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Well-deserved Women Honorees

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Recipients of the 2006 Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) Awards were honored March 9 at the 20th annual luncheon in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. Pictured (from left to right), are Jessica O’Neel, Student Scholarship Award recipient; Roberta Wilhelm with Girls Incorporated of Omaha, Outstanding Community Service Award recipient; UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck; Carolyn Green with Girls Incorporated of Omaha, Outstanding Community Service Award recipient; and Mary Sweaney, assistant director of Human Resources at UNO and the Outstanding Achievement Award recipient.

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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

March Spotlight on Student Employment

studentemploymentIs your office a better place because of student employees?

Student Employment Services thought so, and chose the student employees from the UNO Office of Multicultural Affairs as the March Spotlight on Student Employment recipients.

"The best thing about my student workers is they are reliable and dependable; I can count on them. They are very intelligent young women," said Mona Lisa King-Ward, supervisor.

The UNO students are:

- Daejanira Lyncook, biology major; Omaha, Neb.; and
- Chondra James, exercise science major; Athens, Ga.

"The best thing about my job on campus is flexible hours. I'm doing an internship and can easily adjust hours with my job on campus," James said.

Human Resources is featuring student employees from a new department each month through April. Featured departments are entered in a drawing for an end-of-the-year party.

Departments also are featured on the Human Resources Student Employment Job Board on the first floor of the Eppley Administration Building. For more information about the program, contact Emily Muckerheide at emuckerheide@mail.unomaha.edu.

Students seeking work experience during school can gain assistance through Student Employment Services (SES), located in Human Resources, 205 Eppley Administration Building. On-campus student worker, work-study and graduate assistant positions are posted on the SES Job Board on the first floor of the Eppley Administration Building and online at http://careers.unomaha.edu.

Pictured at work with supervisor Mona Lisa King-Ward (from left to right) are Daejanira Lyncook, King-Ward and Chondra James.

"Consider This" to Air Ideology Episode

Joining host Carol Schrader this week on "Consider This" are three Omaha ministers from conservative religious backgrounds. The program will be rebroadcast tonight, March 10, at 11 p.m. on KYNE-TV Channel 26.

Schrader's guest will be Rev. Eric Benz of Trinity Interdenominational Church, Rev. Paul Hoesing of Roncalli Catholic High School, and Rev. Larry Menyweather-Woods, a faculty member in the UNO Black Studies Department and a retired Baptist minister.

They discuss their strong religious beliefs and how they believe U.S. laws, court decisions and policies should reflect those ideologies.

This edition of the program will also be rebroadcast according to the following schedule:

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, March 12
11:30 a.m. (CT)

NETV 2 (Nebraska's ETV cable network)
- Monday, March 13
1:30 p.m. (CT)

- Wednesday, March 15
8 a.m. (CT)

"Consider This," a production of UNO Television, also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For a list of days and times, visit the Web at http://www.tknomaha.org. Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at http://www.unotv.unomaha.edu.

Pathways to Harmony Program is April 13

The next Pathways to Harmony program is scheduled for Thursday, April 13. It is a new three and one-half hour format, and will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

"This professional development program about diversity represents part of the strategic planning objectives set for the UNO community," said Sharon Ulmar, assistant to the chancellor for diversity and equal opportunity. "It will help to enhance respectful relationships and create an open and constructive dialogue about diversity on the UNO campus."

All faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend.

To register, call 554.2896 or send an e-mail to mkclark@mail.unomaha.edu. Seating is limited.

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.

Spring Break Hours Announced

Spring break will be observed Monday, March 13, through Saturday, March 18, at UNO. Below is a list of corresponding building and computer lab schedules.

Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building
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.

(Campus Recreation will not offer group exercise classes March 13-17. Classes will resume Monday, March 20.)

Milo Bail Student Center
Saturday, March 11
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, March 12
2 to 9 p.m.

Monday through Friday, March 13-17
7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

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

Sunday, March 19
2 to 9 p.m.

Open Computer Labs
- 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
Closed

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
Closed

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
Closed

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

- 401 Roskens Hall
Saturday through Sunday, March 11–19
Closed

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

University Library
Saturday and Sunday, March 11-12
Closed (planned electrical outage)

Monday through Thursday, March 13-16
8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
(University Library Catalog - GENISYS downtime set for March 16 from 8 a.m. to noon)

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

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.

Male Research Participants Sought for Study

The UNO Department of Psychology is seeking adolescent boys in grades seven, eight, 10 and 11 for participation in a research study on adolescent perceptions and interpretations of parental control in the context of everyday situations.

Participants will fill out a questionnaire asking for their interpretations of hypothetical interactions between parents and an adolescent. Participation takes approximately one hour. Movie passes or a check will be provided for participation.

For more information, contact Fumiko Kakihara (fkakihara@mail.unomaha.edu) or Lauree Tilton-Weaver (554.3848; ltiltonweaver@mail.unomaha.edu).

In the News

In the News- Patty Adams, Program for Women and Successful Aging (PWSA), was quoted in the Feb. 9 edition of the Omaha Star. The article announced a Women's History Month event sponsored by the PWSA that would be held March 5 in conjunction with the Omaha Public Library.

- UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck and Mary Mudd, university consultant, were quoted in the Feb. 2 edition of the Omaha Star. The article announced the 2006 recipients of the UNO Women of Color Awards.

- Richard Breaux, black studies, was quoted in the Feb. 11 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article highlighted the Aframerican Book Store, which opened in Omaha in the early 1990s.

- Maria Garza, multicultural affairs, was quoted in the Feb. 12 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article discussed a family's determination to stick together after leaving Mexico in search of a better life in Omaha.

- John Hafer, marketing and management, was quoted in the Feb. 6 edition of the Daily Nebraskan. The article explored a marketing project UNO students recently completed for Hawkins Construction Company.

- Peggy Jones, black studies, was quoted in the Feb. 2 edition of the Omaha Star and the Feb. 8 edition of City Weekly. The articles announced the Malcolm X Festival at UNO.

- John Kretzschmar, William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies, was quoted in the Feb. 2 edition of the Omaha Star. The article explored the seventh annual Labor Community Conference set for Saturday, March 11, at the Milo Bail Student Center.

- Pete Madsen, music, was quoted in the Feb. 9 edition of the Omaha Star. The article announced that the Langston Hughes Project would be coming to Omaha.

- Christopher Stanichar, music, was cited in the Feb. 13 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article highlighted the All-City Music Festival, which was held Feb. 11 at the Omaha Civic Auditorium.

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 enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.

In Print

- Bruce E. Johansen, communication, authored a 10,000-word chapter, "Global Warming" in James Ciment, ed. Social Issues in America: An Encyclopedia. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, published March 1, 2006.

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 enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.

On Stage

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 enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.

On Exhibit: 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.

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 enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.