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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

On March 28, 1977, The Gateway reported that both a new University Library book return drop box and a campus fire hydrant were found missing and presumed stolen from the UNO campus. The book return, valued at around $200, was one of four being tested for use on campus. Because of this supposed theft, the decision was made to sink drop boxes in concrete, as they were used frequently enough to warrant permanent installation. As for the hydrant, no value was reported. However, Mike Kallman, director of plant operations, suggested a possible use for the stolen item. He was quoted as saying: "I hear some people think it's cute to get them chrome plated and put them in their living room."

Date: March 28, 1977
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

Echotrope Film Series Continues March 30

The Echotrope Spring Experimental Film and Media Series at UNO continues Thursday, March 30, with a screening of "Apparition of the Eternal Church" by Paul Festa. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the UNO Art Gallery.

The cast of this 57-minute documentary puts words to the experience of hearing Olivier Messiaen's monumental organ work, "Apparition of the Eternal Church." This film contains adult language.

Director/producer/editor Festa, a native of San Francisco, studied violin at the Julliard School before graduating in English from Yale in 1996 with honors and prizes in writing and musical performance. His essays have appered in Salon and Nerve, among other publications, and in the anthologies Best Sex Writing 2005 and Best Sex Writing 2006. He revising a novel about California's medical marijuana industry.

"Apparition of the Eternal Church," his first movie, first played at the Asheville Film Festival 2005. For more information about Festa, visit the Web at

This experimental film and media series is sponsored by Echotrope, a local arts group dedicated to expanding the presence of experimental art and digital literacy in the metro area, and the UNO Art Gallery.

Echotrope was founded by the wife and husband team of Jody Boyer and Russ Nordman, both art and art history faculty members at UNO. Boyer serves as the group's curator/organizer, and Nordman is Echotrope's technical director. All screenings are free and open to the public. The schedule is listed below.

Friday, April 28
Echotrope and the Visuals present: Spring Shorts
7 p.m.
UNO Art Gallery
An evening of contemporary video, film and media co-curated by Jen Lukas and the Visuals.

Friday, May 5
Echotrope and the Visuals present: Spring Short
7 p.m.
The Mary Reimpa Ross Theater, Lincoln, Neb.
An evening of contemporary video, film and media co-curated by Jen Lukas and the Visuals.

The UNO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building on the UNO campus.

For more information about the spring series, contact Boyer at For more information about Echotrope, visit the Web at For more information about the UNO Art Gallery, call 554.2796.

SHS to Host Alternative Contraception Discussion

Student Health Services (SHS) along with Organon Pharmaceuticals will host a discussion on alternative contraception with speaker Marilyn Lowe, R.N.C., C.N.M., Tuesday, April 4. It will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

Lunch will be provided. To R.S.V.P., call Stacy Hlavac at 402.980.2876 or SHS at 554.2374.

Emory Computing Lab Web Seminar April 10

UNO will be the site of a Web seminar titled "Adventures in Space Design: Building and Supporting a Collaborative Computing Lab" Monday, April 10. It will be broadcast in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room from noon to 1 p.m.

In spring 2001, a project group composed of lab managers, audio visual specialists, interior designers and architects met to begin planning Emory University's first collaborative computing lab - the Computing Center at Cox Hall. This Web seminar will tell the story of the facility, from design to production, highlighting essential strategies for building, enabling, and living with one vision of a next-generation computing center.

Since its inception at Emory, student use has grown from 5,000 users a month to more than 15,000, with both undergraduate and graduate students gravitating to the new ways of researching, working, and learning together that the center supports.

The seminar is sponsored by EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology.

As an EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) member, the UNO community has access to ELI documents and events at First time users are required to create a profile. ELI is an EDUCAUSE initiative focused on the advancement of teaching, learning, and technology. ELI presents monthly web seminars which are screened live in the MBSC. Past seminars can be viewed on the ELI Web site at

For more information, contact Jay Killion at 554.3758 or

UNO/UNMC Conducting Infant Independent Sitting Study

UNO and the Munroe-Meyer Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) are currently recruiting infants for a study of sitting development. Both healthy infants (at age four months) and infants who have been identified with motor delays (ages five months to two years) are needed for research investigating sitting development and effects of physical therapy treatment.

A developmental evaluation for the infant will be done at no cost to the family. For infants with delayed sitting development, therapy is also available at no cost to the family if the infant qualifies for the study requirements. A small stipend is available to cover travel costs.

For more information, contact Reggie Harbourne (559.6415 or at the Munroe-Meyer Institute Physical Therapy Department.

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. For sale details, click on the following link:

Educator Appreciation Days

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Deadline for Reimbursement Accounts March 31

The deadline to submit 2005 expenses for employee health care and dependent care reimbursement accounts is Friday, March 31. Any claims for reimbursement for 2005 expenses received after March 31 will not be processed.

Questions about reimbursement accounts can be referred to Esther Scarpello at 554.3660 or Jacque Christenham at 554.3659.

SPO to Host Benefit Concert April 3

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

UNO spirit

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.

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.

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

Maverick Watch

Go Mavs! Support your Mavericks by attending their home events.

MavericksFaculty 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…

Friday, March 31
- Softball vs. Minnesota State, Mankato
Claussen-Westgate Field, 8121 D. St.
3 p.m. and 5 p.m. (double header)

Saturday, April 1
UNO Tournament Softball
Dill Field, 66th and Military Ave.
- Softball vs. Wayne State (Neb.)
9 a.m.

- Softball vs. Washburn
11 a.m.

- Softball vs. Northwest Missouri State
3 p.m.

- Baseball vs. Northwest Missouri State
The Ballpark at Boys Town, 137th and West Dodge Road
Noon and 3 p.m. (double header)

Sunday, April 2
UNO Tournament Softball
Dill Field, 66th and Military Ave.
- Softball vs. Truman State
11 a.m.

- Softball vs. Southwest Minnesota State
1 p.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at