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2010.11.08> For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

UNO School of Social Work to Hold Commemoration Event at Stuhr Museum

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) School of Social Work and local and statewide organizations will hold a commemoration event at Grand Island’s Stuhr Museum on Friday, Nov. 12. A brief ceremony and reception will be held to celebrate the naming of the UNO Grace Abbott School of Social Work at 7 p.m.

“We are incredibly pleased and excited to hold this commemoration in Grand Island,” said Theresa Barron McKeagney, director of the School of Social Work. “The mission of our school is to serve the entire state, and it’s very appropriate to have this event in Grand Island.”

Grace Abbott, who was born in Grand Island and is widely regarded as a founder of modern social work, was an advocate for children, immigrants and women during a time when their voices were often not heard. Abbott graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1906 and died in 1939. In 1975, she was inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame.

“Grace Abbott is a shining star example of what a social worker can do and should be,” said Ann Coyne, a UNO Social Work professor who focuses on child welfare issues in her research work. “She advocated on issues of the day, she lived in the communities she served and she published to further the profession."

In addition to Barron-McKeagney, others who will speak at the event will include U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns and B.J. Reed, dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service. John Sorensen, who does research of Grace Abbott and her sister, Edith, will also speak about the living legacy of the Abbotts and show highlights from his film, "The Quilted Conscience." Edith Abbot was also a social worker.

The reception, which will be open to the public, will include Victorian desserts. This event will be hosted by the UNO Grace Abbott School of Social Work, Stuhr Museum and Stuhr Museum Foundation, Grand Island Public Library (Edith Abbott Memorial Library), The Grand Island Independent, Grand Island Community Foundation, Nebraska Children and Families Foundation and University of Nebraska Foundation.

The Stuhr Museum Foundation requests that those interested in attending the dessert reception call (4308) 385-5131 ahead of time.

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