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Young Classical Musicians Sought for "From the Top" Broadcasts

"From the Top," a nonprofit organization known for its NPR and PBS broadcasts showcasing America's best young classical musicians, will hold auditions in Omaha on Friday, Sept. 5, from 4 to 10 p.m.   

"From the Top's" live radio and television broadcasts feature music, interviews and light-hearted sketches with the country's most talented pre-college age musicians. Hosted by concert pianist Christopher O'Riley, "From the Top" is broadcast on Classical 90.7 KVNO Saturdays at 6 p.m., online at and on more than 200 NPR stations across the country.

Young classical musicians interested in being a part of an upcoming show should contact Kathryn Bacasmot at 617.437.0707.  To audition, musicians should be age 8 to 18 and not have graduated from high school. Solo performers on all instruments, as well as instrumental or vocal ensembles with no more than six performers, are welcome. Application and scholarship information is available online at

Each year, "From the Top" visits 20 communities to tape radio broadcasts and conduct educational outreach programs to motivate students and adults to engage in music and the arts. Classical 90.7 KVNO, in collaboration with the Omaha Performing Arts Society, will host a live recording of "From the Top's" radio broadcast planned for May 22, 2009 at the Holland Performing Arts Center.

U.S. Senate Field Hearing on Food, Feed and Fuel Today at Strauss

UNO will host a U.S. Senate field hearing focused on food, feed and fuel production today, Aug. 18, starting at 9 a.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center.  The event is open to the campus community and public. The hearing may last until noon. 

Senator Ben Nelson, a member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, and Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa, who chairs the committee, will conduct the hearing.  Nine witnesses have been set to testify about the role of renewable fuels and the potential for increased agricultural productivity of grains and advanced biofuels in the future. 

UNO Television will provide coverage of the event, which will be streamed over the Senate committee's Web site at

Witnesses scheduled to testify include:

- Bruce Babcock, professor of economics, director, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, Iowa State University;

- Bruce Dale, associate director: Office of Biobased Technologies, distinguished university professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at Michigan State University;

- Thomas Foust, biofuels technology manger, National Renewable Energy Laboratory;

- Jim Jenkins, chairman, Nebraska Ethanol Board;

- Bill Lapp, principal, Advanced Economic Solutions of Omaha;

- Jeff Lautt, executive vice president, corporate relations, POET;

- Dave Moody, president, Iowa Pork Producers Association;

- Dean Oestreich, chairman, Pioneer Hi-Bred, and vice-president, DuPont Agriculture and Nutrition; and

- Tim Recker, president, Iowa Corn Growers Association and Iowa farmer.

For more information, call 554.3502.

Faculty/Staff Picnic Today in the MBSC

Food, fun and free prizes will take center stage today at the Faculty/Staff Picnic. The event - sponsored by Chancellor John Christensen, the Staff Advisory Council and Faculty Senate - runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. 

This year's theme is "Building for the Future." Chancellor Christensen will deliver welcoming remarks.  Show UNO spirit by wearing red and black to the event. University IDs will be checked at the door.

For more information, contact Laura Lamblin at 554.2322.

Welcome Back with Welcome Week

Welcome Week at UNO will kick off the fall semester.  A variety of events are planned Monday, Aug. 25, through Thursday, Aug. 28, to welcome new and returning students.  This year's theme is "Maverick Mojo - Join the Herd!"

Activities take place each day from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Plaza and will include live music, free food and games. Free food for students, faculty and staff starts each day at 11:30 a.m.

For a complete schedule of events, visit

New Faculty/Graduate Assistant Workshops Today, Tomorrow

The 2008 new faculty workshop and the graduate assistant workshops, sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development (CFD), will take place today, Aug. 18. The faculty workshop will continue Tuesday, Aug. 19.

"These workshops have been a tradition at UNO for more than 30 years," said Deborah Smith-Howell, associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and dean for Graduate Studies. "It provides new faculty and new teaching assistants with an opportunity to meet one another in an informal setting while learning about UNO - our metropolitan mission and strategic goals, our students, our academic support services, and faculty development opportunities."

For more information about the workshops, contact the Center for Faculty Development at 554.2427 or or Dr. Smith-Howell at 554.4849 or

Part-time Faculty Workshops Set for Aug. 20-21

Workshops for all UNO part-time faculty will take place Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 20-21, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in Arts and Sciences Hall.

Sessions will cover:

- An overview of UNO;

- A teaching tips panel;

- An introduction to UNO resources, services and campus safety; and

- Advanced information technology services for experienced part-time faculty.

For more information, visit the Center for Faculty Development (CFD) Web site at To register for a workshop, call the CFD at 554.2427 or send an e-mail to with the participant's full name, department and phone number.

Criss Library First Floor Now Open

First floor renovations of Criss Library are complete, and the space is now open for use.

Public computing is located on the first floor, and reference service is available at the first floor service desk. In addition to two new instruction labs, the first floor also offers additional group and single study spaces, as well as an improved vending area.

Criss Library staff thanks library patrons for their patience during the renovation process. For details, visit

DCS Offering Welcome and Informational Session for Adult Students

The Division of Continuing Studies (DCS) announces "Ready, Set, SUCCESS!" - a welcome and information session for adult students. The session will take place Saturday, Aug. 23, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center.

"We will be sharing helpful information about campus resources, financial aid, study skills and more," said April Paschal, academic adviser. "Find out what is needed to know as a new student at UNO."

Participants will learn about:

- Campus resources: Where they are and how they can help;

- Career Exploration: How to get started early;

- Financial aid and scholarships: Helpful tips and resources for adults;

- Technology at UNO: How to use Blackboard and the online classroom;

- Time management and study skills; and

- Criss Library services.

If interested in attending, visit or call 554.2340.

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 and playoff games). The spouses and children of students, faculty and staff can also attend for free.

At homeā€¦

Saturday, Aug. 23
- Volleyball Alumni Match
Sapp Fieldhouse (Dodge location)
5 p.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at