On Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10, the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) celebrated May 2014 Commencement Weekend.
More than 1,900 students joined a powerful network of alumni.
The UNO Alumni Association is dedicated to serving UNO and its alumni, and celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2013.
Every UNO student automatically becomes a member of the UNO Alumni Association upon graduating from the university. There are no dues to join.
Since its founding in 1908, the university has graduated nearly 108,000 alumni, with 43,000 currently in the Omaha metro area.
The network of UNO alumni is world-wide.
Once a Maverick, always a Maverick.
As part of its 100th anniversary celebrations the association has launched “Show the O,” a campaign that provides alumni with a large “O” flag then asks them to have themselves photographed holding the flag in front of some notable icon where they live or are traveling to. The photos are displayed on an interactive website —showtheo.com — that includes a clickable map and photo gallery indicating all the locations around the world where “O” flags have been displayed, plus brief information about participants. So far, flags have been displayed at numerous destinations and on six continents.
Alumni, faculty, staff and students can request that an O flag be sent to them for the photo (flags are to be returned). Participants also can download an “O” banner that can be printed and used for photos.
To celebrate the UNO Alumni Association’s centennial, a new tradition is coming to campus. The Alumni Association is giving students the “Maverick Monument”— an 8-foot-high, 1,500-pound bronze bull statue representing the university’s mascot.
The monument will be part of a newly renovated plaza in front of the Sapp Fieldhouse on UNO’s Dodge Campus, coming in the fall of 2014.
UNO’s Maverick symbolizes the determination, pride and success of UNO students and alumni and the opportunities before them.
The monument will create new traditions and offer a point of pride for the UNO community.