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2012.06.08 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

UNO to Host National Conference of Metropolitan Universities in 2015

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will host the annual conference of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) in 2015, according to an announcement made earlier this week. UNO’s hosting duties will follow those of Syracuse University in 2014.

In October 2014, Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y. will host a conference with the theme of “Universities as Anchor Institutions: Driving Change in Older Industrial Cities.”

The 2015 conference at UNO will have the theme “A Love of Place: The Metropolitan Advantage.” The UNO-proposed conference scheme outlines four main tracks: Building Communities of the Future; Collaborations with Community in Scholarship and Creative Activity; Transformative Academic Programs and Partnerships; and Embracing Community Locally and Globally.

“The CUMU conference continues to be an opportunity for individuals working in urban/metropolitan settings to learn from one another and share best practices,” UNO Chancellor John Christensen, who is also the current president of CUMU, said. “This is a chance to share, network and explore collaborative opportunities going forward. UNO is extremely proud and privileged to host the 2015 event on campus and in our community.”

Christensen added that UNO’s new Community Engagement Center will be open by 2015 and the facility will be a major focal point for conference events and sessions.

A sub-committee of the CUMU Executive Committee selected the conference host sites. For more information, visit http://www.cumuonline.org/conference.

Founded in 1990, the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) is the premier higher education resource for urban and metropolitan institutions that seek new ways of using their human and physical resources to address the problems of their metropolitan area. CUMU is a leadership organization bringing together presidents, administrators, and faculty to share best practices through conferences, seminars, networks, and publications, including the internationally recognized Metropolitan Universities Journal. The Coalition includes 80 member universities that represent over 50 metropolitan communities in the U.S. and abroad.

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