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Mirror of the Invisible World

Cast for 'Mirror of the Invisible World'

photo by Robbie Jones

Meet the cast for the fall UNO Department of Theatre production of Mary Zimmerman's tale of love, loss and adventure, 'Mirror of the Invisible World.' Pictured from left to right: Liah Burke as the Russian Princess, Kristin Tripe as Turandot, Ryann Woods as the Prince, and Raydell Cordell III as King Bahram. Previews and performances continue this week in the UNO Theatre.

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DigitalMeasures Training Workshops Announced

The Center for Faculty Development will be offering a series of training workshops for DigitalMeasures beginning today, Nov. 26. Training will cover data entry as well as generating reports including Annual Review and Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure (RPT).

Below is the full schedule:

College – Technical Training – Open to the campus community (one-hour)

- Nov. 26, 9 a.m., 541 Kayser Hall (KH)

- Nov. 27, 2 p.m., 104 Durham Science Center (DSC)

- Nov. 28,10 a.m. 104 DSC

- Nov. 28, 3 p.m., 541 KH

- Nov. 29, 10 a.m., 319 Mammel Hall

- Nov. 29, 2:30 p.m., 248 Peter Kiewit Institute

- Dec. 13, 2 p.m., 107 Criss Library

- Jan. 15, 10 a.m., 205 Health, Physical Education and Recreation

Extended training sessions offered in January are intended to be open data entry sessions. Technical staff and faculty champions will be on hand to assist with questions.

Extended Training - Open to the campus community (three hours)

- Jan. 14, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Criss Library

- Jan. 16, from 1 to 4 p.m., Criss Library

If you have any questions regarding DigitalMeasures training, contact Paul Barnes at 402.554.2262 or

If you have technical questions regarding DigitalMeasures, contact Dan O'Dell at 402.554.4008 or

Other questions or thoughts about DigitalMeasures should be directed toward Paul Barnes at 402.554.2262 or

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NUFlex Informational Meeting Today

There will be a second online meeting today, Nov. 26, to allow benefit-eligible faculty and staff to view the presentation of the 2013 NUFlex benefits plan from the comfort of their own home or office. The meeting agenda may be viewed at Today's meeting will take place from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. 

To view the meeting, please access the following link: The first online NUFlex informational meeting held on Nov. 19 was recorded and is available for viewing on the university's benefits webpage at For today's meeting, it is suggested that you log in at least 10 minutes before the meeting due to limits on participation (

If you have questions or concerns, contact the Adobe Connect Support Line at 1.800.422.3623.

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Public Screening and Panel Discussion of the Documentary, 'Miss Representation'

Join Criss Library for a film screening and panel discussion of the documentary, "Miss Represenation," today, Nov. 26, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Commons (132/132D). Panelists include Cynthia Robinson, Peggy Jones, Ann Coyne, Shaista Wahab and Claudia Garcia. The moderator for this event will be Tracey Menten, a Central High School faculty member.

A reception in the Criss Library will follow this event. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Marvel Maring at 402.554.2992 or

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UNO Theatre Holds Auditions for Liz Duffy Adams' 'Or,' Tonight

The UNO Department of Theatre is holding auditions for the first show of the spring semester, Liz Duffy Adams' "Or," directed by Sarah Fogarty Campbell. UNO students, alumni and actors at large are invited to participate in the auditions.

"Or," will be running in repertory with Caridad Svich's "The Archaeology of Dreams," and will be starting rehearsals in early January. Auditions for the remaining two shows, Caridad Svich's "The Archaeology of Dreams," directed by Thais Flaitt "Giannoccaro" and Steven Gooch's "Female Transport," directed by Dr. Douglas Paterson, will be held in early January.

Auditions for "Or," will be held tonight, Nov. 26, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for all interested actors in 333 Weber Fine Arts Building. Monologues and scenes will be available for reading and distributed upon arrival; prepared audition monologues are not required. Sign-ups are not required for auditions, but if you would like to schedule a time please call the Stage Management office at 402.554.3167.

Performances of "Or," run Feb. 12-16, Feb. 27, and March 1. Performances of "The Archaeology of Dreams" run Feb. 19-23, 28 and March 2. Performances of "Female Transport" run April 10-13, 17-20.

For more information about auditions contact the UNO Theatre Department Stage Management office at 402.554.3167. For more information about UNO's 2012-13 Mainstage Season contact Sarah Fogarty Campbell at or 402.554.3167. Learn more about UNO Theatre on the web by visiting

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UNO Invites Aviation Ambassador for Durham Lecture Nov. 27

The UNO Aviation Institute is set to welcome Duane Woerth, U.S. Ambassador to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), to the Durham Distinguished Guest Lecture Series this Tuesday, Nov. 27.

Ambassador Woerth will speak at the lecture series, which begins with a 6:30 reception before the official program begins at 7 p.m. The event will be held at the Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine St. Read more.

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UNO Theatre Presents 'Mirror of the Invisible World'

The UNO Department of Theatre presents Mary Zimmerman's, "Mirror of the Invisible World," a wondrous tale of love, loss and adventure. "Mirror of the Invisible World" is directed by Cindy Melby Phaneuf and co-directed by Thais Flaitt Giannoccaro. Performances continue this week and run through Nov. 28-30 and Dec. 1 in the UNO Theatre, Weber Fine Arts Building. The house opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for all performances.

"Mirror of the Invisible World" tells the story of King Bahram and his seven brides, each from a different country. He falls in love with them and builds each a pavilion of a different color. Each night he visits a new princess and she tells him a story. Their stories weave together familiar and strange tales of love, loss and betrayal. Adapted by Mary Zimmerman from the 12th century Persian poem, Haft Paykar by Nizami Ganjavi, this play is sure to delight audiences with music, dance and story.

For tickets, visit or call the box office at 402.554.PLAY. The box office is located on the first floor of UNO's Weber Fine Arts Building. For previews, tickets are $5 for general admission. For performances, tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors/military/faculty/staff. Tickets are always free for UNO students who present a valid UNO ID and $5 for all other students who present a valid school ID. The UNO Theatre Box Office now accepts all major credit cards.

Note: Suggested for mature audiences. Visit the department's Facebook page at For more information contact Sarah Fogarty Campbell at

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UNO and the Inter-Tribal Student Council Holiday Extravaganza is Dec. 1

Native American artistry will be on display Saturday, Dec. 1, as the Sapp Fieldhouse is turned into a showcase of work from the Nebraska Native American community. It is free and open to the public.

The event, an inaugural holiday extravaganza being coordinated by UNO's Tribal Student Council, will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Items on display and on sale at the event will include Native American beadwork, star quilts, silver and gemstone jewelry, paintings and prints and other holiday gifts.

For more information, contact Cindy Krafka at

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United States Broadcast Premier on KVNO Dec. 2

On Sunday, Dec. 2, at noon, Classical 90.7 KVNO listeners will be the first in the country to hear an oratorio by an internationally-acclaimed composer.

KVNO's presentation of "Going Beyond Words" will feature a United States broadcast premiere of the Christmas Oratorio by Swedish composer, Fredrik Sixten. The program can be heard on radio, online and on mobile devices at:

"Going Beyond Words" producer, Stanley Schmidt said bringing the composition to American radio has been an arduous process.

"Several years ago at an American Choral Directors Association convention, I met a representative of Footprints Records in Sweden who gave me some sample recordings, including a couple Sixten tracks I really liked," Schmidt said. "Although at the time the recordings were unavailable as part of an album, we maintained an email correspondence and I actually premiered Sixten's Requiem Mass on my program on KVNO in September 2011. Four years later, he has finally released his Christmas Oratorio album in Sweden, and I am thrilled that it will enjoy its U.S. radio debut December 2 on Going Beyond Words."

Schmidt said Sixten's Christmas Oratorio was commissioned in 2008 by the director of one of the largest cathedrals in Sweden, in part because no Swedish composer had ever written an oratorio. Sixten's compositions follow the traditional biblical Christmas story from Matthew and Luke. Like Bach, Sixten uses chorales and hymn tunes, but in this case they are Swedish folk tunes. Melodies of these chorales will be familiar to many listeners. The work will be broadcast in its entirely, in three parts comprising nearly 48 minutes of uninterrupted music composed for orchestra, choir and soloists.

"Going Beyond Words," is in its 20th year of celebrating the beauty and variety of choral music worldwide every week on KVNO. It began in early 1993 when nine professional choirs existed in Omaha, and the station manager at the time suggested to Schmidt that a program focused on choral music would have an audience. Now one of the longest-running programs of its type in the country, "Going Beyond Words" has featured 1,000 episodes. Renowned composer/conductor John Rutter has called Schmidt "the perfect host for a music program on the radio."   

Classical 90.7 KVNO is a service of UNO's College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media. As Omaha's premier non-profit radio station, KVNO serves and enriches the community and university through quality programming that enlightens, entertains and informs. More information can be found at

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Now Accepting Applications--5th Annual Student Research and Creative Activity Fair

The Office of Research and Creative Activity at UNO is pleased to accept applications for the 5th Annual Student Research and Creative Activity Fair. The Fair will take place on Friday, March 8, 2013, in the Milo Bail Student Center.  

All UNO students (undergraduate and graduate) and Engineering students from the Pacific Street campus are encouraged to apply. Registration materials are available at

Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013.

For more information, contact the Office of Research and Creative Activity at 402.554.2286 or

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Special Health Risk Appraisal Message for UNO Employees

(Editor's note: The following letter is intended for benefit-eligible employees.)

November 20, 2012

Dear UNO Employee:

UNO and the other UN Campuses are partnering with Blue Cross/Blue Shield and WELCOA to offer a FREE Health Risk Appraisal (HRA). This HRA is a wonderful opportunity to take a look at your lifestyle and find out ways you might be able to improve your overall wellness. It will be rolled-out in time for you to complete it and have that information for Human Resources Benefits' Open Enrollment Period.

Those insured through UNO will receive Enhanced Benefits for completing the HRA:

- Annual preventive care allowance of $300 for those 2 and over

- Annual preventive care allowance of $600 for those under 2

- 100 percent coverage, up to $2,500, for a routine preventative colonoscopy once every 10 years

- $0 co-pay for generic prescription drugs through CVS Caremark's mail service

NOTE: If you don't have insurance through UNO, there is still an incentive.  Everyone who completes an HRA will be entered in a drawing for prizes (UNO Hockey Tickets and more).

The aggregate data that we receive will be used to help us effectively target a comprehensive wellness effort across campus.  For example: if the results say that 35 percent of UNO's employees have high blood pressure, then Mav-Rec Wellness will focus on programs to address this.

The good news about wellness is that it doesn't have to be expensive or complicated.

Some examples of little things you can do that will make a difference:

- Get 30 minutes of moderate activity per day (like walking)

- Cut down on portions at meal time, and eat more fruits and vegetables

- Pray, meditate, practice relaxation or do Yoga

Please complete the HRA today and help make UNO an even healthier place to work. As always, if you have any questions regarding Mav-Rec Wellness, you can contact Dave Daniels at 402.554.2008 or by e-mail: For HRA or benefits questions, contact Esther Scarpello at 402.554.3660 or by e-mail:


Dr. John Christensen, Chancellor

Dr. B.J. Reed, Senior Vice-Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs

Mr. William Conley, Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance

Dr. Daniel Shipp, Associate Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs

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Mallory Kountze Planetarium Science Store Clearance Sale!

The Mallory Kountze Planetarium Science Store is having its very first clearance sale! The Science Store, in the Durham Science Center (DSC), has been selling gizmos, gadgets and thingamajigs for years. If you haven't had a chance to check the store out, now is the time. See what's on clearance (low, low mark downs) and explore the other wonders the Science Store has to offer. Store hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If you need assistance, please go to the Physics Office in 129 or 144 DSC.

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R.S.V.P. Deadline Nov. 28 for Annual Campus Holiday Open House

Chancellor John Christensen, Senior Vice Chancellor B.J. Reed and Vice Chancellor Bill Conley invite faculty and staff to attend UNO's annual campus holiday open house. Click on this link to view a special invitation.

Those planning to attend should R.S.V.P. to Donna Hathaway at by Wednesday, Nov. 28.

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Survival Skills for the Harried Professor Nov. 28

Survival Skills for the Harried Professor, a workshop for faculty members, is set for Wednesday, Nov. 28, from noon to 1 p.m. in 214 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building. The end of the semester can be stressful, so plan to join the Center for Faculty Development for a brown bag workshop with lively conversation and helpful tips to manage grading and coursework, while keeping a healthy mind and body.

Presenters will be Jerilyn Kamm – School of Communication, Nicole Naatz – Counseling Center and Joe Kaminski – director of Campus Recreation.

To register, call the Center for Faculty Development at 402.554.2427 or send an email to

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Researching & Citing Sources: Preventing Plagiarism Student Learn Over Lunch Nov. 28

"Researching & Citing Sources: Preventing Plagiarism" is planned for Wednesday, Nov. 28, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Umonhon Room.

Students who attend the UNO Speech Center Lunch and Learn will learn about how to evaluate the documents they are using, effectively cite sources when delivering a presentation, and learn how to avoid common research mistakes.

Space is limited so you must register in advance, which can be done by contacting a consultant at the Speech Consulting Center at 402.554.3201 or Free pizza and pop will be provided.

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Middle East Forum Set for Nov. 29

The Middle East Project Fund at the UNO Department of History will host the second meeting of the Middle East Forum this Thursday, Nov. 29, at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Chancellor's Room. The Forum is free and open to all UNO students, faculty and staff, as well as off-campus guests.

As always, guests are encouraged to bring lunch and questions as Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Curtis Hutt will moderate a panel of experts from UNO. These experts will address current issues that relate to the region and place them in context and perspective. UNO experts include: Moshe Gershovich, professor of History and director of both the Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish studies as well as the Middle East Project Fund; and Ramazan Kilinc, assistant professor of Political Science.

Topics for the November forum may include:

- The future of U.S. foreign policy during President Obama's second term

- Ramification of General Petraeus's resignation from the CIA

- The tensions between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank

- Other regional developments

Future meetings are planned for Jan. 24, Feb. 21, March 14 and April 18 in 2013.

For questions, contact Moshe Gershovich at 402.554.3175 or

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UNO Faculty Un-Conference: No Slides, Just Sharing

Join UNO faculty to meet at MoJo's Smokehouse in Aksarben without a schedule or set speakers to share your great work and learn what others are doing across campus this Friday, Nov. 30. Anyone can talk, just sign up for a 15-minute slot the day of the event. It will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Food included! Sponsored by the Office of Academic and Student Affairs and the Center for Faculty Development.

For details, visit this link.

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Go Green with 2012 Online W2s

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Did you know the University of Nebraska is migrating to a new online W2 statement process? Each employee must enroll via the Firefly link to receive your W2 online. The current process allowing employees to receive both a paper and electronic W2 will cease on Monday, Dec. 31. The old online link will be replaced with a new one and provide you easy access to all your W2s starting with 2012. Go green! Just click on this link , and enroll today!

Questions? Contact Lolita Schumacher at 402.554.2739 or

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