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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

June Employee of the Month: Loretta Wirth

the nameIf you are looking for superior customer service with a smile at UNO, you don't have to look farther than Loretta Wirth, clerical assistant II at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

"Loretta is cheerful and friendly, and she is always willing to go the extra mile," one co-worker wrote. "I believe her to be an asset to the Alumni Center."

Wirth works with a core staff of 10, although she receives numerous calls and visits from those within and outside the university community who seek campus and alumni information. "My favorite task is assisting the customers who walk through our front door and knowing that I have helped them to the best of my ability," she said. "It makes me happy to know that they are pleased with my service."

As the front door to the Alumni Center, Wirth said she completes numerous tasks.  She regularly greets visitors and assists them with their needs, provides directions to locations across campus, handles a multi-line phone system, enters new graduate information and updates addresses, assists with events held at the Alumni Center and more. "It's a busy area, but I enjoy the challenge," Wirth said. "I enjoy being right up front where the action is, helping people and solving problems."

Colleagues say they are appreciative of Wirth's ability to take care of campus visitors' needs, as well as those of the UNO community. "Loretta has always been willing to go the extra mile to guide visitors to campus destinations and assist clients with functions in the Alumni Center," another nominator wrote. "She always has a smile on her face when greeting visitors and clients, and she is well liked and respected in her office and throughout the UNO campus.

For the past 14 years, Wirth has been a UNO employee, serving all that time in the Alumni Center. "I thought the UNO campus would be an attractive place to work," she said. "I had worked in the clerical/secretarial field prior to this, and it is a position I enjoy."

Watching the growth of the Alumni Center throughout the years has also been enjoyable for Wirth, and she said she appreciates the friendships that were formed along the way. "Just to see the campus growing since I have been here is great, as is seeing a hockey team come onto campus," she said. "I am a big fan and make almost all the games."

Born and raised in New York City, Wirth and her husband, Bill, moved to Nebraska during his service to the U.S. Air Force and decided to stay. "When Bill retired from the Air Force, we were here in Nebraska and decided to call it home," she said. "We have been living here almost 19 years now."

Wirth said she and Bill enjoy traveling and camping, in addition to spending time with their sons and grandchildren.  She also likes to work in the yard.

She extends a heartfelt thank-you to those who nominated her for the Employee of the Month Award. "I am deeply honored and humbled by this," she said. "I feel honored to know that people care and appreciate the job I do here at UNO."

As Employee of the Month, Wirth will receive a plaque, portrait and monetary award. Nominations for the Employee of the Month Award at UNO are accepted year-round. All UNO faculty, staff and students are eligible to nominate individuals for the honor. Nomination forms are available in Human Resources, 205 Eppley Administration Building.

(Pictured above: UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck and June Employee of the Month Loretta Wirth.)

For more information, call 554.2321.

Fourth of July Schedule for Open Computer Labs

The open computer labs on campus will operate according to the following schedule during the Fourth of July holiday.

- Milo Bail Student Center Elmwood Room
Saturday, July 1
1 to 5 p.m.

Sunday, July 2
1 to 6 p.m.

Monday, July 3
8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Tuesday, July 4

- University Library
Saturday, July 1
Noon to 5 p.m.

Sunday, July 2
1 to 9 p.m.

Monday, July 3
7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Tuesday, July 4

- 104 Durham Science Center
Saturday through Sunday, July 1-2

Monday, July 3
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, July 4

- 300 Arts and Sciences Hall
Saturday through Sunday, July 1-2

Monday, July 3
8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Tuesday, July 4

- 158A The Peter Kiewit Institute
Saturday through Tuesday, July 1-4

- 401 Roskens Hall
Saturday through Tuesday, July 1-4

- 211 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building
Saturday through Tuesday, July 1-4

Departmental Foreign Travel Plans Sought

UNO is in the process of extending its insurance for foreign liability for the 2006-07 fiscal year. The university's Foreign Liability Coverage Policy requires clarification regarding future travel. If departments anticipate foreign travel in the coming year, they should provide Risk Management with estimates for the information listed below.

Employee Travel
(Information is necessary for each employee traveling even if more than one person will be going to the same country at the same time.)

1. Name of UNO unit/department.
2. Name of employee traveling. (Identify as employee #1, #2 etc., if individual has not yet been assigned.).
3. Is the employee traveling a U.S. citizen? (If no, identify country of citizenship.)
4. Country or countries traveled.
5. Purpose of the trip. (Conference, field trip, consulting, etc.)
6. Number of days of trip.
7. Is the employee stationed out of country? (Usually out of country for more than 30 days.)
8. Payroll information for any employee stationed out of country. (Identify the payroll for the period or indicate their annual salary.)

Student Travel
(Information is necessary for each student traveling even if more than one person will be going to the same country at the same time.)

1. Name of UNO unit/department.
2. Departmental contact.
3. Contact phone number.
4. Country or countries traveled.
5. Purpose of trip. (Conference, field trip, educational coursework, etc.)
6. Number of students anticipated for the trip.
7. Number of days of trip.

This information is needed as soon as possible. It can be sent to Risk Management, 209 Eppley Administration Building. To request an electronic spreadsheet to populate and send, contact Laura VanNordstrand at 554.2322 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.

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

Summer HPER Pool, Sundeck Hours Announced

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building Pool and its sundeck are available for use by Campus Recreation activity cardholders and students.

Casual or sunbathing attire is required. Only water beverages are permitted, and no food is allowed. The summer pool and sundeck schedule is as follows:

Monday through Friday
6:30 to 9 a.m.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
4 to 7 p.m.

Pool open from 1 to 3 p.m.
(Sundeck opens at 11:30 a.m.)

3 to 5:30 p.m.

Hours may change due to weather, holidays or other activities. For more information, contact Eric Shanks at 554.2223.

Viewbooks Available

Recruitment Services has campus viewbooks available for interested departments. The publication features a one-pocket folder, and includes pictures and information on every UNO college.

For available quantities, contact Monica Bayles at 554.2977 or These viewbooks will be available through July 1.