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2012.02.07 > For Immediate Release
contact: Shane Pekny - International Studies and Programs
phone: 402.554.2376 - e-mail:

UNO to Host Girl Scout World Thinking Day Celebration of International Friendships

Omaha - Girl Scouts from throughout the region will visit UNO’s campus Saturday, Feb. 11, to celebrate World Thinking Day. First held in 1926, this global celebration encourages girls to honor international friendships and reminds them that they are part of a larger global community.

At this year’s World Thinking Day event, UNO international students will host display tables featuring games, crafts, music, clothing, and other traditions from their home countries. Girl Scouts and their families can learn how to use chopsticks and to count and spell their names in foreign languages, using passports to log their journey throughout the day.

“In an increasingly interconnected world, it’s important for young people to develop a global awareness and to communicate across cultural boundaries,” said Thomas Gouttierre, Dean of International Studies & Programs. “UNO students gain these skills in class, and World Thinking Day is a way to bring UNO’s global engagement mission to the community as well.”

UNO international students from China, Ecuador, India, Japan, Mexico, Mongolia, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam, among other countries, will participate. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Ballroom on the second floor of the Milo Bail Student Center.

The event, celebrated in thousands of locations worldwide, is organized by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts and focuses on the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals. This year, the theme for World Thinking Day is based on environmental sustainability, as Girl Scouts affirm that “we can save our planet.”

UNO’s International Studies & Programs has collaborated on Girl Scout World Thinking Day since 2009. Last year, more than 1,000 Girl Scouts and family members attended this colorful, multi-cultural event at UNO. For more information about Girl Scout World Thinking Day 2012 at UNO, contact Shane Pekny, (402) 554.2376.

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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.