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

UNO to Celebrate New Welcome Center With Oct. 8 Event

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will celebrate its new, easy-to- find front door for prospective students and their families when it officially dedicates its Welcome Center on Friday, Oct. 8.

The Welcome Center houses the university’s Pre-Admissions and Orientation staff and has meeting space for presentations to students and their families. The newly renovated facility has been known on campus and in the metropolitan community as the Hayden House, a mansion originally built in 1926. The university’s Goodrich Program and Gerontology Department, which both moved to the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building in 2008, had previously used the space.

“This Omaha landmark is going to continue to play an important role for our university,” said UNO Chancellor John Christensen. “Having an attractive facility for our future students and their families to get their UNO bearings is important.”

Christensen plans to give brief remarks during the Oct. 8 ribbon-cutting ceremony, which will be held outside of the Welcome Center beginning at 10 a.m. Other set to speak include:

• Terry Hynes, senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs;

• Thomas Wallace, associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs;

• UNO Student Government President/Regent Michael Crabb; and

• Matt Nelson, a UNO student who serves as a campus orientation leader.

A small reception will follow the ceremony, and guests can explore the building and meet students and staff.

The $1 million renovation included adding a new roof, an elevator for handicapped accessibility, a complete interior upgrade of the building’s three floors, and dedicating a parking lot for visitor access. The original cost to build the Hayden House, in what was then the western edge of Omaha, was $81,000. Thomas Wallace, the associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs, said the Welcome Center will make a difference in recruitment, and captures what UNO is about.

“UNO has always been a place that looks to serve its students and the community. And the institutional memory of the university is deep,” Wallace said. “With the renovations, we’ve reinvigorated an architectural gem. The Hayden House is going to be a first stop for generations of UNO students.”

For more information, call (402) 554-3502.

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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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