2011.01.26 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
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OPS, UNO Partner to Host Culture Fair on Feb. 27
Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Service-Learning Academy, in partnership with Omaha Public Schools, will host “CultureFest 2011” from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 27, in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.
The event will give UNO and Omaha Public Schools students the opportunity to “explore the world” through performances, exhibits, hands-on activities, ethnic food and more, including henna tattoos, Chinese name-writing, drumming, dancing and the sampling of international candies.
The event will allow students of all levels to collaborate on a project that is global in scope. The performances, demonstrations and exhibits will provide opportunities for students to become more immersed in other cultures, and broaden their understanding of the world. For the greater community, it's a chance to discover and celebrate cultures and ethnicities represented in Omaha.
The Omaha Public Schools participating in “CultureFest 2011” are Crestridge Elementary, Beveridge Middle and South High Magnet Schools. Global studies is part of the magnet focus at Beveridge Middle and Crestridge Elementary Schools, and all three of the Omaha Public Schools are dual language schools.
For more information, call Lucy Garza Westbrook, UNO Service-Learning Academy, (402) 554-3055; Becky Noble, South High Magnet School, (402) 557-3677; Sheila McCauley, Beveridge Middle Magnet School, (402) 557-4021; or Kristen LaMontia, Crestridge Elementary Magnet School, (402) 697-1185.
About the Service Learning Academy
The Service-Learning Academy at UNO was established in 1999 with a grant from the Nebraska Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education. The office is currently supported by the Office of Academic and Student Affairs at UNO.
Service-learning offerings at UNO have grown tremendously in the academy’s history. In the 1998-99 academic year, 133 students taking seven courses participated in service learning. By the 2008-2009 academic year, participation grew to nearly 1,600 students in more than 100 classes in disciplines and interdisciplinary programs across the university.
The Service-Learning Academy supports and develops ongoing relationships with more than 200 community partners, and provides faculty development opportunities to UNO faculty to assist in service-learning pedagogy scholarship.
Visit www.unomaha.edu/servicelearning/ for more information, or call (402) 554-6019.
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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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