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MULCHING WEATHER - Landscape services employees Joe Ciserella (left) and Joyce Lawson spread mulch in the Enright Garden, east of Oldfather...
 MULCHING WEATHER - Landscape services employees Joe Ciserella (left) and Joyce Lawson spread mulch in the Enright Garden, east of Oldfather Hall, Monday afternoon. Warm, dry weather has allowed Landscape Services to begin spring work, such as adding mulch. Photo by Troy Fedderson/University Communications.

Weather pushes landscape services into spring mode
Spring is taking root - at least on work schedules tacked to Landscape Services bulletin boards.

Top News
Combined Campaign charts continued growth
Donors to the 2005 UNL Combined Campaign opened wallets and purses a bit wider as the annual fundraiser recorded a third-straight increase.

Gift forges largest Ag Fellowship
A gift of $600,000 from the Bill and Helen Curtis estate creates the largest endowed fellowship fund for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

Series outlines ways to better serve students
University employees stationed on the front lines of student interaction can attend a free training series aimed at improving service to and retention of students.

Museum offers fossil days, disaster events
The University of Nebraska State Museum will present a day-long family event, "Dinosaurs and Disasters," Feb. 18, and Saturday fossil events through Feb. 11, all at Morrill Hall.

Other News
Publication features UNL bio laboratory
UNL's Biological Process Development Facility was featured in a 60-page full-color magazine-like publication called "Praxis," published by equipment vendor Bioengineering AG from Switzerland.

Engineering opens year with new lab celebration
Chemical and biomolecular engineering seniors returned from winter break to receive another gift - a new unit operations lab.

Campus research helps develop new decorative millets
Two new decorative millets that will debut in plant nurseries nationwide this spring are the latest generation of ornamentals from UNL plant breeding efforts.

Huskers tops in Big 12 exhausted eligibility rate
UNL is the Big 12 Conference leader in exhausted eligibility rates for the third consecutive year, according to federal graduation rates released by the NCAA on Jan. 19.

University Hall

'Wiley and the Hairy Man' opens Jan. 26
University Theatre, the academic production program of the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film, presents a play for all ages, "Wiley and the Hairy Man" by Suzan Zeder, at 7 p.m. Jan. 26, 27 and 28 and Feb. 1-4.

Other Arts News
Cat Chow exhibit opens at Hillestad
Cat Chow is an artist, fashion designer, educator and musician. In her work she creates innovatively constructed garments and, most recently, sculptures from common materials such as zippers, dollar bills, measuring tapes and baby bottle nipples.

'Free at 6' presents Gospel Mass Choir
The Gospel Mass Choir, led by Oscar Harriott, will perform Feb. 3 as part of the Lied Center for Performing Arts' "Free at 6" series. The concert begins at 6 p.m. on the Lied's main stage.

Artists encouraged to apply for 'Free at 6' series
Lincoln-area artists are encouraged to fill out an application to take part in the 2006-2007 season of the Lied Center for Performing Arts' "Free at 6" series.

'Clouds and Stone' opens at Lux Center Feb. 3
The photography of Dana Fritz, an associate professor in Art History, will be featured in the exhibition "Clouds and Stone," opening Feb. 3 at the Lux Center for Arts, 2601 N. 48th St.

Hypnotist offers free show at East Union Jan. 27
Nationally-known hypnotist Steve Atwood will perform at 8 p.m. Jan. 27 in the Great Plains Room of the East Union.

Eklund to help celebrate Mozart's 250th birthday
The 250th anniversary of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's birthday is Jan. 27.

Lied to host Winnipeg Ballet troupe
The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Canada's premier ballet company, will perform "The Magic Flute" 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.

Harris, Blackout present jazz fusion Feb. 4 at Lied Center
Jazz, acoustic music and progressive sounds will be fused into one performance as Stefon Harris and his band Blackout perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4 on the main stage at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.

State Historical Society presents documentary series
Documentaries made in or about the Cornhusker state are the focus of "Real Reels: A Documentary Film Series" presented by the Nebraska State Historical Society at the Museum of Nebraska History, 15th and P streets.

American Life in poetry
Lola Haskins, who lives in Florida, has written a number of poems about musical terms, entitled "Adagio," "Allegrissimo," "Staccato," and so on. Here is just one of those, presenting the gentleness of pianissimo playing through a series of comparisons.

Osher Institute offers six-week series
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will offer a six-week study series titled "Looking at the Arts," Feb. 1 through March 8. The series will give participants the opportunity to consider the role that art plays in the lives of members of the Lincoln community.

For the Record

Behrendt honored as distinguished scholar
Graduate Studies presents awards
In Brief

Nominees sought for Oldt, Donaldson awards
Behlen Observatory hosts public viewing Feb. 3
TIAA-CREF offers financial counseling in January
Call goes out for new UCARE proposals
2006 holiday schedule available online
Employees must observe drug-free policy
Weight Watchers hosts open house Jan. 27
Reimbursement account info available online
Study Abroad Fair is Jan. 31
Spring water, natural resources lectures offered
Pound Lecture features Columbia scholar Jan. 26
Phi Beta Delta chapter seeks nominations for membership
Search committee training offered