2006.10.05 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
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UNO Students Set to Volunteer During Fall Break Oct. 14, 16 and 17
Omaha - About 150 University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) students will be volunteering three days of their time to assist in the renovation of the South Omaha Arts Institute later this month.
Students will work during fall break, October 14, 16 and 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the institute, located at 2630 N St. The project is intended to promote student involvement through the university's Service Learning Academy.
"We hear all the time about service projects as well as volunteer projects; however, this is not the same," said Arturo Miranda, a coordinator for the project. "This is a multi-disciplinary service-learning project in which students from different disciplines participate by implementing their classroom learning objectives in real action."
Volunteers include students studying engineering, social work, public relations and public administration. Some of the tasks include weather proofing, cleaning, doing duct work, framing and drywall work and reorganizing the performance hall.
The South Omaha Arts Institute, also known as "Casa de la Cultura," is a non-profit agency that is devoted to cultural preservation and education for youth and adults interested in Latino arts. The institute offers classes in music, voice, acting, playwriting, dance, photography, contemporary arts and traditional visual arts.
"We noticed the results and the impact that the South Omaha Arts Institute was making in the life of these kids," Miranda said. "We realized that these kids were learning life skills in this facility and that the facility needed a lot of improvements. Therefore, we decided to get involved and help this organization."
Since 1998, the Service Learning Academy has served 144 community agencies.
Those interested in volunteering can sign up at the information desk in the Eppley Administration Building or at the Service Learning Academy office, room 220 of Arts and Sciences Hall. For more information, contact Melissa Kline, (402) 490-8534.
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