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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

13th Annual No Limits Conference Begins Today

Women's issues will be spotlighted today through Saturday, 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 today, 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.

UNO to Host Model United Nations This Weekend

The third annual Model United Nations (U.N.) at UNO is set for tonight 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 of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) International Studies and Programs, in cooperation with the Metropolitan Omaha Educational Consortium.

Model U.N. activities kick off tonight, 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.

Community of Science Information Session March 10

The next Community of Science (COS) information session will be held Friday, March 10, at noon in Room 207 of University Library.

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research hosts these hour-long sessions to provide faculty and graduate students with information about the various COS online resources, including finding funding.

Reservations for the information session are not required. For more information, contact Nancy Schlesiger at 554.2286.

March 30 Biweekly Payroll Notice

Because March has three biweekly paydays (March 2, 16 and 30), no standard deductions will be taken from the March 30 biweekly payroll. Regular biweekly paid employees will not have NUCREDITS included or standard deductions (insurance, parking, etc) 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.

2006 CCSW Award Recipients Announced

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) at UNO will host its 20th annual awards luncheon Thursday, March 9. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom.

At the luncheon, the CCSW will recognize the 2006 Award recipients. The awards recognize individuals and organizations for their outstanding service to women. The 2006 honorees include:

Outstanding Achievement Award
Mary Sweaney, assistant director of Human Resources at UNO

Scholarship Award
Jessica O'Neel

Community Service Award
Girls Incorporated of Omaha

A reception for the award recipients will be held prior to the luncheon from 11 to 11:30 a.m. in the MBSC Chancellor's Room.

Tickets are $12 for staff, faculty and the general public, and $9 for students. Luncheon tickets are on sale in the Milo Bail Student Center Business Office. Tickets also can be purchased by phone at 554.2979 or by e-mail to through Monday, March 6.

The CCSW serves as an advisory to the chancellor and other university administrators on issues that relate to women faculty, staff and students. The commission's goal is to provide a forum for women at UNO in conjunction with the organization's core themes of A, B, C — Awareness of women's issues, Balance in women's lives, and the Community and women's roles.

For more information about the luncheon, contact Marvel Maring at 554.2992 or

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.

MavericksChastain 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.

UNO Library Friends to Host Faculty Author Talk March 7

The UNO Library Friends will host an 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.

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 today, 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.

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 March 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.

In the News

In the News- Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, political science, was quoted in the Feb. 4 edition of the Statesman Journal (Salem, Ore.). The article discussed the Cuban urging of U.S. firms to lobby against a trade embargo.

- Jody Boyer and Russ Nordman, art and art history, were quoted in the Feb. 23 edition of City Weekly. The article highlighted Echotrope III, an experimental film series being held this spring in the UNO Art Gallery.

- Frank Bramlett, English, was quoted in the Feb. 3 online edition of the Washington Blade. The article explored a queer linguistics conference held at American University in Washington, D.C.

- Richard Breaux, black studies, was cited in the Jan. 26 edition of the Omaha Star. The article announced that Dr. Breaux would be participating in an educational forum Jan. 30 on the "One City, One School District" issue.

- Loree Bykerk, political science, was quoted in the Feb. 6 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article discussed the support of ex-Huskers in Sen. Tom Osborne's quest for governorship.

- Juan Casas, psychology, was quoted in the Jan. 26 edition of the Omaha Star. The article explored a study emphasizing the value of the participation of Latino parents in their children's educations. Lisa Kelly-Vance, Brigette Ryalls and Carey Ryan, psychology; and Angela Ferguson, foreign languages, were also cited in the article.

- Jennifer Dalbey, communication, was quoted in the Jan. 26 edition of the Omaha Star. The article focused on the grand opening of The Speech Center at UNO.

- Sharif Liwaru, cultural awareness programs, was quoted in the Feb. 9 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article listed Black History Month events sponsored by UNO.

- Bonnie O'Connell, art and art history, was quoted in the Jan. 25 edition of City Weekly. The article highlighted "The Beauty of the Book," an exhibit that runs through today, March 3, at the St. Cecilia Cathedral Cultural Center.

- Sheri Rogers, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, was quoted in the Jan. 27 edition of the Midlands Business Journal. The article looked at ways Nebraska colleges and universities are staying responsive to demands of the marketplace.

- Samuel Walker, emeritus professor of criminal justice, was quoted in the Feb. 5 and Feb. 7 editions of the San Francisco Chronicle. The articles examined police use of force by San Francisco police officers.

- Jennifer White, health, physical education and recreation, was quoted in the Feb. 2 edition of the Journal (Plattsmouth, Neb.). The article announced a new fitness book club called "Women Bound to be Active."

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media – local, state, regional, national or international – we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.

In Print

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.

On Stage

Benefit Production of The Vagina Monologues Begins Tonight
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 tonight 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

Tartuffe Continues on Stage Tonight
The UNO Department of Theatre will present Richard Wilbur's translation of Tartuffe by Moliére tonight through Saturday, March 3-4, in the UNO Theater. 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.

A talk-back session with the director, designers and cast will follow the tonight's 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.

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

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.

On Exhibit

Student Art Exhibition Opens This Evening
The Spring 2006 UNO Art Student Exhibition opens tonight, March 3, in the UNO Art Gallery with a reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

This juried exhibition will feature the 2006 recipients of the Bertha Mengedoht Hatz Memorial Awards. The juror is Aaron Holz, an assistant professor of art and art history at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Admission to the UNO Art Gallery is free, and the exhibit is open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from noon to 4 p.m.; Thursday from noon to 8 p.m.; and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.

The gallery is located at the north end of the Weber Fine Arts Building.

For more information, call 554.2796.

oconnellBook Arts Exhibition at Cathedral Cultural Center Ends Today
The beauty of books, both ancient and contemporary, is the subject of an exhibition on display from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, March 3, at the St. Cecilia Cathedral Cultural Center.

"The Beauty of the Book" is sponsored by the Nebraska Book Arts Center and the Joslyn Art Museum. The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, features 80 artifacts that span more than 500 years.

"The Beauty of the Book" is being held in conjunction with the "Illuminating The Word; The Saint John's Bible," which runs through April 16 at the Joslyn Art Museum.

The St. Cecilia Cathedral Cultural Center is located at 701 N. 40th St. behind the cathedral with access on Webster Street.

For more information about the exhibition, contact Bonnie O'Connell at 554.2787.

For more information about the Nebraska Book Arts Center, visit the Web at

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.