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The May 1966 issue of the University of Omaha College of Continuing Studies News announced that brief training courses for local police and firefighters were scheduled that spring. The courses were made possible through grants to the OU Department of Law Enforcement and Corrections and were under the supervision of department chair Gaylon Kuchel. Police were offered a one-week basic course and a two-week advanced course with Omaha law enforcement officers, judges and lawyers serving as faculty. A short, intensive course was developed for firefighters so those completing the course could return to their original locations and offer regional training sessions in "basic firemanship." Certificates of completion were awarded upon successful fulfillment of all course requirements.

Date: May 1966
Source: College of Continuing Studies News
Compiled by Criss Library Archives

Chuck Johanningsmeier

In His Own Words: My Fulbright Year in Leipzig

by Chuck Johanningsmeier

When I began planning my application for a Fulbright Fellowship about two years ago, I knew that teaching and living abroad for an entire year would be a great experience, ...continue

Submissions Sought for Online Calendar of Events

Looking for a way to publicize a campus event? The UNO Calendar of Events can help.

University Relations is seeking submissions for its online calendar of events. Located on the Web at, the calendar can be viewed by day, week, month or category.

"The calendar is designed to promote campus-related events that are open to the campus community and the public," said Tim Kaldahl, director of University Relations at UNO. "There have been some dedicated submitters, and we need more of them. If it's happening on campus, this is a great - and easy - way to get the word out."

Submission categories include athletics, exhibitions, films, lectures, public meetings, performances and miscellaneous. Links to the calendar have been created on the UNO home page at, under "Today at UNO" in the left-hand column and graphically in the tool bar at the top of the page.

"UNO offers a wide variety of cultural events, and letting people know about them on and off campus is important," Kaldahl said. "More items in the calendar make it an even more valuable resource. We're asking UNO to help us keep our campus community and metropolitan area informed."

The calendar is administered by University Relations, located in 108 Eppley Administration Building (EAB). Beverly Newsam is the calendar administrator. All items must be submitted electronically through the Calendar of Events Web site ( and include a contact name, phone number and e-mail.

To submit an item to the UNO Calendar of Events, follow the instructions below:

(Note: The process may vary slightly, depending on the Internet browser used.)
1. Go to
2. Click on the "Logon" button.
3. Enter "post" in the "Username" box and "event" in the "Password" box.
4. Click on the "Update Event" button to access a submission form.
5. Fill out the form for the event you are submitting.
6. Click the "Submit event for approval" button when done.
7. Fill out another form as before if submitting more events.
8. Click "Done" when finished submitting events.
9. To log off, click "Post." Then, click "Logoff" and "OK."

"It only takes a couple of minutes to enter events into the calendar," Newsam said. "Those with questions are invited to call or stop by 108 EAB for assistance."

For more information, call 554.2129.

PRSSA to Host "Kids 'N' Kans" Carnival June 5

Donated food cans will be the admission to the "Kids 'N' Kans" carnival, set for Tuesday, June 5.

Students from the UNO chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) organized the event, which will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. in the northeast corner of Elmwood Park. Children of all ages are welcome.

The event is being held in conjunction with National Hunger Awareness Day, and all cans collected will be donated to the Omaha Food Bank.

One can buys three tickets to a variety of activities, like face painting, three-legged races and pie eating contests. Prizes will be awarded to the winning participants. A dollar donation will also buy tickets to the carnival.

"The pairing of elevated gas prices and children being home from school for the summer has really drained our pantries," said Jewel Knapp, public relations coordinator for the Omaha Food Bank. "Families who were just barely making it now have to make a choice between filling a gas tank to get to work or putting the needed, extra meals on the table. That is a terrible choice to have to make."

The community is urged to donate food cans for this event, even if they cannot attend. Most of the activities and prizes have been donated by local area businesses, through the PRSSA.

For more information, contact Jaime Ishii at 201.7798 or

Maverick Buffet Grill to Open June 4

The grill area in the Maverick Buffet will open Monday, June 4.

The menu will include hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chicken sandwiches, chicken bites, french fries and refillable sodas. Hours of operation will be 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For more information, call 554.2400.

Criss Library Renovation Under Way

Phase II of the expansion and renovation project in Criss Library is under way.

Patrons will notice restrictions in the use of materials and the in building during the next several months. Patrons are asked to continue to check the Web site for updates, as well as eNotes and the library's electronic signage kiosks.

The first floor of the main building is closed due to construction, but the entire Kahn Addition remains open to the public. Patrons should use the northeast and northwest stairwells, or the north elevator, to obtain access to the lower level.

Materials and services available on the first floor include:
- Current periodicals;
- Newspapers;
- Microfiche, microfilm and reader/printer machines; and the
- Information desk.

Bound periodicals and some microfiche will be located in storage for approximately four months. During that time, patrons are encouraged to obtain articles through the library's interlibrary loan service.

"We realize this is a temporary inconvenience, and we hope our patrons will be understanding," said Steve Shorb, Criss Library dean. "The outcome will be worth the wait!"

Government documents and archives are now located on the third floor. Patrons are asked to seek assistance at one of the three service desks in the building.

For more information, contact circulation at 554.3206.

COS Open Lab Session Planned for Grant Writers

The next Community of Science (COS) open lab session will be held Wednesday, June 6, at 1 p.m. in Room 207 of Criss Library.

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) hosts these monthly hour-long sessions to demonstrate the various online resources available to faculty and graduate students through COS. Reservations are not required.

For more information, contact SPR at 554.2286.

UNO to Participate in Bicycling Commuter Challenge

Activate Omaha, a community-wide initiative to promote physical activity throughout the city of Omaha, is sponsoring an event designed to get local businesses moving. The UNO campus community is invited to join in, as well.

In the Bicycling Commuter Challenge, local businesses are encouraged to ask their employees to commute to work by bike as often as possible during the summer months (now through Sunday, Aug. 19). Each week, participants will tally the bicycle miles they accumulated in commute and send them to the team leader, who will then submit the count to the Activate Omaha office.

Participants are encouraged to ride as often as possible but are not required to ride every day. Those living far from campus are invited to be creative with their bicycling commutes. One example: Rack your bike to your car, drive halfway and bicycle the rest of the way.

Each time an individual rides, their name goes into the "hat" for a chance to win a weekly prize. Names will remain in the hat for the grand prize/consolation prize drawing in August. The more times participants ride, the more chances they have to win the weekly and grand prize drawings.

David Daniels, assistant director for fitness/wellness and instructional programs in Campus Recreation, and John Noble - associate professor in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation - are serving as co-captains for the UNO team.

"If you already commute by bicycle, just sign up for the team," Dr. Noble said. "If you considered commuting by bike, now you have the incentive. If you haven't considered it, now you see that you really have an option. Let's work to make UNO an Omaha leader in the bicycling community! Let's get active!"

For more information about Activate Omaha, visit or call 934.5923. To learn more about the UNO team or to sign up, contact Daniels (554.2008 or or Dr. Noble (554.3250 or

Participants Sought for ADA Tour de Cure

Looking for an opportunity to get involved in the UNO and Omaha communities?

This June, the American Diabetes Association's (ADA) Tour de Cure is coming -for the first year - to the Sarpy County Fairgrounds in Springfield, Neb. The event will feature a 20-mile ride for novice riders and a 50-mile ride for experienced riders. 

"Most of us have family and/or friends (or maybe even yourself) who are suffering with diabetes," said Suzanne Sollars, the UNO team organizer and an associate professor of psychology at UNO. "There are 20.8 million Americans with diabetes - approximately 97,000 in Nebraska. Diabetes is the largest healthcare expense in the U.S.A.  On average, every 21 seconds, someone is diagnosed with diabetes."

To register for the bike ride, visit and sign up as an individual or register a team. Each rider must raise $150 and will receive a complimentary breakfast from Gandolfo's Deli, lunch from Carabba's and wine at Soaring Wings Vineyard at the after-event party. There will be prizes and rest stops with snacks and beverages along both rides. 

"I hope you will consider riding in this event. Together, we can help increase the progress toward finding the cause and a cure for diabetes, and have a great time meeting fellow UNO students, faculty and staff!" Dr. Sollars said.

Monies raised will go to ADA research, education and advocacy programs.

For more information, contact Dr. Sollars at 554.3981 or

Registration Under Way for IS&T Summer Programs

Registration for the 2007 Summer Technology Programs at the UNO College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T) is under way.

These computer technology workshops are designed for students ages 11 to 17.  Early Entry C++ and Web Development courses are also available for high school students who want a challenge this summer and are ready for a college credit course.  Space is limited. 

For more information or to register online, visit the Web at


- Thomas Gouttierre - dean of International Studies and Programs at UNO and the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies at UNO - received an honorary doctor of humane letters May 12 from Seton Hill University.

- Shireen Rajaram, sociology, attended a "Nursing and Health Care Ethics: A Legacy and a Vision" seminar April 25-27 at Creighton University. The event brought together 23 nationally and internationally known nurse scholars from across North America. A goal of the seminar was to document the contributions of the nurse ethicists in attendance and examine what future role their contributions might play in health care ethics for nurses and other health care professionals. An outcome of the conference will be an edited book featuring contributions by the participants.

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