UNL’s School of Music celebrates Glenn Korff

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Glenn Korff School of Music paid tribute to its namesake Thursday with its second annual Glenn Korff Day.

The program took place in the Kimball Recital Hall and was hosted by the school’s interim director, Peter Lefferts. The Glenn Korff Chair of Music, Glenn Nierman, also gave a presentation at the event.

While students celebrate in different ways throughout the day, the annual event gives them a way to celebrate together, said Brian Reetz, marketing and public relations coordinator for the school.

“We wanted to do something to help our students now and into the future to understand the importance of the $8 million gift from Glenn Korff to University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the School of Music,” he said.

The program featured performances by Korff Scholars Hannah Bell and Dimitra Kokkinopoulou.

Members of UNL faculty also participated, with performances by Hye-Won Hwang, an assistant professor of practice and dance, and Jamie Reimer, an assistant professor of voice.

“The day is a celebration, so I picked a piece that was cheerful and light,” Reimer said.

Reimer described her piece as a sophisticated, funny English art song by composer Jake Heggie. She performed a selection from “Alas, Alack,” a recital she is performing Sept. 29.

“‘Alas, Alack’ references many operatic characters and musical themes as the singer tries to figure out why she always picks the wrong guy to date,” Reimer said.

Reimer’s performance was part of many activities honoring Glenn Korff, who attended UNL and graduated in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science from the College of Arts and Sciences with a double major in chemistry and zoology and a minor in economics.

He was involved in many organizations during his time at UNL, including two terms as president of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. In 1964, he was selected as Outstanding District Sigma Phi Epsilon President.

Korff was also a member of a national chemistry honor society, Phi Lambda Upsilon.

From 1992 to 2013, Korff was the semi-retired manager of Korff Holdings, a personal investment company. He also served as a trustee of the University of Nebraska Foundation.

“Glenn Korff Day will serve each year to remind us of who Glenn Korff was, of the amazing things he accomplished as a professional and as a philanthropist and of the heartwarming story of his remarkable naming gift to what is now the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Glenn Korff School of Music,” Reetz said in a press release.

Korff died Aug. 27, 2013, at the age of 70 from prostate cancer.

“The impact of Glenn Korff’s gift to the School of Music is far-reaching and ongoing,” Reimer said. “From scholarships to travel opportunities, our students and faculty are now able to participate in, and access, activities that were previously out of reach for financial reasons. His investment in us allows the GKSOM to make a greater investment in the cultural impact of the school at the university and in the community. For that reason, we will be forever grateful for, and continually inspired by, his confidence in what we do every day.”

Source: http://www.dailynebraskan.com/news/unl-s-school-of-music-celebrates-glenn-korff/article_627875c4-7961-11e6-a01c-6f7201206010.html

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Speaker unravels mysteries of the brain at UNL talk

Award-winning, New York Times columnist Carl Zimmer will speak Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Nebraska Union auditorium with a speech titled “Journey to the Center of the Brain.”

The event is free for UNL students with an NCard and costs $5 for faculty, staff and the public.

“Our brains are the foundation for who we are—they store our memories, give rise to our emotions and enable us to look to the future,” said Tanner McKerlie, Diversity/Education chair for the University Program Council. “But our brains remain terra incognita, an inner continent that remains barely explored.”

McKerlie said the talk comes at an opportune time because of developments in brain mapping, putting together a picture of the organ’s 80 billion neurons with trillions of connections to each other. The mapping has enabled scientists to do things like implant electrodes in the brain in order to help people with Parkinson’s regain their ability to walk. It has also helped give paralyzed people the power to control computers, McKerlie said.

Zimmer has spoken at universities, festivals, museums and medical schools and has also been on radio programs such as “Radiolab” and “This American Life.” This year, he won the Stephen Jay Gould Prize, awarded annually by the Society for the Study of Evolution to recognize individuals whose sustained efforts have advanced public understanding of evolutionary science.

Zimmer was selected to come to UNL as a result of UPC’s semiannual event selection. For the Diversity/Education lineup, UPC has brought together several speakers on serious topics, such as activist Bree Newsome, who scaled a flagpole in front of the South Carolina State House and removed the Confederate battle flag, and Neil Hilborn, a renowned slam poet who will be addressing his struggles with mental illness. With Zimmer, UPC wanted to pick a speaker who was educational, but knowledgeable in an area the organization hadn’t touched with one of its other events, McKerlie said.

“Carl filled the slot perfectly,” McKerlie said.

McKerlie said UNL students should be interested in the event because it’s a chance to learn about a fascinating and continually evolving field of science. He said the event holds value for everyone, whether they are students in a science field, are interested in the science of the brain or just want to learn something new.

Over the past 18 years, Zimmer has given speeches all over the country. This year he has traveled to 11 states, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Alabama, New Jersey Institute of Technology and many others to speak.

“I’m most excited about reaching an audience that we haven’t reached in years,” McKerlie said. “With Diversity/Education events, we try to appeal to as many different interests and issues as possible, and this event is more scientific than any event we’ve had in the past few years.”

McKerlie said he hopes this event shows people that UPC continually strives to not only host concerts, but also to educate people both on social issues and things like the science of the brain.

“Hopefully this will get students interested in our other programming events and our operations as a whole,” he said.

Source: http://www.dailynebraskan.com/news/speaker-unravels-mysteries-of-the-brain-at-unl-talk/article_2228989c-7497-11e6-a7e8-cb170b88251c.html




I nervously tapped my foot on the wooden floor, shaking my chair in the process. All I could do was watch. Watch as my partner ran, trying to make it out the door, before vomiting all over the auditorium. Watch, as others screamed when their names got called. Watch, the joyous expressions on others faces as they went to claim their prize.

Everything was a blur until I heard my name.

This was everything my partner and I worked toward during the school year, a chance to place in the Nebraska School Activity Association’s state journalism competition.

My high school had not placed in the theme development contests in many years, so it became the goal at the beginning of the academic year.

“What is taking so long?” I thought in my head.

Then I heard the back door slam.

The loud chatter in the room came to a halt when the dean of the journalism college made her way to the podium to announce the winners. She went through the order in which she would name the winners in each competition. Of course, my competition was last to be announced.

As time went on I felt myself getting anxious. Seconds felt like hours and minutes felt like years.

Finally, our competition was next.

She started reading “and in third place…” My partner walked through the doors, her face as pale as a ghost, crossing her fingers by her side.

“and in second place…” In this moment, time stood still. We were on the edge of our seats while our hands clenched the sides of the chair. “from Millard South Annie Allen and Brittany Hamor.”

I could feel a weight lifted off of my shoulders. We did it.

Every late night and tough deadline was worth it for this one day. Journalism taught me the value of dedication, hard work and the purpose of a deadline. Ever since this day I vowed to put 100 percent in my writing.

This was the pivotal moment, when I knew I wanted to make journalism a career for myself.

I ended my high school journalism career with six appearance at state. A variety of Journalism Education Association awards and was recognized by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as one of Omaha’s top high school communicators. Also, I received a partial scholarship to pursue journalism.

The summer before college I searched to find journalism-related jobs.

I currently work at the Nebraska State Historical Society as an editorial assistant. I also began working this summer as a news reporter for the Daily Nebraskan.

My next plan of action is to take The Real World I (Jour 348.) This class will give me insight on news reporting because each week I will be able to hear the experiences from the staff members at the Omaha World-Herald.

After finishing the class, I could be one of the five students to obtain an internship with the Omaha World-Herald.

Eventually, I want to be an investigative journalist for the Omaha World-Herald. This class is definitely the best way to get my foot in the door. The opportunities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are endless.

I believe with every experience and opportunity I receive during my time at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will help me achieve my dream.

Although, majoring in journalism is more difficult than I thought it would be, every class I take expands my passion for journalism. Every story I write fuels my desire to improve and write even more. I know this is what I am meant to do.

I hope that one day I will be able to influence others to take the journalism path. I want to be a good mentor to others because I was fortunate enough to have numerous mentors that have helped me throughout high school and college.  Choosing journalism was the best decision I ever made.


The Sheldon Museum of Arts hosts ‘First Friday’ celebration

The Sheldon Museum of Arts is adding to the Big Red Welcome program with its First Friday celebration on Sept. 2. The event offers students a chance to celebrate the beginning of the school year with live music and interactive exhibitions.

“First Friday is what I look forward to every month,” said Emma Vinchur, one of the Sheldon’s fall semester education interns. “It’s a great way to support local businesses and artists. I came to Lincoln in fall of 2014 and have made a point to go to as many events as I can, the Sheldon’s included.”

The First Friday welcome back party will take place 5 7 p.m. and is hosted by Sheldon Museum of Art student guides. A major goal is to have students actively engage and become “part of the art.”

The event will feature live music by EDM-DJ Spencelove and free food by El Chaparro.

Vinchur said the event will offer interactive events that will help build students’ excitement and awareness for the Sheldon Museum.

“The overall goal of the event is to, of course, bring attention to and show off the Sheldon Museum and the great art that we have to offer. The new exhibit, ‘Uncommon Likeness,’ is particularly exciting” Vinchur said. “‘Uncommon Likeness’ is about exploring one’s sense of self, so that will be a big topic of discussion for the night.”

Fall semester exhibits include “Uncommon Likeness: Identity in Flux,” “Ron Jude: Lago” and “Saya Woolfalk’s ChimaTEK: Kaleidoscopic Camouflage.” These three exhibits will only be at the Sheldon Museum until Dec. 31.

“Re-seeing the Permanent Pollection” will also be available until Dec. 4, 2016.

Dianne Pinkerton, lead security guard at the Sheldon and a fan of its exhibits, said her favorite exhibit is the “Ron Jude: Lago” exhibit because she loves taking photographs.

“I think everyone would enjoy this exhibit because it definitely has a variety of different artwork within,” she said.

Pinkerton said the museum has exhibits that satisfy all types of artistic tastes.

“Some people prefer more traditional art and some like to look at unique or dark work,” she said. “If they do not like the “Ron Jude: Lago” exhibit, we have a few other exhibits that they will like. It just depends on the style of art they like.”

According to the Sheldon Museum of Arts’ website, “Uncommon Likeness: Identity in Flux” is done by contemporary artists that depict the body as a point of examining mortality, transience and identity. “Ron Jude: Lago” is the first museum exhibition to have a series of photographs in color. Saya Woolfalk’s “ChimaTEK: Kaleidoscopic Camouflage” was done by multimedia artist named Saya Woolfalk.

Vinchur said that while “Uncommon Likeness” will probably draw the biggest reactions from people, her favorite exhibit is the Kehinde Wiley’s.

“It holds a special place as an exhibition of great technical skill and great social commentary,” Vinchur said.

Source: http://www.dailynebraskan.com/news/the-sheldon-museum-of-arts-hosts-first-friday-celebration/article_791f0530-6fee-11e6-83bb-fb0689f6fd28.html



Explore downtown Lincoln at Downtown 101

The Downtown Lincoln Association will be offering students a chance to unwind after the first week of classes through Downtown 101, an event offering a free concert and more at Tower Square today.

The event will showcase many of the downtown businesses Lincoln has to offer. Along with music, each booth at Downtown 101 will give away free items including food, coupons, movie tickets and gift cards. DLA said they expect about 700 people to participate.

“I am excited because it is a great place to see what opportunities the community of Lincoln has for us students, as well as a fun event with great music and free food,” said sophomore broadcasting major Ramsay Wehr.

Students can engage with business owners and learn about special offers going on throughout the school year. Booths will provide information specific to each business, and some will have interactive games and giveaways. Additionally, the event will be handing out gift bags between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

“I am really excited for Fly Fitness,” Wehr said. “They have fun workout classes and I am really into fitness. I am also excited for The Coffee House because it’s my favorite coffee place to relax after a long day or just to hang out with friends.”

Booths consists of General Nutrition Centers, Lotus House of Yoga, Francie and Finch Bookshop, Onyx Piercing Studio, Marcus Grand Cinema, Downtown YMCA, Lincoln Running Company and Black Market Clothing Exchange. Food and drink-related booths include The Coffee House, Dempsey’s Burger Pub, High Vibe Cafe and Jimmy Johns.

Music for the Downtown 101 concert will begin at 5 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. at Tower Square. DJ Nick the Quick will start the concert with a mix of rock and pop, followed by two local bands, Glo Worm and A Ferocious Jungle Cat.

“I love how there will be local bands playing,” Wehr said. “In Lincoln there are a lot of new artists that are trying to break into the music world. It’s always fun to see them at small events like this and then I can say that I knew them when they make it in the music industry.”

One of events DLA Marketing Manager, Grant Weber, said he’s most excited to announce is the “shop quiz,” a melding of different games with rewards.

“It’s sort of like a scavenger hunt with challenges,” Weber said. “It’ll also give people who are not familiar with downtown a chance to get introduced to it.”

The shop quiz was created to help players get more familiar with downtown Lincoln shops. Players complete specific tasks provided by the DLA. For each completed assignment, players will receive an additional $1 on their Downtown Lincoln gift card. If players complete all 30 assignments in the allotted time, the DLA will load an extra $20 to the gift card, maxing out their total earnings at $50. The completed quiz must be turned into the DLA’s office before 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 2 to receive a gift card.

“Other students should go because it is a great entertaining event that will show them the community and is another way to get students to explore downtown Lincoln,” Wehr said.

For Weber the best part about this event is also the introduction to the downtown Lincoln community, both businesses and people. The 35 vendors represented in the event would usually be scattered from the Haymarket to just off the UNL campus, but at Downtown 101 everyone is visible.


Annual Star City Chalk Walk to add color, music to Downtown Lincoln

Artists’ creativity will pave the way in downtown Lincoln for the third year in a row at the Star City Chalk Walk on Saturday.

Joe Younglove, the creator of the walk, said the event allows people to decorate the streets of Lincoln as a community. The idea came from a trip to Colorado he and his wife took in the spring of 2014.

“We went to Denver’s sidewalk chalk event, and really enjoyed it,” Younglove said. “I thought about how there hadn’t been a sidewalk chalk event in Lincoln since 2010, and that we should really have one. All we did was declare a Saturday near the end of August, and spread the word about the time and place to draw.”

The Star City Chalk Walk will start on the south side of O Street between Centennial Mall and 14th Street. The event is free to the public, and chalk will be provided for participants of all ages. Artists are allowed to start at 10 a.m. and must be done by 5 p.m.

The central location draws people to the event, Younglove said. From there, coordinators, including the Downtown Lincoln Association, provide the rest.

“We supplied chalk, plus some sweet jams,” Younglove said.

Downtown businesses are also on board with the event. Heavy foot traffic areas like Gomez Art Supply, A Novel Idea, Duffy’s Tavern, The Bourbon Theatre, Ali Baba’s and Yia Yia’s all support the event which drives up attendance to the area.

Participation has almost doubled from the first year of the event to the second year, Younglove said.

“There’s 149 photos in the second Chalk Walk album, and only 64 in the first year’s album,” he said. “We have had a good-sized increase in participation. I feel like the art had a farther reach last year, which included a tremendously cool prize-winning T. Rex drawn near Gomez.”

For Younglove, expansion doesn’t have a price tag for right now. He’s hoping to see organic increases in participation by the event becoming more visible.

“For promotion, we just pound the pavement, passing out handbills and putting up flyers,” Younglove said. “Plus we use Facebook, of course. You can see the incredible variety of art from past events on the Star City Chalk Walk Facebook page.”

There will be prizes awarded to the best artists, including Downtown Lincoln gift cards redeemable at over 200 locations and gift certificates to Ivanna Cone and Gomez Art Supply. This year they are able to award prizes to six artists, in the categories of adult, child and special needs. There is not a specific theme artists must follow.

“We choose winners based on originality, creativity, and effort.” Younglove said. “For instance, one winner in the past was a boy who collaborated with his mother to make an underwater sea creature robot, which was controlled by the boy from inside, and included ‘Bounce’ and ‘Fire’ switches.”

Students are encouraged to attend the event and bring a friend along.

“It’s a great idea to go to if you are looking for something to do this weekend.” UNL sophomore Brian Andersen said. “This will be my first time going to the event and I am excited to see what they have to offer.”

Source: http://www.dailynebraskan.com/news/annual-star-city-chalk-walk-to-add-color-music-to/article_aab87390-699c-11e6-87fb-234cac0c32d0.html



Cancer center holds annual fundraiser with auctions, food, hope

IMG_8169Nebraska Cancer Research Center’s Third Annual Colors of Hope: Cancer Research Fundraiser will be held Aug. 25, 2016.

This event will take place at Chez Hay, a caterer and reception space in downtown Lincoln and is hosted by Southeast Nebraska Cancer Center.

“Our goal since 1984 has been to provide quality care,” said Kelly Madcharo, the director of the Nebraska Cancer Research Center. “We did not want the people of Lincoln to travel far to receive great care. We wanted them to be close to home and around their support system throughout the process.”

The Nebraska Cancer Research Center started the Colors of Hope fundraiser in 2013 with hopes to achieve more awareness about the organization. The Nebraska Cancer Research Center is a nonprofit organization that has been a leader in cancer research since 1984. It offers treatment trials, cancer control, prevention and cancer care delivery studies. Their staff works with various types of cancer such as breast, brain, gastrointestinal, prostate, renal, head, neck, hematology, lung and melanoma.

“In previous years we have raised $12,000, and last year we were able to raise $19,000 at this event,” said Madcharo. “A realistic goal for us this year is $25,000.”

Most of the money raised comes from the live and silent auction. One of this year’s packages includes airfare for two people to Dublin, Ireland, with five nights at The Westin Dublin, a luxury five-star hotel.

Another prize this year is a cruise for two to Bermuda, the Bahamas or the Caribbean. This includes an ocean view room for two, a queen-size bed, a vanity area and a private bathroom for four or five nights.

Other prizes include a Colorado getaway, a one-night stay and breakfast for two at Lied Lodge & Conference Center at Arbor Day Farm, dinner for two and one bottle of wine at Venue Restaurant and Lounge, Goodcent’s subs for a year, four adult passes to the Henry Doorly Zoo and a Husker Poster autographed by Tom Osborne.

The Nebraska Cancer Research Center is also avidly looking for volunteers, one of the biggest ways people support their cause.

“We want everyone to know that this event is open to anyone in the community whether you are a cancer survivor or just want to support the cause,” said Michaela Emmons, fundraising coordinator of NCRC. “More importantly, we want the Lincoln community to realize they don’t have to leave Lincoln to receive great care.”

Social hour and the silent auction will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tickets cost $55 and include meals catered by Chez Hay as well as a live and silent auction with many great prizes. The capacity for this event is 200 people.

Tickets may be purchased through the Nebraska Cancer Research Center website or at the door. Guests will also receive colored ribbons representing the specific type of cancer that has affected them or a loved one.


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