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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

A four-day "charm school" was organized and presented by the Women's Athletic Association March 17-20 on campus. For 1936 University of Omaha coeds only, a series of lectures and question-and-answer sessions dominated the first three days. Topics discussed included the history and proper usage of makeup and hairstyling, proper poise and posture, the art of hostessing and women in the field of business. On the fourth day, a style show was presented to the university community for an admission fee of 10 cents. This presentation included clothing modeling, talent demonstrations and musical selections.

Date: March 17, 1936
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

Salgo to Headline March 22 ABC Breakfast

the nameDr. Peter Salgo will focus on a variety of timely medical issues during his appearance at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Academy, Business and Community (ABC) Breakfast Speaker Series set for Wednesday, March 22.

The event will be held at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, 72nd and Grover streets. The doors will open at 7 a.m. for a breakfast buffet.  Tickets are $12.50 each and may be purchased by calling 554.2981.

Dr. Salgo, a medical correspondent, professor and practicing physician, has published on a number of topics, including drug pricing schedules in the United States compared to those of other western nations, the current progress of fetal surgery, plastic and cosmetic surgery, the effects of AIDS on its victims and the health care system, and many others.

Recently, Dr. Salgo has been active with CNBC's "America's Vital Signs," having written, produced and anchored four broadcasts a week. In addition, he has served as a WCBS-TV News correspondent for the past decade on medical news and education issues.

The recipient of numerous awards, Dr. Salgo has been honored with the Broadcasting Award from the American Society of Emergency Physicians, the Community Service Award from the Medic Alert Foundation, an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Coverage of an Instant Single Breaking News Story, an Associated Press Award for Best Continuing News Coverage, and an Emmy Award for Outstanding Coverage of a Continuing News Story.

He received his education at Columbia University and the Columbia University College of Physicians. Currently, Dr. Salgo practices anesthesiology and internal medicine at Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, and teaches anesthesiology and internal medicine at his alma mater.

The ABC Breakfast Speaker Series is celebrating its 31st season in 2005-06.  It is one of the nation's longest running speaker series. 

For more information, call 554.2981, or visit the Web at

MavCard Services System Upgrade Today

MavCard Services will be upgrading its card system today, 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.

UNO Library Downtime Notices

Due to the MavCard Services upgrade - printing, photocopying and microform readers will experience downtime today, March 13, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Photocopying and microform readers will be down all day Tuesday, March 14, starting at 8 a.m. for system upgrades. Questions may be directed to Ben Blackwell at 554.3206.

The University Library Catalog ("GENISYS") will be down Thursday, March 16, starting at 8 a.m. for software upgrades. The downtime will last approximately five hours. Off-campus access to electronic resources will be affected.

For more information, contact Karen Hein, director of library operations, at or 554.2144.

SAC to Meet March 14

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) will meet Tuesday, March 14, at 9 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

Dean Hayes, Information Technology Services (ITS) customer services supervisor, will address the group. All staff and faculty are invited to attend.

For more information, contact Mary Sweaney, SAC president, at 554.3668 or

HR to Present Progressive Discipline Workshop March 21

Human Resources will present a workshop on the university's progressive discipline system Tuesday, March 21. It will address the NU Values competency of leadership. The event, which is designed for new and experienced supervisors, will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

The trainer is Mary Sweaney, assistant director in the UNO Office of Human Resources. She has been with the university for more than 20 years. Sweaney presents training programs for departments on campus, as well as classes for community organizations.

The workshop is designed to:

- help supervisors correct behavior by following proper discipline procedures;

- improve communication between supervisors and employees; and

- give supervisors confidence in dealing with related difficult situations.

To register, contact Human Resources at 554.3665.

Ecoutez! Continues March 21 with Flutist Dora Seres

The 2005-06 Ecoutez! series at UNO will continue Tuesday, March 21, with a performance by flutist Dora Seres. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. The doors will open 30 minutes prior to the concert.

The Ecoutez! series is committed to bringing the highest caliber of established performers and emerging artists to the metropolitan area, said Roger Foltz, a professor of music at UNO and coordinator of the series. The word "ecoutez" is French for "listen." KVNO Classical 90.7 FM is the media sponsor for the series.

A native of Hungary, Seres is a distinguished recitalist who has performed in Boston, Switzerland, Japan, Vienna and Hungary. She is also Principal Flutist of the Hungarian Radio Orchestra. Seres won first prize in the 2005 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. She graduated from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. 

Individual tickets to the March 21 concert are $15. All students are admitted free of charge with a valid ID. Phone reservations for student tickets are recommended. For more information, call 554.3427.

Communication Workshop to Offer Career Advice

Students will meet with professionals at a communication career-development workshop Thursday, March 23, in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

The "Window of Opportunity" workshop will be an interactive session with professionals from advertising, public relations, broadcasting, newspapers, magazines, event planning, and training and development. The session will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The professionals will offer advice on résumé, portfolios, tapes and other materials students may have. Students may bring items for critique and will have the opportunity to talk one-on-one or in small groups. Students may come and go as they please.

The participating professionals will include:

- Zachary Baehr, editor, Bellevue Leader;

- Allen Beckner, news director, KPTM;

- Jeff Carney, assistant managing editor, Omaha World-Herald;

- Brian Daugherty, national sales manager, KETV;

- Kristine Gerber, president, Eventive Marketing;

- Patricia Harrold, president, Career and Life Mentoring;

- Alexandra Hayne, editor, online edition, Omaha World-Herald;

- Christine Kasel, editor in chief, Omaha Magazine;

- Joan Lukas, president, Leslie Kline Lukas & Associates;

- Mike May, director, training and development, MUD;

- Tom Stanton, news director, KFAB;

- Don Trouba, account supervisor, Anderson Partners;

- Anne Walsh, director-employee communications, Union Pacific Railroad; and

- Kristin Zagurski, reporter, Omaha World-Herald.

Michelle Perone, manager of the UNO Career Exploration and Outreach office, also will be available to critique résumé.

Information on communication, student organizations and internships will be available. Snacks also will be provided.

The event is sponsored by the UNO School of Communication's student organizations: Public Relations Student Society of America, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Ad Club.

For more information, contact Sherrie Wilson at 554.3677 or

UNO Ambassadors Available for Campus Activities

Twelve UNO Ambassadors are available during the fall and spring semesters to assist at campus functions hosted by the Chancellor and other UNO dignitaries and organizations. Wearing UNO blazers or polos, members of this select group act as official greeters, interact with guests to enhance a positive image of the university, and lead campus tours. 

All Ambassadors maintain full-time student status but try to honor as many requests as possible. To schedule Ambassadors, contact the Ambassadors Program coordinators: Marion Fortin-Wavra (554.4800, or Christy Tilford (554.3546, Requests should be received a minimum of two weeks before the activity.

Spring Break Hours Under Way

Spring break will be observed today, 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
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
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
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 University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute
Monday through Saturday, March 13-18
2 to 6 p.m.

Sunday, March 19
Noon to 11 p.m.

- University Library
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

University Library
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.

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.

Adults Sought for UNMC Problem Gambling Study

Are you preoccupied with gambling and need to gamble with increasing amounts of money? Are you unsuccessful in your efforts to cut back or stop your gambling? Have others criticized you for your gambling? If so, you may suffer from pathological gambling, a disorder that affects more than two million adults.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Department of Psychiatry is seeking research volunteers ages 19 to 70 to evaluate an investigational treatment for pathological gambling. Study evaluation and medication will be provided at no cost to those who meet the eligibility requirements.

For more information, contact the UNMC Department of Psychiatry at 354.6858 or

Maverick Watch

the nameGo Mavs! Support your Mavericks by attending their home events.

Faculty and staff are admitted free to all home athletic games with a valid UNO ID and game-day ticket, excluding hockey. The spouses, significant others and children of faculty and staff also are admitted free. At the game, faculty and staff must present a valid UNO ID to receive a ticket. Tickets are available on the day of the game at each home event. For more information, call 554.MAVS (6287).

At home this week…

Saturday, March 18
Tennis vs. Chicago State
Hanscom Park
3200 Ed Creighton Ave.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at