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2009.05.15 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

UNO Group Travels to Peru for Education, Outreach

Omaha - The Latin American Study Abroad Program of the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will send six undergraduate students, four community members and two faculty members to Lima, Peru, this month. The group is documenting their trip online at http://uno-peru-2009.blogspot.com .

The course, Latin America Study Abroad, was designed and is being taught by Professor Olga Celle, a native of Peru who obtained her doctorate at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Travel dates are May 15 through 31.

The program combines a two-week study abroad experience with distance education and service learning. The students, community members and faculty – Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, assistant director for OLLAS and Paul Sather, director of the UNO Service Learning Academy – will assist with the construction of a nursery. The facility will compliment the child care center that was built last year by a group of UNO students who participated in the first OLLAS study abroad trip to Peru.

As part of their study abroad experience, the students will regularly contribute stories, photos and videos to their blog. Graduate student Oscar Duran will coordinate the postings.

“This second trip to Peru very much builds on the first,” Benjamin-Alvarado said. “There is certainly academic rigor involved, but the service learning aspect helps connect our group to the community. The work being done is important”

While in Peru the students will also visit the Lima’s municipal government, the Peruvian government, Lima’s stock market, Peru’s elite institutions of higher learning, ecological preserves and the growing international shipping port.

"This course literally takes service learning at UNO to a global level," Sather said. "UNO is part of our community—locally, statewide and worldwide.”

For more information or to be placed on the mailing list for next year’s Latin American Study Abroad program call (402) 554-3835.

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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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