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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 July 1, 1966, The Faculty Staff Bulletin reported that the University of Omaha was hosting the first annual art competition for metropolitan area graduating high school seniors through the end of July in Room 313 of the Milo Bail Student Center. Thirty pieces of art were on display, including sculpture, paintings and ceramics.

Date: July 1, 1966
Source: The Faculty Staff Bulletin
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

"Consider This" to Explore Benson Alliance Plan

If you live in Omaha, you've probably heard the phrase "Super Neighborhoods" thrown around. Residents are working to re-shape their neighborhoods and plan for new development. This week on "Consider This," host Andrea McMaster and guests will explore how this process is working in Omaha and how it could be adopted for your city or neighborhood.

The program airs today, June 26, at 1:30 p.m. and Wednesday, June 28, at 8 a.m. on NET2, NET's cable network.

McMaster's guests will be Connie Spellman, director of Omaha by Design, Ron Abdouch, executive director of the Neighborhood Center for Greater Omaha, and David Drozd, with the UNO Center for Public Affairs Research. They will discuss the Benson Alliance Plan.

The Alliance was formed to help the City of Omaha ensure the community's needs are reflected in city planning. Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey selected the Benson Alliance as the first district to develop a neighborhood plan as outlined in the 2004 Omaha by Design: Urban Design Element. The Benson Alliance will serve as a model that will be used in 14 alliance areas in Omaha.

"Consider This," a production of UNO Television, also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. Check the Web at for days and times. Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at

Employment Discrimination Program Available

Employees are invited to attend a program outlining employment discrimination laws with a focus on anyone without supervisory authority. The program will be held tonight, 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

Spring 2006 Dean's List, Chancellor's List on the Web

The spring 2006 Dean's List and Chancellor's List at UNO are available on the Web by clicking on the following links:

Spring 2006 Dean's List

Spring 2006 Chancellor's List

Bank of the West Concert June 30; Free Parking at UNO

The annual "Bank of the West Celebrates America" concert is set for Friday, June 30, at Memorial Park from 6 to 10 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. UNO will provide free parking for concertgoers.

This year's entertainment includes REO Speedwagon, The 5th Dimention and The LoCASH Cowboys." The performances will be followed by a fireworks finale.

In addition to surface parking lots, UNO's multi-level parking garage will be open to concertgoers after 4 p.m. June 30. Event organizers encourage those who park at UNO to use the pedestrian overpass when crossing Dodge Street.

Shuttle service between the north and south campuses stops at 6 p.m. during the summer. As a result, people who park on the south campus for the June 30 concert will not be able to take the shuttle back to their cars after 6 p.m.

The outdoor concert and fireworks finale is sponsored by Bank of the West in cooperation with the City of Omaha. For more information, visit the Web at

ITS to Offer UNO Web Template Training in July

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 computer lab in 104 Durham Science Center 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 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.

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 Shutdown 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.

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

University Library to Close for July 4 Holiday

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