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"Tribute to the Fallen"

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The UNO College Democrats placed more than 3,330 U.S. flags in the Pep Bowl this week in conjunction with the student organization's annual "Tribute to the Fallen" event. Each flag represents an American soldier killed in the Iraq war.

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Shown above, players from the 1913 University of Omaha baseball team.

This Week in Campus History

In late April 1950, the University of Omaha (OU) Board of Regents approved the creation of the College of Education. The new college combined the departments of Education, Physical Education for Women and Physical Education for Men.  Increases in enrollment and greater demand for qualified teachers prompted the action.  The new college was to coordinate all activities pertaining to the primary, secondary, physical and special education fields.  Majors in all of the above areas worked towards a B.S. in education.  Dr. Frank H. Gorman, head of the OU Department of Education since 1948, was named the first dean of the OU College of Education.

Date: April 1950
Source: That You May Know
Compiled by Criss Library Archives

Alexander Williams

At Your Service

by Beverly Newsam

While some of his fellow students are still snug in their beds, Alexander Williams is on campus preparing for the day. It is just one of many changes he has faced during his transition to student body president/regent at UNO. ...continue

Compensation/Benefit Statement Distribution Under Way

Human Resources announces that the total compensation and benefit statements are being released to employees through campus mail today, April 27. The statement is a comprehensive statement of an individual's total compensation (pay and benefits) from the University of Nebraska. The benefits package is an important part of the total compensation that is received from the university. The information included in the statements is as of Dec. 31, 2006.

If faculty and staff have questions about their statement, they are invited to contact Esther Scarpello at 554.3660 or Jacque Christenham at 554.3659.

UNO Commencement May 4 at the Civic

More than 1,200 students will graduate Friday, May 4, during the UNO spring commencement ceremony. The event will be held at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave., beginning at 2 p.m.

Justin Ptacnik, a Blair, Neb., native, will present the student commencement address. He will receive a bachelor of science degree in management information systsems. Ptacnik will begin working in the Management Trainee Program at First National Bank following graduation and plans to pursue an M.B.A.

The commencement ceremony also will recognize Timothy Hart, senior vice president and treasurer of First National Bank of Nebraska (FNN). Hart will receive the Alumnus Achievement Award for his distinguished banking career and extensive service to the community. With more than $16 billion in assets and millions of customers across the United States, FNN is the largest, privately held bank holding company in the country.

For more information about the May 4 commencement, call 554.2358 or 554.3502.

Honors Program Seeks Undergraduate Research

The Honors Program, with the support of the Office of Academic Affairs, is preparing the 2006-2007 report on Undergraduate Research on the UNO campus. Once again, Honors Program staff are asking for the cooperation of the UNO faculty and staff to help discover as many projects and activities as possible. Project reports from capstone courses, senior creative projects and senior design projects are sought.

Participants are asked to fill in the form as completely as possible. One form should be submitted for each student and his or her undergraduate project. Research projects that have not been previously reported in the UGR Survey are also needed. To access the form, visit the Web at https://www.unomaha.edu/wwwhonor/ugresearch.php.

For more information, call M. Christine McIvor, assistant to the director of the Honors Program, at 554.2696. Return this survey to the Honors Program, ASH 105, or e-mail the completed copy to cmcivor@mail.unomaha.edu.

Research information from 2006-2007 and prior years may be sent to the Honors Program, ASH 105, as soon as it is available.

April Employee of the Month: Farida Majid

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"Professional," "conscientious" and "exemplary" are several words co-workers have used to describe Farida Majid, the April Employee of the Month at UNO. A UNO alumna, Majid is a vital component of the student advising process.

As director of undergraduate support programs in the College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T), Majid is responsible for providing student advising assistance, as well as working with accreditation, outreach and scholarship management. She also compiles statistical data, responds to questionnaires, prepares reports and carries out other administrative duties assigned by the dean's office.

Colleagues compliment Majid on her advising abilities and the manner in which she operates. "Farida is truly a pleasure to work with - not only on a professional level, but on a personal level, as well," one individual wrote. "Since becoming an advisor for the college in 1999, she has continually accepted new challenges and assignments each year. Farida is one of the most conscientious employees in our college."

Although she was born in Afghanistan, Majid has called Omaha home for the past 24 years. "As a very young kid, I came with family to the United States in search of freedom, opportunities and a peaceful life. At that time, Afghanistan was invaded by the former Soviet Union."

A member of the campus community for nine years, Majid completed both her bachelor's and master's degrees at UNO. While studying for her master's, she worked as a graduate assistant in the College of Business Administration (CBA) advising office and became familiar with the advising process.

Majid said she enjoyed her studies as a student and, following graduation, was excited to join the staff of the College of IS&T in May of 1999 as an advisor. Her previous advising experience in the CBA was a big help during her transition to the new college.

"Being a graduate assistant in the College of Business Administration helped me to learn a great deal from the wonderful advisors in CBA (Linda and Jennifer)," she said. "I learned a great deal about university policies, procedures, academic programs, student information systems, etc., and believe the learning there was a good foundation for my current job."

The one-on-one interaction is an aspect of her job that she treasures. "Working with students, and meeting their parents on occasion, gives me lots of joy and pleasure," Majid said. "It is a great feeling to be working with such a great group of talented students, faculty and colleagues, and I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity."

The bulk of her day is spent advising IS&T students from their freshman to senior years - a job that she finds very fulfilling. "I believe in students' abilities and talents," she said. "Helping them with intellectual and emotional development is tremendously satisfying."

She said it makes her day when she receives correspondence from former advisees who have graduated. "Receiving thank-you cards and e-mails from graduate students is the highlight of my career," she said. "It is a great feeling to see them successful in their careers. It is also immensely satisfying to know that you have made some difference in their lives. My job is very rewarding."

Majid's advisees appreciate the attention she gives to help them find their way through the advising process. "Farida was instrumental in steering me on a path to become the first person in my family to have a bachelor's degree in any field," a former student said. "She helped me to plan a course of study that encompassed both my skills and interests. Every student is individually important to her, and she routinely goes above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that students have every opportunity to succeed at this institution."

Being named Employee of the Month has been a very positive experience for Majid. "It is such a great honor to be nominated," she said. "I appreciate the kind words by the nominating individuals and am happy to be receiving the award for the work I enjoy so much. Receiving this award is not only encouraging, but it makes me humble and motivates me to work harder. Our college is consistently seeking excellence in academic programs, and I feel proud to be a part of it."

Away from her university work, Majid can be found playing volleyball, getting together with family and friends, and traveling - although she said it is now a bit tricky. "Raising my twins makes it a bit difficult to attend every family function that I used to be the main organizer of," she said.

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

(Pictured above: Majid and Interim UNO Chancellor John Christensen.)

For more information, call 554.2321.

Final MAM Event Today

The UNO Department of Mathematics is sponsoring a variety of activities this April in conjunction with National Mathematics Awareness Month (MAM). The final event set for today, April 27, will offer a problem-solving contest for high school students.

The event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. in 110 and 165 Durham Science Center. At today's contest, high-school students will be awarded individual prizes and the school with the highest overall score will be awarded a traveling trophy.

The 2007 theme is "Mathematics and the Brain." For more information about MAM at UNO, visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/~wwwmath/MAM/mam.html.

"Consider This" to Explore Medical Laboratory Profession

National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week is April 22-28. Laboratory scientists are the professionals who develop, perform and evaluate lab tests that assist physicians in detecting, diagnosing and treating disease. This week on "Consider This" viewers will learn more about this profession.

Host Andrea McMaster will be joined by three clinical laboratory field professionals from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). McMaster's guests will include Janet Schmidt, assistant instructor and recruiter with UNMC's Clinical Laboratory Science Program; Linda Fell, clinical laboratory science program director with UNMC; and Melissa Faulk, student clinical laboratory science with UNMC.

The program will air according to the following schedule:

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

NET2 (NET's cable network)
- Monday, April 30
1:30 p.m. (CT)

- Wednesday, May 2
8 a.m. (CT)

"Consider This" is a production of UNO Television. It 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.

Nebraska Cello Ensemble to Perform April 29

The Nebraska Cello Ensemble at UNO will perform its final program of the season Sunday, April 29, at 3:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. Tickets are available at the door at a cost of $5 for adults, $4 for students and seniors, and free with a UNO MavCard. The program will include the works of Brahms, Sousa, Villa-Lobos, Chopin and Jackson Berkey.

The cello ensemble began in 1974 under the direction of David Low. The ensemble brings together cellists doing music specifically written for combinations of celli, or celli and other instruments or voices. The 19th and 20th centuries have bequeathed a rich supply of such ensemble literature from composers as diverse as Boccherini, Villa-Lobos, Casals, Bartok, Hindemith, Offenbach and Popper.

Cello ensembles began in the 19th century when great cello virtuosi and teachers found there was a lack of literature from major composers of the day; consequently, they wrote their own music to fill this gap. Many great 20th century composers followed the lead of their 19th century colleagues, and today there is a great variety of literature.

The ensemble has had a history of commissioned works. In 1976, Robert Walter - a composer at the University of the Redlands (California) - wrote "Soliloquy" and "Hymans's Dance" for cello orchestra. In 1977, another award-winning composer, Joseph Baber - a composer at the University of Kentucky - wrote a work for cello and soprano titled "Landscapes." It is based on five poems of T.S. Eliot.

Mr. Baber's work was the result of a Nebraska Arts Council Grant. In 1978, Jon Polifrone, a composer at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, wrote "Work for Soprano and 3 Celli." This was also the result of a grant from the Nebraska Arts Council and is on today's program. In 1987, Jennifer Masada, one of the Ensemble members, wrote "Duo, Opus 1." This piece won the Music Teacher National Association 1987 Composition Award. In 1997, Anthony King - a composer and cellist - premiered his "Trio,Opus 1" with the ensemble. This year, the Nebraska Cello Ensemble is proud to premiere a work by Nebraska's nationally known composer Jackson Berkey - "Lumen."

For tickets or more information, call 554.3427.

Retirement Reception May 6 for Dale Stover

After 39 years of service to UNO, Dale Stover, professor of philosophy and religion, will be retiring from UNO at the end of this academic year.

A retirement reception for Dr. Stover will be held Sunday, May 6, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. All persons wanting to wish him well are welcome to attend this very special event.

For more information, call 554.2628.

Summer Hours Begin May 7

Summer hours at UNO begin Monday, May 7, and conclude Friday, Aug. 17. Regular business hours during this period are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

As was done last year, departments are asked to abide by one of the following plans:

- Remain open with a minimum staff until 5 p.m.;

- Have telephones forwarded to an office that is staffed until 5 p.m.; or

- Have a pre-recorded message on telephones that states university summer hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Human Resources at 554.2321.

University Surplus Auction Set for April 28

A public auction for the sale of university surplus property is planned for Saturday, April 28. Standley Auction & Realty Co. will handle the sale, which will take place at the warehouse at 3805 N. 16th St.

The doors will open at 8 a.m., and the auction will start at 10 a.m. A full listing is available by clicking on the following link:

April 28 Surplus Auctions

For more information, call 554.2337.

SHS to Offer Avian Flu Information Sessions

Student Health Services will offer Avian Flu information sessions in Eppley Administration Building Auditorium. All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend.

The discussion will involve planning strategies for personal safety, as well as plans the university and state are planning to ensure public health and safety. Marcia Adler, R.N., M.S., will lead the sessions.

The session schedule is as follows:

- Monday, April 30
11 a.m. to noon

- Thursday, May 3
3 to 4 p.m.

For more information, contact Adler at 554.2743.

Retirement Reception for Angela Valle May 1

The UNO Department of Foreign Languages invites friends and colleagues to attend a retirement reception for professor Angela Valle. A reception will be held Tuesday, May 1, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

For more information, contact Kay Bret at 554.4841 or mbret@mail.unomaha.edu.

Customer Appreciation Sale Under Way at Bookstore

The UNO Bookstore is hosting a customer appreciation sale through Friday, May 4. Customers who buy one UNO or Maverick apparel item at regular price will receive a second item for half price. The second item must be of equal or lesser value.

Bookstore hours during the sale are Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, contact Jacinda Brooks at 554.2360 or jbrooks@mail.unomaha.edu.

In the News

In the News

- UNO Interim Chancellor John Christensen was featured in the April 17 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article discussed Dr. Christensen's career path and his candidacy for the position of permanent UNO chancellor.

- Nick Delman, UNO student and vice president of the College Democrats, was quoted in the April 25 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article highlighted the UNO College Democrats' second annual event, "Tribute to the Fallen."

- Angela Eikenberry, former UNO program director, was featured in the April 17 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. Eikenberry, currently an assistant professor at Virginia Tech, discussed her experience as a faculty member during the April 16 shootings on the Virginia Tech campus.

- Carolyn Fiscus, Native American Studies, was quoted in the April 26 edition of the Star-Tribune (Casper, Wyo.) about ongoing conflicts related to property rights and Native American land.

- Mark Gilbert, art and art history, was featured in the April 4 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article discussed his new work - portraits featuring medical patients and their caregivers.

- Elizabeth Keller, a UNO graduate student, was featured on an April 24 WOWT (Channel 6) newscast. The segment featured a team-up between UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women and the Omaha YWCA for the "Clothesline Project" held on campus that day.

- John Noble, health, physical education and recreation, was interviewed April 19 on a KETV (Channel 7) newscast. The segment focused on UNO's "Bike to Campus Day" and Omaha's need to become a more bike-friendly city.

- Angie Royal and Shayna Royal, UNO students, were pictured in the April 17 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The duo posted signs on bins for the "Just Can It" food drive.

- UNO students involved in Campus Crusade for Christ were cited in the April 18 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article explored the group's outreach of support to a member of the Virginia Tech chapter of the organization.

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.

In Print

- Shaista Wahab, Criss Library, and writer Barry Youngerman recently authored the book A Brief History of Afghanistan (New York: Facts on File) - published in March of 2007.

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.

On Stage

UNO Band Department to Present "Into the Air" Tonight
The Symphonic Wind Ensemble and University Concert Band at UNO will conclude their 2006-07 season with "Into the Air" tonight, April 27. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center (SPAC) Recital Hall.

Tickets will be available at the door at a cost of $4 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, and free to those with a UNO MavCard. Parking for this performance is available adjacent to the SPAC.

The Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dr. James Saker, will open the performance with compositions that explore a variety of representations of flight, beginning with Timothy Mahr's "Into the Air."

Next on the program is award-winning composer Eric Ewazen's three movement work, "Flight," followed by English composer Eric Coates' march, "The Dam Busters." "The Dam Busters" was composed for the 1955 motion picture depicting the Royal Air Force's efforts to bomb the German Power plants during WWII.

Paul Bissell's "The Alabados Song" will feature marimba soloist Analynn Fassler, a UNO graduate student who earned a bachelor of music degree at the University of Arizona.

University Band Conductor Dr. Erica Neidlinger will lead that ensemble in a performance of Bruce Yurko's "Night Dances," Franz Biebl's "Ave Maria" and Ralph Vaughn Williams' "Sea Songs." Graduate assistant Conductor Holly Campbell will conduct Percy Grainger's "Australian Up Country Tune."

The concert will conclude with a special tribute to two giants of the band world who recently passed away, Alfred Reed and Frederick Fennell. Guest Conductor Dr. Bruce Moss will lead the combined ensembles in a performance of Reed's setting of the Bach chorale prelude "My Jesus, Oh What Anguish" and close with Fennell's edition of the Henry Fillmore march "The Klaxon." Dr. Moss is the director of bands at Bowling Green State University (Ohio), the president of the North Central Division of the College Band Director's National Association, and frequently is a guest conductor of collegiate and professional wind bands throughout the country.

For more information, contact the University Bands office at 554.3352.

movingThe Moving Company Set to Perform April 29, May 6
The Moving Company, the UNO modern dance group, will be performing twice in upcoming weeks and premiering new works.

The company's first performance will be Sunday, April 29, at the "Day of the Arts" at the Holland Center for Performing Arts. Dancers will take the stage at 12:45 p.m. and will premiere two etudes from the American Dance Legacy Project, including Donald McKayle's "Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder" and Anna Sokolow's "Rooms."

"This is a wonderful and exciting venue for us," said Josie Metal-Corbin, director for The Moving Company. "We're very pleased to be part of the ‘Day of the Arts' and to bring dance to that stage."

The American Dance Legacy Institute at Brown University provided both etudes. The institute is dedicated to enabling all individuals to participate, as primary collaborators, in the creation and perpetuation of America's dance heritage.

"Rainbow Etude," created by African-American choreographer Donald McKayle, is based on his 1959 classic, "Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder." Members of The Moving Company traveled to the University of California at Long Beach to learn the piece from McKayle. The solo contains quintessential elements of the larger work and includes specific gestures, steps and images from the dance, Metal-Corbin said.

"Rooms Etude" is a six-minute piece based on choreographer Anna Sokolow's "Rooms" and arranged by Lorry May. Metal-Corbin said it is a study in character and intention. Sokolow was a social activist and a distinguished Jewish-American.

Day of the Arts is free and runs from 1 to 5 p.m. In addition to dance, the day features painting, origami, costumes and chalk drawing. More information is available at http://www.omahaperformingarts.org.

The group's second performance will be The Moving Company's 2007 Spring Showcase Sunday, May 6, at 4 p.m. The American Dance Legacy Project works will again be featured, along with works by Mary Waugh-Taylor, Fritha Pengelly, David E. Corbin, and Anna Monardo and Kyan Unstad with J.B. Ferguson.

Monardo, chair of the UNO Writer's Workshop, will read from her novel, Falling in Love with Natassia, during the performance.

"Selected text from Anna's book about modern dancers has been set to dance and percussion, and the piece will add an exciting dimension to the Spring Showcase," Corbin said. "Having her unique voice present with us has been a great experience for our dancers."

The May 6 performance will be held in the UNO Dance Lab (231 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building). General admission tickets cost $5 and will be sold at the door.

For more information about The Moving Company, contact Metal-Corbin at 554.3239.

The Moving Company, UNO's modern dance performing group, operates under the auspices of the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation in the UNO College of Education. The company was established in 1935 and is committed to preserving historical dance, as well as creating new, contemporary works. For more information, contact Metal-Corbin at 554.3239, or visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/themovingcompany.

Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra to Perform April 29
The UNO Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra will perform its final program of the season Sunday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. Tickets cost $5 for adults, and $4 for students and seniors.

"Come and celebrate the one-hundredth anniversary of Shostakovich's birth with his dazzling ninth symphony," said Christopher Stanichar, assistant professor of music and director of UNO Orchestral Activities.

The orchestra will also play Barber's "School for Scandal Overture." Anna Speed, a senior at UNO and the winner of this year's Concerto-Aria Contest, will perform Dvoák's "Cello Concerto."

"Attending Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra concerts are a great way to hear orchestral masterworks performed by talented students and community members at UNO," Dr. Stanichar said.

For tickets or more information, call 554.3427.

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.

On Exhibit

ignorance Artwork on HPV Awareness on Exhibit
ignorance, artwork focusing on the human papilloma virus (HPV) and cervical cancer awareness, will be on display at the UNO Art Gallery through May 4. ignorance is UNO student Molly Connolly's personal response to having HPV and the lack of knowledge on this life-changing, sometimes deadly, virus.

ignorance was designed to inform the public and allow her to share her experience with others. Connolly states that "ignorance became not only an identity for cervical cancer and HPV, but also a release on my personal vendetta with having HPV."

As a UNO B.F.A. thesis candidate, ignorance is the culminating thesis project toward Connolly's degree. She combines the two elements of art and public awareness through graphic design and product development. Since graphic design is a part of many people's daily experience, this art form becomes a powerful and efficient way to avert others from HPV ignorance. The work incorporates strong visual communication and playful puns, while remaining informative. The products designed by Connolly - such as coasters, T-shirts and lighters - are for sale, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit women's cancer and gynecological research.

Connolly is one of six artists featured in the Spring 2007 Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition at the UNO Art Gallery.

The UNO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building. The exhibitions are free, handicapped accessible and 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 Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 689.0157.

Spring B.F.A. Thesis Exhibition
The UNO Art Gallery will present the work of six UNO B.F.A. thesis candidates at the Spring 2007 Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition. The exhibition will run through Friday, May 4.

This spring's thesis exhibition challenges tradition and features the work of Sarah Brogren, Molly Connolly, Shaun Kiel, Alex Myers, Cale Oglesby and Jenny Wagner. Brogren's photography installation of constructed objects examines family history and personal memories. Connolly uses graphic design to inform and expose the realities of the human papilloma virus (HPV). Kiel searches for self-revelation through the refabrication of painting. Myers explores the inherent tension of collage to elicit contemplation and meaning in meaninglessness. Oglesby seeks identity through experimental portrayals of his physical and cerebral self. Wagner's videos investigate time and place, and their impact on her own behavior.

Each B.F.A. candidate in studio art is also required to present a public thesis talk to articulate and defend the philosophical, aesthetic, historical, critical and technical aspects of their work. Brogren, Connolly, Kiel, Myers, Oglesby and Wagner will be joined by bachelor of arts in art history candidates John Herzinger and Abby Sutter in these public presentations. Each art history candidate will present a scholarly paper that addresses critical, creative and theoretical thinking and analysis of a specialized topic in their area of emphasis.

The UNO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building. The exhibitions are free, handicapped accessible and 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 Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

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