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2007.12.17 > For Immediate Release
contact: Beverly Newsam - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2129 - e-mail: bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO Winter Commencement Dec. 21 at the Civic

Omaha - More than 960 students will graduate Friday, Dec. 21, during the winter commencement ceremony for the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). The event will be held at 2 p.m. at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave.

Merry Ellen Turner, director of international programs, will receive the Chancellor's Medal. She joined the university in 1978 as an English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor for UNO's Intensive Language Program (ILUNO).  Turner provides administrative leadership for two intensive ESL programs, international student advising and international recruitment and admissions.  She remains active in developing new initiatives in collaboration with colleagues across campus to internationalize the educational experience at UNO.

Elizabeth Freshman, an Omaha, Neb., native, will present the student commencement address. She will graduate with a bachelor of science in criminal justice and a double minor in psychology and speech. Freshman plans to attend law school next fall.

The commencement ceremony also will feature the following:

Sam Fried will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters. Fried, an entrepreneur and Holocaust survivor, has dedicated his life to making the world a better place. Featured on television and at various high schools and colleges, he has spoken about his Holocaust experiences to educate others. Fried and his wife, Frances, established the National Holocaust Endowment Fund to provide perpetual funding for college-level classes on the Holocaust.

Richard Holland will receive the UNO Alumni Association's Citation for Alumnus Achievement. In 1957, Holland helped establish the Holland, Dreves, Reilly advertising agency in Omaha. It merged with a Lincoln agency in 1979 and became Swanson, Rollheiser, Holland Inc. He remained a principal member until his retirement, at which time the agency was Omaha's second largest advertising company. With his wife, Mary, Holland supported many philanthropic efforts, including a multi-million-dollar grant to Omaha's $90 million Performing Arts Center that opened in 2005. He has continued his charitable endeavors since his wife's death in 2006.

For more information, call (402) 554-2358 or (402) 554-3502.

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