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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 March 5, 1991, The Gateway interviewed Psychiatrist Todd Hendrickson of the University of Nebraska Medical Center about the effects of the Gulf War on the home front. Dr. Hendrickson believed that, although the war was mostly over, people at home needed to vent the anxiety that they had suffered during the conflict. The last thing people should do was not talk about the conflict. According to Dr. Hendrickson, people should keep themselves busy, "rally together and support the cause, and stick with the troops. "

Date: March 5, 1991
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

Seven Days of Service Begins March 13

More than 350 UNO students will be giving up their spring break to help renovate the Wesley House and four homes in North Omaha during the Seven Days of Service project March 13-17.

The community service project, which began four years ago, is student driven and organized. Students gain hands-on experience and contribute by recruiting volunteers, collecting donations, publicizing the event and making renovations. Last year, students logged more than 15,000 volunteer hours.

"Most students say they want to be involved in their community," said Paul Sather, director of UNO's Service-Learning Academy and American Humanics Program. "We are helping them get the connection."

Work begins at 8 a.m. for the 50-some volunteers per day. The work includes tearing out and replacing carpet and linoleum, replacing windows, painting and landscaping. The volunteers receive free breakfast, lunch and a T-shirt each day they help. Guest speakers also talk to the volunteers each day on topics such as homelessness.

"What we are about is building the community," said Kathe Oleson, project consultant. "This project has all the right elements – learning, serving and connecting to the community. Students can feel that positive energy and want to contribute. They also learn that it can be fun and joyful to serve."

After the rehabilitation process is finished, Omaha Family Housing Advisory Services will qualify low to moderate income families to purchase the homes. For many, it will be their first owned home and a new beginning.

"The families who live in these homes are so grateful. To many of them, their new home represents the American dream," Oleson said.

This year, renovations also will be made on the Wesley House at 2001 North 35th St. The Wesley House is a nonprofit community-based organization that provides programs for teenagers and their families in North Omaha and throughout Douglas County. Renovations will include taking out temporary walls and restoring a sanctuary.

Nearly all of the funding for Seven Days of Service comes from donations made by more than 40 Omaha companies. The top donator, Wells Fargo, contributed more than $47,000 to Family Housing Advisory Services to assist with the project.

Erika Berg, a senior at UNO, will volunteer for the project again this year. "Helping with Seven Days of Service gives you such a rewarding feeling. You know you are giving back to the community and making it a better place for everyone, especially the families who get to move into the houses," she said. "Everyone benefits from the hard work. That's what makes it all worthwhile."

For more information or to volunteer for Seven Days of Service, call Oleson at 426.1303.

UNO to Host Concord Coalition ‘Fiscal Wake-up Tour' Stop

UNO will be the only Nebraska stop of the "Fiscal Wake-Up Tour," a unique series of public forums focused on America's long-term budgetary challenges organized by the Concord Coalition. The event will be held Tuesday, April 4, at the Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine St., on UNO's south campus.

The purpose of the project is to draw attention to the current state of national fiscal policy, said B.J. Reed, dean of the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS). CPACS, along with the UNO Department of Political Science and the American Democracy Project, is co-sponsoring the event with the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce and the American Federation of Labor (AFL). Speakers from the Committee for Economic Development, the Brookings Institution and the Heritage Foundation will be part of the forum.

"It will be a very diverse group in terms of political views and social outlooks," Dr. Reed said."All of the speakers do agree that America's future faces profound challenges if economic policy issues are not addressed."

The Concord Coalition is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to informing the public about the need for generationally responsible fiscal policy. Former U.S. Sens. Warren B. Rudman (R-NH) and Bob Kerrey (D-NE) serve as co-chairs of the Concord Coalition. Former Secretary of Commerce Peter G. Peterson serves as president. The Concord Coalition was founded in 1992 by Rudman, Peterson and the late Sen. Paul E. Tsongas(D-MA).

The most recent "Wake-Up Tour" stop was held Feb. 27 at Duke University in Durham, N.C. Other cities that have hosted forums in the past year include Portland, Ore., Minneapolis and Richmond, Va.

Two of the speakers coming to Omaha to take part in the forum include David Walker, Comptroller General of the United States from the Government Accountability Office, and Robert Bixby, executive director of the Concord Coalition. Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey also plans on taking part.

Representatives from the offices of Sens. Chuck Hagel and Ben Nelson will be at the event, and videotaped messages from both Nebraska senators are being planned.

The event is free and open to the public.The forum will begin at 9 a.m. and end shortly before noon.

"It's a small amount of time to invest to learn a great deal about the ongoing national dialogue on our nation's fiscal health," Dr. Reed said.

For more information, call 554.3502. While the event is free, registration is requested. The public can register by calling 554.2276 or 1.888.333.4248.

For more information about the Concord Coalition, visit the Web at http://www.concordcoalition.org.

Student Exhibition Under Way at UNO Art Gallery

The Spring 2006 UNO Art Student Exhibition is on display in the UNO Art Gallery through March 31.

This juried exhibition features the 2006 recipients of the Bertha Mengedoht Hatz Memorial Awards. It includes work by Sarah Brogren, Matt Carlson, Rita Chandler, Blake Conant, Molly Connolly, Tiare Cyphers, Shaun Kiel, Lisa Lebens, Brandon Liebig, Dan Lowe, Melanie Martinez, Weenonah Miller, Alex Myers, Francis Osugi, Joe Pankowski, Katrina N. Pierce, Kym Rutledge, Nikki Snyder-Coffman, Jon Sours, Seth E. Thompson, Ashley Vak, Bart Vargas, Jenny Wagner, Monica Yoo and Ying Zhu.

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.

Tickets on Sale for Cesar Chavez Celebration

The 2006 Cesar Chavez celebration at UNO is set for Friday, March 24, at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom.

Tickets are currently on sale in the MBSC Business Office. The cost is $10 for faculty and staff, $5 for students and $15 for the general public. Watch future editions of eNotes for more details as the event nears.

For more information, call 554.2711.

Faculty Senate to Meet March 8

The UNO Faculty Senate will meet Wednesday, March 8, in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Rooms. All interested parties are invited to attend.

Sam Brown, associate professor of public administration at UNO, will present information on the final report of the University of Nebraska President's Health Care Committee at 2 p.m. Dr. Brown was a member of the committee. The meeting will begin immediately following the presentation.

Questions about the meeting may be directed to Sue Bishop, Faculty Senate coordinator (554.3598), or Hollis Glaser, Faculty Senate president (554.4846).

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

March 9, 22 and 27
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

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

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.

For more information, contact Esther Scarpello at 554.3660 or Jacque Christenham at 554.3659.

Discount Memberships Available to Lauritzen Gardens

UNO faculty and staff are eligible for a discount on memberships to Lauritzen Gardens. To receive the discount, memberships must be purchased by May 30.

Several membership levels are available, including individual, dual, family, grandparent, patron and benefactor. To sign up, call 346.4002, ext. 214, or fill out an application form and return it with payment to:

Lauritzen Gardens
100 Bancroft St.
Omaha, NE 68108

To download an application, click on the following link:

Lauritzen Gardens Membership Application

For more information, contact Amanda Miller at 346.4002, ext. 214, or a.miller@omahabotanicalgardens.org.

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.