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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

UNO PRSSA Chapter Selected for National Conference

The UNO chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) has been selected to attend the National PRSSA Conference in Salt Lake City Nov. 10-14.

Representatives from the UNO chapter and six universities across the country will participate in a national conference panel on how to run a chapter. The development session will focus on building partnerships within the college and community.

Those attending the conference from the UNO chapter include Jackie Normington, project leader; Jasmyn LeFlore, chapter president; Jenny Caveye, vice president of operations; Alex May, Habitat media relations director; and Stacy Seier, Omaha Food Bank project co-leader.

"The School of Communication is proud that our PRSSA chapter is a national leader," said Jeremy Lipschultz, director and the Reilly Diamond Alumni Professor in the UNO School of Communication. "Quite simply, our public relations/advertising degree is awarded in one of the top national programs."

Other institutions with chapters participating in the conference include Elon University, Florida A&M University, Ohio Northern University, Southern Illinois University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Florida, West Virginia State University, University of South Florida (first alternate) and the University of Northern Iowa (second alternate).

For more information, call 554.2600.

Employment Discrimination Program Available

Employees are invited to attend a program outlining employment discrimination laws with a focus to anyone without supervisory authority. The program will be held Monday, June 26, and will be repeated Tuesday, June 27, in 118 Roskens Hall from 10:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

The program will be conducted by Sharon Ulmar, assistant to the chancellor for diversity and equal opportunity. The program is designed to familiarize individuals with employment discrimination laws as they relate to race, color, sex, national origin, disability, religion, age and sexual orientation under Title VII or the Civil Rights Laws.

To register for the program, contact Ulmar at 554.2872 or

ITS to Offer UNO Web Template Training in July

Are you interested in redesigning your college or department Web site?

Stuart Wheat, web designer in Information Technology Services (ITS), has developed a series of Web templates that are available for use by the UNO campus.

ITS will host informational sessions on the UNO Web templates in July. Training will include a planning consultation meeting and two hands-on informational sessions set for July 6 and 12. More training sessions will be added depending upon interest. Sessions will be held in the 104 Durham Science Center Computer Lab from 9 to 11 a.m.

To learn more about Web templates or to register for training, contact Pat Dargantes at 554.3498 or

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.

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.

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 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 by calling Louella Williams at the TIAA-CREF office in Omaha at 548.3610 or on the Web at

In the News

In the News- UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck was cited in the June 2 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article highlighted Summer Sprint, which was held at UNO June 3 and featured a variety of physical activities. Dr. Belck led the first Track Walk at the event.

- Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, political science, was quoted in the June 7 edition of the Omaha World-Herald and the June 8 edition of the Lincoln Journal Star. Both articles explored a recent Omaha visit by President Bush to promote immigration reform ideas.

- Shereen Bingham, communication, was quoted in the May 11 edition of Omaha Star. The article discussed Difficult Dialogues, a two-year program designed to facilitate the exploration of controversial issues.

- Larry Bradshaw, art and art history, was quoted in the May 24 edition of the North Center LakeView Booster (Chicago). The article highlighted the Eighth Annual Contemporary Art International Online Juried Exhibition.

- David Conway, education, was quoted in the June 6 edition of the Omaha World-Herald and the June 8 edition of the Lincoln Journal Star. Both articles discussed the Nebraska State Board of Education's adoption of a policy to recognize American Sign Language as a national language in schools.

- Art Diamond, economics, was cited in the May 5 edition of the Midlands Business Journal. The article previewed the Midwest International Trade Association's annual World Trade Conference. Dr. Diamond spoke at the event.

- Jeffrey French, psychology, was quoted in the May 4 edition of the Omaha Star. The article explored the results of a study on spotted hyenas that show dominant hyena mothers pass the trait to their offspring.

- Lourdes Gouveia, Latino/Latin American Studies, was cited in the May 30 edition of the Star-Herald (Scottsbluff, Neb.). The article examined the quality of life for undocumented immigrants in the United States. Dr. Gouveia also was quoted in the June 7 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article featured questions Omahans would like to ask President Bush about illegal immigration.

- Jim Leslie, Alumni Association, was quoted in the June 2 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article explored Leslie's role in the evolution of the UNO Alumni Association.

- Lou Pol, dean of the College of Business Administration, was quoted in the May 3 edition of City Weekly. The article highlighted an event held May 5 at UNO featuring Warren Buffet expert Robert Miles.

- B.J. Reed, dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, was quoted in the May 2006 edition of Flash. The article focused on the launch of an energy-saving program/partnership between OPPD and UNO.

- Samuel Walker, professor emeritus of criminal justice, was quoted in the May 11 edition of the Lexington Herald-Ledger (Lexington, Ky.) and the May 14 editions of the Bradenton Herald (Bradenton, Fla.), the Sunday American News (Aberdeen, S.D.) and the Bellingham Herald (Bellingham, Wash.). One of Dr. Walker's books also was recently cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in its decision in Hudson vs. Michigan, which authorizes "no-knock" police searches.

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

- Richard Fellman, political science, had an editorial printed in the May 24 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. His column was written in response to a May 18 column by Harold Andersen on Israel.

- Charles Gildersleeve, geography/geology, had an editorial printed in the May 20 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The column focused on a lack of emphasis on geographic skills in school curricula.

- Thomas Hutson, Center for Afghanistan Studies, had an editorial printed in the May 25 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The column discussed nostalgia for Yugoslavia.

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 Continues on Stage 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 continues on stage tonight, June 23. It will run June 24-25 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.

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.