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2005.10.12 > For Immediate Release
contact: Teresa Gleason - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: tmgleason@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO Launches Hurricane Relief Project for University of New Orleans Campus Community

Omaha - They share an acronym, UNO, and a mission – educating students and serving the metropolitan areas they call home.

Students, staff and faculty at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) have joined together to launch a sustained fund-raising effort aimed at providing relief to their colleagues at the University of New Orleans (UNO) following the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Chancellor Nancy Belck kicked off the project at the 2005 Fall Convocation held Oct. 12 on the Nebraska UNO campus.  "I'm proud to announce an outreach initiative designed to help our colleagues at the University of New Orleans regain control of their lives," Belck said.  "The UNO to UNO Hurricane Relief Project will raise funds for the Louisiana campus community throughout the remainder of our academic year."

Funds raised at the Nebraska UNO will be earmarked for a recovery fund established by Tim Ryan, chancellor of the Louisiana UNO, for members of his university community who lost everything.   

As of Oct. 11, the campus of the Louisiana UNO remains closed.  In a letter posted on the school's web site, Chancellor Ryan said assessment of storm and water damage, along with the removal of debris, continues on a daily basis.  Its official fall semester opened Oct. 10, as nearly 7,000 students signed up for classes online or at one of four satellite campuses.

"As the deans and vice chancellors talk about the future of UNO, the theme ‘historic opportunity' emerges again and again," Chancellor Ryan wrote.  "This university, our faculty and students will play a major role in the rebuilding of our beloved city.  A student attending UNO will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in rebuilding a major city."

Rita Henry, assistant vice chancellor of student affairs at the Nebraska UNO and coordinator of "UNO to UNO," said campus individuals and groups will be encouraged to integrate this fund-raising effort into their planned activities throughout the remainder of the 2005-06 academic year. 

"We will be collecting donations in specially-marked ‘UNO to UNO' containers at campus events that range from athletics to the arts," Henry said.  "The enthusiasm this project has received thus far illustrates the caring and considerate nature of our campus community."

Funds collected through "UNO to UNO" will be sent to the Louisiana UNO at the conclusion of the fall and spring semesters.  Plans are also under way to host a special Mardi Gras concert on campus, the proceeds of which will go to "UNO to UNO."

For more information on how to donate or get involved with "UNO to UNO," contact Henry at (402) 554-2779 or Teresa Gleason at (402) 554-2762.

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