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2012.09.17 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

Ghost Hunting is Focus of Oct. 12 Paranormal Summit at UNO

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Paranormal Society will host the Second Annual Paranormal Summit on Friday, Oct. 12.

The summit runs from 6 to 10:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom on the building’s second floor.

At the event, attendees will hear from a variety of Omaha experts on ghostly and paranormal activity. Following a talk about each group’s most interesting investigations, attendees will follow one team around the UNO campus for their own ghost hunt.

Attendees will also have time to network with the hosts and former guests from the UNO UFO Study Group’s “Spooky Action at a Distance” and the UNO Paranormal Society’s “On the Fringe” radio shows.

“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.”

Registration is $10 for the public and $5 for students with an ID, both of which are payable at the door beginning at 5 p.m.

Parking is free on the UNO Campus after 5 p.m. on Fridays, except in handicapped, labeled, and metered spaces.

Part of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Squirrel Cage Jail in Council Bluffs, Iowa to help repair the roof.

For more information, contact the UNO Paranormal Society at unomahaps@gmail.com

A full schedule and description of event guests can be found below:

6 p.m. - Introduction
6:10 p.m. - UNO Paranormal Society, “Stuff around Campus”
6:30 p.m. - Hartland Paranormal “Breaking into Paranormal Investigation”
6:50 p.m. - Paracon “Client Consultation”
7:10 p.m. - Nebraska Paranormal Society “Best of the Worst”
7:30 p.m. - Orbs Omaha, “Audio Analysis”
7:50 p.m. - Heartland Paranormal Research “Investigations and Evidence”
8:10 p.m. - P.R.I.S.M. “PRISM Explores the Paranormal"
8:30 p.m. - Squirrel Cage Jail presentation
8:50 p.m. - Panel discussion
9:20 p.m. - Informal discussion time with the ghost hunting teams
9:50 p.m. - Closing Remarks
10:10 p.m. - Break into small groups for mini ghost hunts
10:30 p.m. - Ghost Hunt

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. We 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 charges 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 spirits 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.

Paracon
Paracon are a team of investigators based in the central United States with a desire to help those who are experiencing paranormal activity. Although they are open minded, their main goal is to uncover the truth whether it is paranormal or not.

They believe that knowing the truth always comforts those who need help and it is their job to give people the facts, counsel and lend an ear to listen. Their investigations are thorough and conducted in a professional manner with the utmost respect for the client and the property they inhabit.

Visit http://paraconteam.webs.com for more information.

Heartland Paranormal Research Group
Their group was founded in 2009, but most of them have been involved with the paranormal for many years; some for most of our lives.

They have been on many investigations with more to come and they have their own equipment.

Their group is totally volunteer-run and they never charge for our assistance. They consider it an honor to help.

Their goal is to assist others in learning about the paranormal and to help families/business owners understand and to deal with the paranormal going on in their lives. We take the paranormal very seriously.

Visit http://heartlandparanormal.org for more information.

Nebraska Paranormal Society (NPS)
NPS is an organization that does scientific research of the existence of the paranormal. They use a multitude of different approaches to obtain evidence.

Their intent is to be professional at all times when discussing or participating in NPS activity. They limit our research to ghosts, spirits and hauntings of private residences and public establishments. They conduct investigations free of charge.

NPS has a policy of open communication and cooperation with other paranormal investigators because people learn so much by sharing information and ideas with each other.

Client information, of course, will be kept strictly confidential.

Visit http://nebraskaghosts.org for more information.

The Squirrel Cage Jail
The Jail was built in 1885 and was in continuous use until 1969. It was acquired by the Council Bluffs Park Board in 1971 for preservation, and was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 by the United States Government.

The Historical Society led an effort in 1977 to save the jail, and today owns and operates the facility. The design and size of the Historic Pottawattamie County Squirrel Cage Jail make it a one-of-a-kind structure. It was one of 18 revolving (“squirrel cage”, "human rotary", or "lazy Susan") jails built.

It is the only three-story one ever built.

Visit http://thehistoricalsociety.org/Jail.htm for more information.

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