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2008.05.05 > For Immediate Release
contact: Jaime Ishii - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

College of Business Administration to Honor Four at Luncheon

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) College of Business Administration will honor four business professionals on Thursday, May 15, during their 21st annual Distinguished Alumni Award Luncheon.

The following individuals will receive the 2007-08 Distinguished Alumni Awards:

*Michael J. Geppert

Geppert received his bachelor's degree from UNO in 1982. Geppert currently serves as president of First Data Solutions, a division of First Data Corporations. He has worked at the Omaha World-Herald, and from 1998 until 2000, Geppert was president of the VideoYellowPagesUSA.com, a wholly owned subsidiary of InfoUSA. Geppert is a member of the Mid-America Council Boy Scouts of America board of trustees, and is a past chairman of the Mid-America Council Eagle Scout Association.

*Jane H. Gilbert

Gilbert is the senior vice president for chapter operations at the American Red Cross, responsible for the activity of 749 American Red Cross chapters across the country. Gilbert’s Red Cross career began in 1995 with the Heartland Chapter in Omaha, where she served as the deputy director of marketing and development. In 2003, Gilbert became the first executive of the mid-atlantic service area in Raleigh, North Carolina. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and an executive master’s degree in business administration from UNO.

*Matthew T. Norris

Norris works as a senior vice president of Waddell & Reed Investment Management Company and Ivy Investment Management Company in Kansas City. Norris received a bachelor’s degree in cellular biology in 1986 from the University of Kansas, and holds a master’s degree in business administration from UNO. Norris was affiliated with Advantus Capital Management, Inc. in St. Paul, Minnesota from 1997 to 2003. He has also served as an equity analyst and portfolio manager for Norwest Investment Management, Inc.

*Rolland (R.C.) Thompson

Thompson is president and CEO of Tactical Air Support, Inc (TAS), providing consultation services and cost-effective adversary training for military aviators. Prior to founding TAS, Thompson served 26 years in the U.S. Navy, retiring as executive to the commander in the U.S. Strategic Command. During active service, Thompson served as the strike warfare commander for Operation Enduring Freedom. Thompson also served as the commanding officer of the Navy’s elite TOPGUN school. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautics for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a master’s degree in National Security Strategy for the National Defense University, and an executive master’s degree in business administration from UNO.

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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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