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Isn’t This the First Day of Spring?

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

This robin had to shake off the snow to get a bite to eat March 20. The robin, and several companions, were busy picking berries from the trees west of the Milo Bail Student Center.

history photo

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

ABC Breakfast Featuring Peter Salgo Postponed

Due to the current weather situation, the 2005-06 Academy, Business and Community (ABC) Breakfast Speaker Series presentation featuring Columbia University's Peter Salgo set for Wednesday, March 22, has been postponed until May 10. Dr. Salgo, an Emmy Award-winning medical journalist and practicing physician of surgical intensive care, is the host of PBS's cutting-edge medical reality show, "Second Opinion."

The ABC Breakfast has been sponsored by UNO for more than 30 years, and it remains one of the nation's longest running speaker series.

Dr. Salgo is also the author of "The Heart of the Matter: A Revolutionary Program for Preventing Coronary Heart Disease."

Tickets purchased for the March 22 event will be honored May 10. Anyone who would like a ticket refund should call 554.2981.

SHS to Host Men's Health Day Today

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

Cholesterol and blood sugar tests are available for $15. PSA testing is available for an additional $15. The event also will feature free information on healthy eating, cardiovascular disease, hair loss, testicular cancer and depression. Attendees can earn Mav Tracks points and enter for free giveaways.

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

Ecoutez! Continues Tonight with Flutist Dora Seres

The 2005-06 Ecoutez! series at UNO continues tonight, 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 with 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.

Inclement Weather Announcements

When inclement weather arises locally, access the UNO Weather Announcements Web site at for the latest university closing information. Remember to hit the reload or refresh button on your Web browser first. You also can dial 554.CALL (554.2255) for the latest weather announcements. KVNO Radio 90.7 FM will also announce UNO closing information.

Fitness Center to Offer Screenings This Week

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

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

Those interested should sign up in advance by calling 554.3221 or stopping by the office in 103 HPER.

Psychology Candidate to Present Colloquium Talk

Brian McKevitt, a candidate for a position in the UNO Department of Psychology, will present "Observations, Accommodations, Problem Solving, Research-based Interventions: What Works?" today, 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.

Nominees for Student Employee of the Year Announced

The nominees for the 2006 Student Employee of the Year at UNO have been announced. They are listed below. All nominees will be honored at a campus reception set for Wednesday, April 12.

- Angela Aday, Landscape Services
- Samantha Alba, University Library/Circulation
- Traci Berry, UNO Department of Black Studies
- Carol Casper, Undergraduate Admissions
- Kalpana Chaudhary, Information Technology Services
- Beth Flynn, Aviation Institute
- Kimberly Gallion-Exum, Goodrich Scholarship Program
- Eriko Horii, University Library/Cataloging
- Shannon Jackson, College of Communication, Fine Arts & Media/Dean's Office
- Rebecca S. Lance, Center for Faculty Development/Service Learning Academy
- Amy M. McAlpine, UNO Department of Chemistry
- Jennifer McQuinn, Cashiering/Student Accounts
- Jessica O'Neel, Campus Recreation
- Amanda Sendgraff, Honors Program
- Yuki Setoguchi, University Library/Acquisitions
- Laura Wapelhorst, MavCard Services

To R.S.V.P. for the reception, contact Emily Muckerheide at 554.2321 or

FM&P to Host Town Hall Meeting March 22

Facilities Management and Planning (FM&P) will host a town hall meeting to discuss the future renovation of the Engineering Building Wednesday, March 22. The event will begin at 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. All UNO faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

Discussion topics will include FM&P's role and responsibilities; the design and building team; the UNO Steering Committee members; relocation considerations; and the planning, design and construction time-line.

For more information, contact George Killian, manager of architectural services, at 554.2500.

Inaugural Crime and Justice Lecture March 24

Educator and criminologist Alan Lizotte will deliver the keynote address at the inaugural Crime and Justice Lecture Friday, March 24. He will present "Longitudinal Research on Illegal Firearms Ownership" from 2 to 4 p.m. in the W.H. Thompson Alumni Center's Bootstrapper Hall.

Dr. Lizotte is a professor of criminal justice and executive director of the Hindelang Criminal Justice Research Center in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Albany. His research is based on data collected for the Rochester Youth Development Study (RYDS), the largest ongoing longitudinal research study of crime and delinquency in the United States.

The faculty of the UNO Department of Criminal Justice will host the inaugural event.

For more information, contact Pauline Brennan at 554.2205 or

UNO Biomechanics Lab Publishes 2005 Annual Report

Where on campus are faculty and students studying the dynamical aspects of human movement? The answer lies within the Biomechanics Lab in the UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

The lab – directed by Nick Stergiou – uses techniques from biology, engineering and mathematics to understand the complexity of the neuromuscular system.

The lab recently published its 2005 annual report, which is available by clicking on the following link:

HPER Biomechanics Laboratory 2005 Annual Report

For more information, contact Dr. Stergiou at 554.3075 or, or Lisa Holst at 554.3075 or

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. 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. For more information, call Camille Cicotello at 554.2657.

For more information about SAC, visit the Web at

HR Workshop on FMLA Act March 23

Human Resources will present an overview of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Thursday, March 23. 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. The workshop will help employees understand the provisions of the FMLA Act and will highlight the university's leave policies, procedures and forms used.

To register, contact Human Resources at 554.3665.

Communication Workshop to Offer Career Advice March 23

Students will have the opportunity to meet with communication professionals at an interactive career development workshop Thursday, March 23, at UNO.

The "Window of Opportunity" workshop will feature 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. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

The professionals will offer advice on résumés, 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 are as follows:
- Zachary Baehr, editor, Bellevue Leader;
- Allen Beckner, news director, KPTM-Fox 42;
- Jeff Carney, assistant managing editor, Omaha World-Herald;
- Brian Daugherty, national sales manager, KETV-Channel 7;
- 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 résumés.

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

The event is sponsored by the 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

ZTA to Host Benefit Kickball Tournament March 25

The Gamma Mu chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha will host its 10th annual Kick Out Cancer Kickball Tournament to raise money for breast cancer research and education Saturday, March 25. The event will be held at the UNO Soccer Field located west of 64th and Pine from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The day will include raffles, game-day style food and kickball. Teams of 10 or more are sought to participate. The registration fee is $50 per team. All participants must be 16 or older.

There is no fee to attend as a spectator.

"Last year we were able to raise more than $1,000 that went straight to breast cancer research and education," said Rachel Moser, Zeta Tau Alpha's fund-raising chair. "We had 10 teams participate, and everyone had a blast."

For more information, contact Karen Speckmeier at 660.7309 or

OAA to Host Movie Night March 31

The Organization for the Advancement of the Arts (OAA) and the UNO Film Society will host a free movie night for all interested UNO students Friday, March 31.

"Dr. Strangelove" will be screened at 7 p.m. in Eppley Auditorium. For more information, contact the OAA at

CCMA to Host 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.

The recipients of the 2006 Diversity Awards will be recognized. 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 are 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

Fidelity Representative on Campus April 20

Fidelity representative Chad Anderson will be on campus for individual counseling sessions Thursday, April 20, from 1 to 5 p.m. He will be attending the UNO Benefits Fair that morning.

To schedule an appointment with Anderson, call 1-800-642-7131.


UNO Forensics Team Results

The UNO Forensics Team hosted the "University of Nebraska at Omaha Cheap Forensics Invitational" March 4. The tournament was a free competition offered as a service to the forensics community. Students from nine colleges and universities attended. In addition to performing duties associated with hosting the tournament, several UNO students entered the competition.

Marty Ertz finished sixth in communication analysis. The duo interpretation team of Channa Rench and Matt Eledge placed second. Rachel Samson was sixth in prose interpretation and was the tournament champion in program oral interpretation.

On March 5, UNO's team traveled to Lincoln to compete in the "University of Nebraska-Lincoln Easy Forensics Invitational." Despite the name, the tournament offered tough competition from nine colleges and universities. Marty Ertz placed second in communication analysis and informative speaking.

These final round rankings, combined with those from the many other tournaments UNO's team has attended this year, have helped UNO students qualify four additional events for competition at the American Forensics Association's National Individual Events Tournament March 31-April 3 at the University of Florida. Samson has now qualified in program oral interpretation, Ertz in communication analysis, Eledge in prose interpretation, and Rench and Eledge in duo interpretation. These students, along with teammates Buey Ruet and Teresa Oberdorfer, have qualified 15 events for national competition.