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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

Susan B.'s Coffeehouse on Financial Planning March 28

Wealth advisor Roland Manarin will be on campus to offer women financial planning advice at the Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) Susan B. Anthony Coffeehouse Tuesday, March 28. The coffeehouse, titled "Financial Planning for Women," will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Council Room.

Manarin, president and founder of the Manarin Investment Counsel, Ltd, will discuss his investment philosophy that is based on education, opportunity, common sense and discipline. In January 2004 he was named one of America's top 100 wealth advisors by Barrons Magazine.

Weiyu Guo, associate professor of finance, banking and law at UNO, will co-present at the coffeehouse. She will discuss the four decisions to be made when formulating an investment strategy.

Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact coffeehouse facilitators Esther Scarpello at 554.3660 or Dr. Guo at 554.2655.

CCSW serves as an advisory council to the chancellor and other university administrators on issues that relate to women faculty, staff and students. The commission's goal is to provide a forum for women at UNO in conjunction with the organization's core themes of A, B, C – Awareness of women's issues, Balance in women's lives, and the Community and women's roles.

Borders and Waldenbooks Offer Educator Discount

Borders and Waldenbooks are extending a 25 percent educator discount on select store merchandise to UNO employees now through Tuesday, March 28.

To obtain the discount, individuals must present their university ID. In conjunction with the Educator Appreciation Event, Borders will host a reception today, March 24, from 4 to 8 p.m. at its Omaha locations (72nd and Dodge streets, and 132nd and Maple streets).

For sale details, click on the following link:

Educator Appreciation Days

For additional information, contact Melissa Davidson, educational sales coordinator, at 926.3693.

"Consider This" to Air Nebraska Volunteerism Episode

Host Carol Schrader will explore volunteerism efforts in Nebraska this week on UNO Television's "Consider This"

The program will be rebroadcast statewide today, March 24, at 11 p.m. on NET1, NET's cable network.

Schrader will interview Debra Hartmann, executive director of the Nebraska Volunteer Service Commission, and Susan Burton, coordinator of the Citizen Corps Program. They will describe the role of Americorps in Nebraska and how its stipended members are changing the landscape of personal involvement in the state.

Both guests also will outline the role of the Senior Corps and Citizen Corps programs, along with other volunteer opportunities in Nebraska. The three programs are all federally funded.

This edition of the program will also be rebroadcast according to the following schedule:

- Sunday, March 26
11:30 a.m.

- Monday, March 27
1:30 p.m.

- Wednesday, March 29
8 a.m.

"Consider This" 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

Forensics Team to Host "Night Before Nationals" Reception

All faculty, staff and students are invited to come and wish the 2005-2006 UNO Forensics Team well before they leave to represent the university at the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament. The "Night Before Nationals" reception will be held Tuesday, March 28, at 5:30 p.m. in 101 Arts and Sciences Hall.

The team will present several of their nationally qualified events as they prepare for competition.

Events being presented will include: Persuasive speaking, after-dinner speaking, dramatic interpretation, dramatic duo interpretation and program oral interpretation.

For more information, contact Susan Schnase at 554.3967 or

Workshop on Family Medical Leave Act March 30

Human Resources will present a workshop on the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Thursday, March 30, at UNO. 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 Omaha Room.

The FMLA 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 supervisors understand the provisions of the FMLA;
- highlight the university's leave policies and procedures; and
- explain how to use the leave policies and supervisory tools that are available as they assist employees in balancing work and family needs.

To register, contact Human Resources at 554.3665.

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

UNO Ambassadors Available for Campus Activities

Twelve UNO Ambassadors are available during the fall and spring semesters to assist at campus functions hosted by the Chancellor and other UNO dignitaries and organizations. Wearing UNO blazers or polos, members of this select group act as official greeters, interact with guests to enhance a positive image of the university, and lead campus tours.

All Ambassadors maintain full-time student status but try to honor as many requests as possible. To schedule Ambassadors, contact the Ambassadors Program coordinators: Marion Fortin-Wavra (554.4800, or Christy Tilford (554.3546, Requests should be received a minimum of two weeks before the activity.

In the News

In the News- John Bartle, public administration, was pictured in the February 2006 edition of Public Administration Times (Washington, D.C.). The publication highlighted the National Council Representative District winners.

- Joe Brown, psychology, was cited in the Feb. 9 edition of the Reporter (Gibbon, Neb.). The article discussed driving distractions.

- A 2004 American Community Survey completed by Jerry Deichert, Center for Public Affairs Research, was cited in the March 2 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article explored women in the workplace and the resulting cultural and economic transformation of the American society.

- Karen Falconer Al-Hindi, women's studies program, was quoted in the March 2 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article highlighted the 12th annual No Limits Conference, held Feb. 3-4 in the Milo Bail Student Center.

- Tim Fitzgerald, photography services, was quoted in the March 2 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article discussed the history of Amato Color Lab, which closed March 3 after 37 years of business.

- Jeremy Lipschultz, communication, was quoted in the March 19 edition of the Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, S.D.). The article explored the 1994 execution of Willie Otey in relation to an upcoming execution in South Dakota. Dr. Lipschultz also was quoted in the Feb. 15 edition of City Weekly. The article looked at local TV news programming during the February sweeps period.

- Marti Rosen-Atherton, counseling, and UNO Student Eric Johnson were quoted in the March 19 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article discussed transitioning from high school to college and getting back on track after a shaky college start.

- Russ Smith, public administration, was cited in the Feb. 16 edition of the Omaha Star. The article highlighted the launch of an ambassadors program by the Neighborhood Center for Greater Omaha and Wells Fargo.

- Dan Sullivan, chemistry, was cited in the Feb. 16 edition of the Journal (Plattsmouth, Neb.). Dr. Sullivan gave a Chemistry and Physics on Wheels (CAPOW) presentation Feb. 23 during the sixth grade science fair at Plattsmouth Middle School.

- Barb Treadway-Janousek, student organizations and leadership programs, was quoted in the Feb. 15 edition of the Daily Nebraskan. The article explored the use of Web voting in student elections.

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

- Leon Dappen, educational administration, co-authored an article with Pat Roschewski, director of statewide assessment, Nebraska Department of Education, Lincoln; and Jody Isernhagen, associate professor in the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; that was printed in the February 2006 edition of the Phi Delta Kappan (Bloomington, Ind.). The article discussed Nebraska STARS (School-based Teacher-led Assessment and Reporting System), a standard used to help evaluate student performance.

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

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.

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.