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2006.01.17 > For Immediate Release
contact: Teresa Gleason - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: tmgleason@mail.unomaha.edu

Student Leaders to Take Office

Omaha - The new leaders of student government at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will take the oath of office Thursday, Jan. 19.

Steve Massara was elected student body president/regent and VaShawn Smith was elected student government vice president in online elections held last fall.  The swearing in ceremony will take place at 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room on the UNO campus.

Donal Burns, corporation secretary of the University of Nebraska, will execute the oath of office for Massara.

Massara, the son of Bob and Kitty Massara of Elkhorn, Neb., is a senior majoring in exercise science.  A graduate of Elkhorn High School, he has been an active member of Student Government at UNO throughout his university career, serving as recording secretary, Faculty Senate liaison, College of Education senator and speaker of the Student Senate.

Massara's campus activities include the Alliance of Fitness Professionals, where he served a two-year term as president.  He also has taken an active role in Pi Kappa Alpha, his social fraternity, having served as campus involvement chair, philanthropy chair, vice president of administration and social chair. This past year, Massara has served as the treasurer of the Order of Omega, a Greek leadership honor society, and vice president of programming for Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society.

Smith, the son of Carol Smith of Toledo, Ohio, is a graduate of Calvin Woodward High School in Toledo.  He then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he served as a logistic management specialist for the 45th Reconnaissance Squadron at Offutt AFB.  Upon honorable discharge, he began attending UNO and declared a major in secondary education with an endorsement in math.  Smith has been involved with the Minority Intern Program at Omaha Public Schools for three years, working at both Monroe Junior High and Omaha North High School.  He served as a tutor at the Butler-Gast YMCA in Omaha through the UNO Multicultural Intern Program. 

Smith's campus activities and service include membership on the College of Education Appeals Committee and the Chancellor's Committee on Minority Male Retention.  His involvement in Student Government includes serving on the Student Allocation Budget Committee and as a student senator for the College of Education.

A reception will follow the program.  For more information, call 402.554.2779.

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