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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

"A Total Commitment" Conference Set for July 13-15 at UNO

A national conference will be held at UNO Thursday through Saturday, July 13-15, as a tool for those who work with children in physical activity settings. "A Total Commitment" will feature a variety of presenters and demonstrations that will share practical and innovative ideas for programming, modifying activities and equipment, and offer motivational ideas for individuals with disabilities.

"The conference is designed to provide participants with a forum for sharing practical, creative and innovative ideas on programming and activities in use today," said Mike Messerole, an assistant professor in the UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) and conference coordinator.

Events will take place in the HPER Building on the UNO campus. Conference registration materials can be found on the Web at

Brent Rasmussen will be the keynote speaker on July 13. Rasmussen, president of Mortgage Specialists, LLC, is an Omaha native and a graduate of Ralston High School. He earned his bachelor of science degree in small business management with an emphasis in finance from UNO.

A standout athlete at UNO, Rasmussen was picked up as a free agent with the Kansas City Royals. Three years after his last athletic stint with the Gulf Coast Royals, Rasmussen was injured while stopping to help a stranded motorist. The accident left him with an amputated left foot, a shattered right ankle and a 16-inch rod in his right femur.

After the accident, Rasmussen continued to participate in athletics and has excelled at sitting volleyball as well as wheelchair softball and basketball. Rasmussen was a member of the 2004 Paralympic Men's Sitting Volleyball Team and World Championship Team, and was captain of the 2006 World Championship Men's Sitting Volleyball Team. He has been an ambassador for sitting volleyball in the United States and started a sitting volleyball club in Omaha.

Other featured speakers include Lauren Lieberman, author, educator and Camp Abilities director; and Cindy Combs, the 2006 American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year. A modified bicycle demonstration and a presentation by the Red Dawgs Wheelchair Bicycle Team are planned for July 15.

The complete conference agenda is available on the Web at For more information, contact Messerole at 554.3253 or

Foundation Announces New E-mail, Phone Numbers

As of June 5, all University of Nebraska Foundation employees have new e-mail addresses. The e-mail change is associated with the foundation's Web address - The format for the new e-mail addresses will be the first initial of an employee's first name followed by their last name and "". (For example, Tom Jones would have an e-mail of

In addition, main switchboard phone numbers for the foundation's Lincoln and Kearney offices changed July 1. All current switchboard numbers are listed below.






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.

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.

Summer HPER Pool, Sundeck Hours Available

Looking for a way to beat the heat?

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building Pool and its sundeck are available for use by Campus Recreation activity cardholders and students.

Casual or sunbathing attire is required. Only water beverages are permitted, and no food is allowed. The summer pool and sundeck schedule is as follows:

Monday through Friday
6:30 to 9 a.m.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
4 to 7 p.m.

Pool open from 1 to 3 p.m.
(Sundeck opens at 11:30 a.m.)

3 to 5:30 p.m.

Hours may change due to weather, holidays or other activities. For more information, contact Eric Shanks at 554.2223.