2010.12.13> For Immediate Release
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UNO Commencement Dec. 17 at the Civic
Omaha - More than 950 students will graduate Friday, Dec. 17, during the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) winter commencement ceremony. The event begins at 2 p.m. at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave.
Kayla Childress, from Pierce, Neb., will present the student commencement address. She graduates with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a focus on library media. Childress has been a member of both the Nebraska Educational Media Association and the American Library Association. For a year, she served as vice president for UNO chapter of ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development), an educational leadership organization. Her commencement address is titled “Stepping Out.”
James W. Freeman will receive the Chancellor's Medal. He has served as the director of UNO Multicultural Affairs since 2005. He became the department’s permanent director in 2005. His passion for working with young people and helping them maximize their opportunities has been key to his work at the university, where he focuses on the recruitment and retention of under represented students. He works collaborative with faculty, staff and the greater Omaha Community to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to be successful.
Robert Batt will receive the Alumnus Achievement Award. Batt is executive vice president of Nebraska Furniture Mart. He has been active in civic and community organizations at the local, state and national levels. He currently serves on the three-member Nebraska Liquor Commission (representing the 2nd Congressional District), which regulates liquor licenses and collects alcohol taxes. He also is a member of the Sarpy County Sports Commission and the Salvation Army Advisory Board.
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