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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

Flag Lowering

The UNO flags will be lowered to half-staff today, June 21, to honor the memory of UNO retiree Norman Luna. He passed away recently at the age of 70.

Dr. Luna, associate professor of foreign languages, retired in 2001 after more than 32 years of service to the university. After retirement, he served as an emeritus professor of foreign languages. At the time of his passing, he resided in Denver, Colo.

Summer Motorcycle Parking Notice

Additional seasonal motorcycle parking is available for faculty, staff and students through Aug. 18. Motorcycles may be parked at the following locations on the north and south campuses:

- Parking structure (stop by Campus Security, 100 Eppley Administration Building, for details);

- Southeast corner of Lot N (east of the Engineering Building);

- Northwest corner of Lot A (north of Kayser Hall);

- Northwest corner of Lot M (south of University Library); and

- Southwest corner of Lot 2 (north of The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute).

Retirement Reception for Bob Welk June 22

The university community is invited to attend a retirement reception for Bob Welk Thursday, June 22, at 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

Welk's career at UNO has had its share of being both behind the scenes and in the spotlight. Having taught for more than 30 years in the department of theatre, he retired in May 2001 only to be "coaxed" back to UNO to serve as dean of Fine Arts. Over the last three years, Welk has successfully created a new college by bringing together the School of Communication, UNO Television, KVNO Radio and the College of Fine Arts. The resulting College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media has been up and running now for the last year under his leadership. He will be stepping down June 30 as Gail Baker joins UNO as the college's new dean. Welk will retire after 40 years of service to the university.

For more information, contact Nita Armendariz at 554.2232.

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 published her book 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/.

Faculty/Staff Re-carding Continues through June 22

MavCard Services is issuing new photo ID cards to all active faculty and staff this week through Thursday, June 22.

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

Today, June 21
Last names ending in G–L

Thursday, June 22
Last names 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.

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/.

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 mkclark@mail.unomaha.edu. Seating is limited.

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 a 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 hosting more than one student is possible 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 a family for the hosting period and that transportation be provided to and from the university on weekdays.
English proficiency: Generally good.
Note: Please specify if hosting more than one student is possible 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 a 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 a 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.