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2009.10.12 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

UNO Earns Spot on Best Neighbor Listing

Omaha - Today, Oct. 12, at the 15th annual conference of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) received official notification that it was named as one of the nation’s top 25 “best neighbor” colleges and universities.

Declaring that the current state of the U.S. economy makes the economic relationship between institutions of higher education and their local communities “more important than ever,” Evan Dobelle, president of Westfield State College, announced the top 25 list in a presentation titled “Saviors of Our Cities: A Survey of Best College and University Civic Partnerships.”

The University of Pennsylvania and the University of Southern California tied for number one. UNO took the 25th spot. A complete list of rankings is now online at www.wsc.ma.edu/top25saviors . The list’s 25 academic institutions were selected because of their positive impact on their urban communities, including both commercial and residential activities such as revitalization, cultural renewal, economics, and community service and development. In addition, 100 other institutions are recognized on an Honor Roll.

“Many excellent institutions are included in the listing. We are proud to be among them,” said John Christensen, UNO chancellor. He and several other UNO administrators are attending the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities conference. “I believe the UNO is among the nation’s distinguished universities, serving as a national prototype for innovative interactions within our community.”

UNO’s entry on the list reads: “Community engagement is one of three overarching strategic goals included in the UNO’s strategic plan. This commitment is reflected in the university’s College of Public Affairs and Community Service. Home to UNO’s programs of Social Work, Criminal Justice, and Public Administration, the COPA is nationally recognized for preparing students and professionals for careers in public service. The university also partners with the Metropolitan Omaha Education Consortium and the Nebraska Business Development Center. UNO’s service-learning offerings are extraordinary. Its Service-Learning Academy and faculty coordinate community engagement projects in over 110 courses that enroll almost 2,000 students each year.”

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The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is Nebraska’s metropolitan university. The core values of the institution place students at the center of all that the university does; call for the campus to strive for academic excellence; and promote community engagement that transforms and improves urban, regional, national and global life. 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.

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