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PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER - Dave Wilson, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, stands next to an Afghanistan poster in his office...
 PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER - Dave Wilson, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, stands next to an Afghanistan poster in his office. Wilson served in the Middle Eastern nation for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer, teaching English. Photo by Troy Fedderson/University Communications.

The toughest job Dave Wilson (and a host of others) ever loved
Like many college seniors, Dave Wilson traveled home for Thanksgiving and encountered a family curious about his post-graduation plans. They were very pleased when he told them about his decision to attend law school.

Top News
Peace Corps numbers remain strong at UNL
The number of Peace Corps volunteers venturing into the world from UNL remains strong.

Benefits increase slightly
The annual open enrollment period for university benefits will buck national trends - offering an increase in benefits for all and a modest rise in medical coverage costs for some.

Other News
Drought research draws $7.4 million
More than $7 million in new federal funding will finance further refinement of UNL-based Web tools that help agricultural producers and others nationwide to monitor drought impacts and manage related risks.

NU Directions hailed as a model program
The UNL NU Directions Campus-Community Coalition is a national "model" program that can be replicated at other colleges and universities, according to the U. S. Department of Education.

Research strives for nicotine vaccine
Ongoing research by Rick Bevins and a University of Nebraska Medical Center counterpart may help clear the smoke around nicotine addiction.

Grant launches statewide organic farming research effort
A $750,000 grant will help UNL expand organic farming research and education, enhance collaborations with growers and develop science-based information for organic food production.

UNL's transportation fleet just got a little bit cooler
Joining the regular "state car" lineup of Tauruses, Stratuses, Impalas, Chevy, Ford and Dodge cargo vans and pickups are 10 new hip-looking retro Chrysler PT Cruisers.


Student production company opens Corpus Christi Dec. 1
Theatrix, the UNL student producing organization, presents their second and final production of the fall season, Terrence McNally's Corpus Christi. Beginning Dec. 1 in The Studio Theatre at the Temple Building, Corpus Christi is the story of Joshua, a Christ-like figure born in Corpus Christi, Texas, whose message of love and tolerance will change the lives of 12 men and the world.

Other Arts News
Heartney to speak at UNL
The Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts and Medici Group Visiting Artist Series is sponsoring the second speaker in this second year series.

At the Ross
Keith Beauchamp's groundbreaking film, The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till, opening at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center on Friday, Nov. 25, shows a 10-year investigation to uncover the details behind the nightmarish 1955 Mississippi murder of Emmett Louis Till, an African-American Chicago teenager.

Ross hosts Nov. 20 talk on 'Undiscovered Gems'
The movie talk "Film Distribution and How it Relates to MRRMAC" is at 3 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center.

UPC hosts comedian Nov. 30
The University Program Council will present comedian Pablo Francisco with special guest Dean Edwards Nov. 30 at the Rococo Theatre, 140 N. 13th St.

Talk examines Morrison novel
UNL scholar Kalenda Eaton will discuss Toni Morrison's novel "Paradise" in the Plains Humanities Alliance's 2005-06 Research and Region colloquium series.

American Life in Poetry
Katy Giebenhain, an American living in Berlin, Germany, depicts a ritual that many diabetics undergo several times per day: testing one's blood sugar. The poet shows us new ways of looking at what can be an uncomfortable chore by comparing it to other things: tapping trees for syrup, checking oil levels in a car, milking a cow.

For the Record

Regents bestow November Kudos awards on UNL
New professorship honors pioneering microbiologist
In Brief

Committee begins search for redefined diversity position
Benefits info can be updated online
Center for Great Plains Studies announces book prize
Campus mail stops over Thanksgiving break
Chilled water outage planned in December
UNOPA workshop Dec. 1
World AIDS day Nov. 29
TIAA-CREF counseling continues in December
Fidelity consultant available in December
Agronomy, Horticulture Highlights Dec. 1
Degree grade rosters due Dec. 2
Correction - Emmy winner omitted