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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.

14th Annual Bell Tower Challenge Today

The 14th annual UNO Bell Tower Challenge is set for today, Oct. 17.

At noon, teams of students, faculty and staff will compete to stack as many food cans as possible while the bells of the Henningson Memorial Campanile chime. Awards will be presented to the teams that stack the most cans, the most creative teams and the most enthusiastic teams.

More than 18 tons of food has been donated in the first 13 years of the event. Eta Sigma Gamma, a health education honorary at UNO, sponsors the annual Bell Tower Challenge.

"The Bell Tower Challenge has become a UNO tradition," said David E. Corbin, the event founder and organizer. "It is a day when we can socialize, have fun and benefit a very worthy organization."

Due to higher energy prices the past few years, more working families have sought assistance from Omaha's food pantries, according to the Omaha Food Bank. The food bank distributes food to approximately 360 agencies in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa.

"The food pantries are in dire need of food," Dr. Corbin said. "According to a recent article in the Omaha World-Herald, there is an extreme shortage of canned fruit, vegetables and meat. The Bell Tower Challenge is a great way to help replenish their supply."

For more details about the Bell Tower Challenge or to access an entry form, visit

For more information, contact Dr. Corbin or Shandy Ramet, Eta Sigma Gamma representative, at 554.2670 or

Formal Dedication Today of the New UNMC Olson Center for Women's Health

The formal dedication of the new University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Olson Center for Women's Health is today, 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

Mavericks Launch Most Improved Student Program


The UNO Athletic Department has put together a new, free educational program involving local elementary schools. The UNO Mavericks Most Improved Student Program is designed to encourage area youth to become better students.

The program is a terrific tool designed for all students and is a great way to recognize those who are showing progress, said Bob Flannery, assistant director of UNO Athletic Marketing. UNO Athletics understands the importance that sports play in elementary age students and is encouraging them to do the right thing, he said.

Example areas in which students can be recognized for improvement are: grades, attendance, cooperation, participation, manners and teamwork. All students selected, regardless of the criteria, will be given a free ticket to a selected UNO Mavericks Hockey game. Students will be recognized at the game as a member of the UNO Mavericks Most Improved Student Program. Each school or class can use its own individual student criteria for achievement.

A letter will be sent to all recipients (through the school to the homeroom teacher) congratulating the student on his/her achievement, Flannery said. It will also include details on how to attend a selected Mavericks hockey game at no charge. Family and friends will also be encouraged to show their support at the game. Additional discounted tickets can be purchased in advance.

For more information, contact Flannery at 554.3882 or

Boys Town Researcher to Discuss Hearing Loss at Oct. 19 Event

Michael Gorga, director of the Clinical Sensory Physiology Laboratory and Boys Town National Research Hospital, will speak at UNO Friday, Oct. 19. His presentation, "Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emissions in Relation to Hearing Loss," will begin at 1 p.m. in 206 Health Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building as part of the HPER Biomechanics Journal Club.

The event is free and open to the university community. There will be reception for all participants in the HPER Biomechanics Laboratory after the presentation.

Dr. Gorga's work in the Clinical Sensory Physiology Program focuses on finding better ways to assess the hearing of infants, young children and patients whose developmental level prevents them from providing voluntary responses to sound. Babies with hearing loss are now being identified very early in life. Accurate descriptions of their hearing problems enable the medical profession to provide appropriate rehabilitation services, and minimize the impact of hearing loss on speech and language development.

During the presentation, Dr. Gorga will give a brief overview of the measurements, a brief description of clinical decision theory (which is used to determine how well any test performs diagnostically) and then a description of the effects of

frequency and level on test performance, using the clinical decision theory approach as the assessment tool.

Dr. Gorga received his B.A. for speech pathology and audiology in 1972 and his M.A. degree in audiology in 1976, both from Brooklyn College of The City University of New York. He then moved to the University of Iowa for his doctorate in audiology, which he received in 1980.

During his teaching career, he has held posts at both Creighton University and the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  For several years, these were concurrent posts while he maintained his longest affiliation with Boys Town Research Hospital (BTRH).  From 1982 to the present, he has been the director of the Clinical Sensory Physiology Laboratory at BTRH.

Currently, he is associated with six grants, five of them from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). One NIH grant is for the Human Research Subjects Core Center of which he is the overall principal investigator.

He is the 1996 recipient of the Alumni Award of Honor from Brooklyn College of The City University of New York. He was also honored by the American Academy of Audiology which gave him their Research Achievement Award in 2004.

For more information, contact Lisa Holst, project assistant in HPER, at 554.3075 or

Maverick Cheerleaders to Collect Donations at Oct. 20 Football Game

UNO Maverick Cheerleaders will host a food drive for the Omaha Food Bank at the Saturday, Oct. 20, UNO vs. Minnesota Duluth football game.

Fans can drop off food or donations at the northwest entrance of Caniglia Field. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.

All food donations and monies raised will benefit the Omaha Food Bank.  Since 1981, the food bank has distributed more than 66 million pounds of food to 326 agencies including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and low-income day cares.

"Their shelves are low and the UNO Maverick Cheerleaders want to do their part to help out," said Patricia O'Dell, Maverick cheerleader sponsor. "Everyone coming to the game on the 20th, please bring a can of food to help out with this worthy cause."

For more information, contact O'Dell at 444.1471 or

Women's Studies Colloquium Series Continues Oct. 25

Shannon Holland, assistant professor of communication at UNO, will present "The Enigmatic Lynndie England: Gendered Explanations for the Prisoner Abuse Scandal at Abu Ghraib" Thursday, Oct. 25, at the next Women's Studies Colloquium. Her talk is set for 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. in 311 Arts and Sciences Hall.

The event, sponsored by the Women's Studies Colloquium Series, is free and open to the UNO community and the public.

For more information, call 554.3834.

Blue Line Club Luncheons Begin this Friday


The 2007-08 UNO Hockey Blue Line Club (BLC) Luncheon season officially kicks off this Friday, Oct. 19, at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

The Friday luncheon, will feature UNO Coach Mike Kemp, his players and opposing coaches to kick off home hockey series. The buffet opens at 11:30 a.m., and a program will be held from 11:50 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Tickets are still on sale for the luncheons.

The 2007-08 BLC Luncheon schedule is listed below:

- Friday, Oct. 19 (Maverick Stampede)
- Friday, Nov. 2 (Michigan)
- Friday, Nov. 16 (Ferris State)
- Friday, Nov. 23 (Alaska-Fairbanks)
- Friday, Dec. 7 (Lake Superior State)
- Friday, Jan. 11 (Miami-Ohio)
- Friday, Feb. 8 (Ohio State)
- Friday, Feb. 15 (Bowling Green)

Tickets for all eight luncheons cost $130 per person. Single luncheon tickets will also be available at the door for $20 for BLC members or $25 for non-members.

To access a ticket form, click on the following link:

2007-08 BLC Luncheon Tickets

For more information, contact Rich Buckingham at 468.5457 or Shirley Fey in UNO Athletics at 554.3422.

Metal-Corbin and Beard to Participate at Oct. 19-20 "US Tour" at Creighton

This is the place for paragraph one. This is the wordThe Omaha Modern Dance Collective (OMDC) has included works created by Josie Metal-Corbin, director of UNO's The Moving Company, for its "US Tour" concert at Creighton University's Lied Education Center for the Arts Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19-20. The event features contemporary dance from across the nation.

Metal-Corbin, a professor in the UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, has been dancing for more than 58 years, and recently completed her 40th year choreographing and teaching dance. Since 1983, she has served as an Artist in the Schools/Community for the Nebraska Arts Council. This year she was appointed to be a Carnegie Academy Scholar.

"We're calling the concert ‘US Tour' because it gives the audience a chance to see some of the hottest nationwide trends in contemporary dance – all in one place at one time," said Taffy Howard, OMDC president.

A UNO faculty member and student will participate in Metal-Corbin's piece, "The Next Step," which will be performed at the concert. Christine Beard, assistant professor of flute and coordinator of UNO Woodwind Studies, will accompany while Kyan Unstad, a bioinformatics major, will perform as the dance's soloist.

The concert will also feature works by:

- Charlotte Adams, a University of Iowa dance professor and director of Charlotte Adams and Dancers;

- Chalie Livingston and Jeff Curtis, a formerly Seattle-based choreographic and performing duo who have performed internationally with companies including Shapiro & Smith Dance and the Gail Gilbert Dance Ensemble; and

- Fritha Pengelly, a University of Washington dance professor and independent choreographer.

Curtain time for the performances will be 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for students and senior citizens. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 551.7473. More information about the concert is available at

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 (402) 554.3239, or visit the Web at that will show up in RSS readers, so choose carefully. Paragraphs that follow, will use the simple p or p class=box_770. And there you have it - really simple syndication.

Nominations Due Oct. 26 for Who's Who Among Students

The Student Organizations and Leadership Programs invites faculty and staff to nominate students for Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Who's Who is a national program to recognize academic excellence and student involvement. 

Eligible students must be junior, senior or graduate student status, with a 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA.  Nomination forms are available at Nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26. Recipients and their nominators will be invited to a recognition reception on Friday, Nov. 16, at 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

For more information, contact Erin Cron in Student Organizations and Leadership Programs at 554.2711 or

CCSW to Host Oct. 31 Panel Discussion on Gambling

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) will present a panel discussion on "Gambling Facts and Myths" Wednesday, Oct. 31, in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Those who attend can hear from local experts on the topic and learn what local problem gambling prevention services are available. Time will also be allotted for a Q&A session. Esther Scarpello from CCSW will serve as the moderator.

Guest panelists will include:

- Marlene Schneider, UNO/UNMC Faculty Employee Assistance Program coordinator;

- Harlan Vogel, Heartland Family Services; and

- Jerry Bauerkempter, Nebraska Council on Compulsive Gambling

Refreshments will be served.

This event is being held in conjunction with CCSW's Susan B.'s Coffeehouse Series. During the fall and spring semesters, the series sponsors campus and community guest speakers and initiatives. Programs are educational, informal and social.

For more information, call Scarpello, CCSW treasurer, at 554.3660, or CCSW co-chairs Marvel Maring at 554.2992 or Becky Bohan Brown at 554.2243.

Participants Sought for UNMC Depression Study

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Department of Psychiatry invites people experiencing depression and who have had episodes of depression in the past to participate in a research study.

The study will use investigational antidepressant medications, and all participants must be 19 to 70 years of age and in good general medical health. All study procedures and medications will be provided.

For more information, call 354.6868 or send an e-mail to or go online