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2009.04.29 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

UNO Hosts P-16 Summer Faculty Seminar

Omaha - University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) Service-Learning Academy (SLA) staff will lead campus faculty members, Omaha Public School magnet teachers and representatives of community agencies through a five-day seminar on community needs and project planning and design this week. The P-16 Summer Faculty Seminar is a first-of-its-kind offering at UNO, and runs through June 5.

“Through this seminar our faculty and OPS magnet teachers will heighten their skills in service learning and engagement,” said Kathe Oleson Lyons, SLA assistant director. “The seminar will include group learning sessions as well as tours of various community organizations.”

Lyons added that this process will give participants a clearer understanding of the community organizations, what extraordinary work is being done and will also help identify specific projects at the agencies where high school and college students can become involved. By the end of the week, many projects will be designed to be initiated in the 2009-2010 academic year.

“Community engagement is one of the cornerstones to UNO's mission. Bringing P-16 educators together with community members benefits everyone,” Lyons said. “This truly strengthens our community while creating ‘deep learning’ for the student involved as they learn and serve. This also adds to our growing reciprocal relationship with OPS magnet schools. They have been great to work with.”

Each semester, more than 100 service learning classes are taught at UNO. For more information, call (402) 554-3502.

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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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