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2008.04.15 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@mail.unomaha.edu

College of Education Honors Graduates April 16

Omaha - The College of Education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will honor five graduates Wednesday, April 16, at its 20th annual Alumni Luncheon at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This year’s honorees are Gerry Kuhlman, Loral Langemeier, Michael Nuschy, Margie Reed-Schmidt and Lisa St. Clair.

Kuhlman earned his bachelor of arts degree from Creighton University and a master of arts degree in counseling from UNO in 2001. Currently, he serves as an academic advisor at Creighton University, where his work is focused on improving registration for transfer students. He also has tailored a generic first-year course designed for new freshmen to fit the unique needs of transfer students. Although visually impaired, his disability has not hampered his enthusiasm or progress. Prior to joining Creighton in August of 2001, Kuhlman worked as a rehabilitation specialist with Community Alliance, as a student orientation leader at UNO, and as an academic advising intern in the UNO College of Business Administration. He is the first person who has earned a counseling degree from the area of college student affairs practice to be recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus by UNO.

Langemeier has gained national prominence as the founder and president of Live Out Loud Inc., a company focused on financial education. She has assisted hundreds of people trying to reach their goal of becoming a millionaire through training sessions and her three books in The Millionaire Maker series. Each of the books was a national best seller within two weeks of being released. Langemeier has been featured in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, CNN, Fox News, ABCNews.com, Forbes.com and BusinessWeek.com. In 2007, she also launched a board game, The Millionaire Maker Game, with Barnes and Noble. Live Out Loud is ranked 15th in the top women-owned businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times. Langemeier earned a bachelor of arts degree in business administration and finance from Nebraska Wesleyan University and her master of science in exercise science degree from UNO in 1989.

Nuschy’s work has focused on helping secondary-level special education students secure satisfying life skills and careers. His work has included being an assistant professor of special education at UNO, teaching in the Westside Community Schools, teaching and serving as an administrator in the Council Bluffs Community Schools and serving as a special education consultant for the Council Bluffs and Lewis Central school districts. Currently, Nuschy serves as a special education consultant for Plattsmouth Community Schools. Nuschy has been recognized for his work by receiving appreciation awards for 10 years of service to the Council Bluffs Community Schools and to the ENCOR Advisory Committee. The Association for Retarded Citizens named Nuschy the Nebraska Teacher of the Year in 1992. Nuschy earned his bachelor of general education degree from UNO in 1964 and a master of science degree in special education from UNO in 1969. He received his doctor of education degree in special education from Texas A&M in 1976.

Reed-Schmidt’s personal education mission is to make a difference in the lives of children. She serves as principal of Western Hills Magnet Center in the Omaha Public Schools (OPS). She began her career as a fifth grade teacher at Adams Elementary and then served as a peer support teacher for the OPS Department of Curriculum and Learning. Prior to becoming principal at Western Hills, she served as the school’s magnet coordinator. For the past four years, Reed-Schmidt has participated in summer mission trips to Belize, where she works with teachers to help them earn college degrees. Reed-Schmidt earned her bachelor of science degree in elementary education with a minor in health education from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 1988, a master of science in improvement of instruction from UNO in 1995, and an endorsement in education administration from UNO in 2000.

St. Clair has been the program evaluator at Omaha’s Munroe-Meyer Institute since 2001 and has a joint appointment as an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and Munroe-Meyer Institute Affiliate to Center for Research-Youth, Families and Schools at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Prior to coming to Omaha, she was an elementary school principal, counselor and teacher in California. She is most pleased with work that has begun on a $2.7 million statewide initiative the Munroe-Meyer Institute has to strengthen school and family partnerships to support student learning. St. Clair is the author of several articles on early childhood literacy and family involvement, and was recognized by UNMC as the recipient of the Silver U Award for demonstrating professional excellence. She is actively involved in the Building Bright Futures initiative, the GWR Sunshine Foundation, and numerous state committees supporting children and families. St. Clair earned her bachelor of science degree in psychology from Liberty University, her teacher certification from Patten College, a master of science in educational administration and supervision degree from UNO in 2003, and her doctor of education degree in educational administration and supervision from UNO in 2007.

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UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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