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Taking a Break During the Break

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Coaches and staff in the UNO Athletic Department take a time-out for lunch March 14 as they work to refurbish a house at 44th and Franklin streets. UNO faculty, staff and students are spending part of their spring break painting and cleaning several Omaha houses during the fourth annual Seven Days of Service project. The event is being coordinated by the Service-Learning Academy at UNO.

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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

Spring 2006 Strategic Planning Advance May 8

Community engagement and accountability will be the focus at the UNO Spring 2006 Strategic Planning Advance Monday, May 8. The event will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. All interested members of the campus community (faculty, staff and students) are invited to attend.

More information will be provided as the event nears.

To learn more about UNO's strategic plan, visit the Web at or contact Lindy Gustafson, graduate assistant, at or 554.2535.

Fitness Center to Host Free Blood Pressure Screening

The Fitness Center will host a free blood pressure screening Tuesday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will be held in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building near the main entrance and is open to all faculty, staff and students.

The Fitness Center will also be holding a cholesterol screening Thursday, March 23, from 7 to 11 a.m. It will be held in the HPER Exercise Physiology Lab. The test requires a 12-hour fast and will cost $15, with results ready for participants when they leave.

Those interested should sign up in advance by calling the Exercise Physiology Lab at 554.3221 or stop by the office, located in 103 HPER.

GLBTQ Dialogue March 22

Students, faculty and staff interested in making UNO a safe environment for members of the GLBTQ community are invited to participate in a campus dialogue Wednesday, March 22. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

Those interested in attending are invited to bring their lunch. For more information, contact Sharon Ulmar at 554.2872.

CFD to Host Brownbag on Newspapers March 22

The Center for Faculty Development (CFD) will host a brownbag on newspapers in the classroom Wednesday, March 22. The event, titled "Newspapers in the Classroom - Navigating the Information Highway with Your Students," will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Umonhon Room.

Dennis Hoffman, UNO Department of Criminal Justice, and Maria Knudtson, UNO Department of English, will present a brownbag on using newspapers to support classroom instruction. Both faculty members have well-designed methods of incorporating newspapers into introductory-level undergraduate courses in their disciplines (English Composition and Introduction to Criminal Justice, respectively). They will also share tips for faculty interested in effectively using newspapers as hands-on teaching tools. Participants are invited to bring their lunches.

To register, contact the CFD at 554.2427 or

HR to Present Progressive Discipline Workshop

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.

Salgo to Headline March 22 ABC Breakfast

Dr. 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.

the nameDr. 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

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.

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.

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 ( or Lauree Tilton-Weaver (554.3848;