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INITIAL REVIEW - University archivists Carmella Orosco (left) and Mary Ellen Ducey read letters from the newly donated Roscoe and Meta...
 INITIAL REVIEW - University archivists Carmella Orosco (left) and Mary Ellen Ducey read letters from the newly donated Roscoe and Meta Cather Collection. The collection, which includes hundreds of personal letters from Cather to family members, was donated by Patricia Schreiber (below, at left) and Kathryne Shannon. Photo by Troy Fedderson/University Communications.

From the hand of Willa Cather
University archivists couldn't wait to explore envelopes filled with hundreds of Willa Cather's personal musings.

Top News
Water leaks flood Oldfather Hall, Hewit Place
The first floor and basement of Oldfather Hall were flooded after frigid temperatures caused a sprinkler pipe and sprinkler head to detach around 5 p.m. Jan. 16.

Car fire results in flood for Hewit Place galleries
Fast action from UNL staff, including some student workers, helped save valuable artwork and quilts on exhibit in the Great Plains Art Museum and Lentz Center for Asian Culture Jan. 20.

Gallup, UNL form D.C.-based program
Coursework at UNL has shifted inside the Beltway.

Other News
Paper focuses on role of cysteines in proteins
A team of scientists led by UNL biochemist Vadim Gladyshev has developed a new way to rapidly identify amino acids in proteins that have redox function. The work is published in the current issue of Science magazine.

Gene-silencing work may help fight viral, other diseases
Recently published research from the UNL Plant Science Initiative expands understanding of RNA interference - a process that silences genes and holds promise in combating disease.

Enron whistleblower to speak Feb. 12 at Lied Center
Lynn Brewer, former Enron executive and author of "Confessions of an Enron Executive: A Whistleblower's Story," will speak Feb. 12 at UNL.

Partnership offers tax assistance for low-income families
Filing income taxes will be a little less stressful this year for low-income Lincoln families.

African-American leaders summit Jan. 26
As many as 200 emerging leaders will gather at UNL Jan. 26 for a the first day-long Nebraska Black Leadership Symposium. The program is designed to uplift, inspire and motivate recognized youth leaders of today, and empower them to continue in their roles as youth leaders.

Regents propose 280-hour vacation time cap
A revision of university policy and bylaws on vacation and sick leave was presented at the Jan. 19 meeting of the NU Board of Regents. The revision - which proposes a 280-hour cap on vacation time accumulated by individual employees - will be on the agenda again for the March 9 regents meeting.

Exhibit focuses on relationship of comic, high art
Drawn from the permanent collection and loans from collectors, "Comic Art," a new exhibition at the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, plots the relationship between comic and high art.

Other Arts News
Arts Entrepreneurship event Feb. 3
The Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts and the College of Business Administration's Nebraska Center for Entrepreneurship will present the annual Arts Entrepreneurship Day, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 3 in the Lied Center for Performing Arts.

Keynote to join Feb. 1 Women: POV discussion
Maria Schneider, jazz compser and keynote speaker in the Arts Entrepreeurship Day on Feb. 3, will also take part in the Lied Center for Performing Arts’ Women: Point of View discussion, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 1.

Artist-In-Residence begins work Feb. 1
Teaming with UNL's Arts are Basic program, the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center will host an artist-in-residence program with filmmaker Jon Jost beginning Feb. 1.

School of Music's 'Celebration of American Song' is Jan. 29
The School of Music presents the third annual Celebration of American Song at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 in Kimball Recital Hall. American composer Richard Rodgers will be celebrated in an evening of song performed by the School of Music's voice faculty.

Hillestad hosts student exhibit through Jan. 26
The fashion and textile designs of 14 UNL students are on display in the 2006-07 Biennial Juried Exhibition at the Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery through Jan. 26.

Ross display showcases vintage Disney posters
Vintage posters from feature-length, classic-animated films released by Walt Disney Productions are on exhibit in the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center lobby.

Moscow Festival Ballet presents 'Cinderella' performance Jan. 25
The magic and fantasy of the fairy tale "Cinderella" comes to life at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 as the Moscow Festival Ballet takes the stage at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.

Rhythms of 'STOMP' to fill Lied Center
The percussion sensation, "STOMP," returns for three performances at the Lied Center for Performing Arts, Jan. 30-31. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31.

Oscar hopeful 'Last King of Scotland' plays the Ross
The fictionalized political thriller "The Last King of Scotland" is playing at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center through Feb. 1.

Roland to guide movie talk Jan. 28
Keith Roland, a UNL graduate student, will offer a movie talk on "The Last King of Scotland," at 4:30 p.m., Jan. 28 at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center. The discussion follows a 2:15 p.m. screening of the movie.

Fritz exhibit opens Jan. 26
An exhibition featuring the photography of Dana Fritz, associate professor of Art and Art History, opens Jan. 26 at the Nebraska Showcase Gallery in Omaha.

American Life in Poetry
While many of the poems we feature in this column are written in open forms, that's not to say I don't respect good writing done in traditional meter and rhyme. But a number of contemporary poets, knowing how a rigid attachment to form can take charge of the writing and drag the poet along behind, will choose, say, the traditional villanelle form, then relax its restraints through the use of broken rhythm and inexact rhymes. I'd guess that if I weren't talking about it, you might not notice, reading this poem by Floyd Skloot, that you were reading a sonnet.

For the Record

Cary earns Kudos award
Alumni Association announces RED Gala awards
Entomology team scurries to national championship
For the Record - Faculty, staff and students
UNL's Combined Campaign donations exceed $360,000
In Brief

Seminar taps coaching skills for leadership development
Forecast charts steady economic growth for Cornhusker State
Career Services offers internship event Feb. 1
Snow closure update
Forum on multicultural student retention Feb. 6
Readership program extended to faculty, staff
UAAD seeks nominees for Donaldson, Oldt awards
Credit Union presents scholarship contest
Human Resources offers seminar for supervisors
Friends of Foreign Students seek new members
Volunteers sought for science bowl events
Observatory hosts public night Jan. 26
Quilt ID event Jan. 28 at Great Plains Museum