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2010.04.15 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Sather Recognized May 6 by Kids Can in Omaha

Omaha - Kids Can Community Center will honor a community activist and university leader at its 2010 annual luncheon fundraiser Thursday, May 6, at 11:30 a.m. at the Double Tree Hotel, 16th and Dodge Streets in Omaha.

Paul Sather, director of the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Service Learning Academy and American Humanics program, will receive the community center’s “Can Do! Award” for his contributions to nonprofit organizations in Omaha.

Sather was instrumental in developing the Service Learning Academy, which coordinates community outreach and civic engagement activities in various classes at UNO. Under Sather’s leadership, the academy has grown from seven classes, which the academy assisted, to 120 classes.

Sather also helped to establish UNO’s Seven Days of Service, in which college and high school students spend their spring breaks renovating houses for low-income families and facilities for community service agencies. Since its inception in 2003, Seven Days of Service has enlisted thousands of students, who have contributed millions of dollars in labor to improve low-income housing and to refurbish buildings and grounds for nonprofit organizations, such as Kids Can, the Salvation Army, the Viking Ship, the Malcolm X birth site, Lauritzen Gardens, Girls, Inc. and the South Omaha Cultural Arts Institute.

Before coming to UNO to teach in the School of Social Work, Sather was a clinical social worker and administrative director of the Hudson Center. He has been on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including serving as chairman of the board of directors for Kids Can. He has received several awards from UNO and the Midwest Consortium for Service Learning.

The Kids Can luncheon is presented by Wells Fargo. It will feature a presentation by Rodd Wagner, an author of The New York Times bestseller, “12: The Elements of Great Managing.” Wagner’s latest book is “Power of 2: How to Make the Most of Your Partnerships at Work.” WOWT is the media sponsor for this event.

Formerly known as Social Settlement, Kids Can Community Center offers numerous educational and daycare services for children, including before- and after-school programs, pre-school and tutoring. Kids Can also offers programs for senior citizens.

For more information on the luncheon, contact Kids Can at (402) 731-6988 or www.kidscanomaha.org.

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