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2005.05.26 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO to Host Latina Summer Academy Starting June 12

Omaha - During a program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), 16 Latina students from the metropolitan area will learn how math, science and technology are applied in the business world.  The Latina Summer Academy, now in its fourth year, starts Sunday, June 12. 

The program, for students entering tenth grade, is being co-sponsored by Omaha's Chicano Awareness Center and the UNO College of Business Administration.  During six intensive days, the students will explore the world of business and document their experience through an ongoing technology project.

"They will get hands-on experience planning, recording, editing, producing and premiering a photo journal of their academy experience," said Curt Bayer, director of the UNO Executive MBA Program.  "We know from previous years, that the young women will enjoy the creative use of technology, as well as the experience of living and learning on a university campus."

Among the courses and presenters the young ladies will experience include:

• Economics: Understanding Market Activities," taught by Janet West, UNO assistant professor of economics;

• "Investments: Engine of Economic Growth and Prosperity," taught by David Volkman, UNO professor of finance;

• "Leadership Development," taught by Virginia Collins, a senior consultant with the Silverstone Group; and

• "Personal Financial Management," taught by Daniel Padilla, 1st National Bank of Omaha.

Other classes will focus on marketing on the Internet, business technologies and practical uses of statistics and demographics.

The Latina Summer Academy, which runs through June 17, also provides learning experiences outside of the classroom.  Teamwork skills will be developed during a half-day high/low rope TRUST course at the Eastern Nebraska 4H Center.  Each evening, adult role models and ‘pillow talk' guest speakers will lead discussions centering on building self-awareness, self-esteem and self-confidence, Bayer said.

"Our overall goal for the participants is to have them envision college and professional business careers as achievable, real options in their lives," he said. 

A graduation banquet at the end of the week will bring together the students, their parents and siblings, and the Academy faculty.  Student photo journal projects will be premiered at the event. 

Funding for the Latina Summer Academy is provided by the Chicano Awareness Center, the UNO College of Business Administration and 1st National Bank.  For more information, contact Curt Bayer at (402) 554-2448 or cbayer@mail.unomaha.edu.

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