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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

In March of 1968, The Gateway reported that it had received several comments from students complaining about the noise level in the Eugene C. Eppley Library. Some students complained that the library was far too loud and that silence should be demanded. According to then head librarian Ellen Lord, the library was "not quiet enough" but "should not be a tomb." She assured The Gateway that there were quiet spaces within the library, as well as areas like the East Reading Room, where students could study together and discuss issues.

Date: March 22, 1968
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

UNO Ambassadors Program Seeks Applicants

The UNO Ambassadors Program is recruiting for the 2006-07 academic year. Twelve student Ambassadors will be selected based on their academic achievement, leadership and communication skills. Faculty and staff are asked to identify and encourage qualified students to apply for the program.

Ambassadors represent the university at a variety of social and business functions, which are hosted by the chancellor, vice chancellors, deans and other individuals and organizations on campus. They wear UNO blazers or business casual UNO polo shirts to activities, and receive a $200 scholarship for the academic year in which they serve. Two non-scholarship alternate members of the program will also be chosen.

Criteria for selection include 27 credit hours earned by May 2006 and a 2.5 G.P.A., full-time student status in the 2006-07 academic year, superior communication skills and a strong interest in service to the university.

Applications are available in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs (202 Eppley Administration Building). The application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, April 7. Twenty-five applicants will be interviewed.

For more information, call 554.2779.

Sidewalk Construction Update

The sidewalk construction just west of the southwest corner of University Library has been completed and is open to normal pedestrian traffic. A portion of the sidewalk was closed earlier this month during the installation of a new, 12-inch storm drain line serving the library addition.

For more information, contact Dave Ferree at 554.3088.

Author Kevin McMahon to Present Lecture Today

Distinguished author, political scientist and educator Kevin McMahon will be on campus today 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

Hockey Awards Banquet March 31

All 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 2005-06 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 or $280 per table of eight.

The 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 Registration

For more information, contact Shirley Fey at 554.3422.

Call for UCAT Conference Grant Proposals

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of travel grants for designated themes to increase capacity building in teaching and learning.

The applications should reflect UCAT's mission of enhancing teaching and student learning processes at UNO and focus on one or more of the following designated themes:
- Seamless transitions (P-20 transitions from pre-kindergarten through graduate school); - Portfolio-based assessment;
- Recruitment and retention;
- Active learning;
- Facilitation of interdisciplinary collaboration;
- Learning communities;
- Diversity; and
- Scholarship of teaching.

The committee is accepting proposals on a monthly basis through March or until funds are expended. The committee will fund grants of up to $750 for each award. Proposals are due by the 21st of each month.

Application forms are available on the Web at Applicants must submit one hard copy and an electronic submission of the application. Electronic submissions should be in "rtf" or "MS Word" document formats and should be sent as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll at Hard copy submissions should be sent to the Center for Faculty Development in 110 Engineering.

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. In addition, attendees can 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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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 send an e-mail to

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.

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…

Wednesday, March 22
- Baseball vs. Wayne State (Neb.)
The Ballpark at Boys Town, 137th and West Dodge Road
2 p.m.

Thursday, March 23
- Baseball vs. Washburn
The Ballpark at Boys Town, 137th and West Dodge Road
2 p.m.

Friday, March 24
- Baseball vs. University of Mary
The Ballpark at Boys Town, 137th and West Dodge Road
2 p.m.

Saturday, March 25
- Baseball vs. Central Missouri State
The Ballpark at Boys Town, 137th and West Dodge Road
11 a.m.

- Baseball vs. University of Mary
The Ballpark at Boys Town, 137th and West Dodge Road
2 p.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at