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2011.03.31 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

College of Education to Host Hollie Bethel Distinguished Alumni Luncheon

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) College of Education’s 23rd annual Hollie Bethel Distinguished Alumni Luncheon will be held Wednesday, April 13, at 11:30 a.m. at the Thompson Alumni Center, 6705 Dodge St.

Seven alumni will be recognized for their achievements. The honorees include:

Thomas L. Harvey. Distinguished Service Award. M.S., Educational Administration and Supervision, 1973. Mr. Harvey is assistant superintendent of Student and Community Relations with the Omaha Public Schools. He previously served as principal of both the McMillan Magnet Center and Omaha North High Magnet School. Both programs were recognized nationally during his tenure as principal. Harvey serves on several community boards and committees and has received several awards for his leadership achievements.

Rebecca Vinton Dorn. Distinguished Service Award. M. A., Health Education, 1995. Ms. Vinton Dorn is the associate director and Well Workplace Nebraska manager of WELCOM. She serves on the board of directors of several community based health initiatives and on the committees of other efforts such as the Omaha Corporate Cup.

Antje S. Mefferd. Promising Professional Award. M.S., Speech Pathology, 2004. Dr. Mefferd is an assistant professor at Wichita State University and is the author of an extensive number of publications in her professional area. She has received several national awards from speech and hearing associations for her work and performance.

Kathy Solomon. Lifetime Achievement Award. M.S., Guidance and Counseling, 1982; Ed.S., Educational Administration and Supervision, 1986. Dr. Solomon is a school counseling specialist with the Omaha Public Schools. In this role she works with all counselors in the school district. One of the original group of 14 elementary counselors in the Omaha Public Schools, she was very involved in the development of the curriculum and the implementation of the program.

Bob Lykke. Lifetime Achievement Award. M.S., Teacher Education, 1976. Mr. Lykke is retired from the Millard Public Schools where he was the first principal at Andersen Middle School. He and his wife, Mary, who is also being honored, are providing in retirement a model for other retirees on how to give to the community in both time and resources. He has also served as a supervisor of student teachers in the college and has assisted the program supervisors in working with individual students.

Mary Lykke. Lifetime Achievement Award. M.S., Secondary Education, 1983. Ms. Lykke is retired from the Millard Public Schools where she taught middle school students. She continues her involvement in education through volunteering her time to assist students throughout the metro area. Mary and her husband, Bob, spend many hours assisting and tutoring students from the all over the metro area. Their efforts have been featured in UNO Magazine.

John T. Langan. Award of Distinction. B.S., Elementary Education, 1968; M.S., Elementary Education, 1969. Dr. Langan passed away in the summer of 2010. He is being given this special award in recognition of his contribution and devotion to the college and the university. A graduate of the last graduating class of the former Municipal University of Omaha, he immediately began his graduate work that led to his becoming a faculty member, a department chair, and thedDean of the college. He was also president of the Faculty Senate and served 12 years on the Omaha Public Schools Board of Education, seven as president of the board.

The Award of Distinction has been granted to eight other individuals over the last 23 years. It is reserved for those persons who have made a significant contribution to the college, students and faculty.

For more information, contact Ron Burmood: rburmood@unomaha.edu or (402) 554-2206.

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