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2011.10.18 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

UNO to Host State-Wide Education Conference

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), in collaboration with the Nebraska Department of Education, is hosting the inaugural Nebraska State Future Educators Conference Thursday, Oct. 20.

Featured speakers at this first-ever event include Nebraska’s First Lady Sally Ganem, the Nebraska Commissioner of Education, Robert Breed, and Omaha World-Herald Columnist Rainbow Rowell. Also in attendance at the event will be Jeanne Storm, executive director for the Future Educators Association, and Bob Feurer, 2011’s Nebraska Teacher of the Year.

The Nebraska State Future Educators Conference, held concurrently at the Roskens Hall and the Milo Bail Student Center, is expected to draw close to 250 attendees. High school students looking to attend can do so for free.

"The students who attend this conference will go on to teach children throughout Nebraska and the United States; even the world," said Connie Schaffer, field experience coordinator for the UNO College of Education. "Their future impact will be tremendous."

The conference begins at 8 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m., with the ever-popular Pancake Man providing breakfast for the conference’s attendees.

For more information on the Nebraska State Future Educators Conference, please contact Connie Schaffer at cschaffer@unomaha.edu, or by phone at (402) 554.3096, or Carol Ringenberg, of the Nebraska Department of Education, at carol.ringenberg@nebraska.gov, or by phone at (402) 471.4813.

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