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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

UNO Finishes Third in Directors' Cup Standings

UNO has finished third in the final 2005-06 U.S. Sports Acadaemy MavericksDirectors' Cup Standings for NCAA Division II schools. Grand Valley State won its second straight title and Abilene Christian finished second.

The Mavericks, who finished second last year, were boosted by national championships in women's soccer and wrestling. UNO teams advanced to the national tournament in 11 of 14 sports in Division II. The Mavericks' Division I hockey team also made its first NCAA tournament appearance.

Points are awarded based on the national finish of each sport.

For more information, contact Gary Anderson at 554.3387.

FFFF to Feature Christopher Stanichar

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

"Consider This" to Explore Nebraska Meth Problem

For the past several years, Methamphetamine has become the drug of choice for drug users in Nebraska. It's driving crime from burglaries to child abuse and neglect. This week on "Consider This" host Andrea McMaster will find out what the state is doing to battle the growing problem. She'll also talk to a former meth user who will share how easy it is to become addicted to this drug.

The program will air tonight, July 7, on KYNE-TV Channel 26 at 11 p.m.

McMaster's guests will be Donna Dobelin, a worker for Omaha Catholic Charities. She is a former meth user, but has been sober for several years now. Scot Adams, the executive director of Catholic Charities of Omaha, will talk about a facility called the Campus for Hope, a drug rehab and treatment center. Tammy Peterson with the State Foster Care Review Board will tell us how this drug is affecting the most innocent victims, children. And, Sgt. Glen Elwell with the Nebraska State Patrol will discuss the increase in meth-related crimes.

The State Foster Care Review Board is also seeing another sign of the meth epidemic. In one month it found more than a quarter of its foster cases were children removed because of their parents' problems with meth. The board also says Nebraska needs more foster parents willing to open their homes to drug-exposed children.

This edition of the program will be rebroadcast according to the following schedule:

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, July 9
11:30 p.m.

NET2 (NET's cable network)
- Monday, July 10
1:30 p.m. (CT)

- Wednesday, July 12
8 a.m. (CT)

"Consider This" is a production of UNO Television. It also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For a list of days and times, visit the Web at Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at

TIAA-CREF Schedule through September Announced

TIAA-CREF announces its campus visit schedule for June, July, August and September. A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus for individual appointments on the following dates:

- July 11, 18 and 25;

- August 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; and

- September 5, 12, 19 and 26.

Appointments for one-on-one counseling sessions can be made online at or by calling Louella Williams at the Omaha TIAA-CREF office at 548.3610.

In the News

In the News- John Bartle, public administration, was quoted in the June 21 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article announced the addition of a local government concentration in the online master's degree in public administration program at UNO.

- Gustavo Cano, political science, was quoted in the May 25 edition of the Reader. The article discussed recent illegal immigration protests.

- Chris Decker and Mark Wohar, economics, were cited in the May 24 edition of City Weekly. The article listed guests on the weekly radio show "Grow Omaha." Drs. Decker and Wohar were featured on the show May 27 with the topic "Economic Conditions Globally and Locally."

- Lourdes Gouveia, Latino/Latin American Studies, was quoted in the June 18 edition of the Lincoln Journal Star. The article discussed a decline in workplace immigration raids.

- Bruce Johansen, communication, was featured in the May 31 edition of City Weekly. The article highlighted Dr. Johansen's new book, Global Warming in the Twenty-First Century.

- Jeremy Lipschultz, communication, was quoted in the June 8 edition of the Tehama Co. News (Red Bluff, Calif.) and the June 11 edition of the Telegram (Columbus, Neb.). The articles looked at a bill that would raise the fines for broadcasters who run indecent material on the airwaves.

- Cindy Melby Phaneuf, theatre, was cited in the June 22 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article explored the 20th season of the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival.

- Rosalie Saltzman, Honors Program, was quoted in the June 17 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article, which also cited Chuck Johanningsmeier, English, highlighted a weeklong Advanced Placement program institute held at UNO.

- Samuel Walker, emeritus professor of criminal justice, was quoted in the May 29 edition of the Sun (Las Vegas, Nev.). The article highlighted the search for a new Las Vegas sheriff.

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

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, July 7, 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 conclude Sunday, July 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.

The final performance of "Taming of the Shrew" is set for Saturday, July 8. Cindy Melby Phaneuf, founding artistic director and professor of theatre in CCFAM, is the director.

"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

"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.

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.