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2011.01.18 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

UNO Welcomes Storyteller to Campus

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) has partnered with Omaha Public Schools (OPS) and the Office of Native American Indian Education (NICE) to bring storyteller and author of children's and adult literature – Tim Tingle – to Omaha.

"While at UNO, OPS and NICE will send 40-45 college-eligible Native American students to UNO to hear him speak, eat in the campus food court and attend a class in the College of Education," said Susan McWilliams, College of Education faculty member and Omaha Family Literacy Partnership member. "Neal Grandgenett and his educational team will conduct robotics learning activities with students."

Tingle's book, Crossing Bok Chitto, won the 2007 Jane Addams Children's Book Honor Award for its promotion of peace through literature.

While in Omaha, Tingle will present three free and open-to-the-public storytelling performances. UNO students who are members of the Tribal Council will also be on hand to greet visitors at UNO's event, which is free and open to the university community and general public.

The three free events are as follows:

Thursday, Jan. 20
10:30 a.m. at UNO Milo Bail Student Center, Nebraska Room (storytelling)
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Yates Early Learning Center, 3260 Davenport St. (supper, author visit and storytelling)

Friday, Jan. 21
4:30 p.m. at the South Omaha Library, 2808 Q St. (storytelling)

The project is sponsored by the UNO College of Education, Omaha Community Foundation, Nebraska Arts Council, Omaha Public Schools–Native Indian Centered Education Program and the Omaha Public Library.

For more information, visit www.timtingle.com or contact McWilliams at (402) 554-3457 or smcwilliams@unomaha.edu.

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