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2008.12.18 > For Immediate Release
contact: Beverly Newsam - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - e-mail: bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO Intensive English-Language Program Begins Jan. 5

Omaha - Starting Monday, Jan. 5, Middle Eastern and North African students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will have a chance to take part in three, eight-week English-language training sessions led by the Undergraduate Intensive English Language Study Program (UIELSP).  The training is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by UNO International Studies and Programs.

UIELSP strives to create an environment of mutual cultural understanding and to introduce participants to the institutions, society and culture of the United States.  UIELSP continues UNO's successful history of international training. 

"This type of program offers a cost-efficient and culturally diverse means to mutual understanding between the citizens of the countries from which the participants come and the people of the U.S.A.," said Tom Gouttierre, dean of UNO International Studies and Programs.  "The presence of the students at UNO enriches the learning environment for our own students and the lives of other Nebraskans and their communities."

Program participants will spend much of their time in the classroom developing their English language abilities and will also participate in a variety of cultural activities, including a visit to Henry Doorly Zoo and the Old Market, a trip to Arbor Day Lodge and a weekend homestay with a family in a rural Nebraska community.

The UNO Panhellenic Council is organizing a charity drive for toiletries, bed and bath items, and kitchen supplies that UIELSP participants can use while living at University Village on the UNO campus.

For more information or to make a donation, contact Thalia Alberts, Lesa Perry or Logan Dumaine at (402) 554-2293.  To become a UIELSP volunteer, call (402) 554-2293 or send an e-mail to ldumaine@unomaha.edu.

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UNO is celebrating its 100th anniversary.  This celebration recognizes 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, log on to http://www.uno100.org.

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