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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

Communication Workshop to Offer Career Advice

Students will have the opportunity to meet with communication professionals at an interactive career development workshop today, 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

Progressive Discipline Workshop Rescheduled for March 29

Due to inclement weather March 21, Human Resources has rescheduled its progressive discipline system workshop for Wednesday, March 29. It will address the NU Values competency of leadership. The event, which is designed for new and experienced supervisors, will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

The trainer is Mary Sweaney, assistant director in the UNO Office of Human Resources. She has been with the university for more than 20 years. Sweaney presents training programs for departments on campus, as well as classes for community organizations.

The workshop is designed to:

- help supervisors correct behavior by following proper discipline procedures;

- improve communication between supervisors and employees; and

- give supervisors confidence in dealing with related difficult situations.

To register, contact Human Resources at 554.3665.

Chair Massage Service Available in HPER March 24

The Wellness Stampede and Campus Recreation will offer a chair massage session Friday, March 24.

A station will be set up in 213 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A certified massage therapist will administer the massages. The cost is $10 for a 15-minute session. Walk-ins will be accepted if time permits. The service will also be available April 21 and May 19.

To schedule an appointment, call 554.2359, or stop by 100 HPER.

TIAA-CREF Sessions Available This Spring

A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus this spring to conduct individual retirement planning sessions for faculty and staff.

Openings are available for TIAA-CREF campus visits on the following dates:

- April 4, 11 and 25; and

- May 9, 16, 23 and 30.

To schedule an appointment, call Louella Williams at 548.3610, or visit the Web at

Employment Discrimination Program April 18

A professional development discrimination program will be held Tuesday, April 18, at UNO. It will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Umonhon Room.

The session is designed to familiarize individuals with employment discrimination laws as they relate to race, color, sex, national origin, disability, religion, age and sexual orientation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Laws. The program is open to all faculty, staff and students.

Sharon Ulmar, assistant to the chancellor for the office of diversity, will conduct the workshop.

To register, contact Pamela Gilmore at 554.2872 or Ulmar at

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."

"Women in Music: Stories of Success," a panel discussion on women's careers in musical performing arts, is set for 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 will be a world premiere set for March 25 at 7 p.m. It will feature 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 be on hand to 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 March 24 at 7 p.m., in addition to a performance 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.

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 can be found on the Web at

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. & Dorothy 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

Mav Hockey TV Tailgate March 24

MavericksThe 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. & Dorothy 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

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 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the UNO Soccer Field located west of 64th and Pine streets.

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

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.

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. & Dorothy 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.