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Hockey vs. Alabama-Huntsville

The Mavericks defeated Alabama-Huntsville 5-1 in the finals of the Mutual of Omaha Stampede Saturday night at the Qwest Center Omaha.

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UNO Audio Story: Symphonic Wind Ensemble

The concert season for the UNO Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir and University Chorus kicks off on campus Sunday, Oct. 28 with "Celebration." Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. at the Strauss Recital Hall. This audio story features the Wind Ensemble practicing a new work by Philip Sparke.

Maverick Sports Teams Lend a Helping Hand

As a fundraiser and community service project, student athletes from nine sports and the athletic training room students will rake the yards of the elderly and disabled today through Tuesday, Oct. 26-30, across the metro.  

UNO Athletics partners with the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging. Maverick teams volunteering for the effort include golf, women's basketball, softball, swimming & diving, cross country & track, tennis, soccer, volleyball and baseball. They expect to work at more than 40 homes.

For more information, contact Lynn Conner, UNO Athletics, at or 554.2305.

Maverick Winter Sports Luncheon Today


Today's (Oct. 26) annual winter sports luncheon, hosted by UNO Athletics, will feature Maverick winter sports coaches discussing their respective seasons and schedules.

Student-athletes will also attend and greet luncheon guests. Schedule cards, posters and media guides will be available. The event begins at 11:45 a.m. at Anthony's Steakhouse, 7220 F St.

The following coaches will speak:

- Derrin Hansen
Maverick Men's Basketball

- Patricia Patton-Shearer
Maverick Women's Basketball

- Mike Denney
Maverick Wrestling

- Todd Samland
Maverick Swimming and Diving

Tickets for the luncheon cost $15 and can be purchased at the door. To R.S.V.P. or for more information, contact UNO Athletics at

"Consider This" to Cover Alternative Medicine Usage in the U.S.

Understanding what alternative medicine is and whether it's right for patients is the focus of this week's "Consider This...." with host Andrea McMaster.

According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 36 percent of adults have reported using one or more alternative techniques. McMaster's will be talking with Dr. Leath Nasir from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Dr. Kevin J. Coughlin from Heart and Health Solutions, an integrative medicine center, on alternative medicine usage. 

The program will air Sunday, Oct. 28, at 11:30 a.m. p.m. on NET1.

The program will also be rebroadcast according to the following schedule:

NET2 (NET's cable network)
- Monday, Oct. 29
1:30 p.m. (CT)

- Wednesday, Oct. 31
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 the Web at Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at

UNO Child Care Center Annual Costume Parade

Children and staff from the UNO Child Care Center will hold their annual costume parade across campus on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

The children will leave the center at 9 a.m. and proceed down the middle of the Dodge location. The first stop will be the Durham Science Center and then the group will proceed east to Arts and Science Hall. 

"We are asking that all offices wishing to participate in handing out treats to the children to meet along this route. We are also asking the offices in Kayser Hall and the HPER building to please meet at one of the other buildings along the route," said Dawn Hove, director of the center. "This is to help with the younger children." 

The staff also requests that no treats containing any type of peanut or nut products or hard candy be handed out. 

In the event of inclement weather, the child care center will hold a party at the center and asks that any department or office that has treats to bring them to the center or contact the center staff for someone to come by and pick up the treats. 

"The UNO Child Care Center would like to thank all offices and departments in advance for their participation in the annual event," Hove said. "You are what make this event special."

For more information, contact Hove at 554.3398.

Biblical Archaeology Conference Nov. 8-10

Scholars from around the world will present the latest research on excavations at Bethsaida, an ancient city located near the north coast of the Sea of Galilee in Israel, on campus next month.

The ninth annual Batchelder Biblical Archaeology Conference is Nov. 8-10 at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. Biblical scholar James K. Hoffmeier of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School will deliver the conference's first keynote address at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8.

Conference activities continue Friday, Nov. 9, and Saturday, Nov. 10. Fourteen scholars from around the world will present research and discoveries detailing Biblical archeology during the day sessions, which are free and open to the public.

The conference will present the film "The Lost Tomb of Jesus," produced by James Cameron for The Discovery Channel, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9. James Tabor and Dan Bahat will lead the discussion afterward.

Admission to both "The Lost Tomb of Jesus" keynote event and the Dr. Hoffmeier keynote addresses is $10 per person. UNO students who show their IDs can attend both for free.

To register or for more information and a complete schedule of events, contact Steve Reynolds, Bethsaida Excavations Project coordinator, at 554.3108.

Visit for more information on the Bethsaida Excavations Project.

Philosophy Program to Host Epistemology-Fest 2007 Oct. 27

The UNO Philosophy Program will host Epistemology-Fest 2007 this Saturday, Oct. 27. Four professors will give presentations between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. in 306 Arts and Science Hall.

The presenters and their topics:

- David Henderson, Robert R. Chambers Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and the Moral Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will present "Motivated Contextualism;"

- William Roche, an assistant professor at Texas Christian University, will present "Coherentism and the Ambiguity of ‘Justify;'"

- Joshua Smith, assistant professor at Central Michigan University, will present "Skepticism and the Knowledge Account of Assertion;" and

- William Melanson, assistant professor at UNO, will present "the Right to be Sure."

The event is free and open to the campus community and the public. For more information, e-mail

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

Brats and Soccer Oct. 28

The public can join the UNO Soccer Booster Club for brats and beverages this Sunday, Oct. 28, at the new UNO soccer complex, located at the Center location (east of the Chili Green's dome). Refreshments run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Donations will be accepted for food and drinks.

After the cookout, the UNO Mavericks take on the University of Minnesota-Duluth at 1 p.m. Sunday is Senior Day and there will be a special recognition for seniors and the family of the late Don Vignaroli, a longtime UNO soccer booster. The team and coaches have asked the fans wear red, bring friends for food and refreshments and cheer on the Mavericks.

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 assistants 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.

In the News

In the News

- Chancellor John Christensen was quoted in an Oct. 24 Omaha World-Herald article about Aksarben Village. Groundbreaking ceremonies were hosted earlier this week.

- James Johnson, Political Science professor, was interviewed by WOWT (NBC 6) Oct. 24 about Nebraska's Democratic party.

- The Omaha World-Herald profiled the work conducted by Service Learning Academy students at Girls, Inc.'s north Omaha facility on Oct. 24. The article quotes Paul Sather, director of the Service Learning Academy. KPTM (Fox 42), KETV (ABC 7), WOWT (NBC 6), KMTV (CBS 3) and NET Radio also covered the annual fall break project.

- English professor Michael Skau was quoted in a Sept. 23 article in the Omaha World-Herald about the publication of the manuscript of Jack Kerouac's novel On the Road.

- Criminal Justice Emeritus Professor Sam Walker was interviewed by KETV (ABC 7) Oct. 23 about police officer conduct.

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

- Dan Wilkins, UNO professor of physics, co-authored the book Optics & Photonics, An Introduction, with fellow astronomers F. Graham Smith, and Terry A. King. It was published by John Wlley and Sons.

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 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.

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.

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

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.

Art Gallery Hosts Ceramics Exhibition
The regional ceramics exhibition "Clay as the Human Condition" is continues at the UNO Art Gallery through Saturday, Nov. 17.

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.

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.