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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

Student Employment Workshops July 25-26

Are you a supervisor of student employees and want a refresher course?

If so, plan to attend one or two workshops set for Tuesday, July 25, or Wednesday, July 26, at the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC).

The workshops, sponsored by UNO Student Employment Services, will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Un Mon Hon Room, located on the third floor of the MBSC.

Network with other campus supervisors and receive a continental breakfast at each session. The workshops are highlighted below:

The July 25 session will cover:
- Role of the supervisor;
- Hiring procedures and advertising; and
- Recognition, discipline and resources.

The July 26 session will cover:
- Hiring international and graduate student employees;
- Federal work-study eligibility; and
- Monitoring federal work-study earnings.

To register for a workshop, e-mail Emily Muckerheide at and indicate which workshop you would like to attend. The R.S.V.P deadline is Friday, July 21.

"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 14 and 24
8 a.m. to noon

- July 19 and 27
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Appointments are free and available by calling 554.3120 (UNO) or 559.5175 (UNMC).

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).

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

Symposium Call for Papers

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) International Quilt Study Center will sponsor a symposium titled "Traditions and Trajectories: Education and the Quiltmaker" March 1-3, 2007. The deadline for paper and panel proposals is Aug. 15, 2006. Details and guidelines are available on the symposium Web site at

For more information, contact Kathy Moore, symposium coordinator, at 402.472.7232, ext. 1.