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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

Shakespeare on the Green Opens Tonight

The Nebraska Shakespeare Festival (NSF) will bring productions of "Taming of the Shrew" and "Antony and Cleopatra" to Elmwood Park this June and July in conjunction with Shakespeare on the Green 2006. The festival, celebrating its 20th anniversary season this year, is presented each summer in cooperation with Creighton University, UNO and the City of Omaha. All performances are free and open to the public.

"Taming of the Shrew" was originally produced in the festival's first year and again for its 10th anniversary season, said Michael Markey, managing director. "This festival favorite will be produced along with a play new to the NSF stage, ‘Antony and Cleopatra,'" he noted.

Cindy Melby Phaneuf, founding artistic director and professor of theatre in the UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media (CCFAM), will direct "Taming of the Shrew," which will kick off the 2006 season tonight, June 22. It will run June 23-25 and July 6 and 8.

"Taming of the Shrew," set in present day Vegas, is a raucous comedy. Shakespeare's classic battle of the sexes will leave the audience amazed at the power of love and wondering just who has tamed whom, its director noted.

"Antony and Cleopatra," directed by D. Scott Glasser, will run June 29-July 2 and July 5, 7 and 9. Glasser, assistant professor of theatre in CCFAM, is NSF's associate artistic director and has directed several NSF productions, including last summer's "Othello."

Set in antiquity, "Antony and Cleopatra" is an epic portrayal of love. Driven by his passion for Cleopatra, Mark Antony sacrifices his career, his friends and his standing as the champion of Rome to be with his Egyptian queen. Together they must face the wrath of the country he left behind, Glasser said.

There will be no July 4 performance. The June 25 performance of "Taming of the Shrew" and the July 2 performance of "Antony and Cleopatra" will be ASL-interpreted for the hearing impaired.

All performances will begin at 8 p.m. The greenshow – which features Elizabethan music, dancing, singing and juggling – will begin nightly at 7 p.m. Seminars will be held nightly at 6 p.m. They will provide the audience with an opportunity to discuss the plays and meet the directors, actors and scholars associated with the 2006 company.

For more information about Shakespeare on the Green or other Nebraska Shakespeare programs, contact Markey at 280-2391 or, or visit the Web at

Carillon Concert Set for July 4

The bells on the UNO campus will ring in honor of America Tuesday, July 4, in conjunction with a carillon concert set for 9 a.m.

UNO carilloneur James Johnson will perform a 30-minute concert of patriotic melodies. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are invited to bring their lawn chairs, as seating will be available on the grassy area between University Library and the Strauss Performing Arts Center.

This year's concert will include a new feature. The audience will be able to watch Dr. Johnson at work in the tower via live video. A viewing screen at the base of the carillon will carry the live images.

The Henningson Memorial Campanile, rising 168 feet over the UNO campus, is one of only 180 such structures in the United States. It was donated to UNO in 1989 by the late Margre Henningson Durham and her husband, Chuck, as a standing memorial to Margre's father, mother and sister.

"The July 4th concert, played by the carilloneur on a mechanical keyboard at the top of the tower, annually recognizes Margre's love for her country and desire to share her blessings with her hometown community," said Robert Welk, dean of the UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media.

The carillon is a four-octave, acoustically balanced instrument. It consists of 47 bronze bells cast by the bellfoundry of Paccard-Fonderie de Cloches in Annecy, France. The largest of the bells weighs 4,397 pounds and measures five feet in diameter by four feet in height. The combined weight of the 47 bells is 24,408 pounds.

Dr. Johnson, the Spire Professor of Keyboard Studies at UNO, performs regularly scheduled carillon concerts each year. He has earned a distinguished international reputation through his piano recordings and performances with the Royal Philharmonic in London, the Leningrad Philharmonic, the Prague Chamber Soloists, the Slovenian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony and the Boston Pops.

For more information about the July 4 concert, call 554.2762.

Initial Faculty/Staff Re-carding Period Concludes Today

mav cardToday, June 22, is the final day of the initial period for active faculty and staff to receive photo ID cards from MavCard Services.

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.

Employees with last names starting with A-F are encouraged to stop by MavCard Services today from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Faculty and staff members should bring their current ID and proximity card with them at the time of re-carding.

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.

Employees who missed re-carding this week can stop by MavCard Services during summer hours from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. starting Monday, June 26. 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.

Retirement Reception for Rita Leonard June 29

The university community is invited to attend a retirement reception for Rita Leonard Thursday, June 29, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

Leonard has worked for the University of Nebraska system for more than 25 years. She has been with the Office of Records and Registration since 1994. For more information, contact Charlene Wilcox at 554.3970.

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

Summer Group Ex Session Under Way

Campus Recreation and the Wellness Stampede have teamed up to host a variety of Group Ex classes this summer at UNO. Session 2 will run through Friday, Aug. 4.

All classes will be held in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building. Group Ex classes are free to all current students and Campus Recreation cardholders. Summer activity cards are available for $30. Classes will not be held July 4.

New this summer to the Group Ex lineup is Mav Pump, a 60-minute barbell group exercise program. The program strengthens all the major muscles using music and tempo-based exercise sequences. All ages and fitness levels are welcome.

To access a schedule or information on the new Mav Pump program, click on the following links:

2006 Summer Session 2

Mav Pump Program

To have a schedule faxed or mailed to your office, call University Affairs at 554.2358.

For more information, contact Dave Daniels at 554.2008.

University Library to Close for July 4 Holiday

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

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

Information Sought on UNO-Published Scholarly Journals

Does your academic department or unit at UNO publish a scholarly journal?

University Affairs is seeking information on all scholarly journals published by UNO academic departments and units, including both online and print versions. The following information is sought: name of journal, URL (if applicable), synopsis of scope, distribution method, editor and contact information for the editor.

This information can be sent via e-mail to Teresa Gleason at Include the word "journal" in the subject line. For more information, call 554.2762.