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

This Week in Campus History

The first Omaha School for Presbyterian Pastors was held July 17-24, 1957, at the Eppley Conference Center at the University of Omaha. Sponsored in part by the Council on Theological Education of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., this program brought together pastors from 11 Midwestern states to discuss relevant theological issues. Faculty for this special course of study included scholars from the University of Chicago, the Western Theological Seminary and the Board of National Missions. Attendance at the event was strictly by invitation only, and visiting pastors were housed at the Sheraton-Fontenelle in downtown Omaha. Financial support to participants was provided by the Omaha Seminary, and a special library of selected religious resource texts was made accessible to the pastors for the duration of their stay.

Date: July 27, 1957
Source: Cupola Columns
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

UNO Names New Women's Walk Leadership Team

Marian Andersen, longtime community volunteer and sports enthusiast, has been named chairperson of the 2007 UNO Diet Pepsi Women's Walk for Women's Athletics. UNO's premier athletic fundraising activity, last year's walk raised approximately $350,000, largely through the efforts of more than 1,200 walkers and corporate sponsors. Over its 21-year history, the event has brought in more than $2.8 million for female student-athlete scholarships.

Joining Andersen as part of the walk leadership team will be former walk chairperson Maggie Lehning, who served for five years; and recently named senior woman administrator (SWA) and head volleyball coach Rose Shires. Lehning presided over the walk from 2001-05 and raised $1.5 million during her tenure.

Andersen said her participation, as walk chairperson was a personal commitment to UNO. "At a time, when the UNO athletic program is under study and facing financial stress, it's important for our community to lend additional support. I'm proud of our female student athletes' accomplishments, both athletic and academic, and I want to do everything possible to ensure their continued success."

Lehning is also committed to UNO athletics, she said, "Raising the necessary scholarship funding is our paramount goal. As a past walk chairperson, I've met many of the remarkable young women who benefit from the scholarships we provide. These talented athletes are an asset to our athletic program and to the campus, and I am excited about working with Marian and Rose on the 2007 walk."

UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck commented on the new leadership team, she said "What a winning combination we have in Marian, Maggie and Rose! Each brings a fresh perspective, new ideas and a wealth of experience to the Women's Walk. We're looking forward to another record-setting year, with these three dynamic women at the helm."

Shires, too, said she looked forward to her expanded involvement in the walk. "Over the past 19 years, I've seen the walk get bigger and better, with increased campus, community and corporate support. I'm confident that with Marian and Maggie we can take this event to the next level in 2007."

Mav Kids Camp to Offer Abduction Safety Program Today

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

Participants Sought for Tech Day Sept. 6

Information Technology Services (ITS) will sponsor its annual Tech Day Wednesday, Sept. 6. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

ITS invites departments and organizations to promote their technology services at this event. Individuals who provide a technology service to students, faculty and staff and would like to participate in this event should contact Joyce Crockett at 554.3364 or by Friday, Aug. 11. Wireless connections are available, and participants will need an Ethernet connection.

Interested participants should provide the following information when registering:
- Department/organization name;
- Technology service offered;
- Number of tables needed; and
- Number of electrical outlets needed.

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.

Dr. 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. No phone reservations will be accepted. To access a form, click on the following link:

2006 Faculty/Staff Picnic registration

For more information, contact Overton at 554.2409.

Homestay Hosts Sought for ILUNO Students

The UNO Intensive Language Program (ILUNO) is currently seeking 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 adviser 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.

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 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. They provide 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

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.