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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

Heineman, Milliken to Attend EntrepreneurShop Opening

University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken and Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman will attend the opening of the EntrepreneurShop at 13006 West Center Road Monday, April 3. Milliken will give the event's opening remarks at 7:30 a.m. The EntrepreneurShop will be celebrating its opening from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Desarae Mueller Fichepain is the director of the EntrepreneurShop, which houses four business assistance partners – the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, the U.S. Department of Commerce Export Assistance, the Nebraska Economic Development Corporation and the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC). Fichepain said a wide variety of tools are available at the EntrepreneurShop to help businesspeople achieve their goals.

"Our consultants here will be able to help anyone decide which books, software or audio/video programs could best help them achieve what they would like to do," Fichepain said. "The staff here can also help evaluate a business idea or write a business plan."

Also during the opening, the Small Business Exporter of the Year Award will be presented to Oxbow Pet Products by the Small Business Administration (SBA). Oxbow, based near Murdock, Neb., provides premium nutrition and supportive care for small animals. It is the first Nebraska company to receive this SBA national award.

Ron Parks, the author of Manager's Mentor, also will be at the event signing copies of his book.

For more information, call 554.2521 or 595.1158.

UNO Symphonic Wind Ensemble Benefit April 2

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble UNO will hold a silent auction and concert today through Sunday, March 31-April 2, to benefit its fifth international tour. Fifty students and faculty will depart Omaha May 5 for a tour of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Norway. Although the tour is supported by UNO, the majority of funds is the responsibility of the tour participants and is supplemented through fund-raising projects like the silent auction.

Students, faculty, staff and the public can view and bid on items in a silent auction in the Strauss Performing Arts Center (SPAC) foyer at UNO according to the following schedule — today, March 31, from 1 to 5 p.m.; Saturday, April 1, from 9 a.m. to noon; and Sunday, April 2, from 2 to 5 p.m. Auction items also are viewable online at

The benefit concert will begin at 3 p.m. April 2 in the SPAC Recital Hall. The doors will open 30 minutes prior to the concert. Following the concert, the silent auction winners will be announced and a reception will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble will open its international tour this spring with a performance hosted by the U.S. Ambassador in Vilnius, Lithuania. The group will then travel to Omaha's sister city and UNO's sister university in Siauliai, Lithuania, to perform at the Baltic International Music Festival and perform with the Siauliai University Studium Chorus and the Lithuanian Professional Chorus.

Another UNO sister university will host the ensemble in Riga, Latvia. The final concert in the Baltics will be in Tallinn, Estonia. To celebrate Norway's Independence Day, the U.S. Ambassador will host a special concert at the Embassy that will be presented with a Norwegian Concert Band. The ensemble will finish its tour in Kristiansand by presenting two concerts hosted by Adger, UNO's sister university.

For the benefit concert at UNO, "HEY!," the UNO Symphonic Wind Ensemble will be joined by numerous special guests. The varied program will open with a new composition, Timothy Mahr's "Hey!". Soprano soloist Shannon Salyards will perform two Gershwin favorites, "Embraceable You" and "Someone to Watch Over Me," while Joseph Turrin's "Fandago" features Barry Ford on trumpet and Pete Madsen on trombone. Ernst Toch's "Speil" will be conducted by associate conductor Erica Neidlinger. Francisco Mignonone's "Concertino" will feature Cynthia Nichols on clarinet and will be conducted by Kevin Kastens from the University of Iowa, who also will conduct his arrangement of Grainger's "Blithe Bells."

Tuba soloist William Winkle from Chadron State College will be featured on "Variations on a Cobblers Bench." It will be followed by a special encore performance featuring tubists Eric Fuller from the Omaha Symphony and Mark Barnette from the ACC Heartland of America Band. The ensemble will be featured in the composition of Mark Camphouse, "Yosemite Autumn," and will conclude with Alfred Reed's "Symphony No. 3."

Individual tickets to the April 2 concert are $4 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. All UNO students, faculty and staff are admitted free of charge with a valid ID. Tickets will be available at the door.

For more information, call 554.3427.

2006 Honors Month Celebration Kicks Off Next Week

April is Honors Month at UNO. Three university-wide events are spotlighted the first week in April - the Student Honors Symposium, the Faculty Honors Convocation and the Student Honors Convocation - followed by numerous college, departmental and organizational events throughout the week and month.

At the Student Honors Symposium April 4 and 5, UNO students will present their honors theses and undergraduate research presentations.

The Faculty Honors Convocation features the recipients of the university's outstanding teaching, research and creative activity, mentoring, service-learning and distinguished professorship awards. The event will be held Thursday, April 6, at 7 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

The Student Honors Convocation recognizes outstanding undergraduate and graduate students with the graduate scholarships, undergraduate major honorees, and deans, vice chancellor, service-learning and outstanding student athlete awards. The event will be held Friday, April 7, at 3 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

The convocations are opportunities for all campus units to celebrate together the extraordinary accomplishments of faculty and students throughout the university, said Deborah Smith-Howell, assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs at UNO. Faculty, students, staff, alumni and friends of the university are also encouraged to participate in the many college, department and organization events that showcase and celebrate faculty, student and staff achievements, she noted.

For more information about the 2006 Faculty Honors Convocation and Student Honors Convocation, contact Dr. Smith-Howell at 554.2262 or

For more information about the 2006 Student Honors Symposium, contact Rosalie Saltzman, director of the UNO Honors Program, at 554.2598.

OLLAS, LWV to Host U.S. Senate Candidate Forum April 13

The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at UNO and the League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha have partnered to host a U.S. Senate Candidate Forum Thursday, April 13. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at El Museo Latino, 4701 S. 25th St. It is free and open to the public.

Senate candidates David Kramer, Pete Ricketts and Don Stenberg and incumbent Sen. Ben Nelson have been invited to participate. The forum will be moderated by Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, assistant director of OLLAS and associate professor of political science at UNO. Spanish interpretation will be provided.

The forum is designed to allow the candidates to present their respective positions on a number of current issues, particularly those important to Nebraska's burgeoning population of Latino voters and to South Omaha residents in general, Dr. Benjamin-Alvarado said.

For more information, contact Lucy Garza, OLLAS project coordinator, at 554.3835 or at

"Consider This" to Air Child Advocacy Episode

In recent years, an unusual number of child deaths and unabated child abuse and assault statistics grabbed headlines and alarmed officials. Following a gubernatorial study panel, scores of recommendations and legislation, the number of child abuse cases statewide has increased. Great strides, however, have been made after abuse or assault is reported.

This week on "Consider This," host Carol Schrader will interview Gene Klein, executive director of Project Harmony. The program will be rebroadcast statewide tonight, March 31, at 11 p.m. on NET1, NET's cable network.

The Omaha effort is one of several across the state that provides community-based, integrated, comprehensive and coordinated child abuse assessment and investigation. In addition to handling cases in the Omaha metro area, Project Harmony serves caseworkers and law enforcement in many southwestern Iowa counties.

Guests also will include Leigh Ann Retelsdorf, Douglas County attorney; Vicki Maca, Nebraska Health and Human Services child welfare administrator; and Lt. Barry DeJong of the Omaha Police Department Special Victims Unit.

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

- Sunday, April 2
11:30 a.m.

- Monday, April 3
1:30 p.m.

- Wednesday, April 5
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

Public and Nonprofit Job Fair April 19

Career Exploration and Outreach will host a Public and Nonprofit Job Fair Wednesday, April 19, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. Representatives from local and national organizations will be available to discuss employment and volunteer opportunities with students and alumni.

For more information about the fair and other services offered by Career Exploration and Outreach, call 554.3672, or stop by 211 Eppley Administration Building.

Application Deadline for Cyber Corps Scholarships April 21

Applications for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Cyber Corps Scholarship for Service (SFS) at UNO are due Friday, April 21.

This program provides scholarship funding in exchange for service at a federal agency as an information assurance professional. While participants complete their studies, they will gain practical experience working with a federal agency as a summer intern. Once they graduate, their hands-on experience in information assurance at a federal agency will continue as they serve in a full-time position in the federal government.

Student participants receive scholarship funding for up to two years in exchange for service at a federal agency for the period equivalent to the length of the scholarship or one year, whichever is longer.

Application materials and instructions on how to apply are available at

Full program details are available at

Viewbooks Available

If you are looking for a UNO publication to give away to prospective students, then UNO Recruitment Services has a viewbook available. It is a one-pocket folder that includes pictures and features every UNO college.

For available quantities, contact Monica Bayles at 554.2977 or These viewbooks will be available through July 1, 2006.

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

In the News

- Alva Barnett, social work, and Moshe Gershovich, history, were cited in the Feb. 23 edition of the Omaha Star. The article previewed the 49th annual Missouri Valley History Conference held March 2-4 in downtown Omaha.

- Kris Berg, health, physical education and recreation, was quoted in the March 5 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article discussed ways to measure body fat.

- Jody Boyer and Russ Nordman, art and art history, were cited in the Feb. 22 edition of City Weekly. The article explored Echotrope III, an experimental film series at UNO.

- Loree Bykerk, political science, was quoted in the March 8 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article looked at the effects of controversy surrounding the "one city, one school district" dispute on the re-election of board members in metro-area school districts.

- Juan Casas, psychology, was quoted in the Feb. 2 edition of El Perico. The article highlighted a UNO study on the impact of parental involvement on their children's educations.

- Karen Dwyer, communication, was cited in the March 11 edition of the Lincoln Journal Star. The article recognized the 2006 winners of the University of Nebraska teaching and research awards, including Dr. Dwyer, who received the Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award.

- James Freeman, multicultural affairs, was cited in the March 11 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article announced that Freeman would be honored March 15 as a recipient of an African American Leadership Award at the Holland Performing Arts Center.

- Moshe Gershovich, history, and Guy Matalon, philosophy and religion, were quoted in the Feb. 24 edition of the Jewish Press. The article announced the start of a class on the history of Israel that is being held at the Jewish Community Center.

- Jeremy Lipschultz, communication, was quoted in the March 26 edition of the St. Petersburg Times (Tampa, Fla.). The article explored government regulation of indecent programming.

- John McCarty, biology, was quoted in the Feb. 23 edition of the Omaha Star. The article announced that Lisa Renstrom, UNO graduate and president of the Sierra Club, would be speaking at UNO March 8.

- Larry Menyweather-Woods, black studies, was cited in the Feb. 22 edition of the South Hill Enterprise (South Hill, Va.). The article announced that Menyweather-Woods would be speaking at Saint Paul College's Business and Industry Cluster Symposium Feb. 21-22.

- Nancy Schlesiger, sponsored programs, was quoted in the March 22 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article previewed the March 28 Omaha visit of 1983 Nobel Peace Prize winner Lech Walesa.

- Dan Sullivan, chemistry, was pictured in the March 2 edition of the Journal (Plattsmouth, Neb.). The accompanying article highlighted a Chemistry and Physics on Wheels (CAPOW) presentation held during a science fair at Plattsmouth Middle School.

- Sam Walker, professor emeritus of criminal justice, was quoted in the March 8 edition of the Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.). The article discussed citizen oversight of sheriffs' departments.

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

- Scott Downing, mathematics, had an editorial published in the March 6 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. His column discussed probability in relation to a Feb. 26 column about the recent Lincoln Powerball winners.

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

UNO Swing Dance Tonight
The UNO Jazz Ensembles and Moniker, a jazz combo, will take center stage at the UNO Swing Dance tonight, March 31. The event will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Dance lessons will begin at 7 p.m., and the music and dancing will begin at 8 p.m. Admission is $5 for students and $7 for the general public. Proceeds will be earmarked for the UNO Jazz Program and the UNO Wind Ensemble's 2006 European tour.

For more information, call 554.2297.

SPO to Host Benefit Concert April 3
UNO spirit
The 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.

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

Spring 2006 BFA Thesis Exhibition Opens April 7
The Spring 2006 BFA Thesis Exhibition opens Friday, April 7, at UNO. A reception will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the UNO Art Gallery.

The work of Frances Osugi, Brandon Liebig, Kym Johnson Rutledge, Jonathan Sours and Alexia Thiele will be featured.

Osugi's thesis, "Hand Produced Books from the Monku-Monku Press," showcases edition printing in letterpress, woodblock, intaglio and photolithography. "The portraits and stories come from my life and my imagination," she said.

Rutledge's thesis is titled "Who am I? I am Everyman." This series of paintings is based on contemporary characters from "Everyman," a medieval morality play written in the 15th century. "Each character is a personification of a virtue or vice, and each embodies a part of me," Rutledge said. "My painting style expresses the movement of wet paint in order to bring life to a static state, as breath is to the body."

Jonathan D. Sours titled his painting and drawing series "Ten Accounts of Three Figures." It features three figures that are examined and deconstructed through repetition.

The exhibition runs through May 5. The UNO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building. Admission is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are as follows: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, noon to 4 p.m.; Thursday, noon to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m.

For more information, call Deborah-Eve Lombard at 554.2796.

Science Fictions, Illumine
at Lang Gallery

The work of Jody Boyer and Russ Nordman, art and art history, is featured in an exhibition at the Lang Gallery at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, through April 18.

The exhibition includes two new bodies of work. Nordman's Science Fictions is a three-channel video installation that juxtaposes scientific imagery, fabricated landscapes and historical timelines through mathematical randomization to create an ever evolving and transforming narrative environment. Boyer's Illumine combines the ancient art of encaustic painting with 21st century digital image making. The works explore landscape, memory and perception on an intimate scale and predominantly explore the artist's experience of the landscape of western Iowa, her home. Both bodies of work are supported in part by a grant from the Iowa Arts Council. Illumine is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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.