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2008.08.08 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

UNO Freshmen to Volunteer Aug. 22 as Part of Durango Days

Omaha - Nearly 200 incoming freshmen at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will volunteer with their university just days before the fall semester begins.

The volunteer session is part of Durango Days, an annual, two-day workshop and orientation designed for new UNO students and their families.

UNO has recruited 175 new students to volunteer at six area nonprofit organizations from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, Aug. 22. The fall semester begins Monday, Aug. 25.

UNO students will volunteer at the following six nonprofit groups: Boys and Girls Club, Hope Center, Omaha Children’s Museum, Henry Doorly Zoo, Camp Fire USA and the Viking Ship community center.

“The new students arriving this fall at UNO demonstrate a high level of commitment to service,” said Kathe Oleson, assistant director of UNO’s Service Learning Academy. “Projects like Durango Days strengthen our community while our students learn and grow.”

The Service Learning Academy also leads larger volunteer projects throughout the year, including fall break and spring break during the school year.

For more information, call (402) 554-2762.

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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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