UNL Prairie Schooner event showcases author Sherman Alexie - Omaha.com
Published Monday, January 21, 2013 at 1:30 am / Updated at 9:09 pm
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UNL Prairie Schooner event showcases author Sherman Alexie

Sherman Alexie, author of “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” will be the featured guest when the Prairie Schooner celebrates its winter issue with a two-day event next week.

Prairie Schooner is the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's international literary journal.

Alexie served as guest editor for a portfolio of poetry and prose by contemporary Native American authors that is part of the winter issue.

He is a poet and filmmaker who wrote and co-produced “Smoke Signals,” an award winner at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival.

“The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” won the 2007 National Book Award for Young People's Literature.

Events kick off with a screening of “Smoke Signals” at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center in Lincoln. Alexie will appear at the Ross center at 7 p.m. Jan. 29, when he will read from his work and participate in an on-stage interview with Prairie Schooner Editor-in-Chief Kwame Dawes.

Prof's lecture to mark Vatican II anniversary

Creighton University Professor Emeritus Mike Lawler will deliver a lecture Thursday as part of Creighton's celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council.

Lumen Gentium: Vatican II's Changed Church” is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Ahmanson Ballroom of the Harper Center, 602 N. 20th St. It will be the first in a series of four lectures exploring the impact of the three-year ecumenical council that reviewed the policies of the Catholic Church in the 20th century.

“Lumen Gentium” refers to the constitution of the church. A Lumen Gentium study guide is available for personal or group study during the season of Lent. Free copies may be obtained on request by emailing vaticanII@creighton.edu.

Deal helps entrance into KSU grad school

The University of Nebraska at Kearney has signed an agreement with Kansas State University to make it easier for UNK computer students to get into graduate school at K-State.

The agreement will speed up the admissions process for UNK computer science or information technology students who want to enter K-State master's degree programs in computer science or software engineering.

Sherri Harms is chairwoman of the UNK Computer Science and Information Systems Department. She said the agreement benefits students as well as businesses in the Kearney area.

The memorandum of understanding “offers a high-quality graduate program for UNK students,” she said. “It provides KSU with regional students prepared for graduate-level research, and it provides the Midwest with computer science professionals who will likely stay in the Midwest.”

Students with a 3.65 grade-point average or higher after their junior year will be eligible. They won't be required to take Graduate Record Examinations to be admitted to a Kansas State computing and information science program. Once they start the program, they will be reimbursed for their application fee.

UNK has a similar agreement with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Computer Science and Engineering Department.

3 Creighton alumni serving in Congress

Three Creighton University alumni now serve in Congress, the Jesuit university in Omaha announced.

They are U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., awarded a law degree in 1974; U.S. Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., awarded a law degree in 1987; and U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., awarded a bachelor's degree in 1981 and a dentistry degree in 1985.

The American Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities says 51 of Congress's 535 members graduated from Jesuit institutions, 11 in the Senate and 40 in the House of Representatives.

Metro to open military center with ceremony

Metropolitan Community College in Omaha will hold an open house and ceremony Jan. 30 to mark the opening of its new one-stop Military Student Support Center.

The center is part of Metro's effort to better serve members of the military, veterans and their families in meeting academic and career goals.

The college's Military and Veteran Support Services are designed to help military personnel make the transition into college life, to provide military-specific advice and career planning, and to provide information about college and community resources.

The center is intended to be a place where students with military backgrounds can connect with one another and establish a community within the college. The Jan. 30 event will begin with a 1 p.m. opening ceremony at the center, located in Room 134 of the South Omaha Campus Connector at 27th and Q Streets.

The open house continues until 6 p.m.

Contact the writer: 402-473-9581, leslie.reed@owh.com

Contact the writer: Leslie Reed

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Leslie covers higher education issues and events affecting Nebraska college students and their families.

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