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2008.09.10 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

National Anthem Project to Take Place at UNO Sept. 12

Omaha - University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) faculty, staff, students and the Collegiate Chapter of the National Association of Music Educators will sing the national anthem Friday, Sept. 12, at 9 a.m. at the Henningson Memorial Campanile as part of the National Anthem Project. All are invited to sing at the celebration.

"September 12th is an important day in our nation's history. On this day, Francis Scott Key penned 'The Star-Spangled Banner' after witnessing American forces defend Fort McHenry from British troops," said Melissa Berke, associate professor of music at UNO. "The members of the National Association for Music Education (MENC) - our nation's music teachers - want all Americans to know our national anthem and take pride in singing it together."

The National Anthem Project has been designed to raise awareness about the importance of supporting and funding school music programs. Schools across the country will join together Sept. 12 at 9 a.m. to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner."

For more information on the National Anthem Project, visit http://www.thenationalanthemproject.org, or contact Berke at 554-3609 or mberke@unomaha.edu

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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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