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2012.12.17 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

UNO Faculty Member Joins National Board of Directors for Financial Literacy

Omaha - A member of the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) College of Business Administration (CBA) will be bringing her expertise to New York City in 2013 to help foster financial literacy education nationwide.

In January, Mary Lynn Reiser, co-director of the UNO Center for Economic Education, will start a three-year term as a member of the nonprofit Council on Economic Education (CEE) Board of Directors, a 30-member board that represents both corporate and private businesses. In her role, Reiser will represent the 204 Centers of Economics Education located across the country.

“I am very honored to represent my fellow Center Directors on the CEE board and look forward to working with the other board members to advocate for stronger economic and financial literacy for our nation’s schools and students,” Reiser said.

According to its website, the CEE is the leading organization in the United States that focuses on the economic and financial education of students from kindergarten through high school.

“Our roles will be to share our experiences working with teachers and students and represent the network of Centers and Councils that actually carry out the work of teacher professional development and advocacy for economic and financial education at the state level,” Reiser added.

Other members of the board come from varied backgrounds, such as insurance, banking, investing and lending. Other educators on the board include representatives from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and New York University.

“Mary Lynn’s appointment to this board, I think, shows great recognition of her work on financial literacy by her peers,” CBA Dean Louis Pol said. “Her efforts have brought great benefits to students across the country and that reflects greatly on both the College of Business Administration and UNO.”

UNO’s Center for Economic Education is jointly supported by the UNO CBA and UNO College of Education with a mission to improve the economic literacy of current and future Nebraska and Western Iowa citizens by providing educational and training programs and materials for teachers of K-12 classes. It is also affiliated with the Nebraska Council on Economic Education and CEE. Reiser has been a member of UNO’s Center for Economic Education for 26 years.

The UNO Center for Economic Education has won university-wide, statewide and national awards for its efforts in economic literacy including the 2011 Outstanding Community Education Leadership Award from Phi Delta Kappa, the 2009 Nebraska Career Development Award, the University of Nebraska Regents Kudos Award in 2004, the National Council on Economic Education Albert Beekhuis Award in 2004, and National Leavey Freedom Foundation Award, also in 2004.

Reiser is also leading an effort to produce an online course for UNO students for financial literacy in Spring 2013 semester.

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