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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

High School Students Take on Summer Scholars Role

Northwest High School's Christopher Knight wants to be an engineer. South High School's Patricia Mayorga is thinking about life as an optometrist. Benson High School's Yeng Cha looks forward to the challenges of a pharmacy career.

The three, along with 34 other high school seniors from the Omaha metropolitan area, are getting an idea of what it will take to achieve their goals through a unique five-week program that kicked off June 4 at UNO.

The Summer Scholars Program at UNO was established in 1989 as a way to unite high school students from various backgrounds and encourage them to pursue higher education, said James Freeman, director of the UNO Office of Multicultural Affairs. The scholarship covers the cost of three credit hours of college tuition plus student fees, books and a parking permit. Additionally, it pays for a one-week residential experience at Scott Residence Hall near the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute.

The 2006 participants represent Bellevue East, Benson, Bryan, Burke, Gross, North, Northwest, Papillion-LaVista and South high schools. They are highly motivated scholastic achievers with a collective cumulative grade point average of 3.73 and are in the top 16 percent of their class, Freeman said.

During the five weeks, the students enroll in college courses. Fifteen are enrolled in an English course on autobiographical reading and writing, twelve are in American History to 1865, eight are in a political science class on American national government, and two are taking Introduction to Ethics, a philosophy course. In conjunction with the course content, the Summer Scholars learn about managing college academic course work, time management, the college admissions process, preparation for the ACT and SAT, and college scholarships and the financial aid process.

They also interact with university faculty and staff, explore career options and participate in a service-learning component. Service-learning is designed to help the students gain real world knowledge in their chosen career of interest as they provide community service for a collaborating agency, Freeman said. The program's collaborating agencies this summer are CBS Home Real Estate, DEEB Realty, Emergency Pregnancy Services, Habitat Home Shop, the Hope Center, the Omaha Boys and Girls Club, the Omaha World-Herald, Owens & Associates, the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute, the Urban League of Nebraska, the Veterans Administration Hospital and the Visiting Nurses Association.

"Creating opportunities for the Summer Scholars to develop networking skills and mentoring relationships in their careers of interest builds a foundation for their future success," said Maria Garza, the program coordinator. "What they experience today is a direct reflection of who they will be tomorrow."

The program will conclude with a recognition banquet July 6.

Students who will be high school juniors this fall and are interested in participating in the 2007 Summer Scholars program at UNO should contact their high school counselor or the UNO Office of Multicultural Affairs at 554.2248.

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.

"Consider This" to Explore Neighborhood CERT, MRC Programs

If a disaster struck your neighborhood, would you know what to do?

Host Andrea McMaster will discuss how viewers can become involved with the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) or the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) this week on "Consider This." McMaster's guests will be Vickie Stevens, coordinator of the MRC, and Rick Erdei with CERT.

The program will air tonight, June 16, on KYNE-TV Channel 26 at 11 p.m.

In partnership with the Citizen Corps, the CERT Program prepares individuals for community disasters and emergencies. Training includes basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations. Classroom lessons and realistic exercise experiences prepare CERT members to assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.

The MRC Program coordinates the skills of practicing and retired physicians, nurses and other health professionals, and citizens interested in health issues who are eager to volunteer to address their community's ongoing public health needs and help their community during large-scale emergency situations.

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

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, June 18
11:30 p.m.

NET2 (NET's cable network)
- Monday, June 19
1:30 p.m. (CT)

- Wednesday, June 21
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

ITS Data Center Announces Summer Schedule

The Information Technology Services (ITS) Data Center, located in 008 Eppley Administration Building, will be in operation this summer according to the following schedule:

7 a.m. to 10:45 p.m.


For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (554.4357).

University Library Remodeling Notice

As part of the expansion process, University Library will be moving bookshelves and installing carpeting in parts of the library from June 19 through July 21. All regular library services will be available, but access to materials may occasionally be limited. Library staff asks patrons to see a main floor service desk representative for assistance at any time during their library visit.

For more information on the library expansion project, visit the Web at

Campus Gasoline Pump Shut Down Begins June 30

The campus gasoline pump located near the UNO Child Care Center and the landscaping services facility will be shut down and locked from 7 a.m. Friday, June 30, through 7 a.m. Saturday, July 1.

The shutdown time will be used to complete the annual inventory and auditing program. Departments that need fuel should make purchases prior to 7 a.m. June 30. During the shutdown, individuals will be required to make fuel purchases off campus. This applies to all departments.

For more information, contact Jim Veiga at or 554.2500.

Faculty/Staff Re-carding to Begin Next Week

the nameBeginning 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 listed 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
Last names ending in R–Z

Tuesday, June 20
Last names ending in M–Q

Wednesday, June 21
Last names ending in G–L

Thursday, June 22
Last named ending in 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.

In the News

In the News

- Maria Arbelaez, history, was quoted in the May 4 edition of El Perico. The article highlighted an immigration rally held April 10 in Omaha.

- Jody Boyer and Russ Nordman, art and art history, were cited in the April 26 edition of City Weekly. The article previewed an Echotrope presentation planned for April 28 in the UNO Art Gallery.

- Rory Conces, philosophy and religion, was quoted in the May 25 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article explored mountain climbing and ethics in light of the recent death of a British climber on Mount Everest.

- Dan Fogell, herpetology, was quoted and pictured in the May 14 edition of the Sioux City Journal (Sioux City, Iowa). The article focused on Iowa's Broken Kettle Grasslands Preserve, where fewer than 150 prairie rattlesnakes remain.

- Carson Holloway, political science, was quoted in the May 21 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article discussed a new wave of songs protesting President Bush and the war in Iraq.

- Hugh Reilly, communication, was cited in the May 18 and May 22 editions of the Omaha World-Herald. The articles announced that Reilly would be the guest speaker at a Memorial Day event held May 29 at Prospect Hill, Omaha's pioneer cemetery.

- Bill Swanson, career exploration and outreach, was quoted in the May 21 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article looked at the ways young people are following their career goals in pursuit of "cool" jobs.

- Sam Walker, professor emeritus of criminal justice, was quoted in the June 3 edition of the Washington Post (Washington, D.C.). The article highlighted a report Dr. Walker completed on the ineffectiveness of DNA "sweeps" by police. Dr. Walker also was quoted in the May 14 edition of the Times Union (Albany, N.Y.). The article discussed a drop in United States rape cases in the last 30 years.

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

- Michael Hilt and Jeremy Lipschultz, communication, published "AARP Online Portrayal of Social Security: Engaging Aging Baby Boomers through Interaction," the lead article in Educational Gerontology, 32(6), 393-407 (2006).

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

Shakespeare on the Green Schedule Announced
The Nebraska Shakespeare Festival is gearing up to host its 20th annual Shakespeare on the Green event.

Shakespeare on the Green, which will take place in Elmwood Park, is presented each summer in cooperation with UNO, Creighton University and the City of Omaha. All performances are free and open to the public.

"Antony and Cleopatra" and "The Taming of the Shrew" will be performed this summer. "The Taming of the Shrew" runs June 22-25, and July 6 and 8. "Antony and Cleopatra" runs June 29-July 2, and July 5, 7 and 9. Each performance begins at 8 p.m.

For more information, contact Mike Markey at 280.2391 or

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, 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 Exhibit

Nordman's Works on Display at the Bemis
The work of Russ Nordman, art and art history, is featured in an exhibition at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in downtown Omaha.

The exhibition, SIGNAL CHANNEL, is the first major comprehensive exhibition of video art in the state. Selected single-channel videos by artists from around the world gives the public an opportunity to view some of the most cutting-edge video art being created today while learning about the emerging generation of artists who are experimenting with this relatively new medium. As a true multi-faceted exhibition, SIGNAL CHANNEL explores video art as a medium and demonstrates the video artist's power to experiment, explore and test the parameters of conventional art-making practices. It runs through Aug. 12.

Gallery hours at the Bemis are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 341.7130, or visit the Web at

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.