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DONATION RECIPIENT - Ron Faller, a research assistant professor with the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility, received a kidney from his brother...
 DONATION RECIPIENT - Ron Faller, a research assistant professor with the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility, received a kidney from his brother in November. Photo by Troy Fedderson/University Communications.

A Living Gift
Ron Faller received a gift he can never hope to repay.

Top News
Parking rolls out carpool permit program
Campus carpoolers can reserve a space in a new parking program.

Gardner leads Gobi parasite research
Researchers from UNL are set to explore the hidden biodiversity of the isolated mountain range in the heart of the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park in southern Mongolia.

Biologist to address graduates
Biologist Daniel R. Brooks of the University of Toronto will give the address at UNL's Dec. 22 commencement exercises.

Other News
Architecture students present plans for Cyber Command post
UNL architecture students enrolled in Architecture 410 (tectonics) presented proposals for a new U.S. Air Force Cyber Command at a final jury on Dec. 12 at the Strategic Air and Space Museum near Ashland.

$1.2M gift to expand research at Ashfall Fossil Beds
A major gift will enable Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park near Royal to greatly expand its Rhino Barn. The larger enclosed facility will enable paleontologists to discover more fossils and enhance the experiences for visitors.

Extension site can help debt repayment plans
For people who have financial troubles, a UNL Extension Web site can help users reduce their debt.

A Piece of University History
From the Archives - Pharmacy Hall
Chemical Laboratory, also called Pharmacy Hall, was built in 1885-1886, opening for occupancy in September 1886. The building was located on the modern site of the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery.

Winter ceramics sale Dec. 14-15
The UNL Clay Club will host the Annual Winter Ceramics Sale Dec. 14-15 in Richards Hall, room 118. The sale is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 14, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 15.

Other Arts News
Vintage action adventure posters from Cinema 16 collection featured
Vintage posters from feature length classic action/adventure films are on display in the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center.

Great Plains Art Museum hosts 'Last Year on the Farm' exhibit
Texas artist V.... Vaughan's daily plein air paintings documenting the last days on her family's multi-generational farm will be presented in "Last Year on the Farm," an exhibit at UNL's Great Plains Art Museum Jan. 2 through March 14.

Free screening of 'Heima' is Dec. 13
The Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center hosts a free screening of the documentary "Heima" at 7 p.m. Dec. 13.

Ross to show Metropolitan Opera live in HD Dec. 15
The Metropolitan Opera will present "Roméo et Juliette" live in high definition at noon, Dec. 15 at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center. An encore performance plays at 1 p.m. Dec. 16.

'Winter Wonderland' exhibit opens Dec. 21
A winter wonderland of prints is opening Dec. 21 at the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery.

PianoFOURte to perform Dec. 18
PianoFOURte will take the stage of the Lied Center for Performing Arts 6 p.m. Dec. 18 as part of the Lied's Free at 6 series. Formed at Doane College in 1997, the ensemble of Emmy Bou, David Breckbill, Dianne Ferguson, and Ken Hoppmann perform two-piano music for four and eight hands.

'Christmas Carol' returns with a twist
"Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol," a creative re-interpretation of the Charles Dickens classic, runs 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19-22 at the Lied Center's Johnny Carson Theater.

'Playground' shows Dec. 14 at the Ross
Prepare to charge into winter as Warren Miller's "Playground," shows in a one-night engagement at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center at 7 p.m. Dec. 14.

'Deadwood' series examined by Great Plains Quarterly
HBO's critically acclaimed "Deadwood" series gets scholarly attention from a number of angles in the fall issue of Great Plains Quarterly, a publication of the Center for Great Plains Studies at UNL.

American Life in Poetry
Life becomes more complicated every day, and each of us can control only so much of what happens. As for the rest? Poet Thomas R. Smith of Wisconsin offers some practical advice.

For the Record

Evertson named communicator of the year
McCutcheon named fellow
Rye competes in Athlon Spirit vote
In Brief

Holiday Closedown Information
Next Scarlet is Jan. 10
Mail and Distribution to deliver Dec. 27-28
Experts to discuss ways to aid UNL's Gulf Arab students
EAP offers opportunity to deal with traumatic events
Deadline for class reserves lists is Jan. 4
Forest Service leads initiative to prepare for pest
UNL Computer Store collects toy donations
HIV Test Site closed starting Dec. 17
'We the People' grant deadline is Feb. 5
Communication Studies offers research survey