2005.08.03 > For Immediate Release
contact: Beverly Newsam - University Affairs
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UNO Summer Commencement Aug. 12 at the Civic
Omaha - More than 520 students will graduate Friday, Aug. 12, during the summer commencement ceremony at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). The event will be held at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave., beginning at 2 p.m.
Sara Woods, assistant dean of the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS), will deliver the commencement address and also will receive the Chancellor's Medal. She joined CPACS in 1995 as a community service associate and became assistant dean in 2001. In this role, she oversees community outreach programs administered by the college, represents CPACS in a number of community initiatives and connects the college's resources with a broad range of city, county, state, federal and nonprofit agencies. She also oversees the college's grant-seeking activities and teaches graduate and non-credit courses in grant writing and grant management.
Sara Thomsen, a Fremont, Neb., native, will give the student commencement address. She will graduate with a bachelor of arts in psychology and a minor in sociology. Thomsen plans to seek an internship in human resources and wants to attend graduate school to complete a master's degree.
The August commencement ceremony also will feature the following:
Roy Smith will receive the Order of the Tower, UNO's highest non-academic award. Smith owns Old Mill Toyota and serves on the board of the Nebraska Commission of Post Secondary Education, as well as the advisory board of the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service. He has developed a lengthy profile of accomplishments, including dedicated service to the Omaha and university communities by serving in numerous capacities.
John Beasley will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters. Born and raised in Omaha, Beasley began his acting career at age 45 after appearing in a variety of local theater productions. Since then, he has been cast in many productions and notable guest TV appearances, including "The Apostle," "The Sum of All Fears," "CSI," "The Pretender" and the WB series "Everwood." In 2002, he founded the John Beasley Theater in Omaha, which focuses on works featuring or written by African Americans.
Winnie Callahan will receive the UNO Alumni Association's Citation for Alumnus Achievement. Callahan is executive director of The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute, home of the UNO College of Information Science and Technology and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Engineering and Technology. She also is assistant vice president of the University of Nebraska Foundation. Callahan serves on a variety of community boards, having been elected president of several, and holds a variety of professional memberships. She has spoken locally and nationally on a variety of topics related to building excellence in education.
For more information about the Aug. 12 commencement, call (402) 554-2358 or (402) 554-2762.
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