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2009.05.28 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Statewide Service Award Presented to Business Administration Staff Member

Omaha - A University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) staff member has received a Nebraska Career Education (NCE) Award. Mary Lynn Reiser serves as associate director of UNO’s Center for Economic Education.

Reiser will receive the 2009 Distinguished Partner Award at the NCE Conference June 10-11 in Kearney. The conference annually recognizes outstanding Nebraska career education programs, partners and staff.

The Omaha Public Schools (OPS) Career Center nominated Reiser for her advocacy of the district’s Career Center programs. She also has served as chair of the Academy of Finance Advisory Board for the past two years. The Academy of Finance program, offered in five OPS high schools, prepares students for careers in a variety of financial service areas by working with local financial partners and using a nationally developed curriculum.

Reiser has been instrumental in revising and implementing courses within the district’s Academy of Finance, as well as helping the district develop a required economics course for students.

“Participating in career education opportunities in high school can greatly improve a student’s classroom experience, exposing them to a number of career fields before entering the next phase of their education,” Reiser said. “And letting students interact with local financial industry professionals is great for Omaha. It encourages the students to view Omaha as place to for their future careers, which is great for the city.”

Reiser holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master’s degree from UNO.

“Mary Lynn is most deserving of this award,” said Louis Pol, College of Business Administration dean. “Her dedication to improving the economic and financial literacy of K-12 students in Omaha brings great value to our community.”

UNO’s Center for Economic Education improves the economic literacy of current and future Nebraska and western Iowa residents by providing educational and training programs and materials for teachers of K-12 classes. The center also assists and encourages teachers in their efforts to teach economic concepts needed by students to become well-informed voters, wise consumers and effective producers. The College of Business Administration and the College of Education jointly support the center, which is housed at UNO.

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The University of Nebraska at Omaha (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 www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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