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

This Week in Campus History

At the June 5, 1950, commencement ceremony, the University of Omaha (OU) awarded 341 degrees. This number, combined with the estimated 100 degrees to be awarded later that summer, was expected to bring the grand total of degrees granted during the lifetime of OU to more than 3,200. Approximately 1,500 students had graduated during the 12 years the university had been located at the Elmwood Park location. The 1948, 1949 and 1950 classes produced 996 graduates, about the same number that had been graduated in the first 20 years of the university.

Date: June 5, 1950
Source: That You May Know
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

Daily eNotes Reminder Reinstated

Starting Wednesday, June 6, all UNO faculty and staff will receive a daily e-mail that will provide the UNO eNotes headlines of the day and a link that will take the reader to the online eNotes story. 

Keeping campus informed is the goal, said Tim Kaldahl, director of University Relations. "Our hope is to make the communication process simple and easy to scan through," he said.  "Many people check eNotes each day, and sometimes a person may forget to check and miss events and information.  An e-mail in your inbox is just another reminder."

For those who do not want a daily e-mail, a simple opt-out process is available.  Individuals who opt out will be able to use the same process to opt in at any time.  To opt in or out, visit the Web at University Relations worked with Information Technology Services to create this automatically generated e-mail process. 

For more information, call 554.3502.

Maverick Buffet Opens Today with "A la Carte" Menu

The grill area in the Maverick Buffet will open today, June 4. All items will be sold "a la carte."

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.

MBSC Food Court Renovations Under Way

A major construction and renovation project in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Food Court officially started May 7.  The project is moving along smoothly, according to those involved.

"This is a great updating of our facility," said Jim Welch, MBSC director.  "Once the paint dries and the dust is swept away, the Food Court will be an even more attractive place for students, employees and the public."

In addition to a new, warmer color scheme for the Food Court, a variety of new amenities are part of the renovations, including two large flat screen televisions, 13 computer stations for student use, and many more Internet and electrical outlets to accommodate laptop computers.

Paragon Construction is doing the work.  The total cost of the project is $900,000. All work will be completed before the start of the fall semester. 

"During the renovation, the Food Court seating will be moved to the Nebraska Room," Welch said.

To view a slideshow of the proposed renovation project, click on the link below. Users must have Power Point to view the presentation:

MBSC Food Court Remodeling

For more information, call 554.2383.

Safety Notice for On-campus Incidents

With the start of summer day classes today, June 4, Campus Security would like to remind those new to campus, or who need a refresher course, of emergency procedures at UNO. The following information from Campus Security outlines the university's safety and emergency procedures, along with other services provided by Campus Security.

Incident Reporting
Incidents requiring immediate action include fire, environmental spills, medical conditions, property damage, disruptive behavior and crimes in progress. Persons involved with or observing these types of incidents should call Campus Security at 554.2911. Campus Security will dispatch officers to the scene and, if required, contact 911.

Faculty and staff can call 911 directly, but then they also should notify Campus Security to help coordinate the response and expedite travel to the emergency scene. Emergency information provided by the caller should include the building, floor, room number, call back number and nature of the emergency.

Faculty and staff should assist with room and building evacuations, and be aware of those needing special assistance. All employees should become familiar with the designated rally points for their buildings, which are listed in the back of the telephone directory under "Emergency Procedures."

Personal Threats and Harassment
Disruptive behavior on campus will not be tolerated. Threats or acts of violence should be reported to Campus Security and to employee supervisors. If the act appears to represent an immediate threat or harm to the individual, it should be reported at once to Campus Security or 911.

Personal Escorts
The escort service is available 24-7 for individuals on campus. Contact Campus Security to arrange for an escort.

Personal Safety Checks
Individuals who may be working alone outside normal working hours are encouraged to contact Campus Security. Security officers will periodically check on individuals' safety while they are here.

Personal Property
The university is not responsible for personal property. Individuals are responsible for safeguarding their own property. Loss of personal property should be reported to Campus Security.

Alert System
A system to help facilitate emergency communications has been installed on the Dodge and Pacific Locations. Announcements are distributed from Campus Security to building public address systems or speakers located in building corridors.

When announcements are made, strobe lights will flash to notify the hearing impaired to seek assistance.

The system is particularly helpful during tornado warnings. The announcement will alert building occupants to seek shelter and, again later, when the warning has ended. The alert system also can be used to announce university closings, confirm evacuations for fire or chemical release, or other emergency conditions.

More information on campus emergency procedures can be found in the UNO Employee Telephone Directory beginning on page 106. For more information about Campus Security procedures related to campus emergencies, contact Stan Schleifer at 554.3596 or Paul Kosel at 554.2648.

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

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.

Parking Lot Maintenance Schedule Reminder

UNO parking lots will undergo regularly scheduled maintenance this month. Due to unpredictable weather conditions, the schedule is subject to change without notice, and lots will be closed as needed.

For more information, contact Walt Burr at 554.2500 or Campus Security at 554.2648.

Maverick Watch

There are no Maverick home games this week. To catch up on the latest statistics or keep tabs on your favorite team on the road, visit the Web at