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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

NCAS "Celebration of Women Festival" March 24-25

As part of its 2005-06 "Season of Celebrations," the Nebraska Choral Arts Society (NCAS) and UNO will host a "Celebration of Women Festival" Friday and Saturday, March 24-25, in the Strauss Performing Arts Center. In conjunction with Women's History Month, the festival will trumpet the triumphs of women through song and discussion. All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

"Open rehearsals, pre-concert talks and panel discussion add depth to the concert weekend. Music appreciators as well as students, middle school through post-graduate, can learn about the works performed and about careers in music from the experience and achievement of the festival's guest artists," said D. Anthony Trecek-King, NCAS artistic director, and assistant professor of music at UNO. "The festival represents the realm of music professionals: performance, composition, education and administration."

Festival attendees will take special interest in "Women in Music: Stories of Success" a panel discussion on women's careers in musical performing arts Saturday, March 25, at 1:30 p.m. Moderated by Suzanne Wise, executive director of the Nebraska Arts Council, the session aims to draw out from the audience and its panelists of performance artists and arts administrators the issues of success and challenge to women in the musical arts.

Serving on the March 25 panel are local soprano Anne DeVries; Joan Desens, Opera Omaha general director; Nancy Engdahl Robson, NCAS assistant artistic director; Amy Sims, Omaha Symphony concertmaster; and Joan Squires, Omaha Performing Arts Society president, in addition to August Read Thomas and Jean Ashworth Bartle. Questions for the panel will be submitted in written form at the beginning of the discussion, but can also be sent ahead of time to

All works performed at the weekend's three concerts are written or arranged by women, and each concert features a different mixture of NCAS choirs. The climax of the weekend is a world premiere set for March 25 at 7 p.m. of an NCAS commissioned piece by August Read Thomas, "Berkshire Songs," that sets to music three poems by poet Emily Dickinson. Thomas, present composer-in-residence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Wyatt Professor of Music at Northwestern University, will not only be present at the premiere, she will speak with composition students, give a pre-concert talk and contribute to an open rehearsal during her stay in Omaha.

The choirs of NCAS will also be treated to the talents of guest clinician Jean Ashworth Bartle. Bartle is the founder of the Toronto Children's Choir and is touted worldwide for her work as a guest lecturer and conductor of children's voices. In addition to open rehearsal and pre-concert talks, she will be conducting combined-choir pieces at the festival's first concert Friday, March 24, at 7 p.m. and its second Saturday, March 25, at 3 p.m.

"I asked a class of 400 students what month was Women's History Month, and only one knew it was March," Trecek-King said. "The issues and successes of women need to be better known, and I felt NCAS could do its part by showcasing not only music by women, but women locally and nationally who excel in the musical arts."

Lecture, open rehearsals and discussion sessions are free. Concert tickets cost $15 for each performance. Children under six will be admitted for free. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 342.6753 and will also be available at the door.

To access a complete festival schedule, click on the link below.

"Celebrations of Women"

For more information regarding the "Celebration of Women Festival," contact the NCAS at 342.6743.

"Consider This" to Air Author Micaela Gilchrist Episode

Author and Omaha native Micaela Gilchrist has been known to combine tumultuous love stories and meticulous historical research in her novels. She will join host Carol Schrader to discuss her two novels of historical fiction on this week's "Consider This."

The program will be rebroadcast Monday, March 20, at 1:30 p.m. and Wednesday, March 22, at 8 a.m. on NET2, NET's cable network.

Gilchrist weds history and fiction into compelling novels about Civil War era generals and their strong-willed wives. She burst into the literary scene in 2001 with The Good Journey. The award-winning novel was based on the story of General Henry Atkinson and his wife, Mary Bullitt. Gilchrist's new title, The Fiercer Heart: A Novel of Love and Obsession, is historical fiction about star-crossed lovers General Philip Kearny and Mary Bullitt's sister, Diana. The author uses correspondence, unpublished diaries and family legends to create these compelling love stories.

"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 Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at

Psychology Candidate to Present Colloquium Talk March 21

Brian McKevitt, a candidate for a position in the UNO Department of Psychology, will present a Colloquium Talk titled "Observations, Accommodations, Problem Solving, Research-based Interventions: What Works?!" Tuesday, March 21, at 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

McKevitt's presentation is open to the campus community. For more information, contact Marie Lee at 554.2581.

Hockey Awards Banquet March 31

the nameAll members of the UNO community are invited to attend the annual UNO Hockey Awards Banquet Friday, March 31. The event will celebrate the collegiate careers of this year's graduating seniors and the team's 2005-2006 season.

The event will begin with a 6 p.m. social hour, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The program will be held from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Georgetowne Club, 2440 S. 141 Circle. Tickets for the event are $35 per person and $280 per table of 8. Registration deadline is Wednesday, March 22.

Reservations for the banquet may be made through the UNO Athletic Department. Seating will be limited. To access a registration form, click on the following link.

Hockey Awards Banquet

For more information, contact Shirley Fey at 554.3422.

CCMA To Host Annual Diversity Awards Reception April 12

The Chancellor's Commission on Multicultural Affairs (CCMA) at UNO will host its annual Diversity Awards reception Wednesday, April 12. The event will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Chancellor's Room.

At the reception, the CCMA will recognize the 2006 Diversity Awards recipients. The awards recognize current UNO faculty, staff and students who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity on the university campus or in the community through mentoring, outreach initiatives or other activities that advance the institution's goal of inclusion.

The program will begin at 2:30 p.m. with remarks by Mel Clancy, director of Project Achieve at UNO.

"The Diversity Awards offer a great opportunity for faculty, staff and students involved in initiatives both inside and outside the university, to gain recognition for their efforts," said Karen Hayes, CCMA co-chair and assistant professor of educational administration and supervision at UNO. "Join us in recognizing this year's recipients."

The CCMA serves as an advisory to the chancellor and other university administrators on issues that relate to diversity on campus. The commission's goal is to recognize individuals that exemplify a commitment to diversity and meeting the Diversity Action Plan goals.

Those interested in attending should R.S.V.P. by calling 554.2872 before April 5. For more information about the reception, contact Dr. Hayes at 554.3240 or

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

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.

In the News

In the News- UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck was pictured in the Feb. 2 edition of the Omaha Daily Record. Dr. Belck recently was named the 2006 recipient of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce's Athena Award.

- Joe Brown, psychology, was quoted in the Feb. 8 edition of the Times (Gothenburg, Neb.). The article explored the hazards of driving while using a cell phone.

- John Christensen, vice chancellor of academic and student affairs, and Becky Schnabel, education, were quoted in the Feb. 21 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article highlighted a teacher shortage across the United States and a program at UNO that aims to help ease the situation.

- Wanda Ewing, art and art history, was pictured in the Feb. 28 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. Ewing chose works to be featured in the Joslyn Art Museum Association's annual student art exhibit.

- Thomas Gouttierre, dean of international studies and programs and director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies, was quoted in the Feb. 24 edition of the Daily Nonpareil. The article discussed the task of rebuilding Iraq.

- Bruce Johansen, communication, was quoted in the Feb. 19 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article explored government efforts to oversee public comments made by the chief climatologist at NASA.

- Burch Kealey, accounting, was quoted in the Feb. 1 edition of the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus (Howell, Mich.). The article discussed the Enron criminal trial being held in Houston.

- John Langan, dean of the UNO College of Education, was quoted in the Feb. 20 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article explored the "one city, one school district" issue.

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 Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.

In Print

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 Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.

On Stage

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.

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 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 Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.