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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.

Your Dollars at Work: United Way of the Midlands Helps Support Senior Centers

The 2007 United Way of the Midlands/CHAD Campaign is under way at UNO. Members of the campus community who contributed to last year's campaign assisted the United Way in supporting human service programs in Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie counties. This year's campus goal is $50,000.

Below is an example of campaign donations at work provided by United Way.

Thanks to you, JaTaun has a place to call home.
JaTaun's landlord decided to sell the apartment building that she rented. She was very close to becoming homeless when she called Family Housing Advisory Services (FHAS) for help. FHAS took an immediate step of finding her a new place to rent. JaTaun said that, "by the grace of God," FHAS-South Omaha Housing found her safe, affordable housing and did so in just two weeks so she had a place to live before her building was sold.

JaTaun also enrolled in a program that puts her on the road to more stable housing and, eventually, home ownership. She attends monthly educational sessions on housing issues, home maintenance, financial management and wealth building for the future. The goal is to help her buy and maintain her own home, empowering her to be independent.

She has nothing but great things to say about FHAS, and she is thankful for the help she has received in negotiating the so-called "mysteries" of home ownership. She hopes to be a homeowner herself one day.

This story is an example of how the United Way/CHAD agencies help people live a productive meaningful life, which would have not been an option otherwise. For more information about the United Way of the Midlands, visit the Web at

Payroll deduction is available to UNO employees who wish to contribute. Instead of receiving a card, employees have received a user name and password in an e-mail sent to their UNO e-mail address. Employees who do not have an e-mail account can still use the pledge card system. Those who have not received the e-mail should contact their unit solicitor or call Human Resources at 554.2321.

"Shakespeare Behind Bars" Workshop Oct. 23-25

Curt L. Tofteland - founder and artistic director of the Shakespeare Behind Bars program at the Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in LaGrange, Ky. - will showcase the award-winning film "Shakespeare Behind Bars" at workshops planned for Tuesday through Thursday, Oct. 23-25, in Omaha.

"Shakespeare Behind Bars" discusses the creative process and power of art to heal and redeem. The film documents an approach which aims to encourage the development of interpersonal life skills that contribute to inmates' successful reintegration into society.

Nebraska Shakespeare is conducting the workshops with the intent of initiating a Nebraska "Shakespeare Behind Bars" program in 2008. The workshop schedule is listed below.

Tuesday, Oct. 23
Metropolitan Community College (Fort Omaha campus) - Building 10, Room 110
- Refreshments and reception
6:15 p.m.

- Film screening
7 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 24
UNO - Weber Fine Arts Building (WFAB)
- Refreshments and reception

UNO Art Gallery (WFAB, first floor)
2 p.m.

- Film screening and discussion
UNO Theater (WFAB, first floor)
3 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 25
Creighton University
- Film screening and discussion
120 Rigge Science Building
3:30 p.m.
(Parking at LIED Center available)

For more information, contact Nellie MacCallum with Nebraska Shakespeare at 556.4396 or nmaccallum@nebraska.

Ecoutez! Continues Oct. 25 with Male Vocal Ensemble Cantus

The 2007-08 Ecoutez! Series at UNO continues Thursday, Oct. 25, with a performance by the male vocal ensemble Cantus. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall on the UNO campus.

Tickets cost $15 and will be available at the door. All students are admitted free of charge with identification. The doors will open 30 minutes prior to the concert.

"Ecoutez! is committed to bringing the highest caliber of established performers and emerging artists to the metropolitan area," said Roger Foltz, a professor of music at UNO and coordinator of the series. The word "ecoutez" is French for "listen." KVNO Classical 90.7 FM is the media sponsor for the series.

Cantus has performed a coast-to-coast U.S. tour, including debut performances in New York City; Hartford, Conn.; Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minn., and San Francisco. Their repertoire spans many periods and genres, including Gregorian chant, Renaissance motets, contemporary sacred works, art songs, folk music, spirituals, jazz standards and pop.

The ensemble's members are frequent clinicians at festivals, high schools and colleges across the country. Cantus has four CDs on Cantus Recordings, including their latest recording, "Let Your Voice Be Heard" (2001), a collection of music from cultures around the world.

For more information, call 554.3427.

Mav Kids Halloween Party Oct. 27

Campus Recreation will host its annual Mav Kids Halloween Party Saturday, Oct. 27, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. The event is free and open to all ages.

The Halloween bash will feature a haunted house, games, prizes and candy. The haunted house closes at 6:30 p.m.

Food donations will also be collected at the event for local food shelters, as well as used eyeglasses for local sight programs and towels and blankets for local animal shelters.

Candy donations and volunteers are currently being sought for the event. Candy can be dropped off in 100 HPER.

For more information, call 554.2539

UNO Department of Music to Present "Celebration" Oct. 28

The UNO Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir and University Chorus will open their 2007-08 season with a concert, "Celebration," Sunday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

Tickets cost $4 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, and will be available at the door. Anyone with a UNO MavCard can attend for free.

"Celebrations" features the combined talent of more than 120 vocalists and 50 wind players. With text by Walt Whitman, "Celebrations" for wind ensemble and chorus is considered by many to be one of the finest works by American composer Vincent Perschetti, although it is rarely performed because of the demanding scoring for both the wind players and the singers, according to the event's press release.

The concert will open with a new composition by Mark Camphouse, a celebration fanfare. The new work of British composer Philip Sparke, "Out of the Darkness, Into the Night," and Roger Nixon's Spanish celebratory composition "Fiesta del Pacifico" complete the Wind Ensemble's portion of the program. James Saker, UNO professor of music, directs the Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

Under the direction of Matthew Harden, UNO assistant professor of music, the Concert Choir will perform "This Marriage" by Eric Whitacre, a work composed for his own seventh wedding anniversary, followed by "Zigeunerleben" by Robert Schumann, for gypsy life, and "If Music Be the Food of Love" by Kansas City composer Jean Belmont Ford, which celebrates music and love. The Concert Choir will close with "My Friend Elijah," a new work by Paul Carey that celebrates the prophet Elijah.

The combined choirs and the Wind Ensemble will end the evening with the Carmen Dragon arrangement of "America the Beautiful," one of the most frequently performed musical compositions in the United States.

For more information, call 554.3427.

University Surplus Auction Set for Nov. 3

A public auction for the sale of university surplus property is planned for Saturday, Nov. 3. Standley Auction & Realty Co. will hold the sale at the warehouse at 3805 N. 16th St.

The doors open at 8 a.m., and the auction starts at 10 a.m. A full listing of the items will appear in the Omaha World-Herald and the UNO Gateway.

For more information, call 554.2337.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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


Maverick Watch

Support the Mavericks by attending their home events. Faculty, staff and students are admitted free to all home athletic games with proper ID (excluding hockey). The spouses and children of students, faculty and staff are also admitted free.

At home this week...

Friday, Oct. 26
- Volleyball vs. Augustana
Sapp Fieldhouse, Dodge location
7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 27
- Swimming and Diving vs. University of Nebraska at Kearney
Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building Pool, Dodge location
11 a.m.

- Volleyball vs. Minnesota State, Mankato
Sapp Fieldhouse, Dodge location
6 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 28
- Soccer vs. Minnesota Duluth
UNO Soccer Field, Center location
1 p.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at