The year was 1973. U.S. troops had been withdrawn from Vietnam, the World Trade Center in New York became the tallest building in the world, and the groundbreaking ceremony for UNO's Roskens Hall was about to begin. It was in that year that UNO had the largest enrollment in the school's history.
During a recent visit to Mammel Hall, UNO's Environmental Advocate and Sustainability Champion Patrick Wheeler focused on a group of computers. "I'm not sure why all those [computer] monitors are on," he said. "They could probably power off the ones they're not using." While he applauds the sustainable construction and design of the College of Business Administration's new building, Wheeler emphasizes the importance of continued sustainable practices by its occupants. "It's an opportunity for us to do some good things," he said. "It's not just a 'green' thing - they're issues of need."
Carl and Joyce Mammel's decision to donate the largest sum of money ever given to UNO was well thought out, said Lori Byrne, campus director for the University of Nebraska Foundation. Byrne said the Mammels have been involved in giving back to students for years, starting with scholarships of more than $500,000 to more than 250 students during the past 10 years. "One of our most satisfying experiences has been to receive letters from the young people who benefited from the scholarship programs," Carl Mammel is quoted as saying in the guide to Mammel Hall.
Mammel Hall has all the technology students would expect in a modern college building, but relying on several wires to support its system is a thing of the past. David Nielsen, director of technology and budget, said Mammel Hall is the first building on UNO's campus to be fully integrated into one wiring system. This provides money-saving technology, he said, but also benefits the campus in the long run.
At the south entrance to Mammel Hall visitors, students and faculty are greeted by one of Jun Kaneko's massive sculptures. The piece is a bronze head with tabs projecting out of its sides. Gina Barrett, a visitor to Mammel Hall, stopped to take a second glance at the bronze head sculpture, eyeing the statue with her right hand on her hip.
What was once the home to the Aksarben racetrack is now occupied by a variety of entertainment, dining, shopping and residential units, all united under the name of Aksarben Village. Dining options at the Aksarben Village include Wohlner's, Godfather's Pizza and Jones Bros. Cupcakes. If students wish to grab a drink to go, they can also visit Juice Stop.
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When asked to name her favorite feature of UNO's new Mammel Hall, UNO marketing major Nicole Morrison said, "Free printing." Spoken like a true college student, Morrison isn't the only student impressed with UNO's newest building. UNO senior and business management major Nick Moss singled out the touch screens as one feature that adds to his enthusiasm.