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2007.09.19 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@mail.unomaha.edu

Latino/Latin American Studies to Honor Cindy Gonzalez Sept. 27

Omaha - Incoming Latino/a students, OLLAS majors and minors, Next Generation Leadership scholars at UNO, as well as OLLAS faculty and staff are invited to attend a luncheon Thursday, Sept. 27, at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center, hosted by the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies of the Great Plains (OLLAS) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).

The luncheon is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. RSVPs are requested by Thursday, Sept. 20 to Lucy Garza at lgarza@mail.unomaha.edu or 554-3835.

“This luncheon is always a festive occasion which, at the same time, affords new and returning OLLAS students a chance to meet and network with other students as well as Latino/a and OLLAS faculty and staff, thus making very visible what we like to call La Presencía Latina at UNO (the Latino Presence). That presence is a critical ingredient for successful retention and future recruitment,” said Lucy A. Garza, project coordinator and academic advisor of OLLAS. 

This year OLLAS will honor Omaha World-Herald reporter Cindy Gonzalez for the journalistic commitment and integrity in her coverage of immigration and Latino community issues.

“We think Cindy Gonzalez is a great example of the many Latina UNO graduates who have become successful professionals and have never forgotten the Latino collective ethos of contributing to the greater good of society,” Garza said.

OLLAS was established in 2003 as the result of ongoing efforts of faculty, staff and students of the UNO Chicano/Latino Studies Program, a U.S. Department of Education grant and the support of the greater Omaha community. It is dedicated to the productive incorporation of the new and growing Latino population in the political, economic and social life of the Midwest.

Visit www.unomaha.edu/ollas/ for more information about OLLAS.

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