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2005.08.15 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO Goodrich Program Celebrates 1,000th Graduate Aug. 14

Omaha - For more than 30 years, the Goodrich Scholarship Program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) has helped Nebraska students receive a college education who otherwise could not afford it, while offering them a broad and meaningful university experience.  On Sunday, Aug. 14, the program will celebrate its 1,000th graduate.

"This is a chance for us to look back and take stock of how many good people made Goodrich a success," said Jerry Cederbloom, chair of the Goodrich Scholarship Program.  "Our faculty and staff, our alumni, our current students make up a dynamic and successful community.  Sunday will be a great day to celebrate."

An invitation-only 1,000th graduate celebration is set for 5:30 p.m. in the UNO Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.  More than 180 people are expected to attend.  UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck will be attending and speaking.  Also attending will be state sens. Gwen Howard and Di Anna Schimek.

The Goodrich Program began in 1972 with funds from the Nebraska State Legislature.  Omaha's former state Sen. Glenn Goodrich authored the legislation that created the program.  Goodrich's son, Chris, and several other Goodrich family members are expected to be at the celebration.  Don Dendinger, former Goodrich Program chair, and Wilda Stephenson, a Goodrich Program director during its early years, will also be honored guests.

From the beginning, the Goodrich Program reached out to students from all of the state's cultures, including African American, Asian American, European American, Latino American and Native American, Cederbloom said.  Many have been the first in their families to pursue a college degree.

"Our students have had a wide range of academic ability," Cederbloom said.  "What has been consistently exciting is seeing our students grow and develop.  They learn not just from the faculty, but from each other, as well."

The program offers a three-pronged approach for Goodrich Scholarship students.  It provides:

• Financial aid in the form of tuition and general fees toward a bachelor's degree;

• a specialized curriculum emphasizing the humanities and the social sciences via a multicultural perspective; and

• a comprehensive program of academic support, counseling and related student services.

Academic support and student services for the Goodrich Program include lectures, multimedia presentations, discussions, small groups and tutorial sessions.   In their first and second years, Goodrich scholars are required to register each semester for the general education courses offered by the program.  The remainder of the students' coursework comes from regular university offerings.

"We create an academic community, a community of scholars and the students thrive in it and then pursue their majors, their goals," Cederbloom said. 

Marisa Ozuna, 28, will become the 1,000 graduate of the Goodrich Program during UNO's summer commencement ceremony Friday, Aug. 12.  She will graduate with a bachelor's degree in business administration in management.from the UNO College of Business Administration.  She transferred to UNO as a freshman and received a Goodrich scholarship going into her sophomore year. .

"As a first generation college graduate, receiving the Goodrich Scholarship played a huge part for me in completing my degree," Ozuna said."

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