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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

SPR Report

The SPR Report details the results of UNO's efforts to obtain external funding in support of its teaching, research, service and outreach efforts. The report is designed to keep the university community informed as to externally funded projects on campus and bring recognition to those faculty and staff who have worked to generate these resources.

From the period of June 15-30, those receiving grant awards totaling $1,988,615 are as follows:

Name: Ron Abdouch
College: Public Affairs and Community Service
Title: Neighborhood Center for Greater Omaha - Address it Now! Project
Sponsor: City of Omaha

Name: Debra Aliano
College: Communication, Fine Arts and Media
Title: CPB: CSG 6/2007
Sponsor: University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL)

Name: Blaine Burnham
College: Information Science and Technology
Title: Secure and Assured Information Sharing
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Defense

Name: Lyn Holley
College: Public Affairs and Community Service
Title: A New Tool to Measure the Impact of Service Learning on Student Capacity for Service and Intention to Serve in Future Life
Sponsor: UNL/Midwest Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education

Name: Peggy Jones
College: Arts and Sciences
Title: 35th Anniversary Celebration of Black Studies Department
Sponsor: Nebraska Arts Council

Name: Alan Kolok
College: Arts and Sciences
Title: Environmental Stewardship of Cattle Wastes: Do Growth Promoting Steroids Alter Toxicity?
Sponsor: UNL Agriculture and Natural Resources

Name: Connie O'Brien
College: Arts and Sciences
Title: Aim for the Stars - Art in Science
Sponsor: Nebraska Arts Council

Name: Roni Reiter-Palmon
College: Arts and Sciences
Title: The Development and Use of SkillObjects and Competencies for describing Occupational Elements
Sponsor: SkillsNET

Name: T. Hank Robinson
College: Public Affairs and Community Service
Title: Nebraska DMC & Evaluation Initiative
Sponsor: Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice

Name: Paul Sather
Unit: Service-Learning Academy
Title: Kellogg Mini-grant
Sponsor: Murray State University

Name: Russell Smith
College: Public Affairs and Community Service
Title: South Omaha Weed and Seed Neighborhood Restoration
Sponsor: City of Omaha

Name: Russell Smith
College: Public Affairs and Community Service
Title: North Omaha Weed and Seed Neighborhood Restoration
Sponsor: City of Omaha 

Name: Russell Smith
College: Public Affairs and Community Service
Title: Neighborhood Scan - Address it Now! Project
Sponsor: City of Omaha

Name: Sharon Sobel
College: Communication, Fine Arts and Media
Title: Construction of Costumes for Opera Omaha's Production of "Abduction from the Seraglio"
Sponsor: Opera Omaha

Name: William Tapprich
College: Arts and Sciences
Title: Nebraska Research Network in Functional Genomics
Sponsor: University of Nebraska Medical Center

Name: Sara Woods
College: Public Affairs and Community Service
Title: OPPD/UNO Energy Savings Potential Program
Sponsor: OPPD

Name: Richard Yoder
College: Business Administration
Title: Development of National P2 Results Measurement Tool
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center

For support and help with research activities, call the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research at 554.2286, or visit the Web at

Commencement Aug. 11 at the Civic

Commencement for August graduates will be held Friday, Aug. 11, at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave., at 2 p.m.

Faculty members are asked to assemble no later than 1:30 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall. Faculty who plan to attend should order their academic regalia from the UNO Bookstore (554.2336) by July 31.

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.

Summer Group Ex Session Under Way

Campus Recreation and the Wellness Stampede have teamed up to host a variety of Group Ex classes this summer at UNO. Session 2 will run through Friday, Aug. 4.

All classes will be held in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building. Group Ex classes are free to all current students and Campus Recreation cardholders. Summer activity cards are available for $30.

New this summer to the Group Ex lineup is Mav Pump, a 60-minute barbell group exercise program. The program strengthens all the major muscles using music and tempo-based exercise sequences. All ages and fitness levels are welcome.

To access a schedule or information on the new Mav Pump program, click on the following links:

2006 Summer Session 2

Mav Pump Program

To have a schedule faxed or mailed to your office, call University Affairs at 554.2358.

For more information, contact Dave Daniels at 554.2008.

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.

Information Sought on UNO-Published Scholarly Journals

Does your academic department or unit at UNO publish a scholarly journal?

University Affairs is seeking information on all scholarly journals published by UNO academic departments and units, including both online and print versions. The following information is sought: name of journal, URL (if applicable), synopsis of scope, distribution method, editor and contact information for the editor.

This information can be sent via e-mail to Teresa Gleason at Include the word "journal" in the subject line. For more information, call 554.2762.

People: UNO Sports Information Publications Win 7 Awards

The UNO Sports Information Department has earned seven awards for its publications, including five "Best in the Nation" honors in contests conducted by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

The department's football, volleyball and softball media guides were all judged best in the nation among Division II schools. In addition, the covers of the men's basketball and the softball media guides also earned best in the nation honors.

The women's soccer media guide placed second, and the men's basketball guide was fourth.

The media guides are designed by Steve Field, a 15-year assistant in the department, and are edited by sports information director Gary Anderson. All design, writing and production of the publications is done within the department. The guides were printed by MSM Printing of Omaha.

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