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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

Brooks Lecture to Feature Rabbi Sandmel April 6

Rabbi David Sandmel will deliver this year's Rabbi Sidney H. Brooks Lecture Thursday, April 6. The title of his presentation is "Theology, Identity and Politics: Jews, Christians and Israel in the 21st Century?" The event will be held at 7 p.m. in the W.H. Thompson Alumni Center. It is free and open to the public.

Rabbi Sandmel serves the K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Congregation in Chicago and is the Crown-Ryan Professor of Jewish Studies at the Catholic Theological Union. From 1998-2001, he served as the Jewish Scholar at the Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies in Baltimore. There, he directed the National Jewish Scholars Project, a major initiative to promote a new discussion within the Jewish community and between Jews and Christians about the differences and similarities between the two traditions. He lectures widely on contemporary issues in Jewish-Christian relations and foundations of Judaism and Christianity in antiquity.

The annual lecture series is sponsored by the UNO Religious Studies Program, the UNO College of Arts and Sciences and Temple Israel. It is named in honor of Sidney H. Brooks, who played an integral role in the religious life of the Omaha community for more than 40 years. He served as rabbi of Temple Israel for 33 years before his retirement in 1985. He died in 1999 at the age of 79. Throughout his life, Brooks was recognized for his pursuit of social justice and relations between people of other faiths, including Jews and Christians.

For more information, contact Kathy Cox Schwartz at 554.2628.

Nominations Sought for SAC Recognition Award

UNO faculty and staff are invited to submit nominations for the Staff Advisory Council (SAC) Recognition Award. All UNO faculty, managerial/professional and office/service staff members in good standing are eligible to be nominated on the basis of exemplary support to UNO staff members.

The nomination form can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

SAC Nomination Form

Nominations are due March 30, 2006. The nomination form and supporting materials should be sent via campus mail to:
SAC Secretary
P.O. Box 130

The award will be presented this spring at the annual Faculty Senate/Staff Advisory Council banquet May 2, 2006. For more information, call Camille Cicotello at 554.2657.

For more information about SAC, visit the Web at

Films to Be Focus of "Shorts Night" at UNO

Five short films will be featured on "Shorts Night," which is being sponsored by the UNO Religious Studies Program. The event, set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, is free and open to the campus community and the public.

The films to be featured and their run times are as follows:
- Tiffany Shlain's "The Tribe," 18 minutes;
- Nash Edgerton's "Fuel," 17 minutes;
- Ari Sandel's "West Bank Story," 20 minutes;
- Gail Maurice's "Smudge," 12.5 minutes; and
- David Napier's "The Art of Farewell," 7.5 minutes.

The films will be shown in 306 Arts and Sciences Hall. For more information, call 554.2628 or e-mail

Retirement Reception for Ella Jane Bailey March 23

The university community is invited to attend a retirement reception for Ella Jane Bailey Thursday, March 23, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

Professor Bailey, chair of bibliographic services, began her library career at the University of Omaha in September 1963. She left UNO in 1969 but returned in 1979. Ella Jane has made significant contributions to UNO and the library profession during her distinguished career. For more information, contact Jan Boyer at 554.3204.

Tickets On Sale for Cesar Chavez Celebration

The 2006 Cesar Chavez celebration at UNO is set for Friday, March 24, at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. Tickets are currently on sale in the MBSC Business Office. The cost is $10 for faculty and staff, $5 for students and $15 for the general public.

UNO student Jorge Gomez will host the event. He is a member of the Association of Latin American Students (ALAS) and Sigma Lambda Beta, a national Latino fraternity.

The keynote speaker will be Marty Ramirez, mental health practitioner with the University Health Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Musical entertainment will be provided by the South Omaha Arts Institute under the direction of UNO alumnus Marcos Mora.

The event will commemorate the life of Chavez, who advocated for better wages and working conditions for the nation's farm workers. In 1952, he began the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) to strive for equal rights for agricultural workers.

Chavez died April 23, 1993, at the age of 66 and was posthumously awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994. The U.S. Postal Service issued a commemorative first class stamp bearing his image in 2003.

For more information, call 554.2711.

UNO Philosophy Colloquia to Feature Lecture on Russell's Paradox

Gregory Landini, a professor of philosophy from the University of Iowa, will speak at UNO Friday, March 24. The event is part of the UNO Department of Philosophy's ongoing Colloquia Series.

Landini's presentation is titled "Russell's Paradox" and will focus on the topic of logicism, which is the thesis that arithmetic truth is logical truth. Oxford University Press published Landini's book, Russell's Hidden Substitutional Theory, in 1998. Landini is currently working on three additional books.

The colloquia will begin at 2:30 p.m. in 310 Arts and Sciences Hall.

For more information, contact Kathy Cox Schwartz at 554.2628 or

Information on this and other events sponsored by the UNO Department of Philosophy and Religion may be found on the Web at

Author Kevin McMahon to Present Lecture March 20

Distinguished author, political scientist and educator Kevin McMahon will be on campus Monday, March 20, to give a lecture on his nationally acclaimed book - Reconsidering Roosevelt on Race: How the Presidency Paved the Road to Brown. The event will begin at 10 a.m. in 316 Allwine Hall. It is free and open to the public.

Dr. McMahon is an assistant professor of political science at Trinity College. His book, Reconsidering Roosevelt on Race: How the Presidency Paved the Road to Brown (University of Chicago Press, 2004), won the American Political Science Association's Richard E. Neustadt Award for the best book published on the American presidency in 2004. His other publications include articles in Studies in American Political Development and The Forum, as well as several book chapters. He is currently working on a book titled Nixon's Court: William H. Rehnquist and the Conservative Counterrevolution That Was.

This event is sponsored by the UNO Department of Political Science, the Program for Comparative American Studies, and the American Democracy Project.

For more information, contact Randall Adkins at 554.3617 or

Male Participants Sought for Free Biomechanics Analysis

Healthy subjects are needed to participate in a study taking place in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building Biomechanics Laboratory 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. In exchange for their participation, individuals 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 will take part in a one-time data collection lasting approximately two hours that would involve 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 20-24.

Additional details will be provided to those interested in participating in the study. For more information, contact Jessie Huisinga at 554.3225 or

SHS to Host Men's Health Day March 21

Student Health Services (SHS) will host a Men's Health Day Tuesday, March 21, at UNO.

In conjunction with the event, cholesterol and blood sugar tests will be available for $15. Also available will be PSA testing for an additional $15. Free information on healthy eating, cardiovascular disease, hair loss, testicular cancer and depression also will be on hand. Attendees can also earn points for Mav Tracks and enter for free giveaways.

SHS is located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center. For more information, call SHS at 554.2374.

HR Workshop on FMLA Act March 23

Human Resources will present an overview of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Thursday, March 23, at UNO. The event, which is designed for non-supervisory staff, will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Omaha Room.

The FMLA Act obligates certain employers, such as the University of Nebraska, to provide family and medical leave to their employees.

The trainer is Esther Scarpello, fringe benefits manager in the UNO Office of Human Resources. Scarpello has more than 20 years of experience in the area of benefits and human resources. She is certified in Benefits and Compensation from World at Work.

The workshop will help employees understand the provisions of the FMLA Act and highlight the university's leave policies, procedures and forms used.

To register, contact Human Resources at 554.3665.

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.