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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.

Flag Lowering

The UNO flags will be lowered to half-staff today, Oct. 18, in honor of UNO retiree Duane Willard. He passed away Oct. 11 at age 75.

Willard, a former professor in the UNO Department of Philosophy and Religion, retired from the university in 1993. He had been with UNO for more than 27 years.

Funeral services for Willard are Saturday, Oct. 20, in Branson, Mo. Cards can be sent to the Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home, 1638 E. State Highway 76, Branson, MO 65616.

Armor Exhibit Delayed Until Friday

The exhibition of armor and weaponry from the Anglo-Saxon era through to the late Renaissance originally scheduled for today, Oct. 18, has been rescheduled for Friday, Oct. 19, because of expected rain. The display will take place in front of the Milo Bail Student Center from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The campus community and public are invited to this free event where they can see authentic reproductions of broad swords, shields, chain-mail armor, rapiers and other gear.  Also available for viewing will be authentic reproductions of clothing and accessories from the medieval and early modern eras.  Experts will discuss and answer questions about the history of fashion and weaponry. 

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, contact Lisabeth Buchelt, assistant professor of medieval British and Irish literature at UNO, at (402) 554-2894.

Chancellor Christensen Calls for "Bright Ideas" Submissions

Chancellor John Christensen wants creative ideas from the campus community to make UNO a more efficient and effective university.

Named the "Bright Ideas" program, it is designed to solicit ideas from students, faculty and staff on ways UNO can improve its services, save money and be more efficient. Suggestions can relate to individual offices, colleges or departments; or, they could have campus-wide impact.

To submit an idea, visit the Web at and explain the situation or issue that needs improvement, along with a proposed solution. Submissions can be signed or anonymous.

The Chancellor's Cabinet will review all ideas and implement the most viable.

Selected suggestions may be honored Thursday, Nov. 15, at this year's UNO Step Up awards ceremony.

"UNO is a great place to study and work," Dr. Christensen said. "But even the best places need improving, which is why I'm asking for everyone's input. Let's start a conversation about making UNO an even better place."

HRA Registration Available Today at UNO Health Fair

All UNO students, faculty, staff and their family members can attend the 2007 UNO Health Fair today, Oct. 18, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. Free screenings, chair massages, giveaways, door prizes and more than 35 vendors will be available.

The health fair, sponsored by Student Health Services (SHS) and the Wellness Stampede, will offer health screen blood draws for $22 and PSAs for men for $12. The blood draw tests 40 factors, some of which include cholesterol, diabetes, thyroid, kidney and liver.

A 12-hour fast is required for all lab work, in addition to pre-registration and payment. To sign up for blood work, call SHS at 554.2374 or visit the SHS Office, MBSC first floor.

Also, the Wellness Stampede, in conjunction with the Wellness Council of the Midlands (WELCOM) and the state of Nebraska, will offer free, confidential, online Health Risk Appraisals (HRAs) to all benefit-eligible UNO employees

Everyone who completes the HRA will be eligible to win prizes. To provide additional incentive to participate, the department or college with the highest percentage of participation among eligible faculty/staff will be entered to win a big prize.

Additionally, those who sign up to take the HRA will receive two free tickets to the Mutual of Omaha Stampede Hockey Tournament Oct. 19-20.

"Consider This" to Focus on Identity Theft

This week on "Consider This," host Andrea McMaster will discuss how to detect and prevent identity theft. Scheduled guests include Jaimee Napp, executive director of the Identity Theft Action Council of Nebraska (iTAC), and Omaha City Prosecutor Marty Conboy.

The Federal Trade Commission estimates as many as nine million Americans have their identities stolen each year. Some victims of identity theft may lose out on job opportunities or be denied loans for education, housing or cars because of negative information on their credit reports.

For more information about identity theft, visit or

The show airs tonight, Oct. 18, at 11 p.m. on NET1. The program will also be rebroadcast according to the following schedule:

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, Oct. 21
11:30 a.m. (CT)

NET2 (NET's cable network)
- Monday, Oct. 22
1:30 p.m. (CT)

- Wednesday, Oct. 24
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 Archived editions of the program are available at

PKI to House Gallup World Poll Technology

The largest continuing social research project in history will now call The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute's (PKI) Holland Computing Center home, at least technically speaking.

The Gallup Organization, internationally recognized as the leader in the study of human nature and behavior, will begin hosting their World Poll at the center beginning early next year.

Gallup CEO Jim Clifton, Holland Board Chairman Richard Bell and PKI Board Chairman Walter Scott Jr. were on hand Oct. 15 to sign the contract as part of the formal announcement.

"The potential for this type of program to be housed at PKI is almost beyond comprehension," said Winnie Callahan, PKI executive director. "From data mining to expanding our parallel computing specializations, to even the cross disciplinary opportunities available with other colleges within the University of Nebraska system, having Gallup and the World Poll here is a tremendous win."

The Holland Computing Center, which houses one of the largest computing clusters in the world, will be the primary technical site for the World Poll data entry, storage and query capability. It is estimated that over 5,000 media, government and educational entries from more than 130 countries will access the facility for World Poll information by 2010.

Named for Omaha philanthropists Dick and Mary Holland, the center was created earlier this year through the generous support of the Omaha community and technical partners. Located at PKI at the UNO Pacific location, it houses a 1,150-node cluster that, when complete, will be among the fastest supercomputers in the world.

For more information, visit

"One Remarkable Evening of ART!" Planned for Oct. 19

The UNO Art Gallery and UNO Department of Theatre will join forces Friday, Oct. 19, to present "One Remarkable Evening of Art!".

ART - The Gallery
The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the UNO Art Gallery with the opening reception of Clay as the Human Condition - a regional ceramics exhibition curated by Alisa Holen, a visiting assistant professor in ceramics at the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History. 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. The opening reception is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The UNO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building (WFAB). Clay as the Human Condition will be on display through Saturday, Nov. 17. All 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 about the UNO Art Gallery, call 554.2796.

ART - The Play
Performances of Art - by Yasmina Reza and directed by Cindy Melby Phaneuf, UNO professor of theatre - run tonight through Saturday, Oct. 20. Winner of the 1998 Tony Award for Best Play, Art is a comedy that deals with questions of male friendship, intellectual honesty and what is or is not art.

The production aims to entertain, while challenging artistic sensibilities. An interactive discussion with the director, designers, cast and theatre and art faculty will follow the performance.

All performances are held at the UNO Theater in the Weber Fine Arts Building (WFAB). The house opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for all evening performances.

Tickets are available through the box office, located on the first floor of the WFAB. Tickets cost $15 for general admission, and $12 for students and seniors. They may be purchased in person, via e-mail at or by calling 554.2335.

For more information, call 554.2406.

HPER Announces Fall Break Pool Hours

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building pool will be closed starting Friday, Oct. 19, at 1 p.m. due to a youth swim meet. It will re-open Monday, Oct. 22, and follow the schedule below.

- Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 22 and 23
6:30 to 9 a.m.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
4 to 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Pat Philippi, assistant director of aquatics, at 554.2223.

Flu Shot Clinics Set for Oct. 26-Nov. 2 on Campus

UNO Student Health Services (SHS) will host several flu shot clinics on campus this fall for faculty, staff and students. A flu shot costs $15 for students and $20 for faculty and staff. Faculty reimbursement may be possible through Blue Cross Blue Shield for those who bring their insurance cards.

The flu shot clinic schedule is listed below.

Friday, Oct. 26
- The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute Dean's Conference Room (Room 100 A)
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 30
- Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building (main hallway)
10 a.m. to noon

- Scott Residence Hall Study Room (near cafeteria)
12:30 to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 31
- University Village Clubhouse
12:30 to 2 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 1
- Student Health Services (Milo Bail Student Center, first floor)
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 2
- Criss Library (main floor)
8:30 to 11 a.m.

For more information, call SHS at 554.2374.

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 a 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. 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 presented him a Research Achievement Award in 2004.

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

Campus Researchers Featured in Showcase

The University Committee on Research and Creative Activity (UCRCA) will feature faculty members who have received UCRCA funding in the display case on the second floor of the Eppley Administration Building during October.

Faculty from across campus will showcase the results of their UCRCA-funded activities.

For the week of Oct. 15-21, the following faculty will be featured:
- Shing-Jye Chen, health, physical education and recreation;
- Zhengxin Chen, computer science, and Guoqing Lu, biology;
- Lyn Holley, gerontology; and
- Jodi Kreiling, chemistry.

A new set of faculty members will be showcased each week. The displays include posters and other research artifacts.

The mission of the UCRCA is to encourage research and creative activity by UNO faculty. The committee places special emphasis on seed grant funding for projects potentially leading to external funding, and on grants to new faculty to help them establish programs of research/creative activity. To learn more about the UCRCA, visit

The UCRCA is administered by the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research. For more information, call 554.2286.

UNO Calendar of Events Adds New Listings

The UNO Calendar of Events now features a variety of campus events, including theater productions, athletics, recruiting open houses, displays at the Criss Library, conferences, non-credit courses, concerts and more.

"The calendar is easy to use and a great way for campus departments and organizations to spread the word about their events. Plus, it's free," said Beverly Newsam, public relations technician in University Relations who administers the calendar. "Please continue to submit events throughout the year so we can help the community stay informed about all UNO has to offer."

All items must be submitted electronically through the Calendar of Events Web site ( and include a contact name, phone number and e-mail address.

To submit an item to the UNO Calendar of Events, follow the instructions below. (Note: The process may vary slightly, depending on the Internet browser used.)

1. Go to
2. Click on the "Logon" button.
3. Enter "post" in the "Username" box and "event" in the "Password" box.
4. Click on the "Update Event" button to access a submission form.
5. Fill out the form for the event you are submitting.
6. Click the "Submit event for approval" button when done.
7. Fill out another form as before if submitting more events.
8. Click "Done" when finished submitting events.
9. To log off, click "Post." Then, click "Logoff" and "OK."

"It only takes a few minutes to enter events into the calendar," Newsam said. "Those with questions are invited to call or stop by 108 EAB for assistance."

For more information, call 554.2129.

Call for 2007-08 UCAT Conference Travel Grant Proposals

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of travel grants designed to increase capacity building in teaching and learning. Applications are encouraged for interdisciplinary conferences focusing on teaching and learning, as well as for disciplinary conferences with tracks or sessions focusing on several themes. Visit for a list of links to designated conferences.

Travel grant applications should reflect UCAT's mission for enhancement of teaching and student learning processes at UNO and focus on one or more of the following designated themes:
- Active learning;
- Assessment and e-Portfolios;
- Graduate instruction/mentoring;
- Interdisciplinary integration; and
- Promoting critical thinking.

The committee accepts proposals on a monthly basis through April or until funds are expended, and will fund grants up to $800 for each award. Proposals are due by the 21st of each month. Application forms are available on the Center for Faculty Development (CFD) Web site,

Applicants should submit one hard copy and an electronic submission of the application, in "rtf" or "MS Word" document formats, as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll at Hard copy submissions should be sent to the CFD in 220 Arts and Sciences Hall. Two examples of successful applications are available on the CFD/UCAT Web site at

For more information, contact Wayne Harrison, professor of psychology and the 2007-08 UCAT chair, at 554.2452 or