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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

"Antony and Cleopatra" Opens Tonight

"Antony and Cleopatra," directed by D. Scott Glasser, will open tonight, June 29, in conjunction with Shakespeare on the Green 2006. The Nebraska Shakespeare Festival (NSF), celebrating its 20th anniversary season this year, is presented each summer at Elmwood Park in cooperation with Creighton University, UNO and the City of Omaha. All performances are free and open to the public.

"Antony and Cleopatra" will run today through Sunday, July 2, and July 5, 7 and 9. Glasser, assistant professor of theatre in the UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media (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 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 Mike Markey at 280.2391 or, or visit the Web at

Risk Management Changes Announced

Steve Kuss, coordinator of special projects/risk management at UNO, has accepted a position as administrative director at the University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Pathology and Microbiology. His last day at UNO will be Friday, June 30.

Laura VanNordstrand of finance (554.2322) will continue to provide risk management customer service as the first point of contact and will direct inquiries to the appropriate resource as needed. VanNordstrand will offer help with property claims, student travel insurance and certificates of insurance.

Renae Church of accounting services (554.2320) has taken on the additional duties of risk management supervisor.

UNO to Close for Fourth of July Holiday

UNO will be closed Tuesday, July 4, in observance of the Fourth of July holiday. The 2006 holiday schedule is available online at

For more information, contact Human Resources at 554.2321.

HPER Building Announces Fourth of July Holiday Schedule

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building will be closed Tuesday, July 4, in conjunction with the Fourth of July Holiday.

Also due to the holiday, all Group Exercise classes set for Monday, July 3, and Tuesday, July 4, will not meet. Classes will resume as scheduled Wednesday, July 5.

For more information, contact Dave Daniels at 554.2008.

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

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.

University Library to Close for July 4 Holiday

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

Submissions Sought for Online Calendar of Events

Are you planning a campus event?

University Affairs is seeking submissions for its online calendar of events.

Located on the Web at, the calendar can be viewed by day, week, month or category. Categories include athletics, exhibitions, films, lectures, meetings, miscellaneous and performance. Links to the calendar have been created on the UNO home page at under "Today at UNO" in the left-hand column and graphically in the tool bar at the top of the page.

"The UNO Calendar of Events is designed to promote campus-related events that are open to the campus community and/or the general public," said Teresa Gleason, director of communications at UNO.

An example of an item that would not be posted on the calendar is a biology departmental meeting. However, if the biology department is hosting a speaker and the event is open to the campus community/general public, the item would be posted.

The calendar is administered by University Affairs, located in 108 Eppley Administration Building. Beverly Newsam is the calendar administrator. All items must be submitted electronically with a contact name, phone number and e-mail. Training on how to submit items is available for any interested party by calling Newsam at 554.2358.

"We encourage all colleges and units to make use of the calendar by submitting appropriate items to it," Gleason said. "The goal is to maintain a centralized listing of public events that is easily accessible."

The UNO Calendar of Events is not a means for scheduling rooms or submitting information to other existing calendars on the Web. Reservations for meeting facilities still must go through appropriate channels in the Milo Bail Student Center.

For more information or to learn how to submit items to the calendar, contact Newsam at 554.2358.

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).