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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.

UNO Text Messaging Notification System Available

The UNO emergency communication system has a new addition - text messaging to cell phones.

Students, faculty and staff can now sign up for the new notification system that will allow UNO to send urgent news to cell phones. Depending on a person's cell phone plan, there may be a nominal fee from a cell phone carrier, but there is no charge from UNO for the service.

"This is something we've done our homework on," said Richard May, UNO telecommunications manager. "We looked at how other institutions have handled text messaging systems, and we've learned from their experiences."

Students, faculty and staff can learn more about the system and sign up at Registration takes just a few minutes.

The new system, provided by e2Campus, sends instant alerts directly to registered subscribers' e-mail accounts and mobile phones via SMS text messages. Wireless personal digital assistant and BlackBerry devices can also be used.

"Once students sign up, the alerts go right to their cell phones with quick, efficient, short text messages," said Wade Robinson, associate vice chancellor for student affairs. "It's a convenient system for everyone because it reaches people, whether on or off campus. We know students love their cell phones, so now we can reach them with important information that can help keep them safe."

UNO Campus Security officials said they hope the entire campus community registers.

"Although e2Campus is an excellent system that can notify a whole campus within minutes, it only works if people take the time and register," said Paul Kosel, campus security manager.

The notification system will be used to communicate any potential emergency, such as a snow delay or closing, other weather warnings, homeland security advisories, gas leak notifications and fire or crime watches.

Information about the system is available at or by calling the UNO Information Center at 554.2854 or the ITS Help Desk at 554.4357.


Mavericks Take to the Ice in Pink Jerseys for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The UNO Maverick hockey team will be smart, agile, aggressive and wearing pink when they take to the ice to open their home season with the Mutual of Omaha Stampede tonight and Saturday, Oct. 19-20.

The Mavericks have joined forces with Mutual of Omaha and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Organization (Nebraska Affiliate) to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month by raising awareness and funds for cancer research at the Qwest Center Omaha during the Mavs' first two home games.

The Mavericks will be wearing pink jerseys when UNO takes the ice against Manitoba in the opening game of the Mutual of Omaha Stampede tonight at 7:05 p.m.

In addition to sponsoring the Mavs' season-opening tournament, Mutual of Omaha will contribute $10,000 to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Organization. Fans will also be able to bid on the unique pink Maverick jerseys at a silent auction to be held during the Stampede games, and representatives from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the Methodist Cancer Center will be on hand during the games to hand out life-saving information on breast cancer.

The Mutual of Omaha Stampede kicks off at 4:05 p.m. today, when Canisius takes on Alabama-Huntsville in the opening game.

"This is something special, something important," said UNO Mavericks Head Coach Mike Kemp. "We think this is a great opportunity for our fans to get involved, and we are looking forward to see what we can raise through our silent auction."

"It will be an amazing sight when the Mavericks hit the ice wearing their pink jerseys," said Mutual of Omaha Senior Vice President John Hildenbiddle. "Mutual of Omaha is thrilled to join forces with the Mavericks and the Komen organization in the fight against breast cancer."

The jerseys will be given to the auction winners at the conclusion of the Saturday, Oct. 20, Maverick game.

In addition to the auction, Mutual of Omaha and UNO Hockey are challenging all Maverick fans to donate $5 for every goal that the Mavs score during the Mutual of Omaha Stampede. Collection sites will be available at various locations in the concourse area of the arena throughout the tournament.

Checks can be made payable to UNO or mailed to UNO Hockey, 6001 Dodge St., Omaha, NE 68182.

At the UNO Maverick hockey game with Michigan on Friday, Nov. 2, a check for all the funds raised at the Mutual of Omaha Stampede will be presented to Susan G. Komen for the Cure Nebraska. WOWT anchor Tracy Madden will take part in the event.

For more information, call 554.3502.

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

The 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 tonight 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.

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 four other nationally known choreographers.

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

Staff Advisory Council Elections Conclude Today

The ballot deadline for the campus-wide Staff Advisory Council (SAC) elections is 5 p.m. today. 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. For more information about SAC or its activities, contact current SAC members, or visit the Web at

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

Resonate Continues Oct. 21 with James Johnson

The Resonate Concert Series continues at UNO Sunday, Oct. 21, with pianist James Johnson performing works by Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt and others. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. Tickets cost $5 for adults, $4 for students and seniors and are available at the door. UNO faculty, staff and students with a current UNO MavCard can attend for free.

Dr. Johnson, a faculty member in the UNO Department of Music, will open his recital with Beethoven's Sonata, Op. 53 (the "Waldstein"). Next, he will perform two works by Chopin: Scherzo in B-Flat Minor, Op. 31 and Three Selected Mazurkas. The second half of the recital will feature works by von Dohnanyi, Brahms, Debussy and Liszt.

Dr. Johnson has earned a distinguished international reputation through recordings and performances with the Royal Philharmonic in London, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Prague Chamber Soloists, the Slovenian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony and the Boston Pops.

Also active as a chamber musician, he has performed with the Cambridge String Quartet, the Alaska Chamber Ensemble and the North Star Consort. As an educator, Dr. Johnson is the recipient of the Award for Inspirational Teaching at the University of Alaska, where he taught for 20 years. In 2001, he received the UNO Excellence in Teaching Award.

In 2002, he was awarded the Robert M. Spire professorship in Music at the University of Nebraska. The Nebraska Music Teachers Association honored him with its Teacher of the Year award in 2004. In 2005, he was named a Music Teachers National Association National Foundation Fellow.

For more information, call 554.3427.

Next SPR October Brown Bag Oct. 24

Representatives from the Nebraska Humanities Council will discuss funding opportunities and answer questions for UNO faculty and staff Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the next Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) brown bag session. The event runs from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

SPR holds brown bag sessions throughout the academic year featuring research- and creative activity- related topics. Drinks and dessert will be provided. Participants are invited to bring a lunch and questions.

For more information, call SPR at 554.2286.

Abilities Days Oct. 25-26 at UNO

A talk by Chad Crittenden, a "Survivor: Vanuatu" cast member, will kick off Ability Days at UNO on Thursday, Oct. 25. Ability Days, sponsored by the Network for disAbled Students, takes place on campus over two days, Oct. 25 and 26.

Crittenden will give his presentation from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. During the filming of "Survivor," he shocked his competitors when he revealed he only has one leg. More information on Crittenden is available at

On Friday, Oct. 26, the Eastern Nebraska Wheelchair Basketball Association will play against a team from UNO in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building gym. Faculty, staff and students can sign up to play, work the sidelines or watch and cheer. The event runs from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

For more information, call 554.2711 or 554.2368. The Network for disAbled Students is a Student Government agency.

Friends of Art to Present "Perfect Unions" Oct. 28

Tomm Roland, an associate professor of music and percussionist at UNO, and Omaha ceramicist Liz Vercruysse are the featured artists for "Perfect Unions," a Friends of Art event planned for Sunday, Oct. 28, at 5 p.m. in the UNO Art Gallery.

A reception with the artists will follow the lecture/performance. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $3 for students with ID. Proceeds benefit the Friends of Art Scholarship Fund.

"Perfect Unions" features a combination of composing clay and shaping sound.

Vercruysse, an award-winning ceramicist, will explore how the wood burning kiln influences her works in clay. According to a press release from Friends of Art, she loves to experiment with the form of the objects she makes, while Dr. Roland has awed and delighted audiences with his world music performances and global drums and percussive instruments.

Friends of Art is a support group for the UNO Department of Art and Art History. "Perfect Unions" is held in conjunction with Masters and Music, a series blending artistic imagery and musical composition.

For more information or to make a reservation, contact Shari Hofschire in Art and Art History at 554.2402.

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 daycares.

"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

Annual Wrestling Faculty and Staff Appreciation Pancake Breakfast Oct. 26

The Maverick wrestling team will host its seventh annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Pancake Breakfast 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 departments. All faculty and staff are invited.

UNO Orchestras to Present Oct. 30 "Hauntcert"

It is 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 cost $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 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.

In the News

In the News

- Political science Professor Loree Bykerk was featured in an Oct. 14 story on KPTM (Fox 42) about the "By The People" project hosted on campus, in collaboration with Nebraska Educational Telecommunications and PBS.

- UNO Chancellor John Christensen was a guest on "The Tom Becka Show" Oct. 11 on KFAB (1110 AM). He discussed his plans for the university following his convocation address last week.

- The Oct. 18 issue of the Omaha World-Herald cited the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) as an organization recognized during Hispanic Heritage Month. The article also recognized OLLAS Director Lourdes Gouveia as a Latino Heritage Award recipient.

- Jeremy Lipschultz, director of the School of Communication, was quoted in an Oct. 14 article in the Los Angeles Times about broadcast practices following the 2004 Super Bowl.

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 Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

In Print

John Shroder, UNO professor of geography/geology, published the following:

- J.F. Shroder, Jr. Editor-in-Chief, Developments in Earth Surface Processes, Elsevier.

- R. Baudo, Dr. G. Tartari and Dr. E. Vuillermoz (editors), J.F. Shroder, Jr. (series editor) (in press, 2007) Mountains, Witnesses of Global Changes - Research in the Himalaya and Karakoram, Developments in Earth Surface Processes 10.

- Martini, I.P., A. Martinez Cortizas and W. Chesworth (editors), Shroder, J.F., Jr. (series editor), 2006. Peatlands: Evolution and records of environmental and climate changes. Developments in Earth Surface Processes 9, Elsevier.

- Guttiérrez M. (author), Shroder, J.F., Jr. (series editor), (2005), Climatic Geomorphology. Developments in Earth Surface Processes 8, Elsevier.

- Garcia, C.and Batalla, J., (editors), Shroder, J.F., Jr. (series editor), (2005), Catchment Dynamics and River Processes: Latest Research with Examples from Mediterranean and Other Climate Regions. Developments in Earth Surface Processes 7, Elsevier.

Dr. Shroder and Michael Bishop, UNO professor of geography/geology, published the following:

- Bishop, M.P. and Shroder, J.F., Jr. (editors), 2004. Geographic Information Science and Mountain Geomorphology. Springer-Praxis, Chichester, U.K. The book won the Outstanding Recent Accomplishment for "Leadership, Organization, and Vision" in compiling the book GIScience and Mountain Geomorphology, Mountain Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers, April 8, 2005.

Michael Skau, professor of English, published two poems:

- "Conversations with the Old Poets: Commentary" in Quercus Review; and

- "Conversations with the Old Poets: Form" in Home Planet News.

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 Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Stage

UNO Theatre Performances of "Art" Continues Tonight
The Tony Award-winning play "Art" by Yasmina Reza, adapted by Christopher Hampton and directed by UNO theatre Professor Cindy Melby Phaneuf, closes after performances tonight and Saturday, Oct. 20.

The performances will be held at the UNO Theater in the Weber Fine Arts Building. The house opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain. An interactive talk-back session with the director, designers and cast will follow tonight's show.

The plot of the play revolves around the purchase of an expensive white painting and how the controversial piece of art drives a rift between three friends. Translated and produced in more than 23 languages, this witty smash hit by Yasmina Reza will delight and entertain, according to the theatre department's press release.

Ticket prices are $15 for general admission; $12 for students and seniors. They may be purchased in person, via e-mail at, or by calling 554.2335. For more information, contact Tawanna Hollins, UNO Department of Theatre secretary, at 554.2406.

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 Please include a contact name and phone number.

On Exhibit

Art Gallery to Host Ceramics Exhibition
The regional ceramics exhibition "Clay as the Human Condition" opens tonight in the UNO Art Gallery. A reception will be held 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 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 on display until Saturday, Nov. 17.

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 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.

WWII Posters on Display through Nov. 18
Criss Library will display vintage posters from the World War II era through Sunday, Nov. 18.

The exhibit, "Homeland Morale to Homeland Security: Original WWII Posters," features posters issued by the Office of War Information during the war. The posters were displayed in post offices, railroad stations and other public places to bolster morale and encourage public support.

"Several of the posters remain instantly recognizable, such as Norman Rockwell's ‘Four Freedoms,'" said James T. Shaw, government documents librarian at Criss Library. "Others feature images which have largely been forgotten, but they reflect concerns that viewers will recognize as resonating today as our military engages in conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq."

The exhibit is free to the public and available for viewing during regular library hours. The posters are drawn from the Criss Library U.S. Documents collection.

For more information, call 554.2762.

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 Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.