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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

Bank of the West Concert Tonight; Free Parking at UNO

The annual "Bank of the West Celebrates America" concert is set for tonight, 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. today. 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 tonight's 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

July FEAP Schedule Announced

The Faculty/Staff Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) provides short-term counseling, assessment and referral services for faculty, staff, their spouses or significant others, and family members. FEAP offices are located in 206 Eppley Administration Building.

The July schedule is as follows:

- July 6, 11, 19 and 27
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

- July 14 and 24
8 a.m. to noon

Appointments are free and available by calling 554.3120 (UNO) or 559.5175 (UNMC).

Fidelity Representative on Campus July 20

Fidelity representative Chad Anderson will be on campus for individual counseling sessions Thursday, July 20, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, call 1.800.642.7131.

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

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

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.

In the News

- In the News John Amend, facilities management and planning, was quoted in the June 13 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article explored a facilities development plan UNO presented to the University of Nebraska Board of Regents June 15.

- UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck was quoted in the May 2006 edition of One Magazine. The article explored the Great Plains Theatre Conference.

- David Conway, education, was quoted in the June 8 editions of the Daily Sun (Beatrice, Neb.), the Tribune (Fremont, Neb.), the Tribune (Hastings, Neb.) and the News-Press (Nebraska City, Neb.). The articles discussed a recent adoption by the Nebraska State Board of Education that recognizes American Sign Language as a national language in schools.

- Moshe Gershovich, history, and Guy Matalon, philosophy and religion, were cited in the May 19 edition of the Jewish Press. The article listed summer educational opportunities at the Center for Jewish Education. Dr. Gershovich and Matalon are both leading sessions.

- Susan Jacobs, criminal justice, was quoted in the May 29 edition of the Jerusalem Post. The article explored whether killing a person's abuser is considered justifiable homicide.

- Yano Jones, recruitment services, was quoted in the June 18 edition of the Wichita Eagle (Wichita, Kan.) and cited in the June 19 edition of the Southwest Iowa News. Both articles highlighted the June 17 win of the Iowa Blackhawks, a team in the American Professional Football League, against the Wichita Aviators. Jones is a receiver for the Blackhawks.

- Jeremy Lipschultz, communication, was quoted in the June 8 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article discussed the increased cost that broadcasters will be charged for indecent material.

- Anna Mondardo, Writer's Workshop, was cited in the June 11 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article announced a booksigning Monardo held June 22 at Lee Booksellers Edgewood Center. Her newest novel "Natassia," was published June 20.

- David Volkman, finance, banking and law, was quoted in the June 13 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article highlighted the inaugural UNO Maverick Investment Camp.

- Samuel Walker, criminal justice, was quoted in the May 11 edition of the Delaware State News (Dover, Del.). The article explored a decline in rapes and attempted rapes in the United States over the past 30 years.

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

- Jeff French, psychology, co-authored an article with S.M. Dloniak and K.E. Holekamp from Michigan State University for the April 27 edition of Nature (London). The article explored the maternal effects of androgens on behavior in wild spotted hyenas.

- Sam Walker, professor emeritus of criminal justice, published an editorial in the June 25 edition of the Los Angeles Times. The column discussed the use of one of Dr. Walker's recent books in a Supreme Court decision.

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
"Antony and Cleopatra," directed by D. Scott Glasser, continues on stage tonight, June 30, 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 tonight 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

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.