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2013.02.01 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

CPACS Administrator Named Community Engagement Lead

Omaha - Starting Feb. 1 the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) newest building project, a $24 million, 60,000-square-foot Community Engagement Center (CEC), will be under the supervision of Sara Woods, who was recently named Assistant to the Senior Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement.

Woods, a UNO alum, most recently served as associate dean for the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS).

“I look forward to continuing the progress so many have made over the last two years making sure this new Community Engagement Center is successful, not just for UNO, but for Omaha and the rest of the metro area,” Woods said.

In her new role, Woods will oversee the development of building operations and protocols; help identify potential long and short-term community users of the building; serve as a liaison between UNO and the Omaha and Council Bluffs communities; assist in accommodating the needs of CEC building residents; and manage building programming.

“Sara is among the most highly respected individuals in the community and is a wonderful ambassador for UNO,” said B.J. Reed, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs. “Her leadership roles in nonprofit agencies including serving as past chair of The Women’s Fund of Omaha and the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands demonstrates how important her role has been in promoting UNO values of engagement to the broader community.”

Construction began on the new CEC in late 2012. Scheduled to open in 2014, the new center will be the first of its kind to be built in the United States.

Once open, the UNO CEC will foster student community service and leadership, expand service-learning opportunities and become a central location for community events and workshops. It will support local area nonprofits, government and other organizations by helping these entities to access UNO’s resources, including faculty research, student interns and other campus assets.The creation of the CEC continues UNO’s long-term commitment to community service, which also includes the award-winning Service Learning Academy; Student-Community Leadership and Service office; and Center for Public Affairs Research, just to name a few on-campus organizations.

Since 2005, UNO has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation places UNO among the top 20 universities in the nation for service learning, community service and civic engagement initiatives.

“I hope that this new Community Engagement Center doesn’t just bring the Omaha community to campus, but also extends UNO’s community outward,” Woods said. “It is a means by which we foster engagement going outward and going forward.”

For questions about Woods’s new role, or the CEC, contact UNO’s Office of Academic and Student Affairs at 402.554.2262.

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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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