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2008.09.22 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

UNO Preps for Centennial Opening Week Events

Omaha - Remarks by Chancellor John Christensen will kick off a yearlong celebration of the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) 100th anniversary. Christensen’s convocation address begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the Strauss Performing Arts Center.

Those who attend Christensen’s state-of-the-university address are invited to an 11 a.m. dedication ceremony, which celebrates the new home to the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS). Those familiar with the UNO campus will recognize the college’s new building as the former Engineering Building. Nearly $20 million in renovation and expansion work went into the facility. A reception follows in the Milo Bail Student Center.

A new expansion and renovation project, planned for the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building, will be dedicated at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 9. Maverick Village, UNO’s newest student housing community and the first owned by the university, will be dedicated at 11 a.m.

An invitation-only reunion for UNO’s Bootstrappers also takes place Oct. 9 and 10. The United States Air Force initiated the Bootstrap Program in 1951 to encourage members of the military to ‘lift themselves by the bootstraps’ by earning a college degree. UNO, then Omaha University, was one of only a handful of institutions nationwide to participate. Under the program, more than 12,000 individuals received their degrees.

CPACS will host an open house of its new facility at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10. The day will also include a College of Education emeriti faculty luncheon and tours of the campus.

UNO’s Criss Library will host “Trumpets and Crumpets,” a jazz and tea event on the 10th at 3:30 p.m. Music will be provided by the Pat Higgins Jazz Trio.

At 6 p.m. the UNO community, alumni and the public are invited to celebrate UNO’s 100th anniversary with a barbecue and reception hosted by the Alumni Association at the Sapp Fieldhouse. Attendees are encouraged to dress in western-themed attire.

On Saturday, Oct. 11, it’s all about homecoming, with a tailgate party at 10:30 a.m. in the Pep Bowl, adjacent to the Eppley Administration Building. The day continues when the UNO Maverick football team takes on Missouri Western. Kick off is 1 p.m. at UNO’s Al F. Caniglia Field.

Following the game, the UNO Theatre will host “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” at 7:30 p.m. Written by actor and comedian Steve Martin, the play captures evens that occur at a fictional 1904 meeting between Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein at a Paris bar called the Lapin Agile. The performance takes place inside the Weber Fine Arts Building again on Sunday, Oct. 12.

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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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