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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

Pathways to Harmony, Part 2 Set for July 12

Pathways to Harmony, Part 2 will be offered Wednesday, July 12, to interested faculty, staff and students. This program is only available to those who have already attended the first Pathways seminar.

The program continues with the next level of diversity professional development. It focuses on how to interrupt insensitive and inappropriate behavior effectively, and helps participants create a deeper understanding and awareness of diversity and differences.

If you enjoyed the first Pathways and would like to sign up for Pathways, Part 2, contact Kate Clark at 554.2896. Seating is limited.

Shakespeare on the Green Continues This Week

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.

"Antony and Cleopatra," directed by D. Scott Glasser, will run Thursday, June 29, through Sunday, 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.

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 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.  

There will be no July 4 performance. 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

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.

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).

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.

PWSA Call for Poetry

The Program for Women and Successful Aging (PWSA) at UNO is currently accepting original works of poetry and short prose for review and possible publication in Celebrate: A Collection of Women's Writings. The eleventh volume of the Celebrate book will be released and presented at Rites of Spring, an annual event that features an art exhibit, poetry reading, storytelling and other projects.

Submission forms are available on the Web at All submissions should be sent to the following address by Friday, July 14:

Annex 24
6001 Dodge St.
Omaha, NE 68182-0202

For more information, call 554.4897.

Students to Host Summit on Oil Dependence, Climate Change

The UNO chapter of Americans for Informed Democracy (AID) will host a national summit this summer to examine the issues of oil independence and climate change.

The event, titled "Oil Dependence and Climate Change: We Do Have a Choice," will be held Saturday, Aug. 12, on the UNO campus. It will bring together student leaders from across the United States for a day of workshops, speakers and discussions on how young people can take positive action to reduce U.S. oil dependence and preserve the global environment.

Participants will hear from top experts and then be immersed in breakout sessions where they will have the chance to weigh in with their own view on how the United States can ensure a secure energy future. They will learn strategies for talking about global environmental issues with Americans and techniques for organizing town hall meetings in their communities as part of a national series on oil dependence and climate change.

"The students also will have the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with a diverse group of young leaders, equipping them with the knowledge, support and structure to implement these ideas in their neck of the woods," said Jenn Piatt, president of the UNO chapter of AID. Piatt is a junior majoring in political science at UNO.

Confirmed speakers at the summit include:
- Bill Moore, publisher and editor of EV World. Moore, an expert on issues of vehicle technology and sustainable transportation, is a former writer for Discover, Popular Science and Air & Space Smithsonian.
- Robert Kuzelka, associate professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resource Sciences. He is a former staff member at the University of Nebraska Water Center, the Nebraska State Office of Planning and Programming, and the City of Tulsa Model Cities Agency.

The summit is being funded with support from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Open Society Institute, the Ford Foundation and the Hewlett Foundation. As a result, it is free to selected participants, including lodging and food.  Travel to the conference is at the expense of the participants. The UNO chapter of AID will assist in setting up car pools for those within driving distance of Omaha.

To apply for participation at the summit, visit the Web at The summit is designed for college students, but high school students with a special interest in the topic are eligible to apply.

For more information, contact Piatt at

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

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

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 or 554.2293.


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