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Brandi Chastain

Big Olympian Makes Lasting Impression

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Will this soccer jersey ever be washed again? Probably not! A young soccer player has her jersey autographed by Brandi Chastain March 7 at the Sapp Fieldhouse as more than 1,500 youngsters attended a free clinic and autograph session. Chastain spoke March 8 to 700 people at the Diet Pepsi/UNO Women’s Walk Kick-Off Luncheon.

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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

Les Sigman

Going for Four

by Tim Fitzgerald

You'd never know that Les Sigman is going after his fourth national wrestling championship March 10-11. He is as calm and soft-spoken as ever and seems to wonder why he's getting so much attention.

Sigman could set University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) records and become the first Maverick to win four national titles (wrestler Roy Washington had three and his brother, Mel, had two). In doing so, ...continue

UNO to Host Police and Immigration Conference April 7

The International Relations Unit of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., Police Department will be featured speakers at the UNO Law Enforcement and the New Immigration Conference Friday, April 7. The day-long conference will be held at the Doubletree Hotel, 16th and Dodge streets in Omaha. The public is invited to attend.

Two officers from the International Relations Unit will give a presentation on their communication, partnerships, outreach and problem-solving initiatives. The unit consists of one sergeant and six sworn officers. Members of the group have previously been invited to give presentations in Spain and several U.S. cities.

Sam Walker, coordinator of the UNO Police Professionalism Initiative (PPI), co-sponsor of the conference and an emeritus professor in the UNO Department of Criminal Justice; said the Charlotte International Relations Unit is one of the most creative and important new programs in this area of law enforcement. The event's other sponsor is the UNO Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS).

"One important feature of the Charlotte International Relations Unit is that it serves all international groups in the local community and does not focus on just one group," Dr. Walker said.  The Charlotte metropolitan area consists of significant Hispanic, Hmong, Vietnamese and Indian communities.

Space is limited, and those interested in attending are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Registration forms can be obtained by phone at 554.3590 or 554.3835, or by e-mail to Lunch will be provided to participants who register in advance.

Student Exhibition Under Way at UNO Art Gallery

The Spring 2006 UNO Art Student Exhibition is currently on display in the UNO Art Gallery.

This juried exhibition, which runs through March 31, 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.

Update Your W-4 Tax Withholding on ESS

Employee Self Service (ESS) provides benefit-eligible employees online access to their personal data stored in SAP, the university's administrative computing system. Through the ESS Web site, employees can view or change their current filing status, their number of allowances and/or additional withholding on their Federal Employee Withholding Allowance Certificate (Form W-4). 

Employees need their employee personnel ID and password to access their information. If an employee has forgotten their password, they can reset it by using the "Forgotten your password?" feature on the ESS logon screen.

Contact the security coordinator at 554.2322 if you have problems accessing your account.

To learn more about ESS, visit the Web at

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.

In 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.

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-inch 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, the work will be completed before Monday, March 20.

For more information, contact Dave Ferree at 554.3088.

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, 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.

Call for UCAT Conference Grant Proposals

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of travel grants for designated themes to increase capacity building in teaching and learning.

The applications should reflect UCAT's mission of enhancing teaching and student learning processes at UNO and focus on one or more of the following designated themes:
- Seamless transitions (P-20 transitions from pre-kindergarten through graduate school);
- Portfolio-based assessment;
- Recruitment and retention;
- Active learning;
- Facilitation of interdisciplinary collaboration;
- Learning communities;
- Diversity; and
- Scholarship of teaching.

The committee is accepting proposals on a monthly basis through March or until funds are expended. The committee will fund grants of up to $750 for each award. Proposals are due by the 21st of each month.

Application forms are available on the Web at Applicants must submit one hard copy and an electronic submission of the application. Electronic submissions should be in "rtf" or "MS Word document" formats and sent as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll at Hard copy submissions should be sent to the Center for Faculty Development in 110 Engineering.

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.

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.

Registration Under Way for Technology Workshops

Registration for the 2006 summer technology programs in the UNO College of Information Science and Technology is officially under way. The computer technology workshops are designed for students age 11 to 17.

Early-entry C++ and Web development courses are also available for high school students who want a challenge this summer and are ready for a college credit course. Space is limited.

For more information or to register online, visit the Web at