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UNO Audio Story: Music Major Readies for Recital

Music major Anna Hall has been practicing for her upcoming senior recital. This audio story includes her playing flute on the stage of the Strauss Performing Arts Center and her thoughts. Her recital is this Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 5 p.m.

Staff Advisory Council Elections Under Way

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) is currently conducting its campus-wide election. Seven staff members will be elected to serve three-year terms on the council.

Staff should have already received a form to vote for delegates for the 2007-2010 terms. The ballot deadline is Friday, Oct. 19, by 5 p.m.

For more information about SAC or its activities, contact any current SAC member, or visit the Web at

For more information about the elections, contact Jennifer Forbes-Baily, SAC president, at 554.3419.

Students Sought for Global Diplomats Positions

UNO International Studies and Programs (IS&P) will take applications from UNO students through the end of October for a new program, Global Diplomats. 

Starting in January, students selected as Global Diplomats will assist IS&P in a variety of ways through next May or August.  Some possible activities include promoting campus internationalization efforts, assisting with orientation, giving campus tours, attending and assisting at social events, making airport pickups and offering settling-in assistance and shopping help to international guests. Ten students will be selected for the program.

Criteria for selection will include:

- Academic excellence in at least two full-time semesters earned at UNO by December 2007 and maintenance of a 2.5 GPA;

- Full-time student status in the 2007/2008 school year;

- Strong leadership and communications skills;

- Interest in service to UNO and the international student population; and

- Experience in cross-cultural settings.

Selected students will wear UNO IS&P Global Diplomats polo shirts to events and will receive a $100 scholarship for the spring 2008 semester. Applications may be picked up at the front desk in 241 Arts and Sciences Hall.  Applications must be returned by Wednesday, Oct. 31.  For more information, contact Jennifer Stahl, international student advisor, at 554.2293 or

Formal Dedication for the New UNMC Olson Center for Women's Health Oct. 17

The formal dedication of the new University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Olson Center for Women's Health will be Wednesday, Oct. 17, with tours of the new facility from 1 to 4 p.m. Members of the University of Nebraska community are invited to attend the open house. Refreshments will be served.

This new outpatient center occupies 25,000 square feet on the fourth floor of the Durham Outpatient Center. For more information on the Olson Center for Women's Health, call 559.4500 or visit

Irish Curator to Discuss Painting at UNO on Oct. 24

SÍghle Bhreathnach-Lynch, curator of Irish Painting for the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, will visit the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and discuss an iconic 19th century Irish painting Wed., Oct. 24, at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

Her presentation, "The Marriage of Strongbow and Aoife:  Representation and Reality," focuses on an 1854 work of art that depicts the marriage of a Norman leader to the daughter of the King of Leinster in 1170.  Generally seen as the first event leading to English rule over Ireland, the painting has been analyzed in relation to its reception by British viewers in 1854, and changing perceptions of it since that time.  Light refreshments will be served.

The Medieval and Renaissance Studies Interdisciplinary Minor--in association with the Departments of Art History, English, and History at UNO—has organized the event. For more information about the event or Medieval and Renaissance Studies, contact Lisabeth Buchelt, assistant professor of medieval British and Irish literature at UNO, at 554.2894.

Annual Wrestling Faculty and Staff Appreciation Pancake Breakfast is Oct. 26

The Maverick wrestling team will host its seventh annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Pancake Breakfast on Friday, Oct. 26, from 7 to 9 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Maverick Buffet. There will be free pancakes, prizes, fun and fellowship with the team's coaches and wrestlers serving.

The all-you-can-eat breakfast, which includes coffee, orange juice and milk as well as pancakes and syrup, will also have competitions. The pancake eating championship will have divisions for men, women and a department. All faculty and staff are invited.

UNO Orchestras to Present Oct. 30 "Hauntcert"

It's the season for the UNO Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra's annual performance of "Hauntcert." This audience favorite, with spooky music and guests, is set for Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.  Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for students and seniors.

"Everyone is invited to attend this family-friendly event and come dressed in costumes," said Christopher Stanichar, director of orchestral activities at UNO.

The program will feature the ghastly orchestral works, including Gounod's "March of the Marionettes," Grieg's "Hall of the Mountain King," Saint-Saëns' "Danse Macabre," and music from Pirates of the Caribbean. The orchestra, conducted by Dr. Stanichar, will present the concert in costume.

For tickets or more information, call 554.3427.

Performance Evaluation Workshop Oct. 17

Human Resources will present a workshop on performance evaluations Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

Supervisors will learn techniques to give them more confidence and clarity in the performance evaluation process. How to write concrete, objective, clear and less threatening performance evaluations will also be addressed.

To register, contact Human Resources at 554.2321.

Chair Massage Service Available in HPER This Friday

Looking for a way to reduce stress?

UNO faculty, staff and students can purchase chair massages on campus this fall. A station will be set up on Fridays in 213 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the following dates: Oct. 19, Nov. 16 and Dec. 21.

Andrea Porter, a certified massage therapist, will administer the massages. The cost is $10 for a 15-minute session or $20 for a 30-minute session.

To make a reservation, stop by 100 HPER. Payment is due at the time of registration. Walk-ins will be accepted if time permits. For more information, call 554.2539.

Art Gallery Ceramics Exhibition Opens Oct. 19

The UNO Art Gallery will present "Clay as the Human Condition," a regional ceramics exhibition, starting Friday, Oct. 19.  An opening reception will be held that evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Alisa Holen, a visiting assistant professor in ceramics at the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, curated the show.  The exhibition explores three different clay artists—Daniel Cox, Conifer Smith and Reagan Yoder—and how they react to life and its challenges, through the resilient and tactile medium of clay.

"As a clay artist, I believe that clay records our life experiences and also can create them," Holen said.  The exhibition will remain up until Saturday, Nov. 17.

More information on each artist follows.

Cox received a master of fine arts degree from the University of Iowa and a bachelor of fine arts in ceramics from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La.  Currently, he is an adjunct professor of sculpture and ceramics at Kirkwood College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  He uses clay as a vehicle of expression, according to the gallery's press release, and creates an interplay of the human form, landscape and his perception of life.

Smith is a professor of three-dimensional art at Kirkwood College.  She has worked as a professional ceramic artist for more than 20 years and holds a master of fine arts degree from the University of Iowa.  As a material, clay reminds Smith of the connection people have with the earth, both physically and metaphysically. 

Yoder is an adjunct professor of ceramics at the University of Iowa, where he earned his master of fine arts degree.  He has worked as a studio artist for 35 years, and is well known for his knowledge and skills in kiln building, materials and tool making.  In his work, Yoder examines the uniqueness of structures and their ability to control patterns of movement.

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 noon to 4 p.m.; Thursday noon to 8 p.m.; and Saturday 1 to 4 p.m.

For further information, please call 554.2796.

myMAPP/faculty Training Set for Oct. 19

Information Technology Services (ITS) will hold a hands-on training session designed to teach the basics of the myMAPP/faculty system. The training - set for Friday, Oct. 19, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in 007B Roskens Hall - is designed for new faculty and will provide a brief overview of the portfolio process and instruction on how to enter information into myMAPP/faculty.

Faculty use myMAPP/faculty - an ePortfolio system - to track academic and professional work and document their contributions toward UNO's strategic goals for the purposes of Annual Review and Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure (RPT).

For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (4357) or

Robert Duncan to Be Honored Oct. 25 at Durham Lecture Series

The UNO Aviation Institute will host its annual Charles W. Durham Distinguished Guest Lecture Series Thursday, Oct. 25, in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. The featured speaker is J. Robert Duncan, chairman emeritus of Duncan Aviation.

A reception will start the evening at 6:45 p.m., followed by Duncan's lecture at 7:30 p.m.

Duncan Aviation has grown into one of the world's largest business aviation sales and service organizations, with more than 1,800 employees throughout the United States and a customer base exceeding 18,000 around the world. The company is consistently voted number one in both avionics and aircraft maintenance by the industry users' poll, and is regarded as a leader and a progressive innovator within its industry. Fortune Magazine has named Duncan Aviation to its top "100 Best Places to Work" four times.

Both Duncan and his wife, Karen, have been active in the Lincoln community. His service has included the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce (chairman in 1987); StarVenture, Lincoln's community strategic planning effort (tri-chair); the Lincoln Foundation; the Nebraska Arts Council (chairman); Nebraska Wesleyan's Board of Governors (chairman) and numerous other business and community activities. He also is an active pilot, flying virtually everything that Duncan Aviation sells plus gliders, helicopters and hot air balloons.

The Charles W. Durham Guest Lecture Series and Scholarship Program was established by the UNO Aviation Institute to thank Durham for his inspiration as the lead co-founder of the Aviation Institute. The Aviation Institute holds the Durham Lecture each year and presents the guest speaker with the William F. Shea Distinguished Contribution to Aviation Award. This award is given in honor of the Aviation Institute's founding director, William F. Shea, and is presented to those who have impacted the aviation industry during their varied aviation careers.

For more information call Vida Hill, Aviation Institute, at 554.3424.

Undergraduate Catalog Changes Due Oct. 31

The deadline to submit changes for the 2008-09 UNO Undergraduate Catalog is Wednesday, Oct. 31. Changes should be submitted to Marian McDonald, University Relations, 108 Eppley Administration Building.

For more information, call 554.3674.


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