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2009.03.24 > For Immediate Release
contact: Sarah Casey - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: sk.casey@yahoo.com

UNO Students Promote Early College Planning and Financial Literacy

Omaha - The number of Nebraskans who attend college remains barely above the national average. In fact, only 27 percent of Nebraskans earn a bachelor’s degree.

To help break this trend and assist students and their parents better plan for college, a team of University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) public relations students will hold a workshop Thursday, April 2, at the R.M. Marrs Magnet Center Financial Fair.

The financial fair runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at Marrs, 5619 S. 19th St.

“Everything you do in high school counts when it's time to apply for college. We look at all your grades, school and community involvement starting your freshman year. This means that in order to make sure you do everything right from day one, you need to plan in middle school for your future in high school and then college,” said Lina Traslavina, UNO community outreach coordinator. “Good grades don't just happen, you need to be prepared to get them.”

Traslavina will share tips on academic preparation, rigorous class selection and financial planning during Very Important Path: Your Backstage Pass To College, an interactive workshop, for students and their parents and guardians in partnership with Marrs and UNO Recruitment Services.

Traslavina said she will stress the importance of preparing for high school and beyond. Many students do not know the full scope of the college application process and how dedication to good grades and extracurricular activities can lead to scholarships and other merit-based aid.

The second half of the workshop will include games and a raffle for various prizes donated from community businesses.

The VIP campaign, designed by five students from UNO’s Maverick Solutions student-run public relations firm, aims to inform middle school students about the importance of early college planning and financial literacy, and to direct them to resources that will aid in the process.

For more information about the Very Important Path program (VIP) or the interactive workshop during the R.M. Marrs Magnet Center Financial Fair, contact Mikaela Knipe at (402) 669-2949 or mikaela.knipe@gmail.com

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UNO is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The 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, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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