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2005.12.06> For Immediate Release
contact: Beverly Newsam - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2358 - email: bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO Winter Commencement Dec. 16 at the Civic

OMAHA – More than 920 students will graduate Friday, Dec.16, during the winter 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.

Daniel Kenny, senior Web architect with information technology services, will receive the Chancellor’s Medal.  He is responsible for designing and implementing services available via the Web, including E-BRUNO Web registration, business intelligence systems and application security.  In 1993, Kenny joined UNO as a programmer/analyst II in the former Department of Computing and Data Communications.  Additionally, he has served as manager of information systems and Web processes for Student Enrollment Services and as a senior systems analyst for information technology services, until being named to his current post in 2004.

Jessica Vincik, an Aurora, Neb., native, will present the student commencement address.  She will graduate with a bachelor of science in criminal justice.  Vincik plans to attend law school next fall and hopes to someday become a district attorney or attorney general of Nebraska.        

The commencement ceremony also will feature the following:      

The late Harlan Noddle will be honored with the Order of the Tower, UNO’s highest non-academic award.  He was chairman of the board of Noddle Companies, one of the Midwest’s largest developers of community shopping centers and office buildings.  In 1973, he started his own business, Noddle Development Company.  Currently, the company has developed or purchased more than 85 shopping centers and five office buildings in 16 states.  The company offers a variety of development and management services, from site acquisition through financing, construction and property management.

Paige Mulhollan will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters.  He has been a leading force in the creation of the “metropolitan university” concept and the establishment of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU).  UNO is a member of the coalition, which currently has a membership of more than 80 institutions throughout the United States and internationally.  Groundbreaking work completed by Mulhollan has provided the framework for today’s modern metropolitan universities, which encourage mutually beneficial activities for students and the communities they reside in.

James Young will receive the UNO Alumni Association’s Citation for Alumnus Achievement.  He has served as president and chief operating officer of Union Pacific Railroad since January of 2004.  Young also was elected director of Union Pacific Corporation in February of 2005.  He is responsible for the railroad’s operation, information technology, and marketing and sales.  The largest railroad in North America, Union Pacific has nearly 33,000 route miles, covering 23 states across two-thirds of the western United States.  It is the nation’s largest hauler of chemicals and moves more than 250 million tons of coal each year.

For more information about the Dec. 16 commencement, call (402) 554-2358 or (402) 554-3502.

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