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

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On Friday, June 24, 1994, The Gateway reported that 50 UNO students planned to volunteer their time June 25 to help the Siena House, a women and children's shelter, and the Francis House, a men's shelter, merge to form the Siena/Francis House at 17th and Nicholas streets in Omaha. The new facility featured 80 beds and a larger kitchen with more seating. Sherry Kennedy Brownrigg, a UNO graduate and president of the Siena/Francis House, was the emcee of the opening ceremonies for the new facility.

Date: June 24, 1994
Source: The Gateway
Compiled by Criss Library Archives

Moshe Gershovich

MVHC @ 50

Leo Adam Biga

For UNO Associate Professor Moshe Gershovich, history "is like a big jigsaw puzzle. One of my hobbies is jigsaw puzzles. You open the box and you find all these pieces which appear unrelated and each one by itself is really meaningless. Only once you start putting them together do you get the picture." ...continue

Carillon Concert Set for July 4 at UNO

The bells on the UNO campus will ring in honor of America Wednesday, July 4, in conjunction with a carillon concert set for 9 a.m.

UNO carilloneur James Johnson will perform a 30-minute concert of patriotic melodies. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are invited to bring their lawn chairs, as seating will be available on the grassy area between Criss Library and the Strauss Performing Arts Center.

The audience will be able to watch Dr. Johnson at work in the tower via live video. A viewing screen at the base of the carillon will carry the live images.

The Henningson Memorial Campanile, rising 168 feet over the UNO campus, is one of only 180 such structures in the United States. It was donated to UNO in 1989 by the late Margre Henningson Durham and her husband, Chuck, as a standing memorial to Margre's father, mother and sister.

"The July 4th concert, played by the carilloneur on a mechanical keyboard at the top of the tower, annually recognizes Margre's love for her country and desire to share her blessings with her hometown community," said Gail Baker, dean of the UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media.

The carillon is a four-octave, acoustically balanced instrument. It consists of 47 bronze bells cast by the bellfoundry of Paccard-Fonderie de Cloches in Annecy, France. The largest of the bells weighs 4,397 pounds and measures five feet in diameter by four feet in height. The combined weight of the bells is 24,408 pounds.

Dr. Johnson, UNO professor of music, performs regularly scheduled carillon concerts each year. He has earned a distinguished international reputation through his piano recordings and performances with the Royal Philharmonic in London, the Leningrad Philharmonic, the Prague Chamber Soloists, the Slovenian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony and the Boston Pops.

For more information about the July 4 concert, call 554.3502.

Free Financial Education Workshop June 30

A fraternity and sorority at UNO, along with the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Nebraska Inc., will present a free financial education workshop for citizens in the Omaha metropolitan area Saturday, June 30.

The event, "Where Did My Paycheck Go?," will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First National Bank North Omaha Financial Service Office, 1701 N. 24th St., Suite 105. Current members and alumni from the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority chapters are event sponsors and will be among the workshop presenters.

The workshop sessions will focus on making effective money plans, simple ways to stretch dollars and budgeting, an introduction to banking services, how to keep track of money and investing basics.

"This workshop is just one example of the many community service activities conducted each year by students involved in Greek life at UNO," said Sharif Liwaru, an adviser in UNO Student Organizations and Leadership Programs.

The morning sessions will be followed by a complimentary lunch and a question-and-answer period from noon to 1 p.m. The afternoon session will highlight credit basics and understanding credit reports.

Those who pre-register for the event will be eligible to receive a free three-in-one credit report that can be analyzed by a banking professional. In addition, all registered attendees will be eligible to win one of three drawings for a prepaid $25, $50 or $75 Visa gift card.

The registration deadline is Tuesday, June 26. For more information, call 952.5923.

Bank of the West Concert June 29; Free Parking at UNO

The annual "Bank of the West Celebrates America" concert is set for Friday, June 29, at Memorial Park from 6 to 10 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and UNO will provide free parking.

This year's entertainment includes FortyTwenty, Little River Band and KC & The Sunshine Band. The performances will be followed by a fireworks finale at 10 p.m. New this year, donations of non-perishable food items and toiletries will be accepted by the Omaha Food Bank.

In addition to surface parking lots, UNO's multi-level parking garage will be open after 4 p.m. Event organizers encourage those who park at UNO to use the pedestrian overpass when crossing Dodge Street.

Shuttle service between the UNO Dodge and Pacific locations stops at 6 p.m. during the summer. People who park at the Pacific location for the June 29 concert will not be able to take the shuttle back to their cars after 6 p.m.

The outdoor concert and fireworks finale is sponsored by Bank of the West in cooperation with the city of Omaha. For more information, visit the Web at

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.

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. Tom Bragg, associate vice chancellor for research, 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 Tuesday, 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 Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2007.

For more information or assistance with submitting a proposal, contact the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research at 554.2286.

Maverick Watch

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