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The 1945 University of Omaha (OU) Student Council and OU Dean of Students John W. Lucas.

This Week in Campus History

In the summer of 1964, it was announced that University of Omaha (OU) graduate Alfred J. Eggers ('44) had been named as the deputy associate administrator for advanced research and technology at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Dr. Eggers had made "many contributions to the theories of hypersonic aerodynamics" and his work led to the principle of "lifting body" in laboratory and flight investigation. Dr. Eggers had served in the Navy during WWII and in 1958 received OU Citation for Alumni Achievement.

Date: Aug. 1983
Source: That You May Know
Compiled by Criss Library Archives

Changing Faces

His Own Words: On Summer School

by Oliver B. Pollak

Summer school can be a memorable experience. I went to summer school to get ahead in junior high (now middle school), high school (including repeating Geometry), as an undergraduate, graduate, and in law school. ...continue

HPER Biomechanics Lab to Feature Talk on Robot-Assisted Surgery

Dr. Allison Okamura, associate professor of mechanical engineering at the Johns Hopkins University, will speak at UNO Friday, Aug. 24. Her presentation, "Haptics for Robot-Assisted Surgery," begins at 2 p.m. in 206 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building. The event is free and open to the university community. There will be a reception for all participants in the HPER Biomechanics Laboratory after the presentation.

This presentation is hosted by the HPER Biomechanics Laboratory and the Center for Advanced Surgical Technology (CAST). CAST is a group of faculty interested in developing innovative surgical technologies and procedures through creative interdisciplinary biomedical research from UNO, University of Nebraska Medical Center and University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

This talk will examine the role of haptics (force and tactile information) in three types of surgical operating systems: (1) telemanipulation systems, in which the patient is remote from the operator; (2) cooperative manipulation systems, in which the robot and the operator physically "share" a surgical tool; and (3) autonomous systems, in which the surgery is carried out by the robot, with guidance from imaging systems or other sensors.

Besides being an associate professor of mechanical engineering, Dr. Okamura is also a thrust leader of the National Science Foundation's Engineering Research Center for Computer-Integrated Surgical Systems and Technology at Johns Hopkins University. Her research interests include teleoperation, medical robotics, virtual environments and simulators, smart prosthetics, rehabilitation engineering and engineering education.

Dr. Okamura received her B.S. degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1994, and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University in 1996 and 2000, respectively, all in mechanical engineering.

For more information, contact Lisa Holst at 554.3075 or More information about the HPER Biomechanics Laboratory can be found at

Tornado Evacuation Procedures Available Online

The university's tornado evacuation procedures are available on the Web at They also can be found on pages 111-112 of the 2007 Employee Telephone Directory.

Criss Library Hours Reminder

Intersession hours are effective through Sunday, Aug. 26, at the Criss Library according to the following schedule:

Intersession Hours
- Monday through Friday, Aug. 20-24
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25-26

Fall Semester Regular Hours
- Monday through Thursday
7 a.m. to midnight

- Friday
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Saturday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Sunday
Noon to midnight

Additionally, the Criss Library will be closed Sunday and Monday, Sept. 2-3, in observance of Labor Day.

For more information, contact the Circulation Desk at 554.3206.

August FEAP Schedule

The Faculty/Staff Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) provides short-term counseling, assessment and referral services for faculty, staff, their spouses or significant others, and family members. FEAP offices are located in 206 Eppley Administration Building.

The remaining August schedule:

- Aug. 22 and 27
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

- Aug. 20 and 29
8 a.m. to noon

Appointments are free and available by calling 554.3120 (UNO) or 559.5175 (UNMC).

UNO Fall Sports Luncheon Aug. 29

MavericksIt's time to take the Maverick gear out of the closet.

The annual spring sports luncheon, hosted by UNO Athletics, will feature Maverick fall sports coaches discussing their respective seasons and schedules. The event begins at 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 29, at the Venice Inn, 6910 Pacific St.

The following coaches will speak:

- Pat Behrns
Maverick Football

- Don Klosterman
Maverick Soccer

- Rose Shires
Maverick Volleyball

- Steve Smith
Maverick Cross Country

Student-athletes will also attend and greet luncheon guests. Schedule cards, posters and media guides will be available.

Tickets for the luncheon cost $10 and can be purchased at the door. To view the luncheon menu, click on the link below:

Fall Luncheon

For more information, call 554.4965.

Student Employment Fall Workshop for Supervisors and Hiring Managers

Three presenters will speak at the Student Employment Fall Workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 18.  Hiring managers and student worker supervisors are encouraged to attend the event, which will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room.

The presenters will include Mary Sweaney, assistant director of human resources; Angelia Turner, counselor in financial aid; and Andres TraslaviƱa, manager of student employment in human resources. The trio will review procedures on how to create a requisition, file I-9 forms, hire international students, meet federal work study eligibility, calculate hours and student wages, and provide an overview of grievance procedures for student workers.

The registration deadline is Monday, Sept. 10. R.S.V.P. by sending an e-mail to or calling 554.2321.

Biweekly Payroll Notice

August has three biweekly paydays (Aug. 2, 16 and 30). As a result, no standard deductions will be taken from the Aug. 30 biweekly payroll.

Regular biweekly paid employees will not have NUCREDITS included or standard deductions, such as insurance or parking, withheld. Federal and state taxes, Social Security and Medicare taxes, retirement and credit union deductions will be taken.

For more information, contact Payroll at 554.2325.