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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

Faculty/Staff Re-carding to Begin Next Week

Beginning next week, all active UNO faculty and staff will be able to replace their current UNO ID with the new MavCard.

MavCard Services will be issuing new photo ID cards to all active faculty and staff members starting Monday, June 19. Those using proximity cards for door access or building access (other than the parking garage) will be issued duo-proximity cards. The duo-proximity card will combine the current proximity card with the ID card. With this enhancement, there will no longer be a need for an additional proximity card.

Individuals are encouraged to stop by MavCard Services from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. according to the schedule below. Faculty and staff members should bring their current ID and proximity card with them at the time of re-carding.

The re-carding schedule, based on employees' last names, is as follows:

Monday, June 19 the name
R - Z

Tuesday, June 20
M - Q

Wednesday, June 21
G - L

Thursday, June 22
A - F

MavCard Services is located in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Business Office on the second floor of the MBSC.  For more information, call 554.2220.

Online MPA Program Expanded at UNO

UNO will expand its accredited and nationally ranked online Master of Public Administration (MPA) program to include a concentration in local government, beginning with the 2006-07 academic year.

UNO's online MPA has been offered by the School of Public Administration since 2000 and is one of the few online MPA programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. The local government concentration has been offered in Omaha for more than 30 years and now is being made available to students everywhere via the Internet.

"We see a tremendous need for this," said John Bartle, director-designate of the School of Public Administration. "This degree gives students the knowledge, skills and abilities they need for professional positions in local government, and with this education they can have a major impact on their communities."

In addition to its national accreditation, UNO is highly ranked by U.S. News and World Report. The 2006 edition ranks UNO 26th in the nation in the broad category of public affairs and 29th in urban management. In addition, UNO ranks eighth in information technology and 21st in public budgeting and finance.

Students in the concentration will take the seven core courses required of all MPA students and six courses focused on local government. The local government classes include:

- Municipal administration;

- Public finance administration;

- Human resource management;

- Urban planning;

- Management information systems; and

- The "capstone project," which applies the concepts and management tools students have learned to an applied local government topic.

Students can complete the degree in as quickly as two years, as courses are offered year-round, or they may choose to take just one course at a time to fit with their work schedules, Bartle said.

"The students are required to visit the Omaha campus only once, for a one-day orientation at the beginning of the program," he said. "Our previous online students have been very satisfied with the how the courses work, and we expect this new concentration to be just as successful."

School of Public Administration faculty all have doctoral degrees in the field, and most have career experience in local government positions such as city manager, planning director, personnel director, director of human relations, finance director, director of accounting, director of community development and industrial development consultant. Faculty are leaders of key national organizations in public administration, including the American Society for Public Administration, Association for Budgeting and Financial Management, Section on Environment and Natural Resources Administration, International Institute of Municipal Clerks, Transportation Research Forum and the Public Administration Theory Network.  They also edit the international journals Administrative Theory & Praxis and Journal of Air Transport.

For more information, contact Meagan Van Gelder at 554.2625 or mvangelder@mail.unomaha.edu. Additional information about the online program is available at http://www.mpaonline.unomaha.edu/.

Injury Prevention and Care Program Closed June 15

The Injury Prevention and Care (IPC) program associated with UNO Campus Recreation will be closed Thursday, June 15, for remodeling.

The program is housed in 103 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building. IPC will have limited services available Wednesday, June 14, and Friday through Saturday, June 15-16.

IPC provides injury prevention and care services to all students, faculty and staff who are injured while participating in Campus Recreation activities. It also offers education and assistance to all Campus Recreation cardholders in regard to previous sports injuries.

For more information, contact Mark Snow at 554.3170.

Anna Monardo to Host Bookreadings June 22 and 24

Anna Monardo, chair of the Writer's Workshop, will read from her forthcoming novel, Falling In Love With Natassia, at two local events this month.  Doubleday Press will publish her book Tuesday, June 20.

The events are highlighted below:

Thursday, June 22
7 p.m.
- Lee Booksellers
Edgewood Center
5500 S. 56th St.
Lincoln, Neb.

Saturday, June 24
1 p.m.
- Bookworm
8702 Pacific St.
Omaha

For more information, visit http://www.randomhouse.com/doubleday/email/fallinginlove/.

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

Discount coupons for the June 14-18 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.

TIAA-CREF Schedule through September Announced

TIAA-CREF announces its campus visit schedule for June, July, August and September. A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus for individual appointments on the following dates:

- June 20 and 27;

- July 11, 18 and 25;

- August 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; and

- September 5, 12, 19 and 26.

Appointments for one-on-one counseling sessions can be made online at http://www.tiaa-cref.org/moc or by calling Louella Williams at the Omaha TIAA-CREF office at 548.3610.

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.  Hosts are needed for the following individuals.

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: 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 is 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 five to six hosts who will agree to host one or two teachers each.

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

Viewbooks Available

If you are looking for a UNO publication to give away to prospective students, then UNO Recruitment Services has a viewbook available. It is a one-pocket folder that includes pictures and features every UNO college.

For available quantities, contact Monica Bayles at 554.2977 or mbayles@mail.unomaha.edu. These viewbooks will be available through July 1.