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2006.08.04> For Immediate Release
contact: Beverly Newsam - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2358 - email: bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO Commencement Aug. 11 at the Civic

Omaha - More than 480 students will graduate Friday, Aug. 11, 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.

Sheri Rogers, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at UNO, will receive the Chancellor’s Medal. Rogers began her tenure at UNO in 1994 as an assistant professor of teacher education in the College of Education. She directs the Center for ePortfolio Based Assessment and campus accreditation, facilitates the Academic Quality Improvement Program task force leaders and oversees the myMAPP (Mapping Academic Performance through ePortfolios) initiatives. In addition, she coordinates PK-16 initiatives, including the Dual Enrollment Program and the Omaha Public Schools/UNO Early Entry Pilot.

Darcy Aspen Wild, an Omaha native, will present the student commencement address. She will receive a bachelor of arts degree in communication with an emphasis in speech communication. Aspen Wild is interested in pursuing a career in public relations, training or event planning.

The commencement ceremony also will feature the following:

Mike McLarney will receive the Order of the Tower, UNO’s highest non-academic award. He has been president and CEO of United Way of the Midlands (UWM) since 1989. An avid supporter of UNO, McLarney has actively engaged the campus community in the design and implementation of the research, policy and program development activities of UWM. Under his leadership, UNO faculty and researchers collaborated in the creation of a comprehensive report that is playing a key role in focusing culturally appropriate social and human services programming for Hispanic youth in the community.

Mike Denney will receive the UNO Alumni Association’s Citation for Alumnus Achievement. He has been head wrestling coach at UNO since 1979. Denney recently led the Mavericks to three consecutive NCAA Division II national championships, and his 1991 team also won a national championship. The 2005-06 team also received the school’s third National Dual Meet title. UNO has posted 14 top-three finishes in the past 16 years and has not finished lower than eighth place since 1980. The Mavericks have garnered more top-10 finishes (26) than any other Division II school. The 2004-05 Mavericks were Academic National Champions, the first time a team has won both the academic and team championships in the same year.

For more information about the Aug. 11 commencement, call (402) 554-2358 or (402) 554-3502.

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