2005 winners.



First Year Experience Team

UNO’s First Year Experience Program is a multidisciplinary approach to helping students adjust to and succeed at college life.  The program is an innovative collaboration to teaching first year students involving both traditional faculty and student affairs professionals.  Betsy Barefoot, Co-Director for the Policy Center on the First Year of College describes the UNO program as “exciting and innovative” and “one that other institutions will want to emulate and learn from.” Shelton Hendricks, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in his nomination, said “ no group in the history of our institution has brought more intense and sustained effort toward the problem of assuring the academic success of all of our students than has been provided by the faculty, staff, and students participating in the development and implementation of the First-Year Experience Program at UNO.



Department of Criminal Justice

UNO’s Department of Criminal Justice fosters a culture of scholarship and academic excellence among its faculty and students.  Faculty members have national and international reputations as scholars and research and students have myriad opportunities to engage in research and outreach activities that enhance their education and broaden their intellectual horizons.  Although the scholarly activity encompasses a wide range of criminology and administration of justice issues, there is a clear focus on crime and public safety issues that are directly relevant to UNO’s metropolitan university mission.  Jack Green, Dean of the College of Criminal Justice at Northeastern University describes UNO’s Criminal Justice as a “path-breaking program” with “impressive, nationally recognized faculty” that expands knowledge as well as communicates that knowledge to a wide number of constituents—students, policy makers, and other criminologists.



International Studies & Programs

International Studies and Program’s commitment to community engagement is both far-reaching and diverse.  From the UNO campus to Scottsbluff, Nebraska to Shizuoka, Japan and Bamiyan, Afghanistan, International Studies and Program’s wide variety of activities draws together the people of Nebraska with communities worldwide.  Since 1973, the program has served as a focal point for the international mission of the university, cultivating global awareness, promoting international education, and expanding the international connections of the students and faculty of UNO and citizens of the State of Nebraska.