Voices of Support
Words of encouragement from our local community
"Defending our homeland from both foreign and domestic terrorism requires innovative prevention, concrete research, and evidence-based solutions. I have long supported UNO’s NCITE center and its mission, and I commend Dr. Gina Ligon for her diligent work and strategic capabilities, making this center a national and global leader in counterterrorism."
"NCITE will enhance Homeland Security’s workforce and job training and will help build components that strengthen current workers and attract bright, committed Americans into national service. It is my hope and vision to make the University of Nebraska at Omaha the premier research university for the Department of Defense."
Congressman Don Bacon, a current member of the House Armed Services Committee
"We are extremely proud that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security awarded UNO the Center of Excellence to create NCITE. UNO has the proven expertise and record of providing the federal government counterterrorism research to help protect the nation from acts of terrorism and enhance the security of America. While UNO is leading NCITE and its partnership of 17 universities, it will also be building a specially trained workforce."
UNO Chancellor Jeffrey Gold
"Nebraskans are patriotic and proud to be Americans. NCITE’s home in Omaha will be an academic magnet for leading scholars in national security and will grow our workforce in science and technology."
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts
"Right off the bat, the NCITE Center of Excellence is providing high-quality jobs and showing that Nebraska is fertile for growing STEM talent. I have no doubt that UNO will offer the Nebraska values of hard work, pragmatism, and critical thinking to strengthen our frontline Homeland Security enterprise."
Nebraska State Sen. John Stinner, Chairman of the Appropriations Committee
“Not only will NCITE be a draw to Nebraska’s largest metropolitan university, but it will also build a much-needed workforce pipeline. We need not just a STEM workforce, but a cross-trained STEM workforce that brings social sciences expertise to business analytics. This can help the state retain talent and give young people a compelling way to serve their country.”
Nebraska State Sen. Mike McDonnell, UNO alumnus
“This federally-funded center is more proof of UNO’s caliber. NCITE will elevate UNO’s profile nationally and provide another road to Omaha - a road of careful, academic research in the service of a noble cause: Promoting peace and reducing terrorism.”
Nebraska State Sen. Sara Howard, District 9, includes UNO campus. Chairwoman of the Health and Human Services Committee
"Having served our country in armed conflict in troubled parts of the world, I know firsthand how important it is to counter-terror and prevent terrorism. Fear is no way to rule. NCITE will help keep Americans safe while also getting to the bottom of why and how terrorists strike."
Nebraska State Sen. Tom Brewer, Chairman of the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee