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Pictured above, Alpha Sigma Lambda's "In War and Peace" float at the University of Omaha's 1946 May Day Parade.

This Week in Campus History

On Feb. 27, 1974, The Gateway announced that the Feminist Symposium would begin that morning in the student center with speeches by former Democratic National Committee Chair Jean Westwood and Texas Congressperson Sissy Farenthold. Westwood was scheduled to speak on "Feminist Politics" and Farenthold on "The Role of Men in Society." The symposium, which continued through March 4, was sponsored by the UNO Student Programming Organization.

Date: Feb. 27, 1974
Source: The Gateway
Compiled by University Library Archives

Lisa Renstrom

Standing Tall with Sierra

by Shelly Steig

Whenever Lisa Renstrom sees a Hummer in a parking lot, she stops her Honda Insight - a space-age-looking hybrid that gets up to 70 miles per gallon - climbs out of the car and pulls a sticker from her purse. The sticker proclaims 'I WILL EVOLVE," including a picture of a tiny car. Renstrom doesn't remove the sticker's backing, but she does slip it under the much larger vehicle's windshield wiper. ...continue

UNO Circle K Club Drive Week Begins

Five organizations will benefit from the UNO Circle K Club's "Drive Week," which begins today, Feb. 27, and runs through Friday, March 3. Circle K International is a collegiate service organization sponsored by Kiwanis.

"We will be showcasing each charity that we're working with," said Ann Philbrick, UNO Circle K secretary. "We're hoping to educate the campus about what each organization does for the community and why donating is so important."

The organizations involved in "Drive Week" and the dates they will be featured are listed below.

Today, Feb. 27
Food drive for the Omaha Food Bank

Tuesday, Feb. 28<
Clothing drive for the Open Door Mission

Wednesday, March 1<
Book drive for Books for Africa

Thursday, March 2
Eyeglass drive for a mission trip to the Dominican Republic

Friday, March 3
Personal care item drive for Youth Emergency Services

Donations will be accepted every day of "Drive Week" and can be dropped off in the Milo Bail Student Center at either the Student Organizations and Leadership Programs Office or the first floor information desk and in the entry to University Library.

For more information, call 554.3502.

Openings Still Available for Feb. 28 TIAA-CREF Visit

A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus Tuesday, Feb. 28, to conduct individual retirement planning sessions for faculty and staff.

Openings are also available for TIAA-CREF campus visits set for March 7 and March 21.

To schedule an appointment, call Louella Williams at 402.548.3610, or visit the Web at

Psychology Candidate to Present Lectures This Week

Todd Savage, a candidate for a position in the UNO Department of Psychology, will present a pair of lectures during his campus visit this week. Dr. Savage is an assistant professor of school psychology at New Mexico State University.

The presentations are open to the campus community and the general public. The schedule is listed below.

Thursday, March 2
Colloquium Talk: "School Psychology and Issues of Sexual Orientation: Attitudes, Beliefs and Knowledge"
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Omaha Room
2:30 p.m.
A reception will follow in the MBSC Council Room

Friday, March 3
Teaching Talk: "Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender issues: Implications for the School Psychologist"
310 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH)
10 a.m.

For more information, contact Marie Lee at 554.2581.

UNO Library Friends to Host Faculty Author Talk March 7

The UNO Library Friends will host a evening with faculty author Steven Bullock Tuesday, March 7. He will present a lecture titled "Playing for Their Nation: Baseball and the American Military during World War II" at 7 p.m. in 100 University Library.

Dr. Bullock joined the UNO Department of Political Science in 2005 after spending two years in the UNO Department of History. His research and teaching interests include political thought of the Founding Era, Constitutional history, and the intersection of politics and sport in the contemporary period. Dr. Bullock has written or edited several books, including Playing for their Nation: Baseball and the American Military during World War I and a two-volume work, The Founding Principles of the United States, with Carson Holloway. He is currently working on a biography of Ty Cobb, which will be published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2008.

For more information, call 554.3205.

CFD to Host Workshop on Teaching First Years Feb. 28

The Center for Faculty Development (CFD) will host a workshop on teaching first-year students Tuesday, Feb. 28. The event, titled "They Aren't Broken - Engaging, Motivating and Teaching First Year Students," will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

Joseph Brown, associate professor of psychology at UNO, and Marti Rosen-Atherton, director of UNO Counseling Center & University Division, will lead a discussion on helpful tips and techniques for teaching first-year students. Participants are invited to bring your lunch and teaching tricks for first-year students.

For more information, contact Dr. Brown at 554.2313 or

To register, contact the CFD at 554.2427 or

GLBTQ Dialogue Feb. 28

Students, faculty and staff interested in making UNO a safe environment for members of the GLBTQ community are invited to participate in a campus dialogue Tuesday, Feb. 28. The event will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

All those interested in attending are invited to bring their lunch. For more information, contact Sharon Ulmar at 554.2872.

Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra to Perform Feb. 28

The UNO Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a "Smörgåsbord" of symphonic favorites from Scandinavia Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

Tickets are $5 for adults, and $4 for students and seniors.

Amy Sims, concertmaster of the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, will join the orchestra for a performance of the Violin Concerto by Sibelius. Christopher Stanichar, an assistant professor of music at UNO, will conduct the ensemble. The program will also include Sibelius' Finlandia and Grieg's Symphonic Dances.

For tickets or more information, call 554.3427.

Tartuffe Continues on Stage March 1-4

The UNO Department of Theatre will present Richard Wilbur's translation of Tartuffe by Moliére March 1-4. The house opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for all performances.

The religious fraud Tartuffe has wormed his way into the affections and household of Orgon, a rich merchant, with pantomime piety and counterfeit zeal. So comprehensively has he hoodwinked Orgon that he looks set to succeed in driving away Orgon's son, marrying his daughter, seducing his wife and imprisoning Orgon himself.

The production is directed by Douglas Paterson, professor of theatre at UNO.

The March 1 performance will be ASL interpreted. A talk-back session with the director, designers and cast will follow the March 3 performance.

The box office is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building. Ticket prices are $15 for the general public and $10 for UNO students, UNO faculty, UNO staff and senior citizens. Tickets may be purchased in person, by e-mail at or by phone at 554.2335.

For more information, contact Ron Zank at 554.2406.

Informational Session for Web Templates March 1

Are you interested in redesigning your college or department Web site?

Stuart Wheat, web designer in Information Technology Services (ITS), has developed a series of Web templates that are available for use by the UNO campus.

ITS will host an informational session on the UNO Web templates Wednesday, March 1. It will be held in the Welcome Center, 111 Eppley Administration Building, at 10:30 a.m.

Those who attend will:
- Learn more about the UNO Web templates;
- See examples of how other UNO departments have implemented the Web templates; and
- Find out how you can use the templates to redesign your Web site.

Those who plan to attend should R.S.V.P. to For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.4357 or

UNO Library Friends Book Club to Meet March 1

The UNO Library Friends Book Club will host a discussion of Ted C. Fishman's CHINA, Inc., Wednesday, March 1. The event will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room at noon.

Catherine Co and Lin Shuanglin, UNO professors of economics, will lead the discussion. All members of the community are welcome to attend this and all University Library Friends presentations.

For more information, contact Diane Rockhold at 554.3205.

SLA Announces May South Omaha Seminar

Between May 8 and May 12, a dozen UNO professors will step into the role of students to study the history, cultural diversity and vitality of South Omaha. In addition, each professor will be partnered with a community agency to work on a service-learning project for a day during the week.

The UNO Service Learning Academy (SLA) staff expects that new service-learning partnerships and courses will be the outcome of this experience.

Faculty members who are interested in learning more about participating in the May South Omaha Seminar are invited to attend one of two orientation meetings. Two identical sessions will be held Wednesday, March 1, and Thursday, March 2, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in 116 Engineering. The SLA staff will provide information on seminar goals, the application process and faculty stipends. Applications for the May South Omaha Seminar will be distributed at the sessions.

To register, contact the SLA at 554.6019 or

Benefit Production of Vagina Monologues March 3-5

The UNO Women's Resource Center will present a benefit production of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues in conjunction with the 2006 No Limits Conference March 3-5 at UNO.

The production, directed by Sonali Kumar, will be performed in Eppley Auditorium in the Eppley Administration Building Friday through Sunday, March 3-5. The house will open at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for all performances. The March 5 performance will be ASL interpreted. A talk-back session with the director, designers and cast will follow the March 4 performance.

This year, more than 1,150 communities around the world are hosting V-Day benefits to raise funds for ending violence against women. More than $4 million was raised last year through performances of The Vagina Monologues.

"Hot on the heels of their success, UNO has joined this global movement as part of the V-Day 2006 College Campaign," Kumar said. V-Day Omaha 2006 will benefit Heartland Family Service, which provides a variety of services to protect children, help adults and strengthen families. Founded in Omaha in 1875, the agency serves 40,000 people annually in 12 Nebraska counties.

Tickets for the March 3-5 performances can be obtained through the UNO Women's Resource Center on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center. As all proceeds benefit Heartland Family Service, tickets are a suggested donation of $10. They may be purchased at the door, by e-mail to or by calling 554.2730.

For more information about the production, contact Tumelo Gobagoba at 554.2730.

For more information about the 2006 No Limits Conference, visit the Web at

Jonis Agee to Speak at March 15 PWSA Event

The UNO Program for Women and Successful Aging (PWSA) will celebrate Women's History Month in conjunction with the Omaha Public Library Sunday, March 5. Author Jonis Agee will read from her works and speak in the Michael Phipps Art Gallery at the W. Dale Clark Library, 15th and Douglas streets, starting at 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

"Jonis Agee is a Nebraska native, and her books have been well reviewed and received," said Patricia Adams, PWSA director." This is a terrific opportunity to hear a unique literary voice."

Agee is the author of 10 books, including four novels ム Sweet Eyes, Strange Angels, South of Resurrection and The Weight of Dreams ム and five collections of short fiction. Her most recent, a volume of new and selected stories, Acts of Love on Indigo Road, won the Gold Award from ForeWord magazine in 2004.

The March 5 event will feature art by Barbara Linder and Lois Pillen. Also, The Moving Company, UNO's modern dance performing group, will create a performance to poetry from PWSA's Celebrate: A Collection of Women's Writings poetry book, and local poets will read from their works. Linder and Pillen's artwork will be on display in the gallery for the entire month of March.

For more information, call 554.4897.

Chastain, Mavericks to Host Soccer Clinic March 7

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Brandi Chastain and the 2005 NCAA Division II champion Mavericks will team up to host a free soccer clinic Tuesday, March 7, at Sapp Fieldhouse.

Chastain will be the featured speaker at the 2006 Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk Kick-Off Luncheon. The event will be held Wednesday, March 8, at 11:30 a.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Omaha.

The March 7 clinic is free for soccer players of all ages. However, tickets must be obtained in advance at any of the following locations:
- The UNO Athletic Ticket Office (Sapp Fieldhouse lobby);
- Lawlor's Custom Sportswear, Westroads location; or
- Soccer Internationale, 132nd and Center streets.

You must have a ticket to gain entry to the soccer clinic.

The March 7 event will begin at 5:30 p.m. Various activities will be featured, including kicking and dribbling. Attendees can have their photographs taken with the NCAA Division II championship trophy, and the Maverick players will be available for an autograph session. Chastain also will be available on a limited basis for autographs.

The clinic will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. It will feature Chastain, the Mavericks and Don Klosterman, the national NCAA Division II Women's Coach of the Year.

Free parking will be available on the UNO south campus at 67th and Pacific streets with free shuttle service to Sapp Fieldhouse. On-campus parking will be limited.

Tickets for the March 8 luncheon are $55 per person and may be reserved by calling 554.2533.

Maverick Watch

the nameGo Mavs! Support your Mavericks by attending their home events.

Faculty and staff are admitted free to all home athletic games with a valid UNO ID and game-day ticket, excluding hockey. The spouses, significant others and children of faculty and staff also are admitted free. At the game, faculty and staff must present a valid UNO ID to receive a ticket. Tickets are available on the day of the game at each home event. For more information, call 554.MAVS (6287).

At home this week:

Wednesday, March 1
- Baseball vs. Missouri Western
The Ballpark at Boys Town
137th and West Dodge Road
Noon and 3 p.m. (Double header)

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at