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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

Flag Lowering

The UNO flags will be lowered to half-staff today, July 21, in honor of UNO retiree Ruby Hoag. She passed away July 10 at the age of 89.

Hoag, a supervisor in Mail Services, retired from the university in December 1986. She had been with UNO for more than 30 years. Services will be held today at 10 a.m. at Heafey-Heafey-Hoffman-Dworak-Cutler West Center Chapel, 78th and West Center.

Coach Rose Shires Adds Administrator Duties

the nameHead volleyball coach Rose Shires has been named interim senior women's administrator (SWA) for women's athletics, UNO athletic director David Herbster announced July 20. Shires' new role includes oversight and direction of the women's athletic program.

As SWA, Shires will represent UNO at North Central Conference (NCC) and NCAA meetings, oversee the athletic gender equity plan and be a liaison to the Maverick Women's Executive Board. She will retain her head coaching duties but will not teach classes along with the new SWA responsibilities. Shires also will coordinate the UNO Diet Pepsi Women's Walk, the principal fundraiser for women's athletics.

UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck cited Shires' experience and tenure as key components for the SWA appointment: "Throughout her 19 years at UNO, Rose Shires has been a respected and winning coach," said Belck. "Her rapport with student athletes is remarkable, as she helps them attain their educational and athletic goals. And, she has been a strong ambassador for women's athletics on campus and in the community. Now as SWA, Rose will have the opportunity to represent UNO women's athletics to even larger audiences on local, regional and national levels. I'm confident she has the expertise and experience to take our program to even greater heights."

The Women's Walk grossed more than $350,000 last year, largely through the efforts of more than 1,200 walkers and corporate sponsors. It has raised more than $2.8 million for scholarships, equipment and travel in its 21 years of existence.

"We are fortunate to have someone of Rose Shires' leadership ability and experience to serve as the senior women's administrator," Herbster said. "Throughout her career at UNO, Rose has been a winning coach, a strong advocate for women's athletics, and she has been a major ingredient to the tradition and success of the Walk."

The El Paso, Texas, native is a 1985 graduate of Texas-El Paso. She came to UNO as an assistant volleyball coach in 1988-89 and was named the fifth head coach of the Maverick program in 1990. She has guided the Mavericks to three NCC titles and seven NCAA Division II tournaments, including the 1996 national championship. She was the American Volleyball Coaches Association national coach of the year in 1996. Shires also has been named the Sportswoman of the Year by the Omaha Sportscasters Association and the state college coach of the year by the Omaha World-Herald. The second-winningest coach in UNO history, she brings a 333-183 mark into the 2006 season.

"This is obviously a big responsibility, and I'm honored to take it on! It is an exciting opportunity, given the excellent women's program we have at UNO," Shires said.

The Mavericks have captured two consecutive women's all-sports titles in the North Central Conference, helping the school finish second and third, respectively, in the U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup Standings.

Mav Kids Camp to Offer Abduction Safety Program July 24

Each year, more than 58,000 children are abducted from their families. To combat this reality, Mav Kids Camp will host Dignity Memorial ® Escape School ®, a nationally recognized safety program, Monday, July 24, at UNO. It will be held in 102 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building (HPER) from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. All faculty, staff and students and their children are invited to attend.

"By combining forces, we will get the message through to our kids," said Lisa Adams, director of Mav Kids Camp at UNO. "After this program, they will be able to better understand the ways to escape a dangerous situation."

Dignity Memorial Escape School is offered in an entertaining and non-threatening manner. The program teaches children how to differentiate between good and bad strangers, the common lures abductors use, how to "get away, right away" and how to find help when needed. In addition to teaching key concepts, presenters engage children in demonstrations featuring several simple yet highly effective techniques for escaping dangerous situations.

Since its inception in 1996, Dignity Memorial Escape School has been presented to more than five million people, and five children and one adult have credited this program with saving their lives.

This presentation is sponsored by Crosby-Burket-Swanson Funeral Chapels, a member of the Dignity Memorial network.

For more information, contact Adams at 554.2859 or Cheryl Christiansen, Dignity Memorial Escape School presenter, at 333.7200.

"Consider This" to Explore Anti-Meth PSA Campaign

The Omaha Federation of Advertising and Partners for Methamphetamine Prevention have launched an anti-meth public service advertising campaign aimed at preventing teens from trying the drug.

The campaign, "Meth: It's Getting Ugly," will be examined on this week's edition of "Consider This." The program will air tonight, July 21, on KYNE-TV Channel 26 at 11 p.m.

The campaign features ads that tell the story of Angela Fatino, an Iowa girl who started taking meth at age 12 and ended her life at age 15 as a result of her drug addiction. They include shocking before and after photos as Fatino transforms from a pretty pre-teen into a meth addict.

The ads will air on the program. Host Andrea McMaster will discuss the overall campaign with Keelia Thurber and Greg Ahrens. Thurber represents Partners for Methamphetamine Prevention, a group of more than 20 metro area organizations that have teamed up to put a stop to local meth use. The group is made up of local social service agencies, law enforcement, health care and public safety organizations.

Ahrens is the public service committee chair for the Omaha Federation of Advertising (OFA). He led the team of local advertising executives who created the "Meth: It's Getting Ugly" public service campaign. Each year, the OFA develops a pro-bono PSA campaign for a local nonprofit organization. This year's choice to support meth prevention was unanimous.

This edition of the program will be rebroadcast according to the following schedule:

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, July 23
11:30 p.m.

NET2 (NET's cable network)
- Monday, July 24
1:30 p.m. (CT)

- Wednesday, July 26
8 a.m. (CT)

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

Parking Permit Renewal Process Under Way

Campus Security has distributed faculty/staff parking permit renewals for the 2006-07 academic year via campus mail. If you did not receive a renewal form, stop by Campus Security, 100 Eppley Administration Building, or call 554.2648.

Faculty/staff parking permits are being distributed via campus mail. When people receive the 2006-07 parking permit, they may begin using it, said Paul Kosel, assistant manager of security and traffic.

Access cards for the parking structure must be renewed before Aug. 15 or they will not be valid starting Aug. 21, the first day of the fall semester.

Homestay Hosts Sought for ILUNO Students

UNO's Intensive Language Program (ILUNO) is currently searching for homestay families and hosts for new international students arriving in mid to late August.

"Our students generally come from Colombia, Japan, Korea and Saudi Arabia six times per year," said Jennifer Stahl, international student advisor at UNO. "Most of these students come here to study English and learn about U.S. culture and many plan to stay beyond their four to 12 month language program to study degree programs at UNO."

In conjunction with the program, English classes are held daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students also take lunch on campus those days. Hosts will receive a monthly homestay fee to cover room and/or meals.

"Hosts are encouraged not only to share their normal daily routines with students but also to help them learn English, see Omaha and experience American culture," she said.

If you are interested in hosting on a short or long-term basis (one to six months), contact Lori Arias, Jennifer Stahl or Steve Hoiberg at 554.2293.

In the News

- In the NewsCurt Bayer, Executive MBA Program, was quoted in the June 16 edition of the Midlands Business Journal. The article stressed the benefits of having a master's degree in business administration.

- UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck, Tom Gouttierre, dean of international studies and programs, and director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies, and David Hinton, dean of the College of Information Science and Technology, were pictured in the June 2006 edition of Metro Magazine. The accompanying article highlighted the recognition of Harold and Marian Andersen at the fourth annual Nebraskans for Research tribute luncheon. Dr. Belck also was quoted in the July 16 online edition of in regard to the UNO football program.

- Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, political science, was quoted in the July 6 edition of the Christian Science Monitor. The article explored the Cuba-United States oil situation. Dr. Benjamin-Alvarado also was interviewed July 13 by the Canadian Broadcasting Company on the same subject.

- Richard Duggin, Writer's Workshop, was cited in the July 6 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article listed additional related events being held in conjunction with the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival.

- D. Scott Glasser and Cindy Melby Phaneuf, theatre, were cited in the June 2006 edition of Metro Magazine. The article focused on the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

- Tom Gouttierre, dean of international studies and programs, and director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies, was interviewed July 17 by WCCO radio in Minneapolis about the Hezbollah of Lebanon and its role in the Middle East crises.

- Deepak Khazanchi, information systems and quantitative analysis, was quoted in the June 15 edition of the Omaha Star. The article highlighted a smoking cessation program available via hand-held computers.

- Sheri Rogers, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, was cited in the June 16 edition of the Midlands Business Journal. The article recognized Dr. Rogers as the 2006 recipient of the Del and Lou Ann Weber Award.

- Nick Stergiou, biomechanics, was cited in the July 2 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article discussed guidelines for purchasing a proper pair of running shoes.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media – local, state, regional, national or international – we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.

In Print

- R.K. Piper, UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service, had an editorial published in the July 5 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The column highlighted a need to address U.S. fiscal and budgetary policies with regard to the future.

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.

On Stage

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.

On Exhibit

Nordman's Works on Display at the Bemis
The work of Russ Nordman, art and art history, is featured in an exhibition at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in downtown Omaha.

The exhibition, SIGNAL CHANNEL, is the first major comprehensive exhibition of video art in the state. As a true multi-faceted exhibition, SIGNAL CHANNEL explores video art as a medium and demonstrates the video artist's power to experiment, explore and test the parameters of conventional art-making practices. It runs through Aug. 12.

Gallery hours at the Bemis are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 341.7130, or visit the Web at

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.