2010.03.09 > For Immediate Release
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UNO Recognized Nationally for Community Engagement
Omaha - The Corporation for National and Community Service has named the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction.
The award recognized more than 700 colleges and universities for their impact on a number of social issues, with just 115 named to the Honor Roll with Distinction. At campuses across the country, thousands of students joined their faculty to develop innovative programs and projects to meet local needs using the skills gained in their classrooms.
At UNO, the Service Learning Academy supports the teaching of more than 100 service-learning courses, along with several annual service projects, including Three Days of Service, Seven Days of Service, Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and Global Youth Service Day, to name a few.
Several recent and notable UNO service-learning project include:
• Durango Days, which annually acquaints incoming students with service-learning opportunities and imparts UNO’s high value of volunteering.
• The North Omaha Media Alliance, a project that pairs UNO communication students with students from Girls, Inc. of Omaha representing four North Omaha high schools that allows students to reflect on issues related to civic engagement and larger political issues facing the nation.
• A partnership between UNO speech communication students and students at Buffett Middle School to develop and deliver speeches on important social issues, including World Hunger Day, Rock the Vote and Characters for a Cause.
UNO has extensive partnerships with more than 250 organizations for developing service-learning opportunities.
Community engagement is one of UNO’s three strategic goals, and the campus annually hosts an event that invites students, faculty, staff and community leaders to a morning of activity, presentations, roundtable discussions and spotlight sessions. At the most recent strategic-planning event, information was collected from more than 300 participants and used to develop strategies for improvement and better community within UNO and with all university partners.
“This is an important honor that recognizes the quality and scope of UNO’s commitment to community engagement,” said Chancellor John Christensen. “As a metropolitan university, we integrate community engagement into all aspects of student and faculty life – in our courses, our scholarship and our co-curricular activities.”
Honorees are chosen by the Corporation for National and Community Service based on a series of selection factors including the scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.
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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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