit include:

- Bill Moore, publisher and editor of EV World. Moore, an expert on issues of vehicle technology and sustainable transportation, is a former writer for Discover, Popular Science and Air & Space Smithsonian.

- Robert Kuzelka, associate professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resource Sciences. He is a former staff member at the University of Nebraska Water Center, the Nebraska State Office of Planning and Programming, and the City of Tulsa Model Cities Agency.

The summit is being funded with support from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Open Society Institute, the Ford Foundation and the Hewlett Foundation. As a result, it is free to selected participants, including lodging and food.  Travel to the conference is at the expense of the participants. The UNO chapter of AID will assist in setting up car pools for those within driving distance of Omaha.

To apply for participation at the summit, visit the Web at The summit is designed for college students, but high school students with a special interest in the topic are eligible to apply.

For more information, contact Piatt at

SPR Report

The SPR Report details the results of UNO's efforts to obtain external funding in support of its teaching, research, service and outreach efforts. The report is designed to keep the university community informed as to externally funded projects on campus and bring recognition to those faculty and staff who have worked to generate these resources.

From the period of May 16-30, those receiving grant awards totaling $1,081,617 are as follows:

Name: Ronald Abdouch
College: Public Affairs and Community Service
Title: Neighborhood Center for Greater Omaha
Sponsor: Omaha Community Foundation

Name: Hesham Ali
College: Information Science and Technology
Title: Nebraska Research Network In Functional Genomics
Sponsor: University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)

Name: Brent Bowen
College: Public Affairs and Community Service
Title: Nebraska Aerospace Education, Research and Industrial Alliance
Sponsor: EPSCoR/NASA

Name: Steve Bullock
College: Arts and Sciences
Title: Teaching American History: Omaha Public Schools
Sponsor: Omaha Public Schools

Name: Jeffrey French
College: Arts and Sciences
Title: Parenting, Sibling Support and Infant Development
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health

Name: Shari Hofschire
College: Communication, Fine Arts and Media
Title: Prairie Visions Leadership Academy 2006
Sponsor: Nebraska Arts Council

Name: John McCarty
College: Arts and Sciences
Title: Stopover Ecology of high-priority shorebirds in the Rainwater Basin, Nebraska
Sponsor: Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Name: Russell Smith
College: Public Affairs and Community Service
Title: Developing Community Indicators for Council Bluffs and Pottawattamie County
Sponsor: Iowa West Foundation

Name: William Tapprich
College: Arts and Sciences
Title: Nebraska Research Network in Funcation Genomics
Sponsor: UNMC

Name: William Wakefield
College: Public Affairs and Community Service
Title: Evaluation of Douglas County Adult Court Residential Treatment Service Enhancement Program
Sponsor: Douglas County

For support and help with research activities, call the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research at 554.2286, or visit the Web at

PRSSA Students to Host Kids 'N' Cans Carnival Today

A group of UNO public relations students will host a children's carnival today, June 6, 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. in Elmwood Park.

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.

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 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, at 554.2246 or

Summer HPER Pool, Sundeck Hours Announced

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building Pool and its sundeck are available for use by Campus Recreation activity cardholders and students.

Casual or sunbathing attire is required. Only water beverages are permitted, and no food is allowed. The summer pool and sundeck schedule is as follows:

Monday through Friday
6:30 to 9 a.m.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
4 to 7 p.m.

Pool open from 1 to 3 p.m.
(Sundeck opens at 11:30 a.m.)

3 to 5:30 p.m.

Hours may change due to weather, holidays or other activities. The pool will close Friday, June 9, at 1 p.m. for a swim meet, and will remain closed through Sunday, June 11. It will reopen Monday, June 12, at 6:30 a.m. For more information, contact Eric Shanks at 554.2223.

Facebook Web Seminar June 14

Academic and Student Affairs, in conjunction with the UNO College of Education, will host a Web seminar titled "Facebook on Campus: Understanding the Issues" Wednesday, June 14. It will be broadcast live in the Welcome Center Presentation Room, 111 Eppley Administration Building, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Shawn McGuirk, director of judicial affairs, mediation and education at Fitchburg State College, will examine the history of Facebook. He will discuss how students are using Facebook and some of the legal issues associated with it. All interested members of the UNO community are invited to attend.

For more information, contact Erin Cron at 554.2711.

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 enhance respectful relationships and create an open dialogue about diversity on the UNO campus."

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

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

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 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, call 554.4897.


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