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2011.06.07 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

College of Education to Host Lewis and Clark Students June 14-17

Omaha - Students from Lewis and Clark Middle School will spend four days on the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) campus next week for a portion of the district’s summer school program.

The students will participate in a variety of activities at UNO Tuesday, June 14 through Friday, June 17, from about 8:30 a.m. to noon each day. Each day’s events are organized by UNO’s College of Education.

More than 50 UNO faculty, staff and students will interact with the approximately 75 Lewis and Clark students and teachers.

The Lewis and Clark students will participate in a variety of activities designed to increase awareness of post-secondary education, become familiar with the UNO community and better understand how educational choices today offer preparations for the future.

Highlights of the four-day program will include:

• A scavenger hunt at UNO’s Criss Library, 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14
• A variety of science activities on the third floor of the Milo Bail Student Center, 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14
• A flash mob dance in Room 228 in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building, 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 15

The event will culminate with a commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 17, at the Thompson Alumni Center at UNO.

Another component of the four-day project is the involvement with UNO students. Those students are part of TAP (the Teacher Academy Project) at UNO.

TAP students are enrolled in UNO’s accelerated teacher preparation program. The students hold degrees in other areas and have worked outside of education, but have decided to pursue teaching careers.

“Our TAP students will be learning about middle school students – a completely new ‘environment’ for them – while the Lewis and Clark students will learn more about college, a completely new ‘environment’ for them, as well,” said Connie Schaffer of the UNO College of Education.

For more information, contact Connie Schaffer, College of Education, at cschaffer@unomaha.edu or (402) 554-3096.

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