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2013.07.30 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Communications
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: unonews@unomaha.edu

UNO Community Engagement Center Seeking Partners for Spring 2014

Omaha - At a time when so many citizens are becoming disengaged from the world around them, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is taking the next steps in continuing its role as the nation’s higher education leader on community engagement.

Nine months after breaking ground, we are pleased to announce the first round of request for proposals for community partner space in the new UNO Community Engagement Center.

Opening in spring of 2014, the UNO Community Engagement Center, which is the first of its kind in the country, will serve as both the front door to the campus and as our signature outreach venue. Organizations that will be using space in the new Community Engagement Center will work with UNO to better the community through cooperative programming, reciprocal benefits, a shared commitment to diversity, open communications and impact focused on achieving collective and individual goals.

"We are obviously excited for the opening of what will be a great addition to the UNO campus," said Sara Woods, assistant to the senior vice chancellor for community engagement. "But what is even more exciting is getting to see those first applications come in.

"We are really encouraging represenatives from nonprofit institutions, government entities and all levels of higher education to submit their information as soon as possible so we can ensure they are part of this great collaborative opportunity."

In addition to housing the campus’ already nationally-recognized Service Learning Academy and student/community service programming, the building will contain over 12,000 square feet of state-of-the-art collaboration space.

“This is the first place I know of that’s actually building a facility explicitly meant to be a shared space for shared work,” Barbara Holland, international expert in community engagement and professor at Portland State University, told the Omaha World-Herald in 2012.

Application forms for proposals can be found on the UNO Community Engagement Center website, www.unomaha.edu/community-engagement-center, and must be mailed to unocec@unomaha.edu no later than Saturday, Aug. 31 at 5 p.m.

Informational Seminar

Those looking for more information on the Community Engagement Center, or how to secure space in the new building, are invited to a public forum on the UNO campus.

The forum takes place Thursday, Aug. 1 at 2:30 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons – Room 132D. RSVPs are required to attend the forum.

Please send confirmations of attendance to Sara Woods at swoods@unomaha.edu.

A Commitment to Community

The completion of the Community Engagement Center in spring will cap a successful year-and-a-half for UNO’s community engagement efforts, which have already included:

- A seventh straight inclusion on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll (the only Nebraska university or college to make the list every year)

- Programming for a new superintendent's academy, which will begin in September, through the UNO College of Education.

- Over $3 million worth of volunteer efforts through UNO’s service days, including Seven Days of Service over Spring Break and Three Days of Service over Fall Break

- A sixth cohort of public officials for our nationally accredited Certified Public Manager program.

- Plans for the fifth anniversary of the UNO College of Education culture walks, a program that brings new teachers into Omaha-area neighborhoods to learn about their history and culture.

For more information or questions about the UNO Community Engagement Center or any of UNO’s community engagement efforts, contact Charley Reed, UNO media relations coordinator, at 402.554.2129 or by email at unonews@unomaha.edu.

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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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