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

This Week in Campus History

On July 23, 1971, the Faculty Staff Bulletin reported that an upcoming program for public school personnel from Nebraska and Western Iowa was designed to examine problems associated with school desegregation. The program, "An Institute to Deal with Educational Problems Occasioned by Desegregation and the Need for Multi-Cultural Education," was scheduled to run from July 26 through Aug. 20 at the UNO Center for Urban Education, 3805 North 16th St., in Omaha. The institute was supported by a $98,000 federal grant and was directed by Walter M. Calinger, assistant professor of education at UNO.

Date: July 13, 1984
Source: 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

"Consider This" to Explore Teen Suicide

This week on "Consider This. . . ", host Andrea McMaster and guests will explore the topic of teen suicide.

The program airs today, July 17, at 1:30 p.m. and Wednesday, July 19, at 8 a.m. on NET2, NET's cable network.

McMaster's guests will be David Carlson with the Yellow Ribbon Program and Patricia Newman with the RESPECT Program. Carlson, a father who lost his son to suicide, will share his story. He will also talk about why the suicide rate is on the rise and share information about a suicide prevention and awareness program. Dr. Newman will explain how parents, teachers and community organizations can help identify dating violence and provide support for abuse victims, especially teens.

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

Lot Closing Notice

On Tuesday, July 18, a portion of Lot Q will be closed for the Mav Kids Camp. The Lot directly west of the Sapp Fieldhouse and Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building (east and west rows) will be closed until 3:30 p.m. The Omaha Fire Department will be at the location starting at 2 p.m.

For more information, call Campus Security at 554.2648.

CORE Reception July 19 at UNO

The UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) will celebrate the launch of the Center of Organizational Research and Evaluation (CORE) Wednesday, July 19, at UNO. The reception will be held at the W.H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center at 4:30 p.m.

"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."

Organizers are asking that anyone interested in attending R.S.V.P. at least two days before the reception by e-mailing or calling 554.3188.

For more information on CORE, visit or call 554.3914.

ITS Announces Summer Technology Training

Information Technology Services' Academic Partnership for Instruction (API) will host a series of informative, hands-on sessions designed to help faculty and staff enhance classroom instruction or training. All UNO faculty and staff are invited to attend.

The sessions are listed below:

Digital Image Editing I & II

Whether you're a beginner or a pro, these two sessions will help you organize and creatively enhance your pictures.

Using the Microsoft Digital Imaging Suite, those attending will learn to:
- Resize or crop photos;
- Add borders or shadows;
- Automatically correct exposure and color; and
- Fix red eye, reduce digital glitches and snip out unwanted background objects.

Part I will be held Wednesday, July 19, in 007B Roskens Hall from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Part II of this training will be held Friday, July 21, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Recording Video: Make your movies look professional

This hands-on session is designed to help those attending make the most of their video camera and learn how to capture professional looking video.

Whether recording a lecture, putting together content for students or looking for ways to incorporate video into a class, this one-hour session will discuss tips and tricks that will improve the quality of any video. Some of the topics that will be covered are:
- How to 'frame' a shot;
- Recording in different lighting conditions;
- Pan and zoom techniques; and
- Basic storytelling through video.

The Recording Video training will be held Wednesday, July 26, in 104 Engineering from 10 to 11 a.m.

To register for the Recording Video or the Digital Imaging training, visit (Faculty and staff must be on campus to access the registration system.) To sign up for sessions, follow the prompts below.

- On the left panel, select Training Tools > Training Registration.
- Select UNO, and click on the triangle for the session.
- Select the session link by date.
- Enter SAP personnel number (This is the five-digit number on your picture ID. It is also on your check stub.)
- Click Sign Up and OK to confirm personnel number.
- An e-mail will be sent to confirm your registration.

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

Tornado Evacuation Procedures Available Online

The university's tornado evacuation procedures are available on the Web at They also can be found on pages 106-107 of the 2006 Employee Telephone Directory.