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Andy Taylor

Employee of the Month

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Andy Taylor has been named the June Employee of the Month at UNO. Taylor is a telecommunications analyst I in UNO Telecommunications. Look for details in a future edition of eNotes.

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

This Week in Campus History

In mid-June of 1960, Cupola Columns announced that applications were being accepted for a special "science institute" being held during the upcoming fall semester. The National Science Foundation provided a $16,850 grant to pay the tuition and travel expenses for 60 regional high school science and math teachers to take one of three Omaha University College of Adult Education courses. The courses, worth six semester hours of college credit each, focused on modern developments in the fields of biology, physical science and math. To be considered for this institute, applicants had to have a bachelor's degree and at least one year of teaching experience.

Date: June 1960
Source: Cupola Columns
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

Criss Library Garden Now Open

Criss Library announces that the garden area, south of the building, is now open to the public.

"There's still some landscaping to be completed," said Steve Shorb, Criss Library dean. "But there are some comfortable benches, tables and chairs. It's a nice place to study, have lunch or take a break."

The garden will generally be open daily until October or November, weather permitting. The garden will be open on days where the forecasted high is above 50 degrees. It will be closed when the forecasted high is below 50 degrees, and during severe weather warnings and rain.

Wireless Internet services will be available in the garden area. Patrons may bring library materials into the garden but are asked to keep materials off the ground and return them inside the library as they exit the area.

No smoking or other tobacco products will be allowed in the garden area.

Entry to the garden is on the lower level of the Kahn addition. For more information, contact the Circulation Desk at 554.3206.

SPR Report

The SPR Report details the results of UNO's efforts to obtain external funding in support of its teaching, research, service and outreach efforts. The report is designed to keep the university community informed as to externally funded projects on campus and bring recognition to those faculty and staff who have worked to generate these resources.

For the period of May 1 through June 4, those receiving grant awards totaling $358,854 are as follows:

Name: Patricia Adams
Unit: College of Public Affairs and Community Service
Title: Enhancing Senior Living Through the Arts
Sponsor: Iowa West Foundation

Name: Shari Hofschire
Unit: College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media - Art
Title: Prairie Visions Summer Institute 2007
Sponsor: Nebraska Arts Council

Name: T. Hank Robinson
Unit: College of Public Affairs and Community Service - Criminal Justice
Title: Douglas County Corrections Classification and Incident Reporting Requirements Definition
Sponsor: Douglas Omaha Technology Commission

Name: Alice Schumaker
Unit: College of Public Affairs and Community Service - Public Administration
Title: The Health Disparities Service-Learning Collaborative
Sponsor: Community-Campus Partnerships for Health

Name: Rose Shires
Unit: Athletics
Title: Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk
Sponsor: David Scott Foundation

Name: John Shroder
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Title: Cryosphere and Hazards Workshop
Sponsor: Richard Lounsbery Foundation

Name: Steven Shultz
Unit: College of Business Administration - Economics
Title: Community Development and Property Value Appreciation in Omaha
Sponsor: Nebraska Investment Finance Authority

Name: Jennifer White
Unit: College of Education - Health, Physical Education and Recreation
Title: Community Collaboration with Alegent for Childhood Obesity Prevention
Sponsor: Alegent Health

Name: Sara Woods
Unit: College of Public Affairs and Community Service
Title: Financial Stability Partnership
Sponsor: United Way of the Midlands

For support and help with research activities, call the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research at 554.2286, or visit the Web at

Fall Faculty Workshops Set for Aug. 20-23

The 2007 Faculty Workshops, sponsored by the UNO Center for Faculty Development (CFD), will be held again this fall according to the following schedule.

- New faculty workshop
Monday afternoon, Aug. 20, and Tuesday morning, Aug. 21

- Graduate teaching assistant workshop (featuring a new, one-day format)
Monday, Aug. 20

- Part-time faculty workshop (open to new and experienced part-time faculty)
Evenings of Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 22 and 23
Note: The same workshop will be 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 and 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, advice/skills for success at UNO, active classroom ideas, academic support services and faculty development opportunities.

For more information about the workshops, contact the CFD (554.2427 or or Deborah Smith-Howell, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs (554.4849 or

"Maple" Available on Select Library Computers

While the Durham Science Center computer lab is closed, math students in search of Maple, a computer algebra package, can breathe a sigh of relief - Criss Library has Maple loaded and ready to go on select computers.

Students can stop by the Circulation Desk with their MavCard, mention that they need to use Maple and check out a study room.

For more information, contact the Circulation Desk at 554.3206.

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

Members Sought for CCSW

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) is seeking applications from students, staff and faculty who are interested in becoming members. Graduate and undergraduate students in any academic field are encouraged to submit an application.

The CCSW serves as an advisory council to the chancellor and other university administrators on issues that relate to women faculty, staff and students. The commission's goal is to provide a forum for women at UNO in conjunction with the organization's core themes of A, B, C - Awareness of women's issues, Balance in women's lives, and the Community and women's roles.

Membership applications are due Friday, June 22. Faculty and staff are appointed for two-year terms, and students are appointed for one-year, renewable terms. To apply for membership, individuals should e-mail their name, the reason they are interested in joining the commission and any relevant experience to Sharon Ulmar at

For more information, visit or contact CCSW co-chairs Marvel Maring (554.2992 or or Becky Bohan Brown (554.2243 or


Mankenberg Receives NCC Honor Award
Longtime UNO women's basketball coach and administrator Cherri Mankenberg is one of five individuals who received the North Central Conference's (NCC) Honor Award May 21 at the league's award dinner in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Mankenberg was the first full-time women's coach hired at UNO in 1976 and served as the women's basketball coach for 22 years. She compiled a 344-277 overall record, winning the first three women's NCC titles in 1980-82 and appearing in seven AIAW or NCAA post-season tournaments. She was named the NCC coach of the year and the regional coach of the year in 1987 and 1992.

She stepped down as head coach in 1997 to replace Connie Claussen as associate athletic director and senior woman administrator at UNO, serving in that role until retiring in 2003.

In 1979, she was the first woman inducted into the Wayne State Hall of Fame. She then was inducted into the Iowa Girls High School Hall of Fame in 1985 and the UNO Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998.

The Iowa native led her West Monona High School team to a state basketball title in 1964 and was an all-state selection. She went on to star at Wayne State College, leading the Wildcats to the AAU nationals. She earned her bachelor's degree in education at Wayne State in 1969 and went on to earn a master's degree from Northern Colorado in 1976.

Mankenberg, who retired from UNO in 2003, is also a member of the school's Athletic Hall of Fame. She currently lives in Phoenix and works as a consultant.

Others receiving the NCC Honor Award include Vance Butler and Jim Heinitz from Augustana; Jack Powell from South Dakota; and Phil Rhoade from Minnesota State, Mankato.

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