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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

Information Session on Volunteering at Bethsaida Tonight

Have you ever wanted to put your hands on history, literally?

International Studies and Programs will host an information session on volunteering with the Bethsaida Excavations Project tonight, March 8. The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 6 p.m. in 216 Arts and Sciences Hall.

The Bethsaida Excavations Project is an archaeological site located near the Sea of Galilee in Israel. Bethsaida was the capital city of the forgotten biblical kingdom of Geshur. It is one of the most frequently mentioned towns in the New Testament and the purported place where Jesus performed several of his major miracles.

Rami Arav, director of excavations and research, will discuss the history of Bethsaida and how those interested can volunteer to dig at the site.

For more information about the March 8 information session, contact Steve Reynolds at 554.3108. For more information about the Bethsaida Excavations Project, visit the Web at

National Sierra Club President to Speak Tonight

The national president of the Sierra Club will discuss economics, business and the environment in America at a public forum set for tonight, 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 Tonight

The music and culture of Bulgaria and America will join forces in a unique concert set for tonight, 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

New Grievance Policy in Effect

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents approved a new grievance policy at its March 3 meeting.

To access the new policy, click on the following link:

Discrimination policy

For more information, contact Human Resources at 554.2321.

Screening of "Invisible Children" March 10

"Invisible Children," a documentary about child soldiers in two African countries, will be shown Friday, March 10, in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. The university's Pan African Student Organization is coordinating the screening, which begins at 10 a.m.

In recent years, children as young as eight have been forced to become soldiers in the rebel armies of Sudan and Uganda. An organization, Invisible Children, was established to follow these children and film their hardships.

At the start of February, the Invisible Children National Tour sent out seven Winnebago recreational vehicles to travel across the United States with the specific purpose of raising awareness about this situation, said Buey Jay Ruet from UNO's Pan African Student Organization. The presentation in Omaha is a shortened version of the film.

A time for discussion and questions will be held after the documentary. UNO students, faculty, staff and the general public are welcome to attend this free event.

For more information, contact Ruet at 917.7825.

Retirement Planning Education Series Continues March 10

Human Resources will continue its retirement planning education series Friday, March 10. The session 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 present information on retirement planning for women of all ages. A representative from Social Security also will be present.

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

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.

Male Participants Sought for Free Biomechanics Analysis

Healthy male subjects age 55 and older are sought for participation in a study conducted by the UNO Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Biomechanics Laboratory March 6-10 or March 20-24.

The study is investigating the effects of vascular disease on gait, and healthy controls are needed to compare to the disease population. Participants will receive a free gait analysis from the HPER Biomechanics Lab personnel. The free analysis provides a prescription for ideal sports shoes based on the person's individual gait pattern. This service is typically offered for a fee of $60.

Ideal participants should be male, 55 years of age and above, and free from any lower limb orthopedic pathologies such as joint replacement or ACL injuries. Subjects would take part in a one-time data collection lasting approximately two hours and involving a variety of walking tasks. Data will be collected using a state of the art motion capture system identical to the equipment used for motion picture special effects and video games. Collections will take place at a scheduled time during the week of March 6-10 and again March 20-24.

For more information, contact Jessie Huisinga at 554.3225 or

Psychology Candidate to Present Lectures This Week

Jeremy Burrus, a candidate for a position in the UNO Department of Psychology, will present a pair of lectures during his campus visit this week. Burrus is a graduate student in social-personality psychology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

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

Thursday, March 9
Teaching Talk: "Heuristics"
313 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH)
1:30 p.m.

Friday, March 10
Colloquium Talk: "Egocentrism in Perceptions of Disruptive Justice: When Favorable Outcomes are Unfair Outcomes"
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Dodge Room A
1:30 p.m.
A reception will follow in the MBSC Dodge Room B

For more information, contact Marie Lee at 554.2581.

Sidewalk Closing March 11

Beginning Saturday, March 11, a portion of the sidewalk just west of the southwest corner of University Library will be removed for the installation of a new 12" storm drain line serving the library addition.

A temporary bridge for pedestrian traffic will be installed during this construction period. While work is in progress, this area of the sidewalk will be closed. Weather permitting, this work will be completed before Monday, March 20.

For more information, contact Dave Ferree at 554.3088.

Campus Recreation Announces Spring Break Hours

Campus Recreation will observe the following hours during spring break (March 10-19):

Friday, March 10
6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 11
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday, March 12
Noon to 6 p.m.

Monday through Friday, March 13-17
6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 18
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday, March 19
Noon to 6 p.m.

No Group Ex Classes During Spring Break

Campus Recreation will not offer group exercise classes during the week of spring break, March 13-17. Classes will resume Monday, March 20.

For more information, contact Dave Daniels at 554.2008 or

Spring Break Schedule for Open Computer Labs Announced

The open computer labs on campus will operate according to the following schedule during spring break:

Milo Bail Student Center Elmwood Room
Saturday and Sunday, March 11-12
1 to 5 p.m.

Monday through Friday, March 13-17
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saturday, March 18
1 to 5 p.m.

Sunday, March 19
1 p.m. to 3 a.m.

158A The Peter Kiewit Institute
Saturday and Sunday, March 11-12

Monday through Saturday, March 13-18
2 to 6 p.m.

Sunday, March 19
Noon to 11 p.m.

University Library
Saturday and Sunday, March 11-12

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

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

Saturday, March 18
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, March 19
Noon to 11 p.m.

104 Durham Science Center
Saturday through Sunday, March 11–19

300 Arts and Sciences Hall
Saturday through Sunday, March 11–19

401 Roskens Hall
Saturday through Sunday, March 11–19

211 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building
Saturday through Sunday, March 11–19

MavCard Services System Upgrade March 13

MavCard Services will be upgrading its card system Monday, March 13, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. MavCard usage across campus will be temporarily unavailable during this scheduled downtime.

Normal service will resume at 6 p.m. For more information, call 554.2220.

Six-Week Yoga Session Begins March 27

Campus Recreation and the Wellness Stampede will offer a six-week Yoga session March 27 through May 1.

Classes will be held Mondays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in 230 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. The cost is $15 for students, $20 for faculty and staff activity cardholders, and $25 for non-activity cardholders.

A free open house will be held Monday, March 20, in 230 HPER from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Participants should come dressed to work out.

The instructor will be Corrie Shumaker, a certified instructor with the Omaha Yoga and Bodywork Center. Shumaker's class will cover relaxation, warm-up and Yoga postures.

Individuals may sign up in 100 HPER. For more information, call 554.2539.

Women's Apparel Sale Under Way at UNO Bookstore

The UNO Bookstore is currently offering discounts on select Maverick/UNO women's apparel items through Friday, March 10. A variety of women's fashions are 20 percent off.

UNO Bookstore hours during the sale are as follows:
Monday through Thursday
7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, stop by the store or contact Jacinda Brooks at 554.2360.