News You Can Use 4-12-12


By Natalie C. McGovern, News Editor

Jazz Performances to be Held at UNO April 12, 17

The Department of Music at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will be holding two jazz performances on the UNO campus on Thursday, April 12 and Tuesday, April 17.

The UNO Jazz Ensembles, under the direction of Pete Madsen, director of Jazz studies, and Jason Johnson, artist trumpet faculty at UNO, will present an evening of big band jazz on April 12 in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. The concert will feature the music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Bob Florence, Bob Brookmeyer and Maynard Ferguson.

Joining the UNO jazz ensembles will be the Metropolitan Area Youth Jazz Orchestra (MAYJO). MAYJO is an auditioned group of high school students from the metro area that rehearses at UNO and performs several concerts each semester.

“We are excited to present this concert of varied big band literature featuring some of the fine young talent from our city and university,” Madsen said. “Audience members of all ages are welcome.”

On April 17, the UNO Jazz Combos and Vocal Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Madsen, Johnson, and Kim Lomax, director of the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, will be presenting an evening of instrumental and vocal jazz in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. The concert will feature standard jazz compositions as well as original student works.

“We are proud of our jazz combo program at UNO,” Madsen said. “The combos’ main focus is improvisation which makes for an exciting and spontaneous concert experience.”

Tickets for both events are $5 for the general public and $4 for students with a MavCard as well as seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

For more information, please contact Pete Madsen at 402.554.2297 or by email at

UNO PRSSA Holds Event to Add to Nebraska’s Organ Donor Registry

When it comes to becoming registered organ donors, college students are often a missing piece to the puzzle. Public relations students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) are working to ensure that college students know how to get registered, helping the Nebraska Organ Recovery System (NORS) reach its goal of 700,000 registered donors by July 1.

MaverickPR, the UNO chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) will hold an event titled “Be the missing piece; Be an organ donor” on the UNO campus Tuesday, April 17. The event, taking place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., will educate students about becoming organ donors. Students will also be able to register as a donor at the event.

As part of the event, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., UNO students will search for puzzle pieces hidden in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) and Arts and Sciences Hall. When students find a puzzle piece and bring it to the MBSC Plaza to complete the organ donor puzzle, they will be entered in a drawing for prizes.

The band “Unscene Patrol” will play during the noon hour on the Plaza stage with breaks to give the audience facts about organ donation. The event continues from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Chancellor’s Room on the second floor of the MBSC with speakers and a question-and-answer session. Mary Lueth, the mother of a 17-year-old organ donor, will share her story of her daughter’s accident, and organ recipient Amber Tennell will tell her story of her kidney transplant.

For more information, contact Shanae Springer, event coordinator at or call 402.641.0331.

UNO to Host ‘Wambli Sapa Memorial’ Pow Wow April 28

The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Inter-Tribal Student Council (ITSC) will host an all-nations Pow Wow, Saturday, April 28, in the Sapp Fieldhouse. The event begins at 1 p.m., and dancing continues until 8 p.m. Admission is free, parking is free, and traditional Native American food will be served at 5 p.m.

The UNO Pow Wow is named “The Wambli Sapa Memorial Pow Wow” to honor the legacy of Fred Leroy, a prominent Ponca leader and respected elder, who passed away earlier this year. Leroy was a longtime friend and supporter of the Native students and Native American Studies program at UNO.

The public is invited to join the festivities, which bring together Native Americans and non-Natives to honor the generations with indigenous dance, song, arts and traditional Event sponsors include ITSC, the Office of the Chancellor, the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Recruitment Services, Dual Enrollment, The Honor Indians Institute, Native American Studies faculty and other donors.

For more details or vendor information, contact Cindy Krafka, 402.554.2248.