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Total Commitment 101

photo by Becky Bohan Brown

Mike Messerole, "A Total Commitment" conference coordinator and assistant professor in the UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER), addressed conference participants July 13 at UNO. The national conference featured a variety of presenters and demonstrations that explored practical and innovative ideas for programming, modifying activities and equipment, and offering motivational ideas for individuals with disabilities. Events for the three-day conference took place in the HPER Building.

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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

Immigration Reform Voter Outreach Event July 22

A coalition of organizations will sponsor an evening of events Saturday, July 22, to draw attention to the need for increased civic participation among new voters in Nebraska.  A focus will be on holding elected officials accountable in November on issues involving comprehensive immigration reform.

The event, which will include a one-hour training session to deputize Omaha residents to register voters, will be held at the Plaza de la Raza in South Omaha.  Training is open to U.S. citizens 18 years or older and will take place at the Chicano Awareness Center, 4821 S. 24th St., from 4 to 5 p.m.  Everyone in the Latino and greater Omaha communities is invited to attend.

Organizers and newly deputized voter registrars will then host a community celebration and voter registration drive at La Plaza from 6 to 8 p.m.  The event will feature music, food and opportunities to participate in a letter-writing campaign urging Nebraska's federal delegation to support comprehensive immigration reform. 

Building on the historic immigration marches that took place a few months ago, the Chicano Awareness Center, the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at UNO, Nebraska Appleseed and NAF, as well as the larger immigrant community and other concerned citizens, are determined to harness that energy through a series of projects that promotes long-term Latino civic engagement, political education and electorate growth.  A soon-to-be-released OLLAS report shows that rolls of Latino voters can be easily doubled by the next election.

The July 22 event is part of the "We are America" national movement that was born around the marches in April and aims to register one million new immigrant voters nationally.  Organizers hope to see Latino youth become deputized to conduct voter registration.

"They have the generational power to determine who our elected officials will be in the near future, and on their shoulders rests the responsibility of becoming educated about the political process," said Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS and an associate professor of sociology at UNO.  "We must stress the importance of electing leaders that best represent the interests of the most disenfranchised communities."

For more information, contact Nebraska Appleseed (, 438.8853 or, Immigrant Rights Network of Iowa and Nebraska (, OLLAS ( or 554.3835) or the Chicano Awareness Center (215.5338 or

Lot Closing Notice

A portion of Lot Q will be closed today, July 18, 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.

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.

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.

Fidelity Representative on Campus Aug. 23

Fidelity representative Chad Anderson will be on campus for individual counseling sessions Wednesday, Aug. 23, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, call 1.800.642.7131.


- Trecek-King to Compete for 2006 Eric Ericson Award
David Anthony Trecek-King, music, will join music professionals from around the world Oct. 23-28 in a competition for the 2006 Eric Ericson Award. The event will consist of three rounds and will be held in Uppsala and Stockholm, Sweden.

Of the 16 competitors, Trecek-King is one of only two from the United States. Other countries represented at the event will include Estonia, Finland, Germany, Japan, Latvia, Poland, Slovenia and Sweden.

The event features conductors under the age of 32 and will follow a repertoire of Western choral art music with some emphasis on recent Swedish choral music. Finalists in the competition will conduct The Swedish Radio Choir at Berwald Concert Hall in Stockholm and make one first performance of a new choral piece commissioned for the finals.

"The award is really a chance to become exposed to the small circuit of professional choir conductors," Trecek-King said. "The previous winner is now the conductor of the Munich Radio Chorus."

The Eric Ericson Award has been presented annually since 2003.  It is a collaboration between Barent International Centre for Choral Music, Berwald Concert Hall, Concerts Sweden, Eric Ericson Foundation, Europa Cantat, International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM), Swedish Radio, and the Uppsala University Choral Centre and music department.

- Robert Woody, psychology, will present two seminars at the annual conference of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists Friday, July 28, in St. Louis. His topics will include "Working with Difficult and Threatening Clients" and "Avoiding Ethical, Licensing and Malpractice Complaints."

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