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Construction begins, in 1964, to the southwest addition of the Engineering Building.

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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

Knowledge Network to Air Blues/Documentary Programs

Omaha history programs and other UNO documentary productions will be a part of the summer UNO Television TV schedule, along with encores of Zoo Bar Blues concerts on Cox 17 and Qwest 74.

Today, June 1 - from 6 to 10 p.m. - an Omaha History extravaganza will be featured, including a special back-to-back showing of UNO Television's acclaimed Omaha history programs. The schedule is listed below.

- "IF THESE WALLS COULD SPEAK: Exploring Omaha's Past Through It's Historic Buildings"
6 p.m.

- "OMAHA SINCE WORLD WAR II: The Changing Face of the City"
8 p.m.

Encore performances of Zoo Bar Blues and Zoo Bar Backstage Pass programs can be seen Friday nights at 8 p.m. on Cox Cable 17 and Qwest Cable 74 (The Knowledge Network). The Zoo Bar programs will be followed each week by a documentary produced by UNO Television. More information on UNO Television documentaries can be found at

The programs will be available for viewing only on Cox 17 during the weekend as part of Viewer's Choice - dial in on a touch-tone phone and play the program when you want to see it. This service is not available on Qwest 74. The Knowledge Network is only available in the metro Omaha area.

To access a full schedule for the Zoo Bar concert programs, click on the link below.

Zoo Bar Program Schedule

Each Zoo Bar Blues and Zoo Bar Backstage Pass program is approximately one hour long. The Zoo concert series was a cooperative production between NET and UNO Television. More information on these programs can be found at

SPR Spotlights Campus Researchers

Russell Smith and the Center for Organizational Research and Evaluation (CORE) are now featured on the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research's (SPR) Web site. Learn more about Dr. Smith and CORE's impact on the community at

"Spotlight on Research" features the research activities of faculty and staff from across campus. For more information, contact SPR at 554.2286 or

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 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 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.

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

In the News

In the News

- Juan Casas, psychology, was interviewed on the May 30 WOWT (Channel 6) newscast about the recent arrest and federal charges two Omaha teens are facing for terroristic threats made at Eppley Airfield. Casas commented on the belief that adolescents' decision-making abilities are like adults when, in fact, they are more immature than they appear.

- Connie Claussen, athletics, was featured in the May 24 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. Claussen was the only woman in the first inaugural class of athletes to be inducted to the Omaha Sports Hall of Fame. At the event, she spoke about the humble beginnings of women's sports at UNO.

- Richard Fellman, political science, was cited in the May 24 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The column focused on OWH newspaper reporter Michael Kelly's visit to a UNO political science class, where Nebraska's conservative, yet curious, political views were the subject of discussion.

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.

In Print

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.

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.

On Exhibit

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