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2012.10.25 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

Goodrich Celebrates 40 Years

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will reach a milestone in its rich history of college access, community engagement and academic achievement on Friday, Nov. 2 when it celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Goodrich Scholarship Program. The event is also part of the yearlong celebration of the 40th anniversary of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS).

In 1972, State Sen. Glenn Goodrich’s budget amendment offered students who planned on attending UNO a merit-and-need-based, first-of-its-kind scholarship program; thus Goodrich Scholarship Program was born. Today, the program boasts over 1,400 alumni who continue to maintain their community service and contribute as lawyers, educators, nurses, doctors, social workers, engineers, artists, business professionals, elected officials, directors of non-profit organizations, technologists, writers and law enforcement officers, among many others.

“Goodrich has always been about students and, this Nov. 2, gives us another opportunity to celebrate publicly and ceremonially our student-centered program,” said Imafedia Okhamafe, chair of the Goodrich Program. “Goodrich embodies the very fabric of what UNO and the College of Public Affairs and Community Service stand for. Thus, Goodrich lives the CPACS strategic plan of ‘placing students at the center of the educational enterprise, achieving academic excellence consistent with being a metropolitan university of high distinction, and actively engaging with the community.’”

The Nov. 2 invitation-only program will be held at the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Commons starting at 6 p.m. Media are encouraged to attend the event.

Goodrich provides financial aid in the form of tuition and general fees, a textbook voucher, a rigorous general education curriculum and academic support services. The program also emphasizes cultural and intellectual diversity at all levels of community – local, state, national and global.

“Goodrich has always been about striving. For students it’s striving in the classroom, and then eventually in the wider world,” said B.J. Reed, senior vice chancellor for academic and student affairs. “I’ve never met a Goodrich Scholar I wasn’t proud of.”

The Goodrich Scholarship Program has won many awards over the years, including, the Theodore M. Hesburgh Certificate Award for Faculty Development to Enhance Undergraduate Teaching and Learning, the University-wide Departmental Teaching Award from the University of Nebraska System (Goodrich was the first UNO department to win this $25,000 prestigious award), Retention Excellence Award from the Noel-Levitz National Center for Student Retention, Excellence in Teaching Awards at the College and University Levels, Excellence in Research Awards at the local and national levels and the Outstanding Nebraska Teacher Award from the Omaha World-Herald.

“The impact the Goodrich Program has made is incalculable,” Chancellor John Christensen said. “It was visionary when it began and it remains visionary to this day.”

For more information, contact Charley Reed at 402.554.2129.

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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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