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Pictured above, construction of the Strauss Performing Arts Center in July of 1972.

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On July 3, 1970, The Faculty Staff Bulletin reported that Charles Jones and John Else from the UNO Sociology Department were sponsors of the Danner Memorial Children's Center in Omaha. This "creative children's care and learning center" provided an environment where young people between the ages of three and six could interact with other children and teachers of varying backgrounds and ethnicities. Plans called for the center to operate from September to May.

Date: July 3, 1970
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

Printing Services Closed through July 4

In observance of Independence Day, Printing Services at UNO, located in 106 Eppley Administration Building, will be closed today, July 3, and Tuesday, July 4. It will resume normal business hours Wednesday, July 5.

For more information, call 559.4282 or Allen Olson at 559.5885.

UNO myMAIL Downtime Set for July 8

The UNO myMAIL Lotus Notes system will be down for a software upgrade Saturday, July 8. The system will be unavailable from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

This 16-hour upgrade will take the system to Lotus Notes version 7.0.1. Additional information about this downtime can be found online at

For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.4357 or

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.

Carillon Concert July 4 at UNO

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.

HPER Building 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 today, 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.

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

Tuesday, July 4

- University Library
Today, July 3
7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Tuesday, July 4

- 104 Durham Science Center
Today, July 3
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, July 4

- 300 Arts and Sciences Hall
Today, July 3
8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Tuesday, July 4

- 158A The Peter Kiewit Institute
Today through Tuesday, July 3-4

- 401 Roskens Hall
Today through Tuesday, July 3-4

- 211 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building
Today through Tuesday, July 3-4

University Library to Close for July 4 Holiday

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

ITS to Offer UNO Web Template Training July 6, 12

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

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).

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