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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

Regents to Meet March 3

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet Friday, March 3, at Varner Hall in Lincoln, 3835 Holdrege St. Committee and task force meetings will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the board meeting will begin at 1 p.m.

A highlight of the meeting will be a presentation by Mark Drabenstott, vice president of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank and a national expert in rural economic development. He will speak at the task force meeting at 8:30 a.m.

The agendas for the committee meetings are listed below.

8:30 a.m. - Economic Development and Outreach Task Force
Topic - The New Role of Universities in 21st Century Regional Development
Presenter - Mark Drabenstott, vice president and director for the Study of
Rural America, Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank

Topic - Update on EPSCoR Research Expo and Innovation Forum
Presenter - Pete Kotsiopulos, vice president for University Affairs, University of Nebraska

10 a.m. - Academic Affairs Committee
Topic - Advanced Placement Testing
Presenters - Jay Noren, executive vice president and provost, University of Nebraska, and Sheri Rogers, associate vice chancellor, Academic and Student
Affairs, UNO

Topic - National Innovation and Competitiveness Issues in Higher Education
Presenters - James B. Milliken, president, University of Nebraska, and Jay Noren, executive vice president and provost, University of Nebraska

11 a.m. - Business Affairs Committee
Topic - Nebraska Center for Virology
Presenter - Charles Wood, professor, School of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL)

Topic - President's Health Care Committee Update    
Presenter - Deb Thomas, assistant vice president for administration,
University of Nebraska

Topic - Utilities and Mead Deficit Request Update
Presenter - David Lechner, vice president for business and finance, University of Nebraska

The board will be asked to approve the items listed below.

- The appointment of Juan N. Franco as vice chancellor for student affairs and professor of educational psychology at UNL.

- A new policy to allow flexibility in course terms for distance education courses, which would make courses more attractive to non-traditional students and thus make the university more competitive with private institutions.

- An agreement with the University of Nebraska Foundation to accept a gift of design services, land and construction for the International Quilt Study Center on East Campus, UNL, made possible by a generous gift of the Robert and Ardis James Foundation.

- An increase of $5.5 million in the project budget and a revised program statement for the Center for Virology building at UNL, which will allow for the completion of space that was originally intended to be left unfinished, but is now needed due to recent success in recruiting and research.

- Authorization for the president to negotiate an agreement for high-speed fiber optic connectivity between UNL and the Internet2 backbone network in Kansas City, and from Kansas City to the Fermi Lab in Chicago. High-speed internet access is essential to research being conducted at UNL to analyze data from CERN in Switzerland, the world's largest particle physics laboratory.

- Naming of the Center for Health Science Education at UNMC as the Michael F. Sorrell Center for Health Science Education. A native of Syracuse, Neb., Dr. Sorrell is known nationally and internationally for his expertise in liver disease and transplantation, and gastrointestinal disorders. He has received numerous university and national awards for his research, teaching and service and is routinely named as one of the top physicians in the United States. Dr. Sorrell is a professor of internal medicine at UNMC.

The board also will receive reports on the strategic framework, spring enrollment and the renovation of the Temple Building at UNL.

The full agenda can be accessed via the Web at

CCHA Playoff Tickets on Sale Today

the nameTickets for the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) playoffs go on sale today, Feb. 28, at 10 a.m. in the UNO Ticket Office (554.MAVS).

UNO, the No. 5 seed in the CCHA Playoffs, will host No. 12 seed Bowling Green in a best-of-three first round playoff series March 3-5 at the Qwest Center Omaha. The start times for all three games is 7:05 p.m.

The ticket prices are $16 for the lower bowl and $13 for upper bowl. A $9 student ticket will be available, which pertains to any K-12 or college student with a valid ID.

UNO students can buy a $3 ticket, which must be purchased at the Qwest Center Omaha on the day of the game

Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra to Perform Tonight

The UNO Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a "Smörgåsbord" of symphonic favorites from Scandinavia tonight, 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.

February Employee of the Month: John Folker

Though the workday ends at 5 p.m. for many at UNO, others remain on campus to staff the evening and early morning hour shifts. John Folker, sergeant with Campus Security, is one such employee who is going strong long after the sun sets.

For more than four years, Folker has strived to help make the campus community a safe environment for students, faculty and staff. During this time, fellow co-workers said he has excelled at the many tasks his position entails.

"I have relied heavily upon John to assist me with many projects. He stands willing to help whenever and wherever he can," one individual wrote. "John is conscientious in his duties, concerned for the well being of our clientele and compassionate, yet firm and fair, with all those he supervises. He is a credit to the department and the university."

Folker, an Omaha native, said he became interested in working at UNO when a friend of his who worked on campus encouraged him to apply for a position. Prior to being named sergeant with Campus Security, he served as an officer. 

John FolkerHe also gained experience as a former checkpoint security supervisor at Eppley Airfield where he was faced with a number of situations. "I supervised officers operating the metal detectors, X-ray machines and an explosive trace detection machine," Folker said. "This position allowed me to encounter many different people of varied cultures and ethnicities. That has proved to be a valuable experience when dealing with the diverse members of the university community."

Folker supervises six officers on his shift at UNO. He said he begins his day by reviewing information and checking with the on-duty supervisor for updates before patrolling campus and attending to officers' requests for assistance. "We respond to numerous calls on a nightly basis, from unlocking a door to a loud party," he said. "Every night is different. There is no telling what will occur or what you will discover while on patrol."

Variety is what Folker said helps keep his job interesting. Among the many requirements of his job, he said it was enjoyable to work during last year's campus visit of Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai.

A positive force on the Campus Security team, colleagues said Folker's dedication and enthusiasm is evident in the way he carries out his tasks.  "John is always looking for things to do during our shift and is constantly helping everybody on the shift," another nominator wrote. "John is totally committed to his shift, his job and the University of Nebraska."

As Employee of the Month, Folker will receive a plaque, portrait and monetary award.  Nominations for the Employee of the Month Award at UNO are accepted year-round.  All UNO faculty, staff and students are eligible to nominate individuals for the honor.  Nomination forms are available in Human Resources, 205 Eppley Administration Building. For more information, call 554.2321.

First Friday Faculty Focus March 3

Anne York will be the featured guest on KVNO Classical 90.7 FM's "First Friday Faculty Focus" Friday, March 3. Dr. York is an associate professor of marketing and management in the UNO College of Business Administration and director of its Maverick Entrepreneurship Institute.

"First Friday Faculty Focus" is an interview series that highlights the many contributions of individual faculty members to UNO and the greater community, said Cheril Lee, KVNO news director.

Lee's interview with Dr. York will air during the 8 a.m., noon and 4 p.m. newscasts March 3. For more information about the interview series, contact Lee at 554.2516.

International Banquet, Culture Fair March 1-2

UNO spiritThe March 2 Culture Fair has been designated as a UNO Spirit Committee event.

The annual UNO International Banquet and Culture Fair will be held this week on campus. Both the fair and banquet are sponsored by International Student Services (ISS), a Student Government agency.

The fair will be held Wednesday and Thursday, March 1-2, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom and Nebraska Room. The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature student displays representing their respective countries of origin.

The banquet, featuring international cuisine and performances, will be held Saturday, March 4. The doors will open at 6 p.m., and the event will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Banquet tickets are currently available. The cost is $10 for students, and $20 for faculty, staff and community members. Tickets can be purchased in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Business Office or by calling 554.2979.

The banquet will be followed by a free dance in the MBSC Fireplace Lounge until midnight. Both the fair and banquet are sponsored by International Student Services (ISS), a Student Government agency.

For more information, contact Erin Cron, ISS adviser, at 554.2711.

Those in attendance at the March 2 Culture Fair will be eligible to receive a "Spirit Ticket" from the UNO Spirit Committee. A drawing for a basket of international food will take place. Participants do not have to be present to win. For more information, contact Becky Bohan Brown at 554.2243 or Mary Sweaney at 554.3668.

CFD to Host Blackboard Collaborative Learning Workshop

The Center for Faculty Development (CFD) will host "Using Blackboard Groups to Monitor and Evaluate Collaborative Learning" Friday, March 3. The workshop will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room. 

Jeremy Lipschultz, the Robert T. Reilly Diamond Professor and director of the UNO School of Communication, will discuss the nature of student online interaction and how it influenced presentations in his classes.

Last semester, Dr. Lipschultz used the groups function within Blackboard for group projects in his Computer-Mediated Communication course. Student groups were evaluated on their in-class and online behavior.

For more information, contact Dr. Lipschultz at 554.2563 or

To register for the workshop, contact the CFD at 554.2427 or

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

13th Annual No Limits Conference March 3-4

Women's issues will be spotlighted March 3-4 during the 2006 No Limits Conference at UNO. The two-day event will include a variety of presentations and discussions on topics ranging from women's history and sexuality to feminism.

The conference, titled "Riding the Waves: Feminism Across Generations, Difference and Community," will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC).

There is no conference registration fee, although registration is required either in advance or on site. Registration forms are available on the Web at On-site registration begins Friday, March 3, at 10:30 a.m. The conference is free and open to the public.

Undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates, will explore a wide range of topics related to women's lives, history, cultures, feminism and women's studies. The issues will be explored through the presentation of academic papers, creative writing, film, music, performance and visual arts.

The inaugural No Limits Conference was held in 1994. The event rotates among the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Nebraska at Kearney and UNO campuses.

This year's sponsors include the UNO Women's Studies Program; the Nebraska Arts Council; the Nebraska Humanities Council; the UNO College of Arts and Sciences; the UNO Departments of Political Science, English and Sociology/Anthropology; the Goodrich Program; Cultural Awareness Programs; the Women's Resource Center and the UNO Art Gallery.

The No Limits Conference is best suited for mature audiences (high school juniors/seniors and older). To access a complete conference schedule, visit the Web at

For more information, contact Dr. Falconer Al-Hindi at 554.3834.

Emerging Technologies Web Seminar March 6

Each year, the Horizons Report identifies six areas of emerging technology likely to have a significant impact on teaching, learning or creative expression in higher education over time.

UNO will be the site of a Web seminar highlighting this report Monday, March 6. The seminar, titled "Emerging Learning Technologies: The 2006 Horizon Report Web Seminar," will be broadcast in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room from noon to 1 p.m.

The areas of emerging technology cited for 2006 are:

- Social computing;

- Personal broadcasting;

- Cell phone-accessible educational content and services;

- Educational gaming;

- Augmented reality and enhanced visualization; and

- Context-aware environments and devices.

The seminar is sponsored by EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology.

For more information, contact Jay Killion at 554.3758 or

National Sierra Club President to Speak March 8

The national president of the Sierra Club will discuss economics, business and the environment in America at a public forum set for Wednesday, March 8, at UNO.

Lisa Renstrom, a graduate of Westside High School and UNO, was elected the 51st president of the 750,000-member Sierra Club in May 2005. She will speak at 7 p.m. in Eppley Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public, and student groups are welcome.

"We are told so often today that we have to choose between a healthy environment and a strong economy. While environmental protection comes at some cost, most issues are not that simple," said John McCarty, a professor of biology and director of environmental studies at UNO. "Lisa Renstrom combines a strong background in the business world with a commitment to a healthy environment. I am looking forward to hearing the perspective she brings to the difficult environmental questions facing America today."

Renstrom received her B.S. in business administration from UNO in 1982. 

Dr. McCarty said the subject of Renstrom's address is timely for Omaha and the state, as both are concerned with attracting and keeping young professionals in Nebraska communities. In a survey of college students conducted by the Chronicle of Higher Education last fall, 75 percent identified better environmental protection as an important priority for them.

"Community leaders here in the midlands recognize that by investing in environmental protection and by helping to conserve natural habitats, they are not only helping the environment but are also making the metropolitan area more attractive to those young professionals our economy depends on," Dr. McCarty said.

The forum is sponsored by the UNO Environmental Studies Program, the UNO College of Business Administration and the Nebraska chapter of the Sierra Club.

For more information, contact Dr. McCarty at 554.2849 or

Concert Featuring Transcontinental Duo March 8

The music and culture of Bulgaria and America will join forces in a unique concert set for Wednesday, March 8, at UNO.

"Dan and Daniella: A Transcontinental Musical Merger" will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. The event will feature Bulgarian-born Daniella Ganeva and American Dan Moore. Both are internationally known musicians. 

Ganeva is a classically trained musician who champions contemporary music. Moore is known for his work in jazz and ethnic music. "Together, they generate a repertoire that defies classification in an elegant evening of distinctive music for melodic percussion," said Tomm Roland, event organizer and coordinator of percussion studies/multicultural music at UNO.

The performance will include selections from their individual solo repertoire as well as compositions and arrangements specially created for the duo. 

The concert is sponsored by Yamaha, Innovative Percussion, Sabian, LP, Mike Balter, Grover Percussion and the University of Iowa. Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for all students. They can be purchased in advance by calling 554.3427 or at the door.

For more information, contact Dr. Roland at 554.3155 or

Submission Deadline for Reimbursement Accounts March 31

The deadline to submit 2005 expenses for employee health care and dependent care reimbursement accounts is Friday, March 31. Any claims for reimbursement for 2005 expenses received after March 31 will not be processed.

Questions about reimbursement accounts can be referred to Esther Scarpello at 554.3660 or Jacque Christenham at 554.3659.


UNO Forensics Team Tournament Results
The UNO Forensics Team traveled to Lincoln, Neb., Feb. 18-19, to compete in the Nebraska Intercollegiate Forensics Association's annual state tournament.

The team finished in fifth place. The team's four state finalists are Teresa Obredorfer and Matt Eledge, who placed fifth in duo interpretation; Marty Ertz, who was third in after-dinner speaking; and Buey Ruet, who was second in persuasive speaking. Ruet was also the top novice competitor in program oral interpretation.

Additionally, Ruet was chosen as one of two students who will represent the state of Nebraska at the Interstate Oratorical Association (ISO) National Tournament later this spring. The ISO tournament is the oldest, most prestigious and most selective speech tournament in the nation. Only two students from each state attend the competition.

Up next, the team will compete at a Kansas State University tournament.

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