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Happy Hollow Scene

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

The snow and trees of Elmwood Park provide a stark black and white image following the March 20 snowstorm.

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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

Mav Hockey TV Tailgate March 24

The Mavericks will make their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division I hockey tournament Friday, March 24. In conjunction with the event, the UNO Alumni Association will host a Mav Hockey TV Tailgate at 3 p.m. in the W.H. Thompson Alumni Center's Bootstrapper Hall. A live broadcast of the UNO game versus No. 1 seed Boston University will be shown on the room's 12-foot screen.

Admission to the tailgate is $5 per person. Beverages and popcorn will be provided.

UNO's hockey team qualified for the tournament through an at-large bid. The Mavs, 20-14-6, are seeded fourth in the Worcester, Mass., regional. Boston is 25-9-4. The UNO-Boston winner will face the winner of Miami (Ohio)-Boston College. Winners face off Saturday, March 25, at 5 p.m. for the regional championship and a spot in the Frozen Four beginning April 6 in Milwaukee.

For more information, contact Sheila King at 554.4802 or

FM&P to Host Town Hall Meeting Today

Facilities Management and Planning (FM&P) will host a town hall meeting to discuss the future renovation of the Engineering Building today, 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 timeline.

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

GLBTQ Dialogue Today

Students, faculty and staff interested in making UNO a safe environment for members of the GLBTQ community are invited to participate in a continuing campus dialogue today, 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.

"Shorts Night" Tonight

The UNO Religious Studies Program will celebrate the short film art form by hosting "Shorts Night" tonight, March 22. The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. in 306 Arts and Sciences Hall.

The five featured short films 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.

For more information, call 554.2628, or send an e-mail to

Brigadier General Gerald Eugene McIlmoyle to Speak Tonight

The University of Nebraska Foundation, the UNO Aviation Institute and Alpha Eta Rho will host an evening with Brigadier General Gerald Eugene McIlmoyle tonight, March 22. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the W.H. Thompson Alumni Center.

General McIlmoyle, a Nebraska native and UNO graduate, is a distinguished U-2 pilot who helped write the original operations concept plan for the SR-71. He has been awarded the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Bronze Star Medal, among other honors.

For more information, contact the UNO Aviation Institute at 554.3424.

Cultural Awareness Programs Series Concludes This Week

Cultural Awareness Programs will present the last two in a series of six lectures by Ashra and Merira Kwesi this week at UNO.

The duo are lecturers on African history, civilization, religion and culture. The schedule is as follows:

Today, March 22
11 a.m.
"Sistahs in the Struggle: A Tribute to Black Women Liberators"
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom

Thursday, March 23
11:30 a.m.
"The African Origin of Civilization and Western Freemasonry"
MBSC Ballroom

Free food will be available at each lecture. For more information, contact Sharif Liwaru at 554.2711.

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. The event will be held 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.

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 and Sigma Lambda Beta, a national Latino fraternity.

The keynote speaker will be Marty Ramirez, a 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 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.

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 today, March 22. Reservations for the banquet may be made through the UNO Department of Athletics. 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.

SPO to Host Benefit Concert April 3

UNO spiritThe UNO Spirit Committee has designated this activity as a UNO spirit event.

The Student Programming Organization (SPO) has announced plans to host a concert featuring The Rocket Summer to benefit the "UNO to UNO Hurricane Relief Project" Monday, April 3.

The free concert, featuring pop/rock bands The Rocket Summer and Epic Hero, will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room and Ballroom from 7 to 10 p.m. The doors will open at 6 p.m.

While the concert is free to UNO students and the public, SPO is asking for an optional donation, the proceeds of which will go to the University of New Orleans.

"We have had the UNO to UNO containers at most of our events," said TJ Jones, the student director of SPO, "but we thought we should plan a show that would put the spotlight on the fund-raiser."

Hailed as one of Alternative Press Magazine's "100 Bands to Know in 2006," The Rocket Summer is the piano/guitar driven, pop/rock brainchild of multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter Bryce Avery.

Since the release of his first album in 2003, Avery has toured as The Rocket Summer with Something Corporate, Hellogoodbye, Reliant K, Mae, Sugarcult, Jimmy Eat World and The All American Rejects, among others. His newest CD, "Hello, Good Friend," was released in May 2005.

"UNO to UNO" was set up in the fall of 2005 following Hurricane Katrina's destruction of New Orleans. The project is raising money to help those in the Louisiana UNO community who lost so much rebuild. The fund-raiser will conclude in May at the end of the academic year.

For more information, contact Erin Cron at 554.2711 or

Those in attendance at the April 3 concert will be eligible to receive a "Spirit Ticket" from the UNO Spirit Committee. A drawing for one Island Tropics bath and body care gift set will take place. Participants do not have to be present to win. For more information, contact Becky Bohan Brown at 554.2243 or Mary Sweaney at 554.3668.

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

University of Nebraska's Business Award Winner Announced

University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken has announced that IntelliCom Computer Consulting Inc. of Kearney has been named the 2006 recipient of the Walter Scott Entrepreneurial Business Award.

The award is given to a business with a presence in Nebraska that has established partnerships and links with the University of Nebraska in the area of technology. It carries a cash award of $10,000 to be used for the promotion or creation of student work experiences in the fields of information science, technology and engineering.

IntelliCom was founded by University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate Dan Shundoff in 1994 and today employs 25 people in network engineering, web hosting and design, computer security and technical training. The company has worked with the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) to create internships for 22 students interested in pursuing a career in information technology and has already hired 11 former interns into highly skilled, paid positions.

The award recognizes companies that create innovative opportunities for students, create partnerships that enable the university to develop the skills needed to meet the technology demands of Nebraska businesses and provide assistance to the university to build a strong entrepreneurial community partnership. "IntelliCom is a great example of a company that understands the value of partnerships between business and higher education," Milliken said. "The opportunities that the company has provided to our students have helped build central Nebraska's business capacity and have kept some of our outstanding graduates in the state."

In addition to the internship program, the company has "adopted" a freshman computer class at UNK to encourage student interest in technology. Company leaders also participate on university advisory boards and councils, including the President's Advisory Council.

The award will be presented at a luncheon in Omaha May 11.