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2011.10.03 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Ghost Hunting is Focus of Oct. 21 Paranormal Summit at UNO

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Paranormal Society will host the 2011 Paranormal Summit on Friday, Oct. 21.

From 6 to 10:30 p.m. in Room 101 of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Building, attendees will hear from a variety of Omaha experts on ghostly and paranormal activity. After the groups' talk about their most interesting investigations, attendees will follow one team around the UNO campus for a ghost hunt.

The UNO Paranormal Society has organized the annual event.

“The purpose of UNO Paranormal Society – and this event in particular – is to look at the logical, scientific and rational explanations of the paranormal phenomenon,” said Dave Pares, adjunct professor of geography and meteorology at UNO and faculty advisor for the UNO Paranormal Society. “But, we like to have fun and are open to exploring all kinds of evidence.”

The UNO Paranormal Society can be contacted by email, unomahaps@gmail.com.

5 p.m. Registration and networking
There will be a $5 registration fee payable at the door. Meet hosts and former guests from the UNO UFO Study Group “Spooky Action at a Distance” radio show, and the UNO Paranormal Society “On the Fringe” radio show.

For more information, contact John Powers at unomahaps@gmail.com or (402) 319-2721, or Dave Pares at unomahaps@gmail.com or (402) 651-9670.

The event agenda is as follows.

6 p.m. Introduction
6:10 p.m. UNO Paranormal Society, “Stuff around Campus”
6:45 p.m. Hartland Paranormal “Breaking Into Paranormal Investigation”
7:20 p.m. Metro Area Paranormal Society, “Paranormal 101”
7:55 p.m. Orbs Omaha, “Investigations and Evidence”
8:30 p.m. P.R.I.S.M. “PRISM Explores the Paranormal"
9:10 p.m. Break into small groups for mini ghost hunts
9:40 p.m. Panel discussion
10:10 p.m. EVP results
10:30 p.m. Closing remarks

Orbs Omaha: The Omaha Research Beyond the Supernatural (ORBS) paranormal investigation organization was founded in 2007. Through investigations, the group hopes to bring a better understanding of the unknown. With open minds, members use scientific procedures, professional equipment and various methods of documentation including written, visual and audio evidence to conduct investigations. realize that many "hauntings" or "paranormal" experiences can have alternate explanations and don't automatically assume all evidence proves a haunting exists. The group is open to investigations at private homes and businesses upon request, and never charge for their services. Visit http://orbsomaha.com/ for more information.

Hartland Paranormal: Hartland Paranormal is a non-profit group with the goal of helping people understand what they and their families may be going through. To learn more about our investigations or to schedule an appointment, contact Jonathan Hart, through the group's website, http://hartlandparanormal.com/

Paranormal Research and Investigative Studies Midwest (PRISM): PRISM was founded in 2003, and is a privately funded paranormal research team. Their goal is to aid those who need help with a paranormal situation occurring in their home or place of business, and by doing so, to record and capture as much evidence as possible to help prove the existence of the paranormal. Visit http://doyouseedeadpeople.org/ for more information.

Metro Area Paranormal Society (MAPS): MAPS, Metro Area Paranormal Society, is enjoying its sixth season and getting ready for the best time of the year, the time of year that affords groups like MAPS prime investigative opportunities. MAPS investigator Shawn Halpenny, a veteran professional audio engineer, and his partner, Terri Musgrave, have been chasing ghosts using the popular "debunking" methods. Looking for logical and sometimes easy explanations for reported paranormal activity, the pair employ a team of dedicated individuals from many walks of life who search for answers when folks can't find any on their own. MAPS has been asked into private homes, businesses, and public places including museums and college campuses in the hopes of catching evidence of the unexplained. After six years that collection of evidence is growing. Visit http://mapsomaha.com/ for more information.

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