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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

Flag Lowering

The UNO flags will be lowered to half-staff today, June 7, in honor of Leon Dappen, who passed away May 30 at the age of 64 years.

Dr. Dappen - an associate professor of educational administration - had been with the university since 1999.

Services were held June 2 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Ralston. Memorials can be directed to the Papillion-LaVista School Foundation-Leon Scholarship Fund or the Trinity United Methodist Church Building Fund.

Criss Library Renovation Update

Hawkins Construction has closed the main (first) floor of Criss Library. Currently, the construction crew is breaking up the first floor concrete and removing it from the building. Patrons are reminded that noise is present in the library at this time, and that up-to-date renovation notices can be found on the library's electronic signage, located by the entryway.

For more information, contact the library's administrative office at 554.2640.

Nebraska Legislature Focus of "Consider This"

As the 2007 legislative session comes to an end, many questions about the Nebraska Legislature's lack of experience fell by the wayside. There were concerns that the Legislature, with 22 new lawmakers because of term limits, would be dominated by lobbyists and Gov. Dave Heineman. However, there were many accomplishments this year, and veteran senators agree what needed to get done got done.

This week on "Consider This," host Andrea McMaster will be joined by three new senators: Sen. Tom White (Omaha), Sen. Pete Pirsch (Omaha) and Sen. Amanda McGill (Lincoln). Hear their perspective of their first session in the Legislature.

The program will air tonight, June 7, at 11 p.m. on KYNE-TV.

The program will also be rebroadcast according to the following schedule:

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, June 10
11:30 a.m. (CT)

NET2 (NET's cable network)
- Monday, June 11
1:30 p.m. (CT)

- Wednesday, June 13
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

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

NEH Offers Summer Stipends

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will offer summer stipends to "support individuals pursuing advanced research that contributes to scholarly knowledge or to the public's understanding of the humanities."

The 2008 guidelines for the NEH Summer Stipends program are available at The deadline to send submissions to the NEH is Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2007.

Each college and university in the United States may nominate two faculty members, who can either be junior or senior rank. Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Tom Bragg will coordinate an internal review and notify the applicants of the results. Individual faculty members selected to represent the university will then apply directly to NEH via the Web.

Applicants must forward their complete proposal package to Dr. Bragg in 203 Eppley Administration Building by Sept. 4, 2007. Details of the proposal package are available on the NEH Web site. It is the responsibility of the researcher to ensure that all eligibility guidelines are met prior to submission for internal review. The institutional nominee(s) will be chosen and informed by Sept. 12, 2007.

For more information or assistance with submitting a proposal, contact the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research 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.

Participants Sought for UNMC Depression Study

Individuals experiencing depression are being recruited by the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Department of Psychiatry to participate in a research study that uses marketed antidepressant medications.

Participants must be 19 to 65 years of age and in good general medical health. All study procedures and medications will be provided.

For more information, call 354.6868 or send an e-mail to