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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

"From the Motherland to the Promised Land" July 15

The UNO Department of Black Studies and the Ida Bell Women's Missionary Society will co-sponsor a performance of Sherre Miller Bishop's "From the Motherland to the Promised Land" Saturday, July 15. The event will begin at 8 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

Bishop, a noted Christian storyteller, wrote and performs the one-woman show. To reserve tickets, visit the Web at, or call 866.811.4111. This event is made possible with support from the Nebraska Arts Council.

For more information, contact Jessiline Anderson at 554.4811, Felicia Dailey at 554.2412 or Jerri Maxwell at 554.2262.

FFFF to Feature Christopher Stanichar

Christopher Stanichar will be featured on KVNO Classical 90.7 FM's "First Friday Faculty Focus" Friday, July 7.

"First Friday Faculty Focus" is an interview series that highlights the many contributions of individual faculty members to UNO and the greater community, said Cheril Lee, KVNO news director.

Dr. Stanichar is an assistant professor and director of orchestral activities in the UNO Department of Music. Lee's interview with Dr. Stanichar will air during the 8 a.m., noon and 4 p.m. newscasts July 7.

For more information about the interview series, contact Lee at 554.2516.

ITS to Offer UNO Web Template Training Today, July 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 this month. Training will include a planning consultation meeting and two hands-on informational sessions set for today, July 6, and Wednesday, July 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

Students to Host Summit on Oil Dependence, Climate Change

The UNO chapter of Americans for Informed Democracy (AID) will host a national summit this summer to examine the issues of oil independence and climate change.

The event, titled "Oil Dependence and Climate Change: We Do Have a Choice," will be held Saturday, Aug. 12, on the UNO campus. It will bring together student leaders from across the United States for a day of workshops, speakers and discussions on how young people can take positive action to reduce U.S. oil dependence and preserve the global environment.

Participants will hear from top experts and then be immersed in breakout sessions where they will have the chance to weigh in with their own view on how the United States can ensure a secure energy future. They will learn strategies for talking about global environmental issues with Americans and techniques for organizing town hall meetings in their communities as part of a national series on oil dependence and climate change.

"The students also will have the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with a diverse group of young leaders, equipping them with the knowledge, support and structure to implement these ideas in their neck of the woods," said Jenn Piatt, president of the UNO chapter of AID. Piatt is a junior majoring in political science at UNO.

Confirmed speakers at the summit include:

- Bill Moore, publisher and editor of EV World. Moore, an expert on issues of vehicle technology and sustainable transportation, is a former writer for Discover, Popular Science and Air & Space Smithsonian.

- Robert Kuzelka, associate professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resource Sciences. He is a former staff member at the University of Nebraska Water Center, the Nebraska State Office of Planning and Programming, and the City of Tulsa Model Cities Agency.

The summit is being funded with support from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Open Society Institute, the Ford Foundation and the Hewlett Foundation. As a result, it is free to selected participants, including lodging and food. Travel to the conference is at the expense of the participants. The UNO chapter of AID will assist in setting up car pools for those within driving distance of Omaha.

To apply for participation at the summit, visit the Web at The summit is designed for college students, but high school students with a special interest in the topic are eligible to apply.

For more information, contact Piatt 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. The 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.

Seasonal Motorcycle Parking Available

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).

UNO myMAIL Downtime Set for July 8

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

This 16-hour upgrade will take the system to Lotus Notes version 7.0.1. For more information, visit, or contact ITS Customer Services at 554.4357 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).

ITS Data Center Announces Summer Schedule

The Information Technology Services (ITS) Data Center, located in 008 Eppley Administration Building, will be in operation this summer according to the following schedule:

7 a.m. to 10:45 p.m.


For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (554.4357).


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