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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

In mid-June of 1960, Cupola Columns reported that applications were being accepted for a special science institute that would be held during the upcoming fall semester. The National Science Foundation provided a $16,850 grant to pay tuition and travel expenses for 60 regional high school science and math teachers to take one of three Omaha University College of Adult Education courses. The courses, each worth six semester hours of college credit, dealt with modern developments in the fields of biology, physical science and math. To be considered for this institute, applicants had to have a bachelor's degree and at least one year of teaching experience.

Date: June 1960
Source: Cupola Columns
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

Board of Regents Approves 2006-07 Tuition Rates

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents has approved a five percent increase in tuition for 2006-07, as well as a one percent assessment to meet the matching requirements of LB 605, the facilities renovation legislation approved in 2006. The action occurred at the board's June 15 meeting.

Nebraska resident undergraduates will see a per credit hour increase of $7.25 at the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK), $8.25 at UNO, $9 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), and $11.50 in UNMC's College of Nursing.

"Affordable access to a quality education is the number one priority of the Board of Regents, and moderate, predictable tuition increases are key," said Board Chair Jim McClurg. "Last fall, we projected a tuition increase of nine percent for 2006-07 to fund the university's priorities. We are very pleased that we were able to keep the increase well below that benchmark.

"Our annual tuition continues to stay below the average of each campus' peer institutions, and the increase for this fall is in line with what our peers are proposing."

The university's tuition compares with planned increases averaging 6.5 percent for UNO's peers, 6.6 percent for UNL's peers, and 5.7 percent for UNK's peers, according to a phone survey conducted by the university's budget office.

Tuition dollars help fund faculty salaries, diversity initiatives, programs of excellence on each campus, facilities costs such as utilities and maintenance, and the continuing operations of the university.

"We have significant goals relating to the quality of the university," said University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken. "We need to bring our faculty salaries up to the mid-point of their peers, increase the number of Nebraskans who attend and graduate from college, and invest in academic programs of high quality. Achieving those goals will depend on moderate tuition increases, strong state support and adequate need-based aid."

Funding for need-based aid remains a priority, McClurg said. "This year, we will increase funding for need-based aid by 13.6 percent," he said. "But there is still a gap between what many students can afford and what is provided through state and federal aid. As the state's demographics change, it will become increasingly important to ensure that adequate need-based aid is available."

For more information, contact Sharon Stephan, assistant vice president of communications and marketing, at 402.472.7554 or sstephan@nebraska.edu.

Faculty/Staff Re-carding Begins This Week

MavCard Services will be issuing new photo ID cards to all active faculty and staff starting today, June 19.

The MavCard is the official identification card at UNO. It can be used to access many services on campus. The card also can be used as a debit card for making purchases across campus.

Those faculty and staff who use 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:

the nameToday, 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.

COE to Host Middle School Summer Program June 20-23

The UNO College of Education - in collaboration with faculty, staff and students from across the campus - will host a portion of the summer school program for Lewis and Clark Middle School this week at UNO.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for our campus and for Lewis and Clark Middle School," said Connie Schaffer, coordinator for the UNO College of Education's Office of Student Services.

The middle school students will be on campus June 20-23 to participate in a variety of activities designed to increase their awareness of post-secondary settings and opportunities, and to specifically familiarize them with the UNO community. More than 50 UNO faculty, staff and students will be interacting with 70 Lewis and Clark students and teachers during the four-day period.

"Everyone on our campus has been very enthusiastic about the project, and we have a wide variety of activities planned," Schaffer said. "This really is a chance for us to work together as an educational community, and the project has direct benefits for our students and the students from Lewis and Clark."

For more information, contact Schaffer at 554.3096 or cschaffer@mail.unomaha.edu.

University Library Remodeling Notice

As part of the expansion process, University Library will be moving bookshelves and installing carpeting in parts of the library 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 http://library.unomaha.edu/aboutthelibrary/bldgnews/.

University Library to Close for July 4 Holiday

University Library will be closed Tuesday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

Anna Monardo to Host Readings June 22, 24

Anna Monardo, chair of the Writer's Workshop at UNO, 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 event schedules 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 about the novel, visit http://www.randomhouse.com/doubleday/email/fallinginlove/.

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:

Monday-Friday
7 a.m. to 10:45 p.m.

Saturday-Sunday
Closed

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

Retirement Reception for Bruce Horacek June 28

The university community is invited to attend a retirement reception for Bruce Horacek Wednesday, June 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

Dr. Horacek, a professor and coordinator in gerontology, began his career at UNO in December 1973. His research has focused on near-death studies. In 2001, upon receipt of a large gift, the Bruce Horacek Faculty and Student Excellence Fund was established at the University of Nebraska Foundation. Beginning July 1, Dr. Horacek will retain professor emeritus status.

For more information, contact Joyce Messick at 554.2272.

Discounted Tickets Available for The Rose Theater Season

The Rose Theater is offering UNO faculty, staff and students the opportunity to purchase tickets for the 2006-07 season at a discounted price. This season's shows include "Old Yeller," "Hans Christian Andersen," "Holiday Time Around the World," "Coppelia," "Stinky Cheese Man," "Dancers' Confetti" and "Miss Nelson Has a Field Day."

A $75 family membership includes:
- Up to four tickets to seven member shows;
- Discounts and first opportunity to reserve tickets for premium events, including "The Nutcracker," "Madeline's Christmas" and Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella";
- Discounts on drama and dance classes, summer camps and costume rental;
- Invitations to member-only events; and
- Additional season performance tickets for $10 each ($6 off the regular box office price).

Click on the link below to download an order form, or call 554.2358 to have a sheet faxed to your office. The offer is good through Friday, June 30.

Rose Discount Tickets

For more information, contact Lindy Aleksiak at 502.4625 or lindya@rosetheater.org.