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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 13, 1977, The Gateway reported that the UNO daycare center began operation with seven children. The center, with a capacity of 30 children, was located at the First Christian Church, 6630 Dodge St. The center featured a fenced-in playground, learning facilities, and a combination of a hot lunch and two snacks daily. Funding for the daycare center was provided from student fund B fees and the College of Home Economics. An educational grant from the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) funded the salaries of one head teacher and three assistant teachers. This allowed the center to charge $7 per day when the cost per child was actually $9.35.

Date: June 13, 1977
Source: The Gateway
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

May Employee of the Month: Kim Volpone

Kim VolponeThe Air Force ROTC Detachment at UNO values the team player in Kim Volpone, the unit's staff assistant. Her ability to multitask and work well with her peers has helped make her an important member of the "Wolfpack," a term often used to describe the unit and its mascot.

"Kim's efforts have been truly amazing," one individual wrote. "Her devotion to her job, local community and the university deserves to be recognized."

In an office consisting of 12 staff members and 70 Air Force cadets, Volpone said she stays busy and enjoys the challenge. "It is very rewarding to be a part of a group of students who are such strong leaders and a group of alumni who are so excited about where they come from (here at UNO) and their Air Force careers."

Volpone came to UNO a little over two years ago from Houston after working 12 years in the Klein Independent School District for an athletic director. She said her position in Texas prepared her well for her job at UNO.

"My previous position taught me diversity, patience and endurance by working with many coaches and physical education teachers," Volpone said. "Since I worked in education for 12 years before moving to Omaha, I thought UNO would be a great job that would allow me to work with many people from diverse backgrounds."

Volpone said she also appreciates the challenges in tasks that are presented each day. "I love being a staff assistant and being able to manage an office along with the work that I am able to do with the students," she said.

Her daily routine consists of a variety of duties, including scheduling appointments, preparing for interviews with prospective students and scholarship applicants, compiling budget reports, overseeing the uniform shop and working with alumni, the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center and the University of Nebraska Foundation. In addition, she works with the cadets on the awards convocation and biannual alumni newsletter, one of her favorite tasks.

Initiating the first Air Force alumni gathering this past April was a special project for Volpone. "It was so much fun hearing a blast from the past from so many of the alumni," she said.

Her co-workers commend her for the time she spends enriching students' experiences. "Kim volunteered her own time to serve as an escort for 40 students on an Air Force-sponsored professional development training program for officer candidates," a nominator wrote. "She deserves to be recognized as an ‘Employee of the Month.'"

Serving as the May Employee of the Month is a privilege for Volpone, who is very thankful for the recognition and the colleagues she interacts with. "It is an honor to feel appreciated by the people I work with," she said. "They help make the job that I do the best job to have on campus."

She also volunteers with the American Heart Association and Creighton Cardiac Center, and is active with the Mended Heart Association, a group she started in Omaha that provides support to individuals with a history of heart disease. In addition, Volpone said she enjoys being a member of a neighborhood Bunco group.

As Employee of the Month, Volpone will receive a plaque, portrait and monetary award.

Nominations for the Employee of the Month Award at UNO are accepted year-round. All UNO faculty, staff and students are eligible to nominate individuals for the honor. Nomination forms are available in Human Resources, 205 Eppley Administration Building.

(Pictured above: UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck and Volpone.)

Regents to Meet June 15

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet Thursday, June 15, at Varner Hall in Lincoln. Committee meetings are scheduled at 8:15, 9:30 and 11 a.m., followed by the board meeting at 1 p.m. A complete agenda is available at

The meeting highlights are listed below.

Budget and tuition
- Presentation of the FY2006-07 budget; establishment of FY2006-07 tuition rates. A 5 percent tuition increase (increase of $6.00 to $9.50 per credit hour for residents, depending on the campus), plus a 1 percent tuition assessment ($1.25 to $4.25 per credit hour) to meet the matching requirements of LB 605, is proposed. LB 605, which was passed in the most recent legislative session, provides for a combination of state and university funds to be used for building renovations on all four campuses.
- Discussion of the FY 2007-09 biennial budget request (discussion is on the agenda for the Business Affairs Committee meeting at 9:30 a.m.)
- Amend RP-5.7.1, Residency Determination for Tuition Purposes, to bring regents' policies into compliance with state law set forth in LB 239 adopted by the 2006 session of the Nebraska Legislature.

Academic programs
- Creation of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at UNO (reorganization of the existing Department of Criminal Justice as a school).
- Proposed College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (discussion is on the agenda for the Academic Affairs Committee at 8:15 a.m.).
- Accountability Measure for Assessment of Student Outcomes (discussion is on the agenda for the Academic Affairs Committee at 8:15 a.m.).
- New major in plant biology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL).
- Formation of the Department of Hospital Dentistry at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC).

Economic development
- Economic Development and Outreach Task Force meeting, 11 a.m.
"Land Grant Universities Engaged in Rural Development: Getting More than ‘Funny Ideas' from Higher Education"
Presenter: Priscilla Salant, special assistant to the provost, University of Idaho.

- UNO Facilities Development Plan.
- Program statements and budgets for several LB 605 renovation projects: Animal Science Complex, UNL; Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, UNL; Physical Sciences building replacement, UNL; Bennett Hall, UNMC.
- Naming of facilities: rename the Virology Center at UNL the Ken Morrison Life Sciences Research Center; name the commons area between the UNL Student Union, Selleck Hall and the Kaufmann Center the Donald and Lorena Meier Commons Area; name the Animal Science Complex at UNL the R. B. Warren Arena; name the football grass practice fields at UNL the Ed and Joyanne Gass Practice Facility.

- Approve the appointment of Linda Pratt, interim executive vice president and provost, University of Nebraska; Curtis Carlson, vice chancellor for university affairs, University of Nebraska-Kearney (UNK); Edgar Scantling III, dean, College of Education, UNK; Kenya Taylor, dean, Graduate Studies and Research, UNK.

Refugee Event June 17 at UNO

Lutheran Family Services of the Nebraska Heartland Refugee Resettlement will host "Passage to a New Life: A World Refugee Day Event" Saturday, June 17, at UNO. Events will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center and the Pep Bowl from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The day will celebrate refugees resettled in Omaha and the experiences of refugees around the world.

Those attending the event will be able to:
- Experience a simulated refugee camp;
- Taste African foods prepared by UNO Food Services from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.;
- Purchase African crafts;
- Learn about items refugees have brought from their homeland;
- Become familiar with Omaha organizations impacted by and involved with refugees;
- Honor, at 12:30 p.m., four "Friends of Refugees" award winners;
- Celebrate, at 12:45 p.m., with Michael Opoku & the African Rhythm Makers, a drum, dance and choir spectacular featuring students from Beveridge and Skinner Magnet Schools; and
- See and discuss two films about refugees. "Rain in a Dry Land" will be shown at 10:30 a.m. and "The Lost Boys of Sudan" will be screened at 2 p.m.

All events are free, but a goodwill offering to assist refugees resettled through the Lutheran Family Services Heartland Refugee Resettlement is encouraged. Sponsors of "Passage to a New Life" include Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Omaha Public Schools, Church World Service, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Resettlement, and the UNO Service-Learning Academy.

For more information, contact event organizer Laura Green at 346.6100.

Fall Faculty Workshops Set for Aug. 14-17

The 2006 Faculty Workshops, sponsored by the UNO Center for Faculty Development (CFD), will be held Aug. 14-17.

The New Faculty Workshop will be held Monday afternoon, Aug. 14, and Tuesday morning, Aug. 15. The Graduate Teaching Assistant Workshop will be held Monday afternoon, Aug. 14, and will feature a new, one-day format.

The Part-Time Faculty Workshop, open to new and experienced part-time faculty, will be offered on the evenings of Aug. 16 and 17. This workshop is being offered twice so part-time faculty can choose the evening most convenient for them.

The workshops have been a tradition at UNO for more than 30 years. It provides new faculty and teaching assistants with an opportunity to meet one another in an informal setting while learning about UNO. Discussion topics will include UNO's metropolitan mission and strategic goals, students, academic support services and faculty development opportunities.

For more information about the workshops, contact the Center for Faculty Development (554.2427 or or Deborah Smith-Howell, assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs (554.4849 or

IS&P Summer Hosting Opportunities Available

International Studies and Programs (IS&P) at UNO is hosting several international groups this summer and is offering several short-term hosting opportunities as a result. Hosts are needed for the groups listed below.

Japanese Students from the Hiroshima College of Foreign Languages (HCFL)
Hosting period: July 21 - Aug. 6
Stipend: Approximately $225 per student for the 17-day hosting period.
The fee includes all meals. IS&P asks that students be allowed to participate and function as a member of your family for the hosting period and that transportation be provided 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 nine-day hosting period.
The fee includes all meals. IS&P asks that students be allowed to participate and function as a member of your family for the hosting period and that transportation be provided 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 and Aug. 11-17
Stipend: $25 per day, per student.
The fee includes all meals. IS&P asks that students be allowed to participate and function as a member of your family for the hosting period and that transportation be provided to and from the university on weekdays.
English proficiency: Assumed to be very high.
Note: IS&P is 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 is viewed as a sister-city exchange.
IS&P asks that the teachers be allowed to eat with you, and 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: Assumed to be very high.
Note: IS&P is seeking five to six hosts who will agree to host one or two teachers each.

Those interested in hosting opportunities should contact Steven Hoiberg, IS&P adviser, at or 554.2293.

SAC to Meet June 13

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) will meet Tuesday, June 13, at 9 a.m. at The Peter Kiewit Institute, Room 279.

Steve Massara, student body president/regent at UNO, will address the group. The campus shuttle is available for transportation to the south campus. All faculty and staff are invited to attend.

For more information, contact Mary Sweaney, SAC president, at 554.3668 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. For more information, contact Eric Shanks at 554.2223.

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 14 and 16
8 a.m. to noon

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

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

Symposium Call for Papers

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) International Quilt Study Center will sponsor a symposium titled "Traditions and Trajectories: Education and the Quiltmaker" March 1-3, 2007. The deadline for paper and panel proposals is Aug. 15, 2006. Details and guidelines are available on the Web at

For more information, contact Kathy Moore, symposium coordinator, at 402.472.7232, ext. 1.

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.