2008.08.28 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
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UNO Voices Against Violence Launches Campaign
Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) newly created Voices Against Violence Task Force has launched a campaign to deal with the devastating effects of intimate partner violence.
The campaign, in partnership with the Omaha YWCA, will serve as an advocate and educational resource for the UNO campus. Statistics show students, especially freshmen women, are most vulnerable during the first few weeks of school.
With the slogan, “Break the Silence,” UNO Voices Against Violence will kick off the campaign by hosting the Voices Against Violence Arts Festival Thursday, Sept. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the UNO student center plaza.
Attendees can pick up information at tables sponsored by the YWCA, Student Health Services, UNO Counseling, Campus Security, the Women’s Resource Center, Multicultural Affairs and other student organizations. Free root beer floats will be served.
The festival will feature a variety of events including art, music, theater and dance. Members of the UNO Forensics team will give interpretative readings and poetry beginning at 10:30 a.m. The UNO Jazz Band will perform swing and other '40s music from noon to 1 p.m. accompanying a dance exhibition. Students’ and local artists’ work also will be on display throughout the event.
Sue Michalski of the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council will speak from 1 to 2 p.m. in the student center Fireplace Lounge. A question and answer session will follow. The event concludes with a raffle drawing and prizes.
The event is being planned by Maverick Solutions, the UNO School of Communication student-run public relations firm. Students chose a 1940s theme for the campaign, focusing on the unacceptability of intimate partner violence, no matter what the era.
For more information, call Jen Estep, event coordinator, at (402) 612-6514.
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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