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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

Severe Weather Awareness Drill Today

It's Severe Weather Awareness Week. The communication system for severe weather in Nebraska will be tested today, March 29, at approximately 10 a.m. Civil defense sirens will sound during the test.

UNO faculty, staff and students are not expected to move to appropriate shelter during the drills. However, everyone should use this opportunity to review department procedures and shelter locations, said Stan Schleifer, manager of environmental health, safety and security at UNO.

Severe weather procedures and shelter locations can be found on pages 106-107 of the UNO Employee Telephone Directory. They also are posted on the Web at

For more information, contact Schleifer at 554.3596.

Recipients of CCMA Diversity Awards Announced

The Chancellor's Commission on Multicultural Affairs (CCMA) has announced the winners of its 2006 CCMA Diversity Awards. The recipients will be recognized at a reception set for Wednesday, April 12, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

The program will begin at 2:30 p.m. with remarks by Mel Clancy, director of Project Achieve at UNO.

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 2006 honorees are listed below.

College of Education faculty.

Judith Monarrez Diaz-Kelsey, recruiter and adviser for the UNO College of Information Science and Technology.

Shereece Dendy, Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) and president of the African American Organization.

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 meet 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 Student Selected for Prestigious Jazz Residency

A UNO student will spend a week in Washington, D.C., this spring making music with some of the country's top jazz musicians.

Jazz pianist Jordan Elsberry, a creative writing major from Fremont, Neb., has been selected to participate in Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead Residency Program at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts April 12-22.

The Jazz Ahead program identifies outstanding, emerging jazz artists in their mid-teens and twenties, and brings them together under the tutelage of experienced artist-instructors who coach and counsel them, helping to polish their performance, composing and arranging skills.

The weeklong residency program will include daily workshops and rehearsals with established jazz artists, and will culminate in three concerts on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, which will be broadcast live over the Internet.

Carter, who possessed one of this era's most extraordinary voices, was devoted to jazz education. She brought her Jazz Ahead program, which has launched the careers of several of today's stars, to the Kennedy Center in 1998.  

"This is a real honor for Jordan, and we are proud to claim him as one of our own," said Pete Madsen, coordinator of jazz studies at UNO. "This opportunity will enable him to excel and grow as a composer and musician. He is a talented young man and very deserving of this recognition."

Elsberry, 19, is the son of James and Ardeth Elsberry of Fremont. "I'm looking forward to meeting other composers and players of my generation, generating new connections," he said. He is the recipient of a scholarship from the Earl Family Fund for Excellence in Jazz Studies and a Regents Scholarship.

For more information, contact Dr. Madsen at 554.2297 or

The Crop to Promote National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month. The Crop, a student organization in the Writer's Workshop at UNO, has planned several campus activities in conjunction with the event.

The group's main project is titled "Poetsmatter." In order to bring attention to poetry, members of The Crop will "smatter" bulletin boards and kiosks on campus with short poems.

During the week of April 10-14, The Crop will host sidewalk chalkings in which students will be invited to create poetry on the sidewalks outside and around University Library and the Milo Bail Student Center.

On Wednesday, April 19, The Crop – in collaboration with the UNO Department of English – will host a poetry reading from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC). Students and faculty will read a poem or two from one of their favorite authors. The rain location is the MBSC Fireplace Lounge.

For more information, contact Catharine Dixon at

University Library System Upgrade March 30

Due to a system upgrade, photocopying machines and microform printers in University Library will experience downtime Thursday, March 30, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

A coin-operated photocopy machine is accessible on the main level. Microforms may be scanned and forwarded to the main floor printers or saved to a storage device.

For onsite assistance, stop by the service desk.  For more information, contact Ben Blackwell at 554.3206.

MTV "Real World" Personality on Campus April 4

The Student Programming Organization (SPO) is bringing Landon Lueck from MTV's "Real World Philadelphia" to campus Tuesday, April 4. The event, which was originally scheduled for March 21, will begin at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Rooms. It is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided.

Lueck will discuss his experiences on the reality show and also will talk about alcohol awareness.

For more information, contact Erin Cron, SPO adviser, at 554.2711.

Women's History Museum Set for April 4-5

The Women's Resource Center at UNO will host its annual Women's History Museum Tuesday and Wednesday, April 4-5. The event, which features information displays about notable women and their accomplishments, will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Fireplace Lounge from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.

All interested members of the UNO community are invited to stop by the museum. For more information, contact Tumelo Gobagoba at or 554.2730.

Service-Learning Fair April 19

UNO faculty are invited to attend a service-learning fair Wednesday, April 19. The event, co-sponsored by the UNO Service-Learning Academy and Agencies and Communities Together (ACT), will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

The event will allow faculty to:

- Learn how academic service-learning can benefit a community agency;

- Meet agency members interested in collaborating with UNO faculty;

- Meet service-learning faculty and staff from Omaha area colleges and universities; and

- Share ideas for service-learning projects.

Participants should bring business cards and a wish list of possible service-learning projects to exchange.

To register, call 554.6019, or send an e-mail to

21st Annual Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk April 22

The UNO Department of Athletics invites all faculty, staff and students to participate in the nation's largest walk of its kind - the 21st annual Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk - Saturday, April 22. The event will be held at Sapp Fieldhouse rain or shine. The doors will open at 9 a.m., and the 30-minute walk begins at 10 a.m.

All money raised through this event directly benefits female student-athletes via the UNO Athletics Scholarship Program. The theme of the 2006 walk is "The Beginning of a New Generation."

"We are encouraging all of you to walk in generations and bring your children, as this is an event that even they will enjoy," said Roxie Freeman, Women's Walk secretary.  "By supporting this event, you are supporting some of Omaha's brightest and best."

UNO female athletes excel in the classroom, carrying more than a 3.2 GPA. Forty-nine percent of them make the Dean's List.

"They win conference and national championships, and they understand the importance of giving back to the community that supports them by devoting several hours to community service efforts," Freeman said. "Many of them come from Nebraska and, after a wonderful collegiate experience, they are ready to make Omaha their home."

To register as a walker, visit the Web at

The walk concludes with a continental breakfast provided by First National Bank, followed by the awards ceremony.

If you are unable to walk but would like to make a donation, contact the UNO Women's Walk Office at 554.2533.

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.

SHS to Host Alternative Contraception Discussion April 4

Student Health Services (SHS) and Organon Pharmaceuticals will host a discussion on alternative contraception Tuesday, April 4. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. The speaker is Marilyn Lowe.

Lunch will be provided. To R.S.V.P., call Stacy Hlavac at 980.2876 or SHS at 554.2374.

R.S.V.P. Deadline April 5 for Employee of the Year Reception

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

The registration deadline is Wednesday, April 5. To R.S.V.P. for the reception, contact Emily Muckerheide at 554.2321 or

Brooks Lecture to Feature Rabbi Sandmel April 6

Rabbi David Sandmel will deliver the 2006 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. and 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 to 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.