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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

Electrical Curtailment Program Under Way at UNO

Again this summer, UNO, in conjunction with Omaha Public Power District (OPPD), is participating in a community-wide electrical curtailment program.

The OPPD electrical curtailment program's goal is to provide the community with reliable electrical service during periods of peak electrical use in the summer months. To accomplish this goal, large OPPD customers voluntarily reduce electrical uses during extreme peak electrical usage periods, which normally occur on extremely hot and humid days. This summer, the curtailment periods will be noon to 2 p.m. and will last through the evening hours.

At UNO, the curtailment is accomplished partially through the reduction of lighting to minimal levels in several public corridors and hallways of most buildings. Individual offices and classrooms will not be affected by this program.

UNO Facilities Management and Planning reminds faculty and staff to participate in energy-saving practices when possible, such as turning off lights or equipment that are not in use or shutting down computers and printers when users go home for the day.

Each day is evaluated by OPPD for the need to curtail electrical use in the community. At no time will safety be compromised.

For more information, contact Larry Morgan at 554.3735 or

2006 Faculty/Staff Picnic Set for Aug. 10

Food, fun and free prizes will take center stage on campus Thursday, Aug. 10, at the UNO Faculty/Staff Picnic. The event - sponsored by UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck, the Faculty Senate and the Staff Advisory Council - will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

Belck will deliver welcoming remarks at the event.

Registration forms must be submitted to Mary Overton in 115 Eppley Administration Building by Monday, Aug. 7, to be eligible for the prize drawings. To access a form, click on the following link:

2006 Faculty/Staff Picnic registration

For more information, contact Mary Overton at 554.2409.

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

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.

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.






TIAA-CREF Campus Schedule through September

TIAA-CREF announces its campus visit schedule for July, August and September. A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus for individual appointments on the following dates:
- July 25
- August 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29
- September 5, 12, 19 and 26

Appointments for one-on-one counseling sessions can be made online at or by calling Louella Williams at the Omaha TIAA-CREF office at 548.3610.