2011.04.18 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
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Governor’s Office to Recognize Service-Learning Academy April 28
Omaha - Sally Ganem, Nebraska’s First Lady and a University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) graduate, will present the UNO Service-Learning Academy with a prestigious award later this month.
The Service-Learning Academy will receive the 2011 First Lady’s Outstanding Community Service Award at a special luncheon on Thursday, April 28, at the Thompson Alumni Center, 6705 Dodge St. The UNO organization will be presented with the 2011 award for Outstanding Service-Learning Program.
The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. A total of 14 awards will be presented at the event, which is hosted by ServeNebraska, the Nebraska Volunteer Service Commission.
Tickets to the luncheon are available for purchase: $20 per person, or $150 for a table of eight. Visit http://tinyurl.com/3wt7k6h to purchase tickets.
“This award is truly a testament to the dedicated efforts of UNO faculty, staff, students and our community partners in creating and sustaining exceptional service-learning courses and projects for more than 10 years,” said Paul Sather, Service-Learning Academy director. “It is great to share this recognition of the Service-Learning Academy and UNO’s commitment to civic engagement with all of those individuals and organizations who have made this award possible.”
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.
The academy’s signature events each year include Three Days of Service and Seven Days of Service, where UNO students surrender parts of their fall and spring breaks, respectively, to volunteer for a number of Omaha-area nonprofit organizations. The Service-Learning Academy also participates in national days of service, including Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service and Global Youth Service Day.
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 2009-2010 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 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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