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

This Week in Campus History

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

CORE Receptions Set for July 12, 19

The UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) will celebrate the launch of the Center of Organizational Research and Evaluation (CORE) with two receptions: one in Lincoln Wednesday, July 12, and another in Omaha Wednesday, July 19.

"CORE will benefit a wide range of public service-focused organizations," said Russell Smith, CORE director and an associate professor of public administration at UNO. "Local governments, state agencies, school districts and nonprofit organizations are all potential clients."

CORE brings together extensive resources in organizational and program performance analysis, planning and applied research. Smith said it will link faculty consultants from CPACS with organizations to add value to their operations and services and ensure successful outcomes.

Faculty members have been called to be consultants around the Omaha metropolitan area and the state for years. Creating CORE gives that work a structure and one place for people to call.

The services that CORE provides include:
- Evaluation research planning, design and implementation;
- Design of intake processes, program reports and data collection tools;
- Performance measurement and effectiveness studies;
- Performance management consultation;
- Client and organizational surveys;
- Focus groups;
- Third-party monitoring system design;
- Grant writing assistance;
- Process redesign;
- Development of performance indicators;
- Organizational diagnosis;
- Strategic planning;
- Needs assessments;
- Policy analysis;
- Organizational training on evaluation and research; and
- Benefit-cost analysis.

"All of what CORE can do with strategy can help an organization improve its success, raise performance levels and productivity, and improve collaboration," Smith said. "Learning more about what CORE offers is a good investment of time."

The CORE reception in Lincoln will start at 4:30 p.m. at Main Street at the Capitol, 1445 K Street. The Omaha reception will be held at the UNO Alumni Center, 69th and Dodge streets, and will also start at 4:30 p.m.

Organizers of both events are asking that anyone interested in attending R.S.V.P. at least two days before either reception by e-mailing or calling 554.3188.

For more information on CORE, visit or call 554.3914.

"From the Motherland to the Promised Land" on Stage July 15

"From the Motherland to the Promised Land," a one-woman show written and performed by Nashville, Tenn., native Sherre Miller Bishop, will take to the stage at UNO Saturday, July 15. The event will begin at 8 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center.

Appearing on stage dressed as a slave, Bishop brings to life various scenes from slavery to today, narrating and singing throughout. In "From the Motherland to the Promised Land," Bishop traces the African American worship experience from a unique perspective.

The UNO Department of Black Studies and the Ida Bell Women's Missionary Society are sponsoring the event along with Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church. Tickets are $25 each and may be purchased online at or by calling 866.811.4111.

For more information about the performance at UNO, contact Jessiline Anderson, UNO Department of Psychology (554.4811); Felicia Dailey, UNO Department of Black Studies (554-2412); or Jerri Maxwell, academic and student affairs (554.2262). For additional details about "From the Motherland to the Promised Land," visit

Shakespeare on the Green Continues Tonight

"Antony and Cleopatra," directed by D. Scott Glasser, continues on stage tonight, July 5, 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.

The final two performances of "Antony and Cleopatra" will be July 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.

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

Parking Structure to Undergo Weekend Maintenance This Month

The campus parking structure will close for maintenance this month according to the schedule listed below. Designated lots will be closed from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Updates will be posted in eNotes.

Saturday, July 8
Lot V (Upper Level)

Sunday, July 9
Lot U (Middle Level)

Saturday, July 15
Lot T (Lower Level)

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

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.

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.

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.