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International Student Picnic in Lincoln Nebraska

Every Fall, the Downtown Lincoln Rotary Club and the UNL Rotaract students host a picnic for international Students arriving for the first time in Lincoln. UNL, Wesleyan, and Union College have participated in past years.

The Mayor usually speaks to provide a Lincoln Welcome and many food vendors donates Pizza (Val’s) Runzas and other items. Desserts are donated by Rotary Members. We usually have 80 to 110 Students with about 30 Locals helping with the event.

Tug-o-war and balloon toss are new games for many.

Most have never husked sweet corn.

Take a look at the great 360 degree photo. Click your mouse onthe photo and move it around.

International Student Picnic 2009 :: Roundus.

Mary Kathryn Nagle is a socially aware playwrite

Nebraska raised lawyer, Mary Kathryn Nagle, continues to impress as a socially aware playwrite. “Miss Lead” played in New York City in January and she has a new play showing in March. Read on for more.

Sliver of a Full Moon  – Mary Kathryn Nagle‘s play about the Violence Against Women Act, “Sliver of a Full Moon” takes place Tuesday, March 11th at 7:00PM at the US Capitol Visitor Center Auditorium and Atrium. The event is FREE to the public, no RSVP’s required. Hope to see you there. Here’s a couple of links to help you find your way there, plus more information about the play and National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center. The Capitol – — and NIWRC,

Miss Lead – The comfortable illusion of stability that the American Dream offers is put on trial in Miss Lead. The legacy of cultural genocide upon Native American culture is a continuing struggle. It’s a scar which Miss Lead asks for its audience to confront, rather than conceal or come to terms with. Miss Lead doesn’t have easy answers but it carries conviction. It’s a play asks the audience to break old routines and to change the repetition of history that American culture has inherited.

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Japan and Fashion Exhibit in Lincoln

 “Japan and Fashion: Influence and Impact” will open Feb. 24 in the Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
The exhibit, features Japanese-influenced garments from the Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design’s historic costume collection, along with traditional Japanese garments on loan for the exhibition.  The exhibit is devoted to the interface between traditional Japanese dress and contemporary Western fashion.
More than 18 traditional kimonos in various shapes and sizes are included, along with a significant collection of obis. This feature of the exhibit is due to a generous gift from Kathryn Ericksen Lohr, an alumna of the UNL College of Education and Human Sciences, who lived in Tokyo with her husband James in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
The exhibit also includes an ornately embroidered wedding kimono acquired by the Thomas Woods family of Lincoln in the late 1970s and donated to the collection by Averi Woods. Items from the collection of Omaha textile collector Jay Rich round out this unique exhibition.
The works in the show are marked by brilliant colors, rich embroideries, elegant brocades and exotic patterns. The contemporary segment of the exhibition contains modern fashions that range from the conservative to the avant garde. Designers such as Ralph Rucci, Issey Miyake and Rei Kawakubo are represented. Japanese influence in contemporary fashion hinges on three distinct elements that are depicted in the exhibition:

  • A critical regard for surface development of the textiles, ranging from intricate weave structures to shibori-dyed textiles to industry-driven high tech fabrics.
  • Emphasis on fine craftsmanship. The high level of craft inherent in many forms of Japanese dress is seen in the hand stitching of the kimono and in embellishments that distinguish many of these garments.
  • The Japanese emphasis on structure that impressed itself on modern designers’ sensibilities as early as the 1880s. In contrast to the Western approach of cutting and stitching fabric to echo the shape of the body, the Japanese aesthetic involved wrapping the fabric around the form to envelop the body. The articulation of space between the fabric and the body distinguishes the kimono from Western garments.

Other elements played out in contemporary fashion are the emphasis on the simple structural lines, the suggestion of the obi, the use of the large sleeve shape and the development of roomy silhouettes for anything from coats to jackets.
The Hillestad Gallery is on the second floor of the Home Economics Building, 35th Street north of East Campus Loop. It is part of the Department of Textiles, Merchandizing and Fashion Design in the UNL College of Education and Human Sciences. The gallery is open 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and by appointment. Admission is free. For more information, call 402-472-6370  or visit



▶ Pepsi #Halftime America with Real Nebraskans

I am not big on acidic drinks like pepsi but this commercail will bring you a smile. When is Superbowl…?!

▶ Pepsi #Halftime America with Lee Brice – YouTube.

▶ Gemini 6: Christmas UFO Spotted. Audio 1:23

This was a real spoof on Mission Control. Fun to hear the serious tone they used to pull it off.

Audio – ▶ Gemini 6: Jingle Bells – YouTube.


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UNL Speakers Bureau Offers Expert Programs

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Lincoln, Neb., Sept. 13, 2013 — The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Speakers Bureau is in its 19th year with 24 speakers and several topics from which to choose. This free service connects faculty and other university experts with Nebraska citizens through service organizations, schools and other groups who want knowledgeable, interesting speakers on a variety of topics.
The 2013-14 Speakers Bureau features speakers available on a year-round basis as well as during the academic year only. This website,, provides access to each speaker’s topic information with a form to submit to book a speaker for your event. For questions, please contact Mitzi Lenz, Speakers Bureau coordinator in the Office of University Communications, 202 Canfield Administration Building, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 68588-0424; telephone 402-472-0088 <tel:402-472-0088>  or email
The members of the 2013-14 Speakers Bureau and their topics:
Sylvana Airan, assistant director for business contracts and student services, University Housing- — “My Life Growing Up in Pakistan.”
Christian Binek, associate professor of physics and astronomy — “Magnetic Refrigeration,” “Magnetic Thin Films: From Basic Research to Spintronics” and “Physics Between High School and High Tech.”
Charles Braithwaite, editor, Great Plains Quarterly, senior lecturer in communication studies — “African Americans on the Great Plains,” “The Global Classroom: Using New Communication Technology to Improve Education” and “Tribal Colleges: Culture and Higher Education on the Plains.”
Daniel Claes, professor of physics and astronomy — “Comic Book Physics 101: Lesson 1: The Origin of Superman and Clues to the Planet Krypton, Lesson 2: Radiation — Origins of the Hulk, the X-men, and the Fantastic 4, Lesson 3: The Flash (the Fastest Man Alive) and the ‘SpeedForce,’ Lesson 4: Physics Disassembled, Lesson 5: Hard Takeoffs and Soft Landings, Lesson 6: Solar Energy as the Source of Superpowers,” “What the Heck is a Higgs Boson?!” “Are We Alone in the Universe?” and “What Happened to the Faster-than-Light Neutrinos?”
Donald C. Costello, associate professor emeritus of computer science and engineering — “The Bronx in the Middle of the Last Century,” “Information Technology — Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” “Robotics: Status Today, Impact Tomorrow” and “Investment Versus Gambling in a Digital Economy.”
Kenneth Dewey, professor of applied climate sciences, School of Natural Resources — “Chasing Icebergs,” “North to Alaska and Across the Canadian Arctic: A Photographic Journey” and “The Nebraska Weather Photos Website.”
Robert F. Diffendal Jr., professor emeritus, conservation and survey — “Pleasures and Perils of Owning Beach-Front Property,” “Changes in China Since 1979” and “Geologic Development of Nebraska.”
Stephen Ducharme, professor and vice chair of physics and astronomy, Nebraska Center for Materials and Nano Science — “Can a Photon Wave?” and “Nanoscale Science and Technology.”
Galen Erickson, professor, beef feedlot extension specialist — “How Ethanol and Cattle are Good Together (i.e., Alcohol and Beef)” and “What is the Real Impact of Feedlots on the Environment?”
Michael Hoff, professor of art history — “Ancient Roman Religion and Nebraska Football,” “Athens Under Roman Domination” and “Pirates and Romans Along the Cilician Coast of Ancient Turkey.”
Roger M. Hoy, professor of biological systems engineering, and director, Nebraska Tractor Testing Laboratory — “The Nebraska Tractor Testing Lab: Past, Present and Future.”
Gary Kebbel, professor, College of Journalism and Mass Communications — “How to Use Social Networking like Twitter or Facebook or Foursquare as Reporting Tools,” “Reaching Youth: If it’s Not on a Cell Phone, it Doesn’t Exist” and “The Changing News Ecosystem.”
Meg Lauerman, director, University Communications — “Research, Recruitment and the Big Ten: An Overview of What’s New at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.”
Bradley Lubben, extension assistant professor and policy specialist — “Growing Agriculture to Meet Society’s Demands” and “More Than Farm in the Farm Bill.”
Patrice C. McMahon, associate professor of political science — “For Good or For Ill: The Return of Nation Building,” “U.S. Power in the Networked Era” and “Partners in Peace: Nongovernmental Organizations in Peace-building.”
Tapan Pathak, extension educator for climate variability, School of Natural Resources — “Current and Future Global Climate Change: What it Means for Nebraska?”
Lisa Pennisi, assistant professor, School of Natural Resources — “Why Nebraska is a Great Tourist Destination” and “The Benefits of Connecting Youth and Adults to Nature.”
Wes Peterson, professor of agricultural economics — “A New Age of Colonialism? Land and Resource Deals in Low-Income Countries,” “The 2012 Farm Bill: Prospects for Reform” and “The Implications of Increased Regional and Bilateral Trade Agreements for World Trade.”
Paul E. Read, professor of horticulture and viticulture — “Gardens of the World” “Grape Expectations: Nebraska’s Developing Grape and Wine Industry.”
John W. Richmond, professor and director, School of Music — “Does Music Make You Smarter? It Depends on What You Mean!,” “Finding the Next Mozart! Music Composition Education in the 21st Century” and “‘Speaking the Universal Language’ Without an Accent: UNL in Our Global Musical Village.”
Kelli K. Smith, assistant director, Career Services — “Developing a Top Internship Program” and “How to Effectively Recruit College Students.”
Greg Snow, professor of physics and astronomy — “Cosmic Rays from Outer Space-What Do We Know About Them?” “Did a Giant Asteroid Kill the Dinosaurs?” and “High Energy Physics and the Discovery of the ‘God Particle.'”
Sandra Stockall, professor emeritus, University of Nebraska Extension — “You Are Who You Are Because” and “Wow, That Felt Great!”
Joseph Weber, associate professor, College of Journalism and Mass Communications — “Teaching Journalism in China: A Semester of Surprises.”


WRITER: Mitzi Lenz

Crew of the USS INTREPID


Search Underway to Find Former USS Intrepid Crew Members from Nebraska for Special Homecoming Weekend

NEW YORK, NY (June 18, 2013) – August 16, 2013 will mark the 70th Anniversary of the Commissioning of the U.S.S. Intrepid (CVS-11), the World War II-era Essex class aircraft carrier that is now home to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum <> in New York City.  To mark the occasion, Intrepid is putting out a coast-to-coast “all call” for former USS Intrepid crew members, including those who live in our area, to be reunited in a special Homecoming Weekend from August 16 to 18.

To learn more about this weekend and for registration information, former crew members and their family members can visit <> .

The homecoming weekend will feature a special ceremony marking the 70th Anniversary of Intrepid’s Commissioning, on August 16 at 11:00 a.m. at which former crew members will reunite and share stories of their tours of duty.  Throughout the weekend, the museum will offer guided tours of the ship and behind-the-scenes curator-led tours of their museum collection storage facility. For some former crew members, this will be the first time they have been aboard their beloved ship since the completion of their service.

The Intrepid’s homecoming weekend is open to the public, and will feature programs and events specifically tailored for former crew members and their families. Entrance to the museum will be free of charge for former crew members and their family members.

Now a museum ship and national historic landmark, the aircraft carrier Intrepid (CVS-11), was one of the most successful and stalwart ships in US history, serving in the Pacific during World War II, when it was hit by five Kamikaze attacks but refused to sink, and nicknamed “the Ghost Ship” by the Japanese. Intrepid later served three tours of duty off Vietnam and in submarine surveillance in the North Atlantic during the Cold War. She was also one of the primary recovery vessels for NASA during the Mercury and Gemini Space Missions, and retrieved astronauts Scott Carpenter and Gus Grissom after their respective Earth orbits and splashdowns in the Pacific.
About the Museum
Now home of the Space Shuttle Enterprise, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum <> complex includes the 900-foot-long aircraft carrier Intrepid; the guided missile submarine Growler; and an extensive collection of 27 aircraft including the A-12 Blackbird, the fastest plane in the world, and the British Airways Concorde, the fastest commercial aircraft in the world. Guests can experience areas of the ship including the Flight Deck, Hangar Deck, fo’c’sle (commonly known as the anchor chain room), new multimedia presentations and exhibit collections, interactive educational stations and a state-of-the-art public pier.  Guests to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum <> also can experience the 12,240 square-foot interactive Exploreum – which contains a variety of hands-on exhibits – that teaches guests about the different properties of the sea, air, space and living at sea as each relates to the ship Intrepid. In the Exploreum, guests can experience a flight simulator, transmit messages using Morse code, sit on the bunk of a crewmember, learn how the Intrepid turned salt water into fresh water and perform various tasks while wearing space gloves.

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