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

This Week in Campus History

On July 13, 1984, The Gateway reported that UNO students David Dechant and John Hicks co-wrote a play entitled "The Unlikely Undertaking." The play had recently been published by the Chicago-based Dramatic Publishing Company, the second largest publisher of theatrical materials. A funeral home serves as the play's setting, and the action begins when the owner, who wishes to impress an influential visitor, cremates the wrong body.

Date: July 13, 1984
Source: The Gateway
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

Flag Lowering

By order of Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey, all U.S. and Nebraska flags were flown at half-staff July 8 in honor of Army Cpl. Jeremy Jones. The Millard West High School graduate was killed in Iraq last month by a roadside bomb. He was 25 years old. Services were held July 8 in Omaha.

Statement from Board of Regents Chairman

Editor's Note:  The following statement was issued July 7 by Jim McClurg, chair of the University of Nebraska Board of Regents, in response to the Nebraska Supreme Court's decision to remove University of Nebraska Regent David Hergert from office.

To: All University of Nebraska faculty, staff and students
From:  James E. (Jim) McClurg, chairman of the Board of Regents, University of Nebraska

Speaking as chairman of the Board of Regents, this matter has been a distraction and a disruption of the important work of the Board of Regents, and has taken attention away from many positive accomplishments of our campuses and the board. It has tarnished the reputation of the board and the university, and we will work diligently to restore the public's confidence and trust. This is a great university, and we will move forward, continuing to serve the needs of our students, faculty, staff and the citizens of Nebraska. We look forward to the governor's appointment so that the entire state can again be represented on the board.

Speaking as an individual regent, the legislature and the courts designed and executed an extensive process, and I agree with the outcome. I have great confidence in the process and the people executing it, and I'm ready to move on with the important work of the university and get this behind us.

Hesham Ali Named Dean of UNO College of IS&T

the nameHesham Ali has been named dean of the College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T) at UNO. He will begin his new duties July 31.

The appointment is pending approval by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.

"Dr. Ali is an innovative and accomplished scholar, teacher and administrator," said UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck. "His commitment to collaboration, partnerships, and the metropolitan mission of the university and college is noteworthy and critical for future development of the college and its role in The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute."

The UNO College of IS&T includes the departments of computer science and information systems and quantitative analysis, as well as programs in bioinformatics, telecommunications and a Ph.D. in information technology. The college is also home to the Center for the Management of Information Technology, the International Academy for Advanced Decision Support, the Nebraska University Consortium on Information Assurance, and – in partnership with the UNO College of Business Administration – the newly formed Institute for Collaboration Science. The college is a partner with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Engineering in The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI). PKI is distinguished by its unique academic, business and industry partnerships.

"Hesham Ali excels in everything he does – research, community service, teaching and administration," said John Christensen, vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at UNO. He cited Dr. Ali's ability to bring instruction, research, service and community partnerships together to create a truly outstanding educational environment.

"We look forward to working with Dr. Ali in his new position as dean of the College of IS&T," said Winnie Callahan, executive director of PKI. "He will provide continuity as he inherits a college, thanks in large part to the leadership of retiring Dean David Hinton, positioned to advance along with The Peter Kiewit Institute itself to a whole new level of excellence."

Dr. Ali, currently associate dean for academic affairs and professor of computer science in the UNO College of IS&T, is internationally and nationally recognized for his work in bioinformatics, mobile computing and wireless networks. He is the recipient as principle or co-principle investigator of more than $6 million in research funding and is the co-author of two books, two dozen referred journal articles and more than 70 referred articles that appeared in the proceedings of international conferences.

Dr. Ali is also recognized for his extensive community involvement such as coordinating the college's efforts to support student internships, working with area school districts to develop and update computer science and information technology curricula, developing information technology summer camps designed to encourage underrepresented groups to participate in information technology and science activities, and coordinating the college's efforts to provide wireless infrastructure in Rosenblatt Stadium during the College World Series. 

Dr. Ali's Ph.D. is from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His M.S. and B.S in computer science are from Alexandria University, Egypt.

"Serving as dean of the College of Information Science and Technology is a great honor," Dr. Ali said. "The college has an opportunity to play a key role in the development of the exciting, emerging field of information technology and to effectively integrate IT into almost all other disciplines. We are also so fortunate to be in a position to work closely with our community and with many local and national organizations, and have a positive impact in the development of many industries. I can't imagine a more exciting place in higher education than The Peter Kiewit Institute."

Dr. Ali replaces retiring dean David Hinton. Dr. Hinton became dean of the UNO College of IS&T in 2001 after 15 years as dean of the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service. He is retiring after 34 years at UNO.

"Jukebox Journey" Discounted Tickets Available

UNO faculty, staff and students have the opportunity to purchase discounted tickets to the July 14-16 performances of the Omaha Community Playhouse's presentation of "Jukebox Journey."

Tickets cost $28 and may be purchased by calling 553.4890, ext. 147, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The deadline to reserve tickets is Friday, July 14.

In "Jukebox Journey," the number-one stage hit from the historic Savannah Theatre in Savannah, Ga., popular music and professional choreography from the 1940s to the 1970s are presented in a bright, colorful and fast-moving production filled with lavish costumes and comedic skits.

Performances of "Jukebox Journey" continue through Aug. 6 at the Omaha Community Playhouse, but the discount offer is only valid on the July 14-16 performances. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sundays.

For more information, visit

ITS to Offer UNO Web Template Training 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 a July 12 informational session on the UNO Web templates. More training sessions will be added depending upon interest. The July 12 session 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

PWSA Seeks Original Works of Poetry through July 14

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.

"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.

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 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

Submissions Sought for Online Calendar of Events

Are you planning a campus event?

University Affairs is seeking submissions for its online calendar of events.

Located on the Web at, the calendar can be viewed by day, week, month or category. Categories include athletics, exhibitions, films, lectures, meetings, miscellaneous and performance. Links to the calendar have been created on the UNO home page at, under "Today at UNO" in the left-hand column and graphically in the tool bar at the top of the page.

"The UNO Calendar of Events is designed to promote campus-related events that are open to the campus community and/or the general public," said Teresa Gleason, director of communications at UNO.

An example of an item that would not be posted on the calendar is a biology departmental meeting. However, if the biology department is hosting a speaker and the event is open to the campus community/general public, the item would be posted.

The calendar is administered by University Affairs, located in 108 Eppley Administration Building. Beverly Newsam is the calendar administrator. All items must be submitted electronically with a contact name, phone number and e-mail. Training on how to submit items is available for any interested party by calling Newsam at 554.2358.

"We encourage all colleges and units to make use of the calendar by submitting appropriate items to it," Gleason said. "The goal is to maintain a centralized listing of public events that is easily accessible."

The UNO Calendar of Events is not a means for scheduling rooms or submitting information to other existing calendars on the Web. Reservations for meeting facilities still must go through appropriate channels in the Milo Bail Student Center.

For more information or to learn how to submit items to the calendar, contact Newsam at 554.2358.