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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 to Host Model United Nations March 3-5

The third annual Model United Nations (U.N.) at UNO is set for Friday through Sunday, March 3-5, and will involve nine area high schools and two teams of home-schooled students. Members of Sigma Iota Rho, the UNO international studies major honor society, will coordinate the event.

"Teams of participants will represent countries from Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas, and will argue and debate a variety of U.N. resolutions," said Katie Tamisiea, director of UNO's Model U.N. "It should be a great experience for everyone involved."

The Model U.N. is sponsored by the Qwest Global Education Fund and UNO/University Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) International Studies and Programs, in cooperation with the Metropolitan Omaha Educational Consortium.

Model U.N. activities kick off Friday, March 3, at 5:30 p.m. with registration and an introductory session. Model U.N. work begins Saturday, March 4, at 10 a.m. in 438 Arts and Sciences Hall. The Model U.N. reconvenes Sunday, March 5, at the same time and location.

A variety of international issues will be discussed during the event, and there may be surprises along the way as well, Tamisea said.

Participating high schools include Bellevue East, Bellevue West, Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson, Duchesne Academy, Elkhorn, Omaha Benson, Omaha Burke, Omaha Mercy and Papillion-LaVista South. Fourteen home-schooled students will also be taking part, in addition to a dozen high school foreign exchange students.

For more information, call 554.3502. During the Model U.N., call 690.3432.

ISS Culture Fair Begins Today

The 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.

UNO spiritThe fair will be held today 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.

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.

Tartuffe Continues on Stage Tonight

The UNO Department of Theatre will present Richard Wilbur's translation of Tartuffe by Moliére tonight, March 1, in the UNO Theater. It will run March 2-4. 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.

Tonight's 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.

March FEAP Hours Announced

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 February schedule is as follows:

March 3, 7, 24 and 30
8 a.m. to noon

March 9, 22 and 21
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

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

University Library Announces Spring Break Hours

University Library will be closed Saturday, March 11, and Sunday, March 12, due to construction on the new addition. Electricity will be switched off in order to connect the addition to the existing building's power supply and fire alarm systems.

"Without electricity, we can't safely offer our normal services, so we have reluctantly decided to close. Since those two days are the beginning of spring break, we hope the inconvenience will be minimal", said Steve Shorb, dean of University Library. A special generator will be installed, so all online databases and other Web-based library services will be available without interruption.

University Library will be open March 13-17, according to the following schedule:

- Monday, March 13, through Thursday, March 16
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

- Friday, March 17
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, contact the library office at 554.2640.

UNO Circle K Club Drive Week Continues

Five organizations will benefit from the UNO Circle K Club's "Drive Week," which continues today, March 1, 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 remaining dates they will be featured are listed below.

Today, March 1
Book drive for Books for Africa

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

Friday, March 3
Personal care items 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 the Student Organizations and Leadership Programs Office or the first floor information desk, or the University Library entrance.

For more information, call 554.3502.

ABS Technology Showcase March 2

Alternative Business Systems (ABS) will host a technology showcase Thursday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Rooms. 

Several UNO departments are currently using ABS for their copier and printer needs. ABS will offer demonstration seminars featuring copiers, mfps and software from Konica Minolta. Seminars highlighting scanning basics and the paperless office will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. A drawing for a digital camera also will be held at the event.

Refreshments will be served. Those who plan to attend should R.S.V.P. to Marcia Blair at 592.2222 or

March TIAA-CREF Sessions Available

A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus this month to conduct individual retirement planning sessions for faculty and staff.

Openings are 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

UNO Job Fair March 8

Career Exploration and Outreach will host a job fair Wednesday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. The event will feature employers who are actively seeking candidates for open positions and internships.

Professional interview attire is expected, and students can pre-register to attend the fair through Friday, March 3.

To register, students must have a profile on the UNO CareerConnect system. Students can visit the Web at and click on the "CareerConnect" link to create a profile and register for the fair.

For more information about the job fair, CareerConnect and other services offered by Career Exploration and Outreach, call 554.3672, or stop by 211 Eppley Administration Building.

Retirement Planning Education Series Continues March 10

Human Resources at UNO will continue its retirement planning education series Friday, March 10. It will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. All interested faculty and staff are invited to attend.

Wendy Becker from TIAA-CREF will lead the March 10 seminar, titled "Women's Retirement Planning Seminar." Retirement planning concerns of women of all ages will be discussed. A representative from Social Security will also be a presenter.

The seminars are scheduled monthly from September through April. For more information, contact Esther Scarpello at 554.3660..

PWSA to Host Rites of Spring March 18

The creative expression of older women throughout the Omaha area will be highlighted Saturday, March 18, at Rites of Spring, an annual celebration sponsored by the Program for Women and Successful Aging (PWSA) at UNO.

The event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the O'Keefe Elevator Company Gallery, 1402 Jones St. Artists Pat Davis and Sue Pickering will be featured. Tricia Currans-Sheehan, an English professor at Briar Cliff College, will be a special guest at the event. Her first book, a collection of short stories titled The Egg Lady and Other Neighbors, has won the Headwaters Literary Competition Award. She will read the feature story from the collection and discuss aging and creativity.

The cost to attend is $15 per person and includes a copy of Celebrate, A Collection of Women's Writings, a book of poetry and prose published by the PWSA. PWSA poets also will read current selections from the 10th issue of "Celebrate" during the event. Refreshments will be served.

For more information or to register for the event, contact the PWSA at 554.4897.

Henry Doorly Zoo Membership Drive Under Way

The annual Henry Doorly Zoo membership drive is under way at UNO. The zoo is offering memberships to university employees and students at the annual rate of $65 per household. This includes unlimited admission for two adults and dependent children or grandchildren under age 21, discounted admission to the Wildlife Safari and Lozier IMAX Theater, discounts on children's classes and more.

Memberships are $65 until April 2 and $73 after that date. To access an order form, click on the following link:

Zoo Membership Form

For membership inquiries, contact John Christensen or Kris Bell at 554.2262.