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2010.11.23 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

UNO TV Celebrates 10th Anniversary of St. Cecilia Documentary

Omaha - University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Television will hold a reception, screening and panel discussion on campus Tuesday, Nov. 30, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the documentary “St. Cecilia’s: A Cathedral for the Ages.”

“Relive the Journey: St. Cecilia’s Cathedral through the Lens of UNO Television” begins at 5:30 p.m. with a reception in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons, from which guests will be led on tours of the UNO Television production studios. All UNO students, faculty and staff are invited to attend this free event, which is also open to the public.

A screening of the 30-minute documentary and panel discussion follows at 6 p.m. Jim Czarnecki, retired professor of the UNO Art and Art History Department, will discuss the architectural restoration of the church; Nick Newman, UNO art professor, will focus on the evolution of church architecture; Gary Repair, UNO Television executive producer, will unveil the expertise behind the production of the film; and Patrick Kennedy, UNO history lecturer will discuss the history of the St. Cecilia’s Cathedral. Michael Hilt, associate dean of the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media, will moderate.

Almost a century ago, the people of the Omaha Archdiocese built a magnificent cathedral in the countryside just outside the city, a vision that would take them more than 50 years to realize. Completed in 1959, St. Cecilia’s Cathedral was designed by Thomas Kimball, one of Omaha’s premiere architects of his day.

The documentary explains how Kimball’s choice of Spanish Renaissance Revival style sets the building apart from other Gothic cathedrals of the 20th century, and tells the story of the Archdiocese’s efforts to rebuild and restore this remarkable piece of architecture.

"Students should enjoy this documentary because students took part in the making of the documentary,” said James P. Adams, assistant general manager of UNO Television. “Students are vital to anything UNO Television does and the St. Cecillia's documentary was no exception. Some of the video shot by students took place on top of the building and in the tower. It was quite a view and a real experience."

For more information, contact Kim Balkovec at (402) 554-5866 or kbalkovec@unomaha.edu.

About UNO Television
UNO Television serves and enriches the community through television programming that educates, entertains and informs. As an integral part of the university, it provides unique educational opportunities to students through training and employment in a professional environment. Professional staff responds to the varying needs of the UNO community and viewers through distinctive, high quality program production and distribution and the innovative application of technology. UNO Television has produced award winning documentaries for more than 16 years, and is committed to providing the very best programs and services to a growing number of satisfied users.

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