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Pictured above, a lone student takes a snowy stroll near Arts and Sciences Hall circa the early 1960s.

This Week in Campus History

On Jan. 26, 1972, The Gateway announced that Norman E. Borlaug, the recipient of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize, was scheduled to speak at UNO in early February. Dr. Borlaug was honored for his research examining what types of wheat could help eliminate world hunger. His presentation, titled "Problems of Population - Food, Production, Ecology," was free and open to the public.

Date: Jan. 26, 1972
Source: The Gateway
Compiled by University Library Archives

Paul Allen Williams and Michele Desmarais

Religion Meets Film

by Teresa Gleason

Paul Allen Williams and Michele Desmarais are not filmmakers. Nor are they studio heads, publicists or movie distributors.

Yet Drs. Williams and Desmarais, assistant professors of religion at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), will be among the throngs of industry types headed to Utah this month for the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. The event, set for Jan. 19-29 in Park City, Utah, ...continue

Flag Lowering

Gov. Dave Heineman has ordered all U.S. and Nebraska flags to be flown at half-staff today, Jan. 27, in honor of U.S. Rep. Virginia Smith.

Smith, a longtime Nebraska representative in Congress, passed away Jan. 23 in Arizona at the age of 94.

2006 UNO Women of Color Award Recipients Announced

A musician, a director, a community activist, a librarian, a researcher and a student are the 2006 recipients of the UNO Women of Color (WOC) Awards.

The group will be honored at a luncheon Wednesday, March 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Central, 72nd and Grover streets.

UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck will be in attendance at the fourth annual luncheon to congratulate the nominees and winners. This year's theme is "Connections."

"Since 2003, UNO has honored outstanding women of color for their profound contributions in the metropolitan community, as well as to their discipline," Dr. Belck said. "This year we will again take time during Women's History Month to applaud all nominees and award recipients for their exceptional efforts."

The 2006 award winners are as follows:

- Geraldine Tyrance, musician, is the recipient of the Arts and Humanities Award;

- Terrie Jackson Miller, director of the minority economic development council, Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, is the recipient of the Business/Entrepreneurship Award;

- Athena Ramos, president of the Metro Omaha Tobacco Coalition, is the recipient of the Community Service Award;

- Debra Paris, librarian/media specialist at Benson High School, is the recipient of the Education Award;

- Dr. Oluwatoyin Asojo, research assistant professor, Eppley Research Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, is the recipient of the Science and Technology Award;

- Georgianna Lee, a student at Creighton University, is the recipient of the Youth Leadership Award.

"We are proud to recognize the achievements of this diverse group of women," said Mary Mudd, WOC committee chairperson and university consultant. "The honorees' insights, diverse perspectives and experiences are being highlighted and celebrated in an effort to encourage continued and future involvement of women of color in our community."

lisaseeThe luncheon speaker is Lisa See, author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. In her fourth novel, See uncovers the mystery of nu shu, a writing that has been used as a form of communication for more than 1,000 years by Chinese women in a remote southern Hunan providence. The Organization of Chinese American Women named her the 2001 National Woman of the Year. Dr. Magda Peck, Sc.D., founding director of the University of Nebraska's Master in Public Health (MPH) program, will serve as the mistress of ceremonies.

"There will be a book-signing at the event to celebrate Lisa See's newest novel," Mudd said. "We're thrilled to have her with us to help congratulate this year's winners and to revel in our womanly connections."

The luncheon is open to the public, and tickets are $25 per person. Organizations can reserve tables of 10 for $250. The event is sponsored by UNO, ConAgra Foods Inc. and State Farm Insurance.

To access luncheon registration forms online or for more information about the event, visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/woc/. The deadline for registrations is Monday, Feb. 20. For more information, call 554.2779.

Copies of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan will be for sale at the luncheon. They also will be available at The Bookworm, 8702 Pacific St.

CFD to Sponsor SoTL Brown Bag Today

The Center for Faculty Development will host a "Getting Started with the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)" brown bag today, Jan. 27. The event will be held from 1 to 2:15 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Umonhon Room.

Presenters will include Joe Brown, associate professor of psychology; Jody Neathery-Castro, associate professor of political science; and Joanne Sowell, associate professor of art history.

The SoTL is a faculty-driven endeavor that promotes rigorous and systematic investigation into teaching and student learning. The facilitators will share information gleaned from their participation in two regional SoTL conferences sponsored by the Carnegie Consortium for the Advancement of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Today's event will consist of a 75-minute session on strategies for integrating teaching with scholarship.

For more information, contact Dr. Neathery-Castro at 554.3611 or jneathery@mail.unomaha.edu. To register, contact the Center for Faculty Development at 554.2427 or facdev@unomaha.edu.

Chancellor Invites Scouts to Feb. 3 Hockey Event

To: the UNO community

From: UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck

The Mid-America Council, Boy Scouts of America, is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. In addition, the National Scouting Organization will observe the 96th year of service to youth during Scout Anniversary Week Feb. 5-12.

As a board member of the Boy Scouts of America, I invite those of you that are scouts or have children in scouting to a fun evening of Maverick hockey Friday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. Mav hockey is played at the Qwest Center Omaha, and we will provide tickets for you and your young scout at no charge.

I look forward to seeing you, and thank you for all you do for our youth of America and for our community.

If you will be attending, please R.S.V.P. to Bob Cairns at rcairns@mail.unomaha.edu or 554.2311 by Monday, Jan. 30.

January Employee of the Month: Ron Higdon

Ron Higdon, assistant wrestling coach and facilities coordinator for Sapp Fieldhouse, has been a consistent force in UNO Athletics for more than a decade. Enthusiasm and a love of coaching have helped him tackle a number of responsibilities with ease.

belckandhigdonHis leadership has been greatly appreciated by his colleagues, who recently nominated him for Employee of the Month honors. "Coach Higdon has been a big part of our wrestling program for over 14 years," one nominator wrote. "He is very familiar with and highly involved in all aspects of our program. He is involved with the coaching and training of our athletes, fundraising, running our tournaments and our clinic, community service and recruiting. Ron is dedicated to keeping our program at the highest level."

Higdon has numerous responsibilities at UNO. He said making lists helps keep him on track. "Along with being a wrestling coach, I teach two US 1010 classes," he said. "I am also facility coordinator for the athletic facility, which means that I am responsible for any event that is hosted here. On a day-to-day basis, I work on different fund-raising activities for the wrestling department. I make a list every day and chip away at it until the next day and start all over again."

Co-workers say Higdon's ability to organize and multitask are vital to the success of many events at UNO. Another co-worker said, "An example of his organizational skills is shown in his ability to coordinate a 700-person wrestling tournament, NCAA playoff football game, NCAA playoff soccer tournament and a swim meet all on the same weekend. Ron is an important asset to the athletic department and the university."

Of all his duties, coaching remains an easy favorite for Higdon. "I love all of the coaching parts of my job the most," he said. "You have an opportunity to build relationships with young men and, hopefully, have a positive influence on them for the rest of their lives. I also enjoy the recruiting part of coaching. I feel like we have a good product, both athletically and academically. As for the rest of my job, I enjoy dealing with all of the people inside and outside the athletic department. Just like coaching, it's about building relationships."

Before he became a coach, Higdon, a UNO alumnus, received firsthand experience with wrestling when he participated in the sport as a student. It didn't take long for him to decide to return to campus for a career. "Prior to coaching here, I wrestled at UNO," he said. "After my eligibility was up, I worked at a manufacturing firm in the engineering department. After a year of that, I knew that I wanted to be back in athletics. I came back to finish school and started coaching with Coach Denney. I fell in love with coaching and knew that I wanted to coach at the collegiate level as long as I could."

During his time at UNO, Higdon said he has had many neat experiences, including assisting with the hosting of the national wrestling tournament last year. "It came down to the last two matches of the night, and we got to celebrate with all of our loyal supporters and fans," he said. "I really value being a part of two national championship wrestling teams and all the friends I have made throughout the years. All the people in the athletic department that I get to work with every day make coming to work enjoyable."

He also relishes his newfound honor. "I think the best thing about it is being appreciated for all the effort and pride that I take in all aspects of my job. It is nice to be appreciated."

As Employee of the Month, Higdon will receive a plaque, portrait and monetary award.

Nominations for the Employee of the Month Award at UNO are accepted year-round. All UNO faculty, staff and students are eligible to nominate individuals for the honor. Nomination forms are available in Human Resources, 205 Eppley Administration Building. For more information, call 554.2321.

"Consider This" to Explore Child Welfare Advocacy Efforts

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 air tonight, Jan. 27, on KYNE-TV Channel 26 at 11 p.m.

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 be rebroadcast according to the following schedule:

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, Jan. 29
11:30 a.m. (CT)

NETV 2 (Nebraska's NET cable network)
- Monday, Jan. 30
1:30 p.m. (CT)

- Wednesday, Feb. 1
8 a.m. (CT)

"Consider This," a production of UNO Television, also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For a list of days and times, visit the Web at http://www.tknomaha.org. Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at http://www.unotv.unomaha.edu.

SHS to Host "Go Red for Women Day" Feb. 3

Student Health Services (SHS) will host "Go Red for Women Day" Friday, Feb. 3, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Cholesterol and blood sugar testing will be available for $20, along with free blood pressure checks, goodies bags and information on healthy living. A portion of the testing fee will be donated to the American Heart Association.

Student Health Services is located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center. For more information, call 554.2374.

CFD to Host Pedagogical Lessons Brown Bag Feb. 3

The Center for Faculty Development (CFD) will host "The Teaching Professor: Pedagogical Lessons for the Semi-Experienced" Friday, Feb. 3. The brown-bag event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

Attendees will receive information and tips on:

- How to reinvigorate your pedagogy;
- The effective use of technology in the classroom;
- Current research on understanding student performance; and
- Mechanisms for faculty to achieve balance in their professional pursuits.

The presenters will include Ana Cruz, communication instructor; Laura Grams, assistant professor of philosophy; and Barbara Hewins-Maroney, assistant professor, Goodrich Program. Each attended the 2005 Teaching Professor Conference and will share what they learned.

For more information, contact Dr. Hewins-Maroney at 554.4953 or bhewinsm@mail.unomaha.edu.

To register, contact the CFD at 554.2427 or facdev@mail.unomaha.edu.

Library Liaisons to Meet with UCLLR Jan. 30

The University Library department liaisons will meet with the University Committee on Library and Learning Resources Monday, Jan. 30, from 10 to 11:15 a.m. in Room 100 of the library.

The agenda will include a discussion of the collection development plan, the library renovation and gathering information from committee members for future plans for the library building. All attendees will be entered in a drawing for a Valentine's Day basket of chocolates sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Department liaisons who are unable to attend this meeting should contact Linda Mannering at lmannering@mail.unomaha.edu or Linda Riviera at lriviera@mail.unomaha.edu.

Black History Month Celebration Begins Jan. 30

A month-long event celebrating black history and culture will kick off Monday, Jan. 30, at UNO. All activities are open to the public and will be held on campus at the times and locations listed below. Activities are free, with the exception of the Feb. 3 luncheon and the Feb. 11 fashion show.

Monday, Jan. 30
- Cultural Organizations Fair
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom and Nebraska Room
Cultural organizations, clubs, departments and agencies will be showcased at this event.
Sponsored by American Multicultural Students

Tuesday, Jan. 31
- Open Mic Poetry
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
MBSC Ballroom
A diverse crowd of poets and listeners is anticipated at this open mic event.
Sponsored by American Multicultural Students, SPOWkun Word and NCNW

Friday, Feb. 3
- Color Me Human Luncheon
Noon to 1:15 p.m.
MBSC Ballroom
Featuring "Dr. King's Dream" by Mixedblood Theater. Tickets are on sale in the MBSC Business Office ($3 for students, $5 for faculty and staff, and $7 for the public).
Sponsored by American Multicultural Students

Feb. 6-28
- Black History Month Display
University Library Foyer
This informative display celebrates the history, culture, icons and contributions of African Americans.
Sponsored by University Library

Monday, Feb. 6
- African American Read-In
6 to 8 p.m.
MBSC Fireplace Lounge (first floor)
Participants will be able to share insights about The Autobiography of Malcolm X and the book's namesake at a discussion group formed in recognition of the 17th National African American Read-In.
Sponsored by Multicultural Affairs

Tuesday, Feb. 7 
- Jabali Afrika
MBSC Nebraska Room
This multi-faceted Kenyan group combines fusion and African rhythms. Original compositions and traditional African rhythms come alive on a wide variety of instruments accompanied by vocal harmonies, dancing and choreography.
Sponsored by the Student Programming Organization (SPO)

Saturday, Feb. 11 
- Kaleidoscope Fashion Show
3 to 6:30 p.m.
MBSC Ballroom
The colorful fabric of African Americans will be showcased. The event also will feature food, fun and door prizes. Tickets are on sale in the Office of Multicultural Affairs on the first floor of the MBSC ($10 for adults, $7 for students, and $5 for children 12 and under).
Sponsored by the UNO Section of NCNW and Allen Chapel AMEC

Wednesday, Feb. 15 - Malcolm X Festival
MBSC Ballroom
The UNO Department of Black Studies is hosting this annual festival in tribute to those individuals and groups who contribute to the improvement of the American society. With involvement from SPO, Cultural Awareness Programs, Multicultural Affairs and others, this year's focus is on the women of this movement.

- Poet and playwright Sonia Sanchez
10 to 10:50 a.m.

- Urban Bush Women
Featuring Sonia Sanchez and Amara Tabor Smith.
11 to 11:50 a.m.

- The Art of Black Women
Featuring Deborah Bunting, artist, and Wanda Ewing, assistant professor of art/art history at UNO.
1 to 1:50 p.m.

- Black Women's Literature
Featuring Helen Fountain, UNO Multicultural Affairs.
2 to 2:50 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 16 - Malcolm X Festival
MBSC Ballroom

- "Voter Education and Black Women in the Women's Suffrage Movement"
Featuring Roslyn Terborg-Penn, Morgan State University.
10 to 11:45 a.m.

- Black Women Activism
Featuring Jennifer Hamer and Helen Neville, University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign.
1 to 2:15 p.m.

- "Addressing Issues of Race in Women's Studies"
Featuring Genevieve Williams and Angela Drakeford, UNO students.
2:30 to 3:45 p.m.

- Closing Ceremonies
Featuring Spoken Word and African Dance-PASO.
7 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 22 
- Seku Neblett, African Drummer
Noon to 1 p.m.
MBSC Ballroom
An African born in America, Neblett has studied African cultural forms in North America, South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Europe. He encourages individuals to seek information concerning African culture and its realities.
Sponsored by Student Organizations and Leadership Programs/Cultural Awareness Programs

Sunday, Feb. 26
- The Langston Hughes Project
7:30 p.m.
Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall
Ronald McCurdy, a professor of music at the Thornton School of Music, will present a multimedia display on Langston Hughes, including his life, his art and his times.
Sponsored by the Nebraska Arts Council, the UNO Department of Black Studies, the UNO Department of Music, SPO and the Goodrich Program

For more information, call 554.2711.

In the News

- UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck and Hollis Glaser, communication, were quoted in the Dec. 15 edition of the Omaha Star. The article explored a grant UNO recently received from the Ford Foundation to promote academic freedom and constructive dialogue on campus.

In the News- Brent Bowen, Aviation Institute, was quoted in the Dec. 30 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article discussed the Dec. 29 crash of a private plane from Abilene, Kan., near LaVista, Neb.

- Jerry Deichert, Center for Public Affairs Research, was quoted in the Dec. 28 edition of the Lincoln Journal Star. The article compared the cities of Omaha and Lincoln in terms of wealth and charity.

- Michele Desmarais and Paul Williams, philosophy and religion, and Beth Ritter, sociology, were cited in the Jan. 22 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article announced the trio's plans to attend the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, to critique films.

- Robert Egan, biology; Merry Ellen Turner, international programs; and UNO graduate student Taylor Quedensley were quoted in the Dec. 29 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article highlighted international research Quedensley is completing in Guatemala.

- Neal Grandgenett, teacher education, was quoted in the Dec. 27 edition of the Omaha World-Herald and the Dec. 28 editions of the Sioux City Journal (Sioux City, Iowa) and the Hub (Kearney, Neb.). The articles explored results of a survey on student laptop use at Westside High School.

- Tim Kaldahl, university affairs, was quoted in the Dec. 14 edition of the Leader (Bellevue, Neb.). The article highlighted twins at Bryan High School who are receiving identical scholarships to UNO.

- Judith Monarrez Diaz-Kelsey, information science and technology, was quoted in the Dec. 28 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article discussed ways UNO service-learning students have been assisting small businesses in south Omaha.

- Bonnie O'Connell, art and art history, was featured in the February 2006 edition of Her Magazine. The article highlighted O'Connell's various artistic creations, including book arts.

- Louis Pol, dean of the College of Business Administration, was quoted in the Dec. 18 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article explored expanding collaborative approaches with the assistance of UNO.

- Bill Swanson, career exploration and outreach, was quoted in the Dec. 26 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article discussed Web sites that enhance networking between companies.

- Samuel Walker, emeritus professor of criminal justice, was quoted in the Dec. 22 edition of the Sacramento Bee (Sacramento, Calif.). The article explored a case involving the topic of police escort requests. Dr. Walker also was quoted in the Dec. 28 edition of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. The article looked at the practice of forcing out whistle-blowing rookies on police forces.

- Paul Williams, philosophy and religion, was quoted in the Jan. 13 edition of the Jewish Press and the Jan. 21 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The articles announced an upcoming Jewish-Christian study group that will be held at Countryside Community Church on Sunday afternoons in February.

- Anne York, marketing and management, was quoted in the Dec. 24 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article discussed marketing for an Omahan's emergency water system invention.

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 enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.

In Print

- Ronald Machoian, history, had an editorial published in the October 2005 edition of the Journal of the West (Manhattan, Kan.). His piece reviewed Winfield Scott and the Profession of Arms by Allan Peskin.

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 enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.

On Stage

Masters and Music Series Continues Jan. 29
The Masters and Music series at UNO continues Sunday, Jan. 29, with a tribute to the late Kent Bellows.

The event, "Capturing the Human Spirit in Art," will begin at 5 p.m. in the UNO Art Gallery. Tickets are $15 per person, and all proceeds benefit the Friends of Art Scholarship Fund.

Nationally recognized Nebraska artists Keith Jacobshagen, Paul Otero and Stephen Cornelius Roberts will reflect on the life and work of Bellows, one of America's greatest masters of figurative drawing, in a panel discussion. Audrey Kauders, director of the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney, will serve as the moderator.

Pete Madsen, coordinator of jazz studies at UNO, will explore the strength and drive of the personal, individual character of jazz as it creates its own life force.

"The power of the human spirit is alive through the work of these extraordinary artists," said Shari Hofschire, coordinator of the series.

Masters and Music is a series blending artistic imagery and musical composition. It is sponsored by Friends of Art, a support group for the UNO Department of Art and Art History. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Hofschire at 554.2402.

Chamber Orchestra to Present "Romance and Roses" Feb. 4
The UNO Chamber Orchestra will present "Romance and Roses," a romantic evening of Viennese waltzes, Saturday, Feb. 4. The event will be held from 7:30 to 10 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Tickets are $25 for individuals and $40 for couples, the proceeds of which will benefit the Friends of Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra Scholarship Fund.

Christopher Stanichar, an assistant professor of music at UNO, will conduct the program. "This will be a very romantic affair to celebrate Valentine's Day and will feature an assortment of desserts and champagne that is included in the ticket price," he said. "People are encouraged to come early and learn to waltz from 7 to 7:30 p.m."

For tickets or more information, call 554.3427.

Concert at the Castle with with Mezzo-Soprano Wendy Eaton
The Friends of Joslyn Castle will host a casual come-as-you-are concert Sunday, Feb. 5, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Joslyn Castle, 3902 Davenport St.

"Our spring festival season honors Sarah and George Josyln's love of music and their wish to share it with others in their home," said Annette Huff, event organizer. "In this spirit, our casual concerts showcase the best professional musicians in our region producing both classical repertoire and top-notch jazz."

Before the concert, the guests are invited to tour the castle. A wine-tasting event featuring music written for voice and guitar by Dowland, Falla, Schubert and Duarte will wrap up the evening. The Feb. 5 performance will include mezzo-soprano Wendy Eaton with guitarist Chris Johnson. Eaton is an artist-faculty member in the UNO Department of Music.

Following the performance, the artists are available for a short post-concert reception.

For more information, contact Huff at 551.3023 or Eaton at 554.2252

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 enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.

On Exhibit

Russ Nordman at Resolutions 06
The video work of Russ Nordman, art and art history, has been selected for Resolutions 06 at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center in Buffalo, New York. His video Boil (2005) will be screened at the annual two-day festival of contemporary media work. For more information, visit the Web at http://www.hallwalls.org/media-arts-pages/res06.html.

savingfaces"Saving Faces" Exhibition Under Way at UNO Art Gallery
Omaha is the third stop for a North American tour of a unique art exhibition that provides an in-depth look at the physical and emotional aspects of patients who underwent head and neck surgery subsequent to trauma, disfiguring forms of cancer or other problems.

The exhibit runs through Friday, Feb. 24, at the UNO Art Gallery. It is accompanied by a five-part speaker series to highlight issues related to healing that are raised by the paintings.

Bringing the art exhibition, "Saving Faces: Art and Medicine," to Omaha has been a cooperative venture between UNO and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC).

The exhibition features 42 portraits by Scottish artist Mark Gilbert showing patients at various stages of their treatment. Gilbert's exhibition was spawned by an invitation from Iain Hutchison, M.D., a British maxillofacial surgeon, to come to the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Unit of St. Bartholomew's and Royal London Hospital and see for himself what these patients go through. The paintings he created provide a visual narrative of the healing process.

"The exhibition truly combines the best of art, science, hope and healing," said Deborah-Eve Lombard, director of the UNO Art Gallery. "It will provide a moving and powerful experience to all who view it."

All of the events associated with the exhibition are free and open to the public.

The speaker series will take place over a five-week period with each program beginning at 7 p.m. The remaining dates, titles of the programs, speakers and locations for the series are listed below.

Thursday, Feb. 9
"Regarding Transformation: Healing and the Perception of Integrity of Persons"
Speaker – Michael Gillespie, Ph.D., senior lecturer, University of Washington – Bothell and UNO professor emeritus.
UNO Art Gallery

Thursday, Feb. 16
"Healing and its Relationship to the Depiction of Illness"
Panel discussion headed by Mark Gilbert, "Saving Faces" artist, with panelists Barbara Simcoe, associate professor, UNO Department of Art and Art History (moderator); Al Harris-Fernandez, director of the Sioux City Art Center; and Aaron Holz, assistant professor, College of Fine Arts, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
UNO Art Gallery

The UNO Art Gallery is closed Saturdays and Mondays. It is open noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; noon to 8 p.m. Thursdays; and 2 to 5 p.m. Sundays.

The "Saving Faces" Exhibition was made possible thanks in large part to a $3,500 grant from the Nebraska Arts Council. The speaker series was made possible by a $6,165 grant from the Nebraska Humanities Council. Additional support was provided by the UNMC College of Medicine; the UNMC Department of Preventive and Societal Medicine; the UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media; the UNO Art Gallery; the UNMC Center for Continuing Education; the Wilson Humanities in Medicine Program; and the UNMC Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery.

For more information about the exhibition and speaker series, contact Lombard at 554.2796.

oconnellBook Arts Exhibition at Cathedral Cultural Center
The beauty of books, both ancient and contemporary, is the subject of an exhibition on display through March 3 at the St. Cecilia Cathedral Cultural Center.

"The Beauty of the Book" is sponsored by the Nebraska Book Arts Center and the Joslyn Art Museum. The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, features 80 artifacts that span more than 500 years. It includes 15th century calligraphy on vellum and hand-printed incunabula of the same period; sacred texts on parchment, palm leaves or refined papers; and contemporary artist's books that may continue the literary fine press tradition or make vital new sculptural statements through the techniques of classical bookbinding, said Bonnie O'Connell, director of the Nebraska Book Arts Center and associate professor of art and art history at UNO.

"The Beauty of the Book" is being held in conjunction with "Illuminating The Word; The Saint John's Bible," which runs through April 16 at the Joslyn Art Museum.

The St. Cecilia Cathedral Cultural Center is located at 701 N. 40th St. behind the cathedral with access on Webster Street. The exhibition will be open according to the following schedule:

Tuesday through Friday
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Noon to 4 p.m.

For more information about the exhibition, contact O'Connell at 554.2787.

For more information about the Nebraska Book Arts Center, visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/~nbac/home.html.

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 enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.