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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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Spread Some Holiday Cheer with KVNO's 'Green Friday' Offer

Perhaps you've tried "Black Friday," "Small Business Saturday," or even, "Cyber Monday," but just haven't found that perfect gift? Classical 90.7 KVNO's "Green Friday" one-time only door-buster is perfect for everyone on your list.

Today, Nov. 30, only from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., with your $20 donation on debit or credit card and an email address, you can receive or give as a KVNO membership gift "The 99 Most Essential Christmas Masterpieces," an .mp3 music download link sent to the email address of your choice.

You or your lucky gift recipient can play this great music everywhere – on PC or Mac, Android phone, iPhone or iPod touch or your other favorite devices. It's the perfect soundtrack to your holiday season, and the perfect way to support your favorite public radio station. Consider giving a KVNO Gift Membership that includes this great introduction to beautiful classical music. It's perfect for all ages and doesn't require shopping, wrapping or shipping.

Call KVNO now at 402.554.5866 or visit and click the 'Donate Now' button to spread this holiday cheer to everyone on your list.

Classical 90.7 KVNO is a service of the University of Nebraska at Omaha's College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media. As Omaha's premier public radio station, KVNO serves and enriches the community and university through quality programming that enlightens, entertains and informs. More information is available at

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UNO to Make Blankets, Offer HIV Testing for World AIDS Day

HIV has affected an estimated two million Americans since 1981, with 50,000 becoming infected each year. Worse yet, nearly one in five of those living with HIV are unaware they are infected.

Numbers like these, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, are exactly the information UNO wants to make students, faculty and staff aware of as part of this year's World AIDS Day events.

Today, Nov. 30, UNO's Student-Community Leadership and Service (SCLS) organization, in collaboration with UNO Health Services, welcome the Omaha community to join the UNO community and make fleece blankets, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Fireplace Lounge of the Milo Bail Student Center.

Materials will be provided to make the blankets, which will be donated to those affected by AIDS and HIV.

UNO Health Services will also be offering free HIV tests to UNO faculty, staff, and students throughout the day. Read more.

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UNO Faculty Un-Conference: No Slides, Just Sharing is Today

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 today, 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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International Film Series Starts Today with 'Bye, Bye Brasil'

The History Department is again sponsoring its international film series during the fall and spring semesters. Each film is hosted by a History Department faculty member, and each will begin with an explanation of the film's setting. Each will be followed by an audience discussion. Join Maria Arbelaez, associate professor of History, today, Nov. 30, for "Bye, Bye Brasil."

"Bye, Bye Brasil," is a 1980 film by Director Carlos Diegues that examines the rural regions of Brazil through the eyes of traveling circus performers. The film will be shown in 438 of Arts and Sciences Hall at 3 p.m.

The remaining films in the department's series will be shown during the spring semester. Please watch the History Department web page for those announcements.

For more information, visit the History Department website or contact Jo Behrens at 402.554.2584.

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Ensemble A.M.I. to Perform with The Penrose Stairs Tonight

Ensemble A.M.I., a performing student ensemble at the UNO Department of Music, and The Penrose Stairs will share a concert tonight, Nov. 30.

The Penrose Stairs will be playing original compositions, and A.M.I. will be performing an eclectic mix of songs by Rush, The XX, and U2.

The one-and-a-half hour concert begins at 7 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $4 for high school and college students with student ID and seniors.

Tickets can be purchased at the door on the day of the concert. For UNO faculty, staff and students, the concert is free with a current UNO ID. Read more.

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UNO Theatre Presents 'Mirror of the Invisible World' Tonight

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 tonight, Nov. 30, and run through 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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'Through our Words: Third Annual Creative Contest in Spanish' Book Presentation Dec. 1 at Criss Library

UNO is pleased to announce the publication of the book, "Through Our Words/A través de nuestras palabras." The book is a culmination of the works from the third annual creative writing contest in Spanish. The book presentation, which is open to the public, will be held this Saturday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m. at Criss Library.

"Through our Words: Third Annual Creative Contest in Spanish" and its first publication of winning entries, were made possible by the generous support of the following institutions: the UNO Department of Foreign Languages, College of Arts and Sciences, Office of Latino American Studies (OLLAS) and Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library; the Nebraska Humanities Council; the Consulate of Mexico; the City of Omaha; and the Kent Bellows Studio and Center for Visual Arts.

Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle will offer remarks. For a full listing of other presenters and winning authors, click on this link.

In its third year the, Through Our Words: Hands, Minds and Hearts at Work contest is organized by UNO's Department of Foreign Languages, Master of Arts in Language Teaching (MALT) and OLLAS, along with the Nebraska Humanities Council. The contest celebrates the Spanish language across the state and encourages its creative use among bilingual, heritage speakers and speakers of Spanish as a second language.

Created in 1973 as a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Nebraska Humanities Council is an independent, nonprofit organization governed by a volunteer board of public and academic members. The Nebraska Humanities Council funds programs that explore Nebraska's heritage, builds community awareness, and strengthen ties to cultural traditions at home and abroad.

For more information about the contest, contact Claudia Garcia at or by phone at 402.554.4837.

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American Broadcast Premiere of Swedish Composer on KVNO Dec. 2

On Sunday, Dec. 2, at noon, listeners of Classical 90.7 KVNO, which broadcasts from UNO, will be the first in the country to hear an oratorio by internationally acclaimed composer Fredrik Sixten.

The United States broadcast premiere of Sixten's Christmas Oratorio will be heard on KVNO's show "Going Beyond Words." The program can be heard on radio, online and on mobile devices at

Sixten is from Sweden and one of the country's best-known composers of church music. Stanley Schmidt, producer of "Going Beyond Words," said bringing the composition to American radio has been an arduous process. Read more.

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MaverickPR Hosts Santa Paws Fundraiser Dec. 2

Bring your furry friends to the Bookworm in Countryside Village, 87th and Pacific Streets, this Sunday, Dec. 2, from noon to 3 p.m. to get their picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus for a worthy cause.

MaverickPR, the UNO Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) will be on site to help pets take photos with Santa. The cost for photos is $15, with the proceeds going to Hearts United, a national no-kill shelter, sanctuary and animal welfare organization. Read more.

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Mav Kids Parent's Day Out Set for Dec. 2

The next Mav Kids Parent's Day Out event is set for Sunday, Dec. 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building. Parent's Day Out is for children ages 6-12 and includes dodgeball, swimming, arts & crafts, lunch, movies and much more! So get your holiday shopping done and drop the kids off with Mav-Rec!

Registration is $20 for all UNO students and Mav-Rec members, and $25 for non-members. You can download the registration form at

For more information or questions, contact Nicole Wood at 402.554.4941 or

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Prep Week 2012 Schedule of Events Announced

Are you stressed about finals? Join us during Prep Week (Dec. 3-6) for a variety of stress relieving activities!

Monday, Dec. 3:

* 7:45 a.m. until supplies run out – Get free hot chocolate on the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Plaza, Mammel Hall and University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI)

* Noon to 1 p.m. – Join Pat Philippi for some soothing yoga in the Student Government Agency area in MBSC

* 5 to 8 p.m. – Get a discounted dinner at Scott Café for only $5!

Tuesday, Dec. 4:

* 7:45 a.m. until supplies run out - Get free hot chocolate on the MBSC Plaza, Mammel Hall and PKI

* 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Free chair massages in the MBSC Fireplace Lounge

* Noon to 1 p.m. – Relax with the UNO Jazz Combo and enjoy some free pizza in the MBSC Maverick Lounge!

Wednesday, Dec. 5:

* 7:45 a.m. until supplies run out – Get free hot chocolate on the MBSC Plaza, Mammel Hall and PKI

* 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Free chair massages in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Lobby area with free hot chocolate and popcorn. Plus, listen to some acoustic seasonal guitar music!

Thursday, Dec. 6:

* 7:45 a.m. until supplies run out - Get free hot chocolate on the MBSC Plaza, Mammel Hall and PKI

* 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Free chair massages at the University Village and Maverick Village Clubhouses

* All Day – Play a round of golf on the Criss Library's Mav-Links Golf Course (main level). This four-hole course is a fun and relaxing way to spend some time in the library before and after you study.

Plus, get some retail therapy in by checking out the UNO Bookstore's Holiday Sale (Starting Dec. 3)! Buy one apparel item, get the second apparel item half off! Plus, get 20 percent off 2013 picture calendars, holiday books, children's books and select hardbound and paperback bestsellers. Get fresh popped popcorn at Textbook Buyback starting on Dec. 5.

The Criss Library will offer extended hours for Prep Week: Monday through Thursday, Dec. 3-6, from 7 a.m. until 2 a.m.

Questions? Contact Barb Treadway at

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Criss Library To Extend Hours for Prep and Finals Week

Criss Library is piloting extended hours for prep and finals week this semester. "We are pleased to offer students this additional time," said Steve Shorb, dean of Libraries. The library will stay open until 2 a.m. Monday through Thursday during prep week and Sunday through Wednesday during finals week to allow UNO students additional research and study hours.

Extended library dates are:

* Monday through Thursday, Dec. 3-6: 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.

* Sunday, Dec. 9: Noon to 2 a.m.

* Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 10-12: 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.

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Retirement Reception Dec. 6 for Drs. Scott Harrington and Judy Harrington

The College of Education is hosting a retirement reception for Drs. Scott Harrington and Judy Harrington on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. in 412 Roskens Hall.

Scott joined the College of Education faculty in the fall of 1969.  He is completing 44 years of service to the Counseling Department, the College of Education and the University.  Judy is being honored at this time for her 32 years of service, although she will retire in May.  Although Judy is a faculty member in the Goodrich Program, she also taught classes in the College of Education during her tenure and is being honored by the college at this time for that service.

For more information, contact Ron Burmood at

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UCRCA Invites a Second Round of Applications

The University Committee on Research and Creative Activity (UCRCA) is inviting a second round of applications. The submission deadline for this call is Tuesday, January 15, 2013. The guidelines for submission are available on the Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) web page:

All proposal materials must be submitted electronically in a single PDF document (including signed cover sheet) to: Please name your file using the following format: UCRCA_your last name_ full-proposal (or minigrant).PDF.

Examples of funded proposals are available on the SPR web page.

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In the News

Holloway on KFAB

Carson Holloway, associate professor of political science, was a guest on the Crash Davis Show Thursday, Nov. 29 to discuss decisions that are being made by the Supreme Court as they wrap up their meetings to decide which court cases to hear during its next session.

Hockey's Trip to Minnesota Previewed by USCHO

The men's hockey team, which is ranked No. 13/14 in the country, takes on No. 3 Minnesota this Friday and Saturday. The series was previewed by USCHO as the most interesting in the WCHA for the weekend.

KIOS Previews Middle East Forum

On Tuesday, Nov. 27, KIOS previewed Thursday, Nov. 29's Middle East Forum – the second in a series. As part of the preview, KIOS talked to Moshe Gershovich, professor of history and coordinator of the forum.

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