Higher Education Notes: UNO, UNMC looking for business vice chancellor

A national search is on for a vice chancellor of business, finance and business development at the University of Nebraska’s two Omaha institutions.

The person who fills the role will be the senior business officer at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

The combined operating budget of the two campuses is about $1.1 billion.

“As UNMC and UNO continue their vital work teaching, conducting research and serving our community, the new vice chancellor for business, finance and business development will play a key role,” the chancellor of the two institutions, Dr. Jeffrey Gold, said.

Playwrights picked for confab at Metro Community College

Organizers of the 13th annual Great Plains Theatre Conference, hosted by Metropolitan Community College, have selected the 2018 PlayLab playwright participants.

Twenty playwrights (most from around the nation; one is from Australia) will visit Omaha May 27-June 2 to participate in the conference at Metro’s Fort Omaha campus in north Omaha. Hundreds of area writers also will attend.

During the conference, PlayLab scripts are rehearsed by local and national directors and actors and performed in readings. Writers receive feedback from national playwrights, theater scholars and the public.

All PlayLab readings are free and open to the public. For more information, call 531-622-2618.

Activist will talk water policy at this year’s Sokolof Lecture

The 2018 Ruth and Phil Sokolof Lecture will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The lecture is titled “Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution to a Water-Starved World.” Seth Siegel will give the lecture at the UNO Thompson Alumni Center.

Siegel is an entrepreneur, activist and author who campaigns for changes in water policy in the United States and elsewhere. He is a senior fellow with the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Water Policy.

He is the author of a book with the same title as his lecture. The book is available in about 15 languages and more than 50 countries. His talk is free and open to the public.

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